This posting offers examples of songs from this era.
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Five song ideas:
First, you might choose "Dream" by The Everly Brothers. Please refer to the lyrics at http://www.lyricsdepot.com/the-everly-brothers/all-i-have-to-do-is-dream.html
Because the song reiterates the basic ideology of the 1950s associated with "the good life," the song offers
a neat synopsis of the mood, values, and perceptions of this era. For example, please note how they say, "Only trouble is, gee whiz, I'm dreamin' my life away..." These quotes show the expansive leisure time given to Americans at this time. They also reflect the time of hope during this era. Please note how the song also exudes a strong sense of optimism, confidence, and overall comfort afforded by this era. The song also seems to echo the general sentiments of the time in terms of the open attitudes toward sex with some of the romantic lyrics. Since the Baby Boom initiated during this era, you might link the lyrics to the mood and values represented in the lyrics above.
Since America emerged from World War II, you might look at ...
A song explication is given.