100 Greatest Songs From 1951

Criteria: These songs from 1951 were chosen and ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, and on their impact on the overall scope of musical history.
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.

Dominoes - Sixty Minute Man - printed item
Rocket 88 by Jackie Brenston
Johnnie Ray - Cry
Howlin' Wolf - chess records - printed item
Glory Of Love by the Five Keys
Charles Brown - Black Night
The Clovers - Don't You Know I Love You
The Clovers - Fool, Fool, Fool
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 / Tony Bennett / Dinah Washington
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
11 It Ain't The Meat Swallows
12 Chains Of Love Joe Turner
13 Black Night Charles Brown
14 I'm In The Mood John Lee Hooker
15 I Can't Help It Hank Williams
16 Booted Rosco Gordon
17 Fool, Fool, Fool Clovers
18 Don't You Know I Love You Clovers
19 How Many More Years Howlin' Wolf
20 Lovin' Machine Wynonie Harris
21 The Train Kept A'Rollin' Tiny Bradshaw
22 I Got Loaded Peppermint Harris
23 My Baby Left Me Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
24 Still A Fool Muddy Waters
25 Unforgettable Nat "King" Cole
26 Baby Please Don't Go Orioles
27 Bloodshot Eyes Wynonie Harris
28 Eyesight To The Blind Sonny Boy Williamson
29 Long Distance Call Muddy Waters
30 I Apologize Billy Eckstine
31 The Little White Cloud That Cried Johnnie Ray
32 Best Wishes Roy Milton
33 Flamingo Earl Bostic
34 Harbor Lights Dominoes
35 T-99 Blues Jimmy Nelson
36 Moanin' At Midnight Howlin' Wolf
37 Tend To Your Business James Wayne
38 Shouldn't I Know Cardinals
39 Dear John Hank Williams
40 Eternally Swallows
41 My Reverie Larks
42 Bar Room Blues Roy Brown
43 Eyesight To The Blind Larks
44 Where Are You (Now That I Need You) Mello-Moods
45 Will You Be Mine Swallows
46 I Am With You Dominoes
47 Pretty Baby Blues Tampa Red / Margie Day & the Griffin Brothers
48 Walking The Chalk Line Tiny Bradshaw
49 The Deacon Moves In Little Esther & the Dominoes
50 Smooth Sailing Ella Fitzgerald
51 The Blacksmith Blues Ella Mae Morse
52 On Top Of Old Smoky Weavers
53 Let's Rock A While Amos Milburn
54 I'll Wait For You Ruth Brown
55 Hey Little Girl John Godfrey Trio / Billy Wright
56 I'm Waiting Just For You Lucky Millinder (Annisteen Allen/John Carol)
57 Rockin' Chair Fats Domino
58 Big Town Roy Brown
59 Little Side Car Larks
60 I Didn't Sleep A Wink Last Night Arthur Prysock
61 Honey Bee Muddy Waters
62 Do It If You Wanna Sonny Boy Williamson
63 Rocket 88 Bill Haley & the Saddlemen
64 I Know Ruth Brown
65 Castle Rock Johnny Hodges & Big Al Sears
66 The World Is In A Tangle Jimmy Rogers
67 Don't Take Your Love Away From Me Joe Morris (Laurie Tate)
68 I'm Gonna Dig Myself A Hole Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
69 I'm A Night Owl Lowell Fulson
70 Cherokee Boogie Moon Mullican
71 Junco Partner James Wayne
72 Dearest Swallows
73 Got You On My Mind John Greer
74 Don't You Lie To Me Fats Domino
75 Good Rockin' Man Roy Brown
76 Slow Poke Pee Wee King
77 Out In The Cold Again Dinah Washington & the Ravens
78 The Chill Is On Joe Turner
79 Seven Long Days Charles Brown
80 All That Wine Is Gone Big Jay McNeely (Three Dots & a Dash)
81 Baby, We're Really In Love Hank Williams
82 The Wrong Yo-Yo Piano Red
83 Weepin' And Cryin' Griffin Brothers (Tommy Brown)
84 Money Blues Camille Howard
85 My Real Gone Rocket Jackie Brenston
86 Stacked Deck Billy Wright
87 It's Later Than You Think Roy Milton
88 Jesus Gave Me Water Soul Stirrers
89 Heart And Soul Four Buddies
90 All Nite Long Johnny Otis
91 Hold Me, Squeeze Me Orioles
92 What A Fool I Was Percy Mayfield
93 Walk That Mess Tiny Bradshaw
94 Rockin' And Rollin' Lil' Son Jackson
95 I Miss You So Orioles
96 Beautician Blues Roy Brown
97 Bee's Boogie Smiley Lewis
98 Good Lovin' H-Bomb Ferguson
99 Every Hour Little Richard
100 My Summer's Gone Four Buddies
20 more worth mentioning.
101 Bump Miss Susie Joe Turner
102 Shine On Ruth Brown
103 Tired Of Crying Fats Domino
104 Lonesome Whistle Hank Williams
105 I'm Gonna Move Across The River Brownie McGhee
106 One Monkey Don't Stop The Show Sticks McGhee
107 J.L. House Rent Boogie John Lee Hooker
108 Juiced Jackie Brenston
109 The Thrill Is Gone Roy Hawkins
110 Taxi Blues Little Richard
111 Mellow Blues Sonny Thompson
112 Ring-A-Ding Doo Little Esther & Mel Walker
113 Saddled The Cow (And Milked The Horse) Rosco Gordon
114 I Won't Cry Anymore Dinah Washington
115 Hucklebuck With Jimmy Five Keys
116 Go! Go! Go! Treniers
117 I've Been Lost Little Willie Littlefield (Lora Wiggins)
118 Let Your Tears Fall, Baby Big Mama Thornton
119 Hot-Rod Shotgun Boogie No. 2 Tillman Franks (Faron Young)
120 Sweet Slumber Four Buddies
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1951
Bruce's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1951
* She's Dynamite Tampa Red
Adam's Choice:
* No! Says My Heart Dominoes

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