Smooth, low-key Crooning is out and emotive singing is in as the Silent Generation thinks global and ethnic sounds score big. But A&R visionary Mitch Miller mines Country for Pop hits and starts a genre gold rush. Meanwhile Nat “King” Cole targets Teens and sells millions, Les Paul takes studio tech next-level, and the year’s top hit mirrors anxieties about new threats, shocking betrayals and “progress.”

#1 Song of the Year   

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Patti Page – The Tennessee Waltz

Artists of the Year   

  1. Tony Bennett
  2. Mario Lanza
  3. Patti Page

Artist with Most Charting Songs   

  • Guy Mitchell (10)

Average #1 Artist Age   

  • 31.1

#1 Songs   

  1. Patti Page – The Tennessee Waltz (December ’50, 13 wks)
  2. Perry Como – If (March, 9 wks)
  3. Les Paul & Mary Ford – How High the Moon (May, 8 wks)
  4. Nat “King” Cole – Too Young (June, 5 wks)
  5. Rosemary Clooney – Come On-a My House (July, 8 wks)
  6. Tony Bennett – Because of You (September, 9 wks)
  7. Tony Bennett – Cold, Cold Heart (November, 2 wks)
  8. Eddy Howard & His Orchestra, vocal Eddy Howard – (It’s No) Sin (December, 4 wks)
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