Today, the great [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Neil Diamond[/lastfm] is celebrating his 71st birthday, and since he’s given the world so many great hits over the decades, we thought we’d pay tribute to the very best from this singer/songwriter!
From “Cracklin’ Rosie” to “Sweet Caroline,” we’re counting down Neil’s top 10 greatest hits of spanning his career!
10. “Cracklin Rosie” (1970)
It’s hard to believe that Neil Diamond didn’t top the charts until 1970 with his first No.1 single “Cracklin’ Rosie” from his album Tap Root Manuscript.
9. “Song Sung Blue” (1972)
From his album Moods, this was his second No.1 hit on the Billboard charts and was later nominated for two GRAMMY awards.
8. “Desiree” (1977)
Neil scored his 5th No.1 hit on the Easy Listening chart and peaked at No.16 on the top 40 with this hit off his album I’m Glad You’re Here with Me Tonight.
7. “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” (1978)
Neil topped the top 40 charts with his duet featuring Barbra Streisand about two lovers who drifted apart. The two were supposed to star in a film based on the song, but plans fell through when Neil starred in a remake of The Jazz Singer.
6. “Love On The Rocks” (1980)
This hit single shot its way up to No.1 two on the Billboard charts.
5. “America” (1980)
Released as part of The Jazz Singer soundtrack album, Neil’s patriotic hit peaked at No.8 on the top 40 charts, but shot up to No.1 on the Adult Contemporary charts, making it his sixth No.1 single.
4. “Yesterday’s Songs” (1981)
This single from his album On the Way to the Sky was a major hit on the A.C. charts, reaching all the way to No.1 and peaking at No.11 on the top 40 charts.
3. “Heartlight” (1982)
From the album of the same name, Neil topped the A.C. charts with his eight No.1 single and peaked at No.5 on the top 100.
2. “Cherry, Cherry” (1966)
This was Neil’s first big hit of his career, reaching No.6 on the charts.
1. “Sweet Caroline” (1969)
One of his most popular hits of his career reaching No.4 on the charts and going Platinum for over 1 million copies sold, Neil later revealed that “Sweet Caroline” was inspired by Caroline Kennedy.