tdc2000's Top 50,000 Of All Time: First Weekly Chart 1918

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Postby tdc2000 » Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:23 am

Hi all who remember my two previous all-time charts (5000K in 2005 and 10K in 2009). That second one was abandoned once I realized that it was very incomplete and therefore inaccurate. Since, i have expanded my music listening, actually going all the way back to ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome for some cool, but very obscure music. When it is all said and done, I'll have a Top 50,000 of all time, a proper monument (along with my PhD, of course) to my moderate OCD. I'll use this thread to periodically update my progress and let those interested know when it will all be done (probably early 2013 at the pace I am going). I am also using a points formula created by Matthew Dixon to order the tracks, a process that would be impossible otherwise.

I'm really enjoying my tour of music history and hope others will be inspired to check out Medieval and Renaissance Music by my eventual chart!
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Postby tdc2000 » Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:26 am

First Update: August 2011

This week, I reach 1700, after a six month tour of music from 1200-1700, which includes a lot of chanting (think "Sadness" by Enigma), worship music, and very rudimentary organ classical. In the late 17th century, music we'd recognize from our local classical stations began to appear, led by artists such as Johann Pachelbel and Henry Purcell.

In terms of #1 songs, here are the current leaders

1. Henry Purcell: 15 #1s
2. Johann Pachelbel: 14 #s
3. Claudio Monteverdi: 12 #1s
4. William Shakespeare: 8 #1s (he had songs in many of his plays)

I'm about to start listening to Bach and Handel, who were actually born in the same year: 1685.

My next update will come when I reach 1750!
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Postby NothingFails » Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:35 am

Should be quite entertaining... I don't know if I've even heard 50,000 songs in my life. You truly are a scholar of music and will be nice to read.
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Postby FreakyFlyBry » Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:04 am

Can't wait :D Been enjoying the progress you've been making towards THE ultimate all-time songs chart, I'm sure it'll be rewarding once you're all done :D
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Postby Benny » Wed Aug 24, 2011 7:23 am

tdc2000 wrote:My next update will come when I reach 1750!
How old are you :o :lol: :wink: ???
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Postby Tiger » Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:10 am

Waiting :)
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Postby vinnie65 » Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:27 pm

Tiger wrote:Waiting :)
+1

Very interesting...
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Postby Wayne » Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:30 pm

A top 50,000? :o Oh my God!
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Postby ShayLaB » Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:46 pm

I am sure somebody, somewhere has unearthed musical notation from the Egyptian, Greek and Byzantine times...but can they actually be read and interpreted in a meaningful fashion so that scholars and musicians are confident that they can reasonably accurately reproduce the music that was created at the time?

Principally, I am thinking of the Rosetta Stone and the ability and insight it provided scholars it translating such ancient texts. Unless there is a similar 'master key' for music can there be any real certainty of the success in attempts in re-creating such ancient compositions.

Just curious
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Postby tdc2000 » Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:38 pm

ShayLaB wrote:I am sure somebody, somewhere has unearthed musical notation from the Egyptian, Greek and Byzantine times...but can they actually be read and interpreted in a meaningful fashion so that scholars and musicians are confident that they can reasonably accurately reproduce the music that was created at the time?

Principally, I am thinking of the Rosetta Stone and the ability and insight it provided scholars it translating such ancient texts. Unless there is a similar 'master key' for music can there be any real certainty of the success in attempts in re-creating such ancient compositions.

Just curious
A good question here... in my research, I found three CDs full of music from ancient days, all recreations of the music by very recent groups. Of course, these compositions are probably greatly guesswork, but at least give insight into what the music probably sounded like. When we get to the Middle Ages, around 1200, things get a bit more concrete. I assume something like sheet music still exists there.
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Postby tdc2000 » Mon Oct 24, 2011 5:22 am

In honor of my 10,000th post, let me give an update in this thread.

Last night, I reached 1722 in music. Bach has taken over (no one else has had a #1 since the late 1710s). I also expanded my chart to 20 entries a week in 1720.

I won't be surprised if classical pieces dominate my top 100, but we'll see.

Next update: 1750
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Postby Tiger » Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:55 am

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Postby tdc2000 » Sat Jun 21, 2014 7:17 am

Wow-- it's been three years, but I've been working on this project the whole time-- slowly, but very surely. Now that my life has simplified, I'm moving at a brisker pace.

Today, I reached 1750 and have a total of nearly 8000 tracks. Getting to 50K by the end will be a breeze. I will likely finish in late 2016 now.

Once done, I plan to bind the chart, write articles for each of the top 1000 and any interesting entries above that number and hope someone out there wants to read it.

I'll update again when I reach 1800. Lots of Handel and Bach these past three years. Handel was the Glee Cast of his day-- endless releases.
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Postby vinnie65 » Sat Jun 21, 2014 7:33 am

Respect for your work!

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Postby tdc2000 » Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:22 am

As promised, another update.

Today, I reached a huge milestone a long time in coming: 1800.

I now have almost 11,000 tracks charted and scored. I also now have a monthly top 75 chart. These next 100 years will be lots of classical with Beethoven taking the lead for the first two decades.

Next update: the heart of the Victorian Era in 1850
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Postby Marius » Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:16 pm

How do you know which classical compositions were released in a certain month?
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Postby CrazyCrazy » Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:53 pm

Wow, can't wait to hear some of the obscure and old music, keep up the great work and most importantly, enjoy the music! :D 8-)
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Postby tdc2000 » Thu Nov 20, 2014 3:39 am

Marius wrote:How do you know which classical compositions were released in a certain month?
I don't. I just estimate. I won't start accurate by the week charts until 1890.
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Postby Phoenixx » Mon Dec 08, 2014 6:14 pm

:o
Wow. :D
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Postby tdc2000 » Sun Jan 03, 2016 8:38 am

And, after a long 2015 slog, I reached 1850 today in this quest. I am now over 16,000 songs charted and I am just 40 years from weekly charts in 1890.

American music has started with Stephen Foster. Classical music has the greats like Wagner, Verdi, and Schumann in these days.

My goal for 2016 is to focus and get to 1950 by year end. If so, the project will be complete at the end of 2017, when I turn 45 years old.

Next update: 1900
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Postby Phoenixx » Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:29 pm

When will it come? :D
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Postby tdc2000 » Mon Feb 22, 2016 7:42 am

MarcusDGST6811 wrote:When will it come? :D
Still a long time yet- I am shooting for January 2018 as release date.
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Postby Phoenixx » Mon Feb 22, 2016 5:36 pm

tdc2000 wrote:
MarcusDGST6811 wrote:When will it come? :D
Still a long time yet- I am shooting for January 2018 as release date.
Exciting! 8-)
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Postby tdc2000 » Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:10 pm

Huge day in this long running project as I reach 1900 today!

I have 22,000 plus charted songs and will have no problem getting a top 50K,

On to the Tin Pan Alley ragtime era (1900-1920).
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Postby Wayne » Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:16 pm

Major props for this, Dustin!
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