Popular 1950s Hit Songs for Weddings
So, you and your dreamboat are getting married? Then why not celebrate going to the chapel with the best music the 1950s had to offer?
What Defines 1950s Music?
The decade that followed the end of World War II brought prosperity and, with that, fun tunes to dance the twist, and more. Sure, the 1950s brought rock and roll which was a natural evolution from jazz. Their parents listened to Big Band and Swing. Partner dancing just kept up its pace.
Ballads were still big in the 1950s, with such crooners as Dean Martin, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, and Pat Boone. So, what defines 1950s music is the backbeat, great vocals, and a memorable chorus.
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100 Best 1950s Songs For Your Wedding
1950s wedding song list curated by Matthew Campbell
Last Updated: May 17, 2021
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Top 5 Best 1950s Songs for Weddings
- “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole
- “That’s Amore” by Dean Martin
- “I Walk The Line” by Johnny Cash
- “Shout” by The Isley Brothers
- “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley
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Backup on the Backbeat – A Little about 1950s Songs
Rock and roll music started in the mid-1950s and became mainstream with artists such as Bill Haley & His Comets and Elvis Presley. Elvis Presley became the image of Best 1950s Music. That decade made him “The King of Rock and Roll.”
Elvis ruffled the feathers of the squares after his pelvis gyrations on The Ed Sullivan Show. That kind of dancing was never shown on television before. Rock and Roll didn’t dominate the 1950s, however. Country and Western grew in popularity with such artists as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Porter Wagoner. Carl Perkins fueled a new version of country and western and R&B combined called rockabilly. Arguably, there was quite a bit of crossover.
Hank Williams also helped to popularize Honky Tonk, a style of country music characterized by a style of piano playing emphasizing rhythm more than harmony. (Does this remind you of jazz? It should) It is interesting to note the “tonk” in the word Honky Tonk was taken from a manufacturer of an upright piano.
1950s Pop Culture
In the 1950s, we saw the popularization of television, dance shows, and even the credit card system in the USA. Although color televisions were being introduced, most shows were seen in the afternoon and evenings in black and white.
Popular TV shows included I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, and The Twilight Zone. Segregation was also made illegal. Space travel became a reality with the Russian Sputnik 1. America also grew by 2 States with the addition of Hawaii and Alaska. That was a lot of change. Sound stressful? Yeah, dance it out.
Hot fashion trends included men’s bomber jackets (WWII), Bermuda shorts, and a nipped waist for women. In the early 1950s, there was a major advancement in medicine with the creation of a vaccine to prevent polio. So you can see, Daddy-O, why people wanted to splish splash, rock around the clock, and do the jailhouse rock.
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