1956: ‘Calypso’ by Harry Belafonte


Bolstered by the hit song “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song),” Harry Belafonte’s “Calypso” is as catchy today as it was upon its 1956 debut. Drawing inspiration from calypso and Jamaican music traditions, the album made Belafonte the first artist to ever sell more than 1 million copies of an album.