Stand by Me

Ben E. King

9 cover versions of this song

Original 3,030,443 plays
Otis Redding311,524 plays
Seal136,631 plays
Florence + The Machine81,050 plays
The Drifters51,340 plays
Tracy Chapman39,733 plays
Weezer33,275 plays
John Lennon25,487 plays
Cassius Clay5,409 plays
Skylar Grey1,909 plays
"Stand by Me" was written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Released in 1961, it reached #4 in the US charts and #27 in the UK. In 1986 it was re-released due to its use as the theme song for the movie of the same name and also in an advertisement for Levi Jeans. The re-release reached #9 in the US and #1 in the UK. "Stand by Me" was ranked number 121 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1999, BMI named it as the fourth most-performed song of the 20th century, with about 7 million performances. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.