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Why Wasn't This a Huge Hit?: Poe's 'Haunted'

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Poe_lI don’t post blog items on Easter — hey, it’s my version of Linda Evangelista’s quote about not getting out of bed for less than $10,000 a day! — which is why yesterday came and went with no PopWatch birthday shout-out to uni-monikered singer/songwriter Poe.

To make up for this oversight, today, I’m posting an item about my very favorite Poe track, 2000’s “Haunted,” a song I have been known to play 15 or 20 times in a row just to bask in all its moody glory. I’ll admit, I don’t really know what the heck Poe’s singing about here (“Time to gather up the splinters/Build a casket for my tears”… yikes!), but I do know this much: In a year where the top 5 of Billboard’s Hot 100 year-end airplay chart included Faith Hill’s “Breathe,” Santana’s “Smooth,” and Creed’s “Higher,” America really should have been humming along to Poe and her litany of “ba-da-ba-bas.” Listen to the song yourself (it’s embedded after the jump) and then tell me (if you can): Why wasn’t this a huge hit?