In 1952, an afternoon dance show began airing on television in the Philadelphia area. In 1956, Dick Clark became the host of that show, and on August 5, 1957, he brought American Bandstand to the national airwaves for the first time. The show aired weekday afternoons and went on to play over 65,000 records (launching a countless number of them onto the bestseller charts) which were danced to by over 600,000 in-studio teenagers. The program went on to log more than 6,000 hours of airtime and present over 10,000 musical guest appearances.

    Just a few of the musical artists who made their network television debuts or breakthrough performances on American Bandstand were (alphabetically): The Beach Boys, Beastie Boys, Chuck Berry, Blondie, Michael Bolton, Bon Jovi, James Brown, The Carpenters, Neil Diamond, The Doors, Gloria Estefan, Marvin Gaye, Buddy Holly, The Jackson 5, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, LL Cool J, Madonna, Barry Manilow, John Mellencamp, George Michael, Van Morrison, Pink Floyd, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Sonny & Cher, Rod Stewart, The Temptations, John Travolta, Ike & Tina Turner, The Village People and Stevie Wonder. International dance crazes such as The Twist, The Hustle and breakdancing were also introduced to the public on the show.