5 Seconds of Every No. 1 Song Ever: Feast Your Ears on 'Chartsweep'!

whitney-elvisImage Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.com; Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesIf you want to give someone a history of American pop music in 75 minutes, you could do worse than “Chartsweep,” a massive compilation of every chart-topping single from 1956 until 1992 (or, more precisely, from Dean Martin’s “Memories Are Made of This” to Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”).

“Chartsweep” was originally created by pop music archivist Hugo Keesing, who based it off a syndicated radio show from his youth. We recommend turning up your speakers and letting pop history wash over you, paying particular attention to how certain trends come and go.

(Also, pay attention to how some people keep on returning to the top over the decades—Michael Jackson puts in his first appearance around the 22-minute mark, and then reappears triumphantly about twenty minutes later.) Listen below:

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  • Caiti

    wow. That might be cool if I didn’t have anything better to do over an hour.

  • “every number one song ever, but really only up until 20 years ago” is a more accurate headline.

  • Marissa

    That is awesome. This is perfect to listen to while studying (which I should be doing right now instead of reading EW.com…)

    • Ceri

      completely agree on that one. brilliant compilation and great to have on in the background. surprising how many of these i actually know really well.

  • Hans M.

    Garbage. Why do you even encourage the existence of such inane crap by promoting it? A sacrilege to decent music (which happily is not featured on much of this idiotic idea of a “mash up’).

    • music fan

      A) It’s not a mash up. B) I really like almost all of these songs, and I can understand why they were popular in their time. Just because they don’t suit your taste, you think they’re crap? That’s your opinion and valid, but you’re missing the big picture – it’s FASCINATING to listen to the whole thing and hear the rise and fall of certain trends. That is what most of America was listening to at the time, and it’s just an interesting way of presenting the evolution of music in this country.

  • PN

    This is a good idea to get the Autotuned driven music crowd to hear what music was like before and what influenced the current artists now. And it makes you wonder why some radio stations and their controlled tight music formats have a hard time balancing 4 or 5 decades of music in their lineups. When 1990, 2000 and 2010 started, I knew it was going to be a juggling match for stations to play all those songs at once, so this Chartsweep concept combines all the decades together without this fragmented, stranded, sequestered, divided feel.

  • Dana

    I really enjoyed it remembering all the way from kindergarten,Jr high,high school,college,and other major life events too bad they didn’t finish out the 90’s

  • victorvector

    very interesting–but noticed a few omissions (People Got to Be Free–Rascals, Hold On–Wilson Phillips) & a few out of order (Maniac & Sweet Dreams). also, the first one stops at Sunshine on My Shoulders (tried it twice).

    someone should extend this to the present…

  • Yada

    this is a total exact lift from the final hour of the original “History of Rock & Roll” 52 hour spectular produced by Drake-Chenault decades ago. I remember the original and the update 25 years later. It was great…….. and copywrited :)

  • DRG

    Um, the headline sayd “5 Seconds of Every No 1 Song Ever” yet the article indicates it only goes to 1992. Omitting the last 19 years hardly comes anywhere near close to being every No 1 song ever.

  • Hv

    Wow! This confirms it beyond a doubt. All the Whitney Houston songs sound alike.

    • Maria

      I don’t understand the Whitney comment. How does “I Will Always Love You” sound like “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”? LOL. If her songs sound all the same then I guess everyone’s do.

  • roy

    where I can find the titles of songs??
    please help

  • roy

    especially the minute 2:40 and 3:01 please please help someone knows it

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