Spotify's Houston Top 10 Singles Is, Uh, Yeah...

This past weekend I was at Academy near my house filling out paperwork to buy a shotgun and the One Direction single "What Makes You Beautiful" was playing over the store speaker system. Before that moment I had thought that One Direction only existed in emails from PR agents, my music listings, and Rolling Stone.

"Who listens to this sort of stuff?" I wondered as I took the bill of sale of my new Mossberg and two boxes of shells. Surely no one at Academy at noon on a Saturday knew who One Direction was, except me. And surely no one buying the most trusted and top of the line home defense shotgun should know who they are.

The newest UK pop import to make it to colonial shores, is currently on a full-scale summer tour, and will be at the The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on Sunday night. It's sold out, by the way.

According to Spotify and their metrics, we all love One Direction, and Gotye, Fun., and Justin Bieber here in the Bayou City. Like, a lot. Enough to besmirch our inherent hipness and write a blog about it.

Today I found Spotify's breakdown of the Top 10 songs in 18 markets around the country, including Houston. The streaming music site keeps track of the awfulness that we do when know else is looking while we are supposed to be entering data or sending emails.

Houston, you have a problem. Or at least our Spotify users do. But then again, maybe we are really good at irony and this is all one big viral flash mob on Spotify. Damn Houston, was May really that bad? Oh cool, Andre 3000 makes music for razor blades now.

Houston's Top 10 In May Playlist:

1. "Somebody That I Used To Know", Gotye & Kimbra

2. "We Are Young", Fun. feat. Janelle Monae

3. "Call Me Maybe", - Carly Rae Jepsen

4. "Payphone", Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa

5. "Boyfriend", Justin Bieber

6. "What Makes You Beautiful", One Direction

7. "Glad You Came", The Wanted

8. "Wild Ones", Flo Rida feat. Sia

9. "The Motto", Drake, Lil Wayne

10. "Mercy", Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz

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A list of the most common music is most common, most marketed and most vapid, this never happens and is so unexpected.


Please tell me you didn't go pistol grip.


Santigold is in my car's CD player.

Del Martinis
Del Martinis

Where's M83 and Work Drugs?  Where's Azealia Banks and Purity Ring...Grimes and Santigold!


Ah shiz.  That's what the kids are listening to now.  My girls are 9 and 6 and love this stuff. Trust me, I have more EBM, Aggreppo, etc. music in my collection.  Cut my teeth on the hard core stuff in Houston back in the day.  Still put the needle on the record on a regular basis. But to bond with your kids you learn to get over yourself.  It's called growing up.  And then you get them to like music and slowly educate them on the good stuff.  My 6 y/o's fave song is Sublime's Santeria. Wonder how that happened? And "Call Me Maybe" actually is a pretty good song.


yep, that is a shameful list of music. i think it says more about the kind of people who use spotify, though. probably, they are a young-er crowd. i'm 35 and i use spotify (not listening to anything from that list!). i love that i can make specific playlists for music fests and tours (yes, i've been jammin to my Summerfest and ACLfests recently) but most of my friends don't use it. most of them are just learning to put music on their ipod or phone or prefer just listening to mindless crap on the radio.

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