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Biggest selling songs for Baby Boomers
If you were born between 1946 and 1964 you are classed as a ‘baby boomer’ (sometimes shortened to just ‘boomer’). This was in recognition of the increase in the number of children born after the end of the
conflict. It was also still a time of food rationing with limited supplies for many of those everyday items we buy today. Despite this, there was a sense of hope, optimism and strong community spirit – all of which
would be harnessed to help rebuild the UK after the devastating effects of the war.
Music was a celebration of life. It was a timely release from all the pressures the war had brought with it. Post-war was a special era for music with lasting memories forged and never to be forgotten. The traditional sounds of ‘the big band’ made way for a more sophisticated vocal like Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Gracie Fields who all topped the charts in 1947. Many of these musical legends went on to become famous faces around the world either on the stage or silver screen and their legacies still live on to this day.
Rock ‘n Roll
When Bill Haley’s ‘Rock Around the Clock’ made its way across the pond from the United States in the mid fifties, a new generation of popular music erupted in the UK. It was upbeat, loud and energetic – music that raised the bar in terms of global appeal, fame and fortune: that music was rock ‘n roll.
Elvis Presley with his crooning, soulful voice is referred to as ‘The King’ (of Rock ‘n Roll) and his popularity and wide audience appeal made him one of the world’s first global music superstars. Little did we know then, he was just preparing the way for the greatest band in the history of music: The Beatles.
The floodgates opened in the 1960s and it was arguably the greatest period of time in the UK music industry. It was the decade that gave us The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Status Quo, Led Zeppelin, The Hollies, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Dusty Springfield. And plenty more. At no time since has there been such an array of musical taste, talent and creativity. Baby Boomers continue to enjoy the best music of any generation and that it lives on and much of it is just as popular today as it was back then.
Baby Boomers – Biggest Hits
Here are the biggest selling songs for Baby Boomers (by year) and this was the start of the popular music culture we have in the UK today. How many of these do you remember?
1955 Rose Marie – Slim Whitman
1956 I’ll be Home – Pat Boone
1957 Diana – Paul Anka
1958 Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
1959 Living Doll – Cliff Richard
1960 It’s Now or Never – Elvis Presley
1961 Wooden Heart – Elvis Presley
1962 I Remember You – Frank Ifield
1963 She Loves You – The Beatles
1964 Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatle