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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158 43
In the Still of the Night is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Five Satins

2
212 69
Earth Angel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Penguins

3
216 73
Sh-Boom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Chords

4
157 47
Why Do Fools Fall in Love is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers

5
163 50
Blue Moon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Marcels

6
176 57
I Only Have Eyes for You is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Flamingos

7
142 41
Little Darlin’ is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Original Diamonds

8
127 34
The Great Pretender is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Platters

9
161 52
Duke of Earl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Gene Chandler

10
115 29
Only You (And You Alone) is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs

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105 24
Why Do Fools Fall in Love is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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99 21
Silhouettes, The Rays is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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138 41
Come Go With Me is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Dell Vikings

14
106 26
Book of Love is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Monotones

15
125 37
Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Crests

16
72 12
I Wonder Why - Dion & The Belm... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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17
125 41
The Lion Sleeps Tonight is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs

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108 32
At the Hop is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Danny and The Juniors

19
73 16
Runaround Sue, Dion is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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20
100 36
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs

21
86 29
Love Potion No. 9 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Clovers

22
66 17
The Wanderer, Dion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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92 34
Please Mr Postman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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74 23
There’s a Moon Out Tonight is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs

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79 27
He's So Fine, The Chiffons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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