100 Greatest Songs From 1955

Criteria: These songs from 1955 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. Tutti-Frutti - Little Richard
  2. Maybellene - Chuck Berry
  3. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
  4. Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Teenagers
  5. The Great Pretender - Platters
  6. Ain't It A Shame - Fats Domino
  7. Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two
  8. Speedoo - Cadillacs
  9. Story Untold - Nutmegs
10. My Babe - Little Walter
11. At My Front Door - El Dorados
12. Only You - Platters
13. Baby Let's Play House - Elvis Presley with Scotty and Bill
14. Mystery Train - Elvis Presley with Scotty and Bill
15. I'm A Man - Bo Diddley
16. Unchained Melody - Al Hibbler / Roy Hamilton
17. See You Later, Alligator - Bill Haley & His Comets
18. When You Dance - Turbans
19. The Wallflower - Etta James
20. Flip, Flop And Fly - Joe Turner
21. I Forgot To Remember To Forget - Elvis Presley with Scotty and Bill
22. Manish Boy - Muddy Waters
23. Life Is But A Dream - Harptones
24. I Hear You Knocking - Smiley Lewis
25. Feel So Good - Shirley & Lee
26. What'cha Gonna Do - Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
27. Smokey Joe's Cafe - Robins
28. Need Your Love So Bad - Little Willie John
29. A Fool For You - Ray Charles
30. All By Myself - Fats Domino
31. Close Your Eyes - Five Keys
32. Heaven And Paradise - Don Julian & the Meadowlarks
33. Blue Velvet - Clovers
34. Don't Start Me Talkin' - Sonny Boy Williamson
35. Nite Owl - Tony Allen & the Champs
36. Diddley Daddy - Bo Diddley
37. Why Don't You Write Me - Jacks / Feathers
38. All Around The World - Little Willie John
39. This Little Girl Of Mine - Ray Charles
40. Seventeen - Boyd Bennett &His Rockets
41. Who Will Be Next - Howlin' Wolf
42. Witchcraft - Spiders
43. Greenbacks - Ray Charles
44. Eddie My Love - Teen Queens
45. Lily Maebelle - Valentines
46. You Baby You - Cleftones
47. Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford
48. Thirty Days - Chuck Berry
49. Don't Be Angry - Nappy Brown
50. Steamboat - Drifters
51. The Door Is Still Open - Cardinals
52. Mary Lou - Young Jessie
53. Bring It To Jerome - Bo Diddley
54. Crazy For You - Heartbeats
55. Most Of All - Moonglows
56. Adorable - Drifters / Colts
57. Come Back My Love - Wrens / Cardinals
58. Morning, Noon And Night - Joe Turner
59. WPLJ - Four Deuces
60. Lonely Nights - Hearts
61. This Is My Story - Gene & Eunice
62. Memories Are Made Of This - Dean Martin
63. I Wish You Would - Billy Boy
64. April In Paris - Count Basie
65. Pretty Thing - Bo Diddley
66. Hand Clappin' - Red Prysock
67. I'll Be Forever Loving You - El Dorados
68. Later Alligator - Bobby Charles
69. Those Lonely, Lonely Nights - Earl King / Johnny "Guitar" Watson
70. Chop Chop Boom - Danderliers
71. Wee Wee Hours - Chuck Berry
72. Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie - Bill Haley & His Comets
73. Hide And Seek - Joe Turner
74. Seventh Son - Willie Mabon
75. The Verdict - Five Keys
76. Soldier Boy - Four Fellows
77. The Way You Dog Me Around - Diablos
78. Good Rockin' Daddy - Etta James
79. As Long As I'm Moving - Ruth Brown
80. Nip Sip - Clovers
81. So Doggone Lonesome - Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two
82. Rollin' Stone - Marigolds
83. Johnny Has Gone - Varetta Dillard
84. Poor Me - Fats Domino
85. Anymore - Johnny Ace
86. In My Diary - Moonglows
87. You Painted Pictures - Spaniels
88. That's Your Mistake - Charms
89. Mardi Gras Mambo - Hawkettes
90. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone - Elvis Presley with Scotty and Bill
91. Whadaya Want - Robins
92. Hands Off - Jay McShann (Priscilla Bowman)
93. Green Eyes - Ravens
94. Hey Bartender - Floyd Dixon
95. Cry, Cry, Cry - Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two
96. The Chicken And The Hawk - Joe Turner
97. Bop-Ting-A-Ling - LaVern Baker
98. It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day) - Louis Brooks & Hi-Toppers / Midnighters / Ruth Brown
99. The House Of Blue Lights - Chuck Miller
100. Everyday - Count Basie (Joe Williams)
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Ain't That Lovin' You Baby - Jimmy Reed
102. Ten Long Years - B.B. King
103. Burn That Candle - Bill Haley & His Comets / Cues
104. Henry's Got Flat Feet - Midnighters
105. Razzle Dazzle - Bill Haley & His Comets
106. I Can't Go On - Fats Domino
107. Mambo Rock - Bill Haley & His Comets
108. Play It Fair - LaVern Baker
109. I Can See Everybody's Baby - Ruth Brown
110. My Boy Flat Top - Boyd Bennett & His Rockets
111. Bells In My Heart - Spiders
112. Real Gone Lover - Smiley Lewis
113. Walking The Blues - Champion Jack Dupree / Willie Dixon
114. Death Of An Angel - Donald Woods & the Vel-Aires
115. When It Rains It Pours - Billy "The Kid" Emerson
116. Convicted - Oscar McLollie
117. Travelin' Mood - Wee Willie Wayne
118. Hot Rod - Hal Singer
119. Seven Days - Clyde McPhatter
120. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Big Maybelle / Roy Hall
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1955
An unheralded great record from 1955
Bruce's choice -
* Don't Think I Will - Young Jessie
Adam's choice -
* There Goes That Train - Rollee McGill

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Last Updated: 2009-07-20