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!
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.
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.
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.
This section has two listings each from Blink 182, Green Day and Billie Eilish, but not their final song appearances. David Guetta checks in for one last time. There was a 'One' titled song at #257; suddenly we have three 'One' themed songs in a row (#244 to #242).
As we get higher in the countdown, it becomes apparent there are no more 'fluke' hits making an appearance anymore. Several '80s #1 hits bow out at this point, as do Nickelback. But for quite a few prolific charters here, they're not done yet, including Imagine Dragons and Britney.
Shock! Horror! Rick Astley has missed out on a Top 100 berthing The highest songs from Bryan Adams, TLC, Outkast, both artists at #98, Spice Girls and Kendrick Lamar are all found at this section. That's Natalie at #93... The highest song from a former Aussie soap star and the 7th highest Aussie song on this whole countdown.
The first 2 billion + streamed song appears in the countdown. Snow Patrol have the highest non-Top 50 ARIA weekly chart peaking song (#58). AC/DC score the 4th highest Aussie song (#52), but unlike Eminem, Adele, Ke$ha and The Verve, actually won't have just missed the Top 50.