The Big Picture: A Snapshot Of Timeless Titles

Taking a survey selfie.

Taking a survey selfie.

Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has been burning up the pop radio chart in the last year with three top ten hits in a row, like his recent #1 titled “Thinking Out Loud”, which spent a week at the top back in March. His latest single, “Photograph”, is now firmly in the top 20 on the CHR chart, which will likely become official on Sunday night. Interestingly enough, this means that this title has now placed in the top 20 at the format in four decades, a pretty impressive feat given all the titles that enter at any time. It’s not the only one to have accomplished this rare occurrence, however; there are, at least, two others from the data that I’ve been able to sift through. So, grab your camera and look at this through the chart lens, starting with the latest combination:

(Statistics are based on the combined archives of Radio & Records and Mediabase.)

“Photograph”, Ringo Starr (#1 for three weeks, November 1973)
Though not Starr’s first solo hit, it was his first of six (and the biggest of them) to reach R&R’s airplay survey during the 1970’s.

“Photograph”, Def Leppard (#16, April-May 1983)
This group from Sheffield debuted during what was dubbed the Rock 40 era. Their final CHR hit was “Promises” (#33) in 1999.

“Photograph”, Nickelback (#3, November 2005)
Love them or hate them, the four rockers from Alberta had many big singles, including this leadoff from All The Right Reasons.

“Photograph”, Ed Sheeran (#20 +, June 2015)
Of course, Sheeran’s fourth single from X is still bulleted and bound to go further up the CHR listing. It is also top 15 at Hot AC.

So, what other titles were able to land four top 20 entries in four decades? For starters, these two…

“HOLD ON”
70’s: “Hold On” by Ian Gomm (#16, October 1979)
80’s: “Hold On” by Santana (#8, October 1982)
90’s: “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips (#3, June 1990) /  “Hold On” by En Vogue (#11, July 1990) / “Hold On” by Jamie Walters (#4, April 1995)
00’s: “Hold On” by Good Charlotte (#16, February 2004)

“LET’S GO”
70’s: “Let’s Go” by The Cars (#8, August 1979)
80’s: “Let’s Go!” by Wang Chung (#5, March 1987)
00’s: “Let’s Go” by Trick Daddy featuring Twista and Lil Jon (#11, December 2004)
10’s: “Let’s Go” by Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo (#6, August 2012)

There are a few other titles that have landed four top 40 entries in four decades or four top 20 entries with the aid of a Hot 100 peak, like “Angel”, “Dreams”, “Happy”, “Hey Baby”, “Love Song”, “Stay”, “Without You”, etc. With that said, one of these could come back when we least expect it and alter the list above. We’ll see. In the meantime, if I’ve missed a song title or you just want to chat about the charts, comment below or click on the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks!

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