Yep, well it can vary of course from track to track, but yes, that’s the general effect of it. Besides “quick launchers” there’s also the “late bloomers”, tracks that may lay dormant for months but then suddenly feature in a popular video or template.
The route to the top of the Popular Files is actually kind of straight forward and decently fair (unless of course someone is scheming to purchase his/her own items). The current problem, however, is how tracks rarely move from that page.
The Popular Files page is, in conjunction with search, very “sticky” (as I discuss in length here ) and it’s perpetually biased towards the most popular genres (for which I present a hypothetical workaround here).
That’s basically why there are some tracks that sell in the thousands, jam the system, and significantly lessen the probability of other potential top tracks to gain top exposure.