“(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock”
Bill Haley and His Comets | 1954
The simple lyric about rockin’ “until broad daylight” could well be about dancing to a live band, although the “seventh heaven” reference implies it could be about making love. Either way, the world’s first No. 1 rock ‘n’ roll hit — credited to Max C Freedman and Jimmy De Knight (born James E. Myers) —became a teenage anthem when Bill Haley and His Comets put it out. In the 70s, it charted again when it was used as the theme for the film American Graffiti and first two seasons of Happy Days.