Top 5 Albums Of The 1950’s
Miles Davis: Kind Of Blue. It may be a rock snob cliche to include this in a “best of” list, but I really could give a rat’s ass’cause this has been with me for a very, very long time and is simply one of the best albums ever recorded. In any decade! So What and Freddie Freeloader being two of the most influential songs in the entire genre. The original chill out album.Frank Sinatra: Songs For Swingin’ Lovers. The man was one of the most important figures of the 20th century and still demands respect from the grave. His voice was at a peak, his songs had that swingin’ tempo and he had yet to be beaten down by the shit kicking he received at the hands of the Kennedy clan. On top of the world, and this album proves it. Baby.
Buddy Holly: Buddy Holly. The day the music died indeed. “The Chirping Crickets” is a classic, but this one contains the immortal Peggy Sue, the nostalgic (and personal favorite of Uncle E!) Everyday and the fantastically frantic hiccup that is Rave On.
Gene Vincent: The Screaming End. All right so I’m cheating a bit and allowing a “Greatest Hits” comp steal it’s way on to one of my infamous lists. A greatest hits album is the only way you’re going to find the best song of the 1950’s. Be Bop A Lula is creepy, fun and jazzy all at the same time and would go on to influence many a rockabilly revivalist in the late 70’s and early 90’s, including The Cramps, Suicide (and especially Alan Vega) and The Stray Cats.
Elvis Presley: Elvis Presley. What can I say about this? It’s ELVIS for Christ’s sake. And the cover art would go on to inspire this….
Runners Up: Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddie Cochran, Dean Martin, Big Bopper, Richie Valens, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Roy Orbison, Bo Diddley, Carl Perkins and, God Bless his wretched soul, Pat Boone.
Coming soon: The Top 5 Albums Of The 1960’s!