The Drifters' Golden Hits

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The Drifters' Golden Hits
Greatest hits album by The Drifters
Released 1968
Recorded 1959–1966
Genre R&B
Length 29:47
Label Atlantic
Producer Bert Berns, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
The Drifters chronology
Where the Music's Playing
The Drifters' Golden Hits
Their Greatest Recordings (Early Years)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

The Drifters' Golden Hits is a 1968 compilation album by American doo wop/R&B vocal group The Drifters. The collection of the bands' later hits charted at #22 on Billboard's "Black Albums" chart and at #122 on the "Pop Albums" chart. Music critic Robert Christgau numbers it among the essentials for a basic library of albums representing the 1960s.[2] In 2003, Rolling Stone listed the album at #465 in its list of "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time".[3] Originally released on the Atlantic label, the album has been re-released on CD by Atlantic. A Drifters' compilation by the same name was released by Intercontinental records in 1996, but it has a different track listing.

Track listing[edit]

Title Composer(s) Time Previous album release Charts
1."There Goes My Baby" Benjamin Nelson, Lover Patterson, George Treadwell 2:13 The Drifters' Greatest Hits
#1 Black Singles
2."(If You Cry) True Love, True Love" Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman 2:23 The Drifters[4]
3."Dance with Me" Lewis Lebish, Jerry Leiber, Irving Nahan, Mike Stoller, Treadwell 2:26 The Drifters' Greatest Hits #2 "Black Singles"
#17 UK Singles[5]
4."This Magic Moment" Pomus, Shuman 2:30 The Drifters' Greatest Hits #4 "Black Singles"
5."Save the Last Dance for Me" Pomus, Shuman 2:30 The Drifters' Greatest Hits #1 "Black Singles"
#2 UK[5]
6."I Count the Tears" Pomus, Shuman 2:15 Save the Last Dance for Me
#28 UK[5]
7."Some Kind of Wonderful" Gerry Goffin, Carole King 2:38 Save the Last Dance for Me
8."Up on the Roof" Goffin, King 2:38 The Drifters #4 "Black Singles"
#5 "Pop Singles"[6]
9."On Broadway" Cynthia Weil, Barry Mann, Leiber, Stoller 3:02 The Drifters #7 "Black Singles"
#9 "Pop Singles"[6]
10."Under the Boardwalk" Arthur Resnick, Kenny Young 2:42 The Drifters #4 "Black Singles"
#4 "Pop Singles"[6]#45 UK[5]
11."I've Got Sand in My Shoes" Resnick, Young 2:49 Where the Music's Playing[7]
12."Saturday Night at the Movies" Weil, Mann 2:29 The Drifters #18 "Black Singles"
#18 "Pop Singles"[6]



'The following individuals performed with The Drifters from 1960 to 1966. No information is available at this time as to which members performed on which tracks.[8]


  • Stan Applebaum – arranger
  • Bert Bernsproducer
  • Charlie Brown – liner notes
  • Ray Ellis – arranger
  • Loring Eutemey – design
  • Jerry Leiber – producer
  • Jonny Meadow – research
  • Zal Schreiber – mastering
  • Garry Sherman – arranger
  • Mike Stoller – producer
  • Teacho Wiltshire – arranger


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. (1980) Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the '70s. Excerpted at Robert Christgau's official website. Accessed October 11, 2007.
  3. ^ Golden Hits Rolling Stone Magazine online. (November 1, 2003). Accessed October 11, 2007.
  4. ^ (If You Cry) True Love, True Love at AllMusic
  5. ^ a b c d Roberts, David (2002). Guinness World Records British Hit Singles (15th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Ltd. ISBN 0-85112-187-X. , p.189
  6. ^ a b c d The Drifters Billboard singles at AllMusic
  7. ^ Where the Music's Playing at AllMusic
  8. ^ The Family Tree. Official Drifters website. Accessed October 11, 2007.