This page lists the top songs of the 1950s in the source charts. The way that the various charts are combined to reach this final list is described on the in the site generation page. A list of the hit albums of the 1950s can be found here.
The mid 1950s saw the explosion of "Rock & Roll", dominating the music scene, at least in terms of revenue earned.
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5 Nov 2020
The song is "(At)The End(of a Rainbow") and was first recorded by Earl Grantin 1958. There are only a few covers.
27 Aug 2020
Dear Hearts and Gentle People
Did Billy Cotton and his band record this song? According to one source it wasa #1 hit in 1950.
In 1950 many charts only listed the song, not the artist. We've tried to find extra sources to confirm the artists but may have missed some.
16 Feb 2020
Answer to 27 Mar 2019 question (Don' Let Go)
The name of the 1958 song was Don't Let Go by Roy Hamilton.
25 Sep 2019
Female reply to roses are red violets are blue
Looking for the name of the Female artist that song the reply to Bobby Vintonroses are red violets are blue.
14 Sep 2019
The song I believe starts "At the end of a rainbow" Who sang it and is that the title
"Over the Rainbow" by Judy Garland?
15 Jun 2019
Looking for a 1950s song
The song begins, +I am in the eyes of the world just a man only one man
12 Jun 2019
Looking for a singer
I'm looking for who sang the 1950s song, I am apart from Tony benett
27 Mar 2019
Looking for song the words ahh,shucks I wouldn't stop for a million bucks . Ilove you so ,well bod me tight and don't let go, leet go Don let go...uh we this stuff is killing me,+
21 Sep 2018
Looking for a regional hit
The Whistle Walk Blues (instrumental I am told) - my dad was a pitcher in theDodgers system in the 1950s and when he was in his first year in the minors (either Kentucky or Florida) they used to play that song when he came into the game. +He hasn't heard it since but I would love to find it
How about Les Paul's "Walking And Whistling Blues" try Google
23 May 2017
who sang the 1950s or 60s song Romeot
The words started with "I studied Shakespeare when I went to school" etc. Thechorus started with "Romeo why am I so in love with you" etc.
24 Jan 2017
Please add the Ames Brothers two songs I KNOW ONLY ONE WAY TO LOVE YOU and DIDYOU EVER GET THE ROSES thank you
The list here is of "hits", not a discography. Those two songs were not hits in any of the charts we have.
Suggest a reasonable chart that has those entries and we'll look at it
14 Oct 2016
Somg named Sumday
Only wrds IRe,e,ber are Sunday. +Cause that's the one day when I'm with you.
6 Sep 2016
Name of song that says when first we met how you wanted my kisses. When I wassure your love was true I gave you all my love and all my kisses too
23 Aug 2016
Come back , come back
Looking for old song , possibly Perry Como, about a couple that has a fight , she leaves he is singing about silly fight or quarrel , refrain "come back ,with echo from backup singers . help! been wasting enormous amounts of time looking for this. grazie!
8 Aug 2016
who sang most of all
Don Cornell, The Fontane Sisters and The Moonglows
27 May 2016
Record +Rip van winkle / trailblazer
Vague memories of record as a kid. Think it was something that sounded a bit like the chipminksor pinky and perky type . Any ideas please+
27 May 2016
Song search +casey jones +not the tv one+
When i was a kid we had a song about casey jones but it wasnt the one from the tv series . Some of lyrics i remember are....the minute casey heard it he declared on what he'd be , a rail railroading life and thats the life for me.
Oh casey jones casey jones ? ? Ran right through his bones casey was a rail roading man yes casey was a rail roading man .
Tried finding it on google but they only have the one from tv series .
27 May 2016
Hi i am looking for 2 songs from the 50s or 60s not sure.
1 casey jones but not the one to the series only lyrics i remember are ....the minute casey heard it he declared on what he'd be ..a railway roading man and thats the life for me. Casey was a rail roading man .
2 +trailblazer +not sure if thats the title or artist. Purple record centre with silver writting.
Its driving me crazt trying to find any info on google
25 May 2016
songs in the beginning sound baby cry
i looking for a song 1950 female singer , at beginning song sound baby cry .thank you very much+
31 Mar 2016
Female solo late 50's
Love ballad with reference to deepest oceans, highest mountains etc. +I neverhear it played. +Voice like Barbara Lewis but not one of her songs.
14 Mar 2016
Bells bella Jessica oh que divina bambina in other weds no replica
18 Jan 2016
Little Boy Blue - Country Song+
Little Boy Blue why don't you blow your horn, why do you look so tired and worn, I've heard around town there's a lot of pretty sheep but when I need lovin' you're fast a sleep .....It played on a country station in the early 1970's I think
4 Oct 2015
Over the rainbow doo whoop
I heard this tune years ago. It was a doo. Woop style group. Over the Rainbow
2 Sep 2015
Take my Hand +sung by Helmut Lotti
looking where I can find +sheet music for Take my Hand that Helmut Lotti sang.
2 Aug 2015
These Lists Matter
With these songs pushing 60 years old, the majority of people living todayhave no idea many of them exist. +Lists and pages like yours help preserve these classics and give folks looking for an alternative to today's music a place to explore. +Thank you!
24 Jul 2015
funny song from sometime in the 50s or 60s
i am trying to find a song that was a group of men singing something aboutgirl with her bikini top off/ the lifeguard went after her and never returned
10 Jul 2015
RE: jenny lee
The song you're looking for is Jenny Lee by Jan and Arnie before they wereknown as Jan and Dean. "Jennie Lee" peaked at No. 3 on the Cash Box charts on June 21, 1958, No. 4 on the R&B charts, and No. 8 on the Billboard charts on June 30, 1958.
We've changed the credited artist and put a comment on the page. Thanks for the input
19 May 2015
I´m looking for a song from the fifties. I neither know the singer nor the exact title. But I know it starts with a repeatet ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba and the refrain involves someone called jenny lee. Maybe someone can help me out. Thks.
16 Apr 2015
Looking for the song a boy in love can tell by al martino he sang at my sisters wedding some lyrics were : I know your not to blame he was out to steal your heart i saw it from the start. if you could please find that song i owe you my first born+
16 Apr 2015
looking for a song +that is from al martino that he sang at mt sisters wedding "a boy in love can tell ' the lyrics went i know your your not to blame i saw it from the start he was out to still your heart something like that +could you pleease help me?
21 Mar 2015
country song and singer
what is the name of the song about every girl and every boy country song sounds like a cowboy riding into the sunset
1 Feb 2015
Song i can't find
I'm looking for a song I heard on the radio a while ago. I can't remember thename. It made me laugh. The chorus goes something like " you're not that pretty but you'll do". I think it was from the fifties. Hope you can help me find it.+
31 Dec 2014
Add a few
Add Jailhouse Rock and Summer Nights
"Jailhouse Rock" is already there (song number 2)
"Summer Nights" (the hit for John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John) was a hit from the 1970s, it might sound like 1950s music but...
7 Nov 2014
You Are Everywhere
Trying to find this song from 1955. +
You are every where Everywhere you're there Like a haunting memory. Even though you're gone, you still linger on Like a haunting melody. I walk the lonely street, hoping that we'll meet Bu no one's there but me And even tho you're gone ....... For you are everywhere with me.
20 Oct 2014
Most successful artist of the 1950s?
Hello, I used the most recent data for all artists of the 50s and came to theconclusion that frank Sinatra was a more successful artist in this decade than elvis yet this page still has elvis a first place. Either this page is outdated or I am doing something wrong. Can you please help me? Thanks
There are various ways to combine scores to work out the artist of the decade. Some of these will suggest Elvis, others Sinatra. Look at the FAQ "Who was the world's biggest music act of all time?", and have a play with some of the parameters. Our guess would be that your calculation either focuses more on the US charts (i.e. uses the raw numbers rather than attempting to correct for that bias), or has a different weighting between number one songs and lower positions than ours does, or puts a different emphasis on albums.
Either way your calculation is liable to be just as valid as ours. Suggesting that Sinatra was the top artists of the 1950s is, we think, quite a reasonable viewpoint.
14 Oct 2014
My follish heart
8 Sep 2014
TV Theme Song - The Californians
Do you happen to have a copy of the theme song for the TV western the Californians as sung by the Ken Darby singers? They did other westerns such as Wyatt Earp, etc.
We have no music files here at all
24 Aug 2014
Here I sit
Does anyone know the song that had the lyrics. +Here I sit waiting on your front porch hoping you'll be coming home alone. + Who is he, he looks awfully familiar + He looks just like the captain of the football team+
13 Aug 2014
Fantastic page if I could remember all the names I would win all the quizzes I'm looking at the songs that remind me of my youth ,fantastic
3 Aug 2014
Looking for "Walking to Missouri"
In the Truman era the song "Walkin' to Missouri, I can't afford to fly" was popular. +I need it for a church skit production. +Can you find where I can get an audio of that little ditty.
Nice review of 50's music here. +Thank you....Memories.....
This site lists charts, we don't have any music files here
14 Jul 2014
Daddy's little girls
Can anyone help with a song from 1940's or 1950's in which there was a line..........cos your daddy's little girls.
My dad use to sing it to my sister and I went we were little and I would love to know the title, if anyone can remember it please.
Try the song "Daddy's Little Girl" sung by The Mills Brothers (1950) on YouTube.
Less likely would be the Byron G Harlan (1906) version
2 Jul 2014
Little Old Secondhand Car
In the late 1940's or early 1950's, my parents would sing a song about asecond hand car....I think the title was Little Old Secondhand Car. +First verse: +It shone with new paint and the cushions were new, the engine was shiny and bright. +The clock on the dashboard read nine thousand miles and the price seemed to be about right. +Would very much like to find the rest of the lyrics.+
23 May 2014
I have a question
What is the title of a song--and who sang it--from probably the 50s that had the lyrics "This is the story of a boy and a girl, they both lived together in their own private world. The boy's name was Billy, the girl's name was [can't remember her name], once it happened, one day they took a chance. +I took a walk with [girl's name], along the avenue of love and romance etc."
Does anyone know that one?
10 May 2014
Who sang "is It a sin"?
Deepest Blue (2004) or Duke Ellington (1953)?
13 Apr 2014
I have a question+
Who was the top 2 most successful musician between the years 1946 and 1955. Thanks
The CSV file gives you the information you need to answer that question.
Based purely on songs the top 5 artists of the period you ask about are (in order): Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Frankie Laine and Eddie Fisher (on the 2.3.19 data)
However if you take albums into account, and assuming albums are twice songs, the top two are Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole
So the answer depends on how you want to combine the scores, our best guess would be Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole but with the details in the CSV file you might come to a different conclusion.
26 Jan 2014
Kathy Linden sang "Billy"
14 Jan 2014
was there a song from the 50's or 6o's with words like "Too long too long Ive waited too long now someone else is where i belong..."?
17 Dec 2013
Song about Bill
Sometime in the mid 50's there was a song with partial lyrics "and when I walk, I walk with Bill" Does anyone know the title and artist?
29 Nov 2013
You Have to Have Heart
You Gotta Have Heart +- +from Damn Yankees.
Never a hit, anywhere, as far as we can tell
28 Nov 2013
u smell is one of the greatest hits
8 Nov 2013
pop song, +I Will
Not Billy Fury's recording, Who else recorded it in the 50s?
The short answer is no one had a hit with it in the 1950s, it was a hit of the 1960s
Billy Fury's hit was in 1964.
It was also a hit for Vic Dana (1962), Dean Martin (1965) and The Beatles, but all in the early 1960s
24 Oct 2013
get a life losers
19 Oct 2013
So many memories, different to the crap that masquerades as music today.
23 Jun 2013
Looking for a song
The Jukebox? unknown artist, popular on Sirius radio for the last week at least, 50's on 5. Lyrics: +she had Ruby red lips, hair of gold, etc., HELP, I love this song and keep thinking about it.
22 Jun 2013
You Have to Have Heart
'You Have to Have Heart'--miles and miles of heart
No hit had that exact title the closest we can see is Julius Larosa's "Have a Heart" (1954)
20 Jun 2013
Looking for the song "Christina Christina" (I love you so...) 1950s pop song
12 Jun 2013
looking for the song 'The show has ended'
please help me someone...Male singer from 1940s/50s ..think his Christian name was either David or John (sorry not much help am I) ...ballad singer...the first verse is...'The show has ended, I know that we're through, You just pretended that our love was true, for now I know the show has ended for me, all I have left is the memory.'
10 May 2013
Want copy of 1950s song "Makin' Love"
Don't remember who sang the song and it might have been in the very early'60s. +Lyrics went something like: "Makin love, makin love, makin love, makin love. +Don't care what they think, don't care what they do, all I ever care about is you."
We would suggest Floyd Robinson's 1959 hit "Makin' Love"
10 May 2013
Name of song and lyrics
Starts out: Last night as I lay sleeping in my bed...
Refrain: ...we're all God's children so live in peace my friend.
8 Mar 2013
my favourites songs is elvis presley jailhouse rock
3 Feb 2013
I danced with a gal with a hole in her stocking
Buffalo Gals Buffalo gals, won't you come out tonight, come out tonight, come out tonight? Buffalo gals, won't you come out tonight, and dance by the light of the moon. I danced with a gal with a hole in her stocking and her knees kept a-knocking and her toes kept a-rocking. I danced with a gal with a hole in her stocking and we danced by the light of the moon. Probably from the late 1800's
Malcolm McLaren had a hit with "Buffalo Gals" in 1983. It has a Wikipedia page
23 Jan 2013
looking for a song , only remember the lines...
I danced with a lady with a hole in her stocking & her knees kept on rocking.......
8 Jan 2013
song about Billy
Looking for female singer who did a slow song about Billy , how do you love.Not sure if that's how it goes.
7 Jan 2013
thanks so much for your efforts. i play in nursing homes and am always looking for good familiar tunes.
18 Nov 2012
The song water water everywhere
This song was sung by Tommy Steele in the Tommy Steele Story
14 Sep 2012
I just found your site & information and am impressed with the data for it helps me with my work on my project.
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24 Jul 2012
Pop Charts of 1952
Would it be possible for you to supply a list of the First British Pop Chart of 14th November 1952 please?
We list charts across the whole world and don't hold weekly listings for any country.
There are other sites like chartarchive.org that hold that data, if you search for "15/11/1952" on that site you will get what you want.
16 Jul 2012
Trying to recall a song from about 1955 which I think was simply named "Bimbo". Don't know the artist. Anyone have any clues?
If you search for Bimbo in the search box at the top right you will find:
Jim Reeves - "Bimbo" (1954) "US CashBox 25 - Jan 1954 (4 weeks), US Billboard 26 - Jan 1954 (1 week), RYM 95 of 1953"
Eddy Howard - "Bimbo" (1953) "US CashBox 23 - Dec 1953 (9 weeks)"
We suspect that it is the Jim Reeves version you are thinking of
8 Apr 2012
Trying to find the name of a song with the chorus line "Bye Bye goin' California, going way back west, where I can get myself some rest". I thought it was done by Lois Jordan. Can anyone remember hearing this and happen to know the title and artist?
27 Feb 2012
all of this info
Thank, you, thank, thank you for all the information you provide. I love this place!!!!
6 Jan 2012
cant find this song..my dad hated it but my sister loved it..I can only remember a few lyrics but here goes: Toscanini never knocked me out like this,I like Brahms and Lyst but baby when you kiss me......BONGA BONGA BONG goes the big base drum ,"something ,something something" I like music ,you like music Cra Cra Crazy music !
ANY IDEAS FOLK? This was Billy Cotton bandshow era Thanks
18 Dec 2011
1950's song, 'Water'+
Trying to find a song for a friend and would very much appreciate your help. All he remembers is that it would have been released around 1950-1955. The song includes a line from the beautiful poem, 'There's water water everywhere and not a drop to drink'. Was definitely a male singer and my friend thinks the title was water...
The "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" has inspired a number of songs (for example one by Iron Maiden).
The following artists had a hit song called just "Water": Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band - 1966; The Who - 1973; Rose Royce - 1976; Martika - 1990. None of them seem to work.
There are a few songs from the 1950s that have water somewhere in the title: Frankie Laine "Cool Water" - 1955; Henri Rene "The Water Tumbler Tune" - 1955; Lonnie Donegan "Bring A Little Water Sylvie/Dead Or Alive" - 1956; Gisele MacKenzie & Helen O'Connell "Water Can't Quench The Fire Of Love" - 1952; Howlin' Wolf "I Asked for Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)" - 1956; Peppermint Harris "Middle of Water" - 1951; Soul Stirrers "Jesus Gave Me Water" - 1951.
However, especially since you come from a Commonwealth country, we think you are after Tommy Steele's song "Water Water" from 1957.
8 Sep 2011
I only remember part of the song: "How high's the water mama? 6 feet high and rising. How high's the water papa?" I've had this stuck in my head for years! Can you identify?
The song actually is "Five Feet High & Rising" which was written by Johnny Cash (apparently based on his childhood home in Arkansas which was flooded twice).
Cash had a minor hit with the song in 1959.
23 Nov 2010
i guess i'll be on my way
who sang this song in the mid-fifties?
The song "I Guess I'll be On My Way" was a hit for Woody Herman in 1942. No one else had a hit with that exact title in any of the charts we have.
The closest songs we have are "Dream Along With Me (I'm On My Way To a Star)" by Perry Como which was a hit in 1956, "I'm On My Way" by the Highwaymen in 1962 and "I'll Be on My Way" by Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas in 1963.
It is likely that someone covered the Woody Herman song in the 50s but didn't have a hit with it.
22 Apr 2010
Is there any possiblity for you to extend the tables by decade?
Mainly since the 60's... As it is (100) don't you feel like some other hits are missing? I Know they aren't but i just miss them in the chart! :) Thanks for your great Work!
We could extend the number of entries in the decade charts, but that would make the pages always take longer to load and most users are, we think, only interested in the top few songs anyway.
However, you can, of course, work out the decade positions from our CSV file with any spreadsheet program. For example in Excel load the file, add a decade column by setting cell N2 as "=INT(D2/10)*10" then copy that cell for all the N column and sort by type, decade and score (high to low).
This is why we supply the CSV file, not only can you work out which song was number 200 of the sixties but you can try out all sorts of different ways to analyse the data. If you find anything interesting tell us about it.
13 Apr 2010
This list is just that, amazing. And about the most honest as well. Just aboutall my favorites are listed here. One or two gems that didn't make it in my very unhumble opinion. Perhaps I will fill you in at a future time. BUT truly amazing what you have created. Even flip sides of singles are given their place, even if they didn't chart. I take my hat off to you
26 Feb 2010
Song:- 'Little Things Mean A Lot'
Trying to find the full lyrics to this. Needed TOMORROW for 70th Birthday celebrations! Any/All help appreciated.
The cycle time at this site is such that there is no chance we could find lyrics for tomorrow.
On this site you can find that Kitty Kallen had a big hit with the song in 1954. That in turn should be enough to find the song on most lyric sites, for example on lyricwiki it is at: