Biggest Headline of '09: Old Songs Rule Music Charts

Biggest Headline of '09: Old Songs Rule Music Charts

I already told you that everything old was new again in 2009 when it came to movie remakes — now I'm applying it to the music of the year too.

First, TV's impact brought back an '80s anthem; when Glee premiered its pilot episode only back in June, the club performed Journey's power ballad "Don't Stop Believin'." Their version debuted at number four on Billboard's Hot 100, and was certified gold in November after selling 500,000 downloads. (The original remains an iTunes staple, and interestingly, received a similar boost when The Sopranos used the song in its 2007 series finale.)

To read about other artists who underwent a 2009 renaissance, just read more.

TV wasn't the only medium boosting the music charts; this September, when new video game The Beatles Rock Band was released at the same time as the band's catalog in digital form (though not on iTunes), and remastered versions of their albums. These releases boosted EMI, which, this month, reported selling 10 million copies of the band's remastered albums since September.

And finally, another iconic artist saw his music rise while he fell — the death of Michael Jackson spurred a new appreciation for the King of Pop's hits. His albums "Number Ones," "The Essential Michael Jackson," and "Thriller" sold over 100,000 copies this Summer alone, while his individual tracks topped international iTunes charts.

Don't forget to check out all of my Best of 2009 coverage!

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