January 4, 1936

January4Today in 1936, Billboard magazine published the first pop music chart based on record sales.

The chart listed the 10 most popular records and became a weekly feature in 1940. The list fluctuated between 10 and 30 items, before growing to 100 in 1955.

The Hot 100 chart that we recognize now was first published on August 4, 1958.

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