Tuesday, September 6, 2011

I was never a fan of Listener Countdowns on Radio Stations

This weekend WCBS-FM played the top 1001 songs voted by their listeners.  I usually vote in these surveys even though it is very difficult for me or anyone else to pick their favorite songs.  I always vote for Like a Rolling Stone, Turn Turn Turn by the Byrds and a Simon and Garfunkel hit.  As I previously stated, my favorite songs are those that have personal significance for me.  Like a Rolling Stone of course is Dylan's biggest commercial success and is best know by his casual fans.  It is a very bitter song whose lyrics have no special meaning for me.  I vote for it since it is likely to chart high while my real Dylan favorites are not known by WCBS-FM's listeners.

This year Brown Eyed Girl was voted #1.  I don't dislike the song, but it has been played to death for years on oldies stations.  I think the biggest burnout has to be Mony Mony by Tommy James and the Shondells.  I guess listeners vote for songs that are most familiar to them.  For years In the Still of the Night by the Five Satins was number one.  When WCBS-FM returned in July 2007 hits from the early days of rock 'n roll were played seldomly since that music appeals to people older than the desired 25-54 demographic.  In spite of that In the Still of the Night charted at #15 this year.

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