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 48 1
2 Bob Dylan 44
3 The Rolling Stones 42 2
4 Bruce Springsteen 41
5 David Bowie 39 1
6 The Beach Boys 36 2
7 Tom Waits 34 1
8 Ella Fitzgerald 33 2
9 Kate Bush 32 2
10 Grateful Dead 31  
11 Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds 31 3
12 Joni Mitchell 29  
13 The Who 29 1
14 Pink Floyd 28 2
15 Stevie Wonder 27
16 The Smiths 26
17 Neil Young 26 1
18 Johnny Cash 25
18 The Fall 25
18 Richard Thompson 25
21 Billy Bragg 24
21 The Kinks 24
23 Nina Simone 24 1
24 Leonard Cohen 23
24 Prince 23
24 R.E.M. 23
27 The Pogues 23 1
28 Captain Beefheart 22
28 Van Morrison 22
30 The Clash 21
30 Elvis Costello 21
32 Louis Armstrong 21 1
32 The Cure 21 1
32 Fela Kuti 21 1
32 Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers 21 1
32 Frank Sinatra 21 1
37 Pixies 20
37 Scott Walker 20
39 Miles Davis 20 1
39 Half Man Half Biscuit 20 1
41 John Cale 19  
41 Aretha Franklin 19
41 Jimi Hendrix 19
41 Bob Marley & the Wailers 19
41 Pet Shop Boys 19
41 Elvis Presley 19
47 Marvin Gaye 19 1
47 Gil Scott-Heron 19 1
49 James Brown 18
49 Kraftwerk 18
49 Pulp 18
49 Frank Zappa 18
53 The Specials 18 1
54 Serge Gainsbourg 17
54 Paul Kelly 17
54 Queen 17
54 Lou Reed 17
58 Billie Holiday 17 1
58 Radiohead 17 1
60 Brian Eno 17 3
61 The Byrds 16
61 Ray Charles 16
61 Peter Hammill 16
61 P J Harvey 16
61 Led Zeppelin 16
61 Ramones 16
61 Jake Thackray 16
61 Loudon Wainwright III 16
61 Robert Wyatt 16
61 XTC 16
71 The Temptations 16 1
71 The Velvet Underground 16 1
73 Belle & Sebastian 15  
73 Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band 15
73 Ian Dury & the Blockheads 15
73 The Jam 15
73 Randy Newman 15
73 Paul Simon 15
73 Sly & the Family Stone 15
73 Al Stewart 15
73 Wire 15
82 AC/DC 15 1
82 John Lennon 15 1
82 Public Enemy 15 1
82 The Streets 15 1
86 Talking Heads 15 3
87 Björk 14
87 The Decemberists 14
87 Nick Drake 14
87 Jackie Leven 14
87 Sonic Youth 14
87 Dusty Springfield 14
87 Van der Graaf Generator 14
87 The White Stripes 14
87 Warren Zevon 14
96 10,000 Maniacs 14 1
96 Roxy Music 14 1
98 Yo La Tengo 14 2
99 Arctic Monkeys 13
99 Barenaked Ladies 13
99 The Beautiful South 13
99 Blondie 13
99 Emmylou Harris 13
99 Fairport Convention 13
99 Katzenjammer 13
99 Karine Polwart 13
99 Simon & Garfunkel 13
99 Sufjan Stevens 13
99 The Stranglers 13
99 They Might Be Giants 13
111 The Pretenders 13 1
112 The Divine Comedy 13 2