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Weekly Top 40 Pages Produced & Compiled by:
John Michaelson, Jarrett Nolan & Stan Messmer
Vital Chart Data, Research, Statistics & Continuity:
Stan Messmer

CONTACT INFORMATION IS PROVIDED BELOW

Here we have posted every single weekly Top 40 chart according to Billboard Magazine. Click on a year on the top menu of every page to view the entire year’s charts.

COMPLETION

We are working daily on each and every one of these charts. We are only three people with two of us working daily on each individual chart and another adding new content as we go along. However, we are working on forming new content and new stats and facts pages to go with these weekly charts. Those are coming soon.

WHO WE ARE

Just briefly, and then we’ll get to the more important stuff. We are three guys (John Michaelson, Jarrett Nolan and Stan Messmer) all associated in the music industry and the radio industry, and posted these charts for the public to use as research, entertainment and educational purposes. You are welcome to use this information to your needs, but we ask that you post proper credit and/or a link to us, if you use this material publicly on printed or broadcast medias. The contact form below gets you directly to us if you wish to learn more.

ELEMENTS

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.The+Jacksons+-+Show+You+The+Way+To+Go+-+7-+RECORD-324631
  • 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 (where provided).
  • 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.
  • WEEKS AT #1 = Most charts provide you with that weeks #1 single, and the length of time it has been at #1.

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).
  • 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.
  • 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. You can also see all of these debuts listed in chronological order at our sister site: singleschronology.wordpress.com.

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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 will also 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’.

This contact form is the only place on this site to contact John Michaelson, Jarrett Nolan and Stan Messmer

THE LOSS OF CASEY KASEM

It was tragic tcasey-kasemo 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.1680_1399973977

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”

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