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The Fifties

Pop On Trial is the series which delivers the verdict on pop’s most important, influential and entertaining decade.

The results are in.
The 70s is the winning decade, decided by the jury on the finale.
Check out the top ten for the decade below as voted for by you.

The 50s Advocate contract


Pete Wylie

Born in the 50s in Liverpool, Pete Wylie is best known as the leader of Wah! whose various incarnations rang out on the John Peel show - and occasionally on Top of the Pops.

Hits like The Story Of The Blues, Come Back, Sinful and Heart As Big As Liverpool have sustained his reputation as a part-time rock star and a full-time legend.

Though he emerged from the Liverpool punk scene alongside Ian McCulloch and Julian Cope, it's the primal rock 'n' roll of the 50s that inspire him today.

One of rock's most passionate and opinionated characters, his motormouth media appearances are invariably unmissable.

The Top 10 Vote contract

These are the top ten tracks as voted for by you. Full results below.

Cliff Richard - Move It
Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode
Elvis Presley - Heartbreak Hotel
Buddy Holly - Rave On
Johnny Cash - I Walk The Line
Eddie Cochran - C'mon Everybody
Eddie Cochran - Summertime Blues
Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock
Buddy Holly - Peggy Sue
Bill Haley - Rock Around The Clock

The Critics Top 50 contract

Montage of Artists

This Top 50 was compiled by Stuart Maconie, Mark Radcliffe, CP Lee, Pete Wylie and the production team.

Select a track to find out more information about the artist and the song.

Find out the full results of the vote here.

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