Best selling music of the 1950s in the UK

The top ten best selling singles of the 1950s

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1: “Rock Around the Clock”

Bill Haley and His Comets

Released by Brunswick in 1955, selling 1,390,000


2: “Diana”

Paul Anka

Released by Columbia in 1957, selling 1,240,000


3: “Mary’s Boy Child”

Harry Belafonte

Released by RCA in 1957, selling 1,170,000


4: “What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?”

Emile Ford & The Checkmates

Released by Pye in 1959, selling 920,000


5: “Jailhouse Rock”

Elvis Presley

Released by RCA in 1958, selling 880,000


6: “What Do You Want?”

Adam Faith

Released by Parlophone in 1959, selling 820,000


7: “Living Doll”

Cliff Richard & The Drifters

Released by Columbia in 1959, selling 770,000


8: “All Shook Up”

Elvis Presley

Released by HMV in 1957, selling 740,000


9: “Love Letters in the Sand”

Pat Boone

Released by London in 1957, selling 710,000


10: “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”

Buddy Holly

Released by Coral in 1959, selling 680,000

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