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Every record to make the pop charts from 1890 through 1954 is listed alphabetically here by artist and song. There are also thirteen additional charts of interest such as Academy Award Winning Songs, Billboard College Surveys, The Most Recorded Songs, Top Artist Achievements, etc.--everything you’ve ever wanted to know about pop songs.
For jazz standards fans and researchers, this is the preeminent reference book of pop chart ranking information for the Golden Age of popular music. See also The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits which picks up beginning at 1955. These are the texts you use to find the successful recordings that popularized the jazz standards.
Since 1970 Joel Whitburn has authored over 60 books that research and chart pop music. He is known as “The World’s #1 Chart Authority.” His comprehensive research even dates back to 1890. In collaboration with Rhino Records he has produced over 100 CD compilations of his favorite songs in a variety of musical categories.
The JazzStandards.com bookstore provides you with
a catalog of 200 books associated with the jazz standards.
Organized by category, each entry has an editorial comment to aid
you in your research and guide you in your recreational reading.
The books used to research and develop JazzStandards.com are
listed at the right and the listing may be considered the site bibliography.
The primary focus of these books is not always the jazz standards
per se, so each entry is annotated indicating the book's relevance
to the subject. If there is a book you feel we have overlooked,
please let us know the title and how it supports the research or
recreational study of the jazz standards.