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TOP 100 ATLANTIC-ATCO HITS
1950-1969

  1. Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin - 1959
  2. People Got to Be Free - The Rascals - 1968
  3. (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding - 1968
  4. Groovin' - The Young Rascals - 1967
  5. Save the Last Dance For Me - The Drifters - 1960
  6. Stranger on the Shore - Mr. Acker Bilk - 1962
  7. I Got You Babe - Sonny and Cher - 1965
  8. Tighten Up - Archie Bell and the Drells - 1968
  9. When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge - 1966
  10. Respect - Aretha Franklin - 1967
  11. Yakety Yak - The Coasters - 1958
  12. Deep Purple - Nino Tempo and April Stevens - 1963
  13. Wild Thing - The Troggs - 1966
  14. Charlie Brown - The Coasters - 1959
  15. Soul Man - Sam and Dave - 1967
  16. There Goes My Baby - The Drifters - 1959
  17. Searchin' - The Coasters - 1957
  18. Teardrops From My Eyes - Ruth Brown - 1950
  19. Money Honey - Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters - 1953
  20. Apache - Jorgen Ingmann - 1961
  21. Dream Lover - Bobby Darin - 1959
  22. Good Lovin' - The Young Rascals - 1966
  23. Green Onions - Booker T. and the MG's - 1962
  24. Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley - 1967
  25. Take a Letter Maria - R.B. Greaves - 1969
  26. Splish Splash - Bobby Darin - 1958
  27. Shake, Rattle and Roll - Joe Turner - 1953
  28. Hello Stranger - Barbara Lewis - 1963
  29. Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin - 1968
  30. Honey Love - The Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter - 1954
  31. Up On the Roof - The Drifters - 1963
  32. Sunshine of Your Love - Cream - 1968
  33. A Lover's Question - Clyde McPhatter - 1958
  34. Mr. Lee - The Bobbettes - 1957
  35. Fire - The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - 1968
  36. A Beautiful Morning - The Rascals - 1968
  37. I Cried a Tear - LaVern Baker - 1959
  38. Stand By Me - Ben E. King - 1961
  39. 5-10-15 Hours - Ruth Brown - 1952
  40. Fool, Fool, Fool - The Clovers - 1951
  41. What'd I Say - Ray Charles - 1959
  42. Under the Boardwalk - The Drifters - 1964
  43. (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean - Ruth Brown - 1953
  44. Young Blood - The Coasters - 1957
  45. Things - Bobby Darin - 1962
  46. Baby I Love You - Aretha Franklin - 1967
  47. How Can I Be Sure - The Young Rascals - 1967
  48. Slip Away - Clarence Carter - 1968
  49. Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darin - 1959
  50. Alley Cat - Bent Fabric - 1962
  51. Poison Ivy - The Coasters - 1959
  52. For What it's Worth - The Buffalo Springfield - 1967
  53. Cool Jerk - The Capitols - 1966
  54. Anytime, Any Place, Anywhere - Joe Morris featuring
    Laurie Tate
    - 1950
  55. (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone - Aretha
    Franklin
    - 1968
  56. Don't You Know I Love You - The Clovers - 1951
  57. Hold What You've Got - Joe Tex - 1965
  58. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby - Bobby Darin - 1961
  59. You Keep Me Hanging On - Vanilla Fudge - 1968
  60. The Beat Goes On - Sonny and Cher - 1967
  61. White Room - Cream - 1968
  62. Land of 1000 Dances - Wilson Pickett - 1966
  63. Oh What a Dream - Ruth Brown - 1954
  64. I Started a Joke - The Bee Gees - 1969
  65. Queen of the Hop - Bobby Darin - 1958
  66. Honey Hush - Joe Turner - 1954
  67. I've Got a Woman - Ray Charles - 1955
  68. Think - Aretha Franklin - 1968
  69. I've Gotta Get a Message to You - The Bee Gees - 1968
  70. Spanish Harlem - Ben E. King - 1961
  71. Funky Broadway - Wilson Pickett - 1967
  72. Chains of Love - Joe Turner - 1951
  73. C.C. Rider - Chuck Willis - 1957
  74. Since I Met You Baby - Ivory Joe Hunter - 1956
  75. Ting-A-Ling - The Clovers - 1952
  76. If I Were a Carpenter - Bobby Darin - 1966
  77. Mambo Baby - Ruth Brown - 1954
  78. Sh-Boom - The Chords - 1954
  79. Bottle of Wine - The Fireballs - 1968
  80. Skinny Legs and All - Joe Tex - 1968
  81. Just One Look - Doris Troy - 1963
  82. Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes) - Carla Thomas - 1961
  83. Walking the Dog - Rufus Thomas - 1963
  84. Lovey Dovey - The Clovers - 1954
  85. I Thank You - Sam and Dave - 1968
  86. I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) - Aretha Franklin - 1967
  87. I Can't Stop Dancing - Archie Bell and the Drells - 1968
  88. On Broadway - The Drifters - 1963
  89. Along Came Jones - The Coasters - 1959
  90. The House That Jack Built - Aretha Franklin - 1968
  91. Gloria - The Shadows of Knight - 1966
  92. Son-Of-A Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield - 1968
  93. Good Lovin' - The Clovers - 1953
  94. What Am I Living For - Chuck Willis - 1958
  95. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin - 1967
  96. One Mint Julep - The Clovers - 1952
  97. Baby I'm Yours - Barbara Lewis - 1965
  98. I Say a Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin - 1968
  99. Take Time to Know Her - Percy Sledge - 1968
  100. Make Me Your Baby - Barbara Lewis - 1965

This list is comprised of songs released on Atlantic Records and its main subsidiary, Atco, during the 1950s and 1960s. Records on the many independent labels distributed by Atlantic-Atco are included, of which ten hits by eight artists (The Chords, Booker T. and the MG's, Rufus Thomas, Sam and Dave, Otis Redding, Joe Tex, The Shadows of Knight and The Capitols) on six labels (Cat, Stax, Volt, Dial, Dunwich and Karen) made the list. Rankings are based on the popularity of each song during the period of 1950 through 1969.

Aretha Franklin tops all Atlantic label artists with nine songs on the list, followed by Bobby Darin (the top Atco artist) with eight. The Drifters are next with seven songs (including two featuring Clyde McPhatter). The Coasters and The Clovers each have six, followed by The Rascals with five (three as The Young Rascals) and Ruth Brown with five. Joe Turner and Barbara Lewis have three apiece, as does Clyde McPhatter (including two with The Drifters).





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