#1 Pop Hits — 1950 - 1959

This section lists, in chronological order, all singles that hit #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and pre-Hot 100 pop singles charts [Best Sellers In Stores (1950 - Oct. 1958), Most Played by Jockeys (1950 - July 1958), Most Played in Juke Boxes (1950 - June 1957) and Top 100 (Nov. 1955 - July 1958)] from 1950-1959. Billboard's pre-Hot 100 pop singles charts were replaced by the all-encompassing Hot 100 chart on August 4, 1958.

The date shown is the earliest date that a record hit #1 on any of the pop charts. The weeks column lists the total weeks at #1, from whichever chart it achieved its highest total. This total is not a combined total from the various pop charts. Also, please keep in mind that the weeks shown may not be consecutive weeks at #1. Occasionally a single will hit the #1 position, then drop down to a lower position for a week or more, and then return to the #1 position.

Because of the multiple charts used for this research from 1950-1958, some dates are duplicated, as certain #1 hits may have peaked on the same week on different charts. Billboard also showed ties at #1 on some of these charts; therefore, the total weeks for each year may calculate out to more that 52.

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#1 Hits - 1950

Date
Hit #1

Weeks At #1
iTunes
TITLE...Artist...Label & Number

1/7

5

I Can Dream, Can't I?

I Can Dream, Can't I?...Andrews Sisters...Decca 24705
songwriters: Sammy Fain/Irving Kahal
from the Broadway musical Right This Way starring Guy Robertson; #5 hit for Tommy Dorsey in 1938

1/7

1

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer...Gene Autry...Columbia 38610
songwriter: Johnny Marks
The Pinafores (backing vocals); Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner in 1985; new version charted by Autry in 1957 (#70)

2/11

8

Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy

Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy...Red Foley...Decca 46205
songwriters: Jack Stapp/Harry Stone

2/11

2

 

Rag Mop...Ames Brothers...Coral 60140
songwriters: Deacon Anderson/Johnnie Lee Wills

3/11

2

The Cry of the Wild Goose

The Cry Of The Wild Goose...Frankie Laine...Mercury 5363-X45
songwriter: Terry Gilkyson

3/18

4

Music! Music! Music!

Music! Music! Music!...Teresa Brewer with The Dixieland All Stars...London 30023
songwriters: Bernie Baum/Stephan Weiss

3/25

10

 

If I Knew You Were Comin' (I'd've Baked A Cake)...Eileen Barton...National 9103
songwriters: Al Hoffman/Bob Merrill/Clem Watts
the New Yorkers (backing vocals); also released on Mercury 5392

4/29

11

iTunes

"The Third Man" Theme...Anton Karas...London 45-30005
songwriter: Anton Karas
performed by Karas in the movie The Third Man starring Orson Welles

5/6

11

The Third Man Theme

The 3rd Man Theme...Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians...Decca 24839
songwriter: Anton Karas
Don Rodney (guitar solo); from the movie The Third Man starring Orson Welles

6/3

2

Hoop-Dee-Doo

Hoop-Dee-Doo...Perry Como...RCA Victor 47-3747
songwriters: Milton DeLugg/Frank Loesser

6/10

1

 

Sentimental Me...Ames Brothers...Coral 60173
songwriters: Jimmy Cassin/Jim Morehead
charted its first 7 weeks on Coral 60140; then on Coral 60173 from 3/18/50 on

6/24

2

I Wanna Be Loved

I Wanna Be Loved...Andrews Sisters...Decca 9-27007
songwriters: John Green/Edward Heyman/Billy Rose

7/8

8

 

Mona Lisa...Nat "King" Cole...Capitol F1010
songwriters: Ray Evans/Jay Livingston
from the movie Captain Carey, U.S.A. starring Alan Ladd; Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner in 1992

8/19

13

 

Goodnight Irene...Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra and The Weavers...Decca 9-27077
songwriters: Huddie Ledbetter/John Lomax

10/28

5

All My Love

All My Love (Bolero)...Patti Page...Mercury 5455-X45
songwriters: Henri Contet/Paul Durand/Mitchell Parish
adapted from the French song "Bolero"

11/18

4

Harbor Lights

Harbor Lights...Swing And Sway with Sammy Kaye...Columbia 4-38963
songwriters: Will Grosz/Jimmy Kennedy
#6 hit for Frances Langford in 1937

12/2

5

 

The Thing...Phil Harris...RCA Victor 47-3968
songwriter: Charles Grean
Walter Scharf (orch.); uses melody of the traditional song "The Tailor's Boy"

12/16

13

The Tennessee Waltz

The Tennessee Waltz...Patti Page...Mercury 5534-X45
songwriters: Pee Wee King/Redd Stewart
#3 Country hit for Pee Wee King in 1948; Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner in 1998

#1 Hits - 1951

Date
Hit #1

Weeks At #1
iTunes
TITLE...Artist...Label & Number

3/3

8

If

If...Perry Como...RCA Victor 47-3997
songwriters: Stanley Damerell/Tolchard Evans/Robert Hargreaves

3/10

1

Be My Love (From "The Toast of New Orleans")

Be My Love...Mario Lanza...RCA Victor 49-1353
songwriters: Nicholas Brodszky/Sammy Cahn
Ray Sinatra (orch.); Jeff Alexander Choir (backing vocals); from the movie The Toast Of New Orleans starring Lanza

4/21

9

 

How High The Moon...Les Paul and Mary Ford...Capitol F1451
songwriters: Nancy Hamilton/Morgan Lewis
Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner in 1979; from the 1940 Broadway musical Two For The Show starring Betty Hutton

6/23

5

Too Young

Too Young...Nat "King" Cole...Capitol F1449
songwriters: Sylvia Dee/Sid Lippman

7/28

8

Come On-A My House

Come On-a My House...Rosemary Clooney...Columbia 4-39467
songwriters: William Saroyan/David Seville
from the off-Broadway musical The Son

9/8

10

Because of You

Because Of You...Tony Bennett...Columbia 4-39362
songwriters: Arthur Hammerstein/Dudley Wilkinson
song published in 1940; featured in the 1951 movie I Was An American Spy starring Ann Dvorak

11/3

6

Cold, Cold Heart

Cold, Cold Heart...Tony Bennett...Columbia 4-39449
songwriter: Hank Williams

11/17

8

Sin (It's No Sin)

Sin...Eddy Howard And His Orchestra...Mercury 5711-X45
songwriters: George Haven/Chester Shull

12/29

11

Cry

Cry...Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads...Okeh 4-6840
songwriter: Churchill Kohlman
Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner in 1998

#1 Hits - 1952

Date
Hit #1

Weeks At #1
iTunes
TITLE...Artist...Label & Number

1/5

3

Slow Poke

Slow Poke...Pee Wee King and his Golden West Cowboys...RCA Victor 48-0489
songwriters: Pee Wee King/Chilton Price/Redd Stewart

3/15

10

Wheel of Fortune

Wheel Of Fortune...Kay Starr...Capitol F1964
songwriters: Bennie Benjamin/George Weiss
Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner in 1998

5/17

7

 

Kiss Of Fire...Georgia Gibbs...Mercury 5823-X45
songwriters: Lester Allen/Robert Hill
adapted from the 1913 Argentine tango "El Choclo"

5/17

5

 

Blue Tango...Leroy Anderson "Pops" Concert Orchestra...Decca 9-27875
songwriter: Leroy Anderson

5/24

1

A Guy Is a Guy

A Guy Is A Guy...Doris Day...Columbia 4-39673
songwriter: Oscar Brand
adapted from the World War II soldiers' song "A Gob Is A Slob," which in turn was based on the 1719 British tune "I Went To The Alehouse (A Knave Is A Knave)"

6/7

3

Here in My Heart

Here In My Heart...Al Martino...BBS 101
songwriters: Bill Borrelli/Pat Genaro/Lou Levinson
new version by Martino charted in 1961 on Capitol 4593 (#86)

7/5

1

Delicado

Delicado...Percy Faith & His Orch....Columbia 4-39708
songwriters: Waldyr Azevedo/Jack Lawrence
Stan Freeman (harpsichord)

7/12

9

 

Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart...Vera Lynn And Chorus...London 451227
songwriters: John Sexton/Eberhard Storch/John Turner

7/26

3

Half as Much

Half As Much...Rosemary Clooney...Columbia 4-39710
songwriter: Curley Williams

9/6

1

Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here...Eddie Fisher...RCA Victor 47-4830
songwriter: Harold Rome
title song from the Broadway musical starring Jack Cassidy

9/13

12

You Belong to Me

You Belong To Me...Jo Stafford...Columbia 4-39811
songwriters: Pee Wee King/Chilton Price/Redd Stewart
Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner in 1998

9/27

10

I Went to Your Wedding

I Went To Your Wedding...Patti Page...Mercury 5899-X45
songwriter: Jessie Mae Robinson

11/22

2

 

It's In The Book (Parts 1 & 2)...Johnny Standley...Capitol F2249
songwriters: Johnny Standley/Art Thorsen
a parody of fundamentalist preaching; Part 1 is a monologue parody of "Little Bo Peep"; Part 2 is a hand-clapping, sing-along with Horace Heidt and His Musical Knights

11/29

6

 

Why Don't You Believe Me...Joni James...MGM K11333
songwriters: Lew Douglas/King Laney/Leroy Rodde

12/6

3

Glow Worm

The Glow-Worm...Mills Brothers...Decca 9-28384
songwriters: Paul Lincke/Johnny Mercer/Lilla Robinson
Hal McIntyre (orch.); #1 hit in 1908 for both Lucy Isabelle Marsh and Victor Orchestra; new lyrics added by Johnny Mercer in 1952

12/27

2

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus...Jimmy Boyd...Columbia 4-39871
songwriter: Tommy Connor
reportedly sold 250,000 copies in one day

#1 Hits - 1953

Date
Hit #1

Weeks At #1
iTunes
TITLE...Artist...Label & Number

1/10

5

Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes

Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes...Perry Como...RCA Victor 47-5064
songwriter: Slim Willet

2/14

7

Till I Waltz Again with You

Till I Waltz Again With You...Teresa Brewer...Coral 9-60873
songwriter: Sidney Prosen

3/21

8

(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window

The Doggie In The Window...Patti Page...Mercury 70070-X45
songwriter: Bob Merrill
dog barks by Joe & Mac

5/16

10

The Song from "Moulin Rouge" (Where Is Your Heart)

The Song From Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart)...Percy Faith & his Orch....Columbia 4-39944
songwriters: Georges Auric/William Engvick
Felicia Sanders (vocal); from the movie Moulin Rouge starring Jose Ferrer

7/4

7

I'm Walking Behind You

I'm Walking Behind You...Eddie Fisher...RCA Victor 47-5293
songwriter: Billy Reid
Sally Sweetland (female vocal)

8/8

11

 

Vaya Con Dios (May God Be With You)...Les Paul and Mary Ford...Capitol F2486
songwriters: Inez James/Buddy Pepper/Larry Russell

8/15

4

No Other Love

No Other Love...Perry Como...RCA Victor 47-5317
songwriters: Oscar Hammerstein/Richard Rodgers
melody based on Richard Rodgers' "Beneath the Southern Cross" from the TV documentary series Victory At Sea; lyrical version from the Broadway musical Me And Juliet starring Bill Hayes

9/26

8

 

You You You...Ames Brothers...RCA Victor 47-5325
songwriters: Robert Mellin/Lotar Olias

10/10

4

 

St. George And The Dragonet...Stan Freberg...Capitol F2596
songwriters: Daws Butler/Stan Freberg/Walter Schumann

11/21

8

Rags to Riches

Rags To Riches...Tony Bennett...Columbia 4-40048
songwriters: Richard Adler/Jerry Ross

#1 Hits - 1954

Date
Hit #1

Weeks At #1
iTunes
TITLE...Artist...Label & Number

1/2

8

Oh! My Pa-Pa (O Mein Papa)

Oh! My Pa-Pa (O Mein Papa)...Eddie Fisher...RCA Victor 47-5552
songwriters: Paul Burkhard/Geoffrey Parsons/John Turner
English version of song from the Swiss musical comedy Fireworks

2/27

4

Secret Love

Secret Love...Doris Day...Columbia 4-40108
songwriters: Sammy Fain/Paul Francis Webster
from the movie Calamity Jane starring Day; Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner in 1999

3/13

7

 

Make Love To Me!...Jo Stafford...Columbia 4-40143
songwriters: George Brunies/Allan Copeland/Paul Mares/Walter Melrose/Bill Norvas/Benny Pollack/Leon Roppolo/Mel Stitzel
based on the 1923 jazz instrumental "Tin Roof Blues"

4/10

8

Wanted

Wanted...Perry Como...RCA Victor 47-5647
songwriters: Jack Fulton/Lois Steele

6/5

9

 

Little Things Mean A Lot...Kitty Kallen...Decca 9-29037
songwriters: Edith Lindeman/Carl Stutz

7/24

1

Three Coins in the Fountain

Three Coins In The Fountain...Four Aces Featuring Al Alberts...Decca 9-29123
songwriters: Sammy Cahn/Jule Styne
title song from the movie starring Clifton Webb and Dorothy McGuire

8/7

9

 

Sh-Boom...The Crew-Cuts...Mercury 70404-X45
songwriters: James Edwards/Carl Feaster/Claude Feaster/James Keyes/Floyd McRae
considered by many to be the first #1 rock and roll record

#1 Hits - 1955

Date
Hit #1

Weeks At #1
iTunes
TITLE...Artist...Label & Number

1/1

4

Let Me Go Lover...Joan Weber...Columbia 40366
songwriters: Jenny Lou Carson/Al Hill
Jimmy Carroll (orch.); written in 1953 as "Let Me Go Devil" and first recorded by Georgie Shaw; Weber's version was an overnight sensation after being featured 6 times on the 11/15/54 Studio One CBS-TV production

2/5

3

Hearts Of Stone...The Fontane Sisters...Dot 15265
songwriters: Randy Jackson/Eddy Ray

2/12

10

Sincerely...The McGuire Sisters...Coral 61323
songwriters: Alan Freed/Harvey Fuqua
written by legendary DJ Alan Freed and Harvey Fuqua (of The Moonglows)

3/26

5

The Ballad Of Davy Crockett...Bill Hayes...Cadence 1256
songwriters: Tom Blackburn/George Bruns
Archie Bleyer (orch.); from the ABC-TV Disneyland series, which featured three "Davy Crockett" segments (Dec. 1954-Feb. 1955);

4/30

10

Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White...Perez "Prez" Prado and his Orchestra...RCA Victor 5965
songwriter: Luis Guglielmi
Billy Regis (trumpet solo); from the movie Underwater! starring Jane Russell; French song written in 1950

5/14

3

Dance With Me Henry (Wallflower)...Georgia Gibbs...Mercury 70572
songwriters: Hank Ballard/Etta James/Johnny Otis
revised version of The Midnighters' #1 1954 R&B hit "Work With Me Annie" and Etta James's #1 1955 R&B hit "The Wallflower"

5/14

2

Unchained Melody...Les Baxter His Chorus and Orchestra...Capitol 3055
songwriters: Alex North/Hy Zaret
from the movie Unchained starring football star Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch

7/9

8

(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock...Bill Haley And His Comets...Decca 29124
songwriters: Jimmy DeKnight/Max Freedman
first released on 5/10/54; featured in the movie Blackboard Jungle starring Glenn Ford; original version released by Sonny Dae in 1954 on Arcade 123; Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner in 1982

7/9

2

Learnin' The Blues...Frank Sinatra...Capitol 3102
songwriter: Dolores Vicki Silvers

9/3

6

The Yellow Rose Of Texas...Mitch Miller with his Orch. & Chorus...Columbia 40540
songwriter: Don George
adaptation of a Civil War campfire song

9/17

2

Ain't That A Shame...Pat Boone...Dot 15377
songwriters: Dave Bartholomew/Fats Domino

10/8

6

Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing...Four Aces Featuring Al Alberts...Decca 29625
songwriters: Sammy Fain/Paul Francis Webster
title song from the movie starring William Holden and Jennifer Jones

10/29

4

Autumn Leaves...Roger Williams at the piano...Kapp 116
songwriters: Joseph Kosma/Johnny Mercer
from the 1947 French song "Les Feuilles' Mortes"

11/26

8

Sixteen Tons..."Tennessee" Ernie Ford...Capitol 3262
songwriter: Merle Travis
written in 1947 by Country singer/guitarist Merle Travis; Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner in 1998

#1 Hits - 1956

Date
Hit #1

Weeks At #1
iTunes
TITLE...Artist...Label & Number

1/7

6

Memories Are Made Of This...Dean Martin...Capitol 3295
songwriters: Richard Dehr/Terry Gilkyson/Frank Miller
The Easy Riders (backing vocals)

2/18

6

Rock And Roll Waltz...Kay Starr...RCA Victor 6359
songwriters: Roy Alfred/Shorty Allen

2/18

2

The Great Pretender...The Platters...Mercury 70753
songwriter: Buck Ram
Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner in 2002

2/25

4

Lisbon Antigua...Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra...Capitol 3287
songwriter: Raul Portela
from a 1937 Portuguese song "Lisboa Antigua"; a promo booklet-type sleeve issued in 1956 because of the song's incorporation in the musical score of the movie Lisbon starring Ray Milland

3/17

6

The Poor People Of Paris...Les Baxter his Chorus and Orchestra...Capitol 3336
songwriter: Marguerite Monnot
French song written in 1954 as "Le Goualante De Pauvre Jean" ("Jean's Song")

4/21

8

Heartbreak Hotel...Elvis Presley...RCA Victor 47-6420
songwriters: Mae Boren Axton/Thomas Durden/Elvis Presley
Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner in 1995; the first of Presley's 18 #1 hits

5/5

1

Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)...Perry Como...RCA Victor 6427
songwriters: Al Hoffman/Dick Manning
adapted from the 1883 orchestral rhapsody Espana by French composer Chabrier

6/2

3

Moonglow and Theme From "Picnic"...Morris Stoloff Conducting The Columbia Pictures Orchestra...Decca 29888
songwriters: Eddie DeLange/Will Hudson/Irving Mills
from the movie Picnic starring William Holden and Kim Novak

6/16

8

The Wayward Wind...Gogi Grant...Era 1013
songwriters: Stan Lebowsky/Herb Newman

7/28

4

I Almost Lost My Mind...Pat Boone...Dot 15472
songwriter: Ivory Joe Hunter
#1 R&B hit for Ivory Joe Hunter in 1950

7/28

1

I Want You, I Need You, I Love You...Elvis Presley...RCA Victor 47-6540
songwriters: Ira Kosloff/Maurice Mysels

8/4

5

My Prayer...The Platters...Mercury 70893
songwriters: Georges Boulanger/Jimmy Kennedy
#3 hit for the Ink Spots in 1939

8/18

11

Don't Be Cruel /
songwriters: Otis Blackwell/Elvis Presley / songwriters: Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller
Billboard's Best Sellers and Juke Box charts combined "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog" as one listing; "Don't Be Cruel" had more #1 weeks as the top side on both charts; Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner in 1965

Hound Dog
...Elvis Presley...RCA Victor 47-6604
songwriters: Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller
Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner in 1988; #1 R&B hit for Big Mama Thornton in 1953

11/3

5

Love Me Tender...Elvis Presley...RCA Victor 47-6643
songwriters: Vera Matson/Elvis Presley
title song from Presley's first movie; adapted from the 1861 tune "Aura Lee"

11/3

3

The Green Door...Jim Lowe...Dot 15486
songwriters: Bob Davie/Marvin Moore
High Fives (backing vocals); Hutch Davie (piano)

12/8

10

Singing The Blues...Guy Mitchell...Columbia 40769
songwriter: Melvin Endsley

#1 Hits - 1957

Date
Hit #1

Weeks At #1
iTunes
TITLE...Artist...Label & Number

2/9

3

Too Much...Elvis Presley...RCA Victor 47-6800
songwriters: Lee Rosenberg/Bernard Weinman
first issued by Bernard Hardison in 1955 on Republic 7111

2/9

1

Don't Forbid Me...Pat Boone...Dot 15521
songwriter: Charles Singleton

2/9

1

Young Love...Sonny James...Capitol 3602
songwriters: Ric Cartey/Carole Joyner

2/16

6

Young Love...Tab Hunter...Dot 15533
songwriters: Ric Cartey/Carole Joyner

3/30

3

Butterfly...Andy Williams...Cadence 1308
songwriters: Bernie Lowe/Kal Mann

3/30

1

Party Doll...Buddy Knox With The Rhythm Orchids...Roulette 4002
songwriters: Jimmy Bowen/Buddy Knox
originally released on Triple-D 798 in 1956

4/6

2

Round And Round...Perry Como...RCA Victor 6815
songwriters: Joe Shapiro/Lou Stallman

4/13

9

All Shook Up...Elvis Presley...RCA Victor 47-6870
songwriters: Otis Blackwell/Elvis Presley

4/13

2

Butterfly...Charlie Gracie...Cameo 105
songwriters: Bernie Lowe/Kal Mann

6/3

7

Love Letters In The Sand...Pat Boone...Dot 15570
songwriters: J. Fred Coots/Charles Kenny/Nick Kenny
#6 hit for Ted Black & His Orchestra in 1931; from the movie Bernardine starring Boone and Janet Gaynor

7/8

7

(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear...Elvis Presley...RCA Victor 47-7000
songwriters: Bernie Lowe/Kal Mann

8/19

5

Tammy...Debbie Reynolds...Coral 61851
songwriters: Ray Evans/Jay Livingston
Joseph Gershenson (orch.); from the movie soundtrack Tammy And The Bachelor starring Reynolds

9/9

1

Diana...Paul Anka...ABC-Paramount 9831
songwriter: Paul Anka
Diana was the Anka family's babysitter

9/23

4

Honeycomb...Jimmie Rodgers...Roulette 4015
songwriter: Bob Merrill
introduced by Georgie Shaw in 1954 on Decca 28937

9/23

1

That'll Be The Day...The Crickets...Brunswick 55009
songwriters: Jerry Allison/Buddy Holly/Norman Petty
different version released on Decca 30434 in September 1957 as by Buddy Holly And The Three Tunes (recorded July 1956); Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner in 1998

10/14

4

Wake Up Little Susie...The Everly Brothers...Cadence 1337
songwriters: Boudleaux Bryant/Felice Bryant

10/21

7

Jailhouse Rock...Elvis Presley...RCA Victor 47-7035
songwriters: Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller
from the Presley movie Jailhouse Rock

10/21

1

Chances Are...Johnny Mathis...Columbia 40993
songwriters: Robert Allen/Al Stillman
Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner in 1998

12/2

3

You Send Me...Sam Cooke...Keen 3-4013
songwriter: Charles Cooke
written by Sam's brother, Charles "L.C." Cooke; Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner in 1998

12/16

6

April Love...Pat Boone...Dot 15660
songwriters: Sammy Fain/Paul Francis Webster
title song from the movie starring Boone and Shirley Jones

#1 Hits - 1958

Date
Hit #1

Weeks At #1
iTunes
TITLE...Artist...Label & Number

1/6

7

At The Hop...Danny & The Juniors...ABC-Paramount 9871
songwriters: John Madara/Artie Singer/David White
song originally written as "Do The Bop"; first released on Singular 711 in 1957

2/10

5

Don't...Elvis Presley...RCA Victor 47-7150
songwriters: Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller

2/17

4

Sugartime...The McGuire Sisters...Coral 61924
songwriters: Odis Echols/Charlie Phillips

2/24

2

Get A Job...The Silhouettes...Ember 1029
songwriters: Earl Beal/Ray Edwards/William Horton/Richard Lewis
first released on Junior 391 (brown label) in 1957

3/17

5

Tequila...The Champs...Challenge 1016
songwriter: Chuck Rio
Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner in 2001

3/24

1

Catch A Falling Star...Perry Como...RCA Victor 7128
songwriters: Lee Pockriss/Paul Vance

4/14

4

He's Got The Whole World (In His Hands)...Laurie London...Capitol 3891
songwriter: (traditional)
Geoff Love (orch.); traditional Afro-American gospel song

4/21

1

Twilight Time...The Platters...Mercury 71289
songwriters: Artie Dunn/Al Nevins/Morty Nevins/Buck Ram
#8 hit for The Three Suns in 1944

4/28

3

Witch Doctor...The Music of David Seville...Liberty 55132
songwriter: David Seville

5/12

5

All I Have To Do Is Dream...The Everly Brothers...Cadence 1348
songwriter: Boudleaux Bryant

6/9

6

The Purple People Eater...Sheb Wooley...MGM 12651
songwriter: Sheb Wooley

7/21

2

Hard Headed Woman...Elvis Presley...RCA Victor 47-7280
songwriter: Claude DeMetrius
from the Presley movie and album King Creole

7/21

1

Yakety Yak...The Coasters...Atco 6116
songwriters: Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller
Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner in 1999

7/28

1

Patricia...Perez Prado And His Orch....RCA Victor 7245
songwriters: Bob Marcus/Perez Prado

8/4

2

Poor Little Fool...Ricky Nelson...Imperial 5528
songwriter: Sharon Sheeley
the #1 hit on Billboard's first "Hot 100" chart (8/4/58)

8/18

5

Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volaré)...Domenico Modugno...Decca 30677
songwriters: Franco Migliacci/Domenico Modugno
title is Italian for "In The Blue Sky Painted Blue (To Fly)"; 1958 Grammy winner: Record of the Year

8/25

1

Little Star...The Elegants...Apt 25005
songwriters: Vito Picone/Arthur Venosa
tune adapted from Mozart's "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"

8/25

1

Bird Dog...The Everly Brothers...Cadence 1350
songwriter: Boudleaux Bryant

9/29

6

It's All In The Game...Tommy Edwards...MGM 12688
songwriters: Charles Dawes/Carl Sigman
melody written in 1912 by U.S. Vice President Charles Dawes (under Calvin Coolidge, 1925-29); original version was a #18 pop hit in 1951 on MGM 11035

11/10

2

It's Only Make Believe...Conway Twitty...MGM 12677
songwriters: Jack Nance/Conway Twitty

11/17

1

Tom Dooley...The Kingston Trio...Capitol 4049
songwriter: Dave Guard
traditional American folk song written in 1868 as "Tom Dula"; Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner in 1998

12/1

3

To Know Him, Is To Love Him...The Teddy Bears...Dore 503
songwriter: Phil Spector

12/22

4

The Chipmunk Song...The Chipmunks With The Music of David Seville...Liberty 55168
songwriter: David Seville

#1 Hits - 1959

Date
Hit #1

Weeks At #1
iTunes
TITLE...Artist...Label & Number

1/19

3

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes...The Platters...Mercury 71383
songwriters: Otto Harbach/Jerome Kern
#1 hit for Paul Whiteman's Orchestra in 1934 (from the 1933 musical Roberta starring Bob Hope)

2/9

4

Stagger Lee...Lloyd Price...ABC-Paramount 9972
songwriters: Harold Logan/Lloyd Price
adapted from the traditional folk song "Stack-O-Lee"

3/9

5

Venus...Frankie Avalon...Chancellor 1031
songwriter: Ed Marshall

4/13

4

Come Softly To Me...Fleetwoods...Dolphin 1
songwriters: Gretchen Christopher/Barbara Ellis/Gary Troxel

5/11

1

The Happy Organ...Dave 'Baby' Cortez...Clock 1009
songwriters: Dave "Baby" Cortez/Ken Wood

5/18

2

Kansas City...Wilbert Harrison...Fury 1023
songwriters: Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller
first released by Little Willie Littlefield in 1952 as "K.C. Lovin'" on Federal 12110; Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner in 2001

6/1

6

The Battle Of New Orleans...Johnny Horton...Columbia 41339
songwriter: Jimmie Driftwood
original melody written in celebration of the final battle of the War of 1812; Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner in 2002

7/13

4

Lonely Boy...Paul Anka...ABC-Paramount 10022
songwriter: Paul Anka
from the movie Girls Town starring Mamie Van Doren

8/10

2

A Big Hunk O' Love...Elvis Presley...RCA Victor 47-7600
songwriters: Aaron Schroeder/Sid Wyche

8/24

4

The Three Bells...The Browns...RCA Victor 7555
songwriters: Bert Reisfeld/Jean Villard
French tune written in 1945 as "Les Trois Cloches"; #14 hit for Les Compagnons De La Chanson in 1952

9/21

2

Sleep Walk...Santo & Johnny...Canadian Amer. 103
songwriters: Ann Farina/Johnny Farina/Santo Farina

10/5

9

Mack The Knife...Bobby Darin...Atco 6147
songwriters: Marc Blitzstein/Kurt Weill
written in 1928 as "Moritat" or "Theme From The Threepenny Opera"; 1959 Grammy winner: Record of the Year; Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner in 1999

11/16

1

Mr. Blue...The Fleetwoods...Dolton 5
songwriter: Dewayne Blackwell

12/14

2

Heartaches By The Number...Guy Mitchell...Columbia 41476
songwriter: Harlan Howard

12/28

1

Why...Frankie Avalon...Chancellor 1045
songwriters: Peter DeAngelis/Bob Marcucci