Top 100 Songs Of The 50s

 
Color Photo of Elvis Presley

Color Photo of Elvis Presley #1 Artist of the 50’s

The fifties was a great era of music and great accomplishments of new artists that arrived on the scene during this fabulous decade. We have compiled a list of the 50s top 100 songs from 1950-1959, so you will know which song what the most popular in this era.

Artists like Elvis Presley, Pat Boone, Perry Como, Gale Storm, Connie Francis, and Patti Page, and many others that you could listen to all day long. Each of these had great hits of their own that you can remember plus many more.

Elvis created an hysteria when he would shake his hips while performing his songs. He was banned by many TV and radio managers in doing live performances. However, he became the king of “Rock N Roll” despite all of this because his fans just loved his music. Elvis went on to record eighteen #1 hits. Only the Beatles have more with 20 in the Rock N Roll era.

No 1 Hits Of The Fifties

No 1 Hits Of The Fifties

Many of you may remember going to the local soda fountain and ordering your favorite malt or milk shake and putting a nickel in the jukebox and listening to your selections, I do.

The ranking of the top 100 songs was determined by the following formula:

  1. Highest peak position.
  2. Number of weeks at the peak position.
  3. Number of weeks in the top 10.
  4. Number of weeks in the top 40.
  5. Total weeks charted.

To determine the all-time most popular song it must have spent the most time in the #1 position using our formula above.

Some interesting facts:

  • 50s Juke Box

    Picture of a 1950’s Juke Box

    To make the top 100, each song had to be a #1 hit and hold that position for at least 3 weeks or more.

  • Elvis Presley has the most songs in the list with seven. Patti Page and Perry Como each tie with four.
  • The total number of #1 songs that peaked at this position during this decade was 148.
  • The biggest selling record was The Tennessee Waltz by Patti Page in 1950, with 6 million copies sold.
  • Bill Doggett’s “Honky Tonk Parts 1 & 2” and “Wonderful! Wonderful!” by Johnny Mathis, spent the most weeks on the charts with 39.
  • Elvis Presley has the only double sided number 1 hit Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog where both the A and B sides went to number  1 in 1956 and is ranked at #4 on this chart. The Beatles, repeated this feat in 1968, with “Come Together“, “Something” both went to number 1 for one week.
  • The year 1956 had the most hit songs with 13 and 1950 came in second with 12.
  • The 45 RPM record dominates the decade and 78’s become a thing of the past.

The list will show the rank, title, artist, peak weeks and year the song was released. Note: An (I) after a song is an instrumental.

Rank     Title/Artist Peak Weeks () Year

  1. The Tennessee Waltz / Patti Page (13) 1950
  2. Goodnight Irene / The Weavers (13) 1950
  3. You Belong To Me / Jo Stafford (12) 1952
  4. Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog / Elvis Presley (11) 1956
  5. Vaya Con Dios (May God Be With You / Les Paul & Mary Ford (11) 1953
  6. The Third Man Theme (I) / Anton Karas (11) 1950
  7. The Third Man Theme (I) / Guy Lambardo (11) 1950
  8. Cry / Johnnie Ray (11) 1951
  9. Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White (I) / Perez Prado (10) 1955
  10. Sincerely / McGuire Sisters (10) 1955
  11. Singing The Blues / Guy Mitchell (10) 1956
  12. Because Of You / Tony Bennett (10) 1951
  13. Wheel Of Fortune / Kay Starr (10) 1952
  14. Song From “Moulin Rouge” / Percy Faith (10) 1953
  15. I Went To Your Wedding / Patti Page (10) 1952
  16. If I Knew You Were Coming I’d’ve Baked A Cake/Eileen Barton (10) 1950
  17. Mack The Knife / Bobby Darin (9) 1959
  18. All Shook Up / Elvis Presley (9) 1957
  19. Little Things Mean A Lot / Kitty Kallen (9) 1954
  20. How High The Moon / Les Paul & Mary Ford (9) 1951
  21. Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart / Vera Lynn (9) 1952
  22. Sh-Boom / Crewcuts (9) 1954
  23. Rock Around The Clock / Bill Halley & His Comets (8) 1955
  24. You You You / Ames Brothers (8) 1953
  25. Rags To Riches / Tony Bennett (8) 1953
  26. If / Perry Como (8) 1951
  27. The Doggie In The Window / Patti Page (8) 1953
  28. Come On-A My House / Rosemary Clooney (8) 1951
  29. Sin / Eddy Howard (8) 1951
  30. The Wayward Wind / Gogi Grant (8) 1956
  31. Sixteen Tons / Tennessee Ernie Ford (8) 1955
  32. Heartbreak Hotel / Elvis Presley (8) 1956
  33. Wanted / Perry Como (8) 1954
  34. Oh! My Papa / Eddie Fisher (8) 1954
  35. Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy / Red Foley (8) 1950
  36. Love Letters In The Sand / Pat Boone (7) 1957
  37. I’m Walking Behind You / Eddie Fisher (7) 1953
  38. Make Love To Me! / Jo Stafford (7) 1954
  39. Till I Waltz Again With You / Teresa Brewer (7) 1953
  40. Mr. Sandman / Chordettes (7) 1954
  41. Kiss Of Fire / Georgia Gibbs (7) 1952
  42. Jailhouse Rock / Elvis Presley (7) 1957
  43. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Elvis Presley (7) 1957
  44. At The Hop / Danny & The Juniors (7) 1958
  45. Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing / Four Aces (6) 1955
  46. Rock And Roll Waltz / Kay Starr (6) 1956
  47. The Yellow Rose Of Texas / Mitch Miller (6) 1955
  48. The Poor People Of Paris / Les Baxter (6) 1956
  49. Memories Are Made Of This / Dean Martin (6) 1956
  50. April Love / Pat Boone (6) 1957
  51. The Battle Of New Orleans / Johnny Horton (6) 1959
  52. Young Love / Tab Hunter (6) 1957
  53. It’s All In The Game / Tommy Edwards (6) 1958
  54. The Purple People Eater / Sheb Wooley (6) 1958
  55. Hey There / Rosemary Clooney (6) 1954
  56. Cold, Cold Heart / Tony Bennett (6) 1951
  57. Mona Lisa / Nat “King” Cole (6) 1950
  58. Why Don’t You Believe Me / Joni James (6) 1952
  59. Tammy / Debbie Reynolds (5) 1957
  60. The Ballad Of Davy Crockett / Bill Hayes (5) 1955
  61. Love Me Tender / Elvis Presley (5) 1956
  62. My Prayer / Platters (5) 1956
  63. All I Have To Do Is Dream / Everly Brothers (5) 1958
  64. Tequila (I) / Champs (5) 1958
  65. Don’t / Elvis Presley (5) 1958
  66. Venus / Frankie Alavon (5) 1959
  67. Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)  / Domenico Modugno (5) 1958
  68. Blue Tango (I) / Leroy Anderson (5) 1952
  69. Too Young / Nat “ King” Cole (5) 1951
  70. I Can Dream Can’t I / Andrews Sisters (5) 1950
  71. All My Love / Patti Page (5) 1950
  72. Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes / Perry Como (5) 1953
  73. The Thing / Phil Harris (5) 1950
  74. Autumn Leaves (I) / Roger Williams (4) 1955
  75. Lisbon Antigua (I) / Nelson Riddle (4) 1956
  76. Harbor Lights / Sammy Kaye (4) 1950
  77. I Almost Lost My Mind / Pat Boone (4) 1956
  78. Honeycomb / Jimmie Rogers (4) 1957
  79. Secret Love / Doris Day (4) 1954
  80. No Other Love / Perry Como (4) 1953
  81. Sugartime / McGuire Sisters (4) 1958
  82. Let Me Go Lover / Joan Weber (4) 1955
  83. Wake Up Little Susie / Everly Brothers (4) 1957
  84. Music! Music! Music! / Teresa Brewer (4) 1950
  85. Stagger Lee / Lloyd Price (4) 1959
  86. The Three Bells / The Browns (4) 1959
  87. Lonely Boy / Paul Anka (4) 1959
  88. He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands / Laurie London (4) 1958
  89. Come Softly To Me / Fleetwoods (4) 1959
  90. The Chipmunk Song / Chipmunks (4) 1958
  91. St. George And The Dragnet / Stag Freberg (4) 1953
  92. The Green Door / Jim Lowe (3) 1956
  93. Dance With Me Henry / Georgia Gibbs (3) 1955
  94. Moonglow (I) / Morris Stoloff (3) 1956
  95. Hearts Of Stone / Fontane Sisters (3) 1955
  96. You Send Me / Sam Cooke (3) 1957
  97. This Ole House / Rosemary Clooney (3) 1954
  98. Half As Much / Rosemary Clooney (3) 1952
  99. I Need You Now / Eddie Fisher (3) 1954
  100. The Glow Worm / Mills Brothers (3) 1952

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