From Elvis to Sean Kingston: Jerry Leiber's Impressive Chart Legacy
From Elvis to Sean Kingston: Jerry Leiber's Impressive Chart Legacy

The passing of Jerry Leiber on Monday marks the end of a songwriting partnership that lasted 62 years. It's hard to imagine rock 'n' roll without the contributions of Leiber and his lifelong collaborator Mike Stoller.

They were both 16 years old when they met in Los Angeles and wrote some of rock and R&B's earliest and most memorable hits, including "Hound Dog," a No. 1 hit on Billboard's R&B chart in 1951 for Big Mama Thornton. "Hound Dog" went to No. 1 again in 1956 when Elvis Presley covered it. It is one of six No. 1s for Leiber and Stoller on Billboard's pop singles charts in the rock era.

Their span as songwriters of No. 1 hits runs from Presley's "Hound Dog" to the August 2007 hit "Beautiful Girls" by Sean Kingston, which sampled the Leiber-Stoller classic "Stand By Me." That's a stretch of 51 years.

A list of Leiber and Stoller's top 30 hits as songwriters appeared in the fourth edition of "Bllboard's Hottest Hot 100 Hits," published in 2007. Here is an updated and revised top 30, based on a point system developed for that book, which took into account performance on the Hot 100 and its predecessor chart, Best Sellers in Stores.

1. "Hound Dog," Elvis Presley (1956)
2. "Jailhouse Rock" / "Treat Me Nice," Elvis Presley (1957)
3. "Loving You," Elvis Presley (1957)
4. "Don't," Elvis Presley (1958)
5. "Beautiful Girls," Sean Kingston (2007)
6. "Searchin'" / "Young Blood," the Coasters (1957)
7. "Kansas City," Wilbert Harrison (1959)
8. "Charlie Brown," the Coasters (1959)
9. "Yakety Yak," the Coasters (1958)
10. "Ruby Baby," Dion (1963)
11. "Stand By Me," Ben E. King (1961 and 1986)
12. "Spanish Harlem," Aretha Franklin (1971)
13. "Love Potion Number Nine," The Searchers (1965)
14. "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)," Michael McDonald (1982)
15. "Love Me," Elvis Presley (1957)
16. "Black Denim Trousers," the Cheers (1955)
17. "Poison Ivy," the Coasters (1959)
18. "On Broadway," George Benson (1978)
19. "Spanish Harlem," Ben E. King (1961)
20. "Sleep," Little Willie John (1960)
21. "She's Not You," Elvis Presley (1962)
22. "Drip Drop," Dion (1963)
23. "Along Came Jones," the Coasters (1959)
24. "Stand By Me," Spyder Turner (1967)
25. "Is That All There Is," Peggy Lee (1969)
26. "I'm A Woman," Maria Muldaur (1975)
27. "On Broadway," The Drifters (1963)
28. "Bossa Nova Baby," Elvis Presley (1963)
29. "I (Who Have Nothing)," Tom Jones (1970)
30. "Stand By Me," Mickey Gilley (1980)

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