Top 50 Songs
Sun Records has been called the birthplace of rock and roll. In January 1950, Sam Phillips opened Memphis Recording Service, which evolved into Sun Records in 1952. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, the studio focused on southern-rooted music like blues and country. It was the merger of these two genres which has largely been defined as the beginning of rock and roll. To that end, the studio birthed songs such as “Rocket 88” by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats and “That’s All Right” by Elvis Presley, which have both staked claims as the first rock and roll song.
Of course, the studio is best known as the launching pad for Elvis Presley, but it also served that purpose for B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Junior Parker, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Charlie Rich.
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Top 50 Songs
Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists, appearances on compilations and live albums by the featured act, and songs’ chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards.
DMDB Top 1%:
1. Jerry Lee Lewis “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” (1957)
DMDB Top 2%:
8. Elvis Presley “Mystery Train” (1955)
DMDB Top 5%:
9. Bill Justis “Raunchy” (1957)
DMDB Top 10%:
11. Jerry Lee Lewis “Crazy Arms” (1956)
DMDB Top 20%:
18. Elvis Presley “Baby Let’s Play House” (1955)
21. Carl Perkins “Honey Don’t” (1956)
31. Carl Perkins “Dixie Fried” (1956)
Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:
32. Johnny Cash “The Ways of a Woman in Love” (1958)
41. Jerry Lee Lewis “You Win Again” (1957)
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First posted 8/21/2023; last updated 8/23/2023.