Popular songs in the 1950s include rock-and-roll classics like Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" and Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue." "Your Cheatin' Heart" by Hank Williams was a country hit. Slow, soulful songs like Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" were also popular.Continue Reading
Upbeat songs like Little Richard's "Tutti Fruiti" topped the charts in the mid-1950s. Jerry Lee Lewis had other popular songs in the late 1950s, including "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On." Teens sung along to Buddy Holly's "That'll Be The Day," the Everly Brothers' "Wake Up Little Susie" and the Coasters "Yackety Yack."
Elvis Presley came on the scene with songs like "Hound Dog" and "Heartbreak Hotel." He also released "That's All Right Mama" and "Don't Be Cruel" during the 1950s. While Elvis is also known for "Blue Suede Shoes," Carl Perkins recorded a popular version in 1956. Big Mama Thornton also recorded "Hound Dog."
African-American artists like Bo Didley hit it big with "Who Do You Love?" Fats Domino crooned "Blueberry Hill," and teens danced to "Shout" by the Isley Brothers and "Roll Over Beethoven" by Chuck Berry. James Brown had a hit with "Please, Please, Please," and Shirley and Lee released the song "Let the Good Times Roll."Learn more about Art & Literature