the last instrumental to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 was "Harlem Shake" by Baauer in 2013. the one before that was "Miami Vice Theme" by Jan Hammer in 1985.

No performer of an instrumental number one has ever had more than one.


> "Axel F" is the electronic instrumental theme from the 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop performed by Harold Faltermeyer. It was an international number one hit in 1985.

And Crazy Frog was #1 in 2005, tho it does have vocal samples. So the songwriter got 2 hits, just different performers.

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@mdhughes @djsundog And yet Herbie Hancock has 10 Grammy Awards for instrumental performance, not the least of which is for Rockit, which hit #1 on the Billboard Dance charts, but didn't break 71 on the Billboard 100.

"Play it Mad DJ, Play it Bad DJ".

@mdhughes @djsundog Of course King Crimson has only been nominated twice for a Grammy and hasn't won once, so I'm not sure what universe people are living in.

I mean, Marvin Gaye won Best R&B Instrumental for the instrumental of "Sexual Healing" which just... yeah, it's a jam, but the vocal version won as well.

@craigmaloney @djsundog Music industry does a little better than many other fields on quality vs popularity, but still the mob has bad taste.

Taylor Swift just got another platinum album. 😭

@mdhughes @djsundog The metal album awards (silver, gold, platinum, etc.) are just an indication of how much inventory stores will withstand before they start shipping them back as remainders. I remember thinking it was some mark of quality when I was younger (along with the Billboard lists) but it's literally watching inventory.

So basically stores will hold more Taylor Swift albums because they believe they will sell. Good for her. And in a year we'll be buried in unsold albums.

@mdhughes @djsundog I remember being at Borders and seeing two racks of Susan Boyle albums just sitting there waiting for someone to pick them up. Pretty sure when Borders closed they still had most of those albums sitting there, but some industry executive got to hand her a gold record I'm sure.

@craigmaloney @mdhughes it's less embarrassing than the payola years but it's still an embarrassing way to handle Fine Arts

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