100 Greatest Songs From 1959

Criteria: These songs from 1959 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. What'd I Say - Ray Charles
  2. I Only Have Eyes For You - Flamingos
  3. Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin
  4. There Goes My Baby - Drifters
  5. Shout - Isley Brothers
  6. Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison
  7. Poison Ivy - Coasters
  8. Money - Barrett Strong
  9. Love Potion No. 9 - Clovers
10. You're So Fine - Falcons
11. Handy Man - Jimmy Jones
12. Sea Of Love - Phil Phillips with the Twilights
13. Baby What You Want Me To Do - Jimmy Reed
14. A Teenager In Love - Dion & the Belmonts
15. I'm Ready - Fats Domino
16. Charlie Brown - Coasters
17. Back In The U.S.A. - Chuck Berry
18. Come Softly To Me - Fleetwoods
19. Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin
20. Dedicated To The One I Love - Shirelles
21. Dream Lover - Bobby Darin
22. It's Late - Ricky Nelson
23. Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny
24. Sweet Nothin's - Brenda Lee
25. Fannie Mae - Buster Brown
26. Hey Little Girl - Dee Clark
27. Harlem Nocturne - Viscounts
28. A Big Hunk O' Love - Elvis Presley
29. Somethin' Else - Eddie Cochran
30. Little Queenie - Chuck Berry
31. You Got What It Takes - Marv Johnson
32. That's Why (I Love You So) - Jackie Wilson
33. Forty Miles Of Bad Road - Duane Eddy
34. ('Til) I Kissed You - Everly Brothers
35. Along Came Jones - Coasters
36. Memphis, Tennessee - Chuck Berry
37. Mr. Blue - Fleetwoods
38. Road Runner - Bo Diddley
39. A Fool Such As I - Elvis Presley
40. I Want To Walk You Home - Fats Domino
41. Mary Lou - Ronnie Hawkins
42. What A Difference A Day Makes - Dinah Washington
43. Kansas City - Little Richard
44. Let The Good Times Roll - Ray Charles
45. Rooster Blues - Lightnin' Slim
46. Only Sixteen - Sam Cooke
47. The Battle Of New Orleans - Johnny Horton
48. Linda Lu - Ray Sharpe
49. Tallahassee Lassie - Freddy Cannon
50. (Sorry) I Ran All The Way Home - Impalas
51. It Doesn't Matter Anymore - Buddy Holly
52. Let It Be Me - Everly Brothers
53. Love You So - Ron Holden
54. Running Bear - Johnny Preston
55. This I Swear - Skyliners
56. Personality - Lloyd Price
57. I'll Be Satisfied - Jackie Wilson
58. That Is Rock And Roll - Coasters
59. Red River Rock - Johnny & the Hurricanes
60. Be My Guest - Fats Domino
61. El Paso - Marty Robbins
62. Guitar Boogie Shuffle - Virtues
63. I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday - Fats Domino
64. Say Man - Bo Diddley
65. What In The World's Come Over You - Jack Scott
66. Woo-Hoo - Rock-A-Teens
67. Almost Grown - Chuck Berry
68. Dance With Me - Drifters
69. Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop - Little Anthony & Imperials
70. Teen Beat - Sandy Nelson
71. Hushabye - Mystics
72. Baby Talk - Jan & Dean
73. Broken-Hearted Melody - Sarah Vaughan
74. Where Or When - Dion & the Belmonts
75. Bad Girl - Miracles
76. Hully Gully - Olympics
77. Forty Days - Ronnie Hawkins
78. Mountain Of Love - Harold Dorman
79. The Angels Listened In - Crests
80. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans - Freddy Cannon
81. Lavender Blue - Sammy Turner
82. Babalu's Wedding Day - Eternals
83. Don't Mess With My Man - Irma Thomas
84. (Do The) Mashed Potatoes - Nat Kendrick & the Swans
85. Take Out Some Insurance - Jimmy Reed
86. We Got Love - Bobby Rydell
87. Put Your Head On My Shoulder - Paul Anka
88. The Happy Organ - Dave "Baby" Cortez
89. Peggy Sue Got Married - Buddy Holly
90. Lipstick On Your Collar - Connie Francis
91. Never Be Anyone Else But You - Ricky Nelson
92. Lonely Boy - Paul Anka
93. Lonely Blue Boy - Conway Twitty
94. I Need Your Love Tonight - Elvis Presley
95. I'm Gonna Get Married - Lloyd Price
96. Teen Angel - Mark Dinning
97. Bad Boy - Larry Williams
98. Venus - Frankie Avalon
99. Kissin' Time - Bobby Rydell
100. Rockin' Little Angel - Ray Smith
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Who's That Knocking - Genies
102. Go To The Mardi Gras - Professor Longhair
103. It Was I - Skip & Flip
104. Dead Man Stroll - Revels
105. Good Good Lovin' - James Brown
106. Crackin' Up - Bo Diddley
107. Hot Rod Lincoln - Charlie Ryan
108. Brand New Cadillac - Vince Taylor
109. There Is Something On Your Mind - Big Jay McNeely & Little Sonny
110. White Lightning - George Jones
111. Leave My Kitten Alone - Little Willie John
112. Talk That Talk - Jackie Wilson
113. Just To Be With You - Passions
114. Six Nights A Week - Crests
115. Here Comes Summer - Jerry Keller
116. Bongo Rock - Preston Epps
117. Just Keep It Up - Dee Clark
118. Rockin' In The Jungle - Eternals
119. Darling Lorraine - Knockouts
120. Living Doll - Cliff Richard
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1959
An unheralded great record from 1959
Bruce's choice -
* I Need Your Love - Gay Poppers
Adam's choice -
* Dry Bread - Hank Thompson
Brett's choice -
* Three Cool Cats - Coasters

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Last Updated: 2009-08-11