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Top Songs of the 1950s

1940s <-1950-> 1960s
    

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1.
08/1956
467

✫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.
11/1955
459

✫1
US


✫1
country


✫1
UK
[Capitol 3262]
written by Merle Travis
3.
10/1956
451

✫1
US




4
R&B
✫1
UK
[Columbia 40769]
written by Melvin Endsley
4.
12/1955
445

✫1
US






✫1
UK
[Capitol 3295]
written by Terry Gilkyson, Richard Dehr & Frank Miller
5.
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
6.
04/1957
433

✫1
US


✫1
country
✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #352]
[RCA 47-6870]
written by Otis Blackwell & Elvis Presley
7.
08/1959
418

✫1
US




6
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #251]
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1960]
[Atco 6147]
written by Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht
8.
10/1957
405

✫1
US


✫1
country
✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #67]
[RCA Epa-4114+]
written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
9.
03/1955
397

✫1
US






✫1
UK
10.
08/1955
385

✫1
US






2
UK
written by traditional
11.
02/1953
382

2
US






✫1
UK
[Columbia 39938]
written by Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl & Al Stillman
12.
04/1958
380

✫1
US


✫1
country
✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #141]
charted as All I Have to Do Is Dream / Claudette in UK charts
[Cadence 1348]
written by Felice Bryant & Boudleaux Bryant
13.
05/1952
377

✫1
US






✫1
UK
[Bbs 101]
written by Pat Genaro, Lou Levinson & Bill Borrelli
14.
10/1959
377

✫1
US




3
R&B
✫1
UK
[Mercury 71474]
written by The Big Bopper (as J. P. Richardson)
15.
04/1954
376

✫1
US






✫1
UK
[Decca 29037]
written by Edith Lindeman & Carl Stutz
16.
07/1957
374

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[ABC-Paramount 9831]
written by Paul Anka
17.
01/1954
372

✫1
US






✫1
UK
[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1953]
[Columbia 40108]
written by Sammy Fain & Paul Francis Webster
18.
12/1955
371

✫1
US






✫1
UK
[RCA 47-6359]
written by Shorty Allen & Roy Alfred
19.
01/1957
369

✫1
US




8
R&B
✫1
UK
[Dot 15533]
written by Ric Cartey & Carole Joyner
20.
06/1956
368

2
US






✫1
UK
[from the film The Man Who Knew Too Much]
written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
21.
09/1956
368

2
US






✫1
UK
[Columbia 40729]
written by Johnny Bragg & Robert Riley
22.
12/1956
367

✫1
US




10
R&B
2
UK
[Dot 15521]
written by Charles Singleton
23.
08/1956
366

✫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
24.
05/1955
365

✫1
US






2
UK
with Nelson Riddle & his Orchestra
[Capitol 3102]
written by Dolores Vicki Silvers
25.
02/1955
365

✫1
US






2
UK
26.
06/1957
363

✫1
US


✫1
country
✫1
R&B
3
UK
[RCA 47-7000]
written by Kal Mann & Bernie Lowe
27.
01/1955
362

✫1
US




3
R&B
17
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #158]
[Decca 29124]
written by Max C. Freedman & James E. Myers (as Jimmy DeKnight)
28.
08/1955
360

✫1
US






2
UK
[Decca 29625]
written by Sammy Fain & Paul Francis Webster
29.
12/1952
359

✫1
US






✫1
UK
[RCA 47-5064]
written by Slim Willet (as Winston L. Moore)
30.
07/1957
350

✫1
US






2
UK
[Coral 61851]
written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
31.
10/1956
349

✫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)
32.
07/1956
348

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
4
UK
hit for Glenn Miller in 1939
[Mercury 70893]
written by Georges Boulanger & Jimmy Kennedy
33.
08/1958
343

✫1
US






✫1
UK
new version of 1951-hit
[MGM 12688]
written by Carl Sigman & Charles Dawes
34.
05/1957
343

✫1
US




12
R&B
2
UK
35.
08/1952
342

✫1
US






✫1
UK
[Columbia 39811]
written by Chilton Price, Pee Wee King & Redd Stewart
36.
05/1953
341

✫1
US






✫1
UK
featuring Sally Sweetland
[RCA 47-5293]
written by Billy Reid
37.
04/1955
340

3
US




✫1
R&B
2
UK
with Jack Pleis Orchestra
[Decca 29441]
written by Hy Zaret & Alex North
38.
07/1955
339

✫1
US




14
R&B
7
UK
[Dot 15377]
written by Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino) & Dave Bartholomew
39.
09/1957
338

✫1
US


✫1
country
✫1
R&B
2
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #311]
[Cadence 1337]
written by Felice Bryant & Boudleaux Bryant
40.
01/1958
338

✫1
US


2
country
4
R&B
2
UK
[RCA 47-7150]
written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
41.
03/1956
338

✫1
US






4
UK
[RCA 47-6427]
written by Al Hoffman, Dick Manning & Emmanuel Chabrier
42.
08/1957
338

✫1
US




2
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #39]
[Decca 30434]
written by Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison & Norman Petty
43.
08/1954
337

✫1
US






✫1
UK
[Columbia 40266]
written by Stuart Hamblen
44.
02/1957
336

✫1
US




14
R&B
✫1
UK
[Cadence 1308]
written by Bernie Lowe & Kal Mann
45.
04/1959
333

✫1
US


✫1
country
3
R&B
16
UK
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1960]
[Columbia 41339]
written by Jimmie Driftwood
46.
04/1956
333

✫1
US






9
UK
[Era 1013]
written by Stan Lebowsky & Herb Newman
47.
09/1958
331

✫1
US




12
R&B
✫1
UK
[MGM 12677]
written by Jack Nance & Conway Twitty
48.
03/1959
329

2
US




16
R&B
✫1
UK
hit for Hank Snow in 1953 ; charted as A Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight in UK charts
[RCA Victor 47-7506]
written by Bill Trader
49.
08/1958
327

✫1
US


✫1
country
2
R&B
2
UK
[Cadence 1350]
written by Boudleaux Bryant
50.
04/1959
327

2
US




4
R&B
✫1
UK
[Atco 6140]
written by Bobby Darin
51.
12/1957
327

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
3
UK
[ABC-Paramount 9871]
written by Artie Singer (as Arthur Singer), John Medora & David White
52.
02/1956
327

4
US






✫1
UK
[Dot 15443]
written by Fats Washington (as Ferdinand Washington) & Stan Lewis
53.
12/1956
327

✫1
US


✫1
country
3
R&B
11
UK
[Capitol 3602]
written by Ric Cartey & Carole Joyner
54.
11/1958
326

✫1
US




3
R&B
✫1
UK
#1 hit for Paul Whiteman in 1934
[Mercury 71383]
written by Otto Harbach & Jerome Kern
55.
09/1956
325

✫1
US




5
R&B
8
UK
[Dot 15486]
written by Hutch Davie (as Bob Davie) & Marvin Moore
56.
11/1957
325

2
US


✫1
country
3
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #96]
[Sun 281]
written by Otis Blackwell & Jack Hammer
57.
07/1959
324

✫1
US


✫1
country
10
R&B
6
UK
[RCA 47-7555]
written by Jean Villard, Marc Herrand & Bert Reisfeld
58.
06/1959
324

✫1
US




6
R&B
3
UK
[ABC-Paramount 10022]
written by Paul Anka
59.
02/1956
317

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
60.
06/1958
317

✫1
US


2
country
2
R&B
2
UK
[RCA 47-7280]
written by Claude Demetrius
61.
05/1956
314

✫1
US


✫1
country
3
R&B
14
UK
[RCA Epa-940+]
written by Maurice Mysels & Ira Kosloff
62.
04/1955
314

✫1
US






10
UK
[Capitol 3055]
written by Hy Zaret & Alex North
63.
08/1955
313

✫1
US








64.
05/1952
312

✫1
US






3
UK
with Percy Faith & his Orchestra
[Columbia 39710]
written by Curley Williams
65.
04/1956
310

4
US






✫1
UK
[Columbia 40654]
written by Frederick Loewe & Alan Jay Lerner
66.
09/1954
309

2
US






✫1
UK
[Coral 61206]
written by Jack Lawrence & Richard Myers
67.
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
68.
02/1955
306

2
US






3
UK
69.
12/1952
305

✫1
US


7
country


3
UK
[Christmas]
[Columbia 39871]
written by Tommie Connor
70.
09/1958
305

✫1
US




10
R&B
2
UK
produced by Phil Spector
written by Phil Spector
71.
07/1959
304

✫1
US




10
R&B
4
UK
[RCA 47-7600]
written by Aaron Schroeder & Sid Wyche (as Sidney Wyche)
72.
03/1959
304

✫1
US




5
R&B
6
UK
[Dolton 1]
written by Gretchen Christopher
73.
01/1957
302

✫1
US


3
country
3
R&B
6
UK
[RCA 47-6800]
written by Lee Rosenberg & Bernard Weinman
74.
02/1959
301

✫1
US
✫1
AC


10
R&B
16
UK
[Chancellor 1031]
written by Ed Marshall
75.
11/1951
300

✫1
US




✫1
R&B


76.
02/1958
300

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
5
UK
[instrumental]
[Challenge 1016]
written by Chuck Rio (as Daniel Flores)
77.
07/1954
300

✫1
US






4
UK
[Columbia 40266]
written by Richard Adler & Jerry Ross
78.
10/1959
299

✫1
US




19
R&B
5
UK
[Columbia 41476]
written by Harlan Howard
79.
01/1955
298

✫1
US






14
UK
80.
11/1951
297

✫1
US


✫1
country




as Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys
vocals by Redd Stewart
written by Chilton Price, Pee Wee King & Redd Stewart
81.
03/1956
296

2
US


✫1
country
2
R&B
10
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #95]
[Sun 234]
written by Carl Perkins
82.
03/1954
296

✫1
US






4
UK
[RCA 47-5647]
written by Jack Fulton & Lois Steele
83.
03/1951
295

✫1
US




2
R&B


[Capitol 1675]
written by Morgan Lewis & Nancy Hamilton
84.
04/1951
295

✫1
US




3
R&B


[Capitol F1449]
written by Sidney Lippman & Sylvia Dee
85.
07/1958
295

✫1
US


3
country
3
R&B
4
UK
B side to My Bucket's Got a Hole in It
[Imperial 5528]
written by Sharon Sheeley
86.
03/1959
295

4
US






✫1
UK
US: B-side to (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such As I ; charted as A Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight in UK charts
[RCA 47-7506]
written by Sid Wayne & Bix Reichner
87.
06/1956
293

✫1
US






14
UK
[Dot 15472]
written by Ivory Joe Hunter
88.
06/1953
290

✫1
US






7
UK
[Capitol 2486]
written by Larry Russell, Inez James & Buddy Pepper
89.
12/1955
289

✫1
US




✫1
R&B


[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #351]
[Mercury 70753]
written by Buck Ram
90.
02/1958
289

4
US




4
R&B
✫1
UK
91.
12/1953
289

6
US






✫1
UK
written by Paul Burkhard
92.
08/1957
289

✫1
US


7
country
✫1
R&B
30
UK
[Roulette 4015]
written by Bob Merrill
93.
12/1959
288

2
US




3
R&B
3
UK
94.
04/1958
287

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
3
UK
[Mercury 71289]
written by Morty Nevins, Al Nevins, Artie Dunn & Buck Ram
95.
05/1954
286

✫1
US






5
UK
[Decca 29123]
written by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn
96.
02/1953
286

2
US




10
R&B
2
UK
[Capitol F2346]
written by Lew Douglas, Cliff Parman & Frank LaVere
97.
06/1958
285

5
US


13
country
✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[Decca 30642]
written by Jack Reardon & Paul Evans
98.
12/1951
285

✫1
US








[instrumental]
written by Leroy Anderson & Mitchell Parish
99.
09/1956
283

3
US






4
UK
written by Cole Porter
100.
06/1958
283

✫1
US


18
country
✫1
R&B
8
UK
as Perez Prado & His Orchestra
[RCA 47-7245]
written by Perez Prado & Bob Marcucci (as Bob Marcus)

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