The Changing Face of Pop – The Billboard Hot 100 since 1950

Here it is – every top song from the Billboard Hot 100 for every year since 1950. A few unexpected little gems in there, some stuff you won’t have heard before, some stuff you have, and some stuff you’ll cringe at. Like it or not it’s quite an interesting trip through evolution of pop. One of the amazing things that I discovered while researching this is that ‘Billie Jean’, ‘Sexual Healing’ and ‘Every Breath You Take’ were all released with a year of each other, and all of them frighteningly close to ‘Faith’ by George Michael. Surely something has gone wrong with the space/time continuum. Also, if you bought the Macarena, hang your head in shame.

It all started to go wrong for me about 1982, which is ironic, because that’s about the time I was learning to talk.

Here’s the link:

http://open.spotify.com/user/d45hiel/playlist/7zN7mXKas6PcKH7zC9fCrk

and here’s the listing:

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1950 Gordon Jenkins & The Weavers – “Goodnight Irene”

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1951 Nat King Cole – “Too Young”

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1952 LeRoy Anderson – “Blue Tango”

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1953 Percy Faith – “Songs From Moulin Rouge”

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1954 Kitty Kallen – “Little Things Mean A Lot”

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1955 Perez Prado – “Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White”

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1956 Elvis Presley – “Heartbreak Hotel”

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1957 Elvis Presley – “All Shook Up”

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1958 Domenico Modugno – “Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)”

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1959 Johnny Horton – “The Battle Of New Orleans”

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1960 Percy Faith – “Theme From ‘A Summer Place'”

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1961 Bobby Lewis – “Tossin’ And Turnin'”

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1962 Mr. Acker Bilk – “Stranger On The Shore”

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1963 Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs – “Sugar Shack”

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1964 The Beatles – “I Want To Hold Your Hand”

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1965 Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs – “Wooly Bully”

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1966 Ssgt. Barry Sadler – “The Ballad Of The Green Berets”

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1963 Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs – “Sugar Shack”

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1964 The Beatles – “I Want To Hold Your Hand”

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1965 Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs – “Wooly Bully”

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1966 Ssgt. Barry Sadler – “The Ballad Of The Green Berets”

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1967 Lulu – “To Sir With Love”

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1968 The Beatles – “Hey Jude”

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1969 The Archies – “Sugar, Sugar”

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1970 Simon & Garfunkel – “Bridge Over Troubled Water”

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1971 Three Dog Night – “Joy To The World”

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1972 Roberta Flack – “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”

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1973 Tony Orlando & Dawn – “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Ole Oak Tree”

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1974 Barbra Streisand – “The Way We Were”

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1975 Captain & Tennille – “Love Will Keep Us Together”

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1976 Wings – “Silly Love Songs”

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1977 Rod Stewart – “Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright)”

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1978 Andy Gibb – “Shadow Dancing”

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1979 The Knack – “My Sharona”

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1980 Blondie – “Call Me”

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1981 Kim Carnes – “Bette Davis Eyes”

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1982 Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – “I Love Rock & Roll”

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1983 The Police – “Every Breath You Take”

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1984 Prince & The Revolution – “When Doves Cry”

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1985 Wham! f/ George Michael – “Careless Whisper”

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1986 Dionne Warwick & Friends – “That’s What Friends Are For”

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1987 Bangles – “Walk Like An Egyptian”

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1988 George Michael – “Faith”

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1989 Chicago – “Look Away”

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1990 Wilson Philllips – “Hold On”

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1991 Bryan Adams – “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)”

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1992 Boyz II Men – “End Of The Road”

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1993 Whitney Houston – “I Will Always Love You”

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1994 Ace of Base – “The Sign”

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1995 Coolio f/ L.V. – “Gangsta’s Paradise”

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1996 Los Del Rio – “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)”

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1997 Elton John – “Candle In The Wind 1997/Something About The Way You Look Tonight”

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1998 Next – “Too Close”

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1999 Cher – “Believe”

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2000 Faith Hill – “Breathe”

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2001 Lifehouse – “Hanging By A Moment”

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2002 Nickelback – “How You Remind Me”

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2003 50 Cent – “In Da Club”

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2004 50 Cent – “In Da Club” Usher f/ Ludacris & Lil Jon – “Yeah!”

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2005 Mariah Carey – “We Belong Together”

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2006 Daniel Powter – “Bad Day”

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2007 Beyonce – “Irreplaceable”

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2008 Flo Rida f/ T-Pain – “Low”

Free VST Reverb Plugin from TC Electronic

Another little tool to add to your collection of free VST plugins, if you’re quick! TC Electronic are offering their new reverb plugin – the M30 Studio Reverb – for free if you sign up to their newsletter by clicking here, visting their site and filling out the form you’ll find there. Here’s what they say about it on their site:

The M30 Studio Reverb is a simple to use, great sounding reverb that is powered by AlgoFlex™ – a new high definition TC technology that enables hardware quality and predictability to be ported to native software.

TC Electronic has been at the forefront of effects development for decades, and our reverb algorithms can be found in the best recording and mixing environments in the world. With its great sound M30 is a unique addition to any VST- or AU compatible application.

You’ll have to get your skates on though, the free offer ends on the 18th of Nov.

YouTube’s social media integration tools

youtube_logoYouTube is obviously the go-to site for video, and possibly even music streaming. According to inside sources, their platform is now profitable (no link, sorry) in part due to their successful wrangling with the PRS and other rights organisations about music licensing fees. Now that Myspace is being forced into a pay-for-content model, it’ll be the only place where web users automatically go to find out more about a band they’ve heard of, and you, gentle reader, cannot afford to ignore it. If you haven’t shot a video for your latest track, cut some stills together, and for [insert deity here]’s sake get it up online! Once you’ve done so, YouTube are dedicated to making it easy to generate views on your video:

As we’ve built these tools directly into YouTube itself, with things like friend suggestions based on your Gmail address book and connecting your YouTube account to social networks via our AutoShare feature, we’ve started to see people becoming even more social. Some of this activity is hard to quantify — every day millions of YouTube links are sent via email, IM, Twitter and other communication methods — but we can tell you that:

  • Over one million people are AutoSharing videos to Twitter, Facebook and Google Reader
  • Each AutoShared Tweet you send out from YouTube turns into an average of seven new sessions on YouTube.com
  • Over a million people have found and subscribed to at least one friend on YouTube based on our Friend Suggest feature
  • Most Tweeted video yesterday? Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”
  • More than one million new subscriptions are created every day
  • Read more about the methods you should be using to disseminate your YouTube channel by clicking here.

    Spotify, MOG, Streaming, Piracy and the Future of Digital Music

    stop piracyThe Pirate BayThe debate on music piracy is a bit like that on global warming; vocal and vehement, and extremely polarised (pardon the pun). Evidence can be produced to support the most extreme opinions, and is wrangled over until those in the middle don’t know what is believable. Consensus seems to be that even though music pirates are active music fans, and likely to be buying music as well as ‘stealing’ it online , piracy is damaging to sales of actual music tracks, although this may be slightly offset by increased gig attendance and other types of premium content purchase – box sets, t-shirts etc.

    It also seems to be accepted that legal methods of ad supported, free-to-the-consumer streaming is the best way of combating the rise of piracy – the great user experience that Spotify has been able to offer has seen it expand faster than it can deal with; attracting users to use a great free streaming service isn’t hard, but finding a way of profiting from all those users is, balancing ad revenue against streaming and licensing costs, and Spotify’s launch in the States has had to be delayed while they evolve their model, and figure out how to move people onto their £10 a month premium service.

    Actually - It's copyright infringement

    While they figure this out, MOG is stepping up to the plate in the States with their £5 a month subscription only model, that allows playlisting and file searching in a pretty similar way to Spotify’s interface [see the video at the bottom of this post]. A poll conducted by Demos (a company that sends people out with clipboards) suggests that revenue (income and adoption) would be maximised at the £5 price point:

    Streaming Subscription Revenues But this doesn’t account for the costs inherent in delivering the amount of music that people tend to consume through such streaming services; leaving the computer streaming music all day, an individual could incur a lot of charges for their service provider.

    So which footpath of digital development is going to turn out to be the music superhighway of the future? In my humble opinion, it’s going to come down to user experience: if we discount piracy as a viable future for the industry (no revenue means no artists) then we’re left with paying per track, either for streams or downloads, or for a month on month subscription service. These will remain as competing options, probably with iTunes still in pole position of the download market, given it’s current market dominance, and the relentless success of the iPod and it’s cousin the iPhone, and for the rest it’ll come down to whoever provides the slinkiest, most versatile service for whatever the music industry decides is the rock bottom price per stream, plus the minimum streaming cost. I for one hope that the big 4 accept thatad-supported music streaming is the best and only real way of putting an end to piracy, that they come to terms with the smaller license fee and infrastructure that will be demanded by this model. Of the options currently available, I think that Spotify has the most user friendly platform, I’m proud that we’re working with them, and I suggest that you upload your music to their service, via RouteNote’s digital music distribution platform right…. Now.

    10 Worst Band Names Ever

    Most music in the world is awful, lets be honest.  If you find yourself in the middle of a screaming legion of fans in the middle of a mosh pit for the worlds most awesome metal band and life is perfect, i’m betting there is a good chance you hate dance and techno music just as passionately, just as blatantly as the dance fans hate your rock and metal. There will never be a band that is universally loved by everyone. Some bands, however, are hated by everyone, but that’s not the point is it! Then there’s rubbish bands in the middle of everyone, constantly on the radio, number one all over the place and on every reality TV show going, who is actually buys Peter Andre albums anyway? I bet you don’t know anyone who has actually gone to the shops to buy one. Some bands, it seems, are able to get along on just the strength of a good name, despite having shameful music, like Muse or the Stereophonics. That one apparent, i think, proves how important it is to have a good solid name, one that sounds like your music and really matches to the sort of fans you wanna grab, like Metallica, Radiohead or Blur. Some however, get it superbly wrong, here are the worst 10 we could find, in no particular order.

    • Bonzo Dog Doodah Band.
    • …. And you will know us by the trail of the dead. What does that even mean!
    • S Club 7. Tacky name on its own, when you discover they’re originally a Spice Girls fan club band, enough said.
    • Taint Stick.
    • Neutral Milk Hotel.
    • Fountains Of Wayne.
    • Nip Drivers.
    • The The. now thats just lazy……..
    • Live. Imagine that on a billboard. Tonight Only Live Live.
    • You Me At Six. Did someone use the Emo band name generator, i think so!

    Beck’s Record Club – An Album A Day

    skip spence oarNow here’s an amazing sounding musical collaboration project, showing how much can be achieved in a day if you combine a professional attitude, a strong concept and a day in a recording studio.

    Record Club is an informal meeting of various musicians to record an album in a day. The album chosen to be reinterpreted is used as a framework. Nothing is rehearsed or arranged ahead of time. A track is put up here once a week. As you will hear, some of the songs are rough renditions, often first takes that document what happened over the course of a day as opposed to a polished rendering. There is no intention to ‘add to’ the original work or attempt to recreate the power of the original recording. Only to play music and document what happens. And those who aren’t familiar with the albums in question will hopefully look for the songs in their definitive versions.

    The current project is the Alexander ‘Skip’ Spence (of Jefferson Airplane) album ‘OAR’ – an album that already has something of Beck’s sound about it, and there have been 2 previous albums from the Velvet Underground and Leonard Cohen covered in this hasty fashion, put together by Beck and a heterogeneous mix of artists including Wilco, Feist, Devandra Banhart and many others. Beck Hansen - Don't mention the ScientologyYou can stream the music for each album from his site.

    Bad Romance – Lady Gaga’s New Video

    Whether you like her or not, she’s a show stopper; like Lily Allen, she’s got the knack of maintaining notoriety and exploiting the ink, electronic and otherwise that comes from being headline news. I have a feeling that the rumours about her sexual ambiguity and her ‘outrageous’ onstage antics are part of a calculated Cowellesque marketing plan. Soon, the lesbian relationship, then the pregnancy, the 3rd world adoption, the breakdown and the clean comeback…  

    M-Audio Release Public Drivers Compatible With Windows 7

    M-Audio have recently announced that they have been feverishly beavering away over the last few months to create drivers that are compatible with the newly released Window 7 operating system. The Beta stage drivers are now available for the majority of their current products. All downloadable from www.m-audio.com, they are free but you must be registered to the site forum. The products that benefit so far are listed below:

    • ProFire Series

    ProFire 2626
    ProFire 610

    • USB Series

    Fast Track Ultra
    Fast Track Ultra 8R
    Fast Track Pro
    Fast Track USB
    Producer USB
    Mobile Pre USB
    Transit
    JamLab
    Black Box
    Ozone
    Micro
    Audiophile USB

    • Keyboard/MIDI Series

    KeyStudio 49i
    ProKeys Sono 61
    ProKeys Sono 88
    Midisport 2×2 20th Anniversary
    Midisport 4×4 20th Anniversary

    • DJ Series

    Torq Conectiv
    Torq Xponent

    • FireWire Series

    FireWire 410
    FireWire Solo
    FireWire 1814
    FireWire Audiophile
    ProjectMix I/O
    ProFire Lightbridge
    NRV10
    Ozonic

    • Delta Series

    Delta 1010
    Delta 1010LT
    Delta 44
    Delta 66
    Delta 410
    Delta Audiophile 2496
    Delta Audiophile 192

    The Pixies and Pavement at Primavera

    The Pixies - Doolittle Tour 2009Since the majority of people don’t live in Los Angeles, we’re going to miss out on the Pixies/Wierd Al collaboration, but European readers will have a chance to catch the Pixies at the Primavera festival in Barcelona next March. As I write, there’s a thunderstorm outside, and it’s a little hard to imagine sunning myself at a Rock festival, and the organisers clearly appreciate this, as they’ve currently got early bird tickets on sale from their site here for 25% less than they’ll cost you in December