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100 Greatest Songs From 1954

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

Rock Around The Clock 45 rpm record
Joe Turner poster
The Penguins poster
Sh-Boom poster
Best bet for '54 poster
That's All Right 45 rpm record
Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters - Ad
King Records Hits poster
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




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