Five artists, five songs

Five album covers on a white background

Mike Arthur tagged me to do the meme that is Five artists, five songs.

Here’s the challenge:

List your five favourite artists, your five favourite songs by those artists and tag five other people to do it.

I find this a really hard question, because it really depends on what day / week / month it is. It depends on what kind of mood I’m in or what I’m doing.

When I’m writing Web code, for example, I much prefer listening to industrial or thrash metal. I find the sound of white noise to be relaxing and conducive to concentration.

Maybe that’s just me. statistics

In terms of statistics, can tell me which artists I play most frequently. Since I listen to most music in MP3 format on my PC I have a plugin that informs my account which artists and songs I’m currently playing.

Since registering on Tuesday 6 Sep 2005 (which also happens to be Andrew Howie‘s birthday!) I’ve played 31,156 tracks while connected to And according to statistics from those tracks my top five most played artists are:

  1. Metallica
  2. Megadeth
  3. Sepoltura
  4. Slayer
  5. Iron Maiden

So, also based on my stats, here are the top five tracks from these top five artists.


  1. Nothing Else Matters
  2. Too Late, Too Late
  3. Sad But True
  4. Master of Puppets
  5. The Thing That Should Not Be

I’m not entirely sure why Too Late, Too Late, a cover of the Motörhead song, is listed so high. Nothing Else Matters is probably there because I’ve played along to it so often to learn how to play it on the guitar. The Thing That Should Not Be is just a great song, off an incredible album.


  1. Wake Up Dead
  2. Symphony Of Destruction
  3. Die Dead Enough
  4. Train Of Consequences
  5. Hanger 18

My favourite Megadeth album is 1994’s Youthanasia, from which Train Of Consequences comes, so I’m glad to see it in the top five. I’m surprised to see Die Dead Enough so high; that’s probably as much to do with random play as having selected that particular track.


  1. Convicted In Life
  2. False
  3. City of Dis
  4. Fighting On
  5. Inner Self

I’ve been playing a lot of Derrick Green-era Sepultura lately, rather than the classic Max Cavalera-era repertoire, which is clearly shown in my stats here. I saw Sepultura play in Glasgow a few years back: amazing!


  1. Here Comes The Pain
  2. Behind The Crooked Cross
  3. Mandatory Suicide
  4. God Send Death
  5. Spirit In Black

An interesting selection of tracks from Slayer here; no doubt the result of playing my MP3s on random play. I’d have probably chosen Angel of Death, Rain In Blood, Seasons In The Abyss, 213 and Dead Skin Mask (not necessarily in that order).

Iron Maiden

  1. The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg
  2. 2 Minutes To Midnight
  3. Run To The Hills
  4. Flight Of Icarus
  5. Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

Again, an interesting selection thanks to playlist shuffling. I’d probably bump up Stranger In A Strange Land into the top five along with Paschendale and the entire Killers album from 1981!


… and tag five other people to do it.

  1. Andrew Howie
  2. James Frost
  3. Rich Olyott
  4. Steve Lawson
  5. You!

Leave a comment if you like about your favourite artists and tracks