Leroy Van Dyke’s “Walk On By” From 1961 Nearly Tops Newsweek’s Top 100 Country Songs Of All Time After 60 Years
T.G. Sheppard, Crystal Gayle, Johnny Lee, Charley Pride, Lynn Anderson and Conway Twitty Make List
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – To ring in the New Year, Newsweek in association with Billboard magazine compiled a list of the Top 100 Country Songs of All Time. These singles are deemed essential to country music history and to the evolution of modern country songs. From 1959 to the present day, these singles leave a lasting impression on fans around the world. 2911 Media clients frequent the list ranking from #2 to #84 with artists such as Leroy Van Dyke, Charley Pride, Lynn Anderson, Conway Twitty, T.G Sheppard, Crystal Gayle, and Johnny Lee standing out as country staples.
The #2 spot on the list occupies the single, “Walk on By” by Leroy Van Dyke. It spent 37 weeks on the country charts in 1961, with a record-breaking 19 in the #1 spot. It was one of the first country-rock songs that inspired rock bands such as the Eagles.
“The main ingredient to any degree of success in the music business is finding the magic song,” says Leroy Van Dyke. “‘Walk On By’ was my lucky charm! After that, it’s remaining proficient and professional.”
Other record-breaking hits such as, “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin” by Charley Pride, “Rose Garden” by Lynn Anderson, “Hello Darlin'” and “You’ve Never Been This Far Before” by Conway Twitty, “Party Time” by T.G Sheppard, “I’ll Get Over You” by Crystal Gayle and “Lookin’ For Love” by Johnny Lee contribute to the Top 100 list and round out the 2911 Media roster; providing constant inspiration for modern country artists. These songs have lasted the tests of time and will continue to shape the genre for years to come.
Visit HERE to read the Newsweek, Top 100 Country Songs of All Time Rankings.
Some of these press releases I let out without adding anything. Some of them I write myself, and some of them I do a little of both. I do it as I see fit, when I want to include some studies and information. This article here I wanted to add a little bit of commentary on this one.
Initially, I was elated to read the title and I am just as excited to bring it to you. But if you carefully sort through this article, you will find some SHIT on there…including the NUMBER ONE SLOT.
I mean, COME ON….you’re going to try and tell me that songs like ANYTHING Florida Georgia Line puts out is better than a 5 DECADE LEGEND like Mr. Leroy Van Dyke? Are you on drugs?
Well, that was my first glance reaction to this article….but I continued to read this further, and I’m going to be brutally honest. This list was actually well thought out, and evenly placed, adorned with a plethora of Legends.
Actually, some of the songs were not even well known hits from these artists, and not just simply some common songs from the same ol artists that we all love. In fact, some of them were quite impressive to me. Miss Kelsey really does know her Country Music, unless someone else wrote this and she edited it.
Other than the fact that the top 5 songs were mostly crap, but not all the way bad, I didn’t have any problems with this. I think to cater to so many different types of Country Music fans, you need to do just what she did here.