Walking is good exercise. And we can exercise our minds and ears as we recall these hit songs with “walk” in the title.
“I’m Walkin’,” “I Want To Walk You Home,” and “Walking To New Orleans” by Fats Domino. All that walking didn’t make him “Slim” Domino, but Fats sure logged a lot of miles. Dave Bartholomew co-wrote many of Domino’s biggest hits, including these three “walk” songs. Both Domino’s original version and Ricky Nelson’s cover version of “I’m Walkin'” made number four on the singles chart.
“Walk Like An Egyptian” and “Walking Down Your Street” by the Bangles. The clever music video of “Walk Like An Egyptian” probably was what propelled that song to number one in 1986.
“Walk On By” by Dionne Warwick. It was a winning combination whenever she teamed with the songwriting duo of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. “Walk On By” was one of the first songs Bacharach-David gave to Dionne to interpret.
“Walk Like A Man” by the Four Seasons. This was the third straight number one song for the group from New Jersey that featured the falsetto of lead singer Frankie Valli.
“These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” by Nancy Sinatra. When she took this song to number one in 1966, Nancy proved that father Frank was not the only Sinatra capable of topping the singles chart.
“Walk Away Renee” by the Left Banke and the Four Tops. This was the only top 10 song for the Left Banke. The Four Tops did a very credible cover version.
“Sleep Walk” by Santo and Johnny. An instrumental song that topped the chart in 1959.
“Walk – Don’t Run” by the Ventures. Speaking of instrumentals, this song reached number two, the highest-ranked song for the group that would eventually make the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“Walking In The Rain” by the Ronettes and by Jay and the Americans. This was the last top 40 hit for the Bennett sisters and their cousin, as the Ronettes were drowned out by the British Invasion. Years later Jay and the Americans had a hit of their own with the song.
“Walk Right In” by the Rooftop Singers. This folk trio came along at just the right time, when folk music was all the rage on college campuses. In 1963, they took this song to number one on the singles and adult contemporary charts.
“Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves. Was there ever a more uplifting song?
“Walk A Mile In My Shoes” by Joe South. Primarily known as a songwriter, South had hits as a recording artist with “Walk A Mile In My Shoes” and the award-winning “Games People Play.”
“Walk Right Back” by the Everly Brothers. Paired with “Ebony Eyes” as a double A-sided hit in 1961.
“I Walk The Line” by Johnny Cash. This was the one that got him started in 1956.
“Walk This Way” by Aerosmith and RUN-D.M.C. Which was the better version, the original in 1976 or the rock/rap collaboration a decade later?
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“The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 9th Edition,” Joel Whitburn, Billboard Books, 2010
“The Billboard Book of Number One Hits, 5th Edition,” Fred Bronson, Billboard Books, 2003