Billboard Top Hits

Top Hit Singles

                    Weeks                                        
            Peaked   on                                          
Debut Date    at    Chart           Title (Label & No.)          
----------  ------  -----  --------------------------------------
07/18/1960     2      18   Walk, Don't Run (Dolton 25)           
10/31/1960    15      13   Perfidia (Dolton 28)                  
01/23/1961    29       9   Ram-Bunk Shush (Dolton 32)            
04/24/1961    69       5   Lullaby of the Leaves (Dolton 41)     
08/26/1961    83       3   "Silver City" (Dolton 44)             
10/23/1961    54       6   Blue Moon (Dolton 47)                 
08/04/1962    61       7   Lolita Ya-Ya (Dolton 60)              
12/29/1962    91       4   The 2,000 Pound Bee Part 2 (Dolton 67)
07/11/1964     8      11   Walk, Don't Run '64(Dolton 96)        
10/24/1964    35       7   Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Dolton 300)
01/30/1965    70       3   Diamond Head (Dolton 303)             
02/26/1966    54       7   Secret Agent Man (Dolton 316)         
03/08/1969     4      14   Hawaii Five-O (Liberty 56068)         
06/28/1969    83       5   "A Summer Place" (Liberty 56115)      
Other Statistics
  • The Ventures rank #379 among the Top 500 Artists on the singles chart.

  • The Ventures rank #4 among the Top Instrumental Artists on the singles chart, behind Duane Eddy, Bill Black's Combo, and Booker T & the MGs.

Source: Billboard's Top Pop Singles 1955-1993 by Joel Whitburn, Record Research Inc., 1994.

Top Hit Albums

                    Weeks                                                   
            Peaked   on                                                     
Debut Date    at    Chart                 Title (Label & No.)               
----------  ------  -----  -------------------------------------------------
12/05/1960    11      37   Walk, Don't Run (Dolton 8003)                    
06/26/1961    39      14   Another Smash (Dolton 8006)                      
09/18/1961   105      14   The Ventures (Dolton 8004)                       
10/02/1961    94      17   The Colorful Ventures (Dolton 8008)              
01/20/1962    24      29   Twist with the Ventures (Dolton 8010)            
05/19/1962    40      11   Twist Party, Vol. 2 (Dolton 8014)                
08/11/1962    45      12   Mashed Potatoes & Gravy (Dolton 8016)            
11/24/1962    93       8   Going to the Ventures' Dance Party (Dolton 8017) 
01/05/1963     8 *    40   Ventures Play Telstar & Lonely Bull (Dolton 8019)
05/04/1963    30      28   Surfing (Dolton 8022)                            
06/01/1963    91       8   Bobby Vee Meets the Ventures (Liberty 7289)      
06/08/1963   101      14   Play Country Classics (Dolton 8023)              
08/31/1963    30      33   Let's Go (Dolton 8024)                           
01/25/1964    27      18   Ventures in Space (Dolton 8027)                  
07/18/1964    32      19   The Fabulous Ventures (Dolton 8029)              
10/10/1964    17      24   Walk, Don't Run, Vol. 2 (Dolton 8031)            
02/13/1965    31      24   Knock Me Out (Dolton 8033)                       
06/19/1965    27      30   The Ventures on Stage (Dolton 8035)              
08/07/1965    96      13   Play Guitar with the Ventures (Dolton 16501)     
09/25/1965    16      35   The Ventures A Go-Go (Dolton 8037)               
02/12/1966    33      22   Where the Action Is (Dolton 8040)                
03/05/1966    42      21   Play the Batman Theme (Dolton 8042)              
06/11/1966    39      25   Go with the Ventures (Dolton 8045)               
09/17/1966    33      26   Wild Things! (Dolton 8047)                       
02/18/1967    57      26   Guitar Freakout (Dolton 8050)                    
06/03/1967    69      15   Super Psychedelics (Liberty 8052)                
09/02/1967    50 *    44   Golden Greats (Liberty 8053)                     
12/23/1967    55      21   $1,000,000 Weekend (Liberty 8054)                
05/25/1968   169       6   Flights of Fantasy (Liberty 8055)                
08/24/1968   128       9   The Horse (Liberty 8057)                         
01/18/1969   157      14   Underground Fire (Liberty 8059)                  
05/10/1969    11 *    24   Hawaii Five-O (Liberty 8061)                     
12/13/1969    81      12   Swamp Rock (Liberty 8062)                        
03/14/1970   154       5   More Golden Greats (Liberty 8060)                
10/10/1970    91      21   10th Anniversary Album (Liberty 35000)           
01/15/1972   195       3   Theme from "Shaft" (United Art. 5547)            
03/18/1972   146       3   Joy: Play Classics (United Art. 5575)            
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* = Gold Album                                                              
Other Statistics
  • "The Ventures' Christmas Album" (Dolton 8038) debuted on the Christmas Album Chart on 12/11/1965, peaked at #9, and stayed on the chart for 9 weeks. It reached #32 in the 1966 chart, #32 again in 1967, and #15 in 1969.

  • The Ventures rank #26 among the Top 500 Artists on the all-time albums chart. The top five are Elvis, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Johnny Mathis, and Barbara Streisand.

  • The Ventures rank #6 among the Top 20 Artists on the 1960s albums chart, behind The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ray Conniff, and Ray Charles.

  • The Ventures rank #20 among artists with the Most Charted Albums with 37. The top five are Elvis (93), Frank Sinatra (69), Johnny Mathis (64), Ray Conniff (49), and James Brown (49).

Source: Billboard's Top Pop Albums 1955-1996 by Joel Whitburn, Record Research Inc., 1997.

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