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The Top Forty countdown, with only our favourite songs, moves to Friday

I don’t listen regularly to the Top 40 any more, so its move to Friday afternoon instead of Sunday evening is just another “well, back in my day” to add to my brain, but one thing I loved (and still love) about the Top 40 is that no matter what the song was, it was always played in the countdown. It was one of the few chances to bypass the pluggers and pickers of the national pop music station and get airplay. Be it Status Quo, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, or that year’s winning Eurovision Song Contest, if it made the Top

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Eurovision songs reach the Top 40, Radio One holds its nose and has to play them. Win!

I’ve been quiet about my Eurovision activities on this blog over the last two or three weeks (on the assumption that you all know where to find me, or saw the Twitter action), but I want to highlight this little fact. Four Eurovision songs reached the Top 40 yesterday, and 12 tracks made the Top 100. The power of social media and the ability to instantly buy digital music online has once more been able to show that the music does have an impact. The old-school gatekeepers might not hand tracks like ‘Undo’ or ‘Calm After The Storm’ a physical

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UPDATE: It will be eligible! ‘Ding-dong, The Witch Is Dead’ is too short to be a Top 40 Single

Update: From the Official Charts website. Three versions of the song are currently figuring in the Top 200 – Judy Garland’s version at 54, Ella Fitzgerald’s 1961 cover is at 146 and the Munchkins‘ version at 183. Contrary to some reports, all three versions qualify under industry chart rules. At 51 seconds, Judy Garland’s version of ‘Ding-dong, The Witch Is Dead’, currently at #11 in the iTunes Singles Chart in the UK, is too short to be eligible for the Official Top 40 this weekend. Short of some sort of rule bending, the number one is going to be a

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