Category Archives: charts

Pop top 40: 3/10/79

40 years ago: arguably, peak disco. Not yet peak yacht rock, but a couple gems show up. And what’s that down below at #35: the first stirrings of the next country crossover boom? Also, the only decent Dire Straits hit! … Continue reading

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Pop top 40: 2/26/83

If a chart could be said to be “peak ’83,” it might well be this one. One iconic song after another, along with a few, er, ringers, as you can hear, as you “take it to the nth degree.” 1 1 … Continue reading

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Pop top 40: 1/19/80

The future was already underway, we just didn’t know it: falling out of the top 40 this week, from a high of #36 the week prior, was “Rapper’s Delight.” But otherwise, yeah, it’s still the ’70s. Don’t believe me? Listen … Continue reading

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Pop top 10: 1/10/76

Lots of classics in this top 10, and a very tidy microcosm of its time: soft pop ballads, glam-adjacent, and some honest to goodness funk/soul/disco classics, with a mother of a novelty classic at #1. All that’s missing, really, is … Continue reading

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Pop top 40: 12/21/85

What’s missing from the Spotify playlist? Arguably the two biggest British rock gods in the countdown, Messrs. McCartney and Townshend — but really, that’s nobody’s loss, as you’ll see. 1 3 SAY YOU, SAY ME –•– Lionel Richie — 7 (1) … Continue reading

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Pop top 10: 10/16/82

Something’s better than nothing, right? This got tabled back in October as life got in the way, but I didn’t want it to vanish completely, so you get the top 10. 1 1 JACK & DIANE –•– John Cougar (Riva)-13 (3 … Continue reading

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Pop top 40: 12/8/84

This is in many ways my ultimate chart: it was the week of my 14th birthday, and finally — finally! — my favorite band were on top of the chart that very week. In addition, this is pretty much the most … Continue reading

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