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I don't really think so. Streaming was included in Billboard 7 years ago (since We Are Young in 2012) and yet only Old Town Road and Despacito have tied the record since then. I do think the chart needs to control album bombs, but it's never affected #1's as far as I know.
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July 22, 2019 on “Old Town Road” Ties Record For Most Weeks At #1
Talking about the music my parents introduced to me as a kid/teen is such a great way for me to get away from the malaise of today. I'm so grateful for the Number Ones comment section.
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July 19, 2019 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
All I know about apps is that Adventure Capitalist is the worst video game I have ever played
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July 19, 2019 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
They need to collaborate with 50 Cent sometime
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July 19, 2019 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
All I know is that I will still probably be the only Millennial until we get to, like, "It Wasn't Me"
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July 19, 2019 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I felt that way sometime around 2012. But I've always respected Gen Z - I will never do to them what the Boomers have done to us Millennials - so I just thought "eh, it's a way of life" and moved on.
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July 19, 2019 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I have become fully convinced that I am the only person my age who comments on Stereogum. Everyone else is either way way older or a significant bit younger. I feel lonely.
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July 19, 2019 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I don't think "Love Will Keep Us Together" is any better than okay, but I really, really love this post. It's so heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time.
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July 19, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Captain & Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together”
The 2000s probably have the LEAST amount of 1's or 2's among the decades. Even the bad #1's in that decade are catchy. I can't say that for any other decade.
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July 19, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Captain & Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together”
I wondered where I had heard the name Tatia Pilieva before and then it hit me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpbDHxCV29A
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July 19, 2019 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
It might have sounded cute at the time but to me it's the definition of TMI. If I wanted to hear about romantic animals, I certainly wouldn't like to hear about them rubbing each other's toes!
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July 19, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Captain & Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together”
You, Tom, and cappie the dog should have a soundtrack placement trivia battle.
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July 19, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Captain & Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together”
I can't knock 2000 because it has an all timer hitting #1, "Say My Name" by Destiny's Child. Such an obvious 10.
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July 19, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Captain & Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together”
1990-91 are the worst years for Billboard IMO, at least the worst since the British Invasion. Thank god (or should I say Nielsen) for SoundScan!
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July 19, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Captain & Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together”
"cheesy love songs made by average looking middle aged white people" Those never stopped happening. This for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPRjCeoBqrI
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July 19, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Captain & Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together”
I never really got into New Order, but "Regret" used to be a Del Taco staple years ago and it was one of the best songs played on the speakers.
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July 19, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Captain & Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together”
I have another remark upon seeing the post which will earn me Tom's wrath: I think "Love Will Keep Us Together", at a 6, is a better song than Linda's "When Will I Be Loved", at a 5.
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July 19, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Captain & Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together”
My remarks on “Love Will Keep Us Together”, because Tom’s posting so late today and I need something to do when I take breaks: Captain and Tennille are the first major artist we’ve covered first in the 70s to have almost zero legacy today. I’m not talking about acts like BJ Thomas or Melanie who had a good number of hits but aren’t really remembered well as artists and didn't sell many albums. C&T were big album sellers (from what I know), and everyone from my parents’ generation remembers them. But no one cares about them anymore. Famously uncool artists like John Denver, Barry Manilow, Bread, and last column’s subject America have tons of listeners today, but C&T doesn’t. Yes, their two #1 hits have a lot of Spotify plays, but no one wants to listen to the rest of their hits or delve into their album tracks. Kind of sad, isn’t it? To be fair, I am among that group that has no interest in their music besides the hits and it all comes down to one song: “Muskrat Love”, one of the absolute worst songs ever put onto record. So I always think of C&T as the duo that sang about animals fucking (as opposed to fucking like animals, which is way more interesting). Thankfully we’re not discussing that song here in the article, though I just know that people will discuss it in the comments due to how bad it is. “Love” is perfectly fine though. It’s a very stupid song whose most memorable lyric is a godawful pickup line (“When the others turn you off, who’ll be turning you on?”), but it has great vocal interplay between Tennille on lead vocals and her sisters doing backup. It’s not anywhere near the best song of 1975, but I don’t begrudge the Grammys for giving it Record of the Year. “Love” also completely earns its key change since it doesn’t feel forced, coming in at the very end of the song. How many songs in this column have had key changes that actually work? “Me and Bobby McGee”’s is brilliant, highlighting the escalation of its story. “Close to You”’s works so well due to its imaginativeness, coming in with a trumpet solo instead of another sung verse. “Fire”’s is great because Sugarfoot Bonner explodes vocally upon the key change. I can’t name that many others that are good. So many are hideous because they feel so manipulative. 6/10
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July 19, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Captain & Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together”
There are 8 that are definitely better for me - in order from best to worst EWF, AWB, Bowie, the Eagles' second #1, Bee Gees, Ohio Players, Ronstadt, and Riperton. But I won't fight anyone who puts America in their top 5.
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July 18, 2019 on The Number Ones: America’s “Sister Golden Hair”
I think of those two about the same. What does disappoint me is when I think "My Sweet Lord" and then realize it's actually Sheryl Crow's "Light in Your Eyes" (which is admittedly a loving eulogy for George but is just way too processed for my taste).
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July 18, 2019 on The Number Ones: America’s “Sister Golden Hair”
I'm completely used to that at this point. Have never heard the Zevon song once on the radio (though it was played constantly at Walgreens years ago) and hear the Kid Rock song frequently on the radio.
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July 18, 2019 on The Number Ones: America’s “Sister Golden Hair”
"Sandman" is my favorite, no question.
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July 18, 2019 on The Number Ones: America’s “Sister Golden Hair”
In Tom's post on "My Eyes Adored You" he wrote this sentence: "At a certain point in the mid-’70s, it must’ve felt like the Beatles never happened." This song proves that point delightfully wrong. It's a solid Beatle pastiche, though not really essential. What surprises me is that it was considered a party song at one point in time. Rhino, that great master of box sets, did an essential box set called "Millennium Party" at the turn of the 21st century that covered party songs from 1959 (the Isley Brothers' "Shout") until 1993 (Snoop Doggy Dogg's "Who Am I (What's My Name)". There were discs for 60s pop, classic rock, funk, new wave, and rap. "Sister Golden Hair" was on the classic rock disc (alongside previous #1's "American Woman", "Joy to the World", and "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" among others). For those who were alive when it came out, was it ever a big party song back in the day or did Rhino just not do their research?
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July 18, 2019 on The Number Ones: America’s “Sister Golden Hair”
I had a feeling he, like I, wouldn't give any 10's in 1975. And at least he gave a 9 to "Shining Star" and "Pick Up the Pieces", the two best #1's of the year. It's not like 1974 where he gave the second best #1 of the decade a 5.
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July 16, 2019 on The Number Ones: Freddy Fender’s “Before The Next Teardrop Falls”
Your first paragraph was exactly my reaction back in the "Sundown" post where he gave it a 9 and William DeVaughn's "Be Thankful for What You Got" a 10. I had never heard "Be Thankful" before Bix talked about it a few posts before that one, and upon listening to it I thought it was entertaining but not amazing. So when he gave it a higher grade than "Sundown", which I have probably listened to in excess of 200 times, I was pretty damn shocked. But I respected that the positivity of the message was enough for him to give it a 10.
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July 16, 2019 on The Number Ones: Freddy Fender’s “Before The Next Teardrop Falls”
Man, why couldn't everyone in that era have been as great as Charlie Rich? (For the record, I fucking love "The Most Beautiful Girl".)
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July 16, 2019 on The Number Ones: Freddy Fender’s “Before The Next Teardrop Falls”
I certainly didn't expect this review. For me, it's the embodiment of a 7 - the type of song that I like when I listen to but have no real desire to listen to again when I'm finished. It has a memorable melody and a very good vocal performance, but it isn't something I'd put on a regular playlist.
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July 16, 2019 on The Number Ones: Freddy Fender’s “Before The Next Teardrop Falls”
I guess I'll add to my last point: 1975 is one of two years in the 70s where I have no 10/10's among the #1's, alongside 1970. However, the reason "Let It Be" (the best #1 of 1970) doesn't get a 10 from me is more personal than anything else. It was played in one of my high school assemblies by the school choir and they did an extremely cheesy version of it (they also sang "Blackbird", "Hey Jude", and "Yesterday", as well as Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody"), so whenever I think of the song I think of that version and it pains me. "Shining Star", on the other hand, I feel falls short of a 10 due to the quality of the song itself since it just ends too fast. So, really, 1975 is the only year of the 70s where I don't think there's a #1 that really deserves a 10 on its own merits. It's not really a coincidence that 1975 is the year that we all agree is the worst for #1's in the decade.
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July 15, 2019 on The Number Ones: Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Shining Star”
We have good #1's and bad #1's next to each other all the time. A great example is that the two worst #1's of 1971 (both by the Osmonds) came right before the two best #1's of 1971, "Me and Bobby McGee" and "Maggie May".
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July 15, 2019 on The Number Ones: Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Shining Star”
"September" I believe is the most streamed non-Queen 70s song on Spotify. It gets a huge boost every 21st of September of course. EWF have had a huge legacy with the general audience that a lot of their contemporaries like the Commodores (who we'll get to) and P-Funk (who we sadly won't) really haven't.
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July 15, 2019 on The Number Ones: Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Shining Star”