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“Diana” By Paul Anka

“Diana” is a vintage pop song written by Paul Anka that was released in 1957. The song has a romantic vibe with a fast pace. The quick sharp trumpet and electric guitar noises in the beginning of the song and between the chorus is what sets its pace.

The song itself was written about a girl named Diana Ayoub who Paul Anka had a crush on at the time. As the lyrics point out she was much older than him, five years older to be exact. His crush did not lead to any romance with Diana but it did make Paul a huge success. The song was the perfect example of what teenage love was like back in the 50s and with that perfection his song landed number one in the United States within a week of its release. It would turn out to be the biggest hit song of Paul’s career. He was only 15 years old at the time of its release and had three more songs on the top 20 charts along with “Diana” by the end of the year.

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