100 Greatest Songs From 1953

Criteria: These songs from 1953 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.

Money Honey - Ad
Hank Williams - Your Cheatin' Heart sheet music cover
Crying In The Chapel - Ad
Shake A Hand
Hound Dog - Willie Mae Thornton
Crazy, Man Crazy record sleve
Bear Cat - Rufus Thomas - Ad
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
11 Help Me Somebody "5" Royales
12 Going To The River Fats Domino
13 The Clock Johnny Ace
14 Please Don't Leave Me Fats Domino
15 Crazy, Man Crazy Bill Haley with Haley's Comets
16 Good Lovin' Clovers
17 I Didn't Want To Do It Spiders
18 Please Love Me B.B. King
19 Feelin' Good Little Junior's Blue Flames
20 Sunday Kind Of Love Harptones
21 One Scotch. One Bourbon, One Beer Amos Milburn
22 I'll Be True Faye Adams
23 I'm Mad Willie Mabon
24 Crawlin' Clovers
25 TV Mama Joe Turner
26 I Wanna Know Du Droppers
27 Too Much Lovin' "5" Royales
28 You're So Fine Little Walter
29 Woke Up This Morning B.B. King
30 Please Hurry Home B.B. King
31 Laundromat Blues "5" Royales
32 Mess Around Ray Charles
33 Bear Cat Rufus Thomas
34 Crazy, Crazy, Crazy "5" Royales
35 Rags To Riches Tony Bennett / Dominoes
36 Don't Deceive Me Chuck Willis
37 Blues With A Feeling Little Walter
38 24 Hours Eddie Boyd
39 Baby It's You Spaniels
40 These Foolish Things Dominoes
41 Get It Royals
42 Mercy Mr. Percy Varetta Dillard
43 Let Me Go Home, Whiskey Amos Milburn
44 Baby Doll Marvin & Johnny
45 Golden Teardrops Flamingos
46 White Cliffs Of Dover Checkers
47 Saving My Love For You Johnny Ace
48 Cross My Heart Johnny Ace
49 My Country Man Big Maybelle
50 My Saddest Hour Five Keys
51 Rose Mary Fats Domino
52 You're Still My Baby Chuck Willis
53 Soul On Fire Lavern Baker
54 I Love You So Crows
55 Mad Love Muddy Waters
56 My Man's An Undertaker Dinah Washington
57 Hittin' On Me Buddy & Ella Johnson
58 Tell Me Pretty Baby Lloyd Price
59 Drunk Jimmy Liggins
60 Just Walkin' In The Rain Prisonaires
61 You're The One Spiders
62 Marie Four Tunes
63 If I Can't Have You Flamingos
64 Let's Have A Party Amos Milburn
65 Oke-She-Moke-She-Pop Joe Turner
66 You Can't Keep A Good Man Down Dominoes
67 I Had A Notion Joe Morris
68 Ain't It A Shame Lloyd Price
69 Early In The Morning Elmore James
70 There Stands The Glass Webb Pierce
71 Caldonia's Party Smiley Lewis
72 Mystery Train Little Junior's Blue Flames
73 That's Amore Dean Martin
74 Way Back Home Big Maybelle
75 Daddy Rollin' Stone Otis Blackwell
76 Mexican Joe Jim Reeves
77 Something's Wrong Fats Domino
78 I'm Just Your Fool Buddy & Ella Johnson
79 Perfect Woman Four Blazes
80 I'll Never Tell Harptones
81 Playgirl Smiley Lewis
82 Nadine Coronets
83 Fractured Bill Haley with Haley's Comets
84 Third Degree Eddie Boyd
85 Wild Wild Young Men Ruth Brown
86 Well, I Done Got Over It Guitar Slim
87 You're Mine Crickets
88 In The Mission Of St. Augustine Orioles
89 Send For Me Big Maybelle
90 A Thousand Stars Rivileers
91 Till Then Orioles
92 The Way I Feel Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
93 She Felt Too Good Jimmy McCracklin
94 Good, Good Whiskey Amos Milburn
95 The Deacon Don't Like It Wynonie Harris
96 My Girl Awaits Me Castelles
97 Big Mamou Smiley Lewis
98 My Kind Of Woman Emitt Slay Trio
99 T.V. is the Thing Dinah Washington
100 Santa Baby Eartha Kitt
20 more worth mentioning.
101 The Comeback Memphis Slim
102 Rack 'em Back Bobby Mitchell & the Toppers
103 Teadrops On My Pillow Orioles
104 The Bells Ring Out Spaniels
105 Laugh (Though You Feel Like Crying) Swallows
106 Cherry Wine Little Esther
107 Is It A Dream Vocaleers
108 The Shrine Of St. Cecilia Royals
109 Lucy Mae Blues Frankie Lee Sims
110 Where You At Lloyd Price
111 Hey Joe! Carl Smith
112 Whiskey, Women And Loaded Dice Sticks McGhee
113 Baby' I'm Doin' It Anisteen Allen
114 Too Close To Heaven Professor Alex Bradford
115 Rockin' Is Our Bizness Treniers
116 I Found Out (What You Do When You Go 'Round There) Du Droppers
117 Shirley, Come Back To Me Shirley & Lee
118 Take These Chains From My Heart Hank Williams
119 The River's Invitation Percy Mayfield
120 3-D Big Jay McNeely
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1953
Bruce's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1953
* Jungle Juice Sticks McGhee
Adam's Choice:
* Another Soldier Gone Voilinaires
Brett's Choice:
* I've Been Your Dog (Ever Since I've Been Your Man) The Moonglows

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