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CHARTIN' TO THE OLDIES
When is Billboard going to start an oldies chart?
I know that the charts menu on Billboard.biz offers recurrent airplay charts for several formats, which rank mostly songs that charted on current-based lists fairly recently. How about, however, a true "oldies" chart reflecting much older songs, from pop and soul to rock, etc.?
Airwave Airplay (the name of my personal chart, which I kept from 1978 through 1995)
While there's no Billboard-branded oldies chart, our partners at Nielsen BDS do track airplay on oldies/classic hits stations. Here is a look at the most-played songs on BDS' panel of 50 such stations, including WCBS (101.1)/New York and KRTH (K-Earth 101)/Los Angeles, in the April 22-28 tracking week:
1, "Brown Eyed Girl," Van Morrison
2, "Margaritaville," Jimmy Buffett
3, "Drift Away," Dobie Gray
4, "Sister Golden Hair," America
5, "Still the One," Orleans
6, "Dancing Queen," ABBA
7, "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," Bachman-Turner Overdrive
8, "December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)," 4 Seasons
9, "Brick House," Commodores
10, "Rock 'n Me," Steve Miller Band
Please also feel free, Buzz, to write back with details about "Airwave Airplay."
It would be great to hear from you, as well as other chart fans who've faithfully chronicled their musical tastes by keeping personal charts over the years (a labor of love not unlike managing a fantasy sports team).
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