Weekly Top 40 Pages by John Michaelson & Jarrett Nolan
WELCOME & THANK YOU
Here we have posted every single weekly Top 40 chart according to Billboard Magazine. Click on a year to view the entire year’s charts all on one page.
I’ve had some wonderful suggestions and met some really great people in the process. So I wanted to thank you for stopping by and viewing these charts and I hope to hear from you with suggestions, comments or needing information. If I have information in my possession that you are wanting to know, I will respond as quickly as I can.
To make a suggestion, I have included a form below that just requires you to fill it out and send to me. I check my email throughout the course of the day, every day and will always try to respond immediately upon finding your email.
I have included bonus material in the form of ”Top 100’s”, ”Billboard Chart Achievements”, along with some music/chart knowledge and fun facts, etc. Those were taken straight from Wikipedia as just a bonus for your viewing pleasure. Please visit Wikipedia HERE and see more information that I have not included. And I can assure you that the information posted from Wikipedia’s pages are pretty accurate – otherwise I would not have posted them. However! I have not updated all information and may not be able to do so in a timely manner, so if you find outdated information I’ve posted, I’ll be glad to change those once you bring it to my attention.
In addition to the bonus material, most pages after 1959 have record labels and picture sleeves included with each chart. Those were from 45cat.com, a really great place to find hundreds upon thousands of such photos. I’m hoping you visit them and become a member and add to their content, or just browse their site and enjoy the dozens of years of great records at your fingertips.
THE LOSS OF CASEY KASEM
It was tragic to have lost my first radio idol, Casey Kasem on June 15, 2014. I’ve been listening to Casey as far back as 1978 (when I was only 10). It was in 1979 that I began recording these charts as you see them now and followed them religiously until 1989. Not only was his passing a tragedy for us fans, but also the controversy surrounding his ordeal before AND after his passing involving his wife and his children. To find out the whole story, please click HERE.
In addition to the famous American Top 40 (radio program) and America’s Top 10 (TV program), as a child, he was also Robin on the animated version of Batman & Robin, and, most notably, Shaggy, from the Scooby Doo series (among many other cartoons I grew up listening to).
Casey was the reason I got into radio in the first place, he was also the reason I got into doing countdown shows and was responsible for my love for these charts and all they represent. They are a historic countdown of special times and places. They are a history page of music and the songs we loved growing up. They help you recall specific moments of our lives.
And Casey was there every step of the way for us.
Coincidentally, my first job in radio was in April of 1998 and I was in charge of loading Casey’s Top 40 into the automated system at the radio station, WSMG-FM (G-103 in Greeneville, Tennessee). For my off-the-clock work, after hours on Saturday nights, I was permitted to keep the CD package the show was shipped to us in. I’ve lost all but that first episode, which was curiously found at the bottom of an old suitcase, unbeknownst of its existence, when unpacking into our home some 13 years later.
He will be missed terribly, but his legacy will forever live on every week there is a countdown of the biggest hits, every time there is a Scooby Doo cartoon or movie. Casey Kasem was one of a kind and the originator of a media that still lives on today.
Please visit Kerri Kasem at The Kasem Care Foundation. Her work is helping many of us who have lost our parents and struggled for our rights as their children to say good-bye and see them off properly as they pass on.
So now more than ever, “Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars”
Some charts are still in the works and not yet posted. Those will be completed and posted in the near future. I do not know how long it will take to complete these charts, but I am working on them right now and hope to have them up really soon.
Each week you will see the date, followed by a line that reads: “TW LW TITLE-Artist (Label)-Weeks on Chart (Peak Position)” (that varies depending on the information at the time of posting)
- TW = This week’s chart position.
- LW = Last week’s chart position.
- TITLE = Of course is the title of the record as it appeared on the original single release.
- ARTIST = Of course is the artist of the record originally as it appeared on the charts upon its initial release.
- LABEL = The original record label according to its official release date.
- WEEKS ON CHART = Is the complete weeks the record appeared on the entire Hot 100 charts.
- PEAK POSITION = Where that specific record peaked on the Hot 100 charts.
To the best of my ability I have included the original record label.
At times re-issues were posted based on the availability. Special thanks to 45cat.com for the entire lot of record labels and picture sleeves. In many cases I have added both the label and the picture sleeve, because I found both to be just as fascinating.
Each week is cut into segments that are:
- THE TOP 40 FOR THE WEEK ENDING: The complete Top 40 of that week broken up in groups of 10. Each entry includes the current position, last week’s position, artist, title, weeks on charts, it’s peak position and record label (where available). Some weeks have some information missing but will be corrected in the near future.
- THIS WEEKS DROPS = These are the songs that fell off of the Top 40 for that week. In some cases this section will be empty, as some songs fell completely off the Top 100 for that week, and to accurately list them will take a little bit of patience and work to find that song’s information – again, it is being worked on currently.
- POWER PLAYS = These are songs that have risen the Top 100 to land just outside of the Top 40 and are potential Top 40 hits for the upcoming weeks. Naturally, not all records made the Top 40, but the majority of these Power Plays will appear in the Top 40 in coming weeks as some will fall back down the charts without reaching the top. And occasionally a song will shoot past the Power Play section, not being listed in this section, but to immediately land in the Top 40.
- NEW THIS WEEK = These are the songs that debuted in the Hot 100 that specific week. If you just look up all of the new releases of the week, every single would equal up to just about every hit single ever released. Those are a favorite among chart followers as you will find many lost and forgotten gems, some you’ve heard before but never appeared as a hit single, or a radio hit you may have heard but didn’t know it had an official release (many of those appear in the 80’s due to MTV Music Television playing many of these records, but they never made it big).
We have suggestions already up for Album charts, Country charts and years prior to 1955 and years after 2000. Those will be in the works in the near future. We are also considering an on-going weekly chart but that may not be available through permission from Billboard Magazine/Website. That remains to be seen but it is within our thoughts. We also have suggestions for Disco charts, Active Rock/Modern charts, Soul charts, etc… Those are also being considered. By following us you will get those updates as we post them. Or you can go to our “UPDATES” page and read through what is going on with us regarding this site.
We will tell you that these charts are 100% accurate and complete. However, after years and decades of collecting this information, we cannot say that we haven’t made mistakes. It was hard to proof read all of this material as time would not permit that kind of dedication. So we may have made some mistakes and you are more than welcome to point those out. We encourage your participation in helping us make these pages 100% perfect. More information is posted below.
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Suggestions? Did we make a mistake? DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHEN A SONG DEBUTED OR PEAKED OR HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT SONGS/ARTISTS OR ALBUMS, Please leave comments below. We took pride in putting these charts together and after several years (in some cases, decades) we realized possible mistakes, or simple typing errors or information mix-ups and want so much to make all pages 100% accurate. So please make sure your correction is completely accurate, or at least be informative suggestions that will help our pages become 100% accurate. But mostly, we’d like to hear from you and let us know what these charts mean to you and how you use them, or why you enjoy viewing them. Many people love to live through music to sort out their memories, and these charts are a great place to start. We also will find the time to answer questions about these charts, or songs you cannot find, or pop/rock music in general, or just to say ‘hello’.
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