Step back in time: to 1955

Take a trip down memory lane with a nostalgic look back at life in 1955. This is a year marked by shifts in leadership and further advances to home life.

Televisions are now in more family homes than not and listening to music and watching movies are popular pastimes for people all over the country.

So grab a cuppa and step back in time with us to 1955…

Popular Culture 

Popular Culture offers a glimpse into the lives of people and the big and little things that made up the everyday. Here’s a snapshot of life and pop culture in 1955.

World Events 

1955 wasn’t just an important year in Britain. Here’s a look at some of the most significant events that took place in 1955 around the globe. 

Sporting Moments 

From big upsets to big wins, here are some of the most significant moments to take place in sport in 1955. 

Famous Births 

Some big personalities came into the world in 1955. Here’s a few of the famous faces born this year.



Nothing takes us back like music; these were some of the best-selling artists and most popular songs on the radio in 1955. 

Best selling single of the year: Tennessee Ernie Ford, Give Me Your Word [7 weeks at number 1]

Christmas number 1: Dickie Valentine, Christmas Alphabet

Other popular songs

Bill Haley & His Comets, Rock Around the Clock

Rosemary Clooney, Mambo Italiano

Jimmy Young, Unchained Melody

Slim Whitman, Rose Marie [11 weeks at number 1]

How old were you in 1955? Does this timeline bring back any memories? 



cover image courtesy of Ofcom report The revinvention of the 1950s living room

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13th Nov 2016
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I was 17 in 1955 so it was all about the music for me, a great year for "Rock n Roll.
13th Nov 2016
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I was born in 1955 and IT was interesting to read about events and music that were around during that year.
13th Nov 2016
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I was born in 1949 and found this fascinating....OMG remember the Christmas Alphabet!!...took me right back to my childhood days....other great facts too...especially the first name of Mr Birdseye.....thank you❤️
26th Sep 2015
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I was 8 years old in 1955 but I remember so many of the things mentioned.
26th Sep 2015
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I was born in 1955... Very interesting reading all the rest of the facts from that momentous year !
26th Sep 2015
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I was only nine and we still did not have a TV, had to wait another two years for that great event. The radio was my main source of entertainment. Two way family favourites, round the horn, etc. Mainly I went to the youth club at my local YMCA. Strangely I remember all the words in the musical clips.
Frankie Kennedy
26th Sep 2015
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Great stuff, especially the music clips...what good days! Looking forward to the 60s!
Thanks Rachel.

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