Since my wife bought me my first in iPod in 2003, my music listening patterns could a) be better described and b) highly focused on new music.
I looked at the average listens by decade to prove this out in more detail:
- 2010s: 18.39 minutes per song (965 hours spent listening to music in 2010s) – still too new, but will likely pass 2000s
- 2000s: 25.52 minutes per song (3882 hours spent listening to music in 2000s)
- 1990s: 17.43 minutes per song (1875 hours spent listening to music in 1990s) – impressive since all this music would be old at time of data collection
- 1980s: 9.19 minutes per song (149 hours spent listening to music in 1980s)
- 1970s: 8.87 minutes per song (42 hours spent listening to music in 1970s)
- 1960s: 9.64 minutes per song (32 hours spent listening to music in 1960s)
So, picking favorite albums from decades earlier than 1990s is highly influenced by what I still listen to and not necessarily what I loved at the time.
Its still fun to look through the data and see favorites from yesteryear (links will light up, when i put content out there)