100 Greatest Songs From 1952

Criteria: These songs from 1952 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.

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1 Lawdy Miss Clawdy Lloyd Price
2 Jambalaya (On The Bayou) Hank Williams
3 Have Mercy Baby Dominoes
4 One Mint Julep Clovers
5 Night Train Jimmy Forrest
6 My Song Johnny Ace
7 Goin' Home Fats Domino
8 Moody Mood For Love King Pleasure
9 Juke Little Walter
10 Baby Don't Do It "5" Royales
11 5-10-15 Hours Ruth Brown
12 I Don't Know Willie Mabon
13 I Believe Elmore James
14 Rock The Joint Bill Haley with the Saddlemen
15 K.C. Lovin' Little Willie Littlefield
16 Ting-A-Ling Clovers
17 You Win Again Hank Williams
18 The Bells Dominoes
19 Dream Girl Jesse & Marvin
20 No More Doggin' Rosco Gordon
21 That's What You're Doing To Me Dominoes
22 I'd Be Satisfied Dominoes
23 I'm Gone Shirley & Lee
24 I'll Drown In My Tears Sonny Thompson (Lula Reed)
25 The Wild Side Of Life Hank Thompson
26 Honky Tonk Blues Hank Williams
27 Five Long Years Eddie Boyd
28 She Moves Me Muddy Waters
29 Big Ten Inch Record Moose Jackson
30 Heavenly Father Edna McGriff with Buddy Lucas
31 I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive Hank Williams
32 You Know I Love You B.B. King
33 Rocket 69 Todd Rhodes (Connie Allen)
34 Hey Miss Fannie Clovers
35 Wheel Of Fortune Kay Starr / Cardinals
36 It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels Kitty Wells
37 Settin' The Woods On Fire Hank Williams
38 Middle Of The Night Clovers
39 Beside You Swallows
40 Sad Hours Little Walter
41 My Story Chuck Willis
42 Nine Below Zero Sonny Boy Williamson
43 High Noon Tex Ritter
44 Sweet Sixteen Joe Turner
45 I Played The Fool Clovers
46 Half As Much Hank Williams
47 Keep On Churnin' Wynonie Harris
48 Mailman Blues Lloyd Price
49 New Blowtop Blues Dinah Washington
50 Walkin' My Baby Back Home Nat "King" Cole / Johnnie Ray
51 The Bells Are Ringing Smiley Lewis
52 Daddy Daddy Ruth Brown
53 The Glow Worm Mills Brothers
54 Red Sails In The Sunset Five Keys
55 Please Mr. Sun Johnnie Ray
56 Don't You Cry Joe Turner
57 Gabbin' Blues Big Maybelle
58 I'm Gonna Play The Honky Tonks Marie Adams
59 Mary Jo Four Blazes
60 My Ding-A-Ling Dave Bartholomew
61 Story From My Heart And Soul B.B. King
62 A Beggar For Your Kisses Diamonds
63 Mean Old World Little Walter
64 Every Beat Of My Heart Royals
65 You Belong To Me Orioles / Jo Stafford
66 I Only Have Eyes For You Swallows
67 Rock Me All Night Long Ravens
68 So Tired Roy Milton
69 Poor Poor Me Fats Domino
70 Can't Do Sixty No More Du Droppers
71 Serve Another Round Five Keys
72 How Long Fats Domino
73 Take All Of Me "5" Royales
74 Roll Mr. Jelly Amos Milburn
75 Oooh-Oooh-Oooh Lloyd Price
76 Pedal Pushin' Papa Dominoes
77 Bad News Baby (There'll Be No Rockin' Tonight) Wynonie Harris
78 Hard Times Charles Brown
79 Kissa Me Baby Ray Charles
80 Trouble In Mind Dinah Washington
81 Kiss Of Fire Billy Eckstine
82 Night And Day (I Miss You So) Roy Milton
83 Rocking On Sunday Night Treniers
84 Call Operator 210 Floyd Dixon / Johnny Otis (Mel Walker)
85 Courage To Love "5" Royales
86 Street Walking Woman T-Bone Walker
87 All Night Long Muddy Waters
88 Aged And Mellow Little Esther
89 Gumbo Blues Smiley Lewis
90 Soft Tiny Bradshaw
91 Saturday Night Daddy Little Esther & Bobby Nunn
92 The Last Of The Good Rockin' Men Four Jacks
93 Your Daddy's Doggin' Around Todd Rhodes (Connie Allen)
94 I'll Be Gone Fats Domino
95 Mainliner Little Esther
96 The Wolf Is At Your Door Howlin' Wolf
97 Moonrise Royals
98 You're My Inspiration Five Crowns
99 You're Part Of Me Four Buddies
100 It's So Peaceful Smiley Lewis
20 more worth mentioning.
101 Mr. Highway Man Howlin' Wolf
102 Yes Sir That's My Baby Five Keys
103 I Can't Lose With The Stuff I Use Lester Williams
104 Ain't Nothin' Happenin' Little Richard
105 Flame In My Heart Checkers
106 Lillie Mae Smiley Lewis
107 So Much Trouble Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry
108 Nosey Joe Moose Jackson
109 The Bump Cardinals
110 I Brought It All On Myself Little Richard
111 Feelin' Sad Guitar Slim
112 Goodbye Baby Little Caesar
113 Restless Heart Lloyd Price
114 Let's Call It A Day Sonny Thompson (Lula Reed)
115 Thinking And Drinking Amos Milburn
116 The Big Question Percy Mayfield
117 My Heart's Desire Jimmy Lee & Artis
118 Blackberry Boogie Tennessee Ernie Ford
119 Looped Tommy Ridgley
120 Last Call (For Alcohol) Julia Lee
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1952
Bruce's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1952
* Oh, Oh, Oh, Baby Checkers
Adam's Choice:
* Back Door Friend Jimmy Rogers

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