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February 21, 2012


Tom D.

Very cool! A brilliant project. Love the crossfading. Can't wait to start reelin' in the years -- ten seconds at a time!


no linux version..


Hey Anonymous. Yeah...I should do that! If you're able to run things from the command line, the source code is included in both of those downloads. You run and it will try to find the necessary libraries on your computer and then run the program (running without arguments will show you how how the arguments work)...if you don't have the libraries, you just need to download SoX. I'll check with Fred to see whether we can make a Linux version. But yeah! All the tools are there.


Cool! But your "1967" mp3 link actually links to the 1968 clip.


So it did, Andrew. Thanks for pointing that out. Fixed.


Nifty! But the 1998 file is playing songs from 1996.


I just listened to the 1967 one, and it seems to be just the hits that made the top 10 that year--definitely not everything that made the top 100, which would have gone on much, much longer.


Ah, I see, I misread it--I thought it was every song that made the Top 100 during the year, but it's the top 100 songs of the year.


Nerak, fixed that! 1998 is an exceptionally great year too, would've been a shame if that were messed up.


oh cool! have you seen this project by shitmat where he is making songs using every uk number one single.


I dare anybody to listen to any year they were in college.


Hey Nostak, I was unaware. Thank you for sharing! I'll definitely be playing some of that on my radio show.

Xaos Fiftytwo

Nice little program - here is a Makefile to compile/install from linux source

CFLAGS=-Wall -I. -I/usr/include
LDFLAGS=-l sox

all: chartsweeper

chartsweeper: $(OBJECTS)
$(CC) $(CFLAGS) $(DEFINES) -c $< -o $@

install: chartsweeper
install -D -m 755 chartsweeper $(DESTDIR)$(PREFIX)/bin/chartsweeper
@rm -f chartsweeper *.o


'77 seems to have a few extra songs at the end... including Brick House, Heaven on the 7th Floor, Dreams, Life In The Fast Lane, and so on... They're '77 songs, but I wonder where they came from, since they're not in the top 100.


'95 is also out of order... Run-Around (#14) is #2, for example.


A couple songs were missing from the 1960 mix.

The version of "Bristol Stomp" on the 1961 mix is a re-recording.


Fantastic! Fantastic! Fantastic!


Cool project here... Takes me back. I listened to the 1999 one for about 10 minutes and knew every single song word for word; some of it I didn't realize was so old. Funny how into music we are when we'r ein high school.


Thanks, Xaos! That's amazing. I'll add it. My readers are the best.

Rapid Roy

Better be paying your ASCAP & BMI fees, and can you sell CD's with recordings of these cuts legally ? I don't think so.

Christoph Knüsel

Great work! Thank you ;)


A few corrections on the '76 file. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" by Elton John & Kiki Dee is missing at #2. "Fooled Around And Fell In Love" by Elvin Bishop, and "Convoy" by C.W. McCall are missing at #s 56 and 57. "Island Girl" by Elton John is missing at 65. Between #s 81 and 82 you played "Rock And Roll Music" by the Beach Boys - it's actually #62. And finally, you skipped "The Boys Are Back In Town" by Thin Lizzy at #87.

Scott Aramaki

The 1997 chart is the "American Top 40" chart instead of the Billboard chart, hence the absence of the Princess Diana "Candle In the Wind". Still a fine, fine year and an awesome site!


Awesome tool. Though I have a question about the source code for Linux installation. I keep getting a missing separator error for line 14. Just wondering if it was due to my inexperience or an actual typo? Cheers


Catlin, thanks for reporting this! I don't have Linux, so I can't test it myself. I do know that folks have been successful with Linux. However, one user submitted a few bug fixes that I've yet to be able to update - these shouldn't be fatal for you, however. One thing that's been tripping people up sometimes too is that with some versions the program fails if your file path or file names have spaces in them. ie, sometimes "my folder/my file.mp3" causes programs, but "myfolder/myfile.mp3" works. Try that? Hope you can get it running! Let me know if you have more problems.

Thanks to Scott and Sachmet and others who are pointing out flaws in my top-100 cuts! I'll fix these mistakes when I get the time, although it may be a while.

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