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Top Country Songs of the 1950s

1940s <-1950-> 1960s


  

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Hound Dog
1.
08/1956
468

✫1
US
✫1
country
✫1
R&B
2
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #19]
US: B-side to Don't Be Cruel; hit for Big Mama Thornton in 1953; charted as Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog in US Hot 100 charts
[RCA Epa-940+]
written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
2.
11/1955
459

✫1
US
✫1
country


✫1
UK
[Capitol 3262]
written by Merle Travis
Heartbreak Hotel
3.
03/1956
436

✫1
US
✫1
country
3
R&B
2
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #45]
[RCA Victor 47-6420]
written by Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden (as Thomas Durden) & Elvis Presley
All Shook Up
4.
04/1957
435

✫1
US
✫1
country
✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #352]
[RCA 47-6870]
written by Otis Blackwell & Elvis Presley
Jailhouse Rock
5.
10/1957
406

✫1
US
✫1
country
✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #67]
[RCA Epa-4114+]
written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
6.
04/1958
385

✫1
US
✫1
country
✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #141]
charted as All I Have to Do Is Dream / Claudette in UK charts
[Cadence 1348]
written by Felice Bryant & Boudleaux Bryant
Don't Be Cruel
7.
08/1956
365

✫1
US
✫1
country
✫1
R&B


[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #197]
charted as Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog in US Hot 100 charts
[RCA Epa-940+]
written by Otis Blackwell & Elvis Presley
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
8.
06/1957
365

✫1
US
✫1
country
✫1
R&B
3
UK
[RCA 47-7000]
written by Kal Mann & Bernie Lowe
Love Me Tender
9.
10/1956
348

✫1
US
3
country
3
R&B
11
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #437]
adapted from "Aura Lee", 1861
[RCA Victor 47-6643]
written by Vera Matson, Elvis Presley, George R. Poulton (uncredited) & Ken Darby (uncredited)
10.
09/1957
341

✫1
US
✫1
country
✫1
R&B
2
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #311]
written by Felice Bryant & Boudleaux Bryant
Don't
11.
01/1958
341

✫1
US
2
country
4
R&B
2
UK
[RCA 47-7150]
written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
The Battle of New Orleans
12.
04/1959
337

✫1
US
✫1
country
3
R&B
16
UK
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1960]
[Columbia 41339]
written by Jimmie Driftwood
Bird Dog
13.
08/1958
331

✫1
US
✫1
country
2
R&B
2
UK
[Cadence 1350]
written by Boudleaux Bryant
14.
12/1956
331

✫1
US
✫1
country
3
R&B
11
UK
[Capitol 3602]
written by Ric Cartey & Carole Joyner
Great Balls of Fire
15.
11/1957
326

2
US
✫1
country
3
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #96]
[Sun 281]
written by Otis Blackwell & Jack Hammer
16.
07/1959
324

✫1
US
✫1
country
10
R&B
6
UK
[RCA 47-7555]
written by Jean Villard, Marc Herrand & Bert Reisfeld
Hard Headed Woman
17.
06/1958
319

✫1
US
2
country
2
R&B
2
UK
[RCA 47-7280]
written by Claude Demetrius
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
18.
05/1956
312

✫1
US
✫1
country
3
R&B
14
UK
[RCA Epa-940+]
written by Maurice Mysels & Ira Kosloff
19.
12/1952
305

✫1
US
7
country


3
UK
[Christmas]
[Columbia 39871]
written by Tommie Connor
Too Much
20.
01/1957
303

✫1
US
3
country
3
R&B
6
UK
[RCA 47-6800]
written by Lee Rosenberg & Bernard Weinman
21.
11/1951
297

✫1
US
✫1
country




as Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys
vocals by Redd Stewart
written by Chilton Price, Pee Wee King & Redd Stewart
22.
07/1958
297

✫1
US
3
country
3
R&B
4
UK
B side to My Bucket's Got a Hole in It
[Imperial 5528]
written by Sharon Sheeley
Blue Suede Shoes
23.
03/1956
295

2
US
✫1
country
2
R&B
10
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #95]
[Sun 234]
written by Carl Perkins
24.
08/1957
293

✫1
US
7
country
✫1
R&B
30
UK
[Roulette 4015]
written by Bob Merrill
25.
06/1958
287

5
US
13
country
✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[Decca 30642]
written by Jack Reardon & Paul Evans
26.
06/1958
284

✫1
US
18
country
✫1
R&B
8
UK
as Perez Prado & His Orchestra
[RCA 47-7245]
written by Perez Prado & Bob Marcus
Bye Bye Love
27.
05/1957
282

2
US
✫1
country
5
R&B
6
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #207]
written by Felice Bryant & Boudleaux Bryant
28.
03/1955
278

5
US
4
country


3
UK
[Capitol 3058]
written by George Bruns & Tom W. Blackburn
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
29.
04/1958
278

2
US
3
country
✫1
R&B
3
UK
[RCA 47-7240]
written by Bert Carroll & Russell Moody
30.
01/1950
275

✫1
US
✫1
country




[Decca 64205]
written by Harry Stone & Jack Stapp
31.
12/1959
272

2
US
✫1
country
13
R&B
12
UK
[RCA Victor 47-7643]
written by Joe Allison & Audrey Allison
El Paso
32.
11/1959
270

✫1
US
✫1
country


19
UK
[Columbia 4-41511]
written by Marty Robbins
('Til) I Kissed You
33.
08/1959
269

4
US
8
country
22
R&B
2
UK
written by Don Everly
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
34.
06/1957
253

3
US
✫1
country
✫1
R&B
8
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #61]
[Sun 267]
written by Dave "Curlee" Williams & James Faye "Roy" Hall
35.
11/1957
251

2
US
6
country
✫1
R&B
11
UK
[instrumental]
[Phillips Int'l 3519]
written by Bill Justis & Sid Manker
36.
11/1950
245

✫1
US
2
country




[Mercury 5534]
written by Redd Stewart & Pee Wee King
37.
02/1951
236

2
US
7
country




[Capitol 1373]
written by Vaughn Horton
38.
03/1951
235

2
US
8
country




39.
11/1957
232

3
US
6
country
8
R&B
7
UK
[Roulette 4031]
written by The Weavers
40.
11/1956
226

2
US
10
country
7
R&B


US: from Elvis, Volume 1 EP
[RCA Epa-992+]
written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
41.
11/1958
225

2
US
17
country


6
UK
[Cadence 1355]
written by Boudleaux Bryant & Felice Bryant
Stood Up
42.
12/1957
218

2
US
8
country
4
R&B
27
UK
[Imperial 5483]
written by Dub Dickerson & Erma Herrold
Be-Bop-A-Lula
43.
06/1956
211

7
US
5
country
8
R&B
16
UK
as Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #102]
[Capitol 3450]
written by Gene Vincent, Donald Graves (disputed credits) & Tex Davis (disputed credits)
44.
09/1951
209

4
US
5
country




[Tennessee 775]
written by L. Wolfe Gilbert
45.
04/1957
208

2
US
✫1
country




[Columbia 40864]
written by Marty Robbins
46.
06/1958
203

3
US
14
country
✫1
R&B
19
UK
[Atco 6117]
written by Bobby Darin & Murray Kaufman
47.
07/1955
198



4
country


✫1
UK
Breathless
48.
03/1958
196

7
US
4
country
3
R&B
8
UK
[Sun 288]
written by Otis Blackwell
49.
05/1959
194

4
US
✫1
country
11
R&B
24
UK
[Columbia 41393]
written by John D. Loudermilk & Marijohn Wilkin
50.
10/1957
185

7
US
✫1
country
8
R&B
22
UK
featuring The Anita Kerr Singers
[Decca 30423]
written by Jimmy Duncan
51.
08/1950
182

3
US
2
country




[Capitol 1124]
written by Bennie Benjamin & George David Weiss (as George Weiss)
Raunchy
52.
11/1957
181

4
US
11
country
✫1
R&B


[instrumental]
[Imperial 5474]
written by Bill Justis & Sid Manker
53.
03/1957
178

4
US
✫1
country




[Capitol 3628]
written by Smokey Rogers
54.
09/1959
175

7
US
11
country


18
UK
[Dot 15968]
written by T. Texas Tyler
55.
09/1953
173

4
US
✫1
country




56.
06/1958
170

6
US
17
country
8
R&B
19
UK
[instrumental]
[Jamie 1104]
written by Duane Eddy & Lee Hazlewood
57.
12/1950
166

3
US
5
country




as Gene Autry & The Pinafores
[R]
[Christmas]
[Columbia 38610]
written by Johnny Marks
Claudette
58.
05/1958
165

30
US
15
country


✫1
UK
charted as All I Have to Do Is Dream / Claudette in UK charts
[Cadence 1348]
written by Roy Orbison
59.
04/1958
162

4
US
10
country
6
R&B


[Imperial 5503]
written by Dorsey Burnette & Johnny Burnette
One Night
60.
11/1958
160

4
US
24
country
10
R&B


hit for Smiley Lewis in 1956
[RCA 47-7410]
written by Dave Bartholomew, Earl King [Earl Johnson] (as Pearl King) & Anita Steiman
61.
07/1956
159

7
US
14
country
5
R&B


[Dot 15481]
written by Naomi Ford
62.
11/1958
158

4
US
5
country
14
R&B


63.
03/1951
156

10
US
3
country




vocals by the Beaver Valley Sweethearts
[Coral 64061]
written by Vaughn Horton
64.
07/1953
155

6
US
6
country




[Mercury 70167]
written by Jim Lowe
65.
07/1953
153

6
US
4
country




[Valley 105]
written by Artie Glenn
66.
04/1950
151

5
US
3
country




[Columbia 38750]
written by Steve Nelson & Jack Rollins
67.
10/1950
149

6
US
6
country




written by Frank Loesser
68.
03/1958
147

7
US
✫1
country




[RCA Victor 7133]
written by Don Gibson
69.
04/1957
147

6
US
14
country




[Fabor 4018]
written by Ned Miller
70.
09/1950
144

7
US
2
country




[Decca 46261]
written by Al Lewis & Guy Wood
71.
01/1958
140

8
US
4
country
5
R&B


US: B-side to Don't
[RCA 47-7150]
written by Rose Marie McCoy & Kelly Owens
72.
08/1953
139

8
US
4
country




[Decca 28758]
written by Artie Glenn
73.
07/1952
137

9
US
2
country




hit for Paul Whiteman in 1925
[Imperial 8156]
written by Rudolf Friml, Herbert Stothart, Otto Harbach & Oscar Hammerstein II
74.
12/1950
136

7
US
4
country




as Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys
[Christmas]
written by Jack Rollins & Steve Nelson
75.
12/1957
136

6
US
13
country




[Decca 30513]
written by Joe Beal & Jim Boothe
Devoted to You
76.
08/1958
133

10
US
7
country
2
R&B


B side to Bird Dog
[Cadence 1350]
written by Felice Bryant & Boudleaux Bryant
77.
02/1958
133

7
US
5
country
19
R&B
18
UK
[Roulette 4045]
written by Al Hoffman, Dick Manning, Hugo Peretti (as part of Mark Markwell) & Luigi Creatore (as part of Mark Markwell)
78.
02/1950
133

9
US
2
country




as Johnnie Lee Wills & His Boys
[Bullet 696]
written by Johnnie Lee Wills & Deacon Anderson
Goodnight Irene
79.
08/1950
130

10
US
✫1
country




as Red Foley & Ernest Tubb
written by Gussie Davis & Leadbelly (as Lead Belly)
80.
03/1958
128

60
US
15
country


✫1
UK
[MGM 12609]
written by Marvin Rainwater
81.
03/1950
126

8
US
6
country




[Decca 46221]
written by Steve Nelson & Jack Rollins
82.
03/1956
106

19
US
8
country


19
UK
US: B-side to Heartbreak Hotel
[RCA Victor 47-6420]
written by Aaron Schroeder, Bill Peppers, Claude Demetrius & Hal Blair
High School Confidential
83.
06/1958
102

21
US
9
country
5
R&B
12
UK
[Sun 296]
written by Jerry Lee Lewis & Ron Hargrave
84.
01/1951
101

14
US
✫1
country




85.
03/1951
99

12
US
5
country




as Jimmy Wakely & the Les Baxter Chorus
[Capitol 1393]
written by Jerry Capehart, Alton Delmore & Arthur Smith [Arthur Leroy Smith]
86.
04/1957
98

12
US
✫1
country




[RCA 6874]
written by George Campbell & Marvin Moore
I Walk the Line
87.
09/1956
96

17
US
✫1
country




[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #30]
[Sun 241]
written by Johnny Cash
88.
01/1951
95

12
US
7
country




[Capitol 1328]
written by traditional, Carl Sigman & Percy Faith
89.
06/1958
92

11
US
✫1
country




[Sun 295]
written by Jack Clement
90.
10/1957
92

18
US
11
country
7
R&B
24
UK
US: B-side to Jailhouse Rock
[RCA 47-7035]
written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Ballad of a Teenage Queen
91.
02/1958
88

14
US
✫1
country




[Sun 283]
written by Jack Clement
92.
02/1957
87

12
US
2
country




[Decca 30221]
written by Alan Block & Don Hecht
93.
11/1957
87

15
US
✫1
country




[Columbia 41013]
written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David
94.
11/1956
87

17
US
✫1
country




[Columbia 21545]
written by Melvin Endsley
95.
06/1957
84

20
US
15
country


24
UK
US: B-side to (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
[RCA Epa-1-1515+]
written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
96.
03/1958
84

12
US
10
country
6
R&B


[Imperial 5503]
written by Clarence Williams
97.
09/1953
84



6
country


4
UK
[King 1237]
written by Larry Coleman & Norman Gimbel
98.
02/1950
82

12
US
2
country




99.
06/1951
81

18
US
2
country




written by Irving Gordon
100.
11/1959
80

13
US
7
country




[RCA 47-7614]
written by Evelyn Danzig & Jack Segal

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