Top 100 Lists


TOP 100 CHESS-CHECKER HITS
1950-1969

  1. Sweet Little Sixteen - Chuck Berry - 1958
  2. Maybellene - Chuck Berry - 1955
  3. I Don't Know - Willie Mabon - 1953
  4. Sally, Go 'Round the Roses - The Jaynetts - 1963
  5. School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell) - Chuck Berry - 1957
  6. My Babe - Little Walter - 1955
  7. Let Me In - The Sensations - 1962
  8. (I Don't Know Why) But I Do - Clarence "Frogman"
    Henry
    - 1961
  9. Rescue Me - Fontella Bass - 1965
  10. Over the Mountain Across the Sea - Johnnie and Joe - 1957
  11. Book of Love - The Monotones - 1958
  12. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby - The Tune Weavers - 1957
  13. Rocket "88" - Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats - 1951
  14. The "In" Crowd - The Ramsey Lewis Trio - 1965
  15. Juke - Little Walter - 1952
  16. Sincerely - The Moonglows - 1955
  17. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley - 1955
  18. I'm Mad - Willie Mabon - 1953
  19. Rock and Roll Music - Chuck Berry - 1957
  20. The Walk - Jimmy McCracklin - 1958
  21. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry - 1958
  22. Stay in My Corner - The Dells - 1968
  23. Booted - Roscoe Gordon - 1952
  24. Rinky Dink - Baby Cortez - 1962
  25. No Particular Place to Go - Chuck Berry - 1964
  26. Oh, What a Night - The Dells - 1969
  27. Summertime - Billy Stewart - 1966
  28. Pictures of Matchstick Men - The Status Quo - 1968
  29. Smoky Places - The Corsairs - 1962
  30. Hi-Heel Sneakers - Tommy Tucker - 1964
  31. Selfish One - Jackie Ross - 1964
  32. Mama Didn't Lie - Jan Bradley - 1963
  33. You Never Can Tell - Chuck Berry - 1964
  34. Reconsider Baby - Lowell Fulson - 1954
  35. Ain't Got No Home - Clarence "Frogman" Henry - 1957
  36. Wade in the Water - The Ramsey Lewis Trio - 1966
  37. Teardrops - Lee Andrews and the Hearts - 1958
  38. Say Man - Bo Diddley - 1959
  39. Just Make Love To Me - Muddy Waters - 1954
  40. You're So Fine - Little Walter - 1954
  41. Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong - 1960
  42. Hang On Sloopy - The Ramsey Lewis Trio - 1965
  43. You Always Hurt the One You Love - Clarence
    "Frogman" Henry
    - 1961
  44. This Should Go on Forever - Rod Bernard - 1959
  45. Ten Commandments of Love - Harvey and the
    Moonglows
    - 1958
  46. Susie-Q - Dale Hawkins - 1957
  47. Sad Hours - Little Walter - 1952
  48. Carol - Chuck Berry - 1958
  49. There Is - The Dells - 1968
  50. Tell Mama - Etta James - 1967
  51. We're Gonna Make It - Little Milton - 1965
  52. Been So Long - The Pastels - 1958
  53. Key to the Highway - Little Walter - 1958
  54. I'm Ready - Muddy Waters - 1954
  55. All I Could Do Was Cry - Etta James - 1960
  56. Always Together - The Dells - 1968
  57. See Saw - The Moonglows - 1956
  58. I Do Love You - Billy Stewart - 1965
  59. I Can Sing a Rainbow/Love is Blue - The Dells - 1969
  60. Nadine (Is It You?) - Chuck Berry - 1964
  61. At Last - Etta James - 1961
  62. Searching For My Love - Bobby Moore and the
    Rhythm Aces
    - 1966
  63. Blues With a Feeling - Little Walter - 1953
  64. Don't Start Me Talkin' - "Sonny Boy" Williamson - 1955
  65. I'm Your Hoochie Cooche Man - Muddy Waters - 1954
  66. Sitting in the Park - Billy Stewart - 1965
  67. Pushover - Etta James - 1963
  68. Almost Grown - Chuck Berry - 1959
  69. Here Comes the Judge - Pigmeat Markham - 1968
  70. The Watusi - The Vibrations - 1961
  71. La-Do-Dada - Dale Hawkins - 1958
  72. My Dearest Darling - Etta James - 1960
  73. How Many More Years - Howlin' Wolf - 1951
  74. Thirty Days (To Come Back Home) - Chuck Berry - 1955
  75. Trust in Me - Etta James - 1961
  76. The Entertainer - Tony Clarke - 1965
  77. Don't Mess Up a Good Thing - Fontella Bass and
    Bobby McClure
    - 1965
  78. Something's Got a Hold on Me - Etta James - 1962
  79. Close to You - Muddy Waters - 1958
  80. Secret Love - Billy Stewart - 1966
  81. Roll Over Beethoven - Chuck Berry - 1956
  82. Stop the Wedding - Etta James - 1962
  83. Third Degree - Eddie Boyd - 1953
  84. Poison Ivy - Willie Mabon - 1954
  85. Too Much Monkey Business - Chuck Berry - 1956
  86. I'll Be Home - The Flamingos - 1956
  87. Security - Etta James - 1968
  88. Recovery - Fontella Bass - 1966
  89. Back in the U.S.A. - Chuck Berry - 1959
  90. A Hard Day's Night - The Ramsey Lewis Trio - 1966
  91. I Had a Talk With My Man - Mitty Collier - 1964
  92. Who's Cheating Who? - Little Milton - 1965
  93. Manish Boy - Muddy Waters - 1955
  94. If I Can't Have You - Etta and Harvey - 1960
  95. Wang Dang Doodle - Ko Ko Taylor - 1966
  96. My Foolish Heart - Gene Ammons - 1950
  97. Most of All - The Moonglows - 1955
  98. Mean Old World - Little Walter - 1953
  99. 24 Hours - Eddie Boyd - 1953
  100. Stone Crazy - Buddy Guy - 1962

This list is comprised of songs released on Chess Records and its subsidiary labels Checker, Argo, Cadet and Cadet Concept, as well as the Anna, Tuff and Julia labels distributed by Chess. Rankings are based on the popularity of each song during the period of 1950 through 1969.

Chuck Berry tops all artists with 14 songs on the list, followed by Etta James with ten (including one with Harvey Fuqua). Little Walter is next with seven, while The Dells and Muddy Waters have five apiece. The Moonglows have four (including one as Harvey and the Moonglows); Harvey's duet with Etta brings his total to five. The Ramsey Lewis Trio and Billy Stewart each have four. Two artists may seem out of place on the list due to distribution deals made with Chess: British band The Status Quo (#28) and Motown singer-songwriter Barrett Strong (#41). The decade of the 1950s (with 51 entries on the list) holds a slight edge over the 1960s (with 49); there are nine songs from the year 1965, though 1955 appears to have been the company's hottest year with eight entries including four in the top 20.




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