Monday, 22 December 2014

Merry Christmas everybody

Merry Christmas, readers!

FantasyTOTP will be taking a two-week break over Christmas, since the real-world TOTP shows will make it redundant. If you enjoy them, make sure you come back to this blog in 2015 for year-round TOTP enjoyment.

In the meantime, here's a round-up of the most-featured TOTP performers of the year:

Five appearances: Vance Joy, John Legend, Becky Hill, Ellie Goulding, Katy Perry, Fuse ODG.

Six appearances: Idina Menzel, 5 Seconds of Summer, Pharrell Williams, Calvin Harris, Tinie Tempah, Coldplay.

Seven appearances: Paloma Faith, OneRepublic.

Nine appearances: Ella Henderson, One Direction.

Ten appearances: Jess Glynne.

Eleven appearances: George Ezra, Clean Bandit, Sam Smith.

A whopping FIFTEEN appearances: Ed Sheeran.

All hail King Ed, and a special well done as well to Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne and George Ezra who were unheard of in 2013 but have dominated the show this year.

Finally here are the all-time most featured friends of the show since FantasyTOTP started part way through last year:

1 Ed Sheeran (19 appearances)
2 One Direction (13)
= Sam Smith (13)
4 Ellie Goulding (12)
= OneRepublic (12)
6 Clean Bandit (11)
= George Ezra (11)
8 Pharrell Williams (10)
= Jess Glynne (10)
10 Calvin Harris (9)
= Ella Henderson (9)

See you next year!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Top of the Pops, 18th December 2014

It's the week before Christmas and the race for Christmas number 1 is too close to call. Two of the runners and riders are here in the form of Band Aid and Uptown Funk, although we can only show the video in both cases. It's also Wizzard's turn for a festive vault-dredging.

In non-festive action, metalcore gets a rare bit of TOTP representation in the form of Bring Me The Horizon, one of three new entries from three TOTP first-timers, and there is a barn-storming eighth appearance of the year from friends of the show and alarming chart yo-yos One Direction. Finally, George Ezra debuts single number 3, with a burst of Budapest thrown in as a bonus.

Debuts: KStewart, Fifth Harmony, Bring Me The Horizon, Mark Ronson.

Band Aid 30 - Do They Know Its Christmas?

Up 9 to number 3

George Ezra - Budapest / Listen To The Man

Up 6 to number 23 / Up 5 to number 41

Oliver Heldens ft. KStewart - Last All Night (Koala)

In at number 5

Fifth Harmony - Bo$$

In at number 21

Bring Me The Horizon - Drown

In at number 17

From the Vault: Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day

Up 17 to number 35

One Direction - Night Changes

High Climber - Up 12 to number 7

Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: JB Gill

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Top of the Pops, 11th December 2014

TOTP is starting to take on a best of 2014 feel. The year's success stories Ed, Ella, Calvin, Ellie and 1D are all here, and two of those combine long-lived hits with newies this week. Also, she's been in the chart for aaaages but now is finally the time for the international artist of the year Taylor Swift to make it into the studio. Welcome, your majesty.

Newer faces come in the form of Blonde ft. Melissa Steel and the highest chart placing yet from Union J. And the Christmas lorry trucks on: this week it's the Pogues.

Debut: Blonde (but not Melissa Steel).

Union J - You Got It All

Highest New Entry - In at number 2

Blonde ft. Melissa Steel - I Loved You

In at number 7

One Direction - Night Changes

Up 2 to number 19

Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding - Outside

Up 1 to number 10

Ella Henderson - Yours / Ghost

Back in at number 16 / Up 6 to number 43

From the Vault: The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale of New York

Up 49 places to number 18

Taylor Swift - Blank Space

Up 4 to number 4

Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud / Make It Rain

Up 3 to number 1 / In at number 38

PRESENTERS: Olly Murs dressed as Father Christmas and Nick Grimshaw dressed as an elf

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Top of the Pops, 4th December 2014

It's an unusually left-field line-up this week. Sure, Take That are at number 1, but the other notable new entries come from an extraordinarily slow ballad (Labrinth) and an unprecedented pop-pop-punk supergroup (McBusted).

Lower down we have film music from James Newton Howard (with J-Law's vocals, played over a Hunger Games montage) and some tips for next year in Years and Years and James Bay. And the Christmas cheer starts here: we take the first of our annual digs into the festive vault and bring out Mariah Carey.

Debuts: McBusted, James Bay.

McBusted - Air Guitar

In at number 12

Sam Smith - Like I Can

Up 2 to number 15

James Newton Howard - The Hanging Tree

In at number 14

Years and Years - Desire

In at number 22

James Bay - Hold Back The River

In at number 18

From the Vault: Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You

Up 16 to number 52

Labrinth - Jealous

In at number 7

Take That - These Days

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTERS: Duffy and Heidi Range dressed as reindeer

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Top of the Pops, 27th November 2014

No surprise at the top of the charts as Band Aid process to the number 1 slot, pushing a couple of high quality contenders down to 2 and 3. We feature them all (though Band Aid is just the video), along with numerous other new entries. Hair gel fans will be pleased as it's a rare three boyband week, and One Direction's hydra of hits gets them featured for a very noteworthy fourth week in a row.

Debuts: Travie McCoy, Wretch 32.

Olly Murs ft. Travie McCoy - Wrapped Up

In at number 3

5 Seconds of Summer - Good Girls

Back in at number 23

David Guetta ft. Sam Martin - Dangerous

In at number 5

Wretch 32 - 6 Words

In at number 8

Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne - Real Love

In at number 2

Rixton - Wait On Me

In at number 12

One Direction - Night Changes

High Climber - Up 31 to number 23

Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It's Christmas

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: Duffy

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Top of the Pops, 20th November 2014

One Direction's album has hit and there is no stopping them at the moment - they have a ton of singles climbing the chart and they appear for the third week in a row to bring us the highest-selling (and streaming) three of them.

Now in fine Jools Holland style, the other guests. From the American South! OneRepublic. From Australia! The Veronicas. From Ireland! Hozier. From Los Angeles! Kendrick Lamar. From Grimsby! Ella Henderson. From Magic FM! Sam Smith. And at number one it's the Children in Need record.

Debuts: Gareth Malone, Kendrick Lamar, the Veronicas

OneRepublic - I Lived

Up 1 to number 31

The Veronicas - You Ruin Me

In at number 8

Ella Henderson - Yours

In at number 46

Kendrick Lamar - i

In at number 20

Hozier - Take Me To Church

Up 9 to number 25

Sam Smith - Like I Can

In at number 9

One Direction - Steal My Girl / 18 / Where Do Broken Hearts Go?

Up 6 to number 3 / In at number 45 / In at number 47

Gareth Malone's All Star Choir - Wake Me Up

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: James Masterton

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Top of the Pops, 13th November 2014

As chance would have it there are very few climbers in the chart this week, and some of the ones there are are by American artists who are unavailable. This gives us the chance to shine the spotlight on some smaller hits - including Joss Stone's song for Poppy Day, a coveted second consecutive TOTP for One Direction, and a special stripped back version of Overdrive from the talented Becky Hill.

Bucking the trend are Cheryl, who vaults all the way to the top, and a strong new entry for Calvin vs Ellie II. There's also room for more modestly placed newies from Tom Odell (welcome back) and the Script (er, hi guys).


Debuts: Joss Stone, Jeff Beck, Henry Krinkle.

Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding - Outside

In at number 6

Joss Stone ft. Jeff Beck - No Man's Land (Green Fields of France)

In at number 49

Tom Odell - Real Love

In at number 21

One Direction - Ready to Run

In at number 44

The Script - No Good In Goodbye

In at number 26

Henry Krinkle - Stay

In at number 41

Becky Hill - Gecko (Overdrive)

Up 6 to number 45

Cheryl - I Don't Care

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: JB Gill

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Top of the Pops, 6th November 2014

Halloween feels like a while ago but chart-lag plus TOTP-lag means that only now do we bring you spooky season's chief beneficiary in the form of a re-entering Michael Jackson - a clip from the classic video is played.

More currently, America's two leading bouncy pop groups are both in the hizzouse (Maroon 5 bizarrely making their debut), and we are the grateful recipients of a visit from Queen Taylor Swift. One Direction bounce back to fly the UK (and Ireland?) flag(s) along with friend of the show Ed Sheeran, and Europe is also not unrepresented thanks to Parra for Cuva.

Debuts: Maroon 5, Parra for Cuva, Ann Naklab


Taylor Swift - Shake It Off

Up 2 to number 3

OneRepublic - I Lived

In at number 29

Parra for Cuva ft. Ann Naklab - Wicked Games

Highest New Entry - In at number 6

Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne - Rather Be

Long Runner - Up 5 to number 35 after 41 weeks

From the Vault: Michael Jackson - Thriller

Back in at number 57

Maroon 5 - Animals

Up 5 to number 27

One Direction - Steal My Girl

Up 4 to number 7

Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud

Up 1 to number 1

PRESENTER: Heidi Range

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Top of the Pops, 30th October 2014

A week of consolidation in the chart sees several songs make micro-climbs, allowing them to come back for a second (or in some cases umpteenth) week. There's an electrifying new entry from Fuse ODG and we dig Tracy Chapman out of the vault, but once again the week is all about that Meghan Trainor (on video though, not in the studio).

Fuse ODG ft. Angel - TINA

In at number 9

The Script - Superheroes

Up 2 to number 19

George Ezra - Blame It On Me / Budapest

Up 1 to number 12 / Up 1 to number 17

Calvin Harris ft. John Newman - Blame

Up 1 to number 8

Sam Smith - I'm Not The Only One

Up 2 to number 10

From the Vault: Tracy Chapman - Fast Car

Back in at number 48

Jessie J - Bang Bang

Up 1 to number 4

Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass

Fourth week at number 1

PRESENTER: Abs from Five

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Top of the Pops, 23rd October 2014

With some spritzes of dance and whatever Ed Sheeran is, pop rules this week. The show is opened by a boyband sandwich with Ella Henderson as the tasty filling, and closed with a duo of personality-rich female pop delights (though Meghan Trainor is not in the studio so we make do with her vid).

Also, Talay Riley achieves a coveted second consecutive week on TOTP by featuring on another track, and friend of the show Paloma Faith and Sigma slow down Changes for an impassioned one-off performance that puts Jay James from the X Factor thoroughly to shame.


One Direction - Steal My Girl

Highest New Entry - In at number 3

Ella Henderson - Ghost

Long Runner - Up 6 to number 16 after 19 weeks

The Vamps - Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart)

High Climber - Up 35 to number 9

Wilkinson ft. Talay Riley - Dirty Love

In at number 20

Sigma ft. Paloma Faith - Changes

Up 1 to number 7

Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud

Up 6 to number 4

Taylor Swift - Shake It Off

Up 2 to number 2

Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass

Third week at number 1

PRESENTER: James Masterton

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Top of the Pops, 16th October 2014

Not so much studio time as usual this week. The Goo Goo Dolls (aka The Iris Singers) get a From the Vault slot, the BBC's new multi-artist VT gets an airing and Meghan Trainor is away trotting the globe, so her second week at number 1 is celebrated by playing the video.

Not to worry, though. Here in person we have a Nicki Minaj double-header (with a rare appearance from Usher), fellow RnB guy Jeremih and young guns Ella and LuvBug keeping the British end up as well.

Debuts: LuvBug, Talay Riley, Jeremih, YG.


LuvBug ft. Talay Riley - Resonance

In at number 13

Ella Henderson - Glow

In at number 7

Brian Wilson & Various Artists - God Only Knows

In at number 20

Jeremih ft. YG - Don't Tell 'Em

In at number 5

From the Vault: The Goo Goo Dolls - Iris

Back in at number 66

Nicki Minaj - Anaconda

Highest New Entry - In at number 3

Usher ft. Nicki Minaj - She Came To Give It To You

In at number 16

Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass

Second week at number 1

PRESENTER: Duffy

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Top of the Pops, 9th October 2014

George Ezra aside, there is a whole lotta exciting new music on the show this week. Labrinth, Magician, Ella Eyre and Gorgon City all crash into the chart, but none with as big a splash as Meghan Trainor. Busy as she is, Meghan makes the trip to perform for the TOTP crowd.

Debuts: Magician, Years and Years, Zak Abel, Meghan Trainor.

Magician ft. Years and Years - Sunlight

Highest New Entry - In at number 7

Ella Eyre - Comeback

In at number 12

Jessie Ware - Say You Love Me

In at number 22

Gorgon City ft. Zak Abel - Unmissable

In at number 19

Hozier - Take Me To Church

Up 2 to number 26

George Ezra - Budapest

Up 2 to number 10

Labrinth - Let It Be

In at number 11

Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass

Up 32 to number 1

PRESENTER: Kimberley Walsh

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Top of the Pops, 2nd October 2014

Even into October, the Summer of Heartfeltness continues: we have a second consecutive week without Sam Smith (?!) but his absence is more than made up for by further helpings of George Ezra and friend of the show Ed Sheeran. There's some good old-fashioned pop-dance as well, mind - a trio of pop queens sit at number 1, and Ariana Grande also gets the most out of her plan ticket and performs her own hit Break Free as well. Next week's likely number 1 is not here yet, but Power Music Workout represent the song with their cheeky ripoff, a troupe of hired dancers playing it for laughs.

Not sure why Cilla Black is lurking in the chart's lower reaches, but From the Vault digs her out so that we can speculate.

Debuts: Power Music Workout.


Ariana Grande - Break Free

Up 4 to number 24

George Ezra - Blame It On Me

Up 3 to number 7

Shift K3Y - I Know

In at number 25

Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud

Up 1 to number 18

Wankelmut & Emma Louise - My Head Is A Jungle

Up 5 to number 20

From the Vault: Cilla Black - Anyone Who Had A Heart

Back in at number 47

Power Music Workout - All About That Bass

High Climber - Up 39 to number 13

Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj - Bang Bang

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: JB Gill

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Top of the Pops, 25th September 2014

In the first week since August without Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran kicks off the show to celebrate both his recent hits climbing back up the chart once again. There are two high entries, from "Pro" Green and (at number 1) from Sigma, and longer running hits from George Ezra and Ella Henderson. Plus Hozier's TOTP debut and a rare sighting of Sia.

Debuts: Professor Green, Tori Kelly, Hozier.

Ed Sheeran - Don't / Sing

Up 1 to number 16

Hozier - Take Me To Church

High Climber - Up 14 to number 35

Ella Henderson - Ghost

Up 1 to number 17

OneRepublic - Love Runs Out

Up 5 to number 31

George Ezra - Budapest

Up 8 to number 11

Sia - Chandelier

Up 1 to number 29

Professor Green ft. Tori Kelly - Lullaby

In at number 4

Sigma ft. Paloma Faith - Changing

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: Duffy

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Top of the Pops, 18th September 2014

Blame, blame, blame. George Ezra and friend of the show John Newman are both discussing it this week - Newman in a solo performance because Calvin Harris is off DJing somewhere. We also enjoy an energising turn from Fall Out Boy, and a treat from Christina Aguilera: she is in the building for her feature on the Great Big World song, so who better to take the mic with Clean Bandit for a very special performance of Rather Be. Morose-voiced overgrown choirboy Sam Smith also pops in for the fourth week in a row, by virtue of having multiple tracks climbing the list lately.

Debuts: Fall Out Boy, Ten Walls.

John Legend - All Of Me

Long Runner - Up 1 to number 23 after 32 weeks

Fall Out Boy - Centuries

In at number 22

Sam Smith - Stay With Me / Money On My Mind

Up 1 to number 15 / Up 2 to number 55

Ten Walls - Walking With Elephants

In at number 6

George Ezra - Blame It On Me

Up 7 to number 20

A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera - Say Something

High Climber - Up 15 to number 26

Clean Bandit ft. Christina Aguilera - Rather Be

Up 2 to number 29

John Newman - Blame

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: James Masterton

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Top of the Pops, 11th September 2014

We have two Robin Shulz remixes this week, as it happens - Lilly Wood stays at number 1, while Mr Probz's laidback sounds are back in the top 20. Duke Dumont just misses out on a hat trick of number 1s, crashing in at number 2, and 5 Seconds of Summer finally get on with Amnesia, which has been floating around the lower reaches for a couple of months. Lastly some sad news: the GRL song has entered the chart in tribute following Simone Battle's death; we show a video montage for her.

Debuts: The Script.

Cheryl ft. Tinie Tempah - Crazy Stupid Love

Up 3 to number 22

The Script - Superheroes

In at number 3

Mr Probz - Waves

Up 3 to number 20

Sam Smith - I'm Not The Only One

Up 4 to number 5

5 Seconds of Summer - Amnesia

Up 7 to number 38

GRL - Ugly Heart

In at number 11

Duke Dumont - Won't Look Back

Highest New Entry - In at number 2

Lilly Wood - Prayer in C

Second week at number 1

PRESENTER: Nicola Roberts

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Top of the Pops, 4th September 2014

This week's TOTP concentrates much more than usual on the lower reaches of the chart - a bubbler-under from George Ezra, a re-entering oldie from Kate Bush dug out of the archives, and a former number 1 from Kiesza

Elsewhere, Iggy continues to climb, Sam Smith shows no sign of going anywhere, and there are sparky new entries from Ariana Grande and Lethal Bizzle. The song Prayer in C scraped onto the show last week as rendered by one of those weird studio covers people, but now we have the proper Schulz-assisted version from Lilly Wood atop the chart.

Debuts: Tempa T, Lilly Wood

Kiesza - Hideaway

Up 1 to number 39

Lethal Bizzle ft. JME & Tempa T - Rari WorkOut

In at number 11

George Ezra - Blame It On Me

Up 19 to number 43

Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora - Black Widow

Up 8 to number 7

Sam Smith - Stay With Me

Up 1 to number 15

From the Vault: Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill

Back in at number 51

Ariana Grande ft. Zedd - Break Free

In at number 20

Lilly Wood - Prayer In C

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: Marvin Humes

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Top of the Pops, 28th August 2014

In a busy week for new entries we get drop-bys from the ever-energetic Union J, the intriguingly named Wankelmut and the irreproachable Taylor Swift among others. On the other side of things there are long running tunes from Vance Joy (performed this time mainly on tambourines) and friend of the show Ed Sheeran. Boremaster deluxe Sam Smith is in the building too, but the top of the chart belongs to David Guetta.

Debuts: Wankelmut, Emma Louise, Mega Giants, Sam Martin

Union J - Tonight (We Live Forever)

In at number 9

Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud

Up 3 to number 13

Vance Joy - Riptide

Long Runner - Up 3 to number 38 after 29 weeks

Sam Smith - I'm Not The Only One

High Climber - Up 23 to number 17

Wankelmut & Emma Louise - My Head Is A Jungle

In at number 5

Mega Giants - Prayer in C

In at number 43

Taylor Swift - Shake It Off

In at number 4

David Guetta ft. Sam Martin - Lovers On The Sun

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTERS: Duffy and Kimberley Walsh

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Top of the Pops, 21st August 2014

Nico & Vinz pull off a rare (these days) second week at number 1 and return to the studio to perform the song in style. There are big splashes this week for Kiesza and Iggy Azelea, who brings Rita Ora along and adds snatches of Fancy to their performance of new hit Black Widow. Friend of the show Ed Sheeran is also back to celebrate Don't's release as a proper single, which sends it climbing close to the top ten for the first time.

Kiesza - Giant In My Heart

Highest New Entry - In at number 4

The Saturdays - What Are You Waiting For

In at number 38

Ella Henderson - Ghost

Up 1 to number 5

MKTO - Classic

Up 5 to number 33

Rizzle Kicks - Tell Her

In at number 14

Ed Sheeran - Don't

High Climber - Up 12 to number 11

Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora - Fancy / Black Widow

Up 2 to number 25 / in at number 32

Nico & Vinz - Am I Wrong

Second week at number 1

PRESENTER: James Masterton

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Top of the Pops, 14th August 2014

The big chart news this week is Nico & Vinz's Isinbayeva-like leap to number 1, and they are here to celebrate. Friends of the show Clean Bandit are also back, this time with a very special one-off performance of Rather Be with the Paloma Faith on vocals; the inimitable Paloma is also climbing back up the chart with Only Love Can Hurt.

Other longish-running hits are Stay With Me and Budapest, both performed by candlelight this week, and we have a newie from the ever enthusiastic OneRepublic as well.

Debuts: Jessie Ware, Nico & Vinz

OneRepublic - Love Runs Out

Highest New Entry - In at number 3

Fuse ODG - Dangerous Love

Up 1 to number 30

George Ezra - Budapest

Up 1 to number 5

Jessie Ware - Tough Love

In at number 34

Paloma Faith - Only Love Can Hurt Like This

Up 1 to number 33

Clean Bandit ft. Paloma Faith - Rather Be

Long Runner - Up 3 to number 26 after 29 weeks

Sam Smith - Stay With Me

Up 3 to number 13

Nico & Vinz - Am I Wrong

Up 51 to number 1

PRESENTER: JB Gill

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Top of the Pops, 7th August 2014

Loveable rudesbies Magic! climb that final place to number 1, earning themselves a coveted second TOTP performance in a row - but as they are blowing up worldwide and unable to appear, we have to make do with the video. There's plenty of talent in the studio, though, including a slowed-down reprise of Overdrive from Becky Hill sans Mr Heldens, and a triumphant first performance in her own right from Melissa Steel, who we saw a couple of weeks ago guesting on a hit by Kove.

Rounding out the evening are a couple of faves from friend of the show Ed Sheeran and a slew of first-timers including the shadowy Zhu (face covered of course).

Debuts: Zhu, Sam Romans, Bakermat, Bars and Melody, Melissa Steel (as lead artist)

Zhu - Faded

Highest New Entry - In at number 3

Naughty Boy ft. Sam Romans - Home

In at number 45

Bakermat - One Day (Vandaag)

In at number 15

Bars and Melody - Hopeful

In at number 5

Becky Hill - Gecko (Overdrive)

Up 2 to number 13

Melissa Steel - Kisses For Breakfast

In at number 10

Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud / Don't

High Climber - Up 8 to number 20 / Up 3 to number 35

Magic! - Rude

Up 1 to number 1

PRESENTER: Kimberley Walsh

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Top of the Pops, 31st July 2014


A little bit of shuffling at the top end of the chart allows five of the top six songs to be featured this week, including smash new entries for Charli XCX and the returning Cheryl (Cole?). Lower down we have a third bratty pop queen, Cher Lloyd, and energetic turns from MK and Neon Jungle.

Debuts: Charli XCX (as solo), Magic!, Cher Lloyd, MK, Alana, Cheryl Cole.

Charli XCX - Boom Clap

In at number 6

Magic! - Rude

High Climber - Up 48 to number 2

Ella Henderson - Ghost

Up 1 to number 3

Neon Jungle - Louder

In at number 14

Cher Lloyd - Sirens

In at number 41

George Ezra - Budapest

Up 1 to number 5

MK ft. Alana - Always

In at number 12

Cheryl Cole ft. Tinie Tempah - Crazy Stupid Love

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: JB Gill

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Top of the Pops, 24th July 2014


At one end of the scale we have new entries from Ella Eyre, Kove, Nicole Scherzinger and our impressive number one from Rixton. At the other, Bastille celebrate well over a year in the chart as Pompeii makes another micro-climb down in the lower reaches.

Friends of the show Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne are also back, no doubt benefiting from the new chart rules on streaming. And it would barely be TOTP these days without an Ed Sheeran appearance - this time it's Thinking Out Loud.


Debuts: Ella Eyre (as solo), Kove, Melissa Steel, Nicole Scherzinger, Rixton

Ella Eyre - If I Go

In at number 16

Kove ft. Melissa Steel - Way We Are

In at number 30

Vance Joy - Riptide

High Climber - Up 24 to number 37

Nicole Scherzinger - Your Love

In at number 6

Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne - Rather Be

Up 1 to number 27

Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud

Up 6 to number 23

Bastille - Pompeii

Long Runner - Up 15 to number 44 after 62 weeks

Rixton - Me And My Broken Heart

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTERS: Dappy and Duffy

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Top of the Pops, 17th July 2014

Just when you least expect it, Will.i.am body-pops in through an upstairs window and reclaims the top spot, this time with Cody Wise in tow. We've got a lot of dance music again this week, seasoned with more guitar-like offerings from Milky Chance and the Vamps. Demi Lovato shows up to add some glam with her guest spot on Somebody To You. Calvin is relieved that Summer is still a hit now that the weather makes it relevant.

Debuts: Jess Glynne (as solo), Tanya Lacey, Milky Chance, MKTO, Cody Wise.


Jess Glynne - Right Here

In at number 6

Matrix and Futurebound ft. Tanya Lacey - Don't Look Back

In at number 38

Milky Chance - Stolen Dance

Up 6 to number 26

MKTO - Classic

In at number 24

Calvin Harris - Summer

Up 1 to number 15

Duke Dumont ft. Jax Jones - I Got U

Long Runner - Up 1 to number 40 after 17 weeks

The Vamps ft. Demi Lovato - Somebody To You

High Climber - Up 35 to number 4

Will.i.am and Cody Wise - It's My Birthday

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: Marvin Humes

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Top of the Pops, 10th July 2014

This week belongs to Iggy Azalea. She has a feature rap on the latest new number one, and her own track Fancy is also rising back up the chart. Other big new entries are for Sia and DJ Fresh, while the addition of streaming to the chart sees Clean Bandit and 5 Seconds of Summer get a second chart wind; both are in attendance. And following a world-boggling Glastonbury appearance, we dig out an original 1976 performance from the Queen of Country and Bluegrass, Dolly Parton.

Debuts: TC, Sia, Dolly Parton, Ariana Grande.

DJ Fresh vs TC - Make U Bounce

In at number 10

5 Seconds Of Summer - She Looks So Perfect

High Climber - Up 14 to number 23

George Ezra - Budapest

Up 2 to number 3

Sia - Chandelier

In at number 6

Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne - Rather Be

Up 8 to number 24

From the Vault: Dolly Parton - Jolene

Back in at number 52

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX - Fancy

Up 5 to number 20

Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea - Problem

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: JAMES MASTERTON

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Top of the Pops, 3rd July 2014

The Glastonbury effect will not be felt until next week, so here we mainly have a mix of dance, RnB and dance-RnB. Friends of the show Coldplay delight with a low-key acoustic reprise of A Sky Full Of Stars, and Ed Sheeran celebrates his number one album with a three-track medley. No idea why America are back climbing the chart, but congratulations to Oliver Heldens, and to Becky Hill on her first credited TOTP appearance.

Usher - Good Kisser

In at number 10

Example - One More Day (Stay With Me)

In at number 4

Coldplay - A Sky Full Of Stars

Up 8 to number 14

Mr Probz - Waves

Up 2 to number 7

Calvin Harris - Summer

Up 1 to number 16

From the Vault: America - A Horse With No Name

Up 12 to number 51

Ed Sheeran - Don't / Thinking Out Loud / Photograph

In at number 19 / In at number 26 / In at number 44

Oliver Heldens x Becky Hill - Gecko (Overdrive)

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: Christina Milian

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Top of the Pops, 26th June 2014

For the first time in three months or more the number one song stays on at the top, so well done Ella Henderson. Ed Sheeran's Sing slips down the chart but album track One is rising so he keeps up the momentum for his imminent album - but his songwriterly acousticness has competition from newcomer George Ezra. 5 Seconds of Summer perform a mix of two poptacular hits, and indie rock, pop-dance, dance-pop and afro-urbo-pop are represented as well.

Ed Sheeran - One

High Climber - Up 27 to number 20

The Kooks - Around Town

In at number 35

George Ezra - Budapest

Back in at number 4

Gorgon City ft. Laura Welsh - Here For You

In at number 7

Fuse ODG - Dangerous Love

Up 1 to number 11

5 Seconds of Summer - Don't Stop / She Looks So Perfect

Highest New Entry - In at number 2 / Up 1 to number 32

Demi Lovato - Neon Lights

In at number 15

Ella Henderson - Ghost

Second week at number 1

PRESENTER: James Masterton

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Top of the Pops, 19th June 2014

Football looms large here. Mr Worldwide Pitbull jets in with his two co-vocalists in tow to bring us the official World Cup song, while Three Lions climbs high enough for us to show an original performance from those hopeful days in '96. More surprisingly, the late Rik Mayall's Noble England has entered the top ten, so is played over a thoughtful montage.

But it's Ella Henderson who lifts the trophy this week and makes her Top of the Pops debut. Raleigh Ritchie and Skepta also appear for the first time, and the line-up is completed by a slow burner from Foxes and Zedd.


Tiesto ft. Matthew Koma - Naked

In at number 3

Zedd ft. Foxes - Clarity

Up 11 to number 31

From the Vault: Baddiel & Skinner and the Lightning Seeds - Three Lions

Back in at number 27

Pitbull ft. Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte - We Are One (Ole Ola)

In at number 29

Raleigh Ritchie - Stronger than Ever

High Climber - Up 28 to number 30

Skepta ft. JME - That's Not Me

In at number 21

Rik Mayall - Noble England

In at number 7

Ella Henderson - Ghost

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: Kimberley Walsh

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Top of the Pops, 12th June 2014

This week belongs to Ed Sheeran, who crashes in at the top with his acoustic guitar Timberlake impression after a triumphant crowd singalong at R1's Big Weekend. The guitar tide seems to be rising, in fact, as Kasabian and Coldplay are also here to fly the rock flag. We also have another outing for John Legend's sempiternal top ten mainstay, Little Mix bringing the pop, and Derulo wiggling away for a third time, this time with Lethal Bizzle on rapping and "wiggle wiggle wiggle" duty. I'm sure Snoop will make it eventually.

Little Mix - Salute

High Climber - Up 16 to number 24

Kasabian - Eez-Eh

In at number 22

John Legend - All Of Me

Long Runner - Up 1 to number 5 after 18 weeks

Neon Brotherhood - Hope Ain't a Bad Thing

In at number 19

Lethal Bizzle ft. Cherri Voncelle - The Drop

In at number 20

Coldplay - A Sky Full of Stars

Up 1 to number 13

Jason Derulo ft. Lethal Bizzle - Wiggle

Up 10 to number 19

Ed Sheeran - Sing

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: JB Gill

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Top of the Pops, 5th June 2014

Another rush of new entries this week, although they are a nicely varied bunch encompassing dance, rock, and moody American cinerama-pop; Lana Del Rey (for it is she) favours us with two songs from her forthcoming CD. Sam Smith drops down the chart with last week's number 1, but previous hit Money On My Mind is still buoyant so he nets a coveted two TOTPs in a row. Friend of the show and human ray of sunshine Ellie Goulding returns once again, with an all-new song. And summer must be coming, because Kevin Lyttle's ten-year-old reggae smash Turn Me On is climbing the lower reaches once more.

Lana Del Rey - West Coast / Once Upon A Dream

In at number 21 / In at number 60

One Direction - You & I

High Climber - Up 24 to number 22

Sam Smith - Money On My Mind

Up 4 to number 26

Klingande - Jubel

In at number 3

Twin Atlantic - Heart & Soul

In at number 17

From the Vault: Kevin Lyttle - Turn Me On

Up 13 to number 61

Ellie Goulding - Beating Heart

In at number 9

SecondCity - I Wanna Feel

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: Duffy

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Top of the Pops, 29th May 2014

At last, we Radio 1 listeners will be able to turn our radios back on without fear of hearing yet more about the Big Weekend that we aren't going to. But the event's aftershocks do rumble TOTP this week, as Katy Perry and Pharrell to name but two float back up the charts.

Friends of the show Coldplay's album debuts at number 1 and sends three of its tracks into the singles countdown as well, so Chris Martin's and co bring us an album sampler. Sean the Paul, here as guest on Fuse ODG's track, fills in for Snoop on the Jason Derulo joint for another TOTP one-off.


Clean Bandit ft. Sharna Bass - Extraordinary

In at number 5

Katy Perry - Birthday

High Climber - Up 6 to number 22

Fuse ODG ft. Sean Paul - Dangerous Love

In at number 3

Pharrell Williams - Happy / Marilyn Monroe

Up 3 to number 12 / Up 5 to number 27

Jason Derulo with Sean Paul - Wiggle

Up 2 to number 16

From the Vault: Fat Joe ft. Ashanti - What's Luv

Back in at number 58

Coldplay - A Sky Full Of Stars / Midnight / Another's Arms

In at number 15 / In at number 48 / In at number 70

Sam Smith - Stay With Me

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTERS: Jack Whitehall and Kriss Akabusi

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Top of the Pops, 22nd May 2014

This eventful week sees multiple oddities. The late Michael Jackson storms the top 10 with Justin Timbo in tow, so we've edited together footage of both men's previous appearances into a dance-off. Paloma Faith is back and not getting any less ritzy, and the show culminates in a triumvirate of Eurovision successes including the winner, Conchita Wurst. Culminates? Well, no - Rita Ora crowns the countdown. Amazingly this is her first time on the new TOTP; and who is that mysterious tall gentleman lurking behind the decks?

Paloma Faith - Only Love Can Hurt Like This

Up 1 to number 6

Ed Sheeran - One

In at number 20

5 Seconds Of Summer - Good Girls

In at number 19

Michael Jackson with Justin Timberlake - Love Never Felt So Good

High Climber - Up 16 to number 8

Molly - Children Of The Universe

Up 10 to number 23

The Common Linnets - Calm After The Storm

In at number 9

Conchita Wurst - Rise Like A Phoenix

In at number 17

Rita Ora - I Will Never Let You Down

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: Duffy

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Top of the Pops, 15th May 2014

Only two new entries make it on to the show this week, so there is room for reprises of some older hits: Mr Probz is back, and Gary Barlow brings along some banjo and jug players to perform a special way-out-west version of Let Me Go. At the more sophisticated end of the scale we have Pharrell plus backing dancers doing Marilyn Monroe, and a rare appearance from the inimitable Ms Keys. Friend of the show Jason Derulo is in the building too, without Snoop Dogg but instead recruiting a game Gary Barlow to fill in on the "wiggle wiggle wiggle" bits.

Pharrell Williams - Marilyn Monroe

Up 10 to number 30

Pitbull ft. G.R.L. - Wild Wild Love

Highest New Entry - In at number 6

Alicia Keys - It's On Again

Up 8 to number 31

Gary Barlow - Let Me Go

High Climber - Up 52 to number 22

Foxes - Holding Onto Heaven

In at number 14

From the Vault: Wheatus - Teenage Dirtbag

Back in at number 56

Jason Derulo ft. Gary Barlow - Wiggle

Up 39 to number 74

Mr Probz - Waves

Up 1 to number 1

PRESENTER: Marvin Humes

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Top of the Pops, 8th May 2014

Molly's Children of the World gets a pre-Eurovision TOTP showing as it storms into the chart at number 48, while five other female acts are also climbing the hit parade. Perhaps going some way to cancelling out the Chris Brown appearance, which in fairness has been a long time coming as his hit, now finally invading the top 10, has been around the top 20 for weeks. The new old MJ song is played over a montage of previous TOTP highlights, and the succession of in-at-the-top bangers continues with Calvin and a troupe of mixed-gender backing dancers.

Tove Lo - Stay High

Up 2 to number 7

Paloma Faith - Only Love Can Hurt Like This

High Climber - Up 30 to number 20

Molly - Children Of The Universe

In at number 48

Chris Brown - Loyal

Up 5 to number 10

Lily Allen - Our Time

Up 14 to number 43

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX - Fancy

Up 2 to number 9

Michael Jackson - Love Never Felt So Good

In at number 27

Calvin Harris - Summer

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: Kimberley Walsh

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Top of the Pops, 1 May 2014

Helped by the school holidays, interest in Disney's Frozen has surged once again, sending three of the chart phenomenon's songs including the mighty Let It Go back up the top 40. Kristen Bell and friend of the show Idina Menzel drop by once again to do them justice. Most other performers this week are new entries, including a Robin Thicke-less DJ Cassidy, TOTP debutants Indiana, Joel Compass and Cash Cash, and the latest new number 1, Mr Probz.

DJ Cassidy ft. Jessie J - Calling All Hearts

In at number 6

Cash Cash ft. Bebe Rexha - Take Me Home

In at number 5

Joel Compass - Forgive Me

In at number 34

Indiana - Solo Dancing

In at number 14

Neon Jungle - Welcome To The Jungle

In at number 7

Idina Menzel & Kristen Bell - Let It Go / Do You Want To Build A Snowman? / For The First Time In Forever

Long Runner - Up 2 to number 13 after 20 weeks / Up 4 to number 26 / Up 2 to number 38

Coldplay - Magic

Up 4 to number 20

Mr Probz - Waves

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: James Masterton

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Top of the Pops, 24th April 2014

Kiesza tops the charts and brings some star quality to an otherwise relatively low-key week full of shadowy dance DJs and the fanbase-powered chart overperformance of Elyar Fox. Other highlights are Paolo Nutini peddling a two-track sampler from his number 1 album, and Ed Sheeran celebrating his Hobbit hit's longevity by dressing up as Frodo Baggins (should have been Bilbo - we'll get letters).

Meridian Dan ft Big H and JME - German Whip

In at number 13

Elyar Fox - A Billion Girls

In at number 11

Ed Sheeran - I See Fire

Long Runner - Up 7 to number 43 after 15 weeks

DJ Snake & Lil Jon - Turn Down For What

High Climber - Up 32 to number 38

Shift K3Y - Touch

In at number 3

Showtek & Justin Prime ft Matthew Koma - Cannonball

In at number 29

Paolo Nutini - Scream (Funk My Life Up) / Iron Sky

Up 6 to number 22 / In at number 59

Kiesza - Hideaway

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: Kimberley Walsh

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Top of the Pops, 17th April 2014

As another soulful house anthem crashes in at the top, Sigma rise to the challenge of standing out and bring a confetti carnival of dancers and singers to sell their smash. The Vamps are no less ebullient, and Paloma Faith is on imperious form as her song gets a second wind. 

Katy Perry's rapping friend Juicy J is elsewhere, so Iggy and Charli seize the chance to add a sassy one-off rap of their own, freshening up Dark Horse in its 16th week on the chart. And there are entries from two much-loved veteran pop bands, the Saturdays and the Kaiser Chiefs, plus newcomer Tove Lo.

The Vamps - Last Night

In at number 2

Paloma Faith - Can't Rely On You

Up 17 to number 18

Tove Lo - Stay High

High Climber - Up 21 to number 12

Kaiser Chiefs - Coming Home

Up 14 to number 31

The Saturdays - Not Giving Up

In at number 19

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX - Fancy

In at number 5

Katy Perry ft. Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX - Dark Horse

Long Runner - Up 1 to number 10 after 16 weeks

Sigma - Nobody To Love

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: JB Gill

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Top of the Pops, 10th April 2014

There's a bit of movie magic this week as five voices from the Frozen soundtrack make the trip to celebrate four songs climbing the charts at once - an almost Glee-level achievement. That's not the only medley either, as French Montana flies in to perform his two hit rap features, throwing in a bit of freestyle and abetted by a body-poppin' Will.I.Am for the latter half.

Elsewhere, John Legend is back and romantic as ever, and we also welcome global Latin superstars Shakira, Enrique Iglesias and Paolo Nutini (though Pitbull is busy being Mister Worldwide somewhere else). Finally at the top of the chart, Avicii's former shadow-dweller Aloe Blacc hits number 1 in his own right.

Enrique Iglesias - I'm A Freak

Up 2 to number 9

Paolo Nutini - Scream (Funk My Life Up)

In at number 12

John Legend - All Of Me

Up 3 to number 2

Shakira - Empire

High Climber - Up 36 to number 25

French Montana with Will.I.Am - Loyal / Feelin' Myself

Up 2 to number 13 / Up 4 to number 24

John Martin - Anywhere For You

In at number 7

Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn, Katie Lopez and Santino Fontana - Let It Go / Do You Want To Build A Snowman? / For The First Time In Forever / Love Is An Open Door

Up 10 to number 17 / Up 19 to number 40 / Back in at number 56 / In at number 64

Aloe Blacc - The Man

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: Duffy

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Top of the Pops, 3rd April 2014

Success for 5 Seconds of Summer, as well as another wave of assorted dance bangers by two or three people. We also have ballads! from Christina Perri, rock! (sort of) from Coldplay, and soul! from the arrestingly gifted MNEK, who performs a stripped-back version of his hit with Gorgon City. And friends of the show One Republic are back, this time romping through Counting Stars on banjos and jug.

FAUL & Wad Ad vs Pnau - Changes

In at number 3

OneRepublic - Counting Stars

Up 3 to number 19

Christina Perri - Human

Up 1 to number 16

MNEK - Ready For Your Love

Up 2 to number 24

Tujamo & Plastik Funk ft. Sneakbo - Dr Who

In at number 21

Coldplay - Magic

Up 3 to number 20

Martin Garrix & Jay Hardway - Wizard

In at number 7

5 Seconds of Summer - She Looks So Perfect

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: JB Gill

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Top of the Pops, 27th March 2014

There are a ton of new entries this week, including Duke Dumont returning to the top spot and Little Mix bouncing around the top ten with their charity single. From the Vault comes into its own as enough Aberdonians buy Don't You Want Me to send the Human League into the top 20, so we dig up a classic performance from the stylish Sheffielders. Other delights in the varied bag of newies include London Grammar, Paolo Nutinin and big-in-the-US singer, Trey Songz.

Little Mix - Word Up!

In at number 6

Paolo Nutini - Better Man

In at number 43

Example - Kids Again

In at number 13

From the Vault: The Human League - Don't You Want Me

Back in at number 19

London Grammar - Hey Now

In at number 37

Trey Songz - Na Na

In at number 20

Avicii - Addicted To You

High Climber - Up 10 to number 14

Duke Dumont ft. Jax Jones - I Got U

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: Kimberley Walsh

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Top of the Pops, 20th March 2014

We see big comebacks from three female solo artists this week: Kylie Minogue, Pixie Lott and the singer-songwriter-type Christina Perri. John Legend continues his slow, sentimental chart climb, and there is a bouncing return from One Direction as their AC/DC-style rocker pops back into the top 40. The novelty genre is also strongly represented by the Chainsmokers and Flo Rida, while friend of the show Tinie Tempah (and some trolls hunched over Korgs) crash in at the top.

Kylie Minogue - Into The Blue

In at number 12

One Direction - Midnight Memories

Back in at number 29

John Legend - All Of Me

Up 2 to number 6

The Chainsmokers - #selfie

High Climber - Up 25 to number 17

Pixie Lott - Nasty

In at number 9

Christina Perri - Human

In at number 14

Flo Rida - How I Feel

In at number 8

DVBBS & Borgeous ft. Tinie Tempah - Tsunami

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: Marvin Humes

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Top of the Pops, 13th March 2014

Jess Glynne crashes into the number 1 spot for the second time in 2014, this time as the mouthpiece for Route 94; she sparkles onstage. It's also Coldplay time once again, though their pleasing japery doesn't quite match the charm of show-opener Lily Allen. Idina Menzel is also here to celebrate her Oscar win.

Lily Allen - Air Balloon

In at number 7

Avicii - Addicted To You

High Climber - Up 28 to number 36

Coldplay - Magic

In at number 10

Nick Mulvey - Cucurucu

In at number 26

Idina Menzel - Let It Go

Up 9 to number 22

From the Vault: Roberta Flack - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

Back in at number 62

Ellie Goulding - How Long Will I Love You

Up 10 to number 18

Route 94 ft. Jess Glynne - My Love

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: Duffy

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Top of the Pops, 6th March 2014

It's Pharrell's week once again. Not only is the impish hat-donner now on a near-unprecedented third run at number one with a song newly anointed as a million-seller, he's also the ten-gallon musical brain behind Paloma Faith's new top ten entry; he duly larks around in the background of Paloma's performance before inviting her to join his own. New to TOTP this week are John Legend and American Authors, and international diva Beyonce drops by (with another sparkly dress) as her Brits-performed track rises another place.

Tiƫsto - Red Lights

Highest new entry - In at number 6

Beyonce - XO

Up 1 to number 22

John Legend - All Of Me

High Climber - Up 20 to number 9

Foxes - Let Go For Tonight

In at number 7

American Authors - Best Day Of My Life

Up 20 to number 17

From the Vault: Starship - We Built This City

Back in at number 26

Paloma Faith - Can't Rely On You

In at number 10

Pharrell Williams ft. Paloma Faith - Happy

Fourth week at number 1

PRESENTER: James Masterton

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Top of the Pops, 27th February 2014

It's been a Britsy week. Five of our acts here are Brit Award winners or performers, including Bastille and Rudimental reprising their team-up from the ceremony itself (and even our presenter, Duffy, is a three-time former winner). Katy Perry even brings most of her set from the Brits show along with her. Non-Brit tracks include newies from Tegan and Sara and A Great Big World, plus a long-running mid-hit from Idina Menzel. Critics' Choice Sam Smith actually has four songs in the top 75, but this week is all about Money On My Mind.

Tegan and Sara ft. The Lonely Island - Everything Is Awesome

High Climber - Up 48 to number 17

Ellie Goulding - Goodness Gracious

Up 10 to number 26

A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera - Say Something

In at number 4

Katy Perry - Dark Horse

Up 4 to number 6

Idina Menzel - Let It Go

Up 5 to number 23

Pharrell Williams - Happy

Up 1 to number 2

Bastille & Rudimental - Pompeii / Waiting All Night

In at number 21

Sam Smith - Money On My Mind

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: Duffy

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Top of the Pops, 20th February 2014

A truckload of new tracks make up most of the show this week, although one of them was also performed last week in its rip-off version; Zedd and Hayley turn up in person today to knock it into a cocked hat. Further continuity comes from Katy B and the all-conquering Clean Bandit, back for a fourth time with another irrepressible rendition. Soul Queen Mary J Blige also pops in to add some regal glitter.

Zedd ft. Hayley Williams - Stay The Night

Highest New Entry - Straight in at number 2

Disclosure ft. Mary J Blige - F For You

Up 7 to number 22

Katy B - Crying For No Reason

Up 2 to number 5

Le Youth ft. Dominique Young Unique - Dance With Me

In at number 11

Imagine Dragons - Demons

High Climber - Up 11 to number 19

Dapper Laughs - Proper Moist

In at number 15

David Guetta ft. Skylar Grey - Shot Me Down

In at number 4

Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne - Rather Be

Fourth week at number 1

PRESENTER: JB Gill

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Top of the Pops, 13th February 2014

This week's big name is Katy Perry, here with Juicy J as Dark Horse gets a second wind and canters up to the top ten after seven weeks on the chart - a dark horse indeed. At the other end of the star spectrum is "DJ Stay The Night" with a pre-emptive cover of a not-yet-released song by Zedd; the collective of shadowy studio goons make the most of their week on the telly. Friends of the show OneRepublic give us a two-hit medley, and Clean Bandit are still at the top of the pile, grinning like the Cheshire cats they are.

DJ Fresh vs Jay Fay ft. Ms Dynamite - Dibby Dibby Sound

Highest New Entry: In at number 3

Katy Perry ft. Juicy J - Dark Horse

Up 8 to number 11

Vance Joy - Riptide

Up 1 to number 13

OneRepublic - If I Lose Myself / Counting Stars

Up 3 to number 8 / Up 1 to number 23

DJ Stay The Night - Stay The Night

High Climber - Up 33 to number 24

Tinie Tempah and Labrinth - Lover Not A Fighter

Up 2 to number 16

Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne - Rather Be

Third week at number 1

PRESENTER: Kimberley Walsh

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Top of the Pops, 6th February 2014

Almost everything is new this week, though that's not to say there aren't some familiar faces. Will.i.am only brings one of his guest stars along this week, turning the track into an extended freestyle as he and French Montana try to top each other. Dappy is also in the building, on the back of his Celebrity Big Brother appearance, and Katy B does justice to her big dance ballad anthem. Holding fast at number 1 are Clean Bandit, who turn up this week with a full string section in tow.


Will.i.am ft. French Montana - Feelin' Myself

Highest New Entry - In at number 2

Dappy - No Regrets

Re-entry at number 40

Katy B - Crying For No Reason

In at number 5

Chris Malinchak - If U Got It

In at number 23

Gorgon City ft. MNEK - Ready For Your Love

In at number 4

From the Vault: The Weather Girls - It's Raining Men

Re-entry at number 31

Katy Perry - Dark Horse

High Climber - Up 51 to number 19

Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne - Rather Be

Second week at number 1

PRESENTER: James Masterton

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Top of the Pops, 30th January 2014

The middle of the chart is quiet this week, so we have some big new entries from the top and some (for now) lower-charting new songs from the outer reaches. Vance Joy returns to reprise 'Riptide' by candlelight and there are precocious turns from Neon Jungle and the Vamps (with a two-song medley), but the evening belongs to a triumphant Clean Bandit, looking indeed like there's no place they'd rather be.

Neon Jungle - Braveheart

In at number 4

Tinie Tempah & Labrinth - Lover Not A Fighter

Up 9 to number 18

Half Moon Run - Full Circle

In at number 60

Vance Joy - Riptide

Up 8 to number 10

Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Young Blood

Highest New Entry - In at number 55

OneRepublic - If I Lose Myself

High Climber - Up 33 to number 22

Vamps - Wild Heart / Can We Dance

In at number 3 / Up 5 to number 42

Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne - Rather Be 

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: Duffy

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Top of the Pops, 23rd January 2014

Two performances this week that you won't see anywhere else. Shakira comes without Rihanna but is easily able to swivel hips for two, and Pharrell performs a lovely percussion-only version of Happy for his third week at number 1. Elsewhere we have new TOTP debuts for Elyar Fox, Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip, and a reappearance from friends-of-the-show Bastille performing the evergreen Pompeii.

Elyar Fox - Do It All Over Again

Highest New Entry - In at number 5

Chase & Status ft Jacob Banks - Alive

Up 4 to number 21

Idina Menzel - Let It Go

Up 5 to number 31

Busta Rhymes ft Q-Tip - Thank You

High Climber - Up 24 to number 13

Tinie Tempah - Lover Not A Fighter

Up 15 to number 27

Bastille - Pompeii

Up 2 to number 39

Shakira - Can't Remember To Forget You

In at number 11

Pharrell Williams - Happy

Third week at number 1

PRESENTER: Marvin Humes

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Top of the Pops, 16th January 2014

A couple of rare treats this week. First Beyonce jets in to bring us (most of) not one but two tracks from her barricade-storming new album. Second, the Gaga/Aguilera diva double both appear to sing the revamped version of Do What U Want which is currently giving the track a second wind. Elsewhere there is a high banger concentration; Pharrell isn't here in person so we enjoy the video for Happy.

Hardwell ft. Matthew Koma - Dare You

Highest New Entry - In at number 18

Beyonce - Drunk in Love / XO

Up 17 to number 10 / In at number 45

Little Mix - Little Me

Up 6 to number 14

Sub Focus - Turn Back Time

High Climber - Up 30 to number 15

Bastille - Of The Night

Up 1 to number 11

Vance Joy - Riptide

In at number 35

Lady Gaga ft. Christina Aguilera - Do What U Want

Up 11 to number 12

Pharrell Williams - Happy

Up 1 to number 1

PRESENTER: Kimberley Walsh

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Top of the Pops, 9th January 2014

The first Top of the Pops of the new year sees an influx of shiny new hits spearheaded by the rootin' tootin' number 1 from Pitbull and Ke$ha. Idina Menzel makes her debut as this week's bubbler-under, and some continuity is provided by lively 2013 recurrences from Rizzle Kicks, Wilkinson and Martin Garrix.

Matrix & Futurebound ft Marshall - Control

In at number 18

Martin Garrix - Animals

Up 5 to number 8

Idina Menzel - Let It Go

Up 13 to number 44

Fuse ODG - Million Pound Girl (Badder Than Bad)

In at number 14

Wilkinson - Afterglow

Up 7 to number 34

Rizzle Kicks - Skip To The Good Bit

Up 6 to number 25

Ed Sheeran - I See Fire

Up 2 to number 30

Pitbull ft Ke$ha - Timber

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: Marvin Humes

Friday, 3 January 2014

Happy New Year

Hi, viewers, and happy New Year.

There was of course no fantasy TOTP over the Christmas period, because the slot was taken by the real TOTP that were actually broadcast on TV (not in my head) on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. They were pretty good, weren't they?

Normal fantasy TOTP service will resume next week on 9th January at half past seven. Until then, here's a list of the most featured artists and friends-of-the-show of 2013:

Seven appearances: Ellie Goulding
Six appearances: Avicii, John Newman
Five appearances: Lily Allen, OneRepublic, Rudimental, Jason Derulo
Four appearances: Arctic Monkeys, Bastille, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, One Direction, Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke

All hail Ellie, Queen of the Pops (and she was on both real-life festive editions too). Who will top the list in 2014?