iTunes Top 200 Artists: #50-60

It’s been 4 years since we last counted down the Top 200 artists in my iTunes library.  Since my iTunes stats are still intact, across multiple PCs, iPods, iPads, and iPhones, I figured it was time to take another look at the artists that have entertained me the most based on number of plays from late 2007 through January 1, 2021.

We wrap up the first three quarters of the list today with the next batch of 10 artists, with ties at 56th, 54th, and 50th.

#60: Frank Sinatra
iTunes stats: 142 plays
Previous ranking: #81

The crooner from New Jersey and the leader of the Rat Pack jumps 19 slots thanks mostly to former White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier, who uses Sinatra tunes as his at bat music.

#59: TLC
iTunes stats: 143 plays
Previous ranking: #64

Adding a seventh song to my collection helps push the hip hop trio up 5 spots after a 104% increase.

#58: Smashing Pumpkins
iTunes stats: 145 plays
Previous ranking: #58

64 new listens over the past 4 years enables the Chicago based alternative band to remain stable in the rankings.

#56: Cheap Trick
iTunes stats: 153 plays
Previous ranking: #55

The boys from Rockford, who I have seen open up for two other bands on this list, add an additional 67 listens, which puts them down 1 spot on the list.

#56: Cracker
iTunes stats: 153 plays
Previous ranking: #51

Only 58 new listens over the past 4 years, a small 61% increase, led to a 5 spot drop for the Georgia rockers.

#54: Sam Kinison
iTunes stats: 156 plays
Previous ranking: #62

The loud comedian, who died in 1992, more than doubled his play total and jumped 8 slots on the charts.

#54: Hole
iTunes stats: 156 plays
Previous ranking: #49

Six songs, allegedly written mostly by Kurt Cobain and Billy Corgan, added only 59 new listens over the past 4 years for Courtney Love’s band, causing a 5 spot drop in the rankings.

#53: The Cranberries
iTunes stats: 158 plays
Previous ranking: #84

The untimely death of singer Dolores O’Riordan in 2018 helped push the band to a whopping 102 listen increase, the largest total to dats, while moving up 31 spots.

#52: Journey
iTunes stats: 171 plays
Previous ranking: #41

The removal of Don’t Stop Believin’ from my White Sox victory playlist has caused the band to drop 11 spots in the rankings.

#50: Weird Al Yankovic
iTunes stats: 176 plays
Previous ranking: #46

The parody hit-maker added 69 listens for his 7 tracks over the past 4 years.

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