Top 100 Lists


TOP 100 ONE-WORD TITLE HITS
OF THE '50S AND '60S

  1. Cry - Johnnie Ray and The Four Lads - 1952
  2. Tammy - Debbie Reynolds - 1957
  3. Wanted - Perry Como - 1954
  4. Sincerely - The McGuire Sisters - 1955
  5. If - Perry Como - 1951
  6. Don't - Elvis Presley - 1958
  7. Tequila - The Champs - 1958
  8. Venus - Frankie Avalon - 1959
  9. Sherry - The 4 Seasons - 1962
  10. Honey - Bobby Goldsboro - 1968
  11. Honeycomb - Jimmie Rodgers - 1957
  12. Runaway - Del Shannon - 1961
  13. Diana - Paul Anka - 1957
  14. Windy - The Association - 1967
  15. Dizzy - Tommy Roe - 1969
  16. Groovin' - The Young Rascals - 1967
  17. Dominique - The Singing Nun - 1963
  18. Butterfly - Andy Williams - 1957
  19. Patricia - Perez Prado - 1958
  20. Yesterday - The Beatles - 1965
  21. Telstar - The Tornadoes - 1962
  22. Sukiyaki - Kyu Sakamoto - 1963
  23. Delicado - Percy Faith - 1952
  24. Exodus - Ferrante and Teicher - 1961
  25. Calcutta - Lawrence Welk - 1961
  26. Michael - The Highwaymen - 1961
  27. Cherish - The Association - 1966
  28. Downtown - Petula Clark - 1965
  29. Help! - The Beatles - 1965
  30. Sheila - Tommy Roe - 1962
  31. Stay - Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs - 1960
  32. Respect - Aretha Franklin - 1967
  33. Surrender - Elvis Presley - 1961
  34. Donna - Ritchie Valens - 1959
  35. Greenfields - The Brothers Four - 1960
  36. Jezebel - Frankie Laine - 1951
  37. Why - Frankie Avalon - 1960
  38. Searchin' - The Coasters - 1958
  39. Oh! - Pee Wee Hunt - 1953
  40. Apache - Jorgen Ingmann - 1961
  41. Raunchy - Bill Justis - 1957
  42. Raindrops - Dee Clark - 1961
  43. Sunny - Bobby Hebb - 1966
  44. Lollipop - The Chordettes - 1958
  45. Hair - The Cowsills - 1969
  46. Crying - Roy Orbison - 1961
  47. Pretend - Nat "King" Cole - 1953
  48. Gone - Ferlin Husky - 1957
  49. Ringo - Lorne Greene - 1964
  50. Jambalaya - Jo Stafford - 1951
  51. Silhouettes - The Rays - 1958
  52. Problems - The Everly Brothers - 1958
  53. Ruby - Richard Hayman - 1953
  54. Bewitched - Bill Snyder - 1950
  55. Jean - Oliver - 1969
  56. Sugartime - The McGuire Sisters - 1958
  57. He - Al Hibbler - 1955
  58. Daydream - The Lovin' Spoonful - 1966
  59. Memphis - Johnny Rivers - 1964
  60. Reflections - Diana Ross and the Supremes - 1967
  61. Fire - The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - 1968
  62. Secretly - Jimmie Rodgers - 1958
  63. Butterfly - Charlie Gracie - 1957
  64. Something - The Beatles - 1969
  65. More - Perry Como - 1956
  66. Traces - Classics IV - 1969
  67. Dragnet - Ray Anthony - 1953
  68. Maybellene - Chuck Berry - 1955
  69. Norman - Sue Thompson - 1962
  70. Wheels - The String-A-Longs - 1961
  71. Skokiaan - Ralph Marterie - 1954
  72. Suspicion - Terry Stafford - 1964
  73. Spooky - Classics IV - 1968
  74. Everybody - Tommy Roe - 1963
  75. Night - Jackie Wilson - 1960
  76. People - Barbra Streisand - 1964
  77. Waterloo - Stonewall Jackson - 1959
  78. Java - Al Hirt - 1964
  79. Pipeline - The Chantays - 1963
  80. Slowly - Webb Pierce - 1954
  81. Tiger - Fabian - 1959
  82. Things - Bobby Darin - 1962
  83. Volare - Bobby Rydell - 1960
  84. Shotgun - Jr. Walker and the All Stars - 1965
  85. Kicks - Paul Revere and the Raiders - 1966
  86. Tragedy - Thomas Wayne - 1959
  87. Marianne - Terry Gilkyson and the Easy Riders - 1957
  88. Seventeen - Boyd Bennett and his Rockets - 1955
  89. One - Three Dog Night - 1969
  90. Hurt - Timi Yuro - 1961
  91. When - The Kalin Twins - 1958
  92. Stormy - Classics IV - 1968
  93. Undecided - The Ames Brothers - 1951
  94. Kiddio - Brook Benton - 1960
  95. Because - The Dave Clark Five - 1964
  96. Valleri - The Monkees - 1968
  97. Flamingo - Earl Bostic - 1952
  98. Rainbow - Russ Hamilton - 1957
  99. Mockingbird - Inez Foxx - 1963
  100. Still - Bill Anderson - 1963

Only one word in a song title is accepted on this list...no extra words like "a" or "the," no hyphenated words nor additional words in parentheses. Proper names are plentiful! Foreign and slang words are okay too. Rankings are based on the popularity of each recording during the period of 1950 through 1969.

Four artists lead the list with three songs apiece: Perry Como comes out on top, with two of his three in the top ten. Tommy Roe, The Beatles and Classics IV also displayed a tendency toward one-word titles.





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