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.
Today, we break into the top 10 and slow down the pace a bit, taking one act at a time. Formed in 1973 by Scottish-born brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, this band released their first album in 1975 and have been rocking the world ever since, selling more than 200 million records worldwide. At #10, we have the powerhouse group known as AC/DC.#10: AC/DC
iTunes stats: 558 plays
Previous ranking: #10
The Australian hard rockers stay even with their previous ranking to kick off the top ten. 20 songs, from 7 different albums, make up their play total, which increased 63%. The most popular song, Thunderstruck, has a tremendous amount of plays due to the White Sox use of it when running out on to the field and its inclusion on my various victory playlists. Another entry, Back In Black, has also made an appearance or two over the years, most recently thanks to former catcher James McCann’s use as his walkup song.
In 2015, I saw the band in concert in Toronto, at Downsview Park. I’d be lying if I said that seeing AC/DC was at the top of my to-do list musically speaking. In fact, they were playing Wrigley Field the following week and I had passed on the chance to get tickets. But, as a wise man once said, you only live once, and, seeing as this is likely their last go-around, I guess you can say that I’m glad to have seen them. After missing the opening act thanks to traffic, we got in to the show just as AC/DC were starting. The show itself was both good and bad. The songs are what you expect, but there was no real flow to the show, probably due to the band’s conditioning, or lack thereof. After each song, the lights went down and there was a brief break before the next song would begin. The net result of this was a disjointed experience, where each song stood on its own without there being any coherence in the set. This ended up being their last tour with Brian Johnson before the unfortunate Axl Rose experiment, so I guess I’m glad I saw them when I did.