Runaway_(Del_Shannon_song)_single_cover#4 – Del Shannon – “Runaway” – (1961)

What a great song. This might be the epitome of post-1950s, pre-Beatles rock and roll. It was a #1 hit, Shannon’s biggest, and has been covered and featured countless times. Tom Petty must be a fan of this song because he references it in “Runnin’ Down a Dream” and actually recorded it as part of the Traveling Wilburys, which led to rumors that Del Shannon was going to join the group… which would’ve been awesome.

220px-Linkin_park_hybrid_theoryLinkin Park – Runaway – 2000

Linkin Park was the hottest thing in rock music in 2000 and 2001. Hybrid Theory officially only had four singles but I swear I heard 90% of this album on the radio. “Runaway” was not an official single but it did chart – peaking at #37 on the Mainstream Rock chart. I still know almost every word of this song somehow…