|First posted 2/26/2010; updated 3/14/2021.|
Top 100 Songs
Doo-wop emerged in the 1950s as an integral force in the shaping of early rock and roll. The genre was marked by vocal groups, predominantly male and black.
This list was originally a top 20 list posted on the DMDB Facebook page in 2010 after I stumbled across a Doo Wop Hall of Fame (which looks like someone’s personal site). The list has since been revised, aggregating more than 25 best-of lists of doo-wops songs (see sources at the bottom of the page). Those songs appearing on three or more lists are then listed based on their overall status in Dave’s Music Database.
In March 2021, Stuart Weiss, a DJ with MemoryLaneOldies.com, used this list for a countdown of the top 100 doo-wop songs of all time on his Sunday Night Doo Wop Party radio show. You can listen to it here:
Note: click here to see other genre-specific song lists.
1. The Penguins “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” (1954)
11. The Four Seasons “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (1962)
21. The Drifters “There Goes My Baby” (1959)
31. The Fleetwoods “Come Softly to Me” (1959)
41. The Moonglows “Sincerely” (1955)
51. The Coasters “Charlie Brown” (1959)
61. The Danleers “One Summer Night” (1958)
71. The Skyliners “This I Swear” (1959)
81. The Channels “That’s My Desire” (1957)
91. Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers “I’m Not a Juvenile Delinquent” (1956)
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