Cash Box Pop Hits 1952-1996
Straight from the pages of the legendary Cash Box magazine comes a fresh crop of new pop singles research! To insure research accuracy, we painstakingly detailed, week by week, the journey of each song entry, chart by chart.
This 45-year history of the Cash Box pop singles charts begins with the 50-position “Best Selling Singles” chart on October 25, 1952, which was the magazine’s first chart to designate which of the multiple versions of a song was a ‘hit’ version. This evolved into Cash Box’s “Top 100” chart in September of 1958, and continued until the magazine ceased publication in November of 1996.
From 1952-65, Cash Box listed together at a single position on their chart, all versions of a song by different artists; the chart did not list the same songs by different artists at different positions. So, next to a song’s title, Cash Box listed the artist and label for every version in current release under each title (listed alphabetically by record label), with a star next to the artist(s) who had the ‘hit’ version(s). Only those titles with a star were researched for this book. If there was more than one ‘hit’ version of a song, the biggest hit (as determined by our Pop Hits Singles and Top Pop Singles books) is considered the primary hit. We show the lesser or “coat-tail” hit versions with an asterisk next to the peak position. For example, “Mr. Sandman” is shown as a solid #1 hit for The Chordettes and as a #1 coat-tail hit for the Four Aces (#1*). All chart data (date, peak position and weeks charted) is tallied only for those weeks when the title had the star next to it on the actual chart.
There are about 1,000 titles and hundreds of artists that are listed in this book that are not in our Pop Hits Singles nor Top Pop Singles books, with 300 of those titles from 1952-54 alone! For easy reference, we designate such titles with a star. Here are a few of the notable new titles and artists:
Christmas hits, such as:
Cash Box charted B-sides separately from their A-sides well into the 1970s, which means that peak positions now exist for B-sides, such as: