Billboard Radio Songs top ten hits of 2020

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i guess there might have been some stations that elected to play the original version of "levitating," but i personally never heard it on the air. there's nothing remotely alienating about his verse even for the relatively rap-averse and he had just recently had one of pop radio's biggest hits with "rockstar"

i don't understand how an "alternative pop" format with broader playlists haven't emerged yet.

most current-based american formats are basically bleeding younger listeners at this point and i think they've just about given up on trying to retain that segment of the audience, w/ so much of their time spent listening having been ceded to the streaming services. i think i would like something like what you describe to emerge but i don't know how likely any fm station would be to actually give it a real shot

dyl, Friday, 25 December 2020 04:02 (three months ago) link

"Look--except for a few years, and they were mostly in the mid-50s and mid-60s for AM, and in the late '70s for college FM, the state of radio has always been the worst in history." (Greil Marcus)

I know this is not the right thread for this; there's a thread somewhere for Top 40 hits that appall you, but I searched for it a couple of weeks ago and couldn't find it. I wanted to say how excruciating the playlist was at this one local Top 40 station that played the same 10-15 songs over and over as I sat and drank coffee and tried to read the past couple of months. I always have to get song titles now by straining to hear a lyric and googling it. Two of the songs were "Watermelon Sugar" and "Before You Go." I hate those two songs so, so much. I'm sure there are at least one or two others I've been trying to identify on that list.

clemenza, Friday, 25 December 2020 04:34 (three months ago) link

i think a good number of stations barely played anything this year that *wasn't* on this list. judging by how long things stuck around on the airplay charts, if your city's top 40 wasn't terrified of dropping "blinding lights," "don't stop now," "adore you," and post malone's "circles" from power rotation for months on end, it was one of the outliers. pretty sad, really

dyl, Friday, 25 December 2020 05:47 (three months ago) link

i don't understand how an "alternative pop" format with broader playlists haven't emerged yet.

― billstevejim, Thursday, December 24, 2020 1:43 AM (twenty-two hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

This is a really good idea.

jaymc, Friday, 25 December 2020 05:53 (three months ago) link

levitating #1. box #2

Spottie, Friday, 25 December 2020 08:21 (three months ago) link

Want to vote “Intentions” because “Get the ring just like Toronto” is such a hilariously bad lyric. But the best song here is “Don’t Start Now” pretty easily.

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 25 December 2020 09:08 (three months ago) link

I’ve only heard two of these songs (Megan and DaBaby)

real muthaphuckkin jeez (crüt), Friday, 25 December 2020 13:57 (three months ago) link

there's also this UK charts-based poll (courtesy of Camaraderie at Arms Length) for your consideration:

Top Five Hits in the UK 2020

(it's on ILE, so many of you might have missed it. your chance to vote for your favourite AJ Tracey track!)

obsessed with quality over quantity or the need to produce tracks (breastcrawl), Monday, 28 December 2020 14:11 (three months ago) link

Went with Don't Start Now over Blinding Lights. The Dua Lipa, Weeknd, and Doja Cat songs were the only things I had heard before on this list. I haven't been much of a radio listener this year and just know those because they got a lot of rotation at the skating rink.

Giving a second listen-through now to see if anything else sticks. Hot Girl Bummer is pretty fucking funny.

peace, man, Wednesday, 30 December 2020 13:33 (three months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 31 December 2020 00:01 (three months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 1 January 2021 00:01 (three months ago) link

i was going to feel embarrassed for calling it "don't stop now" upthread but now that it's won the poll i won't

ironically i corrected someone making the same mistake earlier this year (irl not here)

dyl, Friday, 1 January 2021 04:26 (three months ago) link

which of y’all jokesters voted for blackbear?

shabbat bloody shabbat (voodoo chili), Friday, 1 January 2021 05:21 (three months ago) link

lol "hot girl bummer" and "dynamite" getting as many votes as "blinding lights" and "blueberry faygo" ;_;

dyl, Friday, 1 January 2021 08:02 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

Follow-up to a post of mine from just above, where I was trying to identify a few 2020 hits I hated. Identified another one that I've been hearing for months--it's Canadian, though, it didn't chart in the States (some previous singles of his did): Felix Cartal's "Mine."

clemenza, Saturday, 20 February 2021 14:10 (one month ago) link


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