I created an iTunes playlist featuring every song from The Cool New Music Series. Here are some statistics.
1) There are 945 tracks in total, by 479 different bands. The entire thing is four seconds shy of taking exactly 2.5 days to listen through. Day one of listening ends 10 seconds into “In Liverpool” by Suzanne Vega. You’ll hit day two during “Ready Steady Go” by Paul Oakenfold.
2) Depeche Mode appears the most often, at 23 tracks. Second is R.E.M. with 22, and Shriekback rounds out the top spots with 18.
3) The single album most tracks came from is the Melody Maker Indie Top 20 volume 9 compilation, which hosted six tracks. But that hardly counts. A number of albums provided five tracks: Automatic (The Jesus and Mary Chain), Black Celebration (Depeche Mode), The Stone Roses (The Stone Roses), and Welcome Interstate Managers (Fountains of Wayne).
4) Longest song is “Welcome to the Pleasuredome (Remix)” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, at 9:40. The shortest is “Wedding March” by Wendy Carlos at 1:17.
5) The hundredth (100, 200, etc) tracks: “Dear God” (XTC), “Armageddon Days are Here (Again)” (The The), “There She Goes” (The La’s), “Walking in My Shoes” (Depeche Mode), “Next Year” (Foo Fighters), “Porcelain” (Moby), “Maps” (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), “Such Great Heights” (The Postal Service), “357” (The Minders)
6) The average song time is 3 minutes, 49 seconds. Five tracks meet this average: “Don’t Pay the Ferryman” (Chris DeBurgh), “Invisible Rays” (Shriekback), “6 Underground” (Sneaker Pimps), “An Innocent Fiction” (Erin McKeown), “Generator” (Foo Fighters).
7) The numerical midpoint (track 473) is “Cheeky Monkey” by Artificial Joy Club. The temporal midpoint is during “Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis.
8) Of the 479 bands, 316 of them only had one song featured. Of the bands with multiple songs, the average number of included songs is 3.8, but I think the outliers are skewing that up. I don’t remember enough stats to properly calculate this.
9) Apparently I will like your song more if it begins with the letter S. If it begins with the letter X, you’re flat out of luck.
10) Ratio of Radiohead songs to Mighty Lemon Drops songs: 1 to 4.