Top 40 Data
October 18, 2011 5:43 AM   Subscribe

The Billboard Wayback Machine is an interactive that lets you explore the Billboard charts spanning from 1964 to 2011
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posted by gwint at 5:43 AM on October 18, 2011

1964/65: 8/25 top tunes by The Beatles. I was 12 then, and kept track of the Top Ten. One week six Beatles' songs were in the Top Ten.
posted by kozad at 5:54 AM on October 18, 2011

Why would they not go back any further than 1964?
posted by HuronBob at 6:52 AM on October 18, 2011

Better rubber-band song: The Spinners, or Bill Withers?
posted by box at 7:44 AM on October 18, 2011

Oops, never mind--I was thinking of something else.
posted by box at 7:49 AM on October 18, 2011

I literally just creamed in my jeans.
posted by mrgrimm at 7:57 AM on October 18, 2011

I was hoping for old timey billboards from the highways in the 1960's.
posted by mccarty.tim at 7:58 AM on October 18, 2011 [1 favorite]

There are so many good things about the Internet all wrapped up in this nifty little application.

I had a feeling this came from More on the Whitburn Project.
posted by mrgrimm at 8:00 AM on October 18, 2011

Play with this now because it won't be around for long. Billboard's Top40 data (along with all their other data) is copyrighted and they are pretty zealous about defending it. It's very annoying.

The site's author mentions that he thinks this is "fair use". It's not, though. An analysis of the data would be fair use; but actually presenting all the songs and their rankings isn't.

I'm not defending IP here; it's really quite obnoxious that simple ranked lists that are presented far-and-wide would be copyrighted, but, well, that's how it is. The same thing is (or was) true of a lot of sports data compiled by newspapers.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 8:21 AM on October 18, 2011

Who were all those people who bought Roberta Flack singles and where are they now?
posted by mrhappy at 9:16 AM on October 18, 2011

July 21, 1990. The week Mariah Carey killed Madonna.

The end of dance pop and the rise of schmaltz ... but a quick strike back next year.

December 1991 to April 1992: Nirvana devours MC Hammer.
posted by mrgrimm at 9:32 AM on October 18, 2011

Holy shit - favorited so fucking hard.
posted by Joey Michaels at 12:47 PM on October 18, 2011

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