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1954 Pop Standards and Artists

The Top-Selling Songs Of 1954
1. Little Things Mean a Lot - Kitty Kallen
2. Sh-Boom - The Crew-Cuts
3. Wanted - Perry Como
4. Oh! My Pa-Pa (O Mein Papa) - Eddie Fisher
5. Make Love To Me - Jo Stafford
6. Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes
7. Hey There - Rosemary Clooney
8. Secret Love - Doris Day
9. This Ole House - Rosemary Clooney
10. I Need You Now - Eddie Fisher
11. Three Coins In The Fountain - Four Aces featuring Al Alberts
12. Cross Over The Bridge - Patti Page
13. Hernado's Hideaway - Archie Bleyer
14. Strangers In Paradise - Tony Bennett
15. I Get So Lonely (When I Dream About You) - The Four Knights
16. Young At Heart - Frank Sinatra
17. The Little Shoemaker - The Gaylords
18. Teach Me Tonight - The DeCastro Sisters
19. Hold My Hand - Don Cornell
20. Changing Partners - Patti Page
21. Skokiaan - Ralph Marterie
22. If I Give My Heart To You - Doris Day
23. Stranger In Paradise - Four Aces featuring Al Alberts
24. The Happy Wanderer - Frank Weir
25. Papa Loves Mambo - Perry Como

In the pre-rock and roll era, often called the Pop Standards era, or the 'Great American Songbook', there was an emphasis on the songwriters and the individual songs themselves.

For that reason we can't give these songs or even artists a ranking - often the same songs were made hits by multiple people in the same year - Oh, My Papa, for example, was a top 20 hit for 3 artists - Eddie Fisher, Eddie Calvert and Ray Anthony in 1954. We have included Signature Songs - the songs that are probably best known by the indiviual singers, when appropriate.

In keeping the Pop Culture Madness standard of highlighting songs and performances that have outlasted others of their era, here are the most known songs of 1954.

Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight
-Signature Song
Lead singer James "Pookie" Hudson was also the group leader, and this is probably the longest-lasting Doo-Wop/R&B /Pop crossover hit. A 'white' version by the Maguire Sisters charted higher at the time, but the Spaniels version is still the number one 'goodnight' song of all time.
Bill Haley and his Comets
Shake Rattle and Roll
This is considered the first 'top ten' rock and roll hit, and was released a few months after the moderately successful Rock Around The Clock, which did signifiacntly better when re-released in 1955.
Mr Sandman
The Chordettes
-Signature Song
An up-beat, vocally unique song that was a perfect 'getting in the mood' oldies show classic came back huge in 2012's Kia Optima Superbowl commercial, with just a touch of Motley Crew tossed in.
The Crew-Cuts
Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream)
-Signature Song
Considered by many to be the first 'rock' song, this Canadian Quartet was backed by Dave Carroll's Orchestra. Dave and the boys also occasionally backed Vic Damome and Rusty Draper.
Rosemary Clooney
Mambo Italiano
Although not one of Rosemary's biggest hits, it is her longest lasting, according to the PCM request line.
Al Alberts & Four Aces
Three Coins In The Fountain
Frank Sinatra peaked at number four with 3 Coins, but Al and Company were the only ones to hit the number one spot.

The talented boys from Chester (near Philadelphia) PA scored an even bigger hit in 1955 with Love is a Many Splendored Thing.

Frank Sinatra
Young At Heart
-Signature Song (1950s)
Frank Sinatra is the only artist who could claim four different 'Signature Songs' - All or Nothing At All (1943), My Way (1969, Theme From New York, New York (1980) and Young At Heart (1954). For those keeping track, 50 Cent still has just one - In Da Club (2003)
Elvis Presley
That's All Right (Mama)
His bigger hits started in in 1956, but the cool kids were down with the King of Rock N Roll in 1954.
BTW - it is pronounced "PRESS-lee" NOT "PREZZ-lee"
Doris Day
Secret Love
-Signature Song
Secret Love won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and was from the film Calamity Jane. Jane was either a friend or Lover for Wild Bill Hickok in the old west.

When Doris went into showbiz, she changed her name from 'Doris Kappelhoff' to 'Doris Day.'

Penguins (Will You Be Mine)
Earth Angel
-Signature Song
Written by the group's own Curtis Williams, it is considered by some to be the first song of the rock and roll era, possibly because it was releases in the last week of December, 1954.

Fighting about which song was the first of the rock era aside, we can safely say that they were the first 'one hit wonder' of the rock era.

Earth Angel was actually the "B' side of the single 'Hey Señorita.'

Eddie Fisher
Oh! My Papa
-Signature Song
This song is either played at weddings, or in a campy, mocking way. Eddie is probably best known today as being the father of actresses Carrie Fisher (with Debbie Reynolds), Joely and and Tricia Leigh Fisher (with Connie Stevens)
  More Top Artists and Songs of1954
Al Martino
The Story of Tina
Ames Brothers
The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane
Andy Griffith
What It Was, Was Football (parts 1 &2)
Archie Bleyer
Hernado's Hideaway
Billy Anthony and Eric Jupp
This Ole House
Billy Eckstine
No One But You
Bing Crosby
Changing Partners
Heart of Stone
Connee Boswell
If I Give My Heart To You
David Whitefield
Santo Natale
David Whitfield and Mantovani
Cara Mia
De Castro Sisters
Teach Me Tonight
Dean Martin
Dinah Washington
Teach Me Tonight
Don Cornell
Hold My Hand
Eddie Fisher
I Need You Now, Oh! My Papa
Elvis Presley
That's All Right (Mama), Blue Moon of Kentucky, Good Rockin' Tonight
Fontane Sisters
Hearts of Stone
-Signature Song
Four Lads
Frank Sinatra
Three Coins In The Fountain
Frank Weir and his Orchestra
Happy Wanderer
Frankie Laine
Granada, My Friend, Someday, Rain Rain Rain
Hank Ballard and the Midnighters
Work With Me Annie
Till Then
Jo Stafford
Make Love To Me!
Johnnie Ray
Such A Night, Hernado's Hideaway
Jose Ferrer w Rosemary Clooney
Woman (Uh-Huh)
Kay Starr
If You Really Love Me (Really Love Me)
Kitty Kallen
Little Things Mean a Lot
Lex Baxter and his Orchestra
The High and the Mighty
Muddy Waters
Hoochie Coochie Man
-Signature Song
Nat 'King' Cole
Answer Me My Love, Smile, Hajji Baba, Make Her Mine
Patti Page
Cross Over The Bridge
Peggy Lee
Let Me Go Lover
Perry Como
Wanted, Papa Loves Mambo
Ralph Marterie
Ray Charles
I've Got A Woman
Ronnie Hilton
I Still Believe
Rosemary Clooney
This Ole House, Hey There, Mambo Italiano
Roy Hamilton
You'll Never Walk Alone, Ebb Tide
Sammy Davis, Jr
Hey There
The Chords
Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream)
The Gaylords
The Little Shoemaker
Tony Bennett
There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
Tony Martin
Stranger In Paradise
Vaughn Monroe
They Were Doing the Mambo
Victor Young
The High and the Mighty

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