Number 45-55


Here’s songs 45-55 on the 2016 Great 88:


“Stand By Me” by Ben E. King (1961)

After leaving The Drifters, King auditioned for the legendary songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, singing a few popular songs before doing what he had of “Stand By Me,” which was just a few lines of lyrics with some humming to fill in the words. He agreed to collaborate on the song with Leiber and Stoller, who gave it a more contemporary sound and polished it into a hit.

2015:  #18, Highest Ranking:  #18 (2015)


“Bye Bye Love” by The Everly Brothers (1957)

The husband-and-wife songwriting team of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant wrote this. Together, this talented couple penned many huge hits for the Everly Brothers and other artists, including “Wake Up Little Susie” and “All I Have To Do Is Dream.”

2015:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #12 (2014)


“Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)” by The Impalas (1959)

The Impalas recorded for Hamilton Records and were found by songwriters Artie Zwirn and Aristides “Gino” Giosasi, who wrote the song “Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home)”. In 1959 disc jockey Alan Freed heard the group, added his name as a writer of the song and got them a deal with MGM Records subsidiary label Cub. The song sold over one million copies, earning gold disc status.

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


“Crying” by Roy Orbison (1961)

Orbison claimed to have written this as the result of an encounter he had with an old flame with whom he still was in love with. He refused to say how much she meant to him, and when he ran into her again it was too late.

2015:  #42, Highest Ranking:  #4 (2013)


“Oh Boy!” by Buddy Holly and the Crickets (1957)

Holly and The Crickets performed this on their second and final Ed Sullivan Show appearance on January 26, 1958. Sullivan was not happy with the song selection, as he considered it too raunchy, but Holly insisted on performing it. Possibly in retaliation, Sullivan introduced him as “Buddy Hollet,” and Holly can be seen trying to turn up his guitar, which had been set too low. While most musical guests were given 2 songs, Holly got just the one.

2015:  #88, Highest Ranking:  #88 (2015)


“Wake Up Little Susie” by The Everly Brothers (1957)

Some Boston radio stations banned this because of the lyrics, which imply that the young couple spent the night together. At the time, staying out late with a girl was a little controversial.

2015: #48, Highest Ranking:  #1 (2014)


“You Belong to Me” by The Duprees (1962)

A 1952 version of this song by Jo Stafford was the most popular, topping the charts in both the US and UK.  The version by The Duprees reached #7 on the national charts.

2015:  #7, Highest Ranking:  #7 (2015)


“Everyday” by Buddy Holly (1957)

This is listed as being written by Charles Hardin and Norman Petty. Charles Hardin is actually Buddy Holly: his real name was Charles Hardin Holley.

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



“Long Tall Sally” by Little Richard (1956)

Little Richard explained that Sally was a friend of the family who was always drinking whiskey. He described her as tall and ugly, with just two teeth and cockeyed. She was having an affair with John, who was married to Mary, who they called “Short Fat Fanny.” John and Mary would get in fights on the weekends, and when he saw her coming, he would duck back into a little alley to avoid her.

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


“The Wanderer” by Dion (1962)

Dion told Blueswax in 2009: “The big inspiration was this kid in the neighborhood… I think his name was Jackie Burns. He was a sailor and he had tattoos all over him, like he had ‘Flo’ on his left arm, ‘Mary’ on his right. Janie was the girl that he was going to be with the next night and then he put ‘Rosie’ on his chest and he had it covered up with a battleship. Every time he went out with a girl, he got a new tattoo. So the guy was worth a song!”

2015:  #72, Highest Ranking:  #10 (2013)



“Beyond the Sea” by Bobby Darin (1960)

This is an English translation of “La Mer,” a French song from the 1940s originally recorded by Charles Trenet. “La Mer” was used in the 1948 movie Every Girl Should Be Married, starring Cary Grant.

2015:  #24, Highest Ranking:  #24 (2015)

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

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