It's no secret that I love music – who doesn't? I'm a big fan of older stuff – sadly, for me, that now means music from the '90s, in addition to classics from the '60s and the '80s. If you're at all like me, then you're probably going to enjoy – or cry over – some of the groan-worthy music facts I discovered today, courtesy of all the viral-goodness over at Buzzfeed. I cannot believe half of these facts – can you?
1. Jimi Hendrix Vs. Creed
I've never been a fan of Creed, but here's a cringe-worthy fact that may even disappoint – or at least shock – the band's fans. In total, and at least in the United States, they've been able to sell more records than Jimi Hendrix. This is surprising to me only because I've always thought “All Along the Watchtower” was approximately a million times better than “Higher.” Am I crazy?
2. Depeche Mode, REM, and Led Zeppelin Vs. Rihanna
I like Rihanna, I really do. However, I do not like her more than REM or Depeche Mode. I do like her better than Led Zeppelin, but that's besides the point. The point is, she's had 10 number one singles. These other guys? None. Not even “Losing My Religion.” What?
3. The Beatles Vs. Ke$ha
I am not a fan of Ke$ha either, at all. That's possibly because I don't wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy. I'm not sure why, it's just never happened. I am clinically obsessed with the Beatles, however, and am thus appalled over the fact that “Tik-Tok” completely outsold any singles the Beatles ever had. I feel nominally better about the fact that, today, music is much more far reaching and accessible than it was back then. But still.
4. The Beatles Vs. Flo Rida
“Hey Jude” is one of my favorite Fab Four songs. I adore it even when it's just Paul and his piano. I'm taking consolation from that little epiphany I just had. That's the only possible reason Flo Rida's song “Low” sold the same amount of copies as “Hey Jude.”
5. Elvis Presley and Simon & Garfunkel Vs. the Black Eyed Peas
I ain't mad at the Peas, you know, I actually really like them. However, I also love “Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “A Hazy Shade of Winter,” “Scarborough Fair,” “Mrs. Robinson,” and assorted other S&G folk songs. Plus, Elvis is Elvis is Elvis and he's prettier than Fergie. However, they've got the more popular song: “I Gotta Feeling.” I do too, and it ain't pretty.
6. Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen, and Queen Vs. Celine Dion and Shania Twain
So yeah. Not a big Celine fan anymore. Not a huge Shania fan either. As a '90s grunge kid, however, enormous fan of Nirvana; as a blue collar kid, enormous support for Bruce; and as someone who respects all things fabulous, I've always worshiped Freddie Mercury. All the same “Falling into You” and “Come on Over” managed to unload more copies than any album from all three bands.
7. Michael Jackson Vs. Katy Perry
These two are tied. They've each had the same number of singles from the same album hit number one. Again, what? I mean, I think Katy Perry is awesome, but still, that's crazy. You never think of anyone being tied with Michael Jackson musically.
8. Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, and Johnny Cash Vs. Barbra Streisand
I've never gotten Babs, honestly. I know she's huge but I myself am not a fan of her music. Again, your classic-loving author does have a thing for Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, and Johnny Cash. Babs has sold something like 140 million records, according to Buzzfeed. That's more than all three of the others combined. Wowza.
9. Bob Marley Vs. Billy Ray Cyrus
I admit it. Growing up in West Virginia, I listened to Billy Ray Cyrus. During PE in elementary school, I even learned how to do the Achy Breaky dance. As such, I can sadly understand why “Some Gave All” sold more than any album Bob Marley ever put out. Sigh. (P.S. Does anyone else remember that mullet?)
10. The Beatles Vs. Glee
You know, I love Glee. And, again, I know that whole modern accessibility thing is to blame. But I still think it's really sad that Glee's responsible for charting more songs than the Fab Four. I mean, if it's a toss up between hearing Will Schuester sing “Gold Digger” and the Beatles singing, say, “Eleanor Rigby,” which one would you pick?
This was a great list, but I am not repeating the last one. I will not say that the presence of Justin Bieber is a disappointment in the music world. ...even though it kind of is. Ahem, anyway! What do you think about these facts? Know any other unbelievable ones?