Your own ratings systems?

Does anyone else create their own cumulative (e.g., annual) ratings? If so, how do you do it? I have my own system, and have determined the Top 100 for each year from 1970-1991.

I’d like to see your charts. Do you make your lists based on points accumulated based on chart position or personal opinion? Also do you plan on going back further to the 50s?

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Points are accumulated based on chart position. The basic equation is points = 100^((100-p)/99), where p is chart position. Basically, no. 100 = 1 point, no. 1 = 100 points, and each additional position increases points by a little less than 5%. Try it in Excel. Any record that reached the Top 20 on the Hot 100 is eligible for a ranking. (I also checked the most likely candidates that did not reach the Top 20, and none would have made their year’s Top 100.) There are additional rules for bonus points for weeks at no. 1, points for unreported (last issue of year) weeks, assigning records that are hits at the end of a year / start of the next year to one year or the other (I don’t split the totals), and other, less common situations such as uncredited double-sided hits (e.g., Hangin’ Tough and Didn’t I Blow Your Mind in 1989) and duplicate versions of the same song by the same artist (the only instance I know of is Unchained Melody in 1990). I do not plan to extend the rankings to earlier or later years. Here is an example of a final ranking.

THE TOP 100 HITS OF 1982			

1 EYE OF THE TIGER
Survivor
2 CENTERFOLD
J. Geils Band
3 I LOVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
4 EBONY AND IVORY
Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
5 HURTS SO GOOD
John Cougar

6 ABRACADABRA
Steve Miller Band
7 DON’T YOU WANT ME
Human League
8 MANEATER
Daryl Hall & John Oates
9 JACK AND DIANE
John Cougar
10 GLORIA
Laura Branigan

11 HARD TO SAY I’M SORRY
Chicago
12 I CAN’T GO FOR THAT (No Can Do)
Daryl Hall & John Oates
13 HARDEN MY HEART
Quarterflash
14 ROSANNA
Toto
15 WHO CAN IT BE NOW
Men At Work

16 DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS
Rick Springfield
17 MICKEY
Toni Basil
18 UP WHERE WE BELONG
Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
19 CHARIOTS OF FIRE
Vangelis
20 EYE IN THE SKY
Alan Parsons Project

21 OPEN ARMS
Journey
22 WE GOT THE BEAT
Go-Gos
23 THE GIRL IS MINE
Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney
24 DIRTY LAUNDRY
Don Henley
25 HOLD ME
Fleetwood Mac

26 TRULY
Lionel Richie
27 SHAKE IT UP
Cars
28 THE SWEETEST THING (I’ve Ever Known)
Juice Newton
29 867-5309/JENNY
Tommy Tutone
30 SWEET DREAMS
Air Supply

31 YOU SHOULD HEAR HOW SHE TALKS ABOUT YOU
Melissa Manchester
32 STEPPIN’ OUT
Joe Jackson
33 HEART ATTACK
Olivia Newton-John
34 TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND
George Benson
35 ALWAYS ON MY MIND
Willie Nelson

36 LET IT WHIP
Dazz Band
37 THE OTHER WOMAN
Ray Parker Jr.
38 KEY LARGO
Bertie Higgins
39 THAT GIRL
Stevie Wonder
40 EVEN THE NIGHTS ARE BETTER
Air Supply

41 YOU CAN DO MAGIC
America
42 HEAT OF THE MOMENT
Asia
43 TAINTED LOVE
Soft Cell
44 FREEZE-FRAME / FLAMETHROWER
J. Geils Band
45 I KEEP FORGETTIN’ (Every Time You’re Near)
Michael McDonald

46 ‘65 LOVE AFFAIR
Paul Davis
47 ONLY THE LONELY
Motels
48 I’VE NEVER BEEN TO ME
Charlene
49 LEADER OF THE BAND
Dan Fogelberg
50 KEEP THE FIRE BURNIN’
REO Speedwagon

51 SOMEBODY’S BABY
Jackson Browne
52 HEARTLIGHT
Neil Diamond
53 LOVE’S BEEN A LITTLE BIT HARD ON ME
Juice Newton
54 ROCK THIS TOWN
Stray Cats
55 TAKE IT EASY ON ME
Little River Band

56 HEARTBREAKER
Dionne Warwick
57 WASTED ON THE WAY
Crosby, Stills & Nash
58 PAC-MAN FEVER
Buckner & Garcia
59 TAKE IT AWAY
Paul McCartney
60 DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE
Huey Lewis & The News

61 HOOKED ON CLASSICS
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
62 MAKE A MOVE ON ME
Olivia Newton-John
63 COOL NIGHT
Paul Davis
64 DID IT IN A MINUTE
Daryl Hall & John Oates
65 MUSCLES
Diana Ross

66 LOVE IS IN CONTROL (Finger On The Trigger)
Donna Summer
67 CAUGHT UP IN YOU
38 Special
68 I RAN (So Far Away)
A Flock Of Seagulls
69 THE LOOK OF LOVE
ABC
70 VACATION
Go-Gos

71 CRIMSON AND CLOVER
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
72 IT’S RAINING AGAIN
Supertramp
73 MIRROR MIRROR
Diana Ross
74 LOVE WILL TURN YOU AROUND
Kenny Rogers
75 THINK I’M IN LOVE
Eddie Money

76 WAITING ON A FRIEND
Rolling Stones
77 GET DOWN ON IT
Kool & The Gang
78 BLUE EYES
Elton John
79 MAKING LOVE
Roberta Flack
80 BREAK IT TO ME GENTLY
Juice Newton

81 IT’S GONNA TAKE A MIRACLE
Deniece Williams
82 SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT
Pat Benatar
83 YOU COULD HAVE BEEN WITH ME
Sheena Easton
84 EMPTY GARDEN (Hey Hey Johnny)
Elton John
85 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN (Just Like The White Winged Dove)
Stevie Nicks

86 LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE
Alabama
87 DO I DO
Stevie Wonder
88 (Oh) PRETTY WOMAN
Van Halen
89 THROUGH THE YEARS
Kenny Rogers
90 WHAT’S FOREVER FOR
Michael Murphey

91 SHOULD I DO IT
Pointer Sisters
92 ANY DAY NOW
Ronnie Milsap
93 HOLD ON
Santana
94 SPIRITS IN THE MATERIAL WORLD
The Police
95 PERSONALLY
Karla Bonoff

96 MAN ON YOUR MIND
Little River Band
97 NOBODY
Sylvia
98 ONE HUNDRED WAYS
Quincy Jones featuring James Ingram
99 YOU DON’T WANT ME ANYMORE
Steel Breeze
100 BOBBIE SUE
Oak Ridge Boys