What Are Some Popular Oldies Songs?


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Popular oldies songs include "Earth Angel," "16 Candles," "Oh, Pretty Woman," "I Only Have Eyes For You" and "All I Have To Do Is Dream." Some others are "Unchained Melody," "Can't Help Myself," "Happy Together" and "Jailhouse Rock."

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"Earth Angel" was originally performed by The Penguins. Released in 1954, it remains one of the most popular doo-wop songs of all time. The Crests released "16 Candles" in 1959. Roy Orbison's 1964 hit "Oh, Pretty Woman" was famously covered by Van Halen in 1982. "I Only Have Eyes For You" by The Flamingos came out in 1959, though a previous version had been released in 1934 by Ben Selvin. It has also been covered by other artists, including Frank Sinatra and Art Garfunkel. "All I Have To Do Is Dream," which was recorded in 1960 by The Everly Brothers, has also been covered by multiple artists.

The Righteous Brothers' 1965 recording of "Unchained Melody" is the most popular version of the song, which was originally performed in 1955. It enjoyed a second surge of popularity in the 1990s when it was featured in the movie "Ghost." "Can't Help Myself" was released by The Four Tops in 1965. "Happy Together," by The Turtles, came out in 1967 and has since been used in films and commercials. Elvis Presley's hit "Jailhouse Rock" was featured in the movie of the same name, which starred Presley.

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