Singing News Top 80
Singing News Top 80 Chart (1970 - Present)
The Singing News launched a monthly airplay chart in 1970. Initially, the chart placed an emphasis on the song, so it was possible for more than one artist to share the same position. By the end of 1971, the chart featured specific recordings, so only one artist was credited for each song going forward.
The main Singing News airplay chart was eventually expanded to include 80 songs each month.
In late 1972, The Singing News add a "Top 10 Songs" chart, which listed song titles with no artist associated. It was similar to the earlier charts, which listed several artists with a song if more than one artist was getting airplay, except on this chart, no artist was listed.
In 1973, several "Top 20" charts were launched for various sheet music companies, and several "Top 10" album charts were launched for various record labels. It is not clear whether these were advertisements purchased by the sheet music companies and record labels. A "Sacred Hits" chart was added in September 1973. This chart covered artists that would typically be categorized in later years as "Inspirational" in style.
Several more charts have come and gone over the past 50+ years. There were Traditional and Contemporary charts for a while. In recent years, the main Southern Gospel Top 80 chart has continued to appear monthly as well as a Bluegrass Chart and a New Releases Chart. The Singing News also publishes a Weekly Chart on their website.
DBM/site owner's note: We are compiling a database of complete charts from every month. As those charts are completed, you will see the following links become active. If a link prompts you for a password, that means the data for that page has not yet been entered by our editors.
DBM/site owner's note to site editors: Please use July 1970 and May 2019 for reference on format.