Parsing The Pop: Hot 100’s Top Tracks Get The Cold Shoulder

Maura / January 12, 2007

Honestly, we weren’t expecting Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day” to do well in Jackin’ Pop–chalk it up to music writers’ bias against musicians who are pathological knit-cap wearers. But we were surprised that it didn’t get a single vote from our critics, given that it was the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 this year. Sure, the Hot 100 does tend to skew on the adult-contemporary side of things, and the end-of-year charts do favor singles that came out in the year’s first half–the seemingly everywhere “Crazy” only came in at No. 7 on the year-end list, while the Jackin’ Pop No. 3 “My Love,” which was released as a single in the fall, ended the year at No. 61. (And forget anything as comparatively outré as the poll’s No. 5, “Wolf Like Me.”) But we glanced at the Hot 100’s top ten and found that three of the year’s top 10 songs—including one that was a near-miss on one of your Idolators’ ballots–received no votes at all, a stat that we found a little odd. (Isn’t there someone out there who will admit to liking that James Blunt song?)

After the jump, we compare the Billboard Hot 100’s top ten with their Jackin’ Pop results.

1 “Bad Day,” Daniel Powter (0 votes)
2 “Temperature,” Sean Paul (No. 240 (tie), 2 votes)
3 “Promiscuous,” Nelly Furtado/Timbaland (No. 6, 45 votes)
4 “You’re Beautiful,” James Blunt (0 votes)
5 “Hips Don’t Lie,” Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean (No. 42 (tie), 12 votes)
6 “Unwritten,” Natasha Bedingfield (0 votes)
7 “Crazy,” Gnarls Barkley (No. 1, 169 votes)
8 “Ridin’,” Chamillionaire Featuring Krayzie Bone (No. 19 (tie), 21 votes)
9 “Sexyback,” Justin Timberlake (No. 7 (tie), 35 votes)
10 “Check On It,” Beyonce featuring Slim Thug (No. 165 (tie), 3 votes)

Jackin’ Pop Critics Poll 2006 Results
Year-end Singles – Hot 100 Songs [Billboard.biz]