Billboard Magazine has released its Top 100 Songs – ever, listing The Twist as the #1 song.
The #4 song, and several others, never even hit #1. One only made it to #3.
Basically, if the song hung-around the hot 100 for many weeks, even in the lower echelons, that somehow made it an all-time great song. This highly distorts the rankings, favoring many songs from the 1990s and when the record labels were rigging the charts by controlling airplay and not releasing that many songs.
Billboard doesn’t even try to explain blatant inconsistencies between prior charts. For example, in 1980 when Billboard released the top 40 songs of the 1970s, way up near the top of the chart were Joy to the World by Three Dog Night and My Sweet Lord by George Harrison.
Suddenly, Joy to the World barely makes it at #100, and My Sweet Lord is simply gone. How does one go from top 5 for the entire 1970s to not even in the top 100?
Andy Gibb’s, I Just Want to Be Your Everything from 1977 is listed as #22 all-time. Are you kidding? That was nothing compared to Shadow Dancing.
When Billboard released the top songs of the 1980s, Every Breath You Take by the Police was listed as the top song. Now – only #25. Somehow, Endless Love by Lionel Richie has jumped way over to #13 all-time.
Bottom-line: Billboard has newly jerry-rigged its methodologies in a manner that makes it a joke. Anyone who has watched the charts over the years knows this is the dumbest hot 100 ever produced by Billboard.
The Twist? Great song. Hung around the top 100 for an amazing number of weeks, especially in comparison to other songs of its time. But only 3 weeks at #1, with minimal airplay or sales since its release. Definitely not the biggest song ever released.