Artist Countdown: Roy Orbison Top 55 Hits

0Roy Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), a singer-songwriter who found the most success in early rock and roll from 1957 to 1964. During that time, 22 of Orbison’s songs placed on the Billboard Top Forty.

Born and raised in Texas, Orbison got his start in a rockabilly band in high school. He broke into professional music under Sam Phillips at Sun Records, but found only marginal success there. After a couple years writing for other musicians, Orbison recorded several songs at Monument Records under producer Fred Foster. With Foster, Orbison and songwriter Joe Melson tailored many of Orbison’s songs for his unique voice; his most popular songs were dramatic ballads ending with emotional crescendos that showcased his powerful vocals. After his biggest hit in 1964, “Oh, Pretty Woman“, Orbison continued to record, but not until 1987 did he find the success he had once known when his single “In Dreams” was used in David Lynch’s film Blue Velvet. The next year, Orbison recorded with the supergroup Traveling Wilburys alongside Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and George Harrison. Lynne produced Orbison’s final album Mystery Girl, which was released posthumously in February of 1989.

1 You Got It
2 It’s Over
3 Oh, Pretty Woman
4 Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)
5 Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
6 In Dreams
7 Pretty Paper
8 Blue Bayou
9 That Lovin’ You Feelin’ Again (with Emmylou Harris)
10 Falling
11 Crying (with k.d. lang)
12 Running Scared
13 Mean Woman Blues
14 Crying
15 Goodnight
16 Blue Angel
17 Handle with Care (Traveling Wilburys)
18 Breakin’ Up Is Breakin’ My Heart
19 Ride Away
20 Crawling Back
21 (Say) You’re My Girl
22 California Blue
23 Working for the Man
24 Twinkle Toes
25 The Crowd
26 Too Soon to Know
27 Candy Man
28 Leah
29 I Drove All Night
30 She’s a Mystery to Me
31 End of the Line (Traveling Wilburys)
32 Cry Softly Lonely One
33 Heartbreak Radio
34 Communication Breakdown
35 Lana
36 Borne on the Wind
37 Heartache
38 Penny Arcade
39 Walk On
40 I’m Hurtin’
41 So Good
42 My Friend
43 Distant Drums
44 Beautiful Dreamer
45 Love Hurts
46 She
47 What’d I Say
48 Indian Wedding
49 Born to Be Loved by You
50 Break My Mind
51 Ooby Dooby
52 She Wears My Ring
53 Up Town
54 Let the Good Times Roll
55 Southbound Jericho Parkway

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