This guideline is a part of the English Wikipedia's Manual of Style.
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This page serves as a guideline for formatting tables of record chart information in music-related articles. Specifics about which charts should be included are common to the tables, article prose, and discography tables, and guidance about what charts to include may be found in WP:Record charts.
The chart positions should be organized into one table, and the table should be formatted using
Charts should be arranged by country in alphabetical order.
The only exception to this rule is when there is a very specific reason, such as charts representing the home country of the artist or composer (this can mean country of origin, country of residence, official nationality or any country where the artist or composer has lived for a substantial part of their lives) or releases with a strong link to the country in question (e.g. Eurovision entries).
Within the table, charts should be properly named as listed by the source and peaks should not appear boldfaced, as this violates Wikipedia's policy regarding neutral point of view and breaches WP:MOSBOLD. Flag icons should not be displayed on chart tables, as per MOS:FLAG, nationalities should not be emphasized.
All of these example tables include indicators to show correct location of references. (These are not legitimate references for information contained in this article.) References should be as specific as possible, and generally should be to a URL that will display the exact charting information being included, not simply to the website where the chart may be found. Thus sources should be archived meaning that they can be accessed at later dates. 'Outside' archive sources such as the Wayback Machine or WebCite are also acceptable.
Please note that while the charting action is active or ongoing within a specific market area (country), that non-archived reference(s) from reliable sources may be used as it pertains to that specific chart due to the fact it is too early for such information to appear in official archives. Where possible 'outside' archiving is also preferred.
Articles about songs and albums should not include succession boxes that indicate which songs or albums preceded and succeeded it on the top spot of a chart.