Captured By The Game
The “most unwanted scrobbles” page on last.fm is here.
(Unwanted Scrobbles is a list of tunes that Last.fm detects a listener playing, but the listener elects to hide that he or she has been playing them from other Last.fm users.)
Note: Only one song by a man in the top ten, that being “Fireflies” by Owl City. After that, it’s all woman until the non-white, multi-racial, cross-gender Black Eyed Peas at #17. (I’m counting Paramore, a band fronted by a woman, as a female act.) Then there’s teenage heartthrob Justin Bieber at #35, Coldplay at #36 and, rounding out the top 40, Kings of Leon. That is, on a list made up of songs people are ashamed to let others know they’re listening to, women consist of 87.5 per cent. White men consist of 7.5%.
(And, yes, a lot of the Top 40 consists of Lady GaGa. But even if her inclusion reflected hostility to her artistry rather than her gender, there’s enough evidence in the rest of the list to suspect that, en masse, Last.fm users can’t bear to let people know they listen to songs by women.)
Tom’s column is excellent, by the way. You should check it out.