List of Billboard number-one singles of 1958

Summary


The Billboard Hot 100 is a chart that ranks the best-performing songs in the United States. The chart was first issued in the magazine issue of August 4, 1958. Prior to that, Billboard published three popular song charts; the Top 100, the first Billboard chart to feature a combined tabulation of sales, airplay and jukebox play, Best Sellers in Stores, ranking the best-selling singles in retail stores and the Most Played by Jockeys, ranking the most played songs on US radio stations. With the foundation of the Hot 100, Top 100 and Most Played by Jockeys were discontinued and Best Sellers in Stores continued until October 13, 1958.

In 1958, twenty-five different songs were able to top one of the four charts. A majority of the songs which topped the Best Sellers in Stores, which Billboard considered the predecessor of the Hot 100,[1] were able to also top the two other charts. The first song to top all three charts was Danny & the Juniors' "At the Hop".

On the Hot 100, eight acts hit the top, which were also their first. Those acts include Ricky Nelson, Domenico Modugno, The Elegants, Tommy Edwards, Conway Twitty, The Kingston Trio, The Teddy Bears, and The Chipmunks (even though David Seville went to number one earlier this year with “Witch Doctor“, which hit prior to the creation of the Hot 100).

Pre-Hot 100Edit

NOTE: The Hot 100 Era officially began on Monday, August 4, 1958, which would be the week ending August 10 (issue date August 4). The Best Sellers in Stores list issued through October 13.

Issue date Best Sellers in Stores[2] Most Played by Jockeys[3] Top 100[2]
January 6 "At the Hop"
Danny & the Juniors
"April Love"
Pat Boone
"At the Hop"
Danny & the Juniors
January 13
January 20
January 27 "At the Hop"
Danny & the Juniors
February 3
February 10 "Don't"/
I Beg of You"
Elvis Presley
February 17 "Sugartime"
McGuire Sisters
February 24 "Get a Job"
The Silhouettes
March 3
March 10 "Don't"
Elvis Presley
March 17 "Tequila"
The Champs
"Don't"
Elvis Presley
"Tequila"
The Champs
March 24 "Catch a Falling Star"
Perry Como
March 31 "Tequila"
The Champs
April 7
April 14 "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"
Laurie London
April 21 "Twilight Time"
The Platters
"Twilight Time"
The Platters
April 28 "Witch Doctor"
David Seville
"Witch Doctor"
David Seville
May 5
May 12 "All I Have to Do Is Dream"/
"Claudette"
Everly Brothers
"Twilight Time"
The Platters
May 19 "All I Have To Do Is Dream"
Everly Brothers
"All I Have To Do Is Dream"
Everly Brothers
May 26
June 2
June 9 "The Purple People Eater"
Sheb Wooley
"The Purple People Eater"
Sheb Wooley
June 16
June 23 "The Purple People Eater"
Sheb Wooley
June 30
July 7
July 14
July 21 "Hard Headed Woman"/
"Don't Ask Me Why"
Elvis Presley
"Hard Headed Woman"
Elvis Presley
"Yakety Yak"
The Coasters
July 28 "Patricia"
Pérez Prado and His Orchestra
"Patricia"
Pérez Prado & His Orchestra
August 4 "Poor Little Fool"
Ricky Nelson
Chart discontinued -
August 11 -
August 18 "Volare (Nel blu dipinto di blu)"
Domenico Modugno
-
August 25 "Bird Dog"
Everly Brothers
-
September 1 "Volare (Nel blu dipinto di blu)"
Domenico Modugno
-
September 8 -
September 15 -
September 22 -
September 29 "It's All in the Game"
Tommy Edwards
-
October 6 -
October 13 -

Hot 100Edit

 
 
Ricky Nelson's (pictured in 1966) "Poor Little Fool" was the first song to top the Billboard Hot 100.
Key
  Indicates best-performing single of 1958
No. Issue Date Song[4] Artist(s) Reference
1 August 4 "Poor Little Fool" Ricky Nelson [5]
August 11 [6]
2 August 18 "Volare (Nel blu dipinto di blu)"  Domenico Modugno [7]
3 August 25 "Little Star" The Elegants [8]
re September 1 "Volare (Nel blu dipinto di blu)"  Domenico Modugno [9]
September 8 [10]
September 15 [11]
September 22 [12]
4 September 29 "It's All in the Game" Tommy Edwards [13]
October 6 [14]
October 13 [15]
October 20 [16]
October 27 [17]
November 3 [18]
5 November 10 "It's Only Make Believe" Conway Twitty [19]
6 November 17 "Tom Dooley" The Kingston Trio [20]
re November 24 "It's Only Make Believe" Conway Twitty [21]
7 December 1 "To Know Him Is to Love Him" The Teddy Bears [22]
December 8 [23]
December 15 [24]
8 December 22 "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" The Chipmunks with David Seville [25]
December 29 [26]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Chart Beat Chat: Fred discusses Madonna & Elvis Presley chart facts, the Eurythmics & more with readers". Billboard. December 2, 2005. Archived from the original on September 30, 2014. Retrieved October 4, 2019. Before there was a Hot 100, there were four different weekly charts. The main chart was Best Sellers in Stores, and that's the list Billboard uses as the pre-Hot 100 chart.
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2013). Best Sellers Hot 100 Charts 1950's. Record Research Inc. ISBN 978-0898202083.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (December 1, 1992). Billboard Pop Charts 1955-1959. Record Research Inc. ISBN 978-0898200928.
  4. ^ "Billboard Charts Archive: Hot 100 – 1958 Archive". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 3, 2019. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "August 4, 1958". Billboard Hot 100.
  6. ^ "August 11, 1958". Billboard Hot 100.
  7. ^ "August 18, 1958". Billboard Hot 100.
  8. ^ "August 25, 1958". Billboard Hot 100.
  9. ^ "September 1, 1958". Billboard Hot 100.
  10. ^ "September 8, 1958". Billboard Hot 100.
  11. ^ "September 15, 1958". Billboard Hot 100.
  12. ^ "September 22, 1958". Billboard Hot 100.
  13. ^ "September 29, 1958". Billboard Hot 100.
  14. ^ "October 6, 1958". Billboard Hot 100.
  15. ^ "October 13, 1958". Billboard Hot 100.
  16. ^ "October 20, 1958". Billboard Hot 100.
  17. ^ "October 27, 1958". Billboard Hot 100.
  18. ^ "November 3, 1958". Billboard Hot 100.
  19. ^ "November 10, 1958". Billboard Hot 100.
  20. ^ "November 17, 1958". Billboard Hot 100.
  21. ^ "November 24, 1958". Billboard Hot 100.
  22. ^ "December 1, 1958". Billboard Hot 100.
  23. ^ "December 8, 1958". Billboard Hot 100.
  24. ^ "December 15, 1958". Billboard Hot 100.
  25. ^ "December 22, 1958". Billboard Hot 100.
  26. ^ "December 29, 1958". Billboard Hot 100.

Further readingEdit

  • Fred Bronson's Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits, 5th Edition (ISBN 0-8230-7677-6)

External linksEdit

  • American Radio History archive of nearly all Billboard magazines between 1920 and 2016