Yesterday I was driving home from my parent’s house. On the radio I had DigiListan, a list that assembles the most downloaded tunes in Sweden over the past week.
I came in around Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F), a song that was on number 34, but has spent several weeks on the list. During the two hour drive I followed the countdown to the number one spot, a spot held by Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera and their Moves Like Jagger.
When the list reached number one I was furious. I mean, what the hell are people listening to? Counting from 34 and down there were two or three good songs – Adele’s Rolling in the Deep and Set Fire to the Rain as well as Swedish singer Veronica Maggio and her Välkommen in.
The rest was crap. Most of it anyway.
The music most people obviously are buying is made for the gym. It is too focused on energy. Where’s the bass line? The lyrical content? The voice? Yes, you guessed it – it’s not there.
Instead we have bullshit lyrics and auto-tune.
David Guetta, Pitbull, Lady Gaga and all others may be mighty popular. But their music is made for instant consuming. It’s not something you’ll save and listen to in ten years. The purpose is the same as for any fast food chain – buy, eat and move on.
This has of course also been going on in reggae, especially dancehall, for some years now. But, since I’m addicted to reggae I’m more forgiving of tunes with a reggae beat.
If you enjoy DigiListan and its global counterparts I have some suggestions for you. Eleven suggestions in reggae style.
Some of these are in the fast consuming business, while others are more timeless. At least in my opinion. What they all have in common is that they hopefully appeal to commercial radio listeners.
J Boog & Peetah – Sunshine Girl
Christopher Martin – Top a Top
Hollie Cook – Walking in the Sand
Romain Virgo – I’m Rich in Love
Chino & Denyque – Driving Me Insane
Mavado – Final Destination
Di Genius – Bounce a Gyal
Ray Darwin & Sara Lugo – Good for You
Vybz Kartel – Summer Time
Tarrus Riley – Bless Me
Keida & Protoje – All Again