PREVIEW: The Hit List

The Hit List, BBC One’s highly addictive music quiz, where contestants must name as many hit songs and artists as possible under intense pressure is back for a third series.



Hosted by Marvin and Rochelle Humes, each episode of The Hit List sees music-lovers compete for the chance to win £10,000 by naming as many song titles and artists as possible across four rounds.


With an exciting additional round to the mix, contestants are put up to the challenge of identifying songs across genres and decades. With challenges which test speed and music knowledge, who will come out on top?


Get ready to be impressed, thrilled and potentially shocked at how this group of contestants take on The Hit List!


The format

Round one is a brand new round to the show named Five Of Five From Five. Contestants will be given the opportunity to answer five quick fire music questions and name five artists/songs which have all been top five hits, from five different decades, from the 10s to the 00s, then 90s, 80s and 70s. Each track will be played for five seconds and players must give the name and artist of the track to score a point.

Round two is about momentum. Players will compete to identify tracks and artists to win points. After hearing an extract of a track, it is up to the teams to buzz in the fastest to identify the track and give their answer. Each team has a button they can press if they want to try to identify the track. If correct, they have the chance to earn a bonus point with a bonus track to identify. The first two teams to score ten points progress to round three.

In round three, the two remaining teams go head-to-head to identify tracks only by 'the intros' before their team clock runs out of time. Teams are shown a selection of categories, with each category containing four tracks which are represented by clues. Each team has 45 seconds of time on their team clock. As soon as the track they have chosen begins playing, their clock will start to run down. The only way to stop the track and the clock is to name the artist and the track. The first team to run out of time is eliminated.

Only one team will make it to the The Final Chart Rundown which has the tantalising prize of £10,000 at stake. Contestants must correctly name the artists and titles of ten tracks to win some or all of that £10,000 prize pot. Get questions wrong or take too much time, and the money-clock starts counting down.


The Hit List returns Saturday 26th September at 6:15pm on BBC One.

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