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!
Nice reference when you need that missing date and miscellaneous artist info, but unexplained holes exist; example: all top 40 hits for every artist 1955-2009? Really...where is the listing for Brewer & Shipley? “One Toke Over The Line” hit #10 in 1971. The song shows in the chronological listing of hits, but the artist listing is absent...there are more, but I think you get the point...
Nothing like the book, not even close to it. Needs a lot of work. I been on Philly Radio 40 years, and this is out go to book......I do mean BOOK. we have 5 different, top disco, top 100, top 40. Please do not wast you money on this.....BUY THE BOOK. You would think by now a program would be made for the PC. also has a lot of bugs. It me 20 minunts to find The Intruders, it told me No Group, even with the The Stylistics, will not go that bands page. I really want my money Back. I they would have given a preview of what it looked like, I would have never WASTED my money.