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Does popularity matter?
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I'm of the same mind for the cake of rainbows and smiles...

 

I don't get how anyone can be upset at anyone else for a little musical passion.  Sure, that passion carries a few contradictions here and there, but that's what makes all of this so great.

 

Our Mr. Sun King is passionate in his way, and I'm passionate in my way.  It's all cool.  We're all here for a united love of the Beatles, and everyone interprets it in their own way.  Sometimes we disagree.  Such is life.

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17 September 2012
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Popularity and longevity do matter. However, they are indicators of quality rather than causers of quality. Something being liked by a lot of people doesn't suddenly make it better, but it probably is good if lots of people can recognise that it is good.

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17 September 2012
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mr. Sun king coming together said
Very simple: Does popularity (and, by the same token, longevity) matter? Does it make a song better or worse if it is popular?

(I know my answer, but it'll be long; I wait until later.)

I'm not sure there is always a "same token". That is because to me (just my opinion gang - I'm not preaching this as gospel) populartiy and longevity don't always go hand in hand.

Sure, popularity translated into longevity (I have to assume you mean an artisit's staying power) for Elvis and the Beatles. One might even argue that those 2 acts are even more popular now than when they were in their prime. I only say that because they each have  more fans now than they ever have due to more generations hopping on the band wagon (no pun there). That is not always the case. I found this list of the 100 Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artists of The 1960s on the web. It is by no means listed here by me to be a difinitive list. I only posted it so we can get an idea of who was popular back then. There are some obvious names on the list that definitely meet the criteria of popularity and longevity. Others, not so much. So, popularity gets you noticed and sells records, but doesn't always matter. 

To answer your second question; whether a song is "better" or "worse" is very subjective. I might like a song that you hate, regardless of how popular it is.

I guess you could say a song could be popular because it is good, but I don't always agree that a song is good just because it is popular.

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