The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 9th Edition: Complete Chart Information about America's Most Popular Songs and Artists, 1955-2009

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The Essential Reference Guide to America’s Most Popular Songs and Artists Spanning More than Fifty Years of Music
 
Beginning with Bill Haley & His Comets’ seminal “Rock Around the Clock” all the way up to Lady Gaga and her glammed-out “Poker face,” this updated and unparalleled resource contains the most complete chart information on every artist and song to hit Billboard’s Top 40 pop singles chart all the way back to 1955. Inside, ...

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Overview

The Essential Reference Guide to America’s Most Popular Songs and Artists Spanning More than Fifty Years of Music
 
Beginning with Bill Haley & His Comets’ seminal “Rock Around the Clock” all the way up to Lady Gaga and her glammed-out “Poker face,” this updated and unparalleled resource contains the most complete chart information on every artist and song to hit Billboard’s Top 40 pop singles chart all the way back to 1955. Inside, you’ll find all of the biggest-selling, most-played hits for the past six decades. Each alphabetized artist entry includes biographical info, the date their single reached the Top 40, the song’s highest position, and the number of weeks on the charts, as well as the original record label and catalog number. Other sections—such as “Record Holders,” “Top Artists by Decade,” and “#1 Singles 1955-2009”—make The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits the handiest and most indispensable music reference for record collectors, trivia enthusiasts, industry professionals and pop music fans alike.
 
Did you know?
 

   • Beyoncé’s 2003 hit “Crazy in Love” spent 24 weeks in the Top 40 and eight of them in the #1 spot.
   • Billy Idol has had a total of nine Top 40 hits over his career, the last being “Cradle of Love” in 1990.
   • Of Madonna’s twelve #1 hits, her 1994 single “Take a Bow” held the spot the longest, for seven weeks—one week longer than her 1984 smash “Like a Virgin.”
   • Marvin Gaye’s song “Sexual Healing” spent 15 weeks at #3 in 1982, while the same song was #1 on the R&B chart for 10 weeks.
   • Male vocal group Boyz II Men had three of the biggest chart hits of all time during the 1990s.
   • The Grateful Dead finally enjoyed a Top 10 single in 1987 after 20 years of touring.
   • Janet Jackson has scored an impressive 39 Top 40 hits—one more than her megastar brother Michael!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823085545
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 10/5/2010
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 912
  • Sales rank: 153,450
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

JOEL WHITBURN, widely recognized as the foremost authority on charted music, has published more than 100 books based on Billboard charts both for the trade market and for his own mail-order company, Record Research, based in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Record Research began as a hobby and is now a liscensee of Billboard magazine. Joel's other Billboard Books titles include The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits and The Billboard Book of Top 40 R&B and Hip-Hop Hits.
 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2009

    GREAT REFERENCE GUIDE!

    FUN FACTS. HOURS OF ENTERTAINMENT.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2007

    Music lover's - MUST HAVE!!!

    I have the 7th edition and the 8th edition that's how much I enjoy these books.I love how easy it is to use these books. You will instantly be consumed by these books with there endless information.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2006

    It's ok if your a DJ or a trivia buff

    I bought this book online to conduct research of the top 40 end of year charts from 1955 - 2003. It dosen't have them. What is does have is the weekly charts listed by song or artist and it does tell you there weekly ranking, but it's not in numerical decending order. That's not good for researching the most popular songs for the year. The book does say on the cover 'complete chart information about America's most popular songs & artists, 1955 - 2003' It does have the #1 songs listed by year in numerical order, but many of the charts only go to 9 not 40. Once again it is not good for research!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2005

    A 'Must Have' For Music Collectors

    Joel Whitburn lists AND cross references the artists and music titles, in a 'no nonsense' way - yet provides interesting additional information. So valuable, the book is right next to my keyboard most of the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2000

    AWESOME! I'ts the who's who of Top 40

    Volume 6 of Top 40 Hits remains the undisputed #1 reference resource of recorded music. Top 40 is as valuable as any piece of equipment packed into my road-case. I eagerly await Vol. 7. No brag, just fact!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2000

    The Disc Jockey's Bible

    I love this book almost as much as I love radio! I look forward to every new publication from Joel Whitburn. I recomend this book to anyone interested in radio, music or pop history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2000

    Excellent choice for show prep!

    I have worked in radio for several years and find Joel's books to be the definitive source for one stop show preparation. I get many calls from listeners with questions about a song title or wanting artist specifics.... the answer is always there in the book. This book is also the ultimate place to find answers to resolve almost any music trivia argument!

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