How often have you heard this one this xmas season?😁
I haven't really listened to it this year other than flipping through the stations, and maybe stopping if it's something I like. Some stores will have the station playing though. But in past few years they usually play the Ariana Grande version more than Wham!'s, but they play the original too.
I never understood the concept of a filler song.
A "filler" song was something from when 33 RPM LP albums first came out, which was around 1949. Before that, there were no albums, everything was 78s, which is basically a single. 78s broke real easily, because they were made from shellac or something. I think radio people or the press came up with the "filler" label. Most acts in the early days of the LP still did not get a full album, it was mainly singles only. If a single or 2 or 3 happened to get really popular, the label would have the act record a bunch of songs really quickly to get an album out there to capitalize on the success. The album was built around the single. The extra tracks were said to be songs just to fill up space. Other than maybe jazz, soundtrack, & classical albums, until around Sgt. Pepper
by The Beatles, what people consider an "album" today was not really a thing as far as mainstream popular music went, like having a theme. It was usually just a collection of songs. Or they were built around some kind of craze like The Twist
, surf rock, or Beatle soundalike bands. Many acts during that era (and before) recorded the same songs, later often called "standards" or "Great American Songbook" or "Tin Pan Alley". I think Yesterday
by The Beatles has over 2,000 different cover recordings. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
was a hit for Gladys Knight & The Pips and then a year later by Marvin Gaye. The longer version by CCR was popular around the same time too, but it was never released as a single. Also in the USA, The Beatles albums were mostly different from the original British versions and they also had albums that were exclusive to the US like Hey Jude
. Capitol Records just put random Beatles songs together and made an album out of them.