100 Greatest Songs From 1954

Criteria: These songs from 1954 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. Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
  2. Shake, Rattle And Roll - Joe Turner / Bill Haley & His Comets
  3. Earth Angel - Penguins
  4. Sh-Boom - Chords
  5. That's All Right - Elvis Presley with Scotty and Bill
  6. Pledging My Love - Johnny Ace
  7. Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite - Spaniels
  8. I've Got A Woman - Ray Charles
  9. White Christmas - Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
10. Work With Me Annie - Royals / Midnighters
11. Sincerely - Moonglows
12. Tweedlee Dee - Lavern Baker
13. Good Rocking Tonight - Elvis Presley with Scotty and Bill
14. Just Make Love To Me - Muddy Waters
15. Hearts Of Stone - Charms / Jewels
16. Honey Love - Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
17. Lovey Dovey - Clovers
18. Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters
19. Rock Island Line - Lonnie Donegan
20. The Wind - Diablos
21. Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Elvis Presley with Scotty and Bill
22. Your Cash Ain't Nothing But Trash - Clovers
23. Such A Night - Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
24. Annie Had A Baby - Midnighters
25. Gloria - Cadillacs
26. Cherry Pie - Marvin & Johnny
27. Oh, What A Dream - Ruth Brown
28. You'll Never Walk Alone - Roy Hamilton
29. You Upset Me Baby - B.B. King
30. Riot In Cell Block # 9 - Robins
31. Ling Ting Tong - Five Keys / Charms
32. Sexy Ways - Midnighters
33. Everyday I Have The Blues - B.B. King
34. Evil Is Goin' On - Howlin' Wolf
35. Tick Tock - Marvin & Johnny
36. I'm Ready - Muddy Waters
37. Reconsider Baby - Lowell Fulson
38. You Don't Have To Go - Jimmy Reed
39. Bip Bam - Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
40. Ko Ko Mo - Gene & Eunice
41. I Feel So Bad - Chuck Willis
42. It Should've Been Me - Ray Charles
43. Jockomo - Sugarboy
44. You Better Watch Yourself - Little Walter
45. Mister Sandman - Chordettes
46. Never Let Me Go - Johnny Ace
47. I'm Slippin' In - Spiders
48. Whole Lotta Lovin' - B.B. King
49. You Done Me Wrong - Fats Domino
50. Oop Shoop - Shirley Gunter & Queens
51. Well All Right - Joe Turner
52. Buick 59 - Medallions
53. Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado
54. Last Night - Little Walter
55. My Memories Of You - Harptones
56. Little Mama - Clovers
57. Mary Lee - Rainbows
58. Please Forgive Me - Johnny Ace
59. Don't You Know - Ray Charles
60. Poison Ivy - Willie Mabon
61. The Letter - Medallions
62. Framed - Robins
63. Mambo Baby - Ruth Brown
64. In The Jailhouse Now - Webb Pierce
65. Smoke From Your Cigarette - Mellows
66. Teach Me Tonight - Dinah Washington
67. Hey There - Rosemary Clooney
68. Dim, Dim The Lights - Bill Haley & His Comets
69. Hurts Me To My Heart - Faye Adams
70. Come Back - Ray Charles
71. Where Did You Stay - Fats Domino
72. Hey Senorita - Penguins
73. Darling Dear - Counts
74. Mama, Talk To Your Daughter - J.B. Lenore
75. I've Got My Eyes On You - Clovers
76. Little School Girl - Fats Domino
77. I Love You Madly - Charlie & Ray
78. In The Chapel In The Moonlight - Orioles
79. Lucille - Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
80. Tipitina - Professor Longhair
81. I Don't Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow / Dinah Washington
82. Jam Up - Tommy Ridgley
83. Baby Let's Play House - Arthur Gunter
84. Jump Children - Flamingos
85. Bye Bye Young Men - Ruth Brown
86. Sneakin' Around - B.B. King
87. I Was Wrong - Moonglows
88. Blue Monday - Smiley Lewis
89. All Night Long - Joe Houston
90. I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine - Elvis Presley with Scotty and Bill
91. Any Day Now - Buddy & Ella Johnson
92. The Bells of St. Mary's - Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
93. Adios, My Desert Love - Diablos
94. God Only Knows - Capris
95. Secret Love - Moonglows
96. Space Guitar - Young John Watson
97. No Place To Go - Howlin' Wolf
98. When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer - B.B. King
99. My Lovin' Baby - El Dorados
100. Two Hearts - Charms
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Shim Sham Shimmy - Champion Jack Dupree
102. Sick And Tired - Lula Reed
103. Wish Me Well - Memphis Slim
104. Love Contest - Ruth Brown
105. Bazoom (I Need Your Lovin') - Cheers / Charms
106. Don't Stop Dan - Checkers
107. Ookey Ook - Penguins
108. Warm Your Heart - Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
109. I Used To Cry Mercy, Mercy - Lamplighters
110. Please Remember My Heart - Solitaires
111. Down The Road - Smiley Lewis
112. Baby I Need You - El Dorados
113. Standing At The Crossroads - Elmore James
114. Ebb Tide - Roy Hamilton
115. I Do - "5" Royales
116. Annie's Aunt Fannie - Midnighters
117. Thinking Of You - Fats Domino
118. Don't Drop It - Wilbert Harrison
119. I Wonder Why - Cadillacs
120. Big Heavy - Cozy Eggleston
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1954
An unheralded great record from 1954
Bruce's choice -
* Let's Make Up - Spaniels
Adam's choice -
* Maybe You'll Be There - Orioles
Brett's choice -
* It's Hard To Be Good Without You - Louis Jordan
Last Updated: 2009-07-20