UK Number ones
'What has changed about popular music in the last 60 years? - a mini project'
Here is an extract just to give you an idea!
Anyone who likes their music will want to look at this database and test out their theories on how popular music has changed. Making hypotheses is the crucial place to start!
How long is a song number one?
Are we in the age of one hit wonders? Did it used to be like that? What is the longest a song has stayed at number one? These questions and more in this exercise. How long number one!
How long is a hit song?
What's the secret formula? How long should it be? Look at how the length of songs has changed. Use grouped and cumulative frequency to answer these questions. How long is the song?
Can you make box and whisker diagrams like this one? Which one goes with each decade?
Music while you work!
Here are some videos (part of series) going through some nostalgic number ones!
Why I like this activity....
Like it or not, its hard to avoid popular music! This database is bound to get everybody talking and provides an excellent opportunity to test and practise statistical methods in an engaging context!
How this activity can be used....
Lots of choices here! The database is the real activity and in its broadest form the question is 'What makes a good number one single?' Above are just a selection of activities you could run with this database. Do them as they are or bend them or add your own. Take care to be sure if it is practise of making charts by hand or just interpreting you want to do so that you can make the most appropriate use of technology to help you!
What to expect when using this activity, from my experience...
Lots of animated discussion. It is a challenge to channel this discussion into focussed activity and important to do so!