Starting in 1958, Billboard magazine has tracked the performance of music singles in the United States through the Billboard Hot 100. Taking a look through their archives of top songs is like viewing a time capsule. To better cater to this journey, I have listed all songs that topped the Billboard Hot 100 each week for the year. I have embedded a video to easily listen to them, given a link to the lyrics, included the date it topped the chart, and given a way to purchase the song. Enjoy listening to the best songs of 1959!
This was the first full year of the Billboard Hot 100.
"Stagger Lee" by Lloyd Price was the first censored Rock and Roll song to top Billboard's Hot 100.
"The Happy Organ" by Dave 'Baby' Cortez was the first instrumental song to hit #1.
"Mack the Knife" by Bobby Darin was the most popular song of the year, topping the Hot 100 for 9 weeks in 1959.
"A Big Hunk O' Love" by Elvis Presley and The Jordanaires was Elvis's first song to hit #1.
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