2015’s Biggest Hits in Jukeboxes. Yes, Jukeboxes

The history of the jukebox–a machine in a public place that plays music in exchange for a coin or two–goes back to the late 1800s. The coin-operated types had their heyday in the 40s, 50s and 60s although they continue to survive in the digital world in restaurants and bars.

A company called TouchTunes provides most of the jukeboxes in the US today and have released their annuals list of the most popular selections from 2015. They provide an interesting glance into the psyche and preference of a certain segment of music consumers.

  1. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  2. Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks
  3. Girl Crush – Little Big Town
  4. Copperhead Road – Steve Earle
  5. Like a Wrecking Ball – Eric Church
  6. Burnin’ It Down – Jason Aldean
  7. Bottoms Up – Brantley Gilbert
  8. Smoke a Little Smoke – Eric Church
  9. Fat Bottom Girls – Queen
  10. Sugar – Maroon 5

When it comes to rock, here’s what people chose the most.

  1. Fat Bottom Girls – Queen
  2. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  3. Crazy B**ch – Buckcherry
  4. Take Me to Church – Hozier
  5. Hotel California – Eagles
  6. The Joker – Steve Miller
  7. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
  8. All Summer Long – Kid Rock
  9. You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
  10. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses

VVN has an excellent look at the jukebox scene of yesterday and today here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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