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Number 1 Singles - 1950s

Our main database does not give the precise date that a record reached the Number 1 spot. That situation is remedied here. The tables below list the running total of different number 1s, the date the track reached the peak, artist name, song title(s) and weeks at the summit.

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The singles chart was not born until Nov 1952. The early number 1s of the 50s were based on sheet music sales. The most notable artist(s) is/are quoted for each title.
1950
7 JanInk SpotsYou're Breaking My Heart2
21 JanBilly WhitlockHop Scotch Polka1
28 JanAnton KarasThe Harry Lime Theme4
25 FebBilly Cotton Dinah ShoreDear Hearts And Gentle People3
11 MarTeresa BrewerMusic! Music! Music!6
22 AprEve Young & The Homesteaders(If I Knew You Were Comin') I'd've Baked A Cake1
29 AprBilly Eckstine My Foolish Heart11
8 JulDoris Day Mel TormeBewitched (Bothered and Bewildered) 8
9 SepEve Young & The Homesteaders Silver Dollar (Roll, Roll, Roll)7
28 OctFrank Sinatra Jo StaffordGoodnight Irene 4
25 NovEve Young & The Homesteaders Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer7

1951
6 JanMel BlancI Taut I Taw A Puddy Tat3
27 JanTeddy Johnson Donald Peers Beloved, Be Faithful1
3 FebBilly Cotton Band Anne SheltonThe Petite Waltz2
17 FebPatti Page Anita O'DayThe Tennessee Waltz9
21 AprLes Paul & Mary FordMockin' Bird Hill10
30 JunNelson Eddy & Jo StaffordWith These Hands3
21 JulHoagy CarmichaelMy Resistance Is Low4
18 AugNat 'King' Cole Jimmy YoungToo Young12
10 NovTeresa BrewerLonging For You11

1952
12 JanMario Lanza Anne SheltonThe Loveliest Night Of The Year4
23 FebGuy MitchellThere's Always Room At Our House4
22 MarNat 'King' ColeUnforgettable10
24 MayJo StaffordAround The Corner3
14 JunVera LynnAuf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart10
23 AugVera Lynn Alma CoganThe Homing Waltz9
25 OctAl MartinoHere In My Heart8
The singles chart was born at this point in time and is used from hereon.
115 NovAl MartinoHere In My Heart9

1953
217 JanJo StaffordYou Belong To Me1
324 JanKay StarrComes A-Long A-Love1
431 JanEddie FisherOutside Of Heaven1
57 FebPerry ComoDon't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes5
614 MarGuy MitchellShe Wears Red Feathers4
711 AprThe StargazersBroken Wings1
818 AprLita Roza(How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window1
925 Apr Frankie LaineI Believe9
1027 JunEddie Fisher featuring Sally
Sweetland
I'm Walking Behind You1
re3 JulFrankie LaineI Believe6
1115 AugMantovani & His OrchestraMoulin Rouge1
re22 AugFrankie LaineI Believe3
1212 SepGuy MitchellLook At That Girl6
1324 OctFrankie LaineHey Joe2
147 NovDavid WhitfieldAnswer Me1
1514 NovFrankie LaineAnswer Me (tied for one week)8
re12 DecDavid WhitfieldAnswer Me (tied for one week)1

1954
169 JanEddie CalvertOh Mein Papa9
1713 MarThe StargazersI See The Moon5
1817 AprDoris DaySecret Love1
re24 AprThe StargazersI See The Moon1
191 MayJohnnie RaySuch A Night1
re8 MayDoris DaySecret Love8
203 JulDavid Whitfield with Chorus & Mantovani & his OrchestraCara Mia10
2111 SepKitty KallenLittle Things Mean A Lot1
2218 SepFrank SinatraThree Coins In The Fountain3
239 OctDon CornellHold My Hand4
246 NovVera LynnMy Son My Son2
re20 NovDon CornellHold My Hand1
2527 NovRosemary ClooneyThis Ole House1
264 DecWinifred AtwellLet's Have Another Party5

1955
278 JanDickie ValentineFinger Of Suspicion1
2815 JanRosemary ClooneyMambo Italiano1
re22 JanDickie ValentineFinger Of Suspicion2
re5 FebRosemary ClooneyMambo Italiano2
2919 FebRuby MurraySoftly Softly3
3012 MarTennessee Ernie FordGive Me Your Word7
3130 AprPerez PradoCherry Pink And Apple Blossom White2
3214 MayTony BennettStranger In Paradise2
3328 MayEddie CalvertCherry Pink And Apple Blossom White4
3425 JunJimmy YoungUnchained Melody3
3516 JulAlma CoganDreamboat2
3630 JulSlim WhitmanRose Marie11
3715 OctJimmy YoungThe Man From Laramie4
3812 NovJohnston BrothersHernando's Hideaway2
3926 NovBill Haley & His CometsRock Around The Clock3
4017 DecDickie ValentineChristmas Alphabet3

1956
re7 JanBill Haley & His CometsRock Around The Clock2
4121 JanTennessee Ernie FordSixteen Tons4
4218 FebDean MartinMemories Are Made Of This4
4317 MarDreamweaversIt's Almost Tomorrow2
4431 MarKay StarrRock And Roll Waltz1
re7 AprDreamweaversIt's Almost Tomorrow1
4514 AprWinifred AtwellPoor People Of Paris3
465 MayRonnie HiltonNo Other Love6
4716 JunPat BooneI'll Be Home5
4821 JulFrankie Lymon & The TeenagersWhy Do Fools Fall In Love3
4911 AugDoris DayWhatever Will Be Will Be6
5022 SepAnne SheltonLay Down Your Arms4
5120 OctFrankie LaineA Woman In Love4
5217 NovJohnnie RayJust Walkin' In The Rain7

1957
535 JanGuy MitchellSinging The Blues1
5412 JanTommy SteeleSinging The Blues1
re19 JanGuy MitchellSinging The Blues1
5526 JanFrankie VaughanThe Garden Of Eden (tied for one week)4
re2 FebGuy MitchellSinging The Blues (tied for one week)1
5623 FebTab HunterYoung Love7
5713 AprLonnie DoneganCumberland Gap5
5818 MayGuy MitchellRock-A-Billy1
5925 MayAndy WilliamsButterfly2
608 JunJohnnie RayYes Tonight Josephine3
6129 JunLonnie DoneganGamblin' Man / Putting On The Style2
6213 JulElvis PresleyAll Shook Up7
6331 AugPaul AnkaDiana9
642 NovThe CricketsThat'll Be The Day3
6523 NovHarry BelafonteMary's Boy Child7

1958
6611 JanJerry Lee LewisGreat Balls Of Fire2
6725 JanElvis PresleyJailhouse Rock3
6815 FebMichael HollidayThe Story Of My Life2
691 MarPerry ComoMagic Moments8
7026 AprMarvin RainwaterWhole Lotta Woman3
7117 MayConnie FrancisWho's Sorry Now6
7228 JunVic DamoneOn The Streets Where You Live (tied for one week)2
735 JulThe Everly BrothersAll I Have To Do Is Dream / Claudette (tied for one week)7
7423 AugThe Kalin TwinsWhen5
7527 SepConnie FrancisCarolina Moon / Stupid Cupid6
768 NovTommy EdwardsIt's All In The Game3
7729 NovLord Rockingham's XIHoots Mon3
7820 DecConway TwittyIt's Only Make Believe5

1959
7924 JanJane MorganThe Day The Rains Came1
8031 JanElvis PresleyOne Night / I Got Stung3
8121 FebShirley BasseyAs I Love You4
8221 MarThe PlattersSmoke Gets In Your Eyes1
8328 MarRuss ConwaySide Saddle4
8425 AprBuddy HollyIt Doesn't Matter Anymore3
8516 MayElvis PresleyA Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight5
8620 JunRuss ConwayRoulette2
874 JulBobby DarinDream Lover4
881 AugCliff Richard & The DriftersLiving Doll6
8912 SepCraig DouglasOnly Sixteen4
9010 OctJerry KellerHere Comes Summer1
9117 OctBobby DarinMack The Knife2
9231 OctCliff Richard & The ShadowsTravellin' Light5
935 DecAdam FaithWhat Do You Want (tied for one week)3
9419 DecEmile Ford & The CheckmatesWhat Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For
(tied for one week)
6


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