Most Popular Songs in United States during the Sixties
In 1936, Billboard magazine published its first music hit parade and four years later, the first music Popularity Chart.
In 1958, Billboard published its first Hot 100 charts. The Billboard Hot 100 is frequently used as the standard measure for ranking popular songs in the United States. If not stated otherwise, this website also uses Billboard data when referring to U.S. chart positions in the sixties.
The Billboard Hot 100 combined single sales and radio airplay, and as of 2005 it also includes paid digital downloads from digital music stores.
In the beginning, A- and-B-sides of singles charted separately. Starting with the Hot 100 chart for the week ending November 29, 1969, A- and-B-sides were listed together if both sides of a record received significant airplay.
The Billboard 200 is the corresponding chart for album sales and is also used on this website when referring to chart positions for LP albums.
Top Songs on Billboard During the Sixties