1959 (tie): ‘The Battle of New Orleans’ by Johnny Horton, ‘The Three Bells’ by The Browns


Number of weeks spent as #1: 10

Johnny Horton’s version of “The Battle of New Orleans” is a historical song that details the events from the perspective of an American soldier. “The Three Bells,” meanwhile, tells the life story of Jimmy Brown through the three church bells of his life: birth, marriage, and death. “The Three Bells” was so popular that it charted on three different Billboard charts: Hot Country Songs, the Billboard Hot 100, and Hot R&B Songs.