Every December Billboard publishes a chart listing the top songs of the year. The number of songs listed on the chart varied in the early years before becoming a top 100 chart in 1956. Select a year to see the list of most popular hit songs.

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Position  Artist Song Title
« 1955 1956 1957 »
1 Elvis Presley Heartbreak Hotel
2 Elvis Presley Don't Be Cruel
3 Nelson Riddle Lisbon Antigua
4 Platters My Prayer
5 Gogi Grant The Wayward Wind
6 Les Baxter The Poor People of Paris
7 Doris Day Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera)
8 Elvis Presley Hound Dog
9 Dean Martin Memories Are Made of This
10 Kay Starr Rock and Roll Waltz
11 Morris Stoloff Moonglow and Theme From "Picnic"
12 Platters The Great Pretender
13 Pat Boone I Almost Lost My Mind
14 Elvis Presley I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
15 Elvis Presley Love Me Tender
16 Perry Como Hot Diggity
17 Eddie Heywood and Hugo Winterhalter Canadian Sunset
18 Carl Perkins Blue Suede Shoes
19 Jim Lowe The Green Door
20 Four Lads No, Not Much
21 Bill Doggett Honky Tonk
22 Tennessee Ernie Ford Sixteen Tons
23 Johnnie Ray Just Walking in the Rain
24 Patti Page Allegheny Moon
25 Fats Domino I'm in Love Again
26 Patience and Prudence Tonight You Belong to Me
27 Gene Vincent Be-Bop-A-Lula
28 Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers Why Do Fools Fall in Love
29 Four Lads Standing on the Corner
30 Buchanan and Goodman The Flying Saucer
31 George Cates Moonglow and Theme From Picnic
32 Cathy Carr Ivory Tower
33 Bill Haley and His Comets See You Later Alligator
34 Pat Boone I'll Be Home
35 Vic Damone On the Street Where You Live
36 Platters Magic Touch
37 Chordettes Born to Be With You
38 Don Cherry Band of Gold
39 Perry Como More
40 Guy Mitchell Singing the Blues
41 Fats Domino Blueberry Hill
42 Sanford Clark The Fool
43 Don Robertson The Happy Whistler
44 Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly True Love
45 Little Richard Long Tall Sally
46 Teresa Brewer Sweet Old Fashioned Girl
47 Nervous Norvus Transfusion
48 Ames Brothers It Only Hurts for a Little While
49 Teresa Brewer A Tear Fell
50 Lonnie Donegan Rock Island Line
51 Dream Weavers It's Almost Tomorrow
52 Pat Boone Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)
53 Frank Sinatra Hey Jealous Lover
54 Eddy Heywood Soft Summer Breeze
55 Andy Williams Canadian Sunset
56 Eddie Fisher Dungaree Doll
57 George Hamilton Iv A Rose and a Baby Ruth
58 Eddie Fisher Cindy Oh Cindy
59 Jerry Vale You Don't Know Me
60 Dick Hyman Moritat (Theme From Threepenny Opera)
61 Gale Storm Ivory Tower
62 Joe Valino Garden of Eden
63 Vince Martin and the Tarriers Cindy Oh Cindy
64 Otis Williams and the Charms Ivory Tower
65 Crew Cuts Angels in the Sky
66 Mitch Miller Song for a Summer Night
67 Gale Storm Why Do Fools Fall in Love
68 Gale Storm Teen Age Prayer
69 McGuire Sisters Picnic
70 Al Hibbler After the Lights Go Down Low
71 Patti Page Mama From the Train
72 Nat King Cole That's All There Is to That
73 Kit Carson Band of Gold
74 Tony Martin Walk Hand in Hand
75 Diamonds Why Do Fools Fall in Love
76 Perry Como Juke Box Baby
77 Rusty Draper Are You Satisfied
78 Jo Stafford It's Almost Tomorrow
79 Platters You'll Never Never Know
80 Perry Como Glendora
81 Johnny Cash I Walk the Line
82 Tony Bennett Can You Find It in Your Heart
83 Pat Boone Tutti-Frutti
84 Fontane Sisters Eddie My Love
85 Don Rondo Two Different Worlds
86 Jane Powell True Love
87 Richard Hayman and Jan August Moritat
88 Nat King Cole Night Lights
89 Cadillacs Speedoo
90 Diamonds The Church Bells May Ring
91 Peggy Lee Mr Wonderful
92 Fats Domino My Blue Heaven
93 Clyde McPhatter Treasure of Love
94 Eileen Rodgers Miracle of Love
95 Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers I Want You to Be My Girl
96 Lawrence Welk Tonight You Belong to Me
97 Chordettes Lay Down Your Arms
98 Richard Maltby Theme From 'the Man with the Golden Arm
99 Teresa Brewer Bo Weevil
100 Blue Stars Lullaby of Birdland