‘Twist’ named top song of Billboard Hot 100 era

September 11, 2008

Chubby Checker – The Twist (1960)

Sep 11 12:01 AM US/Eastern
Nekesa Mumbi Moody , AP Music Writer

How’s this for a twist: Of all the No. 1 songs in the 50 years of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Chubby Checker‘s “The Twist” ranks as the most popular single.

Elvis and the Beatles didn’t even make the top five.

Checker’s ranking may come as a surprise to some, but not to the classic rocker.

“I’m glad they’ve finally recognized it,” said Checker of his early 1960s hit.

He compared “The Twist” — named by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as one of the 500 songs that shaped rock ‘n’ roll — to the creation of the telephone as a groundbreaking moment because he said it was the first time people were dancing “apart to the beat.”

The article continues here.

Chubby checker – Let’s Twist Again (1961 Grammy Winner – Other Pop/Rock&Roll/ Contemporary Awards or Instrumental)

Frankly – I preferred Chubby Checker’s “The Pony”. The first time I ever saw my Mother dance was to that record. I played that 45 RPM until I wore the grooves off ;-)

Checker is still performing. Here’s his official site.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 legbamel September 11, 2008 at 8:01 am

I think it’s a song that still works – it’s fun, it makes you want to dance, and you can teach it to your kids in three simple steps.


2 sondan September 11, 2008 at 12:49 pm

So true legabamel.

In fact I think that most of the classic oldies that I blog about afford the same benefits – they are fun, put a smile on your face, have simple non-offensive/innocent lyrics that you can sing along to and great melodies and hooks that get stuck in your head for says once you hear them ;-) — all the things that are almost gone from the pop music of today!

That’s why I am so glad that you and I are keeping the oldies alive!

Thanks for checking in.


3 sandrar September 10, 2009 at 9:42 am

Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.


4 SonDan September 10, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Thanks for the kind words Sandra. Hope to see you on the regular listening to the oldies!


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