7: Crying – Don McLean

NeilTop 30 - Songs Of The 1980s

Entered Charts: 19 March 1980
Entry Point: 30
Highest Chart: 17
Weeks In: 10
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Very occasionally, a song is re-recorded and comes out sounding better than the original. This is one such occasion. Don McLean who had been for so long linked to American Pie pulled this one out in early 1980 and, in my mind, out-arranged and out-sang, Roy Orbison – no mean feat. It is just a beautiful rendition of song that was already great, taking it to a whole new level.