Top 100 Lists


TOP 100 MGM HITS
1950-1969

  1. It's All in the Game - Tommy Edwards - 1958
  2. Why Don't You Believe Me - Joni James - 1952
  3. The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley - 1958
  4. It's Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty - 1958
  5. Everybody's Somebody's Fool - Connie Francis - 1960
  6. Teen Angel - Mark Dinning - 1960
  7. My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own - Connie Francis - 1960
  8. The Stripper - David Rose - 1962
  9. (You're My) Soul and Inspiration - The Righteous
    Brothers
    - 1966
  10. The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals - 1964
  11. Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter - Herman's
    Hermits
    - 1965
  12. Summer in the City - The Lovin' Spoonful - 1966
  13. Handy Man - Jimmy Jones - 1960
  14. Wooly Bully - Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs - 1965
  15. Lightnin' Strikes - Lou Christie - 1966
  16. My Happiness - Connie Francis - 1959
  17. Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home) - The Impalas - 1959
  18. The Rain, the Park and Other Things - The Cowsills - 1967
  19. Don't Break the Heart That Loves You - Connie Francis - 1962
  20. Hair - The Cowsills - 1969
  21. Lil' Red Riding Hood - Sam the Sham and the
    Pharaohs
    - 1966
  22. Who's Sorry Now - Connie Francis - 1958
  23. Jambalaya (On the Bayou) - Hank Williams - 1952
  24. Can't You Hear My Heartbeat - Herman's Hermits - 1965
  25. Good Timin' - Jimmy Jones - 1960
  26. Kaw-Liga - Hank Williams - 1953
  27. I'm Henry VIII, I Am - Herman's Hermits - 1965
  28. Cold, Cold Heart - Hank Williams - 1951
  29. Daydream - The Lovin' Spoonful - 1966
  30. I Almost Lost My Mind - Ivory Joe Hunter - 1950
  31. Have You Heard - Joni James - 1953
  32. Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind? - The Lovin'
    Spoonful
    - 1966
  33. My Foolish Heart - Billy Eckstine - 1950
  34. Where the Boys Are - Connie Francis - 1961
  35. Anna - Silvana Mangano - 1953
  36. Why Don't You Love Me - Hank Williams - 1950
  37. Honey-Babe - Art Mooney - 1955
  38. Your Cheatin' Heart - Joni James - 1953
  39. Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Hank Williams - 1950
  40. Lipstick on Your Collar - Connie Francis - 1959
  41. Keep on Dancing - The Gentrys - 1965
  42. There's a Kind of Hush (All Over the World) - Herman's
    Hermits
    - 1967
  43. Your Cheatin' Heart - Hank Williams - 1953
  44. Silhouettes - Herman's Hermits - 1965
  45. The Girl From Ipanema - Getz / Gilberto - 1964
  46. Come on Down to My Boat - Every Mothers' Son - 1967
  47. I Need You So - Ivory Joe Hunter - 1950
  48. Hey, Good Lookin' - Hank Williams - 1951
  49. Listen People - Herman's Hermits - 1966
  50. Take These Chains From My Heart - Hank Williams - 1953
  51. I Apologize - Billy Eckstine - 1951
  52. Wonderful World - Herman's Hermits - 1965
  53. Among My Souvenirs - Connie Francis - 1960
  54. Moritat (A Theme from the Three Penny Opera) - The
    Dick Hyman Trio
    - 1956
  55. How Important Can it Be? - Joni James - 1955
  56. Lonely Blue Boy - Conway Twitty - 1960
  57. Dandy - Herman's Hermits - 1966
  58. Together - Connie Francis - 1961
  59. More - Kai Winding - 1963
  60. Many Tears Ago - Connie Francis - 1960
  61. Talk Back Trembling Lips - Johnny Tillotson - 1963
  62. I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive - Hank Williams - 1952
  63. Mama - Connie Francis - 1960
  64. I Wanna Be Loved - Billy Eckstine - 1950
  65. Breakin' in a Brand New Broken Heart - Connie Francis - 1961
  66. Just a Little Bit Better - Herman's Hermits - 1965
  67. The High and the Mighty - Leroy Holmes - 1954
  68. Do You Believe in Magic - The Lovin' Spoonful - 1965
  69. Frankie - Connie Francis - 1959
  70. Danny Boy - Conway Twitty - 1959
  71. (Theme From) Dr. Kildare (Three Stars Will Shine Tonight) -
    Richard Chamberlain - 1962
  72. Indian lake - The Cowsills - 1968
  73. Second Hand Love - Connie Francis - 1962
  74. Nashville Cats - The Lovin' Spoonful - 1967
  75. A Must to Avoid - Herman's Hermits - 1966
  76. San Franciscan Nights - Eric Burdon and the Animals - 1967
  77. When the Boy in Your Arms (Is the Boy in Your Heart) -
    Connie Francis
    - 1961
  78. You Didn't Have to Be So Nice - The Lovin' Spoonful - 1966
  79. Born a Woman - Sandy Posey - 1966
  80. Nuttin' For Christmas - Barry Gordon with Art Mooney - 1955
  81. Vacation - Connie Francis - 1962
  82. See See Rider - Eric Burdon and the Animals - 1966
  83. My Love, My Love - Joni James - 1953
  84. Please Mr. Sun - Tommy Edwards - 1959
  85. Rain on the Roof - The Lovin' Spoonful - 1966
  86. I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermits - 1964
  87. Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) - The Hombres - 1967
  88. Single Girl - Sandy Posey - 1966
  89. Stand By Me - Spyder Turner - 1967
  90. Desafinado - Stan Getz / Charlie Byrd - 1962
  91. Half as Much - Hank Williams - 1952
  92. I Take it Back - Sandy Posey - 1967
  93. Don't Bring Me Down - The Animals - 1966
  94. Gonna Find Me a Bluebird - Marvin Rainwater - 1957
  95. Stupid Cupid - Connie Francis - 1958
  96. We Gotta Get Out of This Place - The Animals - 1965
  97. Sky Pilot - Eric Burdon and the Animals - 1968
  98. Society's Child - Janis Ian - 1967
  99. You Are My Love - Joni James - 1955
  100. Love is All We Need - Tommy Edwards - 1958

This list is comprised of songs released on MGM Records and its subsidiary labels Cub, Kama Sutra and Heritage, in addition to recordings on Verve released after its acquisition of the label in 1961. Rankings are based on the popularity of each song during the period of 1950 through 1969.

Connie Francis leads all artists on the list with 17 hits, followed by Herman's Hermits with eleven and Hank Williams with ten. Kama Sutra recording act The Lovin' Spoonful has seven songs on the list, followed by Joni James and Eric Burdon's band The Animals with six apiece. The company's peak came in the mid-'60s with a successful combination of U.S. and U.K. rock acts. 1966 was the top year with 15 hits, followed by 1965 with ten.





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