Classic Songs Sunday – ‘Runaway’ by Del Shannon and Bon Jovi by Kaye Spencer #classicsongs #classicsongssunday

Classic Songs Sunday highlights songs with similar themes. The two songs for today’s comparison are Runaway by Del Shannon and Runaway by Bon Jovi.

Both songs tell the angst-ridden, full-of-regrets lamentation regarding a girl/woman who has run away for unknown reasons. The narrator is haunted by unanswered questions stemming from a brokenhearted need to understand.

Del Shannon’s version was an immediate hit and reached Number 1 on Billboard Hot 100 song list in 1961. The song is on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Jon Bon Jovi recorded his song in 1981 before “Bon Jovi” was born. The song saw a revision and was released to radio in 1983. It went on to become the band’s first Top 40 hit in the U.S.

Del Shannon ‘Runaway’ – Love the organ solo in the middle.


Bon Jovi ‘Runaway’ – The hair and spandex…

Until next time,
Kaye Spencer


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