Google’s 2023 Top Trending Musicians and Songs
Google has released its 2023 top trends, and as the year comes to a close, fans of singers Jason Aldean and Oliver Anthony will be very happy. Aldean and Anthony are typically popular with conservatives and Republicans, with their songs hitting out at “woke” culture. According to the California-based global search engine Google and its 2023 Year in Search roundup, both artists and their music placed in the top 5 most searched for Songs and Musicians.
Jason Aldean Dominates the Song Category
Aldean’s “Try That In A Small Town” came out on top at number 1 in the Song category, followed closely by Anthony’s “Rich Men North of Richmond” in second place. The top 5 song searches were completed by “Unholy” by Sam Smith and Kim Petras in third place, “Ella Baila Sola” by Eslabon Armado and Peso Pluma in fourth place, and “Boy’s a liar Pt. 2” by Ice Spice and PinkPantheress in fifth.
Jason Aldean Tops the Most Searched Musician List
In addition, Aldean was the number 1 most searched musician, with Anthony coming in third, after Ice Spice in second. Peso Pluma was the fourth most searched and Joe Jonas fifth. “Try That in a Small Town” landed in May and was highly praised by country music fans but criticized by others for its controversial lyrics.
Controversial Lyrics and Public Reception
The song’s controversial lyrics touched on the contrast between city life and living in a small town, with lines that referenced potential gun violence. This led to the song being pulled off the air by Country Music Television (CMT) due to concerns about its content, sparking calls for a station boycott. Regardless, the song’s contentious nature propelled it to be the most searched song of 2023, reflecting the widespread public interest it garnered.
Oliver Anthony’s Spotlight in the Music Scene
“Rich Men North of Richmond” by Anthony aired in August and quickly gained attention, catapulting the relatively unknown singer into the public eye. The song’s lyrics were discussed at the first Republican presidential debate, causing confusion among supporters from both sides of the political spectrum. Despite the initial uncertainty, the song debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, solidifying Anthony’s impact in the music industry.
Diverse Trending Topics
Other popular trends highlighted in Google’s 2023 Year in Search included Taylor Swift’s boyfriend Travis Kelce as the number 2 most searched athlete, Matthew Perry as the most searched personality, Barbie as the most searched film, and Lakers vs Warriors as the most searched Vs.
Newsweek has reached out to Jason Aldean and Oliver Anthony’s talent agents for comment on their continued success and influence in the music industry.