Euro Hit 40 show

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[Note: the EuroHit40 show is no longer an RNW programme. For information about the show now, please email [email protected], the independent producers of the show]

This is the Euro Hit 40 page. Heard on radio stations from India to Peru, Hong Kong to the UK, the EuroHit40 is now an independent production (since July 2012). This highly popular show - featuring Europe's longest running pan-continental chart - was once one of RNW's most popular programmes.

Programmes made prior to July 2012 can still be found here on the RNW website, including the Big EuroHit40 special shows for years prior to 2012.

If you want to stay in touch with the show now, we recommend you visit the programme's page on Facebook - or, in the case of radio stations, contact the show's production team via the e-mail link at the top of this page.

For general background info, please read on...

Presented by Tim Fisher and heard on stations all over the world, Euro Hit 40 is still Europe's No. 1 chart show after 36 years on the air. There's more information about the show below, but to hear the shows made for RNW up to July 2012 go straight to the:

EuroHit40 main page on RNW

Of course, you can also:

Or read this:
The Euro Hit 40 is based on the charts of 18 European countries:
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

To make an appearance on the chart, a recording has to have simultaneous chart success in at least two of these countries. The number of countries and the position of a track in the charts of those countries determine the position in the Euro Hit 40. However, the number of countries weighs more than the chart positions.

The Euro Hit 40 was born on Dutch domestic public radio back in 1976, so the chart is now over 36 years' old. Radio Netherlands Worldwide was co-producer of the show for a number of years, with programme being produced at Ad Roland Media in Hilversum in English, Indonesian, Portuguese and Spanish versions.

The hour-long English programme was distributed free of charge by RNW to radio stations large and small across the globe. It still presents a selection of tracks (new entries, climbers, etc.) from the chart, which is made up of the biggest cross-border musical hits as recorded in the national hitlists of 18 countries across the continent of Europe.

The show has been presented by Tim Fisher since 2007 when he took over from the previous host Howard Shannon.