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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Sh-Boom is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Sh-Boom The Chords

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99 25
Earth Angel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Earth Angel The Penguins

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106 31
I Only Have Eyes for You is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
I Only Have Eyes for You The Flamingos

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78 16
Why Do Fools Fall in Love is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Why Do Fools Fall in Love Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers

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76 16
Little Darlin’ is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Little Darlin’ The Original Diamonds

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92 25
Duke of Earl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Duke of Earl Gene Chandler

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67 12
Only You (And You Alone) is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs

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71 16
Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Sixteen Candles The Crests

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64 12
Book of Love is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Book of Love The Monotones

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55 9
Why Do Fools Fall in Love is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added Why Do Fools Fall in Love Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers

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77 21
Come Go With Me is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Come Go With Me The Dell Vikings

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80 23
Blue Moon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Blue Moon The Marcels

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73 19
The Great Pretender is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Great Pretender The Platters

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs

The Best Doo-wop Groups/Artists

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55 10
Silhouettes, The Rays is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added Silhouettes, The Rays

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At the Hop is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
At the Hop Danny and The Juniors

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67 20
The Lion Sleeps Tonight is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs

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57 14
Please Mr Postman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added Please Mr Postman The Marvelettes

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49 12
He's So Fine, The Chiffons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added He's So Fine, The Chiffons

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49 13
Love Potion No. 9 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Love Potion No. 9 The Clovers

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65 24
In the Still of the Night is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
In the Still of the Night The Five Satins

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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50 14
Yakety Yak is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Yakety Yak The Coasters

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45 11
Heart and Soul, Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added Heart and Soul, Jan and Dean

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46 13
Gee, The Crows is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added Gee, The Crows

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41 12
Please, Please, Please, James ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs

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41 13
Big Girls Don't Cry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added Big Girls Don't Cry The Four Seasons

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39 12
The Longest Time is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added The Longest Time Billy Joel

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40 13
Mr. Bass Man, Johnny Cymbal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added Mr. Bass Man, Johnny Cymbal

The Worst Beatles Songs

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38 12
Perfidia, The Crows is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added Perfidia, The Crows featuring Lorraine Ellis

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40 14
The Letter, The Medallions is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added The Letter, The Medallions

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38 13
You Really Got a Hold on Me, T... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs

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38 13
When You Dance is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
When You Dance The Turbans

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22 3
I Wonder Why - Dion & The Belm... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Vickie Bateman added I Wonder Why - Dion & The Belmonts

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42 17
Rama Lama Ding Dong is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Rama Lama Ding Dong The Edsels

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28 7
Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay,... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs

Songs That Were Total Ripoffs

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28 7
Get a Job, The Silhouettes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added Get a Job, The Silhouettes

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35 13
The Air, The Mothers of Invent... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added The Air, The Mothers of Invention

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34 13
Go Cry on Somebody Else's Shou... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added Go Cry on Somebody Else's Shoulder The Mothers of Invention

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26 7
Little Bitty Pretty One, Thurs... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs

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34 14
There’s a Moon Out Tonight is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs

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26 8
At the Hop, Danny and the Juni... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added At the Hop, Danny and the Juniors

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26 8
Yakety Yak, The Coasters is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added Yakety Yak, The Coasters

The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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32 14
Since I Don’t Have You is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Since I Don’t Have You The Skyliners

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23 7
Charlie Brown, The Coasters is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added Charlie Brown, The Coasters

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24 8
Twilight Time is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Twilight Time The Platters

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20 5
The Wanderer, Dion is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added The Wanderer, Dion

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17 4
Remember Then - The Earls is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Vickie Bateman added Remember Then - The Earls

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16 4
Runaround Sue, Dion is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added Runaround Sue, Dion

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19 7
Down In the Alley, The Clovers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added Down In the Alley, The Clovers

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15 4
Soldier Boy, The Shirelles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Mark Lanzarotta added Soldier Boy, The Shirelles