100 Greatest Songs From 1951

Criteria: These songs from 1951 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.

  1. Sixty Minute Man - Dominoes
  2. Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston
  3. Dust My Broom - Elmore James
  4. Cry - Johnnie Ray
  5. Too Young - Nat "King" Cole
  6. Cold Cold Heart - Hank Williams / Tony Bennett / Dinah Washington
  7. Glory Of Love - Five Keys
  8. Three O'Clock Blues - B.B. King
  9. Hey Good Lookin' - Hank Williams
10. How High The Moon - Les Paul & Mary Ford
11. It Ain't The Meat - Swallows
12. Chains Of Love - Joe Turner
13. Black Night - Charles Brown
14. I'm In The Mood - John Lee Hooker
15. I Can't Help It - Hank Williams
16. Booted - Rosco Gordon
17. Fool, Fool, Fool - Clovers
18. Don't You Know I Love You - Clovers
19. How Many More Years - Howlin' Wolf
20. Lovin' Machine - Wynonie Harris
21. The Train Kept A'Rollin' - Tiny Bradshaw
22. I Got Loaded - Peppermint Harris
23. My Baby Left Me - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
24. Still A Fool - Muddy Waters
25. Unforgettable - Nat "King" Cole
26. Baby Please Don't Go - Orioles
27. Bloodshot Eyes - Wynonie Harris
28. Eyesight To The Blind - Sonny Boy Williamson
29. Long Distance Call - Muddy Waters
30. I Apologize - Billy Eckstine
31. The Little White Cloud That Cried - Johnnie Ray
32. Best Wishes - Roy Milton
33. Flamingo - Earl Bostic
34. Harbor Lights - Dominoes
35. T-99 Blues - Jimmy Nelson
36. Moanin' At Midnight - Howlin' Wolf
37. Tend To Your Business - James Wayne
38. Shouldn't I Know - Cardinals
39. Dear John - Hank Williams
40. Eternally - Swallows
41. My Reverie - Larks
42. Bar Room Blues - Roy Brown
43. Eyesight To The Blind - Larks
44. Where Are You (Now That I Need You) - Mello-Moods
45. Will You Be Mine - Swallows
46. I Am With You - Dominoes
47. Pretty Baby Blues - Tampa Red / Margie Day & the Griffin Brothers
48. Walking The Chalk Line - Tiny Bradshaw
49. The Deacon Moves In - Little Esther & the Dominoes
50. Smooth Sailing - Ella Fitzgerald
51. The Blacksmith Blues - Ella Mae Morse
52. On Top Of Old Smoky - Weavers
53. Let's Rock A While - Amos Milburn
54. I'll Wait For You - Ruth Brown
55. Hey Little Girl - John Godfrey Trio / Billy Wright
56. I'm Waiting Just For You - Lucky Millinder (Annisteen Allen/John Carol)
57. Rockin' Chair - Fats Domino
58. Big Town - Roy Brown
59. Little Side Car - Larks
60. I Didn't Sleep A Wink Last Night - Arthur Prysock
61. Honey Bee - Muddy Waters
62. Do It If You Wanna - Sonny Boy Williamson
63. Rocket 88 - Bill Haley & the Saddlemen
64. I Know - Ruth Brown
65. Castle Rock - Johnny Hodges & Big Al Sears
66. The World Is In A Tangle - Jimmy Rogers
67. Don't Take Your Love Away From Me - Joe Morris (Laurie Tate)
68. I'm Gonna Dig Myself A Hole - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
69. I'm A Night Owl - Lowell Fulson
70. Cherokee Boogie - Moon Mullican
71. Junco Partner - James Wayne
72. Dearest - Swallows
73. Got You On My Mind - John Greer
74. Don't You Lie To Me - Fats Domino
75. Good Rockin' Man - Roy Brown
76. Slow Poke - Pee Wee King
77. Out In The Cold Again - Dinah Washington & the Ravens
78. The Chill Is On - Joe Turner
79. Seven Long Days - Charles Brown
80. All That Wine Is Gone - Big Jay McNeely (Three Dots & a Dash)
81. Baby, We're Really In Love - Hank Williams
82. The Wrong Yo-Yo - Piano Red
83. Weepin' And Cryin' - Griffin Brothers (Tommy Brown)
84. Money Blues - Camille Howard
85. My Real Gone Rocket - Jackie Brenston
86. Stacked Deck - Billy Wright
87. It's Later Than You Think - Roy Milton
88. Jesus Gave Me Water - Soul Stirrers
89. Heart And Soul - Four Buddies
90. All Nite Long - Johnny Otis
91. Hold Me, Squeeze Me - Orioles
92. What A Fool I Was - Percy Mayfield
93. Walk That Mess - Tiny Bradshaw
94. Rockin' And Rollin' - Lil' Son Jackson
95. I Miss You So - Orioles
96. Beautician Blues - Roy Brown
97. Bee's Boogie - Smiley Lewis
98. Good Lovin' - H-Bomb Ferguson
99. Every Hour - Little Richard
100. My Summer's Gone - Four Buddies
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Bump Miss Susie - Joe Turner
102. Shine On - Ruth Brown
103. Tired Of Crying - Fats Domino
104. Lonesome Whistle - Hank Williams
105. I'm Gonna Move Across The River - Brownie McGhee
106. One Monkey Don't Stop The Show - Sticks McGhee
107. J.L. House Rent Boogie - John Lee Hooker
108. Juiced - Jackie Brenston
109. The Thrill Is Gone - Roy Hawkins
110. Taxi Blues - Little Richard
111. Mellow Blues - Sonny Thompson
112. Ring-A-Ding Doo - Little Esther & Mel Walker
113. Saddled The Cow (And Milked The Horse) - Rosco Gordon
114. I Won't Cry Anymore - Dinah Washington
115. Hucklebuck With Jimmy - Five Keys
116. Go! Go! Go! - Treniers
117. I've Been Lost - Little Willie Littlefield (Lora Wiggins)
118. Let Your Tears Fall, Baby - Big Mama Thornton
119. Hot-Rod Shotgun Boogie No. 2 - Tillman Franks (Faron Young)
120. Sweet Slumber - Four Buddies
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1951
An unheralded great record from 1951
Bruce's choice -
* She's Dynamite - Tampa Red
Adam's choice -
* No! Says My Heart - Dominoes
Last Updated: 2009-06-12