So now that Blitz has been out for a couple weeks, I thought it'd be interesting to see how popular the songs are in Rock Band 3...Using data available on rockbandscores (http://rockbandscores.com/popularity.cgi), one can see the total number of scores tracked that have posted scores to the Rock Band leaderboards, for both XBOX and PS3. Although everyone who downloads the export has all of these songs, some people clearly aren't bothering playing many of them.
The usual caveats apply about this not being a perfect measure, but the sample size is high enough that it should provide a good idea about relative popularity.
Here then, are all the songs from the Blitz playlist, from most to least played:
fun. ft. Janelle Monae – We Are Young (9173)
Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera – Moves Like Jagger (8976)
Barenaked Ladies – One Week (8756)
Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks (8442)
Rick Springfield – Jessie's Girl (7916)
Living Colour - Cult of Personality (7639)
Collective Soul – Shine (7008)
Avenged Sevenfold – So Far Away (6986)
Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You (6879)
Foo Fighters – These Days (6779)
Tears for Fears – Shout (6615)
Soundgarden – Spoonman (6546)
P!nk – Raise Your Glass (6317)
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Give it Away (6125)
Elton John – I'm Still Standing (5930)
My Chemical Romance – Sing (5754)
Quiet Riot – Bang Your Head (Metal Health) (5627)
Shinedown – Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom) (5349)
Queen – Death on Two Legs (5251)
Iron Maiden – The Wicker Man (5240)
blink-182 – Always (5075)
Great White – Once Bitten Twice Shy (4984)
Kool & the Gang – Jungle Boogie (4812)
Fall Out Boy – A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More “Touch Me” (4204)
All-American Rejects – Kids in the Street (3254)
A few things are noteworthy here: it looks like the much-maligned Top 40 songs on the setlist are there for a reason. Not only do they fit RB Blitz very well, but the popularity carries over to people who want to play them with plastic instruments, even if the guitar parts for those songs are not likely to be the most exciting.
Also, some of those low-played bands are ones that have been extremely popular in the past (blink-182, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, All-American Rejects). Are these cuts just too deep to have excited people? (Yes, I know they were singles. But weren't "Always" and "A Little Less Sixteen Candles..." like the 4th single on those albums? And the others were singles off the respective bands less popular albums)
I've got to assume that "Cult of Personality" is benefiting from GH nostalgia, right? Great song, but it seems to be doing better than I would have thought.
Anyhow, I hope others find this interesting. God, I love meaningless statistics.