1950s Top 1000

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RSN 1950s Top 1000
List created by Gabriel Thy

Our first list tracing the beginnings of rock and roll as both experienced by the nation, and this writer, who was born in 1955, the same year given as the birth of this new sound called rock and roll, a sound filthy rich in the roots and soils and sediment of American musical history tracking forward from the earlier stylings and sentiments of the disenfranchised. Radio Scenewash Network's Top 1000 of the 1950's traces the fertile period which coincides with the mashing of older black rhythm & blues music and musicians with the rush of young white performers destined to launch the Rock & Roll era. From Big Joe Turner to Chuck Berry to Elvis to Jerry Lee Lewis and Billy Haley, the music was taking form in a way that brought the kids to screams, and the adults to the cops. Disc jockeys were sprouting up in city after city all over the country to push this new sound. The 1950s were stoking the fires of political and musical change. These are the songs were made my own heart bleed as I grew older, before I became much younger again. —December 26, 2013

No. Time Name Artist Plays Genre Year
1 2:51 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On Jerry Lee Lewis 338 R&R 1957
2 2:39 Johnny B. Goode Chuck Berry 262 R&R 1958
3 3:01 In The Still of the Night Fred Parris & the Five Satins 256 R&B 1956
4 3:14 Great Balls Of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis 246 R&R 1957
5 2:11 Rock Around The Clock Bill Haley & His Comets 237 R&R 1955
6 2:39 At The Hop Danny & The Juniors 198 R&R 1958
7 2:19 Ain't That A Shame Fats Domino 190 R&R 1955
8 2:14 There Goes My Baby The Drifters 189 R&B 1959
9 2:21 Kansas City Wilbert Harrison 185 R&R 1959
10 2:19 Blueberry Hill Fats Domino 176 R&R 1956
11 2:32 Rock And Roll Music Chuck Berry 173 R&R 1957
12 2:33 Rock N Roll Is Here To Stay Danny & The Juniors 166 R&R 1958
13 2:43 Get A Job The Silhouettes 156 R&R 1958
14 2:26 Chantilly Lace The Big Bopper 152 R&R 1958
15 2:50 Maybe The Chantels 146 R&B 1958
16 2:09 Little Darlin' The Diamonds 143 R&R 1957
17 2:25 Back In The U.S.A. Chuck Berry 136 R&R 1959
18 4:40 Shout Isley Brothers 136 R&R 1959
19 2:37 Only You (And You Alone) The Platters 132 R&B 1955
20 2:52 Three Bells The Browns 125 Country 1959
21 2:21 To Know Him Is To Love Him Teddy Bears 113 R&R 1958
22 5:31 Real Wild Child (Live) Jerry Lee Lewis 111 R&R 1958
23 2:13 Splish Splash Bobby Darin 109 R&R 1958
24 1:51 Yakety Yak The Coasters 105 R&R 1958
25 2:51 Jambalaya (On The Bayou) Hank Williams Sr. 102 Country 1952
26 2:32 I Hear You Knockin' Smiley Lewis 100 R&B 1955
27 2:36 The Great Pretender The Platters 99 R&B 1956
28 3:37 Roll Over Beethoven Chuck Berry 94 R&R 1956
29 2:31 Oh Lonesome Me Don Gibson 92 Country 1958
30 2:30 The Girl Can't Help It Little Richard 92 R&R 1958
31 2:08 Long Tall Sally Little Richard 91 R&R 1957
32 2:44 I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Some Day Fats Domino 89 R&R 1959
33 2:26 I Can't Stop Loving You Don Gibson 88 Country 1958
34 3:12 Sweet Little Sixteen Chuck Berry 87 R&R 1958
35 2:22 I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You) Hank Williams Sr. 87 Country 1951
35 2:28 Battle Of New Orleans Johnny Horton 86 Country 1959
36 3:12 What'd I Say-Pt.1&2 Ray Charles 84 R&B 1959
37 2:13 Hound Dog Elvis Presley 81 R&R 1956
38 3:30 I'm Walkin' Fats Domino 81 R&R 1957
39 2:41 Your Cheatin' Heart Hank Williams Sr. 81 Country 1953
40 2:34 I Walk the Line Johnny Cash 80 Country 1955
41 2:19 Sweet Little Rock And Roller Chuck Berry 79 R&R 1959
42 2:39 Hey Joe Kitty Wells 79 Country 1953
43 2:36 Slippin' & Slidin' Little Richard 79 R&R 1956
44 1:53 Rave On! Buddy Holly & The Crickets 75 R&R 1958
45 2:21 The Book of Love The Monotones 74 R&R 1958
46 2:27 Waterloo Stonewall Jackson 73 Country 1959
47 2:21 Maybelline Chuck Berry 72 R&R 1955
48 2:02 La Bamba Ritchie Valens 72 Pop 1958
49 2:29 Shake Rattle and Roll Bill Haley & The Comets 71 R&R 1955
50 2:07 Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash 69 Country 1955
51 2:05 Que Sera Sera Doris Day 67 Pop 1956
52 2:36 Lonely Teardrops Jackie Wilson 67 R&B 1958
53 2:46 Just Because Lloyd Price 67 R&R 1957
54 2:01 Wake Up Little Susie Everly Brothers 66 R&R 1957
55 2:19 I Wonder Why Dion & The Belmonts 65 R&R 1958
56 2:31 Kaw-Liga Hank Williams Sr. 65 Country 1953
57 2:46 Gathering Flowers for the Master’s Bouquet Kitty Wells 65 Gospel 1959
58 2:34 Smile A Little Smile For Me The Royal Teens 65 R&R 1959
59 2:47 Walking My Lord Up Calvary's Hill Wilma Lee Cooper 65 Gospel 1959
60 2:04 Every Night (I Pray) The Chantels 64 R&R 1958
61 2:26 The Stroll The Diamonds 64 R&R 1958
62 2:13 Jim Dandy LaVern Baker 64 R&R 1956
63 2:53 Hey Good Lookin' Hank Williams Sr. 63 Country 1951
64 2:42 Cold Cold Heart Hank Williams Sr. 62 Country 1951
65 2:39 It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels Kitty Wells 62 Country 1952
66 2:57 All American Boy Bobby Bare 61 Country 1959
67 2:17 Charlie Brown The Coasters 61 R&R 1959
68 3:06 Bony Maronie Larry Williams 61 R&B 1959
69 2:37 Personality Lloyd Price Masters 61 R&R 1959
70 2:09 Oh Boy! Buddy Holly & The Crickets 60 R&R 1956
71 2:46 For Your Precious Love Jerry Butler 59 R&B 1958
72 2:36 Don't Take the Stars The Mystics 59 R&R 1959
73 2:12 Louie Louie Richard Berry & The Pharoahs 59 R&B 1957
74 2:24 The Ballad Of Davy Crockett Bill Hayes 57 Country 1955
75 2:16 Stupid Cupid Connie Francis 57 Pop 1958
76 2:06 Something Else Eddie Cochran 57 R&R 1959
77 2:35 Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley 57 Rock 1957
78 2:48 Flip Flop & Fly Big Joe Turner 56 R&B 1955
79 2:32 Peggy Sue Buddy Holly & The Crickets 56 R&R 1958
80 2:09 My Blue Heaven Fats Domino 56 R&R 1956
81 2:26 Cry Cry Cry Johnny Cash 55 R&R 1955
82 2:42 Love Me Tender Elvis Presley 54 Rock 1956
83 2:05 By the Light of the Silvery Moon Little Richard 54 R&R 1958
84 2:11 Oh Donna Ritchie Valens 54 R&B 1958
85 2:08 Everyday Buddy Holly & The Crickets 53 R&R 1958
86 2:56 One by One Kitty Wells & Red Foley 53 Country 1955
87 2:24 Diana Paul Anka 53 R&R 1957
88 2:17 Who's Sorry Now Connie Francis 52 Pop 1958
89 2:31 Baby We're Really In Love Hank Williams Sr. 52 Country 1951
90 2:05 Dedicated To The One I Love The Shirelles 52 R&B 1959
91 2:29 I Will Never Marry Anita Carter w/Hank Snow 51 Country 1959
92 2:06 Queen Of The Hop Bobby Darin 51 R&R 1958
93 2:11 That's All Right Elvis Presley 50 R&R 1955
94 2:20 Bye Bye Love Everly Brothers 50 R&R 1957
95 2:21 Little Bitty Pretty One Thurston Harris 50 R&R 1957
96 2:25 Collecting Girls Bernie Lawrence 50 R&R 1957
97 2:38 Baby Please Hank Ballard & The Midnighters 50 R&R 1958
98 2:30 Dust On the Bible Kitty Wells 50 Gospel 1959
99 2:24 Please Listen to Me Smiley Lewis 50 R&B 1956
100 2:27 Don't You Just Know It Huey Piano Smith 50 R&B 1958

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