Yearly Playlists!



  • I decided to make a YouTube playlist of the missing hits songs I'm listing in case anyone wants easy access to all of them. Here is the link:
  • I have finished 1955, what a year! Rock just keeps growing and this is the year it started to dominate. Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and others all made the scene this year. Enjoy!
  • 1956 is finished. Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis all get their big break! Tons of other stuff was happening this year as well. 42 songs are listed in the missing hits section (keep in mind I limit it to 1 per artist, otherwise I'd have like 9 Elvis songs on there hehe). The YouTube playlist is up to date as well. Enjoy!
  • grimripper82grimripper82 Opening Act
    This is such a cool project. I've been looking through the playlists off and on since you started. I didn't want to muddy up your topic with more comments, so I didn't say anything until now.

    I just discovered the google doc you've been working on, and it's really been a blast reading through what you've got to say here. I love 50's rock, and I have quite a bit of those songs in my music collection, and it reading through all of this really brings the history of all that great music to life. Thanks so much for doing this!
  • 1957 is done. This year Buddy Holly and The Everly Brothers enter the picture along with many more. I'll update the playlist later today. Enjoy!
  • @Iamtheplague Shout by The Isley Brothers is coming out as DLC this May.
  • I just finished 1958. Did a whole lot of reading for this one. The original form of rock and roll is beginning to phase out. Pop rock is the name of the game now!

    P.S. I am so excited about Shout! :DD
  • Huzzah! With 1959 completed I have covered the first decade of rock! Enjoy the last year of the 50s. :)
  • @Iamtheplague Cool! I wish we get other 50s songs as DLC eventually (Even if it's near impossible).

    So, what comes next? Are you going to add Missing Songs for the 1970s or Are you going to add more songs for the 1960s?
  • I will continue in chronological order. The 1960s are on the horizon!
  • Hi guys. Since the 1960s are where rock music starts to really go nuts and get really complicated, I decided to take some preliminary steps to prepare for writing my descriptions and lists. I just completed the first step which was to list the genres of rock in chronological order and to map all of them according to their development.

    These two documents are mostly for me, to ensure I don't miss anything important in my descriptions but I thought people may find them interesting/useful so I am attaching them below. I used Word because I found it easier to create the maps than on Google Docs.

    The next step is just to do some more research. Rest assured, I will begin on the year 1960 within the next couple of days and I will likely finish that year by Friday.
  • I have finished the year 1960! Motown and Brill Building are starting to develop along with many, many other things! Along with the missing hits list that I always do, I have also included a missing albums list as well. I will be doing this from now on as albums become increasingly important past 1960.

    I have also gone through all the songs I've listed and picked out my personal favorites and/or what I think are the most important songs. I went through and did lists of those for each year so if you're interested in a more consolidated list or my opinion (lol) check that out.

    I have also updated the 1950s YouTube playlist so it now includes all 344 songs listed for the 1950s. I have started the 1960s playlist as well. The links to both are below.

    Main Google Doc Link (so you don't have to go to page 1 on the forums):

    My Personal Opinion Lists:

    YouTube Playlist for 1949-1959:

    YouTube Playlist for 1960-1969 (currently only 1960):
  • After much research, 1961 is complete! More than ever is going on during this time with Soul, Surf, and Beat Music starting to surface. The song lists are getting pretty long because rock music and friends are becoming more and more popular. I'm thinking about putting a cap at 100 songs per list once it gets to that point (I guess probably 1963 or 1964). What do you think? Should I cap it or post as many songs as there should be?

    P.S. Both my opinion list and the YouTube playlist have been updated to include 1961.
  • I would suggest doing the 100-song cap once you reach 1964, but I don't mind if you did it at 1963. So, I fine with either.
  • A focused 100 is better than a massive list trying to cover everything!
  • Thanks for the input. :)

    I took a little break from researching and did some more of the Rock Band setlists today. I have updated the document to include my setlists for 1985, 1986, and 1987. 1985 and 1986 are a bit low on songs compared to the previous 80s years so I didn't split those lists into two parts but after '86 the number of songs skyrockets again so 1987's is two parts. I think I'm going to finish up to 1990 by tomorrow and then I'll start up on my research again.
  • I have finished the 1988-1990 RB setlists. Sorry it took a little longer than I thought. They've got lot's of great stuff in them though and are all two parts. Enjoy!

    P.S. Since I've been adding in songs from Lego Rock Band into my setlists, the time length I give next to the name of each setlist listed is that setlist's length without the Lego Rock Band songs added on. (I can't change this because I personally don't have these songs to check exactly how long they make the setlists). Pretty much any setlist will only have one or maybe two of the L:RB songs though so any given setlist should be no more than around 5-10 minutes longer if you have those songs.
  • thatmarkguythatmarkguy Road Warrior has all the song lengths. The RB companion app v2 does too.
  • has all the song lengths. The RB companion app v2 does too.

    Much appreciation for that information. I have finished adding all the L:RB songs that fit with the previous setlists and corrected all the time lengths. :)
  • Well, it turns out I reached that 100 song mark sooner than I thought. I decided to stick to a 100 song limit so some stuff did get left out. I actively tried to ensure that the song list ended up with only songs that either were important to rock music's development and/or are good examples of developing rock genres. This will be the criteria I use from now on when determining what stays on the list. (I really try not to bring my own opinion into it! I am not perfect though so of course take it with a grain of salt. :P)

    I will also be placing a 100 album cap on the album list when it gets to that point, probably around 1964. Please note that unlike the song list, I do not listen to all the albums on the list in their entirety because it is unrealistic time-wise. I do listen to a sampling of each album and combine that with my reading research to decide what goes on the list. For my opinions list, I mark the albums that I especially enjoy while going through the larger list (for 1962 it was about 14 out of the 30 listed) and give them a full listen (then I narrow it down from there).

    I have finished the year 1962. It is by far the longest yet, showcasing, yet again, how much rock is expanding. Dance crazes, surfing mania, beatsplosion, popapalooza, the soul sensation, and girl groups galore! This year has all this and more and is waiting for your viewing for a simple price of $0.00 just pay viewing and mental processing. I have also updated the YouTube playlist and my own personal opinions list. Based on how long this one took, I estimate 1963 to be done by the Friday after next (not a promise!).



    P.S. I think you'll probably have noticed by now that not all the songs I list are actually rock, but the songs that are not rock are there because they were influential on rock in some way or another. This rings especially true for soul, blues, and R&B which is why I focus so much on them in my rock development descriptions even though they themselves are separate genres from rock music. (It's also why you see more of them in Rock Band than other genres, for example, Classical.)
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