A blog about Bloomsbury Academic's 33 1/3 series, our other books about music, and the world of sound in general.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

One through forty-nine

Ahh - the end of the financial year here at Continuum HQ, and the start of the next one. Always a time for much head-scratching, back-scratching, and other forms of scratching both celebratory and punitive.

It's a good time to take stock of how the 33 1/3 series is ticking along, so here is the bang-up-to-date league table. Some of these books have been knocking around for almost four years now, and some have only just seen the light of day, so comparisons are always tricky. But make of this what you will...


1. Neutral Milk Hotel
2. The Kinks
3. The Smiths
4. The Rolling Stones
5. The Velvet Underground
6. Pink Floyd
7. Joy Division
8. Radiohead
9. The Beatles
10. Love
11. The Beach Boys
12. DJ Shadow
13. Led Zeppelin
14. Neil Young
15. Beastie Boys
16. David Bowie
17. Dusty Springfield
18. Jimi Hendrix
19. The Replacements
20. Bob Dylan
21. Jeff Buckley
22. The Pixies
23. My Bloody Valentine
24. The Band
25. Prince
26. The Ramones
27. R.E.M.
28. Bruce Springsteen
29. The Byrds
30. James Brown
31. Elvis Costello
32. The Who
33. Jethro Tull
34. Abba
35. Sly and the Family Stone
36. Nirvana
37. Sonic Youth
38. Guided by Voices
39. Stone Roses
40. The MC5
41. Captain Beefheart
42. Stevie Wonder
43. The Minutemen
44. Magnetic Fields
45. Steely Dan
46. Guns N Roses
47. PJ Harvey
48. Joni Mitchell
49. A Tribe Called Quest



Nik said...

Pretty fascinating that a band 95% of Americans have never heard of is perched so securely at the top. Great book though, one of the best in the series to date.

Anonymous said...

I saw the Tribe book being sold and several differnt record stores in the Bay Area. That's smart.

red-marbles said...

nik>> as you say, 95% of the americans might never have heard of them but lucky there's a whole world containing billions of people outside the us.

Forget about me, how about you. said...

I must say that the 33 1/3 is the only book about NMH, but the other artists have several about them. That might contribute to it being number 1.