Songs from the Year 1956

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This page lists the top songs of 1956 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 1956 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 1956.

The top ten song artists of 1956 were:

1:Elvis Presley2:The Platters3:Fats Domino4:Doris Day5:Pat Boone
6:Bill Haley & his Comets7:Little Richard8:Dean Martin9:Perry Como10:Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Doris Day Que sera sera (Whatever will be will be) 1956 UK 1 - Jun 1956 (22 weeks), Flanders 1 - Dec 1956 (6 months), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 5 weeks - Sep 1956, Record Mirror 1 for 6 weeks - Aug 1956, Australia 1 for 8 weeks - Sep 1956, France 1 for 1 week - Jan 1957, Oscar in 1956 (film 'The Man Who Knew Too Much'), ASCAP song of 1955, US Billboard 2 - Jun 1956 (27 weeks), US CashBox 3 - Jun 1956 (25 weeks), Italy 4 of 1957, US CashBox 5 of 1956, Your Hit Parade 5 of 1956, Brazil 16 of 1957, US BB 23 of 1956, POP 23 of 1956, Europe 27 of the 1950s (1956), UKMIX 34, AFI 48, RIAA 165, RYM 23 of 1956
2 Fats Domino Blueberry Hill 1956 Belgium 1 - Jun 1976 (10 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1987 (1956), Library of Congress artifact (1956), US BB 2 of 1957, Holland 2 - Jun 1976 (10 weeks), POP 2 of 1957, Europe 3 of the 1950s (1956), US Billboard 4 - Sep 1956 (27 weeks), US CashBox 4 - Oct 1956 (13 weeks), UK 6 - Dec 1956 (15 weeks), Flanders 7 - Mar 1957 (5 months), DDD 8 of 1956, France 10 - May 1976 (1 week), D.Marsh 17 of 1956, RIAA 18, nuTsie 31 of 1950s, US CashBox 39 of 1956, DMDB 55 (1956), Brazil 74 of 1957, Rolling Stone 81, Acclaimed 153 (1956), RYM 5 of 1956, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
3 Elvis Presley Hound Dog 1956 US Billboard 1 - Aug 1956 (28 weeks), US CashBox 1 - Jul 1956 (21 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1988 (1956), DDD 1 of 1956, US 4 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jul 1999), UK 2 - Sep 1956 (25 weeks), US BB 2 of 1956, POP 2 of 1956, nuTsie 8 of 1950s, D.Marsh 11 of 1956, Flanders 13 - Nov 1956 (2 months), US CashBox 15 of 1956, UKMIX 15, Brazil 17 of 1956, Rolling Stone 19, DMDB 20 (1956), Acclaimed 52 (1956), Europe 57 of the 1950s (1956), Scrobulate 60 of oldies, RIAA 68, Italy 72 of 1956, WXPN 692, RYM 1 of 1956, Global 7 (10 M sold) - 1956, Party 281 of 1999
4 Elvis Presley Heartbreak Hotel 1956 US Billboard 1 - Mar 1956 (27 weeks), US CashBox 1 - Mar 1956 (21 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1995 (1956), D.Marsh 1 of 1956, US 2 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jul 1999), UK 2 - May 1956 (22 weeks), 4 in 2FM list, US CashBox 6 of 1956, Your Hit Parade 6 of 1956, Europe 7 of the 1950s (1956), Scrobulate 13 of rock & roll, DDD 15 of 1956, Acclaimed 19 (1956), US BB 22 of 1956, UKMIX 22, POP 22 of 1956, DMDB 26 (1956), Brazil 37 of 1956, Rolling Stone 45, nuTsie 45 of 1950s, Italy 49 of 1956, RIAA 87, WXPN 730, RYM 2 of 1956, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
5 Elvis Presley Don't Be Cruel 1956 US Billboard 1 - Aug 1956 (27 weeks), US CashBox 1 - Aug 1956 (21 weeks), US CashBox 1 of 1956, Your Hit Parade 1 of 1956, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 (1956), DDD 4 of 1956, D.Marsh 11 of 1956, DMDB 12 (1956), Europe 14 of the 1950s (1956), nuTsie 15 of 1950s, Belgium 17 - Sep 1977 (2 weeks), US BB 19 of 1956, Brazil 19 of 1956, POP 19 of 1956, UK 24 - Jun 1978 (12 weeks), RIAA 68, Acclaimed 74 (1956), Italy 92 of 1958, Rolling Stone 197, WXPN 543, RYM 1 of 1956
6 The Platters The Great Pretender 1956 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1955 (24 weeks), US CashBox 1 - Dec 1955 (22 weeks), Australia 1 for 3 weeks - Jul 1956, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 (1956), US CashBox 2 of 1956, Your Hit Parade 2 of 1956, UK 5 - Sep 1956 (16 weeks), Flanders 5 - Dec 1956 (5 months), DDD 5 of 1955, D.Marsh 8 of 1955, US BB 17 of 1956, POP 17 of 1956, Italy 31 of 1957, Europe 50 of the 1950s (1956), Scrobulate 68 of oldies, Acclaimed 260 (1955), Rolling Stone 351, RYM 11 of 1955, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
7 Dean Martin Memories Are Made of This 1956 UK 1 - Feb 1956 (16 weeks), US Billboard 1 - Dec 1955 (24 weeks), US CashBox 1 - Dec 1955 (20 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 3 weeks - Mar 1956, Record Mirror 1 for 2 weeks - Mar 1956, Australia 1 for 5 weeks - Apr 1956, US CashBox 11 of 1956, Flanders 20 - Apr 1956 (1 month), US BB 24 of 1956, POP 24 of 1956, Brazil 60 of 1956, DDD 66 of 1955, Italy 94 of 1957, UKMIX 350, RYM 20 of 1955
8 Guy Mitchell Singing The Blues 1956 UK 1 - Dec 1956 (22 weeks), US Billboard 1 - Oct 1956 (26 weeks), US CashBox 1 - Oct 1956 (10 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 11 weeks - Jan 1957, Record Mirror 1 for 3 weeks - Jan 1957, Australia 1 for 6 weeks - Mar 1957, Flanders 4 - Feb 1957 (7 months), US BB 9 of 1956, POP 9 of 1956, D.Marsh 37 of 1956, DDD 50 of 1956, UKMIX 77, Acclaimed 1807 (1956), RYM 26 of 1956
9 Johnnie Ray Just Walkin' in the Rain 1956 UK 1 - Oct 1956 (19 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 4 weeks - Dec 1956, Record Mirror 1 for 7 weeks - Nov 1956, Australia 1 for 9 weeks - Dec 1956, US Billboard 2 - Sep 1956 (28 weeks), US CashBox 3 - Sep 1956 (17 weeks), Flanders 14 - Feb 1957 (4 months), US CashBox 24 of 1956, US BB 35 of 1956, POP 35 of 1956, UKMIX 62, Italy 73 of 1957, RYM 64 of 1956
10 Elvis Presley Love Me Tender 1956 US Billboard 1 - Oct 1956 (23 weeks), US BB 1 of 1956, US CashBox 1 - Oct 1956 (12 weeks), POP 1 of 1956, US 3 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jul 1999), Europe 6 of the 1950s (1955), UK 11 - Dec 1956 (9 weeks), Brazil 20 of 1957, US CashBox 27 of 1956, Scrobulate 94 of ballad, DDD 99 of 1956, Vinyl Surrender 111 (1956), Rolling Stone 437, Acclaimed 1358 (1956), RYM 6 of 1956, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
11 The Platters My Prayer 1956 US Billboard 1 - Jul 1956 (23 weeks), US CashBox 1 - Jun 1956 (23 weeks), US CashBox 3 of 1956, Your Hit Parade 3 of 1956, UK 4 - Nov 1956 (13 weeks), US BB 6 of 1956, Italy 6 of 1957, POP 6 of 1956, Flanders 10 - Nov 1956 (4 months), D.Marsh 20 of 1956, DDD 21 of 1956, Brazil 22 of 1957, Europe 81 of the 1950s (1956), RYM 61 of 1956
12 Carl Perkins Blue Suede Shoes 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1986 (1956), Library of Congress artifact (1955), US Billboard 2 - Mar 1956 (21 weeks), US CashBox 2 - Mar 1956 (16 weeks), DDD 3 of 1956, D.Marsh 5 of 1956, US BB 7 of 1956, POP 7 of 1956, UK 10 - May 1956 (8 weeks), nuTsie 14 of 1950s, US CashBox 17 of 1956, DMDB 54 (1956), Scrobulate 72 of rockabilly, Acclaimed 72 (1956), RIAA 78, Brazil 95 of 1956, Rolling Stone 95, RYM 4 of 1956, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
13 Little Richard Long Tall Sally 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1956), DDD 2 of 1956, UK 3 - Feb 1957 (16 weeks), US BB 4 of 1956, Peel list 4 of 1956, POP 4 of 1956, US Billboard 6 - Apr 1956 (19 weeks), US CashBox 8 - Mar 1956 (14 weeks), Flanders 9 - Jun 1956 (4 months), nuTsie 9 of 1950s, D.Marsh 13 of 1956, Brazil 50 of 1958, Rolling Stone 56, Scrobulate 92 of rockabilly, Acclaimed 178 (1956), UKMIX 703, RYM 10 of 1956, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
14 Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers Why Do Fools Fall in Love? 1956 UK 1 - Jun 1956 (17 weeks), Record Mirror 1 for 3 weeks - Jul 1956, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001 (1955), US CashBox 2 - Feb 1956 (20 weeks), DDD 4 of 1955, US BB 5 of 1956, POP 5 of 1956, US Billboard 6 - Feb 1956 (21 weeks), D.Marsh 8 of 1956, US CashBox 18 of 1956, nuTsie 19 of 1950s, Acclaimed 136 (1956), RIAA 182, UKMIX 192, Rolling Stone 307, RYM 6 of 1955, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
15 Kay Starr Rock 'n' Roll Waltz 1956 UK 1 - Feb 1956 (20 weeks), US Billboard 1 - Dec 1955 (25 weeks), US CashBox 1 - Dec 1955 (20 weeks), Australia 1 for 5 weeks - Jun 1956, US CashBox 13 of 1956, Flanders 18 - Apr 1956 (1 month), UKMIX 162, RYM 187 of 1956
16 Perry Como Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom) 1956 US Billboard 1 - Mar 1956 (23 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 3 weeks - Jun 1956, Australia 1 for 4 weeks - Nov 1956, US CashBox 3 - Mar 1956 (19 weeks), UK 4 - May 1956 (13 weeks), Flanders 13 - Jul 1956 (1 month), US CashBox 14 of 1956, RYM 85 of 1956
17 Gene Vincent Be Bop a Lula 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1956), US CashBox 5 - Jun 1956 (17 weeks), DDD 5 of 1956, US Billboard 7 - Jun 1956 (20 weeks), D.Marsh 9 of 1956, UK 16 - Jul 1956 (7 weeks), nuTsie 21 of 1950s, US BB 39 of 1956, POP 39 of 1956, Italy 81 of 1957, Rolling Stone 102, Acclaimed 133 (1956), RYM 8 of 1956, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
18 Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly True Love 1956 Oscar in 1956 (film 'High Society') (Nominated), US Billboard 3 - Sep 1956 (31 weeks), UK 4 - Nov 1956 (27 weeks), US CashBox 4 - Sep 1956 (17 weeks), Flanders 19 - Mar 1957 (1 month), US CashBox 33 of 1956, Europe 58 of the 1950s (1956), Brazil 63 of 1957, UKMIX 93, RYM 33 of 1956
19 Frankie Laine A Woman in Love 1956 UK 1 - Sep 1956 (21 weeks), Record Mirror 1 for 3 weeks - Oct 1956, Flanders 5 - Aug 1956 (3 months), US CashBox 16 - Nov 1955 (15 weeks), US Billboard 19 - Nov 1955 (17 weeks), Italy 24 of 1957, UKMIX 55
20 Vic Damone On the Street Where You Live 1956 UK 1 - May 1958 (17 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 6 weeks - Jun 1958, US Billboard 4 - Apr 1956 (25 weeks), US CashBox 6 - Apr 1956 (20 weeks), Australia 12 of 1959, US CashBox 36 of 1956, Brazil 89 of 1957, UKMIX 269, RYM 88 of 1956, NY Daily Love list 78
21 Chuck Berry Roll Over Beethoven 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1990 (1956), Library of Congress artifact (1956), D.Marsh 2 of 1956, DDD 6 of 1956, US Billboard 29 - Jun 1956 (5 weeks), US BB 29 of 1956, POP 29 of 1956, Scrobulate 35 of rock & roll, US CashBox 48 - Jun 1956 (2 weeks), Rolling Stone 97, Acclaimed 389 (1956), RYM 11 of 1956
22 Johnny Cash I Walk the Line 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1956), Scrobulate 3 of country, DDD 10 of 1956, US Billboard 17 - Sep 1956 (22 weeks), US BB 21 of 1956, POP 21 of 1956, US CashBox 23 - Sep 1956 (13 weeks), Rolling Stone 30, D.Marsh 33 of 1956, nuTsie 35 of 1950s, RIAA 61, Acclaimed 75 (1956), WXPN 342, RYM 3 of 1956, Party 198 of 2007, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
23 Louis Armstrong Mack the Knife 1956 Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 2 weeks - Oct 1959, Australia 1 for 4 weeks - May 1956, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1997 (1955), UK 8 - Apr 1956 (12 weeks), US BB 16 of 1956, POP 16 of 1956, US Billboard 20 - Feb 1956 (15 weeks), Scrobulate 54 of jazz, RYM 22 of 1955
24 Bill Doggett Honky Tonk 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1956), US Billboard 2 - Aug 1956 (29 weeks), US CashBox 2 - Aug 1956 (20 weeks), Peel list 2 of 1956, US CashBox 10 of 1956, Your Hit Parade 10 of 1956, DDD 17 of 1956, D.Marsh 22 of 1956, nuTsie 94 of 1950s, Acclaimed 519 (1956), RYM 59 of 1956, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
25 Jim Lowe Green Door 1956 US Billboard 1 - Sep 1956 (26 weeks), Australia 1 for 1 week - Jun 1957, US CashBox 2 - Sep 1956 (16 weeks), UK 8 - Oct 1956 (9 weeks), US CashBox 26 of 1956, US BB 40 of 1956, POP 40 of 1956, Brazil 97 of 1957, RYM 37 of 1956
26 Freddy Quinn Heimweh 1956 Flanders 1 - Aug 1956 (9 months), Germany 1 for 14 weeks - Jul 1956, RYM 35 of 1956, Global 33 (5 M sold) - 1956
27 Gogi Grant Wayward Wind 1956 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1956 (28 weeks), US CashBox 1 - Apr 1956 (23 weeks), US CashBox 4 of 1956, Your Hit Parade 4 of 1956, UK 9 - Jun 1956 (11 weeks), US BB 20 of 1956, POP 20 of 1956, Brazil 91 of 1956, RYM 189 of 1956
28 Bill Haley & his Comets See You Later Alligator 1956 Flanders 4 - Mar 1956 (5 months), US Billboard 6 - Jan 1956 (19 weeks), US CashBox 6 - Jan 1956 (17 weeks), UK 7 - Mar 1956 (21 weeks), D.Marsh 11 of 1955, US BB 13 of 1956, POP 13 of 1956, DDD 17 of 1955, US CashBox 30 of 1956, UKMIX 345, RYM 9 of 1955
29 Pat Boone I'll Be Home 1956 UK 1 - Apr 1956 (24 weeks), Record Mirror 1 for 6 weeks - Jun 1956, US Billboard 4 - Feb 1956 (22 weeks), US CashBox 5 - Feb 1956 (18 weeks), US CashBox 32 of 1956, US BB 33 of 1956, POP 33 of 1956, UKMIX 40, RYM 149 of 1955
30 Anne Shelton Lay Down Your Arms 1956 UK 1 - Aug 1956 (14 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 4 weeks - Oct 1956, Record Mirror 1 for 4 weeks - Sep 1956, US CashBox 22 - Sep 1956 (4 weeks), US Billboard 59 - Sep 1956 (8 weeks), UKMIX 240
31 Eddie Fisher Cindy, Oh Cindy 1956 Australia 1 for 2 weeks - Apr 1957, Flanders 2 - May 1957 (3 months), UK 5 - Nov 1956 (16 weeks), US CashBox 9 - Oct 1956 (13 weeks), US Billboard 10 - Oct 1956 (19 weeks), UKMIX 750
32 Morris Stoloff Moonglow & Theme From Picnic 1956 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1956 (27 weeks), US CashBox 1 - Apr 1956 (23 weeks), Australia 1 for 1 week - Aug 1956, UK 7 - Jun 1956 (11 weeks), US CashBox 9 of 1956, Your Hit Parade 9 of 1956, RYM 126 of 1956
33 Les Baxter & his Orchestra Poor People of Paris 1956 US Billboard 1 - Feb 1956 (24 weeks), US CashBox 1 - Feb 1956 (21 weeks), Australia 1 for 1 week - Aug 1956, US CashBox 12 of 1956, Brazil 26 of 1957, RYM 74 of 1956
34 Ronnie Hilton No Other Love 1956 UK 1 - Apr 1956 (14 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 6 weeks - May 1956, Record Mirror 1 for 4 weeks - May 1956, UKMIX 292, RYM 63 of 1956
35 The Five Satins In the Still of the Night 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1956), DDD 7 of 1956, POP 10 of 1956, D.Marsh 10 of 1956, nuTsie 28 of 1950s, US Billboard 29 - Sep 1956 (19 weeks), US CashBox 32 - Aug 1956 (9 weeks), Rolling Stone 90, RIAA 100, RYM 58 of 1956, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
36 Sonny James Young Love 1956 Australia 1 for 3 weeks - May 1957, US Billboard 2 - Dec 1956 (21 weeks), US CashBox 4 of 1957, UK 11 - Feb 1957 (7 weeks), US CashBox 40 - Dec 1956 (1 week), D.Marsh 40 of 1956, DDD 98 of 1956, RYM 197 of 1956
37 Little Richard Rip it Up 1956 D.Marsh 4 of 1956, Flanders 6 - Oct 1956 (3 months), DDD 16 of 1956, US Billboard 17 - Jul 1956 (18 weeks), US CashBox 20 - Jun 1956 (14 weeks), UK 30 - Dec 1956 (1 week), nuTsie 46 of 1950s, Acclaimed 1383 (1956), RYM 16 of 1956
38 Nelson Riddle Lisbon Antigua 1956 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1956 (29 weeks), US CashBox 1 - Dec 1955 (25 weeks), US CashBox 7 of 1956, Your Hit Parade 7 of 1956, Brazil 11 of 1956, RYM 64 of 1955
39 Howlin' Wolf Smokestack Lightning 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1956), Library of Congress artifact (1956), UK 42 - Jun 1964 (5 weeks), DDD 44 of 1956, Scrobulate 89 of blues, Rolling Stone 285, Acclaimed 349 (1956), RYM 21 of 1956, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
40 Gilbert Becaud La Corrida 1956 France 1 for 5 weeks - Dec 1956, Flanders 6 - Jul 1956 (7 months), RYM 138 of 1956
41 Pat Boone I Almost Lost My Mind 1956 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1956 (23 weeks), US CashBox 1 - Jun 1956 (19 weeks), UK 14 - Aug 1956 (7 weeks), US CashBox 20 of 1956, Brazil 99 of 1956, RYM 158 of 1956
42 Elvis Presley I Want You, I Need You, I Love You 1956 US Billboard 1 - May 1956 (24 weeks), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Mar 1992), US CashBox 3 - May 1956 (21 weeks), UK 14 - Jul 1956 (11 weeks), US CashBox 16 of 1956, D.Marsh 25 of 1956, DDD 58 of 1956, RYM 22 of 1956
43 Pat Boone Friendly Persuasion 1956 Oscar in 1956 (film 'Friendly Persuasion') (Nominated), UK 3 - Dec 1956 (21 weeks), US Billboard 5 - Sep 1956 (24 weeks), US CashBox 10 - Sep 1956 (16 weeks), US CashBox 38 of 1956, Italy 84 of 1957, UKMIX 316
44 Lucienne Delyle Amour, Castagnettes et Tango 1956 France 1 for 9 weeks - May 1956, Flanders 9 - Mar 1956 (4 months)
45 Lys Assia Refrain 1956 EuroVision Song Contest winner 1956 (for Switzerland in Lugano), Italy 50 of 1956, RYM 123 of 1956
46 Tony Martin Walk Hand in Hand 1956 Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 6 weeks - Jul 1956, UK 2 - Jul 1956 (15 weeks), US Billboard 10 - Apr 1956 (20 weeks), US CashBox 16 - Apr 1956 (15 weeks), UKMIX 462, RYM 194 of 1956
47 Joe 'Fingers' Carr Portuguese Washerwoman 1956 Australia 1 for 3 weeks - Aug 1956, UK 20 - Jun 1956 (5 weeks), US CashBox 23 - May 1956 (12 weeks), US Billboard 25 - May 1956 (16 weeks), Brazil 34 of 1956
48 Nat King Cole Too Young to Go Steady 1956 US BB 1 of 1951, UK 8 - May 1956 (14 weeks), US CashBox 20 - Mar 1956 (10 weeks), Italy 30 of 1952, US Billboard 31 - Apr 1956 (12 weeks), RYM 169 of 1956
49 James Brown Please, Please, Please 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001 (1956), DDD 9 of 1956, nuTsie 32 of 1950s, Scrobulate 54 of gotanygoodmusic, US Billboard 95 - Feb 1964 (2 weeks), Rolling Stone 142, Acclaimed 316 (1956), RYM 17 of 1956, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
50 Dean Martin Innamorata (Sweetheart) 1956 Flanders 14 - Oct 1956 (1 month), US CashBox 17 - Feb 1956 (12 weeks), UK 21 - Apr 1956 (3 weeks), US Billboard 27 - Mar 1956 (12 weeks), Italy 78 of 1957, RYM 49 of 1955
51 Teresa Brewer A Tear Fell 1956 UK 2 - Apr 1956 (15 weeks), US Billboard 5 - Feb 1956 (23 weeks), US CashBox 7 - Feb 1956 (18 weeks), US CashBox 34 of 1956, US BB 38 of 1956, POP 38 of 1956, UKMIX 688
52 Bill Haley & his Comets Rip it Up 1956 UK 4 - Nov 1956 (18 weeks), Flanders 6 - Oct 1956 (3 months), US CashBox 24 - Sep 1956 (5 weeks), US Billboard 30 - Aug 1956 (14 weeks), UKMIX 508, RYM 97 of 1956
53 Bill Haley & his Comets R-O-C-K 1956 Flanders 3 - May 1956 (5 months), US Billboard 16 - Apr 1956 (14 weeks), US CashBox 21 - Mar 1956 (10 weeks), US BB 37 of 1956, POP 37 of 1956, RYM 107 of 1956
54 Lou Busch Zambezi 1956 Record Mirror 1 for 2 weeks - Feb 1956, UK 2 - Jan 1956 (17 weeks), US Billboard 75 - Dec 1955 (6 weeks), UKMIX 419, RYM 120 of 1956
55 Fats Domino I'm in Love Again 1956 US Billboard 3 - Apr 1956 (23 weeks), US CashBox 3 - May 1956 (18 weeks), D.Marsh 6 of 1956, UK 12 - Jul 1956 (14 weeks), US CashBox 22 of 1956, DDD 26 of 1956, RYM 45 of 1956
56 Elvis Presley Blue Suede Shoes 1956 US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jul 1999), UK 9 - May 1956 (12 weeks), Scrobulate 19 of rock & roll, US Billboard 24 - Apr 1956 (12 weeks), DDD 31 of 1956, Rolling Stone 423, Acclaimed 2152 (1956), RYM 9 of 1956
57 Lonnie Donegan Lost John 1956 Peel list 1 of 1956, UK 2 - Apr 1956 (17 weeks), US CashBox 45 - Jun 1956 (2 weeks), US Billboard 58 - Jun 1956 (2 weeks), RYM 193 of 1956
58 Winifred Atwell Poor People of Paris 1956 UK 1 - Mar 1956 (16 weeks), Record Mirror 1 for 5 weeks - Apr 1956, UKMIX 237
59 Don Cherry Band of Gold 1956 US Billboard 4 - Dec 1955 (22 weeks), US CashBox 4 - Nov 1955 (21 weeks), UK 6 - Feb 1956 (11 weeks), Flanders 20 - May 1956 (1 month), US CashBox 28 of 1956
60 Perry Como More 1956 Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 5 weeks - Nov 1956, US Billboard 4 - Jun 1956 (18 weeks), US CashBox 7 - Jun 1956 (16 weeks), UK 10 - Sep 1956 (12 weeks), RYM 198 of 1956
61 Fats Domino Blue Monday 1956 US Billboard 9 - Dec 1956 (18 weeks), D.Marsh 12 of 1956, DDD 18 of 1956, UK 23 - Mar 1957 (2 weeks), US CashBox 38 - Dec 1956 (1 week), nuTsie 95 of 1950s, Acclaimed 1555 (1956), RYM 14 of 1956
62 Four Lads Standing On the Corner 1956 US Billboard 3 - Apr 1956 (20 weeks), US CashBox 4 - Apr 1956 (19 weeks), US BB 12 of 1956, POP 12 of 1956, US CashBox 29 of 1956, UK 34 - Apr 1960 (4 weeks), RYM 129 of 1956
63 Shirley & Lee Let the Good Times Roll 1956 US BB 11 of 1956, POP 11 of 1956, DDD 14 of 1956, D.Marsh 15 of 1956, US CashBox 24 - Aug 1956 (15 weeks), US Billboard 27 - Aug 1956 (19 weeks), nuTsie 44 of 1950s, RYM 34 of 1956
64 Freddy Quinn Rosalie 1956 Germany 1 for 3 weeks - Nov 1956, RYM 127 of 1956
65 Peter Alexander Ich weib, was dir fehlt 1956 Germany 1 for 3 weeks - Feb 1957, RYM 160 of 1956
66 Frankie Laine Sixteen Tons 1956 Australia 1 for 6 weeks - Feb 1956, UK 10 - Jan 1956 (3 weeks), Flanders 17 - Feb 1956 (2 months)
67 The Cadets Stranded in The Jungle 1956 US CashBox 10 - Jul 1956 (9 weeks), D.Marsh 14 of 1956, US Billboard 15 - Jul 1956 (11 weeks), US BB 31 of 1956, POP 31 of 1956, DDD 37 of 1956, Acclaimed 2254 (1956), RYM 73 of 1956
68 Gene Vincent Race With the Devil 1956 Peel list 3 of 1956, UK 28 - Oct 1956 (1 week), DDD 41 of 1956, US CashBox 50 - Sep 1956 (2 weeks), Scrobulate 90 of rockabilly, US Billboard 96 - Oct 1956 (1 week), RYM 46 of 1956
69 Hugo Winterhalter & Eddie Heywood Canadian Sunset 1956 US Billboard 2 - Jun 1956 (31 weeks), US CashBox 2 - Jun 1956 (25 weeks), US CashBox 8 of 1956, Brazil 98 of 1957
70 Pat Boone Anastasia 1956 US CashBox 25 - Dec 1956 (3 weeks), US Billboard 37 - Dec 1956 (18 weeks), Brazil 66 of 1957, Italy 82 of 1957, RYM 196 of 1956
71 LaVern Baker Jim Dandy 1956 US Billboard 17 - Dec 1956 (19 weeks), D.Marsh 18 of 1956, DDD 19 of 1956, US CashBox 45 - Dec 1956 (1 week), nuTsie 96 of 1950s, Rolling Stone 343, Acclaimed 825 (1956), RYM 44 of 1956, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
72 Tante Leen Oh Johnny 1956 Flanders 1 - Aug 1956 (8 months)
73 Lucienne Delyle Au Revoir Rome 1956 France 1 for 9 weeks - Sep 1956
74 Jo Leemans Que sera sera (Whatever will be will be) 1956 Flanders 1 - Dec 1956 (6 months)
75 Charles Aznavour Sur Ma Vie 1956 France 1 for 4 weeks - Apr 1956
76 Die Sieben Raben Smokie 1956 Germany 1 for 8 weeks - Nov 1956
77 Luis Mariano La Plus Belle Chose au Monde 1956 France 1 for 4 weeks - Oct 1956
78 Renato Carosone Maruzzella 1956 Italy 1 of 1956
79 Cauby Peixoto Conceicao 1956 Brazil 1 of 1956
80 Caterina Valente & Silvio Francesco Steig in das Traumboot der Liebe 1956 Germany 1 for 6 weeks - May 1956
81 Jaak De Voght Kaspische Zee 1956 Flanders 1 - May 1956 (5 months)
82 Georges Brassens Chanson pour L'Auvergnat 1956 France 1 for 5 weeks - Mar 1956
83 Annie Cordy Ballad of Davy Crockett 1956 France 1 for 5 weeks - Aug 1956
84 Dario Moreno Je Vais Revoir ma Blonde 1956 France 1 for 7 weeks - Jul 1956
85 Margot Eskens Tiritomba 1956 Germany 1 for 7 weeks - Mar 1956
86 Frank Sinatra I've Got You Under My Skin 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1956), DDD 29 of 1956, Scrobulate 29 of jazz, WXPN 186, Acclaimed 729 (1956), RYM 158 of 1972, Party 184 of 2007
87 Fats Domino My Blue Heaven 1956 D.Marsh 6 of 1956, US BB 8 of 1956, POP 8 of 1956, US CashBox 14 - May 1956 (11 weeks), US Billboard 21 - Apr 1956 (20 weeks), DDD 45 of 1956, RYM 45 of 1956
88 Harry Belafonte Jamaica Farewell 1956 US Billboard 14 - Oct 1956 (26 weeks), US CashBox 19 - Nov 1956 (6 weeks), US BB 34 of 1956, POP 34 of 1956, Italy 85 of 1957, RYM 39 of 1956
89 David Whitfield My September Love 1956 Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 2 weeks - Jun 1956, UK 3 - Mar 1956 (24 weeks), UKMIX 181, RYM 165 of 1956
90 Screamin' Jay Hawkins I Put a Spell On You 1956 France 4 - Jan 1972 (1 week), DDD 33 of 1956, Rolling Stone 313, Acclaimed 313 (1956), RYM 7 of 1956, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
91 Nat King Cole Love is a Many Splendoured Thing 1956 Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 1 week - Jan 1956, Flanders 6 - Mar 1956 (3 months)
92 Little Willie John Fever 1956 D.Marsh 3 of 1956, DDD 11 of 1956, US CashBox 22 - Jun 1956 (13 weeks), US Billboard 27 - Jul 1956 (15 weeks), nuTsie 36 of 1950s, Acclaimed 614 (1956), one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
93 Jimmy Young More 1956 Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 5 weeks - Nov 1956, UK 4 - Sep 1956 (17 weeks), UKMIX 577
94 Dick Hyman Trio Mack the Knife 1956 US Billboard 8 - Jan 1956 (20 weeks), UK 9 - Mar 1956 (10 weeks), US CashBox 9 - Jan 1956 (19 weeks), Brazil 31 of 1956
95 Eddie Calvert Zambesi 1956 Flanders 2 - Jul 1956 (10 months), UK 13 - Mar 1956 (7 weeks)
96 Bo Diddley Who Do You Love? 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010 (1956), DDD 22 of 1956, Rolling Stone 132, Acclaimed 345 (1956), RYM 12 of 1956
97 The Platters (You've Got) The Magic Touch 1956 US CashBox 3 - Mar 1956 (16 weeks), US Billboard 4 - Mar 1956 (20 weeks), US BB 18 of 1956, POP 18 of 1956, US CashBox 31 of 1956
98 The Platters You'll Never Never Know 1956 US Billboard 11 - Sep 1956 (18 weeks), US CashBox 14 - Sep 1956 (13 weeks), UK 23 - Jan 1957 (3 weeks), Italy 38 of 1957
99 Bill Haley & his Comets Rudy's Rock 1956 Flanders 16 - Dec 1956 (2 months), UK 26 - Nov 1956 (5 weeks), US Billboard 34 - Nov 1956 (13 weeks), US CashBox 38 - Oct 1956 (4 weeks)
100 Teresa Brewer Sweet Old-Fashioned Girl 1956 UK 3 - Jul 1956 (15 weeks), US Billboard 7 - Jun 1956 (20 weeks), US CashBox 11 - Jun 1956 (17 weeks), UKMIX 558, RYM 157 of 1956

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17 May 2014

song with lyrics i love you mary lou

song from 1955 to 1956


5 Apr 2013

# 82 Woman in Love

This was also a # 19 Billboard hit.

You are right the data has been fixed thanks


5 Apr 2013

# 22 Mack the Knife

This was also a #20 Billboard Hit.

Yes you are right, we had it listed as "Theme From 'A Threepenny Opera'", we've fixed the data. Thanks for the suggestion


9 Jul 2012

eddie my love

I have enjoyed your site. I was actually looking for the song eddie my love by the teen queens and then later by a few other more famous groups of the time.

I didn't find it referenced even though wikapedia noted it was a top 14 on Billboard. I thought it was at least enough to be in your top 100. Is this an oversight or was I off on its national popularity (could have been just a regional favorite afterall) Thanks again for this reference. I am using as a time line peg for an autobiography. I seems that music allows one to realize where you were at a given moment

"Eddie My Love" was a hit in both Billboard and CashBox, it is also listed in David Marsh's list. However it was not a hit outside the USA, so it is just outside the top 100 for 1956. You will notice that even the 100th song was a hit in two countries.


15 Feb 2012

Song lists

This site is a gem! Your listings are impressive, and comprehensive. I read your notes on the scoring system, and agree with your method. Well done!


8 Jan 2012

# 22 Mack the Knife

This was also a # 20 Billboard hit.


9 Sep 2011

old song

What year did Michael Holyiday? sing "one day I'm going to write the story of my life",? because I heard it on the Radio on our Honeymoon 55 years ago, I'm just finishing my life story to leave to my children, that has been because I liked the song so much, what other songs did he sing?

Thank you

We don't have any idea when the song was released, however "The Story of My Life" became a hit (in the UK at least) in 1958 reaching: UK 1 - Jan 1958 (15 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 4 weeks - Feb 1958, Record Mirror 1 for 2 weeks - Feb 1958, RYM 140 of 1958, UKMIX 352

We don't have reliable French charts from that era. But that was his biggest hit (in those charts we have). Other songs of his that reached the charts were:

"Stairway of Love" (1958) - Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 1 week - Jun 1958, UK 3 - May 1958 (13 weeks)

"Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)" (1956) - Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 3 weeks - Jun 1956, UK 14 - Jun 1956 (8 weeks)

"Starry Eyed" (1960) - UK 1 - Jan 1960 (13 weeks)

"Gal With the Yaller Shoes" (1956) - UK 13 - Jun 1956 (3 weeks)

"Nothin' to Do" (1956) - UK 20 - Mar 1956 (3 weeks)

"I'll Always Be in Love With You" (1958) - UK 27 - Jul 1958 (1 week)

"In Love" (1958) - UK 26 - Mar 1958 (3 weeks)

"Keep Your Heart" (1958) - RYM 140 of 1958

"Little Boy Lost" (1960) - UK 50 - Sep 1960 (1 week)

"Skylark" (1960) - UK 39 - Apr 1960 (3 weeks)

"Ten Thousand Miles" (1956) - UK 24 - Oct 1956 (3 weeks)


10 Jul 2011

Lonnie Donegan

Could you please provide info as to where Lonnie Donegan's Rock Island Line placed on the Billboard charts.

Thanks.

There is a page for Lonnie Donegan that has that information on it, "Rock Island Line" was song number 40 of 1955. It reached number 8 in the Billboard charts (its run there was 17 weeks starting Mar 1956).

We suspect that the year of 1954 on the Acclaimed music site is incorrect, since it entered both the US and UK charts in 1956. Our calculation places it in 1955, as do the RYM and DDD sites, because that is between the Acclaimed and Billboard dates.

Lonnie Donegan's version was the most successful although Leadbelly had a version of the song in 1944. Following Lonnie Donegan's hit it was a hit for Don Cornell in the US and Stan Freberg in the UK. Johnny Cash's version was number 93 in the Billboard chart in Feb 1970.


13 Sep 2010

Song listed

I'm starting to use your list as a reference for my music collections as the listing are superb and comprehensive, Great job.

However, can you list more songs than no. 100? What are the 100 songs represents in terms of chart ranking? are they in the billboard top 40? Base on the 100s, if the song ranking not up to 40 and above, then it would not be listed, is that right?

Desi Arnaz.

Thanks for the kind words, you are clearly using these lists the way we intended to revisit music of the past and suggest songs that should be tried out.

We specificly selected to show only the top 100 songs for a number of reasons, not least of which was that we felt most readers would think any more would be excessive.

The rankings are in order of the songs chart positions in all the charts it shows up in. So while a Billboard top 40 slot might be a good start a song has to have been a hit in more than just that one chart to make it to our list.

For example the Frankie Laine song "Moonlight Gambler" reached number 3 in Billboard, and number 13 in the UK chart, however because it was not a hit elsewhere it ranks as the 131st song of 1956 (and hence is not in this listing)

In contrast Louis Armstrong's version of "Mack the Knife" was number 1 in Australia, number 8 in the UK, inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1997 and got many other chart entries. However it was never a hit in the Billboard chart. We rank this song as number 28 of 1956, much higher than Frankie Laine's song.

We use a scoring system that is described in detail in the "Site Generation" FAQ page. It has been honed over many years and tested in a wide variety of ways. While, of course, any scoring system will have its pitfalls we feel that this one is both simple enough to be transparent and yet yeilds results that are usually reasonable.