earliest music lists were numbered which puts the likely
date of issue for Chart #1 on Monday, September 24, 1956.
Distributed through record stores, they were first called
the Top Music Survey and listed 40 top-selling
a few weeks in early 1958 they were published in the Sunday
Herald, a statewide newspaper published in Bridgeport.
WPOP Top Music Survey chart #204 - August 15, 1960
April 1962 the surveys listed 41 tunes known as the Magic
early 1964 The New WPOP was issuing The Pop
Fourteen Plus Ten, for a total of 24 songs. By summer
the Good Guys Tunedex listed just 20 singles plus
the top ten albums. Those gave way to Sing Along Surveys
in January 1965 listing 40 tunes.
April 8, 1966 the surveys were retitled WPOP Home of
the Good Guys Radio 1410 and the list was trimmed
to 30 selections. The last of this series was issued January
13, 1967. Later that month WPOP's top 70 began appearing
in the weekly Go Magazine. At the same time the
lists were rebranded on-air and in print as the 1410
POPular Music Survey.
early 1968 the number of records in Go Magazine
was trimmed to 60 songs. By mid year they were titled
Boss Music Surveys.
1970 Bob Paiva turned
them into the Good Guys Popular Music Surveys,
listing 60 songs, and they stayed that way for several
in December 1972 the sheets listed just 40 records per
week; during the year the number was reduced to 35 and
then 30 tunes. In November 1973 the last version of the
weekly charts became WPOP's Pop 30.
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11, 1965 (front)
10, 1971 (front)
8, 1966 (front)
12, 1972 (front)
18, 1974 (inside)