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February 6, 2013 9:20 PM   Subscribe

Canal de willtopsmusictv provides a valuable service, summarizing the top 30 songs* for a year, from 1980 to 2012, in 8 to 15 minutes. 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993**, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

* Sometimes it extends to the top 50, and I'm not sure which country these top lists are from
** 1993 seems to be missing
posted by filthy light thief (40 comments total) 46 users marked this as a favorite

 
I'm not sure which country these top lists are from

About Canal de willtopsmusictv

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by willtopsmusictv Date Joined Oct 22, 2009 Country Peru
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I'd say Peru.
posted by Curious Artificer at 9:24 PM on February 6, 2013


Actually, I think they may just be one Peruvian's opinion of the "best" songs in a year, now that I look over a few of them. But who can disagree that Cher (Do You Believe) was in fact "better" than Britney Spears and Santana (with Rob Thomas) in 1999?
posted by Curious Artificer at 9:35 PM on February 6, 2013


But who can disagree that Cher (Do You Believe) was in fact "better" than Britney Spears and Santana (with Rob Thomas) in 1999?

So...do your toenail clippings continue to grow after they've been cut?
posted by yoink at 9:46 PM on February 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


Oh man, why do you do this to me? Why not link to Tvtropes while you're at it? ;)
posted by usagizero at 9:50 PM on February 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


Stars on 45 ...

*gasps*

Why does that strike me as so Lovecraftian?
posted by methinks at 10:01 PM on February 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


Just randomly clicking on 1983 gets you New Order's "Blue Monday" segueing into Journey's "Separate Ways," which in 10 seconds provides the greatest argument ever for why New Order needed to exist in the first place.
posted by scody at 10:06 PM on February 6, 2013 [10 favorites]


But who can disagree that Cher (Do You Believe) was in fact "better" than Britney Spears and Santana (with Rob Thomas) in 1999?

... or that some crap Journey atrocity is better than New Order's Blue Monday in 1983? Oh wait a second, I can. Disagree that is. In fact, that's as far as I got. First two songs of 1983 (#30 + #29). I quickly realized that nothing was better than Blue Monday in 1983, and thus well, once again, someone, somewhere is wrong on the internet. This cannot stand.
posted by philip-random at 10:08 PM on February 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


just going on record... rock was much better in 1994 than those 'the best' videos would have you believe... Cause there is some epic crap in that list. Maybe its just that Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden never really left rotation for about three years...
posted by Nanukthedog at 10:09 PM on February 6, 2013


Oh 1996, you wily, wily minx you. The year of the Macarena. And apparently every Alanis Morissette ever. But! But, but, but. Also the year that brought us Radiohead's The Bends, a fucking blues revival in the middle of the top 40 (bless you Tracy Chapman), Sublime, the glorious shining endless summer perfect happiness zenith of Mariah Carey's career, some pretty kickass grunge-chick bands, Green Day was still fun, Oasis was about to singlehandedly resurrect the British Invasion, and Weezer (unfairly not mentioned in the video) release their greatest album of all time Pinkerton but above all:

FIONA APPLE

1996 is the year that brought us Fiona Apple. Seriously guys, come ON. We might as well just quit while we're ahead. It's not going to get any better for awhile. *checks year 2000* Yup, I was right. Let's just stay here in nice, warm 1996.
posted by Doleful Creature at 10:11 PM on February 6, 2013 [3 favorites]


you'd think if you were going through all the effort of making these videos, editing them together, putting titles on the whole thing, etc, that you'd make a better effort at eradicating errant typos.
posted by radiosilents at 10:13 PM on February 6, 2013


I guess what I'm saying is I know we're in 1980s revival cycle right now I'm digging that too but I kind of can't wait for the indie-pop zeitgeist to musically reinvent the 1990s
posted by Doleful Creature at 10:16 PM on February 6, 2013


I was thinking "this can not end well" as I started playing 1980... then I saw "Embarassment" by Madness at #17... that ALMOST made up for ABBA's "Super Trouper" at #6... and The Police's "So Lonely" rated higher than "Don't Stand So Close to Me"? But when it went from the Cure's "Boys Don't Cry" at #3 to KC and the Sunshine Band's "Please Don't Go" at #2, I realized this needs a warning label: MAY CAUSE HEAD EXPLODING OF ANYONE WHO REMEMBERS THESE YEARS. Seriously, not even Casey Kasem swearing can make this make sense.
posted by oneswellfoop at 10:24 PM on February 6, 2013 [4 favorites]


Wow, Professor Farnsworth was right about ca. 2000 being the era "when boy bands roamed the earth." Not that there weren't some earlier and later, but so many.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 10:26 PM on February 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


And the 1983 "mix" reminded me of this.
posted by oneswellfoop at 10:33 PM on February 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


It's like MTV's Total Request Live! Shitty music videos, and SO LITTLE of them!
posted by alex_skazat at 10:42 PM on February 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Bevis and Butthead who live inside me are grooving on the mispellings.

1991 (3:42)
Good Bibrations - Marky Mark and the Funky Bush ft. Loleatta Holloway

Uh Huh huh huh. Funky Bush. Hehhehehe. Huh.
posted by Clay201 at 11:16 PM on February 6, 2013


I can't believe this random YouTube playlist of K-Tel-commercial-esque pop song snippets is not aesthetically rigourous and fails to conform to my tastes.

Internet, my faith in you is blown.
posted by gompa at 11:25 PM on February 6, 2013


1983 called. They want their songs back so Ed McMahon can do Star Search, but let's keep "Blue Monday", okay?
posted by tservo at 11:31 PM on February 6, 2013


Tell me how Toto's "Africa" is three places better than Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf." Tell me why.

BY WHAT OBJECTIVE MEASURE!!?!1!?!
posted by gompa at 11:36 PM on February 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


Tell me how Toto's "Africa" is three places better than Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf." Tell me why.

Jeff Porcaro's drumming, that is why.
posted by gen at 12:22 AM on February 7, 2013 [4 favorites]


I guess what I'm saying is I know we're in 1980s revival cycle right now I'm digging that too but I kind of can't wait for the indie-pop zeitgeist to musically reinvent the 1990s

You are so naive and/or young. "Revival cycle"? If only. The 80s "revival" l has been going on since the 80s. The only conceivable exception consists a few short months in the 90s that were obsessed with authenticity and angst. If you want a picture of the future, imagine the 80s stamping on a human ear . . .
posted by treepour at 1:34 AM on February 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


These choices are such mutant counterparts to what one sees from typical American and British lists that is somewhat enjoyable, albeit pop-heavy.
posted by AndYouWillKnowUsByTheTrailOfBread at 1:49 AM on February 7, 2013


Re:misspellings

Waiting for a girl like you by foreinger
posted by wittgenstein at 3:00 AM on February 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


philip-random: " I quickly realized that nothing was better than Blue Monday in 1983, and thus well, once again, someone, somewhere is wrong on the internet. "

I'm conflicted because I agree with half of that sentence.
posted by Red Loop at 3:48 AM on February 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Tell me how Toto's "Africa" is three places better than Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf." Tell me why.

That's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do.
posted by PlusDistance at 4:03 AM on February 7, 2013 [6 favorites]


Wow this is a fantastic way to view cultural changes. I think 1980-1983 is the most interesting to compare. 1980 is clearly 1970s but by 1983 it is clearly 1980s. Seems like 1982 was the last year of the 70s though the cracks were obvious, 1983 blew it away. The tempo of songs picked up, songs were telling stories designed to be on video like Thriller, little mini movies, a direct result of MTV founded in 1981, bands were becoming much more international and less US centric. The depressive 70s replaced by the upbeat cocaine fueled 80s.

Technology also, since cable TV fueled MTV which fueled the music industry and song writing, probably one of the last great technology-driven shifts in popular music (a former being radio).
posted by stbalbach at 6:38 AM on February 7, 2013


The listing for After the Fire's 'Der Komissar' reminded me that the version by Johann Hölzel is the one I prefer.

Die Zeit memorialized Falco yesterday on the 15th anniversary of his untimely death.
posted by gimonca at 6:38 AM on February 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yes, I have no idea if this is really the Peruvian top 30-50 per year, because I would have expected to see some South American bands represented. I get the feeling that this is will's top music TV picks, because I couldn't find any annual rankings of songs that match these lists.

Anyway, I found them more amusing than YouTubePoop, if that counts for anything.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:00 AM on February 7, 2013


How can 1987 be said to be the complete top 30 without this?
posted by wobumingbai at 7:02 AM on February 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Haven't viewed everything, but here's a song each from the 80s I bet are not included ...

1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
posted by philip-random at 8:39 AM on February 7, 2013 [4 favorites]


1980 is clearly 1970s but by 1983 it is clearly 1980s.

Actually, the 1970s bled into and lasted well into the 1980s and far, far beyond, at least if you count movie soundtrack themes, endless reunions of aging rock bands, equally endless repeat plays of "classic rock" in every department store and coffeeshop chain in the Western world, and resurrections in TV ads by nostalgic baby boomers. Just one example: "I Will Always Love You" was written and recorded by Dolly Parton in 1973, resurrected and transformed into an unstoppable artifact by Whitney Houston in 1992, and dead-horse-beat-into-the-ground by Chris Cornell in 2012.
posted by blucevalo at 10:36 AM on February 7, 2013


So, who has a birthday on that list?

runs
posted by Gin and Comics at 11:32 AM on February 7, 2013


Proof once again that it's easy to confuse the phrases "my favorite songs" and "the best songs".
posted by Twang at 11:47 AM on February 7, 2013


Proof once again that it's easy to confuse the phrases "my favorite songs" and "the best songs".

Doesn't every single "best of" argument on the internet ever prove that there is simply no useful or rigorous difference between "my favorite songs" and "the best songs"?
posted by yoink at 1:09 PM on February 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


To me, best suggests a combination of consensus and some kind of critical rigor. Favorite just means, "it sends me".

Therefore, I can confidently say that Blue Velvet is one of the best movies of the 1980s, but Buckaroo Banzai ranks higher on my list of personal faves. Not that I haven't been known to throw down with, all the best movies of the 1980s start with B: Brazil, Blue Velvet, Buckaroo Banzai. But I'm just trying to get a rise.
posted by philip-random at 1:24 PM on February 7, 2013


To me, best suggests a combination of consensus and some kind of critical rigor

But if these arguments prove nothing else, they prove that there simply is no such "consensus"--no matter how much rigor you bring to the party.
posted by yoink at 1:45 PM on February 7, 2013


philip-random, your alternate choice for 1983 is one of the reasons I disagree with you about Blue Monday (which I love dearly).
posted by Red Loop at 5:06 PM on February 7, 2013


Haven't viewed everything, but here's a song each from the 80s I bet are not included ...

A Swell list. Yeah, as I have mentioned/ranted before, the most interesting music of the 80's often went under the radar of popular culture in North America at the time.
posted by ovvl at 5:17 PM on February 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


I took Nick Cave's advice and lowered my expectations, but even so ... FUCK THAT SUCKED BALLS.
posted by a non e mouse at 9:30 PM on February 7, 2013


So, I wonder, how many other people are my exact contemporaries and clicked on 1983 first because that year has the BEST pop memories?
posted by Catch at 12:46 AM on February 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


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