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The Top 40 is a radio format that measures the top forty songs in any music genre. The Top 40 became a dominant radio format in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

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  • Susan Douglas, Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination (New York: Times Books, 1999)
  • Ben Fong-Torres, The Hits Just Keep On Coming: The History of Top 40 Radio (San Francisco: Backbeat Books, 1998)
  • Elwood F. 'Woody' Goulart, The Mystique and Mass Persuasion: Bill Drake & Gene Chenault’s Rock and Roll Radio Programming (2006)
  • David MacFarland, The Development of the Top 40 Radio Format (New York: Arno Press, 1979)
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