A Guide to Oldies Music
1950s: Beginnings of Rock n’ Roll
There’s no denying that the 1950s were the age of rock n’ roll. This is especially true of the latter half of the decade, when performers like Elvis, Bobby Darin, and Buddy Holly gained popularity and changed the face of music forever. While rock n’ roll dominated the decade, other genres such as country, jazz, and the blues also enjoyed popularity during this era.
1960s: Rock Continues to Rule
Rock continued to enjoy success well throughout the 1960s, though the style seemed to evolve to be less traditional rock n’ roll and more innovative. The 1960s was also the era of the so-called “British Invasion,” when groups such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones enjoyed extreme popularity in the United States and across the rest of the world.
1970s: The Disco Era
When most people think of the 1970s, the first music genre that comes to mind is disco. This was certainly the most popular type of music that emerged in the 70s. There were many popular disco groups and performers, including Donna Summer, The Bee Gees, and Blondie. However, the disco era did not last for long and was essentially over by 1980.