Chubby Checker is now his revenge contrary to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Billboard has named “The Twist” their number 1 record in recent history.
The Billboard list crunches their top 100 charts during the last Sixty years. So whatever money was paid, but it really was helped certain records to soar or fail, it now all comes back to haunt us.
And a list, while weird, is just while i might have imagined, having the charts designed for the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The very best singles were all phenoms, records that hit top and held on for dear life. Some, like “Hey Jude,” made sense. Others, like “You Light My Life,” were clearly crazy every time they were happening in real time.
Congrats to Diane Warren. LeAnn Rimes’ cover of “How can i Live Without You?” could be the fifth biggest hit ever. Diane still doesn’t experience an Oscar, even so is quite good nonetheless.
What else makes the whole list cool is always that records like Bobby Darin’s “Mack the Knife”– from 1959– weren’t forgotten. Also, number 47 is often a true masterpiece– Tommy Edwards’ “It’s All at the tables.”
Also congrats to Carly Simon. “You’re So Vain” made number 92. There’s no James Taylor while in the top 600. Go figure.
The Beatles scored two notches during the top 100– “Hey Jude” and “I must Hold Your Hand.” There’s a number of below 100. The Rolling Stones have none from the best players, only a few down the list.
Remember– this isn’t ‘the best’–it’s the direction they did about the Billboard charts. It’s an exceptionally particular thing. There aren’t loads of old soul hits, for example– no Aretha, little Motown. They didn’t have enough cash or capability to buy bulleted positions. Bear that in mind.
As for Chubby Checker, he’s 76, and that he deserves this satisfaction. His version of “The Twist” went to the top of the charts twice– in 1960 and 1962.