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100 Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Songs of the '50s

Criteria: - Songs listed are from Rock and Roll and related sub-genres. These songs are ranked based upon their initial and lasting popularity, as well as their influence & impact on the evolution of Rock 'n' Roll and its sub-genres.

Newly added names are in Red

Edited By: Bruce
Last Updated: 1-03-08



100 Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Songs of the 50s
 100 Greatest Songs by Year | 1950 | 1951 | 1952 | 1953 | 1954 | 1955 | 1956 | 1957 | 1958 | 1959   
  1. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
  2. Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
  3. Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
  4. Tutti-Frutti - Little Richard
  5. Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On - Jerry Lee Lewis
  6. What'd I Say - Ray Charles
  7. Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran
  8. Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
  9. Long Tall Sally - Little Richard
10. That'll Be The Day - Buddy Holly & the Crickets
11. Maybellene - Chuck Berry
12. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
13. Shake, Rattle And Roll - Joe Turner
14. Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
15. Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
16. Bye Bye Love - Everly Brothers
17. Great Balls Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
18. Earth Angel - Penguins
19. Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
20. Good Golly Miss Molly - Little Richard
21. Be-Bop-A-Lula - Gene Vincent & the Bluecaps
22. School Day - Chuck Berry
23. Rock And Roll Music - Chuck Berry
24. Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly
25. Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price
26. Lucille - Little Richard
27. Roll Over Beethoven - Chuck Berry
28. In The Still Of The Nite - Five Satins
29. I Only Have Eyes For You - Flamingos
30. For Your Precious Love - Jerry Butler & the Impressions
31. Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
32. Please, Please, Please - James Brown & the Famous Flames
33. Sh-Boom - Chords
34. Money Honey - Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
35. I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two
36. Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley
37. Fever - Little Willie John
38. The Great Pretender - Platters
39. Ain't It A Shame - Fats Domino
40. That's All Right - Elvis Presley with Scotty and Bill
41. Your Cheatin' Heart - Hank Williams
42. Sweet Little Sixteen - Chuck Berry
43. The Train Kept-A-Rollin - Johnny Burnette Trio
44. Come Go With Me - Del-Vikings
45. Let The Good Times Roll - Shirley & Lee
46. Rip It Up - Little Richard
47. Rocking Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu - Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns
48. Pledging My Love - Johnny Ace
49. Sixty Minute Man - Dominoes
50. Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston
51. Yakety Yak - Coasters
52. All Shook Up - Elvis Presley
53. Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two
54. Searchin' - Coasters
55. You Send Me - Sam Cooke
56. Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin
57. Wake Up Little Susie - Everly Brothers
58. Susie Q - Dale Hawkins
59. La Bamba - Ritchie Valens
60. Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite - Spaniels
61. I've Got A Woman - Ray Charles
62. I'm Walkin' - Fats Domino
63. There Goes My Baby - Drifters
64. Shout - Isley Brothers
65. White Christmas - Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
66. Keep A 'Knockin' - Little Richard
67. Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison
68. Poison Ivy - Coasters
69. Since I Don't Have You - Skyliners
70. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) - Hank Williams
71. Money - Barrett Strong
72. Speedoo - Cadillacs
73. Rumble - Link Wray
74. Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson
75. Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes - Chuck Willis
76. Sea Cruise - Frankie Ford
77. Rave On - Buddy Holly
78. Work With Me Annie - Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
79. Shake, Rattle And Roll - Bill Haley & His Comets
80. Sincerely - Moonglows
81. Crying In The Chapel - Sonny Til & the Orioles
82. Story Untold - Nutmegs
83. My Babe - Little Walter
84. At My Front Door - El Dorados
85. Gee - Crows
86. Matchbox - Carl Perkins
87. C.C. Rider - Chuck Willis
88. Only You - Platters
89. All I Have To Do Is Dream - Everly Brothers
90. Send Me Some Lovin' - Little Richard
91. At The Hop - Danny & the Juniors
92. Little Darlin' - Diamonds
93. Rock-in Robin - Bobby Day
94. Honky Tonk - Bill Doggett
95. Blue Monday - Fats Domino
96. Jim Dandy - Lavern Baker
97. Reelin And Rocking - Chuck Berry
98. Rebel Rouser - Duane Eddy
99. Love Potion No. 9 - Clovers
100. Chantilly Lace - Big Bopper

101. Oh Boy! - Buddy Holly & the Crickets
102. Get A Job - Silhouettes
103. Book Of Love - Monotones
104. C'mon Everybody - Eddie Cochran
105. Do You Want To Dance - Bobby Freeman
106. Willie And The Hand Jive - Johnny Otis Show
107. You're So Fine - Falcons
108. Handy Man - Jimmy Jones
109. Sea Of Love - Phil Phillips with the Twilights
110. Breathless - Jerry Lee Lewis
111. Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
112. Tequila - Champs
113. It's Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty
114. Have Mercy Baby - Dominoes
115. Maybe Baby - Buddy Holly & the Crickets
116. Young Blood - Coasters
117. Little Bitty Pretty One - Thurston Harris
118. Not Fade Away - Buddy Holly & the Crickets
119. The Fat Man - Fats Domino
120. Baby Let's Play House - Elvis Presley with Scotty and Bill
121. Mystery Train - Elvis Presley with Scotty and Bill
122. Tweedlee Dee - LaVern Baker
123. One Mint Julep - Clovers
124. Shake A Hand - Faye Adams
125. Honey Hush - Joe Turner
126. Tears On My Pillow - Little Anthony & the Imperials
127. Oh What A Nite - Dells
128. My Prayer - Platters
129. Dizzy Miss Lizzy - Larry Williams
130. Who Do You Love - Bo Diddley
131. Brown-Eyed Handsome Man - Chuck Berry
132. Ready Teddy - Little Richard
133. Honey Don't - Carl Perkins
134. I'm In Love Again - Fats Domino
135. Little Girl Of Mine - Cleftones
136. A Thousand Miles Away - Heartbeats
137. Tear It Up - Johnny Burnette Trio
138. Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley
139. Drown In My Own Tears - Ray Charles
140. I Put A Spell On You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
141. Love Is Strange - Mickey & Sylvia
142. I'm A Man - Bo Diddley
143. Unchained Melody - Al Hibbler
144. See You Later, Alligator - Bill Haley & His Comets
145. Around And Around - Chuck Berry
146. Don't You Just Know It - Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns
147. One Night - Elvis Presley
148. Carol - Chuck Berry
149. What Am I Living For - Chuck Willis
150. Sixteen Candles - Crests
151. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Platters
152. Bird Dog - Everly Brothers
153. Baby What You Want Me To Do - Jimmy Reed
154. A Teenager In Love - Dion & the Belmonts
155. Splish Splash - Bobby Darin
156. I'm Ready - Fats Domino
157. I Wonder Why - Dion & the Belmonts
158. Charlie Brown - Coasters
159. Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay - Danny & the Juniors
160. Back In The U.S.A. - Chuck Berry
161. Come Softly To Me - Fleetwoods
162. Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin
163. Night Train - Jimmy Forrest
164. When You Dance - Turbans
165. The Wallflower - Etta James
166. Whole Lotta Loving - Fats Domino
167. Flip, Flop And Fly - Joe Turner
168. (Night Time Is) The Right Time - Ray Charles
169. Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean - Ruth Brown
170. Good Rocking Tonight - Elvis Presley with Scotty and Bill
171. Come On Let's Go - Ritchie Valens
172. Walking After Midnight - Patsy Cline
173. I'm A King Bee - Slim Harpo
174. Got My Mojo Working - Muddy Waters
175. Goodnight My Love - Jessie Belvin
176. Day-O (Banana Boat Song) - Harry Belafonte
177. Stranded In The Jungle - Cadets
178. I Just Want To Make Love To You - Muddy Waters
179. Hearts Of Stone - Charms
180. Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms
181. Too Much - Elvis Presley
182. Diana - Paul Anka
183. Dedicated To The One I Love - Shirelles
184. Silhouettes - Rays
185. Honey Love - Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
186. Lovey Dovey - Clovers
187. Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters
188. Dust My Broom - Elmore James
189. Dream Lover - Bobby Darin
190. It's Late - Ricky Nelson
191. Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny
192. Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson
193. Don't Let Go - Roy Hamilton
194. Sweet Nothin's - Brenda Lee
195. Fannie Mae - Buster Brown
196. Hey Little Girl - Dee Clark
197. Short Fat Fannie - Larry Williams
198. The Wind - Diablos
199. Rock Island Line - Lonnie Donegan
200. Harlem Nocturne - Viscounts


Johnny B. Goode


Jailhouse Rock


Rock Around The Clock


Tutti-Frutti


Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On


Summertime Blues


That'll Be The Day


Shake, Rattle And Roll

Blue Suede Shoes


Bye Bye Love


Earth Angel


I'm Walkin' - Fats Domino





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