Fascinating - listen to the evolution of pop music

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topofmurrayhill

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This web app is like a musical time machine. Go back to the year you were born or any period you like and hear what the top of the charts sounded like in a continuous chronological medley. It goes to 1997 when you start it but you can select the year at the bottom.

One interesting time trip I can suggest is to go back to 1963. It's actually not that inspiring a year, but listen until it hits Feb 1964 and everything changes. It gave me goosebumps. And the Beatles seemed to trigger a transformation in musical tastes so that the quality of music at the top of the charts skyrocketed for years.

If you're interested in music, try it out. Have fun.

http://polygraph.cool/history/
 

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That's fun! I listened through some of the 80s and remembered in horror the over-packaged commercialism of synthesizers ruining what could have been good songs. But they were catchy!

I liked the http://poly-graph.co/timeless/ portion that measures songs by current plays on Spotify to categorize timelessness. My musical tastes don't lean to pop so I haven't heard many of the current ones, but it's interesting to see what people are currently listening to from decades past.
 
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