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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Top 100 Songs from 1950-1959

First posted on DMDB Facebook page on 5/3/11, updated 7/30/14.

These are the top 100 songs from 1950-1959 according to Dave’s Music Database. When a title was recognized as the Song of the Year, it is noted with a code following the song. A key to the codes is at the bottom of the page.

1. (We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock…Bill Haley & His Comets (1954) DM, HP, PC, VF
2. Heartbreak Hotel…Elvis Presley (1956) DM, MJ, NME, RS
3. Don’t Be Cruel…Elvis Presley (1956) PC, JW
4. Mack the Knife…Bobby Darin (1959) CB, DM, G-R, VF, PC, JW
5. Jailhouse Rock…Elvis Presley (1957) DM, VF, PC
6. Johnny B. Goode…Chuck Berry (1958) DM, MJ, NME, RS
7. Hound Dog…Elvis Presley (1956) PC, JW
8. Tennessee Waltz…Patti Page (1950) DM, JW
9. Goodnight Irene…The Weavers with Gordon Jenkins’ Orchestra (1950) SS
10. That’ll Be the Day…Buddy Holly & the Crickets (1957) MJ, NME, RS

11. All Shook Up…Elvis Presley (1957) CB, JW
12. You Belong to Me…Jo Stafford (1952) DM, VF, JW
13. All I Have to Do Is Dream…The Everly Brothers (1958)
14. What’d I Say…Ray Charles (1959) MJ, NME, Q, RS
15. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On…Jerry Lee Lewis (1957)
16. Great Balls of Fire…Jerry Lee Lewis (1957)
17. Mona Lisa…Nat “King” Cole (1950) VF
18. Blue Suede Shoes…Carl Perkins (1956)
19. How High the Moon…Les Paul & Mary Ford (1951) DM, HP, SS
20. Peggy Sue…Buddy Holly & the Crickets (1957)

21. Why Do Fools Fall in Love?...Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers (1956)
22. Sixteen Tons…Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955) PC
23. Maybellene…Chuck Berry (1955) DM
24. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)…The Penguins (1954)
25. Love Me Tender…Elvis Presley (1956)
26. Diana…Paul Anka (1957)
27. Cry…Johnnie Ray & the Four Lads (1951) JW
28. Blueberry Hill…Fats Domino (1956)
29. Tutti Frutti…Little Richard (1955) MJ, NME
30. I Only Have Eyes for You…The Flamingos (1959)

31. You Send Me…Sam Cooke (1957)
32. Only You (And You Alone)…The Platters (1955)
33. In the Still of the Nite…The Five Satins (1956)
34. Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You)…Les Paul & Mary Ford (1953) VF, JW
35. The Third Man Theme…Anton Karas (1950) CB
36. Secret Love…Doris Day (1954)
37. At the Hop…Danny & the Juniors (1957) JW
38. I Walk the Line…Johnny Cash (1956)
39. The Little Drummer Boy…Harry Simeone Chorale (1958)
40. The Battle of New Orleans…Johnny Horton (1959) BB, G-S

41. Your Cheatin’ Heart…Hank Williams (1953) DM, RS, SS
42. April in Paris…Count Basie (1955)
43. Summertime Blues…Eddie Cochran (1958)
44. Bye Bye Love…The Everly Brothers (1957)
45. Ain’t That a Shame…Fats Domino (1955) Q
46. The Great Pretender…The Platters (1955)
47. La Bamba…Ritchie Valens (1958)
48. Tequila…The Champs (1958) PC
49. Singing the Blues…Guy Mitchell (1956) CB
50. Mr. Sandman…The Chordettes (1954) VF

51. Wheel of Fortune…Kay Starr (1952)
52. Tenderly…Rosemary Clooney (1952) SS
53. Where Is Your Heart (Song from “Moulin Rouge”)…Percy Faith with Felicia Sanders (1953) CB
54. Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue)…Domenico Modugno (1958) BB, G-R, G-S
55. Wake Up Little Susie…The Everly Brothers (1957)
56. Tom Dooley…The Kingston Trio (1958) VF
57. Take Five…Dave Brubeck (1959)
58. The Yellow Rose of Texas…Mitch Miller Chorus (1955)
59. Shake, Rattle and Roll…Big Joe Turner (1954) NME
60. Because of You…Tony Bennett (1951)

61. El Paso…Marty Robbins (1959)
62. It’s All in the Game…Tommy Edwards (1951) CB, PC
63. Sincerely…The McGuire Sisters (1954)
64. Long Tall Sally…Little Richard (1956)
65. Be-Bop-A-Lula…Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps (1958)
66. Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear…Elvis Presley (1957)
67. Bo Diddley…Bo Diddley (1955)
68. Cold, Cold Heart…Hank Williams (1951)
69. Hey There…Rosemary Clooney (1954)
70. That’s All Right, Mama…Elvis Presley (1954) Q, RS

71. Love Letters in the Sand (1957)
72. Chances Are…Johnny Mathis (1957)
73. Little Things Mean a Lot…Kitty Kallen (1954) JW
74. Crying in the Chapel…The Orioles (1953) NME
75. Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing…The Four Aces (1955)
76. Kansas City…Wibert Harrison (1959)
77. Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)…Doris Day (1956) VF
78. Sh-Boom…The Chords (1954)
79. Too Young…Nat “King” Cole (1951)
80. What a Diff’rence a Day Makes…Dinah Washington (1959)

81. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered…Bill Snyder (1950)
82. He’ll Have to Go…Jim Reeves (1959)
83. Fever…Peggy Lee (1957)
84. Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White…Perez “Prez” Prado (1955) JW
85. The Ballad of Davy Crocket…Bill Hayes (1955) CB
86. Jambalaya (On the Bayou)…Hank Williams (1952)
87. Who’s Sorry Now?...Connie Francis (1958)
88. Shout (Parts 1 and 2)…The Isley Brothers (1959)
89. Autumn Leaves…Roger Williams (1955)
90. Twilight Time…The Platters (1958)
91. One for My Baby and One More for the Road…Frank Sinatra (1958)
92. Good Golly Miss Molly…Little Richard (1958)
93. Honky Tonk…Bill Doggett (1956)
94. Misty…Johnny Mathis (1959) SS
95. There Goes My Baby…The Drifters (1959)
96. The Doggie in the Window…Patti Page (1953)
97. Foggy Mountain Breakdown…Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs (1950)
98. Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart…Vera Lynn (1952) CB
99. I’m Moving On…Hank Snow (1950)
100. Come Go with Me…The Del-Vikings (1957)


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me)…Frank Sinatra (1958) SS
  • Everyday I Have the Blues…Count Basie with Joe Williams (1955) SS
  • The Glow-Worm…The Mills Brothers (1952) HP
  • I Get a Kick Out of You…Frank Sinatra (1954) SS
  • I’ve Got You Under My Skin…Frank Sinatra (1956) SS
  • Lawdy Miss Clawdy…Lloyd Price (1952) RS
  • Move It…Cliff Richard & the Drifters (1958) Q
  • Mystery Train…Elvis Presley (1955) RS
  • Rocket 88…Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats (1951) RS
  • Rockin’ at the 2 I’s…Wee Willie Harris (1957) Q
  • Rock Island Line…Lonnie Donegan (1956) Q
  • Rolling Stone…Muddy Waters (1950) RS
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes…The Platters (1958) CB
  • Star Dust…Nat “King” Cole (1957) SS
  • This Ole House…Rosemary Clooney (1954) HP
  • Unforgettable…Nat “King” Cole (1951) VF
  • Wanted…Perry Como (1954) CB

Key to the Codes:
  • BB: Billboard magazine song of the year
  • CB: Cashbox song of the year, 1950-1996
  • DM: Dave’s Music Database
  • G-R: Grammy for Record of the Year
  • G-S: Grammy for Song of the Year
  • HP: Hit Parade 1935-1959
  • MJ: Mojo magazine song of the year, 1955-2005. Based on aggregated Mojo lists.
  • VF: MusicFV.com
  • NME: NME magazine song of the year, 1953-2008. Based on aggregation of NME lists and year-end lists.
  • Q: Q magazine, 1954-2013. Determined by year-end polls and highest-ranked song on aggregate of Q lists.
  • RS: Rolling Stone magazine, determined by year-end polls and highest-ranked song on aggregate of RS lists.
  • SS: Sullivan, Steve. Top 100 Songs from 1897-1956
  • JW: Whitburn, Joel. A Century of Pop Music, 1900-1999 (book)

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