Songs The Very Best Doo Wop Songs  

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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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152 43
Earth Angel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Penguins

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119 30
Why Do Fools Fall in Love is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers

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126 34
Blue Moon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Marcels

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143 45
I Only Have Eyes for You is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Flamingos

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166 58
Sh-Boom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Chords

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106 28
Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Crests

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109 30
Little Darlin’ is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Original Diamonds

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82 16
Why Do Fools Fall in Love is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers

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104 28
The Great Pretender is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Platters

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105 30
In the Still of the Night is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Five Satins

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103 31
Come Go With Me is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Dell Vikings

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128 45
Duke of Earl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Gene Chandler

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91 26
Only You (And You Alone) is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs

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76 19
Silhouettes, The Rays is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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81 22
Book of Love is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Monotones

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86 25
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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97 33
The Lion Sleeps Tonight is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs

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42 6
I Wonder Why - Dion & The Belm... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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69 20
Love Potion No. 9 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Clovers

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78 27
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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76 26
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs

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64 22
He's So Fine, The Chiffons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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61 22
Big Girls Don't Cry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added The Four Seasons

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66 27
Yakety Yak is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Coasters

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54 19
There’s a Moon Out Tonight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs

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45 13
At the Hop, Danny and the Juni... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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60 24
Rama Lama Ding Dong is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Edsels

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41 12
Get a Job, The Silhouettes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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56 23
Gee, The Crows is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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42 13
Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay,... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs

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57 24
Heart and Soul, Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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37 10
Runaround Sue, Dion is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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50 20
Mr. Bass Man, Johnny Cymbal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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48 19
When You Dance is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Turbans

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52 22
Perfidia, The Crows is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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54 24
Since I Don’t Have You is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Skyliners

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38 12
The Wanderer, Dion is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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38 12
Little Bitty Pretty One, Thurs... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs

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27 5
Be My Baby, The Ronettes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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50 23
The Letter, The Medallions is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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50 24
Please, Please, Please, James ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs

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50 24
You Really Got a Hold on Me, T... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs

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52 26
The Longest Time is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added Billy Joel

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38 15
Yakety Yak, The Coasters is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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45 22
One Summer Night is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Danleers

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33 14
Charlie Brown, The Coasters is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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28 10
Remember Then - The Earls is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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34 16
Twilight Time is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Platters

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33 16
Tonite Tonite is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Mello Kings

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36 19
There Goes My Baby is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Drifters