The Rock Era begins with “Rock Around the Clock” hitting #1 on the Pop charts and upstart labels scoring with “whitewashed” covers of R&B hits. TV passes two-thirds of households and Disney sparks a mass-cultural hysteria with Davy Crockett. Meanwhile, grownups are gearing up at hi-fi shops, buying Easy Listening records and dancing to Mambo, fresh-faced collegiate-styled Male Vocal quartets are all the rage, and Sinatra is back, baby!

#1 Song of the Year   

Perez “Prez” Prado & His Orchestra – Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White

Artists of the Year   

  1. The Four Aces
  2. The McGuire Sisters
  3. Al Hibbler

Artist with Most Charting Songs   

  • TIE: The McGuire Sisters/Bill Haley & His Comets (7)

Average #1 Artist Age   

  • 32.9

#1 Songs   

  1. The Chordettes – Mr. Sandman (December ’54, 5 wks)
  2. Joan Weber – Let Me Go, Lover! (January, 4 wks)
  3. The Fontane Sisters – Hearts of Stone (February, 1 wk)
  4. The McGuire Sisters – Sincerely (February, 8 wks)
  5. Bill Hayes – The Ballad of Davy Crockett (April, 4 wks)
  6. Perez “Prez” Prado & His Orchestra, trumpet Billy Regis – Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White (May, 9 wks)
  7. Bill Haley & His Comets – (We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock (July, 8 wks)
  8. Mitch Miller Orchestra & Chorus – The Yellow Rose of Texas (September, 7 wks)
  9. Four Aces feat. Al Alberts – Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (October, 6 wks)
  10. “Tennessee” Ernie Ford – Sixteen Tons (December, 6 wks)
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