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Top Songs of 1956

1955 <-1956-> 1957


  

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Hound Dog
1.
08/1956
468

✫1
US
✫1
country
✫1
R&B
2
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #19]
US: B-side to Don't Be Cruel; hit for Big Mama Thornton in 1953; charted as Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog in US Hot 100 charts
[RCA Epa-940+]
written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
2.
10/1956
451

✫1
US


4
R&B
✫1
UK
[Columbia 40769]
written by Melvin Endsley
Heartbreak Hotel
3.
03/1956
436

✫1
US
✫1
country
3
R&B
2
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #45]
[RCA Victor 47-6420]
written by Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden (as Thomas Durden) & Elvis Presley
Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)
4.
06/1956
369

2
US




✫1
UK
[from the film The Man Who Knew Too Much]
written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
5.
12/1956
367

✫1
US


10
R&B
2
UK
[Dot 15521]
written by Charles Singleton
6.
09/1956
367

2
US




✫1
UK
[Columbia 40729]
written by Johnny Bragg & Robert Riley
Don't Be Cruel
7.
08/1956
365

✫1
US
✫1
country
✫1
R&B


[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #197]
charted as Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog in US Hot 100 charts
[RCA Epa-940+]
written by Otis Blackwell & Elvis Presley
Love Me Tender
8.
10/1956
348

✫1
US
3
country
3
R&B
11
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #437]
adapted from "Aura Lee", 1861
[RCA Victor 47-6643]
written by Vera Matson, Elvis Presley, George R. Poulton (uncredited) & Ken Darby (uncredited)
9.
07/1956
347

✫1
US


✫1
R&B
4
UK
hit for Glenn Miller in 1939
[Mercury 70893]
written by Georges Boulanger & Jimmy Kennedy
10.
03/1956
338

✫1
US




4
UK
[RCA 47-6427]
written by Al Hoffman, Dick Manning & Emmanuel Chabrier
11.
04/1956
331

✫1
US




9
UK
[Era 1013]
written by Stan Lebowsky & Herb Newman
12.
12/1956
331

✫1
US
✫1
country
3
R&B
11
UK
[Capitol 3602]
written by Ric Cartey & Carole Joyner
13.
02/1956
328

4
US




✫1
UK
[Dot 15443]
written by Fats Washington (as Ferdinand Washington) & Stan Lewis
14.
09/1956
323

✫1
US


5
R&B
8
UK
[Dot 15486]
written by Hutch Davie (as Bob Davie) & Marvin Moore
15.
02/1956
316

6
US


✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
as The Teenagers featuring Frankie Lymon
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #307]
[Gee 1002]
written by Frankie Lymon, Herman Santiago & George Goldner
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
16.
05/1956
312

✫1
US
✫1
country
3
R&B
14
UK
[RCA Epa-940+]
written by Maurice Mysels & Ira Kosloff
17.
04/1956
310

4
US




✫1
UK
[Columbia 40654]
written by Frederick Loewe & Alan Jay Lerner
18.
10/1956
308

2
US


✫1
R&B
6
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #81]
#1 hit for Glenn Miller in 1940
[Imperial 5407]
written by Vincent Rose, Al Lewis & Larry Stock
Blue Suede Shoes
19.
03/1956
295

2
US
✫1
country
2
R&B
10
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #95]
[Sun 234]
written by Carl Perkins
20.
06/1956
293

✫1
US




14
UK
[Dot 15472]
written by Ivory Joe Hunter
True Love
21.
09/1956
283

3
US




4
UK
written by Cole Porter
22.
02/1956
275

5
US




2
UK
[Coral 61590]
written by Eugene Randolph & Dorian Burton
23.
02/1956
265

✫1
US






[instrumental]
[Capitol 3336]
written by Marguerite Monnot
24.
09/1956
261

5
US




3
UK
[Dot 15490]
written by Dimitri Tiomkin & Paul Francis Webster
25.
04/1956
257

✫1
US






26.
04/1956
256

3
US


✫1
R&B
12
UK
[Imperial 5386]
written by Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino) & Dave Bartholomew
27.
08/1956
245

2
US


✫1
R&B


[instrumental]
[King 4950]
written by Bill Doggett, Billy Butler, Clifford Scott & Shep Shepherd
28.
06/1956
241

7
US




3
UK
[Coral 61636]
written by Bob Merrill
29.
04/1956
233

10
US




2
UK
[RCA 47-6493]
written by Johnny Cowell
See You Later, Alligator
30.
01/1956
230

6
US


7
R&B
7
UK
[Decca 29791]
written by Bobby Charles (as Robert Guidry)
Long Tall Sally
31.
04/1956
228

6
US


✫1
R&B
3
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #56]
[Specialty 572 A]
written by Enotris Johnson, Robert Blackwell & Little Richard (as Richard Penniman)
32.
11/1956
226

2
US
10
country
7
R&B


US: from Elvis, Volume 1 EP
[RCA Epa-992+]
written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
33.
12/1956
225

3
US




13
UK
[Columbia 40780]
written by Bob Hilliard & Phil Springer (as Philip Springer)
34.
07/1956
225

2
US


7
R&B


[instrumental]
[RCA Victor 6537]
written by Eddie Heywood
35.
06/1956
224

5
US




8
UK
[Cadence 1291]
written by Don Robertson
36.
12/1956
220

4
US


14
R&B
15
UK
[Glory 249]
written by traditional
37.
06/1956
220

4
US




10
UK
[RCA 47-6554]
written by Alex Alstone & Tom Glazer
Be-Bop-A-Lula
38.
06/1956
211

7
US
5
country
8
R&B
16
UK
as Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #102]
[Capitol 3450]
written by Gene Vincent, Donald Graves (disputed credits) & Tex Davis (disputed credits)
39.
04/1956
211

6
US




8
UK
[instrumental]
[Capitol 3391]
written by Don Robertson
40.
06/1956
211

2
US






[Mercury 70878]
written by Al Hoffman & Dick Manning
41.
03/1956
211

2
US






[Fraternity 734]
written by Jack Fulton & Lois Steele
42.
10/1956
210

10
US




5
UK
[RCA 47-6677]
written by Robert Barron & Burt Long
43.
12/1956
209

5
US


✫1
R&B
23
UK
[Imperial 5417]
written by Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino) & Dave Bartholomew
44.
01/1956
208

2
US






45.
08/1956
199

4
US




28
UK
[Liberty 55022]
written by Billy Rose & Lee David
46.
03/1956
192

4
US


4
R&B


written by Buck Ram
47.
01/1956
190

8
US




8
UK
as Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group
[London 1650]
written by Leadbelly (as Lead Belly)
48.
08/1956
186

3
US


4
R&B


[novelty]
[Luniverse 101]
written by Bill Buchanan & Dickie Goodman
49.
03/1956
186

8
US




9
UK
as Dick Hyman Trio
written by Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht
50.
04/1956
185

4
US






51.
04/1956
184

3
US






[Columbia 40674]
written by Frank Loesser
52.
10/1956
184

3
US






[Capitol 3552]
written by Sammy Cahn, Bee Walker & Kay Twomey
53.
06/1956
170

8
US




18
UK
B side to More
[RCA 47-6554]
written by Ray Stanley
54.
04/1956
164

8
US




18
UK
[Dot 15457]
written by Enotris Johnson, Robert Blackwell & Little Richard (as Richard Penniman)
55.
07/1956
159

7
US
14
country
5
R&B


[Dot 15481]
written by Naomi Ford
56.
10/1956
159

9
US




26
UK
as Vince Martin with The Tarriers
[Glory 247]
written by Robert Barron & Burt Long
A Rose and a Baby Ruth
57.
11/1956
159

6
US






[Colonial 420]
written by John D. Loudermilk
58.
04/1956
155

6
US






[Dot 45-15458]
written by Jack Fulton & Lois Steele
59.
08/1956
154

59
US




✫1
UK
[Columbia 40759]
written by Ake Gerhard, Leon Landgren, Gerhard & Paddy Roberts
60.
08/1956
152

7
US






[Cadence 1297]
written by Eddie Heywood & Norman Gimbel
61.
03/1956
151

10
US




22
UK
B side to Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)
[RCA 47-6427]
written by Joe Sherman & Noel Sherman
62.
04/1956
150







✫1
UK
63.
03/1956
149

14
US




5
UK
64.
11/1956
138

9
US






[Bally 1020]
written by Charles Randolph Grean (as Charles Grean) & Marvin Moore
65.
06/1956
137

8
US






[Dot 15470]
written by Nervous Norvus (as Jimmy Drake)
66.
01/1956
136

9
US






67.
03/1956
135

9
US






Poor People of Paris
68.
03/1956
133







✫1
UK
[London 1628]
written by Marguerite Monnot & Jack Lawrence
69.
02/1956
133







✫1
UK
70.
04/1956
130

18
US




5
UK
written by traditional
71.
08/1956
128

25
US




4
UK
72.
11/1956
123

12
US




12
UK
73.
12/1956
122







✫1
UK
written by Melvin Endsley
74.
09/1956
119

10
US






[Dot 15490]
written by Ahmet Ertegun (as Nugetre)
75.
08/1956
114

8
US






[Columbia 40730 A]
written by Robert Allen
76.
05/1956
112

16
US


✫1
R&B
27
UK
[Atlantic 1092]
written by Joe Shapiro & Lou Stallman
Three Penny Opera Theme (Mack the Knife)
77.
02/1956
109

20
US




8
UK
Louis Armstrong & His All Stars
written by Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht
78.
12/1956
109

11
US




22
UK
written by Milton Kellem
79.
03/1956
108

11
US


5
R&B


as Otis Williams and His Charms
[Deluxe 6093]
written by Jack Fulton & Lois Steele
80.
11/1956
108

12
US


✫1
R&B


[Atlantic 1111]
written by Ivory Joe Hunter
81.
04/1956
107

20
US




9
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #423]
[EP]
[RCA 47-6492 (u)]
written by Carl Perkins
82.
09/1956
106

15
US




13
UK
written by Jesse Stone
83.
03/1956
106

19
US
8
country


19
UK
US: B-side to Heartbreak Hotel
[RCA Victor 47-6420]
written by Aaron Schroeder, Bill Peppers, Claude Demetrius & Hal Blair
84.
10/1956
106

12
US




23
UK
written by Dennise Norwood
85.
07/1956
105

17
US


✫1
R&B
30
UK
[Specialty 579]
written by Robert Blackwell & John Marascalco
86.
05/1956
105

11
US






[RCA 47-6481]
written by Fred Spielman & Mack David
87.
04/1956
104

21
US




8
UK
[Capitol 3390]
written by Harold Adamson & Jimmy McHugh
88.
04/1956
102







2
UK
as Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group
written by traditional & Lonnie Donegan (arrangement)
89.
11/1956
102







2
UK
written by Hutch Davie (as Bob Davie) & Marvin Moore
90.
06/1956
102







2
UK
written by various
91.
12/1956
100

17
US


✫1
R&B


as LaVern Baker & The Gliders
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #343]
[Atlantic 1116]
written by Lincoln Chase
92.
01/1956
97

17
US


2
R&B
29
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #43]
[Specialty 561]
written by Little Richard (as Richard Penniman) & Dorothy LaBostrie
I Walk the Line
93.
09/1956
96

17
US
✫1
country




[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #30]
[Sun 241]
written by Johnny Cash
94.
09/1956
95

11
US


9
R&B


written by Buck Ram (as Jeanette Miles), Paul Robi & Tony Williams
95.
07/1956
95

78
US




3
UK
96.
06/1956
94

28
US




8
UK
[Capitol 3430]
written by Stan Lebowsky & Herb Newman
97.
08/1956
94

10
US






[Decca 29982]
written by Phil Belmonte, Alan White & Leroy Lovett
98.
04/1956
94

13
US


3
R&B


99.
03/1956
92

14
US


2
R&B


[RPM 453]
written by Aaron Collins
100.
10/1956
91

14
US






[RCA Victor 6663]
written by Lord Burgess

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