Jesus Rocks Me, This I Know

Last night, I made a 200-song playlist of the greatest (read: my favorite) songs from the Golden Age of Christian Music (late 80s – early 90s).

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This most awesome playlist is guaranteed to strengthen, edify, and encourage you whether you feel like a rockstar or if, in the words of Sensei Lawrence, life just took big steaming dump in your mouth. Behold the artists I’ve included so far:

  • 12th Tribe
  • Adam Again
  • Alice Cooper
  • Allies
  • Amy Grant
  • Barren Cross
  • Bloodgood
  • Bob Dylan
  • Bride
  • Chagall Guevara
  • Crashdog
  • Daniel Band
  • Darrell Mansfield
  • David Zaffiro
  • DC Talk
  • Deitiphobia
  • Disciples of Christ
  • Don Francisco
  • Dynamic Twins
  • Freedom of Soul
  • Glenn Kaiser
  • Jacob’s Trouble
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jerusalem
  • Johnny Cash
  • Kaiser Mansfield
  • King’s X
  • L.S. Underground
  • L.S.U.
  • Larry Norman
  • Lifehouse
  • Lost Dogs
  • Lust Control
  • Mark Farner
  • mewithoutYou
  • Michael Knott
  • Michael Roe
  • Mike Knott
  • One Bad Pig
  • P.I.D.
  • P.O.D.
  • Petra
  • Prince
  • Resurrection Band
  • Saint
  • Scaterd Few
  • SFC
  • Steve Taylor
  • Stevie & the Saints
  • Stryper
  • Tim Cappello
  • Tourniquet
  • Trytan
  • Undercover
  • Vengeance Rising
  • XL and Death Before Dishonor





Curiosity Is Killing Me Over Trends In Spotify Data

A couple days ago, I noticed a downward trend in two random artists’ popularity. I instantly wondered if it was everybody (except the Latin artists) so, today, I ran some “tests.”


Yep, it’s definitely happening to everybody. Just to make sure, I did several groups.

Note all the Christian rappers clustered down at the bottom.  Sad. They deserve better.

Seriously, isn’t that weird?


Doesn’t that bother you and gnaw at your brain?


It’s just ridiculous. Most of the data from Spotify is worthless unless you look at Queen vis a vis the Bohemian Rhapsody film.

From September to present, Christian punk and christian alternative are … something.

I really need to make the text wrap in those legend items.

And I definitely want to go back to some of those and check out which artists have the more interesting … “lines” … there’s gotta be an actual term I should be using.

So I definitely need to create some buttons and menus so I don’t have to keep going into the files and manually typing which arrays I want the D3 to use.

As I predicted, the Latin artists weren’t affected at all.


It vexes me. I’m very vexed.

Some individual artists have what I consider pretty interesting line-things. Those artists who, apart from the overall similarity of all the artists as shown in the preceding graphs sometimes jump around on their own (like in the preceding graphs — those that are doing their own thing that I’ll investigate further … later).

So, ignoring the universal (except for Alternativo and Rock en Espanol) late-July/early-August dip and the late-February dip …


Rainbow keeps wanting to go up but goes back down almost immediately. Speaking of, I found a really great Rainbow concert on YouTube. Here is a playlist of above average videos of most of the concert and “Catch the Rainbow Part 1” which isn’t in the playlist. You’re welcome. I coded a bunch of the Python & LastFM stuff while watching it.

King’s X fans also can’t seem to make up their mind.


And, lastly, Deep Purple


If you’re trying to compare those, be aware of the X-Axis — they show different spans of time. When looking at an individual artist’s page, the graph begins and ends with whenever I added them to my database (begins) and ends with present day so you could be looking at a span of just a few weeks or a span of well over one year.

“More Popular Than Jesus” – John Lennon

Hopefully, the post title won’t get me the same backlash it got Lennon.

I am currently tracking approximately 146 artists using the Spotify Web API using the popularity endpoint for artists, albums, and tracks to do ridiculously interesting things like write this blog post and, eventually, soon … do crazy cool interactive data visualization stuff.

The Top 10 (of 146)

Something I noticed immediate upon sorting all of them according to popularity is this: Christian artists are the least popular. Not like on average but … they’re all at the bottom.

The Bottom 28 (of 146) contains only one “secular” artist.

If you don’t count Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, or Alice Cooper as “Christian,” I have 42 Christian artists.

Of the bottom 50 artists, 40 of them are Christian artists.

The highest Christian artist is DC Talk with a popularity score of 48.

Then, down below Sodom and Gwar, Stryper shows up with 46 popularity.

Just below Stryper is Venom with 46.

To say Slayer is #50 on the list (with 67 popularity) is a bit misleading because many of the artists have the same popularity score but I thought it worth mentioning.

I’m sure there are many artists “below” them in Spotify’s massive database and, if I’m honest, it makes sense that such niche artists would fall below much more mainstream artists but … it still struck me as … odd … and … sad.