TOP 100 SONGS OF 1959



These are the top 100 songs of 1959 and the top 50 artists of 1959 . On this page you will find two different chart types.

Official Billboard Top 100 Songs of 1959
This is Billboards official top 100 songs of 1959 also known as the Hot 100 of 1959 . To identify the Billboard chart, either the artist's name or chart position will appear in RED.

Nolan Method (1959 cumulative points only)
The second Nolan Method chart is formulated using 1959 cumulative points only measured from December 1958 to November 1959 . To identify the Nolan Method 1959 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 1959 (side by side with Nolan Method)

Side by Side of Both Top 100 Songs of 1959

Top 50 Artists of 1959 (side by side with Nolan Method)

Top 100 Songs 1959

This list is a side by side of Billboard's top songs of 1959 and Jarrett Nolan's cumulative point method (aka the Nolan Method).

These top 100 songs of 1959 were created using data between December 1955 to the last week of November 1959 .

Billboard’s Hot 100 Year-end Of 1959

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, 1958, to November 16, 1959

The Nolan Method: Top 40 Weekly Year-end Of 1959

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, 1959 . 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, 1959 .

1 The Battle of New Orleans (#1) The Battle of New Orleans (#1)
Johnny Horton Johnny Horton
2 Mack the Knife (#1) Donna (#2)
Bobby Darin Ritchie Valens
3 Personality (#2) Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (#1)
Lloyd Price The Platters
4 Venus (#1) Mack the Knife (#1)
Frankie Avalon Bobby Darin
5 Lonely Boy (#1) Lonely Boy (#1)
Paul Anka Paul Anka
6 Dream Lover (#2) Stagger Lee (#1)
Bobby Darin Lloyd Price
7 The Three Bells (#1) Venus (#1)
The Browns Frankie Avalon
8 Come Softly to Me (#1) The Three Bells (#1)
The Fleetwoods The Browns
9 Kansas City (#1) Personality (#2)
Wilbert Harrison Lloyd Price
10 Mr. Blue (#1) My Heart is an Open Book (#3)
The Fleetwoods Carl Dobkins, Jr.
11 Sleep Walk (#1) 16 Candles (#2)
Santo & Johnny The Crests
12 Put Your Head on My Shoulder (#2) Put Your Head on My Shoulder (#2)
Paul Anka Paul Anka
13 Stagger Lee (#1) Dream Lover (#2)
Lloyd Price Bobby Darin
14 Donna (#2) Sleep Walk (#1)
Ritchie Valens Santo & Johnny
15 Pink Shoe Laces (#3) Mr. Blue (#1)
Dodie Stevens The Fleetwoods
16 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (#1) Pink Shoe Laces (#3)
The Platters Dodie Stevens
17 Charlie Brown (#2) Gotta Travel On (#4)
The Coasters Billy Grammar
18 Quiet Village (#4) A Lover’s Question (#6)
Martin Denny Clyde McPhatter
19 My Heart is an Open Book (#3) Lonely Teardrops (#7)
Carl Dobkins, Jr. Jackie Wilson
20 (Till) I Kissed You (#4) Come Softly to Me (#1)
The Everly Brothers The Fleetwoods
21 Sea of Love (#2) My Happiness (#2)
Phil Phillips Connie Francis
22 The Happy Organ (#1) (Till) I Kissed You (#4)
Dave “Baby” Cortez The Everly Brothers
23 I’m Gonna Get Married (#3) Kansas City (#1)
Lloyd Price Wilbert Harrison
24 Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home) (#2) The Happy Organ (#1)
The Impalas Dave “Baby” Cortez
25 A Teenager in Love (#5) Charlie Brown (#2)
Dion and the Belmonts The Coasters
26 16 Candles (#2) Sea of Love (#2)
The Crests Phil Phillips
27 It’s Just a Matter of Time (#3) Teen Beat (#4)
Brook Benton Sandy Nelson
28 Lipstick on Your Collar (#5) Lavender Blue (#3)
Connie Francis Sammy Turner
29 There Goes My Baby (#2) To Know Him, Is to Love Him (#1)
The Drifters the Teddy Bears
30 A Big Hunk o’ Love (#1) I’m Gonna Get Married (#3)
Elvis Presley Lloyd Price
31 Red River Rock (#5) There Goes My Baby (#2)
Johnny and the Hurricanes The Drifters
32 Waterloo (#4) Red River Rock (#5)
Stonewall Jackson Johnny and the Hurricanes
33 Lavender Blue (#3) Primrose Lane (#8)
Sammy Turner Jerry Wallace
34 (Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I (#2) It’s Just a Matter of Time (#3)
Elvis Presley Brook Benton
35 Guitar Boogie Shuffle (#5) Lipstick on Your Collar (#5)
The Virtues Connie Francis
36 Teen Beat (#4) Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home) (#2)
Sandy Nelson The Impalas
37 Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb (#4) Quiet Village (#4)
Edd Byrnes & Connie Stevens Martin Denny
38 Tragedy (#5) A Teenager in Love (#5)
Thomas Wayne Dion and the Belmonts
39 My Happiness (#2) Hawaiian Wedding Song (#11)
Connie Francis Andy Williams
40 Tallahassee Lassie (#6) Guitar Boogie Shuffle (#5)
Freddy Cannon The Virtues
41 Tiger (#3) A Big Hunk o’ Love (#1)
Fabian Elvis Presley
42 Never Be Anyone Else But You (#6) The All American Boy (#2)
Ricky Nelson Bill Parsons
43 Don’t You Know? (#2) One Night (#4)
Della Reese Elvis Presley
44 I Need Your Love Tonight (#4) Tragedy (#5)
Elvis Presley Thomas Wayne
45 What a Diff’rence a Day Makes (#8) Waterloo (#4)
Dinah Washington Stonewall Jackson
46 The All American Boy (#2) (Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I (#2)
Bill Parsons Elvis Presley
47 Primrose Lane (#8) I Cried a Tear (#6)
Jerry Wallace LaVern Baker
48 Alvin’s Harmonica (#3) Lonely Street (#5)
The Chipmunks Andy Williams
49 Lonely Street (#5) Problems (#2)
Andy Williams The Everly Brothers
50 What’d I Say (#6) Whole Lotta Loving (#6)
Ray Charles Fats Domino
51 Broken Hearted Melody (#7) Never Be Anyone Else But You (#6)
Sarah Vaughan Ricky Nelson
52 Only You (And You Alone) (#9) What a Diff’rence a Day Makes (#8)
Franck Pourcel Dinah Washington
53 Gotta Travel On (#4) Tom Dooley (#1)
Billy Grammar The Kingston Trio
54 Poison Ivy (#7) Lonesome Town (#7)
The Coasters Ricky Nelson
55 Turn Me Loose (#9) Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb (#4)
Fabian Edd Byrnes & Connie Stevens
56 Lonely Teardrops (#7) Poison Ivy (#7)
Jackie Wilson The Coasters
57 Hawaiian Wedding Song (#11) The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) (#1)
Andy Williams The Chipmunks
58 Forty Miles of Bad Road (#9) Don’t You Know? (#2)
Duane Eddy Della Reese
59 Just Ask Your Heart (#7) Peter Gunn Theme (#8)
Frankie Avalon Ray Anthony
60 Tell Him No (#8) Tiger (#3)
Travis and Bob Fabian
61 Frankie (#9) Tallahassee Lassie (#6)
Connie Francis Freddy Cannon
62 I’ve Had It (#6) I Need Your Love Tonight (#4)
The Bell Notes Elvis Presley
63 I Cried a Tear (#6) Goodbye Baby (#8)
LaVern Baker Jack Scott
64 Enchanted (#12) Manhattan Spiritual (#10)
The Platters Reg Owen
65 Since I Don’t Have You (#12) Just Ask Your Heart (#7)
The Skyliners Frankie Avalon
66 Peter Gunn Theme (#8) I’ve Had It (#6)
Ray Anthony The Bell Notes
67 The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) (#1) Broken Hearted Melody (#7)
The Chipmunks Sarah Vaughan
68 I Want to Walk You Home (#8) What’d I Say (#6)
Fats Domino Ray Charles
69 So Fine (#11) Deck of Cards (#7)
The Fiestas Wink Martindale
70 Bobby Sox to Stockings (#8) Beep Beep (#4)
Frankie Avalon the Playmates
71 Deck of Cards (#7) Forty Miles of Bad Road (#9)
Wink Martindale Duane Eddy
72 A Lover’s Question (#6) Turn Me Loose (#9)
Clyde McPhatter Fabian
73 I Only Have Eyes for You (#11) Alvin’s Harmonica (#3)
The Flamingos The Chipmunks
74 It’s Late (#9) Only You (And You Alone) (#9)
Ricky Nelson Franck Pourcel
75 Petite Fleur (#5) Frankie (#9)
Chris Barber’s Jazz Band Connie Francis
76 Tall Paul (#7) Petite Fleur (#5)
Annette Funicello Chris Barber’s Jazz Band
77 The Tijuana Jail (#12) I Want to Walk You Home (#8)
The Kingston Trio Fats Domino
78 Just a Little Too Much (#9) Tall Paul (#7)
Ricky Nelson Annette Funicello
79 Goodbye Baby (#8) Enchanted (#12)
Jack Scott The Platters
80 Along Came Jones (#9) Bobby Sox to Stockings (#8)
The Coasters Frankie Avalon
81 Three Stars (#11) I Got Stung (8)
Tommy Dee & Carol Kay Elvis Presley
82 A Boy Without a Girl (#10) Bimbombey (#11)
Frankie Avalon Jimmie Rodgers
83 Sweeter Than You (#9) Tell Him No (#8)
Ricky Nelson Travis and Bob
84 It Was I (#11) Since I Don’t Have You (#12)
Skip & Flip The Skyliners
85 Goodbye Jimmy, Goodbye (#11) I Only Have Eyes for You (#11)
Kathy Linden The Flamingos
86 Manhattan Spiritual (#10) May You Always (#11)
Reg Owen the McGuire Sisters
87 Endlessly (#12) So Fine (#11)
Brook Benton The Fiestas
88 Heartaches by the Number (#4*) It’s Only Make Believe (#1)
Guy Mitchell Conway Twitty
89 Sea Cruise (#14) It’s Late (#9)
Frankie Ford Ricky Nelson
90 That’s Why (I Love You So) (#13) (All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings (#15)
Jackie Wilson Paul Anka
91 You’re So Fine (#17) Seven Little Girls (Sitting in the Back Seat) (#9*)
The Falcons Paul Evans
92 Kissin’ Time (#11) The Battle Hymn of the Republic (#13)
Bobby Rydell Mormon Tabernacle Choir
93 My Wish Came True (#12) Heartaches by the Number (#4*)
Elvis Presley Guy Mitchell
94 Morgen (#13) In the Mood (#5*)
Ivo Robić Ernie Fields
95 Baby Talk (#10) Just a Little Too Much (#9)
Jan and Dean Ricky Nelson
96 Take a Message to Mary (#16) Morgen (#13)
The Everly Brothers Ivo Robić
97 The Battle Hymn of the Republic (#13) It Was I (#11)
Mormon Tabernacle Choir Skip & Flip
98 Bongo Rock (#14) A Boy Without a Girl (#10)
Preston Epps Frankie Avalon
99 In the Mood (#5*) My Wish Came True (#12)
Ernie Fields Elvis Presley
100 Seven Little Girls (Sitting in the Back Seat) (#9*) Along Came Jones (#9)
Paul Evans The Coasters

Side by Side Comparison

This list is a side by side comparison of both top songs of 1959 charts.

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

Key:

  • RED - Official Billboard Top 100 Songs of 1959
  • GREEN - Nolan Method 1959 cumulative points only
Hawaiian Wedding Song (#11) 57 39
Andy Williams
Lonely Street (#5) 49 48
Andy Williams
Tall Paul (#7) 76 78
Annette Funicello
The All American Boy (#2) 46 42
Bill Parsons
Gotta Travel On (#4) 53 17
Billy Grammar
Dream Lover (#2) 6 13
Bobby Darin
Mack the Knife (#1) 2 4
Bobby Darin
Kissin’ Time 92
Bobby Rydell
Endlessly 87
Brook Benton
It’s Just a Matter of Time (#3) 27 34
Brook Benton
My Heart is an Open Book (#3) 19 10
Carl Dobkins, Jr.
Petite Fleur (#5) 75 76
Chris Barber’s Jazz Band
A Lover’s Question (#6) 72 18
Clyde McPhatter
Frankie (#9) 61 75
Connie Francis
Lipstick on Your Collar (#5) 28 35
Connie Francis
My Happiness (#2) 39 21
Connie Francis
It’s Only Make Believe (#1) 88
Conway Twitty
The Happy Organ (#1) 22 24
Dave “Baby” Cortez
Don’t You Know? (#2) 43 58
Della Reese
What a Diff’rence a Day Makes (#8) 45 52
Dinah Washington
A Teenager in Love (#5) 25 38
Dion and the Belmonts
Pink Shoe Laces (#3) 15 16
Dodie Stevens
Forty Miles of Bad Road (#9) 58 71
Duane Eddy
Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb (#4) 37 55
Edd Byrnes & Connie Stevens
(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I (#2) 34 46
Elvis Presley
A Big Hunk o’ Love (#1) 30 41
Elvis Presley
I Got Stung (8) 81
Elvis Presley
I Need Your Love Tonight (#4) 44 62
Elvis Presley
My Wish Came True (#12) 93 99
Elvis Presley
One Night (#4) 43
Elvis Presley
In the Mood (#5*) 99 94
Ernie Fields
Tiger (#3) 41 60
Fabian
Turn Me Loose (#9) 55 72
Fabian
I Want to Walk You Home (#8) 68 77
Fats Domino
Whole Lotta Loving (#6) 50
Fats Domino
Only You (And You Alone) (#9) 52 74
Franck Pourcel
A Boy Without a Girl (#10) 82 98
Frankie Avalon
Bobby Sox to Stockings (#8) 70 80
Frankie Avalon
Just Ask Your Heart (#7) 59 65
Frankie Avalon
Venus (#1) 4 7
Frankie Avalon
Sea Cruise 89
Frankie Ford
Tallahassee Lassie (#6) 40 61
Freddy Cannon
Heartaches by the Number (#4*) 88 93
Guy Mitchell
Morgen (#13) 94 96
Ivo Robić
Goodbye Baby (#8) 79 63
Jack Scott
Lonely Teardrops (#7) 56 19
Jackie Wilson
That’s Why (I Love You So) 90
Jackie Wilson
Baby Talk 95
Jan and Dean
Primrose Lane (#8) 47 33
Jerry Wallace
Bimbombey (#11) 82
Jimmie Rodgers
Red River Rock (#5) 31 32
Johnny and the Hurricanes
The Battle of New Orleans (#1) 1 1
Johnny Horton
Goodbye Jimmy, Goodbye 85
Kathy Linden
I Cried a Tear (#6) 63 47
LaVern Baker
I’m Gonna Get Married (#3) 23 30
Lloyd Price
Personality (#2) 3 9
Lloyd Price
Stagger Lee (#1) 13 6
Lloyd Price
Quiet Village (#4) 18 37
Martin Denny
The Battle Hymn of the Republic (#13) 97 92
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
(All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings (#15) 90
Paul Anka
Lonely Boy (#1) 5 5
Paul Anka
Put Your Head on My Shoulder (#2) 12 12
Paul Anka
Seven Little Girls (Sitting in the Back Seat) (#9*) 100 91
Paul Evans
Sea of Love (#2) 21 26
Phil Phillips
Bongo Rock 98
Preston Epps
Peter Gunn Theme (#8) 66 59
Ray Anthony
What’d I Say (#6) 50 68
Ray Charles
Manhattan Spiritual (#10) 86 64
Reg Owen
It’s Late (#9) 74 89
Ricky Nelson
Just a Little Too Much (#9) 78 95
Ricky Nelson
Lonesome Town (#7) 54
Ricky Nelson
Never Be Anyone Else But You (#6) 42 51
Ricky Nelson
Sweeter Than You 83
Ricky Nelson
Donna (#2) 14 2
Ritchie Valens
Lavender Blue (#3) 33 28
Sammy Turner
Teen Beat (#4) 36 27
Sandy Nelson
Sleep Walk (#1) 11 14
Santo & Johnny
Broken Hearted Melody (#7) 51 67
Sarah Vaughan
It Was I (#11) 84 97
Skip & Flip
Waterloo (#4) 32 45
Stonewall Jackson
I’ve Had It (#6) 62 66
The Bell Notes
The Three Bells (#1) 7 8
The Browns
Alvin’s Harmonica (#3) 48 73
The Chipmunks
The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) (#1) 67 57
The Chipmunks
Along Came Jones (#9) 80 100
The Coasters
Charlie Brown (#2) 17 25
The Coasters
Poison Ivy (#7) 54 56
The Coasters
16 Candles (#2) 26 11
The Crests
There Goes My Baby (#2) 29 31
The Drifters
(Till) I Kissed You (#4) 20 22
The Everly Brothers
Problems (#2) 49
The Everly Brothers
Take a Message to Mary 96
The Everly Brothers
You’re So Fine 91
The Falcons
So Fine (#11) 69 87
The Fiestas
I Only Have Eyes for You (#11) 73 85
The Flamingos
Come Softly to Me (#1) 8 20
The Fleetwoods
Mr. Blue (#1) 10 15
The Fleetwoods
Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home) (#2) 24 36
The Impalas
The Tijuana Jail 77
The Kingston Trio
Tom Dooley (#1) 53
The Kingston Trio
May You Always (#11) 86
the McGuire Sisters
Enchanted (#12) 64 79
The Platters
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (#1) 16 3
The Platters
Beep Beep (#4) 70
the Playmates
Since I Don’t Have You (#12) 65 84
The Skyliners
To Know Him, Is to Love Him (#1) 29
the Teddy Bears
Guitar Boogie Shuffle (#5) 35 40
The Virtues
Tragedy (#5) 38 44
Thomas Wayne
Three Stars 81
Tommy Dee & Carol Kay
Tell Him No (#8) 60 83
Travis and Bob
Kansas City (#1) 9 23
Wilbert Harrison
Deck of Cards (#7) 71 69
Wink Martindale