Top 100 Lists


TOP 100 ONE-HIT ARTISTS
OF THE '50S AND '60S

  1. Anton Karas - "The Third Man" Theme - 1950
  2. Zager and Evans - In the Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus) - 1969
  3. The Singing Nun - Dominique - 1963
  4. Morris Stoloff - Moonglow and Theme from "Picnic" - 1956
  5. Johnny Standley - It's in the Book - 1952
  6. Joan Weber - Let Me Go Lover - 1955
  7. The Silhouettes - Get a Job - 1958
  8. The Elegants - Little Star - 1958
  9. Laurie London - He's Got the Whole World in His Hands - 1958
  10. The Hollywood Argyles - Alley-Oop - 1960
  11. Phil Phillips - Sea of Love - 1959
  12. Bill Parsons - The All American Boy - 1958
  13. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Fire - 1968
  14. The Jaynetts - Sally Go 'Round the Roses - 1963
  15. Bill Snyder - Bewitched - 1950
  16. Del Wood - Down Yonder - 1951
  17. The Murmaids - Popsicles and Icicles - 1964
  18. Guitar Slim - The Things That I Used To Do - 1954
  19. Frank Weir - The Happy Wanderer - 1954
  20. The Chantays - Pipeline - 1963
  21. The Monotones - Book of Love - 1958
  22. The Tune Weavers - Happy, Happy Birthday Baby - 1957
  23. The Crescendos - Oh Julie - 1958
  24. The Fendermen - Mule Skinner Blues - 1960
  25. The Davis Sisters - I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know - 1953
  26. Claudine Clark - Party Lights - 1962
  27. Robin Luke - Susie Darlin' - 1958
  28. Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton - Hound Dog - 1953
  29. Don Howard - Oh Happy Day - 1953
  30. Silvana Mangano - Anna - 1953
  31. Chris Barber's Jazz Band - Petite Fleur - 1959
  32. Count Five - Psychotic Reaction - 1966
  33. Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats - Rocket "88" - 1951
  34. Napoleon XIV - They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! - 1966
  35. Russ Hamilton - Rainbow - 1957
  36. Ernie Maresca - Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out) - 1962
  37. Buzz Clifford - Baby Sittin' Boogie - 1961
  38. Pearl Bailey - Takes Two to Tango - 1952
  39. Emilio Pericoli - Al Di La - 1962
  40. Bob Moore - Mexico - 1961
  41. The Penguins - Earth Angel - 1955
  42. John Zacherle - Dinner With Drac - 1958
  43. The Cowboy Church Sunday School - Open Up Your Heart (And Let the Sunshine In) - 1955
  44. The Chords - Sh-Boom - 1954
  45. Kai Winding - More - 1963
  46. Kokomo - Asia Minor - 1961
  47. Julie London - Cry Me a River - 1955
  48. Don Robertson - The Happy Whistler - 1956
  49. Franck Pourcel's French Fiddles - Only You - 1959
  50. Travis and Bob - Tell Him No - 1959
  51. Bill Pursell - Our Winter Love - 1963
  52. Darrell Glenn - Crying in the Chapel - 1953
  53. The Little Dippers - Forever - 1960
  54. Reg Owen - Manhattan Spiritual - 1959
  55. Eddie Calvert - Oh, Mein Papa - 1954
  56. Doris Troy - Just One Look - 1963
  57. The Hollywood Flames - Buzz Buzz Buzz - 1957
  58. Art and Dotty Todd - Chanson D'Amour - 1958
  59. Mike Douglas - The Men in My Little Girl's Life - 1966
  60. Joey Powers - Midnight Mary - 1963
  61. Billy Joe and the Checkmates - Percolator (Twist) - 1962
  62. Margie Rayburn - I'm Available - 1957
  63. Joe Valino - Garden of Eden - 1956
  64. The Ivy Three - Yogi - 1960
  65. Desmond Dekker and the Aces - Israelites - 1969
  66. The Silkie - You've Got to Hide Your Love Away - 1965
  67. The Danleers - One Summer Night - 1958
  68. Larry Finnegan - Dear One - 1962
  69. Tommy Dee with Carol Kaye and the Teen-Aires -
    Three Stars - 1959
  70. The Castaways - Liar, Liar - 1965
  71. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir - Battle Hymn of the Republic - 1959
  72. People - I Love You - 1968
  73. Caterina Valente - The Breeze and I - 1955
  74. The Hombres - Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) - 1967
  75. Crazy Elephant - Gimme Gimme Good Lovin' - 1969
  76. The Shields - You Cheated - 1958
  77. The Fifth Estate - Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead - 1967
  78. The Jarmels - A Little Bit of Soap - 1961
  79. Denise Lor - If I Give My Heart to You - 1954
  80. Spencer Ross - Tracy's Theme - 1960
  81. Larry Hall - Sandy - 1960
  82. Bobby Scott - Chain Gang - 1955
  83. Jerry Keller - Here Comes Summer - 1959
  84. The Joe Jeffrey Group - My Pledge of Love - 1969
  85. The Bubble Puppy - Hot Smoke and Sasafrass - 1969
  86. The Islanders - The Enchanted Sea - 1959
  87. Robin Ward - Wonderful Summer - 1963
  88. Slim Willet - Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes - 1952
  89. The Crows - Gee - 1954
  90. Helmut Zacharias and his Magic Violins - When the White Lilacs Bloom Again - 1956
  91. Leapy Lee - Little Arrows - 1968
  92. The Teen Queens - Eddie My Love - 1956
  93. The Ran-Dells - Martian Hop - 1963
  94. Garry Miles - Look For a Star - 1960
  95. The Paradons - Diamonds and Pearls - 1960
  96. The Rose Garden - Next Plane to London - 1967
  97. The Cadets - Stranded in the Jungle - 1956
  98. James Waynes - Tend to Your Business - 1951
  99. Ronnie and the Hi-Lites - I Wish That We Were Married - 1962
  100. The Rock-A-Teens - Woo-Hoo - 1959

Recording acts with only one song ever to hit the U.S. pop, rhythm and blues and/or country charts are eligible for this list. A number of artists managed one or more "Bubbling Under" appearances without hitting the top 100 portion of any chart more than once; a listing on a chart of this type does not disqualify an artist from "one-hit" status (though some may wish it did), nor does a mistaken label credit, such as Bill Parsons at #12. Any artist with only one hit single over the course of an otherwise successful career is included. Rankings are based on the popularity of each song during the period of 1950 through 1969.





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Anton Karas Zager and Evans The Singing Nun Morris Stoloff Joan Weber The Silhouettes The Elegants Phil Phillips The Tune Weavers The Crescendos