The Chart Show

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The Chart Show
Created by Keith MacMillan
Philip Davey
Country of origin United Kingdom
Executive producer(s) Keith MacMillan
Gail Screene
Original channel Channel 4 (11 April 1986 – 2 January 1989)
ITV (7 January 1989 – 22 August 1998)
Channel 4 (6 January 2003 – 17 January 2003)
Chart Show TV (6 August 2008 - May 2009)
Original release 11 April 1986 – May 2009

The Chart Show (also known as the ITV Chart Show) is a music video programme which ran in the United Kingdom on Channel 4 between 1986 and 1988, then on ITV between 1989 and 1998. The production company was Video Visuals, and (when shown on ITV) was credited as "A Yorkshire Television Presentation" from 1993 and 1998 (prior to this, no ITV Franchisee's logo was shown at the end). The show has lived on through a Channel 4 revival in 2003 and a more recent revival on the digital music channel Chart Show TV, which ran sporadically from 2008 and 2009.


When it started, the show was unique in that it had no presenters, instead computer-generated displays took their place. The "pop-up" information snippets were represented as "windows" in a mock-up graphical user interface called HUD. In 1987 this was replaced with the more familiar display which featured a "mouse-pointer" and "icons" generated on an Amiga computer. Although commonplace nowadays, such interfaces were relatively cutting-edge at the time. The look of the icons was updated on the move to ITV in January 1989, and again upon the show's relaunch on 7 December 1991 as part of a competition prize from Amiga Computing magazine.[1] However, this update only lasted one show and the previous 1989 icons returned the following week and lasted until May 1996 when the show's look and production was completely overhauled and was replaced with an animated text banner at the bottom of the screen. (Over the years but mainly from 3 February 1996, info boxes developed informal humour and [from the same date] used the word: EXCLUSIVE!)

Graphics mimicking those of a video recorder in operation were also used, and are one of the show's most well remembered features.

The show was very important when it was first launched, being one of the few outlets for music videos on British television, in the days before the widespread takeup of satellite and cable television, and channels such as MTV Europe. Many music videos got their UK Television premieres during The Chart Show.

Shortly after launching, The Chart Show found itself being taken off air during a dispute with the Musicians' Union over the showing of music videos on ITV & Channel 4 which lasted throughout the summer of 1986. During this time, a show called Rewind, made by the same production team, was aired. This consisted of performances from other music shows. The dispute was resolved by the end of the summer, and The Chart Show returned at the end of August.

On Channel 4, the show ran on Friday nights, mainly filling gaps between series of The Tube. After moving to ITV it ran on Saturday mornings and also had a late night repeat in some ITV regions, though the day and time of this varied over time and between regions. One such late night repeat on 31 August 1997 was interrupted to report the breaking news of Diana, Princess of Wales' car accident. The show was so popular that it became a regular with five editions in July 1987 going out as 60 minute long "Summer Specials". The last regular edition to air on Channel 4 was on 30 September 1988. The final episode on Channel 4 was a Review of 1988 special on 2 January 1989; the first edition on ITV aired 5 days later. The show was renamed "The ITV Chart Show" that September after ITV launched its new corporate identity. The name reverted to The Chart Show on 22 October 1994.

Earlier Channel 4 editions were 45 minutes long, and later ones were 60 minutes, but were split into two 30 minute segments before moving to the 60 minute format in 1988. However, some later editions were shortened due to ITV buying rights to Formula One motor racing in 1997.

The last edition was shown on 22 August 1998, after being axed in favour of a live, performance based show, CD:UK, which began the following week. The show featured various messages from viewers saying goodbye to the show and how upset they were that the show was finishing. There were also messages from artists, including Mel B and Suggs.

The first video on The Chart Show was "What You Need" by INXS. The Chart Show mistakenly mentioned on the final show that Robert Palmer's Addicted to Love was the first artist to appear on The Chart Show. The video clip of Robert Palmer with the original graphics on, shown on the last episode, was taken from the 4th episode, rather than the first, as revealed by the date shown in the H.U.D.

In the show's later days, the programme was broadcast "live", with all the elements of the show programmed into a computer and laid back to tape, the song title graphics and info banners being added live as the show was broadcast. This fact was played up over the first few months of the show being made this way, with a "Live" graphic appearing at the beginning of each part, in addition to the interactive Battle of the Bands segment. Both of these were dropped after a minor revamp in 1997, although live phone-in competitions continued to appear occasionally until the end of the show's run.

A Different Chart[edit]

Confusion often arose from the chart used on the show, as they initially used the chart compiled by MRIB (which was used at the time by commercial radio, and was adopted by NME in 1988) and later on compiled their own chart, as opposed to using the "official" Gallup/CIN chart used by BBC Radio 1, which in addition to the show's initial Friday and later Saturday airdate (therefore not taking account of the full week's sales) meant that the chart shown was different, sometimes slightly, other times more significantly, from that broadcast by Radio 1. Indeed, there were many occasions when the single shown to be Number One by The Chart Show differed from the official number one- including on the show's very first top 10 countdown in May 1987.

No Videos[edit]

Many singles featured in the charts had no music videos produced for them. Most of these songs were in the specialist charts, though they occasionally appeared in the Top Ten.

In the early years, the problem was solved by showing a photo of the artist over a short excerpt from the song. As the show progressed, they had produced many various computer generated sequences to accompany the audio clips. These included onscreen games of pong, close ups of turntables playing, cars being crushed, silhouettes of people dancing, lava lamps amongst other stock footage. Due to the lack of an actual music video, the songs in question were never played in full.

There were exceptions to this; the first being Ride On Time by Black Box. The music video wasn't completed for several months after the song was released. In its first week at number one on the Top Ten, a photo of Catherine Quinol, the band's vocalist, was shown over a short excerpt from the single. However, as it was still number one the following week, a performance that was filmed for then Saturday morning show Ghost Train was shown, which had Catherine and an unknown organist performing on a stage.

Another notable example was Music Sounds Better With You by Stardust. This was number one on 15 August 1998 edition of the show and, similarly to Ride On Time, the music video wasn't completed until several months later. This time, a montage of past graphics from the show was put together, partially in response to viewer requests to see old graphics before the final episode.

In 1997, The Verve had refused to allow the Chart Show to show the video for their single Lucky Man. When the song was mentioned in the top ten and in the indie chart, a message was shown on the screen explaining that they refused to let the video appear on the show, unless the show was redesigned. It remains unclear whether or not The Verve took a dislike to the new look show, or if the band simply wanted the video to be shown clean and uninterrupted. Accompanying both messages was the music that had been used to introduce the 'Worst Video' on the end of year specials.

This was the message that appeared on 6 December 1997 Indie Chart:

"Okay everybody... No change from last week. The band and their manager Jazz are still refusing to let us show their video unless we redesign the show for them. In the words of Vanilla... 'No way, no way, Ma Numma Nah."


The show had three sponsors over the span of its life. These were Pepe Jeans (1991–1992), Twix between (1993–1996) and Tizer (1997). Tizer also sponsored The Chart Show's replacement, CD:UK, for several years. Unlike most sponsorships on UK television, these were incorporated into the show's titles as opposed to being shown as separate clips wrapped around the show in questions.

When Tizer became the new sponsor, the stings caused criticism as they were played at random moments during the titles and end credits, interrupting the show deliberately. Due to the irritation this caused, they were eventually dropped so that the show would run clean.

As part of 'The Vault' repeats, the sponsorships are now either blurred or edited out of the title sequences/end credits to avoid controversy.

Vault Repeats[edit]

Satellite channel The Vault began repeating 1991-92 and 1996-97 episodes from December 2006 on Saturday mornings, similar to the shows original timeslot on ITV, though not in chronological order. The first episode to be broadcast was the 1992 special. The Vault also aired repeats of the repeats on the following Thursday. Due to the sponsors of the show being included in the shows titles, The Vault had to re-edit the episodes and blur out the sponsors' logos, as they are no longer affiliated with the show. The Video Visuals logo was also cut from the episodes despite Video Visuals being part of CSC Media Group, which owns and operates The Vault. The repeats also aired without the channel's "V" graphic in the corner of the screen, but on-screen competition graphics were aired and proved unpopular with viewers - such competition graphics still air to this day across the CSC Media Group network. On several occasions, episodes were cut off abruptly to unplanned commercial breaks and blank screens, and some airings were accidentally ones that had already been shown on The Vault's run of the show. One scheduled episode failed to air completely and was replaced with another programme, which led to a double bill being shown the following weekend.

The Vault has yet to air pre-1990 editions of the show or editions from 1993-1995 as said episodes were (and still are to this day) stored on unplayable formats, and the network does not have compatible machines equipped to play the episodes. The shows were allowed to be converted, but the conversions were apparently very expensive, and the chances of The Vault converting the episodes depended on the popularity of the repeats. However viewing figures began to drop, which led to the showings being axed in July 2007, and the incompatible editions of the show were ultimately not converted.

In March 2008, Classic Chart Show returned to The Vault by popular demand. Unlike the previous run, the repeats were not advertised; the news only broke on The Vault's website. However, only four episodes were broadcast - two reportedly from the last run of repeats and two new repeats that suffered technical problems, one of which consisted of the first part being repeated three times. The repeats were axed the following month, and it remains unknown what the reason behind the axing was. Eventually, on 19 May 2008, a post by a forum administrator on The Vault's website stated that The Vault were "we're making a few changes to [their] schedule at the moment - rest assured the Chart Show repeats will be back, but we don't have a date set for them yet." The same admin also stated that The Vault were considering converting incompatible episodes. Eventually, the repeats returned for a third time on Friday 28 November 2008, though re-edited. Instead of blurring the sponsor's logo during the title sequence, scenes displaying the sponsor are entirely cut, and the show starts from when the logo disappears. Forum users on Digital Spy claim that the run consists of, yet again, only a handful of episodes being played repeatedly. On 17 January 2009, a scheduled episode of the show failed to air for unknown reasons, and a regular run of music videos took its place. Since May 2010, the Vault have been showing repeats of Chart Show episodes from 1997 and 1998 on the channel each day, at 3 pm and 10 pm.

Format Revivals[edit]

Channel 4[edit]

For two weeks in January 2003, The Chart Show returned to Channel 4 in 60 minute segments in the morning, although these followed a different format, with a voiceover and absent of the faux video recorder graphics that the show was well known for. A similarly formatted version also ran on Chart Show TV during its first few months on air.

Chart Show TV[edit]

On 6 August 2008, a revival of The Chart Show aired on Chart Show TV. This version is somewhat closer to the original format than that of the short-lived 2003 version.

The revival retains some of the original features of the show, including the faux video recorder graphics and the Video Vault, including the original 1996 ident. New features include an Airplay Chart, Urban Chart, Download Chart and Interactive Chart. An NME TV Video Chart features which consists of music video as voted by users of the NME TV website. The traditional specialist charts, Dance, Rock and Indie, are expected to appear under new identities, as the second episode featured a Flaunt Dance Chart. If this is correct, the Rock Chart would become the Scuzz Rock Chart. It is unknown what identity would carry with the Indie Chart as NME TV, which is based around indie music, has its own video chart. Artist interviews is now a regular feature, under the name "Chart Show Meets...". Neither The Chart News or Hot Shot feature in this run.

The show sports new titles and new, but fairly basic stings, but the graphics for song titles are that of Chart Show TVs, and The Chart Show, therefore, does not have its own song title graphics. Unlike the original series, there are no chart-transition graphics (such as the giant numbers from 1996–1998) and simply cut to the next video; neither is there a special Number 1 sting unlike the original series. Each specialist chart, such as the Flaunt Dance Chart, will share its graphics with the appropriate channel, meaning the Dance Chart will feature Flaunt's channel graphics. The show was often criticized for its plain graphics, compared to its predecessors, and the repetitive selections of which songs to play in the charts - When I Grow Up by The Pussycat Dolls is a clear example, as it was played in most editions in which it featured.

Forum administrators stated, when the show began, that the show would air daily. Despite this, the show resulted in following no specific slot, and was placed at random times on the schedule. Admins also mislead viewers into believing the show was daily, whereas in reality, these were repeats of the show previously broadcast, with a new edition replacing these runs after approximately seven days, though on occasions, the same edition ran for two weeks before being changed. The revival found solid time slot in the Chart Show TV schedule on Monday afternoons, but the show was said to have been silently axed in early 2009.

However, in March 2009 the show returned yet again with a brand new episode each week on Fridays at 12 p.m on Chart Show TV. However, upon its return, the show was now only around 40 minutes in length, with the remaining 20 minutes of hourly air-time filled up with various music videos. This 40-minute version of the show included the specialist chart, the Singles chart, the Video Vault & a few new releases. This brief return only lasted until May 2009 though, when the show was axed yet again. There are no plans for the show to return at present though.

Show Features[edit]

Exclusives/New Releases[edit]

These were nearly released songs that were played at various points in the show, mainly at the beginning and before the 'Top Ten'. Various graphics were used to denote that the video was an "exclusive" showing throughout the series. Very occasionally a video was promoted as "World Exclusive". Usually, there was only one animation, with several colour schemes though between 1989-1991 there were 3 such animations (again, each with different colour schemes) and between 1996-1997 the word "Exclusive" appeared at the top of the screen, animating on in several different ways (although always in the same size & font- although, again, with different colours). The emphasis on videos being "exclusive" was kept throughout the entire run of the series.

Star Chart[edit]

A short lived feature introduced to the show upon its move to ITV in 1989. Each week, there was a different star sign and songs were shown by different artists who were born under that particular sign. This feature was dropped as part of a revamp in September 1989. Notably, the Star Chart still appeared on the "Next Week" caption shown at the end of every episode until the graphics were revamped in December 1991, despite the fact the feature hadn't appeared on the show for over 2 years by this point.

The Chart News[edit]

Introduced to the show in September 1989, one of the regular subdivisions of The Chart Show was 'The Chart News' where new single releases that had not yet reached the Top Ten in the singles chart would be played, including some that had not yet even been released. Originally the only categories were Chart Breaker (new entries to the top 40) and Highclimber, until September 1989 these were shown before the Top Ten. With the May 1996 relaunch, new categories were introduced- New Entry, Newsflash and Scoop. Video & Back Chat were also seen in the animations, but were never used to introduce videos.


In 1996, a new feature, star interviews, were introduced during The Chart News section of the show. These consisted of interviews with various artists, talking against a backdrop of their past or current music videos. In keeping with the presenter-less format of the show, there was no interviewer seen during this section. The feature was revived for the 2008 series under the name Chart Show Meets...

Battle Of The Bands[edit]

For a while a section called 'Battle Of The Bands' was shown. It was supposed to be a competition to see which band the viewers thought was the best. At the end of the show, it revealed which band won (and played a recent song performed by that band). Usually there was some sort of theme between the two artists up for voting such as being rival bands or relating to a recent or upcoming chart battle. In 1996 and 1997 there was an F.A. Cup Final battle of the bands, with the official songs of the teams being up for vote- Liverpool won in 1996, Chelsea won in 1997.

The Chart Show Competition[edit]

After a while, the Battle of The Bands was replaced by 'The Chart Show Competition' where the viewers had to answer a question associating with a pop star (in which a video by that pop star would be playing at the time) and they could win prizes such as albums or clothing signed by various artists. What form these competitions took changed between shows- some weeks they would be a live phone-in with the winner announced at the end of the show, other weeks it would be a write-in competition.

Video Vault[edit]

A video of a song that was at least a few years old would be shown in the middle section of each episode of the show. This was nearly always a Top 10 hit, and the original title for this section of the programme was 'Vintage Video', signalling that virtually all of the featured videos were from the early days of music video production in the mid-to-late 1970s and early-to-mid 1980s, predating the origins of The Chart Show. However, it was renamed 'Video Vault' with the December 1991 revamp. This segment was introduced in September 1989, prior to this other slots such as Star Chart and Back To Back were used to show older videos. Towards the end of the shows run, it was possible to email in to request songs to be played, and requests were sometimes shown on screen. The Video Vault was revived for the 2008 series, along with the 1996 ident.

Hot Shot[edit]

This was a forthcoming release which was being tipped for success. Between 1996 and 1998, though it had appeared to have been renamed "Shot", the 'S' in shot was flashing used in Red Helvetica font, indicating that it was still called "Hot Shot".

Back to Back[edit]

In early years, another regular feature on the middle section of each programme involved the playing of three different hit singles by one musical artist in a row. This feature was known as 'Back to Back'. In some weeks, "showreel" would be shown instead- this followed virtually the same format, but was 3 videos by the same director(s).

End to End[edit]

In every episode of the original show, just one video was played in its entirety from beginning to end with no cut-off point towards the end. This feature was known as 'End to End'. Which song was rewarded with this preferential treatment was entirely at the programme makers' discretion and did not follow any clear pattern.

Back to Back was dropped upon the show's move to ITV. End to End survived the move, but very rarely appeared, it had been dropped entirely by the early-1990s.

Rough Cut[edit]

On some shows, an early pre-release working version of a future video was shown at some point, usually in the 'Next Week' section. This feature was known as 'Rough Cut'. Rough Cuts were also occasionally seen on some of the end of year specials, during the previews for the following year.

The Charts[edit]

From April–August 1986, the show had a total of nine charts, though only three of them were shown per episode:

  • Four of them were charts of singles in specialised music genres: Heavy Metal, Indie, Reggae and Dance.
  • Accompanying each of these were sometimes the Network Album Chart, Compact Disc Chart, Music Video Chart, 'UK Hits In The USA' and the Euro Chart.
  • Though there was no overall 'Top Ten' at the time, the Network Singles Chart focused on new entries and high-climbers within the top one hundred.

After the end of 1986, the Reggae Chart was dropped due to the lack of videos accompanying the singles. The specialised music charts such as Network Album, Compact Disc, Music Video, 'UK Hits In The USA' and Euro Charts were also dropped, though the Network Album Chart made a prominent comeback in 1987. That same year also marked the debut of the Top Ten, replacing the Network Singles Chart. From January 1988 to September 1989 the Album Chart was only shown via the 'Chart File Update', after which it was dropped entirely.

Until September 1989 the specialist charts were shown during the first part of the programme; thereafter it was shown in the second part of the shown; from November 1997 they were featured in part one again.

In 1997 and 1998, during the Formula One broadcasts, episodes were reduced to thirty minutes long and no specialist charts were shown.

Indie Chart[edit]

This chart showed the top ten Indie singles of the week.

Nearing the end of the original series, the last broadcast of the Indie Chart occurred much earlier than that of the other charts. This was due to the reduced number of specialist chart slots available given the space requirements of the Formula One coverage at the time.

The Indie Chart does not appear in the 2008 revival, and seems to have been replaced by the NME TV Video Chart, which focuses on alternative music and less well known artists, although not all of these are on independent labels (a requirement for entry into the original Indie Chart).

Dance Chart / Flaunt Dance Chart[edit]

This chart showed the top ten Dance singles of the week.

This was the specialist chart to be shown on the last ITV episode of 'The Chart Show', having also featured on the first ITV edition in 1989. During the ITV era, this chart also featured R'n'B, Hip Hop/Rap songs as there were no specialist charts for those genres on the show.

The Dance chart was revived in 2008 as the Flaunt Dance Chart featuring solely dance music, as hip hop and R'n'B is now featured in the Urban Chart. The Flaunt branding is taken from CSC's dance music channel and the chart position stings are based on Flaunt's graphics, though the in-song graphics used are the same as those on the rest of the show.

Rock Chart / Scuzz Rock Chart[edit]

This chart showed the top ten Rock singles of the week.

This chart was featured on the first ever episode of the show on Channel 4 when it was named the 'Heavy Metal' Chart. When the show moved to ITV it became the 'Rock' Chart.

The chart was included in the 2008+ series as the Scuzz Rock Chart, based on the branding of CSC's rock and metal channel Scuzz; as with the Flaunt and NME TV charts, the between-song chart position stings are based on the sibling channel's graphics.

Love Chart[edit]

This chart only appeared on Valentine's Day 1998. During the videos, love letters were shown.

  • The top ten were:
    • 10. Cardigans - Lovefool
    • 9. Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
    • 8. Lighthouse Family - Ocean Drive
    • 7. Prodigy - Firestarter
    • 6. Lightning Seeds - You Showed Me
    • 5. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
    • 4. Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
    • 3. Madness - It Must Be Love
    • 2. U2 - With or Without You
    • 1. Bryan Adams - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You

NME TV Video Chart[edit]

Introduced in the 2008 revival, the NME TV Video Chart is a top ten rundown of viewer-voted music videos voted on the NME TV website. It is the only chart that purposely bares no resemblance to any official chart. In addition to featuring in cutdown form as part of the Chart Show, the chart is broadcast in its full form as a 50-minute programme on NME TV, broadcast daily (with the chart updated weekly).

Urban Chart[edit]

The 2008 revival introduced an Urban Chart, which rather than being included as a specialist chart, runs in its own section earlier on in the show, rotating with the Airplay and Album charts. Unusually, it does not carry the branding of CSC's urban music station Flava, despite the other specialist charts being allied to one of CSC's channels. There was not a dedicated urban music chart during the C4/ITV era of the programme's history.

Album Chart[edit]

The Chart Show has featured an album chart during two periods of its history - 1986-1989 and 2008+. During the programme's run on Channel 4, the "Network Albums" chart ran as part of the regular rotation of specialist charts, wherein it aired a countdown of the week's top 10 albums, playing a selection of tracks from those albums (generally recent or forthcoming singles, as these were most likely to have videos available). The final Album Chart in this format aired in December 1987; from January 1988 the Album Chart moved to become part of the Chart File Update section. This initially survived the move to ITV, but was dropped along with the rest of CFU in the September 1989 relaunch.

The 2008 revival on Chart Show TV introduced an album chart, rotating with the Airplay and Urban charts in part one of the show. On one occasion the album chart was moved to the end of the show (to allow a Metallica video from the chart-topping album to be played in full), but in all other weeks the Singles Chart has closed the show.

Airplay Chart[edit]

Introduced as part of the 2008 relaunch, an Airplay Chart rotated with the Urban and Album charts in the first part of the hour-long editions of the show. As this chart was based on the most-played songs of the week, and therefore featured many popular songs, the content of the chart was very similar to that of the Singles Chart, though usually the videos played in full would differ between the two (a track played in full in one chart would not be played fully in the other).

Top Ten / Singles Chart[edit]

This was the overall singles chart that was shown near the end of every episode following the second commercial break. Initially known as "The Network Chart", being the name used for the MRIB Chart the show used, that name was dropped when the show began compiling their own chart. It began with a note saying (ironically) 'The fastest chart on television', referring to the fact that the chart was up to date at the time of broadcast, being compiled either the previous day, or the same day as opposed to Top of The Pops whose chart was several days old by the time it was broadcast. For a brief period in 1987, the ident was accompanied with a message displaying how long it was since the chart was updated.

The Top Ten chart returned as part of the 2008 revival, and as before was usually broadcast at the close of the show. The chart was branded as 'Singles Chart' to tie in with the branding already used on Chart Show TV for the longform programme counting down the channel's weekly singles chart in its entirety.

Chart Presentations[edit]

In each featured chart, some songs - usually the Number One and all/most new entries - would be played 'in full' (the bulk of the video, less the very start and end, would be aired); if time allowed, some or all of the 'climbers' (songs going up the chart) would also get this treatment. Non-movers would also get this treatment if there was further time to fill (e.g. due to a scarcity of new entries/climbers). Hits that drop down only play if it is an EXCLUSIVE. Songs not played in full were referenced by the inclusion of a brief clip of the video at the appropriate point in the chart countdown. This format was used by all the programme's regular charts.

The programme would present the charts using a series of graphics and stings, and during the programme's history there were three usual ways in which they were presented:

  • Until August 1989, all the top ten songs in the charts would be shown briefly. After reaching the No.1 (No. 2 in The Top Ten), the chart would be stopped (the graphic 'STOP' would appear) and rewound ('REWIND') to the first song that was to be played in full ('PLAY'). When that song was finished, the chart was fast-forwarded (and sometimes rewound) to the next song to be played in full.
  • From September 1989 - October 1997, the songs in the chart would be shown in sequence; when a song was to be played in full, the 'PLAY' graphic would appear. The 'F FWD' graphic was still used to fast forward the song, providing a device for moving onto the next song. Songs not played in full would be represented by brief clips at the appropriate point. In the first edition of September 1989, when the 'F-FWD' graphic appeared, the song would be fast forwarded then slowed down, before moving onto the next song. This was dropped in the next episode infavour of the aforementioned device.
  • From November 1997 - August 1998, the 'PLAY' graphic was dropped and every song in the chart was fast forwarded whether played in short or full. Songs played only briefly got one bar of gossip/information, whilst songs played to fuller length got two. This allowed the programme to be more flexible about the length of time given to each song.

In the 2008 revival, every video played 'in full' throughout the show would 'PLAY' and later 'F-FWD', including New Releases and the Video Vault, which did not get this treatment in the programme's original form.

The No. 1 single of the specialist charts would not always be played for a one of these reasons:

  • The single had no video.
  • The content in it was inappropriate for a morning-afternoon broadcast.
  • The single was to be played in full at some point in the overall 'Top Ten'.

Chart File Update[edit]

Whilst one of the specialist charts would be featured prominently, the top ten singles of the other charts would be mentioned briefly in this section of the show. This section also referred to the 'chartbreakers' and 'highclimbers' - songs entering or climbing the chart outside the top ten. The CFU was shown throughout the run on Channel 4 and for the first few months on ITV. It was last shown on 26 August 1989 edition, and was replaced by The Chart News from September of that year.

Next Week[edit]

At the very end of the show, after the Number One single of the week was played, was a section called 'Next Week', featuring brief previews of songs which were coming up in the next week's show, often with one of them being played almost in its entirety with the closing credits. From 1996, the ident would be presented in the same manner as one of the subsections of 'The Chart News'. The 2008 version of the Chart Show did not feature a Next Week section, instead stopping the show after the No. 1 of the Singles Chart (the revival also omitted to include a full credits list, featuring only a CSC Media copyright line).

End-Of-Year Specials[edit]

Excluding 1994, the show would have an 'end-of-year' episode that featured 'best' and 'worst' awards as well as countdowns of the best-selling songs of the year.


Best New Act[edit]

Best Solo Artist[edit]

Best Video Of The Year[edit]

Best Foreign Video[edit]

Best Band[edit]

  • 1997 - Texas - Say What You Want (as voted by the public)

Best Director[edit]

Worst Video of The Year[edit]

Funniest Video of the Year[edit]

Dance Chart[edit]

Best Dance Video[edit]

Indie Chart[edit]

Best Indie Video[edit]

Heavy Metal/Rock Chart[edit]

Best Rock Video[edit]

Network Album Chart[edit]

Network Singles/The Top Ten/Top Twenty[edit]

Star Choice[edit]

  • 1996
    • Spice Girls (who made the most appearances on the '96 Special) agreed on Alanis Morrissette - Ironic but individually they're choices were so different
      • Emma Bunton's favourite was Fugees - Ready or Not
      • Melanie C's favourite was Manic Street Preachers - Kevin Carter
      • Geri Halliwell chose Prodigy - Breathe
      • Melanie B plumped for Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity
      • Victoria Beckham picked George Michael - Fastlove
    • Peter Andre chose Toni Braxton - You're Makin' Me High
    • Mark Morriss chose Beck - Where It's At
    • Stephen Gately & Ronan Keating chose Michael Jackson - Stranger in Moscow
    • Paul Heaton chose Manic Street Preachers - A Design for Life
    • Mathew Priest chose Dodgy - Good Enough
    • Ant & Dec chose The Presidents of the United States of America - Peaches
  • 1997
    • Ian Broudie chose Bentley Rhythm Ace - Bentley's Gonna Sort You Out!
    • Philip Selway chose Supergrass - Late in the Day
    • Sheryl Crow chose INXS - Don't Lose Your Head
    • Damon Albarn chose Björk - Bachelorette
    • Sharleen Spiteri chose Daft Punk - Da Funk

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