Top 100 Lists

OF THE '50S AND '60S

  1. Elvis Presley - Heartbreak Hotel, Hound Dog, Don't Be Cruel, Love Me Tender, All Shook Up, (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear, Jailhouse Rock, Don't, It's Now or Never, Are You Lonesome To-night?, Suspicious Minds
  2. The Beatles - I Want to Hold Your Hand, She Loves You, Can't Buy Me Love, A Hard Day's Night, I Feel Fine, Help!, Yesterday, We Can Work it Out, All You Need is Love, Hey Jude, Get Back
  3. Perry Como - If, Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes, No Other Love, Wanted, Hot Diggity, Round and Round, Catch a Falling Star
  4. Nat "King" Cole - Mona Lisa, Too Young, Pretend, A Blossom Fell,
    Send For Me, Looking Back, Ramblin' Rose
  5. Pat Boone - Ain't That a Shame, I Almost Lost My Mind, Don't Forbid Me, Love Letters in the Sand, April Love, Moody River
  6. Patti Page - All My Love, The Tennessee Waltz, Mockin' Bird Hill,
    I Went to Your Wedding, The Doggie in the Window, Allegheny Moon
  7. Connie Francis - Who's Sorry Now, My Happiness, Everybody's Somebody's Fool, My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own, Where the Boys Are
  8. Fats Domino - Ain't it a Shame, I'm in Love Again, Blueberry Hill,
    I'm Walkin', Walking to New Orleans
  9. The Supremes - Where Did Our Love Go, Baby Love, Come See About Me, You Can't Hurry Love, Love Child
  10. Ray Charles - I've Got a Woman, What'd I Say, Georgia on My Mind,
    Hit the Road Jack, I Can't Stop Loving You
  11. Ricky Nelson - A Teenager's Romance, Be-Bop Baby, Stood Up,
    Poor Little Fool, Travelin' Man
  12. Frank Sinatra - Young-At-Heart, Learnin' the Blues, Love and Marriage, Strangers in the Night, That's Life
  13. Eddie Fisher - Any Time, Wish You Were Here, I'm Walking Behind You, Oh! My Pa-Pa, I Need You Now
  14. Brenda Lee - Sweet Nothin's, I'm Sorry, I Want to Be Wanted, Fool #1, All Alone Am I
  15. The Everly Brothers - Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie, All I Have to Do is Dream, Bird Dog, Cathy's Clown
  16. James Brown - Try Me, Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, I Got You
    (I Feel Good), It's a Man's Man's Man's World, Cold Sweat
  17. The 4 Seasons - Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like a Man, Rag Doll, Let's Hang On
  18. The Beach Boys - Surfin' U.S.A., I Get Around; Help Me, Rhonda; California Girls, Good Vibrations
  19. The Platters - Only You (And You Alone), The Great Pretender,
    My Prayer, Twilight Time, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
  20. The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, Get Off of My Cloud, Paint It Black, Ruby Tuesday, Honky Tonk Women
  21. Tony Bennett - Because of You; Cold, Cold Heart; Rags to Riches, Stranger in Paradise, I Left My Heart in San Francisco
  22. Paul Anka - Diana, Lonely Boy, Put Your Head on My Shoulder, It's Time to Cry, Puppy Love
  23. Bobby Darin - Splish Splash, Dream Lover, Mack the Knife, Things,
    If I Were a Carpenter
  24. Brook Benton - It's Just a Matter of Time, So Many Ways, Kiddio,
    The Boll Weevil Song, Hotel Happiness
  25. Sam Cooke - You Send Me, Chain Gang, Twistin' the Night Away,
    Another Saturday Night, Shake
  26. The Four Aces - Tell Me Why, Stranger in Paradise, Three Coins in the Fountain, Love is a Many-Splendored Thing
  27. The Drifters - Money Honey, There Goes My Baby, Save the Last Dance For Me, Up On the Roof
  28. Jackie Wilson - Lonely Teardrops, Night, Baby Workout, (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
  29. The Ames Brothers - Rag Mop, Sentimental Me, You You You,
    Melodie D'Amour
  30. Andy Williams - Butterfly, Lonely Street, The Village of St. Bernadette,
    Can't Get Used to Losing You
  31. Johnny Mathis - Wonderful! Wonderful!, It's Not For Me to Say,
    Chances Are, Gina
  32. Eddy Arnold - There's Been a Change in Me, I Wanna Play House
    With You, The Cattle Call, Make the World Go Away
  33. Bobby Vinton - Roses Are Red (My Love), Blue Velvet, There! I've Said it Again, Mr. Lonely
  34. Marvin Gaye - How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), I'll Be Doggone,
    I Heard it Through the Grapevine, Too Busy Thinking About My Baby
  35. Kay Starr - Wheel of Fortune, Side By Side, If You Love Me (Really
    Love Me), Rock and Roll Waltz
  36. Dean Martin - That's Amore, Memories Are Made of This,
    Return to Me, Everybody Loves Somebody
  37. Chubby Checker - The Twist, Pony Time, Let's Twist Again,
    Limbo Rock
  38. Webb Pierce - There Stands the Glass, Slowly, In the Jailhouse Now,
    I Ain't Never
  39. Frankie Laine - The Cry of the Wild Goose, Jezebel, I Believe,
    Moonlight Gambler
  40. The Miracles - Shop Around, You've Really Got a Hold on Me,
    I Second That Emotion; Baby, Baby Don't Cry
  41. The Temptations - My Girl, Beauty is Only Skin Deep, I Wish it
    Would Rain, I Can't Get Next To You
  42. Roy Orbison - Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel), Running Scared,
    Crying, Oh Pretty Woman
  43. Doris Day - A Guy is a Guy, Secret Love; Whatever Will Be, Will Be
    (Que Sera, Sera); Everybody Loves a Lover
  44. Dionne Warwick - Anyone Who Had a Heart, Walk on By, I Say a
    Little Prayer, (Theme from) Valley of the Dolls
  45. Dion - Runaround Sue, The Wanderer, Ruby Baby; Abraham,
    Martin and John
  46. Johnny Cash - I Walk the Line, Guess Things Happen That Way,
    Ring of Fire, A Boy Named Sue
  47. Bobby Vee - Devil or Angel, Take Good Care of My Baby, Run to Him,
    Come Back When You Grow Up
  48. Les Paul and Mary Ford - Mockin' Bird Hill, How High the Moon,
    The World is Waiting For the Sunrise, Vaya Con Dios
  49. Marty Robbins - A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation), El Paso,
    Don't Worry, Devil Woman
  50. Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),
    Respect, Baby I Love You, Chain of Fools
  51. Bobby Rydell - Wild One, Volare, Forget Him
  52. Herman's Hermits - Can't You Hear My Heartbeat, Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter; I'm Henry the VIII, I Am
  53. The Dave Clark Five - Glad All Over, Because, Over and Over
  54. Teresa Brewer - Music! Music! Music!, Till I Waltz Again With You, Ricochet
  55. Jo Stafford - Shrimp Boats, You Belong To Me, Make Love To Me!
  56. Guy Mitchell - My Heart Cries For You, Singing the Blues, Heartaches
    by the Number
  57. Stevie Wonder - Fingertips - Part 2, I Was Made to Love Her,
    For Once in My Life
  58. Frankie Avalon - Dede Dinah, Venus, Why
  59. Chuck Berry - Maybellene, School Day, Sweet Little Sixteen
  60. Bill Haley and his Comets - Shake, Rattle and Roll; (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock; See You Later, Alligator
  61. Rosemary Clooney - Come On-a My House, Hey There,
    This Ole House
  62. Jimmie Rodgers - Honeycomb, Kisses Sweeter Than Wine, Secretly
  63. Jerry Butler - He Will Break Your Heart, Moon River, Only the
    Strong Survive
  64. Neil Sedaka - Calendar Girl; Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen; Breaking Up is Hard to Do
  65. Gene Pitney - (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance, Only Love Can Break a Heart, It Hurts to Be in Love
  66. The Shirelles - Dedicated to the One I Love, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Soldier Boy
  67. The Monkees - Last Train to Clarksville, I'm a Believer,
    Daydream Believer
  68. Johnny Tillotson - Poetry in Motion, It Keeps Right on A-Hurtin,
    Talk Back Trembling Lips
  69. The McGuire Sisters - Sincerely, Something's Gotta Give, Sugartime
  70. Al Martino - Here in My Heart, I Love You Because, I Love You More and More Every Day
  71. Johnnie Ray - Cry, The Little White Cloud That Cried, Just Walking
    in the Rain
  72. The Impressions - It's All Right, Keep on Pushing, Amen
  73. Johnny Rivers - Memphis, Secret Agent Man, Poor Side of Town
  74. Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch), Reach Out
    I'll Be There, Bernadette
  75. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass - The Lonely Bull, Taste of Honey, Zorba the Greek
  76. Joni James - Why Don't You Believe Me, Have You Heard,
    Your Cheatin' Heart
  77. Bing Crosby - Dear Hearts and Gentle People, Chattanoogie Shoe
    Shine Boy, Around the World
  78. The Four Lads - Moments to Remember; No, Not Much!;
    Standing on the Corner
  79. Duane Eddy - Rebel-'Rouser, Forty Miles of Bad Road, Because
    They're Young
  80. Jan and Dean - Surf City, Dead Man's Curve, The Little Old Lady
    From Pasadena
  81. Petula Clark - Downtown, My Love, This is My Song
  82. The Rascals - Good Lovin', Groovin', People Got to Be Free
  83. Tony Martin - There's No Tomorrow, I Get Ideas, Kiss of Fire
  84. Billy Vaughn - Melody of Love; The Shifting, Whispering Sands;
    Sail Along Silvery Moon
  85. Steve Lawrence - Pretty Blue Eyes, Footsteps, Go Away Little Girl
  86. Martha and the Vandellas - Heat Wave, Dancing in the Street,
    Nowhere to Run
  87. The Coasters - Searchin', Yakety Yak, Charlie Brown
  88. Tommy James and the Shondells - Hanky Panky, Crimson and Clover, Crystal Blue Persuasion
  89. Little Richard - Tutti-Frutti, Long Tall Sally, Keep a Knockin'
  90. Lloyd Price - Stagger Lee, Personality, I'm Gonna Get Married
  91. Wilson Pickett - In the Midnight Hour, 634-5789, Land of 1000 Dances
  92. The Kingston Trio - Tom Dooley, The Tijuana Jail, Reverend Mr. Black
  93. Dinah Washington - I Don't Hurt Anymore, What a Diff'rence a Day Makes, Unforgettable
  94. Mary Wells - The One Who Really Loves You, Two Lovers, My Guy
  95. Tom Jones - It's Not Unusual, What's New Pussycat?, I'll Never Fall
    in Love Again
  96. Freddy Cannon - Tallahassee Lassie, Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, Palisades Park
  97. Otis Redding - I've Been Loving You Too Long, Respect, (Sittin' On)
    The Dock of the Bay
  98. The Hilltoppers - Trying, P.S. I Love You, Marianne
  99. Peter, Paul and Mary - Puff (The Magic Dragon), Blowin' in the Wind,
    Leaving on a Jet Plane
  100. Les Baxter - April in Portugal, Unchained Melody, The Poor People
    of Paris

This is the "big list" of the most successful recording acts of the 1950s and 1960s. Solo singers, groups, duos, instrumental and novelty artists in all areas of music (pop, rhythm and blues, country, jazz, folk, etc.) are included on this list. Rankings are based on the popularity of each artist during the period of 1950 through 1969.


Elvis Presley The Beatles Perry Como Nat (King) Cole Pat Boone Patti Page Connie Francis Fats Domino The Supremes Ray Charles Ricky Nelson Frank Sinatra