Number 34-44


Here’s songs 34-44 on the 2016 Great 88:


“Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and His Comets (1955)

Most people didn’t know what Rock And Roll was when this was released, so the record company had a hard time describing the song. The label on the single called it a “Novelty Foxtrot.”

2015:  #63, Highest Ranking:  #26 (2014)


“Lonely Teardrops” by Jackie Wilson (1959)

This was written by the Detroit songwriting team who wrote Wilson’s first several hits – the duo of Tyran Carlo (the pen name of Wilson’s cousin Roquel Davis) and a pre-Motown Berry Gordy Jr. They co-wrote eight other songs for Wilson. At the time, Gordy was a struggling songwriter, but this song – his first Top-10 hit as a songwriter – gave him the confidence to rent a building in Detroit and start the Tamla label, which would become Motown.

2015:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  first year on survey


“Singing the Blues” by Guy Mitchell (1956)

This was written by 20-year-old American Country singer Melvin Endsley in 1954.  It was first aired on KWCB radio the following year and it was so well-received that Endsley took it to Nashville to try to sell it. There, he met Marty Robbins, who recorded the song on Columbia in August 1956 and it climbed the charts eventually peaking at #17 and topping the country list for 13 weeks.  Guy Mitchell was also on Columbia and he was given the song to cover in a more poppy style. His version reached #1 in the US charts in December 1956 and stayed there for nine weeks, outselling and outplaying the Marty Robbins version

2015:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  first year on survey


“New Orleans” by Gary US Bonds (1960)

 Producer Frank  Guida chose Anderson’s stage name, U.S. Bonds, in hopes that it would be confused with a public service announcement advertising the sale of government bonds and thereby garner more radio airplay.  This was his first hit song.

2015:  #67, Highest Ranking:  #67 (2015)


“Searchin'” by The Coasters (1957)

Paul McCartney chose “Searchin'” as one of his must-have songs in a 1982 broadcast of the BBC radio show Desert Island Discs. The Beatles also picked this song to audition for Decca records in 1962.

2015:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  first year on survey


“Da Do Ron Ron” by The Crystals (1963)

Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich wrote this song. The refrain of “da doo ron ron” came from nonsense syllables they stuck in as filler.  It was exactly what Phil Spector was looking for, since he didn’t want a cerebral lyric getting in the way of his massive production and the tidy boy-meets-girl story line.

2015: #71, Highest Ranking:  #10 (2013)


“Blue Monday” by Fats Domino (1956)

Blue Monday” is originally written by Dave Bartholomew, and first recorded by Smiley Lewis in 1954.  It was later popularized in a recording by Fats Domino in 1956, with the songwriting credit was shared between Bartholomew and Domino. Most later versions have credited Bartholomew and Domino as co-writers. Fats Domino’s version was featured in the 1956 film The Girl Can’t Help It. It became one of the earliest rhythm and blues songs to make the Billboard magazine pop music charts, peaking at number five and reaching the number one spot on the R&B Best Sellers chart.

2015:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  first year on survey


“Angel Baby” by Rosie and the Originals (1961)

Rosie Hamlin wrote this when she was 14 years old. It began as a poem about a boyfriend, and was based on “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” by The Penguins. Rosie had some experience as a singer with a local band, getting the job by telling them she was 16.


2015:  #44, Highest Ranking:  #4 (2015)



“Why Do Fools Fall in Love” by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers (1956)

The single was released in January 1956 to avoid the Christmas rush. The group was not notified that it was released – they found out when a group member heard a classmate singing it at school.

2015:  #10, Highest Ranking:  #10 (2015)


“Not Fade Away” by Buddy Holly and the Crickets (1957)

This was one of the first pop songs to feature the “Bo Diddley” sound, a series of beats (da, da, da, da-da da) popularized by Diddley, who used it on his first single, the egotistically named “Bo Diddley.”

2015:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #60 (2014)



“Wait Til’ My Bobby Gets Home” by Darlene Love (1963)

As a minister’s daughter, Love grew up listening to gospel music and was a dedicated member of her church in San Antonio, Texas. She began singing in her church choir at age ten. During choir practice she caught the attention of choir director Cora Martin. After singing for Martin she was asked to go to the Music Mart where she sang and did some broadcasts; Love’s career began there.

2015:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  first year on survey

Check out all the songs that made the Great 88 here. You can also see the first round results here.

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