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Top 5 New Rock Artists of Each Year - 1946-1959

Criteria: Here are the top 5 new rock artists of each year. In order to qualify in a given year the artist has to have had his first ever release in that year (single, EP or album). The artists were ranked based upon initial popularity, lasting popularity, impact and influence of ONLY their records that were released in that calendar year.

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List Begun: 2012-06-08
Top 5 New Rock Artists of Each Year 1946-1959

Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1946    

  1. Ravens
  2. Jack McVea
  3. Lowell Fulson
  4. Amos Milburn
  5. Sonny Thompson
vocal group Ravens

Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1947    

  1. Roy Brown
  2. Paul Gayten
  3. Sticks McGhee
  4. Big Three Trio
  5. Smiley Lewis
Roy Brown

Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1948    

  1. Orioles
  2. Big Jay McNeely
  3. Ray-O-Vacs
  4. Dave Bartholomew
  5. Mabel Smith (Big Maybelle)
vocal group Orioles

Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1949    

  1. Larry Darnell
  2. Ruth Brown
  3. Professor Longhair
  4. Robins
  5. Jewel King
Larry Darnell

Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1950    

  1. Fats Domino
  2. Dominoes
  3. Four Buddies
  4. Griffin Brothers
  5. Archibald
Fats Domino

Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1951    

  1. Jackie Brenston
  2. Five Keys
  3. Rosco Gordon
  4. Swallows
  5. Cardinals
Jackie Brenston

Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1952    

  1. Lloyd Price
  2. Johnny Ace
  3. Lula Reed
  4. Shirley & Lee
  5. Royals
Lloyd Price

Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1953    

  1. Faye Adams
  2. Drifters
  3. Crows
  4. Spiders
  5. Spaniels
Faye Adams

Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1954    

  1. Penguins
  2. Roy Hamilton
  3. Elvis Presley
  4. Chords
  5. Diablos
vocal group Penguins

Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1955    

  1. Chuck Berry
  2. Bo Diddley
  3. Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
  4. Etta James
  5. Nutmegs
Chuck Berry

Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1956    

  1. Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps
  2. Five Satins
  3. Del-Vikings
  4. James Brown and the Famous Flames
  5. Coasters
Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps

Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1957    

  1. Ricky Nelson
  2. Sam Cooke
  3. Danny and the Juniors
  4. Larry Williams
  5. Chantels
Ricky Nelson

Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1958    

  1. Ritchie Valens
  2. Jerry Butler and the Impressions
  3. Frankie Ford
  4. Skyliners
  5. Shirelles
Ritchie Valens

Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1959    

  1. Fleetwoods
  2. Barrett Strong
  3. Freddy Cannon
  4. Ronnie Hawkins
  5. Irma Thomas
vocal group Fleetwoods




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