"Rock Around the Clock"

from Billy Joel – We Didn't Start the Fire Lyrics on Rap Genius



Rock Around the Clock,” by Bill Haley and the Comets, was recorded and first issued in the spring as a B-side to “Thirteen Women (and Only One Man in Town).” It wasn’t until July 9, 1955 that the song became the first rock-and-roll single to reach #1 on the Billboard Pop charts; it stayed on top for eight weeks.


Initially, the track was considered a commercial disappointment — until it was used under the opening credits of the film Blackboard Jungle, and quickly gained popularity.

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