While Buddy Holly has always done well in the Great 88 first round survey for the best songs of 1957, he dominated this year’s poll. Buddy’s songs–with and without the Crickets–were responsible for three of the top five songs, along with the next two positions. The Del Vikings had the only song returning to the Top Five, with “Come Go With Me” returning for the fourth consecutive year. In the other direction, Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On” fell out of the top positions after five consecutive years, barely making the Top Ten. Chances are it will still be eligible for the final round when voting begins sometime next week.
Here’s the top five songs from 1957 alphabetically by artist:
“Searchin'” by The Coasters
“Come Go With Me” by The Del Vikings
“Everyday” by Buddy Holly
“Not Fade Away” by Buddy Holly and the Crickets
“That’ll Be the Day” by Buddy Holly and the Crickets
Check out the rest of the first round schedule, plus links to open surveys and results from other years here, and details on this year’s Grooveyard Great 88 here. And don’t forget to listen for updates and your favorite songs on…