The ChartBook Weekly

The Chart Book Weekly is a new weekly PDF publication, emailed directly to your inbox, which will take a week in chart history and present charts from that week in glorious detail. Want the writers? All there. Duration? All there (singles only, with albums being added as sources for some of them can be found). Track listing? Chart run? Tick that’s there too. What about the artist history to that chart week? Oh yes that’s in as well. 

But will that all be readable? That’s a lot of information. And it is a lot and it is readable. Don’t believe me? See the sample below.

The issues will include a singles and albums chart from the UK and the USA (where appropriate as we know that not all weeks had then printed) together with some notes in the charts shown. If issue 10, say, is released on 1 February then the charts will be from an interesting chart year about that date (so maybe 29 Jan or 3 Feb).

The charts won’t always be the usual official charts, at least as far as the UK is concerned. We have Record Mirror, Melody Maker, Disc and others to choose from. From America, for now, we will limit to Billboard only but in the coming few years that will expand.

Nobody else is issuing a weekly look back at older charts. Nobody else is doing the level of detail presented here. And nobody else has the level of detail presented here.

Please use the link below after selecting the option required form the dropdown menu to purchase the amount of issues shown. Unless specifically requested otherwise (please add a comment at checkout), these will always be for the next available issue onwards to the end of the subscription period. Please note that the below are non-recurring, one of payment options.

Weekly Options

Alternatively, if you would like to purchase a single issue then please click on the links below for the specific issue you want to buy.

Please note that all back issues are serviced manually, so delivery can take up to two days.

Year
Dates
Purchase
Year
Dates
Purchase
Year
Dates
Purchase
1940
3 Aug

2 Nov
1941
11 January

28 Jun

23 Aug

8 Nov
1942
17 January

26 Sep

14 Nov
1943
23 Jan

6 Nov

27 Nov
1944
29 Jan

22 Apr

2 Dec
1945
10 Feb

9 Jun
1946
5 Jan

16 Feb

11 May

1 Dec
1947
4 Jan

22 Feb

12 Jul
1948
10 Jan

28 Feb

18 Sep
1949
22 Jan

5 March

26 March
1950
28 Jan

11 March

30 December
1951
3 Feb

24 Mar

8 Sep
1952
9 Feb

29 Mar

14 Nov
1953
27 Feb

11 Apr

22 Apr
1954
26 Feb

17 Apr

20 Nov
1955
11 Mar

23 Apr

10-11 Jun
1956
16 Mar

28 Apr

11-12 May
1957
22 Mar

10 May

28 Jun-1 Jul
1958
28 Mar

10 May

25-28 Jul

24 Oct
1959
3-6 Apr

15 May

29 Oct
1960
21 May

9 Jun

5 Aug


30 December
1961
15 Jun

28 Aug
1962
28 Apr

23 Jun
1963
4 Jul

10 Oct

28 Dec
1964
4 Apr

11 Jul
1965
17-19 Jun

24 Jul
1966
30 Jul

8 Sep
1967
1-5 Jul

12 Aug
1968
15-18 May

17-20 Jul

14 Aug
1969
23 Aug

4 Oct
1970
29 Aug

17 Oct

26 Dec
1971
29 May

4 Sep

27 Nov
1972
1 January

9 Sep
1973
15 Sep

22 Dec
1974
21 Sep
1975
27 Sep
1976
9 Oct
1977
15 Oct
1978
21 Oct
1979
17 March

27 Oct
1980
9 Jun
1981

A couple of notes:

  • The database currently has charts from 1940-1985 and more are being added once the data has been verified. As such, data is exclusive to this period but data is added at the rate of about a year every week (this will slow down when we reach 1994!).
  • Errors will exist. It’s a fact of life and no matter how carefully I prepare I know some data will be in error or missing due to lack of original sources. Those spotting and correcting an error will receive one free issue per error. If they subscribe they will have one issue added to the relevant subscription option.
  • The charts that form this come from my own collected data. I spent many happy hours in the British Library Newspaper Archive and online at https://www.americanradiohistory.com/ where copies of Billboard may be found. I have found and corrected numerous errors and researched the charts as best I can using internet sources (Discogs for track listings, 45cat and Wikipedia for writer credits as a start). Joel Whitburn excellent book series have been used to verify my data as correct in terms of checking peak positions and highlighting errors in my work.
  • If for any reason I have to cancel the publication, I shall close to new subscribers first and then finish as subscriptions naturally end.
  • Questions? Ask! (Comment below or email me at lonnie@thechartbook.co.uk)

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4 Comments

  1. I JUST DISCOVER THIS AND TRULY …THIS IS THE AMAZING!..Greetings from New York City!.i collect Billboard Magazines and all the great ones such as Cashbox,HITS,Radio & Records and GAVIN!..those were the ones that rule america back in the 80s and 90s…love the UK charts,but i have just a few copies of some from the 80s,unfortunately here in Ny theres no data base for MUSICWEEK…still i think i will be reading alot of your blogs and ill try to get some.Once again.Congratulations!

  2. When are you going to add more PayPal buttons for weekly issues after issue 8?

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