The Drifters are one of the most iconic and influential doo-wop groups of all time. They helped to shape the sound of rhythm and blues in the 1950s and 60s with their smooth harmonies and infectious melodies. Over the years, The Drifters have had numerous lineup changes, but they have always maintained a high level of quality in their music. With a career spanning more than 60 years, The Drifters have had several songs that could be considered the best of all time. From ballads to soulful tunes, these songs have touched the hearts of fans all over the world. In this article, we will take a look at 10 of the best The Drifters songs ever recorded.
10. Under The Boardwalk / Up On The Roof
This song was released in the year 1964 as the lead single on the album Under the Boardwalk. This song is about young love and spending time together during the summer months. The Drifters’ version of this song peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became a summertime classic. According to Playback.FM, the song was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. This song has been used as a soundtrack in several movies, films, and TV shows like The Simpsons, The Sopranos, and Entourage.
9. On Broadway
On Broadway is a song that was released in 1963 under the record label Atlantic. This song was written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller. The song is about the struggles and hardships of living on Broadway. This song describes how the lights on Broadway can deceive people and how it can be a tough place to make it. This song was received well by the fans and peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The Drifters did a great job of bringing the struggles of living in New York to light in this song. The song has been used as a soundtrack in several movies, films, and TV shows like American Honey, The Sopranos, and Taxi Driver.
8. Honey Love
Honey Love is a song that was released in 1954 by The Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter. This song is about a man confessing his love for a woman. This song reached number eleven on the Billboard R&B chart. It is the lead single in the album Selections From Mafia 2 Original Soundtrack Recording. It is a classic song that fans enjoy listening to and will lift anyone’s mood.
7. Like Sister and Brother
Like Sister and Brother is a classic track that was released in the year 1973 as one of the lead tracks in the album Greatest. It was written by Stephens-Cook-Greenaway and produced by Billy Davis, Roger Cook, and Roger Greenaway. This song was released under the record label Bell. According to All Music, this song is about two lovers who were once inseparable but are now living separate lives and their love is almost dying. This song reached number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It has featured as a soundtrack in several films, movies, and TV shows like The Simpsons, Breaking Bad and American Beauty.
6. I Don’t Wanna Go On Without You
Released in the year 1964, I Don’t Wanna Go On Without You is a song about being lost without the one you love. The Drifters do an amazing job of conveying this emotion in this track making the listeners feel the same way. The song peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It has also been featured in several films, movies, and TV shows like The Shawshank Redemption, and Dirty Dancing.
5. Save the Last Dance for Me
This song was released in the year 1960 under the record label Atlantic. It was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. This song was produced by Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber. It is a song about a man who is leaving for the army, and he wants his love to save the last dance for him. The Drifters version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. It was also ranked number 233 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It has been used as a soundtrack in several movies, films, and TV shows like Dirty Dancing, The Walking Dead, and American Idol.
4. Sweets for my Sweet
Sweets for my Sweet is a song that was released in the year 1961 on the record label Atlantic. It was written by Mort Shuman and Doc Pomus. This song is about a young man who is in love with a girl who he says is as sweet as candy. The song did well picking at number twelve on the Billboard R&B chart and number twenty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100. It has been used as a soundtrack in many films, movies, and TV shows like Dirty Dancing, and American Graffiti.
3. There Goes My Baby
Considered one of The Drifter’s most recognizable tunes, There Goes My Baby was the lead single in the album There Goes My Baby / Oh My Love. It was produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in the year 1959. This song is about young love and loss. The Drifters did an amazing job of capturing the innocence and heartache of young love in this song. The song did well reaching number nine on the R&B charts and number twenty-two on the Billboard Hot 100. According to Oldies, it has been used as a soundtrack in different films, movies, and TV shows like American Graffiti, The Big Chill, La Bamba, and more.
2. Some Kind of Wonderful
Some Kind of Wonderful is a beautiful song that was released in the year 1962 as a lead single for the album Save the Last Dance for Me. It was written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin. This song did well and reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It has been used as a soundtrack in several TV shows, films, and movies like Dirty Dancing, American Graffiti, and The Wonder Years.
1. Money Honey
This song was recorded in the famous Atlantic Studios by the Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter. It was released in the year 1956 as one of the best tracks on the album Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters. This song did well reaching number twenty-one on the R&B Billboard chart and number thirty-nine on the pop Billboard chart. The song has been covered by many artists over time including Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the Beach Boys. It has also featured in many films, TV shows, and movies like La Bamba, The Shawshank Redemption, and Goodfellas.