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.
Previous Comments (newest first)
7 Sep 2018
Answer Me, Lord Above
First I want to thank you for your excellent work. You have put together an interesting source of information on an international perspective of chart success. Of course the US charts dominate, but underneath global success of certain songs become apparaint. Just one suggestion of possible improvement: You have a category, where you list under a song title, different chart success in different years, sometimes even in different world regions. That is very interesting for me. The problem is sometimes songs of different names are actually the same song (just different titles in different countries), or they are different versions (cover version) of the same song. Sometimes totally different songs just share the same name. I understand that identifying these songs is hard (and special characters in languages other than english complicate that even more). For me "Answer Me, Lord Above" from Frankie Laineand David Whitfield and "Answer Me My Love" from Nat King Cole are all the same song. They are english versions of "Muetterlein" from Fred Rauch, which had no Success in the German charts as far as I know. I would like to see all those songs appear together. A lot of work. But with input from users around the world possible.
We selected to combine all songs with the same title. That is hard enough. Attempting to identify similar sons with different titles and to distinguish between different songs with the same title is much harder.
Good luck with that
19 May 2017
male singer in the fifties
First guy who springs to mind, Malcolm, is Edmund Hockridge - a fine, near-operatic Canadian singer who settled in Britain after WW2 and basically spent the remainder of his days here. Not quite sure about him appearing inKismet, but I daresay he may have recorded some of the songs from that show.
28 Jan 2017
male singer in the fifties
I'm trying to remember the name of a canadian show singer who resided in london in the fifties.He was very popular,doing many radio shows and I think he also appeared in the west end show Kismet (not Alfred Drake) Hope you can help me. ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ + Thanks in advance. Malcolm Mackenzie
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
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
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.
21 Apr 2012
NÂº 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.
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.
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
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