16 Candles (song)

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"16 Candles"
Single by The Crests
B-side"Beside You"
ReleasedOctober 1958 (US)
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, while Stagger Lee by Lloyd Price was at number one.[1] "16 Candles" also went number four on the US R&B charts for 21 weeks in 1959.[2]


  • 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.[3]

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".
  • The television series American Dad’s first episode of season 4, is named "1600 Candles".

External links[edit]


  1. ^ https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/1959-02-09
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 138.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 194. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8.