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United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, and the Philippines, that focuses on playing current and recurrent popular music as determined by the top 40 music charts. There are several subcategories, dominantly focusing on rock, pop, or urban music.
Used alone, CHR most often refers to the CHR-pop format. Records magazine to designate top 40 stations which continued to play hits from all musical genres as pop music splintered into adult contemporary, urban contemporary and other formats.
The term “top 40” is also used to refer to the actual list of hit songs, and, by extension, to refer to pop music in general. The format became especially popular in the sixties as radio stations constrained disc jockeys to numbered play lists in the wake of the payola scandal. Plays pop, and dance, and sometimes urban, alternative, rock, and country crossover as well.
40 radio which originated in the 1950s. This format contains a strong focus on current chart, contemporary and recurrent hits as well as placing a minority of older, classic hits from the 1990s and 2000s onto the playlist.
Adult CHR stations play pop-friendly rhythmic, dance or hip hop titles from artists such as Rihanna, Beyoncé, Pitbull, Flo Rida, Britney Spears, Usher or Ne-Yo while still shying away from hardcore hip hop. WKRQ in Cincinnati, WWMX in Baltimore, WKFR-FM in Kalamazoo, WWWQ in Atlanta, KVIL in Dallas-Fort Worth, WZYP in Huntsville, KBMX in Duluth, WMXZ in Charleston, Sirius XM Hits 1, WNDV in South Bend, WIXX in Green Bay and WARQ in Columbia, South Carolina. Ofcom states: “where a format requires a contemporary and chart music service, the main diet must be of modern music, reflecting the charts of today and recent months.
Older, classic tracks would not be out of place, but only as spice to the main offering. 40 outlets in their respective markets which have been in the format since the 1970s or 1980s or FM successors to former AM top 40s.
See also: Adult Top 40, a US Billboard chart. Focusing on hip-hop and dance-pop. EDM and rhythmic pop music that urban outlets will not play. Playing dance remixes of popular songs with perhaps some current hits from the dance charts.
Examples include KDHT-FM in Denver, WPTY on Long Island, NY and KNHC in Seattle. AC titles in an upbeat presentation. Examples include KSXY in Santa Rosa, California KKCK in Marshall, Minnesota.