Rock And Roll Music

Album: One Dozen Berrys (1957)
Charted: 8


  • This song is about a guy who will only dance to rock and roll. It's one of several of Berry's songs where he expresses fealty to the genre, which he helped create. The distinctive guitar riff he came up with on the track influenced many subsequent rock tracks.
  • Said Berry: "I was heavy into rock and roll and had to create something that hit the spot without question."
  • The Beatles played this at their early concerts and recorded it on Chuck Berry's 38th birthday. It was one of their favorite songs to play live, and they used it when they needed an additional track for their album Beatles For Sale. >>
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    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • Blues legend Willie Dixon played bass on this track.
  • The Beach Boys also recorded this song. Their version reached US #5 and UK #36 in 1976.

Comments: 21

  • Rich From FloridaI think John Lennon sings,”it’s got a black beat you can’t blues it”.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaOne of the three Berry tunes I liked the Beatles version better than his (one they never recorded which was Promised Land-Elvis version). they other one was Roll Over Beethoven (also like the Stones version of it as well).
  • Alan from Allentown, PaI swear when I listen to The Beatles version John sings "it's got a black beat, you can't lose it" instead of back beat. Anyone else notice or is my hearing going?
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 16th, 1957 Chuck Berry performed "Rock 'N Roll Music" on the ABC-TV program 'The Guy Mitchell Show"...
    Just over a month earlier on November 11th it entered Billboard's Top 100 chart; eventually it peaked at #8 and spent 19 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #6 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    Nineteen years later in 1976 the Beach Boys covered it; and on August 8th, 1976 their version peaked at #5 (for 1 week) on the Top 100 and stayed on the chart for 17 weeks (reached #11 in Canada)...
    R.I.P. Dennis (1944-1983) & Carl (1946-1998), Mr. Mitchell, born Albert George Cernik, (1927 - 1999), and Charles Edward Anderson Berry celebrated his 87th birthday two months ago on October 18th.
  • Elmer H from Westville, OkI've heard many versions of this hit, but for me the original is the greatest. I missed out experiencing its release back in 1957, but I first heard it on a campus tavern juke-box near The University of Kansas (Lawrence) in 1967. The bass sound was set up so high it nearly shattered all the tavern windows!! Every time the song played, the dance floor was so jam packed tight that if ya passed out from drinking too much beer you'd never fall on the floor. The crowds were that tight! Now that's what I call loving a Chuck Berry song!
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScAndrew from Birmingham:

    I have heard the Beach Boys version since posting that comment, and I think I like the other versions better; the Beach Boys version is slower than the Berry and Beatles ones. This isn't to knock the Beach Boys in general however.

    P.S. Thank you for describing the Beach Boys version for me.
  • Drew from B\'ham, AlRather, discotizing this song is pretty easy for a drummer to do & it come out well. The time signature is already right (in that its 4/4 has no triplets). In fact, that's the closest way to remake it. (The Beach Boys could also have notched the drummer down to 2/2 time or installed triplets to make a swing beat; but then it wouldn't sound right.) But the drumbeat is the only element the Beach Boys used to discotize it. Chuck Berry's only surprise would be what ways (& how much of each way) rock had evolved by the '70s. It's a shame the Beach Boys entirely left out the verse w/ "tango, mambo, Congo, & piano"! That's the reason the Beatle & Chuck Berry versions are more complete.
  • Larry from Parkersburgwv, WvELO also had a cover of this song.Amazing how manysongs of Chuck Berry,who turned 80 is still rocking
  • Cow from Arleta, Cai love this song and yeah we don't really hear the chuck berry version a lot but on kearth we do hear the beatle version which is also opinion.
  • Lachlan from Stonewall, CanadaI like the beatles version the best, because I love to hear John Lennon sing.
  • Andrew from Birmingham, United StatesStephanie, the Beach Boys version is like a discotized version, which sounds impossible after hearing Chuck Berry's version. Chuck Berry ought to be VERY surprised to hear anyone discotize a '50s rock song, especially his own. They're all great versions; I like all the Rock from the '50s through the '80s. But the '70s and '80s plus the 2nd half of the '60s are simply Rock; the "Golden Oldies", i.e. the '50s and early '60s Rock, are the real Rock And Roll hits. Long live Chuck Berry!!
  • Allen from Bethel, AkThe Beatles did a great cover of this, I'd say.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScThe Chuck Berry version is really good. They don't play it as much as The Beatles version though. In fact, I don't hear this song much on the radio, period.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScI haven't heard the Beachboys version, but I've heard the Beatles version, and it's great.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScNobody thinks the Beatles started rock n roll Ray. Where did you get that thought.
  • Ray from Stockton, NjThis has the first rock and roll song ever. I mean it is rock and roll and its called Rock and Roll music. Chuck Berry in my opinion is the starter of rock and roll, not the beatles( even though i love the beatles). this song is best done by Chuck Berry.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesMental As Anything covered this in the 1980s
  • Ken from Louisville, KyOn The Beach Boys version, instead of "they're drinking home brew", they sang "they're drinking beer." On The Beatles version, John Lennon slurs one line so it almost sounds like he's singing "it's got a black beat" instead of "it's got a back beat". This could have been intentional.
  • Jude from Thomasville, GaHow can you not like this song? It's about the origins of rock. Chuck Berry does it best.No one else can rhyme "tango", "mambo". "Congo" and "piano"! Rock on, Chuck!
  • Joe from West Creek, NjI do. It's a classic. The Beach Boys did a cover of this as well. It was a top 10 hit in the US in 1976.
  • Brittanie from Liverpool, EnglandWell, I don't like this song. I'm sorry. I like some of it, but that's it. Of course, I've only heard the Beatles play it.
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