This is the most comprehensive collection of world music chart information
anywhere (that we are aware of). These lists bring together 500,332
individual chart runs (most representing many weekly chart entries, of course)
about the most popular 146,928 songs and 82,441 albums
released since the year 1900. This site combines 230 different data sources,
138 song charts and
92 album charts from
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Eire, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Italy,
Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US
as well as some global and internet based listings to give the songs
and albums that have topped the charts around the world for the last 116 years.
The source data includes all the hits of 36,523 song artists
and 21,968 album artists.
The site lists the top 100 songs and albums from most
years, as well as every song
or album that has been a hit anywhere for the top
1000 artists (including their collaborations).
Every entry includes a complete list of the charts that it featured in, and a complete
list of original sources is provided. There is also a complete list of the songs that were
number 1 for any month from Jan 1940 to Dec 2015 in the
USA, UK and a range of other countries. The site also supplies answers to the questions
of who were the world's greatest
album chart acts of all time,
some informed guesses about the 300 biggest selling
albums of all time and a whole host of other
Any data consolidation task of this size is a constant battle against the errors in
the original sources. The data is continually being expanded to add new charts,
correct issues and identify other interesting ways to look at the information.
This is version "2.8.0021", new versions
are released regularly. If you identify any
errors, or you have charts to contribute you can
It should also be noted that the approach taken here is very good for charts that are at least
10 years old, that provides enough time for awards, retrospective charts and sales to be accounted for.
For recent music (since, say 2012) a different approach is required. The site
//chart2000.com/ provides a better idea of the top albums, songs and artists
from 2000 up to the end of last month).
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There are also a number of pages here that discuss related topics such as
the way that the entries are scored, the source charts, how the artist's
profiles work and other frequently asked questions, such as: