Hip-Hop Dominates Top 2005 Ringtone Downloads


Mobile entertainment firm Moderati has released its year-end wrap-up of ringtones including an analysis of regional preferences. Without surprise, hip-hop dominated top spots on the list again this year, with 60 percent of the songs from hip-hop artists.

Video game themes (Super Mario Brothers) and evergreen movie themes (Halloween) ranked high as well, with five top finishes. Cracking the top 20, a bit out of left field, was "Scotty Doesn't Know" by Lustra, a song from the 2004 movie Eurotrip.

Moderati also compared the top download lists for the East vs. West Coast, using area code as a proxy for region. Although far from scientific in an age of number portability, some interesting trends emerged. Dr. Dre's 2000 release, Still Dre, remained on the top of the West Coast charts, ending 2005 as the fourth most downloaded tone, compared with an East Coast ranking of 19. East coast dwellers preferred the Godfather theme, placing number three compared to fourteen in LA. The O.C theme song California came in at sixteen in the 917 area, but didn't crack the top 20 in LA's 213 likely because they view their southern neighbors as pompous wannabes.

The top ringtone for the 415 area code was the video game theme Super Mario Brothers, not surprising in the land of Electronic Arts, Sega and LucasArts. That same ringtone landed at number six in the 213 area code. Here's the full list.

Song title / Artist
1. Candy Shop, 50 Cent
2. Super Mario Brothers (Theme) -
3. Just a Lil Bit, 50 Cent
4. Lovers and Friends, Lil Jon featuring Usher and Ludacris
5. Halloween (Theme) -
6. Gold Digger, Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx
7. Hollaback Girl, Gwen Stefani
8. Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison
9. Spongebob Squarepants Theme, SpongeBob SquarePants
10. What U Gon' Do, Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz
11. We Belong Together, Mariah Carey
12. Lonely, Akon
13. Let's Go, Trick Daddy
14. Ass Like That, Eminem
15. PIMP, 50 Cent
16. 1, 2 Step, Ciara featuring Missy Elliott
17. Wait (The Whisper Song), Ying Yang Twins
18. Don't Cha, Pussycat Dolls
19. Some Cut, Thrillville
20. Scotty Doesn't Know, Lustra

by Steve Hall    Jan- 9-06   Click to Comment   
Topic: Mobile/Wireless, Research, Trends and Culture   

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*rant* wow hip-hop dominated... could it be becuase thats all companies like t-mobile and cingular offer in there "in-house" ringtone department... hip-hop dominated like the top-10 list on pop music stations... becuase thats what was force fed to the masses...

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