The 2017 survey for the best songs of 1962 was unique in two ways. First, the poll set an all-time record for the number of votes in a first-round poll. More important, none of the songs in the top five were repeats from last year. Only one of the songs–“Sealed with a Kiss” by Brian Hyland–appeared on the 2015 poll for best songs of 1962, the only other time that happened in the history of the Great 88. (Brian also just missed the Top Five with a second song, “Warmed Over Kisses”.) Overall, a record 14 songs out of a possible 15 reached the Top Five of the 1962 survey in three years.
Here’s the five top songs in alphabetical order by artist in this year’s poll:
“Venus in Blue Jeans” by Jimmy Clanton
“You Belong to Me” by The Duprees
“Remember Then” by The Earls
“Sealed With a Kiss” by Brian Hyland
“She Cried” by Jay and the Americans
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…