Post by MarchingAnt on Nov 18, 2004 22:35:19 GMT -5
A couple of weeks ago Ryan told us that a song had made the biggest leap in the countdown in years but I missed the actual song a few minutes later. It must have been Nelly's "Over And Over", jumping to #10, but how big was the leap and what was the last leap that big, which he referred to?
Ryan said that "Over And Over" was the biggest mover in over a decade. Now, based on the way that Casey referred to #1 songs of the past when he hosted the show until the beginning of this year, I know that they use several different publications when talking about the history of the charts. I figure it to be AT40 from 1970 through January, 1989, when Casey's Top 40 started out. From that point until the beginning of this year, they use the R&R charts. If the above is true, then the last time a song made a jump so big was almost exactly ten years before the gigantic leap of "Over and Over". That was when "Secret" by Madonna leaped from 30 to 8 in a single week. The biggest move ever (on the R&R chart between 1989 and 2004) was the 40-16 leap of "I'll Be There" by Mariah Carey, but the biggest jumper ever on AT40 was in October, 1982 when "Heart Attack" by Olivia Newton John moved 39-13.
Last Edit: Nov 20, 2004 17:26:25 GMT -5 by Hervard
Yeah that was quite a jump by Olivia in '82, but about four years earlier was when an even bigger leap occured on AT40. Over Thanksgiving weekend of 1978, 'Le Freak' by Chic vaulted from #37 up to #6 (a whopping 31 notches) in one week. I don't think any hit since the early '60's had a bigger one week jump within the Top 40.
Wow! I was basing my guess on a question letter I heard on AT40 one time (either in the late 80s or early 90s) about what I thought was the longest leap ever on AT40, but I guess the writer said the longest leap in the 1980s. If it was before February, 1989, then the question might have been the longest leap ever. After all, back then, they had some high school kid working in the research department and he didn't do a very good job. Hey, you all remember the "Two Hearts" mistake on the 2/4/89 AT40, don'tcha? If so, I rest my case.