Ever since they started out, The Shirelles produced hit after hit, with their best years being with their mentor-cum-producer, Luther Dixon. They were different to many other female groups of the time because they wrote their own songs. Their working relationship with Dixon and Greenberg created a winning combination that took the charts by storm. They also made history by being the first female black group to have a single go to number one on the charts and the second female group to hit number one since the McGuirre Sisters in 1958.
Even now the group’s heyday is long past, their songs are still popular hits on YouTube. If you do a quick search on The Shirelles on YouTube you’ll see that there are plenty of people who are still mesmerized by the vocals and lyrics of The Shirelles’ songs. Here are some of their songs with the most YouTube views.
This is one of the most successful tracks that The Shirelles ever recorded. The song was written by Carol King and Gerry Goffin. The funny part about it is that The Shirelles initially weren’t interested in the song as they felt that it was too ‘white’ for them. Luther Dixon had to convince the girls to record the song and they eventually came to the agreement that the initial title, Tomorrow, would be changed to Will You Love Me Tomorrow. The rest, as they say, is history. The song propelled the girls to the top of the charts, making them the first female black group to have a number one single.
Currently, the track has more than 300,000 views on YouTube. It also has a number of covers and renditions released via the platform, including one that was recently done by the original members of The Shirelles.
This song was a remake of the 1957 single by The ‘5’ Royales with Doris as the lead singer. It was originally released in 1958 but was reissued in 1961. It took the charts by storm when it was released for the second time in 1961, by which time it had already been Gold certified. It immediately went onto the Billboard Hot 100 and made its way up to the number three spot in the charts. Fans have never forgotten the lyrics and beautiful vocals that endeared them to the song in the first place. That is why it has more than 400,000 YouTube views.
This song was written by Burt Bacharach, Luther Dixon (under the pseudonym Barney Williams) and Mack David. It was then recorded by The Shirelles in 1961 and became an instant hit (it was also recorded by the Beatles). It peaked at number eight on the Billboard Top 100 and reached number three on the R&B chart. The song currently has more than 400,000 views on YouTube thanks to the number of renditions that have been done by other artists as well.
It peaked at number eight on the Billboard Top 100
This single was written by both Dixon and Florence Greenberg in 1962. They fused country music with pop to create an amazing song that was propelled to success by the strength of the girls’ vocals. Upon release, the song went on to hit the number one position in the charts. This became the group’s second number one record.
They fused country music with pop to create an amazing song that was propelled to success