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Playlist Research Helps You Study Music, Radio and New Media

Welcome to the site that documents the history of music and the various media that delivers it to the masses, such as terrestrial radio, public radio, college radio and the internet. Playlist Research was created by radio programming veteran Alex Cosper in San Diego in 2007. It is now a vast resource used by media and music professionals, university students, reunion committees and fans.

The site is designed to give you quick access to time periods of the past century to study popular music for specific years. It is also full of in-depth articles about the music and radio industries featuring several interviews with industry professionals. Not only does the site document various music genres and radio formats in top U.S. markets, it's also a hub for exploring regional music scenes in America and around the world.

There are many ways to use the comprehensive information on this site. You may copy any of the information or articles on this site for offline use, but please do not duplicate any of the articles and republish them online, as linking to them as references is preferred. Quoting short passages is fine. Music lists on the site can be used however you want, such as creating your own lists or writing your own articles or reports about music history.

Educators, students, reunion committees, media professionals, DJs and music fans are encouraged to use this site for historical research. It took many years to compile this information, even long before it became a website. Annual music lists on the site came mainly from studying music trade publications, radio surveys and news articles. Several lists are not ranked in a scientific order, but generally reflect the most popular music of a particular year. In many cases the order is based on opinion from studying various charts, since "chart history" is debatable due to promotional factors beyond popularity that influenced national charts.

One of the main concepts behind the site is that it can help you assemble your own playlists for whatever purpose. Perhaps you need to put together a song list for a wedding, reunion, night club, school project or party. It's also helpful for cover bands to create setlists. When you love popular or indie music, this site has plenty of musical themes for you to explore.

This site is constantly expanding with content that will answer a lot of your questions about music quickly. The site is dedicated to music's past, present and future. For a deeper look at alternative/progressive/indie lifestyle, visit Playlist Research's sister site NuPopCulture.com.






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