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Top 10 Greatest Little Richard Songs Of All Time – Vote Now!

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Little Richard - Photo: Specialty Records Archives
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Always larger than life, and blessed with a charisma that has won him fans including Elvis Presley, The Beatles and David Bowie, Little Richard is responsible for creating the type of controlled shout-and-falsetto sound that liberates and excites with near maniacal fervour – as can be heard across his 10 greatest songs of all time.

He also helped make the transition from rock to funk – ask James Brown – and injected show business with bold abandon into everything he did. His legacy is vast – The Beatles and Rolling Stones both opened for him, Jimi Hendrix joined his band The Upsetters – and his stage act was explosive, as anyone who has seen him live would testify. Those in thrall to him include Bob Dylan, AC/DC, Elton John, The Allman Brothers and Patti Smith. He provided an anarchic, rebellious soundtrack for generations who grew up with him in the 50s, and his Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, received in 1993, was long overdue.

Here’s our pick of the 10 greatest Little Richard songs of all time. Disagree? Let us know which ones you would pick in the comments below…

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Jorge Li

    October 26, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    LongTallSally, Lucille, GoodGollyMissMolly, Sleeping&Sliding, RipItUp, KeepAKnocking, Tutti-frutti, ReadyTeddy, TrueFineMama, Can’t BelieveYouWannaLeave….

    • Mike ahlheim

      May 10, 2020 at 2:25 pm

      RIP it up or bama Lamar loo where is miss Ann it was one of the best songs he sang my favorite

  2. Bernd Haake

    October 27, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Baby Face

  3. Bruce Grossberg

    October 27, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    1. Long Tall Sally
    2. Tutti-Frutti
    3. Slippin’ And Slidin’
    4. Rip It Up
    5. Keep A-Knockin’
    6. Good Golly, Miss Molly
    7. Ain’t Nothin’ Happenin’
    8. I’m In Love Again
    9. I Brought It All On Myself
    10. Ready Teddy
    11. True Fine Mama
    12. Miss Ann
    13. Send Me Some Lovin’
    14. Lucille
    15. Baby
    16. The Girl Can’t Help It
    17. Every Hour
    18. Get Rich Quick
    19. Hey Hey Hey Hey
    20. Taxi Blues
    21. Kansas City
    22. Rice, Red Beans And Turnip Greens
    23. Ooh! My Soul
    24. Early One Morning
    25. Little Richard’s Boogie
    26. Jenny, Jenny
    27. I’ll Never Let You Go
    28. Heeby-Jeebies
    29. Every Night About This Time
    30. Fool At The Wheel
    31. Bama Lama Bama Loo
    32. Ain’t That Good News
    33. All Night Long
    34. By The Light of The Silvery Moon
    35. I Got It
    36. She’s My Star
    37. Why Did You Leave Me?
    38. Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave
    39. She’s Got It
    40. All Around The World
    41. She Knows How to Rock
    42. Directly from My Heart
    43. Baby Face
    44. Oh Why
    45. Freedom Blues
    46. Lonesome And Blue
    47. Always
    48. I’m Just A Lonely Guy
    49. I Love My Baby
    50. Valley of Tears

  4. georgi osipov

    November 26, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Freedom Blues, Get Down With It, Tutti Frutti (live at the Okeh Club), Girl Can’t Help It, He Got What He Wanted, Dew Drop Inn, Oh Why, Directly From My Heart To You, She Knows How to Rock Me, I Need Love, Rockin’ with the King (gest appearance on Canned Heat recording).

  5. Remi

    November 26, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    The best songs ever i like them beautiful

  6. Charles Fortune

    December 29, 2017 at 3:14 am

    Nice list. I would have to sneak “Ooh My Soul” on there somewhere.

  7. Oleg

    April 21, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Good Golly, Miss Molly

  8. Russell Carson

    April 21, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Everything he did was great, but I would place “Good Golly, Miss Molly” at the top of my list. It does surprise me that it isn’t in the top ten shown at the top of this post. I would probably take out “Bama Lama Loo” to make room for it. Maybe it’s because I have a thing for girl name songs. My top ten would be something like Good Golly Miss Molly, Jenny Jenny, Long Tall Sally, Lucille, followed by Tutti Frutti, Keepa Knockin’, Rip it Up, Ready Teddy, The Girl Can’t Help It and his version of Whole Lotta Shakin’ goin’ on. I don’t think it made the charts and I don’t see it mentioned here (though I could have missed it), and I know it’s a Jerry Lee Lewis signature song, but I bought the record. It was only fair. After all, Jerry Lee did a cover of Good Golly Miss Molly and it was pretty good, too. R & B and Rockabilly were and still are my favorite forms of Rock n’ Roll. The rockabillies covered just about everything Little Richard did and that was all right with me. Elvis did Long Tall Sally, Tutti Frutti, Rip It Up and Ready Teddy. I had the records. The Everly Brothers did Lucille (I kid you not – it was on one of their albums). My four favorite piano pounders were Little Richard, Jerry Lee, Fats Domino and Ray Charles. My favorite guitar slingers were Elvis (even though he didn’t play it much), Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Bo Diddley, Eddie Cochran and Carl Perkins. And then – kind of in a class by himself because he let his guitar do the singing – Duane Eddy.

  9. Egon Harfeldt

    December 5, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    I miss Good golly miss Molly. Should be among top 3!

  10. Kenneth

    December 5, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    True fine mama is number one.

  11. Jack

    December 5, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    The list is seriously diminishesd in quality with the leaving out of “Good Golly Miss Molly “ as many have pointed out!!!
    Others are great…but what we’re makers of list thinking in leaving out so obvious a choice!!!

  12. Little Richard

    May 14, 2020 at 7:39 am

    1) LONG TALL SALLY – Easily number one (practically unanimous).
    2) READY TEDDY – Can’t believe it didn’t even make it into a top 5. Absolute rocker!
    3) GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY – Classic! Not even in the top 10?! Unquestionably top 3.
    4) THE GIRL CAN’T HELP IT – Agree.
    5) KEEP A-KNOCKIN – Agree.
    6) TUTTI-FRUTTI – Too much of a classic to be left out (although not a top 5 song for me).
    7) RIP IT UP
    8) OOH! MY SOUL
    9) SLIPPIN’ AND SLIDIN’
    10) LUCILLE

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