My top 10 listened artists with (2012 playcount) and [overall ranking since 2005]
- Shihad (230) 
- The Prodigy (175) 
- Fear Factory (146) 
- The Sisters of Mercy (136) 
- Garbage (117) 
- Pendulum (96) 
- Electric Six (88) 
- Joy Division (80) 
- Scooter (73) 
- Flunk (67) 
This is a surprising list for two, probably related reasons. I would not have expected to see artists like Pendulum, Scooter and Flunk in there (Flunk in particular, I think I decided weren't to my taste). This most likely reflects more listening to playlists of electronic music while I work, as well as a continuation of last year's trend of working more on campus than at home. Last year the 10th ranked artist was VNV Nation with 136 scrobbles (this year they had 12 ), then six more artists were over 100 scrobbles each. This year only another three artists received over 50 scrobbles.
- 2010: 14 over 100 and 48 over 50.
- 2011: 16 over 100 and 39 over 50.
- 2012: 5 over 100 and 8 over 50.
Artists featuring in my overall top 10 not appearing here are The Killers , Rammstein  Carter USM , Lordi , Oomph! , The Nova Echo .
My top 10 listened albums with (2012 playcount) and [overall ranking since 2005]:
- Shihad – Ignite (70) 
- Garbage - Version 2.0 (54) 
- Pendulum - Immersion (51) 
- Scooter - Jumping All Over The World [CD2] (47) 
- Garbage - Garbage (46) 
- Shihad - Beautiful Machine [Limited 2 Disc] Disc 1 (44) 
- Midnight Youth - World Comes Calling (38) 
- Frightened Rabbit – The Midnight Organ Fight (36) 
- The Cars – Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology (2 of 2) (36) 
- The Nova Echo – The Nova Echo (36) 
The only continuity between 2011 and 2010 was The Nova Echo; this year Shihad, The Cars and Frightened Rabbit join them. Counts are down here as well. All ten scrobble counts from last year's list would have beaten all ten of this year's. Once again, the big change here is an increase in electronic music as working background music.
My list of top tracks is comprises multiple tracks from Shihad, Frightened Rabbit, The Sisters of Mercy, Death Cab for Cutie, The Nova Echo and Garbage, as well as individual tracks from Allison Weiss, The Prodigy, Moby, Scooter, Midnight Youth, a couple of other electronic tracks and a few from The Sixty One. Given I haven't used The Sixty One much this year, it's another testament to the low entry bar this year that anything from that source made it near the top 25 (there was a fifteen-way tie for 11th place with 7 listens).
So, 2012 was a year of largely lyricless rhythm here at my place. Will it be repeated? I'd say probably not, as I sit here listening to Basshunter...