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Oldies tunes are typically from R&B, pop and rock music genres. Country, jazz, classical music, and other formats are generally not considered oldies music, although some of thosegenres have their own oldies format (for instance, classic country), and a number of songs "crossed over" from country to Top 40. Occasionally the term is used to describe the rare station that includes1940s music as well, although music from before 1955 (coinciding with the "birth of rock'n'roll") is typically the domain of the adult standards format. However, the term constitutes ambiguity forpeople who like old dancing music.
This format is sometimes called Golden Oldies (after another album series of the same name, which was sold through bulk TV commercials), though this term usually refersto music exclusively from the 1950s and 1960s. Oldies radio typically features artists such as Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Supremes, The Four Seasons, and Sam Cooke;as well as such musical movements and genres as doo-wop, rockabilly, rock and roll, Motown, British Invasion, early girl groups, surf music, teen idol singers, and bubblegum pop.
Most traditionaloldies stations limit their on-air playlists to no more than 300 songs, on the philosophy that average listeners will stay tuned provided they are familiar with the hits being played. The drawback tothis concept is the endless repetition of the station's program library. Oldies has some overlap with the classic rock format, which concentrates on the rock music of the late-'60s and '70s and alsoplays newer material made in the same style as the older songs.

Oldies stations as they are known today did not come into existence until the early 1970s. In the 1970s,KOOL-FM in Phoenix, Arizona became one of the first radio stations to play oldies music, at that time focusing on the 1950s and early 1960s. KOOL is still playing oldies today.[3]
In the 1960s very few...
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