The 1950s. The decade of copla, chanson and latin rhythms, tupé, the birth of rock, record labels; the age of pop culture, the youth and their rebellion without a cause; the age of Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot; the years of the Cold War and the fear of atomic bombs. The beginning of one type of cinema and the end of another… The decade that has influenced the music today, despite seeming to have aged worse than the following. First part: year 1950.
The list is ordered by years to perceive in a more remarkable way the evolution and the contrasts between continents. On the other hand, the release years of some songs may not exactly match their actual release date. It is not always easy to find all the information about them.
100 songs of the 50’s. Year 1950
Music of the year 1950
These two people with the appearance of grandfathers are two of the most important musicians in the history of music (and not only jazz) and in 1950 both collaborated in the version of this hymn that has survived today through the voice of the group of 60s, The Mamas & the Papas.
The year 1950 is dominated by European music, mainly because in Spain still did not have as much success in English as in the next five years -for example- with the arrival of the rock explosion and the Elvis Presley phenomenon.
Jorge Sepúlveda was a bolero singer and pasodoble and Tres Veces Guapa is one of his most popular songs, with his chorus repeating guapa (pretty) “in a Madrid style” of that time.
What a great style to wear a hat, just like now when the young people put the cap with the visor up, as an antenna trying to receive some signal that manages to transmit something to their brains.
These were other times, of course, but El Emigrante is one of the songs that has lasted most in the collective imagination of this Spanish country for more than 50 years.
Yes, yes, but no, that is, almost. Mambo No. 5 was composed, recorded and released in 1949 and was covered in the 1990s by Lou Bega. According to this source Mambo No. 8 was released as a single in 1950, however according to other sources went on sale later, in any case we trust this source and move the hips (if the body allows it).
It is striking the little information on the internet for all the importance of this song. Wee still hope that we have a reliable list and if possible with no serious temporal error. The instrumental version of Ran Kan Kan might well be one of the examples with which to demonstrate this. If you look on the internet you will see that the song was composed and released in the period from 1949 to 1955, and if you inquire a lot the siege is closing enough to come to the conclusion that it was composed between 1949 and 1951. We will never know in the end.