Do you know which song was the most popular for the years from 1890 through 2010? Do you know which songs were the most popular for each decade? This is where the Top 100 Songs of All Time can help out and provide you with this information.
If you were like me you probably listened to the radio and the countdown of the weekly top 40 hits on your local AM/FM station. We were glued listening to the radio to find out which song was the number 1 song for the week.
Some of you may remember going to your local soda fountain place and having to share a soda, shake or malt and placing a nickel in the jukebox to listen to your favorite selections. Wow! Doesn’t this bring back lots of memories? It does for me!
We are dedicated here in providing visitors like you with the list all-time top 100 songs for each decade from 1890 through and including the year of 2010. Besides this, we have other charts that may be of interest to you. We hope to become the source for chart history in different formats besides Pop. You will find Country & Western, and Instrumentals on how they ranked.
Check out the site, you will be amazed in the wealth of chart information you will find here.
We also have some information on the top vocalists and band leaders by decade and and how they ranked from 1955 through 2010. I think you will find this information very fascinating. Besides the top vocalists and band leaders of each decade, you may find interesting on how they became famous. Some of these include: Usher, Madonna, Carpenters, Connie Francis, Elvis Presley, Beatles, Perry Como and Stevie Wonder just to name a few.
Ranking System Used
To determine the rankings for each of the top 100 song charts, the following criteria was used:
- Highest peak position.
- Number weeks at the peak position.
- Total number of weeks charted in the top 10.
- Total number of weeks charted in the top 40.
- Total number of weeks charted.
Example: A song that was number one for 5 weeks will rank higher than a song that was number 1 for four or less weeks. Similarly, if both songs were #1 for the same number of weeks, the song that had the most number of weeks in the top ten breaks the tie or the top 40 and then by most weeks charted.
In my judgment, this is the only fair and true way to determine which song really was the most popular. This is because the songs were ranked by total sales throughout the nation.
Resources Used For The Charts
The following resources were used to compile the various top 100 song lists with links to purchase them for your library:
- Joel Whitburn’s “Top Country Singles – 1944-1997“
- Joel Whitburn’s “Billboard’s top 3000 plus, 1955-1987“
- Joel Whitburn’s “Joel Whitburn Presents Billboard’s Top Pop Singles 1955-2010“
- Joel Whitburn’s “Pop Memories 1890-1954: The History of American Popular Music“
- Joe Whitburn’s “Pop Annual 1955-2011“
- Joe Whitburn’s “Billboard Hot 100 Charts – The Sixties“
If you want to purchase any of the songs you can check out the Top 100 Hit Songs on CD. You will be able to buy CD’s and MP3 for some great music.
The Top 100 Song Chart Lists
Below you will find the Top 100 Songs by decade. Just select the decade of interest by clicking on it and you will be taken to the page where the chart resides.
- Top 100 Songs 1890-1899
- Top 100 Songs 1900-1909
- Top 100 Songs 1910-1919
- Top 100 Songs 1920-1929
- Top 100 Songs 1930-1939
- Top 100 Songs 1940-1949
- Top 100 Songs 1950-1959
- Top 100 Songs 1960-1969
- Top 100 Songs 1970-1979
- Top 100 Songs 1980-1989
- Top 100 Songs 1990-1999
- Top 100 Songs 2000-2009
- Top 200 Country & Western Songs 1944-1988
- Top 100 Instrumental Songs 1890-1954
- Top 100 Instrumental Songs 1955-2010
- Top 100 Instrumental Songs 1940-1987
- Top 250 Songs Of All Time 1890-2010
- Top 200 #2 Songs 1955-2010
New Top Ten Charts
It’s our goal to make this site the one stop place for popular music chart information. In this effort, knowing how well a song did in the Top Ten seems very interesting to us. So, we will be adding new charts covering the top ten songs week by week for the years 1955 through 1979. These charts will include the activity of each top ten charted song as they were published week by week and the date of the chart, song title, number of weeks in the top ten.
If you are a fan of the Rock N’ Roll Era, then following the songs history in the top ten should help. If you like to follow how a song moved in and out of the top ten, check out the charts below. They cover the years 1955 through 1969.