AN INFOGRAPHIC DIGGING INTO THE TOP 2000 SONGS EVER MADE
R, Illustrator, D3.js
Read all about the data prep, design & coding here
When you’re saying “music in December” to somebody from the Netherlands, there’s a very likely chance that they’ll think of the Top 2000. A yearly chosen list of songs that is played between Christmas and midnight December 31st. I’ve actually played with this data before. It was perhaps my 2nd serious personal project and I was still very new to d3. Since I sometimes see artists revisiting artwork they’ve done in the past to see how their style evolved (which I always love to see), I thought it would be fitting to try and to the same myself. So, 2 years since my previous attempt, I looked at the Top 2000 again and visualized the insights.
Besides the Top 2000 list that has the artist, title, position in the Top 2000 and year or release I scraped the weekly Top 40 website and matched these to the Top 2000 titles to also get the highest position ever reached in the Top 40 (which was eventually used to color each song). The final design clusters each of the 2000 songs around their year of release while being sized to the position in the Top 2000. I marked some special songs, such as all 38 tracks from the Beatles in blue, David Bowie in yellow and Prince in purple and more.
For the infographic I also looked at the spread of the Top 2000 in 3 earlier editions of the Top 2000 to see how the most popular decade is slowly shifting to newer decades. I made these 4 histograms in R and then imported the PDF into Illustrator.
You can read all about the data preparation, design and coding on the data sketch|es december page.