Most Listed Artists

Here are the 100 or so artists with the most number of A-listed songs. If a song has been listed two or more times, each separate listing still counts towards the total in the third column. The fourth column shows how many of the A-listings are repeats of previously listed songs.

Rank Artist A-listers Re-zeds
1 The Beatles 51 1
2 Bob Dylan 45
3 The Rolling Stones 44 2
4 Bruce Springsteen 42  
5 David Bowie 39 1
6 The Beach Boys 37 2
7 Tom Waits 36 1
8 Ella Fitzgerald 36 2
9 Grateful Dead 34  
10 Kate Bush 34 2
11 Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds 32 3
12 Joni Mitchell 31  
13 The Who 29 1
14 Pink Floyd 29 2
15 Richard Thompson 28
16 The Smiths 27
16 Stevie Wonder 27
18 The Fall 26
19 Johnny Cash 25
19 Elvis Costello 25
19
R.E.M. 25
22 The Pogues 25 1
22 Neil Young 25 1
24 Billy Bragg 24
24 Captain Beefheart 24
24 The Kinks 24
24 Prince 24
28 The Cure 24 1
28 Van Morrison 24 1
28 Nina Simone 24 1
31 Leonard Cohen 23
32 The Clash 22
33 Pet Shop Boys 21
33 Scott Walker 21
35 Louis Armstrong 21 1
35 Fela Kuti 21 1
35 Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers 21 1
35 Frank Sinatra 21 1
39 James Brown 20  
39 Bob Marley & the Wailers 20  
39 Pixies 20
39 Elvis Presley 20
43 Miles Davis 20 1
43 Marvin Gaye 20 1
43 Half Man Half Biscuit 20 1
46 John Cale 19  
46 Aretha Franklin 19
46 Jimi Hendrix 19
46 Kraftwerk 19
46 XTC 19
46 Frank Zappa 19
52 Gil Scott-Heron 19 1
53 Björk 18  
53 The Byrds 18  
53 Peter Hammill 18  
53 Paul Kelly 18
53 Pulp 18
53 Lou Reed 18
53 Jake Thackray 18
60 Serge Gainsbourg 18 1
60 The Specials 18 1
60 The Temptations 18 1
63 Led Zeppelin 17  
63 Queen 17
63 Loudon Wainwright III 17
66 Billie Holiday 17 1
66 Radiohead 17 1
66 The Velvet Underground 17 1
69 Brian Eno 17 3
70 Ray Charles 16
70 P J Harvey 16
70
The Jam 16
70 Ramones 16
70 Sonic Youth 16
70 Robert Wyatt 16
70 Warren Zevon 16
77 John Lennon 16 1
78 Talking Heads 16 3
79 The Beautiful South 15  
79 Belle and Sebastian 15  
79 Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band 15
79 The Decemberists 15
79 Ian Dury & the Blockheads 15
79 Jackie Leven 15
79 Randy Newman 15
79 Paul Simon 15
79 Sly & the Family Stone 15
79 Al Stewart 15
79 Wire 15
90 10,000 Maniacs 15 1
90 AC/DC 15 1
90 Public Enemy 15 1
90 Roxy Music 15 1
90 The Streets 15 1
95 Nick Drake 14
95 Emmylou Harris 14
95 Dusty Springfield 14
95 Van der Graaf Generator 14
95 The White Stripes 14
100 The Divine Comedy 14 2
100 Yo La Tengo 14 2
102 Arctic Monkeys 13
102 Barenaked Ladies 13
102 Blondie 13
102
Cooder, Ry
13
102 Fairport Convention 13
102 Katzenjammer 13
102 Madness 13
102 Karine Polwart 13
102 Simon & Garfunkel 13
102 Sufjan Stevens 13
102 The Stranglers 13
102 They Might Be Giants 13
102 Wilco 13
115 Mark Knopfler 13 1
115 The Pretenders 13 1
115 The Unthanks 13 1