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The following singles achieved the highest chart positions in the set of charts available for 1954.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 The Chordettes Mr Sandman 1954   US Billboard 1 – Oct 1954 (20 weeks), US 1940s 1 – Nov 1954 (8 weeks), US 1 for 4 weeks – Dec 1954, US CashBox 1 – Oct 1954 (23 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 6 weeks – Jan 1955, Australia 1 for 4 weeks – Apr 1955, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 (1954), Peel list 1 of 1954, US BB 5 of 1954, DZE 5 of 1954, Your Hit Parade 6 of 1954, POP 7 of 1954, RYM 9 of 1954, UK 11 – Dec 1954 (8 weeks), Brazil 27 of 1955, DDD 45 of 1954, RIAA 252, Acclaimed 1006 (1954)
2 Doris Day Secret Love 1954   UK 1 – Apr 1954 (29 weeks), US Billboard 1 – Jan 1954 (22 weeks), US 1940s 1 – Jan 1954 (20 weeks), US 1 for 3 weeks – Feb 1954, US CashBox 1 – Nov 1953 (30 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 7 weeks – May 1954, Oscar in 1953 (film 'Calamity Jane'), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1953), UKMIX 7, DZE 8 of 1954, US BB 11 of 1954, POP 11 of 1954, Your Hit Parade 12 of 1954, RYM 12 of 1953, Brazil 17 of 1954, Italy 54 of 1954
3 The Crew-Cuts Sh-Boom 1954   US Billboard 1 – Jul 1954 (20 weeks), US 1940s 1 – Jul 1954 (20 weeks), US 1 for 7 weeks – Aug 1954, US CashBox 1 – Jul 1954 (24 weeks), Australia 1 for 4 weeks – Dec 1954, DZE 1 of 1954, US BB 3 of 1954, Flanders 3 – Dec 1954 (3 months), POP 3 of 1954, UK 12 – Oct 1954 (9 weeks), Brazil 13 of 1954, France (50s) 20 of 1954, RYM 22 of 1954, Italy 95 of 1955
4 Kitty Kallen Little Things Mean a Lot 1954   UK 1 – Jul 1954 (23 weeks), US Billboard 1 – Apr 1954 (26 weeks), US 1940s 1 – Apr 1954 (25 weeks), US 1 for 9 weeks – Jun 1954, US CashBox 1 – Apr 1954 (28 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 12 weeks – Jul 1954, Australia 1 for 5 weeks – Oct 1954, DZE 2 of 1954, Your Hit Parade 9 of 1954, US BB 15 of 1954, POP 15 of 1954, UKMIX 28, RYM 145 of 1954
5 Rosemary Clooney Hey There 1954   US Billboard 1 – Jul 1954 (27 weeks), US 1940s 1 – Jul 1954 (23 weeks), US 1 for 6 weeks – Sep 1954, US CashBox 1 – Jul 1954 (31 weeks), Australia 1 for 4 weeks – Feb 1957, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1954), UK 4 – Oct 1955 (11 weeks), DZE 7 of 1954, Your Hit Parade 14 of 1954, US BB 18 of 1954, POP 21 of 1954, Brazil 31 of 1954, RYM 34 of 1954, DDD 66 of 1954

US No. 1 hit singlesEdit

These singles reached the top of US Billboard magazine's charts in 1954.

First week Number of weeks Title Artist
January 2, 1954 8 "Oh! My Pa-Pa" Eddie Fisher
February 27, 1954 2 "Secret Love" Doris Day
March 13, 1954 1 "Make Love to Me" Jo Stafford
March 20, 1954 1 "Secret Love" Doris Day
March 27, 1954 2 "Make Love to Me" Jo Stafford
April 10, 1954 8 "Wanted" Perry Como
June 5, 1954 9 "Little Things Mean a Lot" Kitty Kallen
August 7, 1954 7 "Sh-Boom" Crew-Cuts
September 25, 1954 6 "Hey There" Rosemary Clooney
November 6, 1954 1 "This Ole House" Rosemary Clooney
November 13, 1954 3 "I Need You Now" Eddie Fisher
December 4, 1954 7 "Mr. Sandman" The Chordettes

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Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Brian, Havergal Symphony No. 8 (1949) 1954-02-01   London London PhilharmonicBoult [9]
Chávez, Carlos Symphony No. 3 1954-12-09   Caracas Venezuela SymphonyChávez[10]
Dohnányi, Ernő American Rhapsody 1954-02-21   Athens, OH ? – Dohnányi[11]
Enescu, George String Quartet No. 2, Op. 22, No. 2 1954-02-07   Boston Stradivarius Quartet[12]
Goeyvaerts, Karel Nummer 5 1954-10-19   Cologne (Musik der Zeit)[13] electronic music
Jolivet, André Symphony No. 1 1954-05-30   Haifa (ISCM Festival) [unknown orchestra and conductor] [14]
Korngold, Erich W. Symphony 1954-10-17   Vienna Vienna SymphonyHarold Byrns1[15]
Lutoslawski, Witold Concerto for Orchestra 1954-11-26   Warsaw Warsaw PhilharmonicRowicki[16]
Persichetti, Vincent Symphony No. 4 1954-12-17   Philadelphia Philadelphia OrchestraOrmandy[17]
Rubbra, Edmund Symphony No. 6 1954-11-17   London BBC SymphonySargent[18]
Shchedrin, Rodion Piano Concerto No. 1 1954-11-07   Moscow Shchedrin / Moscow Conservatory SymphonyRozhdestvensky[19]
Shostakovich, Dmitri Festive Overture 1954-11-06   Moscow Bolshoi OrchestraNebolsin[20]
Stockhausen, Karlheinz Klavierstücke I–V 1954-08-21   Darmstadt (Ferienkurse) Mercenier[21]
Karlheinz Stockhausen Studie I + Studie II 1954-10-19   Cologne (Musik der Zeit)[13] electronic music
Stravinsky, Igor In memoriam Dylan Thomas 1954-09-20   Los Angeles (Monday Evening Concerts) Robinson, Baker, Babitz, Figelski, Neikrug, Bohannon, Howard, Ulyate, ZeldinCraft[22][23]
Thomson, Virgil Concerto for Flute, Strings, Harp and Percussion 1954-09-17   Venice (Biennale) La Fenice PhilharmonicSanzogno[24]
Varèse, Edgard Déserts 1954-12-02   Paris Henry / French Radio National OrchestraScherchen[25]
Vaughan Williams, Ralph Tuba Concerto 1954-06-13   London Catelinet / London SymphonyBarbirolli[26]
Villa-Lobos, Heitor Odisseia de uma raça, symphonic poem 1954-05-30   Haifa (ISCM Festival) Israel PhilharmonicTaube[27]
Villa-Lobos, Heitor Rudá (Dio d'amore), symphonic poem and ballet 1954-08-30   Paris French Radio National OrchestraVilla-Lobos[28]
Villa-Lobos, Heitor String Quartet No. 14 1954-08-11   Ann Arbor Stanley Quartet[29]

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Witold Lutoslawski in 1952/53. The Concerto for Orchestra launched his international career

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ReferencesEdit

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