Some of Paul Anka's most well-known songs include "I Confess," which was his first single, and "Diana," which was one of the best-selling singles recorded by a Canadian musician; it is believed he wrote it age 14 about a babysitter he had a crush on. Other popular songs by Paul Anka include "It's Time to Cry," which reached number four on the 1958 Top 10 list, and "(All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings," a song that cemented him a '50s teen idol. Another popular Paul Anka song, which was written by Anka but performed by Buddy Holly, "It Doesn't Matter Anymore," was recorded by Holly prior to his death, with Anka giving his composer's royalties to Holly's widow.
Paul Anka wrote the theme for "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," which was a tune revised from his "Toot Sweet." Some other songs popularized by Anka include "Lonely Boy," "I Love You, Baby," "You Are My Destiny" and "Tell Me That You Love Me." "Let The Bells Keep Ringing," "Put Your Head On My Shoulder," "I Love You In the Same Old Way" and "(You're) Having My Baby" are others.
Some of his last songs were recorded in the 1980s, including "I've Been Waiting For You All of My Life," "Hold Me 'Til The Mornin' Comes" and "Lady Lay Down."