The Best Of The Everly Brothers: Their Musical Legacy

The Everly Brothers: Phil Everly (left) and Don Everly (right) photographed for The Everly Brothers Show by Gene Trindl.
The Everly Brothers: Phil Everly (left) and Don Everly (right) photographed for The Everly Brothers Show by Gene Trindl.( Source : facebook )

The best of The Everly Brothers comprises tracks like 1. All I Have To Do Is Dream 2. Wake Up Little Susie 3. Bye Bye Love and more.

The American rock duo, The Everly Brothers, is made up of Issac Donald 'Don' Everly and Phillip 'Phil' Everly. They are considered the beacons of Country Rock.

They released fifteen Top Ten hit songs between 1957 and 1962, and 21 studio albums in their career. Their notability waned down in the early 60s after they were enlisted in the US Marine Corps, alongside Don's troubles with addiction.

Their final performance as a duo took place on July 14, 1973, in California. During an interview, Don stated that he was tired of being an Everly Brother due to rising tension.

Amidst the chaos, Phil walked off the stage after smashing his guitar, leaving Don to finish the show alone. 

The Everly Brothers wouldn't unite for over a decade until they announced their reunion concert on September 23, 1983, at London's Royal Albert Hall, delighting their fans with the news.

The Best Of The Everly Brothers

Song Names:Spotify Streams:
All I Have to Do is Dream136,362,035
Wake Up Little Susie62,565,256
Bye Bye Love61, 528,164
Crying in the Rain28,994,766
Cathy's Clown26,314,971
Let It Be Me20,002,236
Till I Kissed Her19,289,162
Walk Right Back18,475,118
Devoted To You12,643,892
Love Hurts8,174,119

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1. All I Have To Do Is Dream

The very best of The Everly Brothers songs is All I Have To Do. It is Dream is a BPI silver-certified track released in April 1958 through Cadence Records.

The American duo reportedly recorded the song in just two takes on 6 March 1958 that features guitarist Chet Atkins on the string instrument.

The song debuted at number one on the 'Most Played by Jockeys' and 'Top 100' charts on 19 May 1958. It maintained the position for five and three weeks respectively.

It earned colossal success outside the United States, especially in the United Kingdom. It was included in Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

This 1958-released song sheds light on unrequited love. It talks about the longing for someone special which is evident in the lyrics underneath:

When I want you in my arms
When I want you and all your charms
Whenever I want you, all I have to do is
Dream, dream, dream, dream

2. Wake Up Little Susie

Wake Up Little Susie is one of The Everly Brothers greatest hits. The song boasts colossal streams with 62,565,256 plays on Spotify.

Released on September 2, 1957, the song debuted at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. It spent seven weeks at the pinnacle of the Billboard Country chart.

It is penned from a high school boy's point of view who is elaborating on the situation they ended up in with his girlfriend after they fell asleep until 4 in the morning whilst watching the movie

Wake up, little Susie, wake up
Wake up, little Susie, wake up
We've both been sound asleep
Wake up little Susie and weep
The movie's over, it's four o'clock
And we're in trouble deep

Issued through Cadence Records the song peaked on the US Billboard Honor Roll of Hits at number one. Likewise, the song earned significant attention by peaking at several charts including US R&B Best Sellers in Stores, US Most Played R&B by Jockeys, and more.

3. Bye Bye Love

The best Everly Brothers songs list must contain Bye Bye Love. This 1957 song carries the weight of a broken heart.

It peaked on the US Billboard Pop Charts at number two and at number one on the Cash Box Best Selling Record charts.

This hit song has been covered by several artists including The Beatles, Roy Orbison, and more. Correspondingly, the song made it to the 210th position on the list of Rolling Stone magazine's The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Lyrically, the song speaks for the situation of having to say goodbye to their lover and embrace the loneliness it leaves after the significant other found someone new.

There goes my baby with someone new
She sure looks happy, I sure am blue
She was my baby 'til he stepped in
Goodbye to romance that might've been

4. Crying in the Rain

Crying in the Rain makes the cut in the list of Everly Brothers songs that have garnered significant attention. It was issued via Warner Records Inc.

This 1962 song boasts a colossal number of streams, currently at 28,994,766 on Spotify. It is the first and the only collaboration between songwriters Carole King and Howard Greenfield.

I'll never let you see
The way my broken heart is hurting me
I've got my pride and I know how to hide
All my sorrow and pain

To many crying means being vulnerable which shows the sign of being weak, especially for men. Here, in the song, the singer is also no exception.

5. Cathy's Clown

Cathy's Clown, a notable song by The Everly Brothers. This Don Everly-penned track has recorded sales of eight million copies across the world. 

It remains as the American duo's first single with Warner Bros following their record with Cadence label for three years. The song describes a guy who is publicly humiliated by his lover.

The song successfully spent five weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 1 and a week on the R&B chart.

Starting off with a chorus in an unorthodox structure, the song became the Everyly Brothers' best-selling single. The chorus below embodies the universal feeling of betrayal and heartbreak.

Don't want your love anymore
Don't want your kisses, that's for sure
I die each time I hear this sound
Here he comes, that's Cathy's clown

The National Recording Registry included the song in the Library of Congress considering its long-lasting influence. Likewise, it was in the 149th position on the list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone.

6. Let It Be Me

Let It Be Me by The Everly Brothers is a single which was originally published in French as Je t'appartiens. The duo then released the English version in 1960.

It was the Brothers who helped the song gain mainstream notability with their rendition that later peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at number seven.

Several artists including Andy Williams, Nancy Sinatra, The Shadows, Francoise Hardy, Tom Jones, Bob Dylan, New Trolls, Kenny Rogers, and more released their cover of this English version song.

I bless the day I found you
I wanna stay around you
Now and forever, let it be me

Don't take this heaven from one
If you must cling to someone
Now and forever, let it be me

This reworking of the French song by Gilbert Becaud talks about the utmost desire of the singer to be his significant other's first choice now and forever in every step of life.

7. Till I Kissed You

Till I Kissed You by the Everly Brothers has amassed 19,289,162 streams on Spotify thus far. It was issued as a single through Cadence Records in 1959.

It has been a go-to choice for reggae music artists. Country singer Connie Smith released the cover version of this song on her album The Song We Fell in Love To in 1976.

Correspondingly, several artists including Delroy Jones, Nan McClean, and more have released the cover version of this song.

Till I Kissed You made it to several charts including #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100, #8 on the US Billboard Hot C&W Sides, #2 on the Australian ARIA chart, #2 on the UK Singles Chart, and more.

8. Walk Right Back

The 1961 song Walk Right Back by the Everly Brothers peaked on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 7. It has 18,475,118 streams on Spotify.

It was penned by Sonny Curtis of the American band The Crickets while he was serving in the army. The Everly Brothers liked the song and decided to record it without Sonny finishing the second verse of the song.

The music duo released the song by repeating the first verse twice on the recording. Very few know about the second verse of the song which starts like this These eyes of mine that gave you loving glances.

9. Devoted To You

Devoted To You was released as the flip side of the song Bird Dog by the Everly Brothers on July 28, 1958. It is about a person who is madly in love.

Issued through Cadence Records Devoted To You the protagonist promises to always love his partner and be devoted to her until his last breath through the lyrics:

Darlin' you can count on me
'Til the sun dries up the sea
Until then, I'll always be devoted to you

I'll be yours through endless time
I'll adore your charm sublime
Guess by now you know that I'm devoted to you

The 1958 song peaked on several charts including the US Billboard Rhythm & Blues Records at number 2, the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 10, and the US Hot Country Songs chart at #7.

10. Love Hurts

Love Hurts is a song recorded by the Everly Brothers and released on November 8, 1974. The 3-minute 53-second song was issued via Vertigo Records.

It was initially introduced as the album track On A Date by The Everly Brothers. However, it was released for the album Rock 'n' Soul after re-recording the song post their quarrel reconciliation.

The most notable version of this song is by Jim Capaldi, a former Traffic member, who peaked in the charts at number 4 in November 1975.

Lyrically, Love Hurts can address how painful heartbreak is. The song also suggests that love as joyful and comforting is simply unrealistic and untrue through the lyrics:

I'm young, I know, but even so
I know a thing or two; I've learned from you
I've really learned a lot, really learned a lot
Love is like a stove, burns you when it's hot
Love hurts, love hurts

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