If this is a success what will happen to the annual Christmas/New Year editions of Top of the Pops? Will they continue them for traditions sake or replace them with Sounds Like Christmas Day
I personally hope something more like the latter option will be seen as the way forward.
The expression/phrase "Top of the Pops" sounds excruciatingly dated, this side of... say... the 31st of December 1969! Groovy baby, peace man, etc etc.
Describing chart music as e.g. "(the) Pops" really dates the decade/era that the programme first started. If the programme had not originally been conceived until many years later, then there's no way in hell that a title like "Top of the Pops" would ever have been pitched.
For the current generation of younger age groups at whom much chart pop music is arguably primarily aimed (who have no living memory of TOTP as a weekly series), the phrase "Top of the Pops" is massively out of step with the kind of lingo that they relate to.
Perhaps the half-hearted dabbling with abbreviating it to "TOTP" circa the 1990s was precisely in an effort to sort-of get away from the passe-sounding name, whilst avoiding totally renaming what was after all still part of the original ongoing run?
As any new TOTP-alike show is separated from that original run by a fair chunk of years, there's no reason on Earth why it should feel any need to reuse that title. If the original programme's title had been something "timeless" enough to still sound "relevant" to e.g. 13-25 year olds (or whatever) now, it would be a different story.
I'm still a European.
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