Top of the Pops (1964–2012)

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A rundown of the latest chart hits, featuring in-studio performances from popular music artists.

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Pan's People ...
 Themselves / ... (214 episodes, 1966-1976)
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 Herself - Member of Legs & Co / ... (151 episodes, 1976-1979)
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A rundown of the latest chart hits, featuring in-studio performances from popular music artists.

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The very first episode was show at 6:36pm on New Years Day in 1964. The pilot episode was titled, "The Teen & Twenty Record Club". Top of the UK charts at the time of the series launch were:
  • 1. I Want to Hold Your Hand (The Beatles)


  • 2. Glad All Over (The Dave Clark Five)


  • 3. She Loves You (The Beatles)


  • 4. You Were Made For Me (Freddie & The Dreamers)


  • 5. I Only Want to Be With You (Dusty Springfield)


  • 6. 24 Hours From Tulsa (Gene Pitney)


  • 7. Dominique (The Singing Nun)


  • 8. Secret Love (Kathy Kirby)


  • 9. Swingin' On a Star (Big Dee Irwin)


  • 10. Hippy Hippy Shake (The Swinging Blue Jeans)


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The Good Old Days
31 October 2003 | by (Stoke-on-Trent) – See all my reviews

I may be only 25, but I already feel like I'm way too old for TOTP. That is a real pity because up until the early 90s it felt like this was a national institution would be stay with me forever.

I guess most people think that, but the way in which TOTP has lost its importance is startling and sad. Of course, the current state of the music charts is mainly to blame, and the fact that there are dozens of music TV channels now.

I don't know what it was like in the 60s and 70s but you can't argue with audience figures of 15-16 million, while it now gets 2 million if it's lucky.

The shows I remember in the 80s were fun, colourful and lively; where the performers and the audience were out for fun. However, it now seems cynical, trashy and monotonous. I mean who can forget when The Brat performed "Chalk Dust" with a mock tennis court and umpire judge, and then of course there was the classic "Jocky Wilson" moment with Dexy's Midnight Runners.

Perhaps because I am a 80s child and remember when the charts were interesting, i.e. songs climbed up the charts to a position which (usually) justified the song. Now anything can go straight in at number one if they have appeared in a TV programme, or it's been played in a nightclub in Ayia Napa, or features some anodyne blonde blue-eyed rubbish boy band.

Anyway, I should stop moaning and remember the good old days.


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