In July 2014, after 62 years as a sales-based chart, the Official Singles Chart began counting streaming data. This one change has revolutionised the UK chart far more dramatically than America’s Billboard Hot 100, which previously combined sales and radio airplay. “Radio slows down the chart so you have a happy medium between the passive listener and the https://www.wikipedia.org/ overactive listener,” says Chris Molanphy, a New York-based historian of the Hot 100. “Your chart is now a hybrid chart for the first time ever and that’s got to be total whiplash.” Mercifully, the rules were quickly changed to stop such a monopoly from happening again, and today no artist can have more than three songs from one album in the charts.
Studying a Top 40 from 1996 will tell you what was popular, from Oasis to The Prodigy to the Spice Girls, but a 2016 chart represents only the tastes … Read More