David Guetta is arguably the sole reason that electronic house music has merged with pop music, so it comes as no surprise that he has now become the longest-running artist on the American charts since Michael Jackson in 1983. Guetta’s single Titanium has had a 26-week hold on the charts, currently sitting at number 15. Michael Jackson’s album Thriller (will explain later) spent a solid 36 weeks on top of the charts. Now you may be wondering as to why an album would be measured on the charts, which now measures only singles; well Billboard.com have summed it up perfectly:
While the Dance/Club Play Songs chart now ranks individual songs, that wasn’t always the case. Prior to Feb. 23, 1991, bundles of songs – or even entire albums – could chart as singular entries. ‘Thriller’ wasn’t the only full album to chart. Others include Madonna’s first remix album ‘You Can Dance’ and Donna Summer’s ‘The Wanderer’, for example.
Now I feel that I should justify my above claim about David Guetta’s unquestionable influence into the merge of pop music with dance, which now dominates our charts (currently Flo Rida’s Whistle). Prior to the year that saw it all change, 2008, our charts were the platform for songstresses and alternative rock bands singing about the girl of last night; however, that same year Guetta dropped his album Pop Life, and although it did not perform as successfully as the 2009 album One Love, Pop Life contained a hidden gem. That gem was Love Is Gone, peaking at 9 on the US charts; it gave way to memorable pop tracks such as Flo Rida’s Low.
At this point you may be questioning my taste and knowledge in music; however, in 2008 David Guetta began recording his album One Love, which is undoubtedly the biggest record in commercial house/dance music in recent years. He also began producing the largest commercial dance song to date, the infamous Black Eyed Peas track I Gotta Feelin, and the rest is truly history.