Records are sounding much, much better thanks to vinyl and the brand new LP and 45 formats, and recordings are getting more sophisticated thanks to another innovation: the record producer! Big band swing is extinct and jazz is off into bebop-land, but sweet bands are making good-timey records, emotive crooners and pop singers are making waves, and country-western is breaking through.

#1 Song of the Year   

  • Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra – Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)

Artists of the Year   

  1. Perry Como
  2. Russ Morgan & His Orchestra
  3. Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra

Artist with Most Charting Songs   

  • Perry Como (12)

Average #1 Artist Age   

#1 Songs   

  1. Evelyn Knight – A Little Bird Told Me (January, 7 wks)
  2. Blue Barron – Cruising Down the River (March, 6 wks)
  3. Russ Morgan – Cruising Down the River (April, 3 wks)
  4. Russ Morgan – Forever and Ever (May, 1 wks)
  5. Vaughn Monroe – Riders in the Sky (May, 14 wks)
  6. Perry Como – Some Enchanted Evening (August, 3 wks)
  7. Vic Damone – You’re Breaking My Heart (August, 5 wks)
  8. Vaughn Monroe – Someday (You’ll Want Me to Want You) (September, 1 wks)
  9. Frankie Laine – That Lucky Old Sun (October, 7 wks)
  10. Margaret Whiting & Jimmy Wakely – Slippin’ Around (November, 1 wks)
  11. Frankie Laine – Mule Train (December, 6 wks)
  12. Andrews Sisters – I Can Dream, Can’t I (January ’50, 4 wks)
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