It is the end of the year, which means I like to crunch the numbers around my digital music collection and listening habits.
According to iTunes, out of 10,217 unique tracks in my collection, the one I played most often in 2016 was “Rey’s Theme,” composed by John Williams for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). I played this beautiful piece 21 times this year.
When it comes to music, 2016 was apparently the year of Star Wars for me. Out of my 40 most played tracks, a whopping 38 of them are by John Williams for various Star Wars films. For instance, I played “Princess Leia’s Theme” from Star Wars (1977) 14 times throughout the year.
I love Star Wars music, but even I was shocked at how it dominated considering the diverse amount of music to which I think I listen.
Elvis Presley was the only other individual to crack my top 40. “Burning Love” (1972) came in at #4 overall with 17 plays. “How The Web Was Woven” (1970) finished in a 4-way tie for #37 with 11 plays.
I listened to 6,083 Elvis songs using iTunes or my iPods in 2016 (including additional plays of the same song, such as “Promised Land”  10 times).
On average, that is nearly 17 Elvis songs a day. I listened to 2,231 different Elvis tracks during the year, out of 4,050 unique Elvis recordings in my collection.
I currently have 6,167 non-Elvis tracks in my collection. With 5,815 total plays, I listened to about 16 non-Elvis songs a day.
Overall, I listened to 11,898 music tracks using iTunes or my iPods this year. That works out to almost 33 recordings a day.
These counts exclude the additional time I spent listening to records and CDs. While not as many CDs, I definitely played a ton of records this year. The funny thing is, many of them were also Star Wars and Elvis Presley. I suppose I am nothing if not consistent.
Thank you for reading my little blog. Here’s hoping you have a wonderful 2017.