… or is their methodology just flawed?
A lot of y’all have heard, I’m sure, the country-pop song “Meant to Be” by Bebe Rexha and Florida-Georgia line. It’s a nice piece of country pop, nothing too dissimilar from other songs of that genre, except for one thing:
This song has been #1 on the Billboard Country Music list since the week it was released, nearly 10 months ago, currently riding a 39 week streak.
Now, perhaps the song is an instant classic, perhaps Bebe and co are far more popular than I give them credit for, but then looking at the history of the songs which have stayed #1 the longest, I noticed 3 things:
- The period from 1946 to 1948 had a bunch of long-lasting #1 songs, and,
- Since Billboard added streaming totals to the mix in 2012, the top 3 “most popular” country songs ever have been released, with another 2 being added to the Wiki list, linked above, and,
- Florida-Georgia line is responsible for 3 of the post-2012 songs.
So, what’s your theory? Flawed methodology? Gaming the charts? Weakness in modern country music offerings which allows for songs to be popular longer than usual? FL/GA Line being the single greatest country supergroup to have ever existed (in the Wiki list they are the only non-solo act represented, except for a couple of duets)?
For me, I suspect the methodology is flawed and the addition of the streaming/YouTube views allows for a greater chance of the numbers being gamed. But I could be wrong and just not seeing the greatness that is FL/GA line.
Anyway, I hope the damn thing makes it to 52 weeks, just because.