Number 67 – 77

Here’s songs 67-77 on the 2018 Great 88:


“Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel” by Roy Orbison (1960)

Roy Orbison wrote this with his songwriting partner Joe Melson, but intended to offer the song to either Elvis Presley or the Everly Brothers (who had already recorded Orbison’s song “Claudette”). The Everly Brothers persuaded Orbison that he should cut it himself.

2017:  #43, Highest Ranking:  #3 (2012)



“Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen (1963)

This was  written by an R&B singer named Richard Berry in 1955. With his group The Pharaohs, he was also the first to record it, and it got some airplay in some cities in the Western US when it was released in 1957. Various garage bands heard it and started covering the song, until it became a phenomena with the Kingsmen’s version.

2017:  #31, Highest Ranking:  #26 (2016)



“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!”

2017:  #59, Highest Ranking:  #10 (2013)



“Twistin’ the Night Away” by Sam Cooke (1962)

Sam Cooke was one of many R&B acts to tour extensively on the “chitlin’ circuit,” the name given to segregated clubs and venues that were friendly to African-American musicians during the segregated years of the 1950s-1960s. Cooke participated in a number of package tours of the chitlin’ circuit, touring with artists such as Jackie Wilson, LaVern Baker, Clyde McPhatter, and Garnet Mimms.

2017:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  First year on survey



“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.

2017:  #81, Highest Ranking:  #18 (2015)



“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.

2017:  #75, Highest Ranking:  #4 (2013)




“Fingertips Pt 2” by Little Stevie Wonder (1963)

An instrumental studio version of “Fingertips” was included on Wonder’s first album, The Jazz Soul Of Little Stevie, in September 1962. The song was written by the Motown writers Hank Cosby and Clarence Paul. This version of the song is much more mellow, jazzier and flute-heavy than the famous live version, which plays up the horns and harmonica.

2017:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  First year on survey


“Our Day Will Come” by Ruby and the Romantics (1963)

Dionne Warwick recorded the original demo of the song for songwriter Bob Hilliard and she told him how much she liked it.  In 1982, the song was included as the only cover on her 1982 album Heartbreaker.

2017:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #59 (2016)



“Tonight You Belong to Me” by Patience and Prudence (1957)

This popular American song was written in 1926 by lyricist Billy Rose and composer Lee David and originally recorded by Irving Kaufman. You might recognize the tune from Steve Martin’s 1979 movie The Jerk when he performed it with Bernadette Peters.

2017:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  First year on survey


“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.

2017:  #28, Highest Ranking:  #28 (2017)



“My True Love” by Jack Scott (1960)

Jack Scott was born in Windsor, Ontario (Canada) and moved to a Detroit suburb when he was 10. He was the first white rock and roll star to come out of Detroit, Michigan. He was inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011 and has been called “undeniably the greatest Canadian rock and roll singer of all time.

2017:  #12, Highest Ranking:  #12 (2017)


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

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