Photo illustration by Ellie Skrzat. Happy holidays— another round of shots for us all! Thanks for letting me run this lap with you. Take that, Taylor. Like so many hits today, fans made it a hit before the industry caught on, voting to give the song an early release before the label knew it had hit potential. Average age of those ladies: In , more than ever, big hits felt like one-offs.
To illustrate this, allow me to try something a bit novel this year and drop a new kind of Top 10 list. My Top 10 Ranking of Billboard No. Iggy Azalea ft. Katy Perry ft. Pitbull ft. Eminem ft. So why focus on these smasheroos? It was a just-OK year hits-wise; after a very entertaining —the year of Carly Rae and Gotye and Fun —in both and the radio has been dominated by some fairly hokey songs. Magic two-hit race so lame it might have convinced chart watchers to turn their eyes back to actual sports.
To be exact, six of them were from artists who failed to produce another Top 10 hit in Closer to the present, in literally every No. For the past couple of years, the Hot has included not just what radio foists on us but precise data on the songs we buy, the songs we stream, the songs we YouTube.
Have you heard? Americans like gawping at attractive pop stars. None of the big hits was sonically similar to the others. Within the constraints of radio-ready pop, it was a wide-ranging year. Did you guys read it? But I took issue with his conclusion. Thompson, the above list of 10 chart-toppers is my Exhibit A. Why do arguments about why the radio is so numbingly repetitive always devolve into declinist arguments about pop itself?
Perfect last-minute stocking-stuffer! We fended off many this year. I leave you three to your other guest commentators, offering my top albums and actual top singles of the year, below. Like Ann said, Annie Clark is indomitable. Top 10 Albums 1. Vincent, St. Vincent 2. Jenny Lewis, The Voyager 4.
Caribou, Our Love 5. Against Me, Transgender Dysphoria Blues 6. Miranda Lambert, Platinum 7. Charli XCX, Sucker 8. Owen Pallett, In Conflict 9. Future, Honest Taylor Swift, Top 20 Songs 1. Tinashe ft. Ariana Grande ft. Who Was the Most Important Rapper of ? Young Thug? Iggy Azalea?! By: Jon Caramanica. The Critics Are Right. By: Ann Powers.
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