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Jul 08

Popular Demographic Survey

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Since there isn’t a great deal more to say about the last entry, time to scratch an itch I’ve had for a while about who exactly is reading this. I’ve kept the questions vague so as to avoid spoilers for records we’ve not covered yet.

Basically, I’d like you to answer these questions in the comments:

1. When were you born?
2. What was the year you were first regularly interested in what was at #1?
3. Do you still listen to music in the Top 40 on a regular basis (and if the answer’s “no”, when did you stop)?

There is no ‘right’ answer to #3 – I’m just intrigued as to the ‘demographics’ of the blog.

Lurkers very welcome! Come and say hello!

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    Brendan on 24 Sep 2012 #

    As I’m in the process of adding my reviews I’ve pretty much answered 1) and 2) already: born 1972; began noticing the charts 1977. As for when I gave up – I was losing interest as early as 1986 with its string of mediocre number 1s (I guess I can name names without incurring SB’s wrath as Tom has long since covered them all but I’ll keep my powder dry till I get there) and knowing that all the best bands that I’d discovered by then were clearly never going to have a sniff of that accolade. Though I did at least have cursory glances into the 21st century but the interest died along with Top of the Tops but there was a brief revival a few years ago when I got Freeview including the 2 music channels, though that too has now waned.

  2. 122
    Lazarus on 24 Sep 2012 #

    1. 1963
    2. 1974 (approx)
    3. 1998-99, as the Britpop era fizzled out – last time I was really ‘into’ new music I suppose.

  3. 123
    Auntie Beryl on 9 Mar 2013 #

    1. 1973.
    2. 1980, although I know I was parked in front of Top Of The Pops as early as 1978.
    3. Impossible to say as the professional and personal overlap here. I suppose this is a Yes although without enthusiasm.

  4. 124
    lmm on 23 Jan 2014 #

    1. 1987
    2. 2001
    3. 2005

  5. 125
    Justified Ancient on 18 Sep 2014 #

    1. 1972
    2. 1980
    3. mid-nineties, gradually.

  6. 126
    Larry on 16 Nov 2014 #

    Born- 1957 (same year as Mark E Smith, Sid Vicious, Siouxsie, and Nick Cave)
    First interested in #1 – 1964 (I Want to Hold Your Hand/ She Loves You)
    Still listen to Top 40? Occasionally I listen to Z-100 (NY’s CHR station) and the countdown with Ryan Seacrest, but haven’t been immersed in it since 1986 or so

  7. 127
    Adam on 22 Mar 2015 #

    1. 1985
    2. 2015 ;)
    3. Definitely enjoyed looking at historical charts when younger but have overall been interested in what xgau calls “semipopular” music… going through your writings to broaden my knowledge/taste/enjoyment.

  8. 128
    Tommy Mack on 22 Mar 2015 #

    1) 1981 – Calvin Harris has remit-fulfilling love for me but secretly feels aggrieved that I’ve snuck in on a technicality, like a bloke with a sore hand demanding a disabled parking badge.
    2) 1992 – I’d listened to contemporary chart music for a couple of years before but without knowing or caring what position songs were at. The first in the charts single I bought was Meatloaf’s I’d Do Anything For Love… (7″ from Woolies) during it’s tenure at the top spot. I was not a cool kid.
    3) Yes. More so now than at any time since my teens. Thanks to Spotify, YouTube etc making it easy and free to check out new stuff and also feeling a bit played out on the vintage “semipopular” sounds I’ve always favoured.

  9. 129
    Inanimate Carbon God on 22 Mar 2015 #

    1. “Worst year for pop (allegedly)” 1985
    2. “Best year for pop (allegedly)” 1994 (but I do remember a November 1993 TOTP and my dad saying “Meatloaf’s number 1? Oh no. I can’t stand him!” I disagree – but in many ways my dad is a lot cooler than me.)
    3. Oh yes, sometimes it’s a bit of an endurance test, but I survey the entire top 100 every week.

  10. 130
    mrdiscopop on 10 May 2015 #

    1. When were you born?

    October 1974. I’m reading through Popular in reverse chronological order, though, so I haven’t reached “my” number one yet.

    2. What was the year you were first regularly interested in what was at #1?

    Family folklore is that my first record (ie one I specifically asked to buy) was Dancing Queen – which is 1976. But my first memory of a song actually being number one was probably The Tide Is High – I thought TOTP had placed the animated number one in the video after it reached the top.

    3. Do you still listen to music in the Top 40 on a regular basis (and if the answer’s “no”, when did you stop)?

    Yes. I don’t listen to the countdown any more, but I still pore over the charts every week (I write entertainment stories for the BBC News Website, so that’s partly a work thing). But I buy almost 200 singles a year – and they’re not all dadrock 6 Music nostalgiafests.

    What has changed significantly since I was younger is that I don’t care where singles land in the Top 100. I’m confident enough in my own tastes that I don’t need them validated by the masses – but as a kid it really devastated me if my favourite bands missed the top 10.

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    Ciaran (the other one) on 12 May 2015 #

    1. When were you born?
    November 1977. ABBA’s The Name Of The Game was number one on the day I was born; which pleases me for some odd, quasi-superstitious reason.

    2. What was the year you were first regularly interested in what was number one?
    I don’t have a clear answer to this one, but I’m guessing 1984 or 1985. I do remember being disappointed that number ones of this period were sometimes more boring than they ought to be (to my 7 year old ears). Jaded even as a child!

    3. Do you still listen to music in the top 40 on a regular basis (and if the answer’s ‘no’ when did you stop)?
    Yes I do, and it’s usually in a spirit of trying to figure out what the charts might mean to a child or adolescent in 2015. All I can say is I find today’s charts depressingly same and worthy, either pop music has become increasingly risk-averse, or the effect of streaming has been to flatten out pop music into a fairly undifferentiated mass. Having two versions of a Sam Smith single in the Top 20 at the same time cannot be healthy.

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