Another definition of "Top" shows the top singles during a given time period. The top 25 or so singles for the decade are shown in the table below. The list here was drawn from Lyrics World.

Top Singles 1950-1959
Song Artist
 1. Don't Be Cruel Elvis Presley
 1. Hound Dog Elvis Presley
 2. Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White Perez 'Prez' Prado
 3. Sincerely The McGuire Sisters
 4. Singing The Blues Guy Mitchell
 5. Mack The Knife Bobby Darin
 6. All Shook Up Elvis Presley
 7. Rock Around The Clock Bill Haley & His Comets
 8. The Wayward Wind Gogi Grant
 9. Sixteen Tons "Tennessee" Ernie Ford
10. Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley
11. Love Letters In The Sand Pat Boone
12. Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley
13. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear Elvis Presley
14. At The Hop Danny & The Juniors
15. Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing Four Aces
16. Rock And Roll Waltz Kay Starr
17. The Poor People Of Paris Les Baxter
18. The Yellow Rose Of Texas Mitch Miller
19. Memories Are Made Of This Dean Martin
20. April Love Pat Boone
21. The Battle Of New Orleans Johnny Horton
22. Young Love Tab Hunter
23. It's All In The Game Tommy Edwards
24. The Purple People Eater Sheb Wooley
25. Tammy Debbie Reynolds