Paul Anka

1941 - Today

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Paul Albert Anka (born July 30, 1941) is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter and actor. He is best known for his signature hit songs including "Diana", "Lonely Boy", "Put Your Head on My Shoulder", and "(You're) Having My Baby". Anka also wrote the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson; one of Tom Jones' biggest hits, "She's a Lady"; and the English lyrics to Claude François and Jacques Revaux's music for Frank Sinatra's signature song "My Way", which has been recorded by many, including Elvis Presley. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Anka has received more than 10,422,229 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Paul Anka is the 178th most popular singer (down from 155th in 2019), the 48th most popular biography from Canada (down from 39th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Canadian Singer.

Paul Anka is most famous for his song, "Puppy Love," which he wrote when he was 14 years old.

Memorability Metrics

  • 10M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 61.77

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 55

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.90

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.81

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among singers, Paul Anka ranks 178 out of 4,381Before him are Ivan Rebroff, Charles Trenet, Jon Bon Jovi, Tom Jones, Birgit Nilsson, and Suzi Quatro. After him are Tom Morello, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Basshunter, Little Richard, John Denver, and Zarah Leander.

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Among people born in 1941, Paul Anka ranks 78Before him are Karl Barry Sharpless, Cass Elliot, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Linda McCartney, Vladimir Voronin, and Mohamed Ghannouchi. After him are John E. Walker, Tom Conti, Sergio Oliva, Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr., Josip Skoblar, and Otis Redding.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, Paul Anka ranks 48 out of 1,622Before him are Howard Shore (1946), Henry Mintzberg (1939), John Kenneth Galbraith (1908), Mary Pickford (1892), Joni Mitchell (1943), and Princess Margriet of the Netherlands (1943). After him are William Vickrey (1914), Charles Brenton Huggins (1901), Ryan Gosling (1980), Oscar Peterson (1925), Lois Maxwell (1927), and Maye Musk (1948).

Among SINGERS In Canada

Among singers born in Canada, Paul Anka ranks 4Before him are Celine Dion (1968), Bryan Adams (1959), and Drake (1986). After him are Mylène Farmer (1961), Denny Doherty (1940), Justin Bieber (1994), Shania Twain (1965), Shawn Mendes (1998), Nelly Furtado (1978), Alanis Morissette (1974), and Michael Bublé (1975).