Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs (#8)

Welcome back to my countdown of the top 10 songs of all time, according to Billboard magazine during its 50th anniversary issue last month. If #10 went to Toni Braxton and #9 to Mariah Carey, the 8th spot belongs to the British act, The Beatles.

HEY JUDE was written in 1968 by Paul McCartney to comfort John Lennon's son Julian on the divorce of his parents (John and Cynthia). McCartney narrates, "I started with the idea 'Hey Jules, don't make it bad, take a bad song and make it better.'" The single entered Billboard's Hot 100 on September 14, 1968 (exactly 40 years and a day ago) at No. 10, but rose to No. 1 after just 2 weeks. It held the top spot for a total of 9 weeks, the longest that a Beatles hit would reign.

To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits from all 50 years considered by Billboard, earlier time frames were each weighted to compensate for the differences in the faster turnover rates during those earlier decades, compared to the slower churn that the hot 100 has seen in more recent years.

The countdown of the top 10 hits of all time continues soon....

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