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Johnny B. Goode: How The World Remembers Chuck Berry

Fans remember the legendary rock pioneer through his biggest hits

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Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry. — REUTERS
Mar 19, 2017 at 10:12 AM ET

As the world mourns the loss of Chuck Berry, the legendary rock n’ roll artist who helped define the genre in the 1950s and ’60s, Twitter remembered the man through his songs.

Vocativ analyzed hundreds of thousands of Twitter posts about Chuck Berry posted since Saturday night, when his death was announced, to see which of his hits were most discussed as people paid tribute to the rock innovator. “Johnny B. Goode,” “Rock and Roll Music,” and “Roll Over Beethoven” were the most popular on Twitter, with “Maybellene” and “Sweet Little Sixteen” rounding out the top five.

Since he passed away on March 18 at age 90, Chuck Berry has been mentioned in over 745,000 tweets. Berry’s most-mentioned song, clocking in at 47,779 mentions, was Johnny B. Goode, the semi-autobiographical 1958 song about an artist’s rise to stardom. The song received a boost in 1985, when Marty McFly played it as his own in the movie “Back to the Future.”

“Rock and Roll Music,” released in 1957, was mentioned 11,843 times. The song is a tribute the the genre Berry loved, and was covered many times since by everyone from the Beatles to the Beach Boys. “Roll Over Beethoven” was mentioned 6,361 times, while “Maybellene” and “Sweet Little Sixteen” were remembered 2,382 times and 2,219 times, respectively.

Chuck Berry’s death reverberated around the music world, prompting tributes by major artists the world over.