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How Music Taste Evolved: Six Decades Of Top Five Songs



Do you want to go back in time through music? I mean to go through decades of music thanks to this amazing animation called How Music Taste Evolved from Polygraph, which compiles every top 5 song from 1957 to 2016, for each day of each year.

Below the graph, you can pick the decade of your choice, and even the year you want, and look at the thumbnails of the Billboard top 5 songs appear, smoothly floating up and down according to their place in the charts. Meanwhile the top song is played, often just for a few seconds, that is as long as it stayed number one. Also on the right of the graph, a counter keeps track of total weeks at number one per artist.

This is an impressive amount of data elegantly presented. Do you want to know who was number one the day you were born? Just pick the year and let the year pass till it reaches the day you want.

There’s also a search button which allows you to check when any artist had a number one song at one point: David Bowie? He was number one in September 75 with ‘Fame’, and May 83 with ‘Let’s Dance’, Prince? Too many to list here.

But I must admit, I have totally forgotten about most of the songs which were number one at some point of my life, 90% of them are just,… well not very good! But when you let the animation scroll through the days, months, years, it sounds like an incessant brouhaha, the sounds of our lives.

Check by yourself here.

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