Monday, February 02, 2009

Theories as to why Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Chronicle" best-of collection has been No. 1 on iTunes for the last few days

--They put a spell on you.
--There's a bad moon on the rise.
--People have seen the rain and are wondering who is going to stop it.

But seriously ... it's 2009, right? I really can't explain this. (No offense to Creedence--I own that album, too.)


fermicat said...

It is? I like it, but mostly because my Dad liked it and it makes me think of him. I'm pretty sure that does not explain the sudden popularity.

Was it used in a Super Bowl commercial?

Jim Donahue said...

It started at least the day before the Super Bowl, maybe even earlier.

I think CCR was just added to iTunes -- could there have been that much pent-up demand to shoot it to No. 1? If so, surprising. I would assume the average age of iTunes users is pretty young.

Posol'stvo the Medved said...

CCR was in iTunes last year. When I bought that album from them. So that damages your theory Jim.

Jim Donahue said...

Hmm. Curious.

It is on sale. Is that all it takes to make a 30-year-old back catalog item No. 1?

Wait a sec, the physical CD is also No. 124 on Amazon. Fermi is headed in the right direction--some cut on it must have been used in a commercial or high-profile TV show or something.

Anonymous said...

It wasn't just on sale, it was on sale for $4.99. I asked someone at Apple corporate, and they said that's what caused the spike. The album topped the Catalog chart and jumped to No. 2 on the Digital Albums chart, right behind the Boss. Almost every disc was sold as a download.

Jim Donahue said...

Thanks, mystery guest! (Is this Maura from Idolator?)