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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Billboard's HOT 100 Chart Of All Time

Billboard recently compiled a list of the top 100 HOT singles of the past 50 years.

How did they do it?

HOT 100 50th Anniversary Chart


So, that's all the industry mumbo-jumbo. (Just thought you might like to know how they did it.)

So, what, pray tell, were the top singles of all time? "Hey Jude", maybe? How about, "Happy Together"? (I don't know why that song sprang to mind, but it's been played a lot since 1967).

No. The number one HOT 100 single of all time is this:



Really.

Hey, I've got nothin' against The Twist, or Chubby Checker, for that matter. I'm just kind of surprised. Granted, it was a number one song in 1960 and 1962; and I think that must be what put it over the top. There aren't too many songs released once, then once again two years later (okay, there aren't any). I don't know what the deal was with that, but nice goin', Chubby! You just barely got in under the wire, too! The song was a hit 48 years ago!

What? 48 years ago? That can't be. I think I still could remember how to "twist" right now. Just a sec. Let me get up off this chair and try it.

Yup. I can "twist". Okay, yea, I was five years old when this song was a hit for the first time, so naturally, I was more limber then. But I can do a faux-twist right now today. Not that there's much call for that.

Before I digress further, here's the link to the top 100 HOT singles, so you can peruse them yourself:

The All-Time HOT 100 Top Songs


And, believe me, if you're disappointed to see "The Twist" at number one, you're in for even more heartache, once you peruse the rest of the list.

And, by the way, "Hey Jude" did make it - at number 8. But alas, no "Happy Together". Bummer.

But, since this is MY blog, let's watch the Turtles, shall we?

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