The Best Music Recommender in the World – how it works and who is winning

It started as a way to brighten up my lockdown work hours. Now it is a fierce battle of music suggesting to which there can ONLY BE ONE WINNER! (Winner! winner!)

It’s the The Best Music Recommender In The World… competition… thing.

So, every weekend I will listen to records by bands that begin with the same letter (A on week one, B on week two, etc). On Saturday those bands must be from Europe, and on Sunday the rest of the world. The catch is that I can’t listen to more than two bands from any country on any day.

You recommend the bands. I listen to them and then share my thoughts on those choices on this website. At the end of the weekend I award points to the people who made the best suggestions.

Obviously, you have more chance of getting your choice on the playlist if you pick something from somewhere that isn’t the UK or the US, as I can only pick two from each country. Any choice could get you the points though. Any genre. Any country. Any era. Surprise me, yeah?

Oh, and yes, I know recommender isn’t a word.

The Leaderboard
(last updated after X)
  1. Willam Mallin – 409 points
  2. Sleepy – 384.5 points
  3. Picky Bastards – 384 points
  4. Georgia Boon – 357 points
  5. jummo70 – 338 points
  6. Nick Rayney – 317 points
  7. Em – 310.5 points
  8. Daniel Carpenter – 307.5 points
  9. Mat Pringle – 298 points
  10. Hannah Hunt – 292 points
  11. George Sandison – 283.5 points
  12. Neal – 283 points
  13. Dave Hartley – 274.5 points
  14. Desmond – 268.5 points
  15. Fat Roland – 265 points
  16. Slugger – 262 points
  17. Adrian Slatcher – 249.5 points
  18. Graham Cox – 241 points
  19. Donna Morris – 238 points
  20. Plashing Vole – 237.5 points
  21. Chris Bissette – 234 points
  22. Dan – 227 points
  23. Tom. – 216 points
  24. Graeme – 198 points
  25. Rebecca Holland – 189 points
  26. David Coates – 188.5 points
  27. James Park – 183.5 points
  28. Dan Edmonds – 133 points
  29. Sean Rhodes – 123 points
  30. Beth Woodward – 100 points
  31. Benjo – 97 points
  32. James Beck – 85 points
  33. Geisterhaus – 80.5 points
  34. subfuscus – 73 points
  35. Socrates Adams – 64 points
  36. Chris AKA ‘Pet Idiot’ – 60 points
  37. Nick Portnell – 55 points
  38. Adam Farrer – 52 points
  39. Jim Peeeeeeeeee – 42 points
  40. Saul Hay Gallery – 38 points
  41. DOCTOR PRINCESS IN ISOLATION – 36 points
    Nicholas Royle – 36 point
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  42. Kate Feld – 34 points
  43. Sam Whyte – 33 points
  44. John Power Jr – 30 points
  45. Mallen181 – 29 points
    Aimee Parsons – 29 points
  46. Tom A – 27 points
  47. Dangerous – 25 points
    Nicola Mostyn – 25 points
    Stephen Beer – 25 points
    Mark Holt – 25 points
  48. Iain McGregor – 23 points
  49. Dan Powell – 22 points
    Kerrie Ann Gardener – 22 points
  50. Alex Stone – 20 point
  51. Richard Jones – 19 points
  52. expletive undeleted – 16 points
  53. Renlau Outil – 13 points
    David White – 13 points
  54. David Church – 12 points
    Caroline Oakley – 12 points
    Bruno Di Gradi – 12 points
  55. Zaacc – 11 points
  56. Miranda Whiting – 10 points
    Mark Powell – 10 points
    Tinky Winky’s Handbag – 10 points
  57. Rachel Bentley – 8 points
    Scout Tzofiya Bolton – 8 points
  58. Tom is alert – 5 points
    Monsterlander – 5 points
  59. Lucy Lapwing – 4 points
    Cheryl Sonnier – 4 points
    Rufus Hound – 4 points
    Justin Chisnall – 4 points
    James Hannah –  4 points

  60. Matt Tuckey – 3 points
  61. Kate – 2 points
    bernard pilon – 2 points
    Black Caviar Music – 2 points
  62. Marv – 1 point
    Russell Hope – 1 point
    em – 1 point

    Tom Mason – 1 point
    Nightjar Press – 1 point

I realise that 2 should be 4=, 3 should be 7=, etc, but not how to make the blog do that. It should sort itself out in a couple of weeks once the scores start separating out a bit.