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SEPTEMBER 23, 1990: A CORPORATE TOP 40 CONTAINS ONE TRUE DUD!

Posted by powerpopclassics on September 19, 2014 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The American Top 40 Countdown of September 23, 1990 was basically a reshuffling of the MTV playlist of the day. By 1990 there were few, if any, “accidental” or “unplanned” hit records developing chart lives of their own through radio DJ initiated activity. Every MTV-ready video was a small scale movie-like event. The video-based promotion surrounding the release of every new major label single was scheduled and choreographed in a corporate boardroom, every bit as mu...

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SEPTEMBER 17, 1977: THIS CHART HAS GOT IT COVERED!

Posted by powerpopclassics on September 12, 2014 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The Billboard chart of September 17, 1977 contained a little bit of everything. A mere month and a day prior to this particular chart being published, Elvis Presley died. And here, a month later, Elvis was still in the building with “Way Down” at #21, while Ronnie McDowell, the first in a never-ending breed of Elvis impersonators, became the only known Elvis impersonator to join the real Elvis in a Top 40 countdown by taking “The King Is Gone” to #40.

 

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SEPTEMBER 6, 1980: SOUNDTRACKS WERE HOT, BUT ONE FILM SONG WAS NOT!

Posted by powerpopclassics on September 5, 2014 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

By September 6, 1980, disco’s chart domination had cooled significantly, yet the Chic sound lived on as that week’s Number One song was “Upside Down” by Diana Ross. This record was VERY OBVIOUSLY written and produced by Chic’s Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers. Obviously. A little further down the list, at #23, Queen’s soon-to-hit-the-top “Another One Bites The Dust” featured guitarist Brian May discarding his customary multi-tracking, instead ...

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AUGUST 26, 1972: EVEN THE BEST OF TOP 40'S MUST BOOT A SONG!

Posted by powerpopclassics on August 26, 2014 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

After I took a quick glance at the Billboard chart of August 26, 1972, it was instantly obvious that this was one of the best Top 40's in all of radio history.  This particular week was loaded with songs that many of us associate with summer.  Almost as if this batch of hits from the AM days is a near perfect 70's summer playlist, so varied in content that it is hard to believe that all of these records were hits at the same time.

 

While I can’t say that I pe...

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AUGUST 22, 1981: ONE OF THE WORST TOP 40'S OF ALL TIME!

Posted by powerpopclassics on August 22, 2014 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Exactly thirty-three years ago today, Billboard Magazine published what became one of the worst episodes of American Top 40 EVER!  This particular chart was littered with Commerce Rock, Country Pud, and Failed Bubblegum.  In general, this group of songs was a dying bouquet of dull.  Limiting that week's "Chart Correction" to just one song is proving to be mind-boggling.  #3?  "I Don't Need You" by Kenny Rogers.  Ouch.  #13?  "Elvira" by the Oak Ridge Bo...

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OCTOBER 28, 1972: QUICK LUNCHTIME CORRECTION

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Exactly 44 years ago, October 28, 1972, "From The Beginning" by Emerson, Lake & Palmer peaked at #39. Not bad, but this gem deserved much better. Compounding the problem is that Chuck Berry was at #1 that week with his WORST song, "My Ding-A-Ling." INCREDIBLY, Elvis Presley's "Burning Love" was blocked at #2 by Chuck Berry's sub-standard novelty record. Luckily, we are here to help. Chuck, we will trade you some better chart positions during the late '50's and early '60's for a #39 peak f...

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