Contemporary hit radio also known as CHR , contemporary hits , hit list , current hits , hit music , top 40 , or pop radio is a radio format that is common in the United States , Brazil , United Kingdom , Ireland , Canada , New Zealand , Australia , the Philippines , Indonesia , Malaysia , Singapore , China , Hong Kong , Taiwan , Japan , South Korea , Trinidad and Tobago , and South Africa , that focuses on playing current and recurrent popular music as determined by the top 40 music charts. There are several subcategories, dominantly focusing on rock , pop , or urban music. The term "top 40" is also used to refer to the actual list of hit songs, and, by extension, to refer to pop music in general. The term has also been modified to describe top 50 ; top 30 ; top 20 ; top 10 ; hot each with its number of songs and hot hits radio formats, but carrying more or less the same meaning and having the same creative point of origin with Todd Storz as further refined by Gordon McLendon as well as Bill Drake. The format became especially popular in the mid-sixties as radio stations constrained disc jockeys to numbered play lists in the wake of the payola scandal. Plays pop , and dance , and sometimes urban , alternative , rock , and country crossover as well. This format contains a strong focus on current chart, contemporary and recurrent hits as well as placing a minority of older, classic hits from the s and early to mid s onto the playlist.
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In the music industry , the top 40 is the current, 40 most-popular songs in a particular genre. It is the best-selling or most frequently broadcast popular music. Record charts have traditionally consisted of a total of 40 songs. The term "Top 40", describing a radio format , appeared in Its introduction coincided with a transition from the old ten-inch 78 rpm record format for single "pop" recordings to the seven-inch vinyl 45 rpm format, introduced in , which was outselling it by and soon replaced it completely in The Top 40 thereafter became a survey of the popularity of 45 rpm singles and their airplay on the radio. Some nationally syndicated radio shows, such as American Top 40 , featured a countdown of the 40 highest ranked songs on a particular music or entertainment publication.
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