Monday, June 17, 2024

What Year is It? Nearly a Third of the iTunes Top 100 Taken By Oldies, New Releases Not Catching On


What year is it, again?

Nearly a third of today’s iTunes top 100 is taken up by oldies. And some are not so golden.

The actual number is 28, and that’s not just limited to the late great Ronnie Spector singing “Be My Baby.”

There are several tracks from Credence Clearwater Revival, including “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” at number 17.

There are also a few, regrettably, from late 90s bands Nickelback and 3 Doors Down.

The strangest entry is the Edison Lighthouse single, “Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes,” from 1970. That was a one off hit in bubblegum pop history.

Also floating around the top 100 are The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” and Bon Jovi’s “Livin on a Prayer.”

What’s not on the top 100: Anything by Jack Antonoff and the Bleachers despite appearing on “Saturday Night Live” live last night.

And despite a new video, Adele’s “Oh My God” is a stiff at 18.

So what’s going on here? Is it an iTunes promotion clogging the chart? Or a lack of interest in current music? Or both? Nature, you know, abhors a vacuum.

The record buying public is even rejected The Weeknd’s new music, released just a week ago. His single, “Sacrifice” is number 80. The album. “Dawn FM,” is falling out of the top 5. This is s shocking collapse after his monster hit, “After Hours,” ran the charts for months and months.



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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