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:
- The Beach Boys – Wouldn’t It Be Nice
The Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love
- The Ronettes – Be My Baby
- Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
- Dion and The Belmonts – A Teenager In Love
- The Temptations – Build Me Up Buttercup
- Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love
- Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer
- The Marvelettes – Please Mr. Postman
- The Penguins – Earth Angel
- Bobby Darin – Dream Lover
- Martha Reeves and The Vandellas – Heat Wave
- Nina Simone – Feeling Good
- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
- The Marcels – Blue Moon
- Etta James – At Last
- Ben E. King – Stand By Me
- The Drifters – There Goes My Baby
- The Chords – Sh-Boom
- The Crickets – That’ll Be The Day
- The Shirelles – Mama Said
- The Temptations – My Girl
- The Chordettes – Mr. Sandman
- The Crystals – Then He Kissed Me
- Chuck Berry – Johnny B Goode.
If you wish to listen to them all in one place follow the spotify link below:
Mr B’s Hamburgers, 1954
Item 78963, City Light Photographic Negatives (Record Series 1204-01), Seattle Municipal Archives.