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This month we spotlight the year 1978. These were the songs people were buying and radio stations were playing all over the USA, the Final Countdown’s exclusive ranking of the top 150 songs of 1978.

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This month we send you back to the year 1978. It was the year that the Camp David accord between Israel and Egypt was signed, Ron Guidry won 25 games for the World Series champions New York Yankees and everyone agreed, "Grease" is the word. 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 37 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 March 6th, 1993, an archival countdown that features 6 debuts into the top 40. Last week, Whitney Houston dethroned Duran Duran's "Ordinary World", the song that knocked her record-setting single "I Will Always Love You" from the top spot. She's back at #1 with her 2nd single from "The Bodyguard" soundtrack, "I'm Every Woman". Will that song be able to match her first release which spent 11 weeks at #1? 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.