1950s: A Time of Malt Shops, Love, and Fun Living

Think about a time when you had not a care in the world. In today’s society that does not exist on many levels. Now put yourself in the 1950s. Go back to where everyone was happy and teenage love was as easy as greasing your hair. The music from the era was fun as well.

There are often times that I sit around with my family and play songs from the 1950s. It helps relax a tension-filled room by bringing back the fun and enjoyment from back then. As a matter of fact, we have just done this in the past couple of days. Additionally, these songs also help cure boredom.

So let’s all take a trip down memory lane together. Here are some of the top songs from the 1950s.

Sh-Boom – The Crew Cuts


Sh-Boom was a 1954 release. It reached number one on the Billboard Charts in August of 1954. The Crew Cuts were a Canadian vocal quartet made up of Rudi Maugeri, John Perkins, Ray Perkins, and Pat Barrett. However, James Keyes, Claude Feaster, Carl Feaster, Floyd F. McRae, and James Edwards originally wrote the song.

Chantilly Lace – Big Bopper


Jerry Foster, Bill Rice, and Jiles Perry “The Big Bopper” Richardson, who released the song in 1958, wrote this song. A fun song about the dating scene during the era. “But baby, I ain’t got no money, honey.” Of course, this song is one that always makes our playlist. Hence, why this song was the third most played of 1958.

(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley & His Comets


This song was written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers. It was performed and released by Billy Haley in 1955. Also, that was the year it reached the top of the Billboard charts as well. In fact, it reached number one in July of that year. The song also was featured in the hit movie American Graffiti.

Wake up Little Susie – The Everly Brothers


This hit was written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. The Beverly Brother recorded the hit single in 1957. In fact, the song is about a boy and his date. They fall asleep and miss the curfew. Thus, they are trying to go through all the upcoming consequences and rumors. Indeed, this is something we can all relate to. Additionally, the song went number one on the charts in October of 1957.

At The Hop – Danny & the Juniors


Artie Singer, John Medora, and David White originally wrote At the Hop, a song about dances performed at a Sock Hop. However, the song did not carry this title originally. The song was titled, “Do the Bop” before famed DJ, Dick Clark heard it. So, Clark suggested the name change. In the end, the song went number one for Danny & the Junior in January of 1958.

Some of you may be asking, why did you not include one of the biggest artists in the 1950s, Elvis Presley on your list? Well, I am going to do his own list later in the year. Further towards the anniversary of his passing.

I hope you all had fun traveling back to an era of soda shops, love, and dancing was just fun. I know we do.


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