Countdowns are always fun, especially the the big ones with 500 tunes! Back in 2013, an idea came to my head that I got really excited about, but quickly put the mental brakes on as I thought it wouldn't be possible. The idea was to reach out to Broadcast Data Systems, one of the services that tracks radio airplay of songs. My initial thought was that they aren't going to still have that data dating back to 1995. With the "what the hell do I have to lose?" mentality, I reached out to them and told them what I was trying to do. I essentially said that I want to run a different kind of countdown on CYY; less about the opinions of the best songs, and more about the actual airplay right down the number of spins that the songs have gotten on the radio station. To my surprise, they got back to me that afternoon with a list of the 500 most played songs since our debut on July 28, 1995.

I believe this was the 4th time that we've done the countdown, obviously a little different every time, with new songs appearing and older ones getting knocked off. It was a fun a week of radio that we hoped everyone enjoyed. This list certainly captures the alternative diversity that we have stood by since day one.

499Better Than EzraDesperately Wanting1457
498K's ChoiceNot An Addict1463
496Sugar RayFly1467
495EverclearEverything to Everyone1467
494Against Me!Thrash Unreal1468
493Lo Fidelity AllstarsBattleflag1474
492Three Days GraceBreak1479
491Soul CoughingCircles1479
490Linkin ParkGiven Up1479
487System Of A DownHypnotize1491
486Neon TreesEverybody Talks1493
485KornMake Me Bad1498
484Primitive Radio GodsStanding Outside A Broken Phone Booth...1500
483StaindRight Here1503
482GarbageOnly Happy When It Rains1508
481ColdplayAdventure of a Lifetime1513
480Nine Inch NailsThe Perfect Drug1513
479DisturbedLand Of Confusion1513
478Nada SurfPopular1515
477Smash MouthWalkin' On The Sun1517
476Pearl JamHail Hail1519
475ChevelleFace To The Floor1525
474Fall Out BoyCenturies1526
473SoundgardenPretty Noose1528
472Dave Matthews BandToo Much1529
471Fun.Some Nights1531
470Meat PuppetsBackwater1535
469Foo FightersLet It Die1535
468DefaultWasting My Time1539
467Highly Suspect161541
466Red Hot Chili PeppersThe Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie1544
465Story Of The YearUntil the Day I Die1549
464Limp BizkitBreak Stuff1554
4633 Doors DownIt's Not My Time1559
462Velvet RevolverSlither1561
461Limp BizkitRollin'1561
460WeezerPork And Beans1563
459NickelbackHow You Remind Me1566
458Breaking BenjaminSooner Or Later1566
457Stone Temple PilotsBig Bang Baby1570
456PrimusJerry Was A Race Car Driver1573
455Our Lady PeaceSuperman's Dead1576
454BushThe Sound Of Winter1587
452Chris CornellPatience1597
451311You Wouldn't Believe1599
450White ReaperMight Be Right1600
449Social DistortionI Was Wrong1605
448The StrutsCould Have Been Me1606
447DishwallaCounting Blue Cars1607
446Twenty One PilotsThe Hype1608
445SalivaYour Disease1618
444Gotye Feat. KimbraSomebody That I Used To Know1624
443Red Hot Chili PeppersDark Necessities1631
442Mighty Mighty BosstonesThe Rascal King1632
441Limp BizkitNookie1636
440GoldfingerHere In Your Bedroom1638
438Presidents Of The United States Of AmericaPeaches1647
437Rise AgainstThe Good Left Undone1648
436EverclearEverything To Everyone1648
435Weezer(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To1649
434Papa RoachGetting Away With Murder1652
4336GigHit The Ground1652
432SeetherRise Above This1655
431Limp BizkitRearranged1656
430Puddle Of MuddShe Hates Me1657
429Beastie BoysBrass Monkey1658
428FlysGot You Where I Want You/Te Tengo Como Quiero1674
427Foo FightersI'll Stick Around1683
426Theory Of A DeadmanBad Girlfriend1688
425SalivaClick Click Boom1691
424Fall Out BoyMy Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)1695
423Jimmy Eat WorldPain1700
422fun. Feat. Janelle MonaeWe Are Young1700
421Bloodhound GangThe Bad Touch1700
420BeckDevil's Haircut1717
418SublimeCaress Me Down1726
417Mumford & SonsThe Wolf1729
416AwolnationHollow Moon1733
415FoalsMountain At My Gates1734
414Pretty RecklessDeath By Rock n' Roll1758
413Three Days GraceJust Like You1760
412Pearl JamCorduroy1764
411Thirty Seconds To MarsFrom Yesterday1766
410Andrew McMahonCecelia + The Satellite1768
409Unlikely CandidatesNovocaine1772
407Rag n' Bone ManHuman1774
406Mumford & SonsThe Cave1777
405GodsmackI Stand Alone1780
404UsedThe Taste Of Ink1789
403Neon TreesAnimal1798
402Three Days GracePain1799
401Rise AgainstNowhere Generation1802
400Red Hot Chili PeppersAeroplane1814
399Linkin ParkBleed It Out1822
398Rise AgainstRe-Education (Through Labor)1826
397Puddle Of MuddPsycho1832
396SoundgardenBlow Up The Outside World1835
395LiveSelling The Drama1842
394IncubusNice To Know You1843
393PrimusWynona's Big Brown Beaver1846
392Sick PuppiesAll The Same1852
391New PoliticsHarlem1854
390Kings of LeonWaste A Moment1860
389Machine Gun KellyBloody Valentine1864
388Avenged SevenfoldAlmost Easy1865
3873 Doors DownLoser1865
385Our Lady PeaceClumsy1893
384Imagine DragonsWhatever It Takes1897
383Rise AgainstHelp Is On The Way1911
382RancidTime Bomb1917
381Blink-182The Rock Show1924
380My Chemical RomanceI'm Not Okay (I Promise)1926
378ShinedownSound Of Madness1938
377Judah + The LionTake It All Back1941
376Theory of a DeadmanRx (Medicate)1951
3753 Doors DownWhen I'm Gone1960
374Young The GiantCough Syrup1966
373Rise AgainstAudience Of One1967
372Foo FightersRope1968
371311Come Original1974
370Blink 182Bored To Death1983
369Nine Inch NailsHurt1991
367MetallicaThe Unforgiven1996
365GrouploveTongue Tied2006
364GodsmackKeep Away2006
362My Chemical RomanceHelena (So Long & Goodnight)2017
361ShinedownSave Me2025
360Rise AgainstSatellite2034
359DisturbedInside The Fire2043
358Rise AgainstPrayer Of The Refugee2054
357Papa RoachForever2063
356Pearl JamDissident2065
355Pearl JamElderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town2071
353Barenaked LadiesMillion Dollar Rap2083
352Imagine DragonsNatural2084
351OffspringLet The Bad Times Roll2112
35010 YearsWasteland2117
349Apocalyptica Feat. Adam GontierI Don't Care2120
348Marilyn MansonSweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)2121
347Dropkick MurphysState Of Massachusetts2126
346Big DataDangerous2135
345Of Monsters And MenMountain Sound2138
344Passion PitTake A Walk2140
343Verve PipeThe Freshmen2146
342Linkin ParkBurn It Down2151
341Fitz & The TantrumsOut Of My League2161
340AWOLNATIONNot Your Fault2167
339The StrutsKiss This2182
338FilterTake A Picture2193
337Atlas GeniusTrojans2202
336Red Hot Chili PeppersSnow (Hey Oh)2208
335Lenny KravitzFly Away2208
334KaleoWay Down We Go2210
333Rage Against The MachineTestify2213
331ToolThe Pot2248
330HozierTake Me To Church2251
329Fatboy SlimPraise You2255
328Nathaniel RateliffS.O.B.2256
327StaindFor You2263
326AnberlinFeel Good Drag2263
325Sick PuppiesYou're Going Down2285
324MuseSupermassive Black Hole2289
323KornFalling Away From Me2298
322Young The GiantMy Body2299
321Avenged SevenfoldBat Country2316
319Rustic OvertonesIron Boots2326
318Twenty One PilotsHeathens2332
317Greta Van FleetHighway Tune2337
316Fitz & The TantrumsThe Walker2364
314StaindSo Far Away2376
313The Glorious SonsS.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun)2382
312RamonesI Wanna Be Sedated2385
311Rise AgainstThe Violence2401
310Puddle Of MuddControl2408
309OffspringPretty Fly For A White Guy2412
308Alice In ChainsI Stay Away2413
307311Beautiful Disaster2456
306M83.Midnight City2458
305System Of A DownB.Y.O.B.2475
304Nine Inch NailsOnly2483
303Rage Against The MachineSleep Now In The Fire2484
302Papa RoachScars2488
300AudioslaveShow Me How To Live2504
299A Perfect CircleJudith2505
298Vance JoyRiptide2506
297HoobastankCrawling In The Dark2510
296WeezerIsland In The Sun2530
295OrgyBlue Monday2542
294Breaking BenjaminI Will Not Bow2547
293AtarisBoys of Summer2567
291Rustic OvertonesCheck2581
290Silversun PickupsPanic Switch2585
289Beastie BoysSo What'cha Want2586
288All Time LowMonsters2602
286Portugal The ManFeel It Still2604
285Smashing PumpkinsZero2610
284LiveAll Over You2654
283RadioheadKarma Police2671
282Better Than EzraGood2681
281BushChemicals Between Us2686
279Rob ZombieLiving Dead Girl2721
278Capital CitiesSafe And Sound2724
277ShinedownSecond Chance2741
275Paranoid Social ClubWasted2779
274BuckcherryCrazy Bitch2779
273Kid RockBawitdaba2807
272Black KeysLittle Black Submarines2807
271Imagine DragonsIt's Time2816
270Red Hot Chili PeppersTell Me Baby2825
269RancidRuby Soho2827
268LumineersHo Hey2839
267Black KeysFever2839
266TonicIf You Could Only See2864
265Three Days GraceNever Too Late2871
264Foo FightersThese Days2872
262Of Monsters And MenLittle Talks2912
261Third Eye BlindJumper2926
260Black KeysHowlin' For You2940
259311Love Song2940
258Foster The PeoplePumped Up Kicks2948
257Blink-182I Miss You2955
255Rage Against The MachineRenegades Of Funk2975
254Marilyn MansonThe Beautiful People2988
253Fall Out BoySugar, We're Goin' Down3006
252Twenty One PilotsRide3018
251Drowning PoolBodies3028
250SeetherFake It3032
249Dirty Heads Feat. RomeLay Me Down3033
248Presidents Of The United States Of AmericaLump3036
247Blink-182Adam's Song3069
246Cage The ElephantShake Me Down3098
245Black KeysTighten Up3104
243WeezerUndone - The Sweater Song3112
242Nine Inch NailsThe Hand That Feeds3147
241BushLittle Things3162
240Twenty One PilotsStressed Out3165
236Foo FightersWalk3211
235No DoubtSpiderwebs3213
234CakeShort Skirt/Long Jacket3253
233P.O.D.Youth Of The Nation3275
231Kings Of LeonUse Somebody3304
230SemisonicClosing Time3307
229SublimeDoin' Time3317
228SeetherFine Again3369
227NeighbourhoodSweater Weather3374
226GorillazClint Eastwood3374
225Paranoid Social ClubTwo Girls3380
224Mumford & SonsI Will Wait3391
223Smashing PumpkinsCherub Rock3399
222SwitchfootMeant To Live3414
221NirvanaAbout A Girl3426
220Alice In ChainsThem Bones3426
219RaconteursSteady, As She Goes3431
218KONGOSCome With Me Now3433
217Red Hot Chili PeppersDani California3441
216Imagine DragonsDemons3460
214SoundgardenBurden In My Hand3484
213Beastie BoysNo Sleep Till Brooklyn3497
212Rage Against The MachineKilling In The Name3524
210No DoubtJust A Girl3557
208X AmbassadorsRenegades3583
207Nine Inch NailsHead Like A Hole3609
206White ZombieMore Human Than Human3635
204Silversun PickupsLazy Eye3680
203Breaking BenjaminSo Cold3680
202Rise AgainstSavior3685
201Stone SourThrough Glass3700
200Linkin ParkFaint3723
199White StripesIcky Thump3727
198SpacehogIn The Meantime3729
197ParamoreMisery Business3745
196The RevivalistsWish I Knew You3747
195BeckWhere It's At3751
194My Chemical RomanceWelcome To The Black Parade3765
193Green DayAmerican Idiot3765
192EverclearFather Of Mine3774
190Jimmy Eat WorldSweetness3790
189Milky ChanceStolen Dance3798
188WeezerBeverly Hills3805
187Cage The ElephantCome A Little Closer3818
186Pearl JamYellow Ledbetter3833
185Breaking BenjaminBreath3836
184KillersWhen You Were Young3860
183Black KeysLonely Boy3862
182Foo FightersMonkey Wrench3863
181System Of A DownAerials3866
180AFIMiss Murder3866
179Cold War KidsFirst3867
178OasisChampagne Supernova3908
176NirvanaThe Man Who Sold The World3949
175Jane's AddictionJane Says3979
174Red Hot Chili PeppersBy The Way3992
173Foo FightersThe Pretender4002
172Three Days GraceAnimal I Have Become4006
171Linkin ParkSomewhere I Belong4010
170Black KeysGold On The Ceiling4024
169Imagine DragonsRadioactive4043
168StrokesLast Nite4048
167Rage Against The MachineGuerrilla Radio4051
164OffspringYou're Gonna Go Far, Kid4083
163JetCold Hard Bitch4085
162Green DayBoulevard Of Broken Dreams4106
161Kings Of LeonSex On Fire4107
160Thirty Seconds To MarsThe Kill (Bury Me)4112
159Linkin ParkWhat I've Done4117
158Green DayWelcome To Paradise4155
157Violent FemmesBlister In The Sun4164
156EvanescenceBring Me To Life4184
155Red Hot Chili PeppersSoul To Squeeze4191
154Red Hot Chili PeppersCan't Stop4195
153System Of A DownToxicity4197
152Days Of The NewTouch, Peel And Stand4203
150Stone Temple PilotsTrippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart4239
149Three Days Grace(I Hate) Everything About You4240
148Foo FightersBest Of You4264
147Temple Of The DogHunger Strike4280
146Green DayGood Riddance (Time Of Your Life)4299
145Breaking BenjaminThe Diary Of Jane4308
143Linkin ParkBreaking The Habit4340
142Arctic MonkeysDo I Wanna Know?4342
141Cage The ElephantAin't No Rest For The Wicked4357
140MetallicaEnter Sandman4364
139Alice In ChainsRooster4372
138Green DayHoliday4380
137LiveI Alone4393
136Foo FightersAll My Life4422
135KornGot The Life4429
134System Of A DownChop Suey4450
133StaindIt's Been Awhile4454
132Alice In ChainsNo Excuses4455
130Stone Temple PilotsCreep4519
129KillersSomebody Told Me4551
128KornFreak On A Leash4599
127Nine Inch NailsCloser4618
125ChevelleSend The Pain Below4634
124Beastie Boys(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)4646
123Foo FightersTimes Like These4656
122Linkin ParkOne Step Closer4710
120ChevelleThe Red4715
119Pearl JamBlack4719
118311All Mixed Up4767
117Stone Temple PilotsWicked Garden4771
116Seven Mary ThreeCumbersome4774
115CakeNever There4801
114Smashing PumpkinsDisarm4805
113WeezerHash Pipe4820
112OffspringGotta Get Away4843
111Franz FerdinandTake Me Out4848
110JetAre You Gonna Be My Girl4849
1093 Doors DownKryptonite4851
108Alien Ant FarmSmooth Criminal4854
107AudioslaveLike A Stone4875
106Rob ZombieDragula4899
105Linkin ParkCrawling4906
104Red Hot Chili PeppersUnder The Bridge4907
103Red Hot Chili PeppersCalifornication4912
102Modest MouseFloat On4929
101Stone Temple PilotsBig Empty4932
100KillersMr. Brightside4944
99Stone Temple PilotsSex Type Thing4972
98SoundgardenFell On Black Days4975
97Finger ElevenParalyzer4976
96Stone Temple PilotsVasoline4986
93Red Hot Chili PeppersAround The World5059
92IncubusWish You Were Here5068
91GorillazFeel Good Inc5079
89Pearl JamDaughter5091
88Collective SoulShine5102
87Green DayShe5130
86Puddle Of MuddBlurry5142
85Red Jumpsuit ApparatusFace Down5143
84Papa RoachLast Resort5193
83Butthole SurfersPepper5194
82CandleboxFar Behind5197
81Blind MelonNo Rain5200
80Linkin ParkNumb5219
79Blink-182All The Small Things5221
78Sum 41Fat Lip5232
77FuelHemorrhage (In My Hands)5249
76WeezerSay It Ain't So5266
75Pearl JamJeremy5293
74WeezerBuddy Holly5302
73Jimmy Eat WorldThe Middle5307
72Smashing PumpkinsToday5313
71BushEverything Zen5318
70Faith No MoreEpic5328
69Pearl JamBetter Man5336
68DisturbedDown With The Sickness5342
67Smashing PumpkinsTonight, Tonight5358
66OffspringThe Kids Aren't Alright5358
65SoundgardenBlack Hole Sun5369
64Red Hot Chili PeppersGive It Away5374
63LiveLightning Crashes5379
62Jane's AddictionBeen Caught Stealing5391
60VerveBitter Sweet Symphony5406
59Green DayLongview5413
58Third Eye BlindSemi-Charmed Life5416
55Pearl JamAlive5428
54Beastie BoysSabotage5444
53FilterHey Man Nice Shot5453
51Red Hot Chili PeppersOtherside5493
50Beastie BoysIntergalactic5495
49OffspringGone Away5513
48NirvanaHeart-Shaped Box5513
47Green DayWhen I Come Around5514
46Rage Against The MachineBulls On Parade5517
45Pearl JamEven Flow5517
44White StripesSeven Nation Army5520
43OffspringCome Out And Play (Keep 'em Separated)5539
42Queens Of The Stone AgeNo One Knows5545
41OffspringSelf Esteem5555
40Foo FightersMy Hero5584
39Green DayBasket Case5585
38Blink-182What's My Age Again?5617
36NirvanaAll Apologies5630
35Mighty Mighty BosstonesThe Impression That I Get5659
34Red Hot Chili PeppersScar Tissue5670
32NirvanaIn Bloom5700
31Linkin ParkIn The End5718
30EverlastWhat It's Like5762
29Smashing Pumpkins19795814
28Foo FightersLearn To Fly5839
27NirvanaCome As You Are5845
26BushCome Down5865
25Smashing PumpkinsBullet With Butterfly Wings5873
23Alice In ChainsMan In The Box5966
22Stone Temple PilotsInterstate Love Song5968
21Marcy PlaygroundSex & Candy5976
20Local HBound For The Floor5981
18Stone Temple PilotsPlush6036
16Green DayBrain Stew/Jaded6092
15NirvanaSmells Like Teen Spirit!6107
14Eve 6Inside Out6114
13SublimeWrong Way6127
12CakeThe Distance6133
11EverclearSanta Monica (Watch The World Die)6192
10Alice In ChainsWould6200
8Harvey DangerFlagpole Sitta6274
7ToadiesPossum Kingdom6302
5Foo FightersEverlong6377
4SublimeWhat I Got6901
3IncubusPardon Me6917
2BlurSong 27028
1LitMy Own Worst Enemy7175

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