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Mr. Furious
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Hey, folks. I'm researching something, and I'm trying to find the weekly Billboard Top 40 Mainstream charts for 1979. I've looked online, but haven't really found anything useful.

If anybody knows a source - even if it's a book rather than something online - I'd appreciate it.

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Have you tried writing to Rhino records? They built an entire CD collection on the hits of the 70's, and might be able to point you in the right direction.

On the other hand, a Google search of "American Top 40 1979) came up with this list... and 'Billboard Top 40 1979' came up with this list. They aren't broken down by week, though.

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I would suggest visiting your local library and asking for help. It's amazing what they can find for you.
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Mr. Furious
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quote:
Originally posted by Psihala:
On the other hand, a Google search of "American Top 40 1979) came up with this list... and 'Billboard Top 40 1979' came up with this list. They aren't broken down by week, though.

Yeah, I need something that's broken down week-by-week. I may stop at Barnes & Noble and see what they say. My local library isn't all that great, but I guess I can try them if B&N can't help.

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Scroll down to 1979. They a pdf of each week's cue sheet from American Top 40. Lists every song in order for the show. It appears that 1979 is one of their few complete years. It will take a while go to through them all, but that should help.

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code:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_number-one_hits_(United_States)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_100_number-one_hits_of_1979_%28USA%29

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1979_in_music

Sorry, I couldn't get these to work in a click-link and don't know how to use that tiny URL thing. Copy/paste should work, though. [Smile]

ETA: Google number one hits results pages
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=number+one+hits

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quote:
Originally posted by Gibbie:
Scroll down to 1979. They a pdf of each week's cue sheet from American Top 40. Lists every song in order for the show. It appears that 1979 is one of their few complete years. It will take a while go to through them all, but that should help.

That will help a lot. I can include it as ancillary information.

Signora, thanks for the links, but the song I'm researching never reached #1. It was on the charts for 16 weeks, and went as high as #5.

I called Billboard Research and I'm waiting on a callback. They sell various chart reports, including by song. If I read their site correctly, that kind of report is only $10, so that may be my solution. That also leads me to believe that (short of back issues of Billboard) there isn't going to be a book out there that will have the info I need.

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Record Research publishes a book that contains the Hot 100 for every week of a given decade.

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You could have also used the Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. Many libraries carry it in the reference area. (I'm a librarian).
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Thanks to Gibbie, I have all the data I need except for one week - 7/7/79. AT40 had a weird countdown that week, where they combined pop and disco.

If somebody has access to a Billboard chart from that week and can tell me what songs were #7-#13, I'd greatly appreciate it. If not, I'll probably just pay for that week's chart from Billboard Research.

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That also leads me to believe that (short of back issues of Billboard) there isn't going to be a book out there that will have the info I need.
Billboard charts are copyright-protected, so you're not likely to find a source for them other than Billboard. Joel Whitburn's Record Research books (which are authorized by Billboard) contain a wealth of information derived from these charts, as far as I know none of them reproduces the weekly charts themselves.

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