Song: "Stand by Me"
Writers: Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Original Release: April 1961
Performer: Ben E. King
My affection for this song is mostly tied to my love for the 1986 movie of the same name (read more here). Because of the film, the song reached Billboard's top 10 twice, 25 years apart. It was by far King's most successful solo recording, earning him millions in royalties over the years. King was also the lead singer of the Drifters for many years, singing lead on that group's top hit, the bittersweet "Save the Last Dance for Me."