Del Shannon

Runaway

Song Review by

Whenever anyone complains that rock and roll was dead before the Beatles revitalized it with "I Want To Hold Your Hand," the quickest way to end the argument is to play this masterful 1961 single. One of the all-time classic rock and roll singles, "Runaway" is brilliant in every sense of the word, from the haunted paranoia of Del Shannon's lyrics and the desperation of his vocals, particularly in the falsetto break of the chorus -- "Runaway" makes Roy Orbison's "Running Scared" and Gene Pitney's "Town Without Pity" sound like a walk in the park -- to the magnificently futuristic Clavioline solo in the break. One of those rare rock and roll classics that has never sounded dated in the least, "Runaway" is one of the most perfect chart debuts of all time.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Runaway with Del Shannon 1961 Big Top (Rock)
Runaway [Golden Stars] 1961 Golden Stars 2:19
Little Town Flirt 1963 Rhino 2:19
American Graffiti 1973
Original Soundtrack
MCA 2:19
No Image 1975
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Oldies But Goodies: Legendary Hits 1979
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:17
No Image 1982 Dakota
Eddie & the Cruisers [Original Soundtrack] 1983 RCA 2:19
No Image 1984
Various Artists
MCA
21 Rock N Roll Hits at the Movies 1986
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:17
Greatest Hits 1960 1987
Various Artists
Deluxe 2:24
Sock Hoppin' Sixties 1988
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels
No Image 1988
Various Artists
RCA 2:17
No Image 1989
Various Artists
Rhino
22 Leaders of the Pack, Vol. 2 1989
Various Artists
Laurie 2:14
Oldies But Goodies: 21 #1 Hits 1990
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:18
Del Shannon & Friends 1990
Various Artists
Hollywood / IMG 2:25
History of Rock: The Rockin' 60's - WCBS FM 101 1991
Various Artists
2:18
Eis Am Stiel, Vol. 2 1991
Original Soundtrack
Ariola
Super Box of Rock [1992] 1992
Various Artists
Dominion 2:25
Billboard Top Rock 'n' Roll Hits: 1957-1961 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 2:22
Dick Clark's 21 All-Time Hits, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:18
Radio Gold, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
Ace 2:20
Rock Stars on LP, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
Hollywood / IMG 2:20
The Big Hurt: Songs to Cry By 1994
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Only Rock 'N Roll 1960-1964: 20 Pop Hits 1995
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 2:16
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: 1961 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:22
Born to Be Wild, Vol. 4 [Madacy] 1995
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:20
Best Sixties Album in the World Ever 1995
Various Artists
2:19
Greatest Hits [Curb] 1995 Curb 2:18
No. 1 Hits of the 60's: Rock & Roll 1996
Various Artists
Richmond
Classic, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
Intercontinental Records
Pop History 1961 1996
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:18
Songs in the Rough 1996
Various Artists
Foundation 2:20
Rock & Roll: 60s Fever 1996
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:22
Greatest Hits [DJT] 1996 DJ Specialist 2:20
Seasons in the Sun [Video] 1997
Various Artists
Galaxy Music 2:26
Runaway with Del Shannon/One Thousand Six-Hundred Sixty-One Seconds 1997 Taragon Records 2:21
60's Rock & Roll, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:25
Sixties Generation: 1961 1997
Various Artists
Retro Music 2:20
Hot Rod: Hot Rod Rebels 1997
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 2:19
Rockfile, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Rockfile 2:20
20th Century Rocks, Vol. 5: '60s Rock N Roll - It's My Party [1997] 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:30
21 Winners: Jukebox Hits of the '60s [1997] 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:31
Greatest Rock & Roll Party, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Great Hits 2:29
Remember the 60's [Intercontinental] 1997
Various Artists
Intercontinental Records 2:21
Rock n' Roll Reunion: Class of 61 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:30
Party Dance Mix [Riviere] 1997
Various Artists
Riviere International Records 1:31
This Is Del Shannon 1997 Music Club Records 2:21
Whole Lotta Rock: 1960-1961 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 2:21
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1960-1969 1997
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 2:21
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
The Best of Juke Box Hits of the 60's 1997
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings 2:25
The Number Ones: The 60's 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 2:18
Greatest Hits of the 60's: 1961 1998
Various Artists
CMM Music 2:28
100 Jukebox Hits: 50's & 60's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:31
The Ultimate History of Rock & Roll Collection, Vol. 3: Teen Idols 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:30
#1 Hits: The Rock 'N' Roll Years 1998
Various Artists
St. Clair / Retro Music 2:20
Beat Goes On [Rivie're] 1998
Various Artists
Riviere International Records 2:18
60's Greatest Rock & Roll Hits 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:31
60's Sock Hop 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:25
American Graffiti Highlights: 25th Anniversary Edition 1998
Original Soundtrack Highlights
MCA 2:18
EP Collection 1961-1965 1998 See For Miles Records 2:20
Rock 'N' Roll Reunion 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 2:30
The Best of Del Shannon [Cleopatra] 1999 Pegasus / Cleopatra 2:19
Mods Vs. Rockers 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:18
Sixties Generation 1999
Various Artists
St. Clair / Boxsets 2:20
The Millennium's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Collectables 2:22
Millennium Party Madness 1999
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:29
Millennium Box Set 1999
Various Artists
Disky 2:20
Party Time, Vol. 4 1999
Various Artists
SPG 2:14
The 60's [Intercontinental] 1999
Various Artists
Intercontinental Records 2:30
From the Vaults/More from the Vaults 1999
Various Artists
Beat Goes On 2:20
Rock N' Roll of the 60's, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Madacy 2:29
The Millennium's Greatest Hits, Vols. 1-2 2000
Various Artists
Collectables 2:21
Hot Hits: Rock N' Roll of the 60's 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:29
Cocodrilo Club 2000
Various Artists
Tempo 2:24
Party Time [SPG] 2000
Various Artists
SPG 2:14
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:20
Definitive Collection [Recall] 2000 Charly Records 2:20
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 8 & 9 2000
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:17
70 Ounces of Gold: Good Time Gold 2000
Various Artists
Compose Records 2:20
Teen Angel 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:20
Rock Revival: Juke Box Jive 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:20
Sixties Generation: A Decade of Change, Vol. 1 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:20
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:20
Number One Hits: 1960-1964 2000
Various Artists
GNP / Crescendo 2:19
Rock & Roll Hall of Famers 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 2:29
20 Hits: Original Recordings 2000 Intercontinental Records 2:21
Greatest R&R Love Songs 2000
Various Artists
EMI 2:20
No Image 2000
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:19
Absolutely the Best 2001 Varese 2:19
Totally Number 1 Hits of the 60s 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:17
Teenage Idols [4 Discs] 2001
Various Artists
Disky Communications 2:20
Non-Stop 60's Party 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:14
20th Century Rocks: '60s Rock 'N Roll - It's My Party [2001] 2001
Various Artists
Bns / k-tel Entertainment,inc / K-Tel / K-Tel Distribution 2:27
A Decade in Sound 2001
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:19
25 All-Time Greatest Hits 2001 Varèse Sarabande / Varese 2:20
Then: Totally Oldies, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 2:22
Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop, Vol. 1: The Greatest Songs from Early Rock 'n' Roll 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:21
A Year in Your Life: 1961, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 2:20
Wolfman Jack's: Graffiti R&R Instrumentals 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:30
Runaway: The Very Best of Del Shannon 2002 Collectables 2:19
Runaway [Pure Gold] 2002 GO (Netherlands) / Go. 2:20
Runaway with Del Shannon/Hats off to Del Shannon 2002 Beat Goes On 2:21
American Graffiti, Vol. 1 2002
Original Soundtrack
DJ Specialist 2:19
Ultimate Jukebox Collection [Ross] 2002
Various Artists
Ross Records 2:30
Golden Treasure: Rock 'n' Roll Superstars 2002
Various Artists
Park South Records / Orpheus Records 2:18
Pure 60's: The #1 Hits 2002
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:19
No Image 2002
Various Artists
Realm Records 2:21
Classic Masters 2003 The Right Stuff / Capitol 2:20
The Songs That Made Them Famous [K-Tel] [16 Tracks] 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:33
Rock 'N' Roll Superstars [Blumountain] 2003
Various Artists
Blumountain Records 2:18
Box of Rock 2003
Various Artists
Import 2:20
1960s School Party Night 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:34
I Love Rock & Roll, Vol. 20 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:22
Rock & Roll's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:21
Home and Away: The Complete Recordings 1960-1970 2004 Bear Family Records 2:24
Legends and Heroes 2004
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:35
Top 20 of Rock 'N' Roll 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:34
Easy Listening Hits [2 Disc] 2006
Various Artists
EQ / EQ Singapore 2:16
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Pure: Rock and Roll 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:19
Pure: 60s [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:18
The Big Top Records Story: Classic New York Pop 1958-1964 2008
Various Artists
Ace 2:20
No Image 2008
Various Artists
CMC Records 2:25
The Rock 'n Roll [Box Set] 2009
Various Artists
Music & Melody 0:00
Good Vibrations [EMI] 2011
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:17
1961 British Hit Parade, Pt. 1: Jan-April 2012
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:21
Music That Inspired American Graffiti 2012
Various Artists
Not Now Music 2:19
America's Greatest Hits, Vol. 12: 1961 2012
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:17
The Complete UK Singles (And More) 1961-1966 2013 Ace 2:21
Britain's Greatest Hits 1961 2013
Various Artists
Acrobat Music / Fabulous 2:19
The Greatest Ever Rock 'N' Roll 2014
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 2:21
The Drugstore's Rockin': Two Silhouettes 2019 Bear Family Records 2:18
21 Super Golden Oldies
Various Artists
Bescol
Box of Rock [Disc 9]
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 2:20
California Dreamin' Collection, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Mega
No Image
Various Artists
Sony BMG
No Image
Original Soundtrack
Warner Bros. 2:17
No Image Phantom
Hit Parade [Mercury]
Various Artists
Hits of the 60s [Delta]
Various Artists
Delta Music Group 2:18
It's Only Rock & Soul, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Artemis Records / Zebralution
Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame, Vol. 5: Leader of the Pack
Various Artists
Legacy 2:22
No Image
Various Artists
Audio Fidelity
The 1961 R&B Hits Collection
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:18
The British Hit Parade: 1959-62
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:19
The Broons Family Album
Various Artists
EMI 2:17
The Party Dance Mix, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Euro Trend 1:31
The Rebirth of the Sixties
Various Artists
Music Brokers 2:30
The Ultimate Collection: Number 1s
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:28