35 Best Songs From 1955

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“Blue Velvet” by Clovers

Song year: 1955

“Blue Velvet” is another example of heartbreaking tunes that defined R&B and soul throughout the mid-20th century.

The Clovers band was not the most popular of the 1950s, but “Blue Velvet” was a doo-wop hit that topped charts and brought listeners to tears with its solemn lyrics.

“Journey With No End” by Johnny Horton

Song year: 1955

Johnny Horton was famous for writing historical ballads about famous people, battles, and events in American history.

He also had a catalog of more topical songs, such as “Journey With No End.” In the song, he’s trying to escape his troubles and loneliness but can’t succeed.

“The Door Is Still Open To My Heart” by Cardinals

Song year: 1955

“The Door Is Still Open To My Heart” is a great, heartwarming tune about a man who’s not afraid to admit his true feelings. Even though he’s suffering, he wants to be honest.

He wants his special lady to know that there will always be a place for her in his life. All she has to do is come back to him.

“Memories Are Made Of This” by Dean Martin

Song year: 1955

Dean Martin is one of the most popular singers from the mid-1900s. His songs are still recognized by music lovers everywhere.

“Memories Are Made Of This” shows why Martin became such a beloved artist. He sings about all the sweet things that make life worth living and remembering.

“A Fool For You” by Ray Charles

Song year: 1955

Is there anything as painful as loving someone who doesn’t love you back? Ray Charles seems to think the only thing that comes close is loving someone who says they’ll never love you back.

With his instantly recognizable tone and beautiful piano playing, Charles delivers a heartbreaking song about being “A Fool For You.” His favorite woman has no interest in him, yet he can’t get her off his mind.

“April In Paris” by Count Basie

“April In Paris” by Count Basie

Song year: 1955

If you’re looking for a big-band masterpiece, anything by Count Basie is guaranteed to get your attention.

“April In Paris” was composed for a Broadway musical, and Count Basie made it his own with the help of his famed orchestra.

Other artists have covered the song, but Basie does it best.

“Soldier Boy” by Four Fellows

Song year: 1955

In this beautiful song from 1955, the “Soldier Boy” is encouraged to believe that his lady back home will remain faithful to him while he fights for freedom.

His woman has promised that she’ll wait for his return and that she’ll love no one but him. So he can go off and be brave, trusting that he has the undying love of a beautiful woman back home.

“Morning, Noon And Night” by Joe Turner

Song year: 1955

The lyrics of “Morning, Noon And Night” are vague. It’s hard to tell if the man in the song is living life on his own and dreaming about happier times or if he’s watching as he loses his woman because of his choices.

Either way, he’s still deeply in love with her.

“So Doggone Lonesome” by Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two

Song year: 1955

Johnny Cash had a unique talent: he could take the most touching tunes and add his own upbeat, easy-listening spin without losing the sweetest aspects of the song.

That’s what “So Doggone Lonesome” truly embodies. Listeners don’t exactly feel the need to grab some tissues, but they’ll undoubtedly empathize with Johnny Cash’s loneliness by the end of the song.

“I’ll Be Forever Loving You” by El Dorados

Song year: 1955

“I’ll Be Forever Loving You” is almost good enough to dance to with your special someone. It’s a song that features a man pledging loyalty and love to his woman, no matter what she thinks of him.

It’s hard to find someone so loyal; it’s easy for listeners to find themselves hoping that the woman in the song will commit to him in the same way.

“I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone” by Elvis Presley with Scotty & Bill

Song year: 1955

It’s hard to go wrong with Elvis Presley, often known simply as The King. Throughout the 1950s, he performed with his artist buddies Scotty and Bill. That’s where “I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone” came into being.

It’s a more humorous take on the heartbreak that comes when your lover leaves you for good.

“Hey Bartender” by Floyd Dixon

Song year: 1955

“Many artists have covered Hey Bartender,” but the original by songwriter Floyd Dixon is easily one of the best versions available.

“Hey Bartender” is a great drinking song, all about a man who likes to have a good time when he’s out on the town. Whether on his own or with his buddies, he’ll do what he has to do to enjoy himself.

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