The 1950s

ALL the hits.

Winter 1950

Spring 1950

Summer 1950

Fall 1950

Winter 1951

Spring 1951

Summer 1951

Fall 1951

Winter 1952

Spring 1952

Summer 1952

Fall 1952

Winter 1953

Spring 1953

Summer 1953

Fall 1953

Winter 1954

Spring 1954

Summer 1954

Fall 1954

Winter 1955

Spring 1955

Summer 1955

Fall 1955

Winter 1956

Spring 1956

Summer 1956

Fall 1956

Winter 1957

Spring 1957

Summer 1957

Fall 1957

Winter 1958

Spring 1958

Summer 1958

Fall 1958

Winter 1959

Spring 1959

Summer 1959

Fall 1959

What’s in these playlists?

Every top 40 hit that peaked in that season of that year, plus other songs that missed the top 40 but that have gone down as classics, or as influential, or as memorable novelties.

Are any songs missing?

Only the ones that aren’t available on Spotify. A list of these songs is shown in the playlist description. Ignoring these few, enjoy hours of listening in any of these precise eras.

I can’t get the songs to play in Spotify.

Try opening the app in the background first. Then click on several different songs and be patient. Sometimes the app is slow to respond at first but eventually catches up.

I found an error!

It was impossible to listen to every song while compiling these lists, and I expect to find that I made some mistakes along the way. If you encounter a song that appears to be the wrong version, please let me know. Send feedback to