The s saw so many cultural shifts. A prevailing sense of normalcy swept through suburban America in the years following World War II, yet beneath the surface a rebellious wave rose up among the youth. The newly emerging genre of rock and roll music was of course a huge part of this. And yes, some are actually doo-wop, rhythm and blues, rockabilly, and even country songs, but they were still closely connected to what was happening in rock and roll and touched its greatest performers. These are all classics that have endured, many having been covered by numerous diverse artists over the years, and that have influenced generations of singers, musicians, and songwriters. It was an early crossover country hit, strongly influencing pop and early rock and roll performers. It came out in and quickly sold more than one million copies.
99 Sonny Boy Williamson, ‘Don’t Start Me Talkin’
Criteria: Here are the top ten greatest songs of each year from through Songs listed are from rock and roll and related genres. These songs are ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, as well as their influence and impact on the evolution of rock and related genres. Songs are listed strictly in the year that they were originally released in. Click the button on the right for the complete list. Edited By: Bruce. Last Updated: Click links below for Top lists.
Songs in 1950
The world audience for music in the s was the largest in history and showed every sign of growing even larger. Musicians of reputation were in such demand that they could have been performing every day of the year. Traditional seasonal patterns had disappeared.
Billboard number-one singles charts preceding the Billboard Hot were updated weekly by Billboard magazine and the leading indicator of popular music for the American music industry since and until the Billboard Hot chart was established in Before the Billboard Hot chart was established in August , Billboard used to publish several weekly charts. Throughout most of the s, the magazine published the following three charts to measure a song's popularity:. The following artists achieved three or more number-one hits during the — A number of artists had number-one singles on their own as well as part of a collaboration.