Throwback Thursday | Chuck Berry’s “Chuck Berry is on Top”

If there is any album that can sum up Berry’s success, it’s this album.


Pop a nickel into the jukebox, and a familiar guitar riff immediately bursts from the machine. Poodle skirts twist and twirl, like colorful pinwheels blowin’ in the suburban breeze. Chuck Berry’s Chuck Berry is on Top is essentially the wrap-up sound to the 1950s.

If there is any album that can sum up Berry’s success, it’s this album. Released in 1959, Chuck Berry is on Top is essentially Berry’s greatest hits album, due to its large amount of singles included. “Blues for Hawaiians” might’ve been the only new track on the album at the time.

There is an obvious sound that Berry brands himself with, and for Chuck Berry enthusiasts, this sound is essential. However, after hearing the same riff throughout almost every single track on the album, it can get a little old. In fact, “Johnny B. Goode,” and, “Little Queenie,” sound almost identical despite the lyrics.

Despite this, the album is flawlessly rock ‘n’ roll.

And every time a Berry record plays, there is a grand sense of nostalgia and pride, especially for fellow St. Louisians. Every one of Berry’s records holds a special place in the heart of all rock ‘n’ roll lovers born and raised in St. Louis. Not to mention—with some of Berry’s greatest hits that are tucked neatly inside, like, “Maybellene,”—there is an immediate need to dance, sing, and be happy.

Chuck Berry will always be the Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and hold a special place in the hearts of every rock, blues, and R&B lover. Nothing says 1959 like Chuck Berry is on Top. A | Vella Mour

Don’t forget you can see Chuck Berry perform his essential hits in the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill once a month. To get tickets and time information for the Father of Rock’s next show, check out Blueberry Hill’s event calendar.

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