Top Pop Singles 1955-2008
2 Books in 1! Now Includes ALL Bubbling Under hits!
10,400 more titles & 800 more artists than previous edition
37,900 Titles by 7,800 Artists!
The Complete Story...from Robert Johnson to Flo Rida from The Clovers to Coldplay from Ruth Brown to Taylor Swift
"As I enter my 40th year of tracking America's favorite songs and artists, I am proud to offer this 12th edition of my all-time, best-selling book. I believe this to be my most comprehensive work covering the early roots of rock 'n' roll right up to today's hits!" Joel Whitburn
Top Pop Singles 1955-2008 is an artist-by-artist listing of every artist and song that made Billboard magazine's "Hot 100," "Bubbling Under" and Early Pop Singles charts from the dawn of the rock era, January, 1955, through December 2008!
Loaded With New Features
NEW! All Bubbling Under Titles!All songs that appeared on Billboard's "Bubbling Under the Hot 100" chart are now integrated into the "Hot 100" listings - combining two books into one! Includes garage rock bands, rare doo-wop groups, novelty and comedy songs, plus loads of classic, obscure and valuable regional hits!
#1 Hits On Other Charts!Back by popular demand: All songs that reached #1 on Billboard's 6 other major singles charts are now indicated to the right of the B-side titles.
Alphabetized Classics!All of the great, classic songs and album cuts that never made the Pop charts are shown after an artist's charted discography in alphabetical order.
NEW! Appearing under "Classics" are the songs that did not appear on the "Hot 100" or "Bubbling Under" charts but did hit #1 on the 6 other major singles charts: R&B, Country, Adult Contemporary, Adult Top 40, Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock. So, every #1 hit, from these genres, is included in this edition, including its total weeks at #1!
NEW! Re-entries Now Below The Original Hit!All re-entries now appear immediately below the original chart entry for easy reference.
NEW! Digital Downloads!A new special symbol marks all digital download hits.
NEW! Rock 'n' Roll EP'sFrom October 7, 1957 through October 10, 1960, Billboard published the "Best Selling Pop EP's" chart. Like the album charts of that time, it was mostly dominated by Orchestras, Soundtracks, and the like. There was a sprinkling of rock 'n' roll Extended Play singles that appeared on the EP's chart. Included for the first time in Top Pop Singles are hand-selected EP's of 20 rock, pop, and country artists that made this chart. Can you guess which two Elvis Presley EP's were at #1 for 28 and 30 weeks?
NEW! All regular duets, such as Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, are now grouped together below the solo titles at the end of the artist listing.
Duet Titles! Back by popular demand: All duos, featured names and song titles by multiple artists are shown exactly as they are listed on the record labels and sleeves.
INVALUABLE INFO... Most pre-1955 artists and songs that contributed to the very roots of rock and roll are included in the main section.
ESSENTIAL CHART DATA...Peak chart position, chart debut date, total weeks charted, total weeks at #1, #2 or #3, original label and number - and much more!
ACCURATE ARTIST FACTS... Updated artists' bios, photos, Decade and All-Time rankings, Grammy Billboard, Rolling Stone and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame awards -- and much more!
DETAILED TITLE TRIVIA... B-sides, re-entries, title notes, RIAA Platinum/Gold certifications - and much more!
FIND-IT-FAST FEATURES... Quickly spot key information! Top hit by an artist with 10 ore more hits is underlined. / All Top 10 titles are shaded. / #1 hits have a special peak position symbol. / Gold and Platinum records are indicated with a symbol. / Hot 100 Airplay hits show a special bracketed symbol. / Label configurations, such as cassettes, CDs and 45s all have a column with bold symbols. / Letter symbols indicate Instrumental, Christmas, Live recordings, etc.
Plus Major Awards & Honors Listings, A-Z Song Title Section, Top Artist Achievements, Top 500 Artists Ranking -- And Much, Much More!