Billboard Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Hot 100 with All-Time Charts and...

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Billboard Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Hot 100 with All-Time Charts and a Collector's Issue

         Chubby Checker's "The Twist" Most Popular Single Ever

         The Beatles Top The "All-Time Hot 100 Artists" Chart
NEW YORK--(Business Wire)--
Fifty years ago, Billboard unveiled the "Hot 100," with Ricky
Nelson's "Poor Little Fool" as the first title to top the chart that
would eventually become the standard by which all music releases are
measured. Today, Billboard marked the 50th anniversary of the Hot 100
by releasing special "All-Time Hot 100" charts.

   Chubby Checker's "The Twist" landed the top spot on the "All-Time
Hot 100 Songs" chart as the most popular single ever, while "Smooth"
by Santana featuring Rob Thomas, "Mack The Knife" by Bobby Darin, "How
Do I Live" by LeAnn Rimes, and "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" by Los
Del Rio rounded out the top five.

   The "All-Time Hot 100 Artists" chart--measuring all charting
titles by every act to appear on the Hot 100--was topped by The
Beatles followed by Madonna, Elton John, Elvis Presley and Stevie

   Complete versions of both the "All-Time Hot 100 Songs" chart and
the "All-Time Hot 100 Artists" chart are available on Billboard will also recognize these songs and
artists along with many other chart feats in a special Hot 100
Collector's Issue that hits newsstands tomorrow, September 12.

   Throughout August and September, Billboard has celebrated the
golden anniversary by releasing a series of Hot 100-related lists on, each marking unique achievements by artists and
titles over the past 50 years. These lists and the all-time charts
provide a historical overview of the Hot 100, the first-ever chart to
blend airplay data with retail sales.

   The Hot 100 has certainly kept up with the times, moving from
reported airplay and sales data to monitored airplay and
point-of-purchase sales information, tracked by Nielsen BDS and
Nielsen SoundScan respectively, in 1991. More recently, the chart
began incorporating digital download sales into its weekly
calculations in 2005 and data from Internet streaming and on-demand
music and music videos in 2007. An in-depth analysis of the chart's
first 50 years--with adjusted weighting for earlier years when the
chart had a faster turnover--results in a sophisticated methodology
that makes the "All-Time Hot 100 Songs" the first Hot 100-based
ranking derived from overall chart performance, without confining the
methodology to weeks at No. 1 or weeks in top 10. And, unlike all-time
lists posted by other music journals, Billboard's "All-Time Hot 100
Songs" and the related "All-Time Hot100 Artists" rank songs and acts
according to actual chart performance, rather than opinion.

   "Billboard broke the mold by creating the Hot 100 fifty years ago
and since then it has become a household name and industry standard,"
said Bill Werde, editorial director for Billboard. "We are thrilled to
celebrate this milestone with a music legend like Chubby Checker. If
not for pioneers like him, Billboard and the music industry as a whole
could never have become what it is today."

   "Billboard's charts department strives to make sure our menu of
charts stays up to date with the market, as illustrated by changes
we've implemented in recent years to the methodology of The Billboard
Hot 100," said Geoff Mayfield, director of chart and senior analyst
for Billboard. "Over the course of its 50-year history, the Hot 100
has distinguished itself as the world's most authoritative singles
chart and underlined Billboard's position as the authority on music.
The anniversary of the Hot 100 is a testament of our charts and
editorial teams' passion to provide fans with relevant and timely
information about America's favorite music."

   The following "All-Time Hot 100" charts are currently available on

   The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Songs

   The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Artists

   It's Only Rock & Roll: Top Billboard Hot 100 Rock Songs

   Gone Country: Top Billboard Hot 100 Country Songs

   Sweet Soul Music: Top Billboard Hot 100 R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

   Hits Don't Lie: Top Billboard Hot 100 Latin Songs

   Previously announced Hot 100-related charts include:

   Hot 100 Songs of the Year: 1958-2007

   Every No. 1 Song: 1958-2008

   Song With the Most Weeks at No. 1

   One-Hit Wonders

   Most Weeks at No. 1 By Artist

   Most Hot 100 Hits By Artist

   Most No. 2 Hits Without Reaching No. 1 By Artist

   Most Weeks at No. 2 Without Reaching No. 1 By Title

   Different Songs, Same Titles To Hit No. 1

   Same Songs To Hit No. 1 By Two Different Artists

   Most No. 1s By Artist (All-Time)

   To view the "All-Time Hot 100" charts or to order a copy of
Billboard's Hot 100 Collector's Issue, visit

   About Billboard

   Now in its 114th year, Billboard is the world's premier weekly
music publication and a diverse digital, events, brand, content and
data licensing platform. Billboard publishes the most trusted charts
and offers unrivaled reporting about the latest music, video, gaming,
media, digital and mobile entertainment issues and trends. Billboard
magazine is the flagship property for the brand, which also consists
of,, Billboard en Espanol, Billboard Chart
Alert, Billboard Information Network (BIN), Billboard Directories,
Billboard Books, and Billboard Licensing & Events. Billboard's many
strategic partners include Microsoft, Reuters, Sirius Satellite Radio,
Telemundo, Univision Radio, ABC Radio Networks, Azteca America, Cyloop
and Billboard sister companies Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen Broadcast
Data Systems. These partnerships leverage Billboard's proprietary
data, charts and information resources to develop broadcast
entertainment, digital and mobile platforms and contextual commerce
applications that expand Billboard's franchise and consumer reach.
Billboard is published by the Entertainment Group at Nielsen Business
Media, a part of The Nielsen Company, a global information and media

Dan Klores Communications
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