Runaround Sue

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"Runaround Sue"
Single by Dion
from the album Runaround Sue
B-side "Runaway Girl"
Released September 1961[1]
Genre Doo-wop
Length 2:41
Label Laurie 3110
Writer(s) Dion DiMucci and Ernie Maresca
Producer(s) Gene Schwartz
Dion singles chronology
"Somebody Nobody Wants"
"Runaround Sue"
"The Wanderer"

"Runaround Sue" is a pop song, in a doo-wop style, originally a US No. 1 hit for the singer Dion during 1961 after he split with the Belmonts. The song ranked No. 342 on the Rolling Stone list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".[2] It was written by Dion with Ernie Maresca, and tells the story of a disloyal lover.

"Runaround Sue" was covered by Leif Garrett in 1978. His version reached number 13 on Billboard and number 18 on Cash Box. In 1980, English group Racey released a cover version which reached number 13 on the UK charts. John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band covered the song in 1983, for the movie Eddie and the Cruisers, while Gary Glitter also covered it on C'mon... C'mon The Gary Glitter Party Album (1997). Human Nature covered the song on their 2014 album Jukebox.

G-Eazy sampled the song in his 2011 album The Endless Summer.


The lyrics are sung from the point of view of a man whose former girlfriend, named Sue, was extremely unfaithful. He warns all potential lovers to avoid her at all costs, as Sue "runs around" with every guy she meets and never settles down with any man in particular. He advises "Now people let me put you wise, Sue goes out with other guys" and suggests that potential suitors should 'keep away from Runaround Sue'.


Chart (1961) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 1


  1. ^ Strong, M. C. (1995). The Great Rock Discography. Edinburgh: Canongate Books Ltd. p. 220. ISBN 0-86241-385-0. 
  2. ^ "500 GREATEST SONGS OF ALL TIME". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Illegal name entered Dion DiMucci/Dion+DiMucci/chart?f=379 "Dion DiMucci Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Dion DiMucci. Retrieved April 9, 2015.

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Preceded by
"Hit the Road Jack" by Ray Charles
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
October 23 - November 5, 1961
Succeeded by
"Big Bad John" by Jimmy Dean