Songs from the 1950s

Elvis Presley

You guys already know what songs from the 50s are popular now. Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Patsy Cline and all those people are household names.

But do you really know who ruled the charts in the 1950s? I bet you haven’t heard most of these songs. It’s amazing what we think was popular back then and what actually was popular in the 50s.

It makes me wonder what’s going to be popular in the future that isn’t popular now!

Names like Patti Page, Perry Como and Nat King Cole carry over from the 40s. Rosemary Clooney had a good run, as did Tony Bennett. In the early 50s, the crooners perfected their trade.

But when Elvis came in everything changed. Not only did he completely dominate sales, but pop music from then on was completely different. Guitars, screaming, hip shaking music was topping the charts and the old folks were left wondering what the hell just happened.

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Some quick notes: It’s kinda hard to believe All I Have To Do Is Dream gets overtaken by Purple People Eater in 1958. Mr. Blue by The Fleetwoods is a great song. Unchained Melody (1955) and Sleep Walk (1959) are also two of my personal favorites in this list.

Anyhow, check out the complete list of #1 songs from the 1950s below. We have listed every single #1 song from every week in the ’50s from January 1950 all the way to December 1959.

#1 Songs in 1950

Jan. 1 – Jan. 6, 1950
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13
Jan. 14 – Feb. 10
Feb. 11 – Mar. 10
Mar. 11 – Mar. 17
Mar. 18 – Mar. 24
Mar. 25 – Apr. 28
Apr. 29 – May 4
May 5 – June 2
June 3 – June 9
June 10 – July 23
June 24 – July 7
July 8 – Aug. 18
Aug. 19 – Oct. 27
Oct. 28 – Nov. 17
Nov. 18 – Dec. 1
Dec. 2 – Dec. 15
Dec.16 – Mar. 2, 1951
Mule Train
Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer
I Can Dream, Can’t I?
Chattanoogie Shoe Shine
The Cry Of The Wild Goose
Music! Music! Music!
If I Knew You Were Comin’ Id’ve Baked a Cake
The Third Man Theme
The Third Man Theme
Hoop-Dee-Doo
Sentimental Me
I Wanna Be Loved
Mona Lisa
Goodnight, Irene
All My Love
Harbor Lights
The Thing
The Tennessee Waltz
Frankie Laine 
Gene Autry 
Andrews Sisters 
Red Foley
Frankie Laine
Teresa Brewer
Eileen Barton
Anton Karas
Guy Lombardo
Perry Como with Fontane Sisters
Ames Brothers
Andrews Sisters
Nat King Cole
Weavers featuring Gordon Jenkins
Patti Page
Sammy Kaye
Phil Harris
Patti Page

#1 Songs in 1951

Dec. 16, 1950 – Mar. 2
Mar. 3 – Mar. 9
Mar. 10 – Apr. 20
Apr. 21 – June 22
June 23 – July 27
July 28 – Sept.7
Sept. 8 – Nov. 2
Nov. 3 – Nov. 16
Nov.17 – Dec. 28
Dec. 29 – Mar. 14, 1952
The Tennessee Waltz
If
Be My Love
How High The Moon
Too Young
Come On – A My House
Because Of You
Cold, Cold Heart
Sin (It’s No Sin)
Cry
Patti Page
Perry Como
Mario Lanza
Les Paul & Mary Ford
Nat King Cole
Rosemary Clooney
Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
Eddy Howard
Johnny Ray

#1 Songs in 1952

Dec. 29, 1951 – Mar. 14
Mar. 15 – May 16
May 17 – June 20
June 21 – July 4
July 5 – July 11
July 12 – Sept. 12
Sept. 13 – Oct. 17
Oct. 18 – Nov. 21
Nov. 22 – Nov. 28
Nov. 29 – Dec. 26
Dec. 27 – Jan. 9, 1953
Cry
Wheel of Fortune
Blue Tango
Here in My Heart
Delicado
Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart
You Belong to Me
I Went To Your Wedding
It’s In The Book
Why Don’t You Believe Me
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Johnny Ray 
Kay Starr 
Leroy Anderson
Al Martino
Percy Faith & his Orchestra
Vera Lynn
Jo Stafford
Patti Page
Johnny Standley 
Joni James
Jimmy Boyd

#1 Songs in 1953

Dec. 27, 1952 – Jan. 9
Jan. 10 – Feb. 13
Feb. 14 – Mar. 20
Mar. 21 – May 15
May 16 – July 24
July 25 – Aug. 7
Aug. 8 – Oct. 9
Oct. 10 – Nov. 6
Nov. 7 – Nov. 20
Nov. 21 – Jan. 1, 1954
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes
Till I Waltz Again With You
The Doggie In The Window
Song From Moulin Rouge
I’m Walking Behind You
Vaya Con Dios
St. George And The Dragonet
Vaya Con Dios
Rags To Riches
Jimmy Boyd
Perry Como
Teresa Brewer
Patti Page
Percy Faith & his Orchestra
Eddie Fisher 
Les Paul & Mary Ford
Stan Freberg 
Les Paul & Mary Ford 
Tony Bennett

#1 Songs in 1954

Nov. 21, 1953 – Jan. 1
Jan. 2 – Feb. 26
Feb. 27 – Mar. 12
Mar. 13 – Mar. 19
Mar. 20 – Mar. 26
Ma. 27 – Apr. 9
Apr. 10 – May 28
May 29 – Aug. 6
Aug. 7 – Sept. 24
Sept. 25 – Nov. 5
Nov. 6 – Nov. 12
Nove. 13 – Dec. 3
Dec. 4, – Jan. 21, 1955
Rags To Riches
Oh My Papa 
Secret Love
Make Love To Me
Secret Love
Make Love To Me
Wanted
Little Things Mean A Lot
Sh-Boom
Hey There
This Ole House
I Need You Now
Mr. Sandman
Tony Bennett
Eddie Fisher
Doris Day
Jo Stafford 
Doris Day
Jo Stafford
Perry Como
Kitty Kallen
Crew-Cuts
Rosemary Clooney
Rosemary Clooney
Eddie Fisher 
The Chordettes

#1 Songs in 1955

Dec. 4, 1954 – Jan. 21
Jan. 22 – Feb. 4
Feb. 5 – Feb. 11
Feb. 12 – Mar. 25
Mar. 26 – Apr. 29
Apr. 30 – July 8
July 9 – Sept. 2
Sept. 3 – Oct. 7
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4
Nov. 5 – Nov. 25
Nov. 26 – Jan. 13, 1956
Mr. Sandman
Let Me Go, Lover 
Hearts of Stone
Sincerely
The Ballad Of Davy Crockett
Unchained Melody
Rock Around The Clock
Yellow Rose Of Texas
Love Is a Many Splendored Thing
Yellow Rose Of Texas
Love Is a Many Splendored Thing
Autumn Leaves
Love Is a Many Splendored Thing
Sixteen Tons
The Chordettes
Joan Weber
Fontane Sisters
McGuire Sisters
Bill Hayes
Les Baxter
Bill Haley & his Comets
Mitch Miller
The Four Aces
Mitch Miller 
The Four Aces
Roger Williams
The Four Aces
Tennessee Ernie Ford

#1 Songs in 1956

Nov. 26, 1955 – Jan. 13
Jan. 14 – Feb. 17
Feb. 18 – Mar. 2
Mar. 3 – Mar. 23
Mar. 24 – May 2
May 3 – June 15
June 16 – Aug. 3
Aug. 4 – Aug. 17
Augu. 18 – Sept. 14
Septe. 15 – Nov. 2
Nov. 3 – Nov. 16
Nove. 17 – Dec. 7
Dec. 8 – Dec. 21
Dec. 22 – Dec. 28
Dec. 29 – Feb. 8, 1957
Sixteen Tons
Memories Are Made Of This
Great Pretender
Rock And Roll Waltz
Poor People Of Paris
Heartbreak Hotel
Wayward Wind
I Almost Lost My Mind
My Prayer
Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog
Green Door
Love Me Tender
Singing The Blues
Love Me Tender
Singing The Blues 
Tennessee Ernie Ford
Dean Martin
The Platters
Kay Starr
Les Baxter
Elvis Presley
Gogi Grant
Pat Boone
The Platters
Elvis Presley
Jim Lowe
Elvis Presley
Guy Mitchell 
Elvis Presley
Guy Mitchell 

#1 Songs in 1957

Dec. 29, 1956 – Feb. 8
Feb. 9 – Feb. 15
Feb. 16 – Mar. 29
Mar. 30 – Apr. 19
Apr. 20 – June 2
June 3 – July 14
July 15 – Sept. 1
Sept. 2 – Oct. 6
Oct. 7 – Oct. 20
Oct. 21 – Nov.3
Nov. 4 – Dec. 8
Dec. 9 – Dec. 29
Dec. 30, – Jan. 10, 1958
Singing The Blues
Don’t Forbid Me
Young Love
Butterfly
All Shook Up
Love Letters In The Sand
Teddy Bear
Tammy
Honeycomb
Wake Up Little Susie
Jailhouse Rock
You Send Me
April Love
Guy Mitchell
Pat Boone
Tab Hunter
Andy Williams
Elvis Presley
Pat Boone
Elvis Presley
Debbie Reynolds
Jimmie Rodgers
The Everly Brothers
Elvis Presley
Sam Cooke
Pat Boone

#1 Songs in 1958

Dec. 30, 1957 – Jan. 10
Jan. 11 – Feb. 14
Feb. 15 – Mar. 21
Mar. 22 – Apr. 25
Apr. 26 – May 2
May 3 – May 16
May 17 – June 13
June 14 – July 25
July 26 – Aug. 8
Aug. 23 – Aug. 29
Aug. 30 – Sept. 5
Sept. 6 – Oct. 3
Oct. 4 – Nov. 14
Nov. 15 – Nov. 21
Nov. 22 – Nov. 28
Nov. 29 – Dec. 5
Dec. 6 – Dec. 26
Dec. 27 – Jan. 18, 1959
April Love
At The Hop
Don’t (I Beg of You)
Tequila
Twilight Time
Witch Doctor
All I Have To Do Is Dream
Purple People Eater
Hard Headed Woman
Volare
Little Star
Volare
It’s All In The Game
It’s Only Make Believe
Tom Dooley
It’s Only Make Believe
To Know Him is To Love Him
Chipmunk Song
Pat Boone
Danny and the Juniors
Elvis Presley
The Champs
The Platters
David Seville
The Everly Brothers
Sheb Wooley
Elvis Presley
Domenico Modugno
The Elegants
Domenico Modugno
Tommy Edwards
Conway Twitty
Kingston Trio
Conway Twitty 
Teddy Bears 
David Seville & The Chipmunks 

#1 Songs in 1959

Dec. 27, 1958 – Jan. 18
Jan. 19 – Feb. 8
Feb. 9 – Mar. 8
Mar. 9 – Apr. 12
Apr. 13 – May 10
May 11 – May 17
May 18 – May 31
June 1 – June 12
July 13 – Aug. 9
Aug. 10 – Aug. 23
Aug. 24 – Sept. 20
Sept. 21 – Oct. 4
Oct. 5 – Nov. 15
Nov. 16 – Dec. 13
Dec. 14 – Dec. 27
Dec. 28 – Jan. 3, 1960
Chipmunk Song
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Stagger Lee
Venus
Come Softly To Me
The Happy Organ
Kansas City
The Battle Of New Orleans
Lonely Boy
A Big Hunk O’ Love
The Three Bells
Sleep Walk
Mack The Knife
Mr. Blue
Heartaches By The Number
Why
David Seville & The Chipmunks
The Platters
Lloyd Price
Frankie Avalon
The Fleetwoods
Dave “Baby” Cortez
Wilbert Harrison
Johnny Horton
Paul Anka
Elvis Presley
The Browns
Santo & Johnny 
Bobby Darin
The Fleetwoods
Guy Mitchell
Frankie Avalon

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Last modified: Sep 13, 2015 | Written by Paul Phipps