If you only want one item's count, use the
>>> [1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 4, 1].count(1) 3
Don't use this if you want to count multiple items. Calling
count in a loop requires a separate pass over the list for every
count call, which can be catastrophic for performance. If you want to count all items, or even just multiple items, use
Counter, as explained in the other answers.