Popular Isn’t the Same as Important

What can Engelbert Humperdinck teach us about the algorithm?

George Dillard
The Riff
Published in
6 min readMay 13, 2024

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Englebert Humperdinck in 2008 (Wayne Dilgy, CC 1.0)

I’ve recently been catching up on the exceptional podcast A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a delight — both an encyclopedic record of the evolution of rock and roll and an artifact of the obsessive dedication of its host, Andrew Hickey, as he attempts to wrestle the…

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