Talk:Hit single

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The declaration of Deja Vu and Ring The Alarm as flop singles while claiming Dirrty as a hit single seems to be somewhat less than neutral, as I'd definitely disagree with all three assertions. For instance, I wouldn't expect an album (B'Day) to sell over 600,000 copies in the first week if the 2 leading singles (Deja Vu and Ring The Alarm) were flops...but it I would say these were REAL hit singles that were legitimately in the top 5 and 15, respectively. You really can't say the same thing for the Stripped album with alleged hit Dirrty as the lead single, which sold less first week than B'Day even though it was in a time of better album sales. The song is only considered her signature song because it did well in the clubs (not at radio) and created controversy with the video - that does not make the song a hit. NickL1185 06:50, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

Suggested re-edit?[edit]

The section is far too long anyway - I suggest that it is edited as follows:

While the general belief is that a top forty song would equal to a hit single, there are many cases where a song that peaked inside the top 40 has been labeled a flop because it did not live up to the standards and expectations of the artist. An example of this would be the 2003 collaboration between Britney Spears and Madonna on "Me Against the Music" which served as the first single for Spears' album "In the Zone." The song peaked at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100. While many would consider a song that peaked at that position a hit, the song was labelled a flop because it was expected to perform better with two a-list singers on the bill.

There are also cases where a single can miss the top 40 and still be considered a hit for the artist for other reasons. An example of this would be Christina Aguilera's 2002 single "Dirrty." As a song, it performed poorly for an artist of her calliber, only peaking at #48. However, today Dirrty is considered by many to be her signature song, as the media had given her so much attention for the image she portrayed in the song's video. Thus, despite the song's poor chart performance, its popularity has led some to regard it one of her hit singles. Jud 14:06, 12 February 2007 (UTC)

Simple Question That Wasn't Answered by This Article[edit]

Why is the word "hit" used to describe a successful or popular song, movie, or any other medium of delivery? Sounds violent, and negative, actually. (talk) 04:23, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

What factors make a song a hit?[edit]

Would this article (or some other) be the right place to start discussing various factors that hit songs seem to share? For example: repetition. -- Beland (talk) 02:20, 21 September 2015 (UTC)