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We all know the power of an old song to transport us back in time, to times and places remembered from our teenage years.  Psychologists call it the “reminiscence bump”.  Which songs bring back memories from your past?  Has a song on the car radio, or in a shopping mall, caught you off guard and brought  back a flood of memories?  There’s always one song you can listen to over and over.  That special song that speaks to you; one you can listen to and feel better in an instant.  One song that brings back all the old memories from 1956, 1957, 1958,  1959, or 1960.  There’s a kid still inside of each of us and it just takes that one song to bring you back to that time and place when you first heard it.  What is your song? 
 
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Elvis had five records in the top 15 in 1956, #1 was Heartbreak Hotel, and #2 was Don’t Be Cruel.  Further down the list was Hound Dog at #8, and I Want You, I Need You, I Love You at #14, followed closely by Love Me Tender at #15.  I still can remember standing in line on a Saturday afternoon in November, 1956, to see Elvis in his acting debut in Love Me Tender (in black and white, not color!).
 
Click HERE to see the list of the top 100 singles for 1956, and click HERE for a short medley from that year. Click on the poster if you want a better view of "Mr. Rock 'N' Roll in the story he was born to play." 
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In 1957 the #1 song of the year was All Shook Up by Elvis Presley.  Pat Boone's Love Letters in the Sand held the #2 spot on the charts, and Little Darlin' by The Diamonds came in at #3.  Does anyone remember  Pat Boone's movie debut where he introduced his big hit?  It was Bernadine, in which "America's new boyfriend" appeared on screen for the first time.  He was the second biggest charting artist of the late 1950s, behind only Elvis Presley.

Pat Boone was just 23 years old in 1957 and he will celebrate his 81st birthday later this year. 

Click HERE for a complete list of the 100 most popular tunes in 1957, and HERE for a short medley of tunes we danced to back then.

 
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There were so many great songs popular in 1958, it's difficult to choose just a few.  The #1 hit was Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu), also voted as the song of year at the very first Grammy Awards Show in 1959.  The Everly Brothers had two tunes tied at #2, All I Have to Do is Dream and Claudette, and two more tied at #13, Devoted to You and Bird Dog.  Elvis came in at #3 with Don't.  

Click HERE
 for Billboard's list for 1958 and HERE for a medley of just a few of the tunes we loved back then.


 
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The #1 song for 1959 was...(I think you may be surprised by the answer):  The Battle of New Orleans, sung by Johnny Horton.  Some of the more familiar tunes are probably Mack The Knife (Bobby Darin), Personality (Lloyd Price), Venus (Frankie Avalon), and Come Softly to Me (The Fleetwoods), which came in at #2 through #5.


Click HERE to see a list of the top 100 singles for 1959, and HERE for a short medley of hits from that year.
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The #1 song of 1960 should come as no surprise:  Theme from A Summer Place. Surely you remember going to the Saenger Theatre with a date on a Saturday night to see those young lovers Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue light up the screen. 

Much further down on the list at #30 is Let It Be Me by the Everly Brothers, which I have to admit is one of my all-time favorites.  Click HERE to see the list of the most popular tunes of 1960 and HERE to hear a short medley of some of them.