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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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Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend)

@arze

Why You Should Follow Him: The sharply dressed Vampire Weekend front man plays the gleeful smart-aleck on his feed, bantering with fans and Tweeting links to listings for Ying Yang Twins live shows.

Characteristic Tweets:
"wowwww. are u excited 4 "Hall Pass"? saw the trailer b4 Lil Fockers, looks pretty good"

"Silver dollar pancake inflation is out of control. That shit is bigger than a DVD."

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3

Patrick Carney (The Black Keys)

@patrickcarney

Why You Should Follow Him: Via adorable music videos, self-effacing Colbert Report appearances, and a gang of other delightful little moments paraded out during their breakout year, the Black Keys revealed that there are two huge clowns behind all that razor-sharp blues-rock. In between carrying on conversations with his pals and re-tweeting LeBron James, Carney — the drumming half of the duo — keeps the good times rolling with irreverent non-sequiturs.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Who wants to finance my tv show pilot about a bald male judge and an ice queen judge who date each others kids. It's called overruled."

"How many perverts are watching everyone loves Raymond?"

"Omg! You ever really think about how big the universe is? It's insane it's really big (I think) lol. But I think it must be right? "

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2

?uestlove (The Roots)

@questlove

Why You Should Follow Him: The legend of ?uestlove's hyperactive Twitter account runs far and wide, and for good reason: presented in unfiltered stream-of-consciousness style — full of stray observations, gentle shit-talking, and great tips on songs — the feed is a constant marvel.

Characteristic Tweets:
"wowsers. ginnifer goodwin is a whole new woman. looks incredible on @latenightjimmy. can't wait for last season of big love."

"we aint been this hype in our rehearsal room since "straight outta compton" #killingROSANNA"

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Kanye West

@kanyewest

Why You Should Follow Him: The Greatest Twitter Feed of All Time has gone into semi-dormancy since the release of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but hopefully the promotional run for Watch the Throne, 'Ye's album with Jay-Z, will bring it roaring back. Calculatedly quotable Tweets about fur pillows and jogging in Lanvin prove the best Kanye parody is currently being executed by Kanye himself.

Characteristic Tweets:
"I thought LOL signified a joke… I didn't get the 2011 LOL doesn't signify a joke anymore memo… LOL or something else I guess "

"I'm working 30 hours a day at least #LOUIETWEETS"

"I've finally realized as long as you use profanity when you talk about art and fashion it's better accepted!!!"

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