Thursday, October 29, 2020

Your Hit Parade: Top 100+ Songs

First posted 7/21/2014; updated 10/29/2020.

Your Hit Parade, Biggest #1 Songs:

1935-1958

Your Hit Parade was a radio, and then television program which counted down the top music hits from April 20, 1935 to June 7, 1958. The charts didn’t list specific artists, but the book Your Hit Parade (details at bottom of page) does, so this list is based on that. On some occasions, more than one artist was associated with a song even in that book and in those cases, both versions are ranked and included on this list.

This DMDB-exclusive list ranks the songs by most weeks at #1. In the event of ties, songs are ranked by their overall standing in Dave’s Music Database. All songs which peaked at #1 for 5 weeks or more are listed, making for a top 100+ songs of all-time according to Your Hit Parade.

See other chart-based lists here.

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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. Dinah Shore “Buttons and Bows” (1948)
5. The Harmonicats “Peg O’ My Heart” (1947)
6. Bing Crosby “I’ll Be Seeing You” (1944)
7. Perry Como “Some Enchanted Evening” (1949)
8. Pat Boone “Love Letters in the Sand” (1957)
9. Bing Crosby “Now Is the Hour” (1948)
10. Margaret Whiting “A Tree in the Meadow” (1948)

11. Rosemary Clooney “Hey There” (1954)
12. Debbie Reynolds “Tammy” (1957)
13. Perry Como “If (They Made Me a King)” (1951)
14. Jimmy Dorsey “I Hear a Rhapsody” (1941)
15. Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra “I’ll Be Seeing You” (1940)
16. Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra with Bob Carroll “I Hear a Rhapsody” (1941)

9 weeks:

17. Jo Stafford “You Belong to Me” (1952)
18. Dick Haymes “You’ll Never Know” (1943)
19. Mitch Miller “The Yellow Rose of Texas” (1955)
20. Bill Hayes “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” (1955)

21. Glen Gray “My Heart Tells Me (Should I Believe My Heart?)” (1943)
22. Gordon Jenkins “My Foolish Heart” (1950)
23. Pee Wee King “Slow Poke” (1951)

8 weeks:

24. Nat “King” Cole “Mona Lisa” (1950)
25. The Ink Spots “The Gypsy” (1946)
26. Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters “Don’t Fence Me In” (1944)
27. The Chordettes “Mr. Sandman” (1954)
28. Percy Faith “Where Is Your Heart? (Song from ‘Moulin Rouge’)” (1953)
29. Frankie Carle “Oh! What It Seemed to Be” (1946)
30. Larry Clinton & Bea Wain “My Reverie” (1938)

31. Eddy Howard “To Each His Own” (1946)
32. Dinah Shore “I’ll Walk Alone” (1944)
33. Russ Morgan & the Skylarks “Cruising Down the River on a Sunday Afternoon” (1946)

7 weeks:

34. Judy Garland “Over the Rainbow” (1939)
35. Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra “I’ll Never Smile Again” (1940)
36. Larry Clinton with Bea Wain “Deep Purple” (1939)
37. Perry Como “Till the End of Time” (1945)
38. Guy Mitchell “Singing the Blues” (1956)
39. Doris Day “Secret Love” (1954)
40. Tommy Dorsey “Once in a While” (1937)

41. Nat “King” Cole “I Love You for Sentimental Reasons” (1946)
42. Glenn Miller with Marion Hutton “The Woodpecker Song” (1940)
43. Glenn Miller with Ray Eberle “Over the Rainbow” (1939)
44. Perry Como “Wanted” (1954)
45. Freddy Martin “Symphony” (1945)
46. Pat Boone “April Love” (1957)
47. Eddy Howard “Sin (It’s No Sin)” (1951)
48. Al Hibbler “Unchained Melody” (1955)
49. Georgia Gibbs “Kiss of Fire” (1952)
50. Bing Crosby “Dear Hearts and Gentle People” (1949)

51. Les Baxter “Unchained Melody” (1955)
52. Hugo Winterhalter with Eddie Heywood “Canadian Sunset” (1956)
53. Dinah Shore “Dear Hearts and Gentle People” (1949)

6 weeks:

54. Fred Astaire “The Way You Look Tonight” (1936)
55. Patti Page “Tennessee Waltz” (1950)
56. Ella Fitzgerald “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” (1938)
57. Francis Craig with Bob Lamm “Near You” (1947)
58. Nat “King” Cole “Nature Boy” (1948)
59. Jimmy Dorsey “Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)” (1941)
60. Bing Crosby “Sunday, Monday or Always” (1943)

61. Kitty Kallen “Little Things Mean a Lot” (1954)
62. Sammy Kaye “Daddy” (1941)
63. Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra “There Are Such Things” (1942)
64. Kay Starr “Wheel of Fortune” (1952)
65. Helen Forrest with Dick Haymes “Long Ago and Far Away” (1944)
66. Vic Damon “You’re Breaking My Heart” (1949)
67. The Pied Pipers “Dream (When You’re Feeling Blue)” (1945)
68. Red Foley “Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy” (1950)
69. Frankie Masters “Scatter-Brain” (1939)
70. Shep Fields with Charles Chester “Did I Remember?” (1936)

71. Guy & Lebert Lombardo “It Looks Like Rain in Cherry Blossom Lane” (1937)
72. Guy Lombardo “Boo Hoo” (1937)
73. Horace Heidt with Lysbeth Hughes & Larry Cotton “Ti-Pi-Tin” (1938)
74. Kay Kyser “There’ll Be Bluebirds Over the Cliffs of Dover” (1941)
75. Kay Kyser & Michael Douglas “Ole Buttermilk Sky” (1946)
76. Les Baxter “The Poor People of Paris” (1956)
77. Tony Bennett “Stranger in Paradise” (1953)
78. Billy Vaughn “Melody of Love” (1954)
79. Dinah Shore “The Anniversary Song” (1947)
80. Bing Crosby “Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy” (1950)

5 weeks:

81. Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman’s Orchestra “Cheek to Cheek” (1935)
82. Cliff Edwards “When You Wish Upon a Star” (1940)
83. Elvis Presley “Love Me Tender” (1956)
84. Tennessee Ernie Ford “Sixteen Tons” (1955)
85. Johnnie Ray & the Four Lads “Cry” (1951)
86. Les Paul & Mary Ford “Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You)” (1953)
87. Bill Snyder “Bewitched, Bothered, & Bewildered” (1950)
88. Kay Kyser with Harry Babbitt & Julie Conway “Jingle, Jangle, Jingle” (1942)
89. Al Donahue with Paula Kelly “Jeepers Creepers” (1938)
90. Guy & Carmen Lombardo “September in the Rain” (1937)

91. Shep Fields with Hal Derwin “South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)” (1939)
92. Judy Garland “The Trolley Song” (1944)
93. Glenn Miller “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else But Me” (1942)
94. Sonny James “Young Love” (1956)
95. Tommy Dorsey with Cliff Weston “Alone” (1936)
96. Alvino Rey with Bill Schallen & Skeets Herfurt “Deep in the Heart of Texas” (1942)
97. Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly “Is It True What They Say About Dixie” (1936)
98. Perry Como & the Ramblers “Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” (1952)
99. Glenn Miller “You and I” (1941)
100. Glenn Miller “When You Wish Upon a Star” (1940)

101. Dorsey Brothers with Bob Eberly “Chasing Shadows” (1935)
102. Glenn Miller with Ray Eberle “Careless” (1940)
103. Joni James “Why Don’t You Believe Me” (1952)
104. Frank Chacksfield “Ebb Tide” (1953)
105. Harry James with Kitty Kallen “It’s Been a Long, Long Time” (1945)
106. Perry Como “Round and Round” (1957)
107. Gordon Jenkins with Mary Lou Williams “Bewitched, Bothered, & Bewildered” (1950)
108. The Pied Pipers “The Trolley Song” (1944)


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)
  • Bruce C. Elrod (editor) (1994). Your Hit Parade & American Top 10 Hits: A Week-by-Week Guide to the Nation’s Favorite Music, 1935-1994. Popular Culture, Ink.: Ann Arbor, MI.

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