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Posted: 23 November 2022 at 6:59am | IP Logged Quote Paul Haney

I guess the quickest answer would be that both Radio & Records and Gavin were compiling the charts from
Mainstream Top 40 stations only, whereas Billboard's scope ranged beyond that to include other formats. The R&R
and Gavin numbers certainly jibe closer to my recollections as far as Mainstream Top 40 airplay is concerned
during that era.

Which set of numbers you choose to subscribe to is totally up to you!
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Posted: 27 November 2022 at 1:12pm | IP Logged Quote RoknRobnLoxley

I've always thought what Billboard did to the Hot 100 then was a shame, and a terrible thing. Swapping out the pop/rock/mainstream radio component of the Hot 100 for a "combo of all radio genres under the sun" : pop + R&B + country + hard rock + rap + dance + punk + jazz + classical + you-name-it. Plus also being heavily influenced by sales of non-pop/rock records with little to no airplay. In my humble opinion, Billboard should have kept the Hot 100 as is, pop/rock/mainstream based, and then created a new separate super-chart for their "everything including the kitchen sink" chart.

As we know, this also futzed with the stations who were carrying AT40, and Casey's post-split spinoff, causing both to go looking for a better pop chart than the Hot 100.

In a similar vein, even Record Research abandoned the similarly modified country chart for its country singles book, and instead went with the country radio airplay chart.

Question: which chart do all of yall consider as the best successor to the previous pop/rock/mainstream based Hot 100 after it went schizoid for a "combo of every radio genre" and "including sales with little to no airplay"?

a. Radio & Records
b. Billboard Hot 100 airplay
c. Billboard mainstream Top 40
d. some adult contemporary chart
e. anything else

Edited by RoknRobnLoxley on 27 November 2022 at 1:15pm
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Posted: 27 November 2022 at 9:48pm | IP Logged Quote jebsib

e. The Billboard Hot 100.

The mission statement of the Hot 100 was always to measure the hottest or
most popular songs in America.

In the 60s,70s and 80s that meant Mainstream Top 40 radio by and large
and the 45 RPM singles that reflected radio play.

After the collapse of Top 40 in 1992, the music industry fragmented so
much that a Hot 100 simply counting down top 40 pop rock radio would
neglect millions & millions of rhythmic, country and alternative rock
listeners - formats that were niche before, but equally prominent by the mid
90s.

Millions of people stream music now and by & large they don’t select what
iHeart radio execs have been playing to death for the last 8 months.   



I personally wish the Hot 100 was still a “pure pop radio based chart” … I
grew up with Casey and love pop music.

But unfortunately it wouldn’t be accurate.
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Posted: 27 November 2022 at 9:49pm | IP Logged Quote jebsib

Edit: WHAT is up with the formatting on this site?!?
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Posted: 28 November 2022 at 5:51am | IP Logged Quote Hykker

jebsib wrote:
Edit: WHAT is up with the formatting on this site?!?


Are you referring to a relatively narrow column width on some posts? This seems to happen when a poster uses Chrome browser.

You can get around this fairly easily, in the lower right corner of the text box there are a couple diagonal bars. You can "drag" the text
box to a larger size by clicking on those bars.

If that wasn't what you were referring to, then please elaborate.
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Posted: 28 November 2022 at 6:04am | IP Logged Quote Hykker

jebsib wrote:
e. The Billboard Hot 100.

The mission statement of the Hot 100 was always to measure the hottest or
most popular songs in America.

In the 60s,70s and 80s that meant Mainstream Top 40 radio by and large
and the 45 RPM singles that reflected radio play.

After the collapse of Top 40 in 1992, the music industry fragmented so
much that a Hot 100 simply counting down top 40 pop rock radio would
neglect millions & millions of rhythmic, country and alternative rock
listeners - formats that were niche before, but equally prominent by the mid
90s.

Millions of people stream music now and by & large they don’t select what
iHeart radio execs have been playing to death for the last 8 months.   



I personally wish the Hot 100 was still a “pure pop radio based chart” … I
grew up with Casey and love pop music.

But unfortunately it wouldn’t be accurate.


While the dig at I-Heart was unnecessary, I mostly agree with your comments. If anything the older, pre-1992 charts are the
ones that paint an inaccurate picture. The rise of AOR in the 1970s proved that a song didn't have to be released as a 45
and/or played on top 40 radio to be a hit. Examples abound. Doesn't it seem odd that only AC crossover country songs made the
Hot 100 in the 70s & 80s?
I'm sure focusing on top 40 radio made sense in the 50s & 60s when that format was (in theory) the most popular music,
regardless of genre, but that became less and less true as the 70s rolled on and "top 40" became a genre into itself.

Sadly, things have become so fragmented that there really aren't any true hit songs anymore, by which I mean songs that 'most
everyone is at least familiar with.

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Posted: 28 November 2022 at 2:59pm | IP Logged Quote jebsib

Thanks Hykker - was referring to the fact that while my responses look fine
when typing, they often post in a disjointed way with odd line-breaks in the
middle of sentences, etc.



I've seen this with many other posters as well, but oddly not everyone is
affected - I use Safari on my Mac, so maybe that is the culprit..?



And hey, I used to work for Clear Channel (which became iHeart) so no bad
blood - just a nod to the fact that a relatively few number of people control
what is heard by millions - same as it ever was, of course, but so frustrating
when you hear the same song 20 times a day!
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Posted: 29 November 2022 at 6:14am | IP Logged Quote Hykker

jebsib wrote:
And hey, I used to work for Clear Channel (which became iHeart) so no bad
blood - just a nod to the fact that a relatively few number of people control
what is heard by millions - same as it ever was, of course, but so frustrating
when you hear the same song 20 times a day!


That's something that music fans have complained about with top 40 for decades. Power songs get
rotated quite heavily.
You have to keep in mind that to anyone other than radio insiders, when you've reached the point
when you're tired of a given song, most of the listening public is just becoming aware of it.
I've even noticed it myself as I've gotten older...I'll hear a cool "new" song on the radio, only
to find that it's a year and a half old!!
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