Top 20 Singles over the Past Half Century Across the Globe Olivia nini and emma dries

Over the years, music has evolved far beyond anyones expectations. With an increase in technology, music has been able to diffuse all over the world. Let's take a look at the past half century...

In 1965, the two top singles "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones and "Yesterday" by The Beatles were the number one singles on the Billboard 100 chart for four consecutive weeks (July 10 - July 31 and October 9 - October 30).

Where were the artists based?

Rolling Stones: London, England

Beatles: Liverpool, England

In 1970, the Billboard's top single was "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by the Simon and Garfunkel. It remained number one for six weeks (February 28 - April 4).

Where were the artists based?

Simon and Garfunkel: Forest Hills, New York City, US

In 1975, the top single was "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain and Tennille. The single stayed on the Billboard charts for four weeks (June 21 - July 12).

Where were the artists based?

Captain and Tennille: Los Angeles, California

In 1980, the two singles at the top of Billboard charts were "Call Me" by Blondie and "Lady" by Kenny Rogers. The two singles were at the top of the charts for six weeks (April 19 - May 24 and November 15 - December 20).

Where were the artists based?

Blondie: Miami, Florida

Kenny Rogers: Huston, Texas

In 1985, the Billboard's top single was Madonna's, "Like a Virgin." The single was at the top of the Billboard's chart for four weeks, from January 5th through January 26th.

Where was the artist based?

Madonna: Bay City, Michigan, US

In 1990, the Billboard's top two singles were, "Nothing Compare 2 U" by Sinead O Connor, and "Vision of Love" by Mariah Carey. The two singles were at the top of the chart for 4 weeks (April 21 through May 12 and August 4 through 25 respectively.)

Where were the artists based?

Sinead O Connor: Dublin, Ireland

Mariah Carey: New York City, US

In 1995, the Billboard's top single was Mariah Carey's, "Fantasy" lasting eight consecutive weeks at number 1 from September 30th through November 18th.

Where was the artist based?

Mariah Carey: New York City, US

In 2000, the Billboard's top single was "Maria, Maria" by Santana featuring the Project G. It was number 1 on the chart for ten consecutive weeks, from April 8th through June 10th.

Where were the artists based?

Santana: San Francisco, US

In 2005, the two top singles were "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey, and "Gold Digger" by Kanye West. They were number one on the Billboard Chart for 10 weeks each from July 9th through September 10th and September 17th through November 19th respectively.

Where were the artists based?

Mariah Carey: New York City, US

Kanye West: Atlanta, US

In 2010, the Billboard's top single was "TiK ToK" by Ke$ha, lasting nine weeks at number 1 from January 2nd through February 27th.

Where was the artist based?

Ke$ha: Los Angeles, US

In 2015, the Billboard's top single was, "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, lasting as number one on the chart from January 17th through April 18th.

Where was the artist based?

Mark Ronson: London, England

Bruno Mars: Los Angeles, US

How has the hearth of popular music changed over the years?

In the 1960's, the Beatles and Rolling Stones dominated the music industry, but their power soon fell, as the music industry in America grew at the end of the Vietnam War (1975.) With America's newfound focus on the entertainment industry, American artists began to dictate popular culture. With the creation of MTV in the 1980's, the display of the music industry through multimedia allowed America to dominate popular culture. In recent years, shows like "American Idol" have allowed America to maintain its strength in the music industry. Countries all over the world have modeled these shows in an attempt to grow their own industry, however, America's multimedia innovations will result in it's domination of the music industry for years to come.

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