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If you’re obsessed with music as much as you’re obsessed with the SEO industry then hopefully you’ll like this post…

For those unfamiliar with, it’s a service that “scrobbles” your plays from your devices, working with all the usual suspects: Windows Media Player, iTunes, Winamp, Spotify… a full list (of apparently 600!) can be found here.

After befriending a few SEOs via my profile, I thought I’d put together a list of SEOs who actively use the service!

Want your profile added to this list?

If you’d like to be added to the list, please tweet me, email me or leave a comment below. Here’s the criteria though:

  • You must work in SEO (or at least something closely related: digital marketing, inbound marketing, etc.),
  • Your profile must’ve seen some activity within the last 30 days,
  • Both individual and agency profiles are welcome (e.g. if the latter is an office playlist).

I’m happy to add everyone/anyone who gets in touch, but given the industry that we operate in, if it seems like you’re only doing it to get the link(s) then I might still say no…

Anyway, here we go… Individuals first (alphabetical by surname), then Agencies. Enjoy…!


Dan Alderson photoDan Alderson – pinje84 / @pinje
No. of scrobbles: 125k+!
Top 3 Artists:
1. Reel Big Fish
2. Killswitch Engage
3. Metallica
Top Song: “Beer” by Reel Big Fish

Hannah Brown photoHannah Brown – 20thCenturyGirl / / @iamhannahb
No. of scrobbles: 75k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. Blur
2. Troubled Hubble
3. Air
Top Song: “Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn and John

Gary Buchan photoGary Buchan – swerveball / @garybuchan
No. of scrobbles: 90k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. RJD2
2. Amadou & Mariam
3. Santigold
Top Song: “Poorboy Lover Megamix” by RJD2

Daniel Callis photoDaniel Callis – CALLIS / @callis1987
No. of scrobbles: 100k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. Thursday
2. Alexisonfire
3. Every Time I Die
Top Song: “Overdose” by Single Mothers

Anthony Randall photoAnthony Randall – tonyxrandall (breaking the alphabetical streak ‘cos he wanted to be next to Callis) / @tonyxrandall
No. of scrobbles: 2k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. Alkaline Trio
2. Cloakroom
3. Dinosaur Jr.
Top Song: “Lossed Over” by Cloakroom

Jane Copland photoJane Copland – coplandmj / / @jane_copland
No. of scrobbles: 20k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. The Killers
2. Arcade Fire
3. Alabama 3
Top Song: “City With No Children” by Arcade Fire

Tom Critchlow photoTom Critchlow – tomcritchlow / @tomcritchlow
No. of scrobbles: 30k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. The National
2. Florence + the Machine
3. Snow Patrol
Top Song: “Granada” by Emilio de Benito

Will Critchlow photoWill Critchlow – willcritchlow / / @willcritchlow
No. of scrobbles: 15k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. Daft Punk
2. Journey
3. Faithless
Top Song: “Stronger” by Kanye West

Matt Davies photoMatt Davies – seotunes / / @matt_davies
No. of scrobbles: 6k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. The National
2. Broken Social Scene
3. Frightened Rabbit
Top Song: “July Flame” by Laura Veirs

Ksenia Dobreva photoKsenia Dobreva – kseniadobreva / @massaraksh_
No. of scrobbles: 200+
Top 3 Artists:
1) Brian Tyler
2) Atlantica
3) Avicii
Top Song: “Wake Me Up” by Avicii

Gus Ferguson photoGus Ferguson – Rakeye / @GusQuad
No. of scrobbles: 50k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. Fujiya & Miyagi
2. Orbital
3. Kings of Convenience
Top Song: “Set the Fire to the Third Bar” by Snow Patrol

Ben Gallivan photoBen Gallivan – llundain / / @BenLikesMusic
No. of scrobbles: 55k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. The Chap
2. Aloha
3. Pavement
Top Song: “Daily Routine” by Animal Collective

Jamie Giberti photoJamie Giberti – JeebsUK / @JamieGiberti
No. of scrobbles: 75k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. Metallica
2. Trivium
3. In Flames
Top Song: “Dying In Your Arms” by Trivium

Pete Handley photoPete Handley – ismepete / @ismepete
No. of scrobbles: 30k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. The Black Keys
2. Raphael Saadiq
3. Lupe Fiasco
Top Song: “Hallelujah I Love Her So” by Ray Charles

Kumail Hemani photoKumail Hemani – krhemani / @KRHemani
No. of scrobbles: 3k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. Selena Gomez & the Scene
2. Ashley Tisdale
3. Hilary Duff
Top Song: “Who Says” by Selena Gomez & the Scene

Tom Howlett photoTom Howlett – howlettman / @tomohowlett
No. of scrobbles: 95k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. Chris Brown
2. Young Love
3. The Starting Line
Top Song: “Air Love” by Yung Ram

Kieron Hughes photoKieron Hughes – kerant / @kieronhughes
No. of scrobbles: 25k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. The Shins
2. Cake
3. Alt-J
Top Song: “Australia” by The Shins

Andrew Isidoro photoAndrew Isidoro – andrew_isidoro / @Andrew_Isidoro
No of scrobbles: 100+
Top 3 Artists:
1. Linkin Park
2. Metallica
3. Kings Of Leon
Top Song: “1Stp Klosr” by Linkin Park

Jess Joyce photoJess Joyce – tripstar / @jessjoyce
No. of scrobbles: 15k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. Radiohead
2. Two Door Cinema Club
3. Green Day
Top Song: “Leave It” by Bombay Bicycle Club

Stephen Kenwright photoStephen Kenwright – gjis4genius / @skenwright88
No. of scrobbles: 300+
Top 3 Artists:
1. Converge
2. Deftones
3. AxeWound
Top Song: “Cold” by AxeWound

Nick Ker photoNick Ker – nickker1 / @Ker_Nick
No. of scrobbles: 30k+
Top 3 Artists:
2. Supersuckers
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers
Top Song: “Hey Ya!” by Supersuckers

Chris Lake photoChris Lake – chrislake / @lakey
No. of scrobbles: 65k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
2. Stereolab
3. John Maus
Top Song: “Lover Of Mine” by Beach House

Alessio Madeyski photoAlessio Madeyski – madealessio / @madeale
No. of scrobbles: 25k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. Nine Inch Nails
2. Aphex Twin
3. LCD Soundsystem
Top Song: “The Hand That Feeds” by Nine Inch Nails

Sam Maher photoSam Maher – samuhell / @swmaher
No. of scrobbles: 100k+!
Top 3 Artists:
1. Why?
2. Do Make Say Think
3. My Morning Jacket
Top Song: “Rubber Traits” by Why?

Kenny Martin photoKenny Martin – kennethlmartin / / @kennethlmartin
No. of scrobbles: 15k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. múm
2. Tom Waits
3. Radiohead
Top Song: “Dancing Behind My Eyelids” by múm

Matt McGee photoMatt McGee – MattMcGee / / @mattmcgee
No. of scrobbles: 215k+!!! (whoa…)
Top 3 Artists:
1. U2
2. Coldplay
3. R.E.M.
Top Song: “The World I Know” by Collective Soul

Steve Morgan photoSteve Morgan (me!) – dead_troubador / / @steviephil
No. of scrobbles: 70k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. Rocket From The Crypt
2. The Wildhearts
3. Drive-By Truckers
Top Song: “On A Rope” by Rocket From The Crypt

Christian Oliveira photoChristian Oliveira – DjCristianPeich / @christian_wilde
No. of scrobbles: 55k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. Radiohead
2. Muse
3. Nirvana
Top Song: “Karma Police” by Radiohead

Bill Sebald photoBill Sebald – billthemountain / @billsebald
No. of scrobbles: 2k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. Frank Zappa
2. Hot Chip
3. of Montreal
Top Song: “Peaches en Regalia” by Frank Zappa

Richard Shove photoRichard Shove – Bravetart / / @RichardShove
No. of scrobbles: 40k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. Nine Inch Nails
2. Nirvana
3. Fear Factory
Top Song: “Replica” by Fear Factory

Mike Smith photoMike Smith – yesmike / @smit_faced
No. of scrobbles: 35k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. Dads
2. Sufjan Stevens
3. Glocca Morra
Top Song: “Hot & Informed” by Glocca Morra

Charlie Southwell photoCharlie Southwell – charliesaidthat / / @charliesaidthat
No. of scrobbles: 20k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. Foo Fighters
2. Gorillaz
3. Daft Punk
Top Song: “Drama Queen” by Switches

Mark Traphagen photoMark Traphagen – trappermark / @marktraphagen
No. of scrobbles: 15k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. The Mountain Goats
2. Sufjan Stevens
3. Jack Johnson
Top Song: “No Children” by The Mountain Goats

Aaron Wheeler photoAaron Wheeler – gwydon / @aaron_wheeler
No. of scrobbles: 80k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. Sufjan Stevens
2. of Montreal
3. The Decemberists
Top Song: “The Crane Wife 3” by The Decemberists

Philip Woodward photoPhilip Woodward – philmoomp
No. of scrobbles: 70k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. Belle and Sebastian
2. The Beatles
3. The Smiths
Top Song: “You Are The Light (by which I travel into this and that)” by Jens Lekman

Rhys Wynne photoRhys Wynne – rhyswynne / / @rhyswynne
No. of scrobbles: 10k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. Frank Turner
2. Amy Macdonald
3. Muse
Top Song: “Word Up” by Gun


Branded3 logoBranded3 – Branded_3 / @Branded_3
No. of scrobbles: 25k+
Top 3 Artists:
1. Muse
2. Radiohead
3. Bloc Party
Top Song: “Take On Me” by Reel Big Fish

Digital Essence logoDigital Essence – DigitalEssence / @Digital_Essence
No. of scrobbles: 900+
Top 3 Artists:
1. Ben Sims
2. Robert Hood
3. James Ruskin
Top Song: “Rockoon” by Adam Beyer & Henrik B

Interesting stats

(Note: Based on stats on initial publication – so it may not contain up-to-date/altered stats if more’ers get added in the future!)

Highest scrobbler? Matt McGee, with an amazing 215k+ scrobbles as I type this (219,601 to be exact)! We are not worthy, good sir…!

Most popular artist out of the Top 3’s? Radiohead, who appeared 3 times. Artists that appeared twice: Daft Punk, Muse, Nine Inch Nails.*

Everyone’s Top Song was not only unique, but from a unique artist, too.*

* The first update has rendered both of these statements now untrue. Well… Radiohead is still first, but with 4 mentions, and Muse now has 3. Top Songs no longer have unique artists across the board anymore, with 2 songs by Reel Big Fish now.

Speaking of which…

Spotify playlist!

Parental Advisory imageOh and I’ve made a Spotify playlist of everyone’s favourite songs (if they’re available – I think there was only one song that wasn’t):

SEOs on – Top Songs

Please bear in mind that – at the time of typing – I don’t know if any contain swearing, etc., so the usually ‘potentially NSFW’ disclaimer applies… 🙂

Further reading listening

Here are a few more SEO/music links for your viewing pleasure:

[Image credits: logo from their site; all profile images lovingly borrowed from each person’s Twitter profile (if you have an issue with me using them, please let me know and I’ll remove them!); Parental Advisory: Leo Reynolds]


  • 01/02/13 – Added Dan Alderson and Christian Oliveira
  • 06/02/13 – Added Gary Buchan and Gus Ferguson
  • 09/02/13 – Added Hannah Brown and Matt Davies
  • 22/02/12 – Added Andrew Isidoro
  • 03/03/13 – Added Nick Ker
  • 19/03/13 – Added Mark Traphagen
  • 17/04/13 – Added Digital Essence
  • 08/01/14 – Added Tom Howlett
  • 14/01/14 – Added Bill Sebald (#SEBALD!) and Ksenia Dobreva
  • 21/02/15 – Added Daniel Callis
  • 25/03/15 – Added Kumail Hemani and Philip Woodward
  • 16/10/15 – Added Anthony Randall
  • 20/03/16 – Added Mike Smith


  • Emma

    February 1, 2013 at 1:09 pm Reply

    Yeah, the Branded3 top song is “Take on Me” – it’s kind of a joke in this office. When we first started using LastFM, it was played to death (I don’t know why) to the point where people would skip it and then people would start song wars over it. Before coming to this office I didn’t know how many version of Take on Me existed… AND… there are a lot…

    • Steve

      February 1, 2013 at 1:40 pm Reply

      Cool! 🙂 Yeah I knew of RBF’s version as well the original, but are there really that many other cover versions around? Might try and find some this aft…

      • Emma

        February 1, 2013 at 1:45 pm Reply

        There are a LOT of versions and I don’t know who keeps putting them on! Some of them are awful!

    • Stephen Kenwright

      February 1, 2013 at 4:03 pm Reply

      Surely Take on Me is a joke everywhere…?

      Thanks for the mention Steve!

      • Steve

        February 1, 2013 at 4:25 pm Reply

        Hehe, fair point…! 😉

      • Emma

        February 1, 2013 at 4:57 pm Reply

        Take on me was always fun on singstar… but then again… singstar is a joke…

  • Rhys

    February 1, 2013 at 2:04 pm Reply

    Thanks Steve for the mention 🙂

    To explain my favourite tune, it’s from my professional wrestling days (I was a manager, can’t wrestle), that was my entrance theme so played it a fair few times….

    • Steve

      February 1, 2013 at 2:11 pm Reply

      Ahh cool! 🙂 To be fair it’s a cool song – the only problem is that I’m constantly reminded of me the Mel B (of Spice Girls fame) cover version!

  • Peter Handley

    February 1, 2013 at 2:04 pm Reply

    I’m not surprised to see “Hallelujah I Love Her So” as my top song of all time – I was practising singing along to this tune ready to sing with a live band at my 30th Birthday Party, which I dubbed “PeteStock”… was good fun. The other song I sang that night I’m surprised I’ve listened to 27 times fewer (but was still song number 2) being Van Morrisons Bright Side of the Road – I struggled with learning the words properly to that song, so would have thought I might have listened to at least as often…

    Interesting post – gonna get adding some new contacts on now (though, I had a few of this list in place already) 🙂

    • Steve

      February 1, 2013 at 10:28 pm Reply

      Hehe yeah, I’ve got a few of those: songs I’ve performed live and so I’ve listened to them a few times over in order to learn the words and chords and such. Joseph Arthur’s “In The Sun” is the highest (85 plays), although it was also mine and Emma’s wedding song, so that probably nudged it up even further and all!

      I’m even ashamed to say that songs I’ve written are on there. I think they’ve had 2-300 scrobbles? It’s for (re)learning purposes, not because I’m egotistical… honest! 😉

  • Alessio

    February 1, 2013 at 2:35 pm Reply

    ah music!
    big love of mine!
    thanks for including me here! lately, I’m listening a lot to Foo Fighters! I discovered them quite late, but I fell in love immediately, especially with their latest album “Wasting Light”.

    And today I’m gonna watch the “Sound City” documentary directed by Grohl … and I’m sure I’m gonna discover a lot of new music!

    • Steve

      February 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm Reply

      I grew up with the Foos… one of the first rock bands I got into as a teen. I first fell in love with The Colour And The Shape (aka TCATS!) and I remember getting There Is Nothing Left to Lose the day it came out. I lost interest with later albums, but think Wasting Light is a brilliant return to form: particularly “Rope,” “Arlandria” and “Walk” (the last of which I performed at the BrightonSEO after-party karaoke in April 2012, haha)!

  • Aaron Wheeler

    February 4, 2013 at 9:46 pm Reply

    Awesome list Steve! Thanks for sharing and for building the list.

    • Steve

      February 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm Reply

      No problem! 🙂 I checked out some of Montreal tracks earlier today (I’m already very familiar with the other two in your Top 3)!

  • Emma

    February 15, 2013 at 1:37 pm Reply

    Suggestion: SEOs on Pinterest. It’d be a great way to see who works with what clients via what infographics they post… I mean um… SEOs always post really cool stuff on Pinterest. They all seem to have similar tastes in humour (which is the only reason I visit Pinterest)

  • Nick Ker

    March 3, 2013 at 6:03 am Reply

    I almost forgot was scrobble-stalking me until I found my way to this article.
    I’ve been using a long time, so I get a kick out of seeing what I was into at different times. About 5 or 6 years ago, I somehow managed to leave iTunes playing a rather short playlist in a loop over night and my stats are skewed. I mean, I do like Super Suckers and NoFX – but not THAT much!

    • Steve

      March 3, 2013 at 9:13 am Reply

      Hey, there’s nothing wrong with Supersuckers! 😉

      I’ve just added you to the list BTW!

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