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Top Ten Songs Of Each Year
1950-1969

Criteria: Here are the top ten greatest songs of each year from 1950 through 1969. Songs listed are from rock and roll and related genres. These songs are ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, as well as their influence and impact on the evolution of rock and related genres. Songs are listed strictly in the year that they were originally released in. (Click the button on the right for the complete 100 list)

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Last Updated: 2007-07-31
Top Ten Songs Of Each Year 1950 - 1969
Top Ten Rock Songs of 1950
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1. The Fat Man - Fats Domino
2. Please Send Me Someone To Love - Percy Mayfield
3. Teardrops From My Eyes - Ruth Brown
4. Mona Lisa - Nat "King" Cole
5. Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page
6. Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Hank Williams
7. Mardi Gras In New Orleans - Professor Longhair
8. I'm Movin' On - Hank Snow
9. Rollin' Stone - Muddy Waters
10. Double Crossing Blues - Johnny Otis (Little Esther & the Robins)
100 Greatest Recordings of 1950
Top Ten Rock Songs of 1951
1. Sixty Minute Man - Dominoes
2. Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston
3. Dust My Broom - Elmore James
4. Cry - Johnnie Ray
5. Too Young - Nat "King" Cole
6. Cold Cold Heart - Hank Williams
7. Glory Of Love - Five Keys
8. Three O'Clock Blues - B.B. King
9. Hey Good Lookin' - Hank Williams
10. How High The Moon - Les Paul & Mary Ford
100 Greatest Recordings from 1951
Top Ten Rock Songs of 1952
1. Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price
2. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) - Hank Williams
3. Have Mercy Baby - Dominoes
4. One Mint Julep - Clovers
5. Night Train - Jimmy Forrest
6. My Song - Johnny Ace
7. Goin' Home - Fats Domino
8. Moody Mood For Love - King Pleasure
9. Juke - Little Walter
10. Baby, Don't Do It - "5" Royales
100 Greatest Recordings from 1952
Top Ten Rock Songs of 1953
1. Money Honey - Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
2. Your Cheatin' Heart - Hank Williams
3. Crying In The Chapel - Orioles
4. Gee - Crows
5. Shake A Hand - Faye Adams
6. Honey Hush - Joe Turner
7. Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean - Ruth Brown
8. Hound Dog - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton
9. Kaw-Liga - Hank Williams
10. The Things That I Used To Do - Guitar Slim
100 Greatest Recordings from 1953
Top Ten Rock Songs of 1954
1. Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
2. Shake, Rattle And Roll - Joe Turner / Bill Haley & His Comets
3. Earth Angel - Penguins
4. Sh-Boom - Chords
5. That's All Right - Elvis Presley with Scotty and Bill
6. Pledging My Love - Johnny Ace
7. Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite - Spaniels
8. I've Got A Woman - Ray Charles
9. White Christmas - Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
10. Work With Me Annie - Royals / Midnighters
100 Greatest Recordings from 1954
Top Ten Rock Songs of 1955
1. Tutti-Frutti - Little Richard
2. Maybellene - Chuck Berry
3. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
4. Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Teenagers
5. The Great Pretender - Platters
6. Ain't It A Shame - Fats Domino
7. Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two
8. Speedoo - Cadillacs
9. Story Untold - Nutmegs
10. My Babe - Little Walter
100 Greatest Recordings from 1955
Top Ten Rock Songs of 1956
1. Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
2. Long Tall Sally - Little Richard
3. Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins / Elvis Presley
4. Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
5. Be-Bop-A-Lula - Gene Vincent & the Bluecaps
6. Roll Over Beethoven - Chuck Berry
7. In The Still Of The Nite - Five Satins
8. Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
9. Please, Please, Please - James Brown & the Famous Flames
10. I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two
100 Greatest Recordings from 1956
Top Ten Rock Songs of 1957
1. Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
2. Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On - Jerry Lee Lewis
3. That'll Be The Day - Crickets
4. Bye Bye Love - Everly Brothers
5. Great Balls Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
6. School Day - Chuck Berry
7. Rock And Roll Music - Chuck Berry
8. Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly
9. Lucille - Little Richard
10. Rocking Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu - Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns
100 Greatest Recordings from 1957
Top Ten Rock Songs of 1958
1. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
2. Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran
3. Good Golly Miss Molly - Little Richard
4. For Your Precious Love - Jerry Butler & the Impressions
5. Sweet Little Sixteen - Chuck Berry
6. Yakety Yak - Coasters
7. La Bamba - Ritchie Valens
8. Since I Don't Have You - Skyliners
9. Rumble - Link Wray
10. Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson
100 Greatest Recordings from 1958
Top Ten Rock Songs of 1959
1. What'd I Say - Ray Charles
2. I Only Have Eyes For You - Flamingos
3. Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin
4. There Goes My Baby - Drifters
5 Shout - Isley Brothers
6. Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison
7. Poison Ivy - Coasters
8. Money - Barrett Strong
9. Love Potion No. 9 - Clovers
10. You're So Fine - Falcons
100 Greatest Recordings from 1959
Top Ten Rock Songs of 1960
1. Will You Love Me Tomorrow - Shirelles
2. Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles
3. Only The Lonely - Roy Orbison
4. Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go - Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
5. Stay - Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs
6. Chain Gang - Sam Cooke
7. Save The Last Dance For Me - Drifters
8. Shop Around - Miracles
9. The Twist - Chubby Checker
10. Cathy's Clown - Everly Brothers
100 Greatest Recordings from 1960
Top Ten Rock Songs of 1961
1. Stand By Me - Ben E. King
2. Crazy - Patsy Cline
3. The Wanderer - Dion
4. Runaround Sue - Dion
5. Crying - Roy Orbison
6. Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
7. Runaway - Del Shannon
8. Quarter To Three - Gary U.S. Bonds
9. It Will Stand - Showmen
10. Running Scared - Roy Orbison
100 Greatest Recordings from 1961
Top Ten Rock Songs of 1962
1. Green Onions - Booker T. & the MG's
2. Bring It On Home To Me - Sam Cooke
3. You've Really Got A Hold On Me - Miracles
4. The Loco-Motion - Little Eva
5. Sherry - Four Seasons
6. I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles
7. Up On The Roof - Drifters
8. Twist And Shout - Isley Brothers
9. These Arms Of Mine - Otis Redding
10. Do You Love Me - Contours
100 Greatest Recordings from 1962
Top Ten Rock Songs of 1963
1. Louie Louie - Kingsmen
2. She Loves You - Beatles
3. I Want To Hold Your Hand - Beatles
4. Be My Baby - Ronettes
5. I Saw Her Standing There - Beatles
6. Surfin' USA - Beach Boys
7. Glad All Over - Dave Clark Five
8. It's All Right - Impressions
9. Blowin' In The Wind - Bob Dylan / Peter Paul & Mary
10. Please Please Me - Beatles
100 Greatest Recordings from 1963
Top Ten Rock Songs of 1964
1. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling - Righteous Brothers
2. My Girl - Temptations
3. You Really Got Me - Kinks
4. House Of The Rising Sun - Animals
5. Where Did Our Love Go - Supremes
6. I Get Around - Beach Boys
7. Dancing In The Street - Martha & the Vandellas
8. Oh, Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
9. A Hard Day's Night - Beatles
10. She's Not There - Zombies
100 Greatest Recordings from 1964
Top Ten Rock Songs of 1965
1. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
2. Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
3. In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
4. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag - James Brown
5. My Generation - The Who
6. Mr. Tambourine Man - Byrds / Bob Dylan
7. Yesterday - Beatles
8. The Sounds Of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
9. Ticket To Ride - Beatles
10. The Tracks Of My Tears - Miracles
100 Greatest Recordings from 1965
Top Ten Rock Songs of 1966
1. Good Vibrations - Beach Boys
2. When A Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge
3. Reach Out, I'll Be There - Four Tops
4. Gimme Some Lovin' - Spencer Davis Group
5. Ain't Too Proud To Beg - Temptations
6. Eight Miles High - Byrds
7. For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
8. Paint It Black - Rolling Stones
9. You Keep Me Hangin' On - Supremes
10. Wild Thing - Troggs
100 Greatest Recordings from 1966
Top Ten Rock Songs of 1967
1. Respect - Aretha Franklin
2. Light My Fire - Doors
3. Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream
4. Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
5. A Day In The Life - Beatles
6. Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum
7. Somebody To Love - Jefferson Airplane
8. Soul Man - Sam & Dave
9. Strawberry Fields Forever - Beatles
10. Nights In White Satin - Moody Blues
100 Greatest Recordings from 1967
Top Ten Rock Songs of 1968
1. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
2. Hey Jude - Beatles
3. All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
4. Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
5. Mony Mony - Tommy James & the Shondells
6. Jumpin' Jack Flash - Rolling Stones
7. Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf
8. White Room - Cream
9. Sympathy For The Devil - Rolling Stones
10. Revolution - Beatles
100 Greatest Recordings from 1968
Top Ten Rock Songs of 1969
1. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
2. Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival
3. I Want You Back - Jackson 5
4. Honky Tonk Women - Rolling Stones
5. Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
6. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - Crosby, Stills & Nash
7. Dazed And Confused - Led Zeppelin
8. Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
9. Come Together - Beatles
10. I Can't Get Next To You - Temptations
100 Greatest Recordings from 1969


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