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15 Classic 1950s Rock 'n' Roll Songs

This week's music box takes you back to one of the most exciting eras in popular music history. The 1950's saw rock 'n' roll grow and evolve, combining elements of blues, rockabilly, gospel and boogie-woogie to create a genre that captured the imagination of the young people of the time. Dance halls moved to the sound of iconic artists like Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and of course the King himself Elvis Presley, who all created songs that crossed race boundaries, informed youth culture and inspired a wave of dance crazes.

Here are 15 of the very best rock 'n' roll songs from an era where music was all about fun and excitement!

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Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode (1958)

 


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Bill Haley & His Comets - Rock Around The Clock (1954)

 


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Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers - Why Do Fools Fall In Love? (1956)

 

 

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Buddy Holly - Rave On (1958)

 


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Richie Valens - La Bamba (1958)

 


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Little Richard - Tutti Frutti (1955)

 


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Everly Brothers - Bye Bye Love (1957)

 


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Fats Domino - Blueberry Hill (1956)

 


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Hank Ballard & The Midnighters - The Twist (1959)

 


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Jerry Lee Lewis - Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On (1957)

 


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Carl Perkins - Blue Suede Shoes (1957)

 

 

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The Big Bopper - Chantilly Lace (1958)

 


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Eddie Cochran - Summertime Blues (1958)

 


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Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps - Be-Bop-A-Lula (1956)

 


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Elvis Presley - Don't Be Cruel (1956)

 

 

 
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