Numbers seem simple. We learn to count, to use them to quantify and to define. Numbers related to music and to life in many ways. In this number series, you will find a find a variety of songs and reflections on numbers. Let’s look at some big hits across the years for those living in senior living communities.

Top hits 1940s & 1950sWhile top hits may not be known by all here are some by the decade worth considering if you are working in a senior living community. Here are the top songs by decades from the 1940s through the 1950s. Basic information was gathered from TSort’s World Music Charts and Music VF. The lists of top charts and top country songs are included.

You can use these songs to start conversations. When possible share a recording. Many can be found on YouTube and various cloud services.

  • Do you remember hearing____?
  • Who sang/performed _______?
  • When you hear ______ what do you think of?

Have individuals give a star rating to each song in a decade with no stars if they can’t stand it up to 5 stars if they’s love to hear it over and over. This will help give you an idea of preferred styles and artists.

Use the information for trivia games. Challenge groups to place the songs in the correct decade letting them know how many belongs in each. Look up facts about each songs for use in Jeopardy style games.

Top Hits of the 1940’s

#10: Pistol Packing Mama by Al Dexter and his Troopers (1943)

#9: Rum & Coca-Cola by the Andrew Sisters (1945)

#8: Sentimental Journey by Les Brown and Doris Day (1945)

#7: Don’t Fence Me In by Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters (1944)

#6: Buttons and Bows by Dinah Shore (1948)

#5: Paper Doll by The Mills Brothers (1943)

#4: Riders in the Sky by Vaughn Monroe (1949)

#3: Swinging on a Star by Bing Crosby (1944)

#2: In the Mood by Glenn Miller (1940)

#1: White Christmas by Bing Crosby (1942)

Top Country Hits of the 1940s

#10: Straighten Up and Fly Right by The King Cole Trio (1944)

#9: Jealous Heart by Al Morgan (1949)

#8: Is You Is or Is You Ain’t by Louis Jordan (1944)

#7: Temptation by Red Ingle and the Natural Seven(1947)

#6: Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! by Tex Williams (1947)

#5: Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer by Gene Autry (1949)

#4: Riders in the Sky by Vaughn Monroe (1949)

#3: Slippin’ Around by Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely (1949)

#2: Pistol Packing Mama by Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters (1943)

#1: Pistol Packing Mama by Al Dexter and his Troopers (1943)

Top Hits of the 1950’s

#10: Mona Lisa by Nat King Cole (1950)

#9: Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino (1956)

#8: Vaya Con Dios by Les Paul and Mary Ford (1953)

#7: Third Man Theme by Anton Karas (1950)

#6: You Belong to Me by Jo Stafford (1952)

#5: Que Sera Sera by Doris Day (1956)

#4: Tom Dooley by The Kingston Trio (1958)

#3: Mack the Knife by Bobby Darin (1959)

#2: Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley (1957)

#1: Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and his Comets (1955)

Top Country Songs of the 1950’s

#10: Don’t by Elvis Presley (1958)

#9: Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley (1956)

#8: (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear by Elvis Presley (1957)

#7: Don’t Be Cruel by Elvis Presley (1956)

#5: Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley (1957)

#4: All Shook Up by Elvis Presley (1957)

#3: Heartbreak Hotel by Elvis Presley (1956)

#2: Sixteen Tons by Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955)

#1: Hound Dog by Elvis Presley (1956)

In the next post you will find songs for the 1960s and 1970s.

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