Five Rock and Roll Songs that Changed Music

It was Billie Joe Armstrong who once said that Rock and Roll can be dangerous and fun at the same time! And in a way the Green Day artist described this genre of music perfectly. The outrage that followed when Bill Haley and his Comets first appeared on the musical stage of America was loud and vociferous.  

The conservative people of America were genuinely scared of this new music, and it was although it came straight from the devil. However, Rock and Roll sort of defines America, it is innovative, brash, colorful and fun. Here we list five of the greatest Rock and Roll songs that rocked the world.

Rock Around the Clock – Bill Haley

The ultimate 12-bar blues Rock and Roll song, and the song that made this particular music genre famous was Rock Around the Clock. Written by Max Freedman and James Myers in 1952, the most famous version of this song was released by Bill Haley and the Comets.

It topped the charts both sides of the Atlantic when it was released, but made two reappearances in the 60’s and 70’s the song was so popular. It was not the first ever Rock and Roll record ever made, but certainly was the most famous.

Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins

Recorded by many artists, Blue Suede Shoes is a Rock and Roll anthem. It was written and released first by Carl Perkins in 1955, well before Elvis got to perform it. It is also famous for being the first rockabilly songs ever to have been recorded.

Perkins cleverly combined pop music, country, and blues to create a new lively sound that was perfect to dance to. Eddie Cochran, Elvis Presley, and Buddy Holly also had huge hits with the song. The song was inspired by an American airman who was famous for wearing suede shoes that were blue.

C’mon Everybody – Eddie Cochran

Released in 1958, C’mon Everybody is the ultimate party record, that just makes you want to spontaneously join in on the chorus. It was originally a B side, and peaked in the charts in 1959 a year before Cochran’s tragic death. It was released again in the UK in 1988 and once again became a top twenty hit.

It did not fare as well in the U.S and only got to number 35 on Billboard’s top 100 list. But it does appear on the 500 Great Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine.

Roll Over Beethoven – Chuck Berry

Roll Over Beethoven was a massive hit in 1956 for Chuck Berry. It was released on the legendary Chess Label and the song calls for Rock and Roll to take over the world and dispose classical music forever. The song has been copied by the Electric Light Orchestra, and even the Beatles.

That’ll Be the Day – Buddy Holly

First released in 1956 and re-recorded by Buddy Holly and the Crickets in 1957, That’ll Be The Day sort of sums up the Rock and Roll scene in America during this period. Many versions of the song have been recorded and it was the inspiration behind the cult 1973 film starring David Essex that celebrated Rock and Roll. All these five songs in their own way are Rock and Roll classics and define this most radical genre of music that ever hit the pop charts.


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