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Top Songs of the 1950s

1940s <-1950-> 1960s
    

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1.
05/1952
378

✫1
US




✫1
UK
[Bbs 101]
written by Pat Genaro, Lou Levinson & Bill Borrelli
2.
12/1952
377

✫1
US




✫1
UK
[RCA 47-5064]
written by Slim Willet (as Winston L. Moore)
3.
08/1952
376

✫1
US




✫1
UK
[Columbia 39811]
written by Chilton Price, Pee Wee King & Redd Stewart
4.
05/1953
372

✫1
US




✫1
UK
featuring Sally Sweetland
[RCA 47-5293]
written by Billy Reid
5.
02/1953
351

2
US




✫1
UK
[Columbia 39938]
written by Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl & Al Stillman
6.
01/1954
350

✫1
US




✫1
UK
[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1953]
[Columbia 40108]
written by Sammy Fain & Paul Francis Webster
7.
04/1954
349

✫1
US




✫1
UK
[Decca 29037]
written by Edith Lindeman & Carl Stutz
8.
08/1954
348

✫1
US




✫1
UK
[Columbia 40266]
written by Stuart Hamblen
9.
11/1955
347

✫1
US
✫1
country


✫1
UK
[Capitol 3262]
written by Merle Travis
10.
10/1959
342

✫1
US


3
R&B
✫1
UK
[Mercury 71474]
written by The Big Bopper (as J. P. Richardson)
11.
08/1959
340

✫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
12.
08/1956
337

✫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
13.
12/1952
336

✫1
US
7
country


3
UK
[Christmas]
[Columbia 39871]
written by Tommie Connor
14.
10/1956
334

✫1
US


4
R&B
✫1
UK
[Columbia 40769]
written by Melvin Endsley
15.
02/1953
331

2
US


10
R&B
2
UK
[Capitol F2346]
written by Lew Douglas, Cliff Parman & Frank LaVere
16.
03/1956
330

✫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
17.
12/1955
330

✫1
US




✫1
UK
[Capitol 3295]
written by Terry Gilkyson, Richard Dehr & Frank Miller
18.
04/1958
329

✫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
19.
03/1955
328

✫1
US




✫1
UK
20.
12/1955
327

✫1
US




✫1
UK
[RCA 47-6359]
written by Shorty Allen & Roy Alfred
21.
05/1952
326

✫1
US




3
UK
with Percy Faith & his Orchestra
[Columbia 39710]
written by Curley Williams
22.
04/1957
324

✫1
US
✫1
country
✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #352]
[RCA 47-6870]
written by Otis Blackwell & Elvis Presley
23.
09/1954
324

2
US




✫1
UK
[Coral 61206]
written by Jack Lawrence & Richard Myers
24.
10/1957
323

✫1
US
✫1
country
✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #67]
[RCA Epa-4114+]
written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
25.
11/1951
323

✫1
US


✫1
R&B


26.
11/1953
321

2
US




2
UK
[Capitol 2589]
written by Jack Brooks
27.
04/1959
318

2
US


4
R&B
✫1
UK
[Atco 6140]
written by Bobby Darin
28.
03/1951
318

✫1
US


2
R&B


[Capitol 1675]
written by Morgan Lewis & Nancy Hamilton
29.
09/1951
315

✫1
US
✫1
country




as Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys
vocals by Redd Stewart
[RCA Victor 48-0489]
written by Chilton Price, Pee Wee King & Redd Stewart
30.
04/1951
313

✫1
US


3
R&B


[Capitol F1449]
written by Sidney Lippman & Sylvia Dee
31.
06/1950
313

✫1
US


✫1
R&B


[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1950]
[R]
[Capitol F1010]
written by Ray Evans & Jay Livingston
32.
03/1959
310

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
33.
07/1957
307

✫1
US


✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[ABC-Paramount 9831]
written by Paul Anka
34.
01/1950
306

✫1
US
✫1
country




[Decca 64205]
written by Harry Stone & Jack Stapp
35.
11/1958
306

✫1
US


3
R&B
✫1
UK
#1 hit for Paul Whiteman in 1934
[Mercury 71383]
written by Otto Harbach & Jerome Kern
36.
08/1955
306

✫1
US




2
UK
written by traditional
37.
05/1955
305

✫1
US




2
UK
with Nelson Riddle & his Orchestra
[Capitol 3102]
written by Dolores Vicki Silvers
38.
02/1955
305

✫1
US




2
UK
39.
08/1955
305

✫1
US




2
UK
[Decca 29625]
written by Sammy Fain & Paul Francis Webster
40.
08/1958
305

✫1
US
✫1
country
2
R&B
2
UK
[Cadence 1350]
written by Boudleaux Bryant
41.
12/1956
304

✫1
US


10
R&B
2
UK
[Dot 15521]
written by Charles Singleton
42.
08/1957
303

✫1
US


2
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #39]
[Decca 30434]
written by Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison & Norman Petty
43.
06/1958
302

✫1
US
2
country
2
R&B
2
UK
[RCA 47-7280]
written by Claude Demetrius
44.
09/1957
302

✫1
US
✫1
country
✫1
R&B
2
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #311]
[Cadence 1337]
written by Felice Bryant & Boudleaux Bryant
45.
11/1950
301

✫1
US
2
country




[Mercury 5534]
written by Redd Stewart & Pee Wee King
46.
01/1958
300

✫1
US
2
country
4
R&B
2
UK
[RCA 47-7150]
written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
47.
09/1958
299

✫1
US


12
R&B
✫1
UK
[MGM 12677]
written by Jack Nance & Conway Twitty
48.
01/1957
297

✫1
US


8
R&B
✫1
UK
[Dot 15533]
written by Ric Cartey & Carole Joyner
49.
06/1956
296

2
US




✫1
UK
[from the film The Man Who Knew Too Much]
written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
50.
09/1956
296

2
US




✫1
UK
[Columbia 40729]
written by Johnny Bragg & Robert Riley
51.
11/1957
296

2
US
✫1
country
3
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #96]
[Sun 281]
written by Otis Blackwell & Jack Hammer
52.
06/1959
294

✫1
US


6
R&B
3
UK
[ABC-Paramount 10022]
written by Paul Anka
53.
07/1954
294

✫1
US




4
UK
[Columbia 40266]
written by Richard Adler & Jerry Ross
54.
03/1954
294

✫1
US




4
UK
[RCA 47-5647]
written by Jack Fulton & Lois Steele
55.
08/1958
293

✫1
US




✫1
UK
new version of 1951-hit
[MGM 12688]
written by Carl Sigman & Charles Dawes
56.
02/1957
293

✫1
US


14
R&B
✫1
UK
[Cadence 1308]
written by Bernie Lowe & Kal Mann
57.
12/1953
292

6
US




✫1
UK
written by Paul Burkhard
58.
05/1954
291

4
US




✫1
UK
[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1954]
[Capitol 2816]
written by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn
59.
08/1953
290

6
US




✫1
UK
[Columbia 40036]
written by Boudleaux Bryant
60.
07/1956
289

✫1
US


✫1
R&B
4
UK
hit for Glenn Miller in 1939
[Mercury 70893]
written by Georges Boulanger & Jimmy Kennedy
61.
12/1951
286

✫1
US






[instrumental]
written by Leroy Anderson & Mitchell Parish
62.
06/1951
285

✫1
US






[Columbia 39362]
written by Arthur Hammerstein & Dudley Wilkinson
63.
07/1951
285

✫1
US






[Columbia 39449]
written by Hank Williams
64.
01/1951
285

✫1
US






[RCA 47-3997]
written by Tolchard Evans, Robert Hargreaves & Stanley Damerell (as Stanley J. Damerell)
65.
09/1951
285

✫1
US






written by George Hoven & Chester Shull (as Chester R. Shull)
66.
06/1957
284

✫1
US
✫1
country
✫1
R&B
3
UK
[RCA 47-7000]
written by Kal Mann & Bernie Lowe
67.
07/1951
284

✫1
US






[Columbia 39467]
written by David Seville (as Ross Bagdasarian) & William Saroyan
68.
06/1953
284

✫1
US




7
UK
[Capitol 2486]
written by Larry Russell, Inez James & Buddy Pepper
69.
04/1955
283

3
US


✫1
R&B
2
UK
with Jack Pleis Orchestra
[Decca 29441]
written by Hy Zaret & Alex North
70.
07/1959
283

✫1
US


10
R&B
4
UK
[RCA Victor 47-7600]
written by Aaron Schroeder & Sid Wyche (as Sidney Wyche)
71.
05/1954
283

✫1
US




5
UK
[Decca 29123]
written by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn
72.
07/1959
282

✫1
US
✫1
country
10
R&B
6
UK
[RCA Victor 7555]
written by Jean Villard, Marc Herrand & Bert Reisfeld
73.
09/1958
280

✫1
US


10
R&B
2
UK
produced by Phil Spector
[Dore 503]
written by Phil Spector
74.
07/1952
278

✫1
US




8
UK
[RCA 47-4830]
written by Harold Rome
75.
12/1950
276

✫1
US






76.
02/1950
276

✫1
US






[London 30005]
written by Anton Karas
77.
03/1950
276

✫1
US






written by Anton Karas
78.
01/1950
276

✫1
US






[Coral 60140]
written by James T. Morehead & James Cassin
79.
09/1950
276

✫1
US






vocals by Tony Alamo & the Kaydets
written by Will Grosz (as Hugh Williams) & Jimmy Kennedy
80.
01/1950
276

✫1
US






[London 30025]
written by Curley Williams & Billy Simmons
81.
07/1950
276

✫1
US






written by Gussie Davis & Leadbelly (as Lead Belly)
82.
08/1950
275

✫1
US






[Mercury 5455]
written by Maurice Ravel, Paul Durand & Mitchell Parish
83.
12/1959
275

2
US


3
R&B
3
UK
84.
05/1957
275

✫1
US


12
R&B
2
UK
85.
05/1950
275

✫1
US






[Decca 27007]
written by Johnny Green (as John Green), Edward Heyman & Billy Rose
86.
275

✫1
US






87.
02/1950
275

✫1
US






88.
04/1950
275

✫1
US






89.
03/1950
275

✫1
US






written by Al Hoffman, Bob Merrill & Al Trace (as Clem Watts)
90.
11/1950
275

✫1
US






[RCA 47-3968]
written by Charles Randolph Grean
91.
01/1950
275

✫1
US






[Coral 60140]
written by Johnnie Lee Wills & Deacon Anderson
92.
02/1950
274

✫1
US






[Mercury 5363]
written by Terry Gilkyson
93.
05/1953
274

5
US




2
UK
[instrumental]
written by Charlie Chaplin (as Charles Chaplin)
94.
10/1952
273

8
US




✫1
UK
[RCA 47-4953]
written by Sammy Gallop & Chester Conn
95.
03/1959
273

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
96.
04/1958
272

✫1
US


✫1
R&B
3
UK
[Mercury 71289]
written by Morty Nevins, Al Nevins, Artie Dunn & Buck Ram
97.
07/1958
272

✫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
98.
10/1959
270

✫1
US


19
R&B
5
UK
[Columbia 41476]
written by Harlan Howard
99.
03/1959
270

✫1
US


5
R&B
6
UK
[Dolton 1]
written by Gretchen Christopher
100.
02/1956
269

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

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