Classic Hits So Good They Charted Twice
It’s impressive enough for an artist to score one top 40 hit on the US charts, but some classic hits are just so good, they climbed the charts two separate times.
Below, we rounded up some of those most notable singles that dominated the charts twice and had multiple generations singing along.
Chubby Checker — “The Twist”
We start out with the only song to ever reach the No.1 spot twice on the charts and help launch an international dance craze – Chubby Checker’s “The Twist.” Checker recorded a cover of the Hank Ballard & The Midnighters version in 1960, and after playing it on American Bandstand, the hit raced up the charts to No.1 in Sept. of 1960. Checker scored another spot at No.1 when the song was re-released in the winter of 1961.
The Beatles — “Twist And Shout”
The Beatles cover of the hit made famous by the Isley Brothers was released as a single in 1964 and peaked at No.2 on the charts at the same time the group had hits in the top five positions. The John Lennon-driven track reemerged on the charts again in 1986 when the song was used in the parade scene of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and peaked at No. 23 that summer.
Whitney Houston — “I Will Always Love You”
Houston’s mega-hit spent 14 weeks at No.1 when it was released as part of The Bodyguard soundtrack in 1992. Considered the signature hit of her career, the song recharted following her tragic death in 2012, topping the iTunes charts as well as peaking at No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100 nearly 20 years after its debut.
Queen — “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Queen had a international hit with their epic “pocket symphony” in 1976, topping the charts in several different countries including the UK, Canada and Australia. In the states, the song originally peaked at No.9 in 1976, but the rock ballad saw another surge in popularity 16 years later after serving as the opening theme song in Wayne’s World in 1992. The film’s revival of the song helped it chart higher than the original, peaking at No.2.
The Contours — “Do You Love Me”
Written by Motown founder Berry Gordy, The Contours scored their only top 40 hit with this infectious dance hit, originally peaking at No.3 on the charts in 1962. Amazingly, this hit charted once again 26 years later at No.11 after it was featured in the hit film Dirty Dancing starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.
Righteous Brothers — “Unchained Melody”
The Righteous Brothers recorded the best known version of this hit, which was originally released as a B-side of the Phil Spector-produced single “Hung On You” in 1965. However, after its release, the single climbed the charts and peaked at No.4 that year. The song was famously featured in the 1990 blockbuster, Ghost, starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, and charted once again with two different versions released that year, peaking at No.13 and No.19.
Elton John — “Candle In The Wind”
Elton John originally wrote this song with writing partner Bernie Taupin in 1973 as an ode to Marilyn Monroe, who died 11 years earlier. The original release peaked at No.11 on the charts, but the ballad saw its best position in 1997 when Elton re-wrote the lyrics as a tribute to the late Princess Diana and performed it live at her memorial service. The song peaked at No.1 on the US charts and stayed there for 14 weeks.