1955 in music

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Pete Seeger in 1955

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1955.

Events[edit]

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Albums released[edit]

In 1955, 1,615 albums and 4,542 pop singles were released in the US.[2]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following singles achieved the highest chart positions in the set of charts available for 1955.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Bill Haley & His Comets Rock Around the Clock 1955 United States UK 1 - Jan 1955 (36 weeks), US Billboard 1 - May 1955 (24 weeks), US BB 1 of 1955, US CashBox 1 - Jul 1954 (31 weeks), Your Hit Parade 1 of 1955, Record Mirror 1 for 8 weeks - Nov 1955, Australia 1 for 6 weeks - Aug 1955, Germany 1 for 4 weeks - Jun 1956, UK sales 1 of the 1950s (1,390 k in 1955), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1982 (1954), DDD 1 of 1954, POP 1 of 1955, DZE 1 of 1955, Flanders 2 - Nov 1955 (14 months), RYM 2 of 1954, DMDB 2 (1954), Italy 3 of 1957, UKMIX 3, nuTsie 3 of 1950s, Brazil 4 of 1956, Europe 5 of the 1950s (1955), D.Marsh 7 of 1955, Scrobulate 8 of rock & roll, RIAA 12, Germany 17 - Jun 1968 (2 months), Holland 27 - Jun 1968 (5 weeks), Belgium 30 - Jun 1974 (1 week), 41 in 2FM list, Acclaimed 49 (1954), AFI 50, Rolling Stone 158, Global 4 (20 M sold) - 1954, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500, Party 180 of 1999
2 Tennessee Ernie Ford Sixteen Tons 1955 United States UK 1 - Jan 1956 (11 weeks), US Billboard 1 - Nov 1955 (22 weeks), US CashBox 1 - Nov 1955 (21 weeks), Record Mirror 1 for 5 weeks - Jan 1956, Australia 1 for 6 weeks - Feb 1956, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1955), DZE 2 of 1955, Flanders 3 - Jan 1956 (7 months), Brazil 7 of 1956, D.Marsh 12 of 1955, RYM 13 of 1955, US BB 20 of 1955, POP 20 of 1955, DDD 49 of 1955, RIAA 83, DMDB 88 (1955), Acclaimed 276 (1955), UKMIX 933
3 The Platters Only You (And You Alone) 1955 United States Italy 1 of 1957, France 1 for 13 weeks - Nov 1957, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1955), US CashBox 3 - Aug 1955 (26 weeks), US BB 4 of 1955, Brazil 4 of 1957, POP 4 of 1955, UK 5 - Sep 1956 (16 weeks), US Billboard 5 - Sep 1955 (22 weeks), D.Marsh 10 of 1955, DDD 12 of 1955, RYM 15 of 1955, Europe 22 of the 1950s (1955), nuTsie 88 of 1950s, Acclaimed 643 (1955), Party 271 of 1999
4 Perez Prado Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White) 1955 United States UK 1 - Mar 1955 (17 weeks), US Billboard 1 - Mar 1955 (26 weeks), Australia 1 for 3 weeks - Jul 1955, Germany 1 for 7 weeks - Oct 1955, US CashBox 2 - Mar 1955 (29 weeks), Flanders 2 - Apr 1955 (5 months), Your Hit Parade 3 of 1955, Brazil 4 of 1955, US BB 7 of 1955, POP 7 of 1955, RYM 27 of 1955, DDD 68 of 1955, UKMIX 188
5 Four Aces Love is a Many Splendoured Thing 1955 United States US Billboard 1 - Aug 1955 (21 weeks), US CashBox 1 - Aug 1955 (29 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 1 week - Jan 1956, Oscar in 1955 (film 'Love is a Many Splendored Thing'), UK 2 - Nov 1955 (13 weeks), Peel list 2 of 1955, Italy 3 of 1956, DZE 3 of 1955, US BB 9 of 1955, POP 9 of 1955, Flanders 13 - Dec 1955 (3 months), RYM 29 of 1955, UKMIX 550

US No. 1 hit singles[edit]

These singles reached the top of US Billboard magazine's charts in 1955.

First week Number of weeks Title Artist
January 22, 1955 2 "Let Me Go, Lover" Joan Weber
February 5, 1955 1 "Hearts of Stone" Fontane Sisters
February 12, 1955 6 "Sincerely" McGuire Sisters
March 26, 1955 5 "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" Bill Hayes
April 30, 1955 10 "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" Perez Prado
July 9, 1955 8 "Rock Around the Clock" Bill Haley & His Comets
September 3, 1955 5 "The Yellow Rose of Texas" Mitch Miller
October 8, 1955 1 "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" The Four Aces
October 15, 1955 1 "The Yellow Rose of Texas" Mitch Miller
October 22, 1955 1 "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" The Four Aces
October 29, 1955 4 "Autumn Leaves" Roger Williams
November 26, 1955 7 "Sixteen Tons" Tennessee Ernie Ford

Top hits on record[edit]

Top R&B and Country Hits on record[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Other notable songs[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Composer Leonard Bernstein in 1955.

Musical films[edit]

Musical television[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fleming, Colin (28 November 2003). "Reissues: Glenn Gould - 'A State of Wonder: The Complete Goldberg Variations 1955 & 1981' [review]". Goldmine 29 (24): 63.
  2. ^ Denisoff, R. Serge; Schurk, William L. (1986). Tarnished Gold: the record industry revisited. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers. p. 3. ISBN 0887380689.