Chuck Berry Songs List For A Wedding Playlist

Last Updated: August 7, 2023 | Written by Matthew Campbell (Editor of My Wedding Songs and wedding DJ)

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Chuck Berry is an American (Missouri) pioneer of rock and roll music. Berry brought rhythm and blues overtones into the rock style. He was known for his guitar riffs and showmanship – particularly his one-legged hop routine.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in 1986 and Berry was one of its opening inductees. Rolling Stone has always ranked Berry near the top of all the greatest rock artists of all time.

Top 10 Chuck Berry Songs

Chuck Berry first showed the world his music on the album After School Session. The song Nadine became Chuck Berry’s first popular hit and peaked at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Chuck Berry Big Hits

#1 Johnny B. Goode
Released in 1958 on the album Chuck Berry Is on Top

The song is about a poor country boy who plays guitar and who might one day have his name in the lights.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

The people passing by they would stop and say
“Oh my what that little country boy could play”
Go go
Go Johnny go go

song on Amazon

#2 Rock and Roll Music
Released in 1957 on the album One Dozen Berrys

The song is included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll list.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

It’s got a back beat, you can’t lose it
Any old time you use it
It’s gotta be rock ‘n’ roll music
If you wanna dance with me

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#3 Roll Over Beethoven
Released in 1956 on the album After School Session

It is assumed that Berry wrote the song in response to his sister Lucy always using the family piano to play classical music when he wanted to play popular music.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Reel and rock with one another
Roll over Beethoven
And dig these rhythm and blues

song on Amazon

#4 Maybellene
Released in 1955 on the album Chuck Berry Is On Top

The song tells a story of a hot rod race and a broken romance.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Maybellene, why can’t you be true?
Oh, Maybellene, why can’t you be true?
You’ve started back doing the things you used to do

song on Amazon

#5 Run Rudolph Run
Released in 1958 as a Christmas single.

The song has been featured in several Christmas-themed moves such as Home Alone.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Run, run Rudolph, Santa has to make it to town
Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down

song on Amazon

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#6 You Never Can Tell
Released in 1964 on the album St. Louis to Liverpool

The song tells the story of a fictional wedding between a young couple and their life as a married couple.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

It was there that Pierre was married to the lovely Mademoiselle
“C’est la vie”, say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell

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#7 My Ding-A-Ling
Released in 1972 on the album The London Chuck Berry Sessions

A novelty song telling a story of a singer receiving a toy consisting of “silver bells hanging on a string”. Interesting to note that the song is Berry’s highest-charting single.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I slipped and had a terrible fall
I fell so hard I heard bells ring
But held on to my ding a ling

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#8 Sweet Little Sixteen
Released in 1958 on the album One Dozen Berrys

The song is Berry’s second-highest charting song by reaching number two.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

All over St. Louis
Way down in New Orleans
All the Cats wanna dance with
Sweet Little Sixteen

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#9 School Day (Ring Ring Goes the Bell)
Released in 1957 on the album After School Session

As the song states “Hail, hail rock and roll”, the song became a rock and roll anthem.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

All day long you been wantin’ to dance,
Feeling the music from head to toe
Round and round and round we go

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#10 No Particular Place to Go
Released in 1964 on the album St. Louis to Liverpool

The song reached number ten on the Billboard Hot 100.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

And she leaned and whispered in my ear
Cuddlin’ more and drivin’ slow
With no particular place to go

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Chuck Berry Highest-Charting Singles – U.S. R&B

  • #1 Maybellene, 1955
  • #1 School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell), 1957
  • #1 Sweet Little Sixteen, 1958
  • #2 Thirty Days (To Come Back Home), 1955
  • #2 Roll Over Beethoven, 1956
  • #2 Johnny B. Goode, 1958
  • #3 Almost Grown, 1959
  • #6 Rock and Roll Music, 1957
  • #4 oo Much Monkey Business, 1956
  • #8 No Money Down, 1956
  • #9 Carol, 1958
  • #10 Wee Wee Hours, 1955

Do you have a favorite Chuck Berry song? Please share your song below in the comments!

About Matthew Campbell

DJ, Editor, Music Lover


Matthew (Matt) Campbell is the founder/editor of My Wedding Songs from his experience as a wedding DJ. He is the author of two wedding planners: ‘Wedding Songs Planner’ and ‘The Wedding Music Toolkit’. Matt is the host of the ‘Wedding Songs Podcast’. He shares music inspiration in his weekly newsletter the ‘Wedding MusicLetter’. His articles have been published on Rolling Stone, DJ Life Magazine, and DJ Times. Matt resides in the wedding capital of the world – Las Vegas.

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