Monday, April 7, 2008


When you think of top musical acts over the course of the "radio era," I'm sure some names will pop into your head. Beatles, Elvis, U2, Springsteen, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Bon Jovi, and the like. Well last week, with a movement of 15 some odd spots, Mariah Carey now holds the 2nd most number of number one singles of all time. OF ALL FUCKING TIME!


"Touch my Body," The first single of her yet to be released E=MC squared album marks her 18th number one hit, putting her in the number 2 spot, sandwiched between the Beatles, and Elvis.

So just for clarification, the list goes like this

Beatles - 20
Mariah Carey - 18
Elvis - 17

I don't get it. I can't name one Mariah Carey song, and I bet you can't either. I challenge you to go into the comments, without looking up her bio, and list ANY song of hers. Fucking crazy.


j-bizzle said...

I was surprised when I read Big's blog, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. I blame the media! Mass media has increased dramatically since the time the other bands/artists Big mentioned were at the peak of their popularity. Some are still around, but Bon Jovi and U2 are well past their prime. Also, she's the only one on the list that has a nice rack and complimentary ass.
"Honey" is the only song that came to mind. But after surfing Wikipedia, I discovered a couple more that I remember. Unlike most of TB&TB's readers, I am not a native Texan. I was living in L.A. when Mariah Carey got her big break, and she was huge out there. I have to assume that she was not nearly as successful out here, initially, as she was on the west coast.
She was one of the female artists who's career got a kick start when producers and labels were looking for the next Madonna after her massive success in the 80's. The others included the likes of Amy Grant and Gloria Estefan.
Also, she really is a great vocalist as far as singers are concerned. Her range is probably the largest of any popular female artist ever. She's a super-soprano (no, not the TV show), meaning she can sing higher than an average soprano.....Jesus I need a job.

Big said...

Good points Bizzle. It wasn't that she wasn't big down here, she was effin huge when she came on the scene in like 95. and I know she has been around for awhile, and she has talent, there is no question about that. But was she 18 number one hits big? 18 is freaking huge is all i'm saying.

j-bizzle said...

That's my point, though. I lived in Cali in '90, which is really when she came on the scene.
But, I do see your point, Big. Since I'm unemployed and live alone, I looked up the list of singles and found that of the 18 number 1's (8 before '95), I only readily recognized 6 of them. I guess fans of R&B, Pop, Dance and Adult Contemporary (what the fuck?) think she's 18 big.
Maybe it's just good marketing and "packaging".

Big said...

i just through 95 out there as a number meaning early 90's, i don't remember the exact year when she got big, but it was that one video where she roller skated. It was probably 90, since it was MTV and such.

Anonymous said...

Are you serious?!? I could probably name all 18 of them. Mariah is HUGE! I can definitely name more Mariah Carey songs than I can Elvis or the Beatles. Songs like Hero and We Belong Together are international phenoms, bigger internationally than anything Elvis or the Beatles ever put out. She deserves it.

gerry dorsey said...

"anonymous" = 30 year old woman stuck in the 90's...or a gay dude.

j-bizzle said...

Yes, her songs might be bigger from a monetary and sales numbers standpoint, but the significance of Mariah Carey's career is by far inferior to those of the Beatles and Elvis. Also, I reiterate that mass media and a global economy has helped international superstars become so within the past 2 decades. Not to mention that from the 50s through the 80s, we weren't really friends with too many people East of the Berlin Wall. And Mariah is apparently really big in Japan, whom we definitely didn't like. So, artists back then didn't really have the ability to cover the ground she has (oh yeah, then there's that little thing called the internet). I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'.

Anonymous said...

The majority of Americans are stupid. Just look to the white house for your proof. Having the most #1 hits these days means that you are 100% average. Plus who the fuck buys cds anyway?