November 3, 2012


Top 40 Video Fight: Are Train Really Going To Beat Mumford & Sons?

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Mumford & Sons scored the second-biggest debut week of 2012 on the Billboard Album Charts, but it looks like Train might choogle past the British folk-rock outfit in Fuse's poll for the best video of 2012. Currently, Train's "Drive By" is acing out Mumford & Sons' "I Will Wait" video on Fuse's Top 40 of 2012 poll by eight percentage points.

Now Train has been around longer and had more time to secure a devoted fan base, but this is a surprising turn. After all, Mumford & Sons are this year's hugest non-pop band—not only did they moved 600,000 copies in one week, but they racked up more first-week sales than Justin Bieber and Madonna did, for cryin' out loud. Train, on the other hand, sold well but their California 37 peaked at No. 4 on the album charts.

It must be something about the awesome video for "Drive By"—which flaunts classic cars, three-legged races and a gorgeous San Fran winery—that's giving Train the edge over Mumford & Sons. After all, Mumford's "I Will Wait" clip is far more straightforward: It's mostly live footage of them performing at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. No Pontiac Firebirds and romantic grape-crushing for these dudes, thank you.

What do you think? Is Train's video just that much better, or will Mumford's growing fan base strike back, charge past Train and make it to Round 3 of Fuse's Top 40 of 2012? Round 2 voting lasts until Monday so it's not too late to change the outcome.