Any time anyone mentions “#1 hit,” they’re using his research
Joel Whitburn is the undisputed expert on hit singles. His extensive research of the Billboard charts has been used by DJs and music fans all over the world. He’s compiled over 200 books, from pop and rock to R&B, country and big band chart data. His latest book, Top Ten Pop Hits: A 70-Year History of Every Top Ten Hit 1940-2010, is the first to cover the entire history of the singles chart, from the 1940’s big band era, to the pop music of today. Icon Fetch talks to the avid record collector about his new book, how he got started chronicling hit songs, and the upcoming release of his latest edition of Top Pop Singles, which is in its 13th edition.