"Go Away Little Girl"; Steve Lawrence (1962), Donny Osmond (1971)
Lightweight? Maybe. Questionable, even? Potentially. But "Go Away Little Girl" became the first song to reach Number One twice by two different artists (to date only nine songs have accomplished the feat), so clearly it does something right. Originally earmarked as a single for Bobby Vee, Don Kirshner decided it would work better as a solo single for Steve Lawrence, famous for performing alongside his wife Eydie Gormé as the easily listening power duo Steve and Eydie.
A grown man crooning "Go Away Little Girl," might have raised some eyebrows – one New York Times columnist believed the titular girl was underage and denounced the song as "sick" – but Kirshner's instincts were right on the money and the tune was a winner. Ultimately, the lyrical content was probably better suited to Donny Osmond, the 13-year-old frontboy of the Osmonds. His solo version of "Go Away Little Girl" brought bubblegum sweetness to a generation of actual little girls who sent it to the top of the charts a second time.