Wednesday, August 26, 2009

R.I.P. Ellie Greenwich/ Her Top 30 Songs

First posted 12/15/2019.

Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, image from Cue Castanents! Blog

Ellie Greenwich was a pop songwriter and record producer born 10/23/1940 in Brookly, NY. Died 8/26/2009. She and husband Jeff Barry were one of the famous Brill Building songwriting teams. Discovered Neil Diamond. Click here for a detailed list of songs which Greenwich wrote or co-wrote, produced, or recorded. Greenwich and Barry wrote “Be My Baby,” which is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999. For a complete list of this act’s DMDB honors, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.

Top 30 Songs

Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. Songs which hit #1 on the following charts have been noted: Billboard Hot 100 pop charts (US), Cashbox (CB), Hit Records (HR), Radio & Records (RR), Billboard R&B chart (RB), Billboard country chart (CW), Billboard album rock chart (AR), United Kingdom pop chart (UK), Canadian pop chart (CN), and Australian pop chart (AU).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Be My Baby (The Ronettes, 1963) #1 CB
2. River Deep, Mountain High (Ike & Tina Turner, 1966)

DMDB Top 5%:

3. Chapel of Love (The Dixie Cups, 1964) #1 US, CB, HR, RB, CN
4. Da Doo Ron Ron (The Crystals, 1963)
5. Do Wah Diddy Diddy (Manfred Mann, 1964) #1 US, CB, HR, UK, CN
6. Leader of the Pack (The Shangri-La’s, 1964) #1 US, CB, HR, RB
7. Hanky Panky (Tommy James & the Shondells, 1966) #1 US, CB, HR, CN
8. Then He Kissed Me (The Crystals, 1963)

DMDB Top 20%:

9. Take Me Home Tonight (Eddie Money with Ronnie Spector, 1986) #1 AR
10. Baby I Love You (The Ronettes, 1963)
11. I Can Hear Music (The Beach Boys, 1969)
12. A Fine Fine Boy (Darlene Love, 1963)
13. Today I Met the Boy I’m Gonna Marry (Darlene Love, 1963)
14. Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Hearts (Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, 1963)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

15. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (Darlene Love, 1963)
16. Little Boy (The Crystals, 1964)
17. Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home (Darlene Love, 1963)
18. Not Too Young to Get Married (Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, 1963)
19. I Have a Boyfriend (The Chiffons, 1963)
20. All Grown Up (The Crystals, 1964)

21. Good Night Baby (The Butterflys, 1964)
22. Out in the Streets (The Shangri-La’s, 1965)
23. One Boy Too Late (Mike Clifford, 1963)
24. Maybe I Know (Lesley Gore, 1964)
25. What a Guy (The Raindrops, 1963)
26. I Wanna Love Him (The Jelly Beans, 1964)
27. I’ll Take You Where the Music’s Playing (The Drifters, 1965)
28. Little Bell (The Dixie Cups, 1964)
29. The Kind of Boy You Can’t Forget (The Raindrops, 1963)
30. He’s Got the Power (The Exciters, 1963)


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