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19 Top Of The Pops Performances You Really Need To See

James Wilson-Taylor
James Wilson-Taylor 24 January 2019 at 15.49

From Green Day and Fall Out Boy to Muse, The Offspring and Papa Roach...

For many years, there was one TV show that showcased all the best music from around the world every single week. Basically, you hadn't made it in the UK unless you had performed on Top Of The Pops.

Running from 1964 to 2006 before switching to just an annual Christmas special, any band with a Top 40 hit would grace the BBC studio. So, we thought we'd round up some of the most iconic moments from the legendary show's history, featuring some of the biggest names from our world.

BLINK-182

Easily the biggest pop punk band of the early 00s, Blink-182 made several appearances on the show over the years but their debut in 1999 with 'All The Small Things' remains a true classic.

FALL OUT BOY

Broadcast back in February 2006, FOB made their appearance after 'Sugar We're Goin' Down' was released for a special new artist 'Upfront' performance.

LINKIN PARK

Given how unbelievably huge they became, it is no surprise that Linkin Park became a staple of TOTP, playing many times over the years. This run through of 'In The End' was even simulcast on the German version of the show.

GREEN DAY

Another regular, there are so many Green Day performances to choose from but we've gone for 'Minority' purely because it is introduced by TV legend and current 'Dancing On Ice' star Richard Blackwood.

PAPA ROACH

All the Nu Metal greats stopped by TOTP with Papa Roach making three appearances across their first two albums. 'Last Resort' hit No.3 in the UK back in 2000.

STONE SOUR

Accompanied by a string quartet, Corey Taylor makes his only TOTP appearance performing the stripped back ballad 'Bother'.

MARILYN MANSON

It is worth noting that this ace performance of 'Disposable Teens' aired on national UK TV at teatime on a Friday. Excellent.

FOO FIGHTERS

Foos performed many of their biggest hits on the show over the years ('All My Life', 'DOA', 'Times Like These') but you need to check out this rare take on acoustic ballad 'Walking After You'.

GOOD CHARLOTTE

This 'World Exclusive' marked one of the first ever live performances of megahit 'I Just Wanna Live', debuting in 2005.

LIMP BIZKIT

Fred Durst's crew can count several TOTP performances among their many TV appearances, with this George Michael cover being one of their first in the UK.

INCUBUS

'Wish You Were Here' hit No.27 in the UK in 2002 with Incubus returning again to TOTP several years later with 'Megalomaniac'.

WEEZER

A big version of 'The Green Album' single 'Hash Pipe' complete with a '60s-esque dayglo backdrop to boot.

HUNDRED REASONS

The UK group appeared on TOTP twice in 2002 for the singles 'Silver' and 'If I Could' which reached 19 in the chart.

A

'Nothing' was the anthem of 2002 and made the UK Top 10 at No.9. Special shout out to the lads in the front row screaming as loud as they can for Jason Perry.

SUM 41

The band would later bring 'Still Waiting' and 'Motivation' to TOTP but it all began with this live showing of the classic 'In Too Deep' in January 2002.

BOWLING FOR SOUP

This classic banger made it to No.8 in the UK so of course BFS dressed up in their finest prom suits for the occasion. Also, more Richard Blackwood.

MUSE

We're gonna cheat slightly here as while Muse played the original run of the show several times, by far their most memorable performance was this 2009 Christmas-themed version of 'Uprising' complete with costumes and festive back-up dancers.

THE OFFSPRING

Another pop punk act who would return to the show several times, The Offspring still had their biggest UK success with 1999's classic crossover 'Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)'.

THE DARKNESS

As the announcer helpfully points out, "no chickens were harmed in the making of this man's outfit". Good to know. Also, this is still an anthem.

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