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Top 40 Radio’s Top 10 Tracks

cruz Top 40 Radio’s Top 10 TracksIf you have ever been a teenager (or if you’ve ever acted like one…), then you probably remember being enamored with the Top 40 hits on the radio.  But of those 40, the only songs that will matter in the long run are those from number 10 up to number 1.  You’ve probably waited through the countdown to hear the song on the number one spot.  Secretly you are hoping that it’ll be your favourite song.  If it is, you smile to yourself, anticipating the many times the number one song will be played in the next week.

This Week’s Top 10

  1. Taio Cruz – Dynamite
  2. Eminem – Love The Way You Lie (featuring Rihanna )
  3. Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me
  4. Enrique Iglesias – I Like It featuring Pitbull
  5. Katy Perry – California Gurls (featuring Snoop Dogg)
  6. B.O.B – Airplanes (featuring Hayley Williams)
  7. Jason Derulo – Ridin’ Solo
  8. Usher – DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love (featuring Pitbull)
  9. Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
  10. Drake – Find Your Love

eminem Top 40 Radio’s Top 10 TracksThe Top Forty or Top 40 is the music industry’s way of determining the most well-known songs whether across all genres.  The top 40 list refers to the top selling or the most listened to songs or music from last week; this method of tracking the most popular music started in the 1960s and has continued up to today.

This list of the most popular songs can either be determined through a survey done by a publication or radio station.  Of the songs commonly featured in the top 40, the common characteristic is that most of the top songs have just been released or are relatively new.

The top listings are not limited to the number 40.  The number of songs on the listing may differ depending on the organization doing the tracking.  It can either be “Top 20”, “Top 50” or even “Top 100.”  The number does not really matter; all the list does is to determine the most popular songs during the current week.

The Top 40 is more than a list…it’s the basis for the playlists on stations everywhere. Want to hear some great Top 40 hits? Hit up 977music.com’s Hitz977 Music Flash Top 40 Radio’s Top 10 Tracks or Mix977 Music Flash Top 40 Radio’s Top 10 Tracks or Jamz977 Music Flash Top 40 Radio’s Top 10 Tracks Stations and enjoy some great streaming Internet Radio right now!

Top 40 Net Radio: Its 80s Roots

By Jeff Bachmeier

Top 40 Music Top 40 Net Radio: Its 80s RootsAlso known as Mainstream Top 40 and Contemporary Hits Radio, Top 40 Net Radio Music is based loosely on playing only the top music from many other formats. Recently, more and more music hits are being “exposed” directly from the format, as program and music directors are willing to take more chances on new music being released. The majority of the Top 40 Music played fall into 3 main music genres or categories: Rock, Pop and RnB with the majority of those genres falling into the pop category.

The Hits Channel format (a.k.a. CHR) was officially labeled in the early 1980′s, however the Top 40 format can be traced back as far as the 1950′s. Top 40 Music has had its ups and downs over the years but continues to stand the test of time with artists such as: Chubby Checker in the 60s, Steve Miller Band in the 70s, Paula Abdul in the 80s, Backstreet Boys in the 90s and Beyonce currently.

Top 40 Net Radio Music: Music Hits Revolution

 Top 40 Net Radio: Its 80s RootsTop 40 Music is a diverse and widely popular music format for just about any age group. It could be argued that there’s no one right way to program the format, which is what makes it so popular. There are a few specific CHR categories that most hit radio fall under the following genres.

CHR / POP or Mainstream Top 40′s

For the most part this format plays pop, urban, alternative and rock music hits, and every once in a while a country crossover song. Some of the current artists heard on CHR / POP Top 40 Net Radio are: Eminem, Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Fall Out Boy

CHR / Rhythmic or CHR / Urban AC

This Top 40 net (or traditional radio) Hits radio format focuses on Hip Hop and RnB. The major difference between CHR / Pop and CHR / Rhythmic is the lack of rock and alternative music. CHR / Rhythmic stations will still play a pop song while CHR / Urban will not. Some of the current artists heard on CHR / Rhythmic are: Flo Rida, Soulja Boy, and T.I. Some of the current artists heard on CHR / Urban are: Jamie Foxx, Rick Ross, Ne-Yo.

Adult CHR or Hot AC

This format focuses on the Pop and Rock genres of the format but may occasionally play a Rhythmic or Dance Song. Some of the current artists heard on this format are: The Fray, Lady Gaga, Jason Mraz, Nickelback, and Kelly Clarkson.

There are also other local and regional music hits channels including CHR / Dance, CHR / Rock and CHR / Tejan.

Top 40 Music: Musical Events

Year Event
1950′s - Todd Storz and Gordon McClendon get the credit for creating the first Top 40 stations.
1960′s - The Top 40 Music Hits format gains ground with the current fads of the decade including: Beach Music, The British Invasion, Bubble Gum, Elvis
1970′s - The Top 40 format struggled with the fragmentation of different artists. Album Rock became very popular and was heard on many of the first FM stations.
1980′s - Casey Kasem and the weekly Top 40 was born and became a huge success. This type of music program is still broadcast today with Ryan Seacrest taking over the host duties Casey Kasem a few years ago.
1990′s - The Boy Band Craze better defined The CHR format in the 90s.  The Backstreet Boys, N’ Sync, New Kids on the Block, Hanson, etc. all enjoyed number 1 hits.
2000 – Present - In 2009 Pink became the most successful solo artist of all time amassing 3 straight number one hits.  She is the only solo artist to ever do that.  The format continues to be popular with a wide range of people tuning in to their favorite hits channel.

Top 40 Net Radio: The Current Phenomenon

Alecia Moore is Pink Top 40 Net Radio: Its 80s RootsWhat makes the Hits Channel format so popular right now is the vast variety of music released for the format. Akon, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, All American Rejects, Miley Cyrus and many more are being played on Top 40 stations everywhere. No other format can lay claim to that variety of music. The unwritten law in Top 40 radio is: Don’t like the song currently playing, chances are you’ll like the next one. Top 40 Net Radio artists such as Britney Spears, Flo rida, Black Eyed Peas and Kelly Clarkson, just to name a few, will continue to produce the massive hits that appeal to the majority of music listeners.

 
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