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TOP 100 COLUMBIA-EPIC HITS
1950-1969

  1. Cry - Johnnie Ray and The Four Lads - 1952
  2. The Song from Moulin Rouge (Where is Your Heart) -
    Percy Faith featuring Felicia Sanders - 1953
  3. Singing the Blues - Guy Mitchell - 1956
  4. (Theme from) A Summer Place - Percy Faith - 1960
  5. Because of You - Tony Bennett - 1951
  6. Hey There - Rosemary Clooney - 1954
  7. Cold, Cold Heart - Tony Bennett - 1951
  8. You Belong to Me - Jo Stafford - 1952
  9. The Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton - 1959
  10. The Yellow Rose of Texas - Mitch Miller - 1955
  11. Rags to Riches - Tony Bennett - 1953
  12. Come On-a My House - Rosemary Clooney - 1951
  13. To Sir With Love - Lulu - 1967
  14. Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean - 1961
  15. Everyday People - Sly and the Family Stone - 1969
  16. Make Love to Me! - Jo Stafford - 1954
  17. Secret Love - Doris Day - 1954
  18. Roses Are Red - Bobby Vinton - 1962
  19. El Paso - Marty Robbins - 1960
  20. There! I've Said it Again - Bobby Vinton - 1964
  21. Harbor Lights - Sammy Kaye featuring Tony Alamo and
    the Kaydets
    - 1950
  22. Heartaches By the Number - Guy Mitchell - 1959
  23. This Ole House - Rosemary Clooney - 1954
  24. Delicado - Percy Faith - 1952
  25. Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera) - Doris Day - 1956
  26. Just Walking in the Rain - Johnnie Ray - 1956
  27. Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton - 1963
  28. Go Away Little Girl - Steve Lawrence - 1963
  29. Half as Much - Rosemary Clooney - 1952
  30. I Believe - Frankie Laine - 1953
  31. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season) -
    The Byrds
    - 1965
  32. Mrs. Robinson - Simon and Garfunkel - 1968
  33. Let Me Go Lover - Joan Weber - 1955
  34. The Sounds of Silence - Simon and Garfunkel - 1966
  35. The Little White Cloud That Cried - Johnnie Ray and The Four Lads - 1952
  36. Jezebel - Frankie Laine - 1951
  37. My Heart Cries For You - Guy Mitchell - 1951
  38. Moments to Remember - The Four Lads - 1955
  39. Chances Are - Johnny Mathis - 1957
  40. A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation) - Marty Robbins - 1957
  41. Mr. Lonely - Bobby Vinton - 1964
  42. Greenfields - The Brothers Four - 1960
  43. It's Not For Me to Say - Johnny Mathis - 1957
  44. Sunshine Siperman - Donovan - 1966
  45. Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds - 1965
  46. No, Not Much! - The Four Lads - 1956
  47. Shrimp Boats - Jo Stafford - 1951
  48. Botch-A-Me - Rosemary Clooney - 1952
  49. Can't Get Used to Losing You - Andy Williams - 1963
  50. Little Green Apples - O.C. Smith - 1968
  51. Moonlight Gambler - Frankie Laine - 1957
  52. Over and Over - The Dave Clark Five - 1965
  53. Hot Fun in the Summertime - Sly and the Family Stone - 1969
  54. Young Girl - The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett - 1968
  55. Ruby Baby - Dion - 1963
  56. Spinning Wheel - Blood, Sweat and Tears - 1969
  57. Washington Square - The Village Stompers - 1963
  58. You've Made Me So Very Happy - Blood, Sweat and Tears - 1969
  59. Lady Willpower - Gary Puckett and the Union Gap - 1968
  60. Jambalaya - Jo Stafford - 1952
  61. Stranger in Paradise - Tony Bennett - 1954
  62. North to Alaska - Johnny Horton - 1960
  63. A Guy is a Guy - Doris Day - 1952
  64. Standing on the Corner - The Four Lads - 1956
  65. A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash - 1969
  66. Mellow Yellow - Donovan - 1966
  67. And When I Die - Blood, Sweat and Tears - 1969
  68. Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan - 1965
  69. Crazy Arms - Ray Price - 1956
  70. Red Rubber Ball - The Cyrkle - 1966
  71. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Jimmy Boyd - 1952
  72. Jealousy (Jalousie) - Frankie Laine - 1951
  73. Sink the Bismark - Johnny Horton - 1960
  74. Don't Worry - Marty Robbins - 1961
  75. Always Late (With Your Kisses) - Lefty Frizzell - 1951
  76. City Lights - Ray Price - 1958
  77. Time of the Season - The Zombies - 1969
  78. Blue on Blue - Bobby Vinton - 1963
  79. Loose Talk - Carl Smith - 1955
  80. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 - Bob Dylan - 1966
  81. High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me) - Frankie Laine - 1952
  82. If I Give My Heart to You - Doris Day - 1954
  83. The Roving Kind - Guy Mitchell - 1951
  84. People - Barbra Streisand - 1964
  85. Waterloo - Stonewall Jackson - 1959
  86. Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way - Carl Smith - 1952
  87. Kicks - Paul Revere and the Raiders - 1966
  88. Marianne - Terry Gilkyson and the Easy Riders - 1957
  89. I Am a Rock - Simon and Garfunkel - 1966
  90. Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport - Rolf Harris - 1963
  91. Woman, Woman - The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett - 1968
  92. Hey Little Cobra - The Rip Chords - 1964
  93. Because - The Dave Clark Five - 1964
  94. Hey, Joe - Carl Smith - 1953
  95. You'll Never Walk Alone - Roy Hamilton - 1954
  96. Wolverton Mountain - Claude King - 1962
  97. Band of Gold - Don Cherry - 1956
  98. San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair) -
    Scott McKenzie - 1967
  99. Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um - Major Lance - 1964
  100. On the Street Where You Live - Vic Damone - 1956

This list is comprised of songs released on Columbia Records and its subsidiary labels Epic, Okeh, Date and Ode. Rankings are based on the popularity of each song during the period of 1950 through 1969.

It's difficult to single out the label's top star of the era as several pop singers achieved comparable success. Frankie Laine, Rosemary Clooney and Bobby Vinton each have five songs on the list; The Four Lads also have five (including two with Johnnie Ray). Four artists each appear four times: Doris Day, Jo Stafford, Guy Mitchell and Tony Bennett. Eight more acts have three songs apiece on the list: Johnnie Ray (including two with The Four Lads), Percy Faith, Carl Smith, Marty Robbins, Johnny Horton, Simon and Garfunkel, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap and Blood, Sweat and Tears. Gradually adjusting to changes in music trends, the Columbia group of labels maintained a position as one of the most successful record companies. 53 entries are from the 1950s, while 47 are from the 1960s. The peak year, with eleven songs on the list, was 1952.




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