I've been loving these Top 30 countdowns, but since there are charts dating back at least as far as 1982, I'm left wondering where they may have been sourced from. I know the 1988 and later charts were sourced from Billboard, but I wasn't aware of anyone before that.
Maybe the CMJ (College Media Journal) New Music Report? Says Wikipedia:
The company was started by Robert Haber in 1978 as the College Media Journal, a bi-weekly trade magazine aimed at college radio programmers and became CMJ New Music Report in 1982.
CMJ.com publishes [published?] top 30 lists sent to them by radio stations, which subscribe at a cost of a few hundred dollars a year. CMJ formerly published these lists in CMJ New Music Report, CMJ's trade publication.
Last Edit: Sept 23, 2018 22:01:07 GMT -5 by mkarns
Post by chadstevens on Sept 23, 2018 23:58:48 GMT -5
That's what I figured, but from what little I saw of that publication, I've never known CMJ to publish a 30-deep chart of singles/tracks. All of their major charts were of albums. But they are about the only ones I know of with a vested interest in that music in that era, so I don't know who else it could be.
If Record Research ever updates Rock Tracks, it would surely make a natural extension of that chart's history in the way that Cashbox and Record World's charts fill in gap eras in Joel's Billboard anthologies.