100 Greatest Songs From 1954

Criteria: These songs from 1954 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.

Rock Around The Clock 45 rpm record
Joe Turner poster
The Penguins poster
Sh-Boom poster
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That's All Right 45 rpm record
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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
11 Sincerely Moonglows
12 Tweedlee Dee Lavern Baker
13 Good Rocking Tonight Elvis Presley with Scotty and Bill
14 Just Make Love To Me Muddy Waters
15 Hearts Of Stone Charms / Jewels
16 Honey Love Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
17 Lovey Dovey Clovers
18 Hoochie Coochie Man Muddy Waters
19 Rock Island Line Lonnie Donegan
20 The Wind Diablos
21 Blue Moon Of Kentucky Elvis Presley with Scotty and Bill
22 Your Cash Ain't Nothing But Trash Clovers
23 Such A Night Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
24 Annie Had A Baby Midnighters
25 Gloria Cadillacs
26 Cherry Pie Marvin & Johnny
27 Oh, What A Dream Ruth Brown
28 You'll Never Walk Alone Roy Hamilton
29 You Upset Me Baby B.B. King
30 Riot In Cell Block # 9 Robins
31 Ling Ting Tong Five Keys / Charms
32 Sexy Ways Midnighters
33 Everyday I Have The Blues B.B. King
34 Evil Is Goin' On Howlin' Wolf
35 Tick Tock Marvin & Johnny
36 I'm Ready Muddy Waters
37 Reconsider Baby Lowell Fulson
38 You Don't Have To Go Jimmy Reed
39 Bip Bam Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
40 Ko Ko Mo Gene & Eunice
41 I Feel So Bad Chuck Willis
42 It Should've Been Me Ray Charles
43 Jockomo Sugarboy
44 You Better Watch Yourself Little Walter
45 Mister Sandman Chordettes
46 Never Let Me Go Johnny Ace
47 I'm Slippin' In Spiders
48 Whole Lotta Lovin' B.B. King
49 You Done Me Wrong Fats Domino
50 Oop Shoop Shirley Gunter & Queens
51 Well All Right Joe Turner
52 Buick 59 Medallions
53 Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White Perez Prado
54 Last Night Little Walter
55 My Memories Of You Harptones
56 Little Mama Clovers
57 Mary Lee Rainbows
58 Please Forgive Me Johnny Ace
59 Don't You Know Ray Charles
60 Poison Ivy Willie Mabon
61 The Letter Medallions
62 Framed Robins
63 Mambo Baby Ruth Brown
64 In The Jailhouse Now Webb Pierce
65 Smoke From Your Cigarette Mellows
66 Teach Me Tonight Dinah Washington
67 Hey There Rosemary Clooney
68 Dim, Dim The Lights Bill Haley & His Comets
69 Hurts Me To My Heart Faye Adams
70 Come Back Ray Charles
71 Where Did You Stay Fats Domino
72 Hey Senorita Penguins
73 Darling Dear Counts
74 Mama, Talk To Your Daughter J.B. Lenore
75 I've Got My Eyes On You Clovers
76 Little School Girl Fats Domino
77 I Love You Madly Charlie & Ray
78 In The Chapel In The Moonlight Orioles
79 Lucille Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
80 Tipitina Professor Longhair
81 I Don't Hurt Anymore Hank Snow / Dinah Washington
82 Jam Up Tommy Ridgley
83 Baby Let's Play House Arthur Gunter
84 Jump Children Flamingos
85 Bye Bye Young Men Ruth Brown
86 Sneakin' Around B.B. King
87 I Was Wrong Moonglows
88 Blue Monday Smiley Lewis
89 All Night Long Joe Houston
90 I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine Elvis Presley with Scotty and Bill
91 Any Day Now Buddy & Ella Johnson
92 The Bells of St. Mary's Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
93 Adios, My Desert Love Diablos
94 God Only Knows Capris
95 Secret Love Moonglows
96 Space Guitar Young John Watson
97 No Place To Go Howlin' Wolf
98 When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer B.B. King
99 My Lovin' Baby El Dorados
100 Two Hearts Charms
20 more worth mentioning.
101 Shim Sham Shimmy Champion Jack Dupree
102 Sick And Tired Lula Reed
103 Wish Me Well Memphis Slim
104 Love Contest Ruth Brown
105 Bazoom (I Need Your Lovin') Cheers / Charms
106 Don't Stop Dan Checkers
107 Ookey Ook Penguins
108 Warm Your Heart Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
109 I Used To Cry Mercy, Mercy Lamplighters
110 Please Remember My Heart Solitaires
111 Down The Road Smiley Lewis
112 Baby I Need You El Dorados
113 Standing At The Crossroads Elmore James
114 Ebb Tide Roy Hamilton
115 I Do "5" Royales
116 Annie's Aunt Fannie Midnighters
117 Thinking Of You Fats Domino
118 Don't Drop It Wilbert Harrison
119 I Wonder Why Cadillacs
120 Big Heavy Cozy Eggleston
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1954
Bruce's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1954
* Let's Make Up Spaniels
Adam's Choice:
* Maybe You'll Be There Orioles
Brett's Choice:
* It's Hard To Be Good Without You Louis Jordan
Lew's Choice:
* You've Been Gone So Long Johnny Ace

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