The Virgin Book of British Hit Singles: Volume 2

The Virgin Book of British Hit Singles: Volume 2

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The second in this new series, The Virgin Book of Hit Singles is the most-up-to-date and comprehensive record of the music charts available today and a perfect, collectable complement to The Virgin Book of Hit Albums and The Virgin Book of Top 75 Charts.
Now improved and fine-tuned, and drawn from the Official Charts Company Data since 1952, The Virgin Book of Hit Singles features the most comprehensive, easy to read and accessible music chart data and information. It's all here -- expanded artist biographies, side notes of interest, label and catalogue numbers, peak positions, number of weeks on chart and weeks at number one. Also includes EP charts.
The Virgin Book of Hit Singles is essential reading, and reference, for any music lover.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 720 pages
  • 195 x 260 x 36mm | 1,486g
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753522454
  • 9780753522455
  • 133,102

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'Unchained Melody' has been a No. 1 hit for four different artists

'Don't Stop Believin' by Journey spent 32 weeks in the Singles Chart and reached No. 6, 27 years after it is was originally released

The cast of TV series Glee scored 19 different hits in just 16 weeks

Only two acts have spent more than 1,000 weeks on the Singles Chart: Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard

Frankie Goes To Hollywood and not the Beatles have the biggest-selling single by a Liverpudlian group

'Bohemian Rhapsody' by Queen, is the only Hit to be No. 1 in 4 different years - 1975 and 1976, then 1991 and 1992

The last time there was an instrumental No. 1 was in 1973 - 'Eye Level' by Simon Park Orchestra

Frank Sinatra's 'My Way' has spent 124 weeks on the chart - more than any other single. But it only ever reached No. 5

The only Top 10 record sung in Japanese is 'Sukiyaki' by Kyu Sakamoto - it was a No. 6 Hit in 1963

The biggest selling No. 2 single is by Wham! - 'Last Christmas/Everything She Wants', which has sold over 1.5 million copies

With over 30,000 singles, more than 10,000 artists and every No. 1 since 1952, this revised and updated edition is the definitive guide to the UK singles chart
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"The definitive chart anorak book"
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"Almost as indispensable as NME" * NME [on previous edition] * "The definitive chart anorak book" * Q [on previous edition] * "Indispensably poptastic reference work" * Guardian [on previous edition] *
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