Buddy Holly was one of the original pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll. Just ask the The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and Eric Clapton.

They will certainly agree.

Though he was just twenty-two years old and had only know success for a short period of time when he died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959, Buddy Holly is still considered one of the most influential forces in early rock and roll, and popular music in general.

Holly, along with his Crickets, set the standard for rock ‘n’ roll bands: two guitars, bass, and drums. He was also one of the first in the rock genre to write, produce, and perform his own songs, making him a true renaissance man in the industry.

With his roots in rockabilly country music and blues-inspired rhythm & blues, Holly helped bridge the racial divide that was a blemish on American music. Holly had even performed with trailblazing black musicians, like Little Richard and Chuck Berry.

Now that you’re freshened up on some Holly history, take a look at our Top Fifteen Buddy Holly Songs.

“Words of Love”

“Peggy Sue”

“Rave On”

“Love Me”

“I’m Gonna Love You Too”

“Early in the Morning”


“It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”

“Oh, Boy!”

“Peggy Sue Got Married”

“It’s So Easy”

“That’ll Be the Day”

“True Love Ways”

“Maybe Baby”

“Not Fade Away”

There are our Top Fifteen Buddy Holly Songs. Feel free to tell us your favorite in the comments section below, or even share your favorite memories of when you heard Buddy Holly on the radio or on your records.

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  1. Mary Shaw says:

    sad he died too young, great singer, wonderful songs!!! My favorite was words of love!!!

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