We have been watching the wonderful PBS Ken Burns mini-series on Country Music, and it has been quite informative.
Part of today’s episode featured Patsy Cline, someone I knew very little about. However, I did learn that her hit song “Crazy”, which was written by Willie Nelson, at one point was the most popular jukebox song of all time.
So I decided to see if that was still the case, and thanks to Newsweek and the Amusement and Music Operators Association, I was able to find a listing of the top 10 jukebox songs of all time. According to this list, “Crazy” is number two on the list.
There is a slight asterisk to the list, as the number one spot actually includes two songs – “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel” by Elvis. It seems that these songs were a double-sided hit, one song appearing on the “A side” and the other on the “B side” of the record. I guess jukeboxes do not distinguish as to what side was played, and since they were both huge hits for Elvis, they seem to count it as one “song” on the list.
I am guessing for some readers the top 10 list below will bring back memories of sitting in a diner, flipping through the jukebox, putting in a quarter, and then listening to your song. I always thought it was a pretty cool technology, and I wish restaurants still had jukeboxes at each table. As I vaguely recall, I think it was Howard Johnson’s used to have such a setup.
Anyway, here is the list, with an accompanying video:
1 “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel”–Elvis Presley
2. “Crazy”–Patsy Cline
3. “Rock Around The Clock”–Bill Haley and the Comets”
4. (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay”–Otis Redding
5. “I Heard it Through the Grapevine”–Marvin Gaye
6. “Mack the Knife”–Bobby Darin“
7. “Light My Fire”–The Doors
8. “Blueberry Hill”–Fats Domino
9. “Old Time Rock and Roll”–Bob Seger
10. “My Girl”–The Temptations
Every song a classic – no wonder they made the top 10.
*image from Dave’s Computer Tips