The Roots of GREASE

The songs in Grease have an authenticity not many people recognize. Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey captured the raw sound of early rock and roll so perfectly, not by imitating actual 50s songs, but by understanding the musical language so fully that they could use that vocabulary to create new "50s songs." Once you hear the original songs, you'll see that Grease captures that sound without mocking it or sanitizing it. You can hear in the original cast album from 1972 that raw, rough, unpolished sound that marked the beginning of rock and roll.

Grease Songs

Possible Inspiration

Other Inspiration

Alma Mater Parody

Summer Nights

Those Magic Changes

Freddy My Love

Greased Lightning


Sandra Dee

We Go Together

Shakin’ at the H.S. Hop

Raining on Prom Night

Born to Hand-Jive

Beauty School Dropout

Drive-In Movie

R&R Party Queen

Worse Things

All Choked Up

We Go Together

Johnny B. Goode

Don’t You Just Know It


Eddie My Love


Tonight, Tonight

The Chipmunk Song

I’m So Happy

Reddy Teddy


Bo Diddley

Earth Angel

The Great Pretender

Wake Up Little Susie

Happy Birthday Baby

Great Balls of Fire

Oh Gee, Oh Gosh




Tears On My Pillow


Since I Don’t Have You



Whole Lotta Shakin’ 

Frankie / Little Darlin’



Over the Mountain

Come Go With Me