500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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

The Righteous Brothers, 'Unchained Melody'
374/500

374. The Righteous Brothers, 'Unchained Melody'

Writers: Alex North, Hy Zaret
Producer: Phil Spector
Released: July '65, Philles
13 weeks; No. 4

This song first hit the charts in 1955, when three different versions of it landed in the Top 10. The Righteous Brothers picked up the torch in 1965, making it the B side to their single "Hung on You." When DJs began playing "Unchained Melody" instead, Spector decided the duo should put out only covers of pre-rock pop songs as its singles; their version of Sinatra’s "Ebb Tide" also hit big.

Appears on: Anthology 1962-1974 (Rhino)

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