Unveiling the Unforgettable: Roy Orbison’s Greatest Hits

Join us on a musical journey through the unforgettable songs of Roy Orbison. From emotional ballads to catchy chart-toppers, this article is your ultimate guide to his iconic hits. Let’s reminisce and honor Orbison’s enduring impact on the world of music.

Biggest Top 40 Hits

Oh, Pretty Woman (#1 for 3 weeks) 1964

In 1964, “Oh, Pretty Woman” by Orbison was a chart-topping hit that captivated listeners with its catchy guitar riff and velvety vocals. The song became an anthem of admiration for a captivating woman, with its iconic “Pretty woman, walking down the street” line. It remains a timeless expression of infatuation that resonates with people to this day.

Only the Lonely (#2) 1960

Ah, “Only the Lonely” – the soulful masterpiece that resonated with hearts across the globe. Orbison’s ability to channel raw emotion through his music is unparalleled, and this track is proof. Released in 1960, it soared to the second spot on the charts, captivating listeners with its poignant lyrics and Orbison’s unmatched vocal prowess. It’s the kind of song that wraps you in a warm, melancholic embrace and makes you realize that feeling lonely is a universal sentiment.

Crying (#2) 1961

Orbison’s 1961 hit “Crying” is more than just a song; it’s an emotional journey. With heart-wrenching vocals and soulful high notes, this track reached #2 on the charts. It resonates deeply with listeners, evoking feelings of lost love and capturing the beauty of the music. Orbison’s passionate performance creates a soul-cleansing experience that is uniquely his own.

Running Scared (#1 for 1 week) 1961

“Running Scared” is a 1961 chart-topping track that beautifully portrays the tumultuous journey of love. Orbison’s vocals skillfully convey a range of emotions, from the exhilarating highs to the devastating lows. Amidst the heartbreak, the song serves as a poignant reminder of the resilience discovered through vulnerability.

Mean Woman Blues (#5) 1963

Orbison demonstrates his versatility in the blues-infused hit “Mean Woman Blues,” which reached #5 on the charts. This captivating and energizing song leaves listeners wanting more, like a musical espresso.

Timeless Songs Beyond the Charts

Beyond the chart-topping hits, Roy Orbison’s legacy extends far and wide, enriching the music world with timeless tunes that defy time constraints.


  • Ooby Dooby


  • Candy Man
  • 1962
  • Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
  • The Crowd
  • Workin’ for the Man
  • Leah


  • It’s Over


  • Breakin’ Up Is Breakin’ My Heart
  • Twinkle Toes
  • Too Soon to Know
  • Communication Breakdown


  • Up Town
  • Blue Angel
  • I’m Hurtin


  • In Dreams
  • Falling
  • Blue Bayou
  • Pretty Paper


  • Goodnight
  • (Say) You’re My Girl
  • Ride Away
  • Crawling Back
  • Let the Good Times Roll


  • Cry Softly Lonely One