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What's the shortest number one chart hit?

The shortest chart topper for the UK Singles Chart is Adam Faith's "What Do You Want?", clocking in at 1:38. It spent three weeks at number 1 beginning the week of December 4, 1959. In the US, the ...
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How does Billboard assign songs to its various charts?

Interesting question. From what I could find; in the end it comes down to a chart manager. The Billboard wiki page mentions the following: "What separates the charts is which stations and stores are ...
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Why is rock music not on the charts anymore?

Well, this may be semantics, but rock music continues to have its own charts -- several of them, in fact. If the question is "why is rock music not at the top of the Billboard pop charts?" then I ...
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Did Queen make any new best sellers after Freddie Mercury's death?

They made the last Queen album Made I Heaven in 1995 using Freddie Mercury's last vocals. Amongst awards, certifications and singles in the top charts, Made In Heaven received, in US a RIAA Gold ...
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What song has had the most versions that have made the singles charts?

I think Shocking Blue - Venus. It's been covered a number of times successfully: Original Stockley Sisters (1976) Yōko Nagayama (1986) Bananarama (1986) Seduced (2004) Arguably, the two most ...
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Why are instrumental chart toppers not as common as in the early days of the pop charts?

It's a very limited data-set given that we're only looking at #1s. However, given the fact that they were most predominant in a couple of decades (60s and 70s) I think it's fair to speculate that it's ...
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What song has had the most versions that have made the singles charts?

Yesterday - The Beatles From Wikipedia Yesterday is one of the most recorded songs in the history of popular music; its entry in Guinness World Records states that, by January 1986, 1,600 cover ...
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Why are there so many "featurings" in released singles nowadays?

This is a mix of my humble opinion and the result of some research: During the 80s decade the boundaries between pop, R&B, rock and rap started to be less strict, for example: A R&B and ...
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Longest song recording that hit the charts

I searched for "American Pie Duration" and in the Google results I saw "is the fourth longest song to enter the Billboard Hot 100, at the time of release it was the longest". Wikipedia then had a ...
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What song has had the most versions that have made the singles charts?

'Unchained Melody' seems a potential winner with the following UK chart successes Jimmy Young (1955) Al Hibbler (1955) Les Baxter (1955) Liberace (1955) Righteous Brothers (1965 & 1990) Robson &...
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Longest song recording that hit the charts

I was sure it would be Don McLean's "American Pie" weighing in at eight minutes and thirty-six seconds - The single had to be split into two parts but it did chart as one piece. But recently ...
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What song has had the most versions that have made the singles charts?

I Think imagine by John Lennon has made many hits throughout the years up until now. The song have been recorded each and every year and it has made many hits in the charts. Title Performer ...
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What song has had the most versions that have made the singles charts?

The Loco-Motion hit #1 twice and by Little Eva and then Grand Funk Railroad and then hit #3 by Kylie Minogue. For big hits charting multiple times I do not know of any more successful cover versions ...
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What song has had the most versions that have made the singles charts?

Although Yesterday is indubitably the most recorded song, I haven't seen any evidence that it has hit the charts multiple times, perhaps because the original version is so definitive. Blue Moon, ...
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Why are instrumental chart toppers not as common as in the early days of the pop charts?

Honestly, with the involvement of technology in music, such as auto-tune, recording vocals is now a piece of cake. With this confidence, bands tend to add vocals in most of their tracks. And in the ...
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Longest song recording that hit the charts

In August 2019 "Fear Inoculum" by the band "Tool" charted in Billboard Hot 100 with a length of 10:21 (Position 93). As of October 2020 it's the longest song in Hot 100.
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Why are there so many "featurings" in released singles nowadays?

jcbermu's detailed answer seems pretty definitive to me but I'd like to add a touch of cynicism to something which seems, and probably is for the most part, a generally inclusive and valuable ...
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Are there collections/listings/ratings of "bad" music?

While I did see the Wiki one and it is posted in the comments. I was able to see a top 100 list that that differs some. I think while looking, that it really is a preference in what one would like to ...
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How do albums affect chart ranking of singles?

Album purchases do not count towards the position of singles, certainly on the US and UK album charts, anyway. Factors that do count: airplay sales of singles online streaming airplay of remixes ...
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What song has had the most versions that have made the singles charts?

In the United States, as of November 2016, the song "Hallelujah", written by Leonard Cohen, has seen 8 different versions enter the Billboard Hot 100, with 3 of those reaching the Top 40. I'm not sure ...

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