Crooners and Pop Singers, new and established, rule the charts the year Ike is elected President, Queen Elizabeth II is coronated, the Cold War becomes the new normal and “the ’50s” begin. Patti Page eschews overdubbing, PFC Eddie Fisher scores eight top tens while on active duty in the Army and Emo teen sensation Johnnie Ray pushes the Crooner envelope to the point of self-parody—and scores the year’s top hit.

#1 Song of the Year   

Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads – Cry

Artists of the Year   

  1. Eddie Fisher
  2. Jo Stafford
  3. Leroy Anderson & His Orchestra

Artist with Most Charting Songs   

  • Eddie Fisher (12)

Average #1 Artist Age   

  • 29.8

#1 Songs   

  1. Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads – Cry (January, 11 wks)
  2. Kay Starr – Wheel of Fortune (March, 10 wks)
  3. Georgia Gibbs – Kiss of Fire (May, 3 wks)
  4. Al Martino – Here in My Heart (June, 5 wks)
  5. Vera Lynn – Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart (July, 7 wks)
  6. Jo Stafford – You Belong to Me (September, 5 wks)
  7. Patti Page – I Went to Your Wedding (October, 6 wks)
  8. Mills Brothers – The Glow-Worm (November, 3 wks)
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