50s Top 100 Instrumentals
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The decade of the 1950s had many great hits. Most of us remember Elvis, The Big Bopper, Pat Boone and many others. However, during this decade there were a number of instrumental hits that charted and made lasting impressions on us while we were growing up. The list below contains the top 100 instrumentals from 1950 through 1959. Review this list at your leisure.

Please note that Guy Lambardo and Anton Karas tied for the number one position with the same record title, “The Third Man Theme”. Both versions were number one for eleven weeks in the same year. The most difficult version to find is the hit from Guy Lambardo. Most CDs only carry Anton Karas’s version but you can find Lambardo's version.

The list below shows the ranking, title, artist, peak position () and the year the record hit it's peak position.

  1. The Third Man Theme - Guy Lambardo/Anton Karas (1) 1950
  2. Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado (1) 1955
  3. The Poor People of Paris - Les Baxter (1) 1956
  4. Tequila - Champs (1) 1958
  5. Blue Tango - Leroy Anderson (1) 1951
  6. Autum Leaves - Roger Williams (1) 1955
  7. Lisbon Antigua - Nelson Riddle (1) 1956
  8. Moonglow & Theme from Picnic - Morris Stoloff (1) 1956
  9. Unchained Melody - Les Baxter (1) 1955
  10. Sleep Walk - Santo & Jlohnny (1) 1959
  11. Patricia - Perez Prado (1) 1958
  12. The Happy Organ - Dave "Baby" Cortez (1) 1959
  13. Delicado - Percy Faith (1) 1952
  14. The Crazy Otto - Johnny Maddox (2) 1955
  15. So Rare - Jimmy Dorsey (2) 1957
  16. Ebb Tide- Frank Chacksfield (2) 1953
  17. Honky Tonk - Bill Doggett (2) 1956
  18. Canadian Sunset - Hugo Winterhalter (2) 1956
  19. April In Portugal - Les Baxter (2) 1953
  20. Melody of Love - Billy Vaughn (2) 1955
  21. Raunchy - Bill Justis (2) 1957
  22. Dragnet - Ray Anthonty (2) 1953
  23. Topsey II - Cozy Cole (3) 1958
  24. Oh! - Pee Wee Hunt (3) 1953
  25. Skokiaan - Ralph Materie (3) 1954
  26. Bewitched - Bill Snyder (3) 1950
  27. Teen Beat - Sandy Nelson (4) 1959
  28. Moonglow & Theme from Picnic - George Cates (4) 1956
  29. Raunchy - Ernie Freeman (4) 1957)
  30. In The Mood - Ernie Fields (4) 1959
  31. The High & The Mighty - Les Baxter (4) 1954
  32. Down Younder - Del Wood (4) 1951
  33. Sail Along Silvery Moon - Billy Vaughn (5) 1958
  34. Guitar Boogie Shuffle - Virtues (5) 1959
  35. Red River Rock - Johnnay & The Hurricanes (5) 1959
  36. Petite Fleur - Chris Barber Jazz Band (5) 1959
  37. Limelight - Frank Chacksfield (5) 1953
  38. Harbor Lights - Ralph Flanagan (5) 1950
  39. Meet Mister Callaghan - Les Paul (5) 1952
  40. The Happy Whistler - Don Robertson (6) 1956
  41. Rebel Rouser - Duane Eddy (6) 1958
  42. Pretend - Ralph Materie (6) 1953
  43. Caravan - Ralph Materie (6) 1953
  44. Blue Tango - Hugo Winterhalter (6) 1952
  45. Tea For Two Cha Cha - Tommy Dorsey (7) 1958
  46. Ruby - Les Baxter (7) 1953
  47. Hot Toddy - Ralph Flanagan (7) 1953
  48. Whispering - Les Paul (7) 1951
  49. Moritat - Dick Hyman Trio (8) 1956
  50. Song For A Summer Night - Mitch Miller (8) 1956
  51. Melody of Love - David Caroll (8) 1955
  52. Peter Gunn - Ray Anthonty (8) 1959
  53. Lady of Spain - Les Paul (8) 1952
  54. The Velvet Glove - Hugo Winterhalter (8) 1953
  55. Only You - Frank Pourcel (9) 1959
  56. Forty Miles of Bad Road - Duane Eddy (9) 1959
  57. Blue Tango - Guy Lambardo (9) 1952
  58. Nola - Les Paul (9) 1950
  59. Vanessa - Hugo Winterhalter (9) 1952
  60. Near You - Roger Williams (10) 1958
  61. Manhattan Spiritual - Reg Owen (1)0 1959
  62. Raunchy - Billy Vaughn (10) 1957
  63. Shish Kebab - Ralph Materie (10) 1957
  64. Charmaine - Mantovani (10) 1951
  65. Blue Tango - Les Baxter (10) 1952
  66. Jingle Bells - Les Paul (10) 1951
  67. The Three Penny Opera - Richard Hayman (11) 1956
  68. Soft Summer Breeze - Eddie Heywood (11) 1956
  69. Harbor Lights - Ken Griffin (11) 1950
  70. Around The World - Mantovani (12) 1957
  71. When the White Lilacs Bloom Again - Helmut Zacharias (12) 1956
  72. The Syncopated Clock - Leroy Anderson (12) 1951
  73. Josephine - Les Paul (12) 1951
  74. Doodletown Fifers - Sauter Finegan (12) 1952
  75. La Vie En rose - Paul Weston (12) 1950
  76. Around The World - Victor Young (13) 1957
  77. Johnson Rag - Jimmy Dorsey (13) 1950
  78. The Hot Canary - Florian Zabach (13) 1951
  79. Bongo Rock - Preston Epps (14) 1959
  80. Man With the Golden Arm - Richard Maltby (14) 1956
  81. Alambama Jubilee - Ferko String Band (14) 1955
  82. Carioca - Les Paul (14) 1952
  83. Mood Indigo - Norman Petty Trio (14) 1954
  84. Almost Paradise - Roger Williams (15) 1957
  85. Cannonball - Duane Eddy (15) 1958
  86. The Enchanted Sea - Islanders (15) 1959
  87. Blues - Ralph Flanagan (15) 1951
  88. Dipsy Doodle - Johnny Maddox (15) 1953
  89. Mexican Hat Rock - Applejacks (16) 1958
  90. Rumble - Link Wray (16) 1958
  91. Woo Hoo - Rock-A-Teens (16) 1959
  92. In The Mood - Johnny Maddox (16) 1953
  93. Poor Boy - Royaltones (17) 1958
  94. Slow Walk - Sil Austin (17) 1956
  95. The Poor People of Paris - Lawrence Welk (17) 1956
  96. Moritat - Lawrence Welk (17) 1956
  97. Joshua - Ralph Flanagan (17) 1950
  98. Charmaine - Billy May (17) 1952
  99. When the White Lilacs Bloom Again - Billy Vaughn (18) 1956
  100. The Bandit - Eddie Barclay (18) 1955

Some of these songs you probably do not remember. Hopefully this listing has brought back some great memories. I hope you enjoyed this review of the 1950s top 100 instrumentals by going down memory lane.

Happy listening!


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