Top 100 Lists


TOP 100 KING-FEDERAL HITS
1950-1969

  1. Tossin' and Turnin' - Bobby Lewis - 1961
  2. Honky Tonk (Part 2) - Bill Doggett - 1956
  3. Sixty-Minute Man - The Dominoes - 1951
  4. I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown - 1965
  5. Hearts of Stone - The Charms - 1954
  6. Work With Me Annie - The Midnighters - 1954
  7. I'll Sail My Ship Alone - Moon Mullican - 1950
  8. Have Mercy Baby - The Dominoes - 1952
  9. My True Story - The Jive Five - 1961
  10. Papa's Got a Brand New Bag - James Brown - 1965
  11. Seventeen - Boyd Bennett and his Rockets - 1955
  12. Finger Poppin' Time - Hank Ballard and the Midnighters - 1960
  13. Lonesome 7-7203 - Hawkshaw Hawkins - 1963
  14. Flamingo - Earl Bostic - 1951
  15. Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go - Hank Ballard and the
    Midnighters
    - 1960
  16. Fever - Little Willie John - 1956
  17. Cold Sweat - James Brown - 1967
  18. Hard Luck Blues - Roy Brown - 1950
  19. I Got the Feelin' - James Brown - 1968
  20. Annie Had a Baby - The Midnighters - 1954
  21. It's a Man's Man's Man's Man's World - James Brown - 1966
  22. Well, Oh Well - Tiny Bradshaw - 1950
  23. I'm Waiting Just For You - Lucky Millinder with Annisteen Allen and John Carol - 1951
  24. Say it Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud - James Brown - 1968
  25. One Track Mind - Bobby Lewis - 1961
  26. Please Come Home For Christmas - Charles Brown - 1961
  27. Ivory Tower - Otis Williams and his Charms - 1956
  28. Sleep - Little Willie John - 1960
  29. I Loves You, Porgy - Nina Simone - 1959
  30. Try Me (I Need You) - James Brown - 1959
  31. Sexy Ways - The Midnighters - 1954
  32. Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes - Slim Willet - 1952
  33. Mother Popcorn - James Brown - 1969
  34. Soft - Tiny Bradshaw - 1953
  35. Give it Up or Turn it a Loose - James Brown - 1969
  36. Licking Srick - Licking Stick - James Brown - 1968
  37. Love Don't Love Nobody - Roy Brown - 1950
  38. Please, Please, Please - James Brown - 1956
  39. Talk to Me, Talk to Me - Little Willie John - 1958
  40. The Twist - Hank Ballard and the Midnighters - 1960
  41. Prisoner of Love - James Brown - 1963
  42. Need Your Love So Bad - Little Willie John - 1956
  43. Hide Away - Freddy King - 1961
  44. All Around the World - Little Willie John - 1955
  45. Ain't it Funky Now - James Brown - 1969
  46. T for Texas - Grandpa Jones - 1963
  47. I Don't Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door,
    I'll Get It Myself) - James Brown
    - 1969
  48. The Death of Hank Williams - Jack Cardwell - 1953
  49. Rags to Riches - Billy Ward and his Dominoes - 1953
  50. Cuttin' In - Johnny "Guitar" Watson - 1962
  51. The Hoochi Coochi Coo - Hank Ballard and the
    Midnighters
    - 1961
  52. Oh Baby Don't You Weep - James Brown - 1964
  53. Slow Walk - Bill Doggett - 1957
  54. Night Train - James Brown - 1962
  55. Daddy-O - Bonnie Lou - 1955
  56. The Switch-A-Roo - Hank Ballard and the Midnighters - 1961
  57. I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)- James Brown - 1967
  58. Ling, Ting, Tong - The Charms - 1955
  59. I Quit My Pretty Mama - Ivory Joe Hunter - 1950
  60. Think - James Brown - 1960
  61. I'll Drown in My Tears - Sonny Thompson with Lula
    Reed
    - 1952
  62. These Foolish Things Remind Me of You - Billy Ward and his Dominoes - 1953
  63. Hot Rod Lincoln - Charlie Ryan and the Timberline
    Riders
    - 1960
  64. Nuttin' For Xmas - Joe Ward - 1955
  65. Let a Man Come in and Do the Popcorn - Part One -
    James Brown
    - 1969
  66. Poinciana - Steve Lawrence - 1952
  67. Soft - Bill Doggett - 1957
  68. Bring it Up - James Brown - 1967
  69. (I Do The) Shimmy Shimmy - Bobby Freeman - 1960
  70. Heartbreak (It's Hurtin' Me) - Little Willie John - 1960
  71. There Was a Time - James Brown - 1968
  72. It Hurts to Be in Love - Annie Laurie - 1957
  73. Bewildered - James Brown - 1961
  74. The Popcorn - James Brown - 1969
  75. My Boy - Flat Top - Boyd Bennett and his Rockets - 1955
  76. Lost Someone - James Brown - 1962
  77. San-Ho-Zay - Freddy King - 1961
  78. Ain't That a Groove - James Brown - 1966
  79. Think - The "5" Royales - 1957
  80. I Don't Mind - James Brown - 1961
  81. Walkin' the Blues - Jack Dupree and Mr. Bear - 1955
  82. What Can I Do - Donnie Elbert - 1957
  83. Baby, You're Right - James Brown - 1961
  84. Hold It - Bill Doggett - 1958
  85. I'm Tore Down - Freddy King - 1961
  86. Do Something For Me - The Dominoes - 1951
  87. Tennessee Wig Walk - Bonnie Lou - 1953
  88. Bloodshot Eyes - Wynonie Harris - 1951
  89. The Bells - Billy Ward and his Dominoes - 1953
  90. The Strange Little Girl - Cowboy Copas - 1951
  91. Get it - The Royals - 1953
  92. Don't Be a Drop-Out - James Brown - 1966
  93. That's Your Mistake - Otis Williams and his New Group - 1956
  94. That's What You're Doing to Me - The Dominoes - 1952
  95. Mona Lisa - Moon Mullican - 1950
  96. Lonesome Whistle Blues - Freddy King - 1961
  97. Two Hearts - The Charms - 1955
  98. Seven Lonely Days - Bonnie Lou - 1953
  99. Come Home - Bubber Johnson - 1956
  100. Lovin' Machine - Wynonie Harris - 1951

This list is comprised of songs released on King Records and its subsidiary labels Federal, DeLuxe, 4-Star, Bethlehem and Beltone. The company was primarily rhythm and blues-based, but had several big country hits and a few pop hits over the years. Rankings are based on the popularity of each song during the period of 1950 through 1969.

James Brown leads all artists on the list with 28 hits, followed by Hank Ballard with nine (five as Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, three as The Midnighters and one as The Royals). The Dominoes are next with seven (two of which are billed as Billy Ward and his Dominoes). Little Willie John has six songs on the list and Otis Williams' group has five (three as The Charms, one as Otis Williams and his Charms and one as Otis Williams and his New Group). Bill Doggett and Freddy King are represented four times apiece. While James Brown was its primary hitmaker starting in 1965, the company maintained consistent success throughout the two decades; 54 entries on the list are from the 1950s, while 46 are from the 1960s.




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