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Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 50's

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AllMusic Review by Johnny Loftus

The '50s edition of Casey Kasem's America's Top 10 is typical for the series. It moves confidently through twenty hits of the era, skimming the play lists of oldies stations everywhere for a rousing collection with none of the filler so often found in this sort of release. Beginning with the freewheeling blurt of Bobby Darin's "Splish Splash," the comp gets feet moving with Danny and the Juniors ("At the Hop") and Little Richard ("Long Tall Sally"), hearts-a-beatin' with ballads like the Penguins' "Earth Angel" and Ritchie Valens' timeless "Donna," and the teens screaming with the early rock 'n' roll faves like "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis, and Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock." Even the casual listener should already have a few of these cuts; for many of them, their hit status remains undiminished. Even so, America's Top 10 removes the chaff common to these comps, making it essential for any '50s music lover. In addition, the CD booklet includes liner notes and artist photos.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Bobby Darin 02:10 Amazon
2 Danny & the Juniors 02:32 Amazon
3 The Crests 02:54 Amazon
4 Bobby Day 02:34 Amazon
5 The Everly Brothers 02:05 Amazon
6 Bill Haley 02:12 Amazon
7 The Penguins 02:56 Amazon
8 Buddy Holly 02:18 Amazon
9 The Diamonds 02:09 Amazon
10 Fats Domino 02:23 Amazon
11 Little Richard 02:10 Amazon
12 The Coasters 01:52 Amazon
13 Ritchie Valens 02:23 Amazon
14 The Champs 02:13 Amazon
15 Bobby Freeman 02:35 Amazon
16 The Platters 02:40 Amazon
17 Carl Perkins 02:16 Amazon
18 Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers 02:20 Amazon
19 Little Anthony & the Imperials 02:18 Amazon
20 Jerry Lee Lewis 01:51 Amazon
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