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
4. One Mint Julep
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
17. You Win Again
Hank Williams
18. The Bells
19. Dream Girl
Jesse & Marvin
20. No More Doggin'
Rosco Gordon
21. That's What You're Doing To Me
22. I'd Be Satisfied
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
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
39. Beside You
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
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
63. Mean Old World
Little Walter
64. Every Beat Of My Heart
65. You Belong To Me
Orioles / Jo Stafford
66. I Only Have Eyes For You
67. Rock Me All Night Long
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
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
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
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
106. Lillie Mae
Smiley Lewis
107. So Much Trouble
Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry
108. Nosey Joe
Moose Jackson
109. The Bump
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
Adam's choice:
* Back Door Friend
Jimmy Rogers
    1951   |   1953

Last Updated: 2009-06-22