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This month we spotlight the year 1971. These were the songs people were buying and radio stations were playing all over the USA, the Final Countdowns exclusive ranking of the top 150 songs of 1971.

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This month we send you back to the year we made “The French Connection”, we were introduced to Dingbat and Meathead and got to know the man that would risk his neck for another man. (Shaft!), can ya dig it?’s 1971. Right on. 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 44 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.


This week we bring back the 40 biggest hits for the week ending October 2nd, 1993, an archival countdown that features six debuts including the first top 40 hit for one artist in nearly 15 years.. Last week, Mariah Carey spent her 4th week at #1 with "Dreamlover" . Will "Dreamlover" hold on for a 5th week and become tied as the longest reigning #1 song in her career so far. 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.