Making A List
I'm not sure if you knew this, but R&R is a part
of the Nielsen Company, the guys who measure a lot of things people use.
Ever hear of the "Nielsen ratings"? We all received an e-mail
this morning from the home office containing top 10 U.S. lists for 2007,
as compiled by Nielsen. Categories included TV, Internet, movies, music
DVDs, books, video games, advertisers and consumer-purchasing trends.
This is the time of year when people like to look at lists of things from
the past 12 months. In this week's R&R, I did it
too, compiling the top stories from 2007. Be sure and check it out this
Friday (Dec. 14).
Back to the Nielsen list for a minute. I found it quite interesting. For
example, of the top 10 most-played songs on the radio this year in the
U.S., Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" is No. 7, logging
334,000 plays. That's a lot, but still 31,000 behind the No. 1 song on
the list, T-Pain featuring Yung Joc's "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')."
In spite of its lofty status at No. 1, I can honestly tell you I've never
heard that one before.
In terms of regularly watched TV shows, the top four slots belong to "American
Idol" and "Dancing With the Stars," respectively. Idol
is Nos. 1 and 2, with the Wednesday results show claiming the top spot.
The Monday edition of "Dancing" is No. 3, followed by the results
show at No. 4.
The Super Bowl easily topped the list of single telecasts, which is no
real surprise. Google and Yahoo! are the No. 1 and 2 Web sites, also no
big shocker. YouTube was No. 8, followed by one of my faves, Wikipedia,
at No. 9. That site is like going into a bookstore for me. I always end
up spending more time there than I realize.
I found the consumer-goods results interesting. Bread and milk top the
list, with toilet paper at No. 3. Some 93% of U.S. households said they
purchased some in the last year, which begs the question: What the hell
is going on with the other 7%?
Finally, just for grins and giggles, as they say, I'll list my 10 favorite
albums for the year. They're in no particular order, they don't represent
any endorsement, and I don't claim to be a qualified music reviewer, nor
do I play one in this column. These are just my opinions; like navels,
and you-know-what-else, everybody has one.
Keith Urban - "Love, Pain, and the
Whole Crazy Thing"
Vince Gill - "These Days"
Brad Paisley - "5th Gear"
Lori McKenna - "Unglamorous"
Sugarland - "Enjoy the Ride"
Reba McEntire - "Duets"
Jason Aldean - "Relentless"
Alan Jackson/George Strait/Jimmy Buffett - "Live at Texas
Taylor Swift - "Taylor Swift"
Jack Ingram - "This Is It"