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The Very Best Doo Wop Songs 

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Updated May 27, 2020 11.4k votes 1.4k voters 43.9k views 144 items

When it comes to the best doo wop songs, the tunes on this list are hard to beat. With their notable harmonies, these popular doo wop songs are memorable and catchy. Doo wop as a whole has a significant place in music history – so if you aren’t familiar with the genre, learn more by listening to these top songs.

Characteristics of good doo wop music include vocal group harmony with a wide range of voices, and relatively simple music and lyrics, along with a simple beat. Of course, this isn’t a hard and fast rule. Plenty of the famous doo wop songs listed here vary a bit from the conventional doo wop characteristics. That’s what makes them great!

The best doowop songs on this list include hits by some of music’s greatest acts, including The Platters (with multiple entries, including “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” and “Only You”), The Flamingos (“I Only Have Eyes for You”) and The Chords. You might not be familiar with the group, but you sure know their biggest hit song: “Sh-Boom.” This doowop song list includes some early favorites in the genre, and some songs that became mega-hits once doo wop got a real foothold in popular music.

Which of these popular doo wop songs is worthy of the number one spot? It's time to decide, with your vote!

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Earth Angel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Penguins
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The Chords
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The Five Satins
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I Only Have Eyes for You... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Flamingos
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Blue Moon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Marcels
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Duke of Earl is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Gene Chandler
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Come Go With Me is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Dell Vikings
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Little Darlin’ is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Original Diamonds
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The Great Pretender is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Platters
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Book of Love is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Monotones
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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Crests
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The Lion Sleeps Tonight ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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Only You (And You Alone)... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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Silhouettes, The Rays is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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At the Hop is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Danny and The Juniors
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Runaround Sue is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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I Wonder Why - Dion &... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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Please Mr Postman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added The Marvelettes
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The Wanderer, Dion is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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He's So Fine, The Chiffo... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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There’s a Moon Out Tonig... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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Big Girls Don't Cry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added The Four Seasons
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Be My Baby, The Ronettes... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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