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The music of the 1950s is wonderful in many ways. We’re going to take a look at some of the music styles that were popular during the 50s in the United States. By looking at this list, it’s easy to see where music from later generations came from originally; though there are soe very interesting infographic designs on music as well. As a huge music fan as well as a student of history, it fascinates me to learn about music from this era.
Top Music Genres of the 1950s
Here’s a look at the general genres of music that was popular in the 50s as well as a few specific looks at music you can look up to enjoy the musical products of this generation.
- Classic pop – This musical style had been around a little while, but it started to become more popular during the 1950s as more people began to listen to radios at home and in their cars.
- R&B – Rhythm and blues had been around a while as well, but in the 1950s, the music genre really began to see some innovations. It also influenced other musical styles as well.
- Rock and roll – Rock and roll really began to take off in the 1950s. Whether you’re talking about Chuck Berry or Elvis, many artists made this genre big. By the end of the 1950s, it was readily apparent that Rock & Roll would be around for many years to come.
- Blues – Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and others were the big names in blues music in the 50s. While this musical style declined in popularity a bit, it was still an important part of the music scene in the 50s.
- Country music – Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Bill Monroe, and many others were popular in the 50s as they began their country music careers. Country music didn’t change a lot during the 1950s, but the lack of innovation was made up for in the quantity of music coming out.
- Jazz – Some of the big names in Jazz music of the 1950s were Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk. This was one of the most popular musical styles in the 1950s.
- Folk music – The Kingston Trio and Woody Guthrie are just two of the big names who were producing folk music in the 50s. They would lead the way to the rebirth of folk music in the 1960s.
Look at the list above, it’s easy to see that the music of the 1950s was going through a lot of changes. This is actually a good thing, however, as innovation takes time but usually results in new musical styles and other things that make listening to music more pleasurable. If you have any of your own thoughts or opinions about music of the 50s, leave a comment below.