100 Greatest Songs From 1959

recording artists Ray Charles, Flamingos, Bobby Darin, and the Drifters
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.

What'd I Say record sleve

I Only Have Eyes For You record
Mack The Knife record sleve

Shout record sleve
Kansas City old record ad There Goes My Baby poster
You're So Fine poster
Only Sixteen poster
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
Bruce's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1959
* I Need Your Love Gay Poppers
Adam's Choice:
* Dry Bread Hank Thompson
Brett's Choice:
* Three Cool Cats Coasters