10 - The Everly Brothers - Bye Bye Love - The Everly Brothers were one of the biggest musical acts of the era, and this is arguably their signature song, a classic tune that made it all the
9 - Buddy Holly and the Crickets - That'll Be the Day - Trying to decide on the best Buddy Holly song is a pretty difficult task, but in my opinion this rock and roll classic is it. The song is one of the most beloved ever recorded, and was ranked #39 by Rolling Stone on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of all Time.
8 - Ray Charles - What'd I Say - Though previously known only for his R&B music with this 1959 hit launched Ray Charles into the pop music scene and mainstream music consciousness. He has never looked back and is now one of music's most legendary performers in any genre.
7 - Carl Perkins - Blue Suede Shoes - Though it go on to be one of the songs that would help launch Elvis Presley's incredible career this song was actually originally recorded by Carl Perkins back in 1955, selling more than a million copies while it dominated the country, R&B and pop music charts.
6 - Little Richard - Tutti-Frutti - As good as songs Lucille and Good Golly Miss Molly are there can be no question that this song is the one hit that really sums up the music of Little Richard. Though it never really made a big splash on the pop charts at the time it has gone on to become one of rock and roll's great standards, and can be pointed at as one of the songs that really helped launch the genre back in the 50s.
5 - Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers - Why Do Fools Fall in Love - Another song that never made it to #1 back in the day it has since gone on to become one of the most recognizable songs in the history of American music and has been covered numerous times over the intervening decades since its original 1956 release.
4 - Bill Haley and the Comets - Rock Around the Clock - Not the first rock and roll song, but in many people's minds this is the song that really launched the genre when it was released back in 1954. Though it did not take off at first it did wind up in the opening credits of the film Blackboard Jungle and that additional exposure gave the song new life. It soared to the top of the charts - the first rock and roll song to do so - and stayed there for an impressive 8 weeks.
3 - Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls of Fire - Is there a more upbeat, more energetic, pull you out of your seat to dance song than this rock and roll classic from 1957? With Great Balls of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis was at his flamboyant best, hammering the piano keys with frenetic energy that became contagious and propelled this song to high spots on the pop, country and R&B charts that year.
2 - Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode - This one was a close one, but in my opinion the legendary Chuck Berry gets barely edged out. With the most famous guitar riff in the history of rock music the song is considered the best guitar song of all time. Though it only made it to #8 on the pop charts back in 1958 there is no denying its iconic status as one of the greatest rock and roll songs ever recorded.
1 - Elvis Presley - Hound Dog - Can there be any other choice for top spot on a list of the top 10 best rock songs of the 50s than one by The King himself. Originally recorded by Big Mama Thornton back in 1952 the song became a massive hit when a young Elvis Presley covered it in 1956. With performances of the song on The Milton Berle Show and The Steve Allen Show Hound Dog's popularity grew by leaps and bounds, propelling it to #1 on the pop, country and R&B charts simultaneously, becoming the first song in history to achieve that elusive triple crown.
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