Take a look at the below list of Chuck Berry Top 10 Songs and Albums of All Time till 2017 with new and upcoming songs 2017. Born as Charles Edward Anderson Berry, Chuck Berry is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is a key figure in Rock and Roll music and is considered as one of the pioneers of the genre. Most of his music focuses on life and consumerism. The iconic guitarist redefined R&B to what rock and roll is today. An African American, hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, Berry’s interest in music sprung at a young age. His first performance was at his high school, Sumner High School. His musical breakthrough came years later when he met Muddy Waters who introduced him to Leonard Chess, the owner of Chess Records.
List of Top 10 songs by Chuck Berry of all time Till 2017
10. Nadine (is it you) – 1964
‘Nadine’ was released in 1964 after Berry was released from prison. It was the first song released after his release in October 1963. Lyrically, ‘Nadine’ resembles ‘Maybellene’ (see No.3 below). It narrates how a boy pursues a girl, in this case, the boy pursues the girl on foot and then by taxi. Berry admitted that he got ‘Nadine’ out of ‘Maybellene.’ ‘Nadine’ is unique due to the heavy use of similes, “moves around like a wayward summer breeze.”
9. You Never Can Tell- 1964
The song was composed when Berry was still in Federal Prison, for Mann Act Violation. The song, also known as ‘C’est la Vie’ (due to its refrain) or ‘Teenage Wedding’ was released in 1964 on the album St. Louis to Liverpool. The song is about the wedding of two teenagers and how they led their life afterward. The boy, or man, finds work and they enjoy prosperity to an extent purchase a ‘souped-up jitney’ (a high-performance car).
8. Rock and Roll Music- 1957
‘Rock and Roll Music’ is a hit single by Chuck Berry. It is one of his most favorite songs. Its covers include great artists such as Bill Haley and His Comets, The Beatles and Bryan Adams. The song does not have strong lyrical meaning; it is simply a song to rock and roll. This single peaked at No.8 on Billboard Hot 100.
7. No Particular Place to Go- 1964
This song was released by Chess Records as a single in May 1964 and featured on the album- St. Louis to Liverpool, in November the same year. The song is an adventurous, romantic episode. It starts with the narrator with his girlfriend in a car, in which they kiss. In the second verse, the two begin cuddling and consequently have to drive slowly. In the following verse, they resolve to park and take a walk but are unable to unfasten the seatbelt. In the last verse, they drive back home, as they are defeated by the seatbelt. This song ranked No.10 in Us Hot 100 Charts.
6. School Days- 1957
This single from 1957 is simply a Rock and Roll anthem. Written and recorded by Chuck Berry, the presence of infamous guitarist Hubert Sumlin may have had something to do with the song’s success. The song peaked at #5 on Hot 100. It describes the life and fantasies of the mid 50’s teen. Going to school, and later heading to the shops and inserting a coin in the jukebox among other things.
5. Memphis, Tennessee- 1959
‘Memphis, Tennessee,’ often shortened to ‘Memphis’ is a top single first released by Chuck Berry in 1959. It ranked No.6 in UK Charts. The song has covers by several artists including The Beatles. The most successful cover was by Johnny Rivers, whose version ranked No.2 in US Charts in 1964. Due to the many covers of the song, it considered the most commercially successful song Berry ever wrote.
4. Roll Over Beethoven- 1956
‘Roll Over Beethoven’ is another single by Chuck Berry that featured in Billboard charts, at No.29 in Billboard Hot 100 and No.2 in US R&B Charts. The song is directed to Ludwig van Beethoven, its composer, telling him to roll over in his grave and listen to the new genre of music Berry was creating. The song has various covers and is ranked No.97 by Rolling Stone Magazine in the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. This is one of the Chuck Berry Top 10 Songs of All Time till 2017.
3. Maybellene- 1955
Maybellene was his first hit single written and recorded in 1955. ‘Ida Red,’ a Western Swing tune inspired this song. It was the first song in the genre Rock and Roll. In the song Berry talks of a hot road race and a love story gone sour. In the song, a lover cruising in a V8 Ford is chasing his unfaithful mate who is driving a Cadillac Coupe DeVille. Various artists have released covers of this award winning single. It sold one million copies in 1955 after it ranked No.5 in Billboard Pop Chart and No.1 in Billboard R&B Charts.
2. Sweet Little Sixteen- 1958
Sweet Little Sixteen is Berry’s second biggest hit. The song was meant for the young people around the globe. It narrates a tale of a young girl with big dreams to one day dance on bandstands and making it in life. The girl’s only connection to the bandstands is a television. The song ranked No. 1 in R&B Top 100.
1. Johnny B Goode- 1958
‘Johnny B. Goode’ is one of Berry’s most popular songs. On its release, it was a major hit, peaking at No.8 in Hot 100 and No.2 in R&B Charts. The song narrates the story of a ‘country boy’ who plays the guitar with the ease of ringing a bell. In the song, the boy might see his ‘name in lights’ one day. The song is somewhat autobiographical. Berry admitted that he had to switch ‘colored boy’ to ‘country boy’ so that the song could be played on radio.
Chuck Berry Latest Recordings
Chuck Berry toured Europe in 2008. He regularly performed at a restaurant called Blueberry Hill in St. Louis from 1996 to 2014. During his 90th birthday earlier this year, 2016, Berry announced that a new studio album was on its way. The album, a dedication to his wife Themetta Berry (married 68 years), will feature his children Charles Berry Junior and Ingrid. Chuck referred to this new band as ‘The Blueberry Band.
Chuck Berry is a pioneer of Rock and Roll music. Some of his songs feature in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All time. He is among the Top Ten Best Guitarists of all time according to Time Magazine, and Rolling Stone Magazine. Berry was graced with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984. Chuck Berry will remain an iconic figure; centuries from now, people will still remember him.