National Shag Dance Championship Record Preservation List


This is a list of classic shag recordings compiled by the NSDC, that were selected by many DJs as their top 1-25 songs (in their opinion).  Click here for more details.


            Title                                                                            Artist

 1.        ANNIE HAD A BABY                                               Hank Ballard & The Midnighters

 2.        AT LAST                                                                     Tony Martin

 3.        BABY WORKOUT                                                    Jackie Wilson

 4.        BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND                                         Googie Rene

 5.        BEG AND STEAL                                                      Strangers

 6.        BEGIN THE BEGUINE                                           Johnny Mathis

 7.        BLUE MOON                                                            Nat King Cole

 8.        BOAT DOCK                                                              Ray Sharpe

 9.        BOOGIE WOOGIE KING                                       Jimmy Liggins

 10.      BRING THE MONEY HOME                                 The Orioles

 11.      BROKEN HEART                                                      The Fiestas

 12.      BUMP ON A LOG                                                     LuLa Reed

 13.      CAN YOU STAND IT                                                Johnnie Johnson

 14.      CANADIAN SUNSET                                                Mills Brothers

 15.      CHICKEN SHACK BOOGIE                                    Amos Milburn

 16.      CHONNIE-ON CHON                                             James Brown

 17.      CLUB SAVOY                                                            Rockiní Louie & The Mamma Jammers

 18.      COME BACK MY LOVE                                           The Wrenns

 19.      COME GET TO THIS                                               Marvin Gaye

 20.      COME GO WITH ME                                              The Federals

 21.      COULD IT BE YOU                                                 The Four Tops

 22.      CRAZY, CRAZY, CRAZY                                         The 5 Royales

 23.      CRY TO ME                                                              Solomon Burke

 24.      CRUISINí FOR LOVE                                              J. Geils Band

 25.      DONUT AND A DREAM                                          Mills Brothers

 26.      DONíT CRY ON MY SHOULDER                          Sam Cooke

 27.      DONíT YOU LIE TO ME                                         B. B. King

 28.      DREAM                                                                     Five Keys

 29.      DRINKINí WINE (Spodee Odee)                            Larry Dale

 30.      DRIP DROP                                                              Drifters

 31.      DRIVE DADDY DRIVE                                            Little Sylvia

 32.      DRIVE IT HOME                                                     Clovers 

 33.      EXACTLY LIKE YOU                                              Aretha Franklin

 34.      FANNIE MAE                                                          Junior Walker

 35.      FLAMINGO                                                             Earl Bostic

 36.      FEEL SO GOOD                                                      Shirley and Lee

 37.      FINE BROWN FRAME                                          Lou Rawls and Diane Reeves

 38.      FOOLS RUSH IN                                                    Etta James

 39.      GOING BACK TO LOUISIANA                            Delbert McClinton

 40.      GONNA BE TOO LATE                                         Five Keys

 41.      GREEN EYES                                                         The Ravens

 42.      GIVE ME YOU                                                       Billy Ward & The Dominoes

 43.      GOOD ROCKINí                                                    Jr. Walker

 44.      HARD HEARTED WOMAN                                  Eddie Burns

 45.      HAVE MERCY BABY                                            Dominoes

 46.      HEARTBREAK (IíTS HURTINí ME)                    Little Willie John

 47.      HEAVY LOVE                                                        David Ruffin

 48.      HEY BARTENDER                                                Floyd Dixon

 49.      HEY GIRL                                                              Lucky Carmichael

 50.      HEY SENORITA                                                    The Penguins

 51.      HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE                                   Huey Piano Smith & The Clowns

 52.      HOLE IN THE WALL                                            Floyd Dixon

 53.      HONKY TONK                                                       Bill Doggett

 54.      HONKY TONKY                                                    The Drifters

 55.      HOW DO YOU STOP                                            James Brown

 56.      I BETCHA                                                               O.C. Smith

 57.      I BROUGHT IT ALL ON MYSELF                      Little Richard

 58.      I CRY                                                                      The Cadets

 59.      I FEEL THAT OLD FEELING COMING ON       James Brown

 60.      I GAVE MY LOVE A CHERRY                             Jimmy Williams

 61.      I HEAR A RHAPSODY                                           Earl Bostic

 62.      I JUST WANT TO LOVE YOU                              Ivory Joe Hunter 

 63.      I KNOW ITíS HARD BUT ITíS FAIR                    The 5 Royales

 64.      I USED TO CRY MERCY MERCY                       Lamplighters

 65.      I WANT A LOVE I CAN SEE                                 Temptations

 66.      I WANNA KNOW                                                   Lloyd Sims                                       

 67.      IíD BE SATISFIED                                                  Dominoes

 68.      IF I COULD HOLD YOU                                       Melvin Moore

 69.      IíM GLAD I FELL IN LOVE WITH YOU             O C Smith

 70.      IíM TORE UP                                                          Billy Gayles

 71.      IN THE MORNING TIME                                     Clovers

 72.      IT WONíT BE THIS WAY (ALWAYS)                   The King Pins

 73.      ITíS A DOGGONE CRYING SHAME                    Ivory Joe Hunter

 74.      ITíS BETTER TO HAVE (& DONíT NEED)           Don Covay 

 75.      JOHNNY B GOODE                                               Elton John

 76.      JUST A GIGOLO                                                     Louis Prima and Keely Smith

 77.      JUST ONE LOOK                                                    Doris Troy

 78.      JUST TO SAY HELLO                                             Jesse Belvin

 79.      LADY SOUL                                                             The Temptations

 80.      LAY IT ON THE LINE                                            The Dominoes

 81.      LET ME GO HOME WHISKEY                              Leroy Little

 82.      LETíS HAVE A PARTY                                            Amos Milburn

 83.      LITTLE QUEENIE                                                  Chuck Berry

 84.      LONELY TEARDROPS                                          Jackie Wilson

 85.      LOOK WHAT YOU DO TO ME                             Snooky Pryor

 86.      LOVE OF MY LIFE                                                The Quails

 87.      LOVEABLE LILLIE                                                Lillian Leach and The Mellows

 88.      LOVER AND FRIEND                                           Minnie Ripperton

 89.      MAKE IT BE ME                                                    The Flares

 90.      MAMA, TALK TO YOUR DAUGHTE                   Ray Sharpe

 91.      MAY I                                                                      Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs

 92.      MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT                        Joe Turner

 93.      MOVE ME BABY                                                   Jimmy Witherspoon

 94.      MY GIRL                                                               The Temptations

 95.      NIGHT AND DAY                                                 Earl Bostic

 96.      NIP SIP                                                                  The Clovers

 97.      NO SWEET LOVIN                                              The Drifters

 98.      OH WHAT A THRILL                                           Rockpile

 99.     ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIV                  The Drifters

 100.    ONE DROP OF LOVE                                          Ray Charles

 101.    ONE MINT JULEP                                               The Clovers

 102.    1 SCOTCH, 1 BOURBON, 1 BEE                         Amos Milburn

 103.    OUTSIDE OF PARADISE                                    Ray O Vacs

 104.    OVER THE RAINBOW                                       The Checkers

 105.    PLEASE DONíT GO                                             Floyd Dixon

 106.    POISON IVY                                                        Willie Mabon

 107.    RED DRESS                                                          Supercharge

 108.    RIVER STAY AWAY FROM MY DOOR           Charlie Rich

 109.    ROCK AND ROLL WEDDING                           Hank Ballard and The Midnighters

 110.    ROCK GRANNY ROLL                                       Hank Ballard and The Midnighters

 111.    ROCKINí ALL THE TIME                                    Roy Brown

 112.    ROOSTER BLUES                                                Delbert McClinton

 113.    RUB A LITTLE BOOGIE                                     Champion Jack Dupree

 114.    SADIE MY LADY                                                 The Drifters

 115.    SATELLITE BABY                                                Roosevelt Sykes

 116.    SAVOY BOOGIE                                                  Jimmy McCracklin

 117.    SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN                               Brenda Lee

 118.    SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN                               Dinah Washington

 119.    720 IN THE BOOKS                                             Earl Bostic

 120.    SEXY WAYS                                                         Hank Ballard and The Midnighters

 121.    SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL                              Joe Turner

 122.    SHAKINí THE SHACK                                          Fantastic Shakers

 123.    SH-BOOM                                                             Chords

 124.    SHE FELT TOO GOOD                                       Jimmy McCracklin

 125.    SHUT YOUR MOUTH                                        B. B. King

 126.    SICK AND TIRED                                                LuLa Reed

 127.    SIX TO EIGHT                                                     Stick McGhee 

 128.    SIXTY MINUTE MAN                                         Billy Ward and The Dominoes

 129.    SLOW BOAT TO CHINA                                     Ronnie Dove

 130.    SMOKEY PLACES                                                The Corsairs

 131.    SOMEBODY TOUCHED ME                               Ruth Brown

 132.    SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW           The Fantastics

 133.    STAGGER LEE                                                      Lloyd Price

 134.    STAND BY ME                                                      Ben E. King

 135.    STAY                                                                      Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs

 136.    STREET WALKING WOMAN                             T-Bone Walker

 137.    STRING OF PEARLS                                           Glenn Miller

 138.    SUMMERTIME                                                    Earl Bostic

 139.    SWEET SUE                                                          Big Joe Turner

 140.    TA TA                                                                    Clyde McPhatter

 141.    TAKINí CARE OF BUSINESS                             Freddy King

 142.    TANQUERAY                                                      Johnnie Johnson

 143.    TEARS KEEP TUMBLING DOWN                    Ruth Brown

 144.    THANK YOU JOHN                                           Willie Tee

 145.    THE DEACON MOVES IN                                 Little Esther & The Dominoes

 146.    THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT                    The Jarmels

 147.    THERE GOES MY BABY                                   The Drifters

 148.    THEREíS NO TOMORROW                              The Clovers

 149.    THINK                                                                 The 5 Royales

 150.    39 Ė 21 Ė 40 SHAPE                                           The Showmen                                                                     

 151.    TIME MAKES YOU CHANGE                           Dells

 152.    TONIGHT AND FOREVER                               The Whirlers

 153.    TOO MUCH LOVINí                                          The 5 Royales

 154.    TORE UP                                                            Harmonica Fats

 155.    TRUE FINE MAMA                                           Little Richard

 156.    TUNE UP                                                            Jr. Walker

 157.    TWO HEARTS                                                    Otis Williams and The Charms 

 158.    WEE BABY BLUES                                            Joe Turner

 159.    WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES          Esther Phillips

 160.    WHAT ABOUT YOUR DAUGHTER                J. B. Lenoir

 161.    WHEN LOVE IS NEW                                       Arthur Prysock

 162.    WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER                             The Checkers

 163.    WHY DONíT CHA STOP IT                              Buddy and Ella Johnson

 164.    WITCHCRAFT                                                   Jesse Belvin

 165.    WOE IS ME                                                        The Cadillacs

 166.    WOULD I MIND                                                Steve Gibson and The Redcaps

 167.    YOU NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD                     The Checkers

 168.    YOUR CASH AINíT NOTHINí BUT TRASH    The Clovers

 169.    YOUR DADDYíS DOGGINí AROUND            Todd Rhodes

 170.    YOUíRE IN LOVE                                             Five Vets

 171.    YOUíRE SO EASY TO LOVE                            Tommy James

 172.    YOUíRE THE BOSS                                           Jimmy Ricks & Lavern Baker

 173.    ZING WENT THE STRINGS                            The Coasters