100 Greatest Songs From 1956

Criteria: These songs from 1956 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. Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
  2. Long Tall Sally - Little Richard
  3. Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins / Elvis Presley
  4. Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
  5. Be-Bop-A-Lula - Gene Vincent & the Bluecaps
  6. Roll Over Beethoven - Chuck Berry
  7. In The Still Of The Nite - Five Satins
  8. Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
  9. Please, Please, Please - James Brown & the Famous Flames
10. I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two
11. Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley
12. Fever - Little Willie John
13. The Train Kept-A-Rollin - Johnny Burnette Trio
14. Come Go With Me - Del-Vikings
15. Let The Good Times Roll - Shirley & Lee
16. Rip It Up - Little Richard
17. Honky Tonk - Bill Doggett
18. Blue Monday - Fats Domino
19. Jim Dandy - Lavern Baker
20. Oh What A Nite - Dells
21. My Prayer - Platters
22. Who Do You Love - Bo Diddley
23. Brown-Eyed Handsome Man - Chuck Berry
24. Ready Teddy - Little Richard
25. Honey Don't - Carl Perkins
26. I'm In Love Again - Fats Domino
27. Little Girl Of Mine - Cleftones
28. A Thousand Miles Away - Heartbeats
29. I've Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra
30. Tear It Up - Johnny Burnette Trio
31. Drown In My Own Tears - Ray Charles
32. I Put A Spell On You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
33. Love Is Strange - Mickey & Sylvia
34. Goodnight My Love - Jesse Belvin
35. Day-O (Banana Boat Song) - Harry Belafonte
36. Stranded In The Jungle - Cadets
37. Slippin' And Slidin' - Little Richard
38. I Promise To Remember - Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
39. One Hand Loose - Charlie Feathers
40. Race With The Devil - Gene Vincent & the Bluecaps
41. Boppin' The Blues - Carl Perkins
42. My Baby Left Me - Elvis Presley
43. Smokestack Lightnin' - Howlin' Wolf
44. My Blue Heaven - Fats Domino
45. Ooby Dooby - Roy Orbison
46. Without Love (There Is Nothing) - Clyde McPhatter
47. The Girl Can't Help It - Little Richard
48. Honey Hush - Johnny Burnette Trio
49. Singing The Blues - Guy Mitchell
50. Woman Love - Gene Vincent & the Bluecaps
51. Too Much Monkey Business - Chuck Berry
52. Corrine, Corrina - Joe Turner
53. All Mama's Children - Carl Perkins
54. Ain't Got No Home - Clarence "Frogman" Henry
55. Diddy Wah Diddy - Bo Diddley
56. Hallelujah I Love Her So - Ray Charles
57. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Elvis Presley
58. It's Too Late - Chuck Willis
59. The Closer You Are - Channels
60. You Gave Me Peace Of Mind - Spaniels
61. Treasure Of Love - Clyde McPhatter
62. The ABC's Of Love - Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
63. Since I Met You Baby - Ivory Joe Hunter
64. Bluejean Bop - Gene Vincent & the Bluecaps
65. Devil Or Angel - Clovers
66. Get Rhythm - Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two
67. One Night - Smiley Lewis
68. Party Doll - Buddy Knox
69. Ruby Baby - Drifters
70. You Can't Catch Me - Chuck Berry
71. Rock And Roll Ruby - Warren Smith
72. Crazy Arms - Ray Price / Jerry Lee Lewis
73. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind - Five Keys
74. Trying To Get To You - Elvis Presley
75. Up On The Mountain - Magnificents
76. You've Got Me Dizzy - Jimmy Reed
77. Church Bells May Ring - Willows
78. (You've Got) The Magic Touch - Platters
79. Candy - Big Maybelle
80. Your Promise To Be Mine - Drifters
81. Love Me - Elvis Presley
82. I'll Be Home - Flamingos
83. Share - Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
84. Rubber Biscuit - Chips
85. The Woo Woo Train - Valentines
86. Ubangi Stomp - Warren Smith
87. I Ain't Got You - Billy Boy
88. The Angels Sang - Solitaires
89. Please Say You Want Me - Schoolboys
90. Jump, Jive An' Wail - Louis Prima
91. Bottle To The Baby - Charlie Feathers
92. You Ain't Treatin' Me Right - Mac Curtis
93. I Want You To Be My Girl - Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
94. Forty Days And Forty Nights - Muddy Waters
95. Dixie Fried - Carl Perkins
96. Bacon Fat - Andre Williams
97. Just A Gigalo-I Ain't Got Nobody - Louis Prima
98. Young Love - Sonny James
99. Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
100. The Way You Look Tonight - Jaguars
20 more worth mentioning.
101. The Fool - Sanford Clark
102. So Long - Fats Domino
103. Anyway That You Want Me - Elvis Presley
104. Down In Mexico - Coasters
105. Can't We Be Sweethearts - Cleftones
106. Castle In The Sky - Bop-Chords
107. The Girl I Love - Cadillacs
108. When I'm With You - Moonglows
109. Your Way - Heartbeats
110. Just Walking In The Rain - Johnnie Ray
111. The Flying Saucer - Buchanan & Goodman
112. When My Dreamboat Comes Home - Fats Domino
113. I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent - Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
114. Confidential - Sonny Knight
115. Lonely Avenue - Ray Charles
116. I Can't Quit You Baby - Otis Rush
117. Sweet Little Angel - B.B. King
118. Don't Forbid Me - Pat Boone
119. The Green Door - Jim Lowe
120. See Saw - Moonglows
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1956
An unheralded great record from 1956
Bruce's choice -
* Down At Big Mamma's House - Rex Hale
Adam's choice -
* Uncloudy Day - Staple Singers

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Last Updated: 2009-07-20