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Unchained Melody song title page

Unchained Melody was a classic love song, written by Alex North and Hy Zaret and recorded by many artists. Todd Duncan first recorded the song for the 1955 movie Unchained. That same year, Unchained Melody received extensive play by many artists, as was the trend in music at the time. The Les Baxter instrumental and chorus version was the most popular. The Al Hibbler version came out at the same time and was very famous too. In 1965, The duo The Righteous Brothers brought the song back to become a number 4 hit.
In 1990, The Righteous Brothers version was used in the movie Ghost and the song made it back into the top 20, so the duo got together and recorded the song again. In the meantime, many top artists had success with the song, many of them recording it live.


Unchained Melody popular Tune Timeline


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  1 Unchained Melody   1954  
  Todd Duncan  
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  2 Unchained Melody   1954  
  Les Baxter  
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  3 Unchained Melody   1954  
  June Valli  
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  4 Unchained Melody   1954  
  Roy Hamilton  
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  5 Unchained Melody   1954  
  Al Hibbler  
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  6 Unchained Melody   1954  
  Jimmy Young with Bob Sharples Orchestra  
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  7 Unchained Melody   1959  
  Bobby Day  
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  8 Unchained Melody   Apr 1960  
  Andy Williams  
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  9 Unchained Melody   Jul 1960  
  The Blackwells  
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  10 Unchained Melody   May 1961  
  Gerry Granahan  
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  11 Unchained Melody   1961  
  Marty Robbins  
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  12 Unchained Melody 17   Nov 1963  
  Vito & The Salutations  
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  13 Unchained Melody 4   Aug 1965  
  The Righteous Brothers  
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  14 Unchained Melody   Sep 1968  
  The Sweet Inspirations  
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  15 Unchained Melody LIVE   Jul 1978  
  Elvis Presley  
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  16 Unchained Melody   Aug 1979  
  George Benson  
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  17 Unchained Melody LIVE   Apr 1981  
  Heart  
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  18 Unchained Melody   Feb 1986  
  Leo Sayer  
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  19 Unchained Melody   Aug 1989  
  U2  
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  20 Unchained Melody 17   Sep 1990  
  The Righteous Brothers  
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  21 Unchained Melody 2nd 24   Oct 1990  
  The Righteous Brothers  
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  22 Unchained Melody   May 1995  
  Robson Green, Jerome Flynn  
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  23 Unchained Melody   Mar 1997  
  LeAnn Rimes  
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  24 Unchained Melody   Mar 2002  
  Gareth Gates  
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  25 Unchained Melody   Mar 2006  
  Barry Manilow  
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  26 Unchained Melody   Mar 2013  
  Glee Cast  
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