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.
See "20 Biggest Songs of the Summer: The 1950s" by visiting RollingStone.com.