Top 100 Lists


TOP 100 VEE-JAY HITS
1954-1966

  1. Big Girls Don't Cry - The 4 Seasons - 1962
  2. Sherry - The 4 Seasons - 1962
  3. Duke of Earl - Gene Chandler - 1962
  4. Walk Like a Man - The 4 Seasons - 1963
  5. Love Me Do - The Beatles - 1964
  6. Raindrops - Dee Clark - 1961
  7. Twist and Shout - The Beatles - 1964
  8. Do You Want to Know a Secret - The Beatles - 1964
  9. He Will Break Your Heart - Jerry Butler - 1960
  10. Please Please Me - The Beatles - 1964
  11. Candy Girl - The 4 Seasons - 1963
  12. Let it Be Me - Betty Everett and Jerry Butler - 1964
  13. Have I the Right? - The Honeycombs - 1964
  14. I Remember You - Frank Ifield - 1962
  15. The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss) - Betty Everett - 1964
  16. Every Beat of My Heart - The Pips - 1961
  17. Moon River - Jerry Butler - 1961
  18. Hands Off - Jay McShann's Orchestra with Priscilla
    Bowman
    - 1955
  19. P.S. I Love You - The Beatles - 1964
  20. At My Front Door (Crazy Little Mama) - The El Dorados - 1955
  21. Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite - The Spaniels - 1954
  22. Oh What a Nite - The Dells - 1956
  23. For Your Precious Love - Jerry Butler and the
    Impressions
    - 1958
  24. Just Keep it Up - Dee Clark - 1959
  25. Stay - The 4 Seasons - 1964
  26. Hey Little Girl - Dee Clark - 1959
  27. Nobody But You - Dee Clark - 1959
  28. Hello Trouble - Orville Couch - 1963
  29. Make it Easy on Yourself - Jerry Butler - 1962
  30. Oo Wee Baby, I Love You - Fred Hughes - 1965
  31. Ain't That a Shame - The 4 Seasons - 1963
  32. Find Another Girl - Jerry Butler - 1961
  33. Honest I Do - Jimmy Reed - 1957
  34. You Can Make it if You Try - Gene Allison - 1958
  35. I'm-A Telling You - Jerry Butler - 1961
  36. Baby What You Want Me To Do - Jimmy Reed - 1960
  37. Need to Belong - Jerry Butler - 1963
  38. How About That - Dee Clark - 1960
  39. Alone - The 4 Seasons - 1964
  40. Exodus - Eddie Harris - 1961
  41. Your Friends - Dee Clark - 1961
  42. Thank You Girl - The Beatles - 1964
  43. Just a Little Bit - Rosco Gordon - 1960
  44. Marlena - The 4 Seasons - 1963
  45. Bright Lights Big City - Jimmy Reed - 1961
  46. New Mexican Rose - The 4 Seasons - 1963
  47. You're Looking Good - Dee Clark - 1960
  48. I'm Gonna Get My Baby - Jimmy Reed - 1958
  49. From Me To You - The Beatles - 1964
  50. You've Got Me Dizzy - Jimmy Reed - 1957
  51. Santa Claus is Coming to Town - The 4 Seasons - 1962
  52. Smile - Betty Everett and Jerry Butler - 1964
  53. Lovesick Blues - Frank Ifield - 1963
  54. Ain't That Lovin' You Baby - Jimmy Reed - 1956
  55. Rainbow - Gene Chandler - 1963
  56. You're No Good - Betty Everett - 1963
  57. You Don't Have To Go - Jimmy Reed - 1955
  58. I Can't Stop - The Honeycombs - 1965
  59. You Threw a Lucky Punch - Gene Chandler - 1962
  60. Shame, Shame, Shame - Jimmy Reed - 1963
  61. Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker - 1962
  62. Easy Lovin' - Wade Flemons - 1960
  63. I'm Going Back to School - Dee Clark - 1962
  64. Up on the Mountain - The Magnificents - 1956
  65. At My Front Door - Dee Clark - 1960
  66. Giving Up on Love - Jerry Butler - 1964
  67. Little Boy (In Grown Up Clothes) - The 4 Seasons - 1966
  68. I Stand Accused - Jerry Butler - 1964
  69. You Can Run (But You Can't Hide) - Jerry Butler - 1962
  70. Getting Mighty Crowded - Betty Everett - 1964
  71. The Sun is Shining - Jimmy Reed - 1957
  72. Good Times - Jerry Butler - 1965
  73. I Can't Hear You - Betty Everett - 1964
  74. Close Together - Jimmy Reed - 1961
  75. Man's Temptation - Gene Chandler - 1963
  76. Have Faith - Gene Allison - 1958
  77. Everyone's Laughing - The Spaniels - 1957
  78. Big Boss Man - Jimmy Reed - 1961
  79. Soon (I'll Be Home Again) - The 4 Seasons - 1963
  80. Here I Stand - Wade Flemons and the Newcomers - 1958
  81. Hush-Hush - Jimmy Reed - 1960
  82. Sincerely - The 4 Seasons - 1964
  83. Good Lover - Jimmy Reed - 1962
  84. I'll Be Forever Loving You - The El Dorados - 1956
  85. There's a Place - The Beatles - 1964
  86. Found Love - Jimmy Reed - 1960
  87. I Want My Baby Back - Jimmy Cross - 1965
  88. I Don't Know What You've Got But it's Got Me -
    Little Richard - 1965
  89. Aw Shucks, Hush Your Mouth - Jimmy Reed - 1962
  90. That's the Only Way - The 4 Seasons - 1963
  91. Spring - Birdlegs and Pauline - 1963
  92. Walk On with the Duke - The Duke of Earl - 1962
  93. I Don't Want to Hear it Anymore - Jerry Butler - 1964
  94. You Can't Take it Away - Fred Hughes - 1965
  95. What's Happening - Wade Flemons - 1960
  96. My Adorable One - Joe Simon - 1964
  97. Duchess of Earl - The Pearlettes - 1962
  98. Unless You Care - Terry Black - 1962
  99. Slow Motion - Wade Flemons - 1959
  100. The Boy Next Door - The Standells - 1965

This list is comprised of songs released on Vee-Jay Records and its subsidiary labels Falcon, Abner, Tollie and Interphon during the label's existence beginning in 1953 (though no recordings from that year made the cut). Rankings are based on the popularity of each song during the period of 1954 through 1966.

Jimmy Reed tops all artists with 15 songs on the list, followed by The 4 Seasons with 14 and Jerry Butler with 14 (including two with Betty Everett and one with The Impressions). Dee Clark is next with nine, The Beatles have eight, Betty Everett has six (including two with Jerry Butler) and Gene Chandler has five (including one as The Duke of Earl). Though the label's output was primarily rhythm and blues, British imports (The Beatles, Frank Ifield and The Honeycombs) account for 12 songs on the list. In addition, there is one lone artist represented in each of several categories: country (Orville Couch), jazz (Eddie Harris), instrumental (also Harris), novelty (Jimmy Cross) and U.S. rock (The Standells). Also, two songs are represented with two versions: "At My Front Door" (#20 and #65) and "Duke of Earl" (#3) and its answer song variation "Duchess of Earl" (#97).




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