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Greatest Songs From The 1950s (and some earlier)

My personal selection of (some of) the greatest songs from the 1950′s – and a few even earlier than that. This is clearly not a comprehensive list. It’s a modest attempt to compile a list of songs I personally like giving a spin every now and then.

Pre-1950

1939: Over The Rainbow – Judy Garland – Wizard of Oz (Soundtrack)

1949: I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Hank Williams – Legend Lives Anew

1944: Where Did you Sleep Last Night – Led Belly – Single

1951

Shadrack – Louis Armstrong – The Strip OST

1954

Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley & His Comets – Rock Around The Clock

1955

Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley – Single [Definitive Collection]
Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash – With His Hot And Blue Guitar
Tutti Frutti – Little Richard – Here’s Little Richard

1956

Be-Bop-A-Lula – Gene Vincent – Be-Bop-A-Lula
Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins – Single [Blue Suede Shoes: The Very Best Of Carl Perkins]
Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino – Blueberry Hill
Day-O (Banana Boat Song) – Harry Belafonte – Calypso
Don’t Be Cruel – Elvis Presley – Single [Elv1s 30 #1 Hits]
I Walk The Line – Johnny Cash – With His Hot And Blue Guitar
Why Do Fools Fall In Love – Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers – The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon

1957

Great Balls Of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls of Fire
Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley – Single [Elv1s 30 #1 Hits]
Peggy Sue – Buddy Holly – Buddy Holly
Wake Up Little Susie – The Everly Brothers – Wake Up Little Susie
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On – Jerry Lee Lewis – Sun 267 [Definitive Collection]

1958

C’mon Everybody – Eddie Cochran – The Eddie Cochran Memorial Album
Good Golly, Miss Molly – Little Richard – Little Richard [Very Best Of Little Richard]
Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry – Berry Is On Top
La Bamba – Richie Valens – Single [The Best Of Ritchie Valens]
Lonesome Town – Ricky Nelson – Lonesome Town
Rumble – Link Wray And His Ray Men – Single [Rumble: Best of Link Wray]

1959

Gypsy In My Soul – Charlie Byrd – Mr. Guitar
What’d I Say – Ray Charles – What’d I Say

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