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
1941
23 Aug
1942
26 Sep
1943
6 Nov
1944
22 Apr
1945
9 Jun
1946
11 May
1947
12 Jul
1948
18 Sep
1949
26 March
19501951
8 Sep
1952
14 Nov
1953
22 Apr
1954
20 Nov
1955
10-11 Jun
1956
11-12 May
1957
28 Jun-1 Jul
1958
25-28 Jul

24 Oct
1959
3-6 Apr

29 Oct
1960
5 Aug
1961
28 Aug
1962
28 Apr
1963
10 Oct

28 Dec
1964
4 Apr
1965
17-19 Jun
1966
8 Sep
1967
1-5 Jul
1968
15-18 May

17-20 Jul

14 Aug
1969
4 Oct
1970
17 Oct

26 Dec
1971
29 May

27 Nov
1972
197319741975

A couple of notes:

  • The database currently has charts from 1949-1979 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!

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