5:54 pm - 02/22/2013

Billboard Gives PSY a Robbery for Life

8 Songs That Would Have Hit No. 1 If “Billboard” Had Counted YouTube Views

The rules are different now, but some artists were robbed of their rightful glory.

Billboard made a significant change in how they calculate their Hot 100 chart this week by adding YouTube streaming data to their method of determining chart placement. As a result, Baauer's "Harlem Shake" is the first song to benefit from the change, debuting at No. 1, which is great for "Harlem Shake" but sucks for all these other songs that had videos everyone watched before Billboard cared.

3. Psy, "Gangnam Style"

Psy came out of nowhere to become a viral sensation, and "Gangnam Style" beat Justin Beiber's record to become the most-watched YouTube video ever, but Billboard didn't care about YouTube views yet so it peaked at No. 2 instead of going No. 1.

Full list:

8. Michael Jackson, "Thriller"
7. Britney Spears, "Toxic"
6. Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance"
5. Justin Bieber, "Baby"
4. Antoine Dodson, "Bed Intruder Song"
2. Rebecca Black, "Friday"
1. Tay Zonday, "Chocolate Rain"

Source: Buzzfeed

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fancifury 22nd-Feb-2013 05:03 pm (UTC)
i still don't know wtf harlem shake is but i'm already tired of it.
mspopstar 22nd-Feb-2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
It's a horrid trend which can't die too soon
benihime99 22nd-Feb-2013 05:14 pm (UTC)
2. Rebecca Black, "Friday"

Well, glad this on wasn't number 1
supplanter 22nd-Feb-2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
toshi830 22nd-Feb-2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
the fact Harlem Shake is the current number one song on the billboard charts makes me lose faith in humanity

well, more so than usual
miriamele 22nd-Feb-2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
Your icon is amazing.
miriamele 22nd-Feb-2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
This is ridiculous. I feel like this takes away from the value of the song. Videos draw people to listen but... I can just see artists creating crazier and crazier videos just to get a view, and I feel that really could take away from the value of the song.

ashiva 22nd-Feb-2013 06:13 pm (UTC)
While I do think youtube views should be counted ('cause they also make money for the artist) I think they should change a bit their standards - For instance only count views on official channel or at least make it so that in order for some clip to count towards views it should at least feature 3/4 of the song. I mean most people have only heard 30s of Harlem Shake. And they definitely should lessen the amount of radio airplay counts (especially as record labels make all kinds deals with companies that own radio stations).

Edited at 2013-02-22 06:16 pm (UTC)
hellodee16 22nd-Feb-2013 06:22 pm (UTC)
No, just no @ 1, 2, and 4
sadistic_dance 22nd-Feb-2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
All three of those songs are amazing.
modestgoddess79 22nd-Feb-2013 06:28 pm (UTC)
What no Alabama leprechaun?
iftheshoefits88 22nd-Feb-2013 06:48 pm (UTC)
OMG!! Hahahaha
puffy_wuffy 22nd-Feb-2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
That RPDR5 gif of Alaska is gorgeous! Also, this article is too relevant right now, too too relevant.
uledy 22nd-Feb-2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
my god, i'd forgotten about chocolate rain!

88,819,832 views! and well deserved!
nortonamo 22nd-Feb-2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
This is like, really stupid where is Samwell
kachuusha 22nd-Feb-2013 07:34 pm (UTC)
people like a trend or yt video and grab onto it until they run it to the ground. just hope they don't make stupid music videos just to try and get to #1.
k0dama 22nd-Feb-2013 07:48 pm (UTC)
lol Why is friday and chocolate rain on this
shining_lore 22nd-Feb-2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
Umm some of them don't deserve it, TBH.
imyoona 22nd-Feb-2013 09:11 pm (UTC)
Aww the Shaytards!
fantaesticbaby 22nd-Feb-2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
i am drunk rn, scrolled down fast past this ans thought the gif was Dara O____O
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