Top 10 1950s Pioneer Rock Bands

We Owe Them So Much

The 1950s was an interesting era – rock ‘n roll was just evolving and growing out of the shadows of other genres. While most adults were listening to the likes of Perry Como and Frank Sinatra, the younger generation were moving towards the kind of music their parents warned them about.

And the following bands didn’t just steer the kids in the right direction, they started a movement. And while rock ‘n roll continued to diversify, these groups pioneered it and they all deserve some recognition.

10. Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers

They’re widely known as the first all-teenaged rock act and their biggest hit “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” made them a household name especially their lead singer Frankie Lymon.


9. The Clovers

They’re one of 1950s’ biggest selling acts and they actually started as a trio. They then became a quartet and originally called themselves The Four Clovers.


8. Hank Ballard & The Midnighters

Aside from being one of the first rock ‘n roll acts and therefore helping shape the genre, Hank Ballard is also an R&B singer and songwriter.


7. Bill Haley & The Comets

Bill Haley used to be a country musician but it was his cover of “Rocket 88” (often considered as the first rock ‘n roll record) which made him shift to another genre.


6. Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps

Gene Vincent pioneered rockabilly and rock ‘n roll music styles and his biggest hit with His Caps “Be-Bop-A-Lula” is an early example of what rockabilly sounds like.


5. Huey “Piano” Smith & The Clowns

They’re one of the most influential groups when it came to the development of rock ‘n roll sound.


4. The Cadillacs

Their biggest hit “Speedoo” became instrumental in attracting white people to black rock ‘n roll acts.


3. The Platters

They’re one of the greatest and most successful acts in the early rock ‘n roll era.


2. The Everly Brothers

They’re an iconic duo known for their country-influenced rock ‘n roll sound.


1. Buddy Holly & The Crickets

The Beatles named themselves after insects as a tribute to Buddy Holly and the Crickets, enough said.