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In pictures: TOTP through the years

Jimmy Savile

Sir Jimmy Savile presented the first ever Top of the Pops on 1 January 1964. The BBC has announced it is to scrap the show after 42 years.


In its heyday, in the 1970s, Top of the Pops attracted audiences of 15 million.

Elton John

Some veteran pop stars have appeared on Top of the Pops in a number of different decades. Elton John, pictured here in 1974, is one such artist.

Kate Bush

Kate Bush shot to fame after her ethereal performances of debut single Wuthering Heights in 1978.

Dave Lee Travis and Sir Jimmy Savile, pictured in 1976.

Dave Lee Travis, pictured with Sir Jimmy, was host from 1972 to 1984. After hearing of the show's demise, he said the BBC "forgot to keep the fun element" of the programme.

Madonna in 1984.

Madonna's performances were often highly choreographed and energetic, as in this 1984 show when she sang Holiday.

Ian Brown, lead singer of the Stone Roses, performs in the Top of the Pops studio in 1989.

Ian Brown, lead singer of the Stone Roses, performs in 1989. He went on to launch an equally successful solo career.

The Spice Girls

The Spice Girls appeared on the show during their height of their popularity in the 1990s.

Steps in 1998

Pop favourites Steps wowed the Top of the Pops crowd with their dance routines.

Fearne Cotton

Fearne Cotton, who is a current presenter, has also hosted spin-off show Top of the Pops Saturday.

Girls Aloud

Pop Stars: The Rivals winners Girls Aloud are among the acts to have performed on the show in more recent years.


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