500 Greatest Songs of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

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Chubby Checker, 'The Twist'

457. Chubby Checker, 'The Twist'

Writer: Hank Ballard
Producer: Karl Mann
Released: Aug. '60, Parkway
39 weeks; No. 1

"The Twist" began as a B side for Ballard and the Midnighters in 1958. But in 1960, former chicken plucker Checker covered it at Dick Clark's suggestion. "Going crazy is what I was looking for — where the music is so good you lose control," Checker said. " 'The Twist' did that."

Appears on: Greatest Hits (Prime Cuts)

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