125 Rockin’ Dance Songs from the 50s & 60s


  • On December 5, 2021

Modern music has certainly come a long way and much of what we hear today came from the seeds planted in the 1950s and 1960s. Before grunge, house, and disco, there was rock n roll! There were pioneers everywhere from Elvis Presley to the Beatles and thankfully their peers took their lead and made people all around the world dance to a new sound. In the fifties, people Bopped, Hand Jived, Cha-Chaed and performed the Swing and we still do thanks to the people here (we have split this up a bit to cover a few subgenres).

Rock & Roll

Artist Song Year
Rolling Stones (I can’t get no) Satisfaction 1965
Elvis Presley (Let’s have a) Party 1957
The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night 1964
The Kinks All-day and All of the Night 1964
Beach Boys Barbara Ann 1965
Everly Brothers Bird Dog 1958
Elvis Presley Blue Suede Shoes 1956
Everly Brothers Bye Bye Love 1957
Neil Sedaka Calendar Girl 1960
Beach Boys California Girls 1965
The Beatles Can’t Buy Me love 1964
The Big Bopper Chantilly Lace 1958
Ritchie Valens C’mon Let’s Go 1959
Elvis Presley Don’t Be Cruel 1957
The Coasters Down in Mexico 1956
Roy Orbison Dream Baby 1962
Bobby Darin Dream Lover 1959
The Beatles Drive My Car 1965
Beach Boys Fun Fun Fun 1964
Rolling Stones Get Off of My Cloud 1965
Little Richard Good Golly Miss Molly 1956
Beach Boys Good Vibrations 1966
Jerry Lee Lewis Great Balls of Fire 1957
Jim Lowe Green Door 1956
Beach Boys Help me Rhonda 1965
Elvis Presley Hound Dog 1956
Beach Boys I Get Around 1964
The Beatles I Want to Hold Your hand 1963
Rolling Stones It’s All Over Now 1964
Buddy Holly It’s So Easy! 1958
Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock 1957
Chuck Berry Johnny B Goode 1958
Ritchie Valens La Bamba 1958
The Shangri-las Leader of the Pack 1964
Chubby Checker Let’s Twist Again 1961
Beach Boys Little Deuce Coupe 1963
Cliff Richard Livin’ Doll 1959
Little Richard Long Tall Sally 1956
Richard Berry Louie Louie 1955
The Clovers/The searchers Love Potion No.9 1959/1964
Buddy Holly Maybe Baby 1957
Roy Orbison Mean Woman Blues 1963
The Beatles Money (that’s what I want) 1963
Tommy James & The Shondells Mony Mony 1968
Cliff Richard Move It 1958
Bobby Darin Multiplication 1961
Buddy Holly Oh Boy! 1957
The Coasters Poison Ivy 1959
Buddy Holly Rave On 1958
Bill Haley Rip It Up 1956
Chuck Berry Rock and Roll Music 1957
Bill Haley Rock Around the Clock 1955
Bobby Day Rockin’ Robin 1958
Chuck Berry Roll Over Beethoven 1956
Rolling Stones Route 66 1964
Dion Runaround Sue 1961
Del Shannon Runaway 1961
The Beatles Saw Her Standing there 1963
Bill Haley See You later, Alligator 1956
Bill Haley Shake Rattle and Roll 1954
Jonny Kid and the Pirates Shakin All Over 1960
The Beatles She loves you 1963
Little Richard Slippin and Slidin 1956
Bobby Darin Splish Splash 1958
Beach Boys Surfin’ Safari 1962
Beach Boys Surfin’ USA 1963
Buddy Holly That’ll Be the Day 1957
Elvis Presley That’s Alright Mama 1954
Chubby Checker The Twist 1958
Dion The Wanderer 1961
Nancy Sinatra These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ 1966
Little Richard Tutti Frutti 1955
The Beatles Twist and Shout 1964
Sam Cooke Twistin’ the night away 1962
Everly Brothers Wake Up Little Susie 1957
The Animals We Gotta Get Out of This Place 1965
Jerry Lee Lewis Whole Lotta Shakin Goin’ On 1957
Roy Orbison Working for the Man 1962
Beach Boys Wouldn’t it be Nice 1966
Chuck Berry You Never Can Tell 1964
The Kinks You Really Got Me 1964

Australian Rock & Roll

Artist Song Year
Lonni Lee Ain’t it So 1959
Easybeats Friday on My Mind 1967
Easybeats Good Times 1968
Col Joye and the Joy Boys Oh Yeah, Uh Huh 1959
Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs Poison Ivy 1964
Normie Rowe Shakin All Over 1965
Johnny O’Keefe She’s My Baby 1959
Easybeats She’s So Fine 1965
Johnny O’Keefe Shout! 1959
Johnny O’Keefe Sing (and tell the blues so long) 1962
Johnny O’Keefe The Wild One 1958

Surf & Instrumental

Artist Song Year
The Atlantics Bombora 1962
Link Wray Rumble 1958
Dick Dale Misirlou 1962
The Tornadoes Telstar 1962
Champs Tequila 1958
The Chantays Pipeline 1962
The Shadows Apache 1960
The Ventures Hawaii Five-0 1968
The Ventures Wipeout 1963

Blues, Soul & Funk

Artist Song Year
Fats Domino Ain’t That a Shame 1955
Fats Domino Blueberry Hill 1956
Bo Diddley Bo Diddley 1958
John lee Hooker Boom Boom 1962
Martha and the Vandellas Dancing in the Street 1965
Solomon Burke Everybody Needs Somebody to Love 1964
Ray Charles Hit the Road Jack 1961
Ray Charles I Got a Woman 1954
James Brown I Got you/I feel Good 1965
Fats Domino I’m Walkin’ 1957
Wilson Picket In the Midnight Hour 1965
Louis Prima Just a Gigolo 1956
Fats Domino Kansas City 1963
The Supremes Keep me Hanging on 1966
Lloyd Price Lawdy Miss Clawdy 1952
Bo Diddley Mona 1957
Wilson Picket Mustang Sally 1967
James Brown Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag 1965
Lloyd Price Personality 1959
Aretha Franklin Respect 1967
The Supremes Stop! In the Name of Love 1965
Ray Charles What’d I Say 1959
Bo Diddley Who do You Love? 1956
The Supremes You Can’t Hurry Love 1966

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