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50 Top Tweeters in Music

Whether it’s Kanye West or M.I.A., these effusive folks deliver entertainment 140 characters at a time

Rock stars, of course, express themselves through music. But Twitter, the perfect forum for anyone with a big ego, atrocious grammar and a smartphone, has proven a natural fit for these effusive souls. We've now read enough tweets about tour grub, philosophies of life and Persian rugs the cost of compact cars that we felt compelled to offer this guide to music's top Tweeters. Click through for the folks to follow.

By Amos Barshad

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50

Mandy Moore

@TheMandyMoore

Why You Should Follow Her: The former teen pop-star is not really very active as a musician these days, but as long as she keeps doing stuff like Tweeting photos of Ryan Adams' cracked iPhone screen, we'll be following her.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Another reason to love Fridays…… Bill Maher is back!!! Thank Goodness."

"there's been a lot of jefferson starship playing around the house lately and i gotta say, i'm kinda digging it. :)"

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49

Sondre Lerche

@SondreLerche

Why You Should Follow Him: Lerche's whimsical indie pop is full of understated charm, and so is his feed. Think: Comments on advanced DVD technology and images scouting sessions for music video locations.

Characteristic Tweet:
"Turns out I'm a natural parallel parker. Avoided it for 8 yrs now I do it for laughs. That's right. I just parallel-parked your mind."

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47

Ghostface Killah

@GhostfaceKillah

Why You Should Follow Him: His activity sometimes depends on whether or not he’s in the midst of a promotional cycle, but when it’s on, Ghostface’s feed is garbled and random in the best way. Like most people, Ghostface knows that referencing Ghostface lyrics is never a bad idea.

Characteristic Tweets:
“Fuck That. Run! Cops got guns.”

“Supercalifragalisticexpialidocious. Dociousaliexpifragalisticcalisuper!”

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46

Patrick Wilson (Weezer)

@patrick_wilson

Why You Should Follow Him: Front man Rivers Cuomo is on Twitter too, but Wilson gets the nod for his informative and entertaining links to videos of crazy Russian street-bike riders and such.

Characteristic Tweets:
"haha, if anyone has an Ibanez Jem Swirl project with LEDs in the fretboard let me know"

"U remember 24/7 Spyz? They were always spying, nonstop."

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45

AC/DC

@AC_DC

Why You Should Follow Them: The hard rock legends' feed takes an interesting tack: each Tweet commemorates another day in the history of the band, like a mobile Behind the Music.

Characteristic Tweets:
"January 06, 1953 Malcolm Young, the seventh of eight children, is born to William and Margaret Young in Glasgow, Scotland."

"December 31, 1973 An early incarnation of AC/DC performs what is widely regarded as the band's first ever concert on New Year's Eve at…"

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44

Ryan Leslie

@ryanleslie

Why You Should Follow Him: The producer and performer lets you into his professional life, with Twitpics of studio boards and Grammy Award invitation emails. Doesn't worry about being funny, which can be a real relief on Twitter.

Characteristic Tweets:
"'Rockin' 'Christian Dior Denim Flow' live at the Bowery Ballroom with Kanye West & John Legend. Mike Dean on keys"

"Everyone doing video: please watch out for @Evan_ERogers' killer instinct. And I quote: 'we been killin 'em'."

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43

Pete Wentz

@petewentz

Why You Should Follow Him:The former Fall Out Boy bassist provides hit-or-miss jokes and shout-outs to his music buddies, plus the occasional look into the domestic life of the Simpson-Wentz's.

Characteristic Tweets:
"trying to get @ashsimpsonwentz to go H.A.M. and make a croque-monsieurs late night. "

"i feel like i should not know what saffron or a vinegar reduction is- only i really dont anyway. "

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42

Colin Meloy (The Decemberists)

@colinmeloy

Why You Should Follow Him: Meloy mostly provides useful information on release and tour dates for the dedicated Decemberists fan, plus links to books his friends wrote — but he makes sure to pepper in enough brainy yuks to keep things interesting.

Characteristic Tweets:
"suggest interview question for @spatouttweets. I've got one: is it true the band is an agitprop device for Obama's atheist/socialist agenda?"

"I am listening to Nick Lowe, folks. Nick f&$^ing Lowe."

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41

Damian “Pink Eyes” Abraham (Fucked Up)

@leftfordamian

Why You Should Follow Him: The oft bare-chested hardcore front man is a bit more sincere than one would expect, often focusing on meat-and-potates studio updates and the like.

Characteristic Tweets:
"I can't say whether or not people will like our new record but I can say that making it has been the most challenging experience of my life."

"I think the "Golden Voice" guy has shown us all how willing the world is to help the homeless… as long as they have an exploitable skill."

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40

Paul Van Dyk

@paulvandyk

Why You Should Follow Him: The superstar house DJ comes off fairly mild-mannered on his feed, where links to solemn in-studio Facebook photos dominate. A shocking dearth in references to Ibiza ecstasy parties.

Characteristic Tweets:
"And…back into the studio finishing off the new album! :)"

"Enjoying a day off… :)"

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39

Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand)

@alkapranos

Why You Should Follow Him: The same sharp wit on display in Franz Ferdinand's best lyrics pops up in Kapranos' Twitter.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Does Bob Diamond have the most punchable face in Britain?"

"Listening to chart music makes me feel I've returned to the late '90s: Ace Of Bass, Faithless & insincere saccharine boy bands"

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38

Local Natives

@localnatives

Why You Should Follow Them: Mostly focused on keeping fans informed about pre-sales and tour dates, but with enough funny Tweets to separate themselves from the indie-rock pack.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Playing on Fallon tomorrow if the weather doesn't impede the Spokane->Minneapolis->New York flight. Tune your television!"

"I can't figure out if there's more grit in True Grit or Back to the Future part 3"

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37

Silversun Pickups

@sspu

Why You Should Follow Them: The LA bummer-rockers keep it frothy on Twitter, amusingly answering fan questions and providing Twitpics of stuff like the dry erase board from their rehearsal space that they use to figure out set lists.

Characteristic Tweet:
"Got into a fight with the director. She clocked me._b RT @_ChrisWilliam_: Brian- why did you have a black eye in the kissing families video??"

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36

Lily Allen

@lilyroseallen

Why You Should Follow Her: Can be ho-hum for significant stretches, but she occasionally spikes her feed with excellent bits of real-talk contentiousness. Most recently, Allen got into a Twitter beef with Piers Morgan about appearing on his show.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Wow, judging by your responses Piers Morgan seems to be just a little marmitey."

"Christina from Greys Anatomy is a repellent individual."

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35

Jay Electronica

@JayElectronica

Why You Should Follow Him: The underground vet might get famous soon; he was recently signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation. But right now he's still accessible enough that he Tweets his personal email. Also provides inspirational catchphrases and quotes himself.

Characteristic Tweets:
"every doctor aint a healer, and every healer aint got a medical degree."

"Wake up. I dare you."

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34

Slash

@slash

Why You Should Follow Him: Slash doesn't bother with rock star pretenses, preferring to use Twitter as a platform for his inner guitar-nerd. And if that wasn't endearing enough, he signs off each Tweet with this homemade Slash emoticon: Iii|; )'

Characteristic Tweet:
"Going thru gtrs for the tour today. I've replaced all my amps w/AFD 100s. Will be a sweet sounding set up. Iii|; )' "

"Just had dinner w/MK. He had spinach for dessert. No kidding. Iii|; )'"

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33

Tokyo Police Club

@tokyopoliceclub

Why You Should Follow Them: A steady stream of updates from the road and the studio from the underrated Canadian act. A nice look into the workmanlike life of an indie band coming up.

Characteristic Tweets:
"TORONTO!! Show up early tonight to help us color in our new tour posters, and don't forget to submit your own online!"

"We are releasing a hand-made magazine which will be sold on this next tour. We are insanely excited. Are you?"

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32

Ted Leo

@tedleo

Why You Should Follow Him: Online, Leo's always been forthcoming about his career; he's blogged about the challenges of maintaining profitability as a veteran indie act. His Twitter, though, is a more lighthearted travelogue.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Today would have been the only day that flamenco jazz gtr guy could've started playing 'Baker Street,' and have had it been o.k. He blew it."

"And I haven't heard "Greensleves"/"What Child is This" in a LONG-ass time, yo – thanks again!"

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31

Aimee Mann

@aimeemann

Why You Should Follow Her: Mann might never again reach the heights of her Twitter beef with Ice-T, when she criticized his acting on Law & Order: SVU and he told her to "eat a hot bowl of dicks." Her amusing, low-key self-deprecation is pretty good on its own, though.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Today me and MP are clearing out a bunch of junk from our backyard. All the lessons I've learned on 'Hoarders' are coming in handy!"

"I got some air-tight containers to store flour in, and @timheidecker got large plastic bins for cables and surge protectors. Woooo!"

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30

Andy Milonakis

@AndyMilonakis

Why You Should Follow Him: Admittedly more of a comedian than a musician, Milonakis' feed is a natural place for his scatterbrained oddities.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Photo: My baby dog looks really funny here. He’s actually 4 but he looks young like me."

"My blood is boiling today between missed UPS packages and missed calls, I wanna drop kick a random stranger in the pussy (guy or girl)"

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29

St. Vincent

@st_vincent

Why You Should Follow Her: Boldly nerdy and adorably precious; recently tried to get a "dustoffyourlibrarycard" hashtag going.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Tracy Morgan's memoir, 'I Am the New Black,' is sold out at every bookstore in Manhattan. #trustme.i'velooked."

"Did I mention I'm working on a new album? I'm working on a new album! All other details TBA in due time, friends. X"

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28

Solange

@solangeknowles

Why You Should Follow Her: Beyoncé's hipster baby sister has interesting friends, stories about her son, and inner thoughts she'd like to share with you.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Yo. I don't believe in violence but I almost beat someone's ass tonight. Lot a bit of Martin, but a lot a bit of Malcom."

"Can someone introduce me and Regina King on a friday night, when I have a sitter?"