“Early in the Morning”
Although Bobby Darin and Woody Harris wrote this song, Holly helped popularize it. Holly’s version received commercial success. In fact, the song peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 list as the 32nd most popular song. The song was also played frequently in the United Kingdom after its release.
One of the most popular songs written by Buddy Holly is “Everyday.” This song was released in 1957, and was covered by many well-known music artists, including John Denver and Don McLean. An interesting fact about the song is that the Rolling Stone magazine listed it as one of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” The magazine ranked it as number 236.
“It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”
Another song by Holly that had commercial success is “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore.” The song peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 list as the 13th most popular song after its release, and was also the most played song in the United Kingdom on April 24, 1959. One reason for the success of the song was that it was released after the death of the famous singer. Two notable artists who covered the song are Wanda Jackson and John Barry.
“It’s So Easy”
Although this song never was on the Billboard Hot 100 list, it does make this list of the top 10 songs by Buddy Holly for having a great beat. The song is well-known for its classic line “It’s so easy to fall in love.” Both Linda Ronstadt and Paul McCartney recorded a version of the song.
“Not Fade Away”
The song “Not Fade Away” also was a very successful song by Buddy Holly. Holly released the song in 1957 as one of the songs on his album The “Chirping” Crickets. Unfortunately for the singer, the song never was on the Billboard Hot 100 list, but the Rolling Stone magazine did rank it as one of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” The song ranked as the 107th greatest song. Many music artists covered this song, including Rush and Sheryl Crow. The band The Rolling Stones also recorded the song in 1964. Their version was one of their earliest successful songs.
An additional song that was not written by Buddy Holly, but popularized by him is “Oh Boy!” This song was released on the same album as “Not Fade Away.” It is on this list of the top 10 songs by the Baptist singer because it was one of his most popular songs. In fact, the song reached number 10 on the US Hot 100 list after its release.
Like some of the other songs by Holly, “Peggy Sue” reached a wide audience of music lovers. “Peggy Sue” peaked as the third most popular song on the Hot 100 chart in the late 1950s. An interesting fact about this song is that it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in the late 1990s. The National Public Radio also listed it as one of “The 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century.” Additional lists also include the song as of the best songs of all time. For instance, the Rolling Stone magazine ranked “Peggy Sue” as the 194th greatest song.
The song “Rave On” also became a popular hit in the United States. Released in 1958 as a single, the song was not only popular, but is regarded as the 154th greatest song by the Rolling Stone magazine.
“That’ll Be the Day”
Inspired by the legendary Hollywood star John Wayne, the song “That’ll Be the Day” is another one of the best songs by Buddy Holly. Holly’s song was immensely popular in the United States even reaching number one status on the 1957 “Best Sellers in Stores” list according to Billboard magazine. Like a number of his other songs, “That’ll Be the Day” was ranked as one of the greatest songs in the history of music according to the Rolling Stone magazine. It was is listed as the 39th greatest song.
“Think it Over”
The last song on the top 10 list of songs by Buddy Holly is “Think it Over.” It deserves a spot because the song was on the Billboard list, ranking as high as number 27. Former drummer of the Beatles Ringo Starr recorded his own version of the song in 2011.
In conclusion, Buddy Holly unfortunately passed away from a tragic plane crash in 1959, but his music continues to live on. It is remarkable that Holly had such a great music career as he was only 22-years-old when he died. As for his legacy, many music artists have been inspired by the music of the American rock and roll singer, including Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, and Paul McCartney. Due to his outstanding music career, Holly was listed as the 13th greatest artist of all time by the Rolling Stone magazine. One can only wonder what other excellent songs he could have written if he had lived longer.
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