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When you think of the fifties you immediately think of boredom. I don’t blame you because so did I until I fully learned about the fifties music culture. Not only because of their music in the fifties, we get our regular music we listen to now, but they also were risk takers to even try their new music out, called “rock ‘n roll”.

 

Before 1955 the music was what some may refer to as “bubblegum music”, the sweet, innocent, pure, jolly music, with artists such as Pat Boone, Rosemary Clooney and Perry Como. The lyrics were made mainly to make you feel good, and weren’t really realistic.

 

From what many knew as Black R&B back then, rock ‘n roll formed; more upbeat, quicker, risqué lyrics. This music had been playing for a bit, but was finally becoming recognized and played on the radio.

 

Parents in the fifties began to dislike the music that their children were listening to. It was unlike the music they listened to when they were younger, and the fact that change was appearing over the horizon was scary to them.

 

Religious groups, mainly certain groups of Christians, began hatred speeches about the music, claiming that it was “demonic” and “evil”, that the devil was just figuring out another way to capture our soul.

 

The fact that teenagers were becoming more independent helped their theory. Teenagers were more outgoing than ever before, but were finally enjoying themselves. The age of teen idols had also approached. Posters taped up along teenage girls walls became very popular, especially with people such as Ricky Nelson, Bobby Rydell, and Bobby Darin.

 

Also, performers branched out and started dancing themselves, leading the listeners to boogie, also. People such as Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis helped teenagers to do so.

 

Before the turn of the decade Buddy Holly took his ticket off of Earth, leaving the world behind with only memories and his beloved music. But with his help, and many others, America was finally out of its conservative shell.

 

 

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The Top Ten Hits of 1950
 

1. Goodnight Irene, Gordon Jenkins & The Weavers

2. Mona Lisa, Nat King Cole

3. Third Man Theme, Anton Karas

4. Sam's Song, Gary & Bing Crosby

5. Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy, Red Foley

6. Music, Music, Music, Teresa Brewer

7. It Isn't Fair, Sammy Kaye & Don Cornell

8. Simple Melody, Gary & Bing Crosby

9. Harbor Lights, Sammy Kaye

10. Third Man Theme, Guy Lombardo

 

Top Ten Hits of 1951
 

1. Too Young, Nat King Cole

2. Because Of You, Tony Bennett

3. Come On-a My House, Rosemary Clooney

4. How High The Moon, Les Paul & Mary Ford

5. If, Perry Como

6. On Top Of Old Smoky, Weavers

7. Cold, Cold Heart, Tony Bennett

8. Be My Love, Mario Lanza

9. Loveliest Night Of The Year, Mario Lanza

10. Tennessee Waltz, Patti Page

 

Top Ten Hits of 1952
 

1. Blue Tango, Leroy Anderson

2. Cry, Johnnie Ray

3. Wheel Of Fortune, Kay Starr

4. Half As Much, Rosemary Clooney

5. Auf Wiederseh'n, Sweetheart, Vera Lynn

6. You Belong To Me, Jo Stafford

7. Wish You Were Here, Eddie Fisher & Hugo Winterhalter

8. I Went To Your Wedding, Patti Page

9. Here In My Heart, Al Martino

10. Delicado, Percy Faith

Top Ten Hits of 1953
 

1. Song From Moulin Rouge, Percy Faith

2. You, You, You, Ames Brothers

3. Doggie In The Window, Patti Page

4. I'm Walking Behind You, Eddie Fisher

5. Vaya Con Dios, Les Paul & Mary Ford

6. Till I Waltz Again With You, Teresa Brewer

7. Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes, Perry Como

8. No Other Love, Perry Como

9. April In Portugal, Les Baxter

10. I Believe, Frankie Laine

 

Top Ten Hits of 1954
 

1. Hey There, Rosemary Clooney

2. Wanted, Perry Como

3. Little Things Mean A Lot, Kitty Kallen

4. Sh-Boom, Crew Cuts

5. Make Love To Me, Jo Stafford

6. Oh! My Pa-pa, Eddie Fisher

7. I Get So Lonely, Four Knights

8. Three Coins In The Fountain, Four Aces

9. Secret Love, Doris Day

10. That's Amore, Dean Martin

 

Top Ten Hits of 1955
 

1. Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White, Perez Prado

2. Rock Around The Clock, Bill Haley & His Comets

3. The Ballad Of Davy Crockett, Bill Hayes

4. Autumn Leaves, Roger Williams

5. Unchained Melody, Les Baxter

6. The Yellow Rose Of Texas, Mitch Miller

7. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing, Four Aces

8. Melody Of Love, Billy Vaughn

9. Ain't That A Shame, Pat Boone

10. Dance With Me Henry, Georgia Gibbs

 

Top Ten hits of 1956
 

1. Heartbreak Hotel, Elvis Presley

2. Don't Be Cruel, Elvis Presley

3. Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera), Doris Day

4. My Prayer, Platters

5. The Wayward Wind, Gogi Grant

7. The Poor People Of Paris, Les Baxter

8. Lisbon Antigua, Nelson Riddle

8. Hound Dog, Elvis Presley

9. Moonglow And Theme From "Picnic", Morris Stoloff

10. Rock And Roll Waltz, Kay Starr

 

Top Ten Hits of 1957
 

1. All Shook Up, Elvis Presley

2. Bye Bye Love, Everly Brothers

3. Little Darlin', Diamonds

4. Round And Round, Perry Como

5. So Rare, Jimmy Dorsey

6. Don't Forbid Me, Pat Boone

7. Singing The Blues, Guy Mitchell

8. Young Love, Sonny James

9. Too Much, Elvis Presley

10. Young Love, Tab Hunter

 

Top Ten Hits of 1958
 

1. Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu), Domenico Modugno

2. Don't, Elvis Presley

3. All I Have To Do Is Dream, Everly Brothers

4. Witch Doctor, David Seville

5. Patricia, Perez Prado

6. Sail Along Silvery Moon / Raunchy, Billy Vaughn

7. Catch A Falling Star / Magic Moments, Perry Como

8. Tequila, Champs

9. It's All In The Game, Tommy Edwards

10. Return To Me, Dean Martin

 

Top Ten Hits of 1959
 

1. Mack The Knife, Bobby Darin

2. The Battle Of New Orleans, Johnny Horton

3. Personality, Lloyd Price

4. Venus, Frankie Avalon

5. Lonely Boy, Paul Anka

6. Mr. Blue, Fleetwoods

7. The Three Bells, Browns

8. Come Softly To Me, Fleetwoods

9. Kansas City, Wilbert Harrison

10. Dream Lover, Bobby Darin

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