"I just received Volume 1 of Joel's Top Pop Singles, 17e. It is an absolutely beautiful book. Stunning. This book was well worth the wait, both in terms of this production, but also in the entire library of Record Research books. Congratulations to Joel, Brent, Paul, Kim and everyone at Record Research for an especially well-done volume. The color is amazing. I look forward to Volume 2 in 2022." Thomas, Superior, WI

“… just got my copy of the new book and it's magnificent! The color is definitely worth it, and all of the added detail is great to have. Pretty impressive that you got Charlie Watts's passing in there — it's only been 10 weeks. Congratulations to all of you, and bring on Volume 2!” Fred, Oakton, VA

“Received the book today and haven't put it down yet, all I can say for now is WOW! I've purchased many of Joel's books over the years but this one is by far the best, thank you Joel.” Gerald, Windsor, CT

About the Book
The complete chart history of Billboard's Hot 100 and early pop singles charts is too huge for one book! Volume 1, spanning 1955 through 1989, is now available in COLOR and black and white!
By focusing on the vinyl record era, Joel was able to add a host of new and exciting features to Top Pop Singles, such as all Top 10 albums, a 14-page section titled "The Pre-Rock Era," prices of valuable vintage vinyl, over 1,200 photos, all Canadian #1 hits, all #1 Honor Roll Of Hits, revised artist rankings, and so much more!
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Top Pop Singles Meets Top Pop Albums!
Top Pop Singles Meets
Top Pop Albums

All Top 10 Albums, plus other key LPs = 1000s of albums listed with full chart data

Robert Johson
Pre-Rock Section

14 pages, artist-by-artist, devoted to early, key R&B/Rock ‘n’ Roll songs and artists

Vintage Vinyl Prices
Vintage Vinyl Prices

Return of prices for any records valued at $25 or more

Queen Before/After

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Top Pop Singles 1955-1989


ALL pre-orders of color and black and white editions have been sent from our office!

Covering the vinyl record era with even more facts, stats and new features than ever!

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Top Pop Playlists 1985-1999

Joel Whitburn pays homage to the end of the record era in this third volume of his Playlists series.

Each Playlist is a ranking of all songs that reached their peak popularity during that month on Billboard magazine's Hot 100 chart.

15 Years
180 Monthly Playlists
1,260 Photos
3,900 Recordings

Top Pop Playlists 1985-1999

The Essentials