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The History of the Sock Hop, From the Style to the Soundtrack

The youngsters "Get hep" to the music of the juke box at "The Haven" Washington, Pa, Juvenile night club March 17, 1944.(AP Photo)

Poodle skirts, saddle shoes, leather jackets, white t-shirts, bobby socks, and rock n roll -- that's all every good sock hop party needs. But where did the term "sock hop" originate?

The History of the Sock Hop

Sock hops were held as early as the 1940s to raise money for war relief efforts,

but the dances grew in popularity and became known as a type of informal school dance throughout the 1950s. It's called "sock hop" because the kids were encouraged to remove their shoes so they wouldn't scratch the school gymnasium floor.

Today, if you were invited to a sock hop-themed party, you'd need to find your best '50s style clothing, practice the jive, pretend you're living in a black and white sitcom classic, and turn these 10 songs on your jukebox.

'The Twist,' Chubby Checker

The dance party classic, "The Twist," will get all your guests away from their milkshakes and on the gym floor!

"Jailhouse Rock," Elvis Presley

The King of rock and roll deserves a spot on any sock hop party playlist.

"Rock Around The Clock," Bill Haley & His Comets

The original theme song from Happy Days is sure to get everyone up and take them back in time.

"Peggy Sue," Buddy Holly & The Crickets

Buddy Holly's hit rocker, written by Jerry Allison and Norman Petty, is the perfect song for any retro party!

"Chantilly Lace," Big Bopper

This song will have you dancing like Sandy and Danny in Grease.

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"Maybelline," Chuck Berry

It wouldn't be a sock hop without Chuck Berry!

"Rockin' Robin," Bobby Day

Kick your shoes off and get on that dance floor. It's "Rockin' Robin"!

"Blueberry Hill,"  Fats Domino

You can't have a school dance without the love songs for the couples to dance to!

"Put Your Head On My Shoulder," Paul Anka

Hold your sweetheart close with this tender tune.

"Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite,"  The Spaniels

End the night with this sweet song by The Spaniels.

 

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The History of the Sock Hop, From the Style to the Soundtrack