How many songs does it take for you to say you like an artist/band?

The naked desperation for MTV stardom was embarrassing to witness. He doesn't play it live.

Hehe...you make good points. I still can't bring myself to hate the song though. I think he only played that song in that tour only...

To be fair, it is definitely not among my favorites.
 
If they have enough songs I like on an album for me to buy it then I guess I like the band (yes I still buy whole albums).

Some of my favorite bands also have many songs I don't like at all (Zeppelin has some really goofy folk music and blues).

And some bands I don't care for overall have two or three songs that are some of my favorites (early U2, The Fixx).
 
3… exactly 3. Not 2. Not 4.

Three


Hell, I dunno. I’ve been wrong a lot. Thought I liked an artist songs and then a deeper dive… yea No!
so I’m happy the couple few songs I do like.
 
hmmm....that is a tough question...

as I think about it, I feel like most of how i latch on to a group is

1. I hear a song
2. I research the album it came from
3. I listen to the full album

at the end, if I like more than 2 or 3 songs, i give the group a chance

there are sometimes songs where I just hear it once and know that I will like the group.

A Few "single listen to falling in love" examples I remember are:
"Queen Of The Reich" by Queensryche
"Straight Edge" by Minor Threat
"Red Barchetta" by Rush
"Castle Walls" by Styx
"Fata Morgana" by Fates Warning
"Run To The Hills by Iron Maiden
"Puddingtime" by Primus
"Childrens Crusade" by Sting

more recent groups:
"Teeth" by Speed Of Light
"Darkbeat" by Ankor
"We Hope It's A Son" by Purple Negative
"To See Dreams Die" by HARP
"Goverment Whore" by The Pill


and rarely, there will be times where the one song id the only good song by the group

I think it is more prevalent for me to know when I will NOT like a group just by one listen....
 
When I was much younger, I used to listen to entire albums, as many as I could. Somehow that has been lost on me over the years, and reading this thread kinda makes me a bit sad about that fact.

That having been said, I like songs. If a given band has a few songs that I like, no matter which album they came from, I "like them". How many is a few? I dunno, 2-4, perhaps.
 
Just one is all it takes. Mostly right when the singer opens their mouth…
 
How many songs does it take? All of them. The discography. If you've written an album or even a song that loses me, then you're not a band that I invest in.

I have no need to play "my band can beat up your band", so this isn't the place to name my favorites specifically. I certainly appreciate how some fans are alienated by my favorite bands' stylistic or personnel changes (just as I am by many bands as well). Any band who survived to write a discography worth investigating didn't escape being forced to make artistic choices against ugly, industry trend-implosions or internal ego clashes.

So my favorites become the ones whose responses on that mark certainly challenge me, but also thrill me and change me, and ultimately fill me in some way.
By their growth as lyricists, composers and arrangers, I find camaraderie digging back into their discographies, reflecting on how I grew as well, aging right along with them. So their musical evolution becomes the joy of the whole thing, rather than needing to make apologies for an embarrassing album here or there.

By definition then, my favorites are those wherein such band evolutions only reinforce my studied interest and investment in the entirety of their histories, such that I became a kind of student of the band. It's extremely personal, but therefore quite indefensible, obviously. I'm simply fulfilled to trace the development of their entire histories -- from rediscovered, scratchy, garage demo cassettes; to swansong; and finally to memorial tribute boxsets.

Such artists' life catalogues speak to me personally -- musically, lyrically, even philosphically. Not many bands do that for me. A handful do.

That's certainly not to say I don't enjoy other band's music, classic pieces, important songs. But all of that's just jukebox at best, or wallpaper at worst.
 
I really liked Britney Spears when she hit with “Toxic”. Then she went crazy and I lost interest 😕
According to Joe Pytka, when he directed the Pepsi ads with Britney, he claimed he’d never seen such a hard worker. It’s sad to see her decay the way she has.*


*im decaying too, just not like her.
 
According to Joe Pytka, when he directed the Pepsi ads with Britney, he claimed he’d never seen such a hard worker. It’s sad to see her decay the way she has.*


*im decaying too, just not like her.
Oh I’m sure we all are. But I’m sure with her present level of fitness, her “hard work” probably far outpaces mine regardless!
 
I don't know about how many songs, but if the artist has at least one album or EP that I like then I'm interested in hearing more. If there's only one or a couple of songs on a particular release that I care about, then I lose interest (always open to check out something else at a later time though). I'm more of an album person, I like to hear the bigger picture, so to speak.
 
I don't know about how many songs, but if the artist has at least one album or EP that I like then I'm interested in hearing more. If there's only one or a couple of songs on a particular release that I care about, then I lose interest (always open to check out something else at a later time though). I'm more of an album person, I like to hear the bigger picture, so to speak.
I guess when I originally asked the question I was not looking for a very specific number of songs, just do you have to like the entire album, more than one album, or like me, I like some songs on a few albums that if combined would make the perfect album, sometimes 2 perfect albums, or the extreme, maybe 3 perfect albums.
Metallica has a lot of songs that I like but not a single album where every song is a song I like, but if I combined all the songs I do like, I could probably make 5 perfect albums so that puts them up the top, I still would not call them my favorite band, there are other bands that will get close to that as well so no, I don't have a favorite band, I just like a lot of different ones. Also a lot of albums don't really have a theme they just have the band's style to define them.
Other albums do have a theme such as Queensryche's Operation Mindcrime, or Any of the King Diamond albums. Those are meant to be heard from beginning to end because they tell a story and build up with each song. That seems to be becoming a lost art with new artists.
 
Just one , even if its the only one .

Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing

Stories - Brother Louie

Aint Missin You - John Wait

Our Loves in Jeopardy - Greg Kihn Band

Steve Forbert - Isn't Gonna Be That Way

are some examples that grabbed my ears on first hearing .
 
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