The song Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke was the number one song of 2013, as rated by Billboard Magazine. In 2014, the song of the year was Happy by Pharrell. Now, one of these songs, Happy, I could stand to listen to, and I fully expect to at every wedding I attend for the next 10 years. But Blurred Lines, I could do without that.
Now, by the same token Hold On by Wilson Phillips was the number one song of 1990, and I honestly rarely if ever hear that on the radio, out at shops, or at weddings. So there’s some hope that not every song-of-the-year earworm is going to be jammed down our throats in perpetuity. Let’s mine some radio data to see what we can see about this. Continue reading