Biggest Hits of the 1950s

National charts did not begin in Canada until the launch of RPM Magazine in 1964. Below, from Oh Canada What a Feeling A Musical Odyssey by Martin Melhuish are lists of popular songs in Canada through the 1950s. We have also included  big hits by Canadian artists that made the year-end charts of U.S. Billboard Magazine with their year-end positions on the chart.

1950

Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians: Enjoy Yourself, The Third Man Theme, Dearie, Our Little Ranch House, All My Love, Harbour Lights, Tennessee Waltz.

Daddy’s Little Girl, Dick Todd

I’m Movin’ On, Hank Snow

1951

Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians: If, Because of You

1952

Cry, Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads (#3)

Delicado, Percy Faith (#10)

Please Mr. Sun, Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads (#30)

Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians: Crazy Heart, Blue Tango, Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart, Half as Much

Gisele MacKenzie: La Fiacre, Adios, Don’t Let the Stars Get In Your Eyes.

1953

The Song from Moulin Rouge, Percy Faith (#1)

Norman Brooks: Hello Sunshine, You Shouldn’t Have Kissed Me the First Time, Somebody Wonderful

Seven Lonely Days, Gisele MacKenzie

‘Til I Waltz Again with You, Dick Todd

1954

Sh-Boom, The Crew-Cuts (#4)

Hernando’s Hideaway, Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians

I Don’t Hurt Anymore, Hank Snow

1955

Moments to Remember, The Four Lads (#17)

Hard to Get, Gisele MacKenzie (#26)

My Boy Flat Top, Dorothy Collins

The Crew-Cuts: Earth Angel, Ko Ko Mo, Don’t Be Angry, Chop Chop Boom, A Story Untold, Gum Drop, Angels in the Sky

The Man in the Raincoat, Priscilla Wright

1956

No, Not Much, The Four Lads (#20)

Standing on the Corner, The Four Lads (#29)

Seven Days, Dorothy Collins

The Crew-Cuts: Mostly Martha, Seven Days

The Diamonds: Why Do Fools Fall in Love, The Church Bells May Ring, Love Love Love, Soft Summer Breeze, Ka-Ding-Dong

The Four Lads: My Little Angel, A House with Love In It, The Bus Stop Song

Graduation Day, The Rover Boys

1957

Little Darlin’, The Diamonds (#3)

Diana, Paul Anka (#24)

Young Love, The Crew-Cuts

The Diamonds: Words of Love, Zip Zip, Silhouettes

The Four Lads: Who Needs You, I Just Don’t Know, Put a Light in the Window

1958

The Stroll, The Diamonds (#48)

Paul Anka: You Are My Destiny, Crazy Love, Let the Bells Keep Ringing, The Teen Commandments

The Diamonds: High Sign, Kathy-O, Walking Along

The Four Lads: There’s Only One of You, Enchanted Island, The Mocking Bird

The Swingin’ Shepherd Blues, Moe Koffman

Jack Scott: My True Love, Leroy, With Your Love, Goodbye Baby

1959

Lonely Boy, Paul Anka (#5)

Put Your Head On My Shoulder (#12)

Paul Anka: My Heart Sings, I Miss You So, It’s Time to Cry

She Say, The Diamonds

The Way I Walk, Jack Scott

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