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This hour we spotlight the 1990s. No radio station at the time would play this weekly countdown which surveyed the top songs across all radio formats. From the archives of the week ending May 22nd, 1993, these were America’s 40 Most Popular Songs.

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This month we send you back to the year that a young woman from Romania scored the first perfect 10 in Olympic history, we all collected those special quarters with the colonial drummer and cheered on the greatest boxing underdog of all-time, Rocky Balboa....the year, 1976. Using modern analysis of chart data from the time, we’ve come up with what we believe is the most accurate determination of the top 150 songs of that year. Join us in reliving or discovering for the 1st time what it was like to listen to the radio 39 years ago on The Final Countdown.

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The 1990's were a watershed moment for popular music in the U.S. The nation was rocked by the introduction of the grunge scene, the explosion of rap and the resurgence of a new country sound. With such divergent musical stylings, more and more listeners flocked to stations playing their kind of music to the exclusion of other types and the popularity of top 40 radio, the mainstay of American music for decades, waned. Radio stations that traditionally played the most popular songs in America and helped flourish the top 40 music scene splintered. They feared if they played a popular song of one genre it might alienate the fans of another genre. As a result no station played a countdown of the nation’s 40 most popular songs…until now.

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Trying to determine what the most popular songs in America were each week eluded most respected publications with so many radio stations becoming increasingly hard to characterize and the music industry progressively not releasing some of the decade’s most played songs. Using a complex algorithm analyzing chart data from various genres and including sales figures from multiple formats, the countdown we broadcast was the most accurate reflection of what was happening in popular music on a week to week basis.

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This week we bring back the 40 biggest hits for the week ending May 22nd, 1993, an archival countdown that features four songs entering the top 40. Last week, Whitney Houston fell from #1 after 4 weeks with "I Have Nothing" while "That's The Way Love Goes" by Janet Jackson became only the 5th song in the modern chart era to reach #1 in its 2nd week in the top 40. How long will its reign last? Find out as we count down the top 40 songs in America exactly 22 years ago this Friday at 8PM EST with a repeat broadcast every Monday at 8PM EST.