Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, is a British music chart television programme, made by the BBC and originally broadcast weekly between 1 January 1964 and 30 July 2006. It was traditionally shown every Thursday evening on BBC1, except for a short period on Fridays in mid-1973 before being again moved to Fridays in 1996, and then to Sundays on BBC Two in 2005. Each weekly programme consisted of performances from some of that week’s best-selling popular music artists, with a rundown of that week’s singles chart. Additionally, there was regular appearances of Pan‘s People.
Awe Top of the Pops, it was a sad day when this BBC programme, was a British institution but I think that time had just caught up with it and it lost it’s relevance, in the brave new world of digital sales.
Looking back on the era, I don’t think we really appreciated, how influential these decades were. I bought a music theory/history book for students to use at the music school, and the Beatles are listed as one of the most influential bands of all time. I was 13 when the Beatles played live at the London Palladium, I was mesmerised and I had just started accordion lessons, which I loved and I still have my accordion, but it didn’t take me long to buy my first guitar. I never told anyone at my school that I played accordion, but it suddenly became very cool to be a musician.
The top ten in the Pop charts was the most important to me, and I learned how to play the guitar from the records, the charts have changed beyond recogognition and there is a lot more to choose from, but I think this is the main issue now, to much choice. Tesco (the largest supermarket in the UK) have started cutting back on the choices available for there products, why? Because research has proven that we don’t like 24 flavours of jam, it takes to long to make your mind up and you end up not buying any. There is simply to much recorded music and I would guess that most of it never gets listened to.
The world has gone global and so has music but all the nations of the world are colloquial and they all have there own regulations, and taste in music, but would it not be more exciting with a global music chart, the top 20 global sales chart. I would scrap the Eurovision song contest and just have a Euro chart, a South American chart, USA chart etc and only the global sales would reach the global charts, the global sales chart, the Asian market is amazing but is dismissed in the west. Okay so you’ve heard it hear first.
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