1,000 hits

The subject of this blog is not a milestone for type eh?, but Billboard magazine’s eye-catching spread announcing their feature story.

This terrific spread opens a 14- page editorial that lists every number one song that made it to Billboard’s Hot 100 list, which first appeared in August 1958. The first number one was the 18-year-old Ricky Nelson’s Poor Little Fool.

It’s worth enlarging the image and looking at the typography of the listings that begins in the upper left corner.

The first Beatles record to appear shows up in the right column at number 104 in the list. I Want to Hold Your Hand reached number one on January 18, 1964, and was the first of 18 number one songs during the English quartet’s seven years on the music charts.

[ Billboard February 2011 ]

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