Top Adult Songs 1961-2006


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Our thorough record research of essential facts and figures is applied to the history of Billboard magazine’s “Adult Contemporary” and “Adult Top 40” charts.  This fourth edition of the book previously known as “Top Adult Contemporary” and “Top Easy Listening,” now includes the “Adult Top 40 chart–where modern rock, dance and R&B artists rub shoulders with traditional Adult Contemporary acts.

Top Adult Songs 1961-2006 is an artist-by-artist listing covers the 8,500+ songs and 2,000+ artists that appeared on Billboard’s “Easy Listening,” “Adult Contemporary” singles charts from July 17, 1961 through July 29, 2006 and the 1,200+ songs and 500+ artists that appeared on Billboard’s “Adult Top 40” singles chart from March 16, 1996 through July 29, 2006.

Essential Chart Data …

Peak chart position • Chart debut date • Total weeks charted • Original label and number • Total weeks at #1, #2 or #3 • RIAA Platinum/Gold certification

Features & Facts on Songs & Artists…

If a song made the “Adult Contemporary” and “Adult Top 40” charts, the title is listed once with its complete chart data from both charts with its higher peak position listed first • Adult Top 40 hits are indicated with a special symbol •  Songwriters are shown for every title • Top artists’ rankings of all time and by decade shown with bio • Title notes now show the Grammy-award winning “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year,” and “Hall of Fame” inductees • The biggest chart hit of any artist with 10 or more hits is in heavy, bold type • All #1 hits are easy-to-spot • A photo of every Top 100 artist appears by their listing • All-new artist biographies explore the lives and careers of many newer “Adult Contemporary” artists • Previous artist biographies have been further researched and updated for even greater accuracy • Title notes reveal additional information about charted “Adult” hits • Re-entries (recharted singles) or special types of singles, such as Novelty, Comedy, Christmas or Instrumental singles are indicated with a special symbol • Names of artists mentioned in the bios or title notes who have their own listings elsewhere in the book are highlighted in bold type

Bonus Sections for Adult Contemporary:

All-Time Top 200 Artist Ranking • Top 50 #1 Hits • Top 50 #1 Hits by Decade • Songs Of Longevity by Decade • Top 20 Artists by Decade • Top Artist Achievements: Most Chart Hits, Most Top 20 Hits, Most Top 10 Hits, Most #1 Hits, Most Weeks at #1 • #1 Hits in Chronological Order

Bonus Sections for Adult Top 40:

All-Time Top 40 Artist Ranking • Top 20 Artists by Decade (1996-99, 2000-2006) • Top 50 #1 Hits • Top 40 Hits by Decade • #1 Hits in Chronological Order

Plus …

A-Z Song Title Cross Reference Section • Top 40 Hit List for each year from 1955-1961 as compiled from Billboard’s “Hot 100” and earlier Pop charts (“Best Sellers,” “Disc Jockey,” “Juke Box” and “Top 100”)

Additional information

Weight 2.0 lbs
Dimensions 7 × 1 × 9 in




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