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Hunting For Top Music

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David Silversmith
David Silversmith

There is no shortage of lists that claim to report the "top" songs.  They range from Billboard, which while US based is probably the best know music chart around the world, to New Zealand's own RAINZ music charts and hundreds of other publications and web sites in between that claim to track music. 

Into this musical fray comes one more contestant.  We Are Hunted is the latest online music chart. They collect information from social networks, forums, music blogs, Torrents, P2P Networks and Twitter to develop a daily chart of the 99 most popular songs online.  It's not just the songs played the most as they claim to track sentiment, expression and advocacy. Essentially it seeks to answer the question, which songs have the most positive buzz? 

In what will certainly become their trademark approach, they present the top songs in a 3 x 3 grid of album art for each song, which can be played in its entirety on the site.  They don't host any songs and they don't deal with any digital music rights issues.  The music is streamed from YouTube or directly from the artists’ sites.  Since they don't own or control any of the music you can expect the occasional glitch like a song that won't play.

In addition to listening to the top songs, for the day, you can filter the top 99 online music chart by week, month, or year.  We are hunted does not sell any music, and instead encourages that you "If you like the music featured on We are Hunted, support the artist and buy their music on iTunes."

We Are Hunted (and yes, the world is clearly running out of product names) is a collaboration between two Australian based companies, Wotnews and Native Digital. Wotnews is providing the search - the same search and aggregation technology that powers, the popular Australian news search engine.  Native Digital is contributing their experience in the online music space.

The site is a pretty good discovery tool for new music.  It has no bells and whistles to turn the top 9 songs into playlists, or let you save you own mixtapes.  It does one thing and it does it well.  So if you want to find new music that has generated some positive feelings, your hunting days are over.

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