Our Top 10 Ben E. King songs list looks back at the songs of one of rock and roll’s most iconic voices. There is no argument that when one thinks of Ben E. King, the song “Stand By Me,” is usually the first one that pops into mind. That classic song stands as just one of the highlights of Ben E. King’s solo career. Before he launched his solo career in 1961, Ben E. King was known as the lead singer in the classic group The Drifters. That group had many hits featuring the silk vocals of Ben E. King.