I don’t think format changing has to do with additional listenership at that time. I think it is all about the buffer time. You have 2 months that allow you once regular music returns to pretend the previous format didn’t exist to the listening audience and to prepare for the new one. It’s either this, read the phone book, or have the station sound like it has an identity crisis like 98.7 did here. Doing it at Christmas time for stations that air it 24/7 seems the easiest and less jarring thing to do.
It's snowing outside, I'm off from work and in the holiday mood. I wanna hear Xmas tunes, but there are none to be found. Couldn't stations have played them through tonight instead of starting in early November when I wasn't even thinking about the holidays yet?
You are the one who’s always promoting SiriusXM. They have at least one holiday music channel available online and through their app all year you could listen to.
It just feels there’s no rhyme or reason to some of these positions. You mention what happened in 85 and there’s another “wtf” example.
Regarding HTH, I didn’t realize it had spent so many weeks on. But ok, what about all the songs in front of it on the chart? This is where this gets insane and feels so random. And as I said, based on listening to the weekly shows it doesn’t pass the ear test.
Today I listened to the show and after the last 3 years I’ve listened to 86,87, and 88 I am really losing any belief these rankings are credible. Forget #1 for a sec. I can live based on the survey period with the songs that were #1 in those years, but for example: how does “Roll With It” that spend more weeks at #1 than any other song in 1988 finish #10 behind among other things “Hands to Heaven” which it kept out of #1? It isn’t like it had this monster 7 week stay at #2 or anything. While that was probably the most glaring thing I saw, I felt many of the rankings just didn’t pass the ear test.
Did Billboard legitimately have a formula for their year end show that made sense? Or did they just take what they thought were 100 of the best songs and just stick them in order somehow?