The Vodafone Big Top 40

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The Vodafone Big Top 40 With Marvin Humes
Other names Big Top 40
Genre Download chart
Running time 180 mins (inc. adverts)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station Capital London
Syndicates See section: Stations
Hosted by Marvin Humes (2014-)
Kat Shoob (2009–)
Rich Clarke (2009–13)
Greg Burns (2014–16)
Starring Matt Wilkinson, The Bassman
Created by Global
Produced by Rich Steel
Original release 14 June 2009 – present

The Vodafone Big Top 40 is a chart show broadcast on 140 radio stations in the UK with an audience each week of 2.5 million listeners. It is the single biggest radio programme on UK Commercial Radio, and around twice the size of its competitor. The chart has no affiliation with the Official Charts Company as it is based on radio airplay and music download figures provided by iTunes.[1][2]


The Vodafone Big Top 40 was launched following the demise of Hit40UK,[3] and is produced by Global, broadcast from the studios at Leicester Square in London. It claims to be the first real-time chart ever to be broadcast in the United Kingdom and broadcasts on 140 local commercial radio stations across the country.[4][5]

The first show was broadcast on Sunday 14 June 2009.[6]

The show was originally presented by Capital radio DJs Rich Clarke and Kat Shoob,[7] with Heart presenter Matt Wilkinson deputising both Clarke and Shoob. The radio broadcast also features voice over artist Howard Ritchie who announces the chart position for each of the songs broadcast, along with the names of the presenters and radio station it is being broadcast on.[8] Clarke presented his final show on 29 December 2013, with JLS member Marvin Humes joining the show from 5 January 2014[9] with Greg Burns deputising Marvin and Kat.

The chart[edit]

The chart is based on music download figures provided by iTunes.[1] The show starts at 4pm with a shortened version of the top 10 most downloaded songs of the previous seven days. This is followed by and countdown of numbers 40 to 11, compiled again by iTunes downloads from across the last 7 days, but also includes music streaming and airplay on the stations who carry the show (see section: Stations). At 18:00, the live iTunes top 10 is frozen and the ten songs are played out in full, with the number 1 song announced just before 7pm.[10]

Unlike the chart compiled by the Official Charts Company, it does not take into account for other purchase methods such as CD singles or Amazon MP3. It is therefore, unlike the UK Singles Chart, not regarded officially.[2][11]

There are currently three songs holding the record for most weeks at No.1 and they are Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, Love Yourself by Justin Bieber and Rockabye by Clean Bandit, Anne-Marie & Sean Paul both with 7 weeks at the top.[12]

Stations by location[edit]

Some stations may be stated more than once, due to the location and coverage area.



  1. ^ a b "Help & FAQ's - Big Top 40". 20 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Who We Are - Our charts & data". 20 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Emma Barnett, Technology and Digital Media Correspondent (22 May 2009). "The 'Top 10' singles go real time in iTunes deal". 
  4. ^ Official Big Top 40 website
  5. ^ "Wise Buddah". 
  6. ^ "Charts - Big Top 40". 20 March 2016. 
  7. ^ Rich and Kat Big Top 40
  8. ^ Howard Ritchie Radio Talent
  9. ^ Corner, Lewis (2013-12-12). "Marvin Humes to present Capital FM's Big Top 40 countdown". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  10. ^ FAQs - The Big Top 40
  11. ^ "Who We Are - How the Official Charts are compiled". 20 March 2016. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ Big Top 40 Chart Stations

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