Top Hits 1955 to 1965

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The following page contains hit songs from 1955-1965. Not all hit songs are included, since if every song that made either the top 10 or 40 were included, these lists would be too large.

These lists DO include every song that have recently been included in the Top 500 Oldies by various radio stations, therefore include songs, that regardless of their relative position at the time of release, have endured time.

People often feel that the most popular "oldies" were from the 50'. The Reality is that much of the early 1950's was characterized by the "crooners" from the 1940's and many of the popular songs attributed to the 1950's are actually from the early 1960's. In the tables that follow for 1955-1965, the Top 20+ Groups/Performers in order of frequency are as follows:

For Each year, a table of hits is shown that shows the:

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1955

Song Title Performer(s) Peak Yr
Rock Around The Clock Bill Haley & His Comets 1 1955
Ballad Of Davy Crockett Bill Hayes 1 1955
White Christmas Bing Crosby 1 1955
Hearts Of Stone Fontane Sisters 1 1955
Love Is A Many Splendored Thing Four Aces 1 1955
Dance With Me Henry Georgia Gibbs 1 1955
Unchained Melody Less Baxter 1 1955
Sincerely McGuire Sisters 1 1955
Ain't That A Shame Pat Boone 1 1955
Moments To Remember Four Lads 2 1955
No, Not Much! Four Lads 2 1955
Tweedle Dee Georgia Gibbs 2 1955
A Blossom Fell Nat King Cole 2 1955
Earth Angel Crew-Cuts 3 1955
Seventeen Fontane Sisters 3 1955
Melody Of Love Four Aces 3 1955
Maybelline Chuck Berry 5 1955
Love And Marriage Frank Sinatra 5 1955
Only You ( And You Alone) Platters 5 1955
Nuttin' For Christmas (N) Barry Gordon 6 1955
Make Yourself Comfortable Sarah Vaughan 6 1955
Whatever Lola Wants Sarah Vaughan 6 1955
Hummingbird Less Paul / Mary Ford 7 1955
If I May Nat King Cole 8 1955
Earth Angel Penguins 8 1955
Ain't That A Shame Fats Domino 10 1955

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1956

Song Title Performer(s) Peak Yr
Love Me Tender Elvis Presley 1 1956
Hound Dog Elvis Presley 1 1956
Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley 1 1956
Don't Be Cruel Elvis Presley 1 1956
Wayward Wind Gogi Grant 1 1956
I Almost Lost My Mind Pat Boone 1 1956
Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom) Perry Como 1 1956
My Prayer Platters 1 1956
Great Pretender Platters 1 1956
Blue Suede Shoes Carl Perkins 2 1956
Ivory Tower Cathy Carr 2 1956
Que Sera Sera Doris Day 2 1956
Blueberry Hill Fats Domino 2 1956
Just Walking In The Rain Johnny Ray 2 1956
True Love Bing Crosby/Grace Kelly 3 1956
I'll Be Home Pat Boone 4 1956
Tonight You Belong To Me Patience & Prudence 4 1956
Magic Touch Platters 4 1956
Ko Ko Mo Crew-Cuts 6 1956
Why Do Fools Fall In Love Frankie Lymon\Teenagers 6 1956
Long Tall Sally Little Richard 6 1956
Be-Bop-A-Lula Gene Vincent 7 1956
Transfusion (N) Nervous Norvus 8 1956
In The Still Of The Night Five Satins 24 1956

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1957

Song Title Performer(s) Peak Yr
That'll Be The Day Buddy Holly\Crickets 1 1957
Party Doll Buddy Knox 1 1957
Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley 1 1957
Teddy Bear Elvis Presley 1 1957
All Shook Up Elvis Presley 1 1957
Wake Up Little Susie Everly Brothers 1 1957
Honeycomb Jimmie Rodgers 1 1957
April Love Pat Boone 1 1957
Don't Forbid Me Pat Boone 1 1957
Love Letters In the Sand Pat Boone 1 1957
Diana Paul Anka 1 1957
Round and Round Perry Como 1 1957
You Send Me Sam Cooke 1 1957
Young Love Tab Hunter 1 1957
Little Darlin' Diamonds 2 1957
Bye Bye Love Everly Brothers 2 1957
A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation) Marty Robbins 2 1957
Teen-Age Crush Tommy Sands 2 1957
School Day Chuck Berry 3 1957
Searching Coasters 3 1957
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On Jerry Lee Lewis 3 1957
Kisses Sweater Than Wine Jimmie Rodgers 3 1957
Silhouettes Rays 3 1957
Come Go With Me Del Vikings 4 1957
Stroll Diamonds 4 1957
I'm Walkin' Fats Domino 4 1957
Blue Monday Fats Domino 5 1957
Jingle Bell Rock Bobby Helms 6 1957
Send For Me Nat King Cole 6 1957
My Special Angel Bobby Helms 7 1957
Rock And Roll Music Chuck Berry 8 1957
Young Blood Coasters 8 1957
Hula Love Buddy Knox 9 1957

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1958

Song Title Performer(s) Peak Yr
Tequila Champs 1 1958
Chimpmunk Song Chimpmunks 1 1958
Yakety Yak Coasters 1 1958
At the Hop Danny and the Juniors 1 1958
Witch Doctor David Seville 1 1958
Bird Dog Everly Brothers 1 1958
All I Have To Do Is Dream Everly Brothers 1 1958
Tom Dooley Kingston Trio 1 1958
Stagger Lee Lloyd Price 1 1958
Sugertime McGuire Sisters 1 1958
Catch A Falling Star Perry Como 1 1958
Twilight Time Platters 1 1958
Poor Little Fool Ricky Nelson 1 1958
Purple People Eater Sheb Wolley 1 1958
To Know Him, Is To Love Him Teddy Bears 1 1958
It's All In the Game Tommy Edwards 1 1958
Rockin' Robin Bobby Day 2 1958
Lollipop Chordettes 2 1958
26 Miles (Santa Catalina) Four Preps 2 1958
Great Balls Of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis 2 1958
Splish Splash Bobby Darin 3 1958
Peggy Sue Buddy Holly 3 1958
Big Man Four Preps 3 1958
Who's Sorry Now Connie Francis 4 1958
Tears On My Pillow Little Anthony\Imperials 4 1958
Do You Wanna Dance Bobby Freeman 5 1958
Book of Love Monotones 5 1958
Looking Back Nat King Cole 5 1958
Chantilly Lace Big Bopper 6 1958
Everybody Loves a Lover Doris Day 6 1958
Oh Lonesome Me Don Gibson 7 1958
Dede Dinah Frankie Avalon 7 1958
Tea For Two Cha Cha Tommy Dorsey Orchestra 7 1958
Johnny B. Goode Chuck Berry 8 1958
Western Movies Olympics 8 1958
Oh, Boy! Buddy Holly\Crickets 10 1958
Good Golly Miss Molly Little Richard 10 1958
I Wonder Why Dion and The Belmonts 22 1958

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1959

Song Title Performer(s) Peak Yr
Mack The Knife Bobby Darin 1 1959
Come Softly To Me Fleetwoods 1 1959
Mr. Blue Fleetwoods 1 1959
Venus Frankie Avalon 1 1959
Battle Of New Oreleans Johnny Horton 1 1959
Teen Angel Mark Dinning 1 1959
Lonely Boy Paul Anka 1 1959
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Platters 1 1959
Sleepwalk Santo & Johnny 1 1959
Dream Lover Bobby Darin 2 1959
Charlie Brown (N) Coasters 2 1959
My Happiness Connie Francis 2 1959
16 Candles Crests 2 1959
There Goes My Baby Drifters 2 1959
Personality Lloyd Price 2 1959
Sea Of Love Phil Phillips 2 1959
Donna Ritchie Valens 2 1959
Pink Shoe Laces Dodie Stevens 3 1959
Tiger Fabian 3 1959
I'm Gonna Get Married Lloyd Price 3 1959
Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me You Comb) Connie Stevens 4 1959
A Teenager in Love Dion and the Belmonts 5 1959
We Got Love Bobby Rydell 6 1959
Hound Dog Man Fabian 9 1959
Baby Talk Jan & Dean 10 1959
I Only Have Eyes For You Flamingos 11 1959
Tijuana Jail Kingston Trio 12 1959
Since I Don't Have You Skyliners 12 1959
Sea Cruise Frankie Ford 14 1959
La Bamba Ritchie Valens 22 1959
Only Sixteen Sam Cooke 28 1959
Shout (Parts 1 & 2) Isley Brothers 47 1959

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1960

Song Title Performer(s) Peak Yr
Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Polkadot Bikini Brian Hyland 1 1960
Twist Chubby Checker 1 1960
Everybody's Somebody's Fool Connie Francis 1 1960
My Heart Has A Mind Of It's Own Connie Francis 1 1960
Save The Last Dance For Me Drifters 1 1960
Are You Lonesome Tonight? Elvis Presley 1 1960
It's Now Or Never Elvis Presley 1 1960
Cathy's Clown Everly Brothers 1 1960
El Paso Marty Robbins 1 1960
Stay Maurice Williams\Zodiacs 1 1960
Theme From "A Summer Place" Percy Faith 1 1960
Georgia On My Mind Ray Charles 1 1960
Wild One Bobby Rydell 2 1960
Last Date Floyd Cramer 2 1960
Only the Lonely Roy Orbison 2 1960
Chain Gang Sam Cooke 2 1960
Walk-Don't Run Ventures 2 1960
Sixteen Reasons Connie Stevens 3 1960
Sink The Bismark Johnny Horton 3 1960
Swingin' School Bobby Rydell 5 1960
Wonderful World Sam Cooke 12 1960
This Magic Moment Drifters 16 1960

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1961

Song Title Performer(s) Peak Yr
Tossin' And Turnin' Bobby Lewis 1 1961
Runaway Del Shannon 1 1961
Runaround Sue Dion 1 1961
Quarter To Three Gary "U.S." Bonds 1 1961
Big Bad John Jimmy Dean 1 1961
Blue Moon Marcels 1 1961
Please Mr. Postman Marvelettes 1 1961
Hit The Road Jack Ray Charles 1 1961
Travelin' Man Ricky Nelson 1 1961
Will You Love Me Tomorrow Shirelles 1 1961
Lion Sleeps Tonight Tokens 1 1961
I Like It Like That Chris Kenner 2 1961
Raindrops Dee Clark 2 1961
Bristol Stomp Dovells 2 1961
Crying Roy Orbison 2 1961
Shop Around Smokey Robinson\Miracles 2 1961
Goodbye Cruel World James Darren 3 1961
Don't Worry Marty Robbins 3 1961
Dedicated To The One I Love Shirelles 3 1961
Stand By Me Ben E. King 4 1961
Calendar Girl Neil Sedaka 4 1961
Mama Said Shirelles 4 1961
Hats Off To Larry Del Shannon 5 1961
Who Put The Bomp Barry Mann 7 1961
Pretty Little Angel Eyes Curtis Lee 7 1961
Let's Twist Again Chubby Checker 8 1961
I Fall To Pieces Patsy Cline 9 1961
Hello Mary Lou Ricky Nelson 9 1961
Spanish Harlem Ben E. King 10 1961
Crazy Patsy Cline 12 1961
Cupid Sam Cooke 17 1961

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1962

Song Title Performer(s) Peak Yr
Roses Are Red Bobby Vinton 1 1962
Hey! Baby Bruce Channel 1 1962
Don't Break The Heart That Loves You Connie Francis 1 1962
He's A Rebel Crystals 1 1962
Good Luck Charm Elvis Presley 1 1962
Big Girls Don't Cry Four Seasons 1 1962
Sherry Four Seasons 1 1962
Duke Of Earl Gene Chandler 1 1962
Loco-Motion Little Eva 1 1962
Stranger On The Shore Mr. Acker Bilk 1 1962
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Neil Sedaka 1 1962
I Can't Stop Loving You Ray Charles 1 1962
Johnny Angel Shelley Fabares 1 1962
Soldier Boy Shirelles 1 1962
Sheila Tommy Roe 1 1962
Wanderer Dion 2 1962
Can't Help Falling In Love Elvis Presley 2 1962
Return To Sender Elvis Presley 2 1962
Ramblin' Rose Nat King Cole 2 1962
End of World Skeeter Davis 2 1962
I Know Barbara George 3 1962
Green Onions Booker T. & The MGs 3 1962
Sealed With A Kiss Brian Hyland 3 1962
Do You Love Me Contours 3 1962
Let's Dance Chris Montez 4 1962
Dream Baby Roy Orbison 4 1962
She Cried Jay & The Americans 5 1962
Ahab, The Arab (N) Ray Stevens 5 1962
Lonely Bull Herb Albert & The Tijuana Brass 6 1962
Alley Cat Bent Fabric & His Piano 7 1962
You Belong To Me Duprees 7 1962
Twistin' The Night Away Sam Cooke 9 1962
Bring It On Home To Me Sam Cooke 13 1962
Surfin' Safari Beach Boys 14 1962
Twist And Shout Isley Brothers 17 1962
Having a Party Sam Cooke 17 1962

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1963

Song Title Performer(s) Peak Yr
My Boyfriend's Back Angels 1 1963
Blue Velvet Bobby Vinton 1 1963
He's So Fine Chiffons 1 1963
Easier Said Than Done Essex 1 1963
Sugar Shack Fireballs 1 1963
Walk Like A Man Four Seasons 1 1963
Surf City Jan & Dean 1 1963
If You Wanna Be Happy Jimmy Soul 1 1963
It's My Party Lesley Gore 1 1963
I Will Follow Him Little Peggy March 1 1963
Hey Paula Paul & Paula 1 1963
Our Day Will Come Ruby & The Romantics 1 1963
So Much In Love Tymes 1 1963
Hello Mudduh, Hello Faddah! Allan Sherman 2 1963
Louie Louie Kingsmen 2 1963
Puff The Magic Dragon Peter, Paul & Mary 2 1963
Blowin' In The Wind Peter, Paul & Mary 2 1963
Be My Baby Ronettes 2 1963
Wipe Out Surfaris 2 1963
Surfin' U.S.A. Beach Boys 3 1963
Rhythm Of The Rain Cascades 3 1963
Da Doo Ron Ron Crystals 3 1963
Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport Rolf Harris 3 1963
Since I Fell For You Lenny Welch 4 1963
Heat Wave Martha & The Vandellas 4 1963
One Fine Day Chiffons 5 1963
Up On The Roof Drifters 5 1963
Memphis Lonnie Mack 5 1963
Be True To Your School Beach Boys 6 1963
Then He Kissed Me Crystals 6 1963
Donna The Prima Donna Dion 6 1963
Surfer Girl Beach Boys 7 1963
Blame It On The Bossa Nova Eydie Gorme 7 1963
You Really Got A Hold On Me Smokey Robinson\Miracles 8 1963
On Broadway Drifters 9 1963
Just One Look Doris Troy 10 1963
Denise Randy & The Rainbows 10 1963
Another Saturday Night Sam Cooke 10 1963
Walkin' Miracle Essex 12 1963
Catch A Wave Beach Boys 14 1963
Little Deuce Coupe Beach Boys 15 1963
In My Room Beach Boys 23 1963
Blue Bayou Roy Orbison 29 1963

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1964

Song Title Performer(s) Peak Yr
House Of The Rising Sun Animals 1 1964
I Get Around Beach Boys 1 1964
I Feel Fine Beatles 1 1964
I Want To Hold Your Hand Beatles 1 1964
A Hard Day's Night Beatles 1 1964
She Loves You Beatles 1 1964
Can't Buy Me Love Beatles 1 1964
Love Me Do Beatles 1 1964
My Lonely Bobby Vinton 1 1964
Baby Love Diana Ross\Supremes 1 1964
Where Did Our Love Go Diana Ross\Supremes 1 1964
Come See About Me Diana Ross\Supremes 1 1964
Chapel Of Love Dixie Cups 1 1964
Rag Doll Four Seasons 1 1964
Do Wah Diddy Diddy Manfred Mann 1 1964
My Guy Mary Wells 1 1964
A World Without Love Peter & Gordon 1 1964
Oh, Pretty Woman Roy Orbison 1 1964
Leader of the Pack Shangri-Las 1 1964
Twist And Shout Beatles 2 1964
Do You Want To Know A Secret Beatles 2 1964
Ruby Baby Dion 2 1964
Last Kiss J. Frank Wilson 2 1964
Dancing In The Street Martha & The Vandellas 2 1964
She's Not There Zombies 2 1964
Please Please Me Beatles 3 1964
Because Dave Clark Five 3 1964
Dawn Four Seasons 3 1964
Little Old Lady (From Pasadena) Jan & Dean 3 1964
Come A Little Bit Closer Jay & The Americans 3 1964
Suspicion Terry Stafford 3 1964
Bits and Pieces Dave Clark Five 4 1964
Under The Boardwalk Drifters 4 1964
Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying Gerry & The Pacemakers 4 1964
G.T.O. Ronny & The Daytonas 4 1964
Fun, Fun, Fun Beach Boys 5 1964
Judy's Turn To Cry Lesley Gore 5 1964
California Sun Rivieras 5 1964
Remember (Walkin' In The Sand) Shangri-Las 5 1964
Shoop Shoop Song Betty Everett 6 1964
Glad All Over Dave Clark Five 6 1964
Wishin' and Hopin' Dusty Springfield 6 1964
Goin' Out Of My Head Little Anthony\Imperials 6 1964
Romeo And Juliet Reflections 6 1964
Time Is On My Side Rolling Stones 6 1964
A Summer Song Chad & Jeremy 7 1964
You Really Got Me Kinks 7 1964
Dang Me Roger Miller 7 1964
Dance, Dance, Dance Beach Boys 8 1964
Dead Man's Curve Jan & Dean 8 1964
Mountain of Love Johnny Rivers 9 1964
P.S. I Love You Beatles 10 1964
No Particular Place To Go Chuck Berry 10 1964
Do You Love Me Dave Clark Five 11 1964
Baby I Need Your Lovin' Four Tops 11 1964
Way You Do Things You Do Temptations 11 1964
And I Love Her Beatles 12 1964
I Only Want To Be With You Dusty Springfield 12 1964
I'm Into Something Good Herman's Hermits 13 1964
I Saw Her Standing There Beatles 14 1964
Maybe I Know Lesley Gore 14 1964
Yesterday's Gone Chad & Jeremy 21 1964
Don't Worry Baby Beach Boys 24 1964
Baby I Love You Ronettes 24 1964
Thank You Girl Beatles 35 1964
From Me To You Beatles 41 1964
All My Loving Beatles 45 1964

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1965

Song Title Performer(s) Peak Yr
Eve Of Destruction Barry Mcguire 1 1965
Help Me Rhonda Beach Boys 1 1965
Yesterday Beatles 1 1965
Help! Beatles 1 1965
Eight Days A Week Beatles 1 1965
Ticket To Ride Beatles 1 1965
Turn! Turn! Turn! Byrds 1 1965
Mr. Tambourine Man Byrds 1 1965
Over and Over Dave Clark Five 1 1965
Stop! In The Name Of Love Diana Ross\Supremes 1 1965
I Hear A Symphony Diana Ross\Supremes 1 1965
Back in My Arms Again Diana Ross\Supremes 1 1965
I Can't Help Myself Four Tops 1 1965
This Diamond Ring Gary Lewis & The Playboys 1 1965
I'm Henry VIII, I Am Herman's Hermits 1 1965
Mrs.Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter Herman's Hermits 1 1965
Hang on Sloopy McCoys 1 1965
Game Of Love Mindbenders 1 1965
Downtown Petula Clark 1 1965
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' Righteous Brothers 1 1965
Satisfaction Rolling Stones 1 1965
Get Off Of My Cloud Rolling Stones 1 1965
I Got You Babe Sonny\Cher 1 1965
My Girl Temptations 1 1965
Game Of Love Wayne Fontana\Mindbenders 1 1965
Like A Rolling Stone Bob Dylan 2 1965
Count Me In Gary Lewis & The Playboys 2 1965
Can't You Hear My Heartbeat Herman's Hermits 2 1965
Wooly Bully Sam The Sham\Pharohs 2 1965
A Lover's Concerto Toys 2 1965
California Girls Beach Boys 3 1965
Let's Hang On Four Seasons 3 1965
I Got You James Brown 3 1965
Birds and the Bees Jewel Akens 3 1965
Love Potion Number Nine Searchers 3 1965
What's New Pussycat? Tom Jones 3 1965
You Were On My Mind We Five 3 1965
Catch Us If You Can Dave Clark Five 4 1965
Rescue Me Fontella Bass 4 1965
Keep On Dancing Gentrys 4 1965
Wonderful World Herman's Hermits 4 1965
Cara, Mia Jay and The Americans 4 1965
Shotgun Jr. Walker\All-Stars 4 1965
Jolly Green Giant Kingsmen 4 1965
Unchained Melody Righteous Brothers 4 1965
King Of The Road Roger Miller 4 1965
You're The One Vogues 4 1965
It's The Same Old Song Four Tops 5 1965
Silhouettes Herman's Hermits 5 1965
In" Crowd Ramsey Lewis 5 1965
Ferry Cross The Mersey Gerry & The Pacemakers 6 1965
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) Marvin Gaye 6 1965
For Your Love Yardbirds 6 1965
Tell Her No Zombies 6 1965
Taste of Honey Herb Albert & The Tijuana Brass 7 1965
What The World Needs Now Is Love Jackie Deshannon 7 1965
All Day And All Of The Night Kinks 7 1965
Boy From New York City Ad Libs 8 1965
Nowhere To Run Martha & The Vandellas 8 1965
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me Mel Carter 8 1965
Goldfinger Shirley Bassey 8 1965
It Ain't Me Babe Turtles 8 1965
Down In The Boondocks Billy Joe Royal 9 1965
Do You Believe In Magic Lovin' Spoonful 9 1965
Chug-A-Lug Roger Miller 9 1965
Heart For Of Soul Yardbirds 9 1965
Hurt So Bad Little Anthony\Imperials 10 1965
Go Now Moody Blues 10 1965
Baby I'm Yours Barbara Lewis 11 1965
Nothing But Heartaches Diana Ross\Supremes 11 1965
Do You Wanna Dance Beach Boys 12 1965
Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye) Four Seasons 12 1965
Baby The Rain Must Fall Glenn Yarbrough 12 1965
We Gotta Get Out Of This Place Animals 13 1965
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood Animals 15 1965
Tracks Of My Tears Smokey Robinson\Miracles 16 1965
Ooh Baby Baby Smokey Robinson\Miracles 16 1965
Since I Lost My Baby Temptations 17 1965
In The Midnight Hour Wilson Pickett 21 1965

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