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ccwaterback
12-15-2003, 02:30 AM
What song, covered by various artists, has repeated as a top 10 hit the most times?

Mr. Blue Sky
12-15-2003, 06:33 AM
"The Loco-Motion" hit the Top Ten three times:

Little Eva (#1)
Grand Funk (#1)
Kylie Minogue (#3)

notquitekarpov
12-15-2003, 11:34 AM
I am going to be the pendant here, do you need the different artists versions to be in the Top-10 or just that different artists have recorded it?

If you allow the latter then Bing's "White Christmas" wins hands down. It hit Number 1 alone three times!

Oct 3, 1942: #1 for 11 weeks
1943: #6
1944: #5
1945: #1 again
Jan 1947: #1 a third time!

According to http://www.kcmetro.cc.mo.us/pennvalley/biology/lewis/crosby/whitxmas.htm Bing's recording hit the Top-30 pop charts 17 times in all.

At least one other artist has recorded a version http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00001NFHH/102-9347982-5457765?v=glance#product-details
anyone? OK never heard of her - but surely it has hit the Top-10 with another artist too. Anyone?

Exapno Mapcase
12-15-2003, 12:35 PM
According to The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, my now ancient 1992 edition, there are several others with three in the Top Ten:

"The Ballad of Davy Crockett"

Bill Hayes #1
"Tennessee" Ernie Ford #5
Fess Parker #5

"Let Me Go, Lover!"

Joan Weber #1
Teresa Brewer #6
Patti Page #8

"Melody of Love"

Billy Vaughn #2
Four Aces #3
David Carroll #8

"Raunchy"

Bill Justis #2
Ernie Freeman #4
Billy Vaughn #10

"Silhouettes"

Rays #3
Diamonds #10
Herman's Hermits #5

"Why Do Fools Fall in Love"

Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers #6
Gale Storm #9
Diana Ross #7

"You Keep Me Hanging On"

Supremes #1
Vanilla Fudge #6
Kim Wilde #1

But the winner is a tie!

"Only You"

Platters #5
Hilltoppers #8
Franck Pourcel's French Fiddles #9
Ringo Starr #6

"Unchained Melody"

Les Baxter #1
Al Hibber #3
Roy Hamilton #6
Righteous Brothers #4

Honorable Mention to "Mack the Knife" with seven entries into the Top 40, but only two in the Top Ten.

P.S. notquitekarpov, you'll never become a pedant with spelling like that. For that matter, I don't think it means what you think it does. :D

ccwaterback
12-15-2003, 01:03 PM
Originally posted by notquitekarpov
I am going to be the pendant here, do you need the different artists versions to be in the Top-10 or just that different artists have recorded it?

If you allow the latter then Bing's "White Christmas" wins hands down. It hit Number 1 alone three times!

(In this new category ...)

I was thinking of Elvis - Return to Sender.

I think it was in and out of the top 10 several times.

Exapno Mapcase
12-15-2003, 01:24 PM
"Return to Sender" may have gone in and out of the top 10 during its 14 weeks on the charts, but it was never back in the Top 40 as a resissue.

Lots of Christmas songs made the charts year after year. "White Christmas" hit the Top 40 an additional five times between 1955 and 1962.

ccwaterback
12-15-2003, 07:07 PM
Originally posted by Exapno Mapcase
"Return to Sender" may have gone in and out of the top 10 during its 14 weeks on the charts, but it was never back in the Top 40 as a resissue.

That's weird. I swear sometime in the early 70's / late 60's Return to Sender made a mild comeback. It could have just been a regional thing though, the station I listened to must have had some E freaks onboard. :)

wolf_meister
12-15-2003, 08:05 PM
I agree that seasonal songs should be excluded.

I believe Benny Mardones had a hit in 1980 with the song "Into The Night" and also in the late 1980's.
(Sorry, I don't know the chart positions of either).

J String
12-15-2003, 08:38 PM
Not really fulfilling the criteria, but... Didn't the original recording of "Stand By Me" make a comeback to number one after it was reissued on the movie soundtrack? (1986, perhaps?)

665 aka The Semi-Christ
12-15-2003, 10:48 PM
Originally posted by J String
Not really fulfilling the criteria, but... Didn't the original recording of "Stand By Me" make a comeback to number one after it was reissued on the movie soundtrack? (1986, perhaps?)

Considering that it never hit #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 to begin with, the answer is no.

It did hit #1 on the Billboard R&B chart and was in the Top 5 of the Hot 100 back in 1961 and when it was re-released in conjucntion with the Rob Reiner directed movie of the same name in 1986, it made it back into the Top 10, but never hit #1 on the Hot 100 or the Pop Charts.

ccwaterback
12-16-2003, 12:32 AM
Originally posted by 665 aka The Semi-Christ
Considering that it never hit #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 to begin with, the answer is no.

We're not worried about #1 hits, just top 10, and ANY chart is OK, pop, country, R&B, etc. Saying that, it seems like a lot of pop tunes got covered in the country zone and made top 10. Maybe: Islands in the Stream? I Will Always Love You?

I thought about Stand By Me too. John Lennon did a cover that reached the charts, I don't think it made top 10 though.

Sam Stone
12-16-2003, 12:53 AM
"Hooked on a Feeling" made the top forty, and then a couple of years later it was covered with that "OOGA CHAKA OOGAH OOGAH" chorus, and I'm pretty sure it made the top 10.

Fang
12-16-2003, 01:06 AM
Originally posted by notquitekarpov
I am going to be the pendant here
I'm just going to be the pedant here and tell you that the word is pedant. :p

notquitekarpov
12-16-2003, 01:28 AM
Look, it was a frigging typo already. OK a funny typo but I know how to spell it - and very well what it means thank you very much, Exapno Mapcase.

I was being pedantic therefore I was...using it correctly I think. ;)

ccwaterback
12-16-2003, 01:39 AM
Chuck Berry - Roll over Beethoven:
The Sonics
Status Quo
John Blair
Johnny Hallyday
The Flamin' Groovies
The Beatles

I don't know how far each got in the charts though.

They missed one, ELO covered this song in the early '70s, I'd say it was top 10 too.

(I think this site is a work-in-progress)
http://slicks.ulyssis.org/coverdb/song/715.html

Exapno Mapcase
12-16-2003, 10:30 AM
ccwaterback, if you're going to give up on chart appearances and just go count covers, remember that "Yesterday" has been covered about 2000 times.

Muad'Dib
12-16-2003, 11:16 AM
I once heard that Bohemian Rhapsody has hit #1 twice. When it first came out it hit number one and it hit number one again when Waynes World came out.

Lord Ashtar
12-16-2003, 11:19 AM
I can't find a list of the groups that have done it, but I remember reading somewhere that the song I Can't Help Falling in Love With You hit the top 10 more than any other ever.

Exapno Mapcase
12-16-2003, 11:39 AM
As of 1992, just once.

Anybody have a newer printing of the book?

doctordoowop
12-16-2003, 12:20 PM
Aside from Xmas songs,the only #1 to LEAVE the top 100 & become a #1 again is the "Twist" by Chubby Checker.(1960 & 61) Had a different flip side the 2nd time.

ccwaterback
12-16-2003, 02:03 PM
If it was Chubby Checker, the B sides were probably something like Peppermint Twist and Let's Twist Again. :)

He used to show up at the Milwaukee Summerfest almost every year. He could really get the crowd going. Fun stuff.

doctordoowop
12-16-2003, 08:14 PM
Good call ccwaterback. 1960 was "Toot Toot" & 1961 was AFAIK "Twistin USA" or some similar. Actually "Let's Twist Again" in mid 1961 helped get the "twist craze" started in late 1961. Joey Dee sang Peppermint Twist. Joe Pesci as a kid was in Dee's movie about the twist.

cleops
12-16-2003, 10:08 PM
Didn't Del Shannon "cover" the Beatles' From Me to You, but before the tune was released in the USA? Don't know if Shannon's version made it to Top Ten.

doctordoowop
12-17-2003, 09:18 AM
Yes he did. He asked them if he could record it after he heard it at a concert in England, where the Beatles opened for him. It charted at about #75 for Del. It was out in mid 1963- just around the time the Beatles Vee Jay album "Please Please Me "came out. It is very close whose version was 1st- but his charted in US in 1963, theirs did not until 1964.

cleops
12-18-2003, 10:28 AM
Hey, Doc, you are on it!
What about that treacly Marianne Faithful/Stones tune, As Tears Go By?

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