KCRW’s Top 100 Artists of 2011

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KCRW’s Berkeley Street Sessions featuring Little Dragon – May 26, 2011 Photo by Jeremiah Garcia

Now this is an interesting list. Statistics do not lie.

We’ve offered you the opportunity to get to know the top tens of our DJs from albums, to songs, to cover songs, to EPs…. but here is a list of the top 100 artists whose tunes have graced the airwaves of KCRW throughout the year, across all of our shows!

Here is the top artists along with the number of plays they got on air across the many DJs of KCRW. Any surprises!?

(p.s.: the number after each band name is the # of total spins they got in 2011)

1 Little Dragon 277

2 Raphael Saadiq 233

3 Adele 189

4 Radiohead 186

5 Metronomy 174

6 My Morning Jacket 168

7 Gotye 165

8 SBTRKT 164

9 Toro Y Moi 156

10 PJ Harvey 149

Here are the rest! 
11 Beastie Boys 149
12 Tune-Yards 146
13 TV on the Radio 145
14 Friendly Fires 138
15 Wilco 127
16 Rome Dangermouse & Daniele Luppi 126
17 Mia Doi Todd 117
18 The Kills 116
19 Portugal. The Man 115
20 Jamiroquai 114
21 Fool’s Gold 113
22 Diego Garcia 113
23 DJ Cam 112
24 White Denim 111
25 Moby 111
26 Anna Calvi 111
27 Toro Y Moi Freaking Out EP 109
28 Decemberists 106
29 Bibio 106
30 Jessica Lea Mayfield 102
31 The Horrors 100
32 Peter Bjorn & John 100
33 Lykke Li 98
34 Belle Brigade 98
35 Iron & Wine 96
36 Black Keys 95
37 Thundercat 94
38 Foster the People 94
39 Motopony 94
40 Bjork 93
41 Tom Waits 90
42 Fleet Foxes 90
43 Elbow 90
44 Van Hunt 89
45 Meshell Ndegeocello 89
46 Feist 89
47 Death Cab for Cutie 89
48 The Strokes 88
49 Arctic Monkeys 86
50 St. Vincent 85
51 Michael Kiwanuka 85
52 DJ Shadow 84
53 M83 83
54 Red Hot & Rio 2 82
55 Ryan Adams 81
56 Daedelus 81
57 Thievery Corporation 80
58 Washed Out 79
59 The Stepkids 78
60 James Pants 77
61 James Blake 71
62 Cold War Kids 68
63 Brett Dennen 68
64 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. 67
65 Vetiver 66
66 Tokimonsta 66
67 Tinariwen 66
68 Kraak & Smaak 66
69 John Tejada 66
70 Dengue Fever 65
71 Paul Simon 62
72 Grouplove 61
73 Fink 61
74 Rave on Buddy Holly 60
75 Mayer Hawthorne 60
76 Florence & the Machine 60
77 Los Chicharrons 59
78 Gomez 59
79 Cage the Elephant 59
80 Bon Iver 59
81 Tom Vek 58
82 Cut Copy 58
83 Echocentrics 57
84 Cassius 56
85 Voxhaul Broadcast 55
86 The Drums 55
87 Buraka Som Sistema 55
88 Tradi-Mods vs. Rockers 54
89 Lana Del Rey 54
90 Hammock House 54
91 Sofrito compilation 53
92 Mariachi El Bronx 53
93 Deerhoof 53
94 The One AM Radio 51
95 Mocean Worker 51
96 Jimmy Cliff 51
97 Gorillaz The Fall 51
98 Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx 51
99 Zee Avi
100 Gary Clark Jr.