Billboard (magazine) Wikipedia open wikipedia design. Billboard is an American magazine that lists the top albums and singles of the week. It is most famous for the Billboard charts. Billboard was started on November 1, 1894 in Cincinnati, Ohio by William H. Donaldson and James Hennegan. It was called Billboard Advertising. It started doing music charts in the 1930s. Picture gallery[change | change source] First Issue 10th Anniversary Issue Christmas, 1896 Other websites[change | change source] Official Billboard website This short article about music can be made longer. You can help Wikipedia by adding to it. This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by contributors (read/edit).Text is available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license; additional terms may apply. Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.