Was “Sweet Caroline” Neil Diamond’s biggest song?
Nov 13, 2023
Neil Diamond is one of the most successful singer-songwriters of all time, with a career spanning over 60 years. His songs have been covered by countless artists, and his concerts have sold out stadiums around the world.
One of Diamond’s most popular and enduring songs is “Sweet Caroline.” Released in 1969, the song was a critical and commercial success, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It has since become a staple of sporting events, sing-alongs, and karaoke nights around the world.
So, was “Sweet Caroline” Neil Diamond’s biggest song? In terms of commercial success, it is certainly one of his most successful, having sold over two million copies in the United States alone. It is also one of his most enduring songs, still receiving regular airplay and being performed by other artists over 50 years after its release.
However, Diamond has had other songs that have been even more commercially successful. For example, his song “Cracklin’ Rosie” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1970, and his song “I Am…I Said” reached number four in 1971.
Ultimately, whether or not “Sweet Caroline” is Neil Diamond’s biggest song is a matter of opinion. It is certainly one of his most popular and enduring songs, but it is not his most commercially successful.
Fun Fact: “Sweet Caroline” is sung twice in the Neil Diamond musical, A Beautiful Noise. To learn more, click here.