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There are four sources listed for end of year rankings. Billboard magazine is considered the standard and issued several weekly charts and a Top 100 at the end of the year. Cashbox also published its own weekly charts and compiled a year end Top 50 from 1956 to 1960, and then a Top 100 after that. Gilbert & Theroux published "The Top Ten 1956 - Present" in 1981 in which they ranked the Top 40 for each of those years. The EE rank is a calculated rank based on the weekly Billboard Top Twenty which includes all weeks a record was in the top twenty, allowing credit for performance by records that crossed over from one year to another. Any record that made the top forty of at least one of these sources is listed below -- click on the heading to sort.. To view the listing for a specific source, click on the appropriate button to the right.
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All four sources were in agreement in 1959 as to what the top two songs were, but Billboard had a different order than the other three. "Mack the Knife" by Bobby Darin was chosen as the top song of 1959 by Cashbox, Gilbert & Theroux, and the Elvis Era, with "The Battle of New Orleans" by Johnny Horton at #2. Billboard ranked Darin's record as #2 with "The Battle of New Orleans" at the top spot. "Venus" by Frankie Avalon would be the next highest mentioned, chosen as #3 by Cashbox and Gilbert & Theroux.
title artist BillBoard Rank Cashbox Rank GT rank

EE Rank

A Big Hunk 'O Love Elvis Presley 30 19 21 27
A Fool Such As I Elvis Presley 34 17 25 42
A Lover's Question Clyde McPhatter 72 26
A Teenager in Love Dion & the Belmonts 25 25 23 34
Charlie Brown The Coasters 17 15 15 20
Come Softly to Me The Fleetwoods 8 10 8 13
Deck of Cards Wink Martindale 71 30 39 56
Don't You Know Della Reese 43 18 30 17
Donna Ritchie Valens 14 46 27 10
Dream Lover Bobby Darin 6 12 7 14
Gotta Travel On Billy Grammer 53 42 28
Guitar Boogie Shuffle The Virtues 35 41
Hawaiian Wedding Song Andy Williams 57 36 73
Heartaches By the Number Guy Mitchell 88 43 11
I'm Gonna Get Married Lloyd Price 23 26 22 29
It's Just a Matter of Time Brook Benton 27 23 24 31
Kansas City Wilbert Harrison 9 13 11 16
Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb Ed Byrnes & Connie Stevens 37 31 35 47
Lavender Blue Sammy Turner 33 34 34 36
Lipstick on Your Collar Connie Francis 28 33 31 40
Lonely Boy Paul Anka 5 4 4 6
Lonely Street Andy Williams 49 45 38
Mack the Knife Bobby Darin 2 1 1 1
Mr. Blue The Fleetwoods 10 16 13 3
My Happiness Connie Francis 39 22
My Heart Is an Open Book Carl Dobkins Jr. 19 40 29 23
Personality Lloyd Price 3 6 5 15
Pink Shoe Laces Dodie Stevens 15 22 17 19
Primrose Lane Jerry Wallace 47 29 38 50
Put Your Head On My Shoulder Paul Anka 12 8 9 9
Quiet Village Martin Denny 18 21 18 33
Red River Rock Johnny & the Hurricanes 31 38 37 37
Sea of Love Phil Phillips & The Twilights 21 24 19 30
Seven Little Girls Paul Evans 100 32 40 74
Sixteen Candles The Crests 26 49 33 18
Sleep Walk Santo & Johnny 11 9 10 12
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes The Platters 16 14 14 4
Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home) The Impalas 24 27 26 32
Stagger Lee Lloyd Price 13 11 12 8
Tallahassee Lassie Freddy Cannon 40 49
Teen Beat Sandy Nelson 36 39 24
The Battle of New Orleans Johnny Horton 1 2 2 2
The Happy Organ Dave Baby Cortez 22 35 28 25
The Three Bells The Browns 7 7 6 7
There Goes My Baby The Drifters 29 5 16 35
Til I Kissed You The Everly Brothers 20 28 20 21
Tragedy Thomas Wayne 38 44
Venus Frankie Avalon 4 3 3 5
Waterloo Stonewall Jackson 32 37 36 39
What A Difference A Day Makes Dinah Washington 45 20 32 72