Singled out: the Top 40 formats that fell by the wayside

Remember when a pop rookie and grandee would team up? Or when a soap star could call in Beyoncé to guest on their single? We pay tribute to the song types consigned to chart history

Custom has staled what was once the infinite variety of the singles chart. The algorithmic analysis of what makes a hit has led to Top 40s dominated by teams of songwriters following templates. The means of calculating sales has caused charts filled by songs from the same album. The focus on Spotify and radio playlists has restricted the number of genres that might appear, and led to the disappearance from the charts not just of certain kinds of artists, but whole subsets of records. Doubtless some would have disappeared anyway, and good riddance to them, but some are worth mourning …

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