TOP 100 SONGS OF 1956


These are the top 100 songs of 1956 and the top 50 artists of 1956. On this page you will find two different chart types.

Official Billboard Top 100 Songs of 1956
This is Billboards official top 100 songs of 1956 also known as the Hot 100 of 1956 . To identify the Billboard chart, either the artist's name or chart position will appear in RED.

Nolan Method (1956 cumulative points only)
The second Nolan Method chart is formulated using 1956 cumulative points only measured from December 1955 to November 1956 . To identify the Nolan Method 1956 chart, either the artist's name or chart position will appear in GREEN.


Nolan Method Explained

The Nolan Method was formulated by lead Top40Weekly contributor Jarrett Nolan.

Using an inverse point-based system, songs earn points for each position that they're in within the Top 40. Songs at #1 earn 40 points all the way down to 1 point at #40.

A song can earn bonus points if it debuts on the chart within the Top 40. If a song debuts between #11 and #40, the corresponding points for that position would be double with 10 points added.

Example: A song entering the chart at #38, earns 3 points. This would be doubled to 6 points plus 10 making the total score for that week 16 points.

If a song debuts within the Top 10, its entry points would be doubled with 20 points added.

Example: A song debuts on the chart at #1 earning 40 points. The points are doubled to 80 plus 20 for entering in the top 10 giving the song a 100 total for that week.

Bonus points can only be earned on a song's debut week within the 40.

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Top 100 Songs of 1956 (side by side with Nolan Method)

Side by Side of Both Top 100 Songs of 1956

Top 50 Artists of 1956 (side by side with Nolan Method)

Top 100 Songs 1956

This list is a side by side of Billboard's top songs of 1956 and Jarrett Nolan's cumulative point method (aka the Nolan Method).

These top 100 songs of 1956 were created using data between December 1955 to the last week of November 1956 .

Billboard’s Hot 100 Year-end Of 1956

Billboard's HOT 100 Songs are derived from radio airplay, sales data, and streaming data. RED.

This year's most popular songs across all genres, ranked by radio airplay audience impressions as measured by Nielsen Music, sales data as compiled by Nielsen Music and streaming activity data provided by online music sources during the charts dated November 24, 1955, to November 16, 1956 .

The Nolan Method: Top 40 Weekly Year-end Of 1956

The Nolan Method totals all points accrued from all songs that entered the Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 from December 1, 1955 through November 30, 1956 . In the case of collaborations, each credited artist was given the total points a song earned. GREEN.

A song's peak position is in parentheses after the title. If there is an asterisk next to the peak, it means that the song was still upwardly mobile as of the cutoff - November 30, 1956.

1

Heartbreak Hotel (#1)

Elvis Presley

Lisbon Antigua (#2)

Nelson Riddle

2

Don’t Be Cruel (#1)

Elvis Presley

The Wayward Wind (#1)

Gogi Grant

3

Lisbon Antigua (#2)

Nelson Riddle

Heartbreak Hotel (#1)

Elvis Presley

4

My Prayer (#1)

The Platters

Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) (#2)

Doris Day

5

The Wayward Wind (#1)

Gogi Grant

(The) Rock and Roll Waltz (#1)

Kay Starr

6

The Poor People of Paris (#1)

Les Baxter

My Prayer (#1)

The Platters

7

Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) (#2)

Doris Day

Moonglow & Theme from Picnic (#2)

Morris Stoloff

8

Hound Dog (#2)

Elvis Presley

The Poor People of Paris (#1)

Les Baxter

9

Memories Are Made of This (#1)

Dean Martin

The Great Pretender (#1)

The Platters

10

(The) Rock and Roll Waltz (#1)

Kay Starr

Memories Are Made of This (#1)

Dean Martin

11

Moonglow & Theme from Picnic (#2)

Morris Stoloff

Allegheny Moon (#2)

Patti Page

12

The Great Pretender (#1)

The Platters

I Almost Lost My Mind (#1)

Pat Boone

13

I Almost Lost My Mind (#1)

Pat Boone

Don’t Be Cruel (#1)

Elvis Presley

14

I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (#3)

Elvis Presley

Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom) (#2)

Perry Como

15

Love Me Tender (#1)

Elvis Presley

Sixteen Tons (#1)

Tennessee Ernie Ford

16

Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom) (#2)

Perry Como

Hound Dog (#2)

Elvis Presley

17

Canadian Sunset (#2)

Eddie Heywood & Hugo Winterhalter

Canadian Sunset (#2)

Eddie Heywood & Hugo Winterhalter

18

Blue Suede Shoes (#3)

Carl Perkins

I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (#3)

Elvis Presley

19

Green Door (#1)

Jim Lowe

No, Not Much (#3)

The Four Lads

20

No, Not Much (#3)

The Four Lads

Blue Suede Shoes (#3)

Carl Perkins

21

Honky Tonk (#2)

Bill Doggett

Moonglow & Theme from Picnic (#4)

George Cates

22

Sixteen Tons (#1)

Tennessee Ernie Ford

Band of Gold (#5)

Don Cherry

23

Just Walkin’ in the Rain (#2)

Johnnie Ray

Ivory Tower (#6)

Cathy Carr

24

Allegheny Moon (#2)

Patti Page

It’s Almost Tomorrow (#8)

the Dream Weavers

25

I’m in Love Again (#5)

Fats Domino

I’ll Be Home (#5)

Pat Boone

26

Tonight You Belong to Me (#6)

Patience and Prudence

Standing on the Corner (#3)

The Four Lads

27

Be-Bop-A-Lula (#9)

Gene Vincent

I’m in Love Again (#5)

Fats Domino

28

Why Do Fools Fall in Love (#7)

Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers

Born to Be with You (#5)

The Chordettes

29

Standing on the Corner (#3)

The Four Lads

I Hear You Knocking (#2)

Gale Storm

30

The Flying Saucer (#7)

Buchanan & Goodman

Moments to Remember (#3)

the Four Lads

31

Moonglow & Theme from Picnic (#4)

Ivory Tower (#6)

A Tear Fell (#7)

Teresa Brewer

32

Better Now (#3)

Post Malone

Why Do Fools Fall in Love (#7)

Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers

33

See You Later Alligator (#6)

Bill Haley & His Comets

Tonight You Belong to Me (#6)

Patience and Prudence

34

I’ll Be Home (#5)

Pat Boone

(You’ve Got) The Magic Touch (#4)

The Platters

35

On the Street Where You Live (#8)

Vic Damone

He (#7)

Al Hibbler

36

(You’ve Got) The Magic Touch (#4)

The Platters

It Only Hurts for a Little While (#15)

The Ames Brothers

37

Born to Be with You (#5)

The Chordettes

Honky Tonk (#2)

Bill Doggett

38

Band of Gold (#5)

Don Cherry

See You Later Alligator (#6)

Bill Haley & His Comets

39

More (#16)

Perry Como

Love and Marriage (#5)

Frank Sinatra

40

Singing the Blues (#4*)

Guy Mitchell

Only You (And You Alone) (#5)

The Platters

41

Blueberry Hill (#6*)

Fats Domino

On the Street Where You Live (#8)

Vic Damone

42

The Fool (#9)

Sanford Clark

Dungaree Doll (#7)

Eddie Fisher

43

The Happy Whistler (#9)

Don Robertson

Canadian Sunset (#8)

Andy Williams

44

True Love (#6*)

Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly

Autumn Leaves (#1)

Roger Williams

45

Long Tall Sally (#13)

Little Richard

Just Walkin’ in the Rain (#2)

Johnnie Ray

46

A Sweet Old Fashioned Girl (#11)

Teresa Brewer

A Sweet Old Fashioned Girl (#11)

Teresa Brewer

47

Transfusion (#13)

Nervous Norvus

Soft Summer Breeze (#12)

Eddie Heywood

48

It Only Hurts for a Little While (#15)

The Ames Brothers

More (#16)

Perry Como

49

A Tear Fell (#7)

Teresa Brewer

Moritat (A Theme from the Three Penny Opera) (#9)

the Dick Hyman Trio

50

Rock Island Line (#10)

Lonnie Donegan

The Happy Whistler (#9)

Don Robertson

Side by Side Comparison

This list is a side by side comparison of both top songs of 1956 charts.

Songs are listed in alphabetically according to the artist or band's name.

Key:

  • RED - Official Billboard Top 100 Songs of 1956
  • GREEN - Nolan Method 1956 cumulative points only
He (#7) 35
Al Hibbler
Canadian Sunset (#8) 43
Andy Williams
Honky Tonk (#2) 21 37
Bill Doggett
See You Later Alligator (#6) 33 38
Bill Haley & His Comets
True Love (#6*) 44
Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly
The Flying Saucer (#7) 30
Buchanan & Goodman
Blue Suede Shoes (#3) 18 20
Carl Perkins
Ivory Tower (#6) 32 23
Cathy Carr
Memories Are Made of This (#1) 9 10
Dean Martin
Band of Gold (#5) 38 22
Don Cherry
The Happy Whistler (#9) 43 50
Don Robertson
Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) (#2) 7 4
Doris Day
Dungaree Doll (#7) 42
Eddie Fisher
Soft Summer Breeze (#12) 47
Eddie Heywood
Canadian Sunset (#2) 17 17
Eddie Heywood & Hugo Winterhalter
Don’t Be Cruel (#1) 2 13
Elvis Presley
Heartbreak Hotel (#1) 1 3
Elvis Presley
Hound Dog (#2) 8 16
Elvis Presley
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (#3) 14 18
Elvis Presley
Love Me Tender (#1) 15
Elvis Presley
Blueberry Hill (#6*) 41
Fats Domino
I’m in Love Again (#5) 25 27
Fats Domino
Love and Marriage (#5) 39
Frank Sinatra
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (#7) 28 32
Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
I Hear You Knocking (#2) 29
Gale Storm
Be-Bop-A-Lula (#9) 27
Gene Vincent
Moonglow & Theme from Picnic (#4) 31 21
George Cates
The Wayward Wind (#1) 5 2
Gogi Grant
Singing the Blues (#4*) 40
Guy Mitchell
Green Door (#1) 19
Jim Lowe
Just Walkin’ in the Rain (#2) 23 45
Johnnie Ray
(The) Rock and Roll Waltz (#1) 10 5
Kay Starr
The Poor People of Paris (#1) 6 8
Les Baxter
Long Tall Sally (#13) 45
Little Richard
Rock Island Line (#10) 50
Lonnie Donegan
Moonglow & Theme from Picnic (#2) 11 7
Morris Stoloff
Lisbon Antigua (#2) 3 1
Nelson Riddle
Transfusion (#13) 47
Nervous Norvus
I Almost Lost My Mind (#1) 13 12
Pat Boone
I’ll Be Home (#5) 34 25
Pat Boone
Tonight You Belong to Me (#6) 26 33
Patience and Prudence
Allegheny Moon (#2) 24 11
Patti Page
Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom) (#2) 16 14
Perry Como
More (#16) 39 48
Perry Como
Autumn Leaves (#1) 44
Roger Williams
The Fool (#9) 42
Sanford Clark
Sixteen Tons (#1) 22 15
Tennessee Ernie Ford
A Sweet Old Fashioned Girl (#11) 46 46
Teresa Brewer
A Tear Fell (#7) 49 31
Teresa Brewer
It Only Hurts for a Little While (#15) 48 36
The Ames Brothers
Born to Be with You (#5) 37 28
The Chordettes
Moritat (A Theme from the Three Penny Opera) (#9) 49
the Dick Hyman Trio
It’s Almost Tomorrow (#8) 24
the Dream Weavers
Moments to Remember (#3) 30
the Four Lads
No, Not Much (#3) 20 19
The Four Lads
Standing on the Corner (#3) 29 26
The Four Lads
(You’ve Got) The Magic Touch (#4) 36 34
The Platters
My Prayer (#1) 4 6
The Platters
Only You (And You Alone) (#5) 40
The Platters
The Great Pretender (#1) 12 9
The Platters
On the Street Where You Live (#8) 35 41
Vic Damone