500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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

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The Everly Brothers, 'Wake Up Little Susie'

318. The Everly Brothers, 'Wake Up Little Susie'

Writers: Felice Bryant, Boudleaux Bryant
Producer: Archie Bleyer
Released: Sept. '57, Cadence
26 weeks; No. 1

Though it sounds quaint today, "Wake Up Little Susie," the tale of a teen couple who fall asleep at a drive-in, stirred up controversy in 1957: It was banned in Boston but became the Everlys’ first Number One. In 2000, when candidate George W. Bush was asked by Oprah Winfrey what his favorite song was, he said, "'Wake Up Little Susie,' by Buddy Holly."

Appears on: The Best of the Everly Brothers (Rhino)

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