Top 10 Greatest Ricky Nelson Songs Of All Time – Vote Now!

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  1. Terry Wheaton

    October 19, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Poor little fool would be no 1

    • Denny Hild

      October 23, 2017 at 4:28 am

      Poor little fool gets my vote

    • Carolyn Fortier

      October 22, 2018 at 4:14 pm

      Cant believe Mary Lou isn’t on the list, and my favorite One Desire. A little edgier than most, love it. Can’t believe I am still in love at the age of 74. Wish Rick got to get
      to his old age too.

  2. Cinda Wood

    October 19, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    That’s All #1

  3. Colleen Graham

    October 19, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    1 Poor Little Fool

  4. Sandra Arpino.

    October 19, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Unchained melody before Righters Brothers.

    • Beatrice Flores

      October 20, 2017 at 4:15 am

      Poor little fool one of my favorite.Bett

  5. Joseph Sanchez

    October 19, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    I’m a Trsvelin man! Hello Mary Lou!

  6. Paul Turner

    October 19, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    The often overlooked Mighty Good – the title sums it up – if it had been recorded & released just a few months earlier it would have been another too 20 smash

  7. diana

    October 19, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    What a poor selection of songs! Where are all the beautiful ones?

    • Robin Hunt

      November 6, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      I fully agree. I don`t know who compiled this list but it does nothing for me.

    • Sherry

      January 14, 2020 at 10:49 pm

      Agree. These are great but what about his later songs. Garden Party and every song on that album to name a few.
      An all time favorite of mine is his Dream Lover cover.

    • PamelaDee

      January 15, 2020 at 5:12 am


  8. diana

    October 19, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    String along. Poor little fool. One of these mornings, Mighty good, A legend in my time, Half breed, Break my chain, and my favourite, My one desire. That list up there is hideous. And where is Garden party?

  9. Tony Paritigianoni

    October 19, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    It’s Up To You; Hello Mary Lou; Poor Little Fool; Traveling Man; Lonesome Town; I’m Walking; Fools Rush In; Teenage Idol; Young World; and I Will Follow You.

  10. David Bannister

    October 19, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    String Along? Mighty Good Since I Don’t Have you

  11. D Knoll

    October 19, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Believe what you say. One of rocks greatest guitar solo.

  12. Arthur

    October 20, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Hello Mary Lou ,written by Gene Pitney ,with great guitar work by James Burton ,a classic

  13. John T

    October 20, 2017 at 1:28 am

    There are much better songs of Ricky s to make a list from. My Favorite would be “For You”.

  14. carlos ruiz

    October 20, 2017 at 3:19 am

    My Fav is ” Garden Party ” , for sure !!!

  15. Beatrice Flores

    October 20, 2017 at 4:17 am

    One of my favorite ( poor little fool )

  16. sheila rice

    October 20, 2017 at 10:45 am

    I loved everything he recorded its too hard a job to pick out just one

  17. Susan K Sheaffer

    October 20, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Right by your Side
    Mighty Good
    Wanna be Loved

    Played all three over and over again as a teenager.
    Even now, when I listen to Ricks early music, these three are repeated.

  18. Augie Covarelli

    October 21, 2017 at 5:19 am

    All the above!!

  19. Mike

    October 22, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Fools Rush In, That’s All, Travellin’ Man, Lonesome Town
    I loved his ballads more than the Rockabilly stuff.

  20. Ellen

    October 22, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    If You Can’t Rock Me

  21. lin butler

    October 23, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Alot of early songs and his stone cayon songs.

  22. TMac

    October 24, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Absolutely agree with, “It’s Up to You” at number one. Was surprised to see it there, though.

  23. linda reisinger

    October 24, 2017 at 7:46 am

    believe what you say- hello mary lou- its late- never be anyone else but you- if you can’t rock me-
    lonesome town- young world- wonder of you- garden party= any thing Ricky or Rick did was great!! love his music

  24. Ellen

    November 26, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    I”f You Can’t Rock Me”

  25. Thomas Lindström

    November 26, 2017 at 6:15 pm


    • Jim greer

      December 19, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      All are my favorites but lonesome town is number 1.

  26. Stephen B. Martinez

    November 26, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    My Rifle, My Pony, and Me duet with Dean Martin from RIO BRAVO

  27. Larry Hart

    November 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Rick Nelson Is a rock n roll Icon. So talented… His Legacy will remain solid for generations in the future to know and love his music….. Timeless Treasures.

  28. DeeJay Dave Lavallee

    November 26, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Ricky’s contribution to the progression of R n’ R in the late 50’s cannot be overestimated! Elvis, Orbison, Lennon and McCartney, Elton John, even Sting and The Boss, all made statements to the effect that Ricky brought a clean image and respectability to Early Rock and Roll. He got even our parents’ feet a-tappin’ while watching Ozzie and Harriet. Everyone has their ‘Ricky Faves’, and here are mine!

    10. Young Emotions
    9.. My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It
    8. It’s Late!
    7. Stood Up
    6. Believe What You Say
    5. Hello Mary Lou
    4. Lonesome Town
    3. Never Be Anyone Else But You
    2. Don’t Leave Me This Way
    1. Poor Little Fool

    Pax Vobiscum, fellow fans!

  29. Jim McGurn

    November 27, 2017 at 4:17 am

    Milk Cow Blues. Rick’s version was the best. He and Jimmy killed it

  30. tom davies

    November 27, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    fools rush in

  31. tom davies

    November 27, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    his best song

  32. Laurie Yarham

    November 28, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    String along, I need you, Never ever be anyone else but you, Teenage Idol, It’s up to you, Lonesome Town, Garden Party, She belongs to me, Young World, Poor Little Fool. (Managed to restrict to 10!)

  33. Linda Thrasher

    November 30, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    1. Poor Little Fool
    2. Garden Party
    3. Lonesome Town
    4. Hello Mary Lou
    5. It’s Up To You
    6. It’s Late
    7. There’ll Never Be Anyone Else But You
    8. It’s Up To You
    9. Young Emotions
    10. Stood Up

  34. M f

    December 6, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Where’s “How Long”?

  35. Jerry Holler

    February 21, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Traveling Man

  36. Jim Morgan

    February 22, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Poor little fool

  37. Diane Maxwell

    February 22, 2018 at 8:41 am

    A Teenagers Romance. Never hear this song mentioned. It was on the flip side of one of his. The best.

  38. Charlene S. Armitsge

    March 3, 2018 at 12:06 am

    RICK NELSON did more to promote rock and roll, because of who he was and his family legacy. Such a loss! These are my favorites : 1. There’ll Never Be Anyone Else But You, 2. Hello Marylou 3. Poor Little Fool and especially his duet with Dean Martin in the jailhouse scene in Rio Brave. My Rifle, My Pony and Me.

  39. Martin Watson

    October 2, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    James Burton replaced Joe Maphis in the summer of 1957, but is there a detailed discography listing which tracks each played on. I have discovered that into 1958 there were records released with Joe.

  40. Robert Ohlemeyer

    November 6, 2018 at 5:01 am

    She Belongs to Me, Love Minus Zero, Lay Back in the Arms of Someone, Fade Away

  41. george kunke

    November 16, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Lonesome Town should be near the top of the list at it’s not even in your Top 10!!!


    December 28, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Restless kid is one of my favorites… written by Johnny Cash

    • joseph brush

      August 3, 2019 at 7:37 am

      finally someone mentioned this song. one of ricky’s best, should have been in rio bravo!


    December 29, 2018 at 5:04 am

    I always liked ‘I Rise,I Fall’ along with ‘Lonesome Town’

  44. Ronald D Dawson

    August 12, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    1. Travlin Man 2. Garden Party 3. Beleive what you say 4. Hello Mary lou 5. Lonesome town 6.It’s up to you 7. Fool’s Rush In 8. Dream Lover 9. She Belongs to me 10. Teenage Idol

  45. Marty Koven

    August 12, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    My choice is Garden Party.

  46. Wayne

    August 12, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Amazed that Poor Little Fool, Travelin Man, It’s Late, and Hello Mary Lou didn’t make the top ten.

  47. Marilyn

    August 12, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Love all his songs and his wonderful voice. “Lonesome Town” is just bout my favorite!

  48. Marjorie

    January 14, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Rave On!

  49. Ian Cooke

    January 14, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    I don’t know who compiled the list but a lot I wouldn’t call Rick’s Ten Best. My list is:
    Gypsy Pilot
    My Babe
    Milkcow Blues
    Lonesome Town
    Believe What You Say
    Hello Mary Lou
    Just Can’t Quit
    Garden Party
    Traveling Man

  50. Paul Turner

    January 14, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Everyone will have their own favourites for different reasons but the ones included in the top 10 are in no way representative of what the average fan would vote for. Teenage Idol at no. 2 – really?! Apart from Stood Up and maybe My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It none of them would be in my top 30 of Ricky’s songs let alone 10

  51. Brian

    January 14, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    1. Stood Up
    2. Believe What You Say
    3. Lonesome Town
    4. Hello Mary Lou
    5. Poor Little Fool
    6. Garden Party
    7 She Belongs to Me
    8. Teenage Idol
    9. Travelin Man
    10. It’s Late

  52. Patti Shaw

    January 14, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Poor Little Fool, Traveling Man and Hello Mary Lou are the top 3.

  53. Mike ahlheim

    May 10, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    Mine are believe what you say 2 never be anyone else but you 3 hello mary lou 4its up to you 5 traveling man 6 garden party 7 my buckets got a hole in it 8 she belongs to me 9 stood up 10 mad mad world

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