The Festive Fifty began as an all-time chart. (1976, 78, 79, 80 and 81 were all-time charts.) Two all-time charts have been compiled in additional to yearly charts, once in 1982 and again in 2000 (to celebrate the millennium).
The 1982 chart focused heavily on punk and post-punk artists. It was topped by the Sex Pistols, with Joy Division, The Clash, New Order and Siouxsie And The Banshees all making numerous appearances.
The 2000 chart was a more diverse affair. It still contained many of the same songs – three of the top five were the same – but newer bands (such as Pavement and Stereolab) had been assimilated and also older artists from a wider variety of genres made appearances (such as Nick Drake and The Beach Boys.)