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Chart Toppers: Rock Hits of the 50s

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Priority's Chart Toppers series is an excellent budget-line collection, offering a strong selection of 15 original hits, grouped by a specific theme and decade, on each disc. Chart Toppers: Rock Hits of the 50's combines rock & roll, doo wop, rockabilly and R&B hits -- an eclectic bunch, to say the least, but the variety helps capture the feeling of the decade. A few of the songs haven't dated well, but for the most part, the selection of songs is terrific, albeit a little predictable. Among the highlights on the disc are Roy Orbison's "Ooby Dooby," Bobby Darin's "Splish Splash," Ritchie Valens' "Come On Let's Go," the Everly Brothers' "Bird Dog," Bobby Day's "Rockin' Robin," Sandy Nelson's "Teen Beat," Bill Haley's "See You Later, Alligator," Jerry Lee Lewis' "Breathless," the Coasters' "Poison Ivy," Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser" and Dale Hawkins' "Susie-Q."

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