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The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 9th Edition: Complete Chart Information about America's Most Popular Songs and Artists, 1955-2009 (Billboard Book of Top Forty Hits) [Kindle Edition]

Joel Whitburn
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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!

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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About the Author

Joel Whitburn is the leading authority on charted music and began collecting records in the 1950s, filing each one according to the position it reached on Billboards charts. He went on to publish this information - and his business, Record Research, was born. Today, he leads a team of chart researchers from his home base in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3410 KB
  • Print Length: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Billboard Books; 9 Rev Exp edition (18 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ED5EYW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #388,109 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Billboard Of Top 40 Hits 9th Edition. 8 April 2014
By David
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A great reference book for America's Top 40, covering the artists and their hits from 1955 to 2009. I say 2009, because on the website it says from 1955 to 2005. I didn't expect to cover the period up to 2009. I can read some of Lady Ga Ga's hits and Rihanna's..Having the 1st edition, covering 1955 to 1983, and the 9th edition this is great to read with updated versions along with my other Billboard and Guinness reference books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally awesome! 11 April 2013
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What a great way to rediscover forgotten songs and artists!
I really enjoy this book. It is an amazing resource for any record collector, DJ or music fan. The book covering the complete Top 40 singles chart history in America and contains a treasure trove of wonderful information.
If you are true music fan you must have this music bible. Joel Whitburn did it perfectly well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disjointed 17 Jan. 2014
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It comes out a bit ragged on the kindle.
The information is great but some entries are so spread out that they appear disjointed over a couple of pages.
In my mind it would have been better to have each artist on a complete page or pages as opposed to having the second half on one artist and the first half of the nest on the same page
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but Top 100 is better 16 Jan. 2015
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For those who do not have the Top 100 Hits it can be attarctive, but I am also interested on what happened from the 41 position until 100th, so I was a little dissapointed, in any case it is the same information but exctracted and shorter. Good fun in any case.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Billboard Top 40 Hits 26 Feb. 2014
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Highly informative book for those interested in the music charts. It's great to be able to compare how different groups/artists have fared on the other side of the Atlantic with their chart stats in the UK.
For chart nerds like myself its a must have!
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