Last.fm Trends: Three Times Lucky For Alabama
Alabama enjoyed a stunning turn in the spotlight in the 1980’s, becoming one of country music’s best-selling groups in the process.
As Last.fm Trends look at all of the CMA Entertainers of the Year throughout October, it’s now the quartet’s turn: how does the band’s music fare with listeners today?
Following in the footsteps of previous winner Barabara Mandrell, Alabama collected the Entertainer of the Year prize on more than one occasion. They even bested Mandrell’s then record by taking three consecutive prizes in 1982, ’83 and ’84.
With a string of #1 singles throughout the ’80’s, we wanted to see which of the winning years generated the longest lasting singles for the group.
1982’s three chart-toppers just edge into the lead, bringing 37% of the total scrobbles for the era back onto listeners’ playlists.
Meanwhile the most popular of the time comes from the same year: “Mountain Music” lays claim to 77,774 scrobbles (that’s plays from Last.fm listeners), taking more than a quarter of the plays that their early eighties singles have gotten so far.
The song comes second only to “Song Of The South” in terms of total plays. That anthem, released in 1988, has seen 41,935 listeners play it a total of 119,495 time so far. It’s clearly an enduring track, and one that just tops their CMA-winning classics as far as today’s fans are concerned.
Check out more about the CMA Entertainers of the Year throughout October at Last.fm Trends to find out who might best Alabama’s record.