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Top R&B Songs of 1956

1955 <-1956-> 1957


  

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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
4.
12/1956
367

✫1
US


10
R&B
2
UK
[Dot 15521]
written by Charles Singleton
Don't Be Cruel
5.
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
Love Me Tender
6.
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)
7.
07/1956
347

✫1
US


✫1
R&B
4
UK
hit for Glenn Miller in 1939
[Mercury 70893]
written by Georges Boulanger & Jimmy Kennedy
8.
12/1956
331

✫1
US
✫1
country
3
R&B
11
UK
[Capitol 3602]
written by Ric Cartey & Carole Joyner
9.
09/1956
323

✫1
US


5
R&B
8
UK
[Dot 15486]
written by Hutch Davie (as Bob Davie) & Marvin Moore
10.
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
11.
05/1956
312

✫1
US
✫1
country
3
R&B
14
UK
[RCA Epa-940+]
written by Maurice Mysels & Ira Kosloff
12.
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
Blue Suede Shoes
13.
03/1956
295

2
US
✫1
country
2
R&B
10
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #95]
[Sun 234]
written by Carl Perkins
14.
04/1956
256

3
US


✫1
R&B
12
UK
[Imperial 5386]
written by Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino) & Dave Bartholomew
15.
08/1956
245

2
US


✫1
R&B


[instrumental]
[King 4950]
written by Bill Doggett, Billy Butler, Clifford Scott & Shep Shepherd
See You Later, Alligator
16.
01/1956
230

6
US


7
R&B
7
UK
[Decca 29791]
written by Bobby Charles (as Robert Guidry)
Long Tall Sally
17.
04/1956
228

6
US


✫1
R&B
3
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #56]
[Specialty 572 A]
written by Enotris Johnson, Robert Blackwell & Little Richard (as Richard Penniman)
18.
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
19.
07/1956
225

2
US


7
R&B


[instrumental]
[RCA Victor 6537]
written by Eddie Heywood
20.
12/1956
220

4
US


14
R&B
15
UK
[Glory 249]
written by traditional
Be-Bop-A-Lula
21.
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)
22.
12/1956
209

5
US


✫1
R&B
23
UK
[Imperial 5417]
written by Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino) & Dave Bartholomew
23.
03/1956
192

4
US


4
R&B


written by Buck Ram
24.
08/1956
186

3
US


4
R&B


[novelty]
[Luniverse 101]
written by Bill Buchanan & Dickie Goodman
25.
07/1956
159

7
US
14
country
5
R&B


[Dot 15481]
written by Naomi Ford
26.
05/1956
112

16
US


✫1
R&B
27
UK
[Atlantic 1092]
written by Joe Shapiro & Lou Stallman
27.
03/1956
108

11
US


5
R&B


as Otis Williams and His Charms
[Deluxe 6093]
written by Jack Fulton & Lois Steele
28.
11/1956
108

12
US


✫1
R&B


[Atlantic 1111]
written by Ivory Joe Hunter
29.
07/1956
105

17
US


✫1
R&B
30
UK
[Specialty 579]
written by Robert Blackwell & John Marascalco
30.
12/1956
100

17
US


✫1
R&B


as LaVern Baker & The Gliders
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #343]
[Atlantic 1116]
written by Lincoln Chase
31.
01/1956
97

17
US


2
R&B
29
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #43]
[Specialty 561]
written by Little Richard (as Richard Penniman) & Dorothy LaBostrie
32.
09/1956
95

11
US


9
R&B


written by Buck Ram (as Jeanette Miles), Paul Robi & Tony Williams
33.
04/1956
94

13
US


3
R&B


34.
03/1956
92

14
US


2
R&B


[RPM 453]
written by Aaron Collins
35.
07/1956
91

14
US


2
R&B


hit for Guy Lombardo in 1937
[Imperial 5396]
written by Cliff Friend & Dave Franklin
36.
04/1956
87

19
US


5
R&B


B side to I'm in Love Again; #1 hit for Paul Whiteman in 1927
[Imperial 5386]
written by Walter Donaldson & George Whiting (as George A. Whiting)
37.
08/1956
87

20
US


✫1
R&B


[Aladdin 3325]
written by Leonard Lee
38.
09/1956
84

13
US


10
R&B


B side to You'll Never Never Know
[Mercury 70948]
written by Robert Mellin
39.
07/1956
84

16
US


15
R&B


as Nat "King" Cole and the Four Knights
[Capitol 3456]
written by Clyde Otis & Kelly Owens
40.
07/1956
80

15
US


4
R&B


[novelty]
[Modern 994]
written by James Johnson [James E. Johnson], Ernestine Smith & Al Curry
Fever
41.
07/1956
79

24
US


✫1
R&B


[King 4935]
written by Eddie Cooley & Otis Blackwell (as John Davenport)
42.
11/1956
78

17
US


3
R&B


[instrumental]
[Mercury 70963]
written by Sil Austin
43.
12/1956
76

20
US


3
R&B


as Clarence "Frogman" Henry
[Argo 5259]
written by Clarence Henry
44.
11/1956
74

17
US


8
R&B


[Dot 15507]
written by Dorinda Morgan
45.
04/1956
74

16
US


15
R&B


[Decca 29870]
written by Arrett Keefer, Bill Haley & Ruth Keefer
46.
09/1956
70

24
US


3
R&B


[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #90]
[Ember 1005]
written by Fred Parris
Stranded in the Jungle
47.
06/1956
69

18
US


9
R&B


48.
12/1956
69

20
US


7
R&B


B side to One in a Million
[Mercury 71011]
written by Harry Nesbitt, Max Nesbitt & C. Venis
49.
11/1956
67

27
US
3
country
12
R&B


US: B-side to Love Me Tender
[RCA Victor 47-6643]
written by Aaron Schroeder & Clyde Otis (as Cliff Owens)
50.
07/1956
61

24
US


9
R&B


[Pilgrim 715]
written by Ronnie Jordan & John McDermott
51.
09/1956
60

23
US


12
R&B


[Capitol 3502]
written by Ivory Joe Hunter & Clyde Otis
52.
09/1956
55

22
US


7
R&B


[Atlantic 1104]
written by Dorian Burton, Howard Plummer & LaVern Baker
53.
09/1956
53

25
US


6
R&B


54.
11/1956
52

26
US


4
R&B


[instrumental]
[King 5000]
written by Sil Austin
55.
06/1956
52

30
US


4
R&B


[Atlantic 1094]
written by Mack David, Teddy McRae & Sid Wyche
56.
04/1956
51

33
US


2
R&B


B side to Long Tall Sally
[Specialty 572]
written by Little Richard (as Richard Penniman), Eddie Bo (as Eddie Bocage), Albert Collins & James Smith [guitarist]
57.
07/1956
51

25
US


7
R&B


[Flip 315]
written by Ed Wells
58.
01/1956
49

28
US


8
R&B


[novelty]
[Clef 89162]
written by Vernon Duke & E. Y. Harburg
Roll Over Beethoven
59.
06/1956
46

29
US


2
R&B


[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #97]
[Chess 1626]
written by Chuck Berry
60.
05/1956
42

41
US


2
R&B


61.
12/1956
42

38
US


3
R&B


[Aladdin 3338]
written by Leonard Lee
62.
10/1956
41





2
R&B
29
UK
B side to Blueberry Hill
[Imperial 5407]
written by Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino) & Dave Bartholomew
63.
02/1956
40

35
US


5
R&B


[Imperial 5375]
written by Fats Domino & Dave Bartholomew
64.
09/1956
38

35
US


8
R&B


[Mercury 70934]
written by Ronnie Jordan & John McDermott
A Thousand Miles Away
65.
12/1956
37

53
US


5
R&B


[Rama 216]
written by James Sheppard & William H. Miller
66.
07/1956
37

44
US


5
R&B


B side to When My Dreamboat Comes Home
[Imperial 5396]
written by Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino) & Dave Bartholomew
67.
02/1956
37

44
US


2
R&B


[Atlantic 1081]
written by Willis Carroll & Carmen Taylor
68.
06/1956
36

30
US


14
R&B


[Mercury 70889]
written by Teddy McRae, Sid Wyche & Mack David
69.
07/1956
36

39
US


13
R&B


B side to My Prayer
[Mercury 70893]
written by Buck Ram
70.
07/1956
30

44
US


8
R&B


B side to Rip It Up
[Specialty 579]
written by Robert Blackwell & John Marascalco
71.
04/1956
30

57
US


8
R&B


[Gee 1011]
written by George Goldner & Herb Cox
72.
12/1956
27

79
US


2
R&B


as Gus Jinkins
[Flash 115]
written by Gus Jenkins
73.
01/1956
26

48
US


14
R&B


as Otis Williams and His New Group
[Deluxe 6091]
written by Rudy Toombs
74.
04/1956
26

62
US


11
R&B


[Melba 102]
written by The Willows & Morty Craft
75.
07/1956
24

57
US


10
R&B


B side to Who Can Explain?
[Gee 1018]
written by Jimmy Castor & Jimmy Smith
76.
02/1956
24





✫1
R&B


charted as Drown in My Own Tears / Mary in US R&B charts
[Atlantic 1085]
written by Henry Glover
77.
09/1956
21

97
US


4
R&B


[Atlantic 1104]
written by Dorian Burton & Howard Plummer
78.
10/1956
19

77
US


8
R&B


79.
17





3
R&B


[Vee-Jay 226]
written by Jimmy Reed
80.
17





3
R&B


written by Buck Ram (as Jean Miles) & Katherine Harrison
81.
17





3
R&B


[Atlantic 1098]
written by Chuck Willis
82.
17





3
R&B


[Atlantic 1083]
written by Blanche Carter
83.
17





3
R&B


[RPM 468]
written by Ivory Joe Hunter
Ain't That Lovin' You Baby
84.
17





3
R&B


written by Jimmy Reed
85.
10/1956
16





4
R&B


[Chess 1635]
written by Chuck Berry
Pretty Thing
86.
01/1956
16





4
R&B


[Checker 827]
written by Bo Diddley (as Ellas McDaniel)
87.
11/1956
16





4
R&B


[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #260]
[Vee-Jay 204]
written by Marvin Junior & Johnny Funches
88.
09/1956
16

73
US


11
R&B


[Atco 6073]
written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
89.
15





5
R&B


B side to Adorable
written by Buddy Lucas
90.
04/1956
15





5
R&B


[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #142]
[Federal 12258]
written by James Brown & Johnny Terry
Need Your Love So Bad
91.
15





5
R&B


written by Mertis John (as Mertis John Jr.)
92.
15





5
R&B


as Ernie Freeman Combo
[instrumental]
[Cash 1017]
written by John Gray, Mike Akapoff & Ernie Freeman
93.
15





5
R&B


[Checker 830]
written by Fats Washington (as Ferdinand Washington) & Stan Lewis (as Stanley Lewis)
94.
06/1956
15





5
R&B


charted as Hallelujah, I Love Her So / What Would I Do without You in US R&B charts
[Atlantic 1096]
written by Ray Charles
95.
10/1956
15





5
R&B


[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #374]
B side to "Too Much Monkey Business" in the US
[Chess 1635]
written by Chuck Berry
96.
13





6
R&B


B side to Bad Luck
[RPM 468]
written by B.B. King & Jules Taub
97.
10/1956
13





6
R&B


[Atlantic 1108]
written by Doc Pomus
I Can't Quit You Baby
98.
13





6
R&B


written by Willie Dixon
99.
13





6
R&B


b side to Need Your Love So Bad
written by Rudy Toombs
100.
12





7
R&B


written by Bernie Roth (as Bernard Roth)

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