Hit Singles: Top 20 Charts from 1954 to the Present Day

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Backbeat Books, 2004 - Music - 507 pages
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(Book). This entertaining book presents the U.S. and U.K. Top 20 charts side by side, month by month showing how rock and pop developed on each side of the Atlantic. Fully updated, it lists the hits from 1954 through 2003. Alongside every song listing, readers will find important facts such as the artist's name and nationality, current and previous month's chart position, record label, weeks on the chart, and simultaneous position on the other side of the pond. Includes an alphabetical listing of song titles with artists, and an alphabetical listing of artists with song titles and chart-entry dates, enabling easy cross-referencing to help you track down any Top 20 record since 1954.

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About the author (2004)

Dave McAleer is a music journalist and author whose previous books include The Chart Book (published by Guinness in the US) and Chart Beats (published by Guinness in the US). He was also a contributor to The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (published by Guinness in the US). He has also been record label manager for Pye, Stax and RCA amongst others. He does chart research for Sky Television's "UK Top 40," supplies daily trivia for radio and writes regularly for Vox, Replay/Gold CD and Country Music People. He also started the 'Music Business Trivia League' that led to numerous pop quizzes on radio and television.

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