Every #1 Song Until 1992, Five Seconds At A Time

Starting in 1956, at least, by my crude and incomplete crosscheck with the annals of Wikipedia. The impetus for such a soundcloud collage comes via ubu.com, who spoke with the archivist responsible, one Hugo Keesing. (It’s an interesting time for chart reflection, as this week Billboard had its 1000th #1 hit, an honor going to one Lady Gaga for her cover of Madonna’s “Express Yourself.”) Part One here is 45+ minutes; Part Two picks up in 1983 and ends with Whitney Houston’s take on “I Will Always Love You” in some 28 mins and change. A single-streamed time-lapsed overview of the shifting style preferences of mainstream pop audiences over time, perhaps; the ability to say with verity you’ve heard every #1 single until 1992 in exchange for an hour-and-a-half of your time, certainly. Click play:

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