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Top Holiday Songs for 2010

As the first snow recently started dropping the base layer on ski resorts across the country, we all know that the Yuletide season is here. Christmas would never be the same without our loved ones and (of course) our favorite holiday music. Everyone has their favorite holiday tunes; here are the most popular of them all – are any of yours on our list? page_go Continue reading Top Holiday Songs for 2010 »

Top 40 Radio’s Top 10 Tracks

Taio Cruz number 1 in top 40 musicIf you have ever been a teenager (or if you’ve ever acted like one…), then you probably remember being enamored with the Top 40 hits on the radio.  But of those 40, the only songs that will matter in the long run are those from number 10 up to number 1.  You’ve probably waited through the countdown to hear the song on the number one spot.  Secretly you are hoping that it’ll be your favourite song.  If it is, you smile to yourself, anticipating the many times the number one song will be played in the next week.

This Week’s Top 10

  1. Taio Cruz – Dynamite
  2. Eminem – Love The Way You Lie (featuring Rihanna )
  3. Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me
  4. Enrique Iglesias – I Like It featuring Pitbull
  5. Katy Perry – California Gurls (featuring Snoop Dogg)
  6. B.O.B – Airplanes (featuring Hayley Williams)
  7. Jason Derulo – Ridin’ Solo
  8. Usher – DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love (featuring Pitbull)
  9. Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
  10. Drake – Find Your Love

Eminem and Rihanna top 40 musicThe Top Forty or Top 40 is the music industry’s way of determining the most well-known songs whether across all genres.  The top 40 list refers to the top selling or the most listened to songs or music from last week; this method of tracking the most popular music started in the 1960s and has continued up to today.

This list of the most popular songs can either be determined through a survey done by a publication or radio station.  Of the songs commonly featured in the top 40, the common characteristic is that most of the top songs have just been released or are relatively new.

The top listings are not limited to the number 40.  The number of songs on the listing may differ depending on the organization doing the tracking.  It can either be “Top 20”, “Top 50” or even “Top 100.”  The number does not really matter; all the list does is to determine the most popular songs during the current week.

The Top 40 is more than a list…it’s the basis for the playlists on stations everywhere. Want to hear some great Top 40 hits? Hit up 977music.com’s Hitz or Mix or Jamz Stations and enjoy some great streaming Internet Radio right now!

90’s Hip-Hop Music

Hip-Hop, also known as rap, is a musical genre that was derived from the hip-hop culture. It originated in the 1970’s in The Bronx, New York. Hip-hop became a famous musical genre because it allowed the urban youth to freely express themselves. The 1990’s were the Golden Age of Hip-Hop in a way, so let’s take a look back at the 90’s and reminisce about this genre’s success during that era.

Hip-hop in the 90’s was all about expressing politically conscious views in a manner that was smooth and effortless and was assisted by soft bass beats and melodic synthesizers.

In the mid-90’s, a rapid change in the hip-hop culture occurred, and some of the purists saw it as degenerating to the hip-hop culture. This rapid change was the transition into “commercial hip-hop”. It was slowly deteriorating what the emcees in the 80’s built – a culture of music, creativity, artistry and dance wherein they expressed themselves and delivered a clear and positive message to the world. page_go Continue reading 90’s Hip-Hop Music »

Country Radio: 10 Great Songs

Have you ever thought about what ten songs represent the best of country music?  If you will be asked to pick ten songs, which ones would they be?  Below are some of the country songs that we think would qualify for the top ten; they range from classic country music to mainstream country music and anything in between.

10:  ‘I Fall To Pieces’ (1961)

This is probably one of the greatest country songs of all time.  The melody and the timbre of the voice of the singer is what set this song apart from other songs.

09:  ‘Folsom Prison Blues'(1955)

Johnny Cash wrote this song while serving overseas in the US Air Force after seeing the movie Inside the Walls of

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Folsom Prison. Cover versions of this song have been recorded by Charley Pride, Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard and Brooks & Dunn among others.

08:  ‘I Hope You Dance’ (2000)

The greatness of this song is signified by the award it received when this song was released: the Grammy Award for Best Country Song.

07:  ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ (1949)

Part of this song’s appeal is that Hank Williams singing style immediately evokes the feeling of loneliness that he’s singing about.

06:  ‘The Dance’ (1990)

Aside from the music, the music video, which features a number of American icons that died for a dream, plays a big role in defining this song.

05:  ‘Crazy’ (1961)

Many artists have tried to recreate this song, but none of ever came close to the original. The night Patsy Cline debuted this song she received three standing ovations and the song became an immediate crossover hit, earning hit status on three different charts in the early 1960’s.

04:  ‘Stand By Your Man’ (1968)

This is one of the old time classics.  As proof of its stature in the country genre, the song has endured over the years and is still continuously played at weddings and country bars across the country.

03:  ‘I Cross My Heart’ (1992)

This song has been a sound track of a movie and has been No. 1 on the charts.

02:  ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’ (1952)

Written and recorded by Hank Williams and released after his death, this blues ballad is considered one of his greatest songs.

01:  ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ (1980)

This song really portrays how a man feels after being betrayed by his lover.  George Jones credits this song with winning him the Best Male Country Vocal Performance Grammy Award.

Obviously, not everyone is going to agree on the top ten songs…some of the songs that you like might have made the list and others might not have.  The bottom line is that we all have our own preferences.  But no matter how different we all may be, country music remains one of the greatest music genres with thousands of great songs to enjoy. Now that you’ve studied up, hop on over to our free Country Music Internet Radio channel and listen to some of these songs you’ve read about!

Top 40 Radio Explained

In the radio industry, a song’s popularity is measured by the demand for the song based on the volume of requests from listeners and sales. The Top 40 is one of the music metrics that tracks the most popular songs within a current week, month or year. Top 40 playback became a dominant radio format during the 1960’s and was persisted until the 1980’s.

You may be wondering how Top 40 works: what is the process, how does a song make it to the Top 40? I will try to explain it further. Each week, the 100 most popular songs are put into a chart by Billboard. The Billboard chart is based on a national sample of top radio airplay and music sales. The Top 40 songs are then extracted from Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

Airplay is the first process in determining the songs to be included in the Top 40. Broadcast Data Systems (BDS), run by Neilsen, keeps track of the airplay. BDS uses a certain technology called digital pattern-recognition to capture songs that are being played on radio stations and music channels all over the US and Canada.  This recognition process is run 24/7 and captures over 100 million songs annually; the data gathered is then used by Billboard in compiling weekly charts.

The second process used in determining the Top 40 songs is monitoring the sales of albums in music stores. To track sales, Billboard then uses SoundScan, another technology developed by Neilsen that keeps track of record sales all over the US and Canada. When we purchase an album, sales data from the barcode is passed to SoundScan; the stored data is compiled and published weekly.

The methodology of Billboard in weighting the compiled data has changed over time. In the past, they were using 90% airplay and 10% sales to determine the top songs. Now, they use 80% airplay and 20% sales because of shifting trends in how many people listen to radio versus how many people actually purchase singles.

Most recording artists’ goal is to sell albums, and for albums to sell, their songs must be popular on the radio.  Once a song hits the Top 40 list, a massive rise in album sales is generally guaranteed. Top 40 has been a measuring stick for album sales and the trend will likely continue. Not making the Top 40 does not say that your success rate as an artist will be low; not all musicians are after big sales after all. Some are contented with the money they are making and the little spotlight time they get.

Choosing Workout Music

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It is natural that you have some favourite songs that you listen to when you work out or exercise. Music can be good for relaxation, but by choosing songs with the proper tempo and beat characteristics, it also makes your heart beat faster and makes your body more willing to undergo the physical stress of exercise. Exercise is pretty much like dancing; who would like to groove without music? The same principle applies when you work out.

If you are a music lover, music is connected to every aspect in your life. You might have a favourite song for whatever activity you’re doing: waking up, cooking song, dropping off to sleep, driving and so on and so forth. If you love exercising and working out, then it just follows that you have a song or two for that as well.

3 “Top 40” Songs for Exercising

  • Keri Hilson & Lil Wayne – Turnin Me On
  • Hey Monday – Homecoming
  • Benny Benassi & Channing – Come Fly Away

These are all relatively new songs with a common characteristic: their upbeat tunes (which is the reason why a lot of people are choosing these songs as their favorites for working out). These songs help them to keep on moving and give them the push and motivation that they needed. But aside from these things, these songs offer something more which will be beneficial for their health.

The biggest advantage of mixing music with your workout is that up-tempo music helps to stimulate cardiovascular activity; if the music is good, it will not only stimulate you to do the workout but it will also stimulate your rate. Your blood circulation will be better and your workout will be more effective, resulting in enhanced weight loss.

For best results, note that the speed of the music should be from 118 to 122 bpm, or Beats Per Minute. Your workout playlist should also be designed to accommodate a full workout, starting slowly and allowing your body to adjust and adapt to the activity before increasing in intensity. After a warm-up period, the beat will increase and encourage quicker movements. After the workout is complete, the music should slow down again for a cool-down period to allow the body to relax.

Music has a lot of uses in our lives. We can listen to music if we want to relax. If a person wants to be energized and to be encouraged to keep on moving, music can be used as a cardiovascular stimulant. It helps when the gym that you are a member of always has good music playing in the background…if not, fire up your iPod Touch or iPhone and use 977music’s app to play your workout music.  Your mood will immediately be set. Adding music to an otherwise tiresome activity of working out and exercising will make a more worthwhile experience…it might even become fun.

3 Reasons to Stream Music at Work

Burned out from work? Are you looking for a way to relax, clear out your mind and escape for a while? If the answer to both these questions is yes, then it is about time to open your browser start streaming some music. It does not require you to leave your work station or take any drastic measures, but it will definitely give you the relaxation and break that you badly need.

If you have not yet discovered the joys of music streaming, then you are missing almost half of your life. Since you can do it online, it can be done anywhere as long as you have a computer and an Internet connection. Will you be able to do it at work? The answer is definitely yes.

There are a lot of reasons why you should stream music. But there are three reasons why you should stream music at work.

It relaxes you.

We all know that music has a way of relaxing you. So, if you are really stressed out from work, then you need to listen to music. Since it relaxes you, it frees you from stress as well. You might now be thinking how you will be able to do that at work. You do not have to be a gadget freak, your cellular phone does not have to be high end and you do not need to have an iPod. All you have to do is make use of your available resources. You have your computer and that will probably have an Internet connection. Just open up a search engine and look for sites which offer streaming. Go to that website and you can now listen to music while at work. 977music.com’s streaming stations are a great place hear whatever type of music you like; simply click on a station in the Stations list in the right column to get started!

It offers you the escape that you need.

Once you found the station which has your brand of music, all you have to do is listen. Music isolates you from the activity around you and allows you to concentrate fully on whatever you’re doing without being distracted by the antics of your co-workers. On the other hand, if whatever you’re doing is boring you to death and you need a break, you can close your eyes for a bit and think of a place that you would rather be at that moment. You can be at the beach, at a coffee shop or in your own room. You can be anywhere as long as you use your imagination. Music with the help of your imagination can transport you anywhere. You are still within the confines of your work station but your mind is already somewhere else. The fun part about it is that no one will ever know.

It is free.

Listening to streaming music online is available to anyone with a computer and an Internet connection. If you find that you don’t like the mix of music on any pre-made stations, you can create a personalized playlist that will allow you to choose the songs you want to hear and play them anytime. The best thing about all of this is that you do not have to pay for anything.

These are just some of the reasons why you should stream music while at work – no doubt you will discover more as you enjoy listening to music while you work.

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