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Let's Do The Twist

Let's Do The Twist

Let's Do The Twist

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Billboard Magazine's "Hot 100s" hit chart is 50 years old. In honor of that anniversary, they've ranked the top Hot 100s by popularity. Who's at the top of the list? It's not The Beatles or Elvis Presley. It's Chubby Checker and his version of "The Twist."


Billboard Magazine has ranked the "Top 100" pop hits of the last 50 years based on radio plays and sales. Now Billboard has come up with a ranking of their "Hot 100 All-Time" songs. It may be instructive to keep in mind that Elvis or the Beatles are not in the top five. "Hot" does not always mean enduring. Let's begin with the number 10, Toni Braxton's "Unbreak my Heart."

(Soundbite of song "Unbreak my Heart")

Ms. TONI BRAXTON: (Singing) Un-break my heart. Say you'll love me again. Under...

SIMON: Nine is Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together."

(Soundbite of song "We Belong Together")

Ms. MARIAH CAREY: (Singing) Sweet love...

(Soundbite of song "Hey Jude")

BEATLES: (Singing) Hey Jude, don't make it bad.

SIMON: Eight, the lads from Liverpool.

(Soundbite of song "Hey Jude")

BEATLES: (Singing) Take a sad song and make it better, Remember to let her into your heart, Then you can start to make it better.

(Soundbite of song "You Light Up my Life")

Ms. DEBBY BOONE: (Singing) You light up my life.

(Soundbite of song "Physical")

SIMON: Six, Olivia Newton John.

Ms. OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN: (Singing) Let's get physical, physical, I wan to get physical, let's get into physical.

SIMON: Why not like this?

(Soundbite of song "Macarena")

(Soundbite of song "How Do I Live Without You")

Ms. LEANN RINES: (Singing) And tell me now, how do I live without you? I want to know?

SIMON: Bobby Darren's "Mac the Knife" is number three. Finally, a real song with clever lyrics you can understand. Boy, I sound like my father.

(Soundbite of song "Mac the Knife')

Mr. BOBBY DARREN: (Singing) Round the corner could that someone could be Mac the Knife.

(Soundbite of "Smooth")

Mr. CARLOS SANTANA: (Singing) And if you say this life ain't good enough I would give my world to lift you up I could change my life to better suit your mood Cause you're so smooth.

(Soundbite of song "The Twist")

Mr. CHUBBY CHECKERS: (Singing) Come on baby let's do the twist.

SIMON: And the most popular of all Billboard's Hot Number One hits, Chubby Checkers' "The Twist." We also heard from Santana's "Smooth," Lianne Rimes'"How do I Live," and Debby Boone's "You Light Up my Life."

Now, in learning that he topped the list, Chubby Checker was quoted as saying, my music is less played than any performer that's been a number one chart man on the planet. I don't get the respect that Rod Stewart gets or the Rolling Stones or Frankie Valli but I have to deal with it.

You know the best way to deal with it.

(Soundbite of song "The Twist")

Mr. CHUBBY CHECKERS: (Singing) Come on and twist yeah baby twist.

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