100 Greatest Doo-Wop Ballads

Criteria: These Doo-Wop Ballads were chosen mainly for their initial and lasting popularity, with some weight being given to their overall impact on the Doo Wop genre. The Doo-Wop era essentially started in around 1953 and was pretty much over by the end of 1963, although there are a few notable exceptions from outside of that time period. If there were two significant versions of a particular song, both groups are listed in the same slot, with the more significant "Doo-Wop" version being listed first.
Greatest Doo-Wop Ballads
1. Earth Angel
Penguins - 1954
2. In The Still Of The Nite
Five Satins - 1956
3. I Only Have Eyes For You
Flamingos - 1959 / Swallows - 1952
4. Since I Don't Have You
Skyliners - 1958
5. You Belong To Me
Duprees - 1962 / Orioles - 1952
6. Gloria
Cadillacs - 1954 / Passions - 1960
7. Sincerely
Moonglows - 1954
8. Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite
Spaniels - 1954
9. For Your Precious Love
Jerry Butler & the Impressions - 1958
10. The Great Pretender
Platters - 1955
11. Tears On My Pillow
Little Anthony & the Imperials - 1958
12. Story Untold
Nutmegs - 1955
13. Tonite, Tonite
Mello-Kings - 1957
14. The Wind
Diablos - 1954 / Jesters - 1960
15. Sunday Kind Of Love
Harptones - 1953
16. 16 Candles
Crests - 1958
17. I'm So Young
Students - 1958
18. My Prayer
Platters - 1956
19. Could This Be Magic
Dubs - 1957
20. Life Is But A Dream
Harptones - 1955
21. A Thousand Miles Away
Heartbeats - 1956
22. The Closer You Are
Channels - 1956
23. Chapel Of Dreams
Dubs - 1958
24. Only You
Platters - 1955
25. Daddy's Home
Shep & the Limelites - 1961
26. Long Lonely Nights
Lee Andrews & the Hearts - 1957
27. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Platters - 1958
28. Maybe
Chantels - 1957
29. Have You Heard
Duprees - 1963
30. Teardrops
Lee Andrews & the Hearts - 1957
31. Deserie
Charts - 1957
32. Oh What A Nite
Dells - 1956
33. Once In Awhile
Chimes - 1960 / Ravens - 1948
34. Till Then
Classics - 1963 / Orioles - 1953
35. Where Or When
Dion & the Belmonts - 1959
36. Don't Ask Me (To Be Lonely)
Dubs - 1957
37. Lovers Never Say Goodbye
Flamingos - 1958
38. Florence
Paragons - 1957
39. There's A Moon Out Tonight
Capris - 1958
40. Ten Commandments Of Love
Moonglows - 1958
41. Dedicated To The One I Love
Shirelles -1959 / "5" Royales -1957
42. To The Aisle
Five Satins - 1957
43. One Summer Night
Danleers - 1958
44. That's My Desire
Channels - 1957 / Dion & the Belmonts - 1959
45. There Goes My Baby
Drifters - 1959
46. Baby Oh Baby
Shells - 1957
47. Can I Come Over Tonight
Velours - 1957
48. Glory Of Love
Velvetones - 1957
49. Close Your Eyes
Five Keys - 1955
50. Heaven And Paradise
Don Julian & the Meadowlarks - 1955
51. Crying In The Chapel
Orioles - 1953
52. My True Story
Jive Five - 1961
53. Blue Velvet
Clovers - 1955
54. I Believe
Earls - 1963
55. This I Swear
Skyliners - 1959
56. Twilight Time
Platters - 1958
57. Silhouettes
Rays - 1957
58. A Casual Look
Six Teens - 1956
59. Please Say You Want Me
Schoolboys - 1956
60. Devil Or Angel
Clovers - 1956
61. Stardust
Billy Ward & the Dominoes - 1957
62. Happy Happy Birthday Baby
Tuneweavers - 1957
63. Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Five Keys - 1956
64. When We Get Married
Dreamlovers - 1961
65. Two People In The World
Little Anthony & the Imperials - 1958
66. Those Oldies But Goodies
Little Caesar & the Romans - 1961
67. Been So Long
Pastels - 1957
68. Diamonds And Pearls
Paradons - 1960
69. The Way You Look Tonight
Jaguars - 1956
70. I'll Be Home
Flamingos - 1955
71. Why Don't You Write Me
Jacks - 1955 / Feathers - 1955
72. Nite Owl
Tony Allen & the Champs - 1955
73. My Memories Of You
Harptones - 1954
74. Share
Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers - 1956
75. To Be Loved
Pentagons - 1960
76. You Cheated
Shields - 1958
77. Just To Be With You
Passions - 1959
78. Crazy For You
Heartbeats - 1955
79. Heart's Desire
Avalons - 1958
80. Image Of A Girl
Safaris - 1960
81. Sometimes (When I'm All Alone)
Danny & the Juniors - 1957
82. Island Of Love
Sheppards - 1959
83. Lover's Island
Blue Jays - 1961
84. Golden Teardrops
Flamingos - 1953
85. The Angels Sang (You're Back With Me)
Solitaires - 1956
86. You Gave Me Peace Of Mind
Spaniels - 1956
87. The Girl I Love
Cadillacs - 1956
88. Once Upon A Time
Rochell & the Candles - 1960
89. The Letter
Medallions - 1954
90. Chapel Bells
Fascinators - 1958
91. A Kiss From Your Lips
Flamingos - 1956
92. Most Of All
Moonglows - 1955
93. A Thousand Stars
Kathy Young & the Innocents - 1960 / Rivileers - 1954
94. My Love Will Never Die
Channels - 1959
95. Let It Please Be You
Desires - 1959
96. The Things I Love
Fidelitys - 1958
97. Smoke From Your Cigarette
Mellows - 1954
98. There Goes My Love
Fantastics - 1959
99. Guided Missiles
Cufflinks - 1956
100. Coney Island Baby
Excellents - 1962
20 Greatest Ballad Doo-Wop Groups
1. Platters
2. Flamingos
3. Orioles
4. Five Keys
5. Harptones
6. Moonglows
7. Heartbeats / Shep & the Limelites
8. Dominoes
9. Spaniels
10. Dubs
11. Cadillacs
12. Duprees
13. Lee Andrews & the Hearts
14. Clovers
15. Channels
16. Solitaires
17. Ravens
18. Swallows
19. Chantels
20. Five Satins
Greatest Pre Doo-Wop Era Vocal Group Ballads
1. It's Too Soon To Know
(Orioles) 1948
2. Glory Of Love
(Five Keys) 1951
3. Shouldn't I Know
(Cardinals) 1951
4. The Bells
(Dominoes) 1952
5. Till Then
(Mills Brothers) 1944
6. Count Every Star
(Ravens) 1950
7. Beside You
(Swallows) 1952
8. Red Sails In The Sunset
(Five Keys) 1952
9. Harbor Lights
(Dominoes) 1951
10. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve
(Orioles) 1949
11. If I Didn't Care
(Ink Spots) 1939
12. Tell Me So
(Orioles) 1949
13. Eternally
(Swallows) 1951
14. I Will Wait
(Four Buddies) 1950
15. Do Something For Me
(Dominoes) 1950
16. Silent Night
(Ravens) 1948
17. My Reverie
(Larks) 1951
18. I Played The Fool
(Clovers) 1952
19. A Beggar For Your Kisses
(Diamonds) 1952
20. Every Beat Of My Heart
(Royals) 1952

Last Updated: 2010-08-25