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Disclaimer: This isn't about how you feel a song did, it's about analyzing the data we do have, from a variety of different angles, to an extent that really hasn't been done. It may surprise you, especially if you're coming in expecting your favs to do better than the data shows. Feeling is subjective, and this is trying to be objective.
Update and V2 of the chart: November 18th.
On this forum, many of us are always debating what song is a "hit" or how big of a hit a song really is/was. We all have our go to lines like "But this song lasted longer on the charts!" or "this song was #1 for 4 weeks!" etc. In reality, a hit is about a multitude of things, and arguing one limited point is really just one facet that doesn't make much of an impact on its own. So, I created this system that factors in initial impact, impact (short term) longevity, mid-term longevity, long-term longevity, and a tiny bit of achievements related to beating the competition where bias or opinion can't come in (I didn't include anything related to awards, but I did include CAK and PAK which I would say are achievements). Together, it created an index as to a song's overall performance. Overall this index system gives a chance to songs that have super strong starts and weaker finishes (songs like TT for example) and songs that have weak starts but insane longevity (Spring Day for example) the chance to rack up many points.
I included songs from 2016 onwards (with a couple 2015 songs that charted well into 2016) as that was roughly when streaming started becoming as big as downloads. Any earlier and the streaming figures would put other groups at a big disadvantage.I am NOT including songs early than 2016 (except those that charted into 2016), and I am not including soloists or project groups like Refund Sisters (as the data is harder to find). If you wish to have a song added, you can comment or message me the name and if this thread isn't banned due to trolling, I will include it with an update in a few months. I plan on updating sporadically Some songs that are on this list that are still charting are gaining a couple points a week due to longevity, too.
In truth, I doubt this will affect any of you. Most of you will still argue that a song is bigger than it is, or that another song really isn't as big as claims, but this is based completely on more than 10 different data figures, and its honestly as good as it's going to get. Please don't troll the thread.
Thank you to the handful of you that sent me data, some of you quite a bit of it.
Without further ado, here are the numbers. (Methodology below in a spoiler. Please read before you ask questions).