A mere 20 tracks with which to encapsulate the unique brilliance of a rock 'n' roll original is an impossible task. But if you can think of a better way to spend 53 minutes than to listen to this fantastic demonstration of Chuck Berry at his finest, we'd like to know what it is.
Later this month, Charles Edward Anderson Berry will turn 90 years old. This new uDiscover playlist forms part of our birthday celebrations for the pioneering singer, songwriter and guitarist from St. Louis, Missouri. It starts the only way it should, with a trip back to the song that introduced him to America and the world in the summer of 1955, 'Maybellene.' Then it embraces countless hits and lesser-known gems from his subsequent peerless career.
As well as that No. 5 debut hit, the list includes all six of Chuck's other US top ten singles. These tracks, with their indelible memories, superb guitar licks and incisive, often hilarious lyrics, were the very oxygen of rock 'n' roll. 'School Day,' 'Rock & Roll Music,' 'Sweet Little Sixteen' and 'Johnny B. Goode' all helped to keep Berry's name high in the charts in his early years.
'No Particular Place To Go' was part of a memorable second phase of success for Berry in 1964 and the live novelty 'My Ding-A-Ling' provided him with a remarkable return to the top of the worldwide charts in 1972.
Those and countless others became the standard texts of ten thousand set lists by up-and-coming rock 'n' rollers all over the world, endlessly covered on stage and in the studio. We've also included other Berry originals that may had less chart impact on release, but belong in every hall of fame you can imagine, from 'Roll Over Beethoven' to 'Back In The USA' and from 'Carol' to 'Nadine.'
Also featured are two classics that, inexplicably, never featured on the US charts at all, the brillant narratives 'Memphis, Tennessee' and 'Too Monkey Business' — plus a lesser-played gem that's just been recognised with affection by Chuck's great disciples the Rolling Stones as the title of their new concert DVD recorded in Cuba, 'Havana Moon.'