Singles Jukebox Jan-March 2012 stats
At The Singles Jukebox we have reviewed 195 songs in the first quarter of 2012, with Usher’s “Climax” our highest scorer so far with 8.40. I have a spreadsheet with details of all of the reviews! I have done some quick analysis.
No guarantees that the data is completely accurate. Just in the process of putting this together I realised that I’d counted Swedish House Mafia as being from the UK. You’d think that the name would have helped.
Across the 195 songs, our average scores are:
We have given 5.00 nine times, including to Marina and the Diamonds today. The next most popular score is 6.14, which has been given five times.
I decided to look at splitting songs by where the acts are from, to see which countries would have the best scores:
I haven’t included any countries with fewer than five songs reviewed. I’m aware that Scandinavia isn’t a country but grouped it together for the purposes of having a slightly larger sample size - if you want to know, Denmark and Norway did slightly better than Sweden, mostly thanks to two songs from the aforementioned House Mafia dragging their average down. I have counted Exo-M under South Korea despite more of them being Chinese due to the Korean-run dual group nature of the whole Exo thing.
The order of the scores lines up well with what I would have guessed, with the exception that I wouldn’t have expected Japan to do quite so well. In many ways this is not indicative of a bias in what we collectively like, but rather in what we choose to cover. For Asia and mainland Europe we’re rather selective. For the UK less so - we do still cover things solely on expecting them to go down well, but also quite a lot of other stuff on the basis that it’s charting. For the US we cover almost everything which makes the top 40.
Canada… is an outlier. We don’t deliberately pick bad songs and yet, despite us having only reviewed eight Canadian songs, it accounts for three of the worst five worst scoring songs of 2012 so far, including the absolute worst! The guilty parties are Simple Plan (2.00), Anjulie (1.88) and Alyssa Reid (1.00). Though worth noting that we only covered the last one because the people of the UK saw fit to send it to #2 in the charts here.