Not many bands start out their careers with three straight number one singles. Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons instantly became one of the most popular groups in the world in the early 1960’s. The band’s first album featured Frankie Valli on lead vocals, Bob Gaudio on keyboards and vocals, Nick Massi on bass and vocals and Tommy DeVito on guitar and vocals. Keyboardist Bob Guido, along with the band’s producer Bob Crewe shared the responsibility of composing many of the band’s biggest hits.
Their string of hits would continue all throughout the decade of the 1960’s. As times changed towards the end of the decade and progressive rock along with bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Doors and so many other rock bands began to rule the airwaves, Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons saw their popularity diminish. However, in 1975, the success of Van Mccoy’s “The Hustle,” and the advent of disco opened the door to the band once again to score big on the charts. The album Who Loves You featured a new band with Gerry Polci on lead vocals on the hit “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night). The song featured Frankie Valli just on the song’s bridge.
It was fascinating that the band had the biggest hit of their career with the song and Frankie Valli only sang a small section of the tune. Nonetheless, Frankie Valli was enjoying great success in the 1970s as a solo artist with hits like “My Eyes Adored You,” “Swearing To God,” and of course the mega million selling single “Grease,” from the motion picture soundtrack Grease.
Our top 10 Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons songs list, or if your prefer Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons songs list takes a look at the groups biggest hits in the 1960’s and 1970’s with just a couple of lesser known songs thrown in for fun. We hope you enjoy this one. How could you not love this great group of Jersey Boys.
# 10 – Ronnie
We open our top 10 Top 10 Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons Songs list with the great song “Ronnie.” The song was written by Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe. The song was released in 1964. The song “Ronnie,” reached all the way to the number six position on the Billboard Hot 100.
# 9 – The Night
The song “Night,” is probably the least known song on this top 10 Top 10 Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons Songs list. It’s an outlier of many sorts. Most people in the U.S. have probably never heard of the song unless they were hardcore Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons fans who brought their import albums. The song was a big hit in the United Kingdom. It was released in 1972 on the album Chameleon. However, the song did not become a big hit until 1975 when it peaked at number seven on the United Kingdom music charts.
# 8 – Who Loves You
The mid 1970’s disco fever train took hold of the United States and the 4 Seasons jumped right on for a very successful ride. Two of the band’s biggest hits of their career were released on their 1975 album entitled Who Loves You. The title track “Who Loves You,” echoed the disco sounds of 1975 and featured a revamped 4 Seasons lineup. The band actually spelled their name without the number 4 and without Frankie Valli’s name appearing before the bands. Instead of being labelled Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons, the band was named The Four Seasons. The song “Who Loves You,” hit number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975.
# 7 -Working My Way Back to You
Continuing with our Top 10 Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons Songs list, we turn to their golden era in the 1960’s. The classic track “Working My Way Back to You,” was released in 1966. The song was issued in the Working My Way Back to You album. It was a top 10 hit for Frankie Valli & the 4 seasons peaking at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100.
# 6 – Let’s Hang On
The classic 4 Seasons single “Let’s Hang On!” was a massive hit for the band on both sides of the Atlantic. The single was released in 1965. The song hit number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It hit number one on the Cashbox Hot 100. “Let’s Hang On!” was also a top 10 hit in the United Kingdom. The song also reached the top 10 in both Canada and New Zealand.
# 5 – Dawn
In 1964, Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons battled The Beatles for the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. The Beatles songs “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and “She Loves You” prevented the 4 seasons from reaching number one with the great song “Dawn.” Nonetheless the battles between The Beatles, The 4 Seasons, The Dave Clark Five, The Rolling Stones, Tommy James, The Ventures and many more left fans with some of the greatest songs ever released in classic rock history.
# 4 – Walk Like A Man
With a group as legendary as Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons it becomes almost impossible to put all these great Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons songs in any sort of order. In the end, It’s really just a tribute to these great songs and honestly, it’s a lot of fun to do. “Walk Like A Man,” was one of the band’s most popular songs. “Walk Like A Man,” was the third straight number one single the band released at the start of their career. It hit number one in the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963. The song was written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio.
# 3 – Rag Doll
Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons started out their career with three straight number one singles from 1962 to 1963. The next six singles failed to hit number one, but for the most part were top 20 hits. However, in 1964 Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons earned their fourth number one single with the great song “Rag Doll.”
# 2 – December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)
No one seen this one coming in 1976. It had been a long time since the band had a number one single.”December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” was released on the 1975 album Who Loves You. The album’s title track was the first single released from the album and as stated previously in this top 10 Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons songs article, “Who Loves You,” hit number three on the charts. Nonetheless, in 1976 the 4 Season scored their biggest hit of their career. “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It went to number one also in the United Kingdom. It was the band’s biggest selling single they ever released.
# 1 – Sherry
We end our Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons songs list with the band’s first number one single. In 1962, Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons hit number one with their smash hit “Sherry.” The song was written by Bob Gaudio. The song would eventually be released on the album Golden Hits of the 4 Season. That album was released in 1963. “Sherry,” is not a song that would be covered by other artists. The sound of the song was so distinguished by the voice of Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons that any attempts to cover it would probably just fail. There are certain songs you just don’t remake; Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven,” Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Springsteen’s “Born To Run.” are just untouchable pieces of music, just like the 4 Seasons’ “Sherry.”