16 Candles (song)

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"16 Candles"
Single by The Crests
B-side "Beside You"
Released 1958 (US)
Genre Doo-wop
Label Coed
Songwriter(s) Luther Dixon and Allyson R. Khent

"16 Candles" is a 1958 song performed by The Crests and written by Luther Dixon and Allyson R. Khent.

Track listing[edit]

7" Vinyl

  1. "16 Candles"
  2. "Beside You"

Single originally released in 1958 on Coed Records # 506

Chart performance[edit]

  • The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and number four on the R&B charts in 1959.[1]


  • Stray Cats recorded a cover of this song for the Sixteen Candles (1984) movie soundtrack.
  • The soul group The Passions recorded a cover of this song in 1963 (Diamond Records # 146), and the Jackson 5 released the song on their 4th album.
  • The song was used as a counter-melody to Jamie Horton's "They're Playing Our Song", which reached #115 in the US publication Music Vendor, November 1961.
  • A cover by Jerry Lee Lewis peaked at number 61 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1986.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

  • The song was used in the original 1972 release of John Waters' film Pink Flamingos, but was edited out of the 25th Anniversary Edition re-release in 1997 because the rights could not be obtained, and it was therefore also not included on the CD soundtrack which was issued at the same time.
  • The original recording by The Crests features in the film American Graffiti (1973).
  • The 1984 John Hughes teen movie, Sixteen Candles, took its title from this song. The cover by The Stray Cats appeared in the film.
  • The sitcom Full House has an episode of season 3, entitled "13 Candles"

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 138. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 194. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8.