100 Best 50s SongsMatt Campbell

Best 1950s Music for Weddings

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The Best 50s Songs were known for the coexistence of Jazz and Rock and Roll style music. The birth of Rock and Roll was in the mid-50s. Until then the big bands and Jazz style music were most prominent. Vocal artists were also prominent in the 50s with artists such as Dean Martin, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra and Pat Boone.

Rock and Roll music started in the mid-50s and became mainstream with artists such as Bill Haley & His Comets and Elvis Presley. Elvis Presley became the image of Best 50s Songs rock and roll given the title of “The King of Rock and Roll”. Elvis created many hubbubs after pelvis gyrations on TV shows Milton Berle Show and The Ed Sullivan Show. Country and western Best 50s Songs also grew in popularity with such artists as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Porter Wagoner. Carl Perkins fueled a new version of country and western and r&b combined called rockabilly.  Hank Williams also helped to popularize Honky Tonk, a style of country music characterized by a style of piano playing emphasizing rhythm more than harmony.  It is interesting to note the “tonk” in the word Honky Tonk was taken from a manufacturer of an upright piano.

The Best 50s Songs era was the start of color TV and the credit card system in the USA.  Although color televisions were being introduced, most shows were seen in the afternoon and evenings in black and white.  Popular TV shows included I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, and The Twilight Zone.  Segregation was also made illegal.  Space travel became a reality with the Russian Sputnik 1.  America also grew by 2 states with the addition of Hawaii and Alaska.  Hot fashion trends included men’s bomber jackets, bermuda shorts and nipped waist for women. In the early 1950s, there was a major advancement in medicine with the creation of a vaccine to prevent polio. 

Our Top 5 Best 50s Songs for weddings are as follows: 1) Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley & His Comets, 2) Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls Of Fire, 3) Hank Williams – Hey Good Lookin’, 4) Elvis Presley – Hound Dog, 5) Carl Perkins – Blue Suede Shoes

Barrett Strong – Money (That’s What I Want)
Big Bopper – Chantilly Lace
Bill Doggett – Honky Tonk, Part 1
Bill Haley – Rock Around The Clock
Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley
Bobby Darin – Mack The Knife
Bobby Darin – Splish Splash
Bobby Day – Rockin’ Robin
Bobby Freeman – Do You Want To Dance
Bobby Helms – My Special Angel
Buddy Holly & the Crickets – Peggy Sue
Buddy Holly & the Crickets – Rave On
Buddy Holly & the Crickets – That’ll Be The Day
Buddy Knox – Party Doll
Carl Perkins – Blue Suede Shoes
Champs – Tequila
Chuck Berry – Johnny B Goode
Chuck Berry – Rock And Roll Music
Chuck Berry – Roll Over Beethoven
Chuck Willis – Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes
Dale Hawkins – Susie Q
Danny & the Juniors – At The Hop
Danny & the Juniors – Rock and Roll is Here To Stay
Dean Martin – Memories Are Made Of This
Debbie Reynolds – Tammy
Duane Eddy – Rebel Rouser
Eddie Cochran – Summertime Blues
El Dorados – At My Front Door (Crazy Little Mama)
Elvis Presley – All Shook Up
Elvis Presley – Don’t Be Cruel
Elvis Presley – Hound Dog
Elvis Presley – I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
Elvis Presley – Jailhouse Rock
Elvis Presley – Love Me Tender
Everly Brothers – All I Have To Do Is Dream
Fats Domino – Blueberry Hill
Fats Domino – I’m In Love Again
Five Satins – In The Still of The Night
Four Aces – Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing
Frank Sinatra – All The Way
Frankie Avalon – Venus
Frankie Ford – Sea Cruise
Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers – The ABC’s Of Love
Gene Vincent & the Bluecaps – Be-Bop-A-Lula
Hank Williams – Hey Good Lookin’
Hank Williams – Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
Harry Belafonte – Banana Boat Song
Huey “Piano” Smith & the Clowns – Rocking Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu
Jerry Butler & the Impressions – For Your Precious Love
Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls Of Fire
Jerry Lee Lewis – Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Goin On
Jimmie Rogers – Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
Johnny Ace – Pledging My Love
Johnny Cash – I Walk The Line
Johnny Mathis – Chances Are
Johnny Otis – Willie & The Hand Jive
Laurie London – He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands
Lavern Baker – Jim Dandy
LaVern Baker – Tweedlee Dee
Little Richard – Good Golly, Miss Molly
Little Richard – Keep A Knockin’
Little Richard – Tutti Frutti
Little Willie John – Fever
Mickey & Sylvia – Love Is Strange
Moonglows – Sincerely
Pat Boone – April Love
Paul Anka – Diana
Paul Anka – Put Your Head On My Shoulder
Phil Phillips – Sea Of Love
Platters – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Ray Charles – I’ve Got A Woman
Ray Charles – What’d I Say
Ritchie Valens – La Bamba
Roger Williams – Autumn Leaves
Sam Cooke – You Send Me
Santo and Johnny – Sleep Walk
Shirley & Lee – Let The Good Times Roll
Sonny James – Young Love
Teddy Bears – To Know Him is To Love Him
The Chordettes – Lollipop
The Chords – Sh-Boom
The Clovers – Love Potion No. 9
The Coasters – Charlie Brown
The Coasters – Searchin’
The Crests – 16 Candles
The Crows – Gee
The Del-Vikings – Come Go With Me
The Diamonds – Little Darlin’
The Diamonds – The Stroll
The Drifters – Dance With Me
The Elegants – Little Star
The Flamingos – I Only Have Eyes For You
The Fleetwoods – Come Softly To Me
The Isley Brothers – Shout
The Marcels – Blue Moon
The Monotones – Book Of Love
The Penguins – Earth Angel
The Platters – Only You
The Spaniels – Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight
Thurston Harris – Little Bitty Pretty One
Tommy Edwards – It’s All in The Game
Wilbert Harrison – Kansas City
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