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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

The World's Favourite Songs?

Is an online poll at a cellphone company's website, tied to a cellphone giveaway, really the best way to determine the world's favourite songs? The cellphone company that did just that is very pleased with how it went, anyway. If they just happen to spill what sure looks like more words onto the virtual page of this press release talking about their product than the results of the poll, why, that's just good business, right?

Doesn't mean anyone who gets the press release should pass along any of that commercial stuff, but I bet a lot of people will. I wonder whether the cellphone people love music as much as love free publicity...

Silly poll, but it gives me a chance to both post some of the non-"I am not posting that"-type songs that made the global list (and one on the UK list) as well as toss in some (appropriate!) corporate and media criticism. So, hey, happy happy joy joy!

The US list was topped by a couple of Shakira songs. The UK top ten contained seven songs by Michael Jackson, and the "world's favourite song" wasn't in their top ten. Silly UK, how could they forget about "We Are the Champions"? One song by the Beatles in the top 100 (and one by John Lennon), none by the Rolling Stones. Celine Dion, Hilary Duff, and Mariah Carey each have multiple songs on the list which means we know once and for all that the world likes each of those artists more than the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. Or REM (one song on the list), or... well, you get the idea.

The ten songs named most often as favourites by the "more than 700,000" people who voted online between August 12 and September 22 of this year:

1. mp3:Queen - We Are the Champions (from Greatest Hits, etc.)

2. Britney Spears - Toxic
3. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean

4. mp3:Eagles - Hotel California (from Hotel California, etc.)

5. Shakira - La Tortura

6. mp3:Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (from Nevermind)

7. The Beatles - Yesterday

8. mp3:U2 - One (from Achtung Baby)

9. mp3:John Lennon - Imagine (from Imagine, etc.)

10. mp3:Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing (from Dire Straits, Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits, etc.)

Some selections from the rest of the "global 100": (there's a link to the whole list -- at the cellphone company's website, naturally -- in this press release)

26. mp3:Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (from Greatest Hits)

29. mp3:Dire Straits - Telegraph Road (from Love Over Gold) *over 14 minutes long, just so you know*

48. mp3:Oasis - Wonderwall (from (What's The Story) Morning Glory?)

52. mp3:Europe - The Final Countdown (from All or Nothing, etc.)

70. mp3:REM - Losing My Religion (from Out of Time and The Best Of REM 1988-2003)

71. mp3:Dire Straits - Money for Nothing (from Brothers in Arms, etc.)

84. mp3:Radiohead - Creep (from Pablo Honey)

94. mp3:U2 - Vertigo (from How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb)

(there's a link to the whole global list -- at the cellphone company's website, naturally -- in this press release)

And one more:

mp3:Guns N Roses - Welcome to the Jungle (#10 in the UK poll, from Appetite for Destruction)


Blogger marea2424 said...

thank you! I am Maria. I live in Spain. My blog:

Love is my live is a song of Queen (live at winbley)

6:32 AM  
Blogger trill42 said...

Hola Maria. :)

I think this is the song you like...

Here are two versions in case you (or anyone) wants them: :)

Queen - Love of My Live (Live at Wembly '86)

Album version:

Queen - Love of My Life

7:42 AM  
Blogger The Graduate said...

Holy Moly! That's horrific! Shakira at number 5? Must be the Latin block vote. God, how I detest Queen at times. People can be so stupid at times.

4:08 PM  
Blogger trill42 said...

Ooh you're harsh... Should I not remind you that Shakira songs came in first and second in the US' poll? Maybe a lot of young people voted too... more likely to not already have cellphones? A list with a Britney Spears song toward the top (and it's a list of favourites)... that's a pretty good sign I won't embrace the list. Not that "Toxic" isn't a classic; I just strongly feel it's more like #15 material. ;)

1:30 AM  

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