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The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (1983)

by Joel Whitburn

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This perennial favorite lists every single to reach the top 40 of Billboard's weekly Hot 100 since 1955.



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A useful resource. ( )
  kylekatz | Jul 10, 2008 |
For the avid pop music trivia buff, this book is a veritable bible. Every song from 1955 on that ever cracked Billboard Magazine's Top 40 is listed in an easy to use format. You can look up a song alphabetically by title or artist. You'll discover not only how high a particular song charted, but how many weeks it spent in the Top 40 and whether or not it went gold or platinum. Includes album cover artwork to many of the singles from the 50s to the present day. The "records holder" section shows who dominated the charts each year, by decade, and all-time. Does Madonna have as many top 40 hits as The Beatles? How many weeks did the Starland Vocal Bands "Afternoon Delight" spend at #1? Buy it, and find out! Overall, a fun, interesing reference work that's sure to bring back childhood music memories ("oh yeah, I remember that song!") with just a flip of the page. This review is not a K-TEL production, nor sponsored by Soft Cheesy Rock of the 70s. ( )
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20 Fingers

A Rose and a Baby Ruth

A Woman in Love

A Woman Loves

Abilene (song)

Affair of the Heart

Ain't Love a Bitch

Ain't That a Shame

All I Need Is a Miracle

All This and Heaven Too (album)

Almost Persuaded

Alone (Why Must I Be Alone)

Alvin's Harmonica

Amanda (Boston song)

Among My Souvenirs

Amy Holland

Another Lover

Anyone Who Had a Heart (song)

Aqua discography

Artie Wayne

Baby Blue (Badfinger song)

Baby Don't Go

Baby I'm Burning

Baby It's You

Back Home Again (song)

Bag Lady

Band of Gold (Don Cherry song)

Be Near Me

Be True to Your School


Best of Bish

Best of Jennifer Warnes

Better Days (And the Bottom Drops Out)

Bettye Swann

Big Love (Fleetwood Mac song)

Big Man in Town

Billie Jo Spears

Billy Williams (singer)

Bish (album)

Blessed Are the Believers

Bloodstone (band)

Blue Blue Day

Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain

Blue Tango

Bobbie Sue (song)

Bobby Goldsboro

Brand New Lover

Busted (Johnny Cash song)

Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye)

Ca, C'est L'amour

California Soul

Can You Find It in Your Heart?

Careless (album)

Catch Us If You Can

Chanson D'Amour

Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)

Cherry, Cherry

Come Softly to Me

Could I Have This Dance

Crazy Love (Poco song)

Crumblin' Down

Cub Koda

Dan Seals

Dancing in the Street

Danny Tate

Dawn (Go Away)

Day After Day (Badfinger song)

Decade of Decadence 81-91

Dedicated to the One I Love

Deep Purple (song)

Devil Woman (Marty Robbins song)

Diane (1927 song)

Dick Hyman

Do You Believe Me Now (Vern Gosdin song)

Don't Be Angry

Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)

Don't Give it Up

Don't Look Back (Boston song)

Don't Look Back (Fine Young Cannibals song)

Don't Shed a Tear

Don't Take Your Guns to Town

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

Don't Worry (Marty Robbins song)

Don't You Know What the Night Can Do?

Donna Lewis

Double Barrel

Dr. Feelgood (song)

Draggin' the Line

Dream (American group)

Duets II (Tony Bennett album)

Easy Loving

Edge of a Broken Heart

Electric Boogaloo (song)

Elvis Presley's Army career

Emotion in Motion (song)

Engelbert Humperdinck (singer)

Everybody Loves a Lover

Everybody Wants You

Ferrante & Teicher

Flower child

Fool (If You Think It's Over)

For the Good Times (song)

Fraulein (song)

Free Ride (song)

From the Candy Store on the Corner to the Chapel on the Hill

Funny Face (Donna Fargo song)

George Green (songwriter)

Girl Can't Help It (song)

Girl Come Running

Goin' Out of My Head

Gone (Ferlin Husky song)

Gonzalez (band)

Guess Things Happen That Way

Guitar Man (song)

Happiness Street (Corner Sunshine Square)

Heartaches by the Number

Heartbreaker (Pat Benatar song)

Heat of the Moment

Here Comes Summer

Here We Are Again

Holly Holy

Home Sweet Home (Mötley Crüe song)

Honeycomb (song)

How's It Going to Be

Human Touch (Rick Springfield song)

Hurt (Roy Hamilton song)

I Ain't Never

I Am... I Said

I Believe in You (Don Williams song)

I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)

I Don't Want Your Love

I Dreamed

I Know There's Something Going On

I Like It (Gerry and the Pacemakers song)

I Like It Like That (Pete Rodriguez song)

I Love

I Love How You Love Me

I Love You Always Forever

I Loved 'Em Every One

I Need a Lover

I Still Can't Get Over Loving You

I Walk the Line

I Wanna Be Rich

I Wanna Live

I Won't Last a Day Without You

I'll Be Home

I'll Never Stop Loving You (1955 song)

I'm Crying

I'm Not the One

I'm on the Outside (Looking In)

I'm Sorry (Brenda Lee song)

I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home)

I've Been Lookin'

I.G.Y. (What a Beautiful World)

If Anyone Falls

If I Could Go!

If I Were a Carpenter (song)

If We Make It Through December

Iko Iko

In Action (Johnny Rivers album)

In the Closet

In the Dark (Billy Squier song)

In the Middle of an Island

In the Middle of the House

In the Mood (Robert Plant song)

In Your Room (The Bangles song)

Infatuation (Rod Stewart song)

It Don't Come Easy

It Hurts to Be in Love

It Only Hurts for a Little While

It's My Life (The Animals song)

It's Only Make Believe

It's Over (Roy Orbison song)

Jack Sharpe (songwriter)

Java (instrumental)

Jennifer Warnes (album)

Jerry Herst

Jim Cregan

Jimmy Clanton

Joey Powers

Johnny Angel (song)

Jump (Van Halen song)

Jumper (song)

Just a Little (The Beau Brummels song)

Just Kickin' It

Just Like Paradise

Just Married (song)

Just the Way It Is, Baby

K-Ci & JoJo

Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'

Kurt Maloo

Lana Cantrell

Land of a Thousand Dances

Laugh, Laugh

Lenny LeBlanc

Leonard (song)

Let Me Go, Lover!

Let's Go (The Cars song)

Let's Hang On!

Lies (Thompson Twins song)

Lift Me Up (Howard Jones song)

List of 1980s one-hit wonders in the United States

List of 1990s one-hit wonders in the United States

List of 2000s one-hit wonders in the United States

List of Billboard Hot 100 top 10 singles in 1987

List of Hot 100 Airplay number-one singles of the 1980s

List of Hot 100 Airplay number-one singles of the 1990s

List of synthpop artists

Little by Little (Robert Plant song)

Little Children (song)

Liza Minnelli discography

Lizzie and the Rainman

Lollipops and Roses (album)

Lonely Boy (Paul Anka song)

Lonely Ol' Night

Long Haired Lover from Liverpool

Look of Love (Lesley Gore song)

Love in the First Degree (Alabama song)

Love Lifts Us Up: A Collection 1968-83

Love Me or Leave Me (Donaldson and Kahn song)

Love the One You're With

Love U More

Love Will Find a Way (Yes song)

Lucille (Kenny Rogers song)

Mama, I'm Coming Home

Mangos (song)

Mark Lindsay

May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose

May You Always


Melvin Endsley

Midnight Confessions

Midnight Rider

Miracles (Jefferson Starship song)

Moe Bandy

Moody Blue (song)

Morning Side of the Mountain

Mother's Little Helper

Mountain of Love

Mr. Blue

Mr. Jaws

Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section

Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

Music of Sesame Street

My Best Friend's Girl (song)

My Special Angel

Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye

Nadine Renee

New Mexican Rose

Nick Richards

Night (band)

No Charge

No Matter What (Badfinger song)

Nobody (Sylvia song)

Nobody but Me (The Isley Brothers song)

Nobody's Fool (Kenny Loggins song)

North to Alaska (song)

Oasis discography

Oh Julie

Ollie E. Brown

Once in a While (1937 song)

One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)

Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'bout Me)

Over and Over (Bobby Day song)

Paper Roses

Paralyzed (Elvis Presley song)

Pass the Dutchie

Paul DeVilliers

Phoebe Snow

Physical (Olivia Newton-John song)

Planet Soul

Please Help Me, I'm Falling

Poetry Man

Power Windows (song)

Pushin' Too Hard

Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)

Quicksand (Martha and the Vandellas song)

R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.

Rainbow Stew

Ray Kennedy (country singer)

Ring of Fire (song)

Roger Cook (songwriter)

Roger Hawkins (drummer)

Ronnie (The Four Seasons song)

Ruby Ann


Sailing (Christopher Cross song)

San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)

Sandy Nelson

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

Save It for Me

Say You'll Stay Until Tomorrow

Sea of Heartbreak

Second Chance (38 Special song)

See You in September

Semi-Charmed Life

Shake for the Sheik

Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)

Shaving Cream (song)

She's So Cold

Shelley Fabares


Shilo (song)

Ship of Fools (World Party song)

Shot Through the Heart (album)

Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)

Silver Star (song)

Simply Irresistible (song)

Since I Fell for You

Singing the Blues

Skip a Rope

Slipping Away (Dave Edmunds song)

Smokin' in the Boys Room

So Alive (Love and Rockets song)

So Close (Hall & Oates song)

So Rare

Solitaire (Laura Branigan song)

Solitary Man (song)

Someone Could Lose a Heart Tonight

Sometimes (Bill Anderson song)

Soul Song

Special Lady

Stand by Your Man

Start the Commotion

Stay (Maurice Williams song)

Stay the Night (Benjamin Orr song)

Step by Step (Eddie Rabbitt song)

Stephen Bishop (singer)

Stevie Vann

Still (Bill Anderson song)

Still Water (Love)


Sundown (Gordon Lightfoot song)

Surfin' Safari (song)

Sweet Dreams (Don Gibson song)

Sweet Hitch-Hiker

Take Me Down

Taken In

Talk Back Trembling Lips

Tall Paul

Tammy (song)

Teddy Bear (Red Sovine song)

Teenage Triangle

Tell It to the Rain

Temptation (Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed song)

Tennessee Bird Walk

Terry Nelson (musician)

That's All I Want from You

The Autumn Waltz

The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde

The Basement Tapes

The Beau Brummels (album)

The Beau Brummels, Volume 2

The Belle Stars (album)

The Blossoms

The Blues Brothers (film)

The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete

The Bus Stop Song

The Castaways

The Closer You Get (song)

The Devil Went Down to Georgia

The Essex

The Final Countdown (song)

The Fool on the Hill

The Grass Roots

The Greatest Hits of Eric Burdon and The Animals

The Hollywood Argyles

The Honeythief

The Mojo Men

The Murmaids

The Nitty Gritty (song)

The Old Lamp-Lighter

The Original Surfaris

The Politics of Dancing (song)

The Premiers

The Prisoner (Howard Jones song)

The Rain, The Park & Other Things

The Story of My Life (Marty Robbins song)

The Teddy Bear Song

The Things We Did Last Summer (album)

The Very Best of Judy Collins

The White Knight (Cledus Maggard song)

The Yellow Rose of Texas (song)

The Youngbloods (album)

Theatre of Pain

Theme from Picnic

Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye

There Goes My Everything (song)

Time Has Come Today

To the Aisle

Together (1928 song)

Tommy Leonetti

Tonight She Comes

Tony Orlando and Dawn (TV series)

Too Young (Sidney Lippman and Sylvia Dee song)

Trouble (Lindsey Buckingham song)

Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa

Two Tickets to Paradise

Underdog (Atlanta Rhythm Section album)

Understand Your Man

Understanding (song)

Ventura Highway

Vern Gosdin

Waiting for That Day

Walk On By (Leroy Van Dyke song)

Walk on the Wild Side (Lou Reed song)

Walk Right Back

Watch the Flowers Grow

Waterloo (Stonewall Jackson song)

We'll Sing in the Sunshine

What Are We Doin' in Love

What the World Needs Now Is Love

What's Forever For

What's New Pussycat? (song)

What's Wrong with This Picture? (Andrew Gold album)

When It's Love

When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes

When Will I Be Loved (song)

When You're Hot, You're Hot

Where the Boys Are (Connie Francis song)

Whirly Girl

Who Loves You (song)

Why (Frankie Avalon song)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Alternative music/Sources

Wilbert Harrison

Wild Heart of the Young

Wings of a Dove (Bob Ferguson song)

Wolverton Mountain

Wonderful! Wonderful!

Words of Love (The Mamas & the Papas song)

Yellow River (song)

You Are My Love (1955 song)

You Are the Girl

You Can Do Magic (song)

You Decorated My Life

You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby

You Send Me

You Tell Me Why

You Wear It Well

You've Never Been This Far Before

Young and Warm and Wonderful

Your Ma Said You Cried in Your Sleep Last Night

This perennial favorite lists every single to reach the top 40 of Billboard's weekly Hot 100 since 1955.

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