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Fats Domino's Biggest Billboard Hits: From 'Ain't That a Shame' to 'Blueberry Hill' & More

The rock pioneer, pianist and singer-songwriter died Oct. 24 at the age of 89.

Fats Domino was, and continues to be, one of the most essential figures in rock and roll history, breaking into the mainstream in the early 1950s with his blend of rock, jazz and R&B from his home in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward.

The pioneer, who died Tuesday morning (Oct. 25) at age 89, tallied 45 total entries on the Billboard Hot 100, plus 22 on pre-Hot 100 charts, before the ranking's debut on Aug. 4, 1958. (Prior to the Hot 100's inception, Billboard presented separate pop singles charts based on sales, radio and jukebox plays, respectively.) Combining Domino's hits before and after the Hot 100's launch, he earned 11 total top 10s, beginning in 1955; see the list below.

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Fats Domino first appeared on a Billboard pop singles chart on July 16, 1955, when "Ain't That a Shame," which was listed as "Ain't It a Shame," debuted at No. 14.

(After the Hot 100 began, Domino tallied four top 10s: "Whole Lotta Loving," a No. 6 hit in 1959; "I Want to Walk You Home," No. 8, 1959; "Be My Guest," No. 8, 1959; and "Walking to New Orleans," No. 6, 1960.)

The artist born Antoine Dominique Domino Jr., on Feb. 26, 1928, in New Orleans, became synonymous with the city he lived in. He began playing local bars at age 14 and remained in the city throughout his life. Among his many accolades, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the inaugural 1986 class; earned the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987; and received a National Medal of Arts from President Bill Clinton in 1998.

Domino also earned 61 entries on Billboard's main R&B singles charts (before and after the 1958 creation of what is now called Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs), 39 of which hit the top 10. Among those, nine rose to No. 1. He first charted in 1950 with "The Fat Man," which reached No. 2.

In honor of the late legend, here is a look at Domino's 11 top 10s on both the Hot 100 and pre-Hot 100 charts, ranked in chronological order:

Title, Peak Position, Peak Date

"Ain't That a Shame," No. 10, July 16, 1955

"I'm in Love Again," No. 3, April 28, 1956

"Blueberry Hill," No. 2, Oct. 6, 1956

"Blue Monday," No. 5, Jan 5, 1957

"I'm Walkin'," No. 4, March 9, 1957

"It's You I Love," No. 6, May 27, 1957

"Valley of Tears," No. 6, May 13, 1957

"Whole Lotta Loving," No. 6, Nov. 17, 1958

"I Want to Walk You Home," No. 8, Aug. 10, 1959

"Be My Guest," No. 8, Oct. 26, 1959

"Walking to New Orleans," No. 6, June 20, 1960