Chuck Berry Is on Top
Chuck Berry Is on Top cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1959 (1959-07)[1]
RecordedMay 21, 1955–1959, Chicago, Illinois
GenreRock and roll
LabelChess LP–1435[1]
ProducerLeonard Chess, Phil Chess
Chuck Berry chronology
One Dozen Berrys
Chuck Berry Is on Top
Rockin' at the Hops
Singles from Chuck Berry Is On Top
  1. "Maybellene"
    Released: July 1955
  2. "Johnny B. Goode" / "Around and Around"
    Released: March 31, 1958
  3. "Carol"/"Hey Pedro"
    Released: August 1958
  4. "Sweet Little Rock & Roller"/"Jo Jo Gunne"
    Released: October 1958
  5. "Anthony Boy"
    Released: January 1959
  6. "Almost Grown" / "Little Queenie"
    Released: March 1959
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[4]

Chuck Berry Is on Top is the third studio album by rock and roll artist Chuck Berry, released in July 1959 on Chess Records, catalogue LP 1435. With the exception of one track, "Blues for Hawaiians," all selections had been previously released on 45 rpm singles,[1] several of which were double-sided and charted twice. In his review of the album for AllMusic, Cub Koda described it as "almost a mini-greatest-hits package in and of itself" and the most perfectly realized collection of Berry's career.[2] In 2008, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab reissued the album with St. Louis to Liverpool on an Ultradisc II Gold compact disc. In 2012, Hoodoo reissued the album with One Dozen Berrys on the same CD.

Track listing

All tracks are written by Chuck Berry.

Side A
1."Almost Grown"2:21
4."Sweet Little Rock & Roller"2:22
5."Anthony Boy"1:54
6."Johnny B. Goode"2:41
Side B
1."Little Queenie"2:43
2."Jo Jo Gunne"2:47
3."Roll Over Beethoven"2:24
4."Around and Around"2:42
5."Hey Pedro"1:57
6."Blues for Hawaiians"3:23


Charting history

Singles - Billboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position[6]
1955 "Maybellene" Billboard Top 100 5
1956 "Roll Over Beethoven" Billboard Top 100 29
1958 "Johnny B. Goode" Billboard Top 100 8
1958 "Carol" Billboard Hot 100 18
1958 "Jo Jo Gunne" Billboard Hot 100 83
1958 "Sweet Little Rock & Roller" Billboard Hot 100 47
1959 "Anthony Boy" Billboard Hot 100 60
1959 "Almost Grown" Billboard Hot 100 32
1959 "Little Queenie" Billboard Hot 100 80


  1. ^ a b c Rudolph, Dietmar. "A Collector's Guide to the Music of Chuck Berry: The Chess Era (1955–1966)". Retrieved 2009-09-03.
  2. ^ a b Cub Koda. "Chuck Berry Is on Top > Overview". AllMusic Guide. Retrieved February 9, 2011.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Vol. 1. MUZE. p. 568.
  4. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. pp. 54–55.
  5. ^ "The Chuck Berry Database — Details For Song: Around And Around — Chuck Berry Collector's Guide".
  6. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 - Chuck Berry". Retrieved October 27, 2017.