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Top R&B 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.
10/1956
451

✫1
US




4
R&B
✫1
UK
[Columbia 40769]
written by Melvin Endsley
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
5.
08/1959
419

✫1
US




6
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #251]
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1960]
[Atco 6147]
written by Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht
Jailhouse Rock
6.
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
7.
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
Diana
8.
07/1957
377

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[ABC-Paramount 9831]
written by Paul Anka
Running Bear
9.
10/1959
375

✫1
US




3
R&B
✫1
UK
[Mercury 71474]
written by The Big Bopper (as J. P. Richardson)
10.
01/1957
370

✫1
US




8
R&B
✫1
UK
[Dot 15533]
written by Ric Cartey & Carole Joyner
11.
12/1956
367

✫1
US




10
R&B
2
UK
[Dot 15521]
written by Charles Singleton
Don't Be Cruel
12.
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
13.
06/1957
365

✫1
US


✫1
country
✫1
R&B
3
UK
[RCA 47-7000]
written by Kal Mann & Bernie Lowe
(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock
14.
01/1955
359

✫1
US




3
R&B
17
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #158]
[Decca 29124]
written by Max C. Freedman & James E. Myers (as Jimmy DeKnight)
Love Me Tender
15.
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)
16.
07/1956
347

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
4
UK
hit for Glenn Miller in 1939
[Mercury 70893]
written by Georges Boulanger & Jimmy Kennedy
17.
05/1957
346

✫1
US




12
R&B
2
UK
Unchained Melody
18.
04/1955
342

3
US




✫1
R&B
2
UK
with Jack Pleis Orchestra
[Decca 29441]
written by Hy Zaret & Alex North
19.
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
20.
01/1958
341

✫1
US


2
country
4
R&B
2
UK
[RCA 47-7150]
written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
21.
08/1957
338

✫1
US




2
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #39]
[Decca 30434]
written by Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison & Norman Petty
Ain't That a Shame
22.
07/1955
338

✫1
US




14
R&B
7
UK
[Dot 15377]
written by Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino) & Dave Bartholomew
23.
02/1957
337

✫1
US




14
R&B
✫1
UK
[Cadence 1308]
written by Bernie Lowe & Kal Mann
The Battle of New Orleans
24.
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
25.
09/1958
334

✫1
US




12
R&B
✫1
UK
[MGM 12677]
written by Jack Nance & Conway Twitty
Bird Dog
26.
08/1958
331

✫1
US


✫1
country
2
R&B
2
UK
[Cadence 1350]
written by Boudleaux Bryant
27.
12/1956
331

✫1
US


✫1
country
3
R&B
11
UK
[Capitol 3602]
written by Ric Cartey & Carole Joyner
28.
12/1957
330

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
3
UK
[ABC-Paramount 9871]
written by Arthur Singer, John Medora & David White
29.
11/1958
328

✫1
US




3
R&B
✫1
UK
#1 hit for Paul Whiteman in 1934
[Mercury 71383]
written by Otto Harbach & Jerome Kern
30.
03/1959
328

2
US




16
R&B
✫1
UK
hit for Hank Snow in 1953 ; charted as A Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight in UK charts
[RCA Victor 47-7506]
written by Bill Trader
31.
04/1959
327

2
US




4
R&B
✫1
UK
[Atco 6140]
written by Bobby Darin
Great Balls of Fire
32.
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
33.
07/1959
324

✫1
US


✫1
country
10
R&B
6
UK
[RCA 47-7555]
written by Jean Villard, Marc Herrand & Bert Reisfeld
Lonely Boy
34.
06/1959
324

✫1
US




6
R&B
3
UK
[ABC-Paramount 10022]
written by Paul Anka
35.
09/1956
323

✫1
US




5
R&B
8
UK
[Dot 15486]
written by Hutch Davie (as Bob Davie) & Marvin Moore
Hard Headed Woman
36.
06/1958
319

✫1
US


2
country
2
R&B
2
UK
[RCA 47-7280]
written by Claude Demetrius
37.
02/1956
316

6
US




✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
as The Teenagers featuring Frankie Lymon
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #307]
[Gee 1002]
written by Frankie Lymon, Herman Santiago & George Goldner
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
38.
05/1956
312

✫1
US


✫1
country
3
R&B
14
UK
[RCA Epa-940+]
written by Maurice Mysels & Ira Kosloff
39.
10/1956
308

2
US




✫1
R&B
6
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #81]
#1 hit for Glenn Miller in 1940
[Imperial 5407]
written by Vincent Rose, Al Lewis & Larry Stock
40.
09/1958
307

✫1
US




10
R&B
2
UK
produced by Phil Spector
written by Phil Spector
41.
03/1959
304

✫1
US




5
R&B
6
UK
[Dolton 1]
written by Gretchen Christopher
42.
02/1958
303

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
5
UK
[instrumental]
[Challenge 1016]
written by Chuck Rio (as Daniel Flores)
Too Much
43.
01/1957
303

✫1
US


3
country
3
R&B
6
UK
[RCA 47-6800]
written by Lee Rosenberg & Bernard Weinman
A Big Hunk o' Love
44.
07/1959
302

✫1
US




10
R&B
4
UK
[RCA 47-7600]
written by Aaron Schroeder & Sid Wyche (as Sidney Wyche)
45.
02/1959
301

✫1
US
✫1
AC


10
R&B
16
UK
[Chancellor 1031]
written by Ed Marshall
46.
11/1951
301

✫1
US




✫1
R&B


47.
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
48.
10/1959
296

✫1
US




19
R&B
5
UK
[Columbia 41476]
written by Harlan Howard
49.
03/1951
296

✫1
US




2
R&B


[Capitol 1675]
written by Morgan Lewis & Nancy Hamilton
50.
04/1951
296

✫1
US




3
R&B


[Capitol F1449]
written by Sidney Lippman & Sylvia Dee
Blue Suede Shoes
51.
03/1956
295

2
US


✫1
country
2
R&B
10
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #95]
[Sun 234]
written by Carl Perkins
52.
08/1957
293

✫1
US


7
country
✫1
R&B
30
UK
[Roulette 4015]
written by Bob Merrill
Who's Sorry Now?
53.
02/1958
291

4
US




4
R&B
✫1
UK
54.
04/1958
289

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
3
UK
[Mercury 71289]
written by Morty Nevins, Al Nevins, Artie Dunn & Buck Ram
55.
02/1953
288

2
US




10
R&B
2
UK
[Capitol F2346]
written by Lew Douglas, Cliff Parman & Frank LaVere
56.
06/1958
287

5
US


13
country
✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[Decca 30642]
written by Jack Reardon & Paul Evans
57.
12/1959
286

2
US




3
R&B
3
UK
58.
12/1958
286

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
7
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #456]
[ABC 9972]
written by traditional, Harold Logan & Lloyd Price
The Great Pretender
59.
12/1955
286

✫1
US




✫1
R&B


[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #351]
[Mercury 70753]
written by Buck Ram
60.
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
61.
03/1957
283

2
US




2
R&B
3
UK
[Mercury 71060]
written by Maurice Williams
Bye Bye Love
62.
05/1957
282

2
US


✫1
country
5
R&B
6
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #207]
written by Felice Bryant & Boudleaux Bryant
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
63.
04/1958
278

2
US


3
country
✫1
R&B
3
UK
[RCA 47-7240]
written by Bert Carroll & Russell Moody
64.
09/1958
275

✫1
US




9
R&B
5
UK
traditional american folk song, 1866
[Capitol 4049]
written by Dave Guard
65.
12/1959
272

2
US


✫1
country
13
R&B
12
UK
[RCA Victor 47-7643]
written by Joe Allison & Audrey Allison
66.
11/1957
270

✫1
US




3
R&B
12
UK
[Capitol 3891]
written by Obie Phillis
('Til) I Kissed You
67.
08/1959
269

4
US


8
country
22
R&B
2
UK
written by Don Everly
68.
06/1958
263

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
12
UK
[Atco 6116]
written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
69.
06/1958
263

✫1
US




18
R&B
12
UK
[novelty]
[MGM 12651]
written by Sheb Wooley
Sleep Walk
70.
07/1959
261

✫1
US




4
R&B
22
UK
[instrumental]
[Canadian-american 103]
written by Santo Farina & Johnny Farina
71.
02/1957
261

✫1
US




10
R&B
12
UK
[Cameo 105]
written by Bernie Lowe & Kal Mann
72.
02/1959
261

2
US




2
R&B
6
UK
[novelty]
[Atco 6132]
written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Witch Doctor
73.
04/1958
260

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
11
UK
[Liberty 55132]
written by David Seville (as Ross Bagdasarian Sr.)
74.
04/1956
256

3
US




✫1
R&B
12
UK
[Imperial 5386]
written by Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino) & Dave Bartholomew
Peggy Sue
75.
11/1957
256

2
US




2
R&B
6
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #194]
[Coral 61885]
written by Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison & Norman Petty
76.
04/1959
256

2
US




✫1
R&B
9
UK
[ABC-Par 10018]
written by Harold Logan & Lloyd Price
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
77.
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
You Send Me
78.
10/1957
253

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
29
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #115]
[Keen 3-4013]
written by Sam Cooke
79.
11/1957
251

2
US


6
country
✫1
R&B
11
UK
[instrumental]
[Phillips Int'l 3519]
written by Bill Justis & Sid Manker
80.
06/1950
250

✫1
US




✫1
R&B


[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1950]
[R]
[Capitol F1010]
written by Ray Evans & Jay Livingston
81.
08/1959
249

2
US




12
R&B
7
UK
[ABC-Paramount 10040]
written by Paul Anka
82.
11/1959
249

3
US




14
R&B
3
UK
[Swan 4043]
written by Joe Turner Layton & Henry Creamer
83.
12/1959
248

4
US




12
R&B
4
UK
[Decca 30967]
written by Ronnie Self
84.
01/1957
248

5
US




7
R&B
2
UK
[RCA Victor 6771]
written by traditional
85.
08/1959
247

5
US




5
R&B
3
UK
[instrumental]
rock version of "Red River Valley"
written by traditional
86.
05/1958
246

3
US




9
R&B
2
UK
[Capitol 3960]
written by Bruce Belland & Glen A. Larson (as Glen Larson)
87.
12/1958
246

2
US




11
R&B
4
UK
Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)
88.
08/1958
246

✫1
US




2
R&B


[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1959]
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1959]
[Decca 30677]
written by Domenico Modugno & Franco Migliacci
Why
89.
11/1959
245

✫1
US




6
R&B
20
UK
[Chancellor 1045]
written by Bob Marcucci (as Robert Marcucci) & Peter De Angelis
90.
08/1956
245

2
US




✫1
R&B


[instrumental]
[King 4950]
written by Bill Doggett, Billy Butler, Clifford Scott & Shep Shepherd
Teen Angel
91.
12/1959
244

✫1
US




5
R&B
37
UK
[MGM 12845]
written by Jean Dinning & Red Surrey
Kansas City
92.
04/1959
243

✫1
US




✫1
R&B


[Fury 1023]
written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Lipstick on Your Collar
93.
05/1959
242

5
US




10
R&B
3
UK
[MGM 12793]
written by George Goehring & Edna Lewis
94.
02/1957
238

✫1
US




3
R&B
29
UK
[Roulette 4002]
written by Buddy Knox & Jimmy Bowen
95.
07/1958
237

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
25
UK
[Apt 25005]
written by Vito Picone & Arthur Venosa
96.
11/1951
236

2
US




6
R&B


B side to Cry
written by Johnnie Ray
97.
03/1958
235

2
US




3
R&B
6
UK
[Cadence 1345]
written by Beverly Ross & Julius Dixson
98.
09/1959
232

✫1
US




3
R&B


99.
09/1957
232

✫1
US




12
R&B


[Columbia 40993]
written by Robert Allen & Al Stillman
100.
11/1957
232

3
US


6
country
8
R&B
7
UK
[Roulette 4031]
written by The Weavers

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