The week of Oct. 3, 1992, Billboard premiered the Pop Songs radio airplay chart, as then-new Nielsen BDS-based monitoring technology allowed for unprecedented accuracy in gauging the biggest hits on mainstream top 40 radio.
Twenty years later, we're celebrating the anniversary by counting down the top 40 artists on the Pop Songs chart over the past two decades. We're also mixing in memories from those working in the format, on both the radio and records sides.
This week, Chart Beat is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart.
Tuesday, Oct. 2: Analysis: How Lady Gaga, Katy Perry And Rihanna Came To Dominate Top 40 Radio
Yesterday, Oct. 3: The Top 100 Pop Songs 1992-2012, From No. 100 To No. 1
Today, Oct. 4: The Top 40 Pop Artists 1992-2012, From No. 40 To No. 1
And now, the biggest acts on Billboard's Pop Songs chart over the list's first 20 years ...
THE TOP 40 POP SONGS ARTISTS 1992-2012, Nos. 40-21: