Overview of 1995 on the Billboard Airplay Charts

Politics lurches to the right and Madonna reins it in, but Mariah Carey goes Hip-Hop and Billboard names a Gangsta Rap song #1 on the year. Meanwhile, Hootie & The Blowfish are ubiquitous on radio, Jam Bands thrive, Euro-Dance crosses over and… chart dysfunction! as The Rembrandts’ “I’ll Be There for You (Theme from Friends)” becomes the first #1 Airplay hit barred from the Hot100 for not being out on a single.

#1 Song of the Year   

Seal – Kiss from a Rose

Artists of the Year   

  1. Hootie & The Blowfish
  2. TLC
  3. Boyz II Men

Artist with Most Charting Songs   

  • TIE: TLC/Green Day (4)

Average #1 Artist Age   

  • 30.1 years

#1 Songs   

  1. Boyz II Men – On Bended Knee (December ’94, 11 wks)
  2. Madonna – Take a Bow (February, 9 wks)
  3. Dionne Farris – I Know (April, 7 wks)
  4. Boyz II Men – Water Runs Dry (June, 1 wk)
  5. The Rembrandts – I’ll Be There for You (June, 8 wks)
  6. Seal – Kiss from a Rose (August, 10 wks)
  7. Mariah Carey – Fantasy (October, 7 wks)

Overview of 1979 on the Billboard Pop Charts

Disco peaks, then collapses mid-year after a “Disco Sucks” riot in Chicago, New Wave breaks out with “My Sharona,” and the rest of the year is a mostly Disco-free grab bag on the Hot100. Diva Donna Summer and Michael Jackson weather the backlash, and KC & The Sunshine Band scores with a Ballad, but The Village People, Chic and The Bee Gees vanish, Story Songs make a comeback and Rod Stewart is second-guessing his brazen Disco gambit.

#1 Song of the Year   

Chic – Le Freak

Artists of the Year   

  1. Donna Summer
  2. Chic
  3. Kenny Rogers

Artist with Most Charting Songs   

  • 7-WAY TIE: Donna Summer/Chic/Earth, Wind and Fire/Village People/Peaches & Herb/Olivia Newton-John/ABBA (4)

Average #1 Artist Age   

  • 31.3 years

#1 Songs on the Weekly Hot100   

  1. Chic – Le Freak (December ’78, 6 wks)
  2. Bee Gees – Too Much Heaven (January, 2 wks)
  3. Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? (February, 4 wks)
  4. Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive (March, 3 wks)
  5. Bee Gees – Tragedy (March, 2 wks)
  6. The Doobie Brothers – What a Fool Believes (April, 1 wk)
  7. Amii Stewart – Knock on Wood (April, 1 wk)
  8. Blondie – Heart of Glass (April, 1 wk)
  9. Peaches & Herb – Reunited (May, 4 wks)
  10. Donna Summer – Hot Stuff (June, 3 wks)
  11. Bee Gees – Love You Inside Out (June, 1 wk)
  12. Anita Ward – Ring My Bell (June, 2 wks)
  13. Donna Summer – Bad Girls (July, 5 wks)
  14. Chic – Good Times (August, 1 wk)
  15. The Knack – My Sharona (August, 6 wks)
  16. Robert John – Sad Eyes (October, 1 wk)
  17. Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough (October, 1 wk)
  18. Herb Alpert – Rise (October, 2 wks)
  19. M – Pop Muzik (November, 1 wk)
  20. Eagles – Heartache Tonight (November, 1 wk)
  21. Commodores – Still (November, 1 wk)
  22. Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer – No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) (November, 2 wks)
  23. Styx – Babe (December, 2 wks)
  24. Rupert Holmes – Escape (The Pina Colada Song) (December, 3 wks)
  25. KC & The Sunshine Band – Please Don’t Go (January ’80, 1 wk)

Overview of 1946 on the Billboard Pop Charts

Hays Code decency standards permeate showbiz as local “blue-nose brigades” police nightclubs, a federal sin tax targets dancing establishments and It’s a Wonderful Life hits theaters. Most Jazz Big Bands dissolve and leave the charts to Pop Singers and “Sweet Bands,” but a Black vocal group scores the year’s top hit, and Great American Songbook legends shine on records.

#1 Song of the Year   

The Ink Spots – The Gypsy

Artists of the Year   

  1. Perry Como
  2. Bing Crosby
  3. Frank Sinatra

Artist with Most Charting Songs   

  • Bing Crosby (12)

Average #1 Artist Age   

  • 36.1

#1 Songs   

  1. Freddy Martin & His Orchestra, vocal Clyde Rogers – Symphony (January, 2 wks)
  2. Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra, vocal Vaughn Monroe & Norton Sisters – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (January, 5 wks)
  3. Betty Hutton – Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief (March, 2 wks)
  4. Frankie Carle & His Orchestra, vocal Marjorie Hughes – Oh! What It Seemed to Be (March, 8 wks)
  5. Perry Como – Prisoner of Love (May, 5 wks)
  6. Ink Spots – The Gypsy (May, 10 wks)
  7. Perry Como – Surrender (August, 1 wk)
  8. Eddy Howard & His Orchestra, vocal Eddy Howard – To Each His Own (August, 9 wks)
  9. Frank Sinatra – Five Minutes More (September, 3 wks)
  10. Frankie Carle & His Orchestra, vocal Marjorie Hughes – Rumors Are Flying (October, 8 wks)
  11. Kay Kyser & His Orchestra, vocal Michael Douglas – Ole Buttermilk Sky (December, 1 wk)
  12. Bing Crosby with The Ken Darby Singers – White Christmas (December, 1 wk)

Overview of 2010 on the Billboard Pop Charts

Pop amps up, the Tea Party ramps up, and the Great Recession spawns the most epic Dance boom since ’70s Disco starring Gaga, Taio, Usher… and Auto-Tune! Eminem is back big, and will.i.am’s “bubble” philosophy permeates the charts and even wins over critics, many of whom get political on the eve of social media’s gatekeeper-busting democratization of pop culture.

#1 Song of the Year   

Ke$ha – TiK ToK

Artists of the Year   

  1. Usher
  2. Ke$ha
  3. Lady Gaga

Artist with Most Charting Songs   

  • Glee Cast (80)

Average #1 Artist Age   

  • 27.8 years

#1 Songs   

  1. Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind (November ’09, 5 wks)
  2. Ke$ha – TiK ToK (January, 9 wks)
  3. Black Eyed Peas – Imma Be (March, 2 wks)
  4. Taio Cruz feat. Ludacris – Break Your Heart (March, 1 wk)
  5. Rihanna – Rude Boy (March, 5 wks)
  6. B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars – Nothin’ on You (May, 2 wks)
  7. Usher feat. will.i.am – OMG (May, 4 wks)
  8. Eminem – Not Afraid (May, 1 wk)
  9. Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg – California Gurls (June, 6 wks)
  10. Eminem feat. Rihanna – Love the Way You Lie (July, 7 wks)
  11. Katy Perry – Teenage Dream (September, 2 wks)
  12. Far*East Movement feat. Cataracs & Dev – Like a G6 (October, 3 wks)
  13. Rihanna – Only Girl (In the World) (December, 1 wk)

Overview of 1959 on the Billboard Pop Charts

It’s the eve of the ’60s and polished Teen Idol Pop, Folk and “story songs” are surging on the airwaves and charts as Congress takes aim at Rock ‘n Roll radio and DJs in the Payola hearings. A plane crash in Iowa claims three of Rock’s most promising stars, and two of the year’s top ten hits are about murderers.

#1 Song of the Year   

Bobby Darin – Mack the Knife

Artists of the Year   

  1. Lloyd Price
  2. Connie Francis
  3. Frankie Avalon

Artist with Most Charting Songs   

  • Fats Domino (9)

Average #1 Artist Age   

  • 24.3 years

#1 Songs   

  1. The Chipmunks with the Music of David Seville – The Chipmunk Song (December ’58, 4 wks)
  2. The Platters – Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (January, 3 wks)
  3. Lloyd Price – Stagger Lee (February, 4 wks)
  4. Frankie Avalon – Venus (March, 5 wks)
  5. The Fleetwoods – Come Softly to Me (April, 4 wks)
  6. Dave “Baby” Cortez – The Happy Organ (May, 1 wk)
  7. Wilbert Harrison – Kansas City (May, 2 wks)
  8. Johnny Horton – The Battle of New Orleans (June, 6 wks)
  9. Paul Anka – Lonely Boy (July, 4 wks)
  10. Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires – A Big Hunk O’ Love (August, 2 wks)
  11. The Browns – The Three Bells (August, 4 wks)
  12. Santo & Johnny – Sleep Walk (September, 2 wks)
  13. Bobby Darin – Mack the Knife (October, 9 wks)
  14. The Fleetwoods – Mr. Blue (November, 1 wk)
  15. Guy Mitchell – Heartaches by the Number (December, 2 wks)

Overview of 2007 on the Billboard Pop Charts

Retail Armageddon as rampant online piracy torpedoes CD sales and the last big box specialty chain goes under, but artists and producers hustle to chart the path forward with catchy, ringtone-ready singles, massive artist-brand partnerships, iTunes, Myspace and the very first viral #1. Meanwhile, American Idol alums shine, Beyonce triumphs, Snap crosses over, T-Pain unleashes Autotune and Hip-Hop is never the same again.

#1 Song of the Year   

Beyonce – Irreplaceable

Artists of the Year   

  1. Justin Timberlake
  2. Fergie
  3. Rihanna

Artist with Most Charting Songs   

  • Hannah Montana (5)

Average #1 Artist Age   

  • 26.1 years

#1 Songs   

  1. Akon feat. Snoop Dogg – I Wanna Love You (December ’06, 2 wks)
  2. Beyonce – Irreplaceable (December ’06, 10 wks)
  3. Nelly Furtado – Say It Right (February, 1 wk)
  4. Justin Timberlake – What Goes Around…Comes Around (March, 1 wk)
  5. Mims – This Is Why I’m Hot (March, 2 wks)
  6. Fergie feat. Ludacris – Glamorous (March, 2 wks)
  7. Akon – Don’t Matter (April, 2 wks)
  8. Timbaland feat. Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake – Give It to Me (April, 2 wks)
  9. Avril Lavigne – Girlfriend (May, 1 wk)
  10. Maroon 5 – Makes Me Wonder (May, 3 wks)
  11. T-Pain feat. Yung Joc – Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’) (May, 1 wk)
  12. Rihanna feat. Jay-Z – Umbrella (June, 7 wks)
  13. Plain White T’s – Hey There Delilah (July, 2 wks)
  14. Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls (August, 4 wks)
  15. Fergie – Big Girls Don’t Cry (September, 1 wk)
  16. Soulja Boy Tell’em – Crank That (Soulja Boy) (September, 7 wks)
  17. Kanye West – Stronger (September, 1 wk)
  18. Chris Brown feat. T-Pain – Kiss Kiss (November, 3 wks)

Overview of 1965 on the Billboard Pop Charts

It’s the “Eve of Destruction” and young Baby Boomers “(Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” as the Vietnam draft widens the generation gap, Folk plugs in and Bob Dylan sets a new bar for Pop lyrics. Motown and Soul soundtrack the Civil Rights movement and bolster Black Pride as chart hits become street anthems and the British Invasion transcends youth culture.

#1 Song of the Year   

The Rolling Stones – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

Artists of the Year   

  1. The Beatles
  2. Herman’s Hermits
  3. The Supremes

Artist with Most Charting Songs   

  • The Beatles (10)

Average #1 Artist Age   

  • 23.3 years

#1 Songs   

  1. The Supremes – Come See About Me (December ’64, 2 wks)
  2. The Beatles – I Feel Fine (December ’64, 3 wks)
  3. Petula Clark – Downtown (January, 2 wks)
  4. The Righteous Brothers – You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (February, 2 wks)
  5. Gary Lewis & The Playboys – This Diamond Ring (February, 2 wks)
  6. The Temptations – My Girl (March, 1 wk)
  7. The Beatles – Eight Days a Week (March, 2 wks)
  8. The Supremes – Stop! in the Name of Love (March, 2 wks)
  9. Freddie & The Dreamers – I’m Telling You Now (April, 2 wks)
  10. Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders – Game of Love (April, 1 wk)
  11. Herman’s Hermits – Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter (May, 3 wks)
  12. The Beatles – Ticket to Ride (May, 1 wk)
  13. The Beach Boys – Help Me, Rhonda (May, 2 wks)
  14. The Supremes – Back in My Arms Again (June, 1 wk)
  15. Four Tops – I Can’t Help Myself (June, 2 wks)
  16. The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man (June, 1 wk)
  17. The Rolling Stones – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (July, 4 wks)
  18. Herman’s Hermits – I’m Henry VIII, I Am (August, 1 wk)
  19. Sonny & Cher – I Got You Babe (August, 3 wks)
  20. The Beatles – Help! (September, 3 wks)
  21. Barry McGuire – Eve of Destruction (September, 1 wk)
  22. The McCoys – Hang on Sloopy (October, 1 wk)
  23. The Beatles – Yesterday (October, 4 wks)
  24. The Rolling Stones – Get Off of My Cloud (November, 2 wks)
  25. The Supremes – I Hear a Symphony (November, 2 wks)
  26. The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) (December, 3 wks)
  27. The Dave Clark Five – Over and Over (December, 1 wk)

Overview of 1971 on the Billboard Pop Charts

The Beatles have split, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin are dead, and culture is on the ropes in a year when the top two songs are accidental hits. Meanwhile, everything is political as taxpayer funding takes protest and activism mainstream, radical revolutionaries get violent and All in the Family debuts. But Singer-Songwriters, story songs, religion and nostalgia offer sanctuary to help soothe frayed nerves.

#1 Song of the Year   

Three Dog Night – Joy to the World

Artists of the Year   

  1. James Brown
  2. Carpenters
  3. Three Dog Night

Artist with Most Charting Songs   

  • James Brown (9)

Average #1 Artist Age   

  • 25.9 years

#1 Songs   

  1. George Harrison – My Sweet Lord (December ’70, 4 wks)
  2. Dawn – Knock Three Times (January, 3 wks)
  3. The Osmonds – One Bad Apple (February, 5 wks)
  4. Janis Joplin – Me and Bobby McGee (March, 2 wks)
  5. The Temptations – Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) (April, 2 wks)
  6. Three Dog Night – Joy to the World (April, 6 wks)
  7. The Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar (May, 2 wks)
  8. The Honey Cone – Want Ads (June, 1 wk)
  9. Carole King – It’s Too Late (June, 5 wks)
  10. The Raiders – Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian) (July, 1 wk)
  11. James Taylor – You’ve Got a Friend (July, 1 wk)
  12. Bee Gees – How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (August, 4 wks)
  13. Paul & Linda McCartney – Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (September, 1 wk)
  14. Donny Osmond – Go Away Little Girl (September, 3 wks)
  15. Rod Stewart – Maggie May (October, 5 wks)
  16. Cher – Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves (November, 2 wks)
  17. Isaac Hayes – Theme from Shaft (November, 2 wks)
  18. Sly & The Family Stone – Family Affair (December, 3 wks)

Overview of 1997 on the Billboard Airplay Charts

The Lilith Fair festival tour galvanizes women in music the year The Spice Girls, Hanson and Backstreet Boys usher in the late ’90s Pop boom. Meanwhile, the sudden deaths of The Notorious B.I.G. and Lady Diana inspire multiplatinum tribute singles, Punk notches its very first #1 and Rock newcomers score four of the year’s top hits.

#1 Song of the Year   

No Doubt – Don’t Speak

Artists of the Year   

  1. Jewel
  2. The Wallflowers
  3. Spice Girls

Artist with Most Charting Songs   

  • 3-WAY TIE: Spice Girls/Hanson/Smashing Pumpkins (3)

Average #1 Artist Age   

  • 27.2 years

#1 Songs   

  1. No Doubt – Don’t Speak (December ’96, 16 wks)
  2. Toni Braxton – Un-Break My Heart (January, 2 wks)
  3. Jewel – You Were Meant for Me (April, 9 wks)
  4. Hanson – MMMBop (June, 4 wks)
  5. Shawn Colvin – Sunny Came Home (July, 4 wks)
  6. Will Smith – Men in Black (August, 4 wks)
  7. Third Eye Blind – Semi-Charmed Life (September, 3 wks)
  8. Jewel – Foolish Games (September, 3 wks)
  9. Sugar Ray – Fly (October, 6 wks)
  10. Chumbawamba – Tubthumping (November, 9 wks)

Overview of 1986 on the Billboard Pop Charts

Whitney Houston takes the charts by storm and emerges as a multi-format superstar in a transitional year for Pop as Run-D.M.C. takes Hip-Hop mainstream (with a little help from Aerosmith), The Bangles break through, synthy Arena Rock succumbs to Glam Metal and music’s benefit streak peaks with Amnesty International’s Conspiracy of Hope concerts and a charity single for AIDS research that becomes the year’s top chart hit.

#1 Song of the Year   

Dionne & Friends – That’s What Friends Are For

Artists of the Year   

  1. Janet Jackson
  2. Billy Ocean
  3. Miami Sound Machine

Artist with Most Charting Songs   

  • 3-WAY TIE: Miami Sound Machine/Billy Ocean/Bob Seger (4)

Average #1 Artist Age   

  • 32.3 years

#1 Songs   

  1. Lionel Richie – Say You, Say Me (December ’85, 4 wks)
  2. Dionne & Friends (Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder) – That’s What Friends Are For (January, 4 wks)
  3. Whitney Houston – How Will I Know (February, 2 wks)
  4. Mr. Mister – Kyrie (March, 2 wks)
  5. Starship – Sara (March, 1 wk)
  6. Heart – These Dreams (March, 1 wk)
  7. Falco – Rock Me Amadeus (March, 3 wks)
  8. Prince & The Revolution – Kiss (April, 2 wks)
  9. Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love (May, 1 wk)
  10. Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls (May, 1 wk)
  11. Whitney Houston – Greatest Love of All (May, 3 wks)
  12. Madonna – Live to Tell (June, 1 wk)
  13. Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald – On My Own (June, 3 wks)
  14. Billy Ocean – There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry) (July, 1 wk)
  15. Simply Red – Holding Back the Years (July, 1 wk)
  16. Genesis – Invisible Touch (July, 1 wk)
  17. Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer (July, 1 wk)
  18. Peter Cetera – Glory of Love (Theme from the Karate Kid Part II) (August, 2 wks)
  19. Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach (August, 2 wks)
  20. Steve Winwood – Higher Love (August, 1 wk)
  21. Bananarama – Venus (September, 1 wk)
  22. Berlin – Take My Breath Away (Love Theme from Top Gun) (September, 1 wk)
  23. Huey Lewis & the News – Stuck with You (September, 3 wks)
  24. Janet Jackson – When I Think of You (October, 2 wks)
  25. Cyndi Lauper – True Colors (October, 2 wks)
  26. Boston – Amanda (November, 2 wks)
  27. The Human League – Human (November, 1 wk)
  28. Bon Jovi – You Give Love a Bad Name (November, 1 wk)
  29. Peter Cetera & Amy Grant – The Next Time I Fall (December, 1 wk)
  30. Bruce Hornsby & The Range – The Way It Is (December, 1 wk)
  31. Bangles – Walk like An Egyptian (December, 4 wks)
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