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100 Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artists of The '50s

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Criteria: - Rock 'n' Roll Artists of the 50's are based equally on Commercial Impact, Influence, Musical Impact and Cultural Impact.

Newly added names are in Red
Edited By: Sampson
Last Updated: 11-09-2010

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  1. Elvis Presley
  2. Fats Domino
  3. Chuck Berry
  4. Little Richard
  5. The Everly Brothers
  6. Bill Haley & The Comets
  7. Ray Charles
  8. Buddy Holly & The Crickets
  9. The Clovers
10. The Platters
11. The Dominoes
12. Ruth Brown
13. Bo Diddley
14. Jerry Lee Lewis
15. Sam Cooke
16. Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
17. Johnny Otis
18. Ricky Nelson
19. Big Joe Turner
20. The Drifters
21. The "5" Royales
22. Johnny Ace
23. The Coasters
24. LaVern Baker
25. Eddie Cochran
26. The Flamingos
27. Chuck Willis
28. Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
29. Carl Perkins
30. Little Willie John
31. Clyde McPhatter
32. The Moonglows
33. Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps
34. Ivory Joe Hunter
35. Jackie Wilson
36. Lloyd Price
37. Shirley & Lee
38. Otis Williams & The Charms
39. Jesse Belvin
40. James Brown
41. Faye Adams
42. Jack Scott
43. Duane Eddy
44. Screamin' Jay Hawkins
45. The Five Keys
46. Sonny Til & The Orioles
47. Larry Williams
48. Link Wray
49. Professor Longhair
50. The Chantels
51. Etta James
52. Huey "Piano" Smith & The Clowns
53. Dion & The Belmonts
54. The Cadillacs
55. Bobby Darin
56. The Del-Vikings
57. Mickey & Sylvia
58. "Little" Esther Phillips
59. Percy Mayfield
60. Ritchie Valens
61. Gene & Eunice
62. Big Maybelle
63. The Penguins
64. Smiley Lewis
65. The Cleftones
66. Johnny Burnette Rock 'n' Roll Trio
67. The Crests
68. The Harp-Tones
69. Marvin & Johnny
70. Big Mama Thornton
71. The Spaniels
72. Dale Hawkins
73. Gene Allison
74. Buddy Knox & The Rhythm Orchids
75. The Five Satins
76. Johnny "Guitar" Watson
77. Roy Hamilton
78. Bobby Day/Hollywood Flames
79. Wanda Jackson
80. Don & Dewey
81. Bobby Freeman
82. The Robins
83. Lee Andrews & The Hearts
84. Bill Doggett
85. The Larks
86. El-Dorados
87. The Heartbeats
88. Richard Berry
89. The Skyliners
90. Brenda Lee
91. Bobby Mitchell
92. Little Anthony & The Imperials
93. Amos Milburn
94. Cliff Richard
95. Roy Orbison
96. Don Julian & The Meadowlarks
97. Andre Williams
98. The Chords
99. The Diamonds
100. The Crows
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101. Brook Benton
102. Ike Turner
103. The Treniers
104. Jimmy Clanton
105. The Falcons
106. The Swallows
107. Young Jessie
108. Joe Morris (featuring Laurie Tate)
109. Rosco Gordon
110. Varetta Dillard
111. The Spiders
112. The Cardinals
113. Billy Wright
114. The Hearts
115. The Collins Kids
116. Tiny Bradshaw
117. Esquerita
118. The Medallions
119. Big Jay McNeely
120. Billy Lee Riley
121. Earl King
122. The Mello-Kings
123. Clarence "Frogman" Henry
124. The Four Blazes
125. The Bobbettes
126. Wilbert Harrison
127. Roy Brown
128. Shirley Gunter & The Queens
129. The Du Droppers
130. Buster Brown
131. The Diablos
132. The Checkers
133. Lula Reed
134. The Cadets/The Jacks
135. Johnnie & Joe
136. Red Prysock
137. Billy "The Kid" Emerson
138. Robert & Johnny
139. Little Junior Parker
140. Nappy Brown
141. The Ravens
142. Warren Smith
143. The Dells
144. Boyd Bennett & His Rockets
145. Arthur Lee Maye & The Crowns
146. The Cues
147. Charlie Feathers
148. Dave Bartholomew
149. Titus Turner
150. Lee Allen
151. Conway Twitty
152. The Monotones
153. Marie Adams
154. The Turbans
155. Dee Clark
156. The Fabulous Wailers
157. The Elegants
158. Sonny Burgess
159. The Dubs
160. Chuck Higgins
161. Tony Allen
162. Bobby Charles
163. The Flairs
164. Jewel King
165. The Olympics
166. Eugene Church
167. Jody Reynolds
168. Dave "Baby" Cortez
169. Earl Bostic
170. Johnny & The Hurricanes
171. Phil Phillips
172. Bill Black's Combo
173. Dean Barlow & The Crickets
174. Rufus Thomas
175. The Fireballs
176. Bobby Hendricks
177. The Jewels
178. Ronnie Hawkins
179. The Mystics
180. The Prisonaires
181. Jimmy McCracklin
182. Little Joe & The Thrillers
183. Janis Martin
184. Kent "Boogaloo" Harris
185. Mac Curtis
Criteria 2: - This list does not take into account anything that artist did before or after the decade. Artists with two years or less of active recording during the decade are excluded, unless it was the ONLY decade in which they performed. Pop, folk, country or blues artists are also excluded.

Disclaimer: There is nothing 'Official' about these lists. They are compiled by the 'editor' using the
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