- The final chart presented by JP. Due to suspected vote rigging the year before, steps were taken to ensure this did not happen again.
- It was the second chart since 1982 not to include any session tracks.
- If any band can be said to 'dominate' the chart, it was ballboy, with three entries (none of them in the top 10).
The Festive Fifty Of 2003
- 50: Vaults, 'I'm Going (10 inch)' (Red Flag)
- 49: Freddy Fresh, 'You Can See The Paint (CD-Have Records, Will Travel)' (Howlin')
- 48: Blizzard Boys, 'Ain't No Stopping This (12 inch)' (Blizzard Tracks)
- 47: Camera Obscura, 'Keep It Clean (LP-Underachievers Please Try Harder)' (Elefant)
- 46: Super Furry Animals, 'Slow Life (CD-Phantom Power)' (Epic)
- 45: Grandmaster Gareth, 'Dr. Dre Buys A Pint Of Milk (LP-Introduction To Minute Melodies)' (Awkward)
- 44: Hyper Kinako, 'Tokyo Invention Registration Office'
- 43: Belle And Sebastian, 'Stay Loose (LP-Dear Catastrophe Waitress)' (Rough Trade)
- 42: Golden Virgins, 'Renaissance Kid (CD single)' (Rex)
- 41: Keys, 'Strength Of Strings (7 inch)' (Too Pure)
- 40: Broadcast, 'Pendulum (CD single)' (Warp)
- 39: Cat Power, 'Werewolf (CD-You Are Free)' (Matador)
- 38: ballboy, 'Born In The USA (CD-The Sash My Father Wore And Other Stories)' (SL)
- 37: Radiohead, 'There There (CD-Hail To The Thief)' (Parlophone)
- 36: French, 'Gabriel In The Airport (LP-Local Information)' (Too Pure)
- 35: M.A.S.S., 'Live A Little (CD single)' (Mandita)
- 34: Black Keys, 'Have Love Will Travel (CD-Thickfreakness)' (Fat Possum)
- 33: Neulander, 'Sex. God, Money (10 inch)' (Disko B)
- 32: Maher Shalal Hash Baz, 'Open Field (LP-Blues Du Jour)' (Geographic)
- 31: Amsterdam, 'Does This Train Stop On Merseyside (CD single)' (Beat Crazy)
- 30: Camera Obscura, 'Suspended From Class (CD-Underachievers Please Try Harder)' (Elefant)
- 29: Architecture In Helsinki, 'The Owls Go (CD-Fingers Crossed)' (Trifekta)
- 28: Half Man Half Biscuit, 'It Makes The Room Look Bigger (EP-Saucy Haulage Ballads)' (Probe Plus)
- 27: French, 'Porn Shoes (LP-Local Information)' (Too Pure)
- 26: Fall, 'Green Eyed Loco Man (LP-The Real New Fall LP Formerly Country On The Click)' (Action)
- 25: Futureheads, 'First Day (CD maxi-single)' (Fantastic Plastic)
- 24: Party Of One, 'Shotgun Funeral (7 inch)' (Fat Cat)
- 23: ballboy, 'I Gave Up My Eyes To A Man Who Was Blind LP-The Sash My Father Wore And Other Stories)' (SL)
- 22: Undertones, 'Oh Please (LP-Get What You Need)' (Sanctuary)
- 21: Million Dead, 'I Am The Party (7 inch)' (Integrity)
- 20: Darkness vs SFB, 'I Believe In A Thing Called Love (12 inch)' (white label)
- 19: Broken Family Band, 'At The Back Of The Chapel' (Snowstorm)
- 18: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 'Maps (LP-Fever To Tell)' (Dress Up)
- 17: White Stripes, 'Black Math (LP-Elephant)' (XL Recordings)
- 16: Sluts Of Trust, 'Piece Of You (7 inch)' (Chemikal Underground)
- 15: Vive La Fete, 'Noir Desir (12 inch)' (Surprise)
- 14: ballboy, 'The Sash My Father Wore (LP-The Sash My Father Wore And Other Stories)' (SL)
- 13: Nina Nastasia, 'You, Her And Me (LP-Run To Ruin)' (Touch And Go)
- 12: Melt Banana, 'Shield For Your Eyes, A Beast In The Well On Your Hand (LP-Cell Scape)' (A-Zap)
- 11: Belle And Sebastian, 'Step Into My Office Baby (LP-Dear Catastrophe Waitress)' (Rough Trade)
- 10: White Stripes, 'Seven Nation Army (LP-Elephant)' (XL Recordings)
- 09: CLSM, 'John Peel (Not Enough)-Fergus Mayhem Mix (12 inch)' (G-Core)
- 08: Crimea, 'Baby Boom (CD single)' (Boobytrap)
- 07: Half Man Half Biscuit, 'Tending The Wrong Grave For 23 Years (EP-Saucy Haulage Ballads)' (Probe Plus)
- 06: Mogwai, 'Ratts Of The Capital (CD-Happy Songs For Happy People)' (Matador)
- 05: Bearsuit, 'Itsuko Got Married (7 inch)' (Bearslut)
- 04: Undertones, 'Thrill Me (LP-Get What You Need)' (Sanctuary)
- 03: Mogwai, 'Hunted By A Freak (CD-Happy Songs For Happy People)' (Matador)
- 02: Fall, 'Theme From Sparta F.C. (LP-The Real New Fall LP Formerly Country On The Click)' (Action)
- 01: Cinerama, 'Don't Touch That Dial (CD single)' (Scopitones)
- The chart rundown alone is available on John Peel Torrent Compilation 1 of 17 (Festive Fifties 1992-2004 Plus Others).
- The entire four hours of shows were recently digitised as part of the ongoing 500 Box project. Links to these can be found on the date pages.
- This prompted Peel Mailing List user bty997881 to offer DAT recordings of the same material.