We Fall for Another Commercial Masquerading as Music News

A sneaky way for a company to get some free news coverage is to issue a story like this one from Insurance.com. They’ surveyed a bunch of their customers to determine the “best car songs of all time.”

Fine.  I’ll bite.  Here’s part of the “best” list.

  1. “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey: 30 percent
  2. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen: 27 percent
  3. “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC: 22 percent
  4. “Any Way You Want It” by Journey: 22 percent
  5. “Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane: 21 percent
  6. “Dancing Queen” by ABBA: 19 percent
  7. “American Girl” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: 16 percent
  8. “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson: 15 percent
  9. “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen: 14 percent
  10. “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival: 14 percent

Now here’s part of the “worst” list.

  1. “Who Let the Dogs Out?” by The Baha Men: 29 percent
  2. “We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift: 25 percent
  3. “Believe” by Cher: 22 percent
  4. “Feelings” by Morris Albert: 20 percent
  5. “Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna: 18 percent
  6. “Firework” by Katy Perry: 18 percent
  7. “Mambo #5” by Lou Bega: 18 percent
  8. “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt: 14 percent
  9. “Arms Wide Open” by Creed: 13 percent
  10. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor: 12 percent

Anti-Music has the full story.

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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