Chuck Berry

Johnny B. Goode

Composed by Chuck Berry

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"Johnny B. Goode" is the Horatio Alger story of rock & roll, a message so basic that the song has become the inspiration for every kid who ever wanted to be in a rock & roll band or become a rock & roll star. Written by Chuck Berry, the original version on Chess was also the first session that Berry utilized overdubbing to play the now famous guitar solos, a fairly new idea for rock & roll back in the 1950s. But as rich and full and inspirational as Berry's original was and is (Keith Richards claimed it was the first rock & roll record he really heard), the song is so irreducible in its simple genius that it has become adaptable in a number of cover versions, from Jerry Lee Lewis to Jimi Hendrix to Buck Owens to the Grateful Dead. No matter what course rock music may take in the next decade or two, as long as there are guitar bands and crowds that want to rock and sing along, somebody will be on-stage playing "Johnny B. Goode" to get a rise out of the crowd.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Chuck Berry Is on Top 1959 Chess / MCA 2:38
Chuck Berry Twist 1962 Geffen / Universal 2:40
No Image 1964
Chuck Berry's Golden Hits 1967 Mercury 2:44
From St. Louie to Frisco 1968 Mercury / Universal 0:00
American Graffiti 1973
Original Soundtrack
MCA 2:42
No Image 1976 Chess
No Image 1982 Mercury
No Image 1983 Chess
No Image 1984
Various Artists
MCA
No Image 1985 JEM / Passport
Super Oldies of the 50's, Vol. 6 1986
Various Artists
Audio Fidelity
The Best of Chess Rock & Roll, Vol. 1 1987
Various Artists
Chess 2:37
Party Time Fifties 1988
Various Artists
Coyote Records
The Chess Box 1988 Chess 3:13
Let Me Hear Some of That Rock and Roll Music! 1989 Peter Pan (ISP) 2:40
Rock & Roll Originators 1990
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:38
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Rhino
All Star Chart Busters 1993
Various Artists
SRI Jazz
The Great Chuck Berry 1993 Goldies 2:39
Music from the Wonder Years, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
Laserlight / Delta Distribution 2:46
No Image 1994 Highland Records
Chuck Berry [Timeless Treasures] 1994 Timeless Treasures 2:43
Chess Rhythm & Roll 1994
Various Artists
Chess / MCA 2:41
Vintage Collectibles, Vol.  8: 1954-1959 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 2:37
Soul Train 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Box Set 1995
Various Artists
MCA 2:38
I Love Rock & Roll: Hits of the '50s 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records 2:38
The EP Collection 1996 See For Miles Records
Roll Over Beethoven [Success] 1996 Success 2:39
Rock 'N' Roll Nonstop Party Mix 1997
Various Artists
ZYX Music 1:26
Rockin' Guitars 1997
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 4:24
His Best, Vol. 1 1997 Chess 2:42
Rockfile, Vol. 5 1997
Various Artists
Rockfile 2:37
Greatest Rock & Roll Party, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Great Hits 2:39
The Chess Blues-Rock Songbook: The Classic Originals 1997
Various Artists
MCA / Chess 2:43
The Best of Chuck Berry [MCA #2] 1997 MCA 2:39
WODS Oldies 103 Boston, Vol. 1: The 50's - Tenth Anniversary Edition 1997
Various Artists
Collectables 2:34
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Metacom 2:37
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 1998 Polygram 2:44
Frat Rock! 3 Pac 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 2:38
Wonderful Music of Chuck Berry 1998 Allegiance Records 2:40
American Graffiti Highlights: 25th Anniversary Edition 1998
Original Soundtrack Highlights
MCA 2:39
Nebraska Football: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 1998
Various Artists
Alphabet City 2:42
Member's Edition 1998 AAO Music
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Keep on Rockin' 1998
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:40
Ultimate Legends of Rock 'N' Roll 1998
Various Artists
The Ultimate Music Collection 2:37
DJ Don's Party Mix: Party Time 1999
Various Artists
Power Records (Fitness / Dance) 2:42
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Chuck Berry 1999 MCA / Universal 2:41
40 Hits: 1955-1959 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 2:39
Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of the '50s [Box] 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:40
Hard Rock Cafe: Great Balls of Fire 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:41
The Millennium's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Collectables 2:39
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Greatest Hits 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:40
Chuck Berry [Magic Collection] 2000 The Magic Collection 2:45
The Millennium's Greatest Hits, Vols. 1-2 2000
Various Artists
Collectables 2:39
New Millennium 50's Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:40
The Anthology 2000 MCA / Chess 2:42
Johnny B. Goode [Legacy] 2000 Legacy 4:38
The Ultimate Collection [Universal] 2000 Universal International 2:41
Music Men 2000
Various Artists
WEA
Greatest Hits [Australia] 2000 Mastersound 2:44
Greatest Hits of the 50's [BMG Greeting Card CD] 2000
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:39
50s Party Pack 2001
Various Artists
Legacy 4:37
Nebraska Cornhuskers: Greatest Hits 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City 2:42
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 2:40
Rock & Roll Favorites 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 4:53
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 4:53
Soul Sensations [Columbia River] 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 4:53
All Music Guide: Roots of Rock 2001
Various Artists
Medalist Entertainment 2:42
Jukebox Hits of the '50s [Collectables] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:38
Chuck Berry/More Chuck Berry 2002 Beat Goes On 2:41
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:38
Rock 'N' Roll Legends [Direct Source] 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:37
Crown Prince of Rock 'N Roll [2003] 2003 American Legends 4:51
Sixties [UK Box Set] 2003
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:39
Best of the 50's and 60's, Vol. 1 [United Audio] 2003
Various Artists
United Audio Entertainment 2:38
World's Greatest Air Guitar Album 2003
Various Artists
Hollywood 0:00
Malt Shop Classics [North Quest] 2003
Various Artists
Northquest 4:51
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey 2003
Original Soundtrack
Hip-O 2:42
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:42
Rock and Roll at Fifty: A Galaxy of Hits from Rock's First Decade 2003
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:39
Get It On [DVD Audio] 2003
Various Artists
DTS Entertainment
Malt Shop Classics [Columbia River] 2004
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 4:52
No Image 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:39
20 Great Tracks 2004 EMI 2:40
Rock N Roll: Gold Collection 2004
Various Artists
Dejavu Retro 4:17
Rock & Roll's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:39
No Image 2005 Legacy 4:38
Shake Rattle & Roll: 50 Classic Rock N Roll Hits 2005
Various Artists
Sanctuary 2:37
Chess Pieces: The Very Best of Chess Records 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 2:40
Artist's Choice: Joni Mitchell 2005 Hear Music 2:42
Reelin' and Rockin': The Very Best of Chuck Berry 2006 Universal Distribution / Chess / Universal International 2:41
20th Century Masters: Best of 50s Rock N Roll 2006
Various Artists
Universal International 2:40
The Definitive Collection 2006 Geffen / Chess 2:41
Kings of Rock & Roll 2006 Universal International 2:41
Blowing the Fuse: 31 R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox in 1958 2006
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:40
The Best of Chuck Berry [Direct Source] 2006 Direct Source 2:38
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Brunswick
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 0:00
Ultimate Chuck Berry 2007 UMVD 2:41
Yow 2007
Yow
Primo Records 5:13
The Best of Chuck Berry [Geffen] 2007 Geffen 2:38
Johnny B. Goode [LT Series] 2007 LT Series 4:39
Johnny B. Goode: His Complete '50s Chess Recordings 2007 Hip-o Select 3:21
No Image 2007 Universal Distribution 2:40
No Image 2008 Bell
Rock 'N' Roll Legends 2008 Universal Distribution 2:40
Chuck Berry Is on Top/St. Louis to Liverpool 2008 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 2:41
50's Super Hits 2008
Various Artists
Music Brokers 2:34
Chess Chartbusters, Vol. 6 2008
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:38
Superhits Collection 2008
Various Artists
Music Brokers 2:34
Oh Yeah! Live in Detroit 2009 Geffen / Universal 6:15
You Never Can Tell: The Complete Chess Recordings 1960-1966 2009 Hip-O Select / Geffen 0:00
Ultimate Blues [Decca] 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:39
Bruce Springsteen's Jukebox 2009 United States of Distribution / Chrome Dreams / United States 2:40
Have Mercy: His Complete Chess Recordings (1969-1974) 2010 Geffen / Hip-O Select 4:26
Total Drivetime 2010
Various Artists
Universal 2:37
A Complete Introduction to Chess 2010
Various Artists
Universal / Universal Distribution 2:39
60 Bar-B-Que Sizzlers 2010
Various Artists
Big 3 / Proper Records / Proper UK 2:39
Johnny B. Goode: His Greatest Hits 2010 ZYX 2:54
Icon 2011 Chess / Geffen 2:41
The Pop Years: The 50s 2011
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:39
After School Session/Chuck Berry Is on Top 2011 Beat Goes On 2:40
My Kind of Music: The Rock 'n' Roll Years! 2011
Various Artists
Union Square / Union Square Music / USM Media 2:40
50 of the Most Influential Blues Songs of the 20th Century 2011
Various Artists
Jasmine Records 2:40
Rocks 2011 Bear Family Records 2:39
The Willie Dixon Story 2012
Various Artists
Proper Box / Proper Records 2:37
Music That Inspired American Graffiti 2012
Various Artists
Not Now Music 2:41
The Roots of U2 2012
Various Artists
Complete Blues / Complete Roots / Snapper / Snapper UK 2:39
The Willie Dixon Story: The Session Man 2012 Proper Records 2:37
Sweethearts and Stolen Kisses: From the Movies 2014
Various Artists
Music Digital 2:39
The Greatest Ever Rock 'N' Roll 2014
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 2:42
No Image 2014
Various Artists
Labelle
The Ultimate Collection: Driving Songs 2014
Various Artists
Union Square / Universal 2:38
The Complete Chess Singles As & Bs 1955-1961 2015 Acrobat Music 2:39
Greatest Hits [10Ten Media] 2016 10Ten Media / Zebralution
100 Hits: Rock 'n' Roll Love Songs
Various Artists
100 Hits 2:38
20 Greatest Hits Black Tulip
300 Hits: Rock 'n' Roll
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 2:40
60's [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 2:38
Back in the USA: The Best of Chuck Berry Gralin Music
Beatles Beginnings, Vol. 8: The Quarrymen Repertoire
Various Artists
Rhythm & Blues 2:39
Best of the 60's, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Polygram
Bob Dylan Cover To Cover: The Originals, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Music Melon 2:39
No Image
Various Artists
MCA
Dim Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Dim Collection
No Image
Various Artists
No Image
Various Artists
10Ten Media / Zebralution 2:37
Greetings from Louisiana
Various Artists
Louisiana Red Hot Records 2:39
Guitar Monsters of Rock
Various Artists
Music Brokers 2:34
In the 1950s Chrome Dreams 3:18
Inspiring the Beatles
Various Artists
Cherished Records
It's Only Rock & Soul, Vol. 4
Various Artists
Artemis Records / Zebralution
No Image
Original Soundtrack
Atlantic 0:00
No Image
Various Artists
Labelle
Just Go Wild over Rock 'n' Roll
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:42
Kirmesmusik Volksfeste
Various Artists
Music & Melody 2:52
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 2:38
Party! [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music 2:40
No Image
Various Artists
Must Have Records
No Image
Various Artists
Must Have Records
Rock 'n' Roll USA, Vol. 1: 1954-1959
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:39
Rock 'n' Roll [Bella Musica]
Various Artists
Bella Musica
Rock Around the Clock [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 2:40
No Image Pair
No Image
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 2:38
The First U.S. Hot 100: August 1958
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:38
No Image
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
The U2 Jukebox: The Songs that Inspired the Band
U2
Chrome Dreams / United States of Distribution 2:38
No Image Chess
Vintage Music: Original Classic Oldies from the 1950's, Vol. 4
Various Artists
MCA 2:38
Way It Was: Rock Around the Clock the 50's
Various Artists
Dynamic 2:40
You Can't Catch Me Snapper 2:39