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80 Love Songs From the 1950s

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Travel back in time to the 1950s to celebrate love with doo-wop, early rock n' roll, and pop songs from the era.

Travel back in time to the 1950s to celebrate love with doo-wop, early rock n' roll, and pop songs from the era.

Love Songs from the '50s: Oldies but Goodies

Against the backdrop of 1950s American prosperity and global leadership, major advances in science, and an emerging consciousness regarding civil rights, there was unforgettable music. The music of the 1950s saw the dawn of rock n' roll. Doo-wop songs crossed over from the R&B charts and became mainstream. For the first time, teenagers became a market to be reckoned with. And what do teenagers have most on their minds? Love.

Travel back in time to the 1950s—even if you weren't there the first time around—by making a playlist of love songs from the era. Then share it with someone you love.

1. "Only You (And You Alone)" by The Platters

The Platters—one of the most successful groups in the early rock n' roll era— released this doo-wop song in 1955, and it became their first hit on the pop charts. In an America still wrestling with the issue of segregation, they were one of the first African American musical groups to achieve crossover success from the R&B charts.

In this song, a young man sings the praises of his beloved, his dream come true. Knowing her has brought about such positive changes in him. Her love has brought him pure bliss, thereby making everything in his world okay, and he declares the young woman to be his destiny. In 1950s speak, she is clearly marriage material!

The Platters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

2. "Dream Lover" by Bobby Darin

Did you know that 1950s teen heartthrob Bobby Darin, whose real name was Walden Robert Cassotto, selected his stage name from a neon sign? The first three letters of the word mandarin (as in Chinese food) were unlit, and that inspired his chosen moniker.

The fresh-faced young Darin released this love ballad in 1959 as a follow-up to his song, "Splish Splash." Darin was a songwriter and wrote both hits.

"Dream Lover" features a guy who dreams each night about a girl he can fall in love with—someone he can hold and call his own. Whereas today's young men often seek short-term hookups, this song's narrator searches for a lifelong romance:

Dream lover, where are you?
With a love, oh, so true
And the hand that I can hold
To feel you near as I grow old ... .

In his personal life, Bobby Darin encountered two failed marriages, lived a tragic life, and died at only 37 years old. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

3. "Earth Angel" by The Penguins

This 1954 doo-wop hit was the only Penguins song to cross over from the R&B charts to the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts. The tune was featured in the 1985 movie, Back to the Future. It was also named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

"Earth Angel" is a song of supplication by a young man in love. He adores his sweetheart and places her upon a pedestal, calling himself a mere fool in love with an angel. She is a vision of loveliness, and he prays that his darling will favor him with her attention. Oh, to be sought after like that!

4. "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" by Paul Anka

A little physical lovin' is what the guy in this 1959 international hit seeks. The narrator confides in his date that he's fallen in love with her and would like her to hold him in her arms, kiss him goodnight, and put her head on his shoulder. He suggests that perhaps she could even whisper in his ear those three magic words that he longs to hear. Don't encourage him too much!

5. "Since I Don't Have You" by The Skyliners

Written and performed by The Skyliners, this 1958 doo-wop ditty was the first Billboard Hot 100 song for this group. It describes a despondent narrator who has lost the love of his life.

As a result, he believes that his entire world is gone, including his hopes, dreams, and any reason for happiness. (Melodramatic, wouldn't you say?) The man perceives himself as simply miserable without her and lays the guilt on as thick as peanut butter.

This love song appeared in the film American Graffiti. It was later successfully covered by musicians as diverse as folk artist Don McLean (1981), country singer Ronnie Milsap (1991), and hair metal band Guns N' Roses (1994).

6. "I Only Have Eyes for You" by The Flamingos

This 1959 R&B crossover tune was The Flamingos' first and highest charting song on the US Billboard Hot 100. The lovestruck man narrating the song is utterly focused on his beloved. Drunk with love, he confesses that he may as well be blind to what's going on around him because he only has eyes for his sweetheart. We've all felt like that, right?

The Flamingos were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and have been aptly described as doo-wop at its finest and most sophisticated. "I Only Have Eyes for You" was listed as one of Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song was also featured in several movies, including the iconic movie American Graffiti.

7. "Come Go with Me" by The Del-Vikings

It's so awkward when the one you love doesn't love you back . . . yet. That's only a technicality for the narrator in this 1956 doo-wop song which features a smitten fellow who begs the object of his attention to just give him a chance. He emphasizes how much he loves and needs her and asks that she never leave him. Is someone refusing to take "no" for an answer?

The Del-Vikings were one of the few racially mixed pop groups in the 1950s to achieve success. "Come Go with Me," their first single to cross over from the R&B charts to the Billboard Hot 100, was their biggest success.

8. "You Send Me" by Sam Cooke

Fellas, take note. This is how to convincingly convey love to a woman.

The man in this 1957 R&B crossover song discloses to his darling that holding her, kissing her, and simply being in her presence thrills him. It's lasted too long to be mere infatuation, and he wants to take her home and marry her.

It was often common practice in the 1950s for white singers to record cover versions of popular black R&B songs, as the tunes typically didn't cross over to mainstream pop charts. However, Sam Cooke's original song was a chart-topper on both the pop and R&B charts. Rolling Stone magazine named Cooke's version of the song one of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Sam Cooke also helped to found the soul genre and was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

9. "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers

Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers were the first 1950s popular musical act comprised exclusively of teenagers. Known as the boy soprano, Frankie and his group of doo-wopping back-up vocalists set the stage for the girl group sound of the 1960s. Additionally, the Jackson Five and many of the Motown groups can trace their musical roots right back here.

In "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" (1956), the narrator admits he's a fool for falling in love. He can't help it. Falling in love is as natural as the birds singing, the rain falling, or lovers waiting for the sunrise. This was the first and biggest pop hit for the group.

Rolling Stone magazine recognized the song as one of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and in 1993, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Sadly, Frankie died of a heroin overdose at the age of 25. At the time he died, he was legally married to three women, having never bothered to divorce any of them.

10. "Bye Bye Love" by The Everly Brothers

This 1957 rock duo with country roots was known for their close harmony. As a result, their sound influenced groups decades later, including The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, and The BeeGees.

"Bye Bye Love" was their first charting success, crossing over from the country chart to the Billboard Hot 100 and the R&B chart as well. The tune features an anguished young man whose girlfriend has dumped him for another guy, leaving him lonely and ready to cry. Feeling empty, he misses her touch as he eyes how happy she appears to be with her new beau.

The song was named as one of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine. The Everly Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

11. "Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley

Who would have imagined that the only high school class Elvis Presley failed was music? And can you believe that after an early singing tryout, he was bluntly told to stick to truck driving because he'd never make it as a singer? The next time you fall short, remember the King of Rock N' Roll's early failures.

Elvis' early number one smash hit is a warmhearted love song that expresses how much the narrator loves his sweetheart. She has fulfilled his dreams and made his life complete, and all the narrator asks for is that she continue to love him for the rest of their lives. The 1956 love song is based on the tune of a Civil War ballad, "Aura Lee."

A hit on the country, pop, and R&B charts, "Love Me Tender" was named to Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Elvis was inducted into five music halls of fame.

12. "It's All in the Game" by Tommy Edwards

The melody of this number one pop song from 1958 was written four decades earlier by Charles Dawes, the man who later became Vice President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge. When lyrics were added by a 1950s songwriter, the tune was transformed into a jazzy number that praises the magic of love.

Although love often involves tears, quarrels, and playing hard to get, the song's narrator chalks it up to part of the game of love. Kissing and romance make the game worthwhile. Popular covers of the tune were later recorded by Cliff Richards, The Four Tops, Merle Haggard, and others.

13. "I've Got You Under My Skin" by Frank Sinatra

Ahhh, Ol' Blue Eyes! Many a teen and older lady as well have swooned over him. If you're too young to be familiar with Frank Sinatra's music—a swag-worthy blend of jazz and pop—then you should correct that situation right now. The man is a legend, and this 1956 tune is his signature song.

The unforgettable song takes the perspective of a besotted man. He addresses the woman he's attracted to, admitting that although he originally didn't believe their affair would work out, he now finds her hard to resist:

I'd sacrifice anything, come what might
For the sake of having you near
In spite of a warning voice that comes in the night
And repeats and repeats in my ear.

Among other awards, Frank Sinatra was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan in 1985, the Congressional Gold Medal in 1997, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

14. "Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite" by The Spaniels

In this 1954 doo-wop song, it's 3 a.m., and a young man regretfully says goodnight to his date. He knows that her parents won't be pleased if they stay out any later, so he does his best to leave. (Wasn't this the era when they were super worried about a girl's reputation?)

The Spaniels were best known for this song. It made a resurgence in the 1970s when it appeared as the closing number on the Sha Na Na weekly variety show. Additionally, the tune was featured in American Graffiti.

Significantly, The Spaniels pioneered the practice of having the lead singer use one microphone while the other vocalists in the group shared a second microphone.

15. "Everyday" by Buddy Holly

It's remarkable that Buddy Holly was only 19 years old when he co-wrote and sang this 1957 rock song, a crossover to the R&B charts. The upbeat tune eagerly describes how the narrator looks forward to striking up a romantic relationship with a young woman. His world is spinning as he eagerly anticipates that she might also return his affections.

Sadly, Buddy Holly's life was cut short at the age of 22 when he and several fellow musicians perished in a small plane crash on February 3, 1959, while on tour. The date is often referred to as "The Day the Music Died" and became the subject of Don McLean's iconic 1971 song, "American Pie."

At the time, future country superstar Waylon Jennings was a new member of Buddy Holly's band and gave up his seat to J. P. Richardson ("The Big Bopper") who was suffering from the flu. Ritchie Valens and the pilot also perished in the crash.

Buddy Holly was named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Rolling Stone magazine recognized "Everyday" as one of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

1950s History and Culture

During the 1950s, 77% of American households purchased their first television set.

The Korean War began in 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea. Fighting ended in 1953, resulting in a demilitarized zone. Because no peace treaty was signed, the two countries are still technically at war.

Labor unions represented nearly 1/2 of the American workforce.

Developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, the first polio vaccine was made available to the public in 1955.

Watson & Crick discovered the structure of DNA in 1953.

Disneyland opened in 1955. It hosted the first 1 million visitors in just 7 weeks.

In Brown v. Board of Education (1954), the justices of the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that racial segregation of children in public schools was unconstitutional.

In a 1950 speech, the term "McCarthyism" was coined to describe making reckless, unsubstantiated allegations of treason or subversion, especially against political opponents.

Barbie dolls were first introduced by Mattel in 1959.

In 1958, the first pacemaker was implanted by Dr. Ake Senning.

Swanson introduced beef, turkey, and chicken pot pies in 1951 and tv dinners in 1954. Yum!

Defying Alabama law, Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in 1955 and was arrested. Her civil disobedience prompted the Montgomery bus boycott.

First manufactured as a wallpaper cleaner, Play-Doh was reconfigured the product then introduced it in the 1950s as a toy.

Alaska and Hawaii are admitted as the 49th and 50th states in 1959.

Ray Kroc opened the first McDonalds restaurant in 1955.

In 1958, NASA was formed and Explorer 1, the first unmanned satellite, was launched, amping up the space race.

In 1952, War II hero Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected the 34th U.S. President and served 1953-1961.

Joe DiMaggio retired from the New York Yankees after the 1951 season. Willie Mays debuted with the New York Giants the same year.

16. "Your Cheatin' Heart" by Hank Williams Sr.

People unfamiliar with country music often get confused over which Hank Williams is which. Actually, there are three generations of them. This is the legendary grandfather that started it all with hits like "Honky Tonkin'," "Move It On Over," and "Hey, Good Lookin'."

As talented as Hank Sr. was, he led a brief and tragic life. Born with spina bifida that caused him lifelong back pain, he abused alcohol as well as morphine and other prescription painkillers. As a result of his substance abuse and unreliable behavior, Hank Sr. was fired from The Grand Ole Opry. Then, on New Years Day 1953, he died unexpectedly in the back of his 1952 blue Cadillac while en route to a concert at the age of 29.

"Your Cheatin' Heart" was one of his posthumously released hit singles. The 1953 song describes a man who is trying to lay a guilt trip on his lover, thus attempting to dissuade her from cheating on him. Infidelity will make her cry, leave her sleepless, and her guilty conscience will give her away.

In 1961, Hank Sr. was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame welcomed him in 1987, and he also won a Special Pulitzer Prize for his role in transforming country music.

17. "Sea of Love" by Phil Phillips

Phil Phillips was a one-hit wonder with this 1959 R&B crossover song that he penned for a romantic interest. Sadly, he received only $6,800 for the wildly successful tune. Not wanting to be further exploited, he declined to record an album.

The song is elegant, smooth, and simple. It features a young man declaring his love to a woman and reminiscing about the night they met:

Do you remember the night we met?
That's the night I just knew you were my pet
I want to tell you
How much I love you.

These days you couldn't get by with calling a woman your "pet," but it was a different era and the term of endearment was allowable, at least in music.

18. "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" by The Four Aces

Love is the reason for living, according to this 1955 chart-topping pop song. This romantic ditty proclaims how gorgeous love is by comparing it to April's rose as it blossoms in the Spring. The narrator declares that his beloved taught his heart to sing. May they always be that in love, especially years 10 years later when the kids are sick and screaming and the bills are late.

The tune appeared in a 1955 movie and later in a soap opera, both by the same name.

19. "A Teenager in Love" by Dion and The Belmonts

When you're a teenager, few things take higher priority than your love life. However, with hormones raging, a teen can find that love is also the source of rollercoaster emotions. This 1959 doo-wop number asks, "Why must I be a teenager in love?" and laments how arguments can be heart-wrenching. It seems that a teenager's entire happiness can hinge on the success of their romantic partnership.

The lead singer of the group, Dion DiMucci, pursued a solo career and achieved some success with singles such as "Runaround Sue." He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame without The Belmonts, producing controversy.

20. "Chances Are" by Johnny Mathis

Light as a feather, Johnny Mathis' voice floats in this 1957 pop and R&B crossover hit wherein the narrator acknowledges that he has fallen hard for his sweetheart. He admits to exhibiting all the classic signs of lovesickness:

  • losing composure around his beloved
  • wearing a silly grin and
  • staring at her all starry-eyed.

He confirms that if his sweetheart believes he's in love, chances are awfully good she's right.

It's remarkable that this memorable 1950s ditty was released the first year of Johnny Mathis' 50-plus year career. He was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for this song as well as two others, "It's Not for Me to Say" (1957) and "Misty" (1959). He was also awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

This fella is very light on his feet at this 1950 school dance.

This fella is very light on his feet at this 1950 school dance.

Even More Love Songs From the 1950s

Got a favorite 1950s love song that is not on this playlist? Leave a suggestion in the Comment Section below.

SongArtistYear Released

21. Lonely Teardrops

Jackie Wilson


22. Don't Be Cruel

Elvis Presley


23. That'll Be the Day

The Crickets


24. Unforgettable

Nat King Cole


25. In the Still of the Night

The Five Satins


26. There Goes My Baby

The Drifters


27. Walkin' After Midnight

Patsy Cline


28. The Book of Love

The Monotones


29. The Great Pretender

The Platters


30. Sincerely

The McGuire Sisters


31. Little Darlin'

The Diamonds


32. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You

Elvis Presley


33. Who's Sorry Now?

Connie Francis


34. 16 Candles

The Crests


35. You're So Fine

The Falcons


36. Love Letters in the Sand

Pat Boone


37. Young Love

Tab Hunter


38. To Know Him Is to Love Him

The Teddy Bears


39. Band of Gold

Don Cherry


40. Tonight You Belong to Me

Patience & Prudence


41. Poor Little Fool

Ricky Nelson


42. All Shook Up

Elvis Presley


43. Cry Me a River

Julie London


44. Return to Me

Dean Martin


45. For Your Precious Love

Jerry Butler and The Impressions


46. I'm in Love Again

Fats Domino


47. Tears on My Pillow

Little Anthony & The Imperials


48. Pledging My Love

Johnny Ace


49. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck

Elvis Presley


50. If I Give My Heart to You

Doris Day


51. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

The Platters


52. Twilight Time

The Platters


53. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?

Ricky Nelson


54. Hawaiian Wedding Song (Ke Kali Nei Au)

Andy Williams


55. Our Love Is Here to Stay

Frank Sinatra


56. No Other Love

Perry Como


57. That's Amore

Dean Martin


58. Please, Please, Please

James Brown and The Famous Flames


59. Sugartime

The McGuire Sisters


60. I'm Walkin'

Fats Domino


61. Too Much

Elvis Presley


62. All the Way

Frank Sinatra


63. (Let Me be Your) Teddy Bear

Elvis Presley


64. When I Fall in Love

Nat King Cole


65. The Twelfth of Never

Johnny Mathis


66. Whole Lotta Lovin'

Fats Domino


67. Enchanted

The Platters


68. Diana

Paul Anka


69. I Want You to Be My Girl

Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers


70. All I Have to Do Is Dream

The Everly Brothers


71. Blueberry Hill

Fats Domino


72. That's Why I Love You So

Jackie Wilson


73. Venus

Frankie Avalon


74. Sincerely

The Moonglows


75. That'll Be the Day

Buddy Holly


76. You Belong to Me

Jo Stafford


77. You Were Made for Me

Sam Cooke


78. It's Only Make Believe

Conway Twitty


79. Wake Up Little Susie

The Everly Brothers


80. (Till) I Kissed You

The Everly Brothers


Questions & Answers

Question: I'm looking for the name of a fair-skinned black man who sang mostly love songs and dance songs in the 1950’s. Can you help?

Answer: Here are the names of several musicians who seem to fit your description:

1) Sam Cooke released both love and dance songs such as "You Send Me" (1957), "You Were Made for Me" (1958), and "Everybody Loves to Cha Cha" (1958). His success continued into the 1960s until even after his death in 1964 when there were posthumously released singles.

2) Johnny Mathis released many love songs in the 1950s, including "It's Not for Me to Say" (1957), "Chances Are" (1957), and "Misty" (1959).

3) Ben E. King released both love and dance songs in that era as the lead singer of The Drifters. He became a solo artist in 1960. In the 1950s with The Drifters, he was known for songs such as "There Goes My Baby" (1959), "Dance with Me" (1959), and "Save the Last Dance for Me" (recorded 1958-60, released 1960).

Question: Who sang the slow song "Someone"?

Answer: The song "Someone" was released in 1959 by Johnny Mathis. Here are the lyrics and a YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKZHrEOQ6ro

Someone really loves you ... guess who?

Someone really needs you … guess why?

Someone wants to kiss you and hold you tight

Someone wants to love you each and every night

Someone wants to say "Hello"

I know he'll never let you go

When he looks into your eyes I know that you will realize

And guess just who that someone must be

I know you'll know that someone i-i-is me

Someone wants to kiss you and hold you tight

Someone wants to love you each and every night

Someone wants to say "He-e-e-ello"

I know he'll never let you go

When he looks into your eyes

When he looks into your eyes I know that you will realize

And guess just who that someone must be

I know you'll know that someone

I know you'll know that someone i-i-is me.

Question: Who sang the song, "I Want to be Loved"?

Answer: Muddy Waters sang the 1955 version of the song, and later the Rolling Stones sang it.

Question: Who else sang the 1950s song, "I Am" by Tony Bennett?

Answer: The 1957 song by Tony Bennett wasn't a big hit and oddly, I could find no one who covered the song. I guess you'll have to settle for ole' Tony! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr_RaLn-VFA

Question: What female sang the 1950's song "Unsuspecting Heart"?

Answer: There were three women in 1955 who recorded this song: Sunny Gale, Terri Stevens, and Georgie Shaw. Here they are on YouTube:




© 2018 FlourishAnyway


FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 16, 2020:

RobertGonzales2018 - I'm not finding a 1950s song or anything close with those lyrics. Sorry, bud.

RobertGonzales2018 on June 15, 2020:

"When your feeling happy" which male singer sang it?

Robert Sacchi on November 20, 2019:

You're welcome. Hope one of these is the song Anonymous is thinking about.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 20, 2019:

Bob - Yes, I have that on the Love Songs from the 1960s playlist. Thank you.

Robert Sacchi on November 19, 2019:

There is also the 1963 song "Then He Kissed Me" by the Crystals.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 19, 2019:

Bob - Not sure if that's it but thanks for chiming in.

Robert Sacchi on November 18, 2019:

Could it be "It's in his Kiss" also called "The Shoop Shoop Song"?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 18, 2019:

Anonymous - I'm not aware of the song, but if a reader is aware of it, then I hope they will leave a comment with their answer. Sorry!

Anonymous on November 18, 2019:

There was a song names "Kissing Song"(?) I used to listen in my parents 45" format. I remember that three (or two) ladies were singing. It was a funny song.sometime ago I found it on YouTube and lost. Now I cannot find it anymore. Anyone remember the song?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 16, 2019:

Tamara - I'm glad you enjoyed this 50s playlist. Have a wonderful week ahead!

Tamara Yancosky from Uninhabited Regions on June 16, 2019:

Great job with these songs! I like Elvis Presley.

Also, I only got 30% correct on the above test. Yikes! I barely knew any of them, but got 3 right... maybe. It was fun!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 14, 2019:

Lora - Thank you for your kind comment. Although I'm glad I am not living as a woman of the 1950s (restricted rights), there is certainly a lot to love about the era, I agree. Have a wonderful weekend!

Lora Hollings on June 13, 2019:

Awesome article, Flourish. I love the doo-wop and love songs from the 50’s era! Even though, I didn’t grow up during this decade of immense change, I’m very familiar with the culture, the songs, and the fashions from this era. I love to read books about the fifties, the pop stars and Hollywood legends of this era too. Although, there were somethings about this era that weren’t all positive, the music and rock n’ roll certainly are worthy of remembering! I love the Platters, Bobby Darin, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Frank Sinatra who if I had to pick one artist that was the greatest male singer of all time of both jazz and love songs, it would be him. I really enjoyed hearing these songs by these amazing artists! Thank you for such an enjoyable and interesting article.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 13, 2019:

Paula - I'm glad this brought you so much joy! You have beautiful memories of an era gone by! Have a wonderful day.

Suzie from Carson City on June 13, 2019:

Yes! Now you're singing my tunes! How I LOVE the real Oldies from the '50's--'60's! I'm afraid I'm a long lost, hate-to-let-go Boomer, Flourish! I still love everything about the days of my youth....even the goofy fashions. The "hair-dos" not so much LOL

Every song on this list sparks wonderful, happy memories....I knew every word and actually still do. Back in the day, I played this music so much at home, even my kids learned and sang them all. To this day, they like that era of music. I had a 57 Chevy that I drove for years & years. Wish I'd have thought to keep it in perfect condition as a classic.....but I drove her til she died on the road!! and I cried. LOL

Thanks so much for this edition! LOVE it! Paula

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 17, 2019:

Ann, Glad you're back! Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories from yesteryear. I hope it brought back good times.

Ann Carr from SW England on March 17, 2019:

It's good to get back to your lists of songs for every occasion! I've been busy here, there and everywhere but now playing catch-up again.

I love all of these. Though I was born in the early 50s I have a sister 8 years my senior so many of them I heard because of her. Also, my Mum was a great fan of Frank Sinatra.

My particular favourites were Buddie Holly and the Everly Brothers. Basic rhythms and great harmonies!

Thanks for another trip down memory lane.


Robert Sacchi on November 16, 2018:

I ask because I tend to favor the first version of a song I hear.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 16, 2018:

Bob - It had to be the sixties version.

Robert Sacchi on November 15, 2018:

You're welcome. Do you remember which version of "You belong to me" you heard first?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 14, 2018:

Bob - Great addition. I added Jo Stafford's 1952 version of the song since it was the most popular version of the many covers of the song. However, I added The Duprees' version which reached the top 10 in 1962 to the "Love Songs from the 1960s" playlist. That's the version that I've heard the most and tend to like better. I modified the Explorer blurb to make it clear that it accelerated the space race. Thanks for commenting.

Robert Sacchi on November 14, 2018:

Excellent list. Have your considered "You belong to me" by The Duprees, 1958?

One point while its true NASA launched Explorer I in 1958 the USSR was the first in space with Sputnik.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 27, 2018:

Amanda - What a lovely memory! Thank you for sharing it. We often don't truly appreciate the music we grew up on until much later, and then we just cannot forget it. Have a wonderful weekend.

Amanda Littlejohn on October 26, 2018:

Great List! I adore the old love songs. I was born in the 50s but didn't really begin to appreciate the music until much later. One of my favorites isn't a pop song, though. It's "On the Street Where You Live" which was written in 1956 for the musical stage version of "My Fair Lady" (later made even more famous by Audrey Hepburn and cast in the movie). John Michael King sang it in the first stage production, and the English actor, Jeremy Brett, in the movie. It's so romantic and the soaring notes make it very moving, too.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 23, 2018:

Devika - So glad you enjoy them this much.

Devika Primic on October 23, 2018:

These tracks are still the greatest!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 23, 2018:

Tamara - Thank you for your kind comment. I haven't watched the movie, but it's such a sad story. Who was on that plane came down to luck to a large degree -- a coin toss, having the flu.

Tamara Yancosky from Uninhabited Regions on October 22, 2018:

Cool selection of songs! I tend to listen to the 70’s, 80’s, & 90’s, & KLUV, but I definitely am familiar with many of these songs! Love Elvis, Nat King Cole, and Frank Sinatra ♥️. I watched the movie about Buddy Holly, and La Bamba. They were sad. As is the usual case, you’ve got another winning article, here! Concise and well-done.

Hugs! ♥️

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 22, 2018:

Peggy - Glad you enjoyed them as much as I liked putting the playlist together. Have a great week ahead.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 22, 2018:

Wow! This was a walk down memory lane! You highlighted so many love songs from the 1950s and it was fun remembering so many of them.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 22, 2018:

Tim - Some folks have to spoil the fun with reality, don't they?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 22, 2018:

Liz - Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 22, 2018:

This is a nostalgic look at the 1950s.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 21, 2018:

Linda - What a nice comment. Thank you. I've been singing 1950s songs to my husband all week! Have a wonderful week ahead. I'm moving on to 60s love songs now. Singing The Shirelles to him and when he's not around, the cats get the royal treatment! Have a musical week!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 21, 2018:

Now you're talkin'. This is my kind of music. I know every one of them and you've had my toes tapping all afternoon. I especially love anything by Nat King Cole. He had the most soothing, velvet tones. What a voice. Thank you for a great playlist, and I can't think of one you left out.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on October 21, 2018:

Hi, Flourish,

One other quick follow-up:

My wife and daughter playfully point out that I'm a hopeless romantic and the jukebox actually "replicates" the sound of records sliding in that restaurant. It's all CD's and the jukebox is a clever recreation. Rats!

Oh, well, I still have this playlist that's original thanks to your talents.

Much respect and admiration,



FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 21, 2018:

Bill - There were a lot of them, but they sang about other things too. Love never goes out of style.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 21, 2018:

Linda - I'm so glad you enjoyed this. It does take you back to a certain time, even if you weren't actually there the first time around! Have a great week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 21, 2018:

Tim, How wonderful that you had your own 50s dance last night. So cool!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on October 21, 2018:

Hi, Flourish,

Many people don't know that by today's standards, those records were maybe a few minutes shorter because of the recording technology used then. So, you can learn a lot more of these songs quickly.

I had aunts and uncles who loved these oldies and I had the pleasure of enjoying them growing up. I know practically everyone of these wonderful tunes.

I don't blame you for liking "Lonely Tear Drops," it's still very fun to dance along with and it has catchy lyrics. Thanks to you, we pulled up some of these tunes and did 1950's dances last night.

You are a creative, clever, and enjoyable author, and I'm glad to read your work.

Much respect and admiration,


Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 21, 2018:

Thank you for this enjoyable trip back in time, Flourish. I've heard a couple of the songs that you've described before, but the rest were new to me. As always, I enjoyed reading your list of facts as well as your song descriptions.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 21, 2018:

My first reaction when I read the title of this article was "weren't all songs in the 50s love songs? It seemed like every singer and group sang love songs in three-part harmony. :)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 20, 2018:

Clive - I forgot how much I loved oldies music! It was a different era, and as much as we like to gloss over the past as shiny, ideal, and perfect, it was, sadly, a little more perfect for some folks than for others (i.e., people of color as well as women). Thanks for the reality check.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 20, 2018:

Heidi - I'm amazed that even those of us who weren't alive in the 1950s know the lyrics. It just shows how ubiquitous certain music is. It makes you wonder what songs of today will survive the ravages of time and will still be sung six to seven decades later? Have a great weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 20, 2018:

Hi, Tim,

That restaurant sounds like the neatest place. You should do a travel/restaurant review with plenty of photos.

It was nearly impossible for me to get free domain photos of teens in the 50s and my relatives, unfortunately, weren't of that age then.

I replaced the duplicate Jackie Wilson song with the Fats Domino song. Jackie's song must have been so good I could not help but list it twice. Thanks for drawing my attention to it. Have a wonderful weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 20, 2018:

Pamela - One of my readers requested this playlist, and although I cannot accommodate every request, I thought it was a such a great idea so here it is. (They had wanted a playlist of 50s and 60s music and I had to break it up. A 60s playlist is on the agenda.) I wasn't around in the 50s but the songs are such a part of Americana that I knew all of them well. I had a blast putting this together. Been singing 50s tunes all week long. Have a great weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 20, 2018:

Louise - Thank you for the kind compliment. There's no way this list could leave off Elvis!

Clive Williams from Jamaica on October 20, 2018:

I love these age music better than today. It is almost like my spirit likes that era or is somehow tied to it. But I know if I was born then I would probably have been lynched.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on October 20, 2018:

Love this list! And I recognize almost every one on it. I'm partial to The Platters. And Everly Brothers tunes often are earworms I just can't get out of my head. Not that that's a bad thing. I'm just surprised I remember all the words, too. :)

Happy Weekend!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on October 20, 2018:

Hi, Flourish,

I love this list. I particularly like the 1950's because most of the songs were really easy to play on piano. Not only that, the harmonies are outstanding.

I noticed you have "Lonely Tear Drops" twice on your list, but I wondered why the Fonz's theme song from "Happy Days,"Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino didn't make it?

There is a restaurant here that my wife and I love to go to, Flourish. It has the old style jukebox in it. All it has in it is 1950's music. You can actually hear the records shifting around. We love the place.

By the way, if I couldn't sing that Sam Cook song: "Send me," I'm not sure my wife would have married me. Every guy and young woman should learn some of these treasures.

Great article.

Much respect and admiration,


Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 20, 2018:

Unlike some of your articles on songs, I remember most of these singing groups and had several of their albums. This really says something about my age! Well, I enjoyed this information immensely.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on October 20, 2018:

There are so many good songs in your list from the 50's. I'm a big fan of Elvis Presley, so glad you included him!

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