What Was The Most-Played Pop Song From The Year You Graduated High School?

Music, in my opinion, is one of the best forms of art.

I can hear a song and instantly remember the time and place I was at in my life when it was popular.

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Looking Back At The Music That Shaped Us

It probably won't surprise many of you to find out that I love pop music.

I grew up listening to the radio and following along with the charts to see what the most popular songs were each week.

I figured if I can't play music, I'll find a way to stay around music and become a DJ, and for the past quarter of a century, I've been blessed to be able to do just that.

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How We Got The List Of Most Played Songs

In the industry, we utilize a site called Mediabase, which tracks thousands of radio stations across America and tracks how many times a station plays a song each week.

At the end of the year, they put out a list of the most played songs on the radio from that year.

Sadly, the data only goes back to 2001, which, crazily enough, was the first year I started doing nights at K99.

As you take a trip down memory lane with me, you might be surprised that some of the biggest hits of the year weren't from the biggest artists.

If you can guess the most played song from the year you graduated high school in Montana, then find out the answer below. 👇

See Montana's Most-Played Pop Song From the Year You Graduated High School

We used Mediabase, a music industry website that tracks real time playlists of over 1,800 radio stations to figure out which pop songs played on Montana radio the most from 2001 to 2019! (No, you're not old. Mediabase just didn't have data from prior to 2001.)

We looked at data from local stations, past and present, that played Top 40, Rhythmic Top 40, Hot Adult Contemporary or Adult Contemporary formats to determine our list.

If you want to sing along, just click the name of the song!

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See the Most Played Country Song from the Year You Were Born

Who had the most played country song during the year you were born? This list is a fascinating time capsule of prevalent trends from every decade in American history. Scroll through to find your birth year and then click to listen. Some of these songs have been lost through the years, many of them for good reason!

Men named Hank dominated early before stars like Freddie Hart, Ronnie Milsap, Willie Nelson Clint Black took over to close the 1980s. More recently it's been Tim Mcgraw, Rodney Atkins, Kane Brown and Morgan Wallen. Did the most-played country song from the year you were born become a favorite of yours later? All info comes from Billboard's country airplay charts.

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