“A Dose of Rock ‘n’ Roll”
This song by Starr was released on his 1976 album Ringo’s Rotogravure. Although the British singer did not write the song, he covered and popularized it. The song received commercial success in the United States. “A Dose of Rock ‘n’ Roll” was a on the Billboard Hot 100 list after it was released, reaching as far as the 26th most popular song.
“Back Off Boogaloo”
One of Starr’s greatest songs is “Back Off Boogaloo.” This song was released in 1972 as a single, and was actually produced by another former Beatles member, George Harrison. Harrison also provided the guitar work. The song received mixed reviews to positive reviews. One music critic, Bruce Spizer, gave the song a positive review. In the words of Spizer, the song is a “high-energy in-your-face rocker propelled by Ringo’s thundering drums and George’s singing slide guitar.” The song had some success throughout the world, including in the United States where it was a top 10 song on the US Billboard Hot 100 list.
“Beaucoups of Blues”
Released as one of the songs on an album of the same name, “Beaucoups of Blues” also was popular in the United States. The song is notable for being on Ringo Starr’s album of his greatest hits, Blast from Your Past. The feeling of the song is relaxing due to its rhythm of blues. One of the better stanzas in the song is “Oh, where are the things I saw in my dreams?/ Where’s the happy that freedom should bring?/ I see my today and know yesterday/ That I threw away my most precious things./ I see a man who’s lonely, wants only to lose/ Beaucoups of blues.”
“(It’s All Down to) Goodnight Vienna”
Although this song was written by another former member of the Beatles, John Lennon, Ringo Starr made this song famous. The single was released on the 1975 album Goodnight Vienna. It is on this list of the top 10 songs by Starr because it was met with popularity after its release.
“It Don’t Come Easy”
In my opinion, the best song by Starr is “It Don’t Come Easy.” Also produced by George Harrison, the song was extremely successful in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The song has an Eric Clapton feeling, and is overall a great song filled with lines that are fun to sing. For instance, one notable stanza is “I don’t ask for much, I only want your trust, And you know it don’t come easy. And this love of mine keeps growing all the time, And you know it don’t come easy.”
“Oh My My”
“Oh My My” also did well as a single by Ringo Starr. The song is worth mentioning because the song that was covered by some talented music artists, including Ike & Tina Turner, Bette Middler, and David Hentschel. It was released in 1974, and its peak position on the Billboard list was number five.
“Only You (And You Alone)”
Another song that was not written by the former member of the Beatles, but was popularized by Starr is “Only You (And You Alone).” The song was released in 1974 as one of the songs on his Goodnight Vienna album. An interesting fact about the song is that Harry Nilsson helped the song by providing his vocals.
“No No Song”
Also released as one of the songs on Goodnight Vienna, the “No No Song” had some success in the United States. It reached the Billboard charts, and peaked as the third most popular song after its release. Like the song “Only You (And You Alone),” this song was aided by the vocals of Nilsson.
One of the most successful singles released by Ringo Star is “Photograph.” It was released in 1973 on the album Ringo, and peaked on the US Billboard Hot 100 list as the number one song. Along with Starr providing his vocals and playing the drums, Harrison played the acoustic guitar and provided vocals. Music critic Alan Betrock wrote about the song, “‘Photograph’ is one of those rare pop records that grows stronger with each play, and will be covered and revived for years to come.”
“You’re Sixteen” is another song that Ringo Starr helped popularize. The song was released in the United States in 1973 on the same album as “Photograph.” An interesting fact about the song is that the Star Wars star Carrie Fisher made a prominent appearance in its music video.
Although Starr is not known as the most successful member of the Beatles, he has had a great music career. His rock group, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, is still active and will likely release more music in the future.
Jessica Letkemann, “Ringo Starr’s Top 10 Billboard Hits,” Billboard.com.
Jon Bilstein, “Watch Broken Bells, Ringo Starr Cover The Beatles on ‘Late Show’,” Yahoo! Music.
Tim Reid, “The Beatles: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr together again,” Christian Science Monitor.