Billboard Best Sellers & Hot 100 Charts: 1950s
Available for the first time ever ... the pop charts of the entire 1950s decade!
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The 1950s was pop music's most transformational and exciting decade ever! Trace week by week its swift metamorphosis from adult contemporary to rock 'n' roll, from Eddie Fisher and The Ames Brothers to Elvis Presley and The Everly Brothers.
Get it while it's available! This is a limited print run. A recent survey of our out-of-stock Charts books ('70s, '80s & '90s) on Amazon found new and used copies ranging in price from $493-$1,597; copies of our long out-of-stock "1955-59 Pop Charts" book range from $452 to $1,571.
What's special about the 1950s charts? B-sides are shown for all titles on the chart from 1/7/50 right up to the start of the Hot 100 chart on 8/4/58. If applicable, a record's 45rpm and 78rpm label numbers were shown on the chart from 1/7/50 through 5/23/53, when the "45" record became the standard configuration for singles.
In the following example from the first chart in this book (1/7/50), the "V" stands for the RCA Victor label:
"A Dreamer's Holiday"...Perry Como... V (78) 20-3543; (45) 47-3036
Discographers will find such data invaluable in determining which songs were available on "45" -- especially when this configuration was so new in 1950.
It's interesting to note the chart's changes in style and size. From 5/29/54 through 6/17/57, the Best Sellers was a single column chart occupying 1/3 of a Billboard magazine page. The "Hot 100" debuted as a two-page chart on 8/4/58 and underwent three style changes by the decade's end.