No surprises on these lists. Billboard is celebrating the 50th anniversary of their hot 100 list. It’s really no surprise that The Fab Four are the kings of the heap.
When I watch baseball, and other sports there are always those stats that you think will never be broken. You know the ones, those stats that are totally insurmountable. Folks, I don’t think the world will ever see another artist dominate our culture like our beloved Beatles. We really should soak it all in, and appreciate it. Not that we don’t all the time. But if you really take the time to think about the achievements, record sales, and beautiful songs that the group churned out in such a short amount of time- it really boggles the mind.
I don’t think it’s even possible in this day and age for anything like it to happen quite like that again.
Here’s what we’ve read.
Fifty years ago, Billboard unveiled the “Hot 100,” with Ricky Nelson’s “Poor Little Fool” as the first title to top the chart that would eventually become the standard by which all music releases are measured. Today, Billboard marked the 50th anniversary of the Hot 100 by releasing special “All-Time Hot 100” charts.
Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” landed the top spot on the “All-Time Hot 100 Songs” chart as the most popular single ever, while “Smooth” by Santana featuring Rob Thomas, “Mack The Knife” by Bobby Darin, “How Do I Live” by LeAnn Rimes, and “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” by Los Del Rio rounded out the top five.
The “All-Time Hot 100 Artists” chart–measuring all charting titles by every act to appear on the Hot 100–was topped by The Beatles followed by Madonna, Elton John, Elvis Presley and Stevie Wonder.
Complete versions of both the “All-Time Hot 100 Songs” chart and the “All-Time Hot 100 Artists” chart are available on www.Billboard.com. Billboard will also recognize these songs and artists along with many other chart feats in a special Hot 100 Collector’s Issue that hits newsstands tomorrow, September 12.
Throughout August and September, Billboard has celebrated the golden anniversary by releasing a series of Hot 100-related lists on www.Billboard.com, each marking unique achievements by artists and titles over the past 50 years. These lists and the all-time charts provide a historical overview of the Hot 100, the first-ever chart to blend airplay data with retail sales.
The Hot 100 has certainly kept up with the times, moving from reported airplay and sales data to monitored airplay and point-of-purchase sales information, tracked by Nielsen BDS and Nielsen SoundScan respectively, in 1991. More recently, the chart began incorporating digital download sales into its weekly calculations in 2005 and data from Internet streaming and on-demand music and music videos in 2007. An in-depth analysis of the chart’s first 50 years–with adjusted weighting for earlier years when the chart had a faster turnover–results in a sophisticated methodology that makes the “All-Time Hot 100 Songs” the first Hot 100-based ranking derived from overall chart performance, without confining the methodology to weeks at No. 1 or weeks in top 10. And, unlike all-time lists posted by other music journals, Billboard’s “All-Time Hot 100 Songs” and the related “All-Time Hot100 Artists” rank songs and acts according to actual chart performance, rather than opinion.
“Billboard broke the mold by creating the Hot 100 fifty years ago and since then it has become a household name and industry standard,” said Bill Werde, editorial director for Billboard. “We are thrilled to celebrate this milestone with a music legend like Chubby Checker. If not for pioneers like him, Billboard and the music industry as a whole could never have become what it is today.”
“Billboard’s charts department strives to make sure our menu of charts stays up to date with the market, as illustrated by changes we’ve implemented in recent years to the methodology of The Billboard Hot 100,” said Geoff Mayfield, director of chart and senior analyst for Billboard. “Over the course of its 50-year history, the Hot 100 has distinguished itself as the world’s most authoritative singles chart and underlined Billboard’s position as the authority on music. The anniversary of the Hot 100 is a testament of our charts and editorial teams’ passion to provide fans with relevant and timely information about America’s favorite music.”
The following “All-Time Hot 100” charts are currently available on www.Billboard.com:
The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Songs
The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Artists
It’s Only Rock & Roll: Top Billboard Hot 100 Rock Songs
Gone Country: Top Billboard Hot 100 Country Songs
Sweet Soul Music: Top Billboard Hot 100 R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
Hits Don’t Lie: Top Billboard Hot 100 Latin Songs
Previously announced Hot 100-related charts include:
Most Weeks at No. 1 By Artist
To view the “All-Time Hot 100” charts or to order a copy of Billboard’s Hot 100 Collector’s Issue, visit www.billboard.com.