Complete Chart Information about America's Most Popular Songs and Artists, 1955-2009 The Essential Reference Guide to America" s Most Popular Songs and Artists Spanning More than Fifty Years of Music. Beginning with Bill Haley & His Comets" seminal "Rock Around the Clock" all the way up to Lady Gaga and her glammed-out "Poker face, " this updated and unparalleled resource contains the most complete chart information on every artist and song to hit Billboard" s Top 40 pop singles chart all the way back to 1955. Inside, you" ll find all of the biggest-selling, most-played hits for the past six decades. Each alphabetized artist entry includes biographical info, the date their single reached the Top 40, the song" s highest position, and the number of weeks on the charts, as well as the original record label and catalog number. Other sections""such as "Record Holders, " "Top Artists by Decade, " and "#1 Singles 1955-2009", make The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits the handiest and most indispensable music reference for record collectors, trivia enthusiasts, industry professionals and pop music fans alike. ©2010, 912 pages.