In a fit of idle curiosity, I just had a look at my listening statistics from last.fm for the past year, to see what I've been listening to.
In the past year, my last.fm account recorded 15,139 "scrobbles" (last.fm's term for a play through of a track), or an average of 41 per day. Those scrobbles were spread across 5,013 unique tracks on 1,397 albums by 894 artists.
My top 10 artists of 2015 were:
1. Paradise Lost
4. The 69 Eyes
6. Rotting Christ
9. BBC Radio 4 (Er, one of these things is not like the others)
10. Lacuna Coil
(If you drop the non-musical "BBC Radio 4" off the list, then the next artist on the list is My Dying Bride.)
That makes 3 artists from the U.K., 2 from Sweden, 2 from Finland, and one each from Portugal, Greece, and Italy.
My top 10 albums of the year map pretty closely to the most recent releases by my top artists. My top songs of the year, on the other hand, are all ones that feature on the "soundtrack" playlists I put together for the role-playing game I'm playing in.
Here are the top 10 songs:
1. The 69 Eyes, "I'm Ready"
2. ムック (MUCC), "Fukuro No Yurikago"
3. Paradise Lost, "So Much Is Lost"
4. Woods of Ypres, "Wet Leather"
5. Moonspell, "The Last of Us"
6. The 69 Eyes, "Love Runs Away"
7. Vallenfyre, "Splinters"
8. Tiamat, "Whatever That Hurts"
9. Twilight of the Gods, "Destiny Forged in Blood"
10. Katatonia, "My Twin"
After Spotify's Year in Music thing last year made it painfully obvious that I listen to metal, and metal, and also metal, I did actually make an effort to broaden my listening this year. I do feel that I succeeded, although clearly not in any way that made a dent in my top 10. (And besides, there are 3,353 Finnish metal bands
listed on metal-archives, and I haven't yet heard them all.)