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Top Songs of the 1950s

1940s <-1950-> 1960s
    

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1.
11/1955
462

✫1
US
✫1
country


✫1
UK
[Capitol 3262]
written by Merle Travis
2.
05/1952
462

✫1
US




✫1
UK
[Bbs 101]
written by Pat Genaro, Lou Levinson & Bill Borrelli
3.
12/1952
461

✫1
US




✫1
UK
[RCA 47-5064]
written by Slim Willet (as Winston L. Moore)
4.
08/1952
460

✫1
US




✫1
UK
[Columbia 39811]
written by Chilton Price, Pee Wee King & Redd Stewart
5.
10/1959
456

✫1
US


3
R&B
✫1
UK
[Mercury 71474]
written by The Big Bopper (as J. P. Richardson)
6.
05/1953
454

✫1
US




✫1
UK
featuring Sally Sweetland
[RCA 47-5293]
written by Billy Reid
7.
08/1959
454

✫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.
08/1956
449

✫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
9.
10/1956
445

✫1
US


4
R&B
✫1
UK
[Columbia 40769]
written by Melvin Endsley
10.
03/1956
440

✫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
11.
12/1955
439

✫1
US




✫1
UK
[Capitol 3295]
written by Terry Gilkyson, Richard Dehr & Frank Miller
12.
04/1958
438

✫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.
03/1955
437

✫1
US




✫1
UK
14.
12/1955
436

✫1
US




✫1
UK
[RCA 47-6359]
written by Shorty Allen & Roy Alfred
15.
04/1957
432

✫1
US
✫1
country
✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #352]
[RCA 47-6870]
written by Otis Blackwell & Elvis Presley
16.
10/1957
431

✫1
US
✫1
country
✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #67]
[RCA Epa-4114+]
written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
17.
02/1953
428

2
US




✫1
UK
[Columbia 39938]
written by Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl & Al Stillman
18.
01/1954
428

✫1
US




✫1
UK
[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1953]
[Columbia 40108]
written by Sammy Fain & Paul Francis Webster
19.
04/1954
427

✫1
US




✫1
UK
[Decca 29037]
written by Edith Lindeman & Carl Stutz
20.
08/1954
425

✫1
US




✫1
UK
[Columbia 40266]
written by Stuart Hamblen
21.
04/1959
424

2
US


4
R&B
✫1
UK
[Atco 6140]
written by Bobby Darin
22.
03/1959
413

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
23.
12/1952
410

✫1
US
7
country


3
UK
[Christmas]
[Columbia 39871]
written by Tommie Connor
24.
07/1957
410

✫1
US


✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[ABC-Paramount 9831]
written by Paul Anka
25.
11/1958
408

✫1
US


3
R&B
✫1
UK
#1 hit for Paul Whiteman in 1934
[Mercury 71383]
written by Otto Harbach & Jerome Kern
26.
08/1955
408

✫1
US




2
UK
written by traditional
27.
05/1955
407

✫1
US




2
UK
with Nelson Riddle & his Orchestra
[Capitol 3102]
written by Dolores Vicki Silvers
28.
02/1955
407

✫1
US




2
UK
29.
08/1955
407

✫1
US




2
UK
[Decca 29625]
written by Sammy Fain & Paul Francis Webster
30.
08/1958
406

✫1
US
✫1
country
2
R&B
2
UK
[Cadence 1350]
written by Boudleaux Bryant
31.
12/1956
406

✫1
US


10
R&B
2
UK
[Dot 15521]
written by Charles Singleton
32.
08/1957
404

✫1
US


2
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #39]
[Decca 30434]
written by Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison & Norman Petty
33.
02/1953
404

2
US


10
R&B
2
UK
[Capitol F2346]
written by Lew Douglas, Cliff Parman & Frank LaVere
34.
06/1958
403

✫1
US
2
country
2
R&B
2
UK
[RCA 47-7280]
written by Claude Demetrius
35.
09/1957
403

✫1
US
✫1
country
✫1
R&B
2
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #311]
[Cadence 1337]
written by Felice Bryant & Boudleaux Bryant
36.
01/1958
400

✫1
US
2
country
4
R&B
2
UK
[RCA 47-7150]
written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
37.
09/1958
399

✫1
US


12
R&B
✫1
UK
[MGM 12677]
written by Jack Nance & Conway Twitty
38.
05/1952
399

✫1
US




3
UK
with Percy Faith & his Orchestra
[Columbia 39710]
written by Curley Williams
39.
09/1954
396

2
US




✫1
UK
[Coral 61206]
written by Jack Lawrence & Richard Myers
40.
01/1957
396

✫1
US


8
R&B
✫1
UK
[Dot 15533]
written by Ric Cartey & Carole Joyner
41.
06/1956
395

2
US




✫1
UK
[from the film The Man Who Knew Too Much]
written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
42.
09/1956
395

2
US




✫1
UK
[Columbia 40729]
written by Johnny Bragg & Robert Riley
43.
11/1951
395

✫1
US


✫1
R&B


44.
11/1957
394

2
US
✫1
country
3
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #96]
[Sun 281]
written by Otis Blackwell & Jack Hammer
45.
06/1959
393

✫1
US


6
R&B
3
UK
[ABC-Paramount 10022]
written by Paul Anka
46.
11/1953
392

2
US




2
UK
[Capitol 2589]
written by Jack Brooks
47.
08/1958
390

✫1
US




✫1
UK
new version of 1951-hit
[MGM 12688]
written by Carl Sigman & Charles Dawes
48.
02/1957
390

✫1
US


14
R&B
✫1
UK
[Cadence 1308]
written by Bernie Lowe & Kal Mann
49.
03/1951
388

✫1
US


2
R&B


[Capitol 1675]
written by Morgan Lewis & Nancy Hamilton
50.
07/1956
386

✫1
US


✫1
R&B
4
UK
hit for Glenn Miller in 1939
[Mercury 70893]
written by Georges Boulanger & Jimmy Kennedy
51.
11/1951
384

✫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
52.
04/1951
382

✫1
US


3
R&B


[Capitol F1449]
written by Sidney Lippman & Sylvia Dee
53.
06/1950
382

✫1
US


✫1
R&B


[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1950]
[R]
[Capitol F1010]
written by Ray Evans & Jay Livingston
54.
06/1957
379

✫1
US
✫1
country
✫1
R&B
3
UK
[RCA 47-7000]
written by Kal Mann & Bernie Lowe
55.
04/1955
378

3
US


✫1
R&B
2
UK
with Jack Pleis Orchestra
[Decca 29441]
written by Hy Zaret & Alex North
56.
07/1959
377

✫1
US


10
R&B
4
UK
[RCA Victor 47-7600]
written by Aaron Schroeder & Sid Wyche (as Sidney Wyche)
57.
07/1959
377

✫1
US
✫1
country
10
R&B
6
UK
[RCA Victor 7555]
written by Jean Villard, Marc Herrand & Bert Reisfeld
58.
01/1950
374

✫1
US
✫1
country




[Decca 64205]
written by Harry Stone & Jack Stapp
59.
09/1958
373

✫1
US


10
R&B
2
UK
produced by Phil Spector
[Dore 503]
written by Phil Spector
60.
11/1950
367

✫1
US
2
country




[Mercury 5534]
written by Redd Stewart & Pee Wee King
61.
12/1959
367

2
US


3
R&B
3
UK
62.
05/1957
367

✫1
US


12
R&B
2
UK
63.
03/1959
365

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
64.
04/1958
363

✫1
US


✫1
R&B
3
UK
[Mercury 71289]
written by Morty Nevins, Al Nevins, Artie Dunn & Buck Ram
65.
07/1958
363

✫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
66.
10/1959
360

✫1
US


19
R&B
5
UK
[Columbia 41476]
written by Harlan Howard
67.
03/1959
360

✫1
US


5
R&B
6
UK
[Dolton 1]
written by Gretchen Christopher
68.
07/1954
359

✫1
US




4
UK
[Columbia 40266]
written by Richard Adler & Jerry Ross
69.
03/1954
359

✫1
US




4
UK
[RCA 47-5647]
written by Jack Fulton & Lois Steele
70.
02/1956
359

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
71.
07/1957
359

✫1
US




2
UK
[Coral 61851]
written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
72.
12/1957
358

✫1
US


✫1
R&B
3
UK
[ABC-Paramount 9871]
written by Artie Singer (as Arthur Singer), John Medora & David White
73.
03/1956
357

✫1
US




4
UK
[RCA 47-6427]
written by Al Hoffman, Dick Manning & Emmanuel Chabrier
74.
12/1953
356

6
US




✫1
UK
written by Paul Burkhard
75.
05/1954
356

4
US




✫1
UK
[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1954]
[Capitol 2816]
written by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn
76.
02/1956
356

4
US




✫1
UK
[Dot 15443]
written by Fats Washington (as Ferdinand Washington) & Stan Lewis
77.
04/1956
355

4
US




✫1
UK
[Columbia 40654]
written by Frederick Loewe & Alan Jay Lerner
78.
08/1953
354

6
US




✫1
UK
[Columbia 40036]
written by Boudleaux Bryant
79.
08/1959
352

4
US
8
country
22
R&B
2
UK
[Cadence 1369]
written by Don Everly
80.
04/1958
351

2
US
3
country
✫1
R&B
3
UK
[RCA 47-7240]
written by Bert Carroll & Russell Moody
81.
12/1951
349

✫1
US






[instrumental]
written by Leroy Anderson & Mitchell Parish
82.
06/1951
349

✫1
US






[Columbia 39362]
written by Arthur Hammerstein & Dudley Wilkinson
83.
06/1958
348

5
US
13
country
✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[Decca 30642]
written by Jack Reardon & Paul Evans
84.
07/1951
348

✫1
US






[Columbia 39449]
written by Hank Williams
85.
01/1951
348

✫1
US






[RCA 47-3997]
written by Tolchard Evans, Robert Hargreaves & Stanley Damerell (as Stanley J. Damerell)
86.
09/1951
348

✫1
US






written by George Hoven & Chester Shull (as Chester R. Shull)
87.
02/1955
348

2
US




3
UK
88.
07/1951
347

✫1
US






[Columbia 39467]
written by David Seville (as Ross Bagdasarian) & William Saroyan
89.
06/1953
347

✫1
US




7
UK
[Capitol 2486]
written by Larry Russell, Inez James & Buddy Pepper
90.
05/1954
346

✫1
US




5
UK
[Decca 29123]
written by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn
91.
02/1958
346

4
US


4
R&B
✫1
UK
92.
02/1958
343

✫1
US


✫1
R&B
5
UK
[instrumental]
[Challenge 1016]
written by Chuck Rio (as Daniel Flores)
93.
07/1955
342

✫1
US


14
R&B
7
UK
[Dot 15377]
written by Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino) & Dave Bartholomew
94.
11/1958
341

4
US
24
country
10
R&B
✫1
UK
hit for Smiley Lewis in 1956 ; charted as One Night / I Got Stung in UK charts
[RCA Victor 47-7410]
written by Dave Bartholomew, Earl King [Earl Johnson] (as Pearl King) & Anita Steiman
95.
07/1952
340

✫1
US




8
UK
[RCA 47-4830]
written by Harold Rome
96.
12/1950
338

✫1
US






97.
12/1956
337

✫1
US
✫1
country
3
R&B
11
UK
[Capitol 3602]
written by Ric Cartey & Carole Joyner
98.
03/1950
337

✫1
US






written by Anton Karas
99.
01/1950
337

✫1
US






[Coral 60140]
written by James T. Morehead & James Cassin
100.
09/1950
337

✫1
US






vocals by Tony Alamo & the Kaydets
written by Will Grosz (as Hugh Williams) & Jimmy Kennedy

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