The 1950s and 60s for America truly represent an era; an era with stunningly sweet aesthetics and laid back catchy music that could make one yearn to go back and spend time there. This “Jukebox pop” era full of drive-ins and diners may seem enticing, but socially was full of turmoil within the United States and is overall better experienced retrospectively, so don’t go pulling out your time machines too fast. Today for Throwback Thursday I’ve composed a top 25 playlist full of some of my favorite songs from this era, an era that I find to be a highlight for music. For the purpose of making this list fairer and easier to rate, I decided that I would only include one song per a group or artist and try to keep all music within Soul & Pop.
So pull up a chair to the bar and grab a malt as we travel back to a time that was much simpler for music and has impacted music since.

My Top 25:


  1. The Beach Boys – Wouldn’t It Be Nice
  2. The Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love

  3. The Ronettes – Be My Baby
  4. Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
  5. Dion and The Belmonts – A Teenager In Love
  6. The Temptations – Build Me Up Buttercup
  7. Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love
  8. Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer
  9. The Marvelettes – Please Mr. Postman
  10. The Penguins – Earth Angel
  11. Bobby Darin – Dream Lover
  12. Martha Reeves and The Vandellas – Heat Wave
  13. Nina Simone – Feeling Good
  14. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
  15. The Marcels – Blue Moon
  16. Etta James – At Last
  17. Ben E. King – Stand By Me
  18. The Drifters – There Goes My Baby
  19. The Chords – Sh-Boom
  20. The Crickets – That’ll Be The Day
  21. The Shirelles – Mama Said
  22. The Temptations – My Girl
  23. The Chordettes – Mr. Sandman
  24. The Crystals – Then He Kissed Me
  25. Chuck Berry – Johnny B Goode.


If you wish to listen to them all in one place follow the spotify link below:


Photo credit:

Mr B’s Hamburgers, 1954
Item 78963, City Light Photographic Negatives (Record Series 1204-01), Seattle Municipal Archives.



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