Sunday, April 17, 2011

WA Post: Listening to every No. 1 song. Ever.

The Washington Post has a story today by a writer who listened to every Hot 100 #1 hit (all 1,001 of them) and then wrote about the experience. For pop music/chart fans, it's a real treat. The observations are interesting, particularly the one about how the musical trends that define various eras aren't necessarily reflected in what hits #1. The '90s are a good example. I think most people would agree that alternative rock was very central to the sound of '90s music, yet not a single #1 hit came of that genre, as the Hot 100's #1 spot was dominated by adult contemporary, soft R&B and rap for most of the '90s.

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