42. Banana Boat (Day-O) – Harry Belafonte
- #5 for 5 Weeks in 1957 (February - March)
- Best higher charting song: Too Much - Elvis Presley
- Worst higher charting song: Young Love - Tab Hunter
- Top 100 #5 Hits 1955-2004 Rank: #75
Let's briefly set aside quality indicators. Is there a non-Elvis late 50s song that has lasted as long in the popular imagination as this one? Is there a song that so singularly defines an entire branch of music (calypso) in the American consciousness? Now add in the fact that Belafonte was one of the biggest performers of the late 50s on the album chart and the fact that this song swings and is fun to sing. The production stays out of the way and lets the music go where it wants. The Tarriers far inferior version with different lyrics was also a #5 but for 1 week and it will not be higher than this.
Coming up #41 - "But then he paid us for what it was worth"