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The Most Popular Song Hits And Performers Of 1954

   

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1954 Pop Standards and Artists

1954's Most Popular and Influential Songs

1.   Sh Boom - The Chords
2. Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight - The Spaniels
3. Oh! My Pa-Pa (O Mein Papa) - Eddie Fisher
4. Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes
5. Hearts Of Stone - The Charms
6. Shake, Rattle and Roll - Joe Turner and His Blue Kings
7. The Things That I Used To Do - Guitar Slim and His Band
8. Secret Love - Doris Day
9. Work With Me Annie - The Midnighters
10. Young At Heart - Frank Sinatra
11. You'll Never Walk Alone - Roy Hamilton
12. Little Things Mean a Lot - Kitty Kallen
13. Honey Love - The Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
14. Strangers In Paradise - Tony Bennett
15. This Ole House - Rosemary Clooney
16. Oh What a Dream - Ruth Brown and Her Rhythmakers
17. Wanted - Perry Como
18. Make Love To Me - Jo Stafford
19. Gee - The Crows
20. Three Coins In The Fountain - Four Aces featuring Al Alberts
21. Hey There - Rosemary Clooney
22. Papa Loves Mambo - Perry Como
23. I Need You Now - Eddie Fisher
24. Cross Over The Bridge - Patti Page
25. Annie Had A Baby - The Midnighters
26. Hernado's Hideaway - Archie Bleyer
27. I Get So Lonely (When I Dream About You) - The Four Knights
28. You Upset Me Baby - B.B. King and His Orchestra
29. Hurts Me To My Heart - Faye Adams
30. Changing Partners - Patti Page
31. Mambo Baby - Ruth Brown and Her Rhythmakers
32. The Gang That Sang 'Heart of my Heart' - Four Aces featuring Al Alberts
33. Stranger In Paradise - Four Aces featuring Al Alberts
34. I'll Be True - Faye Adams
35. The Man Upstairs - Kay Starr
36. Cara Mia - David Whitfield with Mantovana
37. The Happy Wanderer - Frank Weir
38. The Little Shoemaker - The Gaylords
39. Crazy 'Bout Ya Baby - The Crew-Cuts
40. Teach Me Tonight - The DeCastro Sisters
41. Changing Partners - Kay Starr
42. Hold My Hand - Don Cornell
43. Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep) - Eddie Fisher
44. Skokiaan - Ralph Marterie
45. Joey - Betty Madigan
46. If I Give My Heart To You - Doris Day
47. Answer Me, My Love - Nat King Cole
48. The Happy Wanderer - Frank Weir
49. Cuddle Me - Ronnie Gaylord
50. Isle of Capri - The Gaylords

In the pre-rock and roll era, often called the Pop Standards era, or the 'Great American Songbook', there was an emphasis on the songwriters and the individual songs themselves.

For that reason we can't give these songs or even artists a ranking - often the same songs were made hits by multiple people in the same year - Oh, My Papa, for example, was a top 20 hit for 3 artists - Eddie Fisher, Eddie Calvert and Ray Anthony in 1954. We have included Signature Songs - the songs that are probably best known by the indiviual singers, when appropriate.

In keeping the Pop Culture Madness standard of highlighting songs and performances that have outlasted others of their era, here are the most known songs of 1954.

Buy It! Spaniels
Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight
-Signature Song
Lead singer James "Pookie" Hudson was also the group leader, and this is probably the longest-lasting Doo-Wop/R&B /Pop crossover hit. A 'white' version by the Maguire Sisters charted higher at the time, but the Spaniels version is still the number one 'goodnight' song of all time.
Buy It! Bill Haley and his Comets
Shake Rattle and Roll
This is considered the first 'top ten' rock and roll hit, and was released a few months after the moderately successful Rock Around The Clock, which did signifiacntly better when re-released in 1955.
Buy It! Mr Sandman
The Chordettes
-Signature Song
An up-beat, vocally unique song that was a perfect 'getting in the mood' oldies show classic came back huge in 2012's Kia Optima Superbowl commercial, with just a touch of Motley Crew tossed in.

 

 

 

 

Buy It! The Crew-Cuts
Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream)
-Signature Song
Considered by many to be the first 'rock' song, this Canadian Quartet was backed by Dave Carroll's Orchestra. Dave and the boys also occasionally backed Vic Damome and Rusty Draper.
Buy It! Rosemary Clooney
Mambo Italiano
Although not one of Rosemary's biggest hits, it is her longest lasting, according to the PCM request line.
Buy It! Al Alberts & Four Aces
Three Coins In The Fountain
Frank Sinatra peaked at number four with 3 Coins, but Al and Company were the only ones to hit the number one spot.

The talented boys from Chester (near Philadelphia) PA scored an even bigger hit in 1955 with Love is a Many Splendored Thing.

Buy It! Frank Sinatra
Young At Heart
-Signature Song (1950s)
Frank Sinatra is the only artist who could claim four different 'Signature Songs' - All or Nothing At All (1943), My Way (1969, Theme From New York, New York (1980) and Young At Heart (1954). For those keeping track, 50 Cent still has just one - In Da Club (2003)
Buy It! Elvis Presley
That's All Right (Mama)
His bigger hits started in in 1956, but the cool kids were down with the King of Rock N Roll in 1954.
BTW - it is pronounced "PRESS-lee" NOT "PREZZ-lee"
Buy It! Doris Day
Secret Love
-Signature Song
Secret Love won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and was from the film Calamity Jane. Jane was either a friend or Lover for Wild Bill Hickok in the old west.

When Doris went into showbiz, she changed her name from 'Doris Kappelhoff' to 'Doris Day.'

Buy It! Penguins (Will You Be Mine)
Earth Angel
-Signature Song
Written by the group's own Curtis Williams, it is considered by some to be the first song of the rock and roll era, possibly because it was releases in the last week of December, 1954.

Fighting about which song was the first of the rock era aside, we can safely say that they were the first 'one hit wonder' of the rock era.

Earth Angel was actually the "B' side of the single 'Hey Señorita.'

Buy It! Eddie Fisher
Oh! My Papa
-Signature Song
This song is either played at weddings, or in a campy, mocking way. Eddie is probably best known today as being the father of actresses Carrie Fisher (with Debbie Reynolds), Joely and and Tricia Leigh Fisher (with Connie Stevens)
  More Top Artists and Songs of1954
Buy It! Al Martino
The Story of Tina
Buy It! Ames Brothers
The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane
Buy It! Andy Griffith
What It Was, Was Football (parts 1 &2)
Buy It! Archie Bleyer
Hernado's Hideaway
Buy It! Billy Anthony and Eric Jupp
This Ole House
Buy It! Billy Eckstine
No One But You
Buy It! Bing Crosby
Changing Partners
Buy It! Charms
Heart of Stone
Buy It! Connee Boswell
If I Give My Heart To You
Buy It! David Whitefield
Santo Natale
Buy It! David Whitfield and Mantovani
Cara Mia
Buy It! De Castro Sisters
Teach Me Tonight
Buy It! Dean Martin
Sway
Buy It! Dinah Washington
Teach Me Tonight
Buy It! Don Cornell
Hold My Hand
Buy It! Eddie Fisher
I Need You Now, Oh! My Papa
Buy It! Elvis Presley
That's All Right (Mama), Blue Moon of Kentucky, Good Rockin' Tonight
Buy It! Fontane Sisters
Hearts of Stone
-Signature Song
Buy It! Four Lads
Skokiaan
Buy It! Frank Sinatra
Three Coins In The Fountain
Buy It! Frank Weir and his Orchestra
Happy Wanderer
Buy It! Frankie Laine
Granada, My Friend, Someday, Rain Rain Rain
Buy It! Hank Ballard and the Midnighters
Work With Me Annie
Buy It! Hilltoppers
Till Then
Buy It! Jo Stafford
Make Love To Me!
Buy It! Johnnie Ray
Such A Night, Hernado's Hideaway
Buy It! Jose Ferrer w Rosemary Clooney
Woman (Uh-Huh)
Buy It! Kay Starr
If You Really Love Me (Really Love Me)
Buy It! Kitty Kallen
Little Things Mean a Lot
Buy It! Lex Baxter and his Orchestra
The High and the Mighty
Buy It! Muddy Waters
Hoochie Coochie Man
-Signature Song
Buy It! Nat 'King' Cole
Answer Me My Love, Smile, Hajji Baba, Make Her Mine
Buy It! Patti Page
Cross Over The Bridge
Buy It! Peggy Lee
Let Me Go Lover
Buy It! Perry Como
Wanted, Papa Loves Mambo
Buy It! Ralph Marterie
Skokiaan
Buy It! Ray Charles
I've Got A Woman
Buy It! Ronnie Hilton
I Still Believe
Buy It! Rosemary Clooney
This Ole House, Hey There, Mambo Italiano
Buy It! Roy Hamilton
You'll Never Walk Alone, Ebb Tide
Buy It! Sammy Davis, Jr
Hey There
Buy It! The Chords
Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream)
Buy It! The Gaylords
The Little Shoemaker
Buy It! Tony Bennett
There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
Buy It! Tony Martin
Stranger In Paradise
Buy It! Vaughn Monroe
They Were Doing the Mambo
Buy It! Victor Young
The High and the Mighty

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