From the end of May 1976 until the beginning of January 1994, chart success around western Europe was measured by the Europarade
- "The Chart Of The Charts"! Compiled in the earlier years by TROS-Radio, and in the later ones by SR-1, it was broadcast on these and other radio stations around Europe, and published (occasionally) in various magazines. Last year (with very much appreciated help and contributions from others!) a team of three forum members - cavefan, CZB and francisplaiy - posted here virtually the whole of those 917 weekly charts (and several year-end charts too) - primarily from the notes we had made while listening to those chart shows way back then. These can be found in the following six threads. each of which covers a three-year period.
1976 to 1979 - http://ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=52561
1980 to 1982 - http://ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=52562
1983 to 1985 - http://ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=52563
1986 to 1988 - http://ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=52564
1989 to 1991 - http://ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=52565
1992 to 1994 - http://ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=52566
More details of the compilation method can be found on those threads. However, for the majority of the period the chart was a top forty, based on the top fifteen positions of each of eleven national charts - Austria (A), Belgium (B), Switzerland (CH), Germany (D), Denmark (DK), Spain (E), France (F), the United Kingdom (GB), Italy (I), Ireland (IRL) and the Netherlands (NL). The charts were weighted equally on a points system, with each number one receiving 15 points, each number 2 receiving 14 points - and so on, down to each number 15 receiving one point.. The total points scored, up to a maximum of 165, determined the Europarade positions - with records scoring the same points total ranked alphabetically by title. (This happened only rarely at the top end of the chart - but frequently at the bottom end, especially when hits had 15 / 14 / 13 points by scoring in the top three in one country, without charting anywhere else at all!)
So it all came to an end just over fifteen years ago - and various other ways of compiling pan-European charts have been used since then. However, we all wondered how the Europarade would have progressed, if it had continued to be compiled in exactly the same way as previously - and we are convinced that such an approach would have continued to be as good a measure of chart success across the continent as it always was.
And now, we are beginning a new series of threads, continuing from where we finished at the beginning of 1994 - setting out for each week the "Europarade" that would
have been compiled in the years since then, if the same rules had continued to be applied. We are compiling them all ourselves, using the weekly national charts that can be found around the internet and in our own archives. So it is likely to take somewhat longer - as this time
we're doing all
the work, not just transcribing the completed charts from our notes and other sources!
This time, there will be three
threads, each covering five
years - and (although we may be filling in for each other from time to time) we will mainly take care of one five-year period each:
will be covering 1994 to 1998
.......and indeed is already several months into 1994! That thread is here: http://www.ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=60376
will be dealing with 1999 to 2003
, in a thread that is "coming soon" / "in preparation";
And I, CZB
, will be doing 2004 to 2008
, here in this thread - starting very shortly!!