Hit of the Century

This year marks the centenary of the establishment of the independent Czechoslovak Republic. It was a period of great historical upheaval, breakthroughs and economic changes. However, over the past decades the Czechs, or the Czechoslovaks, have also had fun dancing, singing and enjoying entertainment. Even this will be recalled in our broadcast. And to make it fun for you, our supporters, we come to you with a poll. Vote for the hit of the century! Choose the nicest Czech song from the past one hundred years.

Each weekday, on our website and in our broadcast, we will gradually introduce you to a total of one hundred songs that made a mark in the history of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. They became popular and played an important role in some key moments, becoming protest songs or topping the hit parade. In our weekend music specials we will offer you a summary of the songs played that week and vote for the best one.

 

Voting Rules

Each Sunday, participants will be able to vote in our new series Hit of the Century, covering 100 years of music in Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. Each episode will feature five hit songs, by decade, beginning with 1918 – 1928. After 100 songs are broadcast, two semi-finals will decide the top hits from the period of 1918 – 1968 and from 1968 – 2018.

Six songs will reach the final, in which listeners will choose a single winner: the most popular Czech song of the century,

Ten participants will receive CDs of the most successful songs recorded in a new musical arrangement on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia in October of 1918.

 

1948 – 31st Segment: “We’re Building”

We continue with the year 1948. More...

1947 - “Say It to Me Quietly”

We continue with the year 1947. More...

1946 – “The Lights of the Promenades”

We continue with the year 1946. More...

1945 – 28th Segment: “Beer Barrel Polka”

We continue with the year 1945. More...

1944 – 27th Segment: “The Murmur of the Rain”

Today we introduce the year 1944. More...

1942 – 25th Segment: “Blackbird Fox”

Today we continue with the year 1942. More...

1941 – 24th Segment: “Sunflower”

We continue with the year 1941. More...

1940 – 23rd Segment: “Hm, hm”

Today we introduce the year 1940. More...

1939 – 22th Segment: Nice and Lively

We continue with the year 1939. More...

1938 – 21st Segment: Depends on Us

We continue with the year 1938. More...

1937 – 20th segment: The World Belongs to Us (Svět patří nám)

We continue with the year 1937. More...

1936 – 19th segment: Evening above Prague (Večer nad Prahou)

We continue with the year 1936. More...

1935 – 18th segment: I’d Like to Have Your Photo (Já bych chtěl mít tvé foto)

We continue with the year 1935. More...

1934 – 17th segment: Workers, Let's Go (Hej rup!)

We continue with the year 1934. More...

1933 – 16th segment: Camper, Start That Blaze! (Táboráku, plápolejte!)

We continue with the year 1933. More...

1932- 15th segment: That Czech Song of Ours (Ta naše písnička česká)

We continue with the year 1932. More...

1931 – 14th segment: Gipsy

In this series we introduce 100 songs that have gone down in the history of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. Vote in the big poll of the 100 Hits of the Republic and pick the greatest hit today. We continue with the year 1931. More...

1930 – 13th segment: Our Old Imperial and Royal Field Marshal (Náš starý c. k. polní maršálek)

In this series we present 100 songs which have gone down in the history of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. They became widely popular, were played during important time periods or won the hit parade of the year. We continue with the year 1930. More...

1929 – 12th segment: Caribou

In this series we introduce 100 songs which have gone down in the history of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. They became popular by being played throughout important years and time periods or by winning the hit parade. Now it is up to you, our listeners, to vote for the best Czech song of the century. We continue with the year 1929. More...

1928 – 11th segment: Boys from Zborov (Hoši od Zborova)

Today in the series 100 Hits of the Republic we are stepping into the second decade. Nevertheless, on our web page you can still vote for which of the songs from the years 1918 to 1927 you liked the best. Now let's go to the year 1928. More...

1927 – Old One, Wind-Up the Gramophone

Today we continue with the year 1927, in the big poll of one hundred hits of the Republic, in which you pick the best and most famous Czech hit of the century. More...

1926 – A Nice Memory

This year we commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the Czechoslovak Republic. That means that we are also celebrating the last one hundred years of great works of art, along with ordinary songs sung by generations of Czechs. Today we will go back to 1926. More...

1925- The First Fragrant Flower of Spring

Today, in the hundred-part series of songs which were recorded in the history of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, we get to 1925 and ‘The First Fragrant Flower of Spring.ʼ More...

1924 - When My Darling Does Not Want to Like Me

Karel Hašler, photo: Czech TelevisionKarel Hašler, photo: Czech Television Vote in the big poll of one hundred hits of the Republic and select the biggest hit, on our website www.radio.cz. We continue with the year 1924. And for the third time we meet the phenomenal Czech artist Karel Hašler, the incredibly active author of songs, chansons and couplets which were critically important not only in the 1920s. More...

1923 – Mr. Bandleader, Play Me Mine!

Photo: RadioservisPhoto: Radioservis One hundred hits, and one hundred songs, that went down in the history of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic as songs that Czechs will happilly sing along to. Which song do you, our listeners, like the best? More...

1922 – What Sort of Soldier is One for Which No Love Blooms?

Photo: scan5353 / Pixabay, CC0:Photo: scan5353 / Pixabay, CC0: In this series we present one hundred songs that went down in the history of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. They were either widely popular, important during crucial times in the Republic’s history or won the hit parade of the year. Today in our overview of the biggest hits of the last one hundred years we come to the year 1922. More...

1921 – The White Soldiers

Inkognito, photo: PantonInkognito, photo: Panton In the series Hit of the Century we present one hundred songs that made history of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. They were either widely popular, important during crucial times in the Republic’s history or won the hit parade of the year. More...

1920 – Písnička z mládí (Letní noc se rozklenula) Song from Youth (The Summer Night was Blooming)

Soňa Červená, photo: Aerofilms / Czech TelevisionSoňa Červená, photo: Aerofilms / Czech Television Welcome to Hit of the Century, our series in which you will get closely acquainted with hit songs across 100 years of Czechoslovakia’s and the Czech Republic’s existence – one song for every year since the country was founded. Today we’re going back in time to 1920. More...

1919 - Vítězná Madelon (La Madelon)

Welcome to Hit of the Century, our series in which you will get closely acquainted with hit songs across 100 years of Czechoslovakia’s and the Czech Republic’s existence – one song for every year since the country was founded. More...

1918 – The Thirty-fivers

Karel Hašler, photo: public domainKarel Hašler, photo: public domain We start with 1918, the year marking the birth of the Czechoslovak Republic. That, however, was not until October. In January, people were experiencing the last, but for many of them endless months of World War I. More...

Each Sunday, participants will be able to vote in our new series Hit of the Century, covering 100 years of music in Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. (More)