In August 1998, Philadelphia Weekly published a list of "Philly's 100 Greatest Hits," as compiled by PW staff and contributors. It was a bold undertaking, considering that few American cities have as rich a musical tradition as Philadelphia has.
Naturally, American Bandstand played a huge role in that tradition during its run as a national music trendsetter. So, it was surprising to find that only two songs that owed their success to American Bandstand were listed in the PW's top 20.
The Twist by Chubby Checker was the top-rated Bandstand-related tune at No. 15 and Bristol Stomp by the Dovells came in at No. 17. The top spot went to Expressway to Your Heart by the Soul Survivors.
Here's the Top 10, plus the remaining songs with ties to American Bandstand's Philadelphia years:
1. Expressway to Your Heart, Soul Survivors (1967)
2. Love Train, O'Jays (1972)
3. Me and Mrs. Jones, Billy Paul (1972)
4. Rock Around the Clock, Bill Haley (1954)
5. Streets of Philadelphia, Bruce Springsteen (1994)
6. Rich Girl, Hall & Oates (1977)
7. Hello It's Me, Todd Rundgren (1970)
8. Philadelphia Freedom, Elton John & Kiki Dee (1975)
9. I Don't Love You Anymore, Teddy Pendergrass (1978)
10. Action News Theme
15. The Twist, Chubby Checker (1960)
17. The Bristol Stomp, The Dovells (1961)
24. South Street, The Orlons (1963)
43. Wildwood Days, Bobby Rydell (1963)
44. Turn Me Loose, Fabian (1958)
46. Try the Impossible, Lee Andrews & the Hearts (1958)
53. So Much In Love, The Tymes (1963)
68. Mashed Potato Time, Dee Dee Sharp (1962)
86. Down the Aisle, Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles (1963)
Do you have any stories about Bandstand, Dick Clark or growing up in the Philadelphia area during the show's run at WFIL-TV? Please share them in the comments section or e-mail them to me.