100 Greatest Songs From 1958

Criteria: These songs from 1958 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. Johnny B. Goode
Chuck Berry
2. Summertime Blues
Eddie Cochran
3. Good Golly Miss Molly
Little Richard
4. For Your Precious Love
Jerry Butler & the Impressions
5. Sweet Little Sixteen
Chuck Berry
6. Yakety Yak
7. La Bamba
Ritchie Valens
8. Since I Don't Have You
9. Rumble
Link Wray
10. Lonely Teardrops
Jackie Wilson
11. Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes
Chuck Willis
12. Sea Cruise
Frankie Ford
13. Rave On
Buddy Holly
14. All I Have To Do Is Dream
Everly Brothers
15. Rock-in Robin
Bobby Day
16. Reelin And Rocking
Chuck Berry
17. Rebel Rouser
Duane Eddy
18. Chantilly Lace
Big Bopper
19. C'mon Everybody
Eddie Cochran
20. Do You Want To Dance
Bobby Freeman
21. Willie And The Hand Jive
Johnny Otis Show
22. Breathless
Jerry Lee Lewis
23. Stagger Lee
Lloyd Price
24. Tequila
25. It's Only Make Believe
Conway Twitty
26. Tears On My Pillow
Little Anthony & the Imperials
27. Dizzy Miss Lizzy
Larry Williams
28. Around And Around
Chuck Berry
29. Don't You Just Know It
Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns
30. One Night
Elvis Presley
31. Carol
Chuck Berry
32. What Am I Living For
Chuck Willis
33. Sixteen Candles
34. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
35. Bird Dog
Everly Brothers
36. Splish Splash
Bobby Darin
37. I Wonder Why
Dion & the Belmonts
38. Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay
Danny & the Juniors
39. Whole Lotta Loving
Fats Domino
40. (Night Time Is) The Right Time
Ray Charles
41. Come On Let's Go
Ritchie Valens
42. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
Carl Perkins
43. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
Brenda Lee
44. Run Rudolph Run
Chuck Berry
45. Donna
Ritchie Valens
46. Little Star
47. High School Confidential
Jerry Lee Lewis
48. It's All In The Game
Tommy Edwards
49. Twilight Time
50. Ten Commandments Of Love

51. It's So Easy
52. Rama Lama Ding Dong
53. A Lover's Question
Clyde McPhatter
54. Believe What You Say
Ricky Nelson
55. One Summer Night
56. Drip Drop
57. Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)
Domenico Modugno
58. Poor Little Fool
Ricky Nelson
59. Slow Down
Larry Williams
60. Queen Of The Hop
Bobby Darin
61. Over And Over
Bobby Day
62. Hard Headed Woman
Elvis Presley
63. There's A Moon Out Tonight
64. I Met Him On A Sunday
65. To Know Him Is To Love Him
Teddy Bears
66. Lovers Never Say Goodbye
67. Jennie Lee
Jan & Arnie
68. The Walk
Jimmy McCracklin
69. Let's Have A Party
Wanda Jackson
70. Trouble
Elvis Presley
71. Well...All Right
Buddy Holly
72. You Cheated
73. So Fine
74. Western Movies
75. The Twist
Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
76. It's Just A Matter Of Time
Brook Benton
77. Devoted To You
Everly Brothers
78. Talk To Me, Talk To Me
Little Willie John
79. I'm So Young
80. Try Me
James Brown & the Famous Flames
81. One For My Baby
Frank Sinatra
82. My True Love
Jack Scott
83. To Be Loved
Jackie Wilson
84. Lonesome Town
Ricky Nelson
85. Ooh! My Soul
Little Richard
86. Lollipop
87. High Blood Pressure
Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns
88. Sweet Home Chicago
Little Junior Parker
89. I Cried A Tear
Lavern Baker
90. Stormy Weather
91. The Way I Walk
Jack Scott
92. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
Elvis Presley
93. I'm Gonna Love You Too
Buddy Holly
94. Fever
Peggy Lee
95. Tom Dooley
Kingston Trio
96. For Your Love
Ed Townsend
97. I Love You So
98. That Old Black Magic
Louis Prima & Keely Smith
99. Summertime, Summertime
100. Goodbye Baby
Jack Scott
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Every Night (I Pray)
102. Trickle, Trickle
103. I've Had It
104. Secretly
Jimmie Rodgers
105. Leroy
Jack Scott
106. Move It
Cliff Richard
107. Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey
Little Richard
108. Dearest Darling
Bo Diddley
109. Skinny Minnie
Bill Haley & His Comets
110. Little Pig
Dale Hawkins
111. The All American Boy
Bill Parsons (Bobby Bare)
112. The Purple People Eater
Sheb Wooley
113. Just A Dream
Jimmy Clanton
114. Witch Doctor
David Seville
115. Endless Sleep
Jody Reynolds
116. Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart
117. Chapel Of Dreams
118. The End
Earl Grant
119. Try The Impossible
Lee Andrews & the Hearts
120. Stupid Cupid
Connie Francis
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1958
An unheralded great record from 1958
Bruce's choice:
* Sixteen Cats
Joey Micheals
Adam's choice:
* Don't Wait Up
Laura Lee Perkins
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Last Updated: 2009-08-11