Elvis Tops Rolling Stone's "20 Biggest Songs of the Summer: The 1950s"
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Elvis Tops Rolling Stone's "20 Biggest Songs of the Summer: The 1950s"

The '50s brought many changes in American culture with the birth of rock 'n' roll in Memphis to the generational shift in teen culture. Rolling Stone magazine recently comprised a list of the "20 Biggest Songs of the Summer: The 1950s" and Elvis makes several appearances.


Topping the list is Elvis' "Don't Be Cruel" at #1 and Rolling Stone states, "1956 became the summer of Elvis, or rather the first of several, with the July release of "Don't Be Cruel" (backed by another chart-topper, "Hound Dog"). In early September, Presley opened his first Ed Sullivan Show appearance with this hip-swiveling classic, and the rest is history."


Other Elvis songs included in the list are "Teddy Bear" at #6, "A Big Hunk O' Love" at #17 and "Hard Headed Woman" at #18. Elvis is in good company with other songs by featured artists such as Bill Haley & His Comets, Frank Sinatra, The Coasters and many others.


This list was compiled by tabulating length of peaks within that chart window, as well as peaks across pre-Hot 100 sales, jukebox and disc jockey charts between the summer solstice and the autumnal equinox, from 1950 to 1959.


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Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at 3:32 PM
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