Do we really still want mega-hits?
We talk wistfully of the day when mega-hits would top the charts for six months at a time. But do we really still want mega-hits?
Let’s take a concrete example. The most popular group right now, at least as measured by the Singing News Fan Awards, is the Booth Brothers, and their biggest hit is “He Saw it All.” It hit #1 in February 2006.
Just suppose, for the sake of discussion, that it had been a 6-month hit. Here are its surrounding singles:
- Jan 2006: I am Home-McKameys
- Feb 2006: He Saw it All-Booth Brothers
- Mar 2006: Do You Want to Be Forgiven – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
- Apr 2006: In the Sky-Three Bridges
- May 2006: New Day Dawning – Whisnants
- June 2006: The Debt – Talley Trio
I don’t think there’s any question that “He Saw it All” is the biggest hit of the six. Look at each group’s NQC sets—I think each of the other songs have faded out, there at least, while the Booth Brothers pretty much have to sing “He Saw it All” at least once or twice at NQC to this day.
But would we really rather have seen it dominate that six-month period? Or, despite occasional grumbling, do we actually like things the way they are?