The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits
This unparalleled resource provides complete, cross-referenced information for all songs and artists to make the Top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart from 1955 through 2003. Every artist entry opens with biographical information, followed by the date for each Top 40 single hit, its highest position and number of weeks on the chart, and its original label name and catalog number. Alphabetical lists by artist and by song title are followed by an extensive 'Record Holders' section that details the top 100 singles of 1955-2003, with separate charts for that period showing the top 100 artists and top singles by decade. These exhaustive lists and 300 artist photos with their fact-filled captions will be valued by record collectors, DJs, pop music fans, and trivia enthusiasts, as well as by radio, cable, and music industry professionals.
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This book is like my music bible. I use it just about everyday. I get calls alot to verifiy dates or artists. This informational book makes me the GO TO person when disagreements arise. You will be satified with this purchase. Read full review
While I admire Joel condensing the record chart information, I can't say his information about artists in accurate; I find conflicts (though a small amount) between his books and information on the internet. Because of this, the chart information is useful to radio stations (and others), but I'd warn reciting information from these books.