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The Most Popular Song of Each Year 1940-2017

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Take a stroll down memory lane with a compilation of snippets from the biggest song of each year from 1940 to last year. That's 78 songs! No problem, it's easy to skip around and find the years you want to hear. But how do you define the biggest song of the year? In this case, it's the song that stayed at the top of Billboard's pop music chart the longest. In some cases, it wasn't the biggest-selling song, but if you were around, you no doubt remember it. Some of those #1 hits may surprise you (see 1974). If you want to see the UK version of the same idea, you'll find that video at Laughing Squid.  


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For the younger Neatoramanauts: In the days before digital anything, these charts were based on reported sales from retail outlets and song requests to radio stations. In my little hometown, that meant one record shop and one radio station. so the results were easily manipulated by labels with money to spend.

That changed in the early 1990s with SoundScan. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nielsen_SoundScan
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