Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Top 100 Songs from 1950-1959

First posted 5/3/2011; last updated 3/24/2020.

Top 100 Songs of the Decade:

1950-1959

These are the top 100 songs from the 1950s according to Dave’s Music Database. Rankings are figured by combining sales figures, chart data, radio airplay, video airplay, streaming figures, awards, and appearances on best-of lists.

1. We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock…Bill Haley & His Comets (1954)
2. Don’t Be Cruel…Elvis Presley (1956)
3. Mack the Knife…Bobby Darin (1959)
4. Heartbreak Hotel…Elvis Presley (1956)
5. Hound Dog…Elvis Presley (1956)
6. Jailhouse Rock…Elvis Presley (1957)
7. Johnny B. Goode…Chuck Berry (1958)
8. Tennessee Waltz…Patti Page (1950)
9. All Shook Up…Elvis Presley (1957)
10. What’d I Say…Ray Charles (1959)

11. All I Have to Do Is Dream…The Everly Brothers (1958)
12. That’ll Be the Day…Buddy Holly & the Crickets (1957)
13. Goodnight Irene…The Weavers with Gordon Jenkins’ Orchestra (1950)
14. How High the Moon…Les Paul & Mary Ford (1951)
15. Mona Lisa…Nat “King” Cole (1950)
16. Love Me Tender…Elvis Presley (1956)
17. Great Balls of Fire…Jerry Lee Lewis (1957)
18. You Belong to Me…Jo Stafford (1952)
19. I Only Have Eyes for You…The Flamingos (1959)
20. Sixteen Tons…Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955)

21. Blue Suede Shoes…Carl Perkins (1956)
22. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)…The Penguins (1954)
23. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On…Jerry Lee Lewis (1957)
24. At the Hop…Danny & the Juniors (1957)
25. The Battle of New Orleans…Johnny Horton (1959)
26. Blueberry Hill…Fats Domino (1956)
27. Why Do Fools Fall in Love?...Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers (1956)
28. You Send Me…Sam Cooke (1957)
29. Tutti Frutti…Little Richard (1955)
30. Diana…Paul Anka (1957)

31. Wake Up Little Susie…The Everly Brothers (1957)
32. Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue)…Domenico Modugno (1958)
33. Peggy Sue…Buddy Holly & the Crickets (1957)
34. La Bamba…Ritchie Valens (1958)
35. The Great Pretender…The Platters (1955)
36. The Little Drummer Boy…Harry Simeone Chorale (1958)
37. Tom Dooley…The Kingston Trio (1958)
38. Singing the Blues…Guy Mitchell (1956)
39. Cry…Johnnie Ray & the Four Lads (1951)
40. I Walk the Line…Johnny Cash (1956)

41. Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear…Elvis Presley (1957)
42. In the Still of the Nite…The Five Satins (1956)
43. Maybellene…Chuck Berry (1955)
44. Tequila…The Champs (1958)
45. Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You)…Les Paul & Mary Ford (1953)
46. The Yellow Rose of Texas…Mitch Miller Chorus (1955)
47. Secret Love…Doris Day (1954)
48. Bye Bye Love…The Everly Brothers (1957)
49. It’s All in the Game…Tommy Edwards (1951)
50. Only You (And You Alone)…The Platters (1955)

51. The Third Man Theme…Anton Karas (1950)
52. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes…The Platters (1958)
53. Where Is Your Heart (Song from “Moulin Rouge”)…Percy Faith with Felicia Sanders (1953)
54. Love Letters in the Sand…Pat Boone (1957)
55. Summertime Blues…Eddie Cochran (1958)
56. Sincerely…The McGuire Sisters (1954)
57. April in Paris…Count Basie (1955)
58. Mr. Sandman…The Chordettes (1954)
59. Little Things Mean a Lot…Kitty Kallen (1954)
60. Because of You…Tony Bennett (1951)

61. Be-Bop-A-Lula…Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps (1958)
62. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered…Bill Snyder (1950)
63. Too Young…Nat “King” Cole (1951)
64. Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White…Perez “Prez” Prado (1955)
65. Your Cheatin’ Heart…Hank Williams (1953)
66. El Paso…Marty Robbins (1959)
67. That’s All Right, Mama…Elvis Presley (1954)
68. Ain’t That a Shame…Fats Domino (1955)
69. Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)…Doris Day (1956)
70. Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing…The Four Aces (1955)

71. Long Tall Sally…Little Richard (1956)
72. Shake, Rattle and Roll…Big Joe Turner (1954)
73. Wheel of Fortune…Kay Starr (1952)
74. Shout (Parts 1 and 2)…The Isley Brothers (1959)
75. Sh-Boom…The Chords (1954)
76. Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart…Vera Lynn (1952)
77. Autumn Leaves…Roger Williams (1955)
78. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus…Jimmy Boyd (1952)
79. Young Love…Sonny James (1956)
80. The Ballad of Davy Crocket…Bill Hayes (1955)

81. He’ll Have to Go…Jim Reeves (1959)
82. Take Five…Dave Brubeck (1959)
83. Hey There…Rosemary Clooney (1954)
84. The Doggie in the Window…Patti Page (1953)
85. Kansas City…Wibert Harrison (1959)
86. Bo Diddley…Bo Diddley (1955)
87. Wanted…Perry Como (1954)
88. Crying in the Chapel…The Orioles (1953)
89. Cold, Cold Heart…Hank Williams (1951)
90. Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy…Red Foley (1950)

91. Tenderly…Rosemary Clooney (1952)
92. Donna…Ritchie Valens (1958)
93. Venus…Frankie Avalon (1959)
94. My Prayer (Avant de Mourir)…The Platters (1956)
95. Who’s Sorry Now?...Connie Francis (1958)
96. The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)…The Chipmunks (1958)
97. Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes…Perry Como & the Ramblers with the Mitchell Ayres Orchestra (1952)
98. Here in My Heart…Al Martino (1952)
99. O Mein Papa (Oh My Papa)…Eddie Fisher (1953)
100. I Believe…Frankie Laine (1953)

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