Ö3 Austria Top 40

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Ö3 Austria Top 40

The Ö3 Austria Top 40 is a weekly survey of the best-selling current music titles on behalf of IFPI Austria . They are the most important single charts in Austria. The associated hit parade of the same name is broadcast weekly on Ö3 , the third radio program of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation . Airtime is Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Ö3 Austria Top 40 are not airplay charts such as B. the gotv Austrian ranking (which takes airplay into account in its evaluation), but rather sales charts - all sales from the Austrian sound carrier trade and the download files sold by the country's largest internet portals are evaluated.

Radio presentation

From 1980 to January 7, 1990, the mixed listeners and sales parade Hit wähl was broadcast on Sunday evenings . It first had one hour with 15 chart placements and six new presentations, the longest time then two hours with 25 chart placements and eight new presentations.

Ö3 top 30

On January 12, 1990, the pure sales hit parade Ö3 Top-30 was introduced on Ö3 . It was presented by Udo Huber on Saturday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and lasted two hours. The first number 1 of the sales charts was the title of All Around the World by Lisa Stansfield . The acquisition of sales data as the basis for the broadcast was carried out until the beginning of 1999 by the copyright company Austro Mechana , which is responsible for the license fees for mechanical reproduction.

Ö3 Austria Top 40

On September 15, 1995, the sales hit parade was expanded to 40 seats and the airtime to three hours. The Ö3 Austria Top 40 was born. The acquisition of sales data as the basis for the shipment was initially carried out by the Austro Mechana copyright company. From April 1999, the data was collected by Media Control , and GfK Entertainment (founded as media control GfK International ) has been creating the charts since 2003 .

Time to Say Goodbye ( Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli ), that was the number 3 of the Ö3 Austria Top 40 on January 10, 1997. With this title, “Mr. Hit parade “Udo Huber as a longstanding presenter of the Austrian hit parade. His successor was Martina Kaiser , who moderated until December 28, 2001. Matthias Euler then took on the role until April 30, 2004 and was replaced by Gustav Götz , who hosted his last program on March 14, 2014. Since March 21, 2014, Elke Rock and occasionally Thomas Filzer (until July 6, 2018) and Tarek Adamski (since August 18, 2017) havebeen moderating.

Until September 27, 2019, the Ö3 Austria Top 40 was broadcast on Friday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Since October 6, 2019, these have a new slot on Sundays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Television presentation

The monthly hit parade The Big 10 with Udo Huber, which started in December 1982, continued on television . After the Musikantenstadl, it was also the second Austrian program to appear in young democracies after the fall of the Iron Curtain, in 1990 in Bratislava . After losing ratings, Dominic Heinzl took over the moderation in 1992 , and the program was discontinued in 1993.

As of January 15, 2000, the TV show Ö3 Austria Top 40 was expanded to become a “tri-media” program (radio, television, internet) on Saturday afternoon. The show featured most of the videos of the highest newcomers, Austrian songs and the top 3. Up to the annual charts on December 29, 2001, the TV show was alternately moderated by Martina Kaiser and Matthias Euler-Rolle. From January 2002 Euler-Rolle moderated alone until the show was discontinued in the same year.

Arena was broadcast for the first time in 2003 . This time, not people, but cartoon characters moderated the show. Number one was then determined by sales and TED voting. However, this program also fell short of their expectations, so that it was canceled.

The last chart show was play music , which was hosted by Boris Uran for almost 8 weeks . Since all hit parade broadcasts flopped, the ORF decided to discontinue them.

Sometimes there is an Austria Top 40 video cast with celebrity interviews on YouTube . The most popular video with a scooter fall by Daniel Schuhmacher received more than 320,000 views. This video was even broadcast on numerous TV stations and formed the basis for a top headline in many newspapers.

Survey of the charts

The survey is carried out by GfK Entertainment . It markets the publication rights for the data it has determined. The data are published in industry magazines such as Musikmarkt , as well as in popular media such as the weekly newspaper News or on the Ö3 website. The absolute sales figures are generally not published.

For the charts, those sales that the consumer makes in the trade count. Only sales of major music stores that meet certain criteria are taken into account in the charter survey. The data is collected weekly and transmitted electronically to GfK Entertainment. Quantities sold do not carry over from one week to the next.

Up to January 2001 only the top 40 of the respective sound carrier sales were actually shown, since then 75 single and long play as well as 20 compilation positions have been determined in Austria . On March 16, 2003 the DVD Top Ten was added. Since the beginning of March 2005, downloads from shops such as iTunes have been included in the rating. Since March 2007, this has also included mobile phone music downloads; since November 2007, titles that are only available as downloads have also been rated . The first song to become a number one hit that way is All Summer Long by Kid Rock . The increasing success of streaming services was taken into account in 2014. With the charts from February 14th, the single charts also include those songs that were accessed via paid music subscriptions (minimum length 30 seconds).

Download sales now dominate among singles, and in 2010 their share was 73%, whereby Austria is below the European average. In terms of albums, CDs were still predominant, with Austria also lagging far behind other countries with a digital share of 6%.

After there was no longer any distinction between album tracks and singles in music streaming, complete albums began to appear in the single charts more and more often in the late 2010s. In the week of October 19, 2018, 13 songs from the album Palmen aus Plastik 2 by Bonez MC & RAF Camora were in the top 15 of the Ö3 single charts . This made the two artists the first to succeed, which resulted in a rule change in the Austrian charts. Thereupon it was decided that from the next chart edition only the 3 best-placed songs per album will be included in the single charts. Austria followed the example of the British charts , which had already implemented this regulation the year before.

See also


  • Andy Zahradnik: Life is a hit parade! The history of the Austrian hit parade. From the “Disc Parade”, the “Big 10” and “Hit wähl mit” to the “Ö3 Austria Top 40”. All moderators. The available annual sales charts and the data since 1967. Josef Keller, Starnberg et al. 2002, ISBN 3-7808-0189-2 .

Web links


  1. The Ö3-Austria Top 40 Studio - Daniel Schuhmacher falls on his face , June 22nd, 2009
  2. Austria includes streaming in the charts , Mediabiz, February 5, 2013
  3. 85 percent of sales in the German single charts are digital , GfK Entertainment, May 31, 2010
  4. Austria introduces new chart rules for singles , Frank Medwedeff, Musikwoche, 23 October 2018