One of the most influential rankers of music success is celebrating it's 75th anniversary! Billboard published the first list of best selling retail records on July 27, 1940. As the first poll of nationwide top 10 selling records, it paved the way for seven decades of tracking music popularity.
It has long been the inspriation and go-to source for radio's weekly countdown of top hits. Who could forget Saturday mornings with Kasey Casem and the American Top 40, or Casey's Countdown? Music has come a long way since 1940, take a look at the first Billboard chart to be published in 1940 compared to today's top 10 hits:
July 27, 1940
Position, Title, Artist No. 1, "I'll Never Smile Again," Tommy Dorsey No. 2, "The Breeze and I," Jimmy Dorsey No. 3, "Imagination," Glenn Miller No. 4, "Playmates," Kay Kyser No. 5, "Fools Rush In," Glenn Miller No. 6, "Where Was I?," Charlie Barnet No. 7, "Pennsylvania 6-5000," Glenn Miller No. 8, "Imagination," Tommy Dorsey No. 9, "Sierra Sue," Bing Crosby No. 10, "Make Believe Island," Mitchell Ayres
This is what listeners loved the most in 1940. Scroll down to hear today's No. 1 track!
July 27, 2016 Billboard The Hot 100
Position, Title, Artist No. 1, "Cheap Thrills," Sia Featuring Sean Paul No. 2, "One Dance," Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla No. 3, "This Is What You Came For," Calvin Harris Featuring Rihanna No. 4, "Cant's Stop The Feeling!" Justin Timberlake No. 5, "Don't Let Me Down," The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya No. 6, "Ride," twenty one pilots No. 7, "Needed Me," Rihanna No. 8, "Don't Mind," Kent Johnes No.9, "Panda," Desiigner No.10, "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)," Adele
Here's today's number one song! Sia knows what's up in this 1950s themed video - do you think listeners from that era would really like this beat?
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