Why Do Fools Fall in Love (2:21)

Cover of The Best of Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers

From The Best of Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers and 88 other releases

Why Do Fools Fall in Love is a song that was originally a hit for early New York City-based rock and roll group Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers in 1956. It reached #3 on Billboard magazine’s Pop Singles Chart, and number one in the UK Singles Chart. The song is ranked #307 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Writing credits

Writing credits for the song were originally attributed to its singer Frankie Lymon and record producer George Goldner. Goldner’s name was later replaced by Morris Levy when Levy bought Goldner’s interest in Gee Records, the Teenagers’ record company.

After a lengthy court battle, song-writing credits were awarded to original Teenagers members Herman Santiago and Jimmy Merchant in December 1992.

However, four years later in 1996, this ruling was overturned by the Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit under the statute of limitations and authorship, because Santiago and Merchant did not bring the case to court soon enough. This gave the song rights back to Lymon and Levy. The current publisher of the song is EMI Music Publishing, which still lists these as the songwriters


Everyone’s tags

More tags

Play with Spotify

Albums featuring this track (89)

Similar Tracks

  Track   Duration Listeners
Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers - Little Bitty Pretty One 2:41 17,133
Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers - I Want You to Be My Girl 2:55 9,304
The Five Satins - To the Aisle 2:50 11,187
The Heartbeats - A Thousand Miles Away 2:26 18,325
The Crests - Sixteen Candles 2:52 40,092
The Earls - Remember Then 2:07 14,090

Listening Trend

89,513listeners all time
310,683scrobbles all time
Recent listeners trend:

Explore more


Leave a comment. Log in to Last.fm or sign up.
  • tudde65


    5 Jul 1:10am Reply
  • TheEnchantress

    Silly question, it's because we're ALL fools at some point in our lives......... and love is usually at the root of it!

    13 Mar 8:38pm Reply
  • Campbell1961

    I like this song.

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
  • userabc123


    27 Sep 2013 Reply
  • bohemian_chic

    Oh Tommy... you big fibber!!! Great song!

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • kracked

    frankie you just couldn't lay off the smack you little fuck

    19 Aug 2013 Reply
  • sternenfee0

    .......( ◠‿◠).......♥`❥•♪♫

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • NitaD1

    Fools never learn.......great track too

    14 Feb 2013 Reply
  • therottingone

    The 50s had some some of the best music!

    2 Nov 2012 Reply
  • wolfy76484

    I just love this song 1956..just a toddler...me

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • BlueOclock

    What most people don't know is that John Wayne played sax on this number....so multi talented he was! Of course I have a marked propensity for lying now and again. I do hope you'll forgive me! What a great song this is, and that's the truth!

    20 Jul 2012 Reply
  • germanchumash

    I really love this song, so good to dance to.

    4 May 2012 Reply
  • chingbling

    Why indeed. Some of us fools never learn. I'll get it right some day. People think I'm addicted to wedding cake. lol

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • ReadySetGoManGo

    THAT VOICE. Could take on any of the headliners today without breaking a sweat!

    26 Apr 2012 Reply
  • LocoThom

    Better than Michael when he was this way.. now who wants to challenge me on that statement!?

    12 Apr 2012 Reply
  • LeRoyUSBanker

    Here is another Bronx Boy, who made me jump and do the BOP when I was just starting to dig music of my generation. This is still one of my all time favorites. Yes

    6 Apr 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    the brass is great on this,croon away,Frankie!

    22 Mar 2012 Reply
  • okrebecca

    why do federal judges concern themselves with 50s intellectual property cases in the 90s? tell me why...

    7 Mar 2012 Reply
  • TommyWommy97

    Oh wait no...He's dead...

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • germanchumash

    Now this is good old music to dance to like the malt shops i use to dance at after school, that was the good days of good old Rock and Roll Music.

    18 Jan 2012 Reply
  • All 124 shouts

Top Listeners