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Top of The Pops (Charts)

Look back on what was ruling the radio airwaves and selling albums each week in the past

Radio Hits in September 1964: The Sun Was Rising

The Top 10 during this week on Chicago’s WLS featured some of classic rock’s most enduring songs from several British Invasion acts

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The 44 (Count ’em!) #1 Singles of 1974

We’ve recently introduced another way of looking at the most popular music for a given year. The topic, as you know by the headline is singles and while we have done stories on the biggest hits of the year, this

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The #1 Albums of 1971: 14 Stories

The year was marked by great releases by the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, and others. But the sales chart was dominated by a singer-songwriter

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Radio Hits in September 1973: The Mountain is High

Five all-time classic rock hits were in the Top 10 this week in 1973 on Boston’s Top 40 station WRKO. Could it get any better than this?

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The 11 #1 Albums of 1979: Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song

As we closed a decade, LPs from Fleetwood Mac, Michael Jackson, ELO, and Styx were among those that missed the top. The stories of those that made it…

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Radio Hits in September 1971: No Foolin’

Some all-time classics by Rod Stewart, the Moody Blues and The Who were still climbing the chart while the Top 10 had a mix of pop, soul and rock favorites

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The #1 Albums of 1975: Aye Aye, Captain

Only one artist had an album that spent more than five weeks at the top. That same superstar had three chart toppers that year, totaling 15 weeks in all

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#1 Singles of 1968: Those Were the Days

Five songs stayed at the top for 4 weeks or more. And thus, only 23 singles reached #1 in the U.S. that year. Ironically, 1968’s biggest was also its worst

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Radio Hits in September 1972: Hold Your Head Up

This week on Los Angeles’ Top 40 KHJ included some all-time classic rock greats including hits by the O’Jays, the Raspberries, Moody Blues + Three Dog Night

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‘Rumour’ Has It: Only 5 Albums Were #1 in 1977

Albums from two of rock’s biggest names accounted for 43 of the year’s 52 weeks, a staggering total. They remain among the biggest sellers of all time

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