Cool visual history: The evolution of music genre popularity in the Billboard Hot 100.

This moving graph takes us through the history of the singles on the Billboard Hot 100, breaking things down by genre and year. It’s a fascinating look at how the popularity of specific types of music waxed and waned since 1958.

I don’t remember rock being that popular in the Top 40 in 1983, but I stand corrected.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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