KROQ 80s Music Charts

KROQ FM 106.7 Music Charts

1980 – 1989


KROQ FM 106.7 in Pasadena then Burbank. The 80s Decade of music charts of New Wave / Alternative music.

By 1978, new wave and punk rock were becoming increasingly popular, and KROQ started adding more of it to their freeform format. Shadoe Stevens once again left the station and Rick Carroll took over as program director in late 1979 and took the new music and combined it with a Top 40 formatic structure. Subsequently, KROQ became an even greater success. The “Rock of the Eighties” was born.

The station still mixed the new music of the Talking Heads and Blondie with established artists such as The Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Lynyrd Skynyrd, but by 1982, the station was full-fledged modern rock.

The station’s proximity to Hollywood and the Los Angeles punk rock scene gave it a unique place in the development of the new wave and alternative rock genres, and KROQ quickly became one of the most influential radio stations in broadcast history.