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Hit Singles: Top 20 Charts from 1954 to the Present Day (US and UK) (Hit Singles) [Paperback]

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30 Sep 2007 Hit Singles
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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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books; 5th Revised edition edition (30 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879308087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879308087
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 20 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most of the world's top recording artists in the period between 1954 and 2001 hailed from either America or Britain. Read the first page
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The monthly problem 19 July 2008
By PHJ
Format:Paperback
The problem with this book (at least if it follows the same format as previous editions) is that it uses monthly charts which are pretty much an artificial invention. It's interesting as far as it goes, but really pretty meaningless as an historical record of actual weekly chart positions. I would recommend instead books which use the proper weekly charts: the new Virgin British Hit Singles due out this autumn for the UK (which replaces the long-running and much-loved Guinness series), or the Billboard equivalent for the US. That way you're getting the actual weekly charts as opposed to made-up lists. I suppose this book is useful if you just want to remember the music that was generally around at some point of your life, but if you want actual weekly chart positions and accurate dates, this is not for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hours of endless fun 1 Aug 2009
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Are you like my wife and I? Do you sit there racking your brains listening when you hear a piece of music you can't put a name to? Here's the answer. Once you start into this book you spend lots of time looking at all kinds in the book, we go from one to the other in that braid that music weaves. A very enjoyable experience.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this at all costs 14 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback
This book only cover monthly charts, and not the weekly once.
WHAT A WASTE.

John B. Helmersen
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top Stuff 31 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
Great reference book. A must for music quiz enthusiasts.
Just watch though, Its not up to present day, it only goes up to 2003!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Very pleased with the book. Fascinating how different US and UK charts have evolved.Suggest the book title should have stated an end year, which was 2003. This didn't worry me as I prefer pre 2000 music anyway.
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By BrianB
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It is a very useful book. Well written and informative, only slight problem is, when it said 1954 to the present day and it only goes as far as June 2003 I was a bit disappointed. Other than that it is a great book.
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