EBH 2012 Retrospective I: Most-Played Artists

As the year draws to a close, I thought it would be a nice idea to plug my playlists from 2012 into a spreadsheet and figure some stuff out. (Well, most of my playlists. There’s always a couple lost behind the couch. I don’t know.)

I will be doing a all-day supershow on January 1st, 2013 (DETAILS TO COME), and as part of the New Years’ festivities, I will be counting down the Emergency Broadcast Hour’s most-played songs of 2012. This being a freeform show, I try not to go back to the same well more than a couple of times. So, more than likely, that means the top-ranking songs probably won’t have more than two or three plays each. Statistically significant it ain’t. But still, it’s nice to do this sort of thing. Right? 

To whet your appetite for 2012’s Hit Songs Countdown (AND MORE), here is an incomplete-but-roughly-accurate list of the Emergency Broadcast Hour’s Most-Played Artists of 2012. The Number One most frequently played band, as it happens, was “Unknown (Artist[s]).” But let’s just go straight to bands with actual names.


#1: Merle Haggard (13 plays)

#2: The Monkees (11 plays)

#3: Hospitality (9 plays)

TIE: #4 (8 plays each): The Clash; Harry Nilsson

#6: Sparks (7 plays)

#7: The Minutemen (6 plays)

TIE: #8 (5 plays each): Dinosaur Jr; The Frogs; Giorgio Moroder; Iggy and/or Stooges; Kraftwerk; O.B. Buchana; Patsy Cline; Rolling Stones; Smog/Bill Callahan; Ty Segall

TIE: #18 (4 plays each): Cass McCombs; Charlie Slick; The Clean; Ivor Cutler; Marnie Stern; Roky Erickson; Scott Walker; Super Furry Animals; Sweet; Times New Viking; Volcano Suns

TIE: #29 (3 plays each): Aaron Dilloway; Acid Mothers Temple; Bad Brains; Blanche Blanche Blanche; Bruce Haack; Butthole Surfers; Buzzcocks; Cat; Cheap Trick; Conway Twitty; Deerhoof; Dolly Parton; Donna Summer; Dukes of Stratophear; Eddy Current Suppression Ring; Fennesz; Friends Forever; Gary Numan/Tubeway Army; Glen Campbell; Hawkwind; Helado Negro; Jay Reatard/Reatards; Jefferson Starship; John Oswald; Kate Bush; King Crimson; Kiss; Lata Mangeshkar; Led Zeppelin; Love; Lovin’ Spoonful; Ludwig Von ‘88; Mono Men; Morton Downey Jr; Neil Young; Paul McCartney & Wings; Pink Floyd; Pussy Galore; Randy Newman; Robert Wyatt; Roxy Music; Screaming Females; Shangri-Las; Shooby Taylor; Slade; Sleater-Kinney; Sonic Youth; Thee Oh Sees; Todd Rundgren; Vangelis; Wavves

TIE: #80 (2 plays each): Abba; Adult.; Alice Cooper; Amon Duul; Archers Of Loaf; Arms; Athletico Spizz ‘80; Bags; Beulah; Bill Monroe & his Bluegrass Boys; Billy Bragg; Blondie; Blue Oyster Cult; Blues Control; Bob Mould; Bratmobile; The Breeders; Brian Eno; Can; Causey Way; Chain and the Gang; Chavez; Chris Cohen; Clams Casino; The Conet Project; Cornelius; Cynics; D.O.A.; The Damned; Darlene Love; David Bowie; The Dead Milkmen; Doc Watson; Dr. Octagon; Einstuerzende Neubauten; Elizabeth Cotten; Elvis Costello; Elvis Presley; Exusamwa; Fanfare Ciocarlia; Faust; Fear; Gene McDaniels; George Harrison; Gilbert Al, Art Barduhn & Betty Zimmer; Gong; Grace Jones; Hall and Oates; Hard Sweat; Harry Partch; Heart; Helium; Herbie Hancock; Here We Go Magic; Human Skab; The Jam; Janelle Monae; Jeff the Brotherhood; Jib Kidder; JJDoom; Johnny Greenwood; John Schnall; John Wesley Coleman; John Zorn; Jon Spencer Blues Explosion; Loretta Lynn; LotteLenya; Louvin Brothers; Madlib; Magazine; Man or Astro-man?; McLusky; Melt Banana; Michael Hurley; Michael Nesmith; Mildred Bailey; Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers; Moe Tucker; Motorhead; Mudhoney; Negativland; Off!; Old Time Relijun; Omar Souleyman; Oneohtrix Point Never; Orange Juice; The Orb; Pavement; Peaking Lights; People Like Us; Pere Ubu; Plastic Bertrand; The Pretenders; Prince; Promise; Queen; Rev. Utah Smith; Richard Hell & the Voidoids; Rodney Howard Brown; Sheena Easton; Shellac; Shrapnel; Siouxsie and the Banshees; Soft Machine; Steely Dan; Suicide; Swans; T.Rex; Talking Heads; Tom Jones; Tom Tom Club; Turtles; Twilight Nuages; Undertones; United States of America; Van Dyke Parks; Vienna Art Orchestra; Ween; Willem Breuker Kollektief; Willis Earl Beal; Wire; X-Ray Spex; XTC; Yes; Yo La Tengo