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Friday, January 14, 2011

B Side Presents, "2010, We Hardly Knew Ye"

2010 seemed to have been a solid year in terms of music. I need to assemble a more comprehensive list of what all dropped - and then I'll put together some sort of Top 50 list or something of that nature. Until then, I was looking at what was the best in terms of sheer sales, and I was fairly surprised. There are a couple albums on here that I never even heard of. (or at least never listened to) But today is just going to be a reporting day - for those that care to know what sold and what didn't. I'll add my little quips of course at the end.


10. Need You Now - Lady Antebellum, 3.1 Million
9. Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz, 3.2 Million
8. Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars, 3.2 Million
7. Not Afraid - Eminem, 3.4 Million
6. OMG - Usher, 3.7 Million
5. Airplanes - B.o.B, 4 Million
4. Dynamite - Taio Cruz, 4 Million
3. Love The Way You Lie - Eminem, 4.2 Million
2. Hey Soul Sister - Train, 4.3 Million
1. California Gurls - Katy Perry, 4.4 Million

Nothing too surprising on this list. In terms of sheer popularity, the top 3 seem to make total sense. Personally, I couldn't go 5 seconds without hearing Dynamite either for a while there. Huge song. By no means do I feel there are the 10 best songs of 2010 and in fact, I doubt any of them would make my personal list. Maybe Lady Antebellum, but that's about it. Alas, sales are a funny thing. Lots of artists making better quality music, but not getting the recognition. Happens all the time.


10. Animal - Ke$ha, 1.1 Million
9. Raymond v Raymond - Usher, 1.1 Million
8. Thank Me Later - Drake, 1.2 Million
7. Soldier Of Love - Sade, 1.3 Million
6. The Fame - Lady Gaga, 1.6 Million
5. The Gift - Susan Boyle, 1.9 Million
4. My World 2.0 - Justin Bieber, 2.3 Million
3. Speak Now - Taylor Swift, 2.9 Million
2. Need You Now - Lady Antebellum, 3 Million
1. Recovery - Eminem, 3.4 Million

Personally, I'm stunned by some of these. First and foremost, who's Sade? Why have I not heard anything off this album? How did it sell over a million copies this year? That's nuts. I get people love Boyle's story, and she can certainly sing. I haven't heard this, but she outsold Gaga? Really? Wow. Recovery makes sense, it was a huge album. Probably Em's best ever. Two country music albums rounding out 2 and 3 is a little surprising, but those are in that contemporary category that has a lot more people buying than just country fans. Not surprised my buddy Ke$ha made the list, surprised she's so low. Figured she'd be higher. Drake above Usher and even on the list at all is shocking. He didn't have the huge pop singles like Usher did. Yeah, that's about it. Again, Recovery would be up there for me, and maybe Lady Antebellum again - but otherwise, I don't think any of the others make my Top 10. Thank Me Later gets better the more I listen, but there has to be 8 other gems out there.

What do you guys think?

Happy Friday!


  1. You asked who is Sade

    ◘pronounced Sha-de, just in-case her name was throwing you off a bit◘

    She hasn't released a full studio album in about 10 years, give or take. She is a very good singer, and was very popular during the 80's and 90's. I know you've heard of Erykah Badu, she's got that same sort of neo-soul, jazzy, quiet-storm r&b sort of sound. Two of her most popular songs are 'Smooth Operator' and 'By Your Side' remixed by the Neptune's back in 2002.

  2. Yeah, I was kinda just playing it up a bit. I know who she is - and I recall some older stuff, but I honestly didn't even know this came out. Let alone such a big drop.

    I never had any problems with her music. I'll have to note this one to review soon!

  3. i almost fell out of my chair at 'who's sade?' if you could only see my head shaking right now.

    i think i maybe have heard no more than 5 of those songs, and i'm ok with that.

    'who's sade.' really now. have you reviewed any sade yet? i can't recall. i am actually pleasantly surprised that her album made the top ten. but i think the top album sales speaks to who's still buying cds or albums at all, while top songs speak to who's buying music song by song for the hits (and their considerable lack of taste).

    and for the love of God, i still do NOT understand the success of ke-dollarsign-ha.

  4. As I stated above, I know who Sade is. I was just joking around.

    Drop a Sade album in the box. I haven't gotten to her yet.

    You love Kesha, just admit it.

  5. oooohhh gettin heated

    @ janis, ke-dollarsignn-ha. That was good

    It's ok B ☺

  6. Haha...janis and I go back a long way. Nothing getting hot in herrre.

  7. I listen to Thank me Later on a regular basis but I find it hard to tell why exactly I like it.

  8. I listen to it quite a bit too. I really like a couple tracks on it. I really like the collabo track with Jeezy 'Unforgettable'

  9. Katy Perry is TERRIBLE. That is all.

  10. Hahaha! Your Perry hatred is well documented on the B Side. =)

  11. i know it was a joke. it was just scary.

    let me tell you a quick story about kesha. whatever that song is with the 'stockings ripped all up the side' every time i hear that song, i think that kesha must be talking about going out about town dressed as a hooker. and then i remember her other classic works, you know, about brushing her teeth with a bottle of jack, and figure that fits.

    then, no matter how hard i try, now matter how much lounge i listen to, no matter how loud i crank up 'ride the lightning,' no matter how quickly i can flip to 'cowboys from hell,' i cannot get that stupid song out of my head.

    i just thank god i haven't been attacked by katy perry in the same manner.

  12. Thanks for the Sade drop.

    Kesha doesn't have that impact on me. I mean, her songs are catchy - but I don't find myself singing them after I get out of the car. (if of course, I left them on)

    I have very much found myself singing California Gurls - so consider yourself lucky.