Saturday, July 28, 2018

Top 100 Songs from 1950-1959

First posted on DMDB Facebook page on 5/3/2011, updated 7/28/2018.

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) AG, DM, HP, PCM, VF
2. Heartbreak Hotel…Elvis Presley (1956) DM, MJ, NME, RS
3. Don’t Be Cruel…Elvis Presley (1956) PCM, JW
4. Mack the Knife…Bobby Darin (1959) AG, CB, DM, G-R, VF, PCM, JW
5. Hound Dog…Elvis Presley (1956) AG, PCM, JW
6. Jailhouse Rock…Elvis Presley (1957) DM, VF, PCM
7. Johnny B. Goode…Chuck Berry (1958) DM, MJ, NME, RS
8. Tennessee Waltz…Patti Page (1950) DM, JW
9. Tutti Frutti…Little Richard (1955) MJ, NME
10. What’d I Say…Ray Charles (1959) MJ, NME, Q, RS

11. That’ll Be the Day…Buddy Holly & the Crickets (1957) MJ, NME, RS
12. You Belong to Me…Jo Stafford (1952) DM, VF, JW
13. How High the Moon…Les Paul & Mary Ford (1951) DM, HP, SS
14. Goodnight Irene…The Weavers with Gordon Jenkins’ Orchestra (1950) SS
15. All Shook Up…Elvis Presley (1957) AG, CB, JW
16. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)…The Penguins (1954)
17. Sixteen Tons…Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955) PCM
18. Maybellene…Chuck Berry (1955) DM
19. All I Have to Do Is Dream…The Everly Brothers (1958)
20. Mona Lisa…Nat “King” Cole (1950) AG, VF

21. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On…Jerry Lee Lewis (1957)
22. Blue Suede Shoes…Carl Perkins (1956)
23. I Only Have Eyes for You…The Flamingos (1959)
24. Great Balls of Fire…Jerry Lee Lewis (1957)
25. The Great Pretender…The Platters (1955)
26. Love Me Tender…Elvis Presley (1956)
27. Peggy Sue…Buddy Holly & the Crickets (1957)
28. Blueberry Hill…Fats Domino (1956)
29. Why Do Fools Fall in Love?...Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers (1956)
30. Your Cheatin’ Heart…Hank Williams (1953) RS, SS

31. Only You (And You Alone)…The Platters (1955)
32. Shake, Rattle and Roll…Big Joe Turner (1954) NME
33. Ain’t That a Shame…Fats Domino (1955) Q
34. Diana…Paul Anka (1957)
35. The Yellow Rose of Texas…Mitch Miller Chorus (1955)
36. You Send Me…Sam Cooke (1957)
37. That’s All Right, Mama…Elvis Presley (1954) Q, RS
38. Secret Love…Doris Day (1954)
39. Cry…Johnnie Ray & the Four Lads (1951) JW
40. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered…Bill Snyder (1950)

41. Mystery Train…Elvis Presley (1955) RS
42. Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You)…Les Paul & Mary Ford (1953) DM, VF, JW
43. It’s All in the Game…Tommy Edwards (1951) CB, PCM
44. Bo Diddley…Bo Diddley (1955)
45. The Third Man Theme…Anton Karas (1950) CB
46. Tenderly…Rosemary Clooney (1952) SS
47. At the Hop…Danny & the Juniors (1957) JW
48. I Walk the Line…Johnny Cash (1956)
49. The Little Drummer Boy…Harry Simeone Chorale (1958)
50. Summertime Blues…Eddie Cochran (1958)

51. Sincerely…The McGuire Sisters (1954)
52. Cold, Cold Heart…Hank Williams (1951)
53. Wake Up Little Susie…The Everly Brothers (1957)
54. The Battle of New Orleans…Johnny Horton (1959) BB, G-S
55. La Bamba…Ritchie Valens (1958)
56. Bye Bye Love…The Everly Brothers (1957)
57. Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing…The Four Aces (1955)
58. Where Is Your Heart (Song from “Moulin Rouge”)…Percy Faith with Felicia Sanders (1953) CB
59. Because of You…Tony Bennett (1951)
60. Singing the Blues…Guy Mitchell (1956) CB

61. Sh-Boom…The Chords (1954)
62. Wheel of Fortune…Kay Starr (1952) AG
63. Misty…Johnny Mathis (1959) SS
64. In the Still of the Nite…The Five Satins (1956)
65. April in Paris…Count Basie (1955)
66. Mr. Sandman…The Chordettes (1954) AG, VF
67. Autumn Leaves…Roger Williams (1955)
68. Hoochie Coochie Man…Muddy Waters (1954)
69. Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue)…Domenico Modugno (1958) BB, G-R, G-S
70. Be-Bop-A-Lula…Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps (1958)

71. Tequila…The Champs (1958) PCM
72. Tom Dooley…The Kingston Trio (1958) AG, VF
73. Rocket 88…Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats (1951) RS
74. Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White…Perez “Prez” Prado (1955) JW
75. Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear…Elvis Presley (1957)
76. Little Things Mean a Lot…Kitty Kallen (1954) JW
77. Long Tall Sally…Little Richard (1956)
78. Crying in the Chapel…The Orioles (1953) NME
79. Take Five…Dave Brubeck (1959)
80. I Believe…Frankie Laine (1953)

81. Mannish Boy…Muddy Waters (1955)
82. Love Letters in the Sand…Pat Boone (1957)
83. Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart…Vera Lynn (1952) CB
84. El Paso…Marty Robbins (1959)
85. My Foolish Heart…Gordon Jenkins with Eileen Wilson (1950)
86. The Ballad of Davy Crocket…Bill Hayes (1955) CB
87. Hey There…Rosemary Clooney (1954)
88. Wanted…Perry Como (1954) CB
89. He’ll Have to Go…Jim Reeves (1959)
90. Too Young…Nat “King” Cole (1951)

91. Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)…Doris Day (1956) VF
92. La Vie En Rose…Edith Piaf (1950)
93. Who’s Sorry Now?...Connie Francis (1958)
94. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus…Jimmy Boyd (1952)
95. Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy…Red Foley (1950)
96. The Doggie in the Window…Patti Page (1953)
97. Honky Tonk…Bill Doggett (1956)
98. Shout (Parts 1 and 2)…The Isley Brothers (1959)
99. Fever…Peggy Lee (1957)
100. Kansas City…Wibert Harrison (1959)


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
  • 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
  • Stardust…Nat “King” Cole (1957) SS
  • That’s Amore…Dean Martin (1953) AG
  • This Ole House…Rosemary Clooney (1954) HP
  • Unforgettable…Nat “King” Cole (1951) AG, VF

Key to the Codes: Click here for a full list of all year-end song awards.

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