The latest nominees were announced in the last couple of days so I was in a sudden rush today to fix a bunch of stuff so I could get them into my database. Hence, I used the old, icky method. I’m not bummed out about that, though, because I did get a ton of stuff fixed that had become broken over time — including changing from PHP session variables to PHP cookies. I also fixed all the column-sorting links and related page-building functions that were jacked up. So, I can take screenshots of some the latest top tracks and albums for this years nominees.
Spotify, because they hate people, doesn’t make the number of plays available through their API — also not available in their web player. “Popularity” is relative to other artists, albums, and tracks on Spotify so the number may go up and down from day to day. So, from what I can guess, an artist’s top albums or tracks may not really be the top tracks or albums by that artist — because the numbers are calculated relative to all other albums and tracks — not like you’re ranking an artist’s songs by number of plays.
Yes, it’s stupid. It’s not just you.
Even more stupid is Last.fm‘s API which totally got my hopes up because you can access the number of plays! But … not the identifiers for the artists, tracks, or albums.
Because they’re stupid. That’s why.
But, in the words of Count Rogin, “Let’s work with what we have, shall we?”
WordPress is ridiculously stupid. Depending on the browser and OS you’re using, the tools change. Sometimes you can control how large an image is when it’s placed. Sometimes, you can also make it so a user/reader can click it for a larger version. That seems to be increasingly rare so I apologize for how difficult to read some of these charts are.
Each column can be sorted in the app by clicking on “Album Name”, “Track”, or “Track Popularity”.
Again, I apologize. When an artist has a ton of albums, it makes for lots of horizontal scrolling so, at some point, I’ll make the bars listed vertically so it doesn’t suck even on a desktop.
Eventually, I’ll have the years appear beneath the albums. The albums, by the way, are ordered chronologically by release date.
I included more tracks by Nicks because I thought it was interesting that “Rooms On Fire” made it into the top five while “Talk To Me”, the other single from Rock A Little was at #23.
I grabbed the top 11 tracks because, again, I was rather amused by the fact that four of the top 11 were all “Bang on the Drum All Day.”
I am currently working on an algorithm that would somehow combine all the scores for the same song across albums (including remasters and compilations but not live versions). Same for albums … I’d like a score that took into account several versions of the same album.
At some point, I realized I could take screenshots of the app’s “list” view for albums. In list view, I can sort them, just like the list view for tracks.
I grabbed so many more of theirs because, well, I cared more.
See how there’s two versions of so many of their albums? I find that irritating. It lowers the tide for all of the albums and tracks in question.
More rows of Devo because, again, I cared more.
I like it when there are fewer albums. The screenshots are prettier.
LL Cool J
Not a big surprise there for the #1 track.
Rage Against the Machine
I know for a fact I didn’t add Rufus to my database until they were nominated last year so this line graph represents their popularity over the last year. You’re welcome.
The Zombies are nominated again which makes me happy. I think they stand a better chance of getting in this year.
No surprise in that list. I think what might hurt them is many people might be like me and can only name those top two tracks.
I love that Still Got That Hunger is so high on their top albums list. It deserves it. Good on ya’, guys!