1952 to 1959 - The Top 100 Hits

Position Artist Title
01 Frankie Laine I Believe
02 Doris Day Secret Love
03 David Whitfield With Mantovani & His Orchestra Cara Mia
04 Bill Haley & His Comets Rock Around The Clock
05 Tennessee Ernie Ford Give Me Your Word
06 Eddie Calvert Oh Mein Papa
07 Slim Whitman Rose Marie
08 Frank Chacksfield Terry's Theme (From 'Limelight')
09 Paul Anka Diana
10 Russ Conway Side Saddle
11 Kitty Kallen Little Things Mean A Lot
12 The Everly Brothers All I Have To Do Is Dream / Claudette
13 Obernkirchen Children's Choir The Happy Wanderer
14 Ruby Murray Softly Softly
15 Doris Day Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera)
16 Cliff Richard & The Drifters Living Doll
17 Connie Francis Who's Sorry Now
18 Al Martino Here In My Heart
19 Pat Boone I'll Be Home
20 Frankie Laine Answer Me
21 Elvis Presley All Shook Up
22 Tab Hunter Young Love
23 Johnnie Ray Just Walkin' In The Rain
24 Perry Como Magic Moments
25 Eddie Calvert Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White
26 Guy Mitchell Singing The Blues
27 Mantovani The Song From The Moulin Rouge
28 Don Cornell Hold My Hand
29 Jo Stafford You Belong To Me
30 Buddy Holly It Doesn't Matter Anymore
31 Frankie Laine A Woman In Love
32 Frankie Laine With The Mellomen Cool Water
33 Johnnie Ray Such A Night
34 Connie Francis Stupid Cupid / Carolina Moon
35 Bobby Darin Dream Lover
36 Frank Sinatra Three Coins In The Fountain
37 Pat Boone Love Letters In The Sand
38 The Dreamweavers It's Almost Tomorrow
39 Guy Mitchell She Wears Red Feathers
40 Mario Lanza Because You're Mine
41 Perry Como & The Ramblers Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes
42 Lord Rockingham's XI Hoots Mon
43 Guy Mitchell Look At That Girl
44 The Kalin Twins When
45 The Stargazers I See The Moon
46 Elvis Presley A Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight
47 The Platters Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
48 Elvis Presley Hound Dog
49 Harry Belafonte Mary's Boy Child
50 Shirley Bassey As I Love You
51 Eddie Fisher Outside Of Heaven
52 Lonnie Donegan Gamblin' Man / Putting On The Style
53 Kay Starr Rock And Roll Waltz
54 Perez 'Prez' Prado & His Orchestra Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White
55 Jimmy Young Unchained Melody
56 Conway Twitty It's Only Make Believe
57 Winifred Atwell The Poor People Of Paris
58 Nat 'King' Cole Pretend
59 Rosemary Clooney & The Mellomen Mambo Italiano
60 Elvis Presley Heartbreak Hotel
61 Teenagers featuring Frankie Lymon Why Do Fools Fall In Love
62 Michael Holliday The Story Of My Life
63 Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly True Love
64 David Whitfield Answer Me
65 Ronnie Hilton No Other Love
66 Craig Douglas Only Sixteen
67 Cliff Richard & The Shadows Travellin' Light
68 Kay Starr Comes A-Long A-Love
69 Dickie Valentine With The Stargazers The Finger Of Suspicion
70 Eddie Fisher With Sally Sweetland I'm Walking Behind You
71 Max Bygraves Tulips From Amsterdam / You Need Hands
72 Russ Conway Roulette
73 The Hilltoppers Only You
74 Ron Goodwin Terry's Theme (From 'Limelight')
75 Harry Belafonte Island In The Sun
76 Anne Shelton Lay Down Your Arms
77 Tony Bennett Stranger In Paradise
78 Mantovani Swedish Rhapsody
79 Tommy Edwards It's All In The Game
80 Rosemary Clooney This Ole House
81 Bobby Darin Mack The Knife
82 Dean Martin Memories Are Made Of This
83 Chris Barber's Jazz Band Petite Fleur
84 Marvin Rainwater Whole Lotta Woman
85 Johnnie Ray Yes Tonight Josephine
86 Alma Cogan Dreamboat
87 David Whitfield Ev'rywhere
88 Pat Boone Don't Forbid Me
89 Jimmy Young The Man From Laramie
90 Frankie Vaughan The Garden Of Eden
91 Al Hibbler Unchained Melody
92 Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock
93 Vic Damone On The Street Where You Live
94 Bill Haley & His Comets Rockin' Through The Rye
95 Muriel Smith Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me
96 Nat 'King' Cole When I Fall In Love
97 Lou Busch Zambesi
98 Dean Martin Return To Me
99 Lonnie Donegan Battle Of New Orleans
100 Vera Lynn My Son My Son

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A Synopsis of The Years From 1952 to 1959

The 1950’s was the decade that saw the development of the Hydrogen bomb, the death of King George IV, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, and the creation of the E.E.C.

Earnest Hemmingway, William Falkner and Tennessee Williams were winning prizes for literature. Meanwhile war was being waged in Korea, Vietnam and Suez.

Television grew in popularity throughout the 1950’s, with the Queen’s coronation in 1953 being the first program to broadcast to a huge audience, although most of the people who watched it did so on a neighbour’s set. Sales of TV sets would grow strongly and most homes would have a TV set by the end of the decade, albeit only receiving 2 channels and with a monochrome picture.

In musical terms, the names featured in the early music charts included Bing Crosbie, Al Martino, Doris Day, Mantovani, Frankie Laine, Guy Mitchell, Mario Lanza, Vera Lynn, Kay Starr and Johnnie Ray. By the end of the decade, the names had changed to younger stars such as Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Paul Anka whilst favourites such as Perry Como and Doris Day were still hanging on.

In the UK, we saw the emergence of Cliff Richard and the Shadows, Adam Faith, Marty Wilde, Tommy Steele, and the phenomenon known as skiffle, epitomised by Lonnie Donegan, made an appearance before being ousted by newer musical styles.  –  At the same time entertainers such as Russ Conway, The Beverley Sisters and Max Bygraves, who appealed to a different audience, were still there.

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Popular Movies in the Years 1952 to 1959