The Coolest Thing You’re Likely to Find For Quite a While

We found this on Maetenloch’s Overnight Open Thread.

It’s a thingy that lets you listen to excerpts of every song that was on Billboard’s Top 100 in any given year from 1940 until today.

Enter any year you like and let memory suck you in.

What we found most interesting was choosing the year we were born and finding that almost all of the songs of that year happened to be favorites of ours later in life.

From a year that we were barely born and thus could not possibly have any memory of it.

The only thing that could make this site better would be for somebody to make one where you can listen to the full versions. We’d pay through our nose for that!


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May 30, 2012 08:19

1947 was a very good year. :em01:

May 30, 2012 09:47

Actually, there is a little blue button on the top right of the page that says “Sign in with rdio to hear full songs”. And it says it’s free to sign up to rdio. Gotta be a catch, somewhere. Ain’t nuthin’ free except solar and wind energy.

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May 30, 2012 10:13

I plugged in my birth year of 1976 and found that though I was familiar with many of the selections, I actually liked only a few. By contrast, starting at 1940, I found that I enjoyed many more of the selections. I guess that’s what I get for being born in the middle of Disco. :em03:

May 30, 2012 11:45

Red Five: Disco is a scourge to the history of music. Although, while a cop, I worked off-duty jobs at local discos and enjoyed the fringe benefits, which were worth more than the $10 per hour they were paying us.

May 30, 2012 13:54

Blue Tango, not a bad song….me being hatched at the tail end of Truman in 1952…..

May 31, 2012 01:24

:em01: What a great site –I just had to listen to all of them from the time I went into the Navy (1965 ) back to 1940. Most of my favorites are from the 40s –I like the big band era. I passed this on to several of my friends–thanks.