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)
Coldplay (3)
The Rolling Stones (3)
Collective Soul (2)
Elvis Costello (2)
INXS (2)
Led Zeppelin (2)
R.E.M. (2)
The Pretenders (2)
The Who (2)
U2 (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.

Gender Breakdown
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.)

Decade Breakdown
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)
Bob Dylan
Bruce Springsteen
Gary Numan
Gnarls Barkley
Steely Dan
The Ramones
The Rolling Stones
The Smiths

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
Dishwalla
Eric Clapton
Iggy Pop
Jack Johnson
Live
Puddle of Mudd
Steve Winwood
Sting
Supertramp
The Chipmunks

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
The Cars
Foo Fighters
The Doors
The Police
Counting Crows

I'd be shocked to make it through another hundred songs without hearing from these bands.

By David Malitz |  January 24, 2008; 12:46 PM ET Two-Minute Man
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just want to go on record:

a). nice break-down; who'da thunk the music geek was also a numbers nerd? (which would also appeal to the rest of us music geek/# nerds); and

b). 2 minute man is a great feature -- keep up the good work.

(oh, and I'll still quibble about you picking gnarlz over ANY clash, any day of the week....)

Posted by: Anonymous | January 24, 2008 1:53 PM

So where's the spreadsheet?

Posted by: Lindemann | January 24, 2008 2:00 PM

OK, Lindemann, spreadsheet is linked at the top of this entry. So now everyone can play along!

Posted by: David | January 24, 2008 2:07 PM

I hear the Cars at least twice a week; Bob Marley at least three times a week (once in a set with Clapton's version of I Shot the Sheriff). Squeeze about once a week (always Pulling Muscles ...) Simple Minds at least once a week (always Breakfast Club). What's cray is that I barely listen to the radio, but I already recognize these trends. Why hasn't radio died from embarrasment yet?

Posted by: Jet Age Eric | January 24, 2008 2:44 PM

Thank you. This is truly a full-service website.

Posted by: Lindemann | January 24, 2008 3:31 PM

So much information. Man, the Globe should hire you as a consultant to keep things honest. Who knew Weasel was a sexist?

Posted by: Tidbit | January 25, 2008 10:42 AM

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