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  • Published: 15 November 2009
  • ISBN: 9780753522004
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 1056
  • RRP: $55.00

The Virgin Book of Top 40 Charts


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The most comprehensive record of the UK singles chart ever produced

The charts are the evening news of the music industry. Collected here they show the rapid rise or demise of each single as it enters the charts and either wins over a larger audience or keeps making music for its own smaller group of fans. Top 40 Charts is required reading for every music buff, and for anyone else who'd like to know what song was number one on their birthday and any other memorable day.

With every Top 40 singles chart from 1960 to the present day, this is the definitive chart book. Includes a detailed history of the pre-1960s charts, song title, act, record label and total number of weeks on chart for every single.

Published using data from the Official Charts Company.

  • Pub date: 15 November 2009
  • ISBN: 9780753522004
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 1056
  • RRP: $55.00

Praise for The Virgin Book of Top 40 Charts

“Granted, a tome which runs to over 1000 pages with every Top 40 Singles Chart from 1960 to present day is not going to be everyone's cup of tea but for me it's heaven”

Blackpool Gazette

“The ideal Christmas gift for all pop music buffs. A totally fascinating read.”

Scunthorpe Telegraph