'Stand By Me,' Ben E. King (1961)

One could easily argue that this is the best-known Leiber and Stoller composition as "Stand By Me" has been tackled by artists as diverse as Sonny & <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000958" title="Cher" href="/topic/entertainment/music/cher-PECLB000958.topic">Cher</a>, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000942" title="Tracy Chapman" href="/topic/entertainment/music/tracy-chapman-PECLB000942.topic">Tracy Chapman</a>, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003034" title="Meat Loaf" href="/topic/entertainment/music/meat-loaf-PECLB003034.topic">Meat Loaf</a>, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB005343" title="Jordin Sparks" href="/topic/entertainment/jordin-sparks-PECLB005343.topic">Jordin Sparks</a> and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB005339" title="John Legend" href="/topic/entertainment/music/john-legend-PECLB005339.topic">John Legend</a>. King's orchestral-soul original remains the signature take, however, and it topped the charts a second time when a film of the same name was released in 1986.<br>
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Key lyric: "And darlin', darlin', stand by me, oh now now stand by me. Stand by me, stand by me."
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One could easily argue that this is the best-known Leiber and Stoller composition as "Stand By Me" has been tackled by artists as diverse as Sonny & Cher, Tracy Chapman, Meat Loaf, Jordin Sparks and John Legend. King's orchestral-soul original remains the signature take, however, and it topped the charts a second time when a film of the same name was released in 1986.

Key lyric: "And darlin', darlin', stand by me, oh now now stand by me. Stand by me, stand by me."

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