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Jul 10

A Friday Pop Quiz!

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I have a great big post on the boil looking at Last FM stats but in case it doesn’t get finished here’s a quiz for you. NO PEEKING – Peeking meaning no going to Last FM and checking the answers.

The quiz is very easy! All you have to do is guess which is the highest ranked track on Last FM by each of these artists. LFM’s public data only goes back 6 months, which makes a difference in some cases, and it hasn’t got the VERY latest hits (i.e. Katy Perry’s #1 is “I Kissed A Girl” not “California Gurls” let alone “Teenage Dream”). For some of the listed acts it is the obvious track, for others it isn’t, this is where blind luck your skill and judgement will play a role.

So here goes! Quiz under the cut, answers in the comments box and I’ll let you know who does best.

1. MGMT
2. Lady Gaga
3. Vampire Weekend
4. The Smiths
5. Lily Allen
6. Blur
7. Kanye West
8. The Prodigy
9. Beyonce
10. Radiohead
11. Rihanna
12. Michael Jackson
13. Johnny Cash
14. Metallica
15. Britney Spears
16. The Kinks
17. The Beatles
18. Donna Summer
19. Jay-Z
20. Outkast

Comments

  1. 1
    Birdseed on 23 Jul 2010 #

    I’m going by gut instinct, figuring that’s how most LastFM users work. Possibly.

    1. Kids
    2. Poker Face
    3. Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
    4. There’s a Light That Never Goes Out
    5. Fuck You
    6. Song 2
    7. Good Life
    8. Firestarter
    9. Crazy in Love
    10. Creep
    11. Russian Roulette
    12. Man in the Mirror
    13. Hurt
    14. Enter Sandman
    15. Toxic
    16. Waterloo Sunset
    17. Come Together
    18. Bad Girls
    19. Empire State of Mind
    20. Hey Ya

  2. 2
    Roodle on 23 Jul 2010 #

    1. Kids
    2. Poker Face
    3. Cousins
    4. How Soon is Now
    5. The Fear
    6. Song 2
    7. Gold Digger
    8. Omen
    9. Irreplaceable
    10. Just
    11. Take A Bow
    12. Beat It
    13. Ring of Fire
    14. Enter Sandman
    15. Womanizer
    16. Waterloo Sunset
    17. Hey Jude
    18. I Feel Love
    19. Run This Town
    20. Hey Ya

  3. 3
    MV on 23 Jul 2010 #

    1. Kids
    2. Poker Face
    3. Oxford Comma
    4. This Charming Man
    5. Smile
    6. Song 2
    7. Golddigger
    8. Firestarter
    9. Single Ladies
    10. Creep
    11. Umbrella
    12. Beat it
    13. Hurt
    14. Enter Sandman
    15. Toxic
    16. You Really Got Me
    17. ?!? Hey Jude?
    18. I Feel Love (surely)
    19. Empire State of Mind
    20. Hey Ya!

  4. 4
    pink champale on 23 Jul 2010 #

    1. MGMT – er, i don’t know any MGMT song titles, so will have to say ‘kids’ too (i’m assuming this is the famous one with the horrible ‘all around the world’ “””trippy””” video)
    2. Lady Gaga – poker face
    3. Vampire Weekend – sorry, no idea
    4. The Smiths – this charming man
    5. Lily Allen – smile
    6. Blur -song 2
    7. Kanye West – golddigger
    8. The Prodigy – firestarter
    9. Beyonce – single ladies
    10. Radiohead – creep
    11. Rihanna – don’t stop the music
    12. Michael Jackson – billie jean
    13. Johnny Cash – hurt
    14. Metallica – enter sandman
    15. Britney Spears – womanizer
    16. The Kinks – all day and all of the night
    17. The Beatles – hey jude
    18. Donna Summer – hot love
    19. Jay-Z – empire state of mind
    20. Outkast – hey ya

  5. 5
    Kat but logged out innit on 23 Jul 2010 #

    1. MGMT – Kids
    2. Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
    3. Vampire Weekend – err A-Punk?
    4. The Smiths – This Charming Man
    5. Lily Allen – Smile
    6. Blur – The Universal
    7. Kanye West – Stronger
    8. The Prodigy – Firestarter
    9. Beyonce – Single Ladies
    10. Radiohead – Treefingers hahaha no er Creep
    11. Rihanna – Umbrella
    12. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
    13. Johnny Cash – Hurt
    14. Metallica – Nothing Else Matters
    15. Britney Spears – Baby One More Time
    16. The Kinks – Waterloo Sunset
    17. The Beatles – errrrr Ticket to WINE?
    18. Donna Summer – I Feel Love
    19. Jay-Z – 99 Problems
    20. Outkast – Miss Jackson

  6. 6
    Kat but logged out innit on 23 Jul 2010 #

    ACTUALLY does this last.fm count ‘featured’ artists properly now? ie would Rihanna get Umbrella or would that be Rihanna ft Jay-Z? Likewise would Empire State Of Mind be Jay-Z ft Alicia Keys and not him on his own?

  7. 7
    lex on 23 Jul 2010 #

    As far as I can tell there are still hundreds of iterations of the “featuring” dilemma. The autocorrect mechanism is randomly both v useful and totally useless – I wish they’d man up and impose a “house style” for remixes, features etc., rather than letting users vote.

    A lot of these are “the only song title I know offhand by this artist”…

    1. Time To Pretend
    2. Bad Romance
    3. I don’t know the names of any VW songs offhand
    4. How Soon Is Now?
    5. The Fear
    6. Song 2
    7. Stronger
    8. Firestarter
    9. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
    10. Paranoid Android
    11. Rude Boy
    12. Beat It
    13. Hurt
    14. Enter Sandman
    15. Gimme More
    16. I don’t know any Kinks songs
    17. Eleanor Rigby
    18. Love To Love You Baby
    19. Big Pimpin’
    20. Hey Ya :(

  8. 8
    Tom on 23 Jul 2010 #

    The ‘featuring’ is certainly better than it used to be but still a bit off – how much it affects these picks I don’t know: there are a couple where obvious choices might have been scuppered by a featuring but at least one non-obvious winner where I’d have expected it to be a problem, too.

    Pink Champale is currently in the lead (with 7/20 so plenty of scope for overtaking)

  9. 9
    Birdseed on 23 Jul 2010 #

    Hey, I got 7 too! (Yes, I was too curious, so I had to google. ;))

  10. 10
    Tom on 23 Jul 2010 #

    Yes! You did, sorry, I missed one you’d got.

  11. 11
    Steve Mannion on 23 Jul 2010 #

    Time To Pretend
    Poker Face
    A-Punk
    There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
    The Fear
    Song 2
    Stronger
    Omen
    Single Ladies
    How To Disappear Completely
    Rude Boy
    Billie Jean
    Folsom Prison Blues
    Enter: Sandman
    If U Seek Amy
    All Day And All Of The Night
    Eleanor Rigby
    I Feel Love
    Empire State Of Mind
    Hey Ya

  12. 12
    winner on 23 Jul 2010 #

    1. Kids
    2. Poker Face
    3. No idea
    4. How Soon is Now
    5. The Fear
    6. Parklife
    7. Gold digger
    8. Fire Starter
    9. Crazy in Love
    10. Creep
    11. Umbrella
    12. Beat It
    13. Ring of Fire
    14. Enter Sandman
    15. Hit me baby one more time
    16. Waterloo Sunset
    17. Let it Be
    18. I feel love
    19. Empire State of Mind
    20. Hey Ya

  13. 13
    Tom on 23 Jul 2010 #

    Current leader is Steve M with 8/20.

  14. 14
    jeff w on 23 Jul 2010 #

    1 Time To Pretend
    2 Just Dance
    3 (don’t know any of their songs)
    4 There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
    5 The Fear
    6 Parklife
    7 Love Lockdown
    8 Out Of Space (sp?)
    9 Single Ladies
    10 High & Dry*
    11 Take A Bow
    12 Billie Jean
    13 Ring Of Fire
    14 Enter Sandman
    15 Baby…One More Time
    16 Waterloo Sunset
    17 Hey Jude
    18 I Feel Love
    19 Hard Knock Life LOL
    20 Hey Ya

    *(god Radiohead are dreadful aren’t they? There was some comp of their “hits” playing in HMV last night. All the songs were utter shite. Sorry, just had to get that off my chest.)

  15. 15
    flahr on 23 Jul 2010 #

    1. Kids (Congratulations was pump)
    2. Alejandro
    3. White Sky
    4. Heaven Knows…
    5. I reckon The Fear still
    6. Song bloody 2
    7. Stronger
    8. Invaders Must Die
    9. Telephone
    10. Paranoid Android
    11. Umbrella, surely
    12. did Man in the Mirror ever go away
    13. Ring of Fire
    14. One
    15. Oops… I Did It Again or however it’s spelt
    16. You Really Got Me
    17. Er… Hey Jude
    18. I Feel Love
    19. Empire State of Mind
    20. Hey Ya!

  16. 16
    crag on 26 Jul 2010 #

    1 Time to Pretend
    2 Bad Romance
    3 Cousins
    4 How Soon is Now
    5 The Fear
    6 Park Life
    7 Gold Digger
    8 Firestarter
    9 If I were A boy
    10 Just
    11 Umbrella
    12 Thriller
    13 Hurt
    14 Enter Sandman
    15 Womaniser
    16 You Really Got Me
    17 Hey Jude
    18 I Feel Love
    19 Empire State of Mind
    20 Hey Ya

  17. 17
    thefatgit on 26 Jul 2010 #

    here goes:

    Kids
    Telephone
    A-Punk
    This Charming Man
    Smile
    Song 2
    Love Lockdown
    Smack My Bitch Up
    Crazy In Love
    15 Step
    Umbrella
    Man In The Mirror
    Hurt
    Unforgiven
    If U Seek Amy
    Waterloo Sunset
    Across The Universe
    I Feel Love
    99 Problems
    Miss Jackson

  18. 18
    mike on 27 Jul 2010 #

    1. Kids
    2. Bad Romance
    3. Cousins
    4. How Soon Is Now
    5. The Fear
    6. Song 2
    7. Love Lockdown
    8. Omen
    9. Single Ladies
    10. Karma Police
    11. Rude Boy
    12. Man In The Mirror
    13. Hurt
    14. One
    15. Womanizer
    16. Waterloo Sunset
    17. Yesterday
    18. State Of Independence
    19. Empire State Of Mind
    20. Hey Ya!

  19. 19
    mike on 3 Aug 2010 #

    So, who won? And what were the correct answers?

  20. 20
    Tom on 3 Aug 2010 #

    Good question :) I intended to get parts II and III of the Last FM thing up sooner than I have done – answers to come in a day or two.

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