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Before rock ‘n roll teenagers were to be seen but not heard. The artists and performers did not usually dance in their shows, and neither did the listeners. Everything was reserved and controlled. Teenagers wanted to brake free from their conservative elders and people such as Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis helped them do so. Today, the death of Buddy Holly, another popular 1950's singer, is still held at heart and known to most rock ‘n roll fans. The music in the fifties brought America out of its shell.

 

The fifties wasn’t the immediate start of Rock ‘n Roll. Actually it took quite a while for most Americans to become acquainted with type of music. At first it was pushed aside to small clubs and select radio stations until the original pop culture television show, American Bandstand, was brought to Americans everywhere. The majority of the teenagers instantly loved the music with the convenience of watching it in their own home. To parents everywhere it was miserable with the “nasty lyrics” and terribly “fast beat”.

 

Many Christian groups also fought against the music, saying that it was “demonic” and sinful. There are still groups around today that believe such things.

 

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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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Where the Fifties is Present to Erik Soderstrom, Sherrill Buford, Kayla Allen, Nicole Dyer and Sara Romine 2005