The Most Viewed Songs of 2008

by Ed Pearce

These are the ten songs in the Songfacts database released in 2008 that were viewed the most in 2009.
10. I'm Yours by Jason Mraz

This may be a simple, cheerful ditty about "finally giving into love and life's possibilities," but you still wanted to find out more. And your curiosity wasn’t a flash in the pan, where after a few months you lost interest in the song. As the year progressed more and more of you wanted to find out what Songfacts had to say about this tune. Even though it was released early in 2008, it was in the last quarter of the year when you logged onto this song in really large quantities. "I’m Yours" is one of those tracks that music journalists refer to as a "grower."

9.Inside The Fire by Disturbed
Your interest in this song reflected your interest in its subject matter- death and suicide. The two most popular categories in 2008 were "Songs about Death" and "Songs about Suicide" so it was no surprise that this fast paced headbanger caught your imagination. In particular you wondered if this story of a guy’s girlfriend killing herself was based on a true story.

8. Lollipop by Lil Wayne
In the world of hip hop, 2008 was very much Lil Wayne’s year. Tha Carter III topped the American charts, selling over a million copies in its debut week, a substantial achievement in an era when CD sales are declining rapidly. And "Lollipop" was the biggest radio hit, the biggest chart hit and the Lil Wayne song with the most hits on Songfacts. Obviously Weezy was not rapping about the joy of confectionery but we guess you wanted to find out what he really meant on this risque number. Or maybe it was just Wayne's world you were interested in.

7. Nine In The Afternoon by Panic At The Disco
The one-time exclamatory quartet may have split their fan base with the Beatles-esque direction that they took with Pretty.Odd, but you still wanted to find out about this song. In particular your interest was aroused by its title- why nine in the afternoon? Don’t PATD realize there are only two nine o’clocks, one in the morning and one in the evening? Maybe they’ve had too many hard days nights…

6. Violet Hill by Coldplay
The first song that became available from Coldplay‘s Viva La Vida, it was initially downloaded for free by over two million people, yet still reached a healthy chart position in most countries. Where or what is Violet Hill and why the blazes was Chris Martin singing about a fox becoming God? These were some of the questions that prompted you to check out this song.

5. I Kissed a Girl by Katy Perry
No mainstream song provoked as much reaction as this one in 2008. Thousands of you wanted to find out why in this catchy tune, Miss Perry was so enthusiastic about kissing another girl. Was the Californian singer promoting bi-sexuality or was she simply exploring female bonding? Perry’s follow-up single was "Hot n Cold" and that song’s title summed up your differing opinions of this cut.

4. The Unforgiven III by Metallica
The third of Metallica’s trilogy of "Unforgivens," this was the track that most fascinated you on their Death Magnetic set. The album was generally considered to be a return to form for the heavy metal four-piece and this song’s subject matter of redemption and forgiveness particularly drew you. Especially of interest was "The Unforgiven III‘s" place in the whole Unforgiven story.

3. Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis
This record-breaking #1 single by the British singer achieved a consistently high amount of views on Songfacts throughout 2008. The Ryan Tedder and Jesse McCartney written song, was not only a well-crafted pop tune sung powerfully by Lewis, but it also touched many of you lyrically. The subject matter of a person blinded and pained by their love led many of you to find out more. You wondered if lyricist Jesse McCartney was alluding to an actual relationship and what exactly did he mean by a "bleeding love"?

2. Paper Planes by M.I.A.
Anyone in the know regarding M.I.A. might argue that this hip hop dance song was first released well over 12 months ago and enquire what this is doing in the Songfacts Best of in 2008. And indeed its accompanying album Kala was chosen by Rolling Stone, magazine as their best album of 2007. However here in Songfacts Towers, we are not pedants. We would like to point out that this song was bought to the attention of most of you after being featured in the trailer for the film Pineapple Express and subsequently became a hit single, all in 2008. Thousands of you wanted to know who this M.I.A. is, why the gun shot sound effects, and, well, what does this song actually mean?- hence its second place on this list.

1. Viva La Vida by Coldplay
This enigmatic song about a deposed dictator was not simply a classic tune that gave Coldplay their very first #1 hit in both the UK and US. Its lyrical content alluding to a man who "used to rule the world" and "missionaries in a foreign field" drove more of you to this song than any other track released in 2008. And indeed, it was many, many, many more of you as "Viva La Vida" had nearly five times more views than the second placed song, "Paper Planes." There have been rumours of a possible Coldplay split, but we at Songfacts say: "Viva La Coldplay Vida!"
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