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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

 ①  Hound Dog by Elvis Presley

 

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from The Real Elvis EP   

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470

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

 ②  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

 ③  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

 ④  Don't Forbid Me by Pat Boone

 

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from Pat's Great Hits   Pat's Great Hits

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369

US ✫1
US R&B 10
UK 2
[Dot 15521]
written by Charles Singleton
5.08/1956

 ⑤  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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333

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!   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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297

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 Shepherd
16.01/1956

See You Later, Alligator by Bill Haley & His Comets

 

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232

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   Here's Little Richard

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230

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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228

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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226

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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221

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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213

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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194

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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160

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   Here's Little Richard

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105

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   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 Buck Ram (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 Whiting (as George A. Whiting)
36.08/1956

Let the Good Times Roll by Shirley & Lee

 

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87

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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80

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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76

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

 

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from Here's Little Richard   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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51

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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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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40

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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38

US 35
US R&B 8
written by Ronnie Jordan & John McDermott
63.12/1956

A Thousand Miles Away by The Heartbeats

 

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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!   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

 

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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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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   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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30

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

Tricky by Gus Jenkins

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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from The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon   

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19

US 77
US R&B 8
[Gee 1022]
written by Morris Levy
77.1956

You've Got Me Dizzy by Jimmy Reed

 

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17

US R&B 3[Vee-Jay 226]
written by Jimmy Reed
78.1956

On My Word of Honor by B.B. King

 

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17

US R&B 3written by Buck Ram (as Jean Miles) & Katherine Harrison
79.1956

It's Too Late by Chuck Willis

 

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17

US R&B 3[Atlantic 1098]
written by Chuck Willis
80.1956

Devil or Angel by The Clovers

 

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17

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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17

US R&B 3[RPM 468]
written by Ivory Joe Hunter
82.1956

Ain't That Lovin' You Baby by Jimmy Reed

 

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17

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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16

US R&B 4written by Bo Diddley (as Ellas McDaniel)
85.1956

Oh What a Night by The Dells

 

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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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16

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

Steamboat by The Drifters

 

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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   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

 

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15

US R&B 5written by Mertis John (as Mertis John Jr.)
90.1956

Jivin' Around (Pts. 1 & 2) by Ernie Freeman

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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14

US R&B 6[Atlantic 1108]
written by Doc Pomus
96.1956

I Can't Quit You Baby by Otis Rush

 

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14

US R&B 6written by Willie Dixon
97.1956

Home at Last by Little Willie John

 

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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

 

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12

US R&B 7[Checker 833]
written by Bernie Roth (as Bernard Roth)
99.1956

Trouble, No More by Muddy Waters

 

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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

 

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12

US R&B 7written by Bernie Roth (as Bernard Roth)

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