As the year comes to a close, expect the lists of 2010’s “mosts” and “bests” to start surfacing. Today I bring you 2010’s Most Downloaded iTune Single. No, it was not Lady Gaga or this character known as Justin Bieber. Not an American Idol or Michael Bublé. Not The Beatles, though I’m glad that’s finally sorted.
Hey Soul Sister?!
The “Most Downloaded” iTunes single of 2010 is from some band called Train and a song I’ve never heard of called “Hey Soul Sister.” Or at least I thought I hadn’t heard it, but that intro does sound awful familiar. Apparently, this might be because it’s been the lust object of Madison Avenue this year, appearing in a bunch of commercials — Samsung and a breast cancer awareness ad among them — and the trailer for the movie Life As We Know It. Oh yeah, you can probably hear it on C.S.I. too.
Fun fact: Back in October, two fellas met on Twitter, bonding over a common cause, and launched a campaign to Stop Advertising From Pulling a Train. They were tired of being held hostage by Train’s ukulele every time they watched hours upon hours of television. (Sommmmebody needs a DVR! Seriously, does anyone watch commercials anymore?) Their efforts seems to have flopped.
Kudos, train! You must be very rich and famous! Here’s to a prosperous 2011 and exceedingly high expectations for your next album.