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American Top 40 celebrates its 50th anniversary on July 4 (although the show was off the air from early 1995 - to early 1998).

The number one song of the year on AT40 was "Blinding Lights" by the Weeknd.

Guest hosts during 2020 included: Sabrina Carpenter, Demi Lovato, Megan Thee Stallion, Shaggy, and Fitz (of Fitz & the Tantrums.

The main news headline from 2020 is the COVID-19 pandemic and it's impact on daily life. AT40 aired messages from artists about staying safe.

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The number one song of the year was "Levitating" by Dua Lipa f/ DaBaby.

Guest hosts and co-hosts during 2021 included: Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland of Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Saweetie, Dave Hayley from Glass Animals, Ben Platt, Bazzi, Anthony Ramos, Alessia Cara, Silk Sonic, and Andy Grammer.

News headlines from 2021 include: Covid-19 pandemic continued as a vaccine is rolled out, US troops exited Afghanistan, and Inflation began to increase.


The number one song of the year was "THAT's WHAT I WANT" by Lil Nas X.

Guest hosts and co-hosts during 2022 included: Charlie Puth, Tiesto, Ava Max, Gayle, Lauv, blackbear, Netta, Lizzo, and Latto. (Pat Monahan from Train guest hosted on the Hot AC version).

News headlines from 2022: Inflation continues to impact, Russia invades Ukraine, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II died in Scotland at the age of 96, The James Webb Space Telescope entered orbit.


Guest hosts and co-hosts during 2023 included: Ava Max, Charlie Puth, Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, and Rita Ora.

News headlines from 2023: Russia continued its war with Ukraine, The Covid-19 pandemic was officially declared over, Artificial Intelligence apps begin to enter the mainstream.

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