Something fun for the weekend. Listen to supercuts of every Number 1 pop hit from the 50′s until 2011.

Paula Abdul is the first Idol-related artist to make an appearance, around 1990. And of course, the past decade includes appearances from Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks the boot song, “Bad Day”.

Check out the audio after the jump.

Via NY Mag

Audio after the JUMP…

5 Seconds of Every #1 Billboard Hot 100 Hit From 1993-2011 by AnthonyDC

 
  • madnessinmotion

    mj, thanks for posting those. Hearing Elvis show up so many times is interesting. I was also pretty amazed that so many of the songs have been familiar to me even though they are way before my time.

    IMO, it seems unlikely many of the songs that are number one these days will be recognized years later by people who were born way after the song was popular. I hope the current trend changes soon.

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    Listening to this, I was noticing how the oldies that I recognize, I know from their use in movie and TV soundtracks or in commercials, not from anybody in my environment playing the records years later. If producers ever want to evoke 2010, it’s gonna be Katy Perry and Lady Gaga that they attempt to license.

    Thanks for the treat, MJ!

  • madnessinmotion

    I am finally up to the songs where I actually remember the time when they were popular and they are still just as recognizable as the ones before them. I wonder if Tik Tok will be remembered fondly 35 years from now. :)

  • madnessinmotion

    Oh, no!! The first one stopped on 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover and the second one starts in the 80s. Sads. :(

    Still awesome. Thanks again, mj.

  • lovegoodmusic

    Thanks for the great post MJ

    The music that was played on pop radio around a decade ago and older was very diverse, and drew in many different genres of music listeners. So unlike what is played this decade.

    Pop radio really went downhill and especially so because they keep playing the same top 5 songs over and over and over again. I hate to say this, but in my opinion pop radio is killing music sales. But thankfully places like You Tube, internet radio and songs played in movie soundtracks, helps me discover new talent.

  • missytoots

    Thanks MJ

    I didn’t realise how many No.1′s Madonna had. <3 the 80's :)

  • bentley1530

    Oh, no!! The first one stopped on 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover and the second one starts in the 80s. Sads. :(

    The first one ended with “Down Under” (Feb 1983), perhaps it was a little computer glitch.

  • Hazehel

    I can sing along to 95% of the songs here from the 50s until the late 80s, round about the time Paula had a strings of hits. I like Paula on the Idol, but I’m afraid I think she played no small part in killing my interest in pop music. Her songs were terrible.

  • madnessinmotion

    Thanks, bentley1530, it must have just been my computer. I tried it again and its now playing past 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover. Back to my happy face. :)

  • missytoots

    I like Paula on the Idol, but I’m afraid I think she played no small part in killing my interest in pop music. Her songs were terrible

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    I like Rush Rush but I like Girl I’m gonna miss you and Blame it on the rain by Milli Vanilli too :D

  • Incipit

    That was fun mj – Thanks! – starting from 1956, with Perry Como and Kay Starr, (who sang Big Band, Jazz, Pop and Country Western) – right to Elvis, what a variety used to be available in the Number One spot. One could get whiplash, jumping from genre to genre, as “I Love Rock and Roll” segues to “Chariots of Fire” – and it’s cool. It’s amazing how much music is stuffed in my head – and interesting to see where I pretty much lost interest in the pop hits, so to speak. The beat slows down to a One, two three four – or everything is electronified – with the same backing track – sounds like. Been that way for a long time too. But the comments are nifty – I like that idea.

    The interesting thing is- there may not be any Idols in there – but there are plenty of songs that the idols have sung – and how fun to be RickRolled in the middle of the second one. Made me *chuckle*. Appreciated.

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  • newinNM

    This is fun, My Ding a Ling and Disco Duck LOL is so remember them :)

  • Milly21

    Here’s what i gathered.

    1. Elvis molested my ears for about the first 10 minutes. not that im complaining LOL even his most unknown songs were there. Wooden Heart? Really? thats such a little operatic sounding song of his
    2. The Beatles ruled the 60s and it was a very diverse decade with Motown.
    3. The Beegees ruled the 70s, but almost all of the songs sounded the same in the 70s. thank u disco
    4. Michael Jackson ruled the 80s followed by Madonna, Prince and Whitney.
    5. Damnit i got rick rolled! LOL
    6. Mariah ruled the 90s
    7. Nice to see Paula there a bunch of times.
    8. funny how some songs can be in there twice, like I’m your Venus or whatever that song is called and one of my personal faves I’ll be there.

  • sue

    That was fun. My first thought was that Archie would love this. lolz
    He would sing along to every track. :) Someone send Archie the link. :) Music has changed a lot. Many of these songs have been on idol at some point in the last 10 years. Thanks for posting this MJ.

  • Hazehel

    LOL even his most unknown songs were there. Wooden Heart?

    Unknown? Heavens, it’s a German folk song. I probably heard the folk song as a kid before Elvis’ version.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Great compressed history of pop music over the decades. It’s interesting to see how pop music became less diverse and when rap/hiphop started to become popular.

  • Grammie Kari

    I also knew 95% of the songs. My weakness was in the 1990s. I still have the 45′s for the songs in the 1950s and 1960s. Oh dear, my life has expanded over the entire time span covered. I just can’t consider rap to be on this list.

    In my world, Elvis and the Beatles rule. LOL! Thank you, MJ!

  • connie0128

    If you want to hear more, Billboard has posted the entire list with links to full length Youtubes.

    http://www.billboard.com/html/1000s/1000s.html

    I spent so much time listening to these last weekend. And bought quite a few. Ah, sweet memories!

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    If you want to hear more, Billboard has posted the entire list with links to full length Youtubes.

    http://www.billboard.com/html/1000s/1000s.html

    Cool!

    I’m reminded once again that if one listened to pop radio in the mid-1990s, one would walk away with the impression that the grunge movement, which was selling albums by the bajillion, never happened. My survey of pop hits and album sales suggests that radio format fragmentation led to some sort of disconnect between CHR radio and the breadth of musical trends in the late 1980s, but I’ve not yet found time to pin it down more precisely than that.

  • sylvanaire

    Unsurprisingly, I knew every song from the first bar, most from the second, and very few from the third. What with all the rap “songs” in the middle of the third one, it’s no wonder I quit listening to pop radio at the beginning of the ’90s. I was kinda surprised that there were fewer raps at #1 towards the end of the last bar. Could it be going out of style? *begging on my knees* lol.

  • Milly21

    Hazehel, yes Wooden Heart as an Elvis song IS one of his least known. i know its an old Folk song and I know Elvis sang it because im a huge Elvis fanatic and the scene with him dancing with the dolly is precious. but i had no idea it was a number 1 song for him and the casual elvis fan probably under the age of 30 will never have heard him sing it. but thats because Sony markets the same 5 songs over and over and over again Hounddog, Blue Suede Shoes, Jailhouse Rock, Love Me Tender and Suspicious Minds. i dont know why they dont market his many other number 1s.

    Anywho i just heard the last audio. i was also surprised by how few rap songs were in there. also in retrospect the songs arent as bad as i thought they were at the time :\ and LOL at them putting clay’s song for about .5 seconds. also i didnt even notice taylor or carrie’s songs in there. i probably wasnt paying enough attention.

  • Hazehel

    I’m reminded once again that if one listened to pop radio in the mid-1990s, one would walk away with the impression that the grunge movement, which was selling albums by the bajillion, never happened.

    The problem would seem to me to be that grunge is not radio-friendly. They would be more like the many rock acts who were primarily album sellers such as Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin (songs like Another Brick in the Wall is the exception rather than the rule). Post-grunge would be more radio friendly.

    The 60s and 70s were extraordinarily diverse music-wise. I kinda grew up thinking that is how music would be be in the future, unfortunately that turned out not to be the case. Even when people were complaining about disco, at the height of disco fever, you get #1 hits from Eagles (rock/country-rock), Glen Campbell (country), Stevie Wonder (R&B), Barry Manilow (schmaltzy ballad), The Rolling Stones (rock), Shaun Cassidy (teen fluff), etc. etc. There is something for everybody, if you don’t like one song something else more to your taste will come along next. Something happened to music since then and it’s not something good, by the 2000s the wall-to-wall hip-hop and contemporary R&B just became unbearable.

  • Incipit

    The 60s and 70s were extraordinarily diverse music-wise. I kinda grew up thinking that is how music would be be in the future, unfortunately that isn’t the case…Something happened to music since then and it wasn’t something good, by the 2000s the wall-to-wall hip-hop and contemporay R&B just became unbearable.

    Exactly. I didn’t last till the 2000′s, Hazehel – bailed somewhere in the mid 90′s. It seemed as if radio PD’s were throwing away the biggest demographic, the Boomers – with the most discretionary funds – and the habit of actually paying – by marginalizing any music that wasn’t “wall-to-wall hip-hop and contemporay R&B.” I like variety in music, not those homogenized choices…so I turned to other sources.

    I don’t listen much to radio, and I don’t ever buy in that genre, so it was interesting to hear that near the end of the third mp3, melody and lyric is struggling to return, just a little – I had no notion that was possibly happening – since radio had made Pop so irrelevant to me for @ the last 15 – 20 years.

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    The problem would seem to me to be that grunge is not radio-friendly.

    Actually, grunge over-ran the “alternative rock” radio format during those years, and Arbitron’s annual surveys indicate that format had far more listeners than it does now (though it never reached the size of HAC). The United States has a far greater variety of radio formats than does the UK, which makes drawing analogies from one market to the other risky.

    Prior to the late 1980s, U.S. radio was more in the line that CHR played “everything,” which is why you see the greater variety. Indeed, in the early 1970s, Program Directors were whining about how CHR was becoming indistinguishable from Middle of Road radio (which was more like today’s AC but required at the time to include news).

  • Hazehel

    Actually, grunge over-ran the “alternative rock” radio format during those years

    Well, I mean grunge isn’t friendly to those not specialised in them. I don’t follow what US radio do, but I would assume that songs from post-grunge bands would be played more often outside of the alt-rock radio stations.

    Exactly. I didn’t last till the 2000’s, Hazehel – bailed somewhere in the mid 90’s.

    I used to listen the US chart countdown on UK radio quite closely until Paula Abdul, Janet Jackson and Gloria Estefan had all those horrible songs (to me anyway) on the chart late 80s early 90s. I only listened to chart on and off after that (also because there were scheduling changes on the radio then), so now listening to the clips from the 1990s there are many songs I don’t recognise. I stopped listening to the chart completely by 2000s.

  • cheese

    I completely freaked out my 9 year old son by naming the title and artist of every song between about 1980 and 1986, when I was about 8 to 14 years old. We had fun listening together, but neither one of us could deal with the 70s or 90s. He kept having me go back and forth between “Born This Way” and “The Great Pretender” and couldn’t believe the difference. (Of course I pointed out that “Born This Way” was actually recorded in the late 80s by Madonna). He was also shocked when he heard “The Time (Dirty Bit)” among the 80s songs.

    I basically took a break from pop radio from about my freshman year in high school until I had my own 8 year old demanding to listen to the crappy music of her youth, so about 2005 or so, haha. Actually, listening to it all together like that, the last five years don’t seem so bad.