If you ever listen to pop music the radio, you’re probably at least familiar with the concept of weekly pop music charts. They often play as a countdown of either the top five or top ten songs on the chart that week and either samples or the entire songs are played.
Pop music is hard to ignore and even if you absolutely hate it, there’s a pretty sure chance that you have heard at least some of the songs on the charts. Pop music is everywhere and it’s a mixed bag of awful racket and some genuinely interesting songs that all somehow reach the zenith of popularity. While some songs may only be on the chart for one week, there are others which remain among the most popular songs for months on end.
This, after all, is how we judge the most influential bands and musicians – if a song remains on the charts for a long period of time, there’s a good chance that your grandchildren will know it too. It’s no trivial matter that names like The Beatles and Elvis Presley both found their way at the top of the charts for several sustained periods.
History of Pop Music Chart Day
It’s hard to come up with a working definition of pop music without the pop music charts, because it defies classification into a single genre. While it can be said that there is a “typical” style of pop music in a particular period and country, the songs that top the charts do often defy these bounds. That being said, pop music songs average about three minutes in length (optimal radio airtime) and are commercially produced. But ultimately it’s all subjective anyhow.
Pop Music Chart Day has been celebrated for years, and lifts up that most important of music yardsticks, the pop music chart, into the limelight it should be in. After all, without this innovation, how would we know what the best music out there is?
How to celebrate Pop Music Chart Day
Well, it’s Pop Music Chart Day… do you have headphones with you? Take them out and blast pop music over your speakers, because the very point of pop music is to be omnipresent, pervasive, and ubiquitous. If you’re in a Starbucks, there’s absolutely no reason why these people around you haven’t heard the latest hit single. You’re basically doing this as a free public service in honor of Pop Music Chart Day.