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Monday, July 11, 2005

Margaritaville vs. The Piano Man

Which is the more popular song, Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett or The Piano Man by Billy Joel. I've got my money on Margaritaville. I'd also argue that Margaritaville is the most popular song of the past 40 years (at least most popular "American" popular song; there's probably a song or two sung by more Chinese or Indians than there even are Americans, much less Americans that have sung Margaritaville).

Please suggest alternatives if you've got 'em.

12 Comments:

Blogger The Velvet Fog said...

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1 oz Grand Marnier
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1 oz lime juice

shake well with ice, pour into glass, enjoy.

2:07 PM, July 11, 2005  
Blogger Chris said...

Gotta be Margaritaville over Piano Man for popularity.

I tried to come up with other ideas, but nothing I thought of seemed more popular than Margaritaville. Some of them (which are certainly not my choices):

Every Breath You Take - Police
Stairway to Heaven (yuck) - Led Zeppelin
Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
Hotel California - Eagles
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Let it Be - Beatles

3:06 PM, July 11, 2005  
Blogger Chris said...

BTW - I'm still thinking about my response to your link about the Iraq war. I'll try to put something together soon.

C

3:08 PM, July 11, 2005  
Blogger garrett said...

Satisfaction is a good call. And I was thinking about Let It Be as well. But again I just think Margaritaville is more popular. Pretty interesting. I can imagine Jimmy Buffett's circumstances at the time he wrote that song. Not the circumstances one would generally associate with punching one's ticket to enduring fame and fortune. But that's certainly how it worked out for him.

On the Iraq post, I understand, and please take your time. I have regretted my timing in posting that given the London bombings. So a big shout out of apology from me on timing vis a vis that topic. But I'm looking forward to your thoughts.

4:50 PM, July 11, 2005  
Blogger The Donger said...

I think your responses may suffer from regional bias. Maybe I'm the biased one, but, growing up in Northern Virginia and Michigan, Billy Joel was huge, and Piano Man was his signature song. Here are a few other songs that give Piano Man and Margaritaville a run for their money in terms of wide recognition and were not listed by Chris (I largely agree with his list):

Born to be wild -- Steppenwolf
Start me up -- Rolling Stones
We will rock you -- Queen

9:03 PM, July 14, 2005  
Blogger garrett said...

"We Will Rock You" is a great suggestion. So do you think We Will Rock You is more popular than Piano Man? Or just Margaritaville?

Also - what about "We are the Champions"? I bet that is more popular than "We Will Rock You". But Queen songs - interesting thought. I might be able to get my head around agreeing that "We are the Champions" is the most "popular" song of everything mentioned so far. Hmmmmmmmm.

On some of Chris' suggestions there's probably a generational bias at work. Do college kids today still listen to/like "Hotel California", for instance? I'm guessing not so much. But college kids drink. And college kids compete. So now I'm leaning to Margaritaville and We are the Champions.

12:57 PM, July 16, 2005  
Blogger The Velvet Fog said...

Some very preliminary, non-scientific research on iTunes suggests you may be incorrect. We are the Champions is not even in the top three most downloaded Queen songs. It is number 4 behind Bohemian Rhapsody (further proving the stupidy of the masses) We Will Rock You and Another One Bites the Dust. Margaritaville was obviously the most popular Buffett song, as was Piano Man for Mr. Joel.
While Margaritaville may be the most popular Buffett song, what is the best? I prefer A Pirate Looks at Forty.

9:46 AM, July 18, 2005  
Blogger garrett said...

Well, that's an interesting notion, Phineas. Tracking buying decisions makes good sense in trying to ascertain popularity. I'm embarrassed it didn't occur to me. I was going by which song gets picked the most at karoake bars.

6:54 PM, July 18, 2005  
Blogger Dongley Shlongford said...

I like why don't we get drunk and screw.

6:58 AM, July 19, 2005  
Blogger The Velvet Fog said...

Don't be embarrassed about that Garrett. If you want to be embarrassed about something, be embarrassed about the scene from Pulp Fiction that you seem to be reenacting in your backyard there in your photo.

11:45 AM, July 19, 2005  
Anonymous Jules said...

They're your clothes.

11:19 AM, July 20, 2005  
Blogger The Velvet Fog said...

Then I need them back, because from what I've heard the ladies love that look!

2:32 PM, July 20, 2005  

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