100 Greatest Songs From 1953

Criteria: These songs from 1953 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. Money Honey - Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
  2. Your Cheatin' Heart - Hank Williams
  3. Crying In The Chapel - Orioles
  4. Gee - Crows
  5. Shake A Hand - Faye Adams
  6. Honey Hush - Joe Turner
  7. Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean - Ruth Brown
  8. Hound Dog - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton
  9. Kaw-Liga - Hank Williams
10. The Things That I Used To Do - Guitar Slim
11. Help Me Somebody - "5" Royales
12. Going To The River - Fats Domino
13. The Clock - Johnny Ace
14. Please Don't Leave Me - Fats Domino
15. Crazy, Man Crazy - Bill Haley with Haley's Comets
16. Good Lovin' - Clovers
17. I Didn't Want To Do It - Spiders
18. Please Love Me - B.B. King
19. Feelin' Good - Little Junior's Blue Flames
20. Sunday Kind Of Love - Harptones
21. One Scotch. One Bourbon, One Beer - Amos Milburn
22. I'll Be True - Faye Adams
23. I'm Mad - Willie Mabon
24. Crawlin' - Clovers
25. TV Mama - Joe Turner
26. I Wanna Know - Du Droppers
27. Too Much Lovin' - "5" Royales
28. You're So Fine - Little Walter
29. Woke Up This Morning - B.B. King
30. Please Hurry Home - B.B. King
31. Laundromat Blues - "5" Royales
32. Mess Around - Ray Charles
33. Bear Cat - Rufus Thomas
34. Crazy, Crazy, Crazy - "5" Royales
35. Rags To Riches - Tony Bennett / Dominoes
36. Don't Deceive Me - Chuck Willis
37. Blues With A Feeling - Little Walter
38. 24 Hours - Eddie Boyd
39. Baby It's You - Spaniels
40. These Foolish Things - Dominoes
41. Get It - Royals
42. Mercy Mr. Percy - Varetta Dillard
43. Let Me Go Home, Whiskey - Amos Milburn
44. Baby Doll - Marvin & Johnny
45. Golden Teardrops - Flamingos
46. White Cliffs Of Dover - Checkers
47. Saving My Love For You - Johnny Ace
48. Cross My Heart - Johnny Ace
49. My Country Man - Big Maybelle
50. My Saddest Hour - Five Keys
51. Rose Mary - Fats Domino
52. You're Still My Baby - Chuck Willis
53. Soul On Fire - Lavern Baker
54. I Love You So - Crows
55. Mad Love - Muddy Waters
56. My Man's An Undertaker - Dinah Washington
57. Hittin' On Me - Buddy & Ella Johnson
58. Tell Me Pretty Baby - Lloyd Price
59. Drunk - Jimmy Liggins
60. Just Walkin' In The Rain - Prisonaires
61. You're The One - Spiders
62. Marie - Four Tunes
63. If I Can't Have You - Flamingos
64. Let's Have A Party - Amos Milburn
65. Oke-She-Moke-She-Pop - Joe Turner
66. You Can't Keep A Good Man Down - Dominoes
67. I Had A Notion - Joe Morris
68. Ain't It A Shame - Lloyd Price
69. Early In The Morning - Elmore James
70. There Stands The Glass - Webb Pierce
71. Caldonia's Party - Smiley Lewis
72. Mystery Train - Little Junior's Blue Flames
73. That's Amore - Dean Martin
74. Way Back Home - Big Maybelle
75. Daddy Rollin' Stone - Otis Blackwell
76. Mexican Joe - Jim Reeves
77. Something's Wrong - Fats Domino
78. I'm Just Your Fool - Buddy & Ella Johnson
79. Perfect Woman - Four Blazes
80. I'll Never Tell - Harptones
81. Playgirl - Smiley Lewis
82. Nadine - Coronets
83. Fractured - Bill Haley with Haley's Comets
84. Third Degree - Eddie Boyd
85. Wild Wild Young Men - Ruth Brown
86. Well, I Done Got Over It - Guitar Slim
87. You're Mine - Crickets
88. In The Mission Of St. Augustine - Orioles
89. Send For Me - Big Maybelle
90. A Thousand Stars - Rivileers
91. Till Then - Orioles
92. The Way I Feel - Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
93. She Felt Too Good - Jimmy McCracklin
94. Good, Good Whiskey - Amos Milburn
95. The Deacon Don't Like It - Wynonie Harris
96. My Girl Awaits Me - Castelles
97. Big Mamou - Smiley Lewis
98. My Kind Of Woman - Emitt Slay Trio
99. T.V. is the Thing - Dinah Washington
100. Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
20 more worth mentioning.
101. The Comeback - Memphis Slim
102. Rack 'em Back - Bobby Mitchell & the Toppers
103. Teadrops On My Pillow - Orioles
104. The Bells Ring Out - Spaniels
105. Laugh (Though You Feel Like Crying) - Swallows
106. Cherry Wine - Little Esther
107. Is It A Dream - Vocaleers
108. The Shrine Of St. Cecilia - Royals
109. Lucy Mae Blues - Frankie Lee Sims
110. Where You At - Lloyd Price
111. Hey Joe! - Carl Smith
112. Whiskey, Women And Loaded Dice - Sticks McGhee
113. Baby' I'm Doin' It - Anisteen Allen
114. Too Close To Heaven - Professor Alex Bradford
115. Rockin' Is Our Bizness - Treniers
116. I Found Out (What You Do When You Go 'Round There) - Du Droppers
117. Shirley, Come Back To Me - Shirley & Lee
118. Take These Chains From My Heart - Hank Williams
119. The River's Invitation - Percy Mayfield
120. 3-D - Big Jay McNeely
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1953
An unheralded great record from 1953
Bruce's choice -
* Jungle Juice - Sticks McGhee
Adam's choice -
* Another Soldier Gone - Voilinaires
Brett's choice -
* I've Been Your Dog (Ever Since I've Been Your Man) - The Moonglows
Last Updated: 2009-07-12