Global Charts
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Global Single Chart
60 years ago
the most popular tracks worldwide
according to the national single charts
dated to January 13, 1962
compiled and provided by

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2 / 6
week 15
The Twist - Chubby Checker
Parkway - 1 week at No.1
1 / 1
week 5
The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Tokens
RCA Victor
4 / 7
week 4
Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen - Neil Sedaka
RCA Victor
5 / 5
week 4
Let There Be Drums - Sandy Nelson
Imperial
9 / -
week 2
Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
RCA
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Columbia
3 / 3
week 4
Run To Him - Bobby Vee
Liberty
8 / -
week 2
Peppermint Twist - Joey Dee & The Starliters
Roulette
- / 8
week 4
Walk On By - Leroy Van Dyke
Philips / Mercury
6 / 2
week 8
Goodbye Cruel World - James Darren
Colpix
 

"The Twist" was written and originally released in 1958 by Hank Ballard, after seeing teenagers in Tampa, Florida doing the titular dance. This version was a moderate hit, peaking at no.28 on the Billboard Hot 100. Chubby Checker's cover version, released in June 1960, was far more successful and reached no.1 in the United States, respectively no.2 globally in September 1960. In late 1961 and early 1962, the twist craze belatedly caught on in high society. Sightings of celebrities doing the dance made the song a hit with adults. This new interest gave "The Twist" a second chart life in 1962 and marked a major turning point for adult acceptance of rock and roll music.

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