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Monday, July 21, 2014

Your Hit Parade: Top 100+ Songs

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Your Hit Parade was a radio, and then television, program which counted down the top music hits from 1935 to 1955. The chart, however, did not focus on specific versions of songs which meant there could be multiple versions of a song and all were credited as #1.

This DMDB-exclusive list ranks the songs by most weeks at #1, but only features the highest-ranking version of each song. In addition, in the event of ties, the top-ranked DMDB songs are ranked highest and so on. All songs which peaked at #1 for 4 weeks or more are listed, making for a top 100+ songs of all-time according to Your Hit Parade:


Your Hit Parade – Top 100+

12 weeks:

1. Nat “King” Cole “Too Young” (1951)

11 weeks:

2. Tony Bennett “Because of You” (1951)

10 weeks:

3. Bing Crosby “White Christmas” (1942)
4. The Harmonicats “Peg O’ My Heart” (1947)
5. Dinah Shore “Buttons and Bows” (1948)
6. Bing Crosby “I’ll Be Seeng You” (1944)
7. Perry Como “Some Enchanted Evening” (1949)
8. Rosemary Clooney “Hey There” (1954)
9. Bing Crosby “Now Is the Hour” (1948)
10. Margaret Whiting “A Tree in the Meadow” (1948)
11. Perry Como “If (They Made Me a King)” (1951)
12. Jimmy Dorsey “I Hear a Rhapsody” (1941)

9 weeks:

13. Jo Stafford “You Belong to Me” (1952)
14. Dick Haymes “You’ll Never Know” (1943)
15. Mitch Miller “The Yellow Rose of Texas” (1955)
16. Bill Hayes “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” (1955)
17. Gordon Jenkins “My Foolish Heart” (1950)
18. Pee Wee King “Slow Poke” (1951)
19. Glen Gray “My Heart Tells Me (Should I Believe My Heart?)” (1943)

8 weeks:

20. Nat “King” Cole “Mona Lisa” (1950)
21. The Ink Spots “The Gypsy” (1946)
22. Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters “Don’t Fence Me In” (1944)
23. Percy Faith “Where Is Your Heart? (Song from ‘Moulin Rouge’)” (1953)
24. The Chordettes “Mr. Sandman” (1954)
25. Blue Barron & His Orchestra “Cruising Down the River on a Sunday Afternoon” (1946)
26. Frankie Carle “Oh! What It Seemed to Be” (1946)
27. Eddy Howard “To Each His Own” (1946)
28. Dinah Shore “I’ll Walk Alone” (1944)
29. Larry Clinton & Bea Wain “My Reverie” (1938)

7 weeks:

30. Judy Garland “Over the Rainbow” (1939)
31. Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra “I’ll Never Smile Again” (1940)
32. Larry Clinton with Bea Wain “Deep Purple” (1939)
33. Perry Como “Till the End of Time” (1945)
34. Doris Day “Secret Love” (1954)
35. Nat “King” Cole “I Love You for Sentimental Reasons” (1946)
36. Tommy Dorsey “Once in a While” (1937)
37. Perry Como “Wanted” (1954)
38. Eddy Howard “Sin (It’s No Sin)” (1951)
39. Freddy Martin “Symphony” (1945)
40. Glenn Miller “The Woodpecker Song” (1940)
41. Georgia Gibbs “Kiss of Fire” (1952)
42. Bing Crosby “Dear Hearts and Gentle People” (1949)

6 weeks:

43. Patti Page “Tennessee Waltz” (1950)
44. Fred Astaire “The Way You Look Tonight” (1936)
45. Ella Fitzgerald “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” (1938)
46. Francis Craig with Bob Lamm “Near You” (1947)
47. Nat “King” Cole “Nature Boy” (1948)
48. Kay Starr “Wheel of Fortune” (1952)
49. Jimmy Dorsey “Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)” (1941)
50. Kitty Kallen “Little Things Mean a Lot” (1954)
51. The Pied Pipers “Dream (When You’re Feeling Blue)” (1945)
52. Vic Damon “You’re Breaking My Heart” (1949)
53. Helen Forrest with Dick Haymes “Long Ago and Far Away” (1944)
54. Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra “There Are Such Things” (1942)
55. Bing Crosby “Sunday, Monday or Always” (1943)
56. Al Jolson “The Anniversary Song” (1947)
57. Kay Kyser & Michael Douglas “Ole Buttermilk Sky” (1946)
58. Red Foley “Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy” (1950)
59. Sammy Kaye “Daddy” (1941)
60. Tony Bennett “Stranger in Paradise” (1953)
61. Guy & Lebert Lombardo “It Looks Like Rain in Cherry Blossom Lane” (1937)
62. Shep Fields with Charles Chester “Did I Remember?” (1936)
63. Frankie Masters “Scatter-Brain” (1939)
64. Kay Kyser “There’ll Be Bluebirds Over the Cliffs of Dover” (1941)
65. Horace Heidt with Lysbeth Hughes & Larry Cotton “Ti-Pi-Tin” (1938)
66. Billy Vaughn “Melody of Love” (1954)
67. Guy Lombardo “Boo Hoo” (1937)

5 weeks:

68. Tennessee Ernie Ford “Sixteen Tons” (1955)
69. Johnnie Ray & the Four Lads “Cry” (1951)
70. Cliff Edwards “When You Wish Upon a Star” (1940)
71. Les Paul & Mary Ford “Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You)” (1953)
72. Glenn Miller “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else But Me” (1942)
73. Judy Garland “The Trolley Song” (1944)
74. Kay Kyser with Harry Babbitt & Julie Conway “Jingle, Jangle, Jingle” (1942)
75. Bill Snyder “Bewitched, Bothered, & Bewildered” (1950)
76. Shep Fields with Hal Derwin “South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)” (1939)
77. Bing Crosby with the Les Paul Trio “It’s Been a Long, Long Time” (1945)
78. Al Donahue with Paula Kelly “Jeepers Creepers” (1938)
79. Guy & Carmen Lombardo “September in the Rain” (1937)
80. Tommy Dorsey with Cliff Weston “Alone” (1936)
81. Perry Como & the Ramblers “Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” (1952)
82. Alvino Rey with Bill Schallen & Skeets Herfurt “Deep in the Heart of Texas” (1942)
83. Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly “Is It True What They Say About Dixie” (1936)
84. Joni James “Why Don’t You Believe Me” (1952)
85. Glenn Miller “You and I” (1941)
86. Frank Chacksfield “Ebb Tide” (1953)
87. Glenn Miller with Ray Eberle “Careless” (1940)
88. Dorsey Brothers with Bob Eberly “Chasing Shadows” (1935)

4 weeks:

89. The Weavers “Goodnight Irene” (1950)
90. Les Brown with Doris Day “Sentimental Journey” (1945)
91. Bing Crosby “Pennies from Heaven” (1936)
92. Dooley Wilson “As Time Goes By” (1943)
93. Harry James with Helen Forest “I’ve Heard That Song Before” (1943)
94. Vaughn Monroe “Ballerina” (1947)
95. Johnny Mercer with the Pied Pipers “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” (1945)
96. Shep Fields with Bob Goday “That Old Feeling” (1937)
97. Benny Goodman with Martha Tilton “And the Angels Sing” (1939)
98. Guy & Carmen Lombardo “Red Sails in the Sunset” (1935)
99. Ray Noble with Buddy Clark “Linda” 1947)
100. Johnny Mercer with Jo Stafford & the Pied Pipers “Candy” (1945)
101. Horace Heidt with Larry Cotton, Donna Wood, & Don Juans “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire” (1941)
102. Frank Sinatra “Five Minutes More” (1946)
103. Tommy Dorsey with Edythe Wright “Music, Maestro, Please” (1938)
104. The Four Aces “Three Coins in the Fountain” (1954)
105. Teresa Brewer “Till I Waltz Again with You” (1952)
106. Benny Goodman with Helen Ward “Goody Goody” (1936)
107. The Ames Brothers “You, You, You” (1953)
108. Benny Goodman with Ella Fitzgerald “Goodnight My Love” (1937)
109. Glenn Miller with Ray Eberle “Wishing Will Make It So” (1939)
110. Glenn Miller with Ray Eberle “Stairway to the Stars” (1939)
111. Sammy Kaye with Tommy Ryan “Love Walked In” (1938)
112. Bing Crosby “I’ve Got a Pocketful of Dreams” (1938)
113. Red Norvo with Mildred Bailey “Says My Heart” (1938)
114. Glenn Miller with Ray Eberle “Moon Love” (1939)
115. Bob Crosby with Kay Weber “Whispers in the Dark” (1937)
116. Frank Sinatra “They Say It’s Wonderful” (1946)
117. Vaughn Monroe “There I Go” (1940)
118. Tony Martin “Tonight We Love (Concerto No. 1, B Flat Minor)” (1941)
119. Vaughn Monroe “My Devotion” (1942)
120. Kay Kyser with Harry Babbitt “He Wears a Pair of Silver Wings” (1942)
121. Guy & Carmen Lombardo “Lost” (1936)


Resources and Related Links:
  • Your Hit Parade (database of every song to hit the chart from 1935-55. Includes peak position, weeks at #1, and weeks total on the chart.

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