List of Billboard number-one singles of 1956

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This is a list of number-one songs in the United States during the year 1956 according to Billboard magazine. Prior to the creation of the Hot 100, Billboard published multiple singles charts each week. In 1956, the following four charts were produced:

  • Best Sellers in Stores – ranked the biggest selling singles in retail stores, as reported by merchants surveyed throughout the country.
  • Most Played by Jockeys – ranked the most played songs on United States radio stations, as reported by radio disc jockeys and radio stations.
  • Most Played in Jukeboxes – ranked the most played songs in jukeboxes across the United States.
  • Top 100 - an early version of the Hot 100, the first chart to feature a combined tabulation of sales, airplay and jukebox play.

Issue date Best Sellers in Stores Most Played by Jockeys Most Played in Jukeboxes Top 100
January 7 "Sixteen Tons"
Tennessee Ernie
"Memories Are Made of This"
Dean Martin
"Sixteen Tons"
Tennessee Ernie
"Sixteen Tons"
Tennessee Ernie
January 14 "Memories Are Made of This"
Dean Martin
"Memories Are Made of This"
Dean Martin
January 21
January 28 "Memories Are Made of This"
Dean Martin
February 4
February 11
February 18 "Rock and Roll Waltz"
Kay Starr
"The Great Pretender"
The Platters
"The Great Pretender"
The Platters
February 25 "Lisbon Antigua"
Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra
"The Great Pretender"
The Platters
March 3 "Lisbon Antigua"
Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra
"Rock and Roll Waltz"
Kay Starr
"Rock and Roll Waltz"
Kay Starr
March 10 "Rock and Roll Waltz"
Kay Starr
March 17 "The Poor People of Paris"
Les Baxter
March 24 "The Poor People of Paris"
Les Baxter
"The Poor People of Paris"
Les Baxter
March 31
April 7
April 14 "Lisbon Antigua"
Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra
"The Poor People of Paris"
Les Baxter
April 21 "Heartbreak Hotel"/
"I Was the One"
Elvis Presley
"The Poor People of Paris"
Les Baxter
April 28
May 5 "Hot Diggity"
Perry Como
"Heartbreak Hotel"
Elvis Presley
"Heartbreak Hotel"
Elvis Presley
May 12 "Heartbreak Hotel"
Elvis Presley
May 19
May 26
June 2 "Moonglow and Theme from Picnic"
Morris Stoloff
June 9
June 16 "The Wayward Wind"
Gogi Grant
June 23 "The Wayward Wind"
Gogi Grant
"The Wayward Wind"
Gogi Grant
June 30 "The Wayward Wind"
Gogi Grant
July 7
July 14
July 21
July 28 "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You"/
"My Baby Left Me"
Elvis Presley
"I Almost Lost My Mind"
Pat Boone
August 4 "My Prayer"/
"Heaven on Earth"
The Platters
"I Almost Lost My Mind"
Pat Boone
August 11
August 18 "Hound Dog"/
"Don't Be Cruel"
Elvis Presley
"My Prayer"
The Platters
"My Prayer"
The Platters
August 25 "My Prayer"
The Platters
September 1 "Hound Dog"/
"Don't Be Cruel"
Elvis Presley
September 8 "Don't Be Cruel"
Elvis Presley
September 15 "Don't Be Cruel"
Elvis Presley
September 22
September 29
October 6
October 13
October 20
October 27
November 3 "Love Me Tender"/
"Any Way You Want Me"
Elvis Presley
"Love Me Tender"
Elvis Presley
"Green Door"
Jim Lowe
November 10
November 17 "Green Door"
Jim Lowe
November 24 "Love Me Tender"
Elvis Presley
December 1
December 8 "Singing the Blues"
Guy Mitchell
"Singing the Blues"
Guy Mitchell
"Love Me Tender"/
"Any Way You Want Me"
Elvis Presley
"Singing the Blues"
Guy Mitchell
December 15 "Singing the Blues"
Guy Mitchell
December 22
December 29

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