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The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles Paperback – 1 Jun 1993

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Guinness World Records Limited; 9th Revised edition edition (1 Jun. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851125263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851125268
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 20.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,907,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Rice began his writing career in 1977 by compiling with Tim Rice, Mike Read and Paul Gambaccini the immensely successful "Guinness British Hit Singles" and related titles, whose total sales ran into the millions. His solo writing career began with "The Compleat Cricketer" (1984), which was the first of around twenty books on cricket and other sports which he has written, edited or anthologised.

His career as author of TV tie-in books began with "Play Bridge With Zia" to accompany a BBC2 series, and was followed up with "Hyacinth Bucket's Book Of Etiquette For The Socially Less Fortunate", which reached the Sunday Times Top Ten non-fiction best seller charts. Obviously nobody told the Sunday Times that Mrs. Bucket was a fictional character.

He lived and worked in Japan for ten years, and has written three books on business in Japan. He now spends much of his time advising businesses on cross-cultural issues, especially relating to East Asia.

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***** - The definitive chart anorak book -- Q Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

The Ultimate "Bible of Pop"
Weighing in at a massive 544 pages, the new 13th edition of The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles is the biggest ever.

Now published annually, this new edition contains information on date of entry, label catalogue number and peak position for every hit single since the charts began in 1952. More than 7,000 acts have a place in the book, and the Top 500 of these now carry a mini biography. In addition to the regular facts and statistics there are in-depth articles reviewing the year's pop news, gigs, awards, the American scene and Eurovision.

This edition also contains the considered opinion of 30 hitmakers and DJs on what they regard as their favourite single of the 20th Century. Phil Collins, Shania Twain, Jay Kay and Pete Townshend are just some of the stars talking exclusively to The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles about the hits that, in some cases, changed their lives. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "jonathanmuirhead694" on 25 May 2002
Format: Hardcover
This new edition brings the book's chart coverage up to December 2001. As it's the 25th Anniversary edition, there's a page for every year from 1977-2001, with an interview from a major chart star of the year, a concise summation of the years' events (1989, for example, details Salman Rushdie getting a fatwah and the Berlin Wall coming down)as well as giving us a single and album of the year. The sections are well laid out, with attractive typefaces and colour schemes, emphasising, the text - being a good backing band. Interspersing features with the main body of the text means this book can be read many times over, for pure enjoyment, as much as to aid completion of the NME crossword. Other new sections in this edition are "Pop Quiz Top Tips", for pub quizmeisters and bored coffee shop staff and "Statistics 2000" which lovingly details who sold the most in 2000.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Farmbrough VINE VOICE on 24 July 2002
Format: Hardcover
This really only applies if you are studying the U.K. charts, but since the late 1970s Guinness have published the definitive encyclopaedia of U.K. Chart hits
This contains a list of all acts to hit the U.K. pop music charts from Al Martino in 1952 to Robbie Williams at the end of the year 2001. The acts are listed alphabetically with chronological lists of each act's hits with number of weeks in the charts and highest chart position. A small amount of additional data is given for some groups, like dates and places of birth, but this is not the purpose of this book and so it is necessarily brief. There is a second section where all the song titles are listed which gives the year, highest position and artist, and this is extremely useful if you can't remember who had a hit with I Only Want To Be With You. A third section gives some chart facts and feats, such as the longest running chart acts, acts with the most hits, etc., and this is interesting and useful for quizzes!
The chart used is that favoured by the BBC, which has changed chart compiler over the years, and strong arguments are made for charts used before the B.B.C. had an official chart on the basis that they must use where possible actual sales data and not record company figures or airplay.
Earlier editions contain better photographs from the likes of Harry Hammond and Dezo Hoffman, but the sheer quantity of chart acts has necessitated the reduction of picture space and the increase in text. There are a few interviews with pop music makers scattered throughout the book, some of which are interesting. The last few editions have been dumbed down in the editorial content, but that doesn't detract from the quality and sheer quantity of the data. This is a must have for any fan of U.K. pop music.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 May 2001
Format: Paperback
This publication gets bigger and better with every edition. Having purchased previous editions of this book, I have continually referred to it almost every day and the new book will be no different. The striking red cover and design are both excellent while its presentation and content have been greatly enhanced. It's very addictive reading and congratulations to all those involved for another magnificent production. The fact I get two mentions in the book does not in any way alter the fact this is an essential purchase for any serious music fan and those of us who are extremely "chart crazy",
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By djdaffy1227@aol.com on 9 Jan. 2001
Format: Paperback
My name is Dan Sheldon, I live in the United States of America. I am a collector of records and CD's. I have many books about the American charts including Joel Witburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1999. I was very interested in comparing the US charts to those of the UK. Boy did I find a great book to do that. The Guinness British hit Singles 13th edition. I enjoyed all the information in the front of the book such as, awards, feats and top 100 of all time but the part I liked best was the chart information. This is exactly what I was looking for. Every song to hit the British charts since 1952 was listed. The comparison to the US charts was even listed in the book for me. Symbols indicated #1 songs here as well as there. I was very pleased with my purchase. The only thing negative I have to say is that British hit singles was a little bit harder to read then Top Pop singles. Top Pop singles only has one column per page as opposed to British hit singles two columns per page. The highest chart position could have been a little bit bigger as well. All in all a great buy for music fans here in the states as well as in the UK.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steveweiser VINE VOICE on 15 May 2003
Format: Paperback
There have been 954 number one singles in the 50 year history of the UK singles chart, and the 16th edition of the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles includes the first 946 of them, from Al Martino's "Here In My Heart" in 1952 to the 2002 Christmas number one, "Sound Of The Underground" by Girls Aloud.
But this book isn't just about #1 singles. In the 50 years of the UK singles chart, many different acts have released many singles, and every single chart entry from the first chart in 1952 to the final chart of 2002 is included in this book, with chart entry date, peak position and weeks on the chart.
And it's not just about that - the book also provides facts about particular songs such as "Rock Around The Clock", "I Will Survive", "Every Breath You Take" and "Bitter Sweet Symphony", as well as select trivia (Top 20 Eurovision winners, Songs named after place names, US #1s that didn't make the UK chart etc) and a review of the year 2002.
If you're a fan of the UK singles chart, I cannot recommend this book enough, as it teaches you everything you need to know about the history of the chart. Useful for pub quizzes too!
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