The Number One Hits Of 1952

Dec 29, 1951 – Mar 14, 1952
Johnnie Ray and The Four Lads
Johnnie Ray was a singer, songwriter, and pianist known for his emotional stage performances, while The Four Lads were a Canadian vocal quartet.
“Cry” is a ballad written by Churchill Kohlman, showcasing Ray’s emotional delivery style.
Mar 15, 1952 – May 16, 1952
Kay Starr
Wheel Of Fortune
Kay Starr was an American jazz and pop singer known for her distinctive voice and successful hits during the 1950s.
“Wheel of Fortune” is a popular song by Bennie Benjamin and George David Weiss, reflecting the theme of luck in love.
May 17, 1952 – Jun 20, 1952
Leroy Anderson
Blue Tango
Leroy Anderson was an American composer and conductor known for creating light orchestral music with a touch of humor.
“Blue Tango” is an instrumental piece that combines the tango dance rhythm with a bluesy melody.
Jun 21, 1952 – Jul 4, 1952
Al Martino
Here In My Heart
Al Martino was an American singer and actor known for his smooth baritone voice and romantic ballads.
“Here in My Heart” is a love song written by Pat Genaro, Lou Levinson, and Bill Borrelli, which became Martino’s first hit.
Jul 5, 1952 – Jul 11, 1952
Percy Faith
Percy Faith was a Canadian bandleader, composer, and conductor known for his popular, easy-listening music arrangements.
“Delicado” is an instrumental piece by Brazilian composer Waldir Azevedo that Faith adapted into a popular orchestral arrangement.
Jul 12, 1952 – Sep 12, 1952
Vera Lynn
Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart
Vera Lynn was an English singer, songwriter, and actress widely known as the “Forces’ Sweetheart” during World War II.
“Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart” is a sentimental song by Eberhard Storch, which became a hit in both the UK and the US.
Sep 13, 1952 – Oct 17, 1952
Jo Stafford
You Belong To Me
Jo Stafford was an American jazz and pop singer known for her warm and soothing voice, earning her the nickname “The Voice of America’s Heart.”
“You Belong to Me” is a romantic ballad written by Chilton Price, Pee Wee King, and Redd Stewart, capturing the longing of separated lovers.
Oct 18, 1952 – Nov 21, 1952
Patti Page

I Went To Your Wedding
Patti Page was an American singer and actress known for her multi-genre versatility and rich, emotive voice.
“I Went to Your Wedding” is a poignant song about attending the wedding of a former lover, written by Jessie Mae Robinson.
Nov 22, 1952 – Nov 28, 1952
Johnny Standley
It’s In The Book (parts 1 & 2)
Johnny Standley was an American comedian and musician known for his humorous spoken word recordings.
“It’s in the Book” is a comedic spoken word recording based on a parody sermon and a rendition of the nursery rhyme “Grandma’s Lye Soap.”
Nov 29, 1952 – Dec 26, 1952
Joni James
Why Don’t You Believe Me
Joni James, an American singer known for her lush vocal style, gained fame in the early 1950s.
“Why Don’t You Believe Me” is a romantic ballad written by Lew Douglas, King Laney, and Roy Rodde, expressing the pain of not being trusted in love.
Dec 27, 1952 – Jan 9, 1953
Jimmy Boyd
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Jimmy Boyd was an American singer, musician, and actor who gained fame as a child performer.
“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” is a Christmas song written by Tommie Connor, which humorously tells the story of a child witnessing a tender moment between their parents.

The Biggest Pop Artists of 1952 include:
Al Martino, B.B. King, The Clovers, The Dominoes, Don Cornell, Doris Day, Eddie Fisher, Eddy Howard, Frank Sinatra, Frankie Laine, Georgia Gibbs, Hugo Winterhalter, Jimmy Boyd, Jo Stafford, Joe Turner, Johnny Standley, Johnny Ace, Joni James, Kay Starr, Les Paul, Liberace, Mills Brothers, Patti Page, Pee Wee King, Peggy Lee, Percy Faith, Ray Anthony, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Vera Lynn, Dinah Washington

(HPS music data is compiled from charts, including Billboard’s Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance, and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

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