Features: The Best of 2003 




The Best Charts of 2003


Top40-Charts presents the best and worst national charts of 2003 (according to our users votes).

The Worst chart

Greece 1%
According to Top40 Charts users, the survey provided these results: 61% of the voters have chosen the Greek chart as the worst for the 2003! Also the Greek chart had the lowest number of positive votes.

The greek chart is unique: Top40 Charts watch 88 official and unofficial national charts. In 87 top20/top40 lists there were common songs, which are defined as the 'biggest' hits of the year.

The Greek chart is the ONLY one which all the following artists/groups failed:
Coldplay, White Stripes, Radiohead, Darkness, Norah Jones, Travis, Ja Rule, Outkast (!!!) Shania Twain, 'Nelly, P.Diddy & Murphy Lee' and many others NEVER appeared this year on Greek singles chart. The list with the biggest worldwide hits, which are failed to have at least one appearance in Greek top20 maybe, can be expanded to 50 artists/groups…

Also, there isn't any song from music styles like Latin, Country and Jazz (it is another incredible and unique element). The only 'Latin' track is 2002 hit 'Asereje' by Las Ketchup in the beginning of 2003. Tragedy? There are even more...

The RnB artists for the 2003 Greek singles chart are only nine! (sorry for using the word 'only' again and again): Beyonce, 50 Cent, Eminem, Nelly, Mis-teeq, Roots, Khia, Lumidee & Truth hurts. The RnB style, which is dominating the music market worldwide, has a percentage 5.8% on the Greek chart!

If you think, "ok, probably Greeks love white artists," take another brick: it isn't much better the things about rock / metal / hard rock style; there is appearance by ONLY five artists, Metallica, HIM, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Evanescence and Iron Maiden (percentage 2.9%).

In the end, the question is: which were the hits in the Greek singles chart?
Here follow the names of artists that NEVER appeared in any of other 87 national charts we counted! Most of the names on the Greek singles chart which you 're going to read about 2003 hits, probably will be for the first and last time in your life - and they can't be called 'hits':
Hitch Hike, R.e.g. Project, Shlomi Saranga, KMC, Telephonics, Futuristic, Laurent Wolf, French Affair, Martin Solveig & Salif Keita, Just A Man, Ragga Reyes, Dublex Inc., Asian Dub Foundation, Mighty Dub Katz, Disco Queen and some other 15-20 artists.

We can't determine this music style: it isn't pop, it isn't dance, it isn't categorized and it is not heard anywhere else! Our conclusions are going to be closer to these by the British 'Music Choice' magazine: 'non-category' chart.
The amount of 'non-categorized' songs/style is about 40%!

However, we can't have opinion/knowledge about another 30%, which include the Greek songs. The proportion between Greek/foreign songs is 30-70% (like most other countries).
This thing shows that local chart-maker follows the rules for a 'modern' chart like everywhere else, but is facing significant difficulties to establish it and synchronize with current global environment (there isn't integration).
According to the business terms, the reasons for this behavior are usually worldwide two: the extremely big percentage of piracy and the manipulated market (by Rradio/TV). Probably other forces own the greek market than the music labels.

The best of the best national charts for 2003 (review):

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