Billboard Top 20 1959-2016

Each song from each year is the number one song from that year's top 100 list. Location is based on the recording artist's home town.

2016

"Love yourself" by Justin Bieber

LOCATION: Stratford, Ontario, Canada

GENRE: Pop

2013

"thrift shop" by macklemore & ryan lewis

LOCATION: Seattle, WA

GENRE: Hip-Hop/Rap

2010

"Tik tok" by ke$ha

LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA

GENRE: Pop

2007

"IRREPLACEABLE" by Beyoncé

LOCATION: Houston, TX

GENRE: Pop

2004

"YEah!" By Usher feat. Lil Jon and Ludacris

LOCATION: Dallas, TX

GENRE: R&B/Soul

2001

"Hanging by a moment" by lifehouse

LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA

GENRE: Rock

1998

"too close" by Next

Location: Minneapolis, MN

GENRE: R&B/Soul

1995

"Gangsta's paradise" by coolio feat. L.V

LOCATION: Compton, CA

GENRE: Hip-Hop/Rap

1992

"end of the road" by boyz II men

LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA

GENRE: R&B/Soul

1989

"look away" by Chicago

LOCATION: Chicago, IL

GENRE: Rock

1986

"that's what friends are for" by Dionne & Friends

LOCATION: East Orange, NJ

GENRE: R&B/Soul

1983

"every breath you take" by the police

LOCATION: London, England

GENRE: Rock

1980

"call me" by blondie

LOCATION: New York, NY

GENRE: Rock

1977

"tonight's the night (Gonna be alright)" by rod stewart

LOCATION: London, England

GENRE: Rock

1974

"the way we were" by barbra streisand

LOCATION: Brooklyn, NY

GENRE: Vocal

1971

"joy to the world" by three dog night

LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA

GENRE: Rock

1968

"hey jude" By the beatles

LOCATION: Liverpool, England

GENRE: Rock

1965

"wooly bully" by Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs

LOCATION: Dallas, TX

GENRE: Rock

1962

"stranger on the Shore" by Mr. acker bilk

LOCATION: Pensford, Somerset, England

GENRE: Jazz

1959

"the battle of new orleans" by johnny horton

LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA

GENRE: Country

Observations

Each Artist's hometown mapped out using Zeemaps.com

Genre Transition

When looking at the top 20 songs, you can see the genre shift throughout the years. Earlier years (60's-80's) are mainly rock, while late 80's to early 00's are a mixture of rock, Hip-hip/Rap, and R&B/Soul. Late 00's are Pop.

British Influence

Evidence from the map above shows that British artists influenced the music industry from the 60's to the 80's.

other OBSERVATIONS

Where the artist was born/raised vs. the genre of music they create is not necessarily restricted to certain states or countries. Places like Los Angeles have multiple different genre artists that grew up there, not restricting LA to a place known for its pop or rock influence.

BIBLiography

  1. iTunes "Artist Info"
  2. "Charts - Year End." Billboard. Billboard, n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2016.

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