The top hits of the day were sung by the regulars on the show. The show moved from NBC to CBS during its final season. Then it was briefly revived by CBS in the summer of 1974.
In addition to its cast of featured singers, the show also featured the Hit Parade Dancers, and The Hit Paraders (the show's choral group).
While the show saw cast changes, over time, its best-remembered singers are Snooky Lanson (1950-1957), Dorothy Collins (1950-1957, 1958-1959), Russell Arms (1952-1957), and Gisele MacKenzie (1953-1957). In addition, Eileen Wilson starred from 1950-1952, June Valli was a star from 1952-1953, and Sue Bennett was featured from 1951-1952. The show's orchestra, from 1950-1957, was led by Raymond Scott.
In 1957, a younger cast cast of singers took over for a year: Jill Corey, Alan Copeland, Virginia Gibson, and Tommy Leonetti. From 1958 to 1959, revamped again, the show starred Dorothy Collins and Johnny Desmond.