1957 - Buddy Holly Made the World Fall in Love with Peggy Sue
It was a huge year for Rock 'n' Roll, and many new artists hit the charts and became household names with teenagers and adults. Buddy Holly (Charles Hardin Holley) took the nation by storm with four hits that became Top 500 Songs of All-Time: "Peggy Sue", "Everyday", "That'll Be the Day", and "Not Fade Away". Holley (note the change in spelling was due to an error in his contract, so his name became Holly without the "e") died just two years later in a plane crash. The Chantels, The Coasters, The Del-Vikings, Bo Diddley, and The Everly Brothers topped the charts with songs about love. Jerry Lee Lewis ("The Killer") had "A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and Elvis had the entire country "All Shook Up". Antoine "Fats" Domino hit the charts big time with "Blueberry Hill"! Little Richard took the country by storm with "The Girl Can't Help It"! What a huge year for rock and roll. With names like these, how could we not be blown away with a new genre of music?
Interesting Fact: Barry Gordy, Jr., started the Motown label in 1957, and we know what that meant for music lovers!
The Rolling Stone named 500 of the greatest songs of all time. 19 songs made the cut in 1957!
128 Rock and Roll Music - Chuck Berry
195 Maybe - The Chantels
414 Young Blood - The Coasters
115 You Send Me - Sam Cooke
441 Come Go With Me - The Del-Vikings
132 Who Do You Love? - Bo Diddley
207 Bye Bye Love - The Everly Brothers
311 Wake Up Little Susie - The Everly Brothers
194 Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly
236 Everyday - Buddy Holly
39 That'll Be The Day - Buddy Holly
107 Not Fade Away - Buddy Holly
96 Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
61 Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On - Jerry Lee Lewis
352 All Shook Up - Elvis Presley
67 Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
413 The Girl Can't Help It - Little Richard
442 Keep a Knockin' - Little Richard
359 Got My Mojo Working - Muddy Waters