Top 40 Weekly US Chart Archive

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Weekly Top 40 Pages Produced & Compiled by:
John Michaelson, Jarrett Nolan & Stan Messmer
Vital Chart Data, Research, Statistics & Continuity:
Stan Messmer

Special thanks to Peter Michaels for submitting

PLEASE NOTE: These pages do not represent the “Weekly Top 40” radio program presented by Rick Dees. All pages have been compiled by John Michaelson (1955-1999) and Jarrett Nolan (2000-current) strictly through the use of Billboard Magazine, American Top 40 and the use of many publications that cater to the weekly compilation of these charts. We are working daily to correct and fix each and every chart to make these pages 100% complete and 100% accurate through Stan Messmer, who has worked tirelessly and endlessly for the accuracy and completion of each and every chart on this site.

COMPLETION:

Some errors, typos and misinformation may be presented variously throughout, but we are working daily to correct those through research and over-looking each and every chart to find these errors and fix them with research through many different resources, from Billboard magazine, Joel Whitburn’s resource material, other colleagues and friends in the business.

WHO WE ARE:

We are three guys (John Michaelson, Jarrett Nolan and Stan Messmer) all associated in the music industry and/or the radio industry, and posted these charts for the public to use as research, entertainment and educational purposes only. The contact form below gets you directly to us if you wish to learn more, ask a question about the charts, the musicians and their music. We have tons of resources for research and will look up anything you may want, or need to know. Researching music is our business and it’s our pleasure to assist anytime anyone wants/needs this information.

ELEMENTS (How to use the site):

Each week you will see the date, followed by a line that reads: “TW LW TITLE-Artist (Label)-Weeks on Chart (Peak Position)” (those charts without all bits of information are being worked on daily and will be posted upon time of completion):

  • TW = (THIS WEEK) is the current week’s chart position.The+Jacksons+-+Show+You+The+Way+To+Go+-+7-+RECORD-324631
  • LW = (LAST WEEK) is the previous week’s chart position.
  • TITLE = is the title of the record as it appeared on the original single release. This may vary depending on Billboard’s original listing.
  • ARTIST = is the artist of the record originally as it appeared on the charts upon its initial release.
  • LABEL = is the original record label according to its official release date.
  • WEEKS ON CHART = is the complete weeks a specific record appeared on the entire Hot 100 charts. It is located immediately after (label)-#
  • PEAK POSITION = is where a specific record finally peaked on the Hot 100 charts before falling down the charts.
  • WEEKS AT #1 = is the weeks a specific song spent at #1 (of course only valid for #1 songs).

Each week is cut into segments that are:

  • THE TOP 40 FOR THE WEEK ENDING = The complete Top 40 of that week, broken up in groups of 10. Each entry includes the current position, last week’s position, artist, title, weeks on charts, it’s peak position and record label (again, some labels are missing but are being added daily).
  • THIS WEEKS DROPS = These are the songs that fell off of the Top 40 for that week. In some cases this section will be empty, as the entirety of those songs fell completely off the Hot 100 for that week.
  • POWER PLAYS = These are songs that have risen the Hot 100 to land just outside of the Top 40 and are either potential Top 40 hits for the upcoming weeks, and, on occasion, recurrents that have a continuation through rising sales and airplay. Some of those have revisited the Top 40, while most of them do not.
  • NEW THIS WEEK = These are the songs that debuted in the Hot 100 that week. You can also see all of these debuts listed in chronological order at our companion site: singleschronology.wordpress.com.

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DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHEN A SONG DEBUTED OR PEAKED OR HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT SONGS AND THEIR ARTISTS?

Please contact us in the form below

We’d like to hear from you and let us know what these charts mean to you and how you use them, or why you enjoy viewing them. Many people live through music to sort out their memories, and these charts are a great place to start. We will also find the time to answer questions about these charts, or songs you cannot find, or pop/rock music in general, or just to say ‘hello’.

PLEASE NOTE:

THE ONLY TIME WE DO NOT RESPOND IS WHEN YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS COMES BACK AS A FAIL TO SEND ERROR. WE ANSWER ALL EMAILS AS QUICKLY AND AS ACCURATELY AS WE CAN

WEEKLY TOP 40 is an independent venture of its authors and editors, and in no way officially represents Billboard Magazine, CashBox, Radio & Record, American Top 40, or any published or broadcast media for which these posting are representative of.

As we cannot copyright or make claim to ownership of these charts, our work involved in the research and collecting of the information, and the posting online for public viewing, is our only claim of ownership. However, with that said, we do ask for, and would greatly appreciate credit for our work, should you use any of the material posted herein. Material posted within these pages are meant for research, educational and/or entertainment purposes only.

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