Take a look at the below list of Bo Diddley Top 10 Songs and Albums of All Time. Ellas Otha Bates, known by his stage name Bo Diddley (December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008) was an American great R&B vocalist, songwriter (usually as Ellas McDaniel), guitarist, and a rock ‘n’ roll pioneer. The singer, who was also a music producer, played an important role in transition from blues to rock ‘n’ roll and influenced several artists including Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones. His usage of African Rhythms and his signature beat (uncomplicated five-accent hambone rhythm) became the cornerstone of rock, hip-hop and pop. Diddley was inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received Lifetime Achievement Award.
List of Bo Diddley Top 10 Songs of All Time
10. I’m A Man”
“I’m A Man” is the B-side of Bo Diddley’s original debut “Bo Diddley,” which topped the R&B charts in the US for a total of two weeks. The song also ranked at number one on the US R&B charts seven weeks after the A-side had ranked on the same position. It is a moderately slow song inspired by an earlier blues song and what’s more, various artists have recorded it including The Yardbirds.
9. Who Do You Love
Recorded in 1956, “Who Do You Love” is among the most enduring and popular works. With the song, Diddley managed to prove his strong lyrical efforts. The song uses a combination of boasting and hoodoo-type imagery. Even though the original song never used the signature Bo Diddley beat rhythm, the song is a cheerful rocker. It never reached the charts, but “Who Do You Love” has remained to be part of Bo Diddley’s repertoire.
8. Bo Diddley
“Bo Diddley” was the title track of an album of the same name that Bo Diddley produced in April 1955. Diddley recorded the R&B and rock ‘n’ roll song at Universal Recording Studio in Chicago and released it on Chess Records subsidiary Checker Records in the year 1955. Luckily, the song became an immediate track single that remained on R&B charts for 18 weeks – two of which it remained on number one. Moreover, the song was the first recording to add African rhythms into rock ‘n’ roll by using patted juba beat.
7. Before You Accuse Me
After the release, everyone from Creedence Clearwater Revival to Eric Clapton covered the song, “Before You Accuse Me.” The deathless gem proved that Bo Diddley had several rhythmic tricks up his sleeves. The apparently out of tune guitar dives and dips contributes to the song’s unease. The punch line to the song’s title is “…take a look at yourself.”
6. You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover
The song, “YouCan’t Judge a Book by the Cover” is not from the Bo’s “classic” period, but the singer released it in the early ‘60’s when he was trying to appeal to twisting fads. The song has remained to be a great hit. It is the most traditionally song like among his fabled tracks and one that boasts his finest guitar slinging. The song is powerful hit that tells a lot about Bo’s personality!
Another beloved Brits’ favorite that makes sense. Just like in his other songs, Diddley employed a series of the traditional “Mokingbird” style pairs. However, the song has a different thing: a wild passion that Diddley called from his own desires. The musician screams and moans in a way that made several rockers of the days such as Elvis (who evidently stole several moves from Bo Diddley) sound positively plastic.This is one of the Bo Diddley Top 10 Songs of All Time.
4. Pretty Thing
Diddley’s 1955 song, “Pretty Thing,” was his third single release while working with Checker Records after “Diddley Daddy.” The writer of the song was Chess Record’s bassist and songwriter Willie Dixon and Bo Diddley performed it for the first time. After its release in the UK, the song became Bo’s first of his only two songs that appeared on the UK Singles Chart – the other one being “Hey Good Lookin’.” It ranked at number 34.
3. Bring It To Jerome
Jerome is, naturally, Jerome Green (Bo’s maraca player and eternal right-hand during those glory years). The man took half the vocals in the song and implored his desire’s female object to “bring it on home, bring it to Jerome.” Probably, you have started guessing what it is! The song is among the more blues-oriented tracks that Bo Diddley produced.
2. Hey! Bo Diddley
“Hey! Bo Diddley,” released by Checker Records (not to be confused with the “Bo Diddley” Checker Records released as a single in 1955) is Diddley’s eighth single. It was the A-side of Diddley’s track “Mona” also know as “I Need You Baby.” In addition, the song features Jerome Green (offering backing vocals and playing guitar), and either Clifton James or Frank Kirkland playing the drums. The song’s backing vocals were by the Flamingos and Peggy Jones.
1. Say Man
Featured on Bo Diddley’s second album, “Go Bo Diddley,” “Say Man” was released in 1959 and it is probably Bo’s most popular song. Astonishingly, the musician’s record made it to Billboard Top 40. In the song, Jerome and Bo are talking over the beat rather than singing over it – but they aren’t on the beat. The charming, piano laden song is culturally significant in various ways – it is the first introduction to African-American comic insults tradition.
Bo Diddley best love songs
1. Dearest Darling
“Dearest Darling” was the B-side to Bo’s 1958 release “Hush Your Mouth.” Just like his other songs, some verses of “Dearest Darling” are humorous adaptations of earlier religious and/or nonreligious songs from African-American traditions.
2. I’m Sorry
Bo Diddley released “I’m Sorry in February 1959. After the release, it reached number 17 on Billboard Magazine’s Hot R&B Sides Chart. Including today, it has remained one of the singer’s most influential songs.
The guitar that Diddley used in the final stage performance sold for US$60,000 at an auction in November 2009. Twenty-two beneficiaries of the musician’s estate sought forensic accounting of the estate but the court denied without any explanation. Up to date, the heirs do not know the value.