Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Top 100 Songs According to Hit Records 1954-1982

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There’s a new book out from Record Research, the company Joel Whitburn founded which packages books based on the chart data of Billboard magazine. The twist this time, however, is that this book tracks the charts from Music Vendor and Record World from October 4, 1954 to April 10, 1982. It is, as Whitburn says in the introduction, his “first research work that is entirely outside the covers of Billboard magazine.” While the charts are vastly similar, there are some differences which would be of interest to chart aficionados. Here’s the list of the top 100 songs according to the book (pages 403-4).


The Top 100 Songs According to Hit Records 1954-1982
  1. Debby Boone…You Light Up My Life (1977)
  2. Olivia Newton-John, Olivia...Physical (1981)
  3. Lionel Richie & Diana Ross...Endless Love (1981)
  4. The Beatles...I Want to Hold Your Hand (1963)
  5. Perez “Prez” Prado...Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White (1955)
  6. Elvis Presley...Don’t Be Cruel (1956)
  7. Andy Gibb...Shadow Dancing (1978)
  8. Gogi Grant...The Wayward Wind (1956)
  9. Bee Gees...Night Fever (1977)
  10. Chic...Le Freak (1978)

  11. Guy Mitchell...Singing the Blues (1956)
  12. Tennessee Ernie Ford...Sixteen Tons (1955)
  13. Elvis Presley...Heartbreak Hotel (1956)
  14. Pat Boone...Love Letters in the Sand (1957)
  15. Mitch Miller...The Yellow Rose of Texas (1955)
  16. Sonny James...Young Love (1956)
  17. Queen...Another One Bites the Dust (1980)
  18. Bee Gees...Stayin’ Alive (1977)
  19. Fontane Sisters...Hearts of Stone (1954)
  20. Blondie...Call Me (1980)

  21. Johnny Horton...The Battle of New Orleans (1959)
  22. Bobby Darin...Mack the Knife (1959)
  23. Tommy Edwards...It’s All in the Game (1951/1958)
  24. Domenico Modugno...Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue) (1958)
  25. Elvis Presley...All Shook Up (1957)
  26. Jimmy Dean...Big Bad John (1961)
  27. Rod Stewart...Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright) (1976)
  28. Danny & The Juniors...At the Hop (1957)
  29. The Four Seasons...Big Girls Don’t Cry (1962)
  30. Lawrence Welk...Calcutta (1960)

  31. Andy Gibb...I Just Want to Be Your Everything (1977)
  32. Kim Carnes...Bette Davis Eyes (1981)
  33. Pink Floyd...Another Brick in the Wall Part II (1979)
  34. Donna Summer...Hot Stuff (1979)
  35. Kenny Rogers...Lady (1980)
  36. J. Geils Band...Centerfold (1981)
  37. Dolly Parton...Nine (9) to 5 (1980)
  38. Commodores...Three Times a Lady (1978)
  39. The McGuire Sisters...Sincerely (1954)
  40. Elton John & Kiki Dee...Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (1976)

  41. John Lennon...Just Like Starting Over (1980)
  42. Dean Martin...Memories Are Made of This (1955)
  43. Percy Faith...Theme from “A Summer Place” (1960)
  44. The Monkees...I’m a Believer (1966)
  45. Rod Stewart...Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? (1978)
  46. The Knack...My Sharona (1979)
  47. Bobby Vinton...Roses Are Red My Love (1962)
  48. Don McLean...American Pie (1971)
  49. Ray Charles...I Can’t Stop Loving You (1962)
  50. Three Dog Night...Joy to the World (1971)

  51. Robert John...Sad Eyes (1979)
  52. The Browns...The Three Bells (1959)
  53. Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs...Sugar Shack (1963)
  54. Roberta Flack...The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (1972)
  55. The Four Seasons...Sherry (1962)
  56. The Everly Brothers...Wake Up Little Susie (1957)
  57. The Drifters...Save the Last Dance for Me (1960)
  58. Gene Chandler...Duke of Earl (1962)
  59. Bobby Goldsboro...Honey (1968)
  60. Paul McCartney & Wings...My Love (1973)

  61. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts...I Love Rock and Roll (1981)
  62. Johnnie Ray...Just Walkin’ in the Rain (1956)
  63. Alan O’Day...Undercover Angel (1977)
  64. Perez “Prez” Prado...Patricia (1958)
  65. Lipps Inc....Funky Town (1980)
  66. Bill Haley & the Comets...We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock (1954)
  67. Les Baxter...The Poor People of Paris (1956)
  68. Donna Summer...Bad Girls (1979)
  69. The Platters...Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (1958)
  70. Nick Gilder...Hot Child in the City (1978)

  71. Mary MacGregor...Torn Between Two Lovers (1976)
  72. Paul McCartney & Wings...Silly Love Songs (1976)
  73. Billy Joel...It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me (1980)
  74. Peaches & Herb...Reunited (1979)
  75. The Beatles...Hey Jude (1968)
  76. Sam Cooke...You Send Me (1957)
  77. Rupert Holmes...Escape (The Pina Coloda Song) (1979)
  78. Elvis Presley...Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear (1957)
  79. Bobby Lewis...Tossin’ and Turnin’ (1961)
  80. Ricky Nelson...Travelin’ Man (1961)

  81. The Everly Brothers...All I Have to Do Is Dream (1958)
  82. Frankie Avalon...Venus (1959)
  83. Tony Orlando & Dawn...Knock Three Times (1970)
  84. Connie Francis...My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own (1960)
  85. The Highwaymen...Michael (1961)
  86. The Box Tops...The Letter (1967)
  87. Gilbert O’Sullivan...Alone Again Naturally (1972)
  88. The Singing Nun...Dominique (1963)
  89. Elvis Presley...Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960)
  90. The Champs...Tequila (1958)

  91. The Everly Brothers...Cathy’s Clown (1960)
  92. Bobbie Gentry...Ode to Billie Joe (1967)
  93. Del Shannon...Runaway (1961)
  94. The Supremes...Baby Love (1964)
  95. The Tokens...The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh) (1961)
  96. The Dixie Cups...Chapel of Love (1964)
  97. Mary Hopkin...Those Were the Days (1968)
  98. The Fifth Dimension...Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (1969)
  99. Paul & Paula...Hey Paula (1962)
  100. Sonny & Cher...I Got You Babe (1965)


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