Choosing the should-have-been hit songs for this book is subjective and there are undoubtedly oversights. Three criteria were used to select these fabulous-but-forgotten, should-have-been-hit songs: (1) The singer had to be easy-to-listen-to; (2) The arrangement had to be bright; and (3) the lyric had to be infectious.
Quintessence of the Singer
An EASY-POP singer has to possess a mellifluous voice and display essential 50s qualities: light, fun, personable, easy-to-like.
Uniqueness of the Sound
The musical arrangement had to typify the contagious, bright fifties sound and essential beat. Some of the sounds in this list are fresh and unique while others are more polished examples of classic fifties music. Unusual instruments, orchestral flourishes, and outstanding background singers support the vocalist on each of these selections.
Quintessential Fifties Imagery and Cleverness of the Lyric
Sing-along words to a song were importantóthe infectious lyrics had to be clever with easy-to-remember, simple rhymes that the audience could relate to. The records on this list contain lyrics that are typically fifties.