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Top Pop Singles 1955-2018
Price: $79.95

1,216 pages | Size: 8.5 x 11 inches | Hardcover


Newly In Stock! 

16th edition covering 64 years of Billboard magazine's "Hot 100" & pop charts

Millions of data points instantly viewable, right at your fingertips in a user-friendly format!

 Announcing the 16th edition of the book that introduced the world to music-chart research! In 1970, Joel Whitburn published the first edition, simply known as Record Research. This flagship book launched a business and was the first look at music history through the lens of chart performance and spanned 15 years of charts.

The 16th edition of this artist-by-artist anthology covers 64 years, beginning with Billboard’s Best Sellers chart of January 1, 1955; songs on that chart included “Shake, Rattle And Roll” by Bill Haley & His Comets and “Earth Angel” by The Penguins. December 29, 2018 marked the final chart researched for this book which featured “Thank U, Next” by Ariana Grande and “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco.

We haven’t raised our price in over 20 years!  This current edition is the same regular price as our 1996 edition plus 80 more pages than our 2015 edition!

46,487 total hits

9,371 total artists

Updated bios and current RIAA gold/platinum sales

Updated Rankings of Top Artists and Top Hits, All-Time and By Decade - who’s in, who’s out? Did Imagine Dragons overtake Peter & Gordon, Florida Georgia Line top Eddy Arnold, Cardi B edge MC Hammer, or Chainsmokers pass Train? 

In this internet age, Billboard currently publishes just 29 print magazines yearly. Our research, however, covers all 52 weeks of the “Hot 100” chart, 23 of which are only available online. The current weekly “Bubbling Under” charts are not easily available online but we’ve included our research of every week’s chart.

The cover of this 16th edition is a tribute to American rock bands of the past 64 years.  Can you name them all? For a closer look, see book's cover on our home page.



ALL SONGS that appeared on these Billboard charts:

  • Hot 100
  • Bubbling Under the Hot 100
  • Hot 100 Airplay
  • Top 100
  • Best Sellers
  • Disc Jockey
  • Juke Box
  • Territorial Hits
  • Breakout Hits
  • Pop EP’s

For each of the 46,487 songs:

  • # of WEEKS charted

If applicable:

  • B-SIDE
  • Total WEEKS AT PEAK for all #1s, #2s & #3s
  • RIAA certification of Gold or Platinum for record sales
  • RIAA certification of Gold or Platinum for digital sales
  • CONFIGURATION if other than vinyl
    • C – Comedy
    • F – Foreign language
    • I – Instrumental
    • L – Live
    • N – Novelty
    • R – Re-entry
    • S – Spoken
    • X – Christmas (Re-entries re-done as perennial songs listed once - see Brenda Lee sample page ⇔ NEW)
  • NOTABLE AWARDS (Billboard, Grammy, Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, Rolling Stone)
  • FIND-IT-FAST features for all #1s, biggest hits, Top 10s, etc.
  • #1s from UK charts with total weeks
  • #1s from other major trade magazine:
    • CB (Cash Box)
    • MV (Music Vendor)
    • RW (Record World)
    • RR (Radio & Records⇔ NEW 
  • #1s from main genre charts with total weeks at top:
    • AC
    • A40
    • ALT
    • C&W
    • C&W Airplay ⇔ NEW
    • MSR
    • R&B
    • ROK

For each of the 9,371 ARTISTS, one line or more descriptive BIOGRAPHY featuring:

  • DATES of birth and death
  • NOTABLE AWARDS (Billboard, Grammy, Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, Rolling Stone)
  • CLOVER symbol indicates artist had minimum of 24 hits. See the new additions to the “24 Hit Club”!

Also Featuring:

  • 4,400+ CLASSIC Non-Hot 100 Songs
  • Pre-1955 Roots of Rock Hits

SONG TITLE SECTION Lists alphabetically every song in book with artist name, peak position and year charted.

#1 HITS A chronological listing, by peak date, of every title to top Billboard’s pop singles charts.



  • Chart Kings & Queens
  • Top 500 in rank and alphabetical orders
  • Top 50 by Decade
  • Top Artists by Year & Category
  • Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees
  • Artists With Most:
    • Hits on Chart, Top 40, Top 10, at #1, #2, #3
    • Weeks at #1
    • Platinum/Gold Hits
    • “Classics”


  • Top 200 Hits
  • Top 25 Of Each Decade
  • Territorial & Breakouts by City
  • Longest Charting
  • Singles by Decade
  • 150 on Honor Roll Of Hits
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