"Measuring music’s popularity has always been contained to a certain
period of time: peak chart ranking, awards, opening-week sales—a song’s
performance at its prime.
But for me, it’s equally important to quantify how music is passed down
from generation to generation, parent to teen. In 2020, we’re amid that
critical juncture for ’90s music—we can finally start asking today’s
teens, “What music do you recognize from the ’90s?”
The answer will indicate how future generations will characterize the
decade. I always believed “No Diggity” by Blackstreet would be a ’90s
standard, uniting the old and young crowds at weddings of the 2050s. And
to test this belief, I used 3 million data points that I collected via a
music quiz, which asked readers if they recognized thousands of songs
that charted on the Billboard Hot 100."
Via Esther Schindler.
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*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics