Top Pop Singles 1955-2010 softcover
A new hardcover edition of this book, Top Pop Singles 1955-2012, is available. Click here for more information.
About Top Pop Singles 1955-2010:
Larger Size! All Your Favorite Features! Never-Before-Seen Research!
Note from Joel: Where in Top Pop Singles is the Glee Cast? The Legends? Ke$ha? The Underbeats? Only in the latest edition of our best-selling book ever! Not only does it include the 1,400 songs and artists who have hit the "Hot 100" and "Bubbling Under" charts since the previous edition, it unveils never-before-seen research!
In 2009 and 2010, I was immersed in stacks of Billboards, discovering 'new' songs and artists as I researched the long-buried "Territorial Hits" chart and "Breakout Singles" feature and collected record for proofing against my compilation of new facts. Here were the garage bands and doo-wop groups that caught fire locally but not nationally -- the ones that you may remember as huge hits in your area. The debut of this new research ensures that they will long be referenced alongside the superstars of the pop charts.
This new edition has more photos and features thanks to a larger page size which also lends a cleaner, uncluttered look. It's our same reliable format - just more facts, more features, more book!
NEW - Territorial Hits! Now includes every single that made Billboard's "Territorial Best Seller" chart from 1955-58. From January 1, 1955 - July 1, 1957, Billboard published Top 10 charts from 23 different major markets. The 138 songs on these charts that did not also make Billboard's main pop charts are now shown under the special “Territorial Hits” heading in an artist’s discography. Listed in the book are the song’s debut date, peak position, and total weeks on the territorial Top 10, and the cities where it hit are shown next to the title. From July 8, 1957 through October 13, 1958, those Top 10 charts listed songs alphabetically by artist, not rank. Territorial-only hits from then are listed but without a peak position nor weeks charted. A biography appears for every territorial-only artist. The following markets were surveyed: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle and Toronto.
NEW - #1 Territorial Hits! For songs that did not hit #1 on Billboard’s main pop charts but did hit #1 on the Territorial Hits charts when those charts were arranged in rank order, a bold #1 is listed next to the title, followed by an abbreviated list of cities where it hit #1.
NEW - Breakout Singles! Billboard published the weekly “Breakout Singles” feature from January 9, 1961 – February 10, 1973, the golden era of garage bands and Top 40 radio. Listed in random order each week, without positions, were 10-20 singles along with their artist, record label & number, and breakout city. Shown in the book under the 631 “Breakout Hits” heading are the songs that did not also make the “Hot 100” or “Bubbling Under” charts, along with debut date, breakout cities, B-side, etc. With the exceptions of Kansas City and Toronto, all of the cities surveyed for the Territorial Hits charts were also surveyed among the 32 major markets for Breakout Singles, including Albany, Charlotte, Hartford, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, Newark, Oklahoma City and Washington, D.C.
NEW - Total Hits! For major artists, quickly see their totals for #1, Top 10, Top 20 and Top 40 hits, and total Top 10 albums! Makes for interesting comparisons like AC/DC's highest charting hit was #23 yet they had 8 Top 10 albums!
MORE - All Million Sellers! In addition to indications of RIAA-certified gold and platinum singles, now shown are all gold singles awarded by record labels.
MORE - 650+ Artists Photos! More than triple the amount of artists photos over the last edition!
MORE - Songs with Most Awards! Our Honor Roll Of Hits has grown from a listing of 100 to the 200 songs that have accumulated the most awards.
1,400 More! There are 1003 new "Hot 100" entries and 482 "Bubbling Under The Hot 100" entries since the previous edition, in which Katy Perry had two titles and now has 15! Rihanna had 15 and now 30! Ke$ha and the Glee Cast were not in the previous edition and now have 14 and 139 "Hot 100" and "Bubbling Under" hits, respectively!
NEW SIZE! Larger 8.5" x 11" page allow for easier-to-read layout and book to lay flat.
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!
INVALUABLE INFO... Most pre-1955 artists and songs that contributed to the very roots of rock and roll are included in the main section.
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!