Re: Billboard: Hot 100 Turns 60
I don't know what criteria they used to compile that list, but boy, do I disagree with a lot! Eric Clapton is way down low with "Lay Down Sally", yet "Layla" was no where on the 600 list. There are countless others I don't agree with. Wow.
On Aug. 4, 1958, Billboard launched the Hot 100, forever changing pop music -- or at least how it's measured. Sixty years later, the chart remains the gold-standard ranking of America's top songs each week. And while what goes into a hit has changed (bye bye, jukebox play; hello, streaming!), attaining a spot on the list -- or better yet, a coveted No. 1 -- is still the benchmark to which artists aspire, from Ricky Nelson on the first to Drake on the latest. Which brings us to this hottest-of-the-hot list: the 600 most massive smashes over the chart's six decades. https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100-60th-anniversary