Top R&B Hits of 1950 - 1969
From wsuonline (based on Year End R&B Chart summaries - probably The Billboard year-end issues).
Note: By the looks on some of the charts only one specific year of popularity (year-end charts) is counted
- since singles who charted over a year-shift are underrated and sometimes even appear twice.

Top Rhythm & Blues Singles Of 1950
1. PINK CHAMPAGNE - Joe Liggins (Specialty)
2. DOUBLE CROSSING BLUES Johnny Otis, Little Esther, The Robins (Savoy)
3. I NEED YOU SO - Ivory Joe Hunter (MGM)
4. HARD LUCK BLUES - Roy Brown (DeLuxe)
5, CUPID BOOGlE - Little Esther, Johnny Otis, Mel Walker (Savoy)
6, I ALMOST LOST MY MIND - Ivory Joe Hunter (MGM)
7. WELL, OH, WELL - Tiny Bradahaw (King)
8. BLUE LIGHT BOOGIE - Louis Jordan (Decca)
9. FOR YOU MY LOVE - Larry Darnell (Regal)
10. MISTRUSTIN' BLUES - Johnny Otis, Little Esther (Savoy)
11. EVERYDAY I HAVE THE BLUES - Lowell Fulson (Swingtime)
12. BLUE SHADOWS - Lowell Fulson (Swingtime)
13. ANYTIME, ANYPLACE, ANYWHERE - Joe Morris (Atlantic)
14. WHY DO THINGS HAPPEN TO ME'? - Roy Hawkins (Modern)
15. MONA LISA - King Cole Trio (Capitol)
16. I WANNA BE LOVED - Dinah Washinton (Mercury)
17. PLEASE SEND ME SOMEONE TO LOVE - Percy Mayfield (Specialty)
15. I LOVE MY BABY - Larry Darnell (Regal)
19. SATURDAY NIGHT FISH FRY - Louis Jordan (Decca)
20. CRY, CRY, CRY - Ed Wiley (Sittin' In)
21. TEARDROPS FROM MY EYES - Ruth Brown (Atlantic)
22. LOVE DON'T LOVE NOBODY- Roy Brown (DeLuxe)
23. THE FAT MAN - Fats Domino (Imperial)
24. MY BABY'S GONE - Charles Brown (Aladdin)
25. INFORMATION BLUES Roy Milton (Specialty)
26. I'M YOURS TO KEEP - Herb Fisher (Modern)
27. IT ISN'T FAIR - Dinah Washington (Mercury)
28. I'LL GET ALONG SOMEHOW - Larry Darnell (Regal)
29. BAD, BAD WHISKEY - Amos Milburn (Aladdin)
30. DECEIVIN' BLUES - Johnny Otis, Little Esther, Mel Walker (Savoy)
Top Rhythm & Blues Singles Of 1951
1. SIXTY MINUTE MAN - Dominoes (Federal)
2. BLACK NIGHT - Charles Brown (Aladdin)
3. TEARDROPS FROM MY EYES - Ruth Brown (Atlantic)
4. CHAINS OF LOVE - Joe Turner (Atlantic)
5. DON'T YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU - Clovers (Atlantic)
6. PLEASE SEND ME SOMEONE TO LOVE - Percy Mayfield (Specialty)
7. I'M WAITING JUST FOR YOU - Lucky Millinder (King)
8. GLORY OF LOVE - Five Keys (Aladdin)
9. ROCKET 88 - Jackie Brenston (Chess)
10. ROCKIN' BLUES - Johnny Otis, Mel Walker (Savoy)
11. BAD, BAD WHISKEY - Amos Milburm (Aladdin)
12. FOOL, FOOL, FOOL - Clovers (Atlantic)
13. LOST LOVE - Percy Mayfield (Specialty)
14. I'M IN THE MOOD - John Lee Hooker (Modern)
15. I GOT LOADED - "Peppermint" Harris (Aladdin)
16. ANYTIME, ANYPLACE, ANYWHERE - Joe Morris (Atlantic)
17. TOO YOUNG - Nat (King) Cole (Capitol)
18. RED'S BOGGlE - Piano Red (Victor)
19. SEVEN LONG DAYS - Charles Brown (Aladdin)
20. DO SOMETHING FOR ME - Dominoes (Federal)
21. DON'T TAKE YOUR LOVE FROM ME - Joe Morris (Atlantic)
22. I APOLOGIZE - Billy Eckstine (MGM)
23. TEND TO YOUR BUSINESS - James Wayne (Specialty)
24. SMOOTH SAILING - Ella Fitagerald (Dacce)
25. I WILL WAIT - Pour Buddies (Savoy)
26. BECAUSE OF YOU - Tab Smith (United)
27. GEE, BABY - Johnny Otis & Mel Walker (Savoy)
28. "T" 99 BLUES - Jimmie Nelson (RPM)
29. BABY, LET ME HOLD YOUR HAND - Ray Charles (Swingtine)
30. FLAMINGO - Earl Bestic (King)
Top Rhythm & Blues Singles Of 1952
1. LAWDY, MISS CLAWDY - Lloyd Price (Specialty)
2. HAVE MERCY, BABY - Dominoes (Federal)
3. 5-10-15 HOURS - Ruth Brown (Atlantic)
4. GOIN' HOME - Pats Domino (Imperial)
5. NIGHT TRAIN - Jimmy Forrest (United)
6. MY SONG - Johnny Ace (Duke)
7. ONE MINT JULEP - Clovers (Atlantic)
5. TING A LING - Clovers (Atlantic)
9. 3 O' CLOCK BLUES - B. B. King (RPM)
10. JUKE - Little Walter (Checker)
11. NO MORE DOGGIN' - Roscoe Gordon (RPM)
12. YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU - A. B. King (RPM)
13. MARY JO - Four Blazers (Atlantic)
14. BOOTED - Roscoe Gordon (Chess/RPM)
15. FIVE LONG YEARS - Eddie Boyd (Job)
16. HEAVENLY FATHER - Edna McGriff (Jubilee)
17. CALL OPERATOR 210 - Floyd Dixon (Aladdin)
18. FLAMINGO - Earl Bostic (King)
19. CRY - Johnnie Ray (Okeh)
20. MOODY MOOD FOR LOVE - King Pleasure (Prestige)
21. MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT - Clovers (Atlantic)
22. BEST WISHES - Roy Milton (Specialty)
23. I'LL DROWN IN MY TEARS - Sonny Thompson (King)
24. WHEEL OF FORTUNE - Sunny Gale (Derby)
25. DADDY, DADDY - Ruth Brown (Atlantic)
26. SO TIRED - Roy Milton (Specialty)
27. EASY, EASY, BABY - Varetta Dillard (Savoy)
28. I'M GONNA PLAY THE HONKY TONKS - Marie Adams (Peacock)
29. THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE DOING To ME - Dominoes (Federal)
30. FOOL, FOOL, FOOL - Clovers (Atlantic)
Top Rhythm & Blues Singles Of 1953
1. (MAMA) HE TREATS YOUR DAUGHTER MEAN - Ruth Brown (Atlantic)
2. SHAKE A HAND - Faye Adams (Herald)
3. HOUND DOG - Willie Mae Thornton (Peacock)
4. CRYING IN THE CHAPEL - Orioles (Jubilee)
5. THE CLOCK - Johnny Ace (Duke)
5. I DON'T KNOW - Willie Mabon (Chess)
7. G00D LOVIN' - Clover. (Atlantic)
8. BABY, DON'T DO IT - Five Royales (Apollo)
9. HELP ME, SOMEBODY - Five Royales (Apollo)
10. PLEASE LOVE ME - B. B. King (RPM)
11. GOING TO THE RIVER - Fats Domino (Imperial)
12. CRAWLIN' - Clovers (Atlantic)
13. LET ME GO HOME, WHISKEY - Amos Milburn (Aladdin)
14. I WANNA KNOW - Du Droppers(RCA Victor)
15. I'M MAD - Willie Mabon (Chess)
16. TOO MUCH LOVIN' - Five Royale. (Apollo)
17. SOFT - Tiny Bradshaw (King)
18. RED TOP - King Pleasure (Prestige)
19. CROSS MY HEART - Johnny Ace (Duke)
20. DON'T DECEIVE ME - Chuck Willis (Okeh)
21. HONEY HUSH - Joe Turner (Atlantic)
22. YES, I KNOW - Linda Hayes (Hollywood)
23. PLEASE DON'T LEAVE ME - Fats Domino (Imperial)
24. WILD, WILD YOUNG MEN - Ruth Brown (Atlantic)
25. ONE SCOTCH, ONE BOURBON, ONE BEER - Amos Milburm (Aladdin)
28. WOKE UP THIS MORNING - B. B. King (RPM)
27. MERCY, MR. PERCY - Varetta Dillard (Savoy)
28. DREAM GIRL - Jesse & Marvin (Specialty)
29. MONEY HONEY - Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters (Atlantic)
30. I FOUND OUT - Du Droppers (RCA Victor)
Top Rhythm & Blues Singles Of 1954
1. WORK WITH ME, ANNIE - Midmighters (Federal)
2. HONEY LOVE - Drifters (Atlantic)
3. WHAT A DREAM - Ruth Brown (Atlantic)
4. YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE - Roy Hamilton (Epic)
5. SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL  - Joe Turner (Atlantic)
6. THE THINGS THAT I USED TO DO - Guitar Slim (Specialty)
7. HURTS ME TO MY HEART - Faye Adams (Herald)
8. ANNIE HAD A BABY - Midnighters (Federal)
9. LOVEY DOVEY - Clovers (Atlantic)
10. SEXY WAYS - Midnighters (Federal)
11. MONEY HONEY - Drifters (Atlantic)
12. SH-BOOM - Chords (Cat)
13. I DIDN'T WANT TO DO IT - Spiders (Imperial)
14. I'LL BE TRUE - Faye Adams (Federal)
15. HONEY HUSH - Joe Turner (Atlantic)
16. JUST MAKE LOVE TO ME - Muddy Waters (Chess)
17. LITTLE MAMA - Clovers (Atlantic)
18. SUCH A NIGHT - Drifters (Atlantic)
19. YOU'RE STILL MY BABY - Chuck Willis (Okeb)
20. GOODNIGHT', SWEETHEART, GOODNIGHT - Spaniels (Vee Jay)
21. EBB TIDE.- Roy Hamilton (Epic)
22. I DON'T HURT ANYMORE - Dinah Washington (Mercury)
23. SAVING MY LOVE FOR YOU - Johnny Ace (Duke)
24. MAMBO BABY - Ruth Brewn (Atlantic)
25. HEARTS OF STONE - Charms (DeLuxe)
26. I'VE GOT MY EYES ON YOU - Clovers (Atlantic)
27. YOU'RE SO FINE - Little Walter (Checker)
28. GEE - Crows (Rana)
29. I'M JUST YOUR FOOL - Buddy Johnson (Mercury)
30. IF I LOVED YOU - Roy Hamilton (Epic)
Top Rhythm & Blues Singles Of 1955
1. PLEDGING MY LOVE - Johnny Ace (Duke)
2. AIN'T THAT A SHAME - Fats Domino (Imperial)
3. MAYBELLENE - Chuck Berry (Chess)
4. EARTH ANGEL - Penguins (Dootone)
5. I'VE GOT A WOMAN - Ray Charles (Atlantic)
6. WALLFLOWER - Etta James (Modern)
7. ONLY YOU - Platters (Mercury)
8. MY BABE - Little Walter (Chess)
9. SINCERELY - Moonglows (Chess)
10. UNCHAINED MELODY - Roy Hamilton (Epic)
11. HEARTS OF STONE - Charms (DeLuxe)
12. TWEEDLE DEE - LaVern Baker (Atlantic)
13. EVERYDAY - Count Basie (Clef)
14. IT'S LOVE BABY - Larry Brooks (Excello)
15. FLIP, FLOP AND FLY - Joe Turner (Atlantic)
16. DON'T BE ANGRY Nappy Brown (Savoy)
17. BO DIDDLEY - Bo Diddley (Checker)
18. WHAT' CHA GONNA DO? - Drifters (Atlantic)
19. UNCHAINED MELODY - Al Hibbler (Decca)
20. STORY UNTOLD - Nutmegs (Herald)
21. SOLDIER BOY - Four Fellows (Glory)
22. I HEAR YOU KNOCKIN' - Smiley Lewis (Imperial)
23. FOOL FOR YOU - Ray Charles (Atlantic)
24. AT MY FRONT DOOR - El Dorados (Vee Jay)
25. ALL BY MYSELF - Fats Domino (Imperial)
Top Rhythm & Blues Singles Of 1956
1. HONKY TONK - Bill Doggett (King)
2. I'M IN LOVE AGAIN - Fats Domino (Imperial)
3. LONG TALL SALLY - Little Richard (Specialty)
4. FEVER - Little Willie John (King)
5. THE GREAT PRETENDER - Platters (Mercury)
6. WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE Teenagers (Gee)
7. I WANT YOU TO BE MY GIRL - Teenagers (Gee)
8. MY PRAYER - Platters (Mercury)
9. BLUE SUEDE SHOES - Carl Perkins (Sun)
10. LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL - Shirley & Lee (Aladdin)
11. RIP IT UP - Little Richard (Specialty)
12. TUTTI FRUTTI - Little Richard (Specialty)
13. DROWN IN MY OWN TEARS Ray Charles (Atlantic)
14. DON'T BE CRUEL - Elvis Presley (Victor)
15. TREASURE OF LOVE - Clyde McPhatter (Atlantic)
16. EDDIE MY LOVE - Teen Queens (RPM)
17. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE - James Brown (Federal)
18. SPEEDOO - Cadillacs (Josie)
19. HEARTBREAK HOTEL - Elvis Presley (Victor)
20. IT'S TOO LATE - Chuck Willis (Atlantic)
21. HOUND DOG -  Elvis Presley (Victor)
22. IN THE STILL OF THE NIGH' - Satins (Ember)
23. SEVEN DAYS - Drifters (Atlantic)
24. MAGIC TOUCH - Platters (Mercury)
25. BLUEBERRY HILL - Fats Domino (Imperial)
26. CORRINE CORRINA - Joe Turner (Atlantic)
27. MY BLUE HEAVEN - Fats Domino (Imperial)
25. STRANDED IN THE JUNGLE - Cadets (Moderm)
29. NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD - Little Willie John (King)
30. SLIPPIN' AND SLIDIN' - Little Richard (Specialty)
Top Rhythm & Blues Singles Of 1957
1. JAILHOUSE ROCK/TREAT ME NICE - Elvis Presley (RCA Victor)
2. SEARCHIN'/YOUNG BLOOD - Coasters (Atco)
3. YOU SEND ME - Sam Cooke (Keen)
4. WAKE UP LITTLE SUSIE - Everly Brothers (Cadence)
5. ALL SHOOK UP - Elvis Presley (RCA Victor)
6. BLUE MONDAY - Fats Domino (Imperial)
7. HONEYCOMB - Jimmie Rodgers (Roulette)
8. DIANA - Paul Anka (ABC-Paramount)
9. SILHOUETTES - Rays (Cameo)
10. COME GO WITH ME - Del Vikings (Dot)
11. I'M WALKIN' - Fats Domino (Imperial)
12. LOVE IS STRANGE - Mickey & Sylvia (Vik)
13. SEND FOR ME - Nat King Cole (Capitol)
14. SHORT FAT FANNIE - Larry Williams (Specialty)
15. SCHOOL DAY - Chuck Berry (Chess)
16. LITTLE DARLIN' - Diamonds (Mercury)
17. THAT'LL BE THE DAY - Crickets (Brunswick)
18. LUCILLE - Little Richard (Specialty)
19. WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN' GOIN' ON - Jerry Lee Lewis (Sun)
20. BLUEBERRY HILL - Fats Domino (Imperial)
21. HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABY - Tune Weavers (Checker)
22. C. C. RIDER - Chuck Willis (Atlantic)
23. MR. LEE - Bobbettes (Atlantic)
24. TEDDY BEAR/LOVING YOU - Elvis Presley (RCA Victor)
25. SINCE I MET YOU BABY - Ivory Joe Hunter (Atlantic)
26. SO RARE - Jimmy Dorsey (Fraternity)
27. JIM DANDY - LaVern Baker (Atlantic)
28. HONKY TONK (Parts 1 & 2) - Bill Doggett (King)
29. LITTLE BITTY PRETTY ONE - Thurston Harris (Aladdin)
30. BE-BOP BABY - Ricky Nelson (Imperial)
Top Rhythm & Blues Singles Of 1958
1. WHAT AM I LIVING FOR/HANG UP MY ROCK & ROLL SHOES - Chuck Willis (Atlantic)
2. ROCK-IN' ROBIN - Bobby Day (Class)
3. DON'T/I BEG OF YOU - Elvis Presley (RCA Victor)
4. LOOKING BACK/DO I LIKE IT - Nat King Cole (Capitol)
3. ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM - Everly Brothers (Cadence)
6. IT'S ALL IN THE GAME - Tommy Edwards (Dot)
7. JUST A DREAM - Jimmy Clanton (Ace)
8. YAKETY YAK - Coasters (Atee)
9. WITCH DOCTOR - David Seville (Liberty)
10. LITTLE STAR - Elegants (Apt)
11. TEQUILA - Champs (Challenge)
12. WIN YOUR LOVE FOR ME -Sam Cooke (Keen)
13. BIRD DOG/DEVOTED TO YOU - Everly Brothers (Cadence)
14. TWILIGHT TIME - Platters (Mercury)
15. MY TRUE LOVE/LEROY - Jack Scott (Carltcn)
16. AT THE HOP - Danny & the Juniors (ABC-Paramount)
17. GET A JOB Silhouettes (Ember)
18. POOR LITTLE FOOL - Ricky Nelson (Imperial)
19. TEARS ON MY PILLOW - Little Anthony & the Imperials (End)
20. PATRICIA - Prez Prado (RCA Victor)
21. TOPSY II/TOPSY I - Cozy Cole (Love)
22. SWEET LITTLE SICTEEN - Chuck Berry (Chess)
23. FOR YOUR LOVE - Ed Townsend (Capitol)
24. WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE - Johnny Otis Show (Capitol)
25. TALK TO ME, TALK TO ME - Little Willie John (King)
26. JOHNNY B. GOODE - Chuck Berry (Chess)
27. MAYBE - Chantels (End)
28. OH, JULIE - Crescendos (Nasco)
29. HE'S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS - Laurie London (Capitol)
30. DON'T LET GO - Roy Hamilton (Epic)
Top Rhythm & Blues Singles Of 1959
1. STAGGER LEE - Lloyd Price (ABC-Paramount)
2. IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TIME - Brook Benton (Mercury)
3. KANSAS CITY - Wilbert Harrison (Fury)
4. LONELY TEARDROPS - Jackie Wilson (Brunswick)
5. PERSONALITY - Lloyd Price (ABC-Paramount)
6. I CRIED A TEAR - LaVern Baker (Atlantic)
7. TRY ME (I Need You) - James Brown & the Famous Flames (Federal)
8. THERE GOES MY BABY - Drifters (Atlantic)
9. WHAT'D I SAY - Bay Charles (Atlantic)
10. THANK YOU PRETTY BABY - Brook Benton (Mercury)
11. THERE IS SOMETHING ON YOUR MIND - Big Jay McNeely (Swingin')
12. YOU'RE SO FINE - Falcons (Unart)
13. I LOVES YOU PORGY - Nina Simone (Bethlehem)
14. SO FINE - Fiestas (Old Town)
15. (NIGHT TIME IS) THE RIGHT TIME - Ray Charles (Atlantic)
16. I'M GONNA GET MARRIED - Lloyd Price (ABC-Paramount)
17. CHARLIE BROWN - Coasters (Atco)
18. SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES - Platters (Mercury)
19. POISON IVY - Coasters (Atco)
20. 16 CANDLES - Crests (Coed)
21. I WANT TO WALK YOU HOME - Fats Domino (Imperial)
22. THAT'S WHY- Jackie Wilson (Brunswick)
23. BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS - Johnny Horton (Columbia)
24. NOBODY BUT YOU - Dee Clark (Abner)
25. PRETTY GIRLS EVERYWHERE - Eugene Church (Class)
26. A LOVER'S QUESTION - Clyde McPhatter (Atlantic)
27. EVERYBODY LIKES TO CHA CHA CHA - Sam Cooke (Keen)
28. SEA OF LOVE - Phil Phillips (Mercury)
29. WHAT A DIFF'RENCE A DAY MAKES - Dinah Washington (Mercury)
30. I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU - Flamingos (End)
Top Rhythm & Blues Singles Of 1960
1. KIDDIO - Brook Benton (Mercury)
2. BABY - Brook Benton & Dinah Washington (Mercury)
3. A FOOL IN LOVE - Ike & Tina Turner (Sue)
4. THE TWIST - Chubby Checker (Parkway)
5. CHAIN GANG - San Cooke (RCA Victor)
6. MONEY - Barrett Strong (Anma)
7. LET'S GO, LET'S GO, LET'S GO - Hank Ballard & the Midnighters (King)
8. FINGER POPPIN' TIME - Rank Ballard & the Midnighters (King)
9. A WOMAN, A LOVER, A FRIEND - Jackie Wilson (Brunswick)
10. SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME - Drifters (Atlantic)
11. DOGGIN' AROUND - Jackie Wilson (Brunswick)
12. GEORGIA ON MY MIND - Ray Charles (ABC-Paramount)
13. THIS BITTER EARTH - Dinah Washington (Mercury)
14. FANNIE MAE - Buster Brown (Fire)
13. HE WILL BREAK YOUR HEART - Jerry Butler (Wee Jay)
16. A ROCKIN' GOOD WAY - Dinah Washington (Mercury)
17. MY DEAREST DARLING - Etta James (Argo)
18. WHITE SILVER SANDS - Bill Black's Combo (Hi)
19. THERE'S SOMETHING ON YOUR MIND - Bobby Marchan (Fire)
20. ALL I COULD DO WAS CRY - Etta James (Argo)
Top Rhythm & Blues Singles Of 1961
1. TOSSIN' AND TURNIN' - Bobby Lewis (Beltone)
2. IT'S GONNA WORK OUT FINE - Ike & Tina Turner (Sue)
3. DON'T CRY NO MORE - Bobby Bland (Duke)
4. HIDEAWAY - Freddy King (Federal)
5. SHOP AROUND - Miracles (Tamla)
6. MY TRUE STORY - Jive Five (Beltone)
7. I LIKE IT LIKE THAT - Chris Kenner (Instant)
8. STAND BY ME - Ben E. King (Atco)
9. MOTHER-IN-LAW - Ernie K-Doe (Minit)
10. ALL IN MY MIND - Maxine Brown (Nomar)
11. I PITY THE FOOL - Bobby Bland (Duke)
12. EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART - Pips (Wee Jay)
13. BABY, YOU'RE RIGHT - James Brown (King)
14. LAST NIGHT - Mar-Keys (Satellite)
15. FOR MY BABY - Brook Bentom (Mercury)
16. BOLL WEEVIL SONG - Brook Benton (Mercury)
17. HIT THE ROAD JACK - Ray Charles (ABC-Paramount)
18. I DON'T MIND James Brown (King)
19. YA-YA - Lee Dorsey (Fury)
20. WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW - Shirelles (Scepter)
21. ONE MINT JULEP - Ray Charles (Impulse)
22. BLUE MOON - Marcels (Colpix)
23. QUARTER TO THREE - Gary (U.S.) Bonds (LeGrand)
24. AT LAST - Etta James (Argo)
25. RAINDROPS - Dee Clark (Vee Jay)
26. PONY TIME - (hubby Checker (Parkway)
27. BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY - Jimmy Reed (Vee Jay)
28. DADDY'S HOME - Shep & the Limelites (Hull)
29. THINK TWICE Brook Benton (Mercury)
30. PLEASE MR, POSTMAN - Marvelettes (Tamla)
Top Rhythm & Blues Singles Of 1962
1. SOUL TWIST - King Curtis (Enjoy)
2. I CAN'T STOP LOVING YOU - Ray Charles (ABC/Paramount)
3. TWIST AND SHOUT - Isley brothers (Wand)
4. BRING IT ON HOME TO ME - Sam Cooke (RCA Victor)
5. LOST SOMEONE - James Brown & the Famous Flames (King)
6. MASHED POTATO TIME - Dee Dee Sharp (Cameo)
7. ANY DAY NOW - Chuck Jackson (Wand)
8, SNAP YOUR FINGERS - Joe Henderson (Todd)
9. PARTY LIGHTS - Claudine Clark (Chancellor)
10. YOU'LL LOSE A GOOD THING - Barbara Lynn (Jamie)
11. DUKE OF EARL - Gene (Duke of Earl) Chandler (Vee Jay)
12. TWISTIN' THE NIGHT AWAY - Sam Cooke (RCA Victor)
13. SOMETHING'S GOT A HOLD ON ME - Etta James (Argo)
14. I KNOW - Barbara George (AFO)
15. SOLDIER BOY - Shirelles (Scepter)
16. I NEED YOUR LOYIN' - Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford (Fire)
17. NIGHT TRAIN - James Brown & the Famous Flames (King)
18. THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU - Mary Wells (Motown)
19. THE TWIST - Chubby Checker (Parkway)
20. DON'T PLAY THAT SONG - Ben E. King (Atco)
21. LOVE LETTERS - Ketty Lester (Era)
22. LETTER FULL OF TEARS - Gladys Knight & the Pips (Fury)
23. GREEN ONIONS - Booker T. & the MG's (Stax)
24. LOCO-MOTION - Little Eva (Dimension)
25. SHERRY - Four Seasons (Vee Jay)
Top Rhythm & Blues Singles Of 1963
1. PART TIME LOVE - Little Johnny Taylor (Galaxy)
2. MOCKINGBIRD - Inez Foxx (Symbol)
3. BABY WORKOUT - Jackie Wilson (Brunswick)
4. FINGERTIPS (Part II) - Little Stevie Wonder (Tamla)
3. HEAT WAVE - Martha & the Vandellas (Gordy)
6, PRIDE AND JOY - Marvin Gaye (Tamla)
7. THE LOVE OF MY MAN - Theola Gilgore (Serock)
8. CRY BABY - Garnett Mimms & The Enchanters (United Artists)
9. YOU'VE REALLY GOT A HOLD ON ME - Miracles (Tamla)
10. HELLO STRANGER - Barbara Lewis (Atlantic)
11. JUST ONE LOOK - Doris Troy (Atlantic)
12. THE MONKEY TIME - Major Lance (Okeb)
13. THAT'S THE WAY LOVE IS - Bobby Bland (Duke)
14. OUR DAY WILL COME - Ruby & The Romantics (Kapp)
15. HE'S SO FINE - Chiffons (Laurie)
16. IF YOU WANNA BE HAPPY - Jimmy Soul (S.P.Q.R.)
17. TWO LOVERS - Mary Wells (Motown)
18. EASIER SAID THAN DONE - Essex (Roulette)
19. MICKEY'S MONKEY .- Miracles (Tamla)
20. WALK LIKE A MAN - Four Seasons (Vee Jay)
Top Rhythm & Blues Singles Of 1964
  NO R&B charts published
Top Rhythm & Blues Singles Of 1965
1. I CAN'T HELP MYSELF - Four Tops (Motown)
2, IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR - Wilson Pickett (Atlantic)
3. SHOTGUN - Jr. Walker & the All Stars (Soul)
4. I DO LOVE YOU - Billy Stewart (Chess)
5. YES, I'M READY - Barbara Mason (Arctic)
6. PAPA'S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG - James Brown (King)
7. THE TRACK OF MY TEARS - Miracles (Tamla)
8. WE'RE GONNA MAKE IT - Little Milton (Checker)
9. TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT - Solomon Burke (Atlantic)
10. I'LL BE DOGGONE - Marvin Gaye (Tamla)
11. NOTHING CAN STOP ME - Gene Chandler (Constellation)
12. DON'T MESS UP A GOOD THING - Fontella Bass & Bobby McClure (Checker)
13. MY GIRL - Temptations (Gordy)
14. STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE - Supremes (Motown)
15. OO WEE BABY I LOVE YOU - Fred Hughes (Vee Jay)
16. NOWHERE TO RUN - Martha & the Vandellas (Gordy)
17. SINCE I LOST MY BABY - Temptations (Gordy)
18. IT'S A MAN DOWN THERE - G. L. Crockett (Brothers)
19. OOO BABY BABY - Miracles (Tamla)
20. BABY I'M YOURS - Barbara Lewis (Atlantic)
21. IT'S THE SAME OLD SONG - Four Tops (Motown)
22. GOT TO GET YOU OFF MY MIND - Solomon Burke (Atlantic)
23. BACK IN MY ARMS AGAIN - Supremes (Motown)
24. AGENT OO SOUL - Edwin Starr (Ric Tic)
25. IT'S GROWING - Temptations (Gordy)
26. THE "IN" CROWD - Ramsey Lewis Trio (Cadet)
27. SHAKE - Sam Cooke (RCA Victor)
28. SITTING IN THE PARK - Billy Stewart (Chess)
29. TWINE TIME - Alvin Cash & The Crawlers (Mar-V-Lus )
30. YOU'RE GONNA MAKE ME CRY - O. V. Wright (Back Beat)
Top Rhythm & Blues Singles Of 1966
1. HOLD ON!' I'M COMIN' - Sam & Dave (Stax)
2. COOL JERK - Capitols (Karen)
3. BABY SCRATCH MY BACK - Slim Harpo (Excello)
4. AIN'T TOO PROUD TO BEG - Temptations (Gordy)
5. BAREFOOTIN' - Robert Parker (Nola)
6. 634-5789 - Wilson Pickett (Atlantic)
7. UP TIGHT - Stevie Wonder (Tamla)
8, WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge (Atlantic)
9. WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKENHEARTED - Jimmy Ruffin (Soul)
10. BEAUTY IS ONLY SKIN DEEP - Temptations (Gordy)
11. LOVES MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND - Deon Jackson (Carla)
12. KNOCK ON WOOD - Eddie Floyd (Stax)
13. LOVE IS A HURTIN' THING - Lou Rawls (Capitol)
14. OPEN THE DOOR TO YOUR HEART - Darrell Banks (Revilot)
15. DON'T MESS WITH BILL - Mervelettes (Tamla)
16. I LOVE YOU 1000 TIMES - Platters (Mercury)
17. SUNNY - Bobby Hebb (Philips)
18. WADE IN THE WATER - Ramsey Lewis (Cadet)
19. (I'M A) ROAD RUNNER - Jr. Walker & the All Stars (Soul)
20. GOING TO A GO-GO - Miracles (Tamla)
21. REACH OUT, I'LL BE THERE - Four Tops (Motown)
22. LET'S GO GET STONED - Ray Charles (ABC)
23. THE DUCK - Jackie Lee (Mirwood)
24. YOU CAN'T HURRY LOVE - Supremes (Motown)
25. B-A-B-Y - Carla Thomas (Stax)
Top Rhythm & Blues Singles Of 1967
1. RESPECT - Aretha Franklin (Atlantic)
2. SOUL MAN - Sam & Dave (Stax)
3. I NEVER LOVED A MAN THE WAY I LOVE YOU - Aretha Franklin (Atlantic)
4. MAKE ME YOURS - Bettye Swann (Money)
5. I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER - Stevie Wonder (Tamla)
6. COLD SWEAT - James Brown & the Famous Flames (King)
7. ARE YOU LONELY FOR ME - Freddie Scott (Shout)
8. TELL IT LIKE IT IS - Aaron Neville (Parlo)
9. SWEET SOUL MUSIC - Arthur Conley (Atco)
10. (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER - Jackie Wilson (Brunswick)
Top Rhythm & Blues Singles Of 1968
1. SAY IT LOUD--I'M BLACK AND I'M PROUD - James Brown (King)
2. SLIP AWAY - Clarence Carter (Atlantic)
3. (SITTIN' ON THE) DOCK OF THE BAY - Otis Redding (Volt)
4. GRAZING IN THE GRASS - Hugh Masekela (Uni)
5. YOU'RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (Tamla)
6. STAY IN MY CORNER - Dells (Cadet)
7. WE'RE A WINNER - Impressions (ABC)
8. I WISH IT WOULD RAIN - Temptations (Gordy)
9. TIGHTEN UP - Archie Bell & the Drells (Atlantic)
10. LOVER'S HOLIDAY - Peggy Scott & JoJo Benson (SSS International)
11. (SWEET SWEET BABY) SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE - Aretha Franklin (Atlantic)
12. THINK - Aretha Franklin (Atlantic)
13. CHAIN OF FOOLS - Aretha Franklin (Atlantic)
14. COWBOYS TO GIRLS - Intruders (Gamble)
15. DANCE TO THE MUSIC - Sly & the Family Stone (Epic)
Top R&B Singles Of 1969
1. WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WIN YOUR LOVE - Jr. Walker & the All Stars (Soul)
2. I CAN'T GET NEXT TO YOU - Temptations (Gordy)
3. MOTHER POPCORN, Part I - James Brown (King)
4. TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY - Marvin Gaye (Tamla)
5. IT'S YOUR THING - Isley Brothers (T-Neck)
6. ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE - Jerry Butler (Mercury)
7. CHOKIN' KIND - Joe Simon (Sound Stage 7)
8. HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME - Sly & the Family Stone (Epic)
9. JEALOUS KIND OF FELLOW - Garland Green (Uni)
10. GRAZING IN THE GRASS - Friends of Distinction (RCA)
11. SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME - Aretha Franklin (Atlantic)
12. RUNAWAY CHILD, RUNNING WILD - Temptations (Gordy)
13. CHOICE OF COLORS - Impressions (Curton)
14. THAT'S THE WAY LOVE IS - Marvin Gaye (Tamla)
15. YOUR GOOD THING (Is About to End) - Lou Rawls (Capitol)
16. OH, WHAT A NIGHT - Dells (Cadet)

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