Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Casual Observation Series – Part 1A(uggie)
Contributed by Auggie

If you ever plan to undertake a study to determine the most played artist in the history of radio, I can save you the trouble. It’s Elton John. This conclusion is based strictly on empirical evidence, namely me riding in my car listening to the radio over the last 30 years, but it’s no less scientific than Michael Bloomberg’s assertion that “people tend to eat as much as they are served” as justification for his proposed ban on large sized soft drinks (good topic for another blog). It recently occurred to me that no matter the driving distance, or what station I am tuned to, I can’t complete a trip without hearing Elton John at least once. (Well, it happened once in 2003 when I rode around the block to test my new brake pads but that doesn’t really count). If you detect a hint of annoyance in my prose then kudos to you because that’s the attitude I was going for. There are other artists who have had their share of air time over the years (e.g. The Rolling Stones) but they tend to be played on stations of a particular musical genre. And there are artists who are overplayed in short time periods (e.g. Katy freakin Perry right now); but no one tops Elton John for longevity and breadth of coverage.

If anyone disagrees with this please post alternate theories to the comments section. As a reasonable curmudgeon I will consider updating the rankings with convincing evidence. FYI, Phil Collins is a distant second.


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  2. Wow. Someone's barking up the wrong tree.

  3. Jeff Ryer6/06/2012

    There is no such thing as overplaying the Rolling Stones....

  4. Anonymous6/08/2012

    Brake pads? 2003? Are those the same ones you started to change in 2001? My suggestion to you is to buy an iPod, load your collection of Michael Bolton, Air Supply and your all-time favorite artist, M, onto it so you can fully enjoy what you like. (You remember the M hit...Pop Muzik)

  5. Auggie6/12/2012

    Yeah, and maybe I could borrow your Taco album so I could add 'Puttin on the Ritz'.

  6. Jeff Ryer6/12/2012

    Nazareth !!!