Roy Orbison In 20 Songs

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On this day in 1988, Roy Orbison died of a heart attack. He was 52.

The iconic singer was born in 1936 in Vernon, Texas. He scored 22 Top 40 hits between 1960 and 1964 thanks to his distinct vocals and emotionally-charged songs.

Other honours include:

– Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in the same year, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1989

– #37 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “Greatest Artists of All Time” and number 13 on their list of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time’

– #74 on Billboard Magazine’s Top 600 recording artists list

To celebrate this legendary force, we’re looking at his Top 20 most essential songs. Let us know if we missed your favourite in the comments below!

20. “Crawling Back”

19. “Ride Away”

18. “Goodnight”

17. “(Say) You’re My Girl”

16. “Blue Bayou”

15. “Mean Woman Blues”

14. “Pretty Paper”

13. “It’s Over”

12. “The Crowd”

11. “Working for the Man”

10. “Leah”

9. “In Dreams”


8. “Running Scared”

7. “Crying”

6. “Candy Man”

5. “Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)”

4. “Oh, Pretty Woman”

3. “I’m Hurtin'”

2. “Blue Angel”

1. “Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)”

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