I'm not confused :P I'm talking about comped vocal parts/layers/harmonies/instruments etc that are all intended (though some might not make it in there)to make the final mix. 100+ tracks is more and more common.
If you have a 4:30 min pop song with a lot of vocal automation, drum changes etc it piles up super quickly.
If we were talking just takes it could be something like 400+ tracks which is insane, and why I clean up my sessions regularly as I go, then print them when I'm done so I can get rid of all the extra crap eventually.
Also, in todays era of beastly computers it probably makes more sense to do something like keep every random little fx track separate instead of doing a bunch of automating and bypassing so that different fx can use different effects at different times. If you apply this concept across the board it's easy to see why track counts are so high. Hip hop track counts are notoriously low compared to other genres unless they use some kind of live instrumentation generally. However, you sometimes get a LOT of takes in hip hop, so you better be organized with em
Check out this thread too - might be my highest track count yet