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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

Top Albums October 1981: All Rock

Though Top 40 programmers stubbornly played songs by A/C acts, the top 9 slots on the US album sales chart were occupied by rock acts

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The #1 Singles of 1967, With Love

26 songs reached the top of the U.S. pop chart that year. And in many cases, there are some wild stories behind these rock, pop and R&B hits

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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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Radio Hits in October 1978: Kenny and Stevie Were Doin’ It

The Stones, The Who, Bob Seger, Billy Joel and Foreigner were all in the Top 10 this week but rock’s days were numbered in that format

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Top Selling Albums of 1968: Here’s to You!

Three acts had multiple albums among the year’s biggest, several of which are a vital part of any classic rock collection

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Radio Hits in October 1965: Seems Like Yesterday

A Beatles song – one of the most recorded songs ever – was #1 this week in 1965. A few months later an instrumental beat it for Record of the Year

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Radio Hits in October 1969: Gimme the Honky Tonk Blues

The Stones, Beatles and Elvis shared the spotlight this week along with some huge bubblegum hits. The full chart is about as good as it gets

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The 11 #1 Albums of 1969: CCR Were Rising

In a final year of the decade, three releases accounted for 33 of the year’s weekly chart toppers. The one with the most weeks at #1 may surprise you

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Radio Hits in October 1974: The ‘New Math’

The Best Classic Bands chart nerds noticed that this week featured 3 hits at the top with the word “Nothing” in the title: great songs by BTO, Stevie Wonder and Billy Preston

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Top Radio Hits 1969: Pour a Little Sugar on It, Honey

As the decade came to a close, rock acts joined R&B artists for an amazing array of future classic rock greats, and a Broadway musical yielded 4 smash hits

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