Historical Billboard Charts Online?

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First of all, I've googled and searched ILM to no avail in pursuit of an answer to my question. Second, has anyone created an acronym or shorthand to express the previous sentence in a quick and easy way? Third, if not, why?

Fourth, and the actual raison d'etre of this post: Can a listing of the Billboard Charts through the ages be found online, or must I shell out for an actual book?

Heidy- Ho, Monday, 16 May 2005 03:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I've wondered the same thing and from what I've found, you've got to shell out for a book. They make decent money off book sales and licensed usage of the charts, and I think that they must have decided that to put all the info online for free made no sense.

Dee Xtrovert (dee dee), Monday, 16 May 2005 03:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Billboard Hot 100, Top Country, and Top R&B are all available as playlists on iTunes, sorted by year, available through 1946... dunno how they sorted them exactly, since didn't the R&B and country ones change names several times?

Brandon Mitchell (A.H.), Monday, 16 May 2005 04:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

oh, I didn't look closely though.
Those charts are of course incomplete because iTunes doesn't have all the tracks in its database (often about 60-70% there).

Brandon Mitchell (A.H.), Monday, 16 May 2005 04:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I don't know why Billboard (or Guinness in the UK) don't develop an online package - buy it in the shop, install it and all the data's on there, automatically updated weekly. On a basic research level it would be useful to have individual weekly charts from the past available in this way; the Guinness week-by-week Top 40 book doesn't seem to have had a reprint since 1995.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Monday, 16 May 2005 07:01 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Alternatively, get the service provided (again with weekly updates) for a small monthly sum. Would probably make a lot more money than the books.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Monday, 16 May 2005 07:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

they do that already

j blount (papa la bas), Monday, 16 May 2005 07:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

this is a useful link for chartz

http://www.alaskajim.com/

ZionTrain (ZionTrain), Monday, 16 May 2005 13:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

I'm horrified to be reminded of "Smooth", I think I've actually managed to make it 6 months without hearing it. Sad to think that Rob fucking Thomas is second only to Chubby Checker on an all time pop chart list.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 21 November 2008 16:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

nine years pass...

Is there a way to access historical billboard charts that are not just the top 100? like the R&B chart from any particular year, or maybe charts from non-anglophone countries (is there such a thing?)
i am looking especially for the 70s-80s-90s

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 15 April 2018 22:25 (six months ago) Permalink

thank you! bonus: i have been reminded of "da butt" and that i have the 12" single of "da butt" somewhere on my shelves

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 15 April 2018 23:44 (six months ago) Permalink


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