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

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

7 thoughts on “Five artists, five songs”

  1. Hmmm. Also with the aid of, my top five artists would appear to be:

    1. Fish
    2. Queen
    3. Marillion
    4. Spacehog
    5. Heart

    And again using, my favourite tracks by each of those would be:


    4. Cruel to be kind

  2. 1. Long cold day by Fish
    2. Fat bottomed girls by Queen
    3. Garden party by Marillion
    4. Cruel to be kind by Spacehog
    5. Crazy on you by Heart

    Hmmm. No idea how Fat Bottomed Girls got in there. I wouldn’t even put it in my top 10 Queen songs. I’d have placed Hammer to Fall, Good old fashioned lover boy and Killer Queen at the top of the pile…

    Pretty much agree with the others, although I would have thought that Heart of Lothian would have topped Garden Party…


  3. Very difficult to keep to 5 songs, and there’s no scientific process. But here goes:

    1. Alice Cooper – Under my Wheels (Fistful of Alice – Live)
    2. Led Zeppelin – Since I been loving you (The BBC Sessions Disc 2)
    3. The Smiths – How soon is now (Morrissey Live at Earls Court)
    4. Jeff Healey – Yer Blues (The very best of Jeff Healey)
    5. Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah (Grace)

    The first four are based on artists I’ve always liked – Schools Out was the second single I ever bought. I saw Jeff Healey back in 1988 or 89 in Glasgow and he was mind blowing… saw him again last year and sad to say it was disappointment, but I see that in a different light since his death last week.

    And Jeff Buckley – well that’d always be in my top 5 tracks even if he wouldn’t be in my top 5 favourite artists.

    I listed the source albums in case anyone wants to download them.

  4. Done it on LJ!

    Seeing as my Itunes is borked just now, i’ll do this from a nearly dead ipod.

    1. Alice Cooper – Sister Sara – Dragontown
    2. Metallica – Sanitarium – Master of Puppets
    3. Iron Maiden – Infinite Dreams – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
    4. Ozzy Osborne – Crazy Train – Hits of Ozzy
    5. Weird Al – Your Horoscope for Today

    Hmmm… Not as odd as it could be! 😀

    People to do it (if they’ve got time/can be arsed):

    Flt Lt Bear
    Everyone else!


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