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Forum - Other Charts: Australia - Non ARIA - Top 1400 project - #WellKnownHits (1980 to 2020)

I've been inspired to put together a grand countdown of popular hits, after an Easter long weekend of listening to similar 'best of' countdowns and concepts on radio such as 40 years of hits over 40 hours.
These countdowns are always subject to a lot of discretion by the person or team putting them together, but they do celebrate taking stock of the many wonderful (or not so special) songs from over the years.
The 40 years of hits concept awakened my nostalgia, so I have chosen the time period between the rounded years of 1980 and 2020 to formulate a countdown.
This will be my own project and is a complex one, but by deciding some key parameters on how this will work, that makes the task easier, rather than allocating seemingly subjective rankings (you may have heard my dartboard comment in the past).
The thread is titled #WellKnownHits, which is kind of the same as popular. Other terms I was thinking of such as memorable and familiar also apply, but perhaps "well-known" also aligns the countdown to chart success. That is at least half of my intention here. I find a good epic greatest hits countdown is not too restrictive on its chosen genres, but that is going to happen on many radio stations or publications. Indeed that will happen here, as linking some of the chart methodology to ARIA/AMR chart success does restrict more fringe genres. Covering 4 decades of music will encourage more variation though, and I'll build that into the design of the countdown.
I'll explain more of what to expect next weekend. In the meantime I am working on my shortlist of songs. In keeping with the theme of "40" (well, 41 years actually in this case), a Top 1400 is getting close to 40 songs per year, so I have somehow locked in on that size. I can also reveal that Spotify plays will be brought into the calculations, with weightings so it is not slanted just towards the late 2010s.
The countdown itself will probably start very late in the month (over several weeks). Get set for a nostalgic journey soon!

A snippet of my workings. I've shortlisted 9 years so far, and am currently working on the year 2014. More down the track...

https://i.ibb.co/Z1yQfjc/pic1.jpg
Idea sounds cool, dave. There should be at least a decade and a half of good music in there
A bit pre-mature wouldn't you say, the hits of 2019 are still winding up their runs

Otherwise 👀
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Haha, good point there Hijinx. It's fair to say they're well-known already.
I can confirm the songs on the ARIA Top 50 as of a month ago with at least 30 weeks on the board have made the shortlist.
You should like at least 1/3 of whatever songs make the list then Jesse.
Look forward to seing it Dave
Here's a progress update. I'm near half way through the checklist. Year 2000 just now was agonising (but also fun) to keep to the 40 song limit.

https://i.ibb.co/qkYz6Hq/pic2.jpg

For those interested in the chart methodology, here's some light reading

https://i.ibb.co/chZqy89/pic3.jpg

My yearly shortlists are not the definitive final lists, but will be the starting point for the countdown, as I continue to seek out possible alternate qualifiers.

If anyone knows how to get latest Australian user only Spotify play counts I'd be glad to hear. But this would have to be very recent data and cover most of the 40 years of songs. I'm thinking this isn't available as live data, but let me know if anything is accessible?
I'm chipping away at finalising the last few years lists and am realising there's still lots of stats to put together. So I am now aiming for a countdown start on the weekend of 8th May.

Here's a couple of more facts to know about what makes up this countdown:

* Artists are restricted to up to 2 songs per year. This includes duets, but excludes collaborations or where the artist is credited as a feature only.

* Songs will be continually represented across the decade groups '80s, '90s, '00s and '10s+. As each section of the countdown is posted (usually 20 to 30 songs at a time), no group can exceed 30% of all the songs 'left to go' in the countdown. Also groups cannot be less than 20%. For example, this means when we're at the final 40 songs, the range of songs in that Top 40 will be somewhere between 8 and 12 songs per decade group.

What is a hit?

There's no definitive answer to that. But for the purposes of this countdown, songs that charted in the weekly Top 20 on the ARIA/AMR or NZ charts have a good chance of appearing.
For any other songs, I've decided at least 3 of the 4 following conditions must be satisfied for a possible Top 1400 entry:
* Top 100 peak on the weekly ARIA/AMR charts.
* Top 20 appearances in the weekly charts of at least 2 associate countries of this website - with that chart run occurring near its release year.
* Song is a track on an ARIA end-of-year Top 20 album. Greatest Hits albums (years after) are allowed.
* Song has at least 8 English reviews as displayed on this site. It doesn't matter if they're rated highly or not.

Here we go...
I won't be posting much in the way of commentary, but will make some statistical comments as we get further into the countdown.
Maybe you'll make some song discoveries along the way.

I'll also be including the five highest Spotify plays and last.fm listener stats in each table section. Enjoy!

#TitleArtistYearAus PeakSpotifyl.fm
1400ChainsTina Arena19944  
1399CherishKool & The Gang19858  
1398CambodiaKim Wilde19827  
1397Light Surrounding YouEvermore20061  
1396One Call AwayChingy20045  
1395Go WestPet Shop Boys199310  
1394Only Wanna Be With YouHootie & The Blowfish199540 257,000
1393Show Me HeavenMaria McKee19903  
1392My HappinessPowderfinger20004  
1391There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)Eurythmics19853  
1390XanaduOlivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra19802  
1389StoleKelly Rowland2002-032  
1388Secret Love SongLittle Mix feat. Jason Derulo201616396,383,300 
1387When It All Falls ApartThe Veronicas20067  
1386Sweet DreamsLa Bouche19968  
1385StargazingTravis Scott201810499,273,500 
1384Whataya Want From MeAdam Lambert20104 371,500
1383Keep The FaithBon Jovi199210  
1382St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)John Parr19854  
1381Unskinny BopPoison19907  
1380Talk Is CheapChet Faker20146140,076,400275,100
1379EscapeEnrique Iglesias20027  
1378DreamloverMariah Carey19937  
1377Bad ThingsMachine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello201722525,043,200 
1376It GirlJason Derulo20113240,126,600 
1375Always Something There To Remind MeNaked Eyes19837  
1374Till The World EndsBritney Spears20118 468,200
1373CreamPrince & The New Power Generation19912  
1372Have A Nice DayBon Jovi20058 294,400
1371Holdin OnFlume2012-1317  

#TitleArtistYearAus PeakSpotifyl.fm
1370On Bended KneeBoyz II Men1994-957  
1369LukaSuzanne Vega198721 315,300
1368Let's Get MarriedJagged Edge20012  
1367Young TurksRod Stewart19823  
1366RaptureBlondie19815 268,000
1365BonkersDizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden200913  
1364WorkKelly Rowland20086  
1363If You're GoneMatchbox Twenty200018  
1362Hey BabyNo Doubt2001-027 299,600
1361So YesterdayHilary Duff20038  
1360BraveSara Bareilles20143205,977,300 
1359Never Ending StoryLimahl19856  
1358NoMeghan Trainor20169347,405,400 
1357UrgentForeigner198124  
1356Tonight TonightHot Chelle Rae20117  
1355My DeliriumLadyhawke20098 334,600
1354New Year's DayU2198336 498,900
1353LegsZZ Top19846  
1352Let Her CryHootie & The Blowfish19954  
1351Rhythm Is A DancerSnap!19923  
1350Feel This MomentPitbull feat. Christina Aguilera20136284,627,300 
1349Ghost TownAdam Lambert20152239,612,400 
1348Livin' It UpJa Rule feat. Case2001-026  
1347All RiseBlue20013  
1346Hold On TightElectric Light Orchestra19815  
1345I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)Aretha Franklin & George Michael19871  
1344My PeopleThe Presets200814  
1343ViennaUltravox198111  
1342AlarmAnne-Marie20167317,395,200 
1341Stuck On YouLionel Richie198424  


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