Ranking Roy Orbison’s American and UK top forty hits

I find the collapse of his American chart success after “Oh Pretty Woman” startling and unexplainable. Sure, the material wasn’t up to what he and Fred Foster made into the candy-colored psychodramas, but to think he never charted higher than #21 (“Goodnight”) until 1989’s Wilbury-written comeback “You Got It”!

Meh

My Friend
Penny Arcade
Twinkle Toes
Goodnight

Sound, Solid Entertainment

Blue Bayou
Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
I’m Hurtin’
Blue Angel
Communication Breakdown
Falling
Pretty Paper
I Drove All Night
Crawling Back
(Say) You’re My Girl

Good to Great

In Dreams
Only the Lonely
(Oh) Pretty Woman
Crying
Running Scared
It’s Over
Leah
You Got It
Working for the Man
She’s a Mystery to Me

4 thoughts on “Ranking Roy Orbison’s American and UK top forty hits

  1. Jukebox

    In Dreams
    Only the Lonely
    (Oh) Pretty Woman
    Crying
    Running Scared

    The 5 songs in my list… for the 60s

    She’s a Mystery to Me— the comeback in the 80s. “You Got It” it’s too much of Jeff Lynne to me and has been overplayed in 89 and beyond here. I have the album!! Oh, Bono did write that, no?

    The other omnipresent hit I remember played every 30 fucking minutes was “My Brave Face” and some 38 Special ballad I can’t remember the name. My heart is… something. Like, really.

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    1. humanizingthevacuum Post author

      I wish “My Brave Face” had been omnipresent in 1989 in the States. I have a weakness for “Second Chance,” though.

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  2. Jukebox

    I’ll never finish the 70s. Now I have some crush on Parton and I don’t know which songs to left out. “Two Doors Down” or the poppish great 60s lost track “Here You Come Again”? The funny “Joshua” or the tragic-funny “Traveling Man”? You didn’t make me this any easier, Soto!

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