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100 Greatest Songs From 1959

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

What'd I Say record sleve
I Only Have Eyes For You record
Mack The Knife record sleve
There Goes My Baby poster
Shout record sleve
Kansas City old record ad
You're So Fine poster
Only Sixteen poster
1
What'd I Say
Ray Charles
2
I Only Have Eyes For You
Flamingos
3
Mack The Knife
Bobby Darin
4
There Goes My Baby
Drifters
5
Shout
Isley Brothers
6
Kansas City
Wilbert Harrison
7
Poison Ivy
Coasters
8
Money
Barrett Strong
9
Love Potion No. 9
Clovers
10
You're So Fine
Falcons
11
Handy Man
Jimmy Jones
12
Sea Of Love
Phil Phillips with the Twilights
13
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Jimmy Reed
14
A Teenager In Love
Dion & the Belmonts
15
I'm Ready
Fats Domino
16
Charlie Brown
Coasters
17
Back In The U.S.A.
Chuck Berry
18
Come Softly To Me
Fleetwoods
19
Beyond The Sea
Bobby Darin
20
Dedicated To The One I Love
Shirelles
21
Dream Lover
Bobby Darin
22
It's Late
Ricky Nelson
23
Sleep Walk
Santo & Johnny
24
Sweet Nothin's
Brenda Lee
25
Fannie Mae
Buster Brown
26
Hey Little Girl
Dee Clark
27
Harlem Nocturne
Viscounts
28
A Big Hunk O' Love
Elvis Presley
29
Somethin' Else
Eddie Cochran
30
Little Queenie
Chuck Berry
31
You Got What It Takes
Marv Johnson
32
That's Why (I Love You So)
Jackie Wilson
33
Forty Miles Of Bad Road
Duane Eddy
34
('Til) I Kissed You
Everly Brothers
35
Along Came Jones
Coasters
36
Memphis, Tennessee
Chuck Berry
37
Mr. Blue
Fleetwoods
38
Road Runner
Bo Diddley
39
A Fool Such As I
Elvis Presley
40
I Want To Walk You Home
Fats Domino
41
Mary Lou
Ronnie Hawkins
42
What A Difference A Day Makes
Dinah Washington
43
Kansas City
Little Richard
44
Let The Good Times Roll
Ray Charles
45
Rooster Blues
Lightnin' Slim
46
Only Sixteen
Sam Cooke
47
The Battle Of New Orleans
Johnny Horton
48
Linda Lu
Ray Sharpe
49
Tallahassee Lassie
Freddy Cannon
50
(Sorry) I Ran All The Way Home
Impalas
51
It Doesn't Matter Anymore
Buddy Holly
52
Let It Be Me
Everly Brothers
53
Love You So
Ron Holden
54
Running Bear
Johnny Preston
55
This I Swear
Skyliners
56
Personality
Lloyd Price
57
I'll Be Satisfied
Jackie Wilson
58
That Is Rock And Roll
Coasters
59
Red River Rock
Johnny & the Hurricanes
60
Be My Guest
Fats Domino
61
El Paso
Marty Robbins
62
Guitar Boogie Shuffle
Virtues
63
I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday
Fats Domino
64
Say Man
Bo Diddley
65
What In The World's Come Over You
Jack Scott
66
Woo-Hoo
Rock-A-Teens
67
Almost Grown
Chuck Berry
68
Dance With Me
Drifters
69
Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop
Little Anthony & Imperials
70
Teen Beat
Sandy Nelson
71
Hushabye
Mystics
72
Baby Talk
Jan & Dean
73
Broken-Hearted Melody
Sarah Vaughan
74
Where Or When
Dion & the Belmonts
75
Bad Girl
Miracles
76
Hully Gully
Olympics
77
Forty Days
Ronnie Hawkins
78
Mountain Of Love
Harold Dorman
79
The Angels Listened In
Crests
80
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
Freddy Cannon
81
Lavender Blue
Sammy Turner
82
Babalu's Wedding Day
Eternals
83
Don't Mess With My Man
Irma Thomas
84
(Do The) Mashed Potatoes
Nat Kendrick & the Swans
85
Take Out Some Insurance
Jimmy Reed
86
We Got Love
Bobby Rydell
87
Put Your Head On My Shoulder
Paul Anka
88
The Happy Organ
Dave "Baby" Cortez
89
Peggy Sue Got Married
Buddy Holly
90
Lipstick On Your Collar
Connie Francis
91
Never Be Anyone Else But You
Ricky Nelson
92
Lonely Boy
Paul Anka
93
Lonely Blue Boy
Conway Twitty
94
I Need Your Love Tonight
Elvis Presley
95
I'm Gonna Get Married
Lloyd Price
96
Teen Angel
Mark Dinning
97
Bad Boy
Larry Williams
98
Venus
Frankie Avalon
99
Kissin' Time
Bobby Rydell
100
Rockin' Little Angel
Ray Smith
20 more worth mentioning.
101
Who's That Knocking
Genies
102
Go To The Mardi Gras
Professor Longhair
103
It Was I
Skip & Flip
104
Dead Man Stroll
Revels
105
Good Good Lovin'
James Brown
106
Crackin' Up
Bo Diddley
107
Hot Rod Lincoln
Charlie Ryan
108
Brand New Cadillac
Vince Taylor
109
There Is Something On Your Mind
Big Jay McNeely & Little Sonny
110
White Lightning
George Jones
111
Leave My Kitten Alone
Little Willie John
112
Talk That Talk
Jackie Wilson
113
Just To Be With You
Passions
114
Six Nights A Week
Crests
115
Here Comes Summer
Jerry Keller
116
Bongo Rock
Preston Epps
117
Just Keep It Up
Dee Clark
118
Rockin' In The Jungle
Eternals
119
Darling Lorraine
Knockouts
120
Living Doll
Cliff Richard
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1959
Bruce's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1959
*
I Need Your Love
Gay Poppers
Adam's Choice:
*
Dry Bread
Hank Thompson
Brett's Choice:
*
Three Cool Cats
Coasters




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