So long Top 40

Sunday afternoons will never be the same again

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Does anyone else feel like they're saying goodbye to their childhood?

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After nearly 50 years, The Official Chart Show is being moved from Sunday afternoon to Friday evenings.

For anyone who likes music and has ever owned a radio, this is sad news.

As well as changing days, the show is also getting shorter. Gone is the boredom-busting top 40. There’s only time for 20 tracks in the new time slot.

If you’ve ever been stuck on the rainy M1 on the way back from a weekend at your Gran’s or sat in your bedroom for three hours, index finger poised over the ‘record’ button on your cassette player, you’ll know that this is more than a radio show. It’s a British institution that reminds us of simpler times, namely the 90’s.

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Today, we are inundated with different ways to hear music but growing up, there was a specific kind of excitement reserved for hearing a new single on the radio and wondering where it would chart that week.

As ludicrous as it now seems to a high-tech, modern mind, we weren't the only ones who would record the Chart Show every Sunday, pressing stop and start on the 'record' button in a bid to keep the tape music only – heaven forbid you’d inadvertently record Bruno Brookes or JK and Joel speaking between tracks.

Did we ever listen to those carefully curated tapes? Doubtful. But there was something to the ritual.

Sure, we love the digital age, but allow us to indulge in some gentle nostalgia just for a moment.

Goodbye Top 40. We’ll miss you.

*presses stop forever*

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