Friday, November 27, 2020

Tio i Topp 1961-1974 (Swedish Top 10 Chart Hits)


Tio i Topp (The top ten) was the name of a Swedish pop radio show,which was regularly aired weekly in 1961-1974.

Tio i Topp – Swedish Music Charts in the 1960s

About Tio i Topp (Swedish Voting Charts)

Tio i topp was the first real charts of recorded music in Sweden, launched by Swedish Broadcasting (Sveriges Radio), on October 14, 1961.

The radio show started partly as an answer to the similar charts presented by Radio Nord, an offshore commercial station that operated briefly from 8 March 1961 to 30 June 1962 outside Sweden. Radio Nord presented a “Top 20” chart list once a week and the program became very popular.

Swedish Broadcasting had started a new channel, P3, at this time and wanted to attract a younger audience. Pop and rock music were rarely played on Swedish Radio in those days, and Tio i Topp became one of few radio shows for younger people.

The First Tio i Topp Show

The first aired show was commonly regarded as a disaster. The host was the Swedish singer Lill Lindfors. She had very little radio experience. Since the show included a voting procedure it dragged on much longer than expected.

The show, however, soon found its form and became extremely popular in Sweden during the sixties. Perhaps even more popular than anybody could imagine at the time.

Tio i Topp Influenced Swedish Pop Music

Tio i Topp also had a great influence on Swedish pop music. Having a hit on Tio i Topp was almost a must for any Swedish pop artist and some artists were willing to go to any length to get it. In the mid-sixties the group Science Poption was banned from the list when it was discovered that they had tried to influence the jury.

The Voting Procedure

Tio i Topp was compiled through the votes of one or two studio audiences. The basic set up was to have one audience in Stockholm and one in another city in Sweden, which sometimes explained why local artists reached a top position one week but disappear from the charts the next. In 1966, the number of participating cities was increased to three. In addition, Stockholm later lost its status as obligatory city.
Votes were collected through a silent mentometer system, a system credited to Carl-Eiwar Carlsson. To illustrate that voting was in progress, Carl-Eiwar used a toy machine gun to make a clattering sound.
The initial voting rules were somewhat complicated. They required the audiences to vote in three steps. Out of 10 songs, 5 new songs were to be picked each week to compete with last week’s 10 entries. These 15 songs were presented in the show and the audience was first asked to disqualify 5 of them. Out of the 10 remaining songs, they were supposed to pick one favorite. In 1963, the three-step voting was replaced by one single voting session.
The mentometer system was replaced in 1968 and voters instead gave their votes before the show and over the phone.


During the summer months between 1962 and 1966, Tio i Topp was replaced by Sommartoppen – a modified version of Tio i Topp with an audience in only one city somewhere in Sweden. (Article about Sommartoppen in Swedish )

The Last Show

The last show was aired on June 29, 1974. The board of Swedish Broadcasting had decided that the program preserved young people’s musical taste in favor of imperialistic interests. Reference to imperialism during these years, no matter how realistic, was almost always a sign that the person was on the left side of the political spectrum. This was most certainly true about Swedish Broadcasting in 1974.

The last show was presented by Kaj Kindvall, who later hosted Poporama, Discorama, and Tracks (a radio show that he hosted for 26 years).

The last number one on Tio i Topp was Sugar Baby Love with The Rubettes

01. Eddie Hodges - I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door
02. Ray Adams - Violetta (Hцr Mein Lied Violetta)
03. Gene McDaniels - Tower Of Strength
04. Bobby Vee - Take Good Care Of My Baby
05. Elvis Presley - Good Luck Charm
06. Ron Goodwin & The Concert Orchestra - Murder She Says
07. Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps - Be Bop A Lula
08. Rick Nelson - Young World
09. Dion & The Belmonts - Sandy
10. Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas - Bad To Me
11. Streaplers - Diggety Doggety
12. Bobby Bare - Detroit City
13. Gerry & The Pacemakers - How Do You Do It
14. Big Dee Irwin & Little Eva - Swinging On A Star
15. Mr. Acker Bilk & His Paramount Jazz Band - The Harem
16. Snobs - Buckle Shoe Stomp
17. Alma Cogan - Tennessee Waltz
18. Beatles - Ain't She Sweet
19. Shanes - Let Me Show You How I Am
20. Tages - Sleep Little Girl
21. Honeycombs - That's The Way
22. Del Shannon - Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow The Sun)
23. Yardleys - Under The Boardwalk

01 Hep Stars - No Response
02 Animals - Bring It On Home To Me
03 Lenne & The Lee Kings - L.O.D (Love On Delivery)
04 Kinks - A Well Respected Man
05 Mascots - Words Enough To Tell You
06 Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
07 Monkees - The Girl I Knew Somewhere
08 Dee Jays - Baby Talk
09 Vat 66 - The Birds In The Sky
10 Young Idea - With A Little Help From My Friends
11 Paul Jones - Privilege
12 Red Squares - Lollipop
13 Keith West - Excerpt From 'A Teenage Opera'
14 Cowsills - The Rain The Park And Other Things
15 Scaffold - Thank U Very Much
16 Lulu - Me The Peaceful Heart
17 Esther & Abi Ofarim - Cinderella Rockefella
18 Fireballs - Bottle Of Wine
19 Hollies - Carrie-Anne
20 Tremeloes - Suddenly You Love Me
21 Flamingokvintetten - Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen


01 Don Partridge - Blue Eyes
02 O. C. Smith - The Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp
03 Herman's Hermits - Sleepy Joe
04 Leapy Lee - Little Arrows
05 Lee Hazlewood & Suzi Jane Hokum - Summer Wine
06 Claes Dieden - Da Doo Ron Ron
07 New Christy Minstrels - Where Did Our Love Go
08 Eleanor Bodel - One Way Ticket
09 Donovan - To Susan On The West Coast Waiting
10 Sonny James - Running Bear
11 Gene Pitney - If I Only Had Time
12 Otis Redding - Your Love Is Lifting Me Higher And Higher
13 Suzie - Walking Back To Happiness
14 George Howe - Maxwell's Silver Hammer
15 Rank Strangers - Early Mornin' Rain
16 Pipkins - Gimme Dat Ding
17 CCS - Walking
18 Harpo - Sayonara
19 Christie - Yellow River
20 Pacific Gas & Electric - Are You Ready
21 Edwin Starr - War


01 Matthews Southern Comfort - Woodstock
02 Bonnie Gentry & Glen Campbell - All I Have To Do Is Dream
03 Ireen Sheer - Hey Pleasure Man
04 José Feliciano - Shake A Hand
05 Albert Hammond - The Free Electric Band
06 Shakane - Big Step
07 Archies - A Summer Prayer For Peace
08 Daniel Boone - Beautiful Sunday
09 Glenmarks - Big Fat Oranguman
10 Peter Noone - Should I
11 Ricky Wilde - I Am An Astronaut
12 James Boys - Over And Over
13 Anne Murray - What About Me
14 Lena-Maria & Sweet Wine - Hideaway
15 Birgitta Wollgård & Salut - My Whole World Is Falling Down
16 Marvin Hamlisch - The Entertainer
17 Paper Lace - Billy Don't Be A Hero
18 Douglas - Monkey Song
19 Les Humphries Singers - Mama Loo
20 Björn Skifs & Blåblus - Half Breed
21 Rubettes - Sugar Baby Love

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