Themeweek: The Billboard Hot 100

Themeweek: The Billboard Hot 100

This week on MVD we launched our first Themeweek and to kick things off we wanted to celebrate the Billboard charts which 75 years ago took initial shape, although as we shall see it’s not as simple as that. The very first Billboard chart actually started in 1936 and for the next 20 or so years various charts developed tracking different methods of getting records heard. There was a chart for sales, a chart for jukebox play, and another for radio play. There was a ‘race’ chart which later became the R&B chart, the country & western chart, and others Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No. 19: The Billboard charts

The Tuesday Playlist No. 19: The Billboard charts

This week we are kicking off #themeweek here on MVD. We will have a post and playlist with out Top 40 Billborad No. 1 and much more activity around the subject through the week, however, for this week´s playlist we chose to stay on topic but a little to the side, we have chosen 15 songs from artists who have never had a number 1 Billboard hit. The playlist features artists such as Bob Dylan. Yes. Bob Dylan has never had a No. 1 single. He has had No. 1 albums, but not singles. “Like a Rolling Stone” made it Read more »

Freddie Mercury or Boy George: Who is the fairest of them all?

Freddie Mercury or Boy George: Who is the fairest of them all?

Two Divas: Freddie Mercury and Boy George. Two videos and the question: who is the fairest of them all? For the final one on one of the year, I chose two videos that made an impact on me when I was a child. Both videos were topping the charts in 1984 (I was 7 years old) and they are among the first music videos I remember. I adore both groups and songs and especially both front men so I thought it would be nice to end the year deconstructing them. “I WANT TO BREAK FREE” – QUEEN The song is Read more »