Monday, April 15, 2024

What Year is It? One Fifth of iTunes Top 100 Is Oldies, from “Sweet Caroline” to “You’re So Vain” to “Call Me Maybe”


Maybe it’s a sign of needing comfort food music.

Or maybe it’s just that the current pop releases are not very satisfying. But 20 of the top 100 iTunes singles this morning are oldies. Yes, people are downloading old songs.

Indeed, Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” from 1971, is number 6. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears is number 9.

Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me,” from 2000 is number 4.

“California Dreamin'” by the Mamas and the Papas, circa 1965, is number 13.

And on and on it goes.

Singles by Carly Simon, Bread, and ABBA are sprinkled through the charts. There also more recent oldies from Lady Gaga and Carly Rae Jepsen thrown in there for good measure.

“Stayin’ Alive” from the Bees Gees is on there. So is the Pet Shop Boys’s “Let’s Make Lots of Money,” but that might be explained by its use in a current commercial.

On the other hand, Nick Jonas’s new “Superman,” which debuted on “SNL” on Saturday night, isn’t selling at all. Before the show it was around number 30, and that’s where it’s stayed. Usually a song like that would get a good sales bounce. But “Spaceman” has remained, oddly, in space.

The same thing has happened on the album charts, where many groups’ greatest hits, heavily discounted.

No one is likely more shocked than the 60s and 70s hit R&B pop group The 5th Dimension. Two of their greatest hits albums are at numbers 6 and 7!  That may have to do with an excellent piece on CBS Sunday Morning about Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr, who have a wonderful new album of Beatles songs.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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