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TOP 100 CAPITOL HITS
1950-1969

  1. Vaya Con Dios - Les Paul and Mary Ford - 1953
  2. Mona Lisa - Nat "King" Cole - 1950
  3. Hey Jude - The Beatles - 1968
  4. Too Young - Nat "King" Cole - 1951
  5. How High the Moon - Les Paul and Mary Ford - 1951
  6. Wheel of Fortune - Kay Starr - 1952
  7. Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford - 1955
  8. I Want to Hold Your Hand - The Beatles - 1964
  9. The Poor People of Paris - Les Baxter - 1956
  10. Lisbon Antigua - Nelson Riddle - 1956
  11. Memories Are Made of This - Dean Martin - 1956
  12. Ode to Billie Joe - Bobbie Gentry - 1967
  13. Tom Dooley - The Kingston Trio - 1958
  14. Get Back - The Beatles with Billy Preston - 1969
  15. Yesterday - The Beatles - 1965
  16. Can't Buy Me Love - The Beatles - 1964
  17. That's Amore - Dean Martin - 1953
  18. Unchained Melody - Les Baxter - 1955
  19. Sukiyaki - Kyu Sakamoto - 1963
  20. St. George and the Dragonet - Stan Freberg - 1953
  21. It's in the Book - Johnny Standley - 1952
  22. April in Portugal - Les Baxter - 1953
  23. We Can Work it Out - The Beatles - 1966
  24. I Get Around - The Beach Boys - 1964
  25. Learnin' the Blues - Frank Sinatra - 1955
  26. Young Love - Sonny James - 1957
  27. He's Got the Whole World in His Hands - Laurie London - 1958
  28. Young-At-Heart - Frank Sinatra - 1954
  29. Help! - The Beatles - 1965
  30. The Wild Side of Life - Hank Thompson - 1952
  31. I Feel Fine - The Beatles - 1964
  32. Help Me, Rhonda - The Beach Boys - 1965
  33. A Blossom Fell - Nat "King" Cole - 1955
  34. A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles - 1964
  35. Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys - 1966
  36. Mockin' Bird Hill - Les Paul and Mary Ford - 1951
  37. A World Without Love - Peter and Gordon - 1964
  38. Hello Goodbye - The Beatles - 1967
  39. I Get So Lonely (When I Dream About You) - The Four
    Knights
    - 1954
  40. Oh! - Pee Wee Hunt - 1953
  41. Come Together - The Beatles - 1969
  42. I'm Telling You Now - Freddie and the Dreamers - 1965
  43. All You Need is Love - The Beatles - 1967
  44. The Blacksmith Blues - Ella Mae Morse - 1952
  45. Pretend - Nat "King" Cole - 1953
  46. Eight Days a Week - The Beatles - 1965
  47. Gone - Ferlin Husky - 1957
  48. Teen-Age Crush - Tommy Sands - 1957
  49. Ramblin' Rose - Nat "King" Cole - 1962
  50. Georgy Girl - The Seekers - 1967
  51. Those Were the Days - Mary Hopkin - 1968
  52. Send For Me - Nat "King" Cole - 1957
  53. Love's Gonna Live Here - Buck Owens - 1963
  54. Paperback Writer - The Beatles - 1966
  55. Surfin' U.S.A. - The Beach Boys - 1963
  56. I'll Never Be Free - Kay Starr and Tennessee Ernie - 1950
  57. The World is Waiting for the Sunrise - Les Paul and
    Mary Ford
    - 1951
  58. Ticket to Ride - The Beatles - 1965
  59. Return to Me - Dean Martin - 1958
  60. 26 Miles (Santa Catalina) - The Four Preps - 1958
  61. Penny Lane - The Beatles - 1967
  62. Dragnet - Ray Anthony - 1953
  63. Bonaparte's Retreat - Kay Starr - 1950
  64. I Love You Because - Al Martino - 1963
  65. Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell - 1968
  66. You're the Reason I'm Living - Bobby Darin - 1963
  67. If You Love Me (Really Love Me) - Kay Starr - 1954
  68. Yellow Submarine - The Beatles - 1966
  69. Looking Back - Nat "King" Cole - 1958
  70. Love and Marriage - Frank Sinatra - 1955
  71. I'll Never Find Another You - The Seekers - 1965
  72. Time Won't Let Me - The Outsiders - 1966
  73. Galveston - Glen Campbell - 1969
  74. Answer Me, My Love - Nat "King" Cole - 1954
  75. Hey! Jealous Lover - Frank Sinatra - 1956
  76. Lady Madonna - The Beatles - 1968
  77. Barbara Ann - The Beach Boys - 1966
  78. Meet Mister Callaghan - Les Paul - 1952
  79. Big Man - The Four Preps - 1958
  80. Wings of a Dove - Ferlin Husky - 1961
  81. California Girls - The Beach Boys - 1965
  82. Hello Walls - Faron Young - 1961
  83. Be-Bop-A-Lula - Gene Vincent - 1956
  84. Sloop John B - The Beach Boys - 1966
  85. A Dear John Letter - Jean Shepard with Ferlin Huskey - 1953
  86. Country Girl - Faron Young - 1959
  87. Nowhere Man - The Beatles - 1966
  88. Somewhere Along the Way - Nat "King" Cole - 1952
  89. Ballad of Davy Crockett - Tennessee Ernie Ford - 1955
  90. The Man Upstairs - Kay Starr - 1954
  91. Alone With You - Faron Young - 1958
  92. Whispering - Les Paul - 1951
  93. Peter Gunn - Ray Anthony - 1959
  94. Goin' Out of My Head/Can't Take My Eyes Off You -
    The Lettermen
    - 1968
  95. The High and the Mighty - Les Baxter - 1954
  96. Fever - Peggy Lee - 1958
  97. The Happy Whistler - Don Robertson - 1956
  98. Nobody But Me - The Human Beinz - 1968
  99. Willie and the Hand Jive - The Johnny Otis Show - 1958
  100. When I Fall in Love - The Lettermen - 1962

This list is comprised of songs released on Capirol Records and its subsidiary labels Prep, Tower and Apple. Rankings are based on the popularity of each song during the period of 1950 through 1969.

The Beatles lead all artists on the list with 19 hits (including one with Billy Preston), followed by Nat "King" Cole with nine entries and The Beach Boys with seven. Les Paul has six (including two with vocalist/wife Mary Ford) and Kay Starr has five (including one with Tennessee Ernie Ford), while Les Baxter and Frank Sinatra made the list with four apiece. The company's fortunes were hit-and-miss throughout the two decades. The year 1953, when Cole and Les Paul and Mary Ford were riding high, is represented by eight hits. The late '50s were more diverse: 1958 has nine entries by eight different artists. There are eight songs apiece from the years 1965 and 1966, when the Beach Boys and the Beatles were at the height of their popularity.





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