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Bobby Vee's Top 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

Bobby Vee
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Bobby Vee

Pop singer Bobby Vee, who died at age 73 on Monday (Oct. 24) after complications from early onset Alzheimer’s disease, was a major force on the Billboard charts throughout the 1960s and one of the very first teen pop idols.

Beginning with “Suzie Baby,” Vee entered the Billboard Hot 100 on August 31, 1959. But it wasn’t until a year later that his fourth single, “Devil Or Angel,” helped him become a household name. The track was Vee’s first top 10 single, peaking at No. 6 on Oct. 17, 1960, and launched him into stardom at only 17 years old. The song also landed at No. 22 on the Billboard Hot R&B Sides chart (now called the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart) on Nov 7, 1960.

In total, he racked up 38 appearances on the Hot 100, through 1970’s “Sweet Sweetheart.” “Rubber Ball” was released shortly after “Devil or Angel,” entering the chart in November 1960 and peaking at No. 6 on Jan. 9. His biggest hit, “Take Good Care of My Baby,” spent three weeks at No. 1, beginning on Sept. 18, 1961.

In honor of Bobby Vee, here is a look at his 10 biggest Billboard Hot 100 hits:

Rank, Title, Hot Peak Pos., Peak Date

1. “Take Good Care Of My Baby,” No. 1 (3 weeks), 9/18/1961

2. “Run to Him,” No. 2, 12/25/1961

3. “Come Back When You Grow Up,” No. 3, 9/9/1967

4. “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes,” No. 3, 2/2/1963

5. “Devil or Angel,” No. 6, 10/17/1960

6. “Rubber Ball,” No. 6, 1/9/1961

7. “Charms,” No. 13, 5/11/1963

8. “Sharing You,” No. 15, 7/7/1962

9. “Please Don’t Ask About Barbara,” No. 15, 4/7/1962

10. “Punish Her,” No. 20, 10/13/1962

Bobby Vee's top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits chart is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100, through the Nov. 5, 2016, ranking. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, certain eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.