Take a look at the first Billboard music chart from 1940

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Tommy Dorsey's I'll Never Smile Again topped the first Billboard music chart in 1940.
Tommy Dorsey's I'll Never Smile Again topped the first Billboard music chart in 1940.
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Billboard has celebrated 81 years since the release of its very first music chart.

On 27 July 1940, the publication shared its first chart ranking the sales of recorded songs.

The "National List of Best Selling Retail Records" included the top 10 best-selling songs in the US at the time.

16 years later, the Billboard 200 would make its debut, showcasing the top-selling weekly album. Then, in 1958, the Billboard Hot 100 (singles chart) was introduced.

Since then, a number of charts have been added to Billboard's list, keeping track of some of the most popular tunes and artists in the world. 

Take a look at the top 10 songs from Billboard's first chart below:

1. I'll Never Smile Again - Tommy Dorsey

2. The Breeze and I - Jimmy Dorsey

3. Imagination - Glenn Miller

4. Playmates - Kay Kyser

5. Fools Rush In - Glenn Miller

6. Where Was I? - Charlie Barnet

7. Pennsylvania 6-5000 - Glenn Miller

8. Imagination - Tommy Dorsey

9. Sierra Sue - Bing Crosby

10. Make Believe Island - Mitchell Ayres  

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24