Top 100 Lists


TOP 100 INSTRUMENTALS
OF THE '50S AND '60S

  1. "The Third Man" Theme - Anton Karas - 1950
  2. Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado - 1955
  3. Blue Tango - Leroy Anderson - 1952
  4. (Theme from) A Summer Place - Percy Faith - 1960
  5. The Poor People of Paris - Les Baxter - 1956
  6. Tequila - The Champs - 1958
  7. Love is Blue - Paul Mauriat - 1968
  8. Autumn Leaves - Roger Williams - 1955
  9. Lisbon Antigua - Nelson Riddle - 1956
  10. Moonglow and Theme from Picnic - Morris Stoloff - 1956
  11. Honky Tonk (Part 2) - Bill Doggett - 1956
  12. Canadian Sunset - Hugo Winterhalter with Eddie Heywood - 1956
  13. Stranger on the Shore - Mr. Acker Bilk - 1962
  14. Wonderland by Night - Bert Kaempfert - 1961
  15. Wipe Out - The Surfaris - 1963
  16. Sleep Walk - Santo and Johnny - 1959
  17. Patricia - Perez Prado - 1958
  18. Telstar - The Tornadoes - 1962
  19. Delicado - Percy Faith - 1952
  20. Exodus - Ferrante and Teicher - 1961
  21. Calcutta - Lawrence Welk - 1961
  22. Melody of Love - Billy Vaughn - 1955
  23. The Stripper - David Rose - 1961
  24. The Happy Organ - Dave "Baby" Cortez - 1959
  25. (Love Theme from) Romeo and Juliet - Henry Mancini - 1969
  26. Ebb Tide - Frank Chacksfield - 1953
  27. April in Portugal - Les Baxter - 1953
  28. Last Date - Floyd Cramer - 1960
  29. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Hugo Montenegro - 1968
  30. The 3rd Man Theme - Guy Lombardo - 1950
  31. The Crazy Otto - Johnny Maddox - 1955
  32. Grazing in the Grass - Hugh Masekela - 1968
  33. Oh! - Pee Wee Hunt - 1953
  34. Topsy (Part 2) - Cozy Cole - 1958
  35. Walk - Don't Run - The Ventures - 1960
  36. Apache - Jorgen Ingmann - 1961
  37. Raunchy - Bill Justis - 1957
  38. Ruby - Richard Hayman - 1953
  39. Sail Along Silvery Moon - Billy Vaughn - 1958
  40. The Horse - Cliff Nobles and Company - 1968
  41. Classical Gas - Mason Williams - 1968
  42. Washington Square - The Village Stompers - 1963
  43. Midnight in Moscow - Kenny Ball - 1962
  44. Green Onions - Booker T. and the MG's - 1962
  45. Bewitched - Bill Snyder - 1950
  46. Dragnet - Ray Anthony - 1953
  47. Night Train - Jimmy Forrest - 1952
  48. Wheels - The String-A-Longs - 1961
  49. Moonglow and Theme from Picnic - George Cates - 1956
  50. Down Yonder - Del Wood - 1951
  51. In the Mood - Ernie Fields - 1959
  52. Skokiaan - Ralph Marterie - 1954
  53. Out of Limits - The Marketts - 1964
  54. Last Night - The Mar-Keys - 1961
  55. Soulful Strut - Young-Holt Unlimited - 1969
  56. Java - Al Hirt - 1964
  57. Pipeline - The Chantays - 1963
  58. Because They're Young - Duane Eddy - 1960
  59. No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In) - The T-Bones - 1966
  60. Quiet Village - Martin Denny - 1959
  61. Teen Beat - Sandy Nelson - 1959
  62. Flamingo - Earl Bostic - 1951
  63. Red River Rock - Johnny and the Hurricanes - 1959
  64. Hawaii Five-O - The Ventures - 1969
  65. On the Rebound - Floyd Cramer - 1961
  66. The "In" Crowd - The Ramsey Lewis Trio - 1965
  67. Guitar Boogie Shuffle - The Virtues - 1959
  68. Petite Fleur - Chris Barber's Jazz Band - 1959
  69. Yellow Bird - The Arthur Lyman Group - 1961
  70. Meet Mister Callaghan - Les Paul - 1952
  71. Tea for Two Cha Cha - Tommy Dorsey - 1958
  72. Memphis - Lonnie Mack - 1963
  73. Alley Cat - Bent Fabric - 1962
  74. The Lonely Bull - The Tijuana Brass featuring Herb Alpert - 1962
  75. The High and the Mighty - Victor Young - 1954
  76. Rebel-'Rouser - Duane Eddy - 1958
  77. Maria Elena - Los Indios Tabajaras - 1963
  78. Time is Tight - Booker T. and the MG's - 1969
  79. Taste of Honey - Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass - 1965
  80. Juke - Little Walter - 1952
  81. Let There Be Drums - Sandy Nelson - 1961
  82. (Terry's Theme from) Limelight - Frank Chacksfield - 1953
  83. Mexico - Bob Moore - 1961
  84. Whispering - Les Paul - 1951
  85. Peter Gunn - Ray Anthony - 1959
  86. Song for a Summer Night - Mitch Miller - 1956
  87. Wild Weekend - The Rebels - 1963
  88. Moritat (A Theme from the Three Penny Opera) - Dick Hyman - 1956
  89. The High and the Mighty - Les Baxter - 1954
  90. Soft Summer Breeze - Eddie Heywood - 1956
  91. More - Kai Winding - 1963
  92. Asia Minor - Kokomo - 1961
  93. Hang 'Em High - Booker T. and the MG's - 1968
  94. The Happy Whistler - Don Robertson - 1956
  95. (Theme from) The Apartment - Ferrante and Teicher - 1960
  96. One Mint Julep - Ray Charles - 1961
  97. Only You - Franck Pourcel's French Fiddles - 1959
  98. Forty Miles of Bad Road - Duane Eddy - 1959
  99. Our Winter Love - Bill Pursell - 1963
  100. Charmaine - Mantovani - 1951

While songs without vocals typically comprise this list, some exceptions fall into place: A few words repeated during a song are acceptable, such as "Tequila," "Wipe Out" or "Topsy (Part 2)." A short phrase, such as 'Just a little bit of soul now' from Ray Charles' "One Mint Julep," does not disqualify a song. An audience that's applauding, singing along or yelling during a live recording does not count as part of the artists' performance, thus any such recording is included. Rankings are based on the popularity of each song during the period of 1950 through 1969.





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The Third Man Theme Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White Blue Tango (Theme from) A Summer Place The Poor People of Paris Patricia Telstar Walk-Don't Run Apache