Terrible lip syncing was always part of the fun of TOTP, but a format change turned it into a brighter version of Later R eaders of a certain age will remember when Thursday evenings meant Top of the Pops and nothing else. From rock gods to rappers, pop princesses to indie idiots, all musical life was on Top of the Pops. It was bewitching and bewildering in equal measure. Whether it was the far-out fashions, the awkward audience or the rabidly enthusiastic presenters, it was half-an-hour of telly guaranteed to get you talking or, at the very least, provoke your parents into an argument over whether the singer in Culture Club was a boy or a girl. And then there was the comedy gold offered up by the miming.
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The weekly pop countdown ran for decades, racking up more than 2, episodes, featuring the likes of U2, Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Bob the Builder - sometimes on the same show. In fact, Top of the Pops is that rare beast: A programme which is still part of the BBC's annual Christmas Day ratings battle but was taken off the air due to unpopularity seven-and-a-half years ago. The recent scandal involving arguably its most famous presenter Jimmy Savile has cast a cloud over the show's history - and further set back any discussion of a revival. Nonetheless, its half-century has several pivotal moments. True to the show's chart-based format, here is a top Although the show was shot and broadcast live, all of the artists mimed.
Top 10 pop picks as TOTP turns 50
Dig out those flares from the back of the cupboard, along with your platforms and fulgid make-up. The BBC has decided to re-broadcast every weekly episode from that year, protrusive from succeeding Thursday. It is an possibility for us to cogitate on the language and ideas that represented each year. So, return a saunter down memory lane to advert all of our early hypostasis of the Year selections.
Top of the Pops was the world's longest running weekly music show. Each weekly show consisted of performances from some of that week's best-selling popular music records, usually excluding any tracks moving down the chart, including a rundown of that week's singles chart. This was originally the Top 20, though this varied throughout the show's history.