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Music of the 1950's

Fifties Music Lists -- An Introduction and Contents




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Music of 1950-1954
Music of 1955
Music of 1956
Music of 1957
Music of 1958
Music of 1959

Elvis

American Bandstand
Alan Freed
Annotated American Pie
At the Hop
Day the Music Died
Teen Idols

GAMES
Oldies Hangman
Artists Hangman
Trivia Oldies
Trivia Artists
Elvis Hangman
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SHOP MUSIC

Midi and Lyrics
Patriotic Songs
Irish Tunes
Christmas Songs


Also click here to view 1960's Music
The decade of the Fifties gave birth to Rock and Roll. When Bill Haley's Rock Around the Clock became popular in 1955, the nation learned to swing to a whole new sound. Prior to that the Big Band Era from the 40's was still the the driving force in music.

But, Rock wasn't the only music of the Fifties. Other artists with other songs had folks hummin' for much of the decade. Pat Boone , Perry Como and Patti Page - just to mention the "Ps".

The feel-good innocence of a lot of the Fifties music reflects on the post World War II optimism in America. The young people of the time, an emerging force called teenagers, hadn't struggled through the war years. They were looking for something more exciting. They discovered that vitality in Rock and Roll.

During the Fifties both styles of music co-existed quite nicely.
Some of the music you associate with the Fifties was actually recorded in the Sixties. Blue Moon, by the Marcels, for example. And all of the "girl groups" are from the 60's. When you look at the dates, musically the styles tend to break off mid-decade. The tunes from '55-'64 are pretty much alike. Things don't change much until the British musical invasion of U.S. and the U.S. military invasion of Viet Nam, from around '64-'74.

In fairness, however, I should tell you that my musical definitions probably differ from those of everybody else you know. I classifiy musical periods thusly:

1. Bubblegum - 1950-1954
2. Early Rock - 1955 to 1964
3. Serious Rock - 1965 to 1974
4. Disco - 1975 to 1980
5. Beats The Heck Outta Me - 1981 to Present

This area of the site is subdivided as listed at left. There's lots to see. For each year there is info and song lists. Then there's Elvis, natch. The American Bandstand pages talk about the Regulars. The Day the Music Died gives an account of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Bopper, plus an annotated American Pie. At The Hop relives those sock hops of years gone by. And drool a bit over those dreamy Teen Idols. Tap your feet and join in!








Number 1 Hits By Year
1950
White Christmas
Bing Crosby
1951
Come on-a My House
Rosemary Clooney
1952
Unforgettable
Nat King Cole
1953
You, You, You
Ames Brothers
1954
That's Amoré
Dean Martin
1955
Rock Around the Clock
Bill Haley & His Comets
1956
HOUND DOG / DON'T BE CRUEL
Elvis Presley
1957
Love Letters in the Sand
Pat Boone
1958
It's All In the Game
Tommy Edwards
1959
Mack The Knife
Bobby Darin
1960
Theme from "A Summer Place"
Percy Faith Orchestra
1961
Tossin' and Turrin'
Bobby Lewis
1962
Twist
Chubby Checker
1963
Sugar Shack
Jimmy Gilmer & Fireballs
1964
I Want To Hold Your Hand
Beatles
1965
Satisfaction
Rolling Stones
1966
Ballads of the Green Berets
Ssgt. Barry Sadler
1967
To Sir With Love
Lulu
1968
Hey Jude
Beatles
1969
Aquarius
Fifth Dimension
1970
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon & Garfunkel
April 25, 2000
The Day My Music Died


Due to a Cease and Desist letter from the Harry Fox Agency, all the Oldies music in midi format has been removed from this site. Also all Oldies lyrics. I am deeply saddened. Both the Patriotic Songs, Irish Tunes and Christmas Songs remain as they are public domain. And if not, I'm sure some damn lawyer will write to tell me about it.

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