35 Best Songs From 1955

If you’re looking for the best songs from 1955, then you’ve come to the right place. Here you can find all the golden oldies that made 1955 one of the best years in music history.

Maybe you’ll add one or two to your favorites by the end!


“Ain’t That A Shame” by Fats Domino

Song year: 1955

Fats Domino was a pioneer in the early days of rock and roll and New Orleans jazz. His skill as a pianist and songwriter set him apart from others in the industry.

“Ain’t That A Shame” is one of his most popular songs, a tune about a man wallowing in jazzy style over the heartbreak of his lover leaving him.

“Only You” by Platters

Song year: 1955

“Only You” is a sweet love song with everything a person needs to successfully woo their special person: perfect harmonies, a doo-wop background, and a desperate longing in the lead singer's voice.

Check out some other great love songs that will weaken your knees!

“Unchained Melody” by Al Hibbler

Song year: 1955

Although “Unchained Melody” was made famous by the Righteous Brothers in the 1970s, the original recording by Al Hibbler is a staple in the jazz genre of the 1950s.

It’s one of those songs that helps set the mood, no matter what. It communicates a clear, beautiful message about the purest forms of love.

“Why Do Fools Fall In Love” by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers

Song year: 1955

“Why Do Fools Fall In Love” presents almost every lyric in the form of a question. The artist seems to think that his central inquiry, “Why do fools fall in love?” is as obvious as the most fundamental questions of life and nature.

In the end, he may not have the answer he wants. But he finally understands that no one can control falling in love.

“Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two

Song year: 1955

“Folsom Prison Blues” is probably one of Johnny Cash’s most popular songs. He famously performed it in prison halls filled with inmates, commiserating with them in a lighthearted fashion.

“Folsom Prison Blues” is an upbeat song about people who regret crimes and mistakes and wish things might be different one day. 

Check out these other great Johnny Cash songs!

“Learnin’ the Blues” by Frank Sinatra

Song year: 1955

Many people have tried their hand at recording “Learnin’ the Blues,” and plenty of them are worth listening to; but Frank Sinatra’s version from 1955 is one of the best you can find.

The big-band style that proved so popular in the early 1900s continued to impact musicians like Frank Sinatra, especially when he was recording famous big-band standards.

“Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So)” by Perry Como

Song year: 1955

Perry Como is a genius in creating catchy tunes that anyone can enjoy. He didn’t make music for a mature audience, but his songs resonated with people of all ages.

The love songs from Como’s library are fun because they’re upbeat and peppy. Best of all, you can easily sing along with them.

“A Blossom Fell” by Nat King Cole

Song year: 1955

Of all the jazz and blues artists from the 1950s, few were as hauntingly beautiful in tone and musicality as Nat King Cole. From his signature sultry voice to his touching lyrics, he had a way of communicating unlike anyone else.

“A Blossom Fell” is filled with longing and heartbreak as a man watches his lover make promises to someone else.

“The Ballad of Davy Crockett” by Fess Parker

Song year: 1955

For centuries, songs have been one of the best ways to tell little kids about the legends of history and the great men of the past. Such pieces usually come in ballad form and are always incredibly catchy.

Whether perfectly historically accurate or not, “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” is a great tune about a famous pioneer and true American hero.

“Mr. Sandman” by The Chordettes

Song year: 1955

The Chordettes sing this happy, upbeat tune about a woman making a wish to “Mr. Sandman” that he would bring her someone to love.

They describe in great detail what kind of man she would like, lamenting her loneliness and hoping that the powers of “Mr. Sandman” are great enough to give her what she wants. 

“Moments to Remember” by The Four Lads

Song year: 1955

“Moments to Remember” is a touching song that takes the listener on a time-traveling adventure about all life's wonders.

From the first day of the year to the end of life, there are so many moments along the way that are worth taking careful note of and remembering.

“The Wallflower (Dance With Me, Henry)” by Etta James

Song year: 1955

Etta James made a name for herself as a powerhouse female singer, capable of astounding ranges and perfect pitch. Her voice is among those that listeners can recognize almost instantaneously.

Her 1955 hit “The Wallflower” is an excellent example of why James was one of the most famous jazz singers of her time.

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