A Tribute To The 1950’s: The Doo Wop Playlist

doo wop 45 Doo Wop was a specific sub-genre of R&B that was born on the street corners of the 1950’s when city kids went beyond simple harmonies of the 1940’s and began vocalizing sounds that were traditionally created by instruments. They inadvertently created an entirely new style called Doo Wop that would become a major force in popular music for over a decade. The genre had peaked in popularity by the early 1960’s, but its influence extended into the electric style of the early Motown sound through groups like the Four Tops, Temptations, Isley Brothers, and others.

I spent a couple of days researching Doo Wop bands for this list, and even though I eliminated a lot of borderline acts with a fairly strict interpretation of what Doo Wop is, I still ended up with over 130 tracks. There should be a good balance between classics and rarities, but I didn’t grow up in the 50’s, so if you notice any glaring omissions, be sure to drop me a comment.

You won’t find Little Jon & The Teen Tones in the mix (I faked the picture from an old Atlantic 45), but you can listen to the Doo Wop playlist by scrolling all the way to the left in the player below.

Enjoy!


All 130+ Doo Wop Tracks Available On the Playlist

  1. “(Will You) Come Back My Love (LP Version)”
    by The Wrens
    Doo Wop Classics, Vol. 4
  2. “16 Candles”
    by Crests
    The Best of…
  3. “A Little Bit Of Soap”
    by The Jarmels
    WCBS FM101 History Of Rock: The 60’s Part 5
  4. “A Lover’s Question”
    by Clyde McPhatter
    Rockin’ and Driftin’ – The Drifters Box Set
  5. “A Teenager in Love”
    by Dion & The Belmonts
    WCBS FM 101 History of Rock (The 50s) Part 1
  6. “Angel”
    by Montereys
    Doo-Wop Car Songs!/The Doo-Wop Angel Songs!
  7. “At the Hop”
    by Danny & The Juniors
    Billboard Top Rock N’ Roll Hits of 1958
  8. “Babalu’s Wedding Day”
    by The Eternals
    The Doo-Wop Era, Part 1 (WCBS FM 101 History of Rock)
  9. “Baby Talk”
    by Jan & Dean
    The Golden Age Of Rock ‘N’ Roll Volume 4 – Hot Hits From 1954 -1963
  10. “Batman, Wolfman, Frankenstein Or Dracula”
    by The Diamonds
    The Best Of The Diamonds
  11. “Bing Bong”
    by The Silhouettes
    Get a Job
  12. “Blanche”
    by The Three Friends
    For Lovers Only Vol. 4
  13. “Blue Moon”
    by The Marcels
    The Best Of Doo Wop Uptempo
  14. “Book of Love”
    by The Monotones
    Who Wrote the Book of Love?
  15. “Buzz-Buzz-Buzz”
    by The Hollywood Flames
    The Best Of Doo Wop Uptempo
  16. “Castles in the Sky”
    by The Bop Chords
    The Doo-Wop Era, Part 1 (WCBS FM 101 History of Rock)
  17. “Chapel Bells”
    by The Fascinators
    WCBS FM-101 The Anniversary Album The 50s
  18. “Charlie Brown”
    by The Coasters
    A Child’s Celebration Of Rock ‘N’ Roll
  19. “Cherry Lips”
    by Robins
    Rock & Roll
  20. “Church Bells May Ring”
    by The Willows
    WCBS FM 101 History of Rock (The 50s) Part 2
  21. “Come Back”
    by The Harmonaires
    Harlem Holiday (New York R&B)
  22. “Come Go With Me”
    by The Dell Vikings
    For Collectors Only
  23. “Come Softly To Me (1993 Digital Remaster)”
    by The Fleetwoods
    Come Softly To Me: The Very Best Of The Fleetwoods
  24. “Count Every Star (LP Version)”
    by The Ravens
    The Very Best of The Ravens
  25. “Counting the Stars”
    by The Ladders
    Harlem Holiday (New York R&B)
  26. “Daddy’s Home”
    by Shep & The Limelites
    The Best of Doo Wop Ballads
  27. “Dance Girl”
    by The Charts
    The Doo Wop Era, Part 2(History Of Rock)
  28. “Denise”
    by Randy & The Rainbows
    The Best Of Doo Wop Uptempo
  29. “Devil Or Angel (LP Version)”
    by The Clovers
    The Clovers
  30. “Diamonds and Pearls”
    by The Paradons
    The Golden Age Of American Rock ‘n’ Roll: Vol. 2
  31. “Don’t Ask Me To Be Lonely”
    by The Dubs
    For Lovers Only Vol. 3
  32. “Don’t Hang Up”
    by The Orlons
    The Best Of The Orlons
  33. “Don’t Say Tomorrow”
    by The Prisonaires
    Jiving Jamboree Vol. 2
  34. “Dream Girl”
    by Robert & Johnny
    Pleasantville – Music From the Motion Picture
  35. “Duke Of Earl”
    by Gene Chandler
    Greatest Hits Of The 60’s:1962
  36. “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)”
    by The Penguins
    The Best Of The Penguins
  37. “Every Day of the Week”
    by The Students
    The Doo Wop Era, Part 2(History Of Rock)
  38. “Fine, Fine Frame”
    by The Continentals
    Rumble
  39. “Foot Stomping Part 1”
    by The Flares
    Hard To Find 45’s On CD: Vol. 2: 1961-64
  40. “Get a Job”
    by The Silhouettes
    Get a Job
  41. “Glory of Love”
    by The Roomates
    The Golden Age Of Rock ‘N’ Roll Volume 4 – Hot Hits From 1954 -1963
  42. “Glory of Love”
    by Velvetones
    The Best of Doo Wop Ballads
  43. “Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight”
    by The Spaniels
    For Lovers Only Vol. 2
  44. “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby”
    by The Tune Weavers
    The Golden Age Of Rock ‘N’ Roll Volume 5 – Hot Hits From 1954 -1963
  45. “He’s Got the Power”
    by The Exciters
    The Best Of The Girl Groups, Vol. 1
  46. “He’s So Fine”
    by Angels
    My Boyfriend’s Back
  47. “Heart’s Desire”
    by The Avalons
    For Lovers Only Vol. 2
  48. “Heartaches”
    by The Marcels
    The Best of…
  49. “I Do”
    by Marvelows
    WCBS FM-101 History Of Rock/The 60’s Pt. 4
  50. “I Love No One But You”
    by The Jesters
    For Lovers Only Vol. 2
  51. “I Must Be Dreamin’ (LP Version)”
    by The Coasters/The Robins
    The Coasters
  52. “I Only Have Eyes for You”
    by Flamingos
    The Best of Doo Wop Ballads
  53. “I Really Love You”
    by The Stereos
    Hard To Find 45’s On CD: Vol. 2: 1961-64
  54. “I Sold My Heart to the Junkman”
    by The Silhouettes
    Get a Job
  55. “I Wanna Be The Leader (LP Version)”
    by The Marcels
    Doo Wop Classics, Vol. 8
  56. “I Wish That We Were Married”
    by Ronnie And The Hi Lites
    Hard To Find 45’s On CD: Vol. 2: 1961-64
  57. “I Wonder Why”
    by Dion & The Belmonts
    The Best Of Doo Wop Uptempo
  58. “I’ll Cry Tomorrow”
    by The Serenaders
    The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 4: 1964
  59. “If I Could Make You Mine”
    by The Love Notes
    Harlem Holiday (New York R&B)
  60. “If I Should Lose You (LP Version)”
    by The Dreamlovers
    Doo Wop Classics, Vol. 7
  61. “Just Walkin’ In the Rain”
    by The Prisonaires
    The Sun Records Collection CD1
  62. “Just to Be With You”
    by The Passions
    WCBS FM 101 History of Rock (The 50s) Part 2
  63. “Ka-Ding Dong”
    by The G-Clefs
    The Golden Age Of Rock ‘N’ Roll Volume 5 – Hot Hits From 1954 -1963
  64. “Little Bitty Pretty One”
    by Thurston Harris
    Loud, Fast, and Out Of Control
  65. “Little Darlin'”
    by The Diamonds
    Billboard Top Rock N’ Roll Hits of 1957
  66. “Little Girl Of Mine (LP Version)”
    by The Cleftones
    Doo Wop Classics, Vol. 1
  67. “Maybe (LP Version)”
    by The Chantels
    The Best of The Chantels
  68. “Little Star”
    by The Elegants
    Billboard Top Rock N’ Roll Hits of 1958
  69. “Miss Thing”
    by The Turbans
    When You Dance
  70. “Mr. Lee (LP Version)”
    by The Bobbettes
    Doo Wop Classics, Vol. 2
  71. “My Boyfriend’s Back”
    by Angels
    The Best Of The Girl Groups Volume 2
  72. “My Love Will Never Die”
    by The Channels
    For Lovers Only Vol. 2
  73. “My Pigeon’s Gone”
    by The Five Keys
    Jiving Jamboree Vol. 2
  74. “Nag”
    by The Halos
    The Golden Age Of American Rock ‘n’ Roll: Vol. 2
  75. “Never Let You Go”
    by The Five Discs
    The Doo Wop Era, Part 2(History Of Rock)
  76. “Nip Sip (LP Version)”
    by The Clovers
    Dance Party
  77. “Oh Gee, Oh Gosh”
    by The Kodaks
    WCBS FM 101 History of Rock (The 50s) Part 1
  78. “Oh, What a Nite”
    by The Dells
    Anthology CD1
  79. “Once in a While”
    by The Chimes
    WCBS FM 101 History of Rock (The 60s) Part 1
  80. “One Summer Night”
    by The Danleers
    The Golden Age Of American Rock ‘N’ Roll Vol. 8
  81. “Only You (And You Alone)”
    by The Platters
    Enchanted: The Best Of The Platters
  82. “Our Love Will Never End (LP Version)”
    by The Avons
    Doo Wop Classics, Vol. 7
  83. “Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow”
    by The Rivingtons
    The Libery Years
  84. “Picture of Love”
    by The Continentals
    Rumble
  85. “Poison Ivy (LP Version)”
    by The Coasters
    Rhino Hi-Five: The Coasters
  86. “Rama Lama Ding Dong”
    by The Edsels
    The Golden Age Of Rock ‘N’ Roll Volume 4 – Hot Hits From 1954 -1963
  87. “Rendezvous With You (LP Version)”
    by The Desires
    Doo Wop Classics, Vol. 4
  88. “Rip Van Winkle (LP Version)”
    by The Devotions
    Doo Wop Classics, Vol. 8
  89. “Rockin’ In the Jungle”
    by The Eternals
    The Golden Age Of American Rock ‘n’ Roll: Vol. 2
  90. “Rubber Biscuit”
    by The Chips
    Dr. Demento 25th Anniversary Collection – CD1
  91. “Ruby Baby”
    by The Drifters
    Doo Wop Classics, Vol. 4
  92. “Sea Of Love”
    by Phil Phillips
    The Anniversary Album: The 50’s
  93. “Sh-Boom”
    by The Chords
    Cars
  94. “Since I Don’t Have You”
    by The Skyliners
    The Skyliners’ Greatest Hits
  95. “Sincerely”
    by The Moonglows
    20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of The Moonglows
  96. “Sister Sookey”
    by The Turbans
    When You Dance
  97. “Smokey Joe’s Cafe (LP Version)”
    by The Coasters aka The Robins
    Doo Wop Classics, Vol. 3
  98. “Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home)”
    by The Impalas
    Hard To Find 45’s: Vol.1, 1955-1960
  99. “Speedoo”
    by The Cadillacs
    The Best of…
  100. “Stay”
    by Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs
    Dirty Dancing: Original Soundtrack From the Vestron Motion Picture
  101. “Story Untold”
    by The Nutmegs
    WCBS FM 101 History of Rock (The 50s) Part 2
  102. “Stranded In the Jungle”
    by JAYHAWKS
    The Golden Age Of Rock ‘N’ Roll Volume 5 – Hot Hits From 1954 -1963
  103. “Sugar Dandy”
    by The Jiving Juniors
    Ska’s The Limit 1959-1964, Vol.1
  104. “Tear Drops”
    by Lee Andrews & The Hearts
    The Best of Doo Wop Ballads
  105. “Tears On My Pillow (LP Version)”
    by Little Anthony & The Imperials
    Greatest Hits
  106. “Tell Me Why”
    by Norman Fox And The Rob Roys
    WCBS FM-101 The Anniversary Album The 50s
  107. “That’s My Desire”
    by Dion
    The Doo Wop Era, Part 2(History Of Rock)
  108. “That’s The Way It Goes”
    by The Harptones
    For Lovers Only Vol. 3
  109. “The Great Pretender”
    by The Platters
    Enchanted: The Best Of The Platters
  110. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)”
    by The Tokens
    The Lion Sleeps Tonight
  111. “The Switch-A-Roo”
    by Hank Ballard
    The Best of Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
  112. “The Way You Look Tonight”
    by The Jaguars
    Best Love Songs CD1
  113. “The Woo Woo Train (LP Version)”
    by The Valentines
    The Best Of The Valentines
  114. “There’s a Moon Out Tonight”
    by The Capris
    The Golden Age Of American Rock ‘n’ Roll: Vol. 2
  115. “This Is the Night”
    by The Valiants
    The Golden Age Of Rock ‘N’ Roll Volume 5 – Hot Hits From 1954 -1963
  116. “Ting-A-Ling (LP Version)”
    by The Clovers

    The Clovers

  117. “To Be Loved”
    by The Pentagons
    For Lovers Only Vol. 4
  118. “Tonight Tonight”
    by The Mello Kings
    History of Rock, Vol. 1 (For Lovers Only)
  119. “Tonight”
    by The Love Notes
    Harlem Holiday (New York R&B)
  120. “Treasure Of Love (LP Version)”
    by Clyde McPhatter
    Deep Sea Ball – The Best Of Clyde McPhatter
  121. “Trickle, Trickle”
    by The Videos
    WCBS FM 101 History of Rock (The 50s) Part 1
  122. “Try Me”
    by James Brown & The Famous Flames
    Please, Please, Please
  123. “We Belong Together”
    by Robert & Johnny
    The Golden Age Of American Rock ‘N’ Roll Vol. 8
  124. “What’s Your Name”
    by Don & Juan
    WCBS FM 101 History of Rock (The 60’s), Part 3
  125. “Who Put The Bomp”
    by Barry Mann

    WCBS FM-101 History Of Rock/The 60’s Pt. 4

  126. “Why Do Fools Fall In Love”
    by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
    Billboard Top Rock Hits of 1956
  127. “Yakety Yak”
    by The Coasters
    A Child’s Celebration Of Rock ‘N’ Roll
  128. “You Belong to Me”
    by The Duprees
    WCBS FM 101 History of Rock (The 60s) Part 1
  129. “Your Last Chance (LP Version)”
    by Lewis Lymon & The Teenchords
    Doo Wop Classics, Vol. 6
  130. “Your Way (LP Version)”
    by The Heartbeats
    Doo Wop Classics, Vol. 6
  131. “Zaki-Sue”
    by The Turbans
    When You Dance
  132. “Zoom (LP Version)”
    by The Cadillacs
    Doo Wop Classics, Vol. 8
  133. “Zoom Zoom Zoom”
    by The Collegians
    The Doo-Wop Era, Part 1 (WCBS FM 101 History of Rock)

6 thoughts on “A Tribute To The 1950’s: The Doo Wop Playlist

  1. What, No Johnny Ace? Great job compiling. I’m sure I could come up with a few. Used to listen to WILD and they produced some great albums, Have never been able to locate the song “Florence” which is from that time. Great fun listening.

  2. Great list!I enjoyed all the little touches. I play while I’m doing email. Some real classics. It brought me back to t-shirts, rolled cuffs, garrison belts, engineer boots, da’s,crew cuts, turned up collars, peeling rubber, and $25 shit boxes that would last three months, maybe!

  3. Have been trying for more years than I can count to find out the second line of the second chorus on the Vocaleer’s “Is It A Dream” without success. Would really like to have ALL the lyrics to this, one of my top three favorites, along with “Sunday Kind of Love” and “Gloria.”
    Sure hope someone can help me out.

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