The 1950s marked the birth of rock'n'roll. From big band tracks to jazz standards, until midway through the 20th century, music was a resolutely parent-friendly zone. But then everything changed. Elvis had flustered teenagers all shook up, while the likes of Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and the like were destroying the old safety nets with a virile, passionate new sound. Here are the top 100 tracks from the decade that that sparked a musical revolution.
Criteria: Songs listed are from Rock and Roll and related sub-genres. These songs are ranked based upon their initial and lasting popularity, as well as their influence & impact on the evolution of Rock 'n' Roll and its sub-genres.
50s Rock-n-Roll Compilation.
Note: Some songs in this compilation are actually from the '60s.
Country music gave us some of the best '50s songs when it entered its second decade on the charts. Billboard began ranking songs based mostly on jukebox sales in the '40s, but by the '50s, radio and television exposure and album sales were having a bigger influence on a song’s success.
This article is about the US number-one songs chart from 1950–1958.
Volume 1 of the compilation album.
All about 50s music, its history, artists, and development, featuring info on the Fifties' biggest hits and most important groups. From your Oldies Guide at About.com.
100 GREATEST SONGS OF THE 50'S
Best of 50s Rock N Roll - Rock And Roll Songs - Greatest Rock N Roll Song.
Full-length '50s mix