The first thing to keep in mind, that this is all for fun.
The 'Hits' here are only hits in our virtual world. There is no connection to what was, is, or might be popular to the music industry. For all the songs that they played then, a small percentage is now call 'oldies'.
In the decade of the 60's there was 6896 songs that graced the Billboard Top 100. 1500 less entered in the 70's. (By the time of the digital 90's only 3440 made the charts, half of what charted in the 60's). Oldies Radio plays only a fraction of the songs, and very few are played that didn't grace the national top 40. So there is alot of forgotten music, especilly local hits.

A little history: RCA Victor unveiled the 45 RPM record in March of 1949 and the era of the 45s lasted 40 wonderful years, the 45 was the perfect music medium.

45's started off pretty cheap. And stayed that way for many years. Even when the price went up, you could always find stores that discounted 'last months hit" at three for a dollar.

45's had a A-side and a B-side. While in England 45's often contained songs that were not on the current album, in the US, in most cases, if a album had been released both sides were came from it.

While the length of a song on a 45 was usually two & a half to 4 minutes, there were hits, that were very short (Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs "Stay" clocked in at 1:36) and very long (The Beatles "Hey Jude" was 7:11)

In the 80's, the 45' starated to decline in popularity and by the early 90's it had disappeared from record stores completely

The Classic Top 30 Chart is dedecated to those glory years of the 45rpm record.

So for those who grew up in the sixties, viewing the page is like walking in to a record store and picking up the locally published Top 30 chart. Your presented with the Top songs of the moment. The store has those songs on those round little platters of plastic, and might have a few other titles lying around.
So while your best bet is to pick songs on the current list, we also take requests.

The rules for the Classic Top 30 are simple: Vote for Your Favorite Oldies and have fun......

Songs need to be 25 years old and was released as a publicly availble "single" (in either 45 or 78 format). *CD or digital only singles will not be considered*.

Preference is given to songs that charted in the North America or the UK, using for reference

Billboard/Cashbox charts( in the USA) or

Melody Maker/NME charts, (in the UK)

or in Canada on CHUM/RPM charts.

but, ANY SONG RELEASED Internationaly AS A SINGLE OR EP CAN MAKE THE CHART (other resourses will be used when availble).

A few songs recieved heavy airplay and charted on some local charts while never being OFFICIALY RELEASED as a single. These songs will not be charted, nor will promo only releases.

Only 1 Song per Artist will be charted in each weeks Classic Top 30. (positions 1-31) but solo performances will be not counted as part of the group. (This was to keep away from a all Beatles or Elvis Top 30)

Bubbling Under & Hitbounds will be uncharted songs below the Top 30 who have not been on the Top 30, or who's weeks on the chart were 5 or less and have been off the charts for 5 or more weeks. The number of songs listed will be from 3 to 19, but only positions 32-40 may be numbered, but the order may have no relationship to its "position on the chart!!!!".

A artist can have a song in the Top 30 and a song that is listed hitbound or bubbling under, and a artist can have any number of songs that are listed as Hitbound or Bubbling Under. But when one makes the Top 30, only one other can be listed has hitbound/bubbling under. (updated 3/11)

Votes for flip sides will not be counted with the charted song (I Am the Walrus votes will not be counted with Hello Goodbye votes)

The Same Song by Different Artists can be charted on the same chart. (Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix & Purple Haze by Dion)

The "Value" given to the #1 song on your list is equal to the total value given to all the other songs. [i.e. #1 is worth 100 points #2-40, #3-20 #4-15 #5-10 #6-5 #7-4 #8-3 #9-2 #10-1] (this is just a example of the point system, as it is adjusted by the number of the weeks voters)

If your #1 pick is not on the current chart, it will be automatically given a "Hitbound" position the next week. All others not on the current chart will not, unless, there are not enough songs to fill out the standard hitbounds/bubbling unders (which is usually 19 songs), then others will be added, in their listed order from everybodys chart (- i.e. before your #3 can be added, everybodys elses non-listed #2 would also need to be added) Note: The Maximum life of a song on the CTT will be 13 weeks. In the 11th week on the chart, a song will recieve a reduction in value, to simulate a natural decline.

[if there are errors in 'counting' weeks, additional weeks will be taken off for the end of year survey from the end of the songs chart run]

The rules for Classic LP will be:

  • Albums of material from the 50's 60's 70's & 80's only - the vinyl 33 RPM record era. [changed 2009 to include 80's]
  • The length of the list is 31 albums. This is subject to change at any time. [changed 2003]
  • Any number of Albums by the same artist can make the chart. [rule changed 2002]
  • Weeks are not counted for albums
  • Time on chart does not effect position.
  • The last album in the numbered chart will usually be a personal choice either from your votes, that did not make the chart or a pick of my own.
  • You may vote for up to 3 albums.
  • The value for each position is: #1=10pts #2=5pts #3=1pt

    Vote for your favorite oldies....

    send a email each week to the address below with your picks by Satuarday 6pm EST
    [email me]

    Check each week for a new Classic Top 30 (usually published on Sunday)

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