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Facts included under this topic all have been ranked highly on one of the Billboard charts. Only the highest ranked or recognized version of a particular song is included based on Wikipedia entries. Grammy inducted songs are included under that topic, not here to minimize redundancies. Songs achieving #1 status on the Billboard pop chart for more than 2 weeks are included under the Billboard Hot 100 topic.

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Al Martino
   released the single   
Here In My Heart
1952; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
The Ames Brothers
   released the single   
Rag Mop
1950, 1 week as Billboard's #1 song
The Andrews Sisters
   released the single   
I Wanna Be Loved
1950; #1 on the Billboard pop chart
B.B. King
   released the single   
3 O'Clock Blues
1951; 5 weeks as #1 on the Billboard R&B chart; first major hit for B.B.
The Big Bopper
   released the single   
Chantilly Lace
1958; Peaked at #6 on the Billboard chart and #3 on the R&B chart; lasting acclaim
Big Joe Turner
   released the single   
Honey Hush
1953; 8 weeks as #1 on the Billboard's R&B chart
Bill Haley and His Comets
   released the single   
Crazy Man, Crazy
1953; first recognized rock and roll recording to hit the American music charts
Bill Haley and His Comets
   released the single   
Shake, Rattle & Roll
1954; cover of early rock classic; reached #7 on the Billboard pop chart spending a half-year on the chart
Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly
   released the single   
True Love
1956; Academy Award nominee for "High Society"; peaked at #3 on the Billboard pop chart
Bobby Darin
   released the single   
Dream Lover
1959; peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100
Bobby Darin
   released the single   
Splish Splash
1958; peaked at #3 on the Billboard pop chart
Bobby Day
   released the single   
Rockin' Robin
1958; peaked at #2 on the Billboard pop chart
Bobby Freeman
   released the single   
Do You Wanna Dance?
1958; peaked at #5 on the Billboard pop chart and #2 on the R&B chart
Bobby Helms
   released the single   
Jingle Bell Rock
1957; not highly ranked by played extensively around Christmas-time since introduction
Bobby Helms
   released the single   
My Special Angel
1957; 4 weeks as #1 on the Billboard C&W chart; peaked at #7 on the pop chart
Bo Diddley
   released the single   
I'm a Man
1955; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Brenda Lee
   released the single   
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
1958; peaked at #14 on the Billboard pop chart; perennial holiday favorite
Brenda Lee
   released the single   
Sweet Nothin's
1959; peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100
Brook Benton
   released the single   
It's Just a Matter of Time
1959; 9 weeks as #1 on the Billboard R&B chart
Buddy Holly
   released the single   
Everyday
1957; did not chart; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Buddy Holly
   released the single   
Rave On
1958; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Buddy Knox
   released the single   
Party Doll
1957; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Carl Dobkins
   released the single   
My Heart Is An Open Book
1959; peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100
Carl Perkins
   released the single   
Honey Don't
1956; rockabilly classic; covered by The Beatles in 1964
Carl Perkins
   released the single   
Matchbox
1957; rockabilly classic; covered by The Beatles in live performances in 1961
Carl Smith
   released the single   
Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way
1952; 6 weeks as #1 on the Billboard C&W chart
The Chantels
   released the single   
Maybe
1957; #2 on the Billboard C&W chart; peaked at #15 on the Billboard chart; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Charlie Gracie
   released the single   
Butterfly
1957; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Chuck Berry
   released the single   
Brown Eyed Handsome Man
1956; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"; covered by Buddy Holly in 1963
Chuck Berry
   released the single   
Rock and Roll Music
1957; peaked at #8 on the Billboard chart; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Chuck Berry
   released the single   
School Day
1957; #1 on the Billboard R&B chart; peaked at #3 on the pop chart
Chuck Berry
   released the single   
Sweet Little Sixteen
1958; peaked at #20 on the Billboard chart; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Chuck Willis
   released the single   
What Am I Living For
1958; #1 on the Billboard R&B chart
Cliff Richard
   released the single   
Living Doll
1959; two weeks as U.K. #1; peaked at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100
The Clovers
   released the single   
Love Potion No. 9
1959; Peaked at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100; covered extensively in the 1960s
The Clovers
   released the single   
One Mint Julep
1952; R&B hit; one of the first true "drinking songs"
The Coasters
   released the single   
Charlie Brown
1959; peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100
The Coasters
   released the single   
Searchin'
1957; 12 weeks as #1 on the Billboard R&B chart
The Coasters
   released the single   
Young Blood
1957; #1 on the Billboard pop chart; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Connie Francis
   released the single   
Lipstick on Your Collar
1959; peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100
Conway Twitty
   released the single   
It's Only Make Believe
1958; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
The Crests
   released the single   
Sixteen Candles
1958; peaked a #2 on the Billboard pop chart and #4 on the R&B chart
The Crickets
   released the single   
Maybe Baby
1958; Top Forty hit; covered extensively by others
The Crickets
   released the single   
Not Fade Away
1957; peaked at #10 on the Billboard pop chart; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
The Crows
   released the single   
Gee
1953; First doo-woop record to sell a million copies; peaked at #2 on the Billboard R&B chart
Dale Hawkins
   released the single   
Susie Q
1957; rockabilly classic; covered extensively by others; did not chart high though
Danny & the Juniors
   released the single   
At The Hop
1957; 5 weeks as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Dave "Baby" Cortez
   released the single   
The Happy Organ
1959; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
David Seville
   released the single   
Witch Doctor
1958; #1 on the Billboard pop and R&B charts
The Dells
   released the single   
Oh What A Nite
1956; peaked at #4 on the Billboard R&B chart; re-released in 1969 with altered arrangements attaining high ranking by the Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
The Del-Vikings
   released the single   
Come Go With Me
1956; peaked at #4 on the Billboard pop chart; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Dean Martin
   released the single   
Memories Are Made of This
1956; 6 weeks as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Dean Martin
   released the single   
That's Amore
1953; peaked at #2 on the Billboard pop chart; signature tune
The Diamonds
   released the single   
Little Darlin'
1957; peaked at #2 on the Billboard pop chart
Dion and The Belmonts
   released the single   
A Teenager In Love
1959; peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100; lasting acclaim
Dion and The Belmonts
   released the single   
Where or When
1959; peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100
Dodie Stevens
   released the single   
Pink Shoe Laces
1959; peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100
The Dominoes
   released the single   
Have Mercy Baby
1952; 10 weeks as #1 on the Billboard R&B chart; definitive rhythm and gospel record
The Dominoes
   released the single   
Sixty Minute Man
1951; 14 weeks as #1 on the Billboard R&B chart; early cross-over hit
Don Cornell
   released the single   
Hold My Hand
1954; peaked at #2 on the Billboard pop chart; Academy Award nominee for "Susan Slept Here"
Don Gibson
   released the single   
Oh Lonesome Me
1958; 8 weeks as #1 on the Billboard C&W chart; peaked at #7 on the pop chart
Doris Day
   released the single   
A Guy Is a Guy
1952; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Doris Day
   released the single   
Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)
1956; peaked at #2 on the Billboard pop chart'; Academy Award winner for "The Man Who Knew Too Much"; inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2012
The Drifters
   released the single   
Honey Love
1954; 8 weeks as #1 on the Billboard R&B chart
Eddie Cochran
   released the single   
C'mon Everybody
1958; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"; did not chart highly in the U.S. but was re-released in 1988
Eddie Fisher
   released the single   
I'm Walking Behind You
1953; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Eddie Fisher
   released the single   
Wish You Were Here
1952; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Eddy Boyd
   released the single   
Five Long Years
1952; 7 weeks as #1 on the Billboard R&B chart; highly acclaimed blues standard
Eddy Howard
   released the single   
(It's No) Sin
1951; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard pop chart; highest ranked version
Eileen Barton
   released the single   
If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake
1950; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
The Elegants
   released the single   
Little Star
1958; #1 on the Billboard pop and R&B chart
Elvis Presley
   released the single   
A Big Hunk O' Love
1959; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Elvis Presley
   released the single   
Hard Hearted Woman
1958; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Elvis Presley
   released the single   
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
1956; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard pop chart; 2 weeks as #1 on the C&W chart
Elvis Presley
   released the single   
Mystery Train
1955; did not chart' included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Elvis Presley
   released the single   
(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such As I
1959; peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100
Elvis Presley
   released the single   
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
1958; #1 on the Billboard R&B chart and #2 on the pop chart
The Everly Brothers
   released the single   
Bird Dog
1958; 6 weeks as #1 on the Billboard C&W chart and 1 week as #1 on the pop chart
The Everly Brothers
   released the single   
(Till) I Kissed You
1959; peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100
The Everly Brothers
   released the single   
Wake Up Little Susie
1957; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard chart; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Fats Domino
   released the single   
Blue Monday
1957; 8 weeks as #1 on the Billboard R&B chart; peaked at #5 on the pop chart
Fats Domino
   released the single   
The Fat Man
1950; considered one of the first true Rock 'n' Roll records; sold one million copies
Fats Domino
   released the single   
I'm In Love Again
1956; 9 weeks as #1 on the Billboard R&B chart; peaked at #3 on the pop chart
Fats Domino
   released the single   
I'm Walkin'
1957; #1 on the Billboard R&B chart; peaked at #4 on the pop chart
Faye Adams
   released the single   
Shake a Hand
1953; 9 weeks as #1 on the Billboard R&B chart
The Flamingos
   released the single   
I Only Have Eyes for You
1959; peaked at # 11 on the Billboard chart; included in the Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
The Fleetwoods
   released the single   
Mr. Blue
1959; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
The Fontane Sisters
   released the single   
Hearts of Stone
1954; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard pop chart; highest ranked version of the the song
The Four Aces
   released the single   
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
1955; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard chart; Academy Award winner for movie of same name
The Four Aces
   released the single   
Three Coins in the Fountain
1954; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard pop chart; Academy Award winner for movie of the same name
Frankie Avalon
   released the single   
Why
1959; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Frankie Ford
   released the single   
Sea Cruise
1958; peaked at #14 on the Billboard pop chart; lasting popularity
Frankie Lane
   released the single   
Cry of the Wild Goose
1950; #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Frank Sinatra
   released the single   
High Hopes
1959; Academy Award winner for "A Hole in the Head"; peaked at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100
Frank Sinatra
   released the single   
Learnin' the Blues
1955; #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Gene Autry
   released the single   
Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
1950; 1 233k as #1 on the Billboard pop and C&W charts
Georgia Gibbs
   released the single   
The Wallflower (Dance With Me, Henry)
1955; #10 Billboard single for the year; peaked at #1 on the pop chart
Guitar Slim
   released the single   
The Thing That I Used to Do
1953; early million seller; noteworthy early rock and roll standard; 6 weeks as #1 on the Billboard R&B chart lasting on the chart for 42 weeks
Guy Mitchell
   released the single   
Heartaches By the Number
1959; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Hank Ballard and the Midnighters
   released the single   
Work With Me, Annie
1954; 7 weeks as #1 on the Billboard R&B chart; opposed by the Federal Communications Commission due to its overtly sexual lyrics
Hank Snow
   released the single   
I Don't Hurt Anymore
1954; 20 weeks as #1 on the Billboard C&W chart
Hank Snow
   released the single   
I'm Moving On
1950, 21 weeks as #1 on the Billboard C&W chart
Hank Williams
   released the single   
Cold, Cold Heart
1951; original version; highlighted by Tony Bennett's cover in the same year
Hank Williams
   released the single   
Kaw-Liga
1953; 13 weeks as #1 on the Billboard C&W chart
Hank Williams
   released the single   
Long Gone Lonesome Blues
1950; 5 weeks as #1 on the Billboard C&W chart
Hank Williams
   released the single   
Moanin' the Blues
1950, #1 on the Billboard C&W chart
Hank Williams
   released the single   
Why Don't You Love Me
1950; #1 on the Billboard C&W chart
James "Jimmy" Forrest
   released the single   
Night Train
1952; 7 weeks as #1 on the Billboard R&B chart; inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2006
Jerry Butler & The Impressions
   released the single   
For Your Precious Love
1958; peaked at #11 on the Billboard chart; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Jimmie Rodgers
   released the single   
Honeycomb
1957; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Jimmie Rodgers
   released the single   
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
1957; peaked at #3 on the Billboard pop chart
Jimmie Rodgers
   released the single   
Secretly
1958; peaked at #3 on the Billboard pop chart and #5 on the C&W chart
Jimmy Boyd
   released the single   
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
1952; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Jimmy Jones
   released the single   
Handy Man
1959; peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100
Joe Liggins
   released the single   
Pink Champagne
1950; with his band The Honeydrippers; 13 weeks as #1 on the Billboard R&B chart
Johnny Ace
   released the single   
Pledging My Love
1955; 10 weeks as #1 on the Billboard R&B chart; peaked at #17 on the pop chart
Johnny Cash
   released the single   
Folsom Prison Blues
1956; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Johnny Otis
   released the single   
Double Crossing Blues
1950, #1 in R&B charts for 9 weeks, has been called "the Godfather of Rhythm and Blues"
Johnny Otis
   released the single   
Willie and the Hand Jive
1958; peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on the R&B chart
Johnny Standley
   released the single   
It's In the Book (Parts 1&2)
1952; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Joan Weber
   released the single   
Let Me Go, Lover!
1954; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
The Kalin Twins
   released the single   
When
1958; U.K. #1 single; peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100
Kay Starr
   released the single   
Rock and Roll Waltz
1955; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Larry Williams
   released the single   
Short Fat Fannie
1957; #1 on the Billboard R&B chart; peaked at #5 on the pop chart
Laurie London
   released the single   
He's Got the Whole World In His Hands
1957; #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Lavern Baker
   released the single   
Jim Dandy
1956; peaked at #17 on the Billboard chart; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Leroy Anderson
   released the single   
A Christmas Festival
1952; #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Les Baxter
   released the single   
Unchained Melody
1955; #5 sing of the year; peaked at #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Les Paul and Mary Ford
   released the single   
Mockin' Bird Hill
1951; peaked at #2 on the Billboard pop chart; lasting acclaim
Link Wray
   released the single   
Rumble
1958; peaked at #16 on the Billboard pop chart; seminal early rock instrumental based on innovative guitar distortion and feedback
Little Richard
   released the single   
The Girl Can't Help It
1956; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Little Richard
   released the single   
Good Golly, Miss Molly
1958; peaked at #10 on the Billboard chart; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Little Willie John
   released the single   
Fever
1957; 5 weeks as #1 on the Billboard R&B chart; peaked at #24 on the pop chart
Lloyd Price
   released the single   
Lawdy Miss Clawdy
1952; 7 weeks as #1 on the Billboard R&B chart; seminal New Orleans song
Lloyd Price
   released the single   
(You've Got) Personality
1959; peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100
Lonnie Donegan
   released the single   
Rock Island Line
1954; Signifant version of American folk/blues song; this version helped trigger the "skiffle craze" in Britain
Louis Jordan
   released the single   
Blue Light Boogie
1950, 7 weeks as #1 on teh Billboard R&B chart
Mario Lanza
   released the single   
Be My Love
1951; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard chart; nominated for an Academy Award for "The Toast of New Orleans"
Marty Robbins
   released the single   
A White Sport Coat (and a Pink Carnation)
1957; #1 on the Billboard C&W chart; peaked at #2 on the pop chart
The Monotones
   released the single   
The Book of Love
1958; peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100
Muddy Waters
   released the single   
I Just Want To Make Love To You
1954; seminal blues song written by Willie Dixon; reaching #4 on the Billboard R&B chart
Muddy Waters
   released the single   
Mannish Boy
1955; peaked at #5 on the Billboard pop chart; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
The Orioles
   released the single   
Crying In the Chapel
1953; continual acclaim
Pat Boone
   released the single   
April Love
1957; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard chart; Academy Award winner for movie of same name
Pat Boone
   released the single   
Don't Forbid Me
1957; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Patti Page
   released the single   
All My Love (Bolero)
1950; #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Paul Anka
   released the single   
Diana
1957; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Paul Anka
   released the single   
Put Your Head on My Shoulder
1959; peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100
The Penguins
   released the single   
Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)
1954; peaked at #8 on the Billboard chart; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Percy Faith
   released the single   
Delicado
1952; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Percy Mayfield
   released the single   
Please Send Me Someone to Love
1950, Blues Ballad, #1 R&B chart hit
Perry Como
   released the single   
Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)
1956; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Perry Como
   released the single   
Round and Round
1957; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Phil Philips
   released the single   
Sea of Love
1959;#1 on the Billboard R&B chart; peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100
The Platters
   released the single   
My Prayer
1956; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
The Platters
   released the single   
Twilight Time
1958; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
PĂ©rez Prado
   released the single   
Patricia
1958; #1 on the Billboard pop and R&B charts
Ray Charles
   released the single   
I've Got a Woman
1954; #1 on the Billboard R&B chart; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Ray Price
   released the single   
Crazy Arms
1956; 20 weeks as #1 on the Billboard C&W chart
Richie Valens
   released the single   
Come On Let's Go
1958; not highly ranked; but covered by many artists after
Richie Valens
   released the single   
Donna
1958; peaked at #2 on the Billboard pop chart; lasting acclaim
Ricky Nelson
   released the single   
Poor Little Fool
1958; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Ricky Nelson
   released the single   
Stood Up
1958; peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the R&B chart
Rosemary Clooney
   released the single   
Half As Much
1952; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Rosemary Clooney
   released the single   
This Ole House
1954; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Roy Hamilton
   released the single   
You'll Never Walk Alone
1954; 8 weeks as #1 on the Billboard R&B chart; covered by Gerry and the Pacemakers in 1963 leading to its immortalization by Liverpool football fans
Ruth Brown
   released the single   
Oh What a Dream
1954; 8 weeks as #1 on the Billboard R&B chart
Ruth Brown
   released the single   
Teardrops from My Eyes
1950, 11 weeks as #1 on the Billboard R&B chart
Sammy Kaye
   released the single   
Harbor Lights
1950; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard pop chart
Sammy Turner
   released the single   
Lavender Blue
1959; peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100
Santo & Johnny
   released the single   
Sleep Walk
1959; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Screamin' Jay Hawkins
   released the single   
I Put a Spell on You
1956; did not chart; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Shirley & Lee
   released the single   
Let the Good Times Roll
1956; peaked at #27 on the Billboard pop chart; lasting acclaim
The Silhouettes
   released the single   
Get A Job
1958; 6 weeks as #1 on the Billboard R&B chart; reached #1 on the pop chart
Sonny James
   released the single   
Young Love
1957; 9 weeks as #1 on the Billboard C&W chart and 1 week as #1 on the pop chart
Webb Pierce
   released the single   
In the Jailhouse Now
1955; 21 weeks as #1 on the Billboard C&W chart
Webb Pierce
   released the single   
Slowly
1954; 17 weeks as #1 on the Billboard C&W chart, staying on the chart for an astounding 36 weeks; huge influence on genre
Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton
   released the single   
Hound Dog
1952; 7 weeks as #1 on the Billboard R&B chart, selling almost two million copies; covered later by Elvis Presley
Willie Mahon
   released the single   
I Don't Know
1952; 8 weeks as #1 on the Billboard R&B chart; highly acclaimed blues standard


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