Take a look at the below list of Little Richard Top 10 Songs and Albums of All Time till 2017 with new and upcoming songs 2017. Little Richard highly influenced the history of rock ‘n’ roll music in the world just like other musicians of the time such as Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, and Elvis Presley. Contrary to what people expected of the others, Little Richard was raw, primal and a thing that frightened the crap out of parents in Eisenhower-era ‘50’s. As most of his songs prove, Little Richard (Born Richard Penniman in Macon) had natural rock ‘n’ roll voice which lied somewhere between a holler and a scream. Richard was also a giant on the piano! He poked like he was competing with other powerful musicians who released classic singles during the formative years of rock ‘n’ roll music.
List of Top 10 songs by Little Richard of all time Till 2017
10. Ready Teddy
Originally featured on the B-side of “Rip It Up” album, the song unluckily didn’t chart on the top 40 list after its release in 1956. Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley, Little Richard’s contemporaries, recorded different versions of the song later. Robert Blackwell who produced this song was a co-writer and also helped Richard deliver most of his great hits. During the two lash minutes, Richard hardly takes a breath.
9. Slippin’ and Slidin’
In the mid-50s Little Richard was a restless force; even most of his B-side songs were classics. His song “Slippin’ and Slidin”’ appeared on his “Here’s Little Richard” album and attached to “Long Tall Sally” single, too. The song also found its place in the Top 40 chart. Richard got a co-write credit on the track that Al Collins first recorded as a becloud R&B number, “I Got the Blues for You.” Little Richard rewrote it in rock ‘n’ roll standard.
8. Rip It Up
“Rip It Up” was another strong R&B hit that Little Richard released in 1950s. It ranked as number one R&B hit; also ranking on the fourth position on 1956 Top 40 showing. The track which came straight from ‘50’s rock and roll playbook became ubiquitous at that period such that nearly all big names such as Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, and Elvis Presley covered it. But again, the version that Little Richard produced topped them all.
“Lucille” Little Richards last number one R&B hit and one of his most original songs. “Lucille” had a more mensurable tempo than the other classic hits he produced. The track tunes down the frantic rock and roll replacing it with bluesier shuffle which incorporates stop-start verse structure. “Lucille” comes like a breather after the singer’s feverish earlier hits string.
6. Jenny, Jenny
Just like most Little Richard’s great hits, “Jenny, Jenny” is about the joy of repetition. During the two minutes, Richard didn’t sing beyond the song’s title and few bridging phrases, but just like most of his early sides, he utilized them correctly. Even though the song sounds very simple, the singer’s gift was rolling into the numbers with unmatchable ease. Most musicians haven’t made a lot out of little. This is one of the Little Richard Top 10 Songs of All Time till 2017.
5. Keep a Knockin’
In this song, the producer allowed the drums to drive the beat – hitting as they “knock, knock, knock” – but Richard’s pounding piano and playful vocal will inform you the person in charge. Although a large percentage of Little Richard’s songs aired the influence of New Orleans’ on his music, “Keep a Knockin’” was closer to catching the sound. That shouldn’t be a surprise because Richard wrote it as an answer to “I Hear You Knocking,” Smiley Lewis’ hit written by Big Easy great Dave Bartholomew.
4. The Girl Can’t Help It’
“The Girl Can’t Help It” served as “Jayne Mansfield” movie signature song and it has remained to be great rock ‘n’ roll song produced in the era. It was the singer’s first single that didn’t work itself short-winded over two sweat-sopped minutes.
3. Good Golly, Miss Molly
In 1950s Little Richard made hits continuously, and after a short break, he continued making them in 1960s and beyond. However, “Good Golly, Miss Molly” was the last great hit that the singer produced. It is blues-based piano driven song full of New Orleans flavor. Little Richard’s band particularly the drummer Earl Palmer provided the backbeat. Again, Richard lifted the record to higher heights with a vocal performance featuring characteristic hollers.
2. Long Tall Sally
“Long Tall Sally” Richard’s biggest R&B single which topped the chart for around eight weeks and it has remained to be an instrumental rock and roll song. It includes one of Richard’s all-time great vocals, strung together rhyme scheme which the singer twisted into its fretful life form. Its rhythmic drive consists of piano, drums, guitar, sax and bass played by the top session players.
In rock and roll history, “Tutti Frutti” story is among essential stories. Richard released the song in 1955 at a time when rock and roll music artists were concentrating on the popular culture. The singer suggested pompadour, sexually implicative dance moves and even hit records before Elvis Presley’s debut monster song. Richard’s feminine makeup, in-your-face style, and primped hair shocked most rural households. However, what the public witnessed in 1955 was Richard’s original style toned-down version. Before Specialty Records recorded the song in 1955, a hired writer had rewritten it.
Little Richard Freedom Songs
1. Freedom Blues
In this song, Little Richard begins by saying he hopes to see when all men will live knowing they are free. The song was one of the greatest hits in Richard’s album “The Rill Thing” which contained several songs such as “Greenwood Mississippi” and “Rill Thing.” Probably, he has seen the freedom.
2. Hound Dog
Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber were the writers of this song: “Hound Dog.” It is a twelve-bar blues song originally recorded by “Big Mama” Thornton in the year 1952. It spent 14 weeks on charts and sold over 500,000 copies.
Little Richard produced most of his great hits in the ‘50’s. Starting with Trutti-Frutti” created in 1955, his early songs formed a cornerstone in the history of rock music. The singer renounced rock ‘n’ roll after his hits streak was winding down. Even though the damage had already occurred, in the next decade, several artists noted his influence and he began making music again.