Sql – Select top 10 records for each category


I want to return top 10 records from each section in one query. Can anyone help with how to do it? Section is one of the columns in the table.

Database is SQL Server 2005. I want to return the top 10 by date entered. Sections are business, local, and feature. For one particular date I want only the top (10) business rows (most recent entry), the top (10) local rows, and the top (10) features.

Best Solution

If you are using SQL 2005 you can do something like this...

SELECT rs.Field1,rs.Field2 
    FROM (
        SELECT Field1,Field2, Rank() 
          over (Partition BY Section
                ORDER BY RankCriteria DESC ) AS Rank
        FROM table
        ) rs WHERE Rank <= 10

If your RankCriteria has ties then you may return more than 10 rows and Matt's solution may be better for you.