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

This list is comprised of songs released on Capitol 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 (four of which feature vocalist/wife Mary Ford) and Kay Starr has five (including one with Tennessee Ernie Ford), while Les Baxter and Frank Sinatra are on 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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