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Guinness World Records: British Hit Singles (15th edition) Hardcover – 2 Feb 2002
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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.
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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.See all Product description
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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.