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SHORTWAVE SHOWS FROM FEBRUARY WERE LOTS OF FUN!

Posted by powerpopclassics on February 25, 2019 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

We are now a month into our shortwave broadcasts on 7440 khz and 6070 khz, and we have started receiving reception reports from all over the world.  So far we have heard from listeners in Slovenia, Italy, Finland, Germany, Russia, Japan, Belarus, Florida (USA), and The Philippines!  If you missed any of the shows from February that you wanted to hear, simply go to our "Links & Archives" page, choose a show, and click on the link!  If you wish to compare the mono and stereo ...

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WHAT TIME IS IT AGAIN?

Posted by powerpopclassics on February 1, 2019 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Just as a reminder, tomorrow at 12:00 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), Alt Universe Top 40 will be broadcast on 7440 khz, Channel 292.  What time is that?  Well, that is noon in London, 7:00 a.m. in New York, 9:00 a.m. in Buenos Aires, 9:00 p.m. in Tokyo, and 6:00 a.m. in Memphis!  Please join us on the Shortwave airwaves!  Cheers, JTMc

GETTING READY FOR SHORTWAVE!

Posted by powerpopclassics on January 31, 2019 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

On Saturday, February 2, 2019, Alt Universe Top 40 will broadcast on Channel 292, on 7440 khz at 12:00 UTC, which is 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time in the United States, and 6:00 a.m. Central Time in the United States.  A rebroadcast of the show will take place on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 11:00 UTC, also on Channel 292, but the rebroadcast will be directed to Europe on 6070 khz.  As a general rule, each show will then be made available on Mixcloud the following Friday in both mono a...

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OCTOBER 20, 2001: CHART NEEDS REINFORCEMENTS!

Posted by powerpopclassics on October 19, 2016 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (2)

Here is a mini-correction:



 

The Top Five 15 years ago:

1. I’m Real – Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule

2. Fallin’ – Alicia Keys

3. Family Affair – Mary J. Blige

4. Where the Party At – Jagged Edge with Nelly

5. It’s Been Awhile – Staind



 

Notable entries and recurrents from the chart of 10/20/01:

10. Let Me Blow Ya Mind – E...

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FEBRUARY 16, 1980: TWO SONGS SO BAD THAT WE MUST BEND THE RULES!

Posted by powerpopclassics on February 16, 2015 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Over the last several months, the rules have been very simple here at Alt Universe Top 40. Chart by chart, countdown by countdown, the task has been to review an episode of American Top 40, remove its worst song, and replace it. Rarely is there a battle between the “replacing” songs. They have been working their way into their deserved positions one listen at a time for years. As a result, one solitary non-charted record always seems ready to step into its appropriate slot. C...

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JANUARY 28, 1995: POINTLESS DO-OVERS SCAR 90s BEST CHART!

Posted by powerpopclassics on January 27, 2015 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The American Top 40 countdowns during the ‘90’s weren’t always pretty. Most, in fact, were pretty lame. But during one incredible week, twenty years ago, Billboard Magazine published a chart that was never rivaled in that decade. It wasn’t perfect, of course, but credible entries and long-lasting records absolutely outnumbered the duds by far. Let’s take a closer look before we replace the worst of the duds with the best of the “should’ve beens...

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DECEMBER 1, 1973: NEAR PERFECT SURVEY RUINED BY FRUIT ROT!

Posted by powerpopclassics on November 30, 2014 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Casey Kasem counted down one of the best Billboard Charts ever on December 1, 1973.  Of the forty songs played on American Top Forty that week, fourteen were offered up by truly credible Soul artists, nine were released by respectable Album Rock acts, and seven decent Pop records charted.  With five more slots taken by some excellent to tolerable Country crossover hits, we are left with only FIVE "bad" songs on this survey.  Of course, we can remove only one!


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NOVEMBER 20, 1976: SKUNKS, RODENTS, WATERFOWL AND ZAPPA!

Posted by powerpopclassics on November 20, 2014 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (1)

The American Top 40 of November 20, 1976 counted down a chart comprised of roughly a dozen decent singles, many by album artists.  Familiar names like Clapton, Frampton, ELO and Ringo comforted listeners.  Kiss, fresh off a loud and successful live album, surprised everyone, including themselves, with "Beth" at #9.  Boston's debut single, "More Than A Feeling" was climbing.  Long before Saturday Night Live forever re-branded it, Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear The Reaper" c...

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NOVEMBER 8, 1975: A GLARING CREDIBILITY PROBLEM STARTS AT THE TOP!

Posted by powerpopclassics on November 5, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The November 8, 1975 episode of American Top 40 was a typical collection of hit singles.  Far from the worst chart of all time, many of these records have lived on beyond their chart lives.  However, in batting average terms, the "Credibility Percentage" of this particular week was a pitiful .125!  (For the math-challenged among us, that translates to 5 credible records out of 40.)


Let's look at those five records that maintained true credibility.  Regard...

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SEPTEMBER 30, 1978: FM ROCK OUTPACES DISCO, BUT CHART IS FULL OF CHEESE!

Posted by powerpopclassics on September 26, 2014 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

By September 30, 1978, the radio dial had become fractured by the extreme proliferation of Disco on AM and Pop FM radio, and the refusal of “respectable” FM Rock stations to play ANYTHING resembling Disco. Unified Top 40 radio was crumbling. Ten years before, genres such as British Rock, Detroit R&B, and Folk complemented each other on the radio. By September, 1978, popular songs in one genre were often completely unknown in another. Disco dominated most of 1978, but its re...

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