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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z OtherTop 1000

Top R&B Songs of 1956

1955 <-1956-> 1957
                        

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1.08/1956
Hound Dog by Elvis Presley 

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from The Real Elvis EP   

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471
US ✫1
US country ✫1
US R&B ✫1
UK 2
[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
Singing the Blues by Guy Mitchell 

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454
US ✫1
US R&B 4
UK ✫1
[Columbia 40769]
written by Melvin Endsley
3.03/1956
Heartbreak Hotel by Elvis Presley 

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from Heartbreak Hotel EP   

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439
US ✫1
US country ✫1
US R&B 3
UK 2
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #45]
[RCA Victor 47-6420]
written by Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden (as Thomas Durden) & Elvis Presley
4.12/1956
Don't Forbid Me by Pat Boone 

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from Pat's Great Hits   

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370
US ✫1
US R&B 10
UK 2
[Dot 15521]
written by Charles Singleton
5.08/1956
Don't Be Cruel by Elvis Presley 

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from The Real Elvis EP   

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367
US ✫1
US country ✫1
US R&B ✫1
[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
6.10/1956
Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley 

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from Love Me Tender EP   

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350
US ✫1
US country 3
US R&B 3
UK 11
[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)
7.07/1956
My Prayer by The Platters 

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349
US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
UK 4
hit for Glenn Miller in 1939
[Mercury 70893]
written by Georges Boulanger & Jimmy Kennedy
8.12/1956
Young Love by Sonny James 

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334
US ✫1
US country ✫1
US R&B 3
UK 11
[Capitol 3602]
written by Ric Cartey & Carole Joyner
9.09/1956
The Green Door by Jim Lowe 

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325
US ✫1
US R&B 5
UK 8
[Dot 15486]
written by Bob Davie & Marvin Moore
10.02/1956
Why Do Fools Fall in Love by Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers 

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from The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon   

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318
US 6
US R&B ✫1
UK ✫1
as The Teenagers featuring Frankie Lymon
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #307]
[Gee 1002]
written by Frankie Lymon, Herman Santiago & George Goldner
11.05/1956
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You by Elvis Presley 

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from The Real Elvis EP   

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314
US ✫1
US country ✫1
US R&B 3
UK 14
[RCA Epa-940+]
written by Maurice Mysels & Ira Kosloff
12.10/1956
Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino 

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from This Is Fats Domino!   

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310
US 2
US R&B ✫1
UK 6
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #81]
#1 hit for Glenn Miller in 1940
[Imperial 5407]
written by Vincent Rose, Al Lewis & Larry Stock
13.03/1956
Blue Suede Shoes by Carl Perkins 

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from Dance Album of...Carl Perkins   

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296
US 2
US country ✫1
US R&B 2
UK 10
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #95]
[Sun 234]
written by Carl Perkins
14.04/1956
I'm in Love Again by Fats Domino 

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from Fats Domino - Rock and Rollin'   

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258
US 3
US R&B ✫1
UK 12
[Imperial 5386]
written by Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino) & Dave Bartholomew
15.08/1956
Honky Tonk (Parts 1 & 2) by Bill Doggett 

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from Everybody Dance the Honky Tonk   

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247
US 2
US R&B ✫1
[King 4950]
written by Bill Doggett, Billy Butler, Clifford Scott & Shep Shepard
16.01/1956
See You Later, Alligator by Bill Haley & His Comets 

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231
US 6
US R&B 7
UK 7
[Decca 29791]
written by Bobby Charles (as Robert Guidry)
17.04/1956
Long Tall Sally by Little Richard 

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from Here's Little Richard   

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231
US 6
US R&B ✫1
UK 3
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #56]
[Specialty 572 A]
written by Enotris Johnson, Robert Blackwell & Little Richard (as Richard Penniman)
18.11/1956
Love Me by Elvis Presley 

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from Elvis [1956 album]   

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227
US 2
US country 10
US R&B 7
US: from Elvis, Volume 1 EP
[RCA Epa-992+]
written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
19.07/1956
Canadian Sunset by Hugo Winterhalter and Eddie Heywood 

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225
US 2
US R&B 7
[instrumental]
[RCA Victor 6537]
written by Eddie Heywood
20.12/1956
The Banana Boat Song by The Tarriers 

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220
US 4
US R&B 14
UK 15
[Glory 249]
written by traditional
21.06/1956
Be-Bop-A-Lula by Gene Vincent 

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212
US 7
US country 5
US R&B 8
UK 16
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)
22.03/1956
(You've Got) The Magic Touch by The Platters 

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193
US 4
US R&B 4
written by Buck Ram
23.08/1956
The Flying Saucer (Parts 1 & 2) by Buchanan and Goodman 

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187
US 3
US R&B 4
[novelty]
[Luniverse 101]
written by Bill Buchanan & Dickie Goodman
24.07/1956
The Fool by Sanford Clark 

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161
US 7
US country 14
US R&B 5
[Dot 15481]
written by Naomi Ford
25.05/1956
Treasure of Love by Clyde McPhatter 

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from Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters   

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113
US 16
US R&B ✫1
UK 27
[Atlantic 1092]
written by Joe Shapiro & Lou Stallman
26.03/1956
Ivory Tower by The Charms 

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109
US 11
US R&B 5
as Otis Williams and His Charms
[Deluxe 6093]
written by Jack Fulton & Lois Steele
27.11/1956
Since I Met You Baby by Ivory Joe Hunter 

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109
US 12
US R&B ✫1
[Atlantic 1111]
written by Ivory Joe Hunter
28.07/1956
Rip It Up by Little Richard 

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from Here's Little Richard   

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109
US 17
US R&B ✫1
UK 30
[Specialty 579]
written by Robert Blackwell & John Marascalco
29.12/1956
Jim Dandy by LaVern Baker 

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from LaVern Baker   

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101
US 17
US R&B ✫1
as LaVern Baker & The Gliders
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #343]
[Atlantic 1116]
written by Lincoln Chase
30.01/1956
Tutti Frutti by Little Richard 

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from Here's Little Richard   

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97
US 17
US R&B 2
UK 29
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #43]
[Specialty 561]
written by Little Richard (as Richard Penniman) & Dorothy LaBostrie
31.09/1956
You'll Never Never Know by The Platters 

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95
US 11
US R&B 9
written by Jean Miles (as Jeanette Miles), Paul Robi & Tony Williams
32.04/1956
I Want You to Be My Girl by Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers 

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from The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon   

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94
US 13
US R&B 3
[Gee 1012]
written by Morris Levy
33.03/1956
Eddie My Love by The Teen Queens 

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92
US 14
US R&B 2
[RPM 453]
written by Aaron Collins
34.07/1956
When My Dreamboat Comes Home by Fats Domino 

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from Fats Domino - Rock and Rollin'   

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92
US 14
US R&B 2
hit for Guy Lombardo in 1937
[Imperial 5396]
written by Cliff Friend & Dave Franklin
35.04/1956
My Blue Heaven by Fats Domino 

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from Fats Domino - Rock and Rollin'   

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88
US 19
US R&B 5
B side to I'm in Love Again; #1 hit for Paul Whiteman in 1927
[Imperial 5386]
written by Walter Donaldson & George A. Whiting
36.08/1956
Let the Good Times Roll by Shirley & Lee 

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88
US 20
US R&B ✫1
[Aladdin 3325]
written by Leonard Lee
37.09/1956
It Isn't Right by The Platters 

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85
US 13
US R&B 10
B side to You'll Never Never Know
[Mercury 70948]
written by Robert Mellin
38.07/1956
That's All There Is to That by Nat King Cole 

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84
US 16
US R&B 15
as Nat "King" Cole and the Four Knights
[Capitol 3456]
written by Clyde Otis & Kelly Owens
39.07/1956
Stranded in the Jungle by The Cadets 

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81
US 15
US R&B 4
[novelty]
[Modern 994]
written by James Johnson [James E. Johnson], Ernestine Smith & Al Curry
40.07/1956
Fever by Little Willie John 

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79
US 24
US R&B ✫1
[King 4935]
written by Eddie Cooley & Otis Blackwell (as John Davenport)
41.11/1956
Slow Walk by Sil Austin 

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79
US 17
US R&B 3
[instrumental]
[Mercury 70963]
written by Sil Austin
42.12/1956
Ain't Got No Home by Clarence Henry 

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77
US 20
US R&B 3
as Clarence "Frogman" Henry
[Argo 5259]
written by Clarence Henry
43.11/1956
Confidential by Sonny Knight 

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75
US 17
US R&B 8
[Dot 15507]
written by Dorinda Morgan
44.04/1956
R-O-C-K by Bill Haley & His Comets 

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75
US 16
US R&B 15
[Decca 29870]
written by Arrett Keefer, Bill Haley & Ruth Keefer
45.09/1956
(I Remember) In the Still of the Nite by The Five Satins 

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71
US 24
US R&B 3
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #90]
[Ember 1005]
written by Fred Parris
46.06/1956
Stranded in the Jungle by The Vibrations 

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70
US 18
US R&B 9
as The Jay Hawks
written by James Johnson [James E. Johnson], Ernestine Smith & Al Curry
47.12/1956
On My Word of Honor by The Platters 

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70
US 20
US R&B 7
B side to One in a Million
[Mercury 71011]
written by Harry Nesbitt, Max Nesbitt & C. Venis
48.11/1956
Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) by Elvis Presley 

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from Any Way You Want Me EP   

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67
US 27
US country 3
US R&B 12
US: B-side to Love Me Tender
[RCA Victor 47-6643]
written by Aaron Schroeder & Clyde Otis (as Cliff Owens)
49.07/1956
Ka-Ding Dong by The G-Clefs 

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61
US 24
US R&B 9
[Pilgrim 715]
written by Ronnie Jordan & John McDermott
50.09/1956
Out of Sight, Out of Mind by The Five Keys 

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60
US 23
US R&B 12
[Capitol 3502]
written by Ivory Joe Hunter & Clyde Otis
51.09/1956
I Can't Love You Enough by LaVern Baker 

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from LaVern Baker   

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55
US 22
US R&B 7
[Atlantic 1104]
written by Dorian Burton, Howard Plummer & LaVern Baker
52.09/1956
See Saw by The Moonglows 

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54
US 25
US R&B 6
[Chess 1629]
written by Billy Davis [Roquel Davis], Harry Pratt & Charles Sutton
53.11/1956
Slow Walk by Bill Doggett 

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from Everybody Dance the Honky Tonk   

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53
US 26
US R&B 4
[King 5000]
written by Sil Austin
54.06/1956
Love, Love, Love by The Clovers 

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52
US 30
US R&B 4
[Atlantic 1094]
written by Mack David, Teddy McRae & Sid Wyche
55.04/1956
Slippin' and Slidin' (Peepin' and Hidin') by Little Richard 

video

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from Here's Little Richard   

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52
US 33
US R&B 2
B side to Long Tall Sally
[Specialty 572]
written by Little Richard (as Richard Penniman), Eddie Bo (as Eddie Bocage), Albert Collins & James Smith
56.07/1956
A Casual Look by The Six Teens 

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MP3

52
US 25
US R&B 7
[Flip 315]
written by Ed Wells
57.01/1956
April in Paris by Count Basie 

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50
US 28
US R&B 8
[novelty]
[Clef 89162]
written by Vernon Duke & E. Y. Harburg
58.06/1956
Roll Over Beethoven by Chuck Berry 

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from Rock, Rock, Rock OST   

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46
US 29
US R&B 2
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #97]
[Chess 1626]
written by Chuck Berry
59.05/1956
Corrina, Corrina by Joe Turner 

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from Rock & Roll   

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42
US 41
US R&B 2
written by J. Mayo Williams, Bo Chatman & Mitchell Parish
60.12/1956
I Feel Good by Shirley & Lee 

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MP3

42
US 38
US R&B 3
[Aladdin 3338]
written by Leonard Lee
61.03/1956
Bo Weevil by Fats Domino 

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from Rock and Rollin' with Fats Domino   

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41
US 35
US R&B 5
[Imperial 5375]
written by Fats Domino & Dave Bartholomew
62.09/1956
Ka-Ding-Dong by The Diamonds 

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MP3

38
US 35
US R&B 8
written by Ronnie Jordan & John McDermott
63.12/1956
A Thousand Miles Away by The Heartbeats 

video

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38
US 53
US R&B 5
[Rama 216]
written by James Sheppard & William H. Miller
64.07/1956
So-Long by Fats Domino 

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from This Is Fats Domino!   

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38
US 44
US R&B 5
B side to When My Dreamboat Comes Home
[Imperial 5396]
written by Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino) & Dave Bartholomew
65.02/1956
Seven Days by Clyde McPhatter 

video

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from Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters   

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37
US 44
US R&B 2
[Atlantic 1081]
written by Willis Carroll & Carmen Taylor
66.06/1956
Love, Love, Love by The Diamonds 

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36
US 30
US R&B 14
[Mercury 70889]
written by Teddy McRae, Sid Wyche & Mack David
67.07/1956
Heaven on Earth by The Platters 

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MP3

36
US 39
US R&B 13
B side to My Prayer
[Mercury 70893]
written by Buck Ram
68.07/1956
Ready Teddy by Little Richard 

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from Here's Little Richard   

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30
US 44
US R&B 8
B side to Rip It Up
[Specialty 579]
written by Robert Blackwell & John Marascalco
69.04/1956
Little Girl of Mine by The Cleftones 

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MP3

30
US 57
US R&B 8
[Gee 1011]
written by George Goldner & Herb Cox
70.12/1956
Tricky by Gus Jenkins 

video

MP3

27
US 79
US R&B 2
as Gus Jinkins
[Flash 115]
written by Gus Jenkins
71.01/1956
That's Your Mistake by The Charms 

video

MP3

26
US 48
US R&B 14
as Otis Williams and His New Group
[Deluxe 6091]
written by Rudy Toombs
72.04/1956
Church Bells May Ring by Willows 

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26
US 62
US R&B 11
[Melba 102]
written by The Willows & Morty Craft
73.07/1956
I Promise to Remember by Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers 

video

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from The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon   

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24
US 57
US R&B 10
B side to Who Can Explain?
[Gee 1018]
written by Jimmy Castor & Jimmy Smith
74.02/1956
Drown in My Own Tears by Ray Charles 

video

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24
US R&B ✫1charted as Drown in My Own Tears / Mary in US R&B charts
[Atlantic 1085]
written by Henry Glover
75.09/1956
Still by LaVern Baker 

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from LaVern Baker   

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21
US 97
US R&B 4
[Atlantic 1104]
written by Dorian Burton & Howard Plummer
76.10/1956
The ABC's of Love by Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers 

video

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from The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon   

CD

MP3

19
US 77
US R&B 8
[Gee 1022]
written by Morris Levy
77.1956
You've Got Me Dizzy by Jimmy Reed 

video

MP3

18
US R&B 3[Vee-Jay 226]
written by Jimmy Reed
78.1956
On My Word of Honor by B.B. King 

video

MP3

18
US R&B 3written by Jean Miles & Katherine Harrison
79.1956
It's Too Late by Chuck Willis 

video

MP3

18
US R&B 3[Atlantic 1098]
written by Chuck Willis
80.1956
Devil or Angel by The Clovers 

video

MP3

18
US R&B 3[Atlantic 1083]
written by Blanche Carter
81.1956
Bad Luck by B.B. King 

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from Singin' the Blues   

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18
US R&B 3[RPM 468]
written by Ivory Joe Hunter
82.1956
Ain't That Lovin' You Baby by Jimmy Reed 

video

MP3

18
US R&B 3written by Jimmy Reed
83.10/1956
Too Much Monkey Business by Chuck Berry 

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from After School Session   

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16
US R&B 4[Chess 1635]
written by Chuck Berry
84.1956
Pretty Thing by Bo Diddley 

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MP3

16
US R&B 4written by Bo Diddley (as Ellas McDaniel)
85.1956
Oh What a Night by The Dells 

video

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16
US R&B 4 [Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #260]
written by Marvin Junior & Johnny Funches
86.09/1956
One Kiss Led to Another by The Coasters 

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MP3

16
US 73
US R&B 11
[Atco 6073]
written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
87.1956
Steamboat by The Drifters 

video

MP3

15
US R&B 5B side to Adorable
written by Buddy Lucas
88.04/1956
Please, Please, Please by James Brown 

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from Please Please Please   

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15
US R&B 5 [Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #142]
[Federal 12258]
written by James Brown & Johnny Terry
89.1956
Need Your Love So Bad by Little Willie John 

video

MP3

15
US R&B 5written by Mertis John (as Mertis John Jr.)
90.1956
Jivin' Around (Pts. 1 & 2) by Ernie Freeman 

video

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15
US R&B 5as Ernie Freeman Combo
[instrumental]
[Cash 1017]
written by John Gray, Mike Akapoff & Ernie Freeman
91.1956
I'll Be Home by The Flamingos 

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15
US R&B 5[Checker 830]
written by Fats Washington (as Ferdinand Washington) & Stan Lewis (as Stanley Lewis)
92.06/1956
Hallelujah, I Love Her So by Ray Charles 

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15
US R&B 5charted as Hallelujah, I Love Her So / What Would I Do without You in US R&B charts
[Atlantic 1096]
written by Ray Charles
93.10/1956
Brown Eyed Handsome Man by Chuck Berry 

video

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from After School Session   

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15
US R&B 5 [Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #374]
B side to "Too Much Monkey Business" in the US
[Chess 1635]
written by Chuck Berry
94.1956
Sweet Little Angel by B.B. King 

video

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from Singin' the Blues   

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14
US R&B 6B side to Bad Luck
[RPM 468]
written by B.B. King & Jules Taub
95.10/1956
Lonely Avenue by Ray Charles 

video

MP3

14
US R&B 6[Atlantic 1108]
written by Doc Pomus
96.1956
I Can't Quit You Baby by Otis Rush 

video

MP3

14
US R&B 6written by Willie Dixon
97.1956
Home at Last by Little Willie John 

video

MP3

14
US R&B 6b side to Need Your Love So Bad
written by Rudy Toombs
98.1956
Who by Little Walter and His Jukes 

video

MP3

12
US R&B 7[Checker 833]
written by Bernard Roth
99.1956
Trouble, No More by Muddy Waters 

video

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12
US R&B 7written by Muddy Waters (as McKinley Morganfield)
100.1956
Forty Days and Forty Nights by Muddy Waters 

video

MP3

12
US R&B 7written by Bernard Roth

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