YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO GET YOUR REAL LIFE FRIENDS TO SING A SONG THEY DON'T KNOW.
It's not a 'hits obsession'. It's a reality that, for a game for which one of the most fundamental ways it is played is as an instrument-enhanced karaoke interface, the difference between brilliant obscure gem and overplayed repetitive earworm... is that the overplayed repetitive earworm will have people eager to sing it, and the obscure gem won't,
This, but it goes beyond the karaoke factor.
Even if my friends and I are only playing guitar/bass/drums, they NEVER pick songs they don't know. Bands like Pearl Jam and Soundgarden and Foo Fighters get picked often. Classic rock staples get picked a lot. Nostalgic songs from our childhood (which for my age group is a lot of 90's alternative and early '00s rock) get picked a lot. Even the cheesy pop stuff like One Direction and Meghan Trainor gets picked ad nauseam by younger family members. But not once
-- not my buddies, not my girlfriend, not my family members -- ever
picked any free Rivals songs.
Not that they're all bad -- there are many that I love and play quite often when I'm alone -- but almost no one is going to choose something they don't know "just because". While it may be different among the hardcore RB players, who know "Bethany" by heart, RB is a party game, and no one wants to party to unknown songs. They tend to seek out something familiar, that everyone in the room can sing along to together. And while some of the stuff we've been getting lately isn't unknown by any stretch, it sure isn't mainstream. Check the weekly complaints on Facebook about "yet another unknown artist". Even Band of Horses got it, and they have over 2,000,000 monthly Spotify listeners (for context, this is more than the combined total of The Devil Wears Prada, Of Mice & Men, Jeff Williams, Stroke 9, Octavision, and ALL of last week's ReverbNation artists). They're pretty well-known, but they don't necessarily produce "hits". And the people want hits. Maybe not everyone here
. But the royal "we".
I'm pretty sure I've typed this word for word before. Sorry.