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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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The Five Satins
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I Wonder Why - Dion & The Belm... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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Earth Angel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Penguins
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Only You (And You Alone) is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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Come Go With Me is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Dell Vikings
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Book of Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Monotones
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Silhouettes, The Rays is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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Blue Moon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Marcels
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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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I Only Have Eyes for You is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Flamingos
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Runaround Sue is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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Little Darlin’ is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Original Diamonds
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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Crests
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The Chords
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Duke of Earl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Gene Chandler
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At the Hop is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
Danny and The Juniors
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The Lion Sleeps Tonight is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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The Wanderer, Dion is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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Be My Baby, The Ronettes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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There’s a Moon Out Tonight is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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Love Potion No. 9 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
The Clovers
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Please Mr Postman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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Get a Job, The Silhouettes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Doo Wop Songs
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