Friday, December 30, 2005

Why I don't listen to the radio

Wow. For my own amusement (or horror), I decided to watch at least the first half or so of every one of the first ten videos on Yahoo's top 100 videos page.

  1. Beyoncé - Check on It
  2. D4L - Laffy Taffy
  3. Eminem - When I'm Gone
  4. Nelly - Grillz
  5. Black Eyed Peas - My Humps
  6. Pussycat Dolls - Stickwitu
  7. Mary J. Blige - Be Without You
  8. Chris Brown - Yo
  9. Kelly Clarkson - Because of You
  10. Chris Brown and Juelz Santana - Run It

I hadn't heard any of these modern masterpieces before. Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow.

I just don't know what to say. (Luckily, that's never stopped me from blathering anyway.) First of all, what a wide range of genres! We've got everything from Rap to R&B represented on that list. And, I guess, Kelly Clarkson, which I guess is American Idol Light Pop, huh?

Really the only tolerable thing on here was Run It, #10, because it was kinda catchy. As far as I can tell, Chris is a fifteen-year-old boy who thinks he's Usher. In fact, I think this is actually a remake of the video for Yeah by Usher. The song's pretty much the same. It's pretty much the same video but without the neat lasers. Neither one's all that great. I'm pretty sure that the main reason this video exists is to make fourteen-year-old girls mast... post pictures of Chris in their lockers. Because, well, he's so-oo dreamy.

This is why I don't listen to the radio.


Kerjo said...

You need, ask permission before you click things on the internet.

Travis said...

Hey, what can I say... I have really low standards for entertainment right now. I still feel like crap.

Swid said...

Every month or so, I listen to the top 10 songs on iTunes, for more or less the same reasons as you. A couple notes on the songs you listed:

*Remember when Eminem actually had clever songs and videos? You know, before he realized that he could quit trying and he'll still sell millions of albums each year? Oh well, at least he tells you that his newer stuff is horrible.

*Slate had a great article about "My Humps" a few weeks back...the author called it "a song so awful it hurts the mind."

Travis said...

I think My Humps was the only one I'd heard of before, though I didn't know from the name that it was the junk in the trunk song. Maybe it was parodied in Family Guy or something. So horrible. That article is amusing, though.

Anonymous said...

I listen to Lauchcast radio a lot. Some of their stations are not all that bad. I haven't had a large success with their 'custom radio station' feature. I don't really keep track of artists names/song titles, etc.

However, I think it does a good job for what I want music for.

I haven't ever tried their top 10 or other type of 'top chart' stations.

I guess I also prefer the radio because I refuse to pay for an album.

Travis said...

Yeah, Yahoo! Launch is my main source of new music, but I only use the customized stations. If MSN Music had a customized station feature I'd probably use it, because it's a little nicer and integrates with Windows Media Player. Winamp seems to mostly just have AOL Radio and a lot of independent probably-illegal techno SHOUTcast stations...

Luke said...

My source of new music is whatever they play before movies at the theater. So, that means I learn of approx. 1 song per 4 months or so.