Saturday, December 22, 2001

Nickelback hit #1 with “How You Remind Me”

Updated 1/12/2019.

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How You Remind Me


Writer(s): Chad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger, Ryan Peake, Ryan Vikedal (see lyrics here)

Released: 8/21/2001

First Charted: 7/28/2001

Peak: 14 US, 11 AAA, 113 AR, 113 AR, 4 UK, 1 CN, 2 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales *: 1.0 US, 0.6 UK, 1.81 world (includes US + UK)

Radio Airplay *: 2.0

Video Airplay *: 415.8

Streaming *: --

* in millions


When Nickelback recorded “How You Remind Me” in about ten minutes as a last minute edition to their Silver Side Up album, they had something special. SF The band has amassed a legion of detractors, and this song is “a guilty pleasure, to be sure,” TG but an “absolutely undeniable” TG “example of mainstream songwriting chops and flawlessly slick production.” TG

This was the first top 40 hit for the Canadian rock band and only the second #1 song by a Canadian group, the first being the Guess Who’s “American Woman.” SF “Remind Me” was the most-played song of 2002 in the U.S. SF and topped the Billboard year-end chart. Billboard named it the #1 rock song of the decade. WK Lead singer Chad Kroeger has referred to what is often considered their signature song as “the song that put Nickelback on the map.” WK

Kroeger told MTV he penned this song about an ex-girlfriend with whom he’d had a rather dysfunctional relationship. However, he kept the lyrics ambiguous so that listeners could relate to the idea of an ex pointing out one’s faults. SF

The band’s drum tech, Andrew Mawhinney, suggested the idea of the band dropping out at the last chorus in which Kroeger bellows, “for handing you a heart worth breaking!” Mawhinney was rewarded by the band for the suggestion with $5000. SF

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Saturday, September 8, 2001

Kylie Minogue released “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”

Updated 1/13/2019.

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Can’t Get You Out of My Head

Kylie Minogue

Writer(s): Cathy Dennis/Rob Davis (see lyrics here)

Released: 9/8/2001

First Charted: 9/17/2001

Peak: 7 US, 14 UK, 14 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales *: 0.53 US, 1.30 UK, 5.0 world (includes US + UK)

Radio Airplay *: 0.3

Video Airplay *: 16.0

Streaming *: --

* in millions


“There is no false advertising here.” AB’00 “Never has a pop song more effectively done what it says” TL With its “catchy hooks, a salaciously cool video and lyrical content” NME this “irresistibly fun, flirty dance-pop confection” MX “can be very very difficult to get out of your head.” AB’00 “The Cathy Dennis and Rob Davis-penned single sinks its playground chant of a hook into the brain and just refuses to let go as Kylie sexes it up.” TL

Before penning this song, Dennis had a couple top 10 hits in the U.S. in the early ‘90s. This one was offered first to Sophie Ellis-Bextor, who turned it down. SF The song is also known as “The La La Song” because Kylie sings “la la la, la la la la la la” repeatedly in the chorus. SF That “hook wormed its way into several billion ears worldwide” PD as the song topped the charts in over 40 countries. It was her 20th top ten hit in the UK, where it was also the most played song of 2001 and her best-selling single. SF

While Kylie had been a successful actress and sex symbol in her native Australia and musically was huge around the world, she hadn’t graced the American charts since her 1988 debut. However, “the pint-size Aussie disco dolly seduced the U.S. with this mirror-ball classic.” RS’09

So “how did Kylie make one of the decade’s finest dance-pop anthems” PF and what called “one of the greatest dance-pop cuts of all time”? PE “By offering less: less singing, less melody, less feeling. What’s left is a buzzy, insatiable desire, an itch you can’t scratch but maybe can dance out.” PF She knows “intuitively how each coy purr, each insouciant whisper can speak to and for the lust of her audience.” PF “If its sleek, synthetic surfaces feel hollow, it’s because fantasy is hollow, a shell for impossible expectation.” PF

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Saturday, August 18, 2001

Alicia Keys hit #1 with “Fallin’”

Updated 1/12/2019.

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Alicia Keys

Writer(s): Alicia Keys (see lyrics here)

Released: 4/2/2001

First Charted: 5/5/2001

Peak: 16 US, 24 AC, 14 RB, 3 UK, 24 CN, 7 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales *: 0.5 US, 0.4 UK, 0.97 world (includes US + UK)

Radio Airplay *: 0.6

Video Airplay *: 160.37

Streaming *: --

* in millions


Alicia Keys grew up in the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan with her mother. She has said her mother was the inspiration for the song “Fallin’”, about caring deeply about a person who one loves very much, but drives one crazy at times. SF Musically the song revealed Keys’ roots playing classical piano; it opens with a piece taken from Chopin. SF

She landed a record deal with Columbia Records which fell through SF but then Arista Records executive Clive Davis saw her perform. He kicked off his new company, J Records, with Keys at the forefront. He wrote a personal letter to Oprah Winfrey landing Keys a gig on The Oprah Winfrey Show before the album had even come out. SF

There proved to be an audience. She fit into the neo-soul genre “without being as spacy as Macy Gray or as hippie mystic as Erykah Badu while being more reliable than Lauryn Hill.” AMG “Fallin’” “is a testament to Keys’ skills as a musician;” AMG it “was rich enough to compensate for some thinness in the writing” AMG and has become her signature song. WK It was an “aching piano ballad” TB-296 which made Keys “an instant heartthrob and a household name in record time.” TB-296 Entertainment Weekly’s Beth Johnson described the song as “gospel fervor of lovesick righteousness.” WK’s Mark Anthony Neal said it combined “Keys’ natural blues register with a subtle, and brilliantly so, sample of James Brown’s ‘It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.’” WK

The song cleaned up at the Grammys nabbing awards for Song of the Year, Best R&B Song, and Best R&B Vocal Performance. She also took home the prizes for Best New Artist and Best R&B Album. MTV gave her the award for Best New Artist in a Video.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2001

In Concert: Barenaked Ladies

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Venue: City Market; Kansas City, MO

The Set List:

1. Never Do Anything
2. It’s All Been Done
3. The Old Apartment
4. Filthy Frenchmen (improv)
5. Falling for the First Time
6. Pinch Me
7. Ear (improv)
8. Get in Line
9. Alcohol
10. Turn Me Loose (Loverboy cover)

11. Break Your Heart
12. One Week
13. Shoebox
14. If I Had a Million Dollars
15. Medley of other people’s hits


16. Careless Whisper
17. Too Little, Too Late

Encore 2:

18. Brian Wilson

Monday, July 30, 2001

The Strokes released Is This It: July 30, 2001

Originally posted July 30, 2012.

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With their debut album, these “mod ragamuffins” RS from New York City “mixed Velvet Underground grime and skinny-tie New Wave jangle” RS with “late-‘70s New York punk;” AMG in essence, they combined “all the trademarks of pre-1977 rock” EW or “pre-alternative alternative music.” EW The music was “sometimes acidic, always full of great melody,” RS and marked by “off-kilter guitar solos,” EW “primitive tom-tom rhythms (shades of the Velvets’ Moe Tucker),” EW and “an insistently chugging backbeat.” AMG It was all accompanied by “attitude-heavy slurring (by singer Julian Casablancas)” EW and his “raw, world-weary” AMG and “half-buried vocals (à la ‘Louie, Louie’).” EW

The Strokes intentionally sought out “the raw, muddy sonics of garage-band 45s.” EW Casablancas said they wanted to sound like “a band from the past that took a time trip into the future to make their record.” WK However, “the Strokes don’t rehash the sounds that inspire them,” AMG namely Television, the Stooges, and aforementioned Velvets, but “remake them in their own image.” AMG The subject matter behind their songs “reflected their own early-twenties lust for life.” AMG and made “the timeworn themes of sex, drugs, and rock & roll and the basic guitars-drum-bass lineup seem new and vital again.” AMG

On one hand, the Strokes became “the most hyped band [in the UK] since Oasis in the mid 1990s;” TB the New Musical Express “placed the Strokes at the head of its ‘new rock revolution’” TB However, “haters threw whatever they had at them.” SY After all, these were were guys straight out of “the exclusive Dwight School in Manhattan” TB decked out in “expensive leather and denim.” SY However, the band’s “daily twelve-hour practices are so blindingly evident on Is This ItSY that “the Strokes prove to be one of the few groups deserving of their glowing reviews.” AMG “The record is considered crucial in the development of other alternative bands and of the post-millennial music industry.” WK Rolling Stone’s Joe Levy said it was “the stuff of which legends are made” WK while NME’s John Robinson said “Is This It was one of the best debut LPs by a guitar band during the past 20 years.” WK

Last Nite

Highlights from the album included Last Nite, a “guitar-driven song” WK with “reggae-inspired rhythm guitar lines” WK and Hard to Explain, “arguably the finest song they've written in their career.” AMG

Hard to Explain


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Friday, July 20, 2001

In Concert: Eric Clapton

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Venue: Kemper Arena; Kansas City, MO
Opening Act: Doyle Bramhall II
The Players: Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar), Billy Preston (keyboards), Andy Fairweather-Low (back-up guitarist and vocalist), Nathan East (bass), Steve Gadd (drums)

The Set List:

1. Key to the Highway
2. Reptile
3. Got You on My Mind
4. Tears in Heaven
5. Bell Bottom Blues
6. Change the World
7. My Father’s Eyes
8. River of Tears
9. Going Down Slow
10. She’s Gone
11. I Want a Little Girl
12. Badge
13. Hoochie Coochie Man
14. Five Long Years
15. Cocaine
16. Wonderful Tonight
17. Layla


18. Will It Go Round in Circles
19. Sunshine of Your Love
20. Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Here’s a timeline of when each of the above songs was originally released. It’s interesting that the entire decade of the ‘80s was neglected. He also avoided perhaps his three best-known covers: “After Midnight,” “I Shot the Sheriff,” and “Knocking on Heaven’s Door.”

  • 1939: Judy Garland in the movie The Wizard of Oz: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Not featured on any Clapton albums.
  • 1967: Cream’s album Disraeli Gears: “Sunshine of Your Love”
  • 1969: Cream’s album Goodbye: “Badge”
  • 1970: Derek and the Dominoes’ album Layla…and Other Assorted Love Songs: “Key to the Highway,” “Bell Bottom Blues,” “Layla”
  • 1972: Billy Preston’s “Will It Go Round in Circles,” a #1 single from Preston’s album Music Is My Life. Not featured on any Clapton albums.
  • 1977: Slow Hand: “Cocaine,” “Wonderful Tonight”
  • 1992: Rush Soundtrack: “Tears in Heaven”
  • 1994: From the Cradle: “Hoochie Coochie Man,” “Five Long Years”
  • 1996: Phenomenon Soundtrack: “Change the World”
  • 1998: Pilgrim: “My Father’s Eyes,” “River of Tears,” “Going Down Slow,” “She’s Gone”
  • 2001: Reptile: “Reptile,” “Got You on My Mind,” “I Want a Little Girl”

    Billy Preston is most noted as the only artist to share billing with the Beatles on one of their songs (“Get Back”). Also a successful solo artist; at his peak in the early ‘70s. He was playing keyboards for gospel diva Mahalia Jackson by the age of 10. Andy Fairweather-Low has toured and recorded with Eric Clapton since 1992. He has also worked with George Harrison, Roger Waters, Stevie Nicks, and Kate Bush, among others. In the late ‘60s, Andy was the lead singer of British group Amen Corner. Nathan East has worked with Clapton since 1986. He has also worked with Barry White, Dionne Warwick, Johnny Mathis, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, and Kenny Loggins. He also has been a member of the jazz group Fourplay in the ‘90s. Steve Gadd has worked with Clapton since 1998. Gadd also has worked as a jazz drummer with Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Bob James, Grover Washington Jr., and David Sanborn. All of the above, including opening act Doyle Bramhall II, were involved in the recording of the Reptile album. Only Dave Sancious, Bruce Springsteen’s keyboardist on his first three albums, was added for the tour. He has also worked as a solo artist, as well as a keyboardist for Sting, Peter Gabriel, and Bryan Ferry.

Thursday, March 29, 2001

March 29, 1951: The King and I opened on Broadway

Originally posted August 11, 2008. Last updated September 4, 2018.

The King and I (cast/soundtrack)

Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers)

Opened on Broadway: March 29, 1951

Cast Album Charted: May 26, 1951

Soundtrack Released: June 11, 1956

Sales (in millions):
US: -- c, 2.0 s
UK: --
IFPI: --
World (estimated): -- c, 2.0 s

US: 2C, 1 1-S
UK: 148-S
Canada: --
Australia: --

Quotable: “One of the all-time greats among musicals.” – Daily Variety

Genre: show tunes

Album Tracks:

  1. Overture
  2. I Whistle a Happy Tune
  3. My Lord and Master
  4. Hello, Young Lovers
  5. March of the Siamese Children
  6. A Puzzlement
  7. Getting to Know You
  8. We Kiss in a Shadow/ I Have Dreamed
  9. Shall I Tell You What I Think of You?
  10. Something Wonderful
  11. Song of the King
  12. Shall We Dance?
  13. Something Wonderful (Finale)

Singles/Hit Songs:

We Kiss in a Shadow
Frank Sinatra (1951) #22

Hello, Young Lovers
Perry Como (1951) #27

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.


The King and I was the fifth collaboration for Rodgers and Hammerstein. The musical came about when Fanny Holtzmann, a theatrical attorney, was looking for a part for her client, Gertrude Lawrence. Holtzmann thought Margaret Landon’s 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam, would be a perfect vehicle and contacted Rodgers & Hammerstein. WK

The novel was based on the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, a British widow and school teacher who, in the 1860s, served as governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam. WK She was hired as part of the king’s effort to modernize his country WK and tutor him in how to become a cultivated English gentleman. DF The musical is marked by the conflict between the king and Anna and the love which neither can admit. WK

Rodgers was concerned that “the aging Lawrence had a voice of limited range and she was notorious for singing flat.” DF They’d also never written a show designed for a specific performer, and had tried to liberate Broadway of that very habit. DF However, Rodgers, later wrote, of some of the appealing elements of the story: “there was the contrast between Eastern and Western cultures…there was the intangibility of the attraction between teacher and king…there was the warmth of the relationship between Anna and her royal pupils; there was the theme of democratic teachings triumphing over autocratic rule.” DF

However, they were still challenged to find a worthy co-star. Rex Harrison played the part in a 1946 film based on Landon’s book – but he was unavailable. WK Alfred Drake and Noel Coward, Lawrence’s oldest and dearest friend, were also considered. DF They ended up holding auditions and the first candidate was an actor named Yul Brynner, whose only Broadway musical credit was in Lute Song, a failed 1946 show starring Mary Martin. DF Rodgers had never heard of him, but wrote about his first impression. He “was a bald, muscular fellow with a bony, Oriental face…He looked savage, he sounded savage, and there was no denying that he projected a feeling of controlled ferocity. When he read for us…Oscar and I looked at each other and nodded…we had our king.” DF

The musical debuted at Broadway’s St. James Theatre on March 29, 1951. WK Brynner was an overnight sensation and Lawrence “was once again the toast of Broadway.” DF They both won Tonys for their performances; The King and I was also given the Tony for Best Musical. With a run of nearly three years, it became, at the time, the fourth longest-running Broadway musical in history. WK

The 1956 film version was, at the time, the most expensive film to date for 20th Century Fox. DF Brynner was tapped to reprise his role, but Lawrence died of cancer on September 6, 1952, so was replaced by Deborah Kerr, at Brynner’s urging. DF “She had the gracious quality of an English lady, but her powerful performances in From Here to Eternity on the screen and Tea and Sympathy on the stage had the kind of sexual tension that Brynner wanted to emphasize in the relationship between Anna and the King.” DF

“Chemistry sizzled between…Brynner and…Kerr…, and the rich multilayered story had an emotional pull that was rare in film musicals. The film made breathtaking use of color and of a new widescreen photographic process called Cinemascope 55. The format’s enhanced sound quality provided a sumptuous setting for the Rodgers and Hammerstein score.” DF Daily Variety called it the “Blockbuster of the year. One of the all-time greats among musicals. Sure to wow all classes and nations. Socko in all departments: story, performances, production, score.” DF

The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning nine – including Best Actor for Yul Brynner.

Review Sources:
  • DF David Foil, liner notes from CD of The King and I soundtrack (1956/1993).
  • WK Wikipedia


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Wednesday, March 7, 2001

The RIAA/NEA's Top 365 Songs of the 20th Century

Originally posted March 7, 2012.

On March 7, 2001, The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) revealed the top ten songs from its list of the top 365 songs of the 20th century. According to the RIAA’s press release, the list was created “to promote a better understanding of America’s musical and cultural heritage in our schools.” It is one of the better lists around considering it actually acknowledges pre-rock era songs. Oddly, the list is posted in multiple places across the internet, but the links I’ve found always leave out some songs. As for the occasional appearance of an album on this list, well, your guess is as good as mine why the RIAA and NEA decided to make those occasional exceptions.

Note: Links on some of the songs lead to more detailed reviews and information on the DMDB website.

1. “Over the Rainbow” Judy Garland (1939)
2. “White Christmas” Bing Crosby (1942)
3. “This Land Is Your Land” Woody Guthrie (1940)
4. “Respect” Aretha Franklin (1967)
5. “American Pie” Don McLean (1971)
6. “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” The Andrews Sisters (1941)
7. West Side Story Original Cast Album
8. “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” Billy Murray/Haydn Quartet (1908)
9. “You've Lost That Lovin Feelin’” The Righteous Brothers (1964)
10. “The Entertainer” Scott Joplin (1902)

11. “In the Mood” Glenn Miller Orchestra (1939)
12. “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock” Bill Haley & The Comets (1954)
13. “When the Saints Go Marching In” Louis Armstrong (1939)
14. “You Are My Sunshine” Jimmie Davis (1940)
15. “Mack the Knife” Bobby Darin (1959)
16. “ (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” The Rolling Stones (1965)
17. “Take the ‘A’ Train” Duke Ellington Orchestra (1941)
18. “Blueberry Hill” Fats Domino (1956)
19. “God Bless America” Kate Smith (1939)
20. “Stars and Stripes Forever” Sousa’s Band (1901)

21. “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” Marvin Gaye (1968)
22. “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” Otis Redding (1968)
23. “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” Tony Bennett (1962)
24. “Good Vibrations” The Beach Boys (1966)
25. “Stand By Me” Ben E. King (1961)
26. “Stormy Weather” Lena Horne (1943)
27. “Johnny B. Goode” Chuck Berry (1958)
28. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” The Beatles (1963)
29. “Midnight Train to Georgia” Gladys Knight & The Pips (1973)
30. “Imagine” John Lennon (1971)

31. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” Gene Autry (1949)
32. “The Twist” Chubby Checker (1960)
33. “Happy Trails” Roy Rogers & Dale Evans (1948)
34. “Your Cheatin’ Heart” Hank Williams (1953)
35. “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” Fisk Jubilee Singers (1909)
36. The Sound of Music Original Cast Album
37. “’Round Midnight” Thelonius Monk (1944)
38. “What’s Love Got to Do with It” Tina Turner (1984)
39. “Over There” The American Quartet (1917)
40. “Star Dust” Hoagy Carmichael (1927)

41. “Ain’t Misbehavin’” Fats Waller (1929)
42. “Georgia on My Mind” Ray Charles (1960)
43. “Oh Pretty Woman” Roy Orbison (1964)
44. “Every Breath You Take” The Police (1983)
45. “My Girl” The Temptations (1965)
46. “Hotel California” The Eagles (1977)
47. “Happy Days Are Here Again” Ben Selvin Orchestra (1930)
48. “Stand By Your Man” Tammy Wynette (1968)
49. “Take Five” Dave Brubeck (1961)
50. “America the Beautiful” Louise Homer (1910)

51. “When a Man Loves a Woman” Percy Sledge (1966)
52. “Light My Fire” The Doors (1967)
53. “Stairway to Heaven” Led Zeppelin (1971)
54. “Sweet Georgia Brown” Ben Bernie Orchestra (1925)
55. “When You Wish Upon a Star” Cliff Edwards (1940)
56. “Yesterday” The Beatles (1965)
57. “Louie Louie” The Kingsmen (1963)
58. “God Bless the Child” Billie Holiday (1941)
59. “Born in the U.S.A.” Bruce Springsteen (1984)
60. “The Girl from Ipanema” Stan Getz/Astrud Gilberto (1964)

61. “I Walk the Line” Johnny Cash (1956)
62. “The Star Spangled Banner” John McCormack (1917)
63. “O Happy Day” The Edwin Hawkins Singers (1969)
64. “Great Balls of Fire” Jerry Lee Lewis (1957)
65. “What’s Going On” Marvin Gaye (1971)
66. Oklahoma! Original Cast Album
67. “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” Johnny Mercer (1946)
68. “Don’t Be Cruel” / “Hound Dog” Elvis Presley (1956)
69. “St. Louis Blues” W.C. Handy (1923)
70. “Yankee Doodle” Vess Ossman (1894)

71. “California Dreamin’” The Mamas & Papas (1966)
72. “On the Road Again” Willie Nelson (1980)
73. “Auld Lang Syne” Frank Stanley (1907)
74. “Summertime” Sidney Bechet (1939)
75. “Theme from Shaft” Isaac Hayes (1971)
76. “Beat It” Michael Jackson (1983)
77. “Sentimental Journey” Les Brown’s Orchestra with Doris Day (1945)
78. “Blue Suede Shoes” Carl Perkins (1956)
79. “The Sounds of Silence” Simon & Garfunkel (1965)
80. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Nirvana (1991)

81. “It Had to Be You” Isham Jones Orchestra (1924)
82. “Minnie the Moocher” Cab Calloway (1931)
83. “Sixteen Tons” Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955)
84. “What a Wonderful World” Louis Armstrong (1967)
85. “Fire and Rain” James Taylor (1970)
86. “Y.M.C.A.” Village People (1978)
87. “Heartbreak Hotel” Elvis Presley (1956)
88. “King of the Road” Roger Miller (1965)
89. “I Will Survive” Gloria Gaynor (1978)
90. “Ave Maria” Marian Anderson (1936)

91. “Begin the Beguine” Artie Shaw Orchestra (1938)
92. “Like a Rolling Stone” Bob Dylan (1965)
93. “Stop! In the Name of Love” The Supremes (1965)
94. “Stayin’ Alive” The Bee Gees (1977)
95. “1999” Prince (1982)
96. “Please Remember Me” Tim McGraw (1999)
97. Porgy and Bess Original Cast Album
98. “Back in the Saddle Again” Gene Autry (1939)
99. “Shake, Rattle and Roll” Joe Turner (1954)
100. “In the Still of the Night” The Five Satins (1956)

101. “Killing Me Softly with His Song” Roberta Flack (1973)
102. “Friends in Low Places” Garth Brooks (1990)
103. “Charleston” Arthur Gibbs & His Gang (1924)
104. “A-Tisket A-Tasket” Ella Fitzgerald (1938)
105. “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” Chauncy Olcott (1913)
106. “The Times They Are A-Changin’” Bob Dylan (1964)
107. “I Fall to Pieces” Patsy Cline (1961)
108. “I Will Always Love You” Whitney Houston (1992)
109. “Mona Lisa” Nat King Cole (1950)
110. “Blowin’ in the Wind” Peter, Paul & Mary (1963)

111. “Peggy Sue” Buddy Holly (1957)
112. “Lean on Me” Bill Withers (1972)
113. Kind of Blue (Album) Miles Davis
114. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” Hank Williams (1949)
115. “Proud Mary” Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
116. “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” The Carter Family (1935)
117. “Puttin’ on the Ritz” Harry Richman (1930)
118. “Layla” Derek & The Dominos (1971)
119. “Jump” Van Halen (1984)
120. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” U2 (1987)

121. “We Are the World” USA for Africa (1985)
122. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” Cyndi Lauper (1983)
123. My Fair Lady Original Cast Album
124. “Swanee” Al Jolson (1920)
125. “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” The Peerless Quartet (1911)
126. “Makin’ Whoopee” Eddie Cantor (1929)
127. “The Tracks of My Tears” The Miracles (1965)
128. “I Wanna Be Loved By You” Helen Kane (1928)
129. “Pennies from Heaven” Bing Crosby (1936)
130. “Tutti Frutti” Little Richard (1955)

131. “Brown Eyed Girl” Van Morrison (1967)
132. “I Only Have Eyes for You” The Flamingos (1959)
133. “Born to Be Wild” Steppenwolf (1968)
134. “Superstition” Stevie Wonder (1972)
135. “Born to Run” Bruce Springsteen (1975)
136. “On the Good Ship Lollipop” Shirley Temple (1935)
137. “Wabash Cannonball” Roy Acuff (1938)
138. “Unchained Melody” Al Hibbler (1955)
139. “Dancing in the Street” Martha & The Vandellas (1964)
140. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1967)

141. “Piano Man” Billy Joel (1974)
142. “Joy to the World” Three Dog Night (1971)
143. “Losing My Religion” R.E.M. (1991)
144. “My Way” Frank Sinatra (1969)
145. “Let’s Stay Together” Al Green (1971)
146. “We Are the Champions/We Will Rock You” Queen (1977)
147. “Purple Rain” Prince (1984)
148. “Dancing Queen” Abba (1976)
149. A Love Supreme (Album) John Coltrane
150. “Wake Up Little Susie” The Everly Brothers (1957)

151. “Shout” The Isley Brothers (1959)
152. “I Got You (I Feel Good)” James Brown (1965)
153. “The Thrill Is Gone” B.B. King (1969)
154. “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” The Boswell Sisters (1935)
155. “Bo Diddley” Bo Diddley (1955)
156. “Banana Boat (Day-O)” Harry Belafonte (1957)
157. “Ring of Fire” Johnny Cash (1963)
158. “Donna” / “La Bamba” Richie Valens (1958)
159. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” The Tokens (1961)
160. “Take Me Home Country Roads” John Denver (1971)

161. “Material Girl” Madonna (1984)
162. “Rapper’s Delight” The Sugarhill Gang (1979)
163. “Goodnight Irene” Leadbelly (1950)
164. “Tequila” The Chammps (1958)
165. “Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera)” Doris Day (1956)
166. “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)” The Byrds (1965)
167. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Album) The Beatles
168. “Soul Man” Sam & Dave (1967)
169. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” Stevie Wonder (1973)
170. “Thanks for the Memory” Bob Hope & Shirley Ross (1939)

171. “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” B.J. Thomas (1969)
172. “Moon River” Henry Mancini (1961)
173. “Free Bird” Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)
174. “Misty” Erroll Garner Trio (1954)
175. “Chances Are” Johnny Mathis (1957)
176. “Love Letters” Ketty Lester (1962)
177. “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” Joan Jett & Blackhearts (1981)
178. “Fast Car” Tracy Chapman (1988)
179. “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” The Shirelles (1960)
180. “Leader of the Pack” The Shangri-Las (1964)

181. “In the Midnight Hour” Wilson Pickett (1965)
182. “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers (1956)
183. “I Can See Clearly Now” Johnny Nash (1972)
184. “Oye Como Va” Santana (1971)
185. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” Loretta Lynn (1970)
186. “Cat’s in the Cradle” Harry Chapin (1974)
187. “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson (1978)
188. “The Gambler” Kenny Rogers (1978)
189. “Bye Bye Blackbird” Gene Austin (1926)
190. “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” The Platters (1958)

191. “ (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)” The Beastie Boys (1986)
192. “We Are Family” Sister Sledge (1979)
193. “They Long to Be Close to You” The Carpenters (1970)
194. “Maggie May” Rod Stewart (1971)
195. “Night and Day” Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman’s Orchestra (1932)
196. “Brother Can You Spare a Dime” Rudy Vallee (1932)
197. “Tom Dooley” The Kingston Trio (1958)
198. “The Tennessee Waltz” Patti Page (1948)
199. “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (1972)
200. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” Elton John (1973)

201. “U Can’t Touch This” M.C. Hammer (1990)
202. “Smooth” Santana & Rob Thomas (1999)
203. “Livin’ La Vida Loca” Ricky Martin (1999)
204. “How Great Thou Art” George Beverly Shea (1955)
205. “Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing)” Benny Goodman Orchestra (1938)
206. Hair Original Cast Album
207. “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” The Sons of the Pioneers (1934)
208. “What the World Needs Now Is Love” Jackie DeShannon (1965)
209. “Crying” Roy Orbison (1961)
210. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” Guns N’ Roses (1988)

211. “One O’Clock Jump” Count Basie Orchestra (1937)
212. “Downtown” Petula Clark (1964)
213. “It’s Too Late” / “I Feel the Earth Move” Carole King (1971)
214. “Celebration” Kool & The Gang (1980)
215. “So Much in Love” The Tymes (1963)
216. “You’re So Vain” Carly Simon (1972)
217. “Heart of Glass” Blondie (1979)
218. “Blue Moon of Kentucky” Bill Monroe & The Blue Grass Boys (1946)
219. “Teen Angel” Mark Dinning (1959)
220. Ornithology (Album) Charlie Parker Sextet

221. “We Shall Overcome” Joan Baez (1963)
222. “Something to Talk About” Bonnie Raitt (1991)
223. “Take My Hand Precious Lord” Thomas Dorsey (1932)
224. South Pacific Original Cast Album
225. “Runaround Sue” Dion (1961)
226. “Tea for Two” Art Tatum (1939)
227. “Summertime Blues” Eddie Cochran (1958)
228. “Everybody Loves Somebody” Dean Martin (1964)
229. “It’s My Party” Lesley Gore (1963)
230. “The Loco Motion” Little Eva (1962)

231. “On Broadway” The Drifters (1963)
232. “Me and Bobby McGee” Janis Joplin (1971)
233. “Time in a Bottle” Jim Croce (1973)
234. “Margaritaville” Jimmy Buffett (1977)
235. Bitches Brew (Album) Miles Davis
236. “Kansas City” Wilbert Harrison (1959)
237. “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” The Penguins (1954)
238. “Got My Mojo Working” Muddy Waters (1957)
239. “People Get Ready” The Impressions (1965)
240. “House of the Rising Sun” The Animals (1964)

241. “White Rabbit” The Jefferson Airplane (1967)
242. “Graceland” Paul Simon (1986)
243. “Love Shack” The B-52s (1989)
244. “I Believe I Can Fly” R. Kelly (1996)
245. “All I Wanna Do” Sheryl Crow (1994)
246. “My Heart Will Go On” Celine Dion (1997)
247. “My Old Kentucky Home” Geraldine Farrar (1910)
248. “Abraham, Martin & John” Dion (1968)
249. The King and I Original Cast Album
250. “At the Hop” Danny & The Juniors (1957)

251. “What’d I Say” Ray Charles (1959)
252. “Mr. Sandman” The Chordettes (1954)
253. “Be My Baby” The Ronettes (1963)
254. “I Got You Babe” Sonny & Cher (1965)
255. “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” Charlie Daniels Band (1979)
256. “Flashdance…What a Feeling” Irene Cara (1983)
257. “Burning Down the House” Talking Heads (1983)
258. “Achy Breaky Heart” Billy Ray Cyrus (1992)
259. “Wide Open Spaces” Dixie Chicks (1998)
260. The Music Man Original Cast Album

261. “Walk on By” Dionne Warwick (1964)
262. “Ramblin’ Man” Allman Brothers Band (1973)
263. “Move on Up a Little Higher” Mahalia Jackson (1948)
264. “I’m So Excited” The Pointer Sisters (1984)
265. “That Old Black Magic” Louis Prima & Keely Smith (1958)
266. “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” The Four Tops (1966)
267. “Walk This Way” Aerosmith (1976)
268. “Bette Davis Eyes” Kim Carnes (1981)
269. “The Wind Beneath My Wings” Bette Midler (1989)
270. “Change the World” Eric Clapton (1996)

271. “If I Didn’t Care” The Ink Spots (1939)
272. “Paper Doll” The Mills Brothers (1942)
273. “Strange Fruit” Billie Holiday (1939)
274. “Ode to Billy Joe” Bobbie Gentry (1967)
275. “Strangers in the Night” Frank Sinatra (1966)
276. “War” Edwin Starr (1970)
277. “Behind Closed Doors” Charlie Rich (1973)
278. “Old Time Rock ‘N’ Roll” Bob Seger (1979)
279. “We Got the Beat” The Go-Gos (1982)
280. “The Message” Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five (1982)

281. “You’re the Top” Cole Porter (1934)
282. “My Guy” Mary Wells (1964)
283. “You Send Me” Sam Cooke (1957)
284. “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” Glen Campbell (1967)
285. “Everybody’s Talkin”” Nilsson (1968)
286. “Heart of Gold” Neil Young (1972)
287. “Jack and Diane” John Cougar Mellencamp (1982)
288. “Fight the Power” Public Enemy (1989)
289. “Me and My Shadow” Whispering Jack Smith (1927)
290. “Deep in the Heart of Texas” Alvino Ray Orchestra (1941)

291. “For What It’s Worth” Buffalo Springfield (1967)
292. “That’s What Friends Are For” Dionne Warwick & Friends (1985)
293. “You’re Still the One” Shania Twain (1998)
294. Birdland (Album) Weather Report
295. “Go Your Own Way” Fleetwood Mac (1977)
296. “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” Pink Floyd (1979)
297. “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)” Vaughn Monroe (1949)
298. “The Way We Were” Barbra Streisand (1973)
299. “9 to 5” Dolly Parton (1980)
300. Grease (Album) Cast/Soundtrack

301. “Don’t Worry Be Happy” Bobby McFerrin (1988)
302. “Who’s Sorry Now” Connie Francis (1958)
303. “That’s the Way (I Like It)” K.C. & Sunshine Band (1975)
304. “Yes We Have No Bananas” Billy Jones (1923)
305. “On Top of Old Smoky” The Weavers (1951)
306. “You Really Got Me” The Kinks (1964)
307. “Ohio” Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (1970)
308. “Free Fallin’” Tom Petty (1989)
309. “This Kiss” Faith Hill (1998)
310. “Body and Soul” Coleman Hawkins Orchestra (1940)

311. “I Am Woman” Helen Reddy (1972)
312. Show Boat Original Cast Album
313. “This Masquerade” George Benson (1976)
314. “Some of These Days” Sophie Tucker with Ted Lewis (1927)
315. “Down Hearted Blues” Bessie Smith (1923)
316. “New San Antonio Rose” Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys (1944)
317. “How High the Moon” Les Paul & Mary Ford (1951)
318. “I’m Sorry” Brenda Lee (1960)
319. “Everyday People” Sly & The Family Stone (1968)
320. “When Will I Be Loved” Linda Ronstadt (1975)

321. “Uncle John’s Band” The Grateful Dead (1970)
322. “Faith” George Michael (1987)
323. “Up Where We Belong” Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes (1982)
324. “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over” Hank Williams, Jr. (1984)
325. “Candle in the Wind” Elton John (1973/1997)
326. “El Shaddai” Amy Grant (1982)
327. “Salt Peanuts” Dizzy Gillespie (1945)
328. Zodiac Suite (Album) Mary Lou Williams
329. “Pagliacci, Act I: Vesti La Giubba (On with the Play)” Enrico Caruso (1907)
330. “Whispering” Paul Whiteman Orchestra (1920)

331. “Blue Yodel (T for Texas)” Jimmie Rodgers (1928)
332. “Boogie Chillun” John Lee Hooker (1949)
333. “The Battle of New Orleans” Johnny Horton (1959)
334. “She Works Hard for the Money” Donna Summer (1983)
335. “I Want You Back” The Jackson 5 (1969)
336. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” George Jones (1980)
337. “Men in Black” Will Smith (1997)
338. “El Paso” Marty Robbins (1959)
339. “I’ll Fly Away” The Chuck Wagon Gang (1948)
340. “Rock-It” Herbie Hancock (1983)

341. “King Porter Stomp” Jelly Roll Morton (1923)
342. “Cross Road Blues” Robert Johnson (1936)
343. “Cattle Call” Eddy Arnold (1945)
344. “Tiger Rag” The Original Dixieland Jazz Band (1918)
345. “The Prisoner’s Song” Vernon Dalhart (1925)
346. “Yakety Yak” The Coasters (1958)
347. “Big Yellow Taxi” Joni Mitchell (1970)
348. “Higher Love” Steve Winwood (1986)
349. “No Charge” Shirley Caesar (1975)
350. “My Home’s in Alabama” Alabama (1980)

351. “One Sweet Day” Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men (1995)
352. “I Hope You Dance” Lee Ann Womack (2000)
353. “Don’t Let Nobody Turn You Around” The Fairfield Four (1947)
354. “The In-Crowd” Ramsey Lewis Trio (1965)
355. “Near You” Francis Craig Orchestra (1947)
356. “Sing Me Back Home” Merle Haggard (1967)
357. “Django” The Modern Jazz Quartet (1954)
358. “Respect Yourself” The Staple Singers (1971)
359. “Doo Wop (That Thing)” Lauryn Hill (1998)
360. “Mama He’s Crazy” The Judds (1984)

361. “No Scrubs” TLC (1999)
362. “Saturday in the Park” Chicago (1972)
363. “Bills, Bills, Bills” Destiny’s Child (1999)
364. “Addictive Love” Bebe & Cece Winans (1991)
365. “All Along the Watchtower” The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)

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Saturday, January 27, 2001

Destiny’s Child spend 11th week at #1 with “Independent Women”

Updated 1/12/2019.

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Independent Women – Part 1

Destiny’s Child

Writer(s): Beyoncé Knowles/Cory Rooney/Samuel Barnes/Jean-Claude Olivier (see lyrics here)

Released: 9/4/2000

First Charted: 9/16/2000

Peak: 111 US, 13 RB, 11 UK, 7 CN, 3 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales *: -- US, 0.6 UK, 0.74 world (includes US + UK)

Radio Airplay *: --

Video Airplay *: 38.94

Streaming *: --

* in millions


Destiny’s Child, “a Supremes for the 21st century,” TB-291 ironically had their greatest success at the time of their greatest upheaval. With Beyoncé Knowles becoming the obvious Diana Ross-style leader, the rotating cast behind her mattered little. This was the group’s first single to feature new member Michelle Williams on vocals. It also was the first appearance on a single for Farrah Franklin, but she had been jettisoned from the group by the time the video was filmed. WK

The song was the biggest of Destiny Child’s career and spent more weeks atop the Billboard charts than any other soundtrack song in history up to that point. SF The song was also listed in the 2001 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running song by a female group. WK

“Women” began life as a solo recording from Beyoncé. After an argument with her boyfriend, she recorded this declaration of female independence. She re-recorded it with her bandmates when Columbia Studios asked for the song’s inclusion in a new Charlie’s Angels movie. They changed some words, even mentioning the film’s stars Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu in the lyrics. SFIn the video, the band members took on the roles of the three Charlie’s Angels. SF

“Part 1” was added in brackets to distinguish this version from the different version (that became “Part 2”) that appeared on the group’s album Survivor. SF “Part 2” was a bit slower and sported some different lyrics as well as “space-age sound effects.” TB-291 “Part 2” was the original song and then the Pasadena remix became the single version and got moved to “Part 1” status. WK

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