Elvis Era Search
Click to the right to find tunes for 1956:
In the "Search For" space below, select the week of the year you want to view; then click the "Submit" button. The Top Forty Billboard songs for that week and a jukebox for playing the top 20 songs will be displayed along with a report on news for the month and a personal reaction to songs that are new to the top twenty for that week. More information about Billboard and other charts for 1956 can be accessed by clicking on the button to the right.

In 1956 Billboard published four charts for popular music:
"Best Seller In Stores"
"Most Played By Jockeys"
"Most Played In Juke Boxes"
"Top 100 Singles."
Most researchers use the "Best Seller" chart, but that chart fails to differentiate between an "A" side and a "B" side of a double sided hit (when a record is sold, both sides get credit). So for that reason, the "Top 100 Singles" chart is the source for this Top Twenty. On the slides for each song, its highest position on any chart is identified.

Top 20 Records for
Rank Title Artist # of Weeks Previous Week
My Rating System: 1 = don't listen; 2 = you can listen, but don't say I didn't warn you; 3 = okay to listen; 4 = you should listen; 5 = you've go to listen.
entry #. title by artist (my rate 1-5 -- 5= best); My end-of-year Top 30 rank
In the News for
Music Notes:
(outside the Elvis Era):

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