The Canada CHUM song chart

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CHUM are radio station in Toronto, they produced a weekly chart from 1957 until 1986 and listed the charts at //

We would rather use the "Records, Promotion, Music" (RPM) chart, which were national rather than this local one. However those charts are not available in a usable form (raster scans of the RPM weekly charts are at // e.html.


The attributes we use from this data are:

  • artist: The artist
  • name: The name of each song
  • position: The peak position the song reached in the weekly chart
  • date: The month in which the song first entered the chart
  • weeks: The number of weeks the song was in the chart


There are a wide range of ways to assign scores to artists in order to work out which artists are most significant. Here is one listing, of the top five artists of each decade within the CHUM chart. This has been calculated using a score that combines the position and the number of weeks in the charts.

Decade Number 1 Artist Number 2 Artist Number 3 Artist Number 4 Artist Number 5 Artist
1950s Elvis Presley The Everly Brothers Pat Boone Ricky Nelson Paul Anka
1960s The Beatles Elvis Presley The Rolling Stones Herman's Hermits The Four Seasons
1970s Bee Gees Elton John Wings Chicago Carpenters
1980s Duran Duran The Rolling Stones The Police Hall & Oates Queen

If we want to compare artists across the years we need to remove the systematic bias that comes from the different chart sizes for different eras. We can do that by first ording all the songs by success within a given year and then using this order to define a score (for example assigning 1.0 to the number 1 song, 0.5 to the number 2 and so on).

# Artist Entries Biggest Hit Year Year Position
1 The Beatles 52 She Loves You 1963 1
2 Elvis Presley 88 (Let Me be Your) Teddy Bear 1957 1
3 Bee Gees 27 How Deep Is Your Love? 1977 1
4 The Rolling Stones 34 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 1965 1
5 Rod Stewart 16 You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim) 1977 2
6 Paul Anka 38 (You're) Having My Baby 1974 1
7 Carpenters 15 (They Long to Be) Close to You 1970 1
8 Styx 12 Babe 1979 1
9 Foreigner 10 I Want to Know What Love Is 1984 1
10 The Monkees 12 I'm a Believer 1966 2
11 Ricky Nelson 38 Hello Mary Lou 1961 2
12 Bobby Darin 27 Mack The Knife 1959 1
13 Tommy Roe 15 Dizzy 1969 1
14 Elton John 29 Crocodile Rock 1972 6
15 J Geils Band 5 Centrefold 1981 1
16 Lionel Richie 6 All Night Long (All Night) 1983 1
17 Jim Reeves 12 He'll Have to Go 1960 1
18 Tony Orlando & Dawn 4 Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'round The Old Oak Tree 1973 1
19 Huey Lewis & the News 6 The Power of Love 1985 1
20 Captain & Tennille 6 Love Will Keep Us Together 1975 1


A number of song titles have been hits for more than one artist. Here are the twenty titles that have spent the most weeks in the CHUM charts.

# Song Title Total Weeks Num Versions
1 Hold On 42 5
1 Call Me 42 4
1 Wipe Out 42 3
4 New Orleans 40 5
4 Any Way You Want It 40 3
6 It's All in The Game 38 3
6 Lonely Boy 38 3
8 Fire 36 4
8 The Letter 36 4
8 The Power of Love 36 3
8 Tragedy 36 3
12 Walk on By 35 4
12 Runaway 35 3
12 The Twist 35 2
15 Stay 34 3
16 Baby, I Love You 33 4
16 I'm a Man 33 4
16 Cherish 33 3
19 New Orleans 32 4
19 I Got You Babe 32 3


The peak position that songs reached in the CHUM charts.


The month in which a song first entered the CHUM chart.


Canada CHUM weeks

The number of weeks that the average song spends in the CHUM chart has changed quite dramatically over the years. We have no good idea why this should be.

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3 Apr 2023

chart size

what were the overall dimensions of the large 1957 chum charts?

See the chart listings pages. The answer is 50 entries.

14 Aug 2018

Barryhit has Canada RPM chart archive

2 May 2018

About Canadian charts

Thanks for your jobs.

First of all ,CHUM charts is not official and not so reasonable.

The way Canadian music charts(CHUM) works here is not fair to songs from 1987-1989. It might be better if you use this chart before 1970 (Due to we lack charts before 1970) and after 1970 use number 1 records and year end charts from BTW why don't you use JUNO and ARIA music award? They are official and two of the biggest music awards before.

Where can I find complete Canadian RPM charts?

We'll incorporate the year end charts, but the CHUM charts are the best source of data for Canada in the 1960s.

The source of the RPM charts is described on the "Song Charts" page

29 Jan 2016


The site now takes you to TSN Sports radio. CHUM no longer existsas a music station and the TSN site makes no mention of any music or related charts