Some people don't listen to the radio in the car. Some only listen to talk radio. The first thing I do after starting the car, before I put my seat belt on, is to find a music station on the radio. Sometimes I can't find one that doesn't disgust me, and not because they're talking or airing too many commercials.
It's because the radio stations, at least in my area, play the same songs over and over again. Sometimes the same popular song is on as many as 4 different stations at once. This is so aggravating to me. Just give someone else a chance! There are plenty of great new releases that never get to see the light of day because Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars are dominating the airwaves. I admit that these men are talented, but does that warrant preferential treatment?
Most radio stations seem to be a part of Clear Channel, and being part of a corporate conglomerate, they're forced to play everything on the Billboard Top 40. Talk about a catch 22: how can lesser known artists get on the charts if they're not on the radio for people to hear and subsequently purchase their music?
The backstory behind Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" are interesting exceptions. Thicke's blurred lines was kind of a spontaneous hit and became the "song of the summer of 2013". Macklemore came out of nowhere and became a massive chart success. But what about your favorite songs? I'm sure you have one or two that you'd never expect to hear on the radio because they're not "mainstream" enough.
All I'm trying to say is that we need a little variety. I get so angry when I hear the same songs over and over. Some of these overplayed songs and artists are fantastic before they become radio favorites and start riding on my nerves. I realize that it's impossible to give air time to every artist who releases a single, but if the same songs weren't put on a 15 minute rotation, other artists would have a chance at some radio spot, and consequently some chart success.
Here are a few of the worst offenders (in my opinion):
Justin Timberlake - by far the most overplayed artist on the radio. We all know you like your suit and tie, and we hear it on every pop station simultaneously.
Macklemore - He has 3 songs out now, and that means a better chance of being on all the pop stations at once, just like Justin Timberlake. Everyone knows he buys his duds at thrift shops. Big deal.
Blurred Lines - I loved this song when it first came out. When I first heard it, I agreed it'd be the song of the summer. Thicke had moderate success before this record, but nothing extraordinary. Now he's everywhere.
Bruno Mars - I used to really enjoy Bruno and his voice, but after the whole cocaine-in-the-bathroom scandal, I'm over him. That doesn't mean I can't enjoy his music, which I did, until they played the hell out of his new album. Give it a rest. I could sing like that, too, after snorting a few dozen lines. Anyone could.
I'm sure you have a few of your own to add to the list, so drop me a line and let me know who your worst offenders are.
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My name is Nicholas Emeigh, but everyone calls me Nick, and I prefer it. I'm usually called Nicholas when I'm in trouble. I'm from the Philadelphia area, work in business, and fancy myself as a freelance graphic designer, writer, and artist. I have a passion for art in all its forms including music, but I restrict my singing to the shower and the car for the good of society. If you'd like to know more, just send me an e-mail. I really appreciate you stopping by.