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Populism is hitting the charts

Press/Media: ResearchPopular


The ‘Top 2000’ season is once again upon us: some people hate it, others wish it lasted longer. Compiling this list of the ‘best’ pop songs goes hand-in-hand with lobbying efforts to get particular songs to chart highly. Why is that so important to us? Because music is so much more than just entertainment – it is a way in which we try to establish our identity, says Melanie Schiller, who researches popular music. It is therefore high time that we took music seriously as part of the cultural and political debate.


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