The Whitburn Project keeps track of all songs that have been listed in the Billboard top 100 music chart (U.S.) since 1890.
This poster displays the number of days between a songs first appearance and its highest position in the chart.

The faster the highest obtained position is achieved, the shorter the rectangle. The color is determined by the year. The total is sorted on the number of days before the highest position is reached.

While the Whitburn Project stores information dating back to 1890, the listed numbers on this poster start from 1944 since there is no in­ formation on the number of days in which a song peaked before that. This brings the total number of songs to 28.910.

Daniel Gross