Friday, December 30, 2011

Cream of the Cream: The Most-Viewed Posts of 2011

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Everybody likes to see lists ranking the popularity of things, right? Sister blog Pith in the Wind posted their 10 most-viewed entries of 2011, and those gourmands over at Bites followed suit. Seems only fitting that the Cream get listy as well, no? We do enjoy our lists here.

So after the jump, see the 10 Cream posts that generated the most click-a-roos and lookie-loos. Care to venture any guesses as to what landed in our No. 1 spot? Love from a national publication, perhaps? Festival lineup announcement? Memes, obituaries, hot goss or interviews? Something to do with dubstep? Place your bets now. Pack your bags, and follow me straight into the storm.

10. Weekend Round-Up: 241543903 Style (Jan. 14)
Serves me right for picking a meme as that week's Weekend Round-Up theme. Hey, these silly themes aren't always easy to dream up, OK? I got weak. It's a random number that people have decided to Google the shit out of. Obviously, Gold's head is very alluring. And there you have it: Internet magic.

9. Jack White: The Cream Interview (Jan. 20)
In preparing for his cover story on White's Third Man Records, valuable Cream Teamer Adam Gold speaks with Edward Vinylhands himself. About what? Well, about White's business model, and living in the South, and working with dudes like PUJOL. Nashville stuff.

8. Lou Reed and Metallica Make Bad Music, Great Comedy With 'The View' (Sept. 29)
I guess we semi-inadvertently hopped on the coattails of this train wreck and scored some random Google click-throughs. Or, to put it in terms that wouldn't befuddle my grandparents, everybody was laughing at this nonsense, so we laughed, too.

7. Pretty Lights to Play Municipal Auditorium on Halloween (July 20)
I'm just as surprised as you are about this one. Hell, I almost didn't even post it. How'd this show turn out for everybody, by the way?

6. Miley Cyrus Supports Gay Marriage With Coldplay Tattoo [Oh the Humility] (Aug. 2)
If you have a look at every Cream post tagged with "Miley Cyrus," you'll notice that the girl is pretty much a LOL-worthy content machine. But throw the word "Coldplay" into a blog post's title, and you're guaranteed a few thousand more hits, apparently. You live and learn.

5. Breaking: WRVU Purchased by WPLN, Will Become Classical Station (June 7)
This one still stings a bit too much to crack wise on. Moving on ...

4. Bonnaroo 2011 Lineup: Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys and More (Feb. 15)
No real surprise here. People like to look at festival lineups.

3. Nashville Bass Player Chris Kent Dead at 44 (Oct. 19)
Given the unusually high number of Facebook shares this one generated (just shy of a thousand), it's clear that Kent's passing truly affected a lot of people. Obvious Bummerino Metropolis, but good to see that the man is being remembered and appreciated.

2. Nashville Has the Country's 'Best Music Scene' According to Rolling Stone (April 19)
Ahh, I really thought this one would nab the No. 1 spot, especially given its roughly 2,000 FB shares. Note to fossilized entertainment publications: If you say that a city's [blank] is the country's best [blank], people in other cities will be mad, and (apparently) people in that city will also be mad.

1. Bonnaroo 2011 Lineup Rumors: Robert Plant, Big Boi Are in; Arcade Fire, U2, Stones, Daft Punk Too? [Updated] (Feb. 8)
Everybody loves to see the rumor mill churnin' out bits and pieces that are — at least in this case — largely unsubstantiated. Funny that the full, official schedule was out just a week later, but this post continued to garner hit after hit. Internetting!

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