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100 Greatest Songs From 1956

Criteria: - These records were chosen and ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, and on their impact on the overall scope of musical history.
Edited By: Bruce
1956
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2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009    
2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 |
Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release).
Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.

No. Song Artist
Greatest Songs '50s
Greatest Artists '50s
Greatest Albums '50s



































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 & the Tennessee Two
11 Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley
12 Fever Little Willie John
13 The Train Kept-A-Rollin Johnny Burnette Trio
14 Come Go With Me Del-Vikings
15 Let The Good Times Roll Shirley & Lee
16 Rip It Up Little Richard
17 Honky Tonk Bill Doggett
18 Blue Monday Fats Domino
19 Jim Dandy Lavern Baker
20 Oh What A Nite Dells
21 My Prayer Platters
22 Who Do You Love Bo Diddley
23 Brown-Eyed Handsome Man Chuck Berry
24 Ready Teddy Little Richard
25 Honey Don't Carl Perkins
26 I'm In Love Again Fats Domino
27 Little Girl Of Mine Cleftones
28 A Thousand Miles Away Heartbeats
29 I've Got You Under My Skin Frank Sinatra
30 Tear It Up Johnny Burnette Trio
31 Drown In My Own Tears Ray Charles
32 I Put A Spell On You Screamin' Jay Hawkins
33 Love Is Strange Mickey & Sylvia
34 Goodnight My Love Jesse Belvin
35 Day-O (Banana Boat Song) Harry Belafonte
36 Stranded In The Jungle Cadets
37 Slippin' And Slidin' Little Richard
38 I Promise To Remember Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
39 One Hand Loose Charlie Feathers
40 Race With The Devil Gene Vincent & the Bluecaps
41 Boppin' The Blues Carl Perkins
42 My Baby Left Me Elvis Presley
43 Smokestack Lightnin' Howlin' Wolf
44 My Blue Heaven Fats Domino
45 Ooby Dooby Roy Orbison
46 Without Love (There Is Nothing) Clyde McPhatter
47 The Girl Can't Help It Little Richard
48 Honey Hush Johnny Burnette Trio
49 Singing The Blues Guy Mitchell
50 Woman Love Gene Vincent & the Bluecaps
51 Too Much Monkey Business Chuck Berry
52 Corrine, Corrina Joe Turner
53 All Mama's Children Carl Perkins
54 Ain't Got No Home Clarence "Frogman" Henry
55 Diddy Wah Diddy Bo Diddley
56 Hallelujah I Love Her So Ray Charles
57 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You Elvis Presley
58 It's Too Late Chuck Willis
59 The Closer You Are Channels
60 You Gave Me Peace Of Mind Spaniels
61 Treasure Of Love Clyde McPhatter
62 The ABC's Of Love Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
63 Since I Met You Baby Ivory Joe Hunter
64 Bluejean Bop Gene Vincent & the Bluecaps
65 Devil Or Angel Clovers
66 Get Rhythm Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two
67 One Night Smiley Lewis
68 Party Doll Buddy Knox
69 Ruby Baby Drifters
70 You Can't Catch Me Chuck Berry
71 Rock And Roll Ruby Warren Smith
72 Crazy Arms Ray Price / Jerry Lee Lewis
73 Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind Five Keys
74 Trying To Get To You Elvis Presley
75 Up On The Mountain Magnificents
76 You've Got Me Dizzy Jimmy Reed
77 Church Bells May Ring Willows
78 (You've Got) The Magic Touch Platters
79 Candy Big Maybelle
80 Your Promise To Be Mine Drifters
81 Love Me Elvis Presley
82 I'll Be Home Flamingos
83 Share Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
84 Rubber Biscuit Chips
85 The Woo Woo Train Valentines
86 Ubangi Stomp Warren Smith
87 I Ain't Got You Billy Boy
88 The Angels Sang Solitaires
89 Please Say You Want Me Schoolboys
90 Jump, Jive An' Wail Louis Prima
91 Bottle To The Baby Charlie Feathers
92 You Ain't Treatin' Me Right Mac Curtis
93 I Want You To Be My Girl Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
94 Forty Days And Forty Nights Muddy Waters
95 Dixie Fried Carl Perkins
96 Bacon Fat Andre Williams
97 Just A Gigalo-I Ain't Got Nobody Louis Prima
98 Young Love Sonny James
99 Love Me Tender Elvis Presley
100 The Way You Look Tonight Jaguars
20 more worth mentioning.
101 The Fool Sanford Clark
102 So Long Fats Domino
103 Anyway That You Want Me Elvis Presley
104 Down In Mexico Coasters
105 Can't We Be Sweethearts Cleftones
106 Castle In The Sky Bop-Chords
107 The Girl I Love Cadillacs
108 When I'm With You Moonglows
109 Your Way Heartbeats
110 Just Walking In The Rain Johnnie Ray
111 The Flying Saucer Buchanan & Goodman
112 When My Dreamboat Comes Home Fats Domino
113 I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
114 Confidential Sonny Knight
115 Lonely Avenue Ray Charles
116 I Can't Quit You Baby Otis Rush
117 Sweet Little Angel B.B. King
118 Don't Forbid Me Pat Boone
119 The Green Door Jim Lowe
120 See Saw Moonglows
Bruce's choice - An unheralded great record from 1956
* Down At Big Mamma's House Rex Hale
Adam's choice - An unheralded great record from 1956
* Uncloudy Day Staple Singers




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