1950s Music
to Get Your Party Rockin

"1950s music rocks!"

I have a fondness for the fifties and to tell you the truth, I'm not sure where I get it from.

I wasn't a teenager then, as a matter of fact, I wasn't born til 1963. But anytime I see a movie or hear the music of the 1950s, I feel like I missed out!

I was born too late!

This page is here for two reasons. First, if you are going to throw my favorite party of all time...a 1950s Rock n Roll Party you are going to want to play 1950s music, you know, that was popular in the fifties...it's a must if your going to do it right!


I love the 1950s music so it's fun for me to be able to share it!

Everything about the fifties intrigues me!

When I think of the 1950s , I think of rock n roll and dancing! The artists that were popular then were rockers but you may not know that country and western saw a jump in popularity too.

Another form of music also emerged. it was called “rockabilly” because it had a combination of country and R&B music with rock influences.

Elvis Presley was a true musician as any type of music he sang was a success. Not only was he known for singing rock n roll, but sang other styles including country, gospel, and R&B.

He is the undisputed King of Rock and Roll. His hip-gyrating performances generated hysteria and hullabaloo as girls fainted while listening to him singing his hits, “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Me Tender,” “All Shook Up” and “Jailhouse Rock.”

Here are a few of my favorites that are great for any 1950's party!

The fifties had so many great artists but who was the number one Teen Idol?

You guessed it!


In the 1950's rock and roll became known to parents as bad and basically not right. Elvis became the teen idol that made girls swoon and even faint!

Boyfriends threatened to break up with their girl if she went to see Elvis Presley perform. And the girls who went to the performances came home and broke with their guys!

Ed Sullivan, a host of a weekly television show said Elvis's music was unfit for a family audience. But the Teenagers didn't agree. They thought the music was new and hip and so very cool and they played it loud and danced like crazy.

One of he first pioneers in the creation of rock music was Carl Perkins. He wrote and recorded “Blue Suede Shoes” and it was a chart-topper for Perkins on the country and R&B charts.

Later Elvis Presley recorded it with even greater success! But that wasn't the end of it. Other artists recorded it as well, including The Beatles!

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Artists that changed the face of 1950s music were:

One of the great pioneers of Rock 'n' Roll in the 1950s was Little Richard with his hit songs: "Ain't Nothing Happening", "I Love My Baby" and "All Around The World" (aka Rock'n'Roll Is Here To Stay) - a huge hit!!!

Chuck Berry produced such top 10 hits as "Sweet Little Sixteen," "Rock And Roll Music," and "Johnny B. Goode."

Jerry Lee Lewis was known as a wild man, with most reckless and high-spirited impulses. His hits included: “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Great Balls of Fire.”

Okay, so what songs should you play at your 1950s Rock n Roll Party?

Here is my list of the top 50 songs of the fifties!

Take a listen to this 1950s music, it will get you rockin!

  • Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
  • You're So Fine - Falcons
  • Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On - Jerry Lee Lewis
  • That'll Be The Day - Buddy Holly
  • Great Balls Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Earth Angel - Penguins
  • Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
  • Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley
  • Rock And Roll Music - Chuck Berry
  • In The Still Of The Nite - Five Satins
  • Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley 
  • In The Still Of The Nite - Five Satins
  • Mack The Knife - Bobby Daren
  • Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley 
  • Tutti-Frutti - Little Richard 
  • You Send Me - Sam Cooke
  • Shout - Isley Brothers
  • Let The Good Times Roll - Shirley & Lee
  • Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite - Spaniels
  • Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson
  • C.C. Rider - Chuck Willis
  • Rock-in Robin - Bobby Day
  • All I Have To Do Is Dream - Everly Brothers
  • Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran
  • Poison Ivy - Coasters
  • Sixty Minute Man - Dominoes
  • Come Go With Me - Del-Vikings
  • Love Potion No. 9 - Clovers
  • Oh Boy! - Buddy Holly
  • Maybe Baby - Buddy Holly
  • Do You Want To Dance - Bobby Freeman
  • Tears On My Pillow - Little Anthony & the Imperials
  • Sea Of Love - Phil Phillips with the Twilights
  • Breathless - Jerry Lee Lewis
  • I Put A Spell On You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  • Unchained Melody - Al Hibbler
  • See You Later, Alligator - Bill Haley
  • La Bamba - Ritchie Valens
  • Shout - Isley Brothers
  • A Teenager In Love - Dion & the Belmonts
  • I Wonder Why - Dion & the Belmonts
  • Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay - Danny & the Juniors
  • Back In The U.S.A. - Chuck Berry
  • Flip, Flop And Fly - Joe Turner
  • Shake, Rattle And Roll - Bill Haley
  • At The Hop - Danny & the Juniors
  • That'll Be The Day - Buddy Holly
  • All Shook Up - Elvis Presley 
  • Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly

So here they are - My favorite party songs of the fifties!The best of the best 1950s music!

Now go plan the most awesome party you will ever have!

So, you see, the fifties was a very cool time!

Rock on!

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