“The Twist” by Chubby Checker is still the Billboard Hot 100’s all-time top song but there are some additional twists in the rankings of the top songs and artists since the last time we celebrated a milestone in the chart’s storied archives.
In 2008, Billboard looked back at the Hot 100’s first 50 years, dating to its premiere the week of Aug. 4, 1958. Upon its launch, Billboard branded the chart as “the fastest, most complete and most sensitive index to the popularity of recorded music in America.” Fifty-five years later, the tally has transformed from a measurement of radio airplay, sales of 45s and jukebox activity to one of airplay, digital (and minimal physical) sales and online streams.
While 55 years has brought major change to the chart’s methodology, even the past five years have seen a swell of rising artists make their mark, while new (party rock) anthems have likewise taken their place among the Hot 100’s all-time top songs.
And through it all, a song that made history more than five decades ago remains the Hot 100’s No. 1 title.
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