Thursday, December 31, 1998

Dave Marsh: Song of the Year (1951-1998)

First posted 4/8/2020.

Dave Marsh

Song of the Year, 1951-1998

Rock critic Dave Marsh published Book of Rock Lists in 1981. It included lists of the best songs each year from 1955 to 1980. You can see the full lists for each year here. The #1 songs from each year are listed below.

In 1989, Marsh published The Heart of Rock & Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made, the book I attribute to starting my fascination with music lists. A new edition in 1998 added another 101 songs to the original list. To determine the songs of the year from 1951-1954 and 1981-1998, the songs appearing in either addition of Heart of Rock & Soul were ranked based on overall status in Dave’s Music Database. Here are the results:


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Dave Marsh: 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made

First posted 4/7/2020.

Dave Marsh

The Heart of Rock & Soul: 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made

This book, published in 1989, is pretty much responsible for Dave’s Music Database. No, I’m not Dave Marsh, but his book was my first foray into best-of lists. I’ve been hooked ever since. Here’s the list:

1. Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968)
2. Chuck Berry “Johnny B. Goode” (1958)
3. James Brown “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” (1965)
4. Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (1966)
5. The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” (1965)
6. The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1965)
7. Bob Dylan “Like a Rolling Stone” (1965)
8. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)
9. Little Richard “Tutti Frutti” (1955)
10. Martha & the Vandellas “Nowhere to Run” (1965)

11. The Kingsmen “Louie Louie” (1963)
12. Elvis Presley “Mystery Train” (1955)
13. Big Joe Turner “Shake, Rattle and Roll” (1954)
14. Jerry Lee Lewis “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” (1957)
15. Otis Redding “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” (1968)
16. Sly & The Family Stone “Everyday People” (1968)
17. Roy Orbison “Only the Lonely” (1960)
18. Aretha Franklin “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” (1967)
19. The Countours “Do You Love Me” (1962)
20. The Ronettes “Be My Baby” (1963)

21. The Crystals “Da Doo Ron Ron” (1963)
22. Darlene Love “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” (1963)
23. Sam & Dave “Hold on, I’m Comin’” (1966)
24. Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” (1975)
25. Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On” (1971)
26. Creedence Clearwater Revival “Who’ll Stop the Rain” (1970)
27. The Temptations “My Girl” (1964)
28. Van Halen “Jump” (1984)
29. The Beatles “Ticket to Ride” (1965)
30. The Drifters “There Goes My Baby” (1959)

31. Percy Sledge “When a Man Loves a Woman” (1966)
32. Sam Cooke “A Change Is Gonna Come” (1965)
33. Buddy Holly & the Crickets “That’ll Be the Day” (1957)
34. Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs “Stay” (1960)
35. Otis Redding “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” (1965)
36. The Skyliners “Since I Don’t Have You” (1959)
37. The Four Tops “Bernadette” (1967)
38. The Beatles “She Loves You” (1963)
39. Roy Orbison “(Oh) Pretty Woman” (1964)
40. The Who “I Can See for Miles” (1967)

41. Ray Charles “What’d I Say” (1959)
42. Jackie Wilson “Lonely Teardrops” (1958)
43. The Chiffons “One Fine Day” (1963)
44. Stevie Wonder “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” (1965)
45. Prince “Little Red Corvette” (1983)
46. The Miracles “The Tracks of My Tears” (1965)
47. Fats Domino “Blueberry Hill” (1956)
48. Madonna “Live to Tell” (1986)
49. Little Willie John “Need Your Love So Bad’ (1956)
50. Martha & the Vandellas “Heat Wave” (1963)

51. Chuck Berry “Back in the U.S.A.” (1959)
52. Aretha Franklin “Chain of Fools” (1967)
53. The Temptations “Since I Lost My Baby” (1965)
54. Ray Charles “Hit the Road Jack” (1961)
55. Little Eva “The Loco-Motion” (1962)
56. The Rolling Stones “Get Off of My Cloud” (1965)
57. Sly & the Family Stone “Dance to the Music” (1968)
58. The Chiffons “He’s So Fine” (1963)
59. The Crystals “Then He Kissed Me” (1963)
60. Chuck Berry “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956)

61. Clarence Carter “The Dark End of the Street” (1969)
62. Buddy Holly & the Crickets “Rave On” (1958)
63. Elvis Presley “Good Rockin’ Tonight” (1954)
64. The Beatles “I Saw Her Standing There” (1964)
65. Sam & Dave “When Something Is Wrong with My Baby” (1967)
66. Roy Orbison “In Dreams” (1963)
67. Noland Strong & the Diablos “The Wind” (1954)
68. The Drifters “On Broadway” (1963)
69. Them “Gloria” (1965)
70. Little Richard “Good Golly Miss Molly” (1958)

71. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
72. Ben E. King “Stand by Me” (1961)
73. Claudine Clark “Party Lights” (1962)
74. Chic “Good Times” (1979)
75. The Beach Boys “Don’t Worry, Baby” (1964)
76. Toots & Maytals “54 46 Was My Number” (1972)
77. Grandmaster Melle Mel “White Lines (Don’t Do It)” (1983)
78. Sham the Sham & the Pharoahs “Wooly Bully” (1965)
79. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (1967)
80. Prince “When Doves Cry” (1984)

81. The Chantays “Pipeline” (1963)
82. Bobby “Blue” Bland “Ain’t Nothin’ You Can Do” (1964)
83. The Trammps “Disco Inferno” (1977)
84. The Jackson 5 “I Want You Back” (1969)
85. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1982)
86. James Brown “Cold Sweat” (1967)
87. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five “The Message” (1982)
88. The Coasters “Yakety Yak” (1958)
89. Jerry Butler “Only the Strong Survive” (1969)
90. Mickey & Sylvia “Love Is Strange” (1957)

91. The Animals “The House of the Rising Sun” (1964)
92. Ritchie Valens “La Bamba” (1958)
93. Carl Perkins “Blue Suede Shoes” (1956)
94. Bob Dylan “I Want You” (1966)
95. Otis Redding & Carla Thomas “Tramp” (1967)
96. ? & the Mysterians “96 Tears” (1966)
97. Darlene Love “A Fine, Fine Boy” (1963)
98. Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (1983)
99. The Stanley Brothers “Rank Strangers” (1960)
100. Sex Pistols “Anarchy in the U.K.” (1976)


101. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell “If I Could Build My World Around You” (1967)
102. The Bobby Fuller Four “I Fought the Law” (1966)
103. Roy Orbison “Crying” (1961)
104. Bill Doggett “Honky Tonk” (1956)
105. The Shirelles “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (1960)
106. The Clash “This Is England” (1985)
107. The Clash “White Man in Hammersmith Palais” (1978)
108. The Young Rascals “Good Lovin’” (1966)
109. Little Willie John “Fever” (1956)
110. Booker T & the MGs “Green Onions” (1962)

111. Dion “Runaround Sue” (1961)
112. Dion “The Wanderer” (1961)
113. Bobby “Blue” Band “Lead Me On” (1960)
114. Buddy Holly & the Crickets “Peggy Sue” (1957)
115. Martha & the Vandellas “Dancing in the Street” (1964)
116. The Drifters “Up on the Roof” (1962)
117. The Schoolboys “Please Say You Want Me” (1957)
118. Don Henley “The Boys of Summer” (1984)
119. The Trashmen “Surfin’ Bird” (1963)
120. The Rivingtons “The Bird’s the Word” (1963)

121. The Rivingtons “Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow” (1962)
122. Fats Domino “Blue Monday” (1957)
123. Bruce Channel “Hey! Baby” (1962)
124. B.J. Thomas “Rock and Roll Lullaby” (1972)
125. Creedence Clearwater Revival “Proud Mary” (1969)
126. The Four Tops “Standing in the Shadows of Love” (1966)
127. Aretha Franklin “Ain’t No Way” (1968)
128. Aretha Franklin “Angel” (1973)
129. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell “Your Precous Love” (1967)
130. Elvis Presley “Don’t Be Cruel” (1956)

131. Chan Romero “Hippy Hippy Shake” (1959)
132. Bruce Springsteen “Born in the U.S.A.” (1984)
133. The Who “My Generation” (1966)
134. Chuck Berry “Promised Land” (1964)
135. Sex Pistols “God Save the Queen” (1977)
136. Maurice & Mac “You Left the Water Running” (1968)
137. James Brown “Prisoner of Love” (1963)
138. James Brown “Bewildered” (1961)
139. The Rolling Stones “Street Fighting Man” (1968)
140. Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get It On” (1973)

141. The Chantels “Maybe” (1958)
142. Gary “U.S.” Bonds “Quarter to Three” (1961)
143. The Elegants “Little Star” (1958)
144. The Showmen “It Will Stand” (1961)
145. Dobiie Gray “Drift Away” (1973)
146. Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston “It Takes Two” (1967)
147. Otis Redding “Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)” (1966)
148. Madonna “Crazy for You” (1985)
149. The Shirelles “Soldier Boy” (1962)
150. Cannibal & the Headhunters “Land of 1000 Dances” (1965)

151. Chris Kenner “Land of 1000 Dances” (1963)
152. Wilson Pickett “Land of 1000 Dances” (1966)
153. Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force “Planet Rock” (1982)
154. The Platters “The Great Pretender” (1955)
155. Otis Redding “Try a Little Tenderness” (1966)
156. Derek & the Dominos “Layla” (1971)
157. Ray Charles “Drown in My Own Tears” (1956)
158. Joni Mitchell “You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio” (1972)
159. Peter Gabriel “Solsbury Hill” (1977)
160. Prince with Sheena Easton “U Got the Look” (1987)

161. The Coasters “Searchin’” (1957)
162. Fats Domino “Walking to New Orleans” (1960)
163. The Four Tops “Baby I Need Your Loving” (1964)
164. Donna Summer “Cold Love” (1980)
165. James Brown “Get Up (I Feel Like a Sex Machine)” (1970)
166. The Four Seasons “Silence Is Golden” (1964)
167. Ray Charles “Lonely Avenue” (1956)
168. Jackie Wilson “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher” (1967)
169. The Spencer Davis Group “Gimme Some Lovin’” (1966)
170. The Swingin’ Medallions “Double Shot of Shot of My Baby’s Love” (1966)

171. Aretha Franklin “Think” (1968)
172. The Temptations “Don’t Look Back” (1965)
173. The Clash “London Calling” (1979)
174. Little Eva “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby” (1962)
175. Ritchie Valens “Donna” (1958)
176. The Impressions “People Get Ready” (1965)
177. The Beatles “Twist and Shout” (1964)
178. Little Stevie Wonder “Fingertips (Part 2)” (1963)
179. Grandmaster Flash & Furious Five “The Adventures on the Wheels of Steel” (1981)
180. Chuck Berry “Sweet Little Sixteen” (1958)

181. Wilbert Harrison “Kansas City” (1959)
182. Rick Nelson “Garden Party” (1972)
183. Jerry Lee Lewis “Great Balls of Fire” (1957)
184. The Jewels “Hearts of Stone” (1954)
185. Lynyrd Skynyrd “Sweet Home Alabama” (1974)
186. Marvin Gaye “One More Heartache” (1966)
187. Prince & the Revolution “Let’s Go Crazy” (1984)
188. The Five Royales “Dedicated to the One I Love” (1958)
189. The Shirelles “Dedicated to the One I Love” (1959)
190. The Rolling Stones “19th Nervous Breakdown” (1966)

191. Wilson Pickett “Ninety-Nine and a Half Won't Do” (1966)
192. Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” (1956)
193. The Drifters “White Christmas” (1954)
194. The Jive Five “My True Story” (1961)
195. Darlene Love “Today I Met the Boy I'm Gonna Marry” (1963)
196. Sly & the Family Stone “Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin” (1970)
197. Van Morrison “Domino” (1970)
198. Creedence Clearwater Revival “Bad Moon Rising” (1969)
199. Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force “Looking for the Perfect Beat” (1982)
200. The Shangri-La’s “Give Him a Great Big Kiss” (1964)


201. Aretha Franklin “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You” (1967)
202. Lipps Inc. “Funkytown” (1980)
203. Elvis Costello “Less Than Zero” (1977)
204. The Coasters “That Is Rock and Roll” (1959)
205. Junior Walker & the All-Stars “Way Back Home” (1971)
206. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “All Along the Watchtower” (1968)
207. The Byrds “Mr. Tambourine Man” (1968)
208. Bob Dylan “Sooner or Later One of Us Must Know” (1966)
209. Wilson Pickett “In the Midnight Hour” (1965)
210. Edwin Starr “Stop Her on Sight (S.O.S.)” (1966)

211. The Diamonds “Little Darlin’” (1957)
212. Double Dee & Steinski “Payoff Mix (Mastermix of Play That...)” (1985)
213. Gene Chandler “Duke of Earl” (1962)
214. The Four Seasons “Walk Like a Man” (1963)
215. The Stylistics “Rockin’ Roll Baby” (1973)
216. Bobby Fuller Four “Let Her Dance” (1966)
217. The Platters “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” (1958)
218. The Platters “Only You and You Alone” (1955)
219. The Beach Boys “Fun Fun Fun” (1964)
220. Toots & the Maytals “Pressure Drop” (1970)

221. Chck Berry “Maybellene” (1955)
222. The Impressions “For Your Precious Love” (1958)
223. James Brown “I Got You (I Feel Good)” (1965)
224. Aretha Franklin “Rock Steady” (1971)
225. The Rolling Stones “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (1969)
226. The MC5 “Kick Out the Jams” (1969)
227. Prince “1999” (1982)
228. Sonny & Cher “I Got You Babe” (1965)
229. The Spaniels “Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight” (1954)
230. Lloyd Price “Stagger Lee” (1958)

231. Cyndi Lauper “Money Changes Everything” (1984)
232. Barrett Strong “Money (That’s What I Want)” (1960)
233. Stevie Wonder “Superstition” (1972)
234. The Pretenders “Back on the Chain Gang” (1982)
235. The Everly Brothers “Bye Bye Love” (1957)
236. Ray Charles “Let’s Go Get Stoned” (1966)
237. The Rascals “People Got to Be Free” (1968)
238. Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels “Devil with a Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly” (1966)
239. The Searchers “Needles and Pins” (1964)
240. Little Richard “Rip It Up” (1956)

241. Jimmy Ruffin “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” (1966)
242. Creedence Clearwater Revival “Fortunate Son” (1969)
243. Bob Dylan “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (live)” (1966)
244. The Rolling Stones “Tumbling Dice” (1972)
245. The Volumes “I Love You” (1962)
246. Al Green “Call Me (Come Back Home)” (1973)
247. Smokey Robinson “Cruisin’” (1979)
248. The Crystals “He’s a Rebel” (1962)
249. The Crystals “He’s Sure the Boy I Love” (1962)
250. The Beach Boys “I Get Around” (1964)

251. The Kinks “All Day and All of the Night” (1964)
252. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Purple Haze” (1967)
253. Van Morrison “Wavelength” (1978)
254. The Students “I’m So Young” (1958)
255. Billy Stwart “Summertime” (1966)
256. Rod Stewart “Maggie May” (1971)
257. The Miracles “I Second That Emotion” (1967)
258. Madonna “True Blue” (1986)
259. The Beatles “Help!” (1965)
260. War “Slippin’ into Darkness” (1971)

261. Run-D.M.C. “It’s Like That” (1983)
262. Joe Tex “Hold What You’ve Got” (1964)
263. Bo Diddley “Who Do You Love” (1956)
264. The Four Seasons “Sherry” (1962)
265. Nathaniel Mayer & the Fabulous Twilights “Village of Love” (1962)
266. The Michael Stanley Band “My Town” (1983)
267. John Cougar Mellencamp “Small Town” (1985)
268. Mel & Tim “Starting All Over Again” (1972)
269. Freda Payne “Bring the Boys Home” (1970)
270. The Knickerbockers “Lies” (1965)

271. The Trammps “Hold Back the Night” (1976)
272. James Brown “Please Please Please” (1956)
273. Jackie Wilson “Rett Petite” (1957)
274. Sam Cooke “Having a Party” (1962)
275. Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” (1972)
276. The Dixie Cups “Chapel of Love” (1964)
277. Chuck Berry “Carol” (1958)
278. Little Richard “Long Tall Sally” (1956)
279. Archie Bell & the Drells “Tighten Up” (1968)
280. The Four Tops “It’s the Same Old Song” (1965)

281. Bruce Springsteen “Dancing in the Dark” (1984)
282. Madonna “Papa Don’t Preach” (1986)
283. The Diamonds “The Stroll” (1957)
284. Little Richard “I Don’t Know What You Got, But It’s Got Me” (1965)
285. Curtis Mayfield “Freddie’s Dead” (1972)
286. The Rockin’ Rebels “Wild Weekend” (1962)
287. Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers “I’m Not a Juvenile Delinquent” (1956)
288. The Beach Boys “Help Me Rhonda” (1965)
289. The Beach Boys “Kiss Me Baby” (1965)
290. William Bell “You Don’t Miss Your Water” (1962)

291. Stevie Wonder “Living for the City” (1973)
292. The Moonglows “Sincerely” (1955)
293. The Dells “Oh What a Night” (1969)
294. Count Five “Psychotic Reaction” (1966)
295. Ray Charles “I Believe to My Soul” (1959)
296. Gladys Knight & the Pips “Midnight Train to Georgia” (1973)
297. Little Willie John “Let Them Talk” (1960)
298. Edwin Starr “War” (1969)
299. The Temptations “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” (1972)
300. Elvis Presley “That’s All Right, Mama” (1954)


301. Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes “Bad Luck (Part 1)” (1975)
302. The Persuaders “Thin Line Between Love and Hate” (1971)
303. Ray Charles “Night Time Is the Right Time” (1959)
304. The Stories “Brother Louie” (1973)
305. Fontella Bass “Rescue Me” (1973)
306. The Jackson 5 “I’ll Be There” (1970)
307. Earth, Wind & Fire “Serpentine Fire” (1977)
308. The Drifters “Under the Boardwalk” (1964)
309. The Tokens “The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)” (1961)
310. James & Bobby Purify “I’m Your Puppet” (1966)

311. Chic “Le Freak” (1978)
312. Wilson Pickett “Funky Broadway” (1967)
313. Dyke & the Blazers “Funky Broadway” (1967)
314. Sly & the Family Stone “Hot Fun in the Summertime” (1969)
315. The Who “Substitute” (1966)
316. Merle Haggard “Hungry Eyes” (1969)
317. The Crystals “There’s No Other Like My Baby” (1961)
318. Little Walter “Mean Old World” (1952)
319. The Chi-Lites “Oh Girl” (1972)
320. The Rolling Stones “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (1968)

321. Ray Charles “Georgia on My Mind” (1960)
322. Muddy Waters “Mannish Boy” (1955)
323. Roy Orbison “Runing Scared” (1961)
324. The Kendalls “The Pittsburgh Stealers” (1978)
325. John Cougar Mellencamp “Pink Houses” (1983)
326. Bob Dylan “Positively 4th Street” (1965)
327. Del Shannon “Stranger in Town” (1965)
328. James Brown “Try Me” (1958)
329. The Miracles “Ooo Baby Baby” (1965)
330. Ray Charles “Crying Time” (1965)

331. Dion & the Belmonts “I Wonder Why” (1958)
332. Eddie Floyd “Big Bird” (1968)
333. Bobby “Blue” Band “Farther Up the Road” (1957)
334. Manfred Mann “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” (1964)
335. Chaka Khan “I Feel for You” (1984)
336. George Jones “She Thinks I Still Care” (1962)
337. Bobby Bare “Detroit City” (1963)
338. The Box Tops “Soul Deep” (1969)
339. Billy Ocean “Get Out of My Dreams, Get into My Car” (1988)
340. LaVern Baker “Jim Dandy Got Married” (1957)

341. Chuck Berry “You Never Can Tell” (1964)
342. Marvin Gaye “Can I Get a Witness” (1963)
343. Chuck Jackson “Any Day Now” (1962)
344. The Radiants “Voice Your Choice” (1964)
345. The Dells “Stay in My Corner” (1965)
346. The Falcons “You’re So Vine” (1959)
347. Dionne Warwick “Walk on By” (1964)
348. The Ronettes “Do I Love You?” (1964)
349. The Trade Winds “New York’s a Lonely Town” (1965)
350. The Temptations “I Know I’m Losing You” (1966)
351. Clarence Carter “Sixty Minute Man” (1973)
352. Johnny Ace “Pledging My Love” (1955)
353. The Human Beinz “Nobody But Me” (1967)
354. Major Lance “The Monkey Time” (1963)
355. Sam Cooke “Shake” (1965)
356. The Miracles “I Gotta Dance to Keep from Crying” (1963)
357. The Byrds “Goin’ Back” (1967)
358. The O’Jays “Back Stabbers” (1972)
359. Aretha Franklin “(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone” (1968)
360. Gene Pitney “It Hurts to Be in Love” (1964)

361. Sonny Charles & the Checkmates Ltd. “Black Pearl” (1969)
362. Percy Sledge “Take Time to Know Her” (1968)
363. The Chairmen of the Board “Give Me Just a Little More Time” (1970)
364. Prince “Delirious” (1983)
365. Jerry Butler “He Will Break Your Heart” (1960)
366. Sam Cooke “Bring It on Home to Me” (1962)
367. Johnnie Taylor “Who’s Making Love” (1968)
368. Little Anthony & the Imperials “Goin’ Out of My Head” (1964)
369. The Robins “Smokey Joe’s Café” (1955)
370. War “The World Is a Ghetto” (1972)

371. Del Shannon “Keep Searchin’” (1964)
372. Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (1988)
373. Little Willie John “There Is Someone in This World for Me” (1958)
374. The Danleers “One Summer Night” (1958)
375. The Supremes “Love Child” (1968)
376. Bo Diddley “I’m a Man” (1955)
377. The Jaynettes “Sally Go ‘Round the Roses” (1963)
378. Marvin Gaye “You’re a Wonderful One” (1964)
379. The Dominos “The Bells” (1953)
380. The Orioles “Crying in the Chapel” (1953)

381. Ray Price “Heartaches by the Number” (1959)
382. The Beatles “Day Tripper” (1965)
383. Jack Nitzsche “The Lonely Surfer” (1963)
384. Chuck Willis “What Am I Living For” (1958)
385. Jackson Browne “Running on Empty” (1978)
386. Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band “Roll Me Away” (1983)
387. MFSB “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)” (1974)
388. Buddy Holly & the Crickets “Maybe Baby” (1958)
389. Patsy Cline “I Fall to Pieces” (1961)
390. The Drifters “Money Honey” (1953)

391. Cameo “Word Up” (1986)
392. The Capris “There’s a Moon Out Tonight” (1958)
393. The Olympics “Western Movies” (1958)
394. James Carr “The Dark End of the Street” (1967)
395. The Who “I Can’t Explain” (1965)
396. Peter Gabriel “Sledgehammer” (1986)
397. Fats Domino “I Want to Walk You Home” (1959)
398. The Spinners “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love” (1972)
399. The Guess Who “Shakin’ All Over” (1965)
400. Bruce Springsteen “Brilliant Disguise” (1987)


401. The Four Seasons “Rag Doll” (1964)
402. Stevie Wonder “You Haven’t Done Nothin’” (1974)
403. Roy Orbison “Blue Bayou” (1963)
404. Otis Redding “These Arms of Mine” (1962)
405. The Yardbirds “I’m a Man” (1965)
406. The Silhouettes “Get a Job” (1958)
407. The O’Jays “Love Train” (1973)
408. Chuck Berry “School Days” (1957)
409. Chuck Willis “Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes” (1958)
410. The Eternals “Babalu’s Wedding Day” (1959)

411. The Drifters “This Magic Moment” (1960)
412. The Everly Brothers “Wake Up Little Susie” (1957)
413. Elvis Presley “Suspicious Minds” (1969)
414. Rick Nelson “Hello Mary Lou” (1961)
415. The Jive Five “What Time Is It” (1962)
416. Ann Peebles “I Can’t Stand the Rain” (1973)
417. Ben E. King “Spanish Harlem” (1960)
418. Van Morrison “Brown-Eyed Girl” (1967)
419. Edwin Starr “Agent Double-O-Soul” (1965)
420. Johnny Rivers “Secret Agent Man” (1966)

421. Ray Price “Crazy Arms” (1956)
422. The Five Royales “Think” (1957)
423. Jimmy Cliff “Many Rivers to Cross” (1972)
424. Led Zeppelin “Rock and Roll” (1971)
425. Patsy Cline “She’s Got You” (1962)
426. The Temptations “I Wish It Would Rain” (1968)
427. Dick & Dee Dee “The Mountain’s High” (1961)
428. Stevie Nicks “Edge of Seventeen” (1981)
429. The Drifters “Your Promise to Be Mine” (1956)
430. Marvin Gaye “Ain’t That Peculiar” (1965)

431. Elvis Presley “Little Sister” (1961)
432. Jackie Wilson “Doggin’ Around” (1960)
433. Earth, Wind & Fire “Shining Star” (1975)
434. The Blue Jays “Lover’s Island” (1961)
435. George Jones “He Stopped Loving Her Today” (1980)
436. The Chi-Lites “Have You Seen Her” (1971)
437. Dave Dudley “Six Days on the Road” (1963)
438. The Five Satins “In the Still of the Night” (1956)
439. James Brown “Night Train” (1962)
440. Jimmy Forrest “Night Train” (1952)

441. Sam & Dave “You Don’t Know Like I Know” (1966)
442. B.B. King “Rock Me Baby” (1964)
443. Shirley & Company “Shame Shame Shame” (1975)
444. Joey Dee & the Starlighters “Peppermint Twist” (1962)
445. Gladys Knight & the Pips “Neither One of Us Wants to Be the First the Say Goodbye” (1973)
446. The Spinners “One of a Kind Love Affair” (1973)
447. Solomon Burke “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” (1964)
448. The Temptations “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” (1966)
449. Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels “Little Latin Lupe Lu” (1966)
450. The Righteous Brothers “Little Latin Lupe Lu” (1963)

451. The Marvelows “I Do” (1965)
452. Dion “Daddy Rollin’ (In Your Arms)” (1968)
453. The Drifters “Save the Last Dance for Me” (1960)
454. “I Love Rock and Roll” Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (1981)
455. Otis Redding “I Can’t Turn You Loose” (1966)
456. Eddie Floyd “Knock on Wood” (1966)
457. Little Willie John “All Around the World” (1955)
458. Clarence Carter “Slip Away” (1968)
459. Joe South “Don’t It Make You Want to Go Home” (1969)
460. Lloyd Price “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” (1952)

461. Link Wray & His Raymen “Rumble” (1958)
462. Sex Pistols “Holiday in the Sun” (1977)
463. Chuck Berry Brown-Eyed Handsom Man” (1956)
464. Buddy Holly & the Crickets “Think It Over” (1958)
465. Buddy Holly & the Crickets “I’m Lookin’ for Someone to Love” (1957)
466. Al Green “Tired of Being Alone” (1971)
467. Junior Walker & the All-Stars “I’m a Road Runner” (1966)
468. Faye Adams “Shake a Hand” (1953)
469. The Impressions “Gypsy Woman” (1961)
470. Waylon Jennings “Amanda” (1979)

471. Carole King “It’s Too Late” (1971)
472. Aretha Franklin “Baby I Love You” (1967)
473. Little Richard “Slippin’ and Slidin’” (1956)
474. Fats Domino “I’m in Love Again” (1956)
475. Bob Marley & the Wailers “No Woman, No Cry” (1975)
476. Donna Summer “On the Radio” (1980)
477. The Young Rascals “Groovin’” (1967)
478. Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band “Night Moves” (1976)
479. The Allman Brothers Band “Ramblin’ Man” (1973)
480. Elvis Presley “Baby Let’s Play House” (19550

481. Michael Jackson “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (1979)
482. Jackson Browne “Lawyers in Love” (1983)
483. Fleetwood Mac “Go Your Own Way” (1977)
484. Arthur Alexander “Anna (Go to Him)” (1962)
485. Paul Revere & the Raiders “Steppin’ Out” (1965)
486. Freddie King “Hide Away” (1961)
487. The Clovers “One Mint Julep” (1952)
488. The Rolling Stones “Honky Tonk Women” (1969)
489. The Stylistics “Betcha by Golly Wow” (1972)
490. Bo Diddley “Say Man” (1959)

491. The Sir Douglas Quintet “She’s About a Mover” (1965)
492. The Strangeloves “Night Time” (1966)
493. Buck Owens “Love’s Gonna Live Here” (1963)
494. Harold Dorman “Mountain of Love” (1960)
495. Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs “May I” (1962)
496. The Doobie Brothers “What a Fool Believes” (1979)
497. The Jive Five “Hully Gully Callin’ Time” (1962)
498. The Tymes “So Much in Love” (1963)
499. Otis Clay “Trying to Live My Life Without You” (1972)
500. The Heptones “Book of Rules” (1976)


501. The Miracles “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” (1962)
502. Curtis Lee “Pretty Little Angel Eyes” (1961)
503. The Impressions “Choice of Colors” (1969)
504. The Impressions “This Is My Country” (1968)
505. Sam & Dave “Soul Man” (1967)
506. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” (1968)
507. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Hey Joe” (1967)
508. Aretha Franklin “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” (1967)
509. Little Richard “Keep-a-Knockin’” (1957)
510. Cyndi Lauper “Time After Time” (1984)

511. Roxy Music “Over You “1980)
512. Gladys Knight & the Pips “If I Were Your Woman” (1970)
513. The Marcels “Blue Moon” (1961)
514. The Impalas “Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)” (1959)
515. Marvin Gaye “Sexual Healing” (1982)
516. The Impressions “It’s All Right” (1963)
517. The Beach Boys “Surfin’ U.S.A.” (1963)
518. Ivory Joe Hunter “Since I Met You Baby” (1956)
519. William Bell “Everybody Loves a Winner” (1967)
520. The O’Jays “I Love Music (Part II)” (1975)

521. The Everly Brothers “Cathy’s Clown” (1960)
522. Otis Redding “Love Man” (1969)
523. The Temptations “The Way You Do the Things You Do” (1964)
524. Funkadelic “You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks” (1971)
525. Parliament “Tear the Roof Off the Sucker” (1976)
526. Chuck Willis “It’s Too Late” (1956)
527. The Flamingos “I Only Have Eyes for You” (1959)
528. B.B. King “The Thrill Is Gone” (1969)
529. Michael Jackson “Beat It” (1983)
530. Run-D.M.C. “Rock Box” (1984)

531. Donna Summer “Bad Girls” (1979)
532. Sly & the Family Stone “Stand!” (1969)
533. Arthur Alexander “Soldiers of Love” (1962)
534. Del Shannon “Runaway” (1961)
535. The 13th Floor Elevators “You’re Gonna Miss Me” (1966)
536. The Tams “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am” (1963)
537. Eddie Cochran “C’mon Everybody” (1958)
538. The Dells “There Is” (1968)
539. The Knight Brothers “Temptation ‘Bout to Get Me” (1965)
540. The Isley Brothers “Shout” (1959)

541. Steppenwolf “Born to Be Wild” (1968)
542. LaVern Baker “Soul on Fire” (1953)
543. M/A/R/R/S “Pump Up the Volume” (1987)
544. The Rascals “I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore” (1965)
545. The Falcons “I Found a Love” (1962)
546. Bo Diddley “Dearest Darling” (1958)
547. The Miracles “Way Over There” (1962)
548. The Marketts “Out of Limits” (1963)
549. Creedence Clearwater Revival “Run Through the Jungle” (1970)
550. LL Cool J “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” (1985)

551. Dionne Warwick “Anyone Who Had a Heart” (1963)
552. Them “Mystic Eyes” (1965)
553. Aretha Franklin “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1971)
554. Chuck Berry “Let It Rock” (1960)
555. The Staple Singers “Respect Yourself” (1971)
556. The Sheppards “Tragic” (1961)
557. The Temptations “Beauty Is Only Skin Deep” (1966)
558. The Temptations “Just My Imagination Running Away with Me” (1971)
559. UB40 “Red Red Wine” (1983)
560. Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels “Jenny Take a Ride” (1965)

561. Brenda Holloway “When I’m Gone” (1965)
562. The Marathons “Peanut Butter” (1961)
563. The Shirelles “Baby It’s You” (1961)
564. Billy Stewart “I Do Love You” (1965)
565. Creedence Clearwater Revival “Green River” (1969)
566. William Bell & Judy Clay “Private Number” (1968)
567. The Chords “Sh-Boom” (1954)
568. The Supremes “When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes” (1963)
569. The Supremes “You Can’t Hurry Love” (1966)
570. Otis Redding “Respect” (1965)

571. Duane Eddy “Rebel-‘Rouser” (1958)
572. Little Willie John “She Thinks I Still Care” (1962)
573. The Kendalls “Just Like Real People” (1979)
574. Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes “Wake Up Everybody” (1975)
575. Elvis Presley “Milkcow Blues Boogie” (1955)
576. Major Lance “Um Um Um Um Um Um Um” (1964)
577. Brenton Wood “The Oogum Boogum Song” (1967)
578. Manfred Mann “Pretty Flamingo” (1966)
579. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)” (1970)
580. Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford “I Need Your Loving” (1962)

581. Junior Walker & the All Stars “Shotgun” (1965)
582. The Delfonics “La La Means I Love You” (1968)
583. The O’Jays “For the Love of Money” (1974)
584. Fleetwood Mac “Don’t Stop” (1977)
585. The Contours “Shake Sherry” (1962)
586. The Four Seasons “Dawn” (1964)
587. The Five Satins “To the Aisle” (1957)
588. Elvis Costello “What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love, and Understanding” (1978)
589. LaVern Baker “I Cried a Tear” (1958)
590. Rosanne Cash “Runaway Trains” (1988)

591. Free “All Right Now” (1970)
592. Albert King “Born Under a Bad Sign” (1967)
593. Mtume “Juicy Fruit” (1983)
594. The Six Soul Brothers “Some Kind of Wonderful” (1967)
595. Ruth Brown “Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean” (1953)
596. Fats Domino “Let the Four Winds Blow” (1961)
597. The Kinks “You Really Got Me” (1964)
598. The Beatles “I’m Down” (1965)
599. Sam & Dave “Soothe Me” (1965)
600. Richard “Dimples” Fields “If It Ain’t One Thing, It’s Another” (1982)


601. Farley “Jackmaster” Funk “Love Can’t Turn Around” (1986)
602. Lee Dorsey “Ride Your Pony” (1965)
603. James Brown “I’ll Go Crazy (live)” (1966)
604. The Everly Brothers “All I Have to Do Is Dream” (1958)
605. The Temptations “It’s Growing” (1965)
606. The Wailers “Trenchtown Rock” (1971)
607. The Soul Survivors “Expressway to Your Heart” (1967)
608. The Four Tops “Ask the Lonely” (1965)
609. Chuck Berry “Almost Grown” (1959)
610. The Rolling Stones “The Last Time” (1965)

611. Barbara Lynn “You’ll Lose a Good Thing” (1962)
612. Elvis Presley “Blue Moon of Kentucky” (1954)
613. The Rocky Fellers “Killer Joe” (1963)
614. Betty Everett “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)” (1964)
615. Gregory Abbott “Shake You Down” (1987)
616. The Band “The Weight” (1968)
617. The Three Degrees “When Will I See You Again” (1974)
618. Sam Cooke “Good Times” (1974)
619. The Box Tops “Cry Like a Baby” (1968)
620. Bobby “Blue” Bland “Cry Cry Cry” (1960)

621. Sam & Dave “I Thank You” (1968)
622. Sam & Dave “Wrap It Up” (1968)
623. Thunderclap Newman “Something in the Air” (1969)
624. Crowded House “Something So Strong” (1987)
625. Bruce Springsteen “Hungry Heart” (1980)
626. Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps “Be-Bop-A-Lula” (1956)
627. The Sugarhill Gang “Rapper’s Delight” (1979)
628. Marvin Gaye “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” (1971)
629. The Lovin’ Spoonful “Do You Believe in Magic” (1965)
630. The Pretenders “2000 Miles” (1983)

631. Chic “Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah)” (1977)
632. Stevie Wonder “Heaven Help Us All” (1970)
633. The Seeds “Pushin’ To Hard” (1966)
634. Lou Christie “The Gypsy Cried” (1962)
635. Bryan Adams “Summer of ‘69” (1985)
636. The Beatles with Billy Preston “Get Back” (1969)
637. Culture Club “Karma Chameleon” (1983)
638. John Lennon “Instant Karma (We All Shine On)” (1970)
639. The Animals “It’s My Life’ (1965)
640. Kool & the Gang “Hollywood Swingin’” (1974)

641. The Miracles “I’ll Try Something New” (1962)
642. Elvis Costello “Psycho” (1981)
643. The Delfonics “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time” (1970)
644. Dyke & the Blazers “We Got More Soul” (1969)
645. Arthur Conley “Sweet Soul Music” (1967)
646. Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces “Searching for My Love” (1966)
647. Bo Diddley “Say Boss Man” (1957)
648. Parliament “I Wanna Testify” (1967)
649. The Stylistics ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New” (1974)
650. The Harptones “A Sunday Kind of Love” (1953)

651. Newcleus “Jam on Revenge (Jam on It)” (1984)
652. The Devotions “Rip Van Winkle” (1964)
653. Bob Seger “2 + 2 = ?” (1968)
654. James Carr “Pouring Water on a Drowning Man” (1966)
655. Elvis Presley “U.S. Male” (1968)
656. The Beatles “Revolution” (1968)
657. The Stylistics “Break Up to Make Up” (1973)
658. Chuck Jackson “I Don’t Want to Cry” (1961)
659. War “Why Can’t We Be Friends” (1975)
660. Fats Domino “Ain’t That a Shame” (1955)

661. Chuck Berry “Nadine” (1964)
662. Marvin Gaye “Too Busy Thinking About My Baby” (1969)
663. Koko Taylor “Wang Dang Doodle” (1966)
664. The Spinners “I’ll Be Around” (1972)
665. Clarence “Frogman” Henry “Ain’t Got No Home” (1956)
666. Bobby Day “Rockin’ Robin” (1958)
667. Etta James “I’d Rather Go Blind” (1967)
668. Elvis Presley “Hurt” (1976)
669. Jesse Belvin “Goodnite My Love” (1956)
670. Little Richard “Lucille” (1957)

671. Shep & the Limelites “Daddy’s Home” (1961)
672. The Heartbeats “A Thousand Miles Away” (1956)
673. Shep & the Limelites “I’m All Alone” (1962)
674. The Marvelettes “Please Mr. Postman” (1961)
675. Buddy Holly & the Crickets “Well All Right” (1958)
676. Tom T. Hall “The Homecoming” (1969)
677. The Undisputed Truth “Smiling Faces Sometimes” (1971)
678. Otis Redding “Pain in My Heart” (1963)
679. The Police “De Do Do Do De Da Da Da” (1980)
680. Little Johnny Taylor “Part Time Love” (1963)

681. Ann Peebles “Part Time Love” (1970)
682. Slim Harpo “I’m a King Bee” (1957)
683. Don & Juan “What’s Your Name” (1962)
684. George Jones “Tender Years” (1961)
685. Aretha Franklin “Brand New Me” (1971)
686. Merle Haggard “My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers” (1964)
687. Carl Perkins “Honey Don’t” (1956)
688. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers “Refugee” (1980)
689. Conway Twitty “It’s Only Make Believe” (1958)
690. Grand Funk Railroad “We’re an American Band” (1973)

691. The Isley Brothers “That Lady” (1973)
692. Gene Pitney “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962)
693. Artists United Against Apartheid “Sun City” (1985)
694. The English Beat “Save It for Later” (1983)
695. Bachman-Turner Overdrive “You Ain’t Seen Nothin' Yet” (1974)
696. The Nutmegs “Story Untold” (1955)
697. Dusty Springfield “Wishin’ and Hopin’” (1964)
698. The Pastels “So Far Away” (1958)
699. The Beatles “We Can Work It Out” (1966)
700. Bobby Darin “Dream Lover” (1959)


701. Roger Miller “One Dyin’ and A-Buryin’” (1965)
702. The Shangri-La’s “Leader of the Pack” (1964)
703. The Surfaris “Wipe Out” (1963)
704. Aretha Franklin “The House That Jack Built” (1968)
705. Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Two Tribes” (1984)
706. Crowded House “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (1987)
707. Bobby “Blue” Bland “I Pity the Fool” (1961)
708. Tina Turner “What’s Love Got to Do with It” (1984)
709. Otis Redding “Mary’s Little Lamb” (1963)
710. Barbara Lewis “Hello Stranger” (1963)

711. Barbara Lewis “Make Me Your Baby” (1965)
712. Big Youth “Streets in Africa” (1972)
713. Four Tops “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” (1965)
714. Aretha Franklni “Oh Me Oh My” (1971)
715. Marvin Gaye “I’ll Be Doggone” (1965)
716. Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” (1977)
717. U.S.A. for Africa “We Are the World” (1985)
718. Patti Smith “Piss Factory” (1974)
719. Buck Owens “Act Naturally” (1960)
720. Buck Owens “Under Your Spell Again” (1959)

721. Manfred Mann “The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)” (1968)
722. Stevie Wonder “Sir Duke” (1977)
723. Joe Tex “Skinny Legs and All” (1967)
724. The Isley Brothers “It’s Your Thing” (1969)
725. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan “Tell Me Something Good” (1974)
726. The Easybeats “Friday on My Mind” (1967)
727. The Bangles “Manic Monday” (1986)
728. Charlie Rich “Lonely Weekends” (1960)
729. The Animals “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” (1965)
730. Foreigner “I Want to Know What Love Is” (1984)

731. Phil Phillips & the Twilights “Sea of Love” (1959)
732. King Curtis “Memphis Soul Stew” (1967)
733. Jimmy Reed “Baby What You Want Me to Do” (1960)
734. The Supremes “Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart” (1966)
735. Steely Dan “Do It Again” (1972)
736. Steely Dan “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” (1974)
737. Earth, Wind & Fire with the Emotions “Boogie Wonderland” (1979)
738. Wilson Pickett “If You Need Me” (1963)
739. Bob Seger “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” (1968)
740. Charlie Rich “Life’s Little Ups and Downs” (1969)

741. Eric Donaldson “Cherry Oh Baby” (1971)
742. Buddy Holly & the Crickets “Oh Boy!” (1957)
743. Tammy Wynette “Stand by Your Man” (1968)
744. Loretta Lynn “One’s on the Way” (1971)
745. Loretta Lynn “The Pill” (1975)
746. Madonna “Holiday” (1983)
747. Van Morrison “Wild Night” (1971)
748. First Choice “Smarty Pants” (1973)
749. Clyde McPhatter “A Lover’s Question” (1958)
750. Elvis Costello “Oliver’s Army” (1979)

751. Ruben Blades “Hopes on Hold” (1988)
752. Terence Trent D’Arby “Sign Your Name” (1988)
753. The Everly Brothers “Bird Dog” (1958)
754. Elvis Costello “Alison” (1977)
755. Aretha Franklin “Without Love” (1974)
756. Clyde McPhatter “Without Love There Is Nothing” (1957)
757. Ritchie Valens “Come On, Let’s Go” (1958)
758. Jackie Wilson “Baby Workout” (1963)
759. The Melodians “Rivers of Babylon” (1970)
760. Jimmy Reed “Big Boss Man” (1961)

761. LL Cool J “Rock the Bells” (1985)
762. Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes “The Love I Lost” (1972)
763. The Four Tops “Something About You” (1965)
764. The Righteous Brothers “Just Once in My Life” (1965)
765. The Dells “Always Together” (1968)
766. Elvis Presley “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (1961)
767. The Stylistics “I'm Stone in Love with You” (1972)
768. The Clovers “Devil or Angel” (1956)
769. The Chiffons “A Love So Fine” (1963)
770. Janet Jackson “What Have You Done for Me Lately” (1986)

771. Jerry Butler “Never Give You Up” (1986)
772. Tracy Chapman “Fast Car” (1988)
773. Fontella Bass & Bobby McClure “Don’t Mess Up a Good Thing” (1965)
774. Gene Pitney “I Wanna Love My Live Away” (1961)
775. The Drifters “Fools Fall in Love” (1957)
776. The Elgins “Heaven Must Have Sent You” (1966)
777. The Supremes “Stop! In the Name of Love” (1965)
778. Mary Wells “You Lost the Sweetest Boy” (1963)
779. The Everly Brothers “‘Til I Kissed You” (1959)
780. Joe South “Games People Play” (1969)

781. The Specials “Free Nelson Mandela” (1984)
782. Lenny O’Henry “Across the Street” (1964)
783. The Gants “Crackin’ Up” (1966)
784. John Lennon “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” (1971)
785. Solomon Burke “Just Out of Reach of My Two Empty Arms” (1961)
786. The Ronettes “Baby I Love You” (1963)
787. Madonna “Borderline” (1984)
788. Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (1980)
789. Porter Wagoner “The Cold Hard Facts of Life” (1967)
790. The Cookies “Don’t Say Nothing Bad About My Baby” (1963)

791. Joe Tex “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” (1965)
792. Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This” (1983)
793. Paul McCartney & Wings “Jet” (1974)
794. Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes” (1981)
795. The Flying Lizards “Money” (1979)
796. James Brown “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” (1966)
797. The Supremes “Where Did Our Love Go” (1964)
798. The Animals “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” (1965)
799. Little Richard “Jenny Jenny” (1957)
800. Shorty Long “Devil with the Blue Dress” (1964)

801. Simon & Garfunkel “The Boxer” (1969)
802. The Drifters “Adorable” (1955)
803. Marvin Gaye “Hitch Hike” (1963)
804. The Beach Boys “Wendy” (1964)
805. The Pretenders “Middle of the Road” (1983)
806. Aretha Franklin “Don’t Play That Song” (1970)
807. Ben E. King “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)” (1962)
808. The Supremes “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (1966)
809. George Jones “The Grand Tour” (1974)
810. Dion “Donna the Prima Donna” (1963)

811. The Chiffons “Nobody Knows What’s Goin' On” (1965)
812. Culture Club “Church of the Poison Mind” (1983)
813. Van Morrison “It’s All in the Game” (1979)
814. McFadden & Whitehead “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” (1979)
815. Skipworth & Turner “Can’t Give Her Up” (1986)
816. David + David “Welcome to the Boomtown” (1986)
817. Paul Revere & the Raiders “Good Thing” (1966)
818. Eddie Holland “Leavin’ Here” (1964)
819. Eddie Holland “Jamie” (1962)
820. Al Green “I Can’t Get Next to You” (1970)

821. The Yardbirds “For Your Love” (1965)
822. Ike & Tina Turner “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine” (1961)
823. The Castaways “Liar Liar” (1965)
824. Martha & the Vandellas “Come and Get These Memories” (1963)
825. Fats Domino “I’m Walkin’” (1957)
826. Eddie Cochran “Summertime Blues” (1958)
827. The Mello-Kings “Tonite Tonite” (1957)
828. Creedence Clearwater Revival “Lodi” (1969)
829. Irma Thomas “Wish Someone Would Care” (1964)
830. Eagles “Take It to the Limit” (1975)

831. Little Richard “Send Me Some Lovin’” (1957)
832. Paul Revere & the Raiders “Hungry” (1966)
833. Doris Tray “Just One Look” (1963)
834. Slim Harpo “Baby Scratch My Back” (1966)
835. Jack Scott “Goodbye Baby” (1958)
836. The Young Rascals “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long” (1967)
837. Klymaxx “I Miss You” (1984)
838. Buffalo Springfield “For What It’s Worth” (1967)
839. The Manhattans “Follow Your Heart” (1966)
840. The Manhattans “Kiss and Say Goodbye” (1976)

841. The Del-Vikings “Come Go with Me” (1957)
842. Wilbert Harrison “Let’s Work Together” (1969)
843. Gloria Gaynor “Never Can Say Goodbye” (1974)
844. The Passions “Just to Be with You” (1959)
845. Timex Social Club “Rumors” (1986)
846. Redbone “Come and Get Your Love” (1974)
847. Chuck Berry “Bye Bye Johnny” (1960)
848. Santana “Black Magic Woman” (1970)
849. The Dominos “Sixty Minute Man” (1951)
850. The Incredible Bongo Band “Apache” (1974)

851. Them “Here Comes the Night” (1965)
852. Planet Patrol “I Didn’t Know I Loved You ‘Til I Saw You Rock and Roll” (1983)
853. Elvis Presley “Jailhouse Rock” (1957)
854. The Temptations “I Want a Love I Can See” (1963)
855. Desmond Dekker “The Israelites” (1969)
856. Jan & Dean “Dead Man’s Curve” (1964)
857. George Jones “A Good Year for the Roses” (1970)
858. Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans “Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Hearts” (1963)
859. The Miracles “More Love” (1967)
860. Bo Diddley “You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover” (1962)

861. Al Green “Love and Happiness” (1977)
862. Tina Turner “Better Be Good to Me” (1984)
863. Ike & Tina Turner “A Fool in Love” (1960)
864. Led Zeppelin “Whole Lotta Love” (1969)
865. Fats Domino “Whole Lotta Loving” (1958)
866. Jackie DeShannon “When You Walk in the Room” (1964)
867. Manu Dibango “Soul Makossa” (1973)
868. Love “My Little Red Book” (1966)
869. The Animals “I’m Cryig” (1964)
870. The Supremes “Back in My Arms Again” (1965)

871. Little Anthony & the Imperials “Tears on My Pillow” (1958)
872. Sly & the Family Stone “Sing a Simple Song” (1969)
873. Larry Williams & Johnny Watson “Mercy Mercy Mercy” (1967)
874. The Gap Band “You Dropped a Bomb on Me” (1982)
875. The Monotones “Book of Love” (1958)
876. Sam Cooke “That’s Where It’s At” (1964)
877. The Beau Brummels “Laugh Laugh” (1965)
878. Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush “Don’t Give Up” (1987)
879. The Byrds “So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star” (1967)
880. Rhoda with the Specials “The Boiler” (1982)

881. The Chips “Rubber Biscuit” (1956)
882. King Curtis & His Noble Knights “Soul Twist” (1962)
883. Teddy Pendergrass “Love T.K.O.” (1980)
884. The Fat Boys “Jailhouse Rap” (1984)
885. Jackie Moore “Darling Baby” (1971)
886. Bloodstone “Natural High” (1973)
887. Johnnie Taylor “I Believe in You (You Believe in Me)” (1973)
888. Jody Reynolds “Endless Sleep” (1958)
889. Tommy Tucker “Hi-Heel Sneakers” (1964)
890. The Raspberries “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)” (1974)

891. Commodores “Night Shift” (1985)
892. Clarence Carter “Patches” (1970)
893. Dusty Springfield “I Only Want to Be with You” (1964)
894. Jerry Lee Lewis “Breathless” (1958)
895. Huey “Piano” Smith & His Clowns “Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie-Woogie Flu” (1957)
896. Run-D.M.C. with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry “Walk This Way” (1986)
897. Noel “Silent Morning” (1987)
898. Tanya Tucker “San Antonio Stroll” (1975)
899. Randy Travis “On the Other Hand” (1988)
900. The Penguins “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” (1954)


901. Bobby Bare “500 Miles Away from Home” (1963)
902. Merle Haggard “If We Make It Though December” (1973)
903. Ike Turner’s Rhythm Rockers featuring Billy Gayles “I’m Tore Up” (1956)
904. Isaac Hayes “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” (1969)
905. T-Rex “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” (1972)
906. The Standells “Dirty Water” (1966)
907. Johnny Burnette & the Rock ‘N’ Roll Trio “Train Kept-a-Rollin’” (1956)
908. The McCoys “Hang on Sloopy” (1965)
909. Herbie Hancock “Rock-It” (1983)
910. The Staple Singers “Heavy Makes You Happy” (1971)

911. Tommy James & the Shondells “Hanky Panky (1966)
912. Chuck Willis “Betty and Dupree” (1958)
913. The Cleftones “Heart and Soul” (1961)
914. Ernie K-Doe “Mother-in-Law” (1961)
915. Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers “I Promise to Remember” (1956)
916. LL Cool J “Goin’ Back to Cali” (1988)
917. Merle Haggard “Swinging Doors” (1966)
918. Steely Dan “Reeling in the Years” (1973)
919. Intruders “Cowboys to Girls” (1968)
920. Tavares “Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel” (1976)

921. The Flamingos “The Vow” (1956)
922. The Clovers “Blue Velvet” (1955)
923. The Sheppards “Pretend You’re Still Mine” (1963)
924. Denise LaSalle “Trapped by a Thing Called Love” (1971)
925. The Crows “Gee” (1954)
926. Joe Walsh “Life’s Been Good” (1978)
927. Junior “Mama Used to Say” (1982)
928. Jerry Lee Lewis “One Has My Name” (1969)
929. Dionne Warwick “Don’t Make Me Over” (1962)
930. The Specials “Ghost Town” (1981)

931. The Miracles “That’s What Love Is Made Of” (1964)
932. Loudon Wainwright III “Dead Skunk” (1973)
933. Chuck Jackson “Beg Me” (1964)
934. The Wallace Brothers “Precious Words” (1964)
935. Lorraie Ellison “Stay with Me” (1964)
936. Stevie Wonder “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing” (1974)
937. Alice Cooper “School’s Out” (1972)
938. Gino Washington “Gino Is a Coward” (1963)
939. Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes “I Don’t Want to Go Home” (1976)
940. Jessie Hill “Ooh Poo Pah Do, Part 2” (1960)

941. Foreigner “Urgent” (1981)
942. Elton John “The Bitch Is Back” (1975)
943. The Five Royales “Baby Don’t Do It” (1953)
944. Howard Tate “Ain’t Nobody Home” (1966)
945. Barbara George “I Know” (1961)
946. Brenda Holloway “Every Litlte Bit Hurts” (1964)
947. Frankie Ford “Sea Cruise” (1959)
948. Simon & Garfunkel “My Little Town” (1975)
949. The Pretenders “My City Was Gone” (1982)
950. Otis Redding “You Left the Water Running” (1976)

951. The Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever” (1967)
952. Jan & Dean “Schlock Rod” (1963)
953. The Music Machine “Talk Talk” (1966)
954. The Chi-Lites “For God’s Sake Give More Power to the People” (1971)
955. The Blue Jays “The Right to Love” (1962)
956. Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock “It Takes Two” (1988)
957. Gloria Gaynor “Honey” (1974)
958. Kool & the Gang “Celebration” (1980)
959. The Wrens “Come Back My Love” (1955)
960. Bobby Bland “If You Could Read My Mind” (1966)

961. Sly & the Family Stone “Family Affair” (1971)
962. The Five Royales “The Slummer the Slum” (1958)
963. The Rolling Stones “Happy” (1972)
964. The Viscounts “Harlem Nocturne” (1959)
965. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins “I Put a Spell on You” (1956)
966. Elvis Presley “Hound Dog” (1956)
967. The Hues Corporation “Rock the Boat” (1974)
968. Eddie Kendricks “Keep on Truckin’” (1973)
969. Louis Armstrong “What a Wonderful World” (1967)
970. Prince “Controversy” (1979)

971. Boston “More Than a Feeling” (1976)
972. Kathy Young with the Innocents “A Thousand Stars” (1960)
973. Dion “Lovers Who Wander” (1962)
974. Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio “Jack and Jill” (1978)
975. The Beatles “I Feel Fine” (1964)
976. Nolan Strong & the Diablos “Mind Over Matter” (1958)
977. Gary “U.S.” Bonds “Seven Day Weekend” (1962)
978. The Fleetwoods “Come Softly to Me” (1959)
979. Dorothy Moore “Misty Blue” (1976)
980. Teddy Pendergrass “I Don’t Love You Anymore” (1977)

981. The Byrds “Feel a Whole Lot Better” (1965)
982. Hot Chocolate “Every 1’s a Winner” (1978)
983. James Brown “Bring It Up” (1967)
984. LaBelle “Lady Marmalade” (1974)
985. William Bell “I Forgot to Be Your Lover” (1969)
986. The Regents “Barbara Ann” (1961)
987. Thin Lizzy “The Boys Are Back in Town” (1976)
988. George McCrae “Rock Your Baby” (1974)
989. Magazine “Shot by Both Sides” (1978)
990. Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers “The ABC’s of Love” (1956)

991. Gene Pitney “Every Breath I Take” (1961)
992. Bonzo Goes to Washington “Five Minutes (C-C-C-Club Mix)” (1984)
993. Donna Fargo “A Sign of the Times” (1983)
994. Malcolm X “No Sell Out” (1983)
995. Alexander O’Neal “Criticize” (1987)
996. Ray Charles “America the Beautiful” (1987)
997. Blue Öyster Cult “Don’t Fear the Reaper” (1976)
998. Bob Kuban “The Cheater” (1966)
999. Roy Orbison “It’s Over” (1964)
1000. Reparta & the Delrons “I’m Nobody’s Baby Now” (1966)
1001. Joyce Harris “No Way Out” (1960)


For the 1998 edition of The Heart of Rock and Soul, Dave Marsh added another 101 songs (unranked) which had been released since the original book. Here they are in alphabetical order by song title:
  • “All I Wanna Do” Sheryl Crow (1993)
  • “All This Time” Sting (1991)
  • “At Your Best” Aaliyah (1994)
  • “Baby Got Back” Sir Mix-A-Lot (1992)
  • “Ballad of the Skeletons” Allen Ginsberg (1995)
  • “Better Man” Pearl Jam (1994)
  • “Big Poppa” The Notorious B.I.G. (1994)
  • “Black Hole Sun” Soundgarden (1994)
  • “Blue” LeAnn Rimes (1996)
  • “Buffalo Stance” Neneh Cherry (1988)
  • “Caribbean Blue” Enya (1991)
  • “Carnival” Natalie Merchant (1995)
  • “Christmas in Washington” Steve Earle (1997)
  • “Close My Eyes Forever” Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne (1988)
  • “Closer to Free” The BoDeans (1993)
  • “Cream” Prince (1991)
  • “Daughter” Pearl Jam (1993)
  • “Dear Mama” Tupac Shakur (1995)
  • “Doggy Dogg World” Snoop Doggy Dogg (1993)
  • “Doll Parts” Hole (1994)
  • “Dre Day” Dr. Dre with Snoop Dogg (1992)
  • “Enter Sandman” Metallica (1991)
  • “Everybody Hurts” R.E.M. (1992)
  • “Fields of Gold” Sting (1993)
  • “Free Your Mind” En Vogue (1992)
  • “Fuck tha Police” NWA (1989)
  • Gangsta’s Paradise” Coolio with L.V. (1995)
  • “The Ghost of Tom Joad” Rage Against the Machine (1998)
  • “Gin and Juice” Snoop Doggy Dogg (1994)
  • “Give Me One Reason” Tracy Chapman (1996)
  • “Go Rest High on That Mountain” Vince Gill (1994)
  • “Heart of the Matter” Don Henley (1989)
  • “How Bizarre” OMC (1996)
  • “How I Could Just Kill a Man” Cypress Hill (1992)
  • “The Humpty Dance” Digital Underground (1990)
  • “Hunger Strike” Temple of the Dog (1990)
  • “I Ain't Mad At Cha” Tupac Shakur (1996)
  • “I Can't Make You Love Me” Bonnie Raitt (1991)
  • “I Drove All Night” Cyndi Lauper (1989)
  • “I Wanna Be Down” Brandy (1994)
  • “I Wanna Sex You Up” Color Me Badd (1991)
  • “I Was Wrong” Social Distortion (1996)
  • “If I Ruled the World” Nas (1996)
  • “I’ll Be Missing You” Puff Daddy (1997)
  • “I'll Be You” The Replacements (1989)
  • “I'll Make Love to You” Boyz II Men (1994)
  • “I'll Stand by You” The Pretenders (1994)
  • “It Was a Good Day” Ice Cube (1993)
  • “Jeremy” Pearl Jam (1991)
  • “Jump Around” House of Pain (1992)
  • “Justify My Love” Madonna (1990)
  • “Keep Ya Head Up” Tupac (1993)
  • Killing Me Softly” The Fugees (1996)
  • “Kiss from a Rose” Seal (1994)
  • “Little Walter” Tony! Toni! Tone! (1988)
  • “The Look” Roxette (1989)
  • Losing My Religion” R.E.M. (1991)
  • “Mama Said Knock You Out” LL Cool J (1991)
  • “Me Myself and I” De La Soul (1989)
  • “Me So Horny” 2 Live Crew (1989)
  • “Method Man” Wu Tang Clan (1993)
  • “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” The Geto Boys (1991)
  • “Money Don't Matter 2 Night” Prince (1991)
  • “Mr. Jones” Counting Crows (1993)
  • “Murder Was the Case” Snoop Doggy Dogg (1994)
  • “My Homies” Ice-T (1990)
  • “My Hooptie” Sir Mix-A-Lot (1989)
  • “My Love (You're Never Gonna Get It)” En Vogue (1992)
  • “Nick of Time” Bonnie Raitt (1989)
  • “No Diggity” Dr. Dre (1996)
  • “Not Gon' Cry” Mary J. Blige (1996)
  • Nothing Compares 2 U” Sinéad O’Connor (1990)
  • “November Rain” Guns 'N' Roses (1991)
  • “Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang” Dr. Dre with Snoop Doggy Dogg (1993)
  • One” U2 (1992)
  • “O.P.P.” Naughty by Nature (1991)
  • “Poison” Bell Biv DeVoe (1990)
  • “Pop Goes the Weasel” 3rd Bass (1991)
  • “Promises Broken” Soul Asylum (1995)
  • “Regulate” Warren G. and Nate Dogg (1994)
  • “Runaway Train” Soul Asylum (1993)
  • “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” P.M. Dawn (1991)
  • “Sexy M.F.” Prince (1992)
  • “She Drives Me Crazy” Fine Young Cannibals (1989)
  • “Shoop” Salt-N-Pepa (1993) (1996)
  • “6th Avenue Heartache” The Wallflowers
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit” Nirvana (1991)
  • “Stay Real” EPMD (1993)
  • “Steady Mobbin” Ice Cube (1991)
  • “Strange Currencies” R.E.M. (1994)
  • “Strawberry Wine” Deana Carter (1996)
  • “Streets of Philadelphia” Bruce Springsteen (1994)
  • “Tears in Heaven” Eric Clapton (1992)
  • “Tennessee” Arrested Development (1992)
  • “This Is for the Lover in You” Babyface (1996)
  • “Time Bomb” Rancid (1995)
  • “Walk the Dinosaur” Was (Not Was) (1988)
  • “Whatta Man” Salt-N-Pepa with En Vogue (1994)
  • “Wicked Game” Chris Isaak (1989)
  • “Wishlist” Pearl Jam (1998)
  • “You Oughta Know” Alanis Morissette (1995)
  • “You’re Still the One” Shania Twain (1998)

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Wednesday, December 30, 1998

December 30, 1948: Kiss Me, Kate opened on Broadway

Originally posted May 19, 2011. Last updated September 4, 2018.

Kiss Me, Kate (cast/soundtrack)

Cole Porter (composers)

Opened on Broadway: December 30, 1948

Cast Album Charted: February 26, 1949

Soundtrack Charted: January 23, 1954


Sales (in millions):
US: --
UK: --
IFPI: --
World (estimated): --


Peak:
US: 110-C, 7 S
UK: --
Canada: --
Australia: --

C cast album
S soundtrack

Quotable: --


Genre: show tunes


Album Tracks – Cast Album:

  1. Overture c
  2. Another Op’nin’, Another Show (ANNABELLEL HILL) c
  3. Why Can’t You Behave? (LISA KIRK/ HAROLD LANG)
  4. Wunderbar (PATRICIA MORISON/ ALFRED DRAKE)
  5. So in Love (PATRICIA MORISON)
  6. We Open in Venice (ALFRED DRAKE/ PATRICA MORISON/ LISA KIRK)
  7. Tom, Dick or Harry (LISA KIRK/ HAROLD LANG/ EDWIN CLAY)
  8. I’ve Come to Wive It Wealthily in Padua (ALFRED DRAKE/ MEN’S CHORUS)
  9. I Hate Men (PATRICIA MORISON)
  10. Were Thine That Special Face (ALFRED DRAKE)
  11. Too Darn Hot (LORENZO FULLER/ EDDIE SLEDGE/ FRED DAVIS)
  12. Where is the Life That Late I Led? (ALFRED DRAKE)
  13. Always True to You in My Fashion (LISA KIRK)
  14. Bianca (HAROLD LANG) c
  15. So in Love (Reprise) (ALFRED DRAKE) c
  16. Brush Up Your Shakespeare (HARRY CLARK/ JACK DIAMOND)
  17. I Am Ashamed That Women Are So Simple (PATRICA MORISON)
  18. Finale: Kiss Me, Kate (ALFRED DRAKE/ PATRICIA MORISON)
c on cast album only

Album Tracks – Soundtrack:

  1. Too Darn Hot (ANN MILLER)
  2. So in Love (KATHRYN GRAYSON/ HOWARD KEEL)
  3. We Open in Venice (KATHRYN GRAYSON/ HOWARD KEEL/ ANN MILLER)
  4. Why Can’t You Behave? (ANN MILLER)
  5. Were Thine That Special Face (HOWARD KEEL)
  6. Tom, Dick or Harry (ANN MILLER/ BOBBY VAN/ TOMMY RALL)
  7. Wunderbar (KATHRYN GRAYSON/ HOWARD KEEL)
  8. Always True to You in My Fashion (ANN MILLER/ TOMMY RALL)
  9. I Hate Men (KATHRYN GRAYSON)
  10. I’ve Come to Wive It Wealthily in Padua (HOWARD KEEL)
  11. From This Moment On (TOMMY RALL/ ANN MILLER/ BOBBY VAN) s
  12. Where is the Life That Late I Led? (HOWARD KEEL)
  13. Brush Up Your Shakespeare KEENAN WYNN/ JAMES WHITMORE)
  14. Kiss Me, Kate (KATHRYN GRAYSON/ HOWARD KEEL)
s on soundtrack only

Notes: A 1998 reissue of the cast album “restored the play's original overture (left off of the original recording), from a recording of the piece made a decade later. Unfortunately, its presence is also a reminder of the fidelity, warmth, and crispness that is lacking in the original cast material.” BE

The 1990 CBS Special Products reissue “lengthened the album from 39 to 51 minutes. Six years later, Rhino stretched that out to 63 minutes [and 27 songs] by including more instrumentals and underscoring, and the reissue producers stripped off the sound effects.” R-S


Singles/Hit Songs *:

So in Love
- Patti Page (1949) #13
- Gordon MacRae (1949) #20
- Dinah Shore (1949) #20

* As was common in the pre-rock era, multiple versions of a single song from a Broadway show would become hits. All chart positions are from the U.S. Billboard pop charts.

Review:

Kiss Me, Kate was the most successful Broadway musical of Cole Porter’s career, much to his and everyone else’s surprise. Porter was thought to be in decline in the late ‘40s, having suffered such recent failures as Around the World in Eighty Days on-stage and The Pirate in movie theaters.” R-C

“Like Irving Berlin before Annie Get Your Gun, he was apprehensive about…writing character songs for a book musical in the manner of Rodgers & Hammerstein, having come out of a tradition in which the songs in a musical were more ornamental than substantive. And he was initially resistant to the idea for Kiss Me, Kate, a musical version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.” R-C

“Some credit for that no doubt went to the clever book by Bella and Samuel Spewack, which gave the plot a backstage, show-within-a-show framework in which the actors were playing actors who were appearing in a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, allowing Porter to write in both contemporary and Elizabethan modes. And the actors themselves – Alfred Drake and Patricia Morison in the leading roles, Lisa Kirk and Harold Lang in the secondary ones – added to the success of the work.” R-C

“But the main drawing card was still Porter, who turned in one of his most tuneful and witty collections of songs.” R-C “The lyrics were full of puns and sly sexual references, also Porter hallmarks. This was a score that not only featured an excellent romantic ballad, So in Love…but also a parody of operetta, Wunderbar, that began with the geographic joke ‘Gazing down on the Jungfrau/From our secret chalet for two,’ an impossibility, since the Jungfrau is a mountain in the Swiss Alps that tops 13,000 feet!” R-C

The show opened on December 30, 1948 and had a run of 1077 performances. It also won the Tony for Best Musical. When Columbia Records went to record the cast album, they opted for their new 12” LP format instead of the usually ten-inch records. This gave them room for 48 minutes of music. The result was “a commercial success that rivaled the stage production.” R-C

The soundtrack for the 1954 film was mostly “inferior to the…cast album,” R-S although there were exceptions. Howard Keel’s performance as Fred Graham was “the equal of Alfred Drake, who took the part on Broadway, and Ann Miller, as Lois Lane and Bianca, is at least as effective as Lisa Kirk was on-stage and gets more to do as well, having been given the song Too Darn Hot, which was sung by a different character on Broadway.” R-S

On the flip side, the censors “made themselves felt heavily in the song lyrics… [excising parts of the score which were] very suggestive [and] full of sexual innuendos, puns, references, and mildly naughty words.” R-S “Maybe this is what had to be done to get a film into movie theaters in 1953, but music fans can only be disappointed at the airbrushing of a classic score.” R-S


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Saturday, September 26, 1998

George Gershwin: Top 50 Songs

First posted 12/7/2019.

Composer and pianist George Gershwin was born Jacob Gershowitz on this day 100 years ago - 9/26/1898 - in Brooklyn, NY. Died 7/11/1937 of a brain tumor. Worked with popular and classical music. Collaborated with his brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin, on more than a dozen Broadway shows. His songs “Swanee,” “I Got Rhythm,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me” are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Pre-Rock Era, 1890-1953. For a complete list of this act’s DMDB honors, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.


Top 50 Songs

Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. Many of these songs have been recorded multiple times. Only the highest-ranked version in Dave’s Music Database is included in this list. There are also some songs not identified as being by any particular artist. Additionally, songs which hit #1 on the following charts are noted: United States’ pop charts (US) and Hit Parade (HP).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Swanee (Al Jolson with Charles Prince’s Orchestra, 1920) #1 US
2. I Got Rhythm (Red Nichols, 1930)
3. Someone to Watch Over Me (Gertrude Lawrence, 1926)
4. Rhapsody in Blue (Paul Whiteman with George Gershwin, 1924)
5. They Can’t Take That Away from Me (Fred Astaire with Johnny Greer’s Orchestra, 1937) #1 US
6. The Man I Love (Marion Harris, 1928)
7. Summertime (Billie Holiday, 1936)
8. Somebody Loves Me (Paul Whiteman, (1924) #1 US
9. Embraceable You (Red Nichols with Dick Robertson, 1930)

DMDB Top 5%:

10. Oh, Lady Be Good (Paul Whiteman, 1925)
11. Fascinating Rhythm (Cliff Edwards, 1925)
12. Nice Work if You Can Get It (Fred Astaire with Ray Noble’s Orchestra, 1937) #1 US
13. Do It Again (Paul Whiteman, 1922) #1 US
14. I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise (Paul Whiteman, 1922) #1 US
15. Love Walked In (Sammy Kaye with Tommy Ryan, 1938) #1 US, HP
16. Strike Up the Band (Red Nichols, 1930)
17. Do Do Do (Gertrude Lawrence, 1927)
18. Love Is Here to Stay (Larry Clinton with Bea Wain, 1938)
19. S’ Wonderful (Sarah Vaughan, 1927)
20. But Not for Me (Ella Fitzgerald, 1959)

21. Sweet and Low Down (Harry Archer & His Orchestra, 1926)
22. A Foggy Day in London Town (Fred Astaire with Ray Noble’s Orchestra, 1937)
23. Clap Yo’ Hands (Roger Wolfe Kahn, 1927)
24. It Ain’t Necessarily So (Leo Reisman, 1935)
25. Of Thee I Sing ( Ben Selvin, 1932)
26. Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off (Fred Astaire with Johnny Greer’s Orchestra, 1937)
27. Mine (Emil Coleman, 1933)
28. Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away) (Al Jolson with Bob Haring’s Orchestra, 1929)
29. That Certain Feeling (Paul Whiteman, 1929)
30. Yankee Doodle Blues (Billy Murray with Ed Smalle, 1922)
31. I’ve Got a Crush on You (Frank Sinatra, 1948)

DMDB Top 10%:

32. Bidin’ My Time (Foursome, 1930)
33. They All Laughed (Fred Astaire with Johnny Greer’s Orchestra, 1937)
34. Funny Face (Arden-Ohman Orchestra with Johnny Marvin, 1928)
35. My One and Only (Jane Green with Nat Shilkret’s Orchestra, 1928)
36. I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ (Leo Reisman, 1935)
37. An American in Paris (George Gershwin with Nat Shilkret & the Victor Symphony Orchestra, 1929)

DMDB Top 10%:

38. Shall We Dance? (Fred Astaire with Johnny Greer’s Orchestra, 1937)
39. Things Are Looking Up (Fred Astaire with Ray Noble’s Orchestra, 1937)
40. For You, for Me, Forevermore (Dick Haymes with Judy Garland & the Gordon Jenkins Orchestra, 1947)
41. Bess, You Is My Woman (Porgy and Bess cast, 1935)
42. I Loves You, Porgy (Porgy and Bess cast, 1935)

DMDB Top 10%:

43. How Long Has This Been Going On? (Bobbe Arnst with Mary O’Brien, 1927)
44. Isn’t It a Pity? (George Givot with Josephine Huston, 1932)
45. Slap That Bass (Fred Astaire with Dudley Dickerson, 1937)
46. I Was Doing All Right (Ella Logan, 1938)
47. He Loves and She Loves (Ella Fitzgerald, 1959)
48. Maybe (Nat Shilkret, 1926)
49. Anything for You (1921)
50. Love Is in the Air (1925)


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Tuesday, August 25, 1998

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill released August 25, 1998

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Originally posted 8/25/2012. Updated 3/9/2013.


Released: 25 August 1998
Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.) 1. Intro 2. Lost Ones (5/30/98, #27a RB) 3. Ex-Factor (1/2/99, #11a US, #4 UK, #1a RB) 4. To Zion (with Santana) (1/2/99, #63a RB) 5. Doo Wop (That Thing) (10/3/98, #1 US, #3 UK, #2 RB, sales: 0.5 m) 6. Superstar 7. Final Hour 8. When It Hurts So Bad 9. I Used to Love Him 10. Forgive Them Father 11. Every Ghetto, Every City 12. Nothing Ever Matters (with D’Angelo) (1/2/99, #20a RB) 13. Everything Is Everything (5/8/99, #35 US, #19 UK, #14 RB, sales: 0.5 m) 15. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 16. Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You (6/13/98, #35a US, #10a RB) 17. The Sweetest Thing (with Refugee Camp Allstars) (4/5/97, #61a US, #18 UK, #2a RB)

Sales (in millions): 8.0 US, 0.6 UK, 15.6 world (includes US and UK)

Peak: 14 US, 2 UK

Rating:


Review: Lauryn Hill had distinguished herself as “most distinctive voice” AZ and “social heart” AMG of the rap group the Fugees, but “few were prepared for her stunning debut.” AMG It sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, was a number one album in the U.S., and landed her eight Grammys, including Album of the Year and Best New Artist. She took “seventies soul and made it boom and signify to the hip-hop generation.” RS

Miseducation “is infused with African-American musical history.” EW Not only does Hill serve up an “Aretha Franklin–caliber vocal,” TM but she “has the funky grunt of vintage Stevie Wonder” EW and “recalls the moral fervency of Bob Marley” EW as well as the “uptown soul of Roberta Flack.” EW However, “Miseducation is no withdrawal from the nostalgia bank.” EW She also keeps things current, collaborating with R&B superstars like D’Angelo and Mary J. Blige, and “flowing from singing to rapping, evoking the past while forging her future.” EW Her “verses were intelligent and hardcore, with the talent to rank up there with Method Man” AMG and “she could move from tough to smooth in a flash, with a vocal prowess that allowed her to be her own chanteuse (à la Mariah Carey).” AMG “If her performing talents, vocal range, and songwriting smarts weren’t enough, Hill also produced much of the record, ranging from stun-gun hip-hop to smoother R&B with little trouble.” AMG

While she wasn’t shooting for a blockbuster, “she clearly realizes the benefit of wrapping even the harshest rhetoric in mesmerizing grooves.” EW “The swinging sermon” RS Doo Wop (That Thing) was a chart-topper which also was “an intelligent dissection of the sex game that saw it from both angles.” AMG That song’s line, “How you gonna win if you ain’t right within?’ also “turns out to be the defining question of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” TM

Doo Wop (That Thing)

“You can hear and feel the messages she tries to get across about God, love, motherhood, and life.” CS The album was “a collection of overtly personal and political statements.” AMG On To Zion, which features Carlos Santana, about putting her family before her career. She also “speaks eloquently on how the creators of urban music could use a moral compass,” TM putting the industry – including her own former bandmates and record execs – for putting “more emphasis on the bottom line than making great music.” AMG

“Yet the beauty of the album lies in Hill’s ability to make her self-righteousness ravishing.” EW She made “an album of often astonishing strength and feeling” EW which is “a perfect blend of hip-hop, R&B, gospel, and soul.” CS It is “one of the best solo female albums ever recorded.” CS


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