Definition of top 40 in English:

top 40


(also top forty)
treated as singular or plural
  • The forty most popular songs or recordings in the popular music charts.

    ‘they reached the top 40 seventeen times between 1964 and 1967’
    • ‘three top 40 hit singles’
    • ‘We'd have waited until Sunday and recorded the songs off The Top 40 if it had been us.’
    • ‘Like the shift from network radio to the rise of independent stations, Top 40 happened quickly, between 1955 and '57.’
    • ‘… The Internet means exposure, and these days, unless you're in the Top 40, you're not getting on the radio.’
    • ‘From about 4 to 7 o'clock on I'd listen to to the Top 40 on Hilversum 3, followed by ‘De LP-Show’, which played cool album tracks that otherwise wouldn't have got much airplay.’
    • ‘And the situation has held quite well (despite a lot of fiddling about what constitutes a ‘single’) so that the Top 40 consists of records more-or-less entirely sold on the basis of a single track.’
    • ‘I was the vocalist for a Navy band and we did Top 40 stuff, going around on recruiting tours to urban schools.’
    • ‘As such, the composition of the PM for-fee list, expanded now to the Top 40, has changed a bit.’
    • ‘In one of the objective musical experiments this site is justly famous for, we took the Top 40 best-selling singles of 1981 and of 2000, and then gave them marks out of 10.’
    • ‘Their style of guitar-driven pop coupled with a strong emotional sincerity has garnered approval from college radio, modern rock stations, and the dreaded Top 40.’
    • ‘The band sounds more polished (less experimental noise mucking) but retains that edge of poetic darkness too alien for the Top 40.’
    • ‘I haven't kept up to date with the Top 40 for years.’
    • ‘I'll probably be getting excited about the Top 40 next.’
    • ‘The thick guitars and heavy-hitting drums may sound exactly like every other hard rock band in the Top 40, but that's the point.’
    • ‘There's always some stuff that I like on the Top 40; I always hear it from my daughters.’
    • ‘As for the music, patrons will hear a mix of about 20 per cent country along with rock, retro and Top 40.’
    • ‘We expect so much more from someone who consistently produced the best material in the Top 40.’
    • ‘Anyway, the tune itself is actually quite good, a Top 40 song that deserved to be there.’
    • ‘Lucie is still finding her feet as a solo artist, despite the huge success of her first two singles, which both made it into the Top 40.’
    • ‘I think the traditional Top 40 will continue, but be based on download sales.’
    • ‘But now you only have to listen to the Top 40 to know the lunatics are in charge of the asylum.’