Gary & Trevor count down the top hits since Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart launched in October 1992.
Welcome to the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast, where each week co-hosts Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson, from the Billboard charts department, discuss why what's on the charts … is on the charts, while also looking at current chart action in a historical context for even greater insights.
This week, after counting down the top 40 of the weekly Billboard Hot 100 in recent podcasts from specific weeks in 1987 (in part one, with special guest Tiffany, and part two, with Debbie Gibson); 1996; 1997 (with Paula Cole); 2002 (with Kelly Clarkson); and 2007, Gary and Trevor recap the top 25 hits on Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart over the survey's first 25 years, dating to its launch in October 1992.
Among the elite smashes (based on a methodology that encompasses chart performance) are hits from Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and the chart's No. 1 artist over its 25-year history, Rihanna.