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  • Oct 27, 2010
I first became acquainted with Joel Whitburn and his impressive series of music reference books way back in the late 1970's. Over the years I have purchased a good many of them. Whether you are an avid collector like myself or just a casual music fan Joel Whitburn offers a fantastic line of indispensable reference books that will greatly enhance your enjoyment of this great pastime. Joel Whitburn has just released the 9th edition of his basic and most affordable book "The Billboard Book of Top 40 Singles 1955-2009". Believe it or not this is a book that offers extensive chart information on every single tune to make the Billboard Top 40 over the past 55 years!!! In addition, you will be treated to other great features like "Record Holders", "Top Artists by Decade," and a comprehensive list of "#1 Singles 1955-2009". Meanwhile,the more serious collectors among us will particularly enjoy the biographical information provided on each and every one of the artists in this book. I have found that there is a wealth of information packed into each and every Joel Whitburn book and "The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits 1955-2009" is certainly no exception in this regard.

Now for those who have never seen Joel Whitburn's superb reference books before "The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits 1955-2009" will serve as a kind of introduction to the entire format. Chances are that if you enjoy this book you just might be tempted to order one or more of the others. Among the books available right now are "Top Pop Singles 1955-2008", "Joel Whitburn Presents Hot Country Songs 1944-2008", and "Joel Whitburn Presents The Billboard Albums" which is in essence a comprehensive 50-year history of the rock era. This sensational book includes the complete information on the more than 25000 albums that made "The Billboard 200" album chart between 1956 and 2005. Amazing! The volumes issued by Whitburn's publishing company Record Research are generally hard cover and contain considerably more chart data for your information and enjoyment. These books are certainly not cheap but are considered indispensible by both disc jockeys and serious collectors alike. In the long run I have found any book from Joel Whitburn to be well worth the investment. If I have whetted your appetite in any way I urge you to pick up a copy of "The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits 1955-2009" and see if you don't agree. This book can usually be had for around $25.00 and I am quite confident that you will not be disappointed!   Very highly recommended!

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January 25, 2011
Sounds like a fun book for any music fan. Excellent review, Paul!
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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.
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   • 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.
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ISBN-10: 0823085546
ISBN-13: 978-0823085545
Genre: Reference
Publisher: Billboard Books
Date Published: October 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
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