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ON THIS DATE (25 YEARS AGO) October 8, 1988 - Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" fell off Billboard's Hot 200 Album Chart after a record 741 weeks (736 consecutive). Although Dark Side dropped from the Top 200 a couple of decades ago, it has maintained a weekly presence on Billboard’s Top Pop Catalog Albums since the chart was created in 1991. In fact, since ’91 the album has sold more than 8 million copies. According to Billboard, it still sells about 9,000 copies a week. As recently as 2002, it was still the 200th best-selling album of the year, new or old. With the revamping of the Billboard 200 to again include both current and catalog titles, Dark Side of the Moon," at #189 re-enters the chart for the first time since Oct. 8, 1988, logging a record-extending 742nd week on the survey. Just why did their album so far outlast all others? ''It's inexplicable to me,'' Gilmour has said. ''It's a very good record and I'm very fond of it but I must confess I can't put my finger on what separates it from the other great records of all time.'' Waters has at least hazarded a guess. ''Maybe,'' he's said, ''its humanity has caused Dark Side to last as long as it has.'' "... I think that when it was finished, everyone thought it was the best thing we'd ever done to date, and everyone was very pleased with it, but there's no way that anyone felt it was five times as good as Meddle, or eight times as good as Atom Heart Mother, or the sort of figures that it has in fact sold. It was ... not only about being a good album but also about being in the right place at the right time." ~ Nick Mason "It felt like the whole band were working together. It was a creative time. We were all very open." ~ Richard Wright "It's changed me in many ways, because it's brought in a lot of money, and one feels very secure when you can sell an album for two years. But it hasn't changed my attitude to music. Even though it was so successful, it was made in the same way as all our other albums, and the only criterion we have about releasing music is whether we like it or not. It was not a deliberate attempt to make a commercial album. It just happened that way. We knew it had a lot more melody than previous Floyd albums, and there was a concept that ran all through it. The music was easier to absorb and having girls singing away added a commercial touch that none of our records had." ~ Richard Wright IN PERSPECTIVE • Four (and almost five) US Presidents were in office. When Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon first hit the record charts, it was March 17, 1973 and Richard Nixon was President of the United States. By March 22, 1980, Nixon had been out of the Oval Office for six years, Gerald Ford had come and gone, Jimmy Carter had only 10 months left in it, but Dark Side of The Moon remained. • Pink Floyd released five more studio albums. • It has been estimated that one in every 14 Americans under the age of 50 own, or have owned, a copy of Dark Side. • The second longest charting record (in any category) is Johnny Mathis' Johnny's Greatest Hits at 490 weeks. — with Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, Gene Tunney Parsons Jr. and Roger Waters The Wall.