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The 1950s were a period of significant social and cultural change, which had a major impact on the music of the era. It was a time of economic prosperity, the birth of the teenage culture, the rise of the civil rights movement, and the beginning of the Cold War.
Musically, the 1950s saw the emergence of rock and roll, a genre that combined elements of rhythm and blues, country, and gospel music. Some of the most popular artists of the decade included Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
In addition to rock and roll, the 1950s also saw the rise of other popular genres such as doo-wop, traditional pop, and jazz.