RPM (magazine)

RPM (ISSN 0315-5994 and later ISSN 0033-7064) was a Canadian music industry publication that featured song and album charts for Canada. The publication was founded by Walt Grealis in February 1964, supported through its existence by record label owner Stan Klees. RPM ceased publication in November 2000.

RPM
Cover for the final issue of RPM
EditorWalt Grealis
CategoriesMusic magazine
FrequencyWeekly
First issue24 February 1964
Final issue
Number
13 November 2000
Volume 71, No. 27
CompanyRPM
CountryCanada
WebsiteRPM homepage
ISSN0315-5994

RPM stood for "Records, Promotion, Music". The magazine was reported to have variations in its title over the years such as RPM Weekly and RPM Magazine. RPM maintained several format charts, including Top Singles (all genres), Adult Contemporary, Dance, Urban, Rock/Alternative, and Country Tracks (or Top Country Tracks) for country music. On 21 March 1966, RPM expanded its Top Singles chart from 40 positions to 100. On 6 December 1980, the main chart became a top 50 chart and remained this way until 4 August 1984, whereupon it returned to being a Top 100 Singles chart.

For the first several weeks of its existence, the magazine did not compile a national chart, but simply printed the current airplay lists of several major-market top-40 stations. A national chart was introduced beginning with the 22 June 1964 issue, with its first national number-one single being "Chapel of Love" by The Dixie Cups.[1] Prior to the introduction of RPM's national chart, the CHUM Chart from Toronto radio station CHUM was considered the de facto national chart.[2] The final number-one single in the magazine was "Music" by Madonna.