The Whitburn Book of Top 10 Hits 1950-2020


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1st-ever Record Research book to include EVERY Top 10 hit from Billboard, Cash Box, Music Vendor/Record World and Radio & Records!

This is THE definitive book of Top 10 hits, spanning 70 years of America’s most popular hit recordings! From the early hits of Perry Como, Patti Page and Johnnie Ray to the most recent hits of Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish and Ed Sheeran, they are ALL here, at your fingertips, in this compact, easy-to-use volume!

The peak position for each song is taken from the national pop singles chart on which it achieved its highest ranking.  Abbreviations in the CH column (BB, MV, RW, CB, RR) indicate on which music industry trade magazine’s chart the song reached its highest ranking.

Total weeks charted is of song’s longest chart run.

Chart debut date is of song’s earliest chart debut.

If a song also hit the Top 10 on any other chart publication, this information appears to the right of the title.

Original label and number are also shown, along with any gold and platinum certification status (includes RIAA and non-RIAA certified titles).

Many artists have greatly added to their Top 10 hit totals.

Some additional #1 hits that never hit #1 in Billboard include …

– Twist And Shout … The Beatles
– Proud Mary … Creedence Clearwater Revival
– Don’t Stop … Fleetwood Mac
– Sunny … Bobby Hebb
– Louie Louie …The Kingsmen
– Imagine … John Lennon
– Crying … Roy Orbison
– Blue Suede Shoes … Carl Perkins
– Burning Love … Elvis Presley
– Purple Rain … Prince
– Bohemian Rhapsody … Queen
– Jumpin’ Jack Flash … The Rolling Stones
– Be My Baby … The Ronettes
– Soul Man … Sam & Dave
– Rhythm Of My Heart … Rod Stewart
– Donna … Ritchie Valens

Popular album cuts (ineligible on Billboard’s Hot 100) are now included, including “Pinball Wizard” by Elton John, “All My Love” by Led Zeppelin and “Into The Groove” by Madonna.

Also includes a full-color, 12-page insert of 420 different artist photos, mostly taken from original 45 rpm picture sleeves!

Red type is used for artist names, publication names and peak positions.


Additional information

Weight 1.50 lbs
Dimensions 6 × .75 × 9 in




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