The 200 Most Recommended Artists of the 1950s


1 Elvis Presley
2 Chuck Berry
3 Miles Davis
4 Buddy Holly & The Crickets
5 Little Richard
6 Frank Sinatra
7 Ray Charles
8 Bo Diddley
9 Ella Fitzgerald
10 Thelonious Monk
11 The Everly Brothers
12 Jerry Lee Lewis
13 Fats Domino
14 Sonny Rollins
15 Muddy Waters
16 Johnny Cash
17 Charles Mingus
18 Eddie Cochran
19 Hank Williams
20 Count Basie
21 Gene Vincent
22 Bill Haley and His Comets
23 Dave Brubeck
24 Ornette Coleman
25 Duke Ellington
26 Howlin' Wolf
27 Art Blakey
28 The Coasters
29 The Platters
30 Carl Perkins
31 Billie Holiday
32 Big Joe Turner
33 Charlie Parker
34 Lloyd Price
35 Bud Powell
36 The Drifters
37 Clifford Brown
38 Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers
39 Johnny Burnette
40 James Brown
41 Bobby Darin
42 Ritchie Valens
43 Dizzy Gillespie
44 Jackie Wilson
45 The Modern Jazz Quartet
46 Louis Armstrong
47 Sam Cooke
48 Max Roach
49 Link Wray
50 Woody Guthrie
51 Dinah Washington
52 Dion
53 Cliff Richard
54 Nina Simone
55 Screamin' Jay Hawkins
56 Sarah Vaughan
57 Little Willie John
58 Jackie Brenston
59 Benny Goodman
60 Chet Baker
61 The Isley Brothers
62 The Flamingos
63 The Five Satins
64 Marty Robbins
65 John Coltrane
66 Cannonball Adderley
67 LaVern Baker
68 Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton
69 Nat King Cole
70 Erroll Garner
71 Julie London
72 The Weavers
73 Tito Puente
74 Lonnie Donegan
75 Barrett Strong
76 Elmore James
77 The Penguins
78 George Russell
79 Jacques Brel
80 Harry Belafonte
81 Danny and The Juniors
82 The Chords
83 Wanda Jackson
84 Chuck Willis
85 Duane Eddy
86 Lambert, Hendricks and Ross
87 Les Paul & Mary Ford
88 Johnnie Ray
89 Bill Doggett
90 Wilbert Harrison
91 "Tennessee" Ernie Ford
92 João Gilberto
93 Huey "Piano" Smith & The Clowns
94 Dale Hawkins
95 The Clovers
96 The Orioles
97 Lester Young
98 Jerry Butler
99 Clyde McPhatter
100 The Diamonds
101 Lennie Tristano
102 Professor Longhair
103 Kitty Wells
104 The Chantels
105 The Del-Vikings
106 Sun Ra
107 Ruth Brown
108 Billy Ward & The Dominoes
109 The Big Bopper
110 The Champs
111 The Monotones
112 Peggy Lee
113 Art Pepper
114 Horace Silver
115 The Cadillacs
116 The Dells
117 Patsy Cline
118 Little Walter
119 B.B. King
120 Art Tatum
121 Sonny Clark
122 Mickey and Sylvia
123 Johnny Otis
124 The Crows
125 Henry Mancini
126 Rick Nelson
127 Patti Page
128 Louis Prima
129 Conway Twitty
130 Mahalia Jackson
131 Ray Price
132 Roy Orbison
133 Billy Lee Riley
134 Lefty Frizzell
135 The Skyliners
136 The Robins
137 Gene Kelly
138 The Kingston Trio
139 Hank Snow
140 Phil Phillips with The Twilights
141 The Teddy Bears
142 Frankie Ford
143 Jimmy Smith
144 Ahmad Jamal
145 Slim Harpo
146 Guitar Slim
147 The Elegants
148 The Silhouettes
149 Elizabeth Cotten
150 Jimmy Forrest
151 Shirley and Lee
152 John Cage
153 Lowell Fulson
154 The Falcons
155 Hank Ballard and The Midnighters
156 The Chordettes
157 Chan Romero
158 Lightnin' Hopkins
159 The Moonglows
160 Ben Webster
161 Paul Anka
162 Doris Day
163 Vince Taylor
164 Guy Mitchell
165 Stan Kenton
166 The Louvin Brothers
167 Nolan Strong & The Diablos
168 Johnny and The Hurricanes
169 Johnny Ace
170 Red Foley
171 Serge Gainsbourg
172 Tommy Edwards
173 Anita O'Day
174 Bobby Bland
175 The El Dorados
176 June Christy
177 Oscar Peterson
178 Jimmy Reed
179 Percy Mayfield
180 Johnny Horton
181 Pérez Prado
182 Junior Parker
183 Richard Berry
184 Bobby Freeman
185 Edith Piaf
186 Etta James
187 Johnny Mathis
188 Jimmy Giuffre
189 The Shirelles
190 Champion Jack Dupree
191 The "5" Royales
192 Sonny Boy Williamson (II)
193 The Harptones
194 The Fleetwoods
195 Domenico Modugno
196 George Jones
197 The Capris
198 The Spaniels
199 Mark Dinning
200 J.J. Johnson