Top 50 Artists From 1955-1959

 
Elvis Presley #1 Artist 1955-1959

Elvis Presley #1 Artist 1955-1959

The fifties was the decade that started the Rock N Roll era. There were a lot of new comers and faces during this period. We have provided a list of the top 50 artists from 1955-1959. Some artists only had one hit, these are called One Hit Wonders and they are never from again.

Knowing the popular artist will also provide how their music or style of music stood the test of time when compared to other artists that were also recording at the same time or, at least, during the same era.  Artists include stand-alone male and female and groups or duos.

During this period, there were a total of 88 singles that peaked at the #1 position. The year of 1958 had a total of 23 songs that hit #1. The year of 1958 also had the most charted singles with 576. In the period, there were a total of 2,331 songs that made the charts and over 300 unique artists that released a single.

Pat Boone #2 Artist 1955-1959

Pat Boone #2 Artist 1955-1959

Some of the artists from this period were successful with crossover hits into the other fields such as Country & Western and Rhythm and Blues.

Ranking Of The Top 50 Artists

To determine the top 50 artists, we had to use a point system that would be fair to all artists that charted singles in this period. The point system used is as follows:

1. The highest chart position reached on the Hot 100, Hot 100 Airplay or Bubbling Under charts.
2. Point breakdown as follows:
• #1 = 100 points for its first week at #1, plus 10 points for each additional week.
• #2 = 90 points for its first week at #2, plus 5 points for each additional week.
• #3 = 80 points for its first week at #3, plus 3 points for each additional week.
• #4-5 = 70 points
• #6-10 = 60 points
• #11-15 = 50 points
• #16-20 = 45 points
• #21-30 = 40 points
• #31-40 = 35 points
• #41-50 = 30 points
• #51-60 = 25 points
• #61-70 = 20 points
• #71-90 = 15 points
• #91-100 = 10 points
• #101-110 = 5 points
• #111-120 = 4 points
• #121-135 = 3 points
3. Total weeks charted are added in.
4. In case of a tie, the artist listed first is determined by the following tie-breaker rules:
1) Most charted singles
2) Most Top 40 singles
3) Most Top 10 singles

Nat King Cole #5 Artist 1955-1959

Nat King Cole #5 Artist 1955-1959

When two artists combine for a hit single, such as Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, the full point total is given to both artists. Duos like Simon & Garfunkel and Hall & Oates are considered recording teams and their points are not shared.

Adjustment made for featured and lead artists. A featured artist on a single will receive 20% of the point total and the lead artist receives 100% of the point total.

Rank / Artist Points
1.     Elvis Presley 3,410
2.     Pat Boone 2,736
3.     Perry Como 1,938
4.     Fats Domino 1,803
5.     Nat “King” Cole 1,662
6.     The Platters 1,597
7.     Ricky Nelson 1,402
8.     Frank Sinatra 1,348
9.     The McGuire Sisters 1,191
10.   Bill Haley & His Comets 1,130
11.   The Everly Brothers 1,080
12.   Johnny Mathis 1,073
13.   The Four Lads 1,063
14.   Patti Page 1,050
15.   Four Aces 955
16.   The Diamonds 928
17.   Jimmie Rogers 902
18.   Paul Anka 891
19.   Chuck Berry 861
20.   The Fontane Sisters 855
21.   Teresa Brewer 854
22.   Billy Vaughn 820
23.   Little Richard 808
24.   Frankie Avalon 797
25.   The Ames Brothers 792
26.   Eddie Fisher 786
27.   Connie Francis 783
28.   Andy Williams 755
29.   Sarah Vaughan 728
30.   Georgia Gibbs 696
31.   Sam Cooke 691
32.   Jaye P. Morgan 687
33.   Buddy Holly & The Crickets 656
34.   The Coasters 654
35.   Gale Storm 649
36.   Johnny Cash 647
37.   Guy Mitchell 623
38.   Mitch Miller 621
39.   The Crew-Cuts 608
40.   Roger Williams 602
41.   The Chordettes 599
42.   Lloyd Price 593
43.   Bobby Darin 581
44.   Tony Bennett 572
45.   Dean Martin 539
46.   Joni James 533
47.   Clyde McPhatter 528
48.   “Tennessee” Ernie Ford 524
49.   Tommy Edwards 516
50.   Doris Day 505

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