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The number ones : twenty chart-topping hits that reveal the history of pop music / Tom Breihan.

Breihan, Tom, (author.).

Summary:
"When Tom Breihan launched his Stereogum column in early 2018, "The Number Ones" -- a space in which he has been writing about every #1 hit in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, in chronological order -- he figured he'd post capsule-size reviews for each song. But there was so much more to uncover. The column has taken on a life of its own, sparking online debate and occasional death threats. The Billboard Hot 100 began in 1958, and after four years of posting the column, Breihan is still in the early aughts. But readers no longer have to wait for his brilliant synthesis of what the history of #1s has meant to music and our culture. In The Number Ones, Breihan writes about twenty pivotal #1s throughout chart history, revealing a remarkably fluid and connected story of music that is as entertaining as it is enlightening. The Number Ones features the greatest pop artists of all time, from the Brill Building songwriters to the Beatles and the Beach Boys; from Motown to Michael Jackson, Prince, and Mariah Carey; and from the digital revolution to the K-pop system. Breihan also ponders great artists who have never hit the top spot, like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and James Brown. Breihan illuminates what makes indelible ear candy across the decades -- including dance crazes, recording innovations, television phenomena, disco, AOR, MTV, rap, compact discs, mp3s, social media, memes, and much more -- leaving readers to wonder what could possibly happen next."--Jacket flap.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780306826542
  • ISBN: 0306826542
  • Physical Description: ix, 342 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2022

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-324) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- Chubby Checker -- "The twist" (Released June 1960; hit #1 September 19, 1960; one-week reign; hit #1 again January 13, 1962; two-week reign.) -- The Shirelles -- "Will you love me tomorrow" (Released November 1960; hit #1 January 30, 1961; two-week reign.) -- The Beatles -- "I want to hold your hand" (Released December 26, 1963; hit #1 February 1, 1964; seven-week reign.) -- The Supremes -- "Where did our love go" (Released June 17, 1964; hit #1 August 22, 1964; two-week reign.) -- The Byrds -- "Mr. tambourine man" (Released April 12, 1965; hit #1 June 26, 1965; one-week reign.) -- The Beach Boys -- "Good vibrations" (Released October 10, 1966; hit #1 December 10, 1966; one-week reign.) -- George McCrae -- "Rock your baby" (Released April 1974; hit #1 July 13, 1974; two-week reign.) -- Fleetwood Mac -- "Dreams" (Released March 24, 1977; hit #1 June 11, 1977; one-week reign.) -- The Human League -- "Don't you want me" (Released November 27, 1981; hit #1 March 5, 1983; seven-week reign.) -- Michael Jackson -- "Billie Jean" (Released January 2, 1983; hit #1 March 5, 1983; seven-week reign.) -- Prince -- "When doves cry" (Released May 16, 1984; hit #1 July 7, 1984; five-week reign.) -- Bon Jovi -- "You give love a bad name" (Released July 23, 1986; hit #1 November 29, 1986; one-week reign.) -- Mariah Carey -- "Vision of love" (Released May 15, 1990; hit #1 August 4, 1990; four-week reign.) -- Vanilla Ice -- "Ice ice baby" (Released August 22, 1990; hit #1 November 3, 1990; one-week reign.) -- Puff Daddy -- "Can't nobody hold me down" (Featuring Mase) (Released February 11, 1997; hit #1 March 22, 1997; six-week reign.) -- Britney Spears -- "...Baby one more time" (Released October 23, 1998; hit #1 January 30, 1999; two-week reign.) -- T-Pain -- "Buy u a drank (shawty snappin')" (Featuring Yung Joc) (Released February 20, 2007; hit #1 May 26, 2007; one-week reign.) -- Soulja Boy Tell'em -- "Crank that (Soulja Boy)" (Released May 2, 2007; hit #1 September 15, 2007; seven-week reign.) -- Rae Sremmurd -- "Black beatles" (Featuring Gucci Mane) (Released September 13, 2016; hit #1 November 25, 2016; seven-week reign.) -- BTS -- "Dynamite" (Released August 21, 2020; hit #1 September 5, 2020; three-week reign.) -- Outro.
Subject: Popular music > United States > History and criticism.
Music trade > United States > History.
Genre: Popular music.

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