The Two-Minute Man: First 100 Songs Breakdown
I wasn't kidding when I said I had an Excel spreadsheet. I'm not sure what good it does me, but here's an attempt at breaking down the first 100 songs featured on everyone's favorite Friday diversion (yeah, you heard me, Cillizza), The Two-Minute Man. It was a minor miracle not to hear any repeats through the first hundred songs, although that streak was snapped this week. (And not in a good way; check back tomorrow.) If there are any breakdowns you'd be interested in seeing in the future, give a shout.
Artists With Multiple Plays
Tom Petty (5)
Bruce Springsteen (4)
The Beatles (3)
The Rolling Stones (3)
Collective Soul (2)
Elvis Costello (2)
Led Zeppelin (2)
The Pretenders (2)
The Who (2)
No real surprises here, except for Collective Soul, of course. Still trying to figure that one out. If someone were to lay odds before Week 1 on who would top this category, Petty probably would have been even money. Eddie Money, meanwhile, would have been 10,000:1.
Male - 92
Female - 7
Chipmunk - 1
This one's kind of an eye-opener. Blondie, Colbie Caillat, Natalie Merchant, Patti Smith, Sheryl Crow, the Pretenders (x2). That's it for the ladies. (Coldplay was counted in the "male" category, for the record.)
1950s - 1
1960s - 8
1970s - 16
1980s - 33
1990s - 21
2000s - 21
I guess it's a bit surprising to see the '60s with only a handful of tunes, but otherwise this is about what you'd expect. The '50s song was that horrible Chipmunks thing from Christmas Day.
First Place Winners
Tom Petty (2)
The Rolling Stones
The three names in the middle stick out: Gary Numan, Gnarls Barkley, Steely Dan. The Clash would seem to be a better fit than Gnarls Barkley, but "Crazy" is still amazing and "London Calling" isn't one of my five favorite songs on that album.
Last Place Losers
Puddle of Mudd
The less said about this group, the better.
Songs By Members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
42.5 (41 for real, with half credit to Robert Plant, Sting and Steve Winwood, who were all inducted in bands)
Most Surprising Absences
I'd be shocked to make it through another hundred songs without hearing from these bands.
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