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Kasem subsequently retired from the program in ; Ryan Seacrest took over originally derived from Billboard Magazine's "Hot " pop/rock singles chart . dates were one week after the corresponding Radio and Records issue date. The outdated practices of America's most popular radio program the country and is hosted by the beloved Hollywood interviewer Ryan Seacrest. On the Billboard Hot chart's top 40 for the same date, 15 songs are. Listen to Top 40 & Pop Music here on TuneIn! n3ws.info -Absolute TOP 40 Radio . hitz - Hot Hitz . running weekend countdown and you've got a ratings explosion called American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest. Dj Rossi, Priti Malik and Kris will keep you up-to-date and in-the-know, with all the latest music news, events.
Kasem told the New York Times in "I accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.
That is the timeless thing. Most segments of the show included two countdown songs. The second song in the segment would usually be introduced by Kasem with a brief story connected with the song, which could be about its performer, its composer, or a random bit of trivia.
Kasem would often lead into the commercial break preceding the segment with a brief preview of the story, sometimes even giving away the song title or artist. The top-ranking song on the chart always was introduced with one of these stories, which would be followed with a drum roll and the final reveal. Here is an example from the week of October 8, A stunning achievement for year-old New York-born Jim Steinman. Joseph Papp was so impressed, that he bought the rights to it and commissioned Jim Steinman to write another musical.
Jim came up with a show called More Than You Deserve. And it was at auditions for that show, that he met a singer calling himself Meat Loaf.
The two men started working together, and that collaboration resulted in Jim's writing and arranging songs for Meat Loaf, including the big hit " Two Out of Three Ain't Bad ". InJim Steinman released his own solo album Bad for Good. But so far, it looks as though the thing that Jim Steinman does best, is write and produce songs for other artists.
And his latest productions are his biggest yet: Probably a chart first for one individual. Now, here's the other one, the one at the very top. Occasionally, a song was preceded by a brief audio clip of a group of singers announcing the song's position on the chart e.
This was especially common for the first song played in each hour of the show, but was usually not done for the 1 song which was usually introduced with a drum rollor for songs preceded by a story. The "number" jingles were updated and re-recorded from time to time, and by the mids, the show began using two sets of "number" jingles: AT40 also featured several letters in each show where a listener wrote to ask a chart trivia question.
Sometimes these letters led to an extra song being played, though this became less common as songs increased in length in the s. This feature evolved from a spoken-word 45 single that Kasem had recorded in"Letter from Elaina", in which a girl wrote to Kasem about her encounter with The Beatles. He knew, however, that it was going to take some time before a listener wrote in with a request and let the process proceed organically. Kasem's patience proved correct, as staffer Matt Wilson found such a letter while checking the show's mail in August The listener asked Kasem to play the song " Desiree " by Neil Diamondwhich he dedicated to his girlfriend of the same name who was moving to West Germany to live with her family on an Army base.
The request was fulfilled on the weekend of August 26, ; when that show was rebroadcast the weekend of August 25—26,Kasem recorded two optional segments played at the discretion of the station in which he did phone interviews with the man and his former girlfriend about the LDD.
Most shows featured two long distance dedications, usually with one during each half of the show. Sometimes, a song currently in the countdown was requested as a LDD; in such cases, Kasem would typically read the dedication first, and sometimes not even announce the song's chart status until after the song was played.
Long Distance Dedications were dropped after Ryan Seacrest became host inbut they continued as part of Kasem's adult contemporary countdowns.
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Beginning the weekend of February 24—25,a recap of the previous week's top three songs started off each AT40 episode. Originally all three songs would be played before the countdown began in earnest, but when time constraints became an issue, Kasem would simply announce the 3 and 2 songs and play only the 1 song, or just announce all three songs. By mid, abbreviated recaps became the norm. These were typically announced during the Top 10, often before the 1 song on AT When Kasem relaunched the show inhe brought this feature back albeit with the chart the show was currently using.
Predicting next week's 1 song: For a time in andfollowing the week's 1 song, Kasem tried to predict what the 1 song would be on the following week's countdown, based on a poll of the AT40 staff. During the week period that these predictions were used, the poll was successful only 22 weeks, and failed 24 weeks. The final song predicted, on the December 8, broadcast, was " The Most Beautiful Girl " by Charlie Richwhich was 1 the next week. Once an hour, generally halfway into the hour, Kasem relayed three or four radio stations that carried AT40, beginning each list with "American Top 40" is heard in the fifty states and around the world every week on great radio stations like One foreign AT40 affiliate, or mention of Armed Forces Radiowas often included, usually as the last station in the list.
In addition, new AT40 affiliates were mentioned at the top of one of the hours never the first hour. The multiple station mentions became a regular feature in ; prior to then, only one station was mentioned per hour. Occasionally, Kasem did a special report on a particular subject involving the music industry, usually related to a particular song or artist on the week's countdown.
For example, when Musical Youth were in the countdown in with " Pass the Dutchie ", he reported on the history of reggae music. Kasem periodically did a segment giving an update on an artist who had not been on the charts for some time.
During its first year, each AT40 show featured 3 or 4 "oldies", or chart-topping songs of the past. Normally, one old song aired per hour, which at the time mirrored the format of many Top 40 stations. Most of the oldies included were from the Rock 'N Roll era post Each song was heavily promoted by Kasem and contained a story about the artist or some fact making it relevant to the contemporary audience.
By the fall ofonly one old song appeared per show. The following year, the "oldie" feature was dropped altogether. But the feature was phased out again by the end of Old songs rarely appeared again until the "AT40 Archives" feature began in Today, some classic rock stations airing re-runs of these early shows will edit some of the "oldies" features out of the broadcast, as songs from the s, s and s do not reflect the stations' mostly s and s music format.
Once the show expanded to four hours, each of the first three hours ended with the "AT40 Archives" segment that looked back at number one songs of the past. From October to Junethe number one songs of the s were featured in this segment, chronologically, and from June to November the number one songs of the s were featured. The "AT40 Archives" feature ended in November ; for a short time inhowever, the show did feature a segment known as the "AT40 Hall of Fame", spotlighting a noteworthy artist who may or may not have been charting that week.
Many commercial breaks generally had a singing jingle at the start and end of each one, known as a "split logo". At the start of the break was either "Casey's coast to coast" or "The hits from coast to coast"; both were used interchangeably. The end of the break was marked by the name of the program, "American Top 40". The bumpers were originally designed so that stations with no local ads at that point could continue straight to the next segment, with the bumpers changing to a mere jingle: The end of each hour's worth of programming was typically indicated by an approximately one-minute-long piece of nondescript bumper music.
For the first few years of the program, it was merely the AT40 theme, but beginning indifferent pieces began to be used. Like the "number" jingles and the AT40 theme music, the bumpers were occasionally updated and re-recorded, but its only distinguishing feature was the occasional use of the AT40 theme as a leitmotif. The bumper music was typically and often cut short by the local station carrying the program, usually to give the station identification before starting the next hour, and was also used by stations to "pad out" the show so that it would always end on time.
The first weekend XM Satellite Radio played AT40 shows, the entire bumper music was played, as they were all played completely uncut, but later they played the station identification for the XM channels they were on. When AT40 returned inthe bumper music was preceded by a preview of the next song, and the lyrics "countin' down the hits with Casey Kasem" were added and played twice.
The bumper was then followed by the station ID, with Kasem introducing the next song immediately after; this method was introduced in on his Westwood One program, Casey's Top 40, and carried over to AT40 upon his move to AMFM in After the 1 song was played, the bumper music began playing, and over that, Kasem typically reported that week's chart date and read the end credits, then signed off with what became his, and the show's, unofficial motto: Guest hosts would be prohibited from using Kasem's sign-off, but still used the "keep your radio tuned right where it is" phrase when its usage was in effect.Fifth Harmony "I'm In Love With a Monster" (Acoustic)
Even his sign-on and sign-off music became popular, as " Shuckatoom " composed by James R. The songs' run times determined how many would comfortably fit into each hour. The show bent to fit the Billboard rankings, and some songs had to be edited in addition to whatever edits had been done for the single releasewith a verse or chorus cut usually for songs on their way out of the countdownin order to fit into the show.
But Kasem and his producers never lost sight of the stations carrying their show, and that the stories behind the songs were the chief reason that listeners tuned to AT Shadoe Stevens era[ edit ] InKasem left the show over contract concerns with ABC and signed with Westwood One to host a competing weekly countdown. Casey's final AT40 show, the th in the series, aired on August 6, At no point during that final show did Kasem ever let on that any changes were afoot. However, he closed the show by telling the audience to catch him on the television show America's Top 10 and did not plug the following week's AT40 since December 19,he had always plugged both during his signoff.
The change did not do much to stem the decline as loyal listeners did not take to Stevens as they had to Kasem. Further complications arose when some stations that stayed with Stevens also added Kasem's new show. In an attempt to win back an audience, AT40 tried new features, including interview clips, music news, top 5 flashbacks, and previews of upcoming chart hits called the "AT40 Sneek Peek" .
It also stopped using the Hot chart, switching first to the Hot Airplay chart and finally to the Mainstream Top 40 chart. Later still, the countdown would use what was called a "No Nuttin'" gimmick that drew criticism; at various points of the show, a song would start immediately after the jingle for its position on the chart was played and Stevens would not offer any commentary until it concluded. Radio Expressfounded by original show creator Tom Rounds, kept AT40 in production following the move by ABC as the program was still carried in foreign markets.
The very last original AT40 aired on January 28,and it ended with an extended last segment.
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As usual, the 2 song on the chart led it off; that song was " Another Night " by Real McCoywhich had been the 1 song one week earlier. Stevens then took a moment to thank the listeners for their support over the previous twenty-four plus years and played one last Long Distance Dedication, sent by him to the fans. Stevens then gave a rundown of how many songs had been played over the series' entire run to that point, with a final total of different chart toppers, including the one he was about to play as it returned to the top of the chart that week: As Stevens then read the credits and signed off for the final time, he played one final song.
Perhaps appropriately, considering the circumstances, the song was " Happy Trails ". American Top 40 returns; second Casey Kasem era[ edit ] Nearly three years after the cancellation of AT40, a series of events began that would result in the return of the long-running countdown to radio.
Original host Casey Kasem had acquired the rights to the name and branding of his creation, but found Westwood One unwilling to exploit them. In addition, Kasem and his syndicator's parent company were in a salary dispute as Kasem felt he was not getting fair treatment while the syndicator believed the amount of advertising revenue Casey's Top 40 was generating did not justify Kasem's demands.
Since there was interest in Kasem, who was now 65 years old and hosting two adult contemporary countdown shows in addition to his pop show, Westwood One decided it was best for them to retain Kasem and in December he reupped for one additional year.
They also occasionally created their own in-house edited versions of songs, for content or time purposes or both, sometimes. The popularity of records such as that was likely a big reason why AT40 eventually switched from the Billboard Hot to a Billboard airplay-only chart in earlysince controversial rap records typically didn't get enough pop airplay to appear on airplay-only charts.
For the majority of its run on the show, Kasem didn't announce the title of George Michael 's "I Want Your Sex" though it's unclear whether this was because of a personal objection on his part or a corporate mandate from ABC. He did announce it the first couple weeks as well as when it fell out of the Top 40, and during the year-end countdown for The show also never played "Cocaine" by Eric Claptoneven though Billboard listed it as along with its A-side, "Tulsa Time", when the two songs were released as a live single in Casey only mentioned "Cocaine" the first week "Tulsa Time" appeared on the show.
Casey Kasem's well-known sign-off during his years as host: And keep your radio tuned right where it is. Often used as an intro to the final hour of the show: Those songs fell out of the countdown. Now we're up to another debut The practice of listing the "droppers" continued on into Casey's Top 40 and the second generation of AT40 although Kasem usually listed only the titles of the deleted songs by then and not the artists.
Thanks for writing in. Now on with the countdown! Virtually every extended artist story or listener question read by Casey was preceded with a briefer description before the segment, ending the description with "Details coming up! After a commercial break and another song, Casey would then provide the full segment.
A drumroll was used before Kasem announced the week's No. A longer one was used on year-end programs, before revealing the year's No. America's Top 10 started out as a faux newscastwith Casey sitting behind an anchor desk in a suit. After a few shows they switched to a more relaxed style with a sweater-clad Kasem sitting cross-legged in a chair or standing by a monitor.
When the show was arguably at the height of its power, although it actually started in The '70s. And there you have 'em, the 40 biggest hits in the U. Casey Kasem always ended his episodes saying "Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars. A typical Casey's Top 40 ending from the s: And there you have 'em, the 40 biggest hits on the pop chart according to Radio and Records, the industry's number one newspaper.
Until next week, when once again we'll count down the 40 biggest hits in the U. Note that as the show's air dates were one week after the corresponding Radio and Records issue date, Casey did not mention the air date in the closing. Bye bye out there. In certain eras when a new song by certain artists debuted you could count on it eventually hitting the Top 5 if not 1, particularly if the song happened to debut on the Hot within the Top 40, which, unlike today, was unusual in the '70s and '80s.
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Even if you liked the song you had to hunker down and get ready to hear it every single week for the next few months. Good examples are anything by the Gibb brothers in the late 70s or Michael Jackson in the 80s. Averted with songs that entered the Hot within the Top 40 and ultimately failed to even reach the top 10, such as "It's Raining Again" by Supertramp and "All Right" by Christopher Crossboth within a few months of each other in It was also a partial aversion of this trope, as it began dropping down the survey almost immediately.
The very first song played on the show in opened with Marvin Gaye singing "It's over, it's all over" "The End of Our Road", 40 on the debut episode. Forty songs, plus a couple of extras, in four hours originally three. Year-end countdowns were usually even longer, usually but not always stretching to songs, even with the lack of extras and with many of the songs edited for time constraints year-end shows were typically presented in two four-hour sweeps with 50 songs each.
A staple of the year-end programs during the sand then again sporadically in the s; this was simply the No. Casey would tease that somewhere included was the No. New Year Has Come: The special year-end "Top " countdowns, spotlighting the top songs of the year. An abbreviated countdown of 40 songs was introduced in and extended to 50 tracks in AT40 actually didn't feature a year-end Top survey untilas the year-end countdowns during the early years of the show were either a Top 40 and or a Top 80 and Often the show would also compile its own Top list rather than use the one prepared by Billboard.
Billboard counted a song's entire chart life on the topresulting in some surprisingly high year-end rankings for songs like Moving Pictures' No. AT40 eliminated the confusion by taking only the single's chart life within the top 40 into account.
Other exceptions came at the end of a decade: Similarly, Casey's Top 40 kept 's year-end list to a Top 40 and then offered a countdown of the Top 40 number-one songs of the s from the Radio and Records chart, not Billboard's. The entire premise of the program. Averted in hindsight by the syndicated reruns, featuring hit songs of their day which have long since dropped off the charts. The Long Distance Dedications were usually songs that had been Top 40 hits, but there were a few exceptions typically ones with very dramatic stories.
Many of Kasem's shows during the AT40 era featured some variation of the following: Hello again, everybody, and welcome to American Top My name's Casey Kasem, and I'm all set to count down the 40 biggest hits in the U. According to the official Billboard survey, these are the records that you're buying and radio stations are playing all over America this week.
So let's warm up with our recap of last week's Top Three Casey's Top 40 version: Hello again, everybody, and welcome to Casey's Top My name's Casey Kasem, and I'm all set to count down the 40 biggest hits on the pop chart. Our rankings come from the official survey of radio stations from coast to coast; the survey is conducted by Radio and Records, the industry's number one newspaper.
But before we start countin' 'em down to No. Only one way to find out - let the countdown begin! Starting in FebruaryKasem played back the top 3 songs from the previous week's show to lead off the countdown.
This segment eventually would be shortened to feature just the No. Early on, Casey's Top 40 briefly revived the old practice of playing back only last week's No. This practice had ended by Quietly Performing Sister Show: American Country Countdown is radio's longest-running, continuously produced syndicated program, outlasting AT40 whose current run dates fromthe year it was Un-Cancelled after its first run ended in Some songs would be cut in half to control the show's running time; this typically happened to songs that were on their way down the charts.
Songs that weren't typically played on the Top 40 radio format despite being in the literal Top 40 for a variety of reasons, such as being too heavy also received this treatment on the show, including Metallica 's "Enter Sandman" and Nirvana 's "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
This practice decreased as the 90s went on and as the show switched to airplay-only charts, and songs like Soundgarden 's "Black Hole Sun" were played in their normal radio edits.