Playlist Research Helps You Study Music, Radio and New Media
Welcome to the site that documents the history of recorded music
and the various forms of media that deliver it to the masses, such as
and the internet. Playlist Research was created by radio programming veteran Alex Cosper
in San Diego in 2007. Now in 2018 it has grown to become a vast resource
of over 1,000 pages used by media and music professionals, university students, reunion committees and music fans.
The site is designed to give you quick access to time periods of the past century to study popular music for
specific years. It is also full of in-depth articles about the music and radio industries featuring several
interviews with industry professionals. Not
only does the site document various music genres and radio formats in major U.S. markets,
it's also a hub for exploring
regional music scenes in America and around the world.
There are many ways to use the comprehensive information on this site. You may copy any of the information
or articles on this site for offline use, but please do not duplicate any of the articles and republish them online,
as linking to them as references is preferred. Quoting short passages is fine. Music lists on the site can be used
however you want, such as creating your own lists or writing your own articles or reports about music history.
Educators, students, reunion committees, media professionals, DJs and music fans are encouraged
to use this site for historical research. It took many years to compile this information, even long
before it became a website. Annual music lists on the site came mainly from studying music trade publications,
radio surveys and news articles. Several lists are not ranked in a scientific order, but generally reflect
the most popular music of a particular year. In many cases the order is based on opinion from studying
various charts, since "chart history" is debatable due to promotional factors beyond popularity.
One of the main concepts behind the site is that it can help you assemble your own playlists for whatever purpose.
Perhaps you need to put together a song list for an internet show, wedding, reunion, night club, school project or party.
It's also helpful for cover bands to create setlists.
Whether you love mainstream or indie music, this site
has plenty of musical themes for you to explore. Playlist Research
is constantly expanding with content and is dedicated to music's past, present and future. Thanks for helping it become
one of the leading comprehensive music research sites in America.