1959 – The Results

The survey for the best songs of 1959 is nothing but consistent.  Dion and the Belmonts reached the top five for the sixth consecutive year, while the Crests repeated for the fourth time.  Jackie Wilson returned to the top five for the fifth time in six years. Here's the top five songs from 1959 alphabetically... Continue Reading →

1962 – The Results

The first round contest for the top songs of 1962 was unusually close, with only .26% separating the top five songs, and the top eight separated by less than a percent.  Freddy Cannon, Dion and the Isley Brothers all repeated in the highest positions for a second year. Here's the top five songs in alphabetical... Continue Reading →

Top Ten: July 20, 1962

Here's the Grooveyard Top Ten for July 20, 1962 as played tonight by Alan Seltzer on "The Grooveyard": #10 "I Love You" by The Volumes #9 "Gravy (for my Mashed Potatoes)" by Dee Dee Sharp #8 "Palisades Park" by Freddie Cannon #7 "Playboy" by The Marvelettes #6 "Twist and Shout" by The Isley Brothers Support... Continue Reading →

1959 – The Results

While the 2017 survey for the best songs of 2017 set a new record for the number of songs repeating in the top five from the previous year, this year's survey was a lot closer.  Only two songs repeated from 2017, with Dion and the Belmonts returning for a fifth year and Johnny Maestro and... Continue Reading →

1962 – The Results

Consistency has rarely been a factor in the results for the best songs of 1962.  In last year's record voting, no songs repeated to the top five.  Only Jimmy Clanton repeated this time, and that was by a very narrow margin. Here's the top five songs in alphabetical order by artist: "Palisades Park" by Freddy... Continue Reading →

Top Ten: September 8, 1962

Here's the Grooveyard Top Ten for September 8, 1962 as played tonight by Alan Seltzer on "The Grooveyard": #10 "You Don't Know Me" by Ray Charles #9 "Beechwood 4-5789" by The Marvelettes #8 "Party Lights" by Claudine Clark Did you vote today? #7 "Breaking Up is Hard to Do" by Neil Sedaka #6 "You Belong to Me" by The... Continue Reading →

Top Ten: Flashback 1962

There was no Top Ten due to the Flashback special featuring the top songs of 1962.  Here's the top songs of that year, as played tonight by Alan Seltzer: #10 "Do You Love Me" by The Contours #9 "The Loco-motion" by Little Eva #8 "Soldier Boy" by The Shirelles #7 "The Twist" by Chubby Checker #6 "Roses... Continue Reading →

Top Ten: September 30, 1962

Here's the Grooveyard Top Ten for September 30, 1962 as played tonight by Alan Seltzer on "The Grooveyard": #10 "Ramblin' Rose" by Nat King Cole #9 "You Beat Me to the Punch" by Mary Wells #8 "Twist and Shout" by The Isley Brothers Did you vote yet? #7 "The Loco-motion" by Little Eva #6 "Let's... Continue Reading →

This Weekend: Showtime!

We celebrate Harlem Week on the Grooveyard this week by featuring artists who performed at the iconic Apollo Theatre. Many performers started their careers at Amateur Nights at the theatre, which opened in 1914.  This includes Stevie Wonder, the Isley Brothers, the Supremes and many others.  A live album recorded there by James Brown in... Continue Reading →

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