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THE MOST ENDURING SONGS OF THE ROCK ERA
There's one song that all we failed to mention last week in the topic of most enduring songs of the rock era: how about "Can't Help Falling in Love"?
The original version was recorded by Elvis Presley and hit No 2 on the Hot 100 in 1961.
Twenty-six years later, in 1987, Canadian singer-songwriter Corey Hart took his cover of "Falling" to No. 27. Then, in 1993, UB40 sent its reggae version of the song to No. 1 for seven weeks.
That's an enduring song!
Thanks Gary and take care,
Mackenzie (Mac) Scott,
Fajardo, Puerto Rico
I kind of want to disagree ... but only because my brother, Michael, mentioned that song when I first brought up the topic and was wondering why I never suggested it. (I did allude to songs by Presley in the article, but not "Falling," specifically, which, to him, counts as a win).
Anyway ... yes, "Falling" is a great choice! Plus, as recently as last fall - 50 years after Presley charted with it - Chris Isaak recorded it for his latest album, "Beyond the Sun" (and performed a snippet of it at Billboard's offices).
Lick the Tins' Celtic/folk version of "Falling" from the 1987 soundtrack to "Some Kind of Wonderful" is also well-worth a listen.
Regarding the most enduring songs of the rock era, I offer "I Only Want to Be With You."
This song has been a top 40 Hot 100 hit in three different decades by:
Dusty Springfield (No. 12, 1964)
The Bay City Rollers (No. 12, 1976)
Samantha Fox (No. 31, 1989)
The catchy composition has obviously passed the test of time.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Agreed. And, after those pop (Springfield, Bay City Rollers) and dance versions (Fox), how about a hard rock interpretation?
Danish metal band Volbeat covered the song in 2006, with this clip having drawn more than 7 million YouTube views:
(Who knew that the Bay City Rollers and Volbeat had anything in common?)