Songs from the Year 1953

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This page lists the top songs of 1953 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 1953 is also available.. This list has also been compared to the results for North America and Europe. There is also a set of monthly tables showing the various number ones on any date during 1953.

The top ten song artists of 1953 were:

1:Frankie Laine2:Perry Como3:Les Paul & Mary Ford4:Eddie Fisher5:Nat King Cole
6:Patti Page7:Frank Chacksfield8:Percy Faith9:Dean Martin10:Teresa Brewer
# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Les Paul & Mary Ford Vaya Con Dios (may God Be With You) 1953 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1953 (31 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jun 1953 (31 weeks), US 1 for 11 weeks - Aug 1953, US CashBox 1 - Jun 1953 (35 weeks), Australia 1 for 4 weeks - Nov 1953, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2005 (1953), DZE 1 of 1953, US BB 2 of 1953, Italy 2 of 1954, US invalid BB 3 of 1953, POP 3 of 1953, UK 40s Sheet Music 5 - Sep 1953 (19 weeks), Your Hit Parade 5 of 1953, Brazil 5 of 1954, UK 7 - Nov 1953 (4 weeks), Europe 97 of the 1950s (1953), RYM 24 of 1953
2 Perry Como Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes 1953 UK 1 - Jan 1953 (15 weeks), US Billboard 1 - Dec 1952 (21 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Dec 1952 (21 weeks), US 1 for 5 weeks - Jan 1953, UK 40s Sheet Music 1 - Jan 1953 (16 weeks), US CashBox 1 - Dec 1952 (26 weeks), Your Hit Parade 1 of 1953, Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 1 week - Feb 1953, Australia 1 for 2 weeks - May 1953, DZE 8 of 1953, US BB 9 of 1953, US invalid BB 20 of 1953, POP 20 of 1953, UKMIX 256, RYM 31 of 1953
3 Percy Faith The Song From Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart) 1953 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1953 (24 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Apr 1953 (24 weeks), US BB 1 of 1953, US 1 for 10 weeks - May 1953, US CashBox 1 - Mar 1953 (31 weeks), Australia 1 for 6 weeks - Aug 1953, DZE 2 of 1953, US invalid BB 14 of 1953, Your Hit Parade 15 of 1953, Brazil 15 of 1953, POP 24 of 1953, Italy 31 of 1953
4 Eddie Fisher I'm Walking Behind You 1953 UK 1 - May 1953 (18 weeks), US Billboard 1 - May 1953 (25 weeks), US 1940s 1 - May 1953 (22 weeks), US 1 for 2 weeks - Jul 1953, US CashBox 1 - May 1953 (26 weeks), Australia 1 for 4 weeks - Oct 1953, UK 40s Sheet Music 2 - Apr 1953 (31 weeks), US BB 4 of 1953, Your Hit Parade 6 of 1953, DZE 6 of 1953, US invalid BB 16 of 1953, POP 23 of 1953, UKMIX 186, RYM 119 of 1953
5 Dean Martin That's Amore 1953 Australia 1 for 3 weeks - Apr 1954, US invalid BB 1 of 1953, POP 1 of 1953, UK 2 - Jan 1954 (11 weeks), US Billboard 2 - Nov 1953 (22 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Nov 1953 (22 weeks), US CashBox 2 - Nov 1953 (24 weeks), Oscar in 1953 (film 'The Caddy') (Nominated), UK 40s Sheet Music 5 - Jan 1954 (14 weeks), US BB 16 of 1954, Brazil 36 of 1954, Scrobulate 47 of italian, DDD 73 of 1953, RYM 2 of 1953, Party 101 of 2007
6 Patti Page How Much is That Doggy in the Window? 1953 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1953 (20 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jan 1953 (21 weeks), US 1 for 8 weeks - Mar 1953, US CashBox 1 - Jan 1953 (26 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 6 weeks - Mar 1953, Australia 1 for 2 weeks - Aug 1953, US BB 3 of 1953, DZE 4 of 1953, UK 9 - Mar 1953 (5 weeks), US invalid BB 10 of 1953, Your Hit Parade 11 of 1953, POP 21 of 1953, RYM 35 of 1953
7 Frankie Laine I Believe 1953 UK 1 - Apr 1953 (36 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 1 week - Jun 1953, US Billboard 2 - Feb 1953 (23 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Feb 1953 (23 weeks), US CashBox 2 - Feb 1953 (29 weeks), UKMIX 2, US invalid BB 8 of 1953, POP 8 of 1953, US BB 10 of 1953, Brazil 26 of 1953, Italy 73 of 1953, RYM 151 of 1953
8 Tony Bennett Rags to Riches 1953 US Billboard 1 - Sep 1953 (25 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Sep 1953 (24 weeks), US 1 for 6 weeks - Nov 1953, US CashBox 1 - Sep 1953 (25 weeks), Australia 1 for 5 weeks - Feb 1954, DZE 3 of 1953, US invalid BB 5 of 1953, POP 5 of 1953, Your Hit Parade 10 of 1953, US BB 19 of 1953, DDD 35 of 1953, RYM 45 of 1953
9 The Ames Brothers You You You 1953 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1953 (31 weeks), US CashBox 1 - Jul 1953 (32 weeks), Australia 1 for 1 week - Feb 1954, US 1940s 2 - Jun 1953 (31 weeks), Your Hit Parade 3 of 1953, US BB 5 of 1953, DZE 5 of 1953, UK 40s Sheet Music 11 - Nov 1953 (13 weeks), US invalid BB 15 of 1953, POP 15 of 1953, Europe 99 of the 1950s (1953)
10 Nat King Cole Pretend 1953 Australia 1 for 7 weeks - Jan 1954, UK 2 - Apr 1953 (18 weeks), US Billboard 2 - Feb 1953 (21 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Feb 1953 (20 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 3 - Apr 1953 (25 weeks), US CashBox 3 - Feb 1953 (28 weeks), Brazil 11 of 1954, US BB 13 of 1953, Italy 20 of 1954, Your Hit Parade 21 of 1953, UKMIX 185, RYM 68 of 1953
11 Frank Chacksfield Terry's Theme From 'Limelight' 1953 UK 40s Sheet Music 1 - May 1953 (36 weeks), Australia 1 for 1 week - Oct 1953, UK 2 - May 1953 (24 weeks), Italy 3 of 1953, US CashBox 4 - May 1953 (21 weeks), US Billboard 5 - May 1953 (13 weeks), US 1940s 6 - May 1953 (13 weeks), UKMIX 24, US BB 27 of 1953, Brazil 35 of 1953
12 Teresa Brewer Till I Waltz Again With You 1953 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1952 (24 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Dec 1952 (22 weeks), US 1 for 5 weeks - Feb 1953, US CashBox 1 - Dec 1952 (27 weeks), Australia 1 for 5 weeks - May 1953, US BB 6 of 1953, DZE 7 of 1953, US invalid BB 12 of 1953, Your Hit Parade 14 of 1953, POP 25 of 1953
13 Eddie Calvert Oh My Papa (O Mein Papa) 1953 UK 1 - Dec 1953 (21 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 1 - Dec 1953 (26 weeks), US CashBox 1 - Dec 1953 (20 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 8 weeks - Jan 1954, US Billboard 6 - Dec 1953 (14 weeks), US 1940s 9 - Dec 1953 (9 weeks), Italy 12 of 1954, UKMIX 48, RYM 116 of 1953
14 Frank Chacksfield Ebb Tide 1953 Australia 1 for 2 weeks - Apr 1954, US Billboard 2 - Aug 1953 (23 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Sep 1953 (23 weeks), US CashBox 2 - Aug 1953 (29 weeks), UK 9 - Feb 1954 (2 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 9 - Jan 1954 (18 weeks), US BB 12 of 1953, Italy 26 of 1954, Brazil 39 of 1953, RYM 150 of 1954
15 Hank Williams Your Cheatin' Heart 1953 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1983 (1953), DDD 2 of 1953, US invalid BB 4 of 1953, POP 4 of 1953, UK 40s Sheet Music 8 - Jun 1953 (22 weeks), US Billboard 25 - Mar 1953 (2 weeks), RIAA 34, nuTsie 40 of 1950s, DMDB 57 (1953), Scrobulate 87 of country, Rolling Stone 213, Acclaimed 286 (1953), RYM 1 of 1953
16 The Orioles Crying in the Chapel 1953 US CashBox 1 - Aug 1953 (19 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008 (1953), Peel list 2 of 1953, DDD 3 of 1953, POP 7 of 1953, US Billboard 11 - Aug 1953 (10 weeks), US 1940s 11 - Aug 1953 (8 weeks), Canada 46 - Nov 1959 (3 weeks), nuTsie 81 of 1950s, Acclaimed 535 (1953), RYM 11 of 1953, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
17 Frankie Laine Answer Me, Lord Above 1953 UK 1 - Oct 1953 (17 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 1 - Oct 1953 (27 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 10 weeks - Nov 1953, Australia 1 for 4 weeks - Jun 1954, Peel list 3 of 1953, US Billboard 24 - Oct 1953 (2 weeks), UKMIX 75, RYM 44 of 1953
18 Stan Freberg St George & the Dragonette 1953 US Billboard 1 - Oct 1953 (10 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Oct 1953 (10 weeks), US 1 for 4 weeks - Oct 1953, US CashBox 1 - Oct 1953 (12 weeks), DZE 10 of 1953, US invalid BB 13 of 1953, POP 13 of 1953, US BB 15 of 1953
19 Ray Anthony Dragnet 1953 US Billboard 2 - Aug 1953 (13 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Aug 1953 (13 weeks), US CashBox 4 - Aug 1953 (21 weeks), UK 7 - Dec 1953 (2 weeks), US invalid BB 11 of 1953, POP 11 of 1953, Your Hit Parade 12 of 1953, US BB 22 of 1953, Brazil 54 of 1954
20 Mantovani The Song From Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart) 1953 UK 1 - May 1953 (23 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 1 - May 1953 (38 weeks), US CashBox 1 - May 1953 (6 weeks), US Billboard 8 - May 1953 (10 weeks), US 1940s 13 - May 1953 (5 weeks), UKMIX 46, RYM 152 of 1953
21 Jimmy Boyd & Frankie Laine Tell Me a Story 1953 Australia 1 for 2 weeks - Jul 1953, US CashBox 3 - Mar 1953 (16 weeks), US Billboard 4 - Mar 1953 (12 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Mar 1953 (12 weeks), UK 5 - May 1953 (16 weeks), US BB 23 of 1953, UKMIX 621
22 Julius Larosa Eh, cumpari 1953 US CashBox 1 - Sep 1953 (25 weeks), US Billboard 2 - Sep 1953 (20 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Sep 1953 (20 weeks), US BB 18 of 1953, Your Hit Parade 18 of 1953, Italy 57 of 1955, RYM 124 of 1953
23 Perry Como No Other Love 1953 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1953 (22 weeks), US CashBox 1 - Jun 1953 (23 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Jun 1953 (22 weeks), US BB 8 of 1953, Your Hit Parade 8 of 1953, DZE 9 of 1953
24 Frankie Laine Hey Joe 1953 UK 1 - Oct 1953 (8 weeks), US Billboard 6 - Aug 1953 (16 weeks), US CashBox 10 - Aug 1953 (21 weeks), US 1940s 11 - Sep 1953 (9 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 14 - Oct 1953 (9 weeks), Brazil 91 of 1954, RYM 168 of 1953
25 Les Baxter & his Orchestra April In Portugal (The Whisp'ring Serenade) 1953 US Billboard 2 - Apr 1953 (22 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Apr 1953 (22 weeks), US CashBox 2 - Mar 1953 (27 weeks), Your Hit Parade 4 of 1953, US BB 7 of 1953, Brazil 29 of 1953
26 Silvana Mangano Anna (The Baion) 1953 Australia 1 for 1 week - Dec 1953, US Billboard 5 - Apr 1953 (17 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Apr 1953 (17 weeks), US CashBox 6 - Mar 1953 (23 weeks), Brazil 42 of 1953, RYM 40 of 1953
27 Lita Roza How Much is That Doggy in the Window? 1953 UK 1 - Mar 1953 (11 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 1 - Feb 1953 (19 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 6 weeks - Mar 1953, RYM 167 of 1953, Guardian Pop 3
28 Frankie Laine Blowing Wild 1953 UK 2 - Jan 1954 (12 weeks), Italy 5 of 1955, UK 40s Sheet Music 10 - Jan 1954 (12 weeks), US Billboard 21 - Oct 1953 (4 weeks), US CashBox 23 - Oct 1953 (8 weeks), UKMIX 883, RYM 44 of 1953
29 The Stargazers Broken Wings 1953 UK 1 - Feb 1953 (12 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 1 - Jan 1953 (21 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 6 weeks - Feb 1953, RYM 166 of 1953
30 Kay Starr Side By Side 1953 Your Hit Parade 2 of 1953, US Billboard 3 - Jan 1953 (13 weeks), UK 7 - Apr 1953 (4 weeks), US 1940s 7 - Jan 1953 (13 weeks), US CashBox 9 - Jan 1953 (17 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 23 - Apr 1953 (2 weeks), RYM 126 of 1953
31 Kay Starr Changing Partners 1953 UK 40s Sheet Music 2 - Feb 1954 (27 weeks), UK 4 - Mar 1954 (14 weeks), US CashBox 4 - Dec 1953 (10 weeks), US Billboard 7 - Dec 1953 (13 weeks), US 1940s 13 - Dec 1953 (9 weeks), UKMIX 863, RYM 152 of 1954
32 The Drifters Money Honey 1953 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1953), DDD 1 of 1953, nuTsie 34 of 1950s, Rolling Stone 252, Acclaimed 732 (1953), RYM 7 of 1953, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
33 Richard Hayman Ruby 1953 US Billboard 3 - Apr 1953 (19 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Apr 1953 (19 weeks), US CashBox 3 - Apr 1953 (25 weeks), US BB 14 of 1953, Your Hit Parade 17 of 1953, Brazil 34 of 1954
34 Pee Wee Hunt Oh 1953 US Billboard 3 - Jul 1953 (25 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Jul 1953 (23 weeks), US CashBox 5 - Jul 1953 (29 weeks), Your Hit Parade 9 of 1953, US BB 11 of 1953, Brazil 71 of 1954
35 Patti Page Changing Partners 1953 US Billboard 3 - Nov 1953 (19 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Nov 1953 (19 weeks), US CashBox 4 - Nov 1953 (23 weeks), US invalid BB 17 of 1953, POP 17 of 1953, Your Hit Parade 20 of 1953, US BB 24 of 1954
36 Eartha Kitt Santa Baby 1953 US Billboard 4 - Dec 1953 (5 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Dec 1953 (5 weeks), US (Sup) Gold (certified by RIAA in Dec 2008), US CashBox 8 - Nov 1953 (8 weeks), Scrobulate 23 of christmas, UK 84 - Dec 2007 (7 weeks), RYM 4 of 1953
37 June Valli Crying in the Chapel 1953 US CashBox 1 - Jul 1953 (23 weeks), US Billboard 4 - Aug 1953 (17 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Aug 1953 (16 weeks), US BB 24 of 1953, Brazil 82 of 1954
38 Guy Mitchell She Wears Red Feathers 1953 UK 1 - Feb 1953 (16 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 3 - Feb 1953 (16 weeks), US CashBox 14 - Feb 1953 (10 weeks), US Billboard 19 - Jan 1953 (4 weeks), UKMIX 198, RYM 165 of 1953
39 Diana Decker Poppa Piccolino 1953 UK 40s Sheet Music 1 - Sep 1953 (26 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 1 week - Oct 1953, UK 2 - Oct 1953 (10 weeks), RYM 123 of 1953
40 Eddie Fisher Downhearted 1953 UK 3 - May 1953 (15 weeks), US Billboard 5 - Feb 1953 (12 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 6 - Apr 1953 (20 weeks), US 1940s 15 - Mar 1953 (3 weeks), US CashBox 16 - Feb 1953 (12 weeks), UKMIX 612
41 Frank Sinatra I've Got the World On a String 1953 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004 (1953), US invalid BB 6 of 1953, POP 6 of 1953, US Billboard 14 - Jul 1953 (4 weeks), Acclaimed 1836 (1953), RYM 9 of 1953
42 Four Lads Istanbul (Not Constantinople) 1953 US CashBox 5 - Oct 1953 (20 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 9 - Dec 1953 (11 weeks), US Billboard 10 - Oct 1953 (13 weeks), US 1940s 10 - Oct 1953 (13 weeks), Italy 31 of 1954, RYM 23 of 1953
43 Professor Longhair Tipitina 1953 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1953), Library of Congress artifact added 2010 (1953), Acclaimed 1926 (1953), Guardian Folk/ World 26, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
44 David Whitfield Answer Me, Lord Above 1953 UK 1 - Oct 1953 (14 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 10 weeks - Nov 1953, UKMIX 215, RYM 120 of 1953
45 Lawrence Welk Oh Happy Day 1953 Australia 1 for 1 week - Jul 1953, US CashBox 3 - Feb 1953 (4 weeks), US Billboard 5 - Jan 1953 (9 weeks), US 1940s 11 - Jan 1953 (10 weeks)
46 Joni James Have You Heard? 1953 US CashBox 3 - Dec 1952 (20 weeks), US Billboard 4 - Jan 1953 (16 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Jan 1953 (14 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 12 - Jun 1953 (17 weeks), US BB 30 of 1953
47 Billy Cotton & his Band In A Golden Coach (There's A Heart Of Gold) 1953 UK 40s Sheet Music 1 - Feb 1953 (22 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 5 weeks - May 1953, UK 3 - May 1953 (10 weeks)
48 The Crows Gee 1953 DDD 4 of 1953, US Billboard 14 - Apr 1954 (6 weeks), US 1940s 17 - Apr 1954 (1 week), US CashBox 20 - Feb 1954 (16 weeks), nuTsie 85 of 1950s, Acclaimed 2282 (1953), RYM 21 of 1953, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
49 Bill Haley & his Comets Crazy Man Crazy 1953 US CashBox 11 - May 1953 (15 weeks), US Billboard 12 - May 1953 (10 weeks), US 1940s 15 - May 1953 (6 weeks), DDD 15 of 1953, US invalid BB 18 of 1953, POP 18 of 1953, RYM 16 of 1953
50 Eartha Kitt C'est Si Bon 1953 US CashBox 7 - Jul 1953 (15 weeks), US Billboard 8 - Jul 1953 (14 weeks), US 1940s 8 - Jul 1953 (12 weeks), US BB 29 of 1953, Brazil 63 of 1954, RYM 19 of 1953
51 Frank Sinatra I'm Walking Behind You 1953 Australia 1 for 4 weeks - Oct 1953, US CashBox 3 - Jun 1953 (1 week), US Billboard 7 - May 1953 (10 weeks), RYM 89 of 1953
52 Mantovani Swedish Rhapsody 1953 UK 2 - Oct 1953 (18 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 2 - Oct 1953 (34 weeks), Italy 16 of 1955, UKMIX 207
53 Nat King Cole Can't I 1953 UK 6 - Aug 1953 (8 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 12 - Jul 1953 (14 weeks), US Billboard 16 - Apr 1953 (5 weeks), US CashBox 16 - Mar 1953 (14 weeks), US 1940s 17 - Apr 1953 (3 weeks), RYM 69 of 1953
54 Teresa Brewer Ricochet (Rick-O-Shay) 1953 US Billboard 2 - Oct 1953 (20 weeks), US CashBox 2 - Oct 1953 (25 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Oct 1953 (19 weeks), Your Hit Parade 7 of 1953
55 Willie Mae Thornton Hound Dog 1953 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013 (1953), DDD 8 of 1953, POP 22 of 1953, Acclaimed 464 (1953), RYM 3 of 1953, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
56 The Hilltoppers PS I Love You 1953 US Billboard 4 - Jun 1953 (21 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Jun 1953 (18 weeks), US CashBox 5 - May 1953 (24 weeks), US BB 16 of 1953, Your Hit Parade 23 of 1953
57 Les Baxter & his Orchestra Ruby 1953 US CashBox 3 - Jun 1953 (8 weeks), Brazil 6 of 1954, US Billboard 7 - May 1953 (12 weeks), US 1940s 9 - May 1953 (9 weeks)
58 Four Aces The Gang That Sang 'Heart of My Heart' 1953 US CashBox 5 - Dec 1953 (19 weeks), US Billboard 7 - Dec 1953 (18 weeks), US 1940s 8 - Dec 1953 (16 weeks), US invalid BB 19 of 1953, POP 19 of 1953
59 Guy Mitchell Look At That Girl 1953 UK 1 - Aug 1953 (14 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 6 - Aug 1953 (17 weeks), UKMIX 157, RYM 150 of 1953
60 Joni James Your Cheatin' Heart 1953 US Billboard 2 - Feb 1953 (17 weeks), US CashBox 4 - Feb 1953 (22 weeks), US 1940s 7 - Feb 1953 (15 weeks), US BB 26 of 1953
61 Perry Como Wild Horses 1953 US CashBox 4 - Feb 1953 (16 weeks), US Billboard 6 - Feb 1953 (12 weeks), US 1940s 7 - Feb 1953 (12 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 17 - Apr 1953 (10 weeks)
62 Art & Dotty Todd Broken Wings 1953 Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 6 weeks - Feb 1953, Peel list 4 of 1953, UK 6 - Feb 1953 (7 weeks)
63 Perry Como Say You're Mine Again 1953 US Billboard 3 - Apr 1953 (16 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Apr 1953 (15 weeks), US CashBox 5 - Apr 1953 (22 weeks), US BB 21 of 1953
64 Darrell Glenn Crying in the Chapel 1953 US CashBox 1 - Jul 1953 (23 weeks), US Billboard 6 - Jul 1953 (13 weeks), US 1940s 9 - Jul 1953 (11 weeks)
65 Frankie Laine Where The Winds Blow 1953 UK 2 - Sep 1953 (12 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 20 - Sep 1953 (4 weeks), US CashBox 29 - Jul 1953 (8 weeks), UKMIX 842
66 Ethel Merman & Dick Haymes You're Just In Love 1953 Australia 1 for 2 weeks - Jul 1953, UK 40s Sheet Music 23 - Oct 1953 (1 week), US Billboard 30 - Apr 1951 (1 week)
67 Rex Allen Crying in the Chapel 1953 US CashBox 1 - Aug 1953 (18 weeks), US Billboard 8 - Aug 1953 (15 weeks), US 1940s 10 - Aug 1953 (11 weeks)
68 Johnnie Ray Somebody Stole My Gal 1953 UK 6 - Apr 1953 (7 weeks), US Billboard 8 - Apr 1953 (6 weeks), US 1940s 19 - Apr 1953 (3 weeks), US CashBox 24 - Apr 1953 (6 weeks)
69 Eddie Fisher Many Times 1953 US Billboard 4 - Oct 1953 (16 weeks), US 1940s 7 - Oct 1953 (12 weeks), US CashBox 8 - Sep 1953 (20 weeks), Your Hit Parade 13 of 1953
70 Eddie Fisher Even Now 1953 US Billboard 7 - Jan 1953 (8 weeks), US CashBox 9 - Jan 1953 (12 weeks), US 1940s 12 - Jan 1953 (5 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 24 - Apr 1953 (1 week)
71 Guy Mitchell Chicka Boom 1953 UK 4 - Nov 1953 (15 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 9 - Nov 1953 (15 weeks), US CashBox 16 - Aug 1953 (13 weeks), UKMIX 680
72 Doris Day & Johnnie Ray Let's Walk Thata-Way 1953 UK 4 - Jul 1953 (14 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 9 - Aug 1953 (16 weeks), US CashBox 31 - Jun 1953 (5 weeks), UKMIX 593
73 Chet Baker My Funny Valentine 1953 Library of Congress artifact added 2014 (1953), Scrobulate 61 of jazz, Acclaimed 1088 (1954)
74 Beverley Sisters I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 1953 Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 1 week - Dec 1953, UK 6 - Nov 1953 (5 weeks), RYM 160 of 1953
75 Frank Sinatra South of the Border (Down Mexico Way) 1953 US invalid BB 9 of 1953, POP 9 of 1953, US Billboard 18 - Dec 1953 (4 weeks), US CashBox 43 - Dec 1953 (6 weeks), RYM 91 of 1953
76 Ruth Brown Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean 1953 DDD 7 of 1953, POP 10 of 1953, US Billboard 23 - Mar 1953 (3 weeks), Acclaimed 1260 (1953), RYM 29 of 1953, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
77 Danny Kaye Wonderful Copenhagen 1953 UK 40s Sheet Music 2 - Jan 1953 (37 weeks), UK 5 - Feb 1953 (10 weeks), Italy 81 of 1953
78 Eddie Fisher With These Hands 1953 US Billboard 7 - Jul 1953 (14 weeks), US 1940s 8 - Jul 1953 (14 weeks), US CashBox 8 - Jul 1953 (20 weeks), US BB 28 of 1953
79 The Four Tunes Marie 1953 US Billboard 13 - Nov 1953 (6 weeks), US CashBox 17 - Nov 1953 (16 weeks), US 1940s 18 - Nov 1953 (2 weeks), DDD 62 of 1953, RYM 154 of 1953
80 Al Martino Now 1953 UK 3 - Jan 1953 (12 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 5 - Jan 1953 (17 weeks), US CashBox 25 - Nov 1952 (4 weeks)
81 Les Paul & Mary Ford Johnny (Is the Boy for Me) 1953 Italy 14 of 1954, US Billboard 15 - Jul 1953 (5 weeks), US CashBox 25 - Jul 1953 (9 weeks), RYM 24 of 1953
82 Jane Froman I Believe 1953 US CashBox 2 - Apr 1953 (12 weeks), US Billboard 11 - Apr 1953 (10 weeks), US 1940s 11 - Apr 1953 (10 weeks)
83 Richard Hayman April In Portugal (The Whisp'ring Serenade) 1953 US CashBox 2 - May 1953 (11 weeks), US Billboard 12 - May 1953 (11 weeks), US 1940s 12 - May 1953 (11 weeks)
84 Vic Damone April In Portugal (The Whisp'ring Serenade) 1953 US CashBox 2 - Jun 1953 (4 weeks), US Billboard 10 - May 1953 (7 weeks), US 1940s 16 - Jun 1953 (3 weeks)
85 Dean Martin Kiss 1953 UK 5 - Sep 1953 (8 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 9 - Jul 1953 (19 weeks), Flanders 16 - Feb 1959 (1 month)
86 Julius Larosa Anywhere I Wander 1953 US Billboard 4 - Feb 1953 (9 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Feb 1953 (9 weeks), US CashBox 7 - Jan 1953 (15 weeks)
87 Frank Sinatra From Here to Eternity 1953 US Billboard 15 - Sep 1953 (6 weeks), US CashBox 24 - Sep 1953 (12 weeks), Brazil 99 of 1954, RYM 90 of 1953
88 Guy Mitchell Cloud Lucky Seven 1953 UK 2 - Dec 1953 (16 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 6 - Jan 1954 (16 weeks), UKMIX 547
89 Les Paul & Mary Ford Bye Bye Blues 1953 US Billboard 5 - Jan 1953 (7 weeks), US 1940s 11 - Jan 1953 (5 weeks), US CashBox 14 - Jan 1953 (10 weeks), RYM 75 of 1953
90 Dickie Valentine In A Golden Coach (There's A Heart Of Gold) 1953 Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 5 weeks - May 1953, UK 7 - Jun 1953 (1 week)
91 The Four Knights Oh Happy Day 1953 US CashBox 3 - Feb 1953 (4 weeks), US Billboard 8 - Jan 1953 (6 weeks), US 1940s 11 - Jan 1953 (6 weeks)
92 Faye Adams Shake a Hand 1953 DDD 5 of 1953, POP 14 of 1953, US Billboard 22 - Oct 1953 (2 weeks), RYM 78 of 1953
93 Dickie Valentine Broken Wings 1953 Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 6 weeks - Feb 1953, UK 12 - Feb 1953 (1 week)
94 June Hutton & Axel Stordahl Say You're Mine Again 1953 UK 6 - Aug 1953 (7 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 7 - Jul 1953 (16 weeks), US Billboard 21 - May 1953 (4 weeks)
95 Ralph Marterie Pretend 1953 US CashBox 4 - Jan 1953 (9 weeks), US Billboard 6 - Jan 1953 (10 weeks), US 1940s 16 - Feb 1953 (1 week)
96 Percy Faith Swedish Rhapsody 1953 US CashBox 13 - Mar 1953 (19 weeks), US Billboard 21 - Mar 1953 (6 weeks), Italy 26 of 1955
97 Doris Day Mister Tap Toe 1953 US Billboard 10 - Jan 1953 (7 weeks), US CashBox 11 - Jan 1953 (14 weeks), US 1940s 15 - Jan 1953 (6 weeks), RYM 77 of 1952
98 Muriel Smith Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me 1953 UK 3 - May 1953 (17 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 5 - May 1953 (22 weeks), UKMIX 279
99 Nat King Cole Blue Gardenia 1953 Brazil 3 of 1954, US CashBox 28 - Mar 1953 (5 weeks), RYM 69 of 1953
100 Hank Williams Kaw-Liga 1953 DDD 9 of 1953, US CashBox 19 - Feb 1953 (12 weeks), US Billboard 23 - Feb 1953 (1 week), RYM 1 of 1953

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27 Oct 2016

Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your article seem to be running off the screen in Internet explorer. I'm not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but I figured I'd post to let you know. The style and design look great though! Hope you get the issue resolved soon. Thanks

If your IE is displayed less than 600 pixel's wide then we try and do the best we can


20 Dec 2015

#94 - You're Just In Love

The Artists here should read Ethel Merman & Dick Haymes (not Dick Haynes).

Data fixed, thanks


21 Oct 2014

Randy Duley

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! +SWEETIE


24 Jun 2014

Frankie Laine-Duplicate Listing

Answer Me, Lord Above is listed as #19 and #93.

You're correct, data fixed, thanks


16 May 2013

1953 songs

I am looking for a Cd of the top 1953 songs for a Anniversary can you help?

Try Amazon or iTunes


2 Apr 2013

# 74 Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean

This was a # 23 Billboard Hit. In 1953 the charts only measured to a position of 30 places.

You might be correct, however our source shows a peak of #99 (in 1962 by which time the chart was longer)


11 Mar 2013

1950's instrumental: "Shame" ?+

I recall a slow, sad instrumental in a minor key with what sounded like chains dragging in an echo chamber in the background --- I was a small child at this time, but was enchanted by this atmospheric piece -- but find no mention of it anywhere. +Did I mishear the title? + Would like to get this on my i-pod . . .+


7 Jan 2013

Mid-50s song in Northern Europe

No it's not renee & renato's song from the eraly 80s. This is in the mid 50s. But thanks for the feedback


3 Jan 2013

Song from the mid50s in Europe?

I vaguely remember a song by a male singer when I was a little boy in the Netherlands that I think went something like, "all my love, I'll give to you, etc." and then the chorus went something like " lah, la,la,la, lah, la,la,la lah, la,la,la, lah. tis was repeated about 4 times and then continued. I know it sin't much to go on but I thought I'd ask anyway.

Sounds to us like Renee & Renato's "Save Your Love"


24 Nov 2012

May be you can help + 1 Jul 2011

Try #66/1953 Hank Williams "Kaw-Liga" There have been some other performers too.

Regards Walter/Vienna-Austria


21 Apr 2012

Nº 96 Tito Puente

Hello , excuse me, but "Oye Como Va" was composed in 1963, its impossible that the song is in the charts of 1953. Thanks

There is a mistake in the original Grammy Hall of Fame entry. The data has been fixed thanks for the suggestion


8 Apr 2012

Shepherd of the Hills

I think your correspondent, Frank Leibenberg may be referring to the song which begins, 'Shepherd of the hills I hear you calling'....it was published in 1927.


25 Jan 2012

the song "Don"

I am trying to find the song called "Don" for a reason important to me, i would be so grateful if you could help me


14 Nov 2011

All along the line

I believe the song you are looking for is Tomorrow by Johnny Brandon and the Phantoms. it is available on a cd called "Johnny Brandon then and now " and as a download from itunes and amazon


13 Oct 2011

qual foi o sucesso na parada em 1950 no estados unidos

qual foi o sucesso na parada em 1950 no estados unidos

Nosso Portugues nao e a um padrao alto o suficiente para entendi sua pergunta. Nós pensamos que voce está pedindo a cancao de maior sucesso nos EUA em 1950.

Essa e uma pergunta difícil, que depende de qual listas voce acredita. A resposta da Billboard seria "Tennessee Waltz", de Patti Page. Cashbox diria era "Be My Love", de Mario Lanza.


17 Sep 2011

A song from early 50's sung by Johnnie Frances

This song was called 'Madonna Madonna' And was top of the top twenty in the good old days of radio Luxembourg. They were the only people who would play it and used to have to fade the actual words Madonna Madonna for religeous reasons but of course that made it a huge hit at the time.

The words were Maddona Madonna I stand here alone tonight look down on me please from up above tell me how did I come to lose my love

I know it's daft but everybody thinks I've made it up!!

Please somebody help!!!!!!!!!

There is a song called "Madonna, Madonna" that was a hit for Tony Bennett in 1954 in the US (and for Alain Chamfort in France during 1975).

If you had searched for "Madonna, Madonna" in the site search box at the top of the page, or if you'd look in the Site Index you would have found it.


1 Jul 2011

Maybe you can help

My brothers and I remember a record Dad used to play that had a chorus that sounded like they were singing "Ka viva viva vit". We're all in our early 60's so the song was probably written or being played about the period of 5 years either side of 1950.

It was sung by a group, male and female in close harmony and had a bit of accordian in there and sounded a bit "Jo Stafford-ish". I can sing the tune all the way through but don't know the words and don't know the title. Do you have any idea what it could be called?

Here at the Turret we have no idea, maybe one of our users can help?


29 Apr 2011

all along the line

In the UK 1953/4, a song with the words

"All along the line tomorrow feeling mighty fine, tomorrow"

then I can't remember he words but rhythm wise, it went

la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la tomorrow.

silly I know, but can any one help?

I suddenly need to know it again, before i go to my Elysian home.

Thanks brian


13 Mar 2011

Rudy Vallee - As Time Goes By

Rudy's "As Time Goes By" was also on the charts in 1953. I haven't been able to find which version charted, or if it was a different one than the '32, '43 or '46 versions I have found. Do you have any info about the '53 song?

Thanks for any help, Mary

We don't have any indication of a 1953 version by Rudy Vallee. These the versions that we have listed

Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees - 1943 - US Billboard 1 - 1943 (16 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Apr 1943 (10 weeks), US BB 6 of 1931, POP 6 of 1943, DZE 7 of 1943, DMDB 44 (1931), Brazil 46 of 1944

Jacques Renard & His Orchestra - 1943 - US Billboard 3 - 1943 (16 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Mar 1943 (16 weeks), POP 6 of 1931, Brazil 81 of 1944

Dooley Wilson - 1942 - AFI 2, UK 15 - Dec 1977 (9 weeks), nuTsie 49 of 1940s

Ray Anthony - 1952 - US Billboard 10 - Jun 1952 (4 weeks), Brazil 70 of 1953

Johnny Nash - 1959 - Canada 25 - Mar 1959 (7 weeks), US Billboard 43 - Mar 1959 (11 weeks)

Jason Donovan - 1992 - UK 26 - Nov 1992 (6 weeks)

Johnnie Ray - 1955 - US CashBox 35 - Jan 1955 (3 weeks)

Funkapolitan - 1981 - UK 41 - Aug 1981 (7 weeks)

Richard Allan - 1960 - UK 43 - Mar 1960 (1 week)

Bryan Ferry - 1999 - Japan (Tokyo) 53 - Nov 1999 (4 weeks)

Harry Nilsson - 1973 - US Billboard 86 - Sep 1973 (5 weeks)

Jimmy Durante - unknown year


28 Nov 2010

Song from early fifties...or even late 40's

I have been trying to trace a song that comes from my childhood... it had an openeing line to a verse or to the chorus that contained "Shepherd on the hill....." Can you possibly help to identify it? It must have been around the same time as "April in Portugal" and Moonlight Bay as those songs invariably remind me of the "Shepherd" song.

Thanks Frank Liebenberg

We have no idea


5 Aug 2010

Double listing error

Hope I don't bug you, but # 28 "Oh My Papa (O Mein Papa)" and # 77 "O mein Papa" is the same record. Since it has topped the UK-Charts and the US CashBox its position presumable is higher than # 28.

Greetings from a great fan of your site!

Thanks for the correction. As you can see we have already made the change.


30 Nov 2009

Heart of my Heart

I am looking for a song called "Heart of my Heart" by Alan Dale, Johnny Desmond and Don Cornell. When was that a hit and how big was it?

The song you want was actually called "The Gang That Sang 'Heart of My Heart'", it was the only hit by the trio you mentioned and none of them had enough hits on their own to be listed.

It reached number 10 in the Billboard chart (entering in Dec 1953 and running for 10 weeks), it peaked at 18 in the Billboard Jukebox chart (entering in Dec 1953 and running for 5 weeks) and number 5 in the Cashbox magazine chart (entering Nov 1953 and running for 23 weeks)

The song was also a slightly bigger hit for "Four Aces" (US 1940s 8 - Dec 1953 (16 weeks), US CashBox 5 - Dec 1953 (19 weeks), US Billboard 7 - Dec 1953 (18 weeks), US BB 19 of 1953, POP 19 of 1953) and a minor hit in the UK for Max Bygraves (entering in May 1954 peaking at number 7 and running for 8 weeks)

According to Wikipedia (which has a page about it) the song was originally written in 1926 by Ben Ryan and is about a popular song first performed in 1899


28 Apr 2009

Johnnie Ray Etc

What an utterly fantastic site. This is what I have waiting for for countless years the US and UK charts from 1950 - to the end of 1955. I have never found or know of any book that looks at this terribly and so sadly neglected era. It was a brilliant and fun time in music so many happy memories.

How do you get all your information?

I want to know more, I absolutely adore the early 1950s, I am so glad I have hit on your site.

Can you get back to me?

Love to you from Maggie.

Maggie,

Thanks for the enthusiasm, it is always nice to hear from those that value our site.

Links to all the sources are listed in the "Song Charts" and "Album Charts" entries on the site menu (at the top of each page on the left). Those source descriptions will allow you to find the original charts that we used and to discover the sites that provided our data. Most of the source sites are also worth a look for the other resources they provide.

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13 Nov 2008

inconsistancies I have found

I am using your lists to help me learn more about music through the ages. They are very helpful!! Thanks for your efforts.

I have been noticing some inconsistancies you may wish to look at

renate

1953 33 Patti Page ( see 13) The Doggie In The Window 34 Percy Faith & Felicia Sanders (see 15) The Song From Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart) 67 Eddie Calvert (see #26) Oh My Papa (O Mein Papa)

Thanks for the corrections, they have all been done