RDP: Chart

Top of the Pops

Who is old enough to remember looking forward to the weekly release of the Top Forty charts from their favourite radio station. ?

When I was a teenager it seemed so important. There were several charts. Our local Adelaide radio stations had their own and then there was the National chart and the UK and USA ones.

An old British Pop Chart from the early 60s

We’d compare them with each other and get excited if our favourite songs were on the way up. We’d also listen to Top 40 shows on the radio. I remember one station used to broadcast Casey Kasem’s America’s Top 40. That often had songs we’d never heard of and always cheesy dedications from listeners.

Of course Aussies of my generation usually wanted to see the Countdown Chart too. Watching Countdown on the ABC on Sunday evening was a ritual for many of us and the end of the show was always the Top 10 songs from the chart.


Even classical music stations have charts. Every year ABC Classic does a Top 100 chart on a different theme and plays all the songs over the June long weekend.

Music charts are a lot more fun than medical charts.

*Featured Image is Sanity at Northgate Shopping Centre, Glenorchy Tasmania by Mr Stan Zemanek



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


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