100 Greatest Songs From 1952

Criteria: These songs from 1952 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. Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price
  2. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) - Hank Williams
  3. Have Mercy Baby - Dominoes
  4. One Mint Julep - Clovers
  5. Night Train - Jimmy Forrest
  6. My Song - Johnny Ace
  7. Goin' Home - Fats Domino
  8. Moody Mood For Love - King Pleasure
  9. Juke - Little Walter
10. Baby Don't Do It - "5" Royales
11. 5-10-15 Hours - Ruth Brown
12. I Don't Know - Willie Mabon
13. I Believe - Elmore James
14. Rock The Joint - Bill Haley with the Saddlemen
15. K.C. Lovin' - Little Willie Littlefield
16. Ting-A-Ling - Clovers
17. You Win Again - Hank Williams
18. The Bells - Dominoes
19. Dream Girl - Jesse & Marvin
20. No More Doggin' - Rosco Gordon
21. That's What You're Doing To Me - Dominoes
22. I'd Be Satisfied - Dominoes
23. I'm Gone - Shirley & Lee
24. I'll Drown In My Tears - Sonny Thompson (Lula Reed)
25. The Wild Side Of Life - Hank Thompson
26. Honky Tonk Blues - Hank Williams
27. Five Long Years - Eddie Boyd
28. She Moves Me - Muddy Waters
29. Big Ten Inch Record - Moose Jackson
30. Heavenly Father - Edna McGriff with Buddy Lucas
31. I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive - Hank Williams
32. You Know I Love You - B.B. King
33. Rocket 69 - Todd Rhodes (Connie Allen)
34. Hey Miss Fannie - Clovers
35. Wheel Of Fortune - Kay Starr / Cardinals
36. It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels - Kitty Wells
37. Settin' The Woods On Fire - Hank Williams
38. Middle Of The Night - Clovers
39. Beside You - Swallows
40. Sad Hours - Little Walter
41. My Story - Chuck Willis
42. Nine Below Zero - Sonny Boy Williamson
43. High Noon - Tex Ritter
44. Sweet Sixteen - Joe Turner
45. I Played The Fool - Clovers
46. Half As Much - Hank Williams
47. Keep On Churnin' - Wynonie Harris
48. Mailman Blues - Lloyd Price
49. New Blowtop Blues - Dinah Washington
50. Walkin' My Baby Back Home - Nat "King" Cole / Johnnie Ray
51. The Bells Are Ringing - Smiley Lewis
52. Daddy Daddy - Ruth Brown
53. The Glow Worm - Mills Brothers
54. Red Sails In The Sunset - Five Keys
55. Please Mr. Sun - Johnnie Ray
56. Don't You Cry - Joe Turner
57. Gabbin' Blues - Big Maybelle
58. I'm Gonna Play The Honky Tonks - Marie Adams
59. Mary Jo - Four Blazes
60. My Ding-A-Ling - Dave Bartholomew
61. Story From My Heart And Soul - B.B. King
62. A Beggar For Your Kisses - Diamonds
63. Mean Old World - Little Walter
64. Every Beat Of My Heart - Royals
65. You Belong To Me - Orioles / Jo Stafford
66. I Only Have Eyes For You - Swallows
67. Rock Me All Night Long - Ravens
68. So Tired - Roy Milton
69. Poor Poor Me - Fats Domino
70. Can't Do Sixty No More - Du Droppers
71. Serve Another Round - Five Keys
72. How Long - Fats Domino
73. Take All Of Me - "5" Royales
74. Roll Mr. Jelly - Amos Milburn
75. Oooh-Oooh-Oooh - Lloyd Price
76. Pedal Pushin' Papa - Dominoes
77. Bad News Baby (There'll Be No Rockin' Tonight) - Wynonie Harris
78. Hard Times - Charles Brown
79. Kissa Me Baby - Ray Charles
80. Trouble In Mind - Dinah Washington
81. Kiss Of Fire - Billy Eckstine
82. Night And Day (I Miss You So) - Roy Milton
83. Rocking On Sunday Night - Treniers
84. Call Operator 210 - Floyd Dixon / Johnny Otis (Mel Walker)
85. Courage To Love - "5" Royales
86. Street Walking Woman - T-Bone Walker
87. All Night Long - Muddy Waters
88. Aged And Mellow - Little Esther
89. Gumbo Blues - Smiley Lewis
90. Soft - Tiny Bradshaw
91. Saturday Night Daddy - Little Esther & Bobby Nunn
92. The Last Of The Good Rockin' Men - Four Jacks
93. Your Daddy's Doggin' Around - Todd Rhodes (Connie Allen)
94. I'll Be Gone - Fats Domino
95. Mainliner - Little Esther
96. The Wolf Is At Your Door - Howlin' Wolf
97. Moonrise - Royals
98. You're My Inspiration - Five Crowns
99. You're Part Of Me - Four Buddies
100. It's So Peaceful - Smiley Lewis
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Mr. Highway Man - Howlin' Wolf
102. Yes Sir That's My Baby - Five Keys
103. I Can't Lose With The Stuff I Use - Lester Williams
104. Ain't Nothin' Happenin' - Little Richard
105. Flame In My Heart - Checkers
106. Lillie Mae - Smiley Lewis
107. So Much Trouble - Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry
108. Nosey Joe - Moose Jackson
109. The Bump - Cardinals
110. I Brought It All On Myself - Little Richard
111. Feelin' Sad - Guitar Slim
112. Goodbye Baby - Little Caesar
113. Restless Heart - Lloyd Price
114. Let's Call It A Day - Sonny Thompson (Lula Reed)
115. Thinking And Drinking - Amos Milburn
116. The Big Question - Percy Mayfield
117. My Heart's Desire - Jimmy Lee & Artis
118. Blackberry Boogie - Tennessee Ernie Ford
119. Looped - Tommy Ridgley
120. Last Call (For Alcohol) - Julia Lee
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1952
An unheralded great record from 1952
Bruce's choice -
* Oh, Oh, Oh, Baby - Checkers
Adam's choice -
* Back Door Friend - Jimmy Rogers
Last Updated: 2009-06-22