Tuesday 30 December 2008

...but instead I waste my time

...and people say they wonder what to do with themselves in the days between Christmas Day and New Year's Eve....

Listen, if I'm going to spend my time cataloguing the last twelve months worth of earworms, together with your votes, then I'm damn well going to do something with all that quality data. The Earworms of the Year for 2008 will be published on Friday, but in the meantime, get your chops around the 351(-ish) Artists nominated....

I for one love the fact that the world of earworms is one place where the likes of MGMT, Fuck Buttons, Lethal Bizzle and Brahms sit side-by-side with the likes of Adam Ant, Yes, Shakin' Stevens, Dick Van Dyke and Toto.

Anyway, the list:

Abdullah Ibrahim, ac/dc (two tracks), Ace of Bass, Adam Ant, Adam Green, Adele, Aha, Alice in Chains, Alicia Keys, All About Eve, All Saints, Alphabeat, Amerie, Amy MacDonald, Annie Lennox, Apache Indian, Arctic Monkeys (two tracks), Aretha Franklin & George Michael, ash, Athlete, Barenaked Ladies, Beach Boys, Bee Gees, Beethoven, Beirut, Ben Folds, Beyonce, Bikeforthree!, Billy Bragg (five tracks), billy joel, Billy Ocean , Black Box Recorder, Blake Leyh, Bloc Party (two tracks), Blondie (two tracks), Blues Traveller, Blur, Bobbie Gentry, Bon Iver, Bon Jovi, Bonzo Dog Band, Boy Meets Girl, Brahms, Brian May, British Sea Power, Britney Spears, Bruce Springsteen, Calvin Harris, Cat Power (two tracks), Celine Dion, Chemical Brothers, Chesney Hawkes, chordettes, Christina Aguilera, The Clash (three tracks), cliff richard (two tracks), Coldplay (four tracks), Counting Crows, Crazy Cousinz ft Calista, Crazy World of Arthur Brown, creedence clearwater revival, Crowded House, Crux Shadows, Crystals, CSS, Culture Club, David Bowie, David Ford, Dead Kennedies, death cab for cutie, Debbie Reynolds, Deep Purple, Def Leppard, Del Amitri (two tracks), diana krall, Dick Van Dyke, Dido, Die Fantastischen Vier, Dillinger, Dire Straits, Do Make Say Think, Domenigo Modringo, doris day, Dr John, Dubliners, Duffy, Eels (six tracks), Elbow (six tracks and an earworms special), Embrace, Estelle , Faith No More, Feargal Sharkey, Flaming Lips, fleet foxes (two tracks), Fleetwood Mac, Flight of the Conchords (two tracks), Flo Rida, flobots, Foo Fighters, fountains of wayne, Fourplay String Quartet, Franz Ferdinand (two tracks), Fuck Buttons, Gabriella Cilmi, Gary Glitter, gene, Gerry Monroe, Genesis, Geoff Proudley, George Michael, Get Cape.Wear Cape.Fly, Girls Aloud, glen campbell, Glenn Hansard & Marketa Irglova, Goldfrapp, Gorillaz, Gregory Isaacs, Guillemots, Guns N'Roses, hanson, Hard Fi (two tracks), Hawkwind, Hold Steady (three tracks), Hot Chip (three tracks), Hoyt Axton, Human League, Ida Maria (three tracks), Incredible String Band, Infernal, Ingrid Michaelson, Interpol (two tracks), Iron Butterfly, Iron Maiden (four tracks), isaac hayes (two tracks, one as chef), Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, J Geils Band, Jacob Golden, James, Jamie T, Jay Z, Jeff Beck, Jeff Buckley, Jem, Jimi Hendrix (two tracks), Jimmy Cliff, joan as policewoman, Joe Dolan, John Williams, johnny Cash (three tracks), Johnny Nash, jon spencer blues explosion, joni mitchell, Jorma Kaukonen, Joseph Spence, Junior Murvin, kaiser chiefs, Kate Walsh, Katy Perry, keane (three tracks), Keb'Mo, Kenny Loggins, Kevin Ayers, Kid British, Kid Rock, Killers, King Crimson, Kings of Leon (four tracks), Kinks, kiss, KLF, Knack, Kylie Minogue (two tracks), Ladyhawke, Laura Marling, Laura Veirs, Led Zeppelin, Leo Sayer, Leonard Cohen, Lethal Bizzle, Lifehouse, Linkin Park, Long Blondes, Longpigs, Los Campesinos, Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington, Love, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mali Music, Manic Street Preachers (two tracks), Marie Digby, Mark Ronson , Maroon 5, Maximo Park (three tracks), Meatloaf, Men At Work , Metallica (four tracks), MGMT, Mighty Boosh (four tracks), Mika, Mike Oldfield, Miley Cyrus, Mission of Burma, modeselektor, mogwai, monaco, Morrissey, Motorhead, Mousse T, My Morning Jacket (two tracks), Nat King Cole, Neil Diamond (two tracks), Neil Young (two tracks), Nelly Furtado (two tracks), Neon Neon, NERD, New Pornographers, Nick Drake, Nickelback, Nirvana, Nitin Sawhney, No Age, nouvelle vague, Oasis, Okkervil River, Owen Paul, Panic at the disco, Patti Smith, Paul Simon, Peter Allen, Peter Gabriel, Peter Mulvey, Phil Harris, Pigeon Detectives, Pink Floyd, PJ Harvey (two tracks), plain white ts, planxty, Poison, Portishead, Prince, Pulp , Puppini Sisters (three tracks), Puretone, Queen, Queens of the Stone Age, Rachel and Niamh, Rachel Unthank & the Winterset, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine (two tracks), Randy Newman, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Reindeer Section, REM (two tracks), Reverend & The Makers, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Rick Wakeman, ricky martin, Rita Coolidge, Ronan Keating, Robert Palmer, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss (two tracks), Roger Miller, Rogue Traders, Ronnie Drew, Rufus Wainwright, Rush, Sam Sparro, Sarah Silverman, Scaremongers, Scissor Sisters (two tracks), September, Shakin' Stevens, sigur ros (two tracks), Silverchair, Simon & Garfunkel, Sixpence None The Richer, Sky+ menu music, Snow Patrol (two tracks), Snow Patrol, Sophie B. Hawkings (three tracks), Space, Spandau Ballet, Spoon, Stephen Duffy, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Stereophonics, Stiltskin, stranglers (three tracks), Suede, Sugar Hill Gang, Survivor, Take That (four songs), Texas, The A-Sides, the auteurs, The Beatles (two tracks), The Besard Lakes, The Colourblind James Experience, The Doors (two tracks), The Enemy (two tracks), The Fall, the foundations, The Fumes, The Futureheads (three tracks), The Hours, The Indelicates, The Kinks, The National (two tracks), The Raconteurs, the smiths (three tracks), The Subways, The Verve (two tracks), The Who (two tracks), Thea Gilmore, They Might Be Giants, Thomas Tantrum, Tight Fit, Tina Dico (two tracks), Ting Tings, Tom Lehrer, Tom Waits, Tony Christie, Tori Amos (two tracks), Toto, a Toyota Jingle, Tracey Thorn, tracy chapman, t-Rex, U2, Vampire Weekend (two tracks), Van Morrison, Velvet Revolver, Velvet Underground, Vines (two tracks), Violent Femmes (two tracks), Walker Brothers, Warren Zevon, We Are Scientists, Wedding Present, weezer (two tracks), Weird Al, Westlife, White Denim (three tracks), Wilco, Wombats, Yael Naim, Yes (two tracks!), Young Knives (two tracks).

Yeah, laugh it up. I'll stick the tracks up tomorrow. All of them.


  1. ...and I take it you'll be providing full YouTube links...?

    We expect nothing less!

  2. ....of the top 20? Obviously. Of the whole lot? hahahahahahahahahaha. no. (although it would be quite a musical journey of discovery, I suppose. A pretty diverse selection there.)

    Thank God for quiet days in the office, eh? I keep saying that I'll keep a running tally every year to save all that hard work after Christmas, but it never seems to work out like that.

    Maybe next year.

  3. Good Lord.
    I suspected this year didn't really have a "Crazy" but sheesh.


  4. ...wait until you see all the songs nominated.

    "Hold the Line" anyone?