Pop Music Chart Day

We dare to say that just about anyone who listens to pop music on the radio is probably familiar with the Pop Music Charts—a way to rate the most successful pop songs.

This is particularly relevant considering the term “pop music” is short for “popular music.” Many radio stations will do a countdown of the top ten songs on the Pop Music Charts or at least report on them.

It’s something that a lot of people keep track of, and not just during Pop Music Chart Day either. Anyone interested in pop music, or who is interested in the musical charts, can celebrate this holiday on January 4th each year.

The History Of Pop Music Chart Day

On January 4th, 1936, Billboard Magazine’s first Hit Parade was published. The following year, they introduced a guide to buying records. In 1940, a Chart Line was introduced that tracked the best-selling records. Both of these would become useful as the modern pop genre began to take off during the 1950s in the U.S. and the U.K.

Unfortunately, we are unable to uncover the origins of Pop Music Chart Day as we did with the origins of the Hit Parade. We’ll continue to try to research this holiday, but at this moment, it appears that its origin date is lost to history.

Some Quick Pop Music Facts

We can’t conclude an article on Pop Music Chart Day without taking some time to talk about pop music. Although we aren’t able to go over the entire history of pop music and its influence on our culture, we can go over some basic music facts that we think everyone reading will enjoy.

  • The term “pop music” became commonly used during the 1950s.
  • The Beatles are one of the first boy bands in history.
  • In the United Kingdom, over 180 songs have sold a million copies or more.

Observing Pop Music Chart Day

Pop Music Chart Day is a holiday that’s observed annually by simply taking the time to closely follow the “Pop Charts” for the day. That’s all that’s really required, although we suppose that people could also have a Pop Charts party for their friends and family members.

They can serve food and drinks, and play whatever happens to be “charting” for that day. Anyone who chooses to do that can use the hashtag #PopMusicChartDay to spread the word about this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2024)
January 4 Thursday
Next year (2025)
January 4 Saturday
Last year (2023)
January 4 Wednesday
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