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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Day 2044 - Morrissey Singles Video Chart 2016

On Day 1638 of FTM (March 6th 2016) I published a chart of all the Morrissey singles videos on Youtube. I thought it would be interesting to now revisit the videos, to see which of them has received the most views for the year 2016... or at least for the 10 month period from March 6th 2016 - January 9th 2017.

Whilst doing my research, I discovered that there are a large number of Morrissey songs that fans have uploaded to Youtube which AREN'T actually videos; they are just the songs, but none the less they have had a staggering numbers of views. For example Youtube user Andy Moser's listing of First of the Gang to Die has been viewed 4,312,328 times, whilst iCharl1996's upload of You Have Killed Me  has had over 2 million views. Youtube is not just a website to view videos, but is used by more and more people for listening to music; with the pc or smart phone now a modern day replacement for the record player/cassette player/cd player and even the radio.

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Music lovers also use Youtube as a free source for downloading songs - using Youtube Converter websites to convert songs into MP3 files to then use on their iPods/smart phones/computers. The sharing of songs as MP3 files has destroyed revenues for song writers, but this seems to have become the accepted norm, with the exposure on Youtube seemingly being far more important to artists than income revenue from songs. This week for example, Ed Sheeran 'dropped' two new songs, Shape of You and Castle on the Hill, both of which are effectively available to download for free by using Youtube Converter. Although the songs have only been out for 5 days, they have both already had 20 million views on Youtube.

But it isn't just the new breed of artists exposing their new work via Youtube, Radiohead 'dropped' their song Burn the Witch in May with no prior publicity, and to date it has had over 25 million views, but this still hasn't been enough to get the song anywhere near the UK Top 40 Singles Chart, because in 2016 the Singles Chart is all about.... streaming!

As a parent of two teenagers, I can confirm that very few of the modern generation of music lovers have any interest whatsoever in owning either a download or physical copy of a song; or indeed listening to a whole album that might have 'filler' tracks, they just want to listen to their favourite songs when they want, and wherever they are, and are happy to pay a small monthly subscription to Spotify, Apple Music or Tidal to do exactly that. Subsequently, CD sales fell 14% last year, whilst digital album sales fell by nearly 20%.

Streaming basically means that the likes of Morrissey, Radiohead, U2, Madonna etc have virtually NO CHANCE of ever having another Top 40 hit, let alone a Number 1 - unless of course it's a collaboration with Sheeran or Bieber. Even dying can't get you a hit anymore, with David Bowie just about scraping to No.40 with Lazarus when he popped his clogs, whilst George Michael limped to a posthumous No.44 with Careless Whisper. A recent campaign to get the late Craig Gill to Number 1 with the Inspiral Carpets song Saturn 5 was a complete and utter waste of time - the charts can no longer be manipulated. Saturn 5 reached Number 48, which actually was quite an achievement.

But it isn't just the old school who can't break the Singles Chart, new artists have been unable to breakthrough either due to the fact that once songs get into the chart, the masses all add them to their streaming playlists, so they are on a continual loop. This has led to the Official Chart Company to increase the number of streams that count as a 'sale' from 100 to 150, but in such a growing industry, I very much doubt it will make any difference. Sheeran's two songs could quite possibly stay in the chart all year, or perhaps forever! It certainly looks as though the likes of: Sheeran, Drake, Beyonce, Little Mix, Rihanna, Bieber, Clean Bandit etc will dominate the UK Singles Chart for a very long time, even without necessarily selling the most copies. Perhaps collaborations between old established artists and the new kids is something that will become commonplace. Morrissey and Miley Cyrus anyone?
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Despite streaming changing everything, there will always be those who do want 'ownership' of their music; especially those born before the year 2000, so as the CD disappears, the vinyl record returns. Vinyl album sales increased by over 25% in 2015, and at the end of 2016, it was reported that vinyl had started to outsell downloads.

The Album Chart is where established artists can still rule. Radiohead, Bowie, Paul Simon, ELO Barbra Streisand, Green Day, Elvis and The Rolling Stones all had Number 1 albums in 2016, so if you are an established artist with a loyal fan base, a Number 1 album is VERY achievable, including for Morrissey... as long as he doesn't release one in the same week as a new Ed Sheeran album!



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Anyway, I have digressed, this article is supposed to be about the Morrissey Singles Video Chart of 2016.

Suedehead remains at Number 1 on the chart, with it's viewing figures up 3.2 million in just 10 months - which isn't bad for a song that is nearly 30 years old. Suedehead's 2016 views are up nearly 50% on it's total viewing figures from the previous 6 years, which would suggest that Youtube really has become huge in 2016.

Despite You Have Killed Me being Morrissey's biggest UK chart hit - and it having a great video - it doesn't feature very highly in this chart, mainly because the video has never been 'officially' listed on Youtube.

Not including re-issues of the same song, Morrissey has released 46 singles, so here is the chart for the most watched of the official videos. Where no official video was made, I have included fan-made videos.

THE MORRISSEY SINGLES VIDEO CHART 2016

1.  SUEDEHEAD 2016 Views: 3,272,029  (NON MOVER)
Total views: 10,004,087  (7,966,347 - Loaded by Official Morrissey + 605,321 - Loaded by Rhino + 1,432,419 - Loaded by beneficiosdelaluna)
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2.  EVERYDAY IS LIKE SUNDAY 2016 Views: 1,821,835 (UP 1)
Total views: 5,797,272 (4,148,815 - Loaded by Morrissey + 393,768 - Loaded by Rhino + 1,254,689 - Loaded by Official Morrissey)

3. THE LAST OF THE FAMOUS INTERNATIONAL PLAYBOYS 2016 Views: 878,494 (UP 5)
Total Views: 2,181,062 (2,063,690 - Loaded by Official Morrissey + 117,372 - Loaded by Rhino)

4.  TOMORROW  2016 Views: 544,961 (UP 5)
Total Views: 1,756,735 (1,720,202 - Loaded by Official Morrissey + 36,533 - Loaded by Aly Stevenson)

5.  FIRST OF THE GANG TO DIE 2016 Views: 426,858 (DOWN 1)
Total Views: 2,520,257 (2,223,176 - Loaded by Canal de vitotemuko  + 297,081 - Loaded by XvrBlk)

6. MY LOVE LIFE 2016 Views: 411,972 (UP 5)
Total Views: 1,192,320 (Loaded by Official Morrissey)

7. ALMA MATTERS 2016 Views: 376,543 (NON MOVER)
Total Views: 1,878,776 (Loaded by Morrissey)

8. YOU'RE THE ONE FOR ME, FATTY 2016 Views: 375,006 (UP 4)
Total Views: 1,136,928   (1,020,929 - Loaded by Official Morrissey + 115,999 - Loaded by Rhino)

9.  NOVEMBER SPAWNED A MONSTER 2016 Views: 349,308 (UP 5)
Total Views: 927,930  (731,634 - Loaded by Official Morrissey + 196,296 - Loaded by Rhino)


10.  IRISH BLOOD, ENGLISH HEART 2016 Views: 319,295 (DOWN 8)
Total views: 5,586,557 (5,394,229 - Loaded by The Sisters of Mercy + 132,876 - Loaded by rgmu101 + 59,452 - Loaded by Cynthia Sanchez)

11. INTERESTING DRUG  2016 Views: 299,651 (UP 5)
Total Views: 752,112  (697,272 - Loaded by Official Morrissey + 54,840 - Loaded by Rhino)

12. I HAVE FORGIVEN JESUS 2016 Views: 284,880 (UP 1)
Total Views: 1,437,548  (844,343 - Loaded by rgmu101. There is a copy of the video that I missed last time with 287,428 views - Loaded by Donovan Torres. For the purpose of the chart I have counted 48,000. There is also  another copy I missed last time with 168,710 views - Loaded by DennisRodmanBcn. For the purpose of the chart I have added 28,000. A third copy that I didn't include last time has 80,697 views - Loaded by heinvortex. 14,000 have been added for 2016. A fourth copy has 41,107 views - Loaded by Rotherham MindConcert. 7,000 have been added. A fifth copy has 15,263 views - Loaded by yackotion. 2,000 have been added. There are other copies loaded, but not with significant views. A copy loaded by ultimoslafila with 22,631 views that counted towards the last chart appears to have been taken down.)

13. WE HATE IT WHEN OUR FRIENDS BECOME SUCCESSFUL 2016 Views: 272,251 (UP 4)
Total Views: 721,325 (570,268 - Loaded by Official Morrissey + 151,057 - Loaded by Rhino)

14. OUIJA BOARD, OUIJA BOARD  2016 Views: 255,379 (UP 7)
Total Views: 609,827 (Loaded by Official Morrissey)

15. LET ME KISS YOU 2016 Views: 235,590 (Approx) (NEW ENTRY)
Total Views: 2,355,906 (Loaded by hackum1)
(This was not included in my last chart as it is not an official video release nor a fan-made video, however, as it comes from the live Who Put the M in Manchester video, and has had so many views, it has come to be seen as the go-to video version of the song)

16. SING YOUR LIFE  2016 Views: 220,464 (UP 10)
Total Views: 408,668  (Loaded by Official Morrissey)

17. BOXERS 2016 Views: 132,633 (UP 5)
Total Views: 430,385  (Loaded by Official Morrissey)

18. I'M THROWING MY ARMS AROUND PARIS 2016 Views: 101,408 (DOWN 12)
Total Views: 1,808,183 (Loaded by Morrissey)

19. SUNNY 2016 Views: 89,468 (UP 5)
Total Views: 329,673 (257,757 - Loaded by Official Morrissey + 39,964 - Loaded by Sol. There is a poor quality copy of the video that I missed last time with 31,952 views - Loaded by MorrisseyLife. For the purpose of the chart I have counted 3,000 views)

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20. CERTAIN PEOPLE I KNOW 2016 Views: 83,141 (UP 3)
Total Views: 343,062 (Loaded by Official Morrissey)

21. THE MORE YOU IGNORE ME, THE CLOSER I GET 2016 Views: 80,205 (Approx) (NEW ENTRY)
Total Views: 802,054 (Loaded by natyvox)
(This was not included in my last chart as it is not an official video release nor a fan-made video, however, as it comes from the official Introducing Morrissey video, and has had so many views, it has come to be seen as the go-to video version of  the song)

22. KISS ME A LOT 2016 Views: 76,521 (DOWN 7)
Total Views: 447,806 (Loaded by Sam Esty Rayner)

23. GLAMOROUS GLUE 2016 Views: 71,772 (UP 4)
Total Views: 248,596  (176,824 - Loaded by Official Morrissey) (A copy loaded by Morrissey & Marr with 11,231 views that counted towards the last chart has been taken down)

24. THAT'S HOW PEOPLE GROW UP 2016 Views: 62,982 (DOWN 19)
Total Views: 1,967,793 (1,470,329 - Loaded by Morrissey + 497,464 - Loaded by Polydor)

25. YOU HAVE KILLED ME 2016 Views: 59,373 (DOWN 15)
Total Views: 942,892  (347,131 - Loaded by mo juh  + 232,334 - Loaded by Noiselab + 188,394 - Loaded by xafro + 90,075 - Loaded by Red Professor + 52,713 - Loaded by Hannerrrrr (There is also a copy of the video that I missed last time with 32,245 views - Loaded by dmallea. For the purpose of the chart I have counted 2,000)


26. OUR FRANK 2016 Views: 54,318 (DOWN 1)
Total Views: 207,742 (Loaded by Official Morrissey) (A copy loaded by Mozbricka with 42,517 views that counted towards the last chart has been taken down)

27. SOMETHING IS SQUEEZING MY SKULL 2016 Views: 43,026 (Approx) (NEW ENTRY)
Total Views:172,105 (93,799 - Loaded by vivahate33 + 78,306 - Loaded by iapislazuli42
(This was not included in my last chart as it is not an official video release, however, live songs from this BBC session were released on the single, so it is therefore as good as a promo video)

28. BOY RACER  2016 Views: 34,161 (UP 2)
Total Views: 103,448 (83,720 - Loaded by Rhino + 19,728 - Loaded by Ekaterina K)

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29.  THE BULLFIGHTER DIES 2016 Views: 31,356 (UP 2)
Total Views: 86,613 (Loaded by trentmorrisson) (This is a fan-made video that has been used by Morrissey on tour. There is an official spoken word video: Total Views 6,593 (Loaded by DonkeyDave68  - 2016 Views: 4,015

30. INTERLUDE (WITH SIOUXSIE) 2016 Views: 30,770 (DOWN 12)
Total Views: 454,175 (Loaded by Trashbinder)
(This is an unofficial fan video)

31. PREGNANT FOR THE LAST TIME 2016 Views: 25,839 (UP 3)
Total Views: 63,571 (Loaded by Official Morrissey)

32. NOW MY HEART IS FULL 2016 Views: 17,707 (Approx) (NEW ENTRY)
Total Views: 177,072 (Loaded by Darragh Kelly)
(This was not included in my last chart as it is not an official video release nor a fan-made video, however, as it comes from the official Introducing Morrissey video, and has had so many views, it has come to be seen as the go-to video version of the song)

33. IN THE FUTURE WHEN ALL'S WELL 2016 Views: 14,379 (DOWN 14)
Total Views: 395,671 (303,580 - Loaded by godlovesugly05  + 92,091 - Loaded by nate47)

34ROY'S KEEN 2016 Views: 11,633 (Approx) (NEW ENTRY)
Total Views: 116,334 (Loaded by dullicious)
(This was not included in my last chart as it is not an official video release nor a fan-made video, however, as it comes from a live television appearance at around the time of the single's release, and has had so many views, it warrants inclusion)

35. HOLD ON TO YOUR FRIENDS 2016 Views: 11,036 (Approx) (NEW ENTRY)
Total Views: 33,117 (Loaded by scamparoo)
(This was not included in my last chart as it is not an official video release but just clips of other Morrissey videos pieced together, however, as it has had so many views, it is obviously being seen as the video that represents this song on Youtube, so warrants inclusion) 

36. ISTANBUL 2016 Views: 10,389 (DOWN 4)
Total Views: 41,078 (Loaded by inaminnit)
(This is a fan-made video. There is an official spoken word videoTotal Views: 1,213 - Loaded by DonkeyDave68 - 2016 Views: 459)

37. DAGENHAM DAVE  2016 Views: 10,162 (DOWN 4)
Total Views: 36,305 (Loaded by vivahate33)
(A copy loaded by SGGTBLUE with 14,458 views that counted towards the last chart has been taken down

38. EARTH IS THE LONELIEST PLANET 2016 Views: 7,586 (DOWN 2)
Total Views: 15,850 (14,810 - Loaded by Ivan Illić + 1,040 - Loaded by DonkeyDave68)
(This is a spoken word video, but Ivan Illić's upload includes the video being repeated whilst the song is played over the top of it. This version has proven to be a lot more popular than just the spoken word version)



PAMELA ANDERSON IN THE SPOKEN PROMO VIDEO

39. SATAN REJECTED MY SOUL 2016 Views: 7,235 (Approx) (NEW ENTRY)
Total Views: 72,358 (Loaded by Katie Strife)
(This was not included in my last chart as it is not an official video release nor a fan-made video, however, as it comes from a live television appearance at the time of the single's release, and has had so many views, it has come to be seen as the go-to video version of the song)

40REDONDO BEACH 2016 Views: 4,303 (Approx) (NEW ENTRY)
Total Views: 8,605 (Loaded by ildieffe)
(This was not included in my last chart as it is a poorly produced fan-made video and not an official video release, but as it is attracting viewings, it now warrants inclusion)

41PICCADILLY PALARE 2016 Views: 4,101 (Approx) (NEW ENTRY)
Total Views: 12,314 (Loaded by scamparoo)
(This was not included in my last chart as it is not an official video release but just clips of other Morrissey videos pieced together, however, as it has had so many views, it is obviously being seen as the video that represents this song on Youtube, so warrants inclusion) 

42. THE YOUNGEST WAS THE MOST LOVED 2016 Views: 3,870 (DOWN 22)
Total Views: 364,193 (303,354 - Loaded by nozzer + 53,782 - Loaded by Noiselabpodcast  + 7,057 - Loaded by rocker subtitulos) (A copy loaded by Morrissey & Marr with 11,186 views that counted towards the last chart appears to have been taken down)

43. I JUST WANT TO SEE THE BOY HAPPY 2016 Views: 3,655 (DOWN 15)
Total Views: 122,163 (Loaded by nate47)

44. ALL YOU NEED IS ME 2016 Views: 2,838 (DOWN 9)
Total Views: 22,742 (Loaded by Morrissey Chile)
(A copy loaded by Morrissey & Marr with 1,008 views that counted towards the last chart has been taken down)

45.  WORLD PEACE IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS 2016 Views: 2,654 (DOWN 15)
Total Views: 64,454 (Loaded by Lindsey Nicole)
(This is a spoken word video, but unlike the other spoken word promotional videos from the LP of the same name, has received more views than any of the fan-made videos)



46. SATELLITE OF LOVE (LIVE) 2016 Views: 474 (Approx) (NEW ENTRY)
Total Views: 4,748 (Loaded by dj dubef)
(This was not included in my last chart as it is not an official video release but as it is a fan-made recording of the actual live performance that made up the single, it warrants inclusion)


OFFICIAL VIDEOS NOT RELEASED AS A SINGLE:

SEASICK, YET STILL DOCKED 2016 Views: 8,893 (Approx)
Total Views: 88,939 (Loaded by rgmu101)

GANGLORD (featured on the single of  The Youngest Was the Most Loved) 2016 Views: 28,720 
Total Views: 40,459 (Loaded by MozLuv59)

FAN-MADE VIDEOS OF NOTE (NON SINGLES):

MY DEAREST LOVE (b side to All You Need Is Me) 2016 Views: 18,505
Total Views: 196,102 (Loaded by sdsuedehead - Set to a scene from the film Love Story)

OTHER:

SPEEDWAY
Total Views: 101,407 (Loaded by Rhino)
(This is a live video taken from Introducing Morrissey)

FOOTNOTE - On January 13th, Ed Sheeran entered the UK singles chart at No.1 & No.2 - a first for any artist with two new songs. I would imagine they will remain there for the next few months. The Stream-age is in full flow.

16 comments:

  1. Hah! Was wondering how you would get 12 months stats on last years video views. Now I know. Hadn't thought about people using utube to listen to and download music. Me, I just watch the concert videos or the unofficial fan videos.

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    1. wow, I have watched for years, including that clip that my mate put on there of the Fort canning concert

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    2. Yes, we've all used YouTube to watch videos, but people are now using it more just to listen to songs, without necessarily watching while they listen....all for free. Can song writers make money anymore or is the only money to be made in performing live?

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    3. More and more artists are selling signed merch now - why wouldn't you have a table of signed CDs, LPs, books - fans would lap them up.

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    4. indeed they do on Moz tours to the US there is always a crush around the stall and I once saw a bit of an argument over the last $500 signed Moz shirt

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  2. Hello Ratty dear, we did'nt say each other Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and Happy Birthday, but it's not relevant. You did a relevant job with this faboulous video chart and I released that you tube now is my radio, yes I still buy cd and now vinyls, but almost every morning I listen songs on you tube, by now radios, I'm in Italy, is very boring and I rather listen to a Gregorian Chorus in a Church than to an Italian radio! Viva you tube and viva Morrissey! Ciao.

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    1. Haappy New Year, Romina. I miss your tales of daughter's swiimming, the unswept patiio, headaches and your husbands tablet. I hope you are well & that Rome is bustling. Summer will soon be here and you can spend endless days on the beaches of Spergona.
      Ciao
      Rat

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  3. Very impressive research! Isn't the Ganglord video official? One of my personal favorites.

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    1. Yes, sorry it was under the wrong heading, I have now moved it.

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  4. How things have changed. Back in the day I was content recording the charts from a transistor radio on a cronky old tape recorder.
    Nice work Rats.

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    1. Yes, I used to record my favourite new songs from the chart countdown on a Sunday evening too; always trying to time it so that I ended the recording just before the dj started talking. Once recorded, I would then listen to the song continuously all week, and then on the following Saturday, would go into town and buy the actual record with my pocket money. I find it quite bizarre that my kids have no desire to own a physical copy of the music that they listen to, but they were born in the 'Download age' and are teenagers in the 'Stream age', so they know no different. My children are 16 and 18, and don't own a CD or record between them. What is more, this generation are far less likely to go in search of old recordings, so anything released prior to 2007, just isn't being listened to by the youth of today. U2 announced today that they are going on tour this Summer - my kids had never heard of them!

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    2. The Smiths are actually having something of a renaissance currently, they're referenced in loads of drippy YA tv series so there are at least 15 teenagers I know who all listen to them. Tragically only 5 of them listen to Morrissey's solo work & went to the Manchester gig which baffles me because he is the Smiths!

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  5. November Spawned A Monster deserves to be number 1..

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