JOEL CARVER WHITBURN (born November 29, 1939) is an American author and music historian .
Whitburn founded RECORD RESEARCH Inc. in
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
Whitburn is also the author of the series _Top 40 Hits_, published by Billboard Books.
Most recently published was the ninth edition of _The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits 1955–2009_, published in 2010. In 2014 Paul Haney of Record Research reported, "there are no plans for a 10th edition and I doubt there will ever be one".
The 1955–2015 edition of _Top Pop Singles_ has been released, according to the company's website.
Whitburn is an avid collector of phonograph records , with one of the world's largest collections in his underground vault. His collection includes a copy of nearly every 78-rpm record