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Non-Fiction - Reference - Guinness World Records - ISBN: 085112190X

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published 27/03/2004 | dodgykow
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British Hit Singles (16th Edition)

British Hit Singles (16th Edition)

I have always been a bit of a fact junkie and I love finding out new information and at Christmas I regularly receive titles like The Top 10 of Everything and the Guinness Book of Records and that is probably why this Christmas from my gran I received my first ever British Hit Singles book…

…When I unwrapped the book my eyes sparkled at the bright psychedelic purpley-pink cover and then in big bold letters BRITISH HIT SINGLES. I had never seen this book before and was unsure of what it contained as it is such a large book but a Guinness World Records symbol on the front reassured me that this was to be a factually based book and one I would adore reading…

…Don’t be fooled by the name the book is not just a list of every British Hit Single ever, although that is part of the book, there are many other very fascinating features throughout. The first part commemorates the 50th anniversary of the official UK singles chart and has all the chart milestones from its beginning in 1952 to the year
2002 ranging from Jimmy Savile's first edition of Top of the Pops to the more recent fastest selling debut single by Will Young...

...Following this is one of the most noteworthy parts of the book, the review of the year 2002. It is fifteen pages full of every piece of music news and gossip that occurred through each month from rumours about Mariah Carey's struggling record deal arrangements to the very sad ordeal of awful poop (no spelling mistake) group Hear'Say. Along with this there are pictures of big selling artists such as the Sugababes and Robbie Williams and many different facts including a Top 10 list of Best Sellers in 2002 which is topped by Will Young’s Evergreen/Anything is Possible…

…The next article, ‘Brit Hits in the USA’ is great and very informative as I did not know very much about which artists had made it across the Atlantic. It goes through the years and points out the slightly terrifying decline in British artist making it in the hugely influential American market. In 1965 there were 37 UK hits in the US Top 10 and in 2002 there was only one!...

...The section after is a list of all the No.1 hits in order that is very useful for any quizzes or if you want to know who was number one on your birthday and also you will recognise some dreadful songs which reached the number one spot for example the terrible DJ Otzi...

...The rest and main bulk of the book is made up of a list of all the artists who have had a hit single in alphabetical order. Each artist has a mini biography which gets bigger the bigger selling the artist is, a list of all their singles with their positions and weeks, all visible in a very easy and simple method. This has helped me many times during episodes of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire and such programmes, as there is no single single that escapes the list. Because there is such a vast array of artists and singles they are split by some enlightening ‘Story Behind the Song’ articles which tell the interesting background to songs such as ‘Rock Around The Clock’, ‘Every Breathe You Take’ and ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, as well as more lists like the Top 100 Best-Selling Singles and the Top 10 Welsh Acts…

…If you could take an A level in British Hit Singles you would know absolutely everything from reading this book as well as being able to answer every music quiz made. Being a fact junkie I loved reading all of it but I’m sure most would enjoy the majority of the book and need it just for reference, I have not had any, who sang that song?, questions bother me since!…

...At £15.99 it is not a rip off price as you will definitely make use of it but for the best collection you have to have the latest edition and as they come out annually you will have to spend more money on a newer updated version later but that is the same as most products nowadays. I have to recommend this book, even though you most probably will not read the articles again you will always have an in depth guide to every artist and single to greet the Top 75. Not even the Internet can match it.

For anymore info check out their website: http://www.britishhitsingles.com

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  • purplelynne published 02/02/2005
    This sounds like a great book to have in the house. Lynne x
  • bigcat published 08/04/2004
    You are like me. I love facts, figures and useless bits of info!
  • herby30 published 30/03/2004
    This would be a great pressie for my hubby or my brother, thanks, Heather :o)
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Non-Fiction - Reference - Guinness World Records - ISBN: 085112190X

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Type: Non-Fiction

Genre: Reference

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Title: Guinness World Records British Hit Singles (16th Edition)

Author: Guinness

ISBN: 085112190X

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