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The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (Billboard Book of Top Forty Hits) 8th Edition Paperback – July 1, 2004
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"An essential reference that can quickly tell you everything from how many No. 1 hits Roy Orbison had (two) to the name of the group that did "I'm Too Sexy" (Right Said Fred)." - Boston Herald; "I love paging through it, looking for songs I know and songs I should know." - Keyboard"
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Joel Whitburn, the foremost authority on charted music, has published nearly eighty books based on Billboard charts both for the trade market and for his own mail-order company, Record Research, based in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
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Now I have owned several of Joel Whitburn's popular Record Research editions for many years. For those who have never seen Joel Whitburns books before "The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits 1955-2003" will serve as a kind of introduction to the entire format. If you enjoy this book you just might be tempted to order one or more of the others. The Record Research books are generally hard cover and contain even more comprehensive chart data for your information and enjoyment. These books are not cheap but are considered to be indispensible for both disc jockeys and serious collectors alike. In the long run I have found any book from Joel Whitburn to be well worth the investment. Give this one a try and see if you don't agree.
In my opinion, this book is great for just about anyone. When you first get it you don't want to put it down, you start reading the songs, either by title, year or artist and the memories start coming back and before you know it, your IPod is full of forgotten greats!
I see this book as a much needed reference tool. It's easy to use and it's just plain fun to read! Plus it's right there if you're trying to remember who sang what or what the name of a certain song is...doesn't it just drive you crazy when you can't remember and then the song is in your head for days. : )
I wouldn't part with mine and I know you will feel the same way once you look up the year you and your high school sweetie first started dating. Read the songs and watch the memories fly.
A great gift as well!