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The Vodafone Big Top 40

The Vodafone Big Top 40 Show
Other names Big Top 40
Genre Download chart
Running time 180 mins (inc. adverts)
Country United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Starring Rich Clarke
Kat Shoob
Matt Wilkinson
Creator(s) Global Radio
Producer(s) Paddy Bunce
Air dates since 14 June 2009

The Vodafone Big Top 40 is a chart show broadcast on 140 radio stations in the UK. The chart is unofficial and has no affiliation with The Official UK Singles Chart or Official Charts Company. The chart is based on music download figures provided by iTunes.


The Vodafone Big Top 40 was launched following the demise of Hit40UK,[1] and is produced by Global Radio, 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 commercial UK radio stations.[2][3]

The show is presented by Capital radio DJs Rich Clarke, and Kat Shoob,[4] with Heart radio DJ 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.[5]

The first show was broadcast on Sunday 14 June 2009 at 16:00.

The chart

The chart is based on music download figures provided by iTunes. The show starts at 4pm with a shortened version of the top 10 most downloaded song of the previous seven days. This is followed by and countdown of numbers 40 to 11. At 6pm, 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.[6]

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 Official Charts Company chart, not regarded officially.

Stations by location

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



External links

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Bebo
  • Myspace
  • YouTube
  • UKChartsPlus every Wednesday

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