Top 40

1 of 2

plural noun

: the forty best-selling audio recordings for a given period

Top 40

2 of 2


: constituting, playing, listing, or relating to the Top 40
Top 40 hits
Top 40 stations
Top 40 charts

Word History

First Known Use

Plural Noun

1954, in the meaning defined above


1956, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Top 40 was in 1954

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“Top 40.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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