Swiss hit parade
On January 2, 1968, the Swiss Singles Hit Parade was published for the first time and broadcast on Swiss Radio DRS (now SRF). At that time, the company was limited to the top 10. In the early days and in the 1970s, the sub-title of the hit parade was “bestseller on the turntable”. With increasing sales and the improvement of the determination methods, the hit parade grew to 100 places, due to the declining importance of the singles market and significantly declining sales figures, 2010 went back to a single top 75. In October 2016 the list was expanded again to 100 items.
Singles hit parade spots over the years
- January 2, 1968 to March 26, 1976: Top 10
- April 2, 1976 to October 30, 1983: Top 15
- November 6, 1983 to January 12, 1992: Top 30
- January 19, 1992 to December 19, 1993: Top 40 (albums from May 13, 1990)
- December 26, 1993 to December 12, 1999: Top 50
- December 19, 1999 to December 20, 2009: Top 100
- January 3, 2010 to October 2, 2016: Top 75
- since October 9, 2016: Top 100
The album charts were only added in Switzerland on November 6, 1983, which coincided with the start of DRS 3 (now Radio SRF 3 ). Since then, the Swiss hit parade has been broadcast every Sunday on DRS 3 and Radio SRF 3.
The compilation charts started on December 25, 1983 with a top 5, in the meantime this hit list had 40, later again 25 places. As of January 3, 2010, these charts consist of 20 compilations.
Survey of the hit parade and publication
The Swiss hit parade is based on sales figures, comparable with the UK Top 40 and the Ö3 Austria Top 40 . All sales from the Swiss sound carrier trade and the download files sold from the largest Internet portals in the country are counted. Since the introduction of digital music sales in the mid-2000s, their importance has steadily increased. In Switzerland, CD singles have almost completely disappeared since then, while CD still dominated albums in 2010 with a share of 86%.
Since the issue of July 6, 2014, music streaming has also been included in the single charts . Both so-called premium streams, which are usually paid for directly by subscription by the provider's customers, and advertising-financed streams are evaluated. These are free for the music listeners, the income for music and streaming providers is generated through upstream advertising. A comparable methodology had already been introduced in the USA in 2013; in Germany and Austria, chart determination was expanded to include premium but not ad-financed streams earlier in the year. Streaming made up around 12% of the Swiss music market in the first quarter of 2014. As an initial quota, it was determined that 178 streaming views correspond to one download sale in order to reflect the added value of the different types of music consumption.
The hit parade in Switzerland is determined by GfK Entertainment on behalf of IFPI Switzerland . It is broadcast every Sunday from 12 noon to 4 pm on Radio SRF 3 (singles top 30 and first places in the album charts). After the broadcast, the charts will be posted on the internet on the website hitparade.ch (Singles Top 100 immediately after the broadcast, Albums Top 100 and Compilations Top 20 on the following Wednesday) and in the free daily newspaper 20 Minuten (Singles and Albums Top 20 ) published.
On January 2, 1968, Christoph Schwegler presented the first hit parade on Swiss Radio DRS. Thomas Gloor presented the last hit parade on DRS 1 on October 31, 1983 and Jasmin Kienast and Ernst Buchmüller were the first hit parade presenters on DRS 3 on November 6, 1983. The first Swiss chart presenter with the label “Mr. Hit parade »was Gabriel Felder . On Sunday, January 6th, 2008, DRS 3 broadcast the "40 Years Hit Parade Anniversary Show" with Patrick Hässig as moderator and many former hit parade moderators (Christoph Schwegler, Gabriel Felder, Mario Torriani , Sven Epiney ) as guests. On December 16, 2012, Schweizer Radio DRS changed its name. The company now bears the name SRF (Swiss Radio and Television) and thus the official Swiss hit parade is broadcast on the “Radio SRF 3” channel.
- 1968: Christoph Schwegler
- 1969: Alexander Felix
- 1970 to 1974: Jürg Marquard
- 1974 to 1980: alternating: Urs Padel, Georges Pilloud, Ruedi Kaspar, Paul Burkhalter, Roger Thiriet
- 1981 to 1983: Martin Eggenschwyler, Peter Hammann, Thomas Gloor, Rainer Luginbühl, Peter Miles
- 1983 to 1987: Jasmin Kienast and Ernst Buchmüller
- 1988 to 1991: Ueli Schmezer , Däni Schindler and Harry Heusser
- 1991 to 1994: Matthias Erb
- 1995 to 1996: Gabriel Felder
- 1997 to 1999: Jean-Luc Wicki
- 1999 to 2000: Mario Torriani
- 2000 to 2001: Sven Epiney
- 2002 to 2004: Simon Steuri
- 2005 to 2008: Patrick Hässig
- 2008 to 2012: Nik Thomi
- since 2012: Michel Birri
- 1998 to 2002: Mona Vetsch
- 2002 to 2003: Sven Epiney, Mona Vetsch, Mario Torriani
- 2003 to 2007: Michael Zezzi
- 2007 to 2008: Nik Thomi
- 2008 to 2012: Michael Zezzi
- 2012 to 2013: Christina Lang
- since 2013: Paul Wiedehage
The Voices station
- 1998 to 2000: American speaker and Mario Torriani
- 2000 to 2002: American speakers, Karin Müller and Sven Epiney
- 2002 to 2008: Sabine Renz
- 2008 to 2019: Paul Wiedehage
- 2012 to 2013: François Mürner
- Gusty Hufschmid: 33 Years of the Swiss Hit Parade - Single Charts . Keller, Starnberg 2001, ISBN 3-7808-0182-5 .
- Hit parade portal (Hung Medien)
- Hit parade on Radio SRF 3
- Chart regulations of the Swiss hit parade
- Benedikt Sartorius, Marc Fehr: An indestructible format. In: Tages-Anzeiger / 12app.ch of January 31, 2018.
- 85 percent of sales in the German single charts are digital , GfK Entertainment, May 31, 2010
- The Swiss single hit parade now with streaming - a historic step , ifpi Switzerland, July 4, 2014