Top 100 Lists


TOP 100 MERCURY-SMASH-PHILIPS
HITS 1950-1969

  1. The Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page - 1950
  2. The Doggie in the Window - Patti Page - 1953
  3. Sh-Boom - The Crew-Cuts - 1954
  4. My Prayer - The Platters - 1956
  5. I Went to Your Wedding - Patti Page - 1952
  6. Love is Blue - Paul Mauriat - 1968
  7. Running Bear - Johnny Preston - 1960
  8. (It's No) Sin - Eddy Howard - 1951
  9. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - The Platters - 1959
  10. Little Darlin' - The Diamonds - 1957
  11. The Great Pretender - The Platters - 1956
  12. Dominique - The Singing Nun - 1963
  13. Kiss of Fire - Georgia Gibbs - 1952
  14. All My Love (Bolero) - Patti Page - 1950
  15. Winchester Cathedral - The New Vaudeville Band - 1966
  16. Hey Paula - Paul and Paula - 1963
  17. My Boyfriend's Back - The Angels - 1963
  18. Hey! Baby - Bruce Channel - 1962
  19. Allegheny Moon - Patti Page - 1956
  20. Twilight Time - The Platters - 1958
  21. The Little Shoemaker - The Gaylords - 1954
  22. Dance With Me Henry (Wallflower) - Georgia Gibbs - 1955
  23. Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam - 1969
  24. It's My Party - Lesley Gore - 1963
  25. Sea of Love - Phil Phillips - 1959
  26. Rag Doll - The 4 Seasons - 1964
  27. Wild Thing - The Troggs - 1966
  28. The Boll Weevil Song - Brook Benton - 1961
  29. Wooden Heart - Joe Dowell - 1961
  30. Sunny - Bobby Hebb - 1966
  31. Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli - 1967
  32. Only You (And You Alone) - The Platters - 1955
  33. Mockin' Bird Hill - Patti Page - 1951
  34. It's Just a Matter of Time - Brook Benton - 1959
  35. You Don't Own Me - Lesley Gore - 1964
  36. Game of Love - Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders - 1965
  37. Tell Me You're Mine - The Gaylords - 1953
  38. Cross Over the Bridge - Patti Page - 1954
  39. Ruby - Richard Hayman - 1953
  40. Tweedle Dee - Georgia Gibbs - 1955
  41. Chantilly Lace - The Big Bopper - 1958
  42. Changing Partners - Patti Page - 1954
  43. The Stroll - The Diamonds - 1958
  44. Let's Hang On - The 4 Seasons - 1965
  45. (You've Got) The Magic Touch - The Platters - 1956
  46. Old Cape Cod - Patti Page - 1957
  47. A Groovy Kind of Love - The Mindbenders - 1966
  48. Skokiaan - Ralph Marterie - 1954
  49. Walk on By - Leroy Van Dyke - 1961
  50. My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small - 1964
  51. The Cry of the Wild Goose - Frankie Laine - 1950
  52. Baby (You've Got What it Takes) - Dinah Washington and
    Brook Benton
    - 1960
  53. Dawn (Go Away) - The 4 Seasons - 1964
  54. You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry - The Caravelles - 1963
  55. King of the Road - Roger Miller - 1965
  56. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me - Dusty Springfield - 1966
  57. Only the Strong Survive - Jerry Butler - 1969
  58. Broken-Hearted Melody - Sarah Vaughan - 1959
  59. The Shifting, Whispering Sands - Rusty Draper - 1955
  60. Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie - Jay and the Techniques - 1967
  61. Hotel Happiness - Brook Benton - 1963
  62. She's a Fool - Lesley Gore - 1965
  63. Would I Love You (Love You, Love You) - Patti Page - 1951
  64. Kiddio - Brook Benton - 1960
  65. (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet - Blues Magoos - 1967
  66. Tender Years - George Jones - 1961
  67. Make Yourself Comfortable - Sarah Vaughan - 1955
  68. What a Difference a Day Makes - Dinah Washington - 1959
  69. Soft Summer Breeze - Eddie Heywood - 1956
  70. So Many Ways - Brook Benton - 1959
  71. Cradle of Love - Johnny Preston - 1960
  72. Walk Away Renee - The Left Banke - 1966
  73. Don't Let the Rain Come Down (Crooked Little Man) -
    The Serendipity Singers - 1964
  74. Wishin' and Hopin' - Dusty Springfield - 1964
  75. Lover Please - Clyde McPhatter - 1962
  76. No Help Wanted - The Carlisles - 1953
  77. Ahab, the Arab - Ray Stevens - 1962
  78. Judy's Turn to Cry - Lesley Gore - 1963
  79. Patches - Dickey Lee - 1962
  80. Love is All Around - The Troggs - 1968
  81. 98.6 - Keith - 1967
  82. A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love) -
    Dinah Washington
    and Brook Benton - 1960
  83. The Old Master Painter - Richard Hayes - 1950
  84. Dang Me - Roger Miller - 1964
  85. White Lightning - George Jones - 1959
  86. Crazy 'bout You, Baby - The Crew-Cuts - 1954
  87. Ronnie - The 4 Seasons - 1964
  88. Young Lovers - Paul and Paula - 1964
  89. Melody of Love - David Carroll - 1955
  90. From the Vine Came the Grape - The Gaylords - 1954
  91. The House of Blue Lights - Chuck Miller - 1955
  92. Earth Angel - The Crew-Cuts - 1955
  93. Whatever Lola Wants - Sarah Vaughan - 1955
  94. The Window Up Above - George Jones - 1961
  95. You Belong to Me - Patti Page - 1952
  96. Harbor Lights - The Platters - 1960
  97. Mister and Mississippi - Patti Page - 1951
  98. Gambler's Guitar - Rusty Draper - 1953
  99. England Swings - Roger Miller - 1965
  100. Little Honda - The Hondells - 1964

This list is comprised of songs released on the Chicago-based Mercury Records and its additional labels Smash, Philips and Fontana. Rankings are based on the popularity of each song during the period of 1950 through 1969.

Patti Page easily tops all artists with 12 entries on the list (three of them in the top ten). The Platters appear seven times, as does Brook Benton (who shares two of his hits with Dinah Washington). Lesley Gore and The 4 Seasons each have four songs, while seven others made the list three times: The Crew-Cuts, Georgia Gibbs, The Gaylords, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington (which includes the two with Brook Benton) George Jones and Roger Miller. The decades are almost evenly split with 49 songs in the 1950s and 51 in the 1960s. The company's fortunes fared best in the middle of each decade; the early '50s' hits gradually increased with each year, peaking with nine entries in 1955. The Smash and Fontana subisidaries and Dutch-based Philips label were added in the early '60s, resulting in a ten-entry peak year in 1964.




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The Tennessee Waltz The Doggie in the Window Love is Blue Running Bear It's My Party Rag Doll It's Just a Matter of Time