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TOP 10 FIFTIES FLOOR-FILLERS
AS VOTED FOR BY PRO MOBILE READERS
A multitude of genres and styles comprised the 1950s, but there was one that shone brighter than the rest. Yes, the results for our Top Ten Fifties Floor-fillers are in and you’ve voted exclusively for rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly tracks! It’s no surprise, really. Rock ‘n’ roll was the hub around which the cultural revolution of the fifties revolved, and the songs, predominantly recorded in the Southern heartland of the US, were what drew rebellious youngsters to the dance-floors of the western world. In his song ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Music’ Chuck Berry sang “it’s got a back beat, you can use it” – and that’s exactly what teenagers did.

So, which songs and artists proved to be the most popular floor-fillers with mobile DJs? And which classic fifties track made number one? You – the readers of Pro Mobile – have chosen, so read on to find out...
La Bamba
Ritchie Valens
An artist of Mexican heritage growing up in 1950s California, Ritchie Valens was the first Latino artist to successfully cross into the world of mainstream rock – and you’ve voted his universally recognised track ‘La Bamba’ at number six! The song – originally a Mexican folk song – combined Latin elements with a rock and roll beat and rapid guitar riffs, making it a US chart-topper despite its entirely Spanish lyrics – no mean feat in 1958. As a result, Valens became a forefather of the Chicano rock movement, influencing artists such as Los Lobos and Carlos Santana.
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