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The Sounds of 1957

Sep 25, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT

Notre Dame fans celebrate the Irish's historic victory over Oklahoma.

In 1957, the average price of a new home was $12,220, a gallon of gas cost less than a quarter, and Dwight Eisenhower began his second term as President of the United States. Dr. Seuss penned one of the most iconic children’s books of all-time and long before becoming the greatest home run hitter who ever lived, Hank Aaron led the Milwaukee Braves to a World Series title against the defending champion New York Yankees (…and my dad was born).

On the gridiron, the Oklahoma Sooners held a record 47-game winning streak.

And then they met the Fighting Irish.

Despite being a 19-point underdog, Notre Dame stunned the college football world, scoring a late touchdown to earn a 7-0 victory on the Sooners’ home field (Scroll below for video from the historic game, and check out 125.nd.edu for photos.).

This weekend, members of that 1957 Fighting Irish squad and head coach Terry Brennan (’49, football) will return to campus in conjunction with #22 Notre Dame’s game against #14 Oklahoma (3:30 pm ET on NBC). Just as we did last week for the 1973 national championship reunion, we thought it would be fun to put together a Spotify playlist featuring the tunes from the era.

Here are the top 20 songs from the 1957 year-end Billboard chart. As you would probably guess, there’s no shortage of Elvis.

  • All Shook Up – Elvis Presley
  • Love Letters in the Sand – Pat Boone
  • Little Darlin’ – The Diamonds
  • Young Love – Tab Hunter
  • So Rare – Jimmy Dorsey
  • Don’t Forbid Me – Pat Boone
  • Singing the Blues – Guy Mitchell
  • Young Love – Sonny James
  • Too Much – Elvis Presley
  • Round and Round – Perry Como
  • Bye Bye Love – The Everly Brothers
  • Tammy – Debbie Reynolds
  • Party Doll – Buddy Knox
  • Teddy Bear – Elvis Presley
  • Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) – Harry Belafonte
  • Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
  • A White Sport Coat (and a Pink Carnation) – Marty Robbins
  • Come Go With Me – The Del-Vikings
  • Wake Up Little Susie – The Everly Brothers
  • You Send Me – Sam Cooke

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