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The Highly Compressed History Of Number One U.S. Pop Hits

Five seconds of every number one U.S. chart-topping pop song ever?

Why, yes, here it is, in two parts. Budget about an hour and a quarter to listen to them all:

Five Seconds Of Every #1 Pop Single Part 1 by mjs538

Five Seconds Of Every #1 Pop Single Part 2 by mjs538

That’s from a post by Matt Stopera at Buzzfeed. The source appears to be, which posted it a while back, via Part two picks up with “Down Under” by Men at Work, in case you’re trying to figure out timing of the two pieces.

If you are a pop music aficionado, you will enjoy this. If you are me, your memories of the songs — not as oldies, but as then-current on the radio — will go back uncomfortably far. AM radio far.

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  1. Juan Felipe says:

    This is a special form of K-TEL tortu– i mean enhanced interrogation technique… you get to hear the 5 seconds of every earworm under the sun and NEVER get to hear the end of it in your head.

    And yet, it’s awesome.

  2. Tyler says:

    So I guess history ended in 1992? Where’s the rest? I was planning on testing my knowledge to see when I stopped knowing the songs.

  3. Wm. (Spacezombie) says:

    Never mind. Some of those later clips turned to ass real fast.

  4. Wm. (Spacezombie) says:

    I have no idea what the hell mPony is talking about.

  5. Wm. (Spacezombie) says:

    I guess I’m being too anal, but the clips aren’t strictly 5 seconds apiece. I know you didn’t make it. I’m just sayin’. Still very cool, though.

  6. Aric says:

    Oh I remember being rick rolled during the late 80’s. Back when MTV played videos.

  7. Deltus says:

    That was a solid piece of wonderfulness, right there.

  8. mPony says:

    I love the sound of the analog-cassette-tape source.

    For those of you wondering why the sound is kind of warbley and has those weird changes in speed at the start and end of the song pieces, that’s why

  9. Aric: That was life in August 1987. You’d get rick rolled every time you turned on the radio.

  10. Aric says:

    This was all one elaborate rick roll. Well played nerdist… well played. 13.18 track 2