Feb 04

Popular ’58

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Every track on popular gets a mark out of 10. Here’s your opportunity to give ticks to any track from 1958 you would have given more than 6 to.

Number Ones Of 1958: Which would you have given 6 or more to?

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Use the comments box to reflect on the overall hits of the year, if you like!


  1. 1
    Tom on 9 May 2008 #

    Check the “related articles” sidebar for previously posted polls – all perpetually open.

    This is the year which currently has the highest average mark of any on Popular.

  2. 2
    rosie on 9 May 2008 #

    Well I don’t know who voted before me, but great minds clearly think alike!

  3. 3
    Billy Smart on 9 May 2008 #

    Seven out of thirteen – a lot better than 1967!

    Good to see the love for Connie Francis.

  4. 4
    DV on 9 May 2008 #

    ‘Who’s sorry now?’ surely deserves a vote unheard, just for the title. Likewise ‘Whole lotta women’, for its multiple assaults on bourgeois English grammar.

  5. 5
    Martin Skidmore on 14 May 2008 #

    I would have given Jerry Lee a 10, and Elvis and Lord Rockingham would have got a 7 or so each.

  6. 6
    Tom on 14 May 2008 #

    Yes Jerry Lee was undervalued by me, certainly. Should’ve been a 9 at least.

  7. 7
    wichita lineman on 18 Oct 2010 #

    Those Italian number ones in full:

    Renato Carosone – Torero
    Rosemary Clooney – A Fine Romance
    Johnny Dorelli – My Funny Valentine
    Domenico Modugno – Volare
    Paul Anka – Diana
    Renato Carosone – Caravan Petrol
    Tony Dallara – Ti Diro
    Mario Riva – Domenica e sempre Domenica
    The Champs – Tequila
    David Terry – Colonel Bogey (theme from Bridge On The River Kwai)
    Perez Prado – Patricia
    Edith Piaf – Hymne a l’amour
    Les Paul & Mary Ford – Vaya Con Dios

    No Elvis – he only reached no.4 with Don’t and King Creole, no.5 with Jailhouse Rock.

    Even odder that Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero, or Connie francis, never scored a hit in Italy until 1960; she made up for lost time with three number ones (Mama, Where The Boys Are, Jealous Of You), none of which made no.1 in the UK or US.

    Vaya Con Dios was a top 5 hit in the UK in 1953!

  8. 8
    Mark G on 18 Oct 2010 #

    Renato Carosone – Torero

    Now yer talking. A comedy song about a fake bullfighter who’s supposedly off to ‘ollyvood…

    Still, amazed to find some people who didn’t give Elvis and JerryLee at least 6 points for those.

  9. 9
    Cumbrian on 19 Nov 2012 #

    I don’t know how interested people will be in these – but I guess you never know until you try.


    I remember these (The Rock n Roll Years) from being shown on the BBC when I was little. I found them fascinating then – and having found a load of them on Youtube, I thought linking off to them from the year end polls might be good, or at least inspire some discussion when we don’t have a new Popular entry to mull over. I don’t want to spam the site with these though – so maybe I’ll just do it every so often.

    This isn’t the first programme – the 1956 version is up on Youtube – but this is the earliest year I could find with a Popular Year Poll.

    I was happy to find that I still think these shows are pretty good to be honest – OK, they’re just old news footage with songs from the relevant year over the top of them – but I think this vanilla approach is good.

  10. 10
    punctum on 20 Nov 2012 #

    The radio version was the basis for Radio 2’s Sounds Of The 20th Century. Complete with even more undue emphasis on the “hits” of Del Amitri.

  11. 11
    Cumbrian on 20 Nov 2012 #

    These only go up to about 1988/89 I think – at least that’s all I’ve really been able to find on Youtube and some of them are not complete episodes either. I guess there might be some Del Amitri on the later episodes. I’ve not watched them yet.

    Highlights for me from the 1958 one:

    Chuck Berry – I don’t know who shot that but the video looks fantastic; the shots of Chuck in profile with the light on his face are beautiful.

    Danny and the Juniors – it would be amusing to see an X Factor Boy Band do something as basic as the choreography that they put in towards the end of “At The Hop”.

    The Kalin Twins – everyone seems to be enjoying “When” very much and the twins themselves get into it, in front of a curiously space age themed background. Contrast with The Everley Brothers, who (admittedly) are doing something more down tempo.

    The massive tank like thing that Edmund Hillary used to cross the Antarctic. I didn’t even know he’d been there after Everest. Shows what I know (i.e. nothing much).

    The lady in her fur coat railing against Prince Rainier was pretty amusing.

    The litter act bit was a bit of an eye opener too.

  12. 12
    weej on 20 Nov 2012 #

    I got a torrent of these from UKNova a while back – very enjoyable to watch indeed. The lack of celebrity opinions and memories is very refreshing. If there are any missing I might be able to help out.

  13. 13
    Cumbrian on 21 Nov 2012 #

    Cheers Weej – I will bear that in mind.

    On doing some further investigation on Hillary’s Antarctic Expedition – “massive tank like thing” = converted tractor apparently.

  14. 14
    weej on 7 Dec 2014 #

    Something I’ve been meaning to do for a while is add ‘tsort watch’ and ‘rym watch’ to these yearly lists. Tsort compiles every chart imaginable into a single list of the best-selling / best-rated, and Rate Your Music works entirely on user-submitted ratings. I’ll just add one a week in order to avoid clogging up the recent comments queue. This is currently the earliest year with a page, so I’ll start here.

    Tsort top 20 singles of 1958:

    1 The Kingston Trio – Tom Dooley
    2 Domenico Modugno – Volare
    3 The Kalin Twins – When
    4 Champs – Tequila
    5 Chuck Berry – Johnny B Goode
    6 The Everly Brothers – Bird Dog
    7 Perez Prado – Patricia
    8 The Everly Brothers – All I Have to Do is Dream
    9 Conway Twitty – It’s Only Make Believe
    10 Tommy Edwards – It’s All in the Game
    11 Billy Vaughn – Sail Along Silvery Moon
    12 Connie Francis – Who’s Sorry Now?
    13 Eddie Cochran – Summertime Blues
    14 Ritchie Valens – La Bamba
    15 The Platters – Twilight Time
    16 Elvis Presley – One Night
    17 The Coasters – Yakety Yak
    18 Louis Prima – Buona Sera
    19 Mitch Miller – March From The River Kwai
    20 Peggy Lee – Fever

    Rate Your Music top 20 of 1958:

    1 Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
    2 Rumble – Link Wray & His Ray Men
    3 Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran
    4 C’mon Everybody – Eddie Cochran
    5 Good Golly, Miss Molly – Little Richard
    6 All I Have to Do Is Dream – The Everly Brothers
    7 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – The Platters
    8 Donna / La Bamba – Ritchie Valens
    9 Fever – Peggy Lee
    10 Rave On – Buddy Holly
    11 Sweet Little Sixteen – Chuck Berry
    12 Maybe Baby – Buddy Holly
    13 Blue Train, Part I / Blue Train, Part II – John Coltrane
    14 Since I Don’t Have You – The Skyliners
    15 Train to Nowhere – The Champs
    16 Rebel-‘Rouser – Duane Eddy
    17 Lonesome Town – Ricky Nelson
    18 Lonely Teardrops – Jackie Wilson
    19 Dizzy Miss Lizzy – Larry Williams
    20 Stagger Lee – Lloyd Price

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