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By title100 Best-Selling Albums of the 50s

100 Best-Selling Albums of the 50s

Ever since the birth of rock and roll, popular music has done more to define the spirit of each passing decade than any other form of popular culture. As each new generation has come to embrace new bands and adopted new musical heroes, certain albums have emerged as classics - albums that have come to form an unmistakable soundtrack to the decade.

100 Best-Selling Albums of the 50s is the first in a series of five titles which celebrates the 100 best-selling albums of each decade from the 1950s to the 1990s. Each album entry is accompanied by the original sleeve artwork and is packed full of facts and recording information, and a commentary putting the record into cultural context.

From Frank Sinatra and West Side Story, to Miles Davies and Elvis Presley, the 1950s saw an immense range in what was meant by popular music. Here are the records that formed the last days of the popular music era that had been dominated by the Great American Songbook. By the end of the decade, rock and roll would make that time look very old fashioned.

Format: CD 124 x 142mm (4¾ x 5½")
Handbook 184 x 210mm (7¼ x 8¼")
Extent: 224pp
Illustrations: 100 col photos
Text: 45,000 words

Author details:

Charlotte Greig is a journalist, broadcaster and writer. She is author of several books on music, history and popular culture and has contributed articles to newspapers including The Independent and The Guardian. She has researched, written and presented programmes for BBC Radio 4.