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Essential Reading - Pop Singles

***** The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (7th Edition, 1955-1999)
Joel Whitburn / Paperback / Published 2000


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It gives you a list of all the hits each artist or group made as well as a short bio of the people invloved. It even lists the label and number of the single. Also listed at the back is an alphabetical listing of every top 40 song ever charted, the top 100 records, top 100 artists, top artists by decade, top artist achievements, top records by decade, and finally, a chronological list of #1 songs. Very informative.


***** The Billboard Book of Number One Hits (5th Editon 1955-2002)
Fred Bronson / Paperback / Published November 2003


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The few. The proud. The #1's. See in seconds which record held the top spot each and every week for almost 50 years on Billboard's Pop, R&B and Country singles and albums charts and Adult Contemporary singles chart. A special section, "Royal Court of #1's," lists the greatest #1 hits of all-time and for each category.


***** Christopher Feldman's The Billboard Book of No 2 Singles
Christopher Feldman / Hardcover / Published 2000


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Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles (12th Edition 1955-2012)
Joel Whitburn / Paperback / Published 2000


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***** Joel Whitburn's Pop Singles Annual (6th Edition 1955-1999)
Joel Whitburn / Paperback / Published 2000


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Are you planning a class reunion, anniversary party or selecting songs for a soundtrack? Then, you need this year-by-year ranking, in numerical order according to highest chart position reached, of the 20,520 45 rpm records and cassette singles that peaked on Billboard's Pop singles charts: "Hot 100," "Best Sellers in Stores," "Most Played by Jockeys," "Most Played in Juke Boxes" and "Top 100" from January, 1955 through December, 1994. Pick any year since '55 and step back in time with the hundreds of records that flooded record store racks and ruled the radio airwaves. This latest updated edition of one of our perennial bestsellers includes 40 separate, complete yearly rankings, yearly "Time Capsules," the songwriters and week-by-week chart positions of all Top 5 hits, complete record price guide, alphabetical song title list, Top Record Achievements, Grammy and Academy Award Winners, special Christmas section, and much more.

It lists every Hot 100 single that ever charted from 1955-1994 (over 20,000) for the latest edition and when and where they peaked; also listed how many weeks they were on the Hot 100, Top 40, Top 10, and at their peak, the ranking for the year, Gold or Platinum status, the length, label & number and more. You'll be surprised at the number of songs you may recognize that never made the Top 40. Also are a complete song index of every hot 100 single, the top 500 artists, the all-time top 100 hits, the top 50 #1 hits by decade, singles of longevity, songs with the most charted versions, all-time top songwriters, most valuable platters, records with the shortest and longest playing times, Academy Award Winners - Best Song, Grammy Award Winners - Record and Song Of The Year, a year-by-year synopsis, and Christmas singles.


***** Joel Whitburn's Billboard Top 1000 Singles (1955-2000)
Joel Whitburn / Hardcover / Published 2001


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The Top 1,000. It's always been a magic number for fans of charted music. Now, we've multiplied that magic number by five different major music categories and compiled each of them in one book. Here, for the first time ever, are five complete separate rankings -- from #1 right down through #1,000 -- of the all-time top charted hits of Pop music 1940-1954, Pop music 1955-2000, Country music 1944-2000, R&B music 1942-2000 and Adult Contemporary music 1961-2000. Includes two bonus rankings that list the all-time Top 200 hits from each of Billboard's Album Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts.


***** Billboard's Hottest Hot 100 Hits (3rd Edition thorugh 2001)
Fred Bronson / Paperback / Published 2002


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***** Billboard Top 10 Singles Charts (1955-2000)
Joel Whitburn / Hardcover / September 2001


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***** Joel Whitburn Presents a Century of Pop Music : Year-By-Year Top 40 Rankings of the Songs & Artists That Shcped a Century
Joel Whitburn / Paperback / Published 2000


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***** The Billboard Book of One-Hit Wonders
Wayne Jancik / Paperback / Published 1998


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It lists each artist who charted on the Billboard Singles chart only once, what song it was, when it peaked, and a short bio.


***** Billboard's Top 10 Charts 1958-1998
Joel Whitburn / Paperback / Published 1999


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Imagine 39 full years of Top 10 charts at your fingertips -- in one concise volume. Arranged in the original "Hot 100" chart format, these 2,027 weekly "Hot 100" Top 10s show each record's current and previous week's positions, total "Hot 100" weeks, original label and record number, and more. Each week's "Highest Debut" and "Biggest Mover" on the "Hot 100" are also denoted. Includes an alphabetical song title section, a listing of the "Highest Debuts" and "Biggest Movers" of each year, each decade and all-time...and more. If you want to get "where the action is," then delve into these Top 10 charts!


***** Joel Whitburn Presents Billboard Top 3000 Plus, 1955-1990: Every Top 10 Hit of the Rock Era (overdue for an update)
Joel Whitburn / Published 1990


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***** The Billboard Book of Gold and Platinum Records (overdue for an update)
Adam White / Published 1990


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