This unparalleled resource provides complete, cross-referenced information for all songs and artists to make the Top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart from 1955 through mid-2003. Every artist entry opens with biographical information, followed by the date for each Top 40 single hit, its highest position and number of weeks on the chart, and its original label name and catalogue number. Alphabetical lists by artist and song title are followed by an extensive "Record Holders" section that details the top 100 singles of 1955-2003, with separate charts for that period showing the top 100 artists and top singles by decade. These exhaustive lists and 300 artist photos with their fact-filled captions will be valued by record collectors, pop music fans, and trivia enthusiasts, as well as by radio, cable, and music industry professionals.
Joel Whiturn, the foremost authority on charted music, has published nearly 80 books based on Billboard charts both for the trade market and for his own mail-order company, Record Research.