Chart Attack is a Canadian online music publication. Formerly a monthly print magazine called Chart, which was published from 1991 to 2009, the web version continues operation.[2]

Launched in 1991 as National Chart, the magazine was started by York University students Edward Skira and Nada Laskovski as a tipsheet and airplay chart for campus radio stations in Canada. The magazine soon grew to include interviews, CD reviews and other features. National Chart was considered an internal publication for the National Campus and Community Radio Association, Canada's association of campus radio stations, and was not available as a newsstand title.

When Skira and Laskovski graduated, they incorporated Chart as an independent magazine, and began to pursue national newsstand distribution. Although it was no longer an NCRA publication, many campus radio stations continued to file airplay reports for the magazine's Top 50 chart.

The magazine's primary focus was Canadian alternative rock and indie rock, although they profiled important international acts, and rap and pop music acts as well.[3] At its peak, the magazine had a press run of 40,000 copies per issue, making it the largest paid circulation music magazine in Canada in its era.[3]

The magazine ceased publishing a print edition in 2009, continuing as a web-only publication. The website briefly suspended publication in summer 2011, but its acquisition by andPOP, a Canadian entertainment news website, was announced on November 1, 2011.[5] In 2013, andPop was in turn acquired by Channel Zero.[7]

Reader polls

In 1996, 2000 and 2005, the magazine conducted polls of readers, musicians and music industry professionals to determine the 50 best Canadian albums and songs of all time. There were 25 albums and 18 songs which ranked in the top 50 in all three polls.

Top 10 albums

1Sloan, Twice RemovedJoni Mitchell, BlueSloan, Twice Removed
2Neil Young, HarvestNeil Young, HarvestNeil Young, Harvest
3Joni Mitchell, BlueSloan, Twice RemovedJoni Mitchell, Blue
4The Tragically Hip, Up to HereRheostatics, Whale MusicBroken Social Scene, You Forgot It in People
5Rheostatics, Whale MusicRheostatics, MelvilleNeil Young, After the Gold Rush
6The Tragically Hip, Fully CompletelyThe Lowest of the Low, Shakespeare My ButtThe Weakerthans, Left and Leaving
7Neil Young, After the Gold RushSarah McLachlan, Fumbling Towards EcstasyThe Lowest of the Low, Shakespeare My Butt
8The Band, Music from Big PinkRush, Moving PicturesThe Tragically Hip, Fully Completely
9Cowboy Junkies, The Trinity SessionSloan, One Chord to AnotherThe Band, The Band
10The Lowest of the Low, Shakespeare My ButtThe Tragically Hip, Fully CompletelyRheostatics, Whale Music
11 - 50

Top 10 songs

1The Demics, "New York City"The Guess Who, "American Woman"The Guess Who, "American Woman"
2Sloan, "Underwhelmed"Sloan, "Underwhelmed"Sloan, "Underwhelmed"
3The Guess Who, "American Woman"Gordon Lightfoot, "If You Could Read My Mind"Neil Young, "The Needle and the Damage Done"
4The Pursuit of Happiness, "I'm an Adult Now"Bryan Adams, "Summer of '69"Gordon Lightfoot, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"
5Martha and the Muffins, "Echo Beach"Gordon Lightfoot, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"Bryan Adams, "Summer of '69"
6Bachman–Turner Overdrive, "Takin' Care of Business"The Pursuit of Happiness, "I'm An Adult Now"Rush, "Tom Sawyer"
7Blue Rodeo, "Try"The Tragically Hip, "New Orleans Is Sinking"The Band, "The Weight"
8Treble Charger, "Red"The Diodes, "Tired of Waking Up Tired"Neil Young, "Cortez the Killer"
9Rush, "Tom Sawyer"The Demics, "New York City"Neil Young, "Heart of Gold"
10Slow, "Have Not Been the Same"Neil Young, "Cinnamon Girl"Leonard Cohen, "Hallelujah"