Total Request Live (commonly known as TRL) is a television series on MTV that featured popular music videos. TRL was MTV’s prime outlet for music videos as the network continues to concentrate on reality-based programming. In addition to music videos, TRL featured daily guests (such as innocent Britney Spears above). The show was a popular promotion tool used by musicians, actors, and other celebrities to promote their newest works to the show’s target teen demographic.
TRL played the top ten most requested videos of the day, as requested by viewers who voted online for their favorite video. The countdown started with the tenth most requested video and ended with the most requested. As of October 22, 2007, TRL’s countdown was based on votes, charts, ringtones, download, radio airplay, and streams, meaning that the most user requested video might not have been the number 1 video. The show generally aired Monday through Thursday for one hour, though the scheduling and length of the show fluctuated over the years. Despite the word “Live” in the title of the show, many episodes were actually pre-recorded. Backstreet Boys’ “Shape Of My Heart” has the most amount of number ones, with 63 out of 65 days.3 Comments