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Oscar Wilde said, “Popularity is the crown of laurel which the world puts on bad art. Whatever is popular is wrong.” With that in mind, today I’ll cruise through three music charts for a look at “popularity”.
I seldom listen to FM radio to hear music. Instead, I read reviews and recommendations for bands and give ‘em a listen (or a watch). Because the way I ingest music has changed from the pre-broadband era, I might be up on an indie band or two, I’m often well behind the curve on the latest pop sensations. I’m interested to see just how much.
First, let’s look at this week’s top 10 singles from the Hot 100 Billboard chart. This chart is compiled from US sales numbers and radio play data. (Links are to YouTube.)
#1 - Hey There Delilah by Plain White T’s
#2 - Big Girls Don’t Cry by Fergie
#3 - Umbrella by Rihanna feat. Jay-Z
#4 - The Way I Are by Timbaland Featuring Keri Hilson
#5 - Party Like A Rockstar by Shop Boyz
#6 - What Time Is It by High School Musical 2 Cast
#7 - Sorry, Blame It On Me by Akon
#8 - A Bay Bay by Hurricane Chris
#9 - Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’) by T-Pain Featuring Yung Joc
#10 - Bartender by T-Pain Featuring Akon
Who the heck is T-Pain? The only tracks here I’m familiar with is Hey There Delilah (great track) and Umbrella by Rihanna because it is on high rotation on Much Music. Putting those links in (and hearing some of these tracks for the first time), reminds me how much dreck is on the pop charts. The High School Musical and Akon songs made me want to hurt someone.
Next, I’ll take a peak at the Canadian chart over at iTunes (based on # of paid downloads). I have high hopes that my fellow Canadians are embracing quality tunes.
#1 - Hey There Delilah by Plain White T’s
#2 - Umbrella by Rihanna feat. Jay-Z
#3 - The Way I Are by Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson
#4 - Shut Up and Drive by Rihanna
#5 - Beautiful Girls by Sean Kingston
#6 - Big Girls don’t Cry by Fergie
#7 - Sorry, Blame it On Me by Akon
#8 - Makes Me Wonder by Maroon 5
#9 - Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood
#10 - Paralyzer by Finger Eleven
Colour me surprised. Half of the songs on the Canadian iTunes chart, also appear on Billboard (in bold). With the exception of the schlocky Carrie Underwood track, the rest of the chart is okay. My fellow Canadians have redeemed themselves. Shut Up and Drive (guitars, production, no Jay-Z) is a better Rihanna song than Umbrella. Makes Me Wonder by Maroon 5 track is alright, but not as good as This Love. It is cool to see the Sean Kingston track on this list. The Stand By Me sample and his unique vocal on Beautiful Girls make it a good summer track. Canadian rockers Finger Eleven’s Paralyzer is alright and certainly better CanRock than anything done by Nickleback.
Finally, let’s take a look at what people are actually listening to, over at Last.fm
#1 - What I’ve Done by Linkin Park
#2 - Pioneer to the Falls by Interpol
#3 - Icky Thump by the White Stripes
#4 - Starlight by Muse
#5 - No 1 in Threesome by Interpol
#6 - Mammoth by Interpol
#7 - Pace is the Trick by Interpol
#8 - Wonderwall by Oasis
#9 - Supermassive Black Hole by Muse
#10 - Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
The ‘net is the last bastion of the Rock fan. There’s not an R&B track to be found on the chart. Of course, Last.fm charts aren’t indicative of the population at large (rather a bunch of web-savvy music fans).
The latest Interpol album, Our Love to Admire, was released on July 10 and is on high rotation for
Last.fm users with 4 tracks from the album making the top ten. Wonderwall, the massive 1995 hit from Oasis appears at number eight. Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol gained popularity after appearing on Grey’s Anatomy. Two great songs from last year’s Muse album make the top ten. In the new release category is Icky Thump from the White Stripes, one of my favourite bands. Despite mixed reviews, 14,294 listeners are grooving to What I’ve Done, from nu metal powerhouse Linkin Park giving it 43,794 plays and the number one spot.
Thinking back Mr. Wilde’s insights on popularity, whatever is popular is not wrong. Pop or not, I think whatever people are genuinely enjoying is right whether it’s Rihanna or Interpol.
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