Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Music was better in the '90s.


In Rolling Stone every week, there's a "From the Vault" section beside the charts on the back page, showing the top 10 singles from some era in the magazine's history. They started publishing the thing in the late '60s, so this goes back some time, but on occasion they have something from only a few years ago.

This week's chart is from August 6, 1992.
  1. Madonna — "This Used To Be My Playground"
  2. Sir Mix-A-Lot — "Baby Got Back"
  3. TLC — "Baby-Baby-Baby"
  4. Boys II Men — "End Of The Road"
  5. Guns N' Roses — "November Rain"
  6. Billy Ray Cyrus — "Achy Breaky Heart"
  7. Jon Secada — "Just Another Day"
  8. Tom Cochrane — "Life Is A Highway"
  9. En Vogue — "Giving Him Something He Can Feel"
  10. George Michael — "Too Funky"

Don't be.

The biggest-selling single of 1969 was "Sugar, Sugar" by a fake group, The Archies. Singles also released in 1969 include:
  • Led Zeppelin — "Whole Lotta Love"
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival — "Bad Moon Rising", "Fortunate Son", and a couple others
  • The Beatles — "Come Together"
  • The Who — "Pinball Wizard"
  • David Bowie — "Space Oddity"
  • Santana — "Evil Ways"
  • Sly & the Family Stone — "Hot Fun In The Summertime"
  • Shocking Blue — "Venus"
...and "Sugar, Sugar" wiped the floor with all of them.

Yeah, when I initially saw the chart from 1992 I was surprised there wasn't anything by Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam... nothing from your favourite alt-rock stalwarts. But then I realized that, above the notion that "music" is either better or worse at a particular point in history than it is now, is that most people have really, really shitty taste in music.

(You, on the other hand, Dear Reader, have immaculate taste in music.)


thea said...

Thank you for noticing.

julie said...

I've looked through Billboard.com's archives a few times and in hindsight, I have come to the same conclusion.

Unfortunately, it took me a few years to grow into my "immaculate" taste and I owned half the shit-astic cds.

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