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instrumentals
music Posted 2006-03-03 12:12:54 by Jim Crawford
Take a look at this list of every Top 20 instrumental song since 1960. I've never seen such convincing evidence that America's collective taste in music has been going steadily downhill since 1960.

In each of the 1960s, six or a dozen instrumental songs made it to the top 20. Since 1980, there's been less than one per year, and they've all been movie themes or Kenny G songs. I never expected to be forced to latch on to Kenny G as the last bastion of sanity in the crazy, crazy world of pop music. Gaze upon our savior. He is a sample!

I exaggerate. There have been a few charting songs since 1980 that don't fall into either the Kenny G or the Movie Theme category. For instance, the Miami Vice theme! And then there's... well. Give me a second to tangent here.

As part of the Funky Modsquad, the precursor to Smush, I wrote a “song” called “Mega 60s Remix.” It consisted primarily of samples of classic rock songs recorded off of The Planet 103.7. In 1982, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra put out a “song” called “Hooked On Classics” which may as well have been titled “Mega 1700s Remix.” There's a short sample up on that site, it should be enough to give you a gist of what they had in mind.

Okay, maybe the decline hasn't been entirely steady.
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