Saturday, November 26, 2005

50 Years Ago Today: Little Richard charted with “Tutti Frutti” (11/26/1955)

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Little Richard “Tutti Frutti”

Writer(s): Little Richard, Dorothy LaBostrie (see lyrics here)

Released: October 1955, First charted: 11/26/1955

Peak: 17 US, 2 RB, 29 UK (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US and UK)

Radio Airplay (in millions): -- Video Airplay (in millions): --

Review: The 22-year-old Richard Penniman, aka “Little Richard,” was looking for a breakthrough in 1955 when he went into a New Orleans recording studio to lay down his first tracks for Specialty Records. He “started extemporizing verses of ‘Tutti Frutti,’ a risque feature of his club sets.” NRR As he said, “I’d been singing ‘Tutti-Frutti’ for years, but it never struck me as a song you’d record.” RS500

Lyrics like “Tutti frutti, loose booty/ If it don’t fit, don’t force it/ You can grease it, make it easy” were deemed too raunchy, “so Dorothy La Bostrie was called in to sanitize them; she gave Richard a gal named Sue (“She knows just what to do”) and another named Daisy (“She almost drive me crazy”). TM

“Kids scrambled to decipher the meaning of the sounds emitted by the pompadoured piano dervish…but really, the words weren’t nearly as important as the remorselessly frenetic beat, the propulsive piano work and the primal, screaming vocal.” TM Jimi Hendrix, who worked as a sideman for Richard in 1964, said, “I want to do with my guitar what Little Richard does with his voice.” TM

Little Richard “fused a unique falsetto and gospel scream that simultaneously oozed sexuality and spirituality. His performances and wardrobe were wild and outlandish. His androgynous stage persona would be reflected by Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, and Prince. FR-38-9 The man who’d grown up in the South “black, gay, and outrageous…was so far out he was in.” SA His first chart single became a signature in the early days of rock and roll, cementing him as one of the genre’s forefathers.

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Friday, October 21, 2005

Variety - 100 Icons of the Century

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Variety named its 100 icons of the century based on factors like their commercial and creative impact. The list consisted of people from all facets of the entertainment industry, but only those in the music arena are listed below (the top ten were ranked):

  • Louis Armstrong (ranked #2)
  • Fred Astaire
  • The Beatles (ranked #1)
  • Irving Berlin
  • Chuck Berry
  • Maria Callas
  • Johnny Cash
  • Ray Charles
  • Kurt Cobain
  • Bing Crosby
  • Miles Davis
  • Bob Dylan
  • Duke Ellington
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Judy Garland
  • Woody Guthrie
  • Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Billie Holiday
  • Michael Jackson
  • Robert Johnson
  • Al Jolson
  • Janis Joplin
  • Gene Kelly
  • Little Richard
  • Madonna
  • Bob Marley
  • Edith Piaf
  • Elvis Presley (ranked #10)
  • Richard Rodgers
  • Ginger Rogers
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Sex Pistols
  • Tupac (2pac) Shakur
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • Barbra Streisand
  • The Supremes
  • Hank Williams
  • Stevie Wonder


Saturday, September 17, 2005

Kanye West hits #1 for first of 10 weeks with “Gold Digger”

Updated 1/15/2019.

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Gold Digger

Kanye West with Jamie Foxx

Writer(s): Kanye West, Ray Charles, Renald Richard (see lyrics here)

Released: 7/5/2005

First Charted: 7/16/2005

Peak: 110 US, 14 RB, 2 UK, 5 CN, 13 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales *: 3.08 US, 1.26 UK, 4.62 world (includes US + UK)

Radio Airplay *: 0.5

Video Airplay *: 211.54

Streaming *: 200.0

* in millions


“Gold Digger” the second single from Kanye West’s Late Registration album, flips the script on the stereotypical hip-hop song where “wealth is coveted and women are mistreated” TM to spin a “tale of a man used by his woman for financial gain.” PD It’s “unusual for one of music’s kingpins to admit he’s been suckered by a woman – much less write an upbeat song about it.” TM

This is “lighthearted Kanye at his best: his lyrics are funny (‘She was supposed to buy your shorty Tyco with your money/ [Instead] she went to the doctor [and] got lipo with your money’)” TM and “when it comes to killer beats, Kanye West is every bit as good as he thinks he is.” MX He “never dropped a beat deadlier than the stuttering bass drum that propels his biggest hit.” MX “The song’s backbone is a mixture of scratches, loops and handclaps set to follow the lyrics’ cadence.” TM

“But just when you think ‘Gold Digger’ is nothing more than a danceable screed against money-grubbing women, Kanye throws in a story about a poor black woman who stands by her man only to see him get rich and dump her for a white girl. Everybody gets played” TM in “Kanye’s most instantly pleasurable single ever.” RS’09

In addition, Kanye didn’t just stick to “contemporary mode or aping a classic pop genre sound,” AB’00 but opted for “blending the past with the present.” AB’00 Even then he aschewed the typical route when he decided to integrate Ray Charles’ “I Gotta Woman,” but not by sampling it directly. He turned to Jamie Foxx, who won an Academy Award playing Charles in the previous year’s Ray, for a “pitch-perfect Ray Charles impersonation.” MX Two years earlier, the pair worked on the #1 “Slow Jamz” with Twista, but this proved even bigger, with 10 weeks atop the charts.

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Monday, September 12, 2005

Blender: Top 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born (1980-2005)

First posted 9/12/2005.

Blender was an American music magazine published from 1994 to 2009. In 2005, it published its list of “The Top 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born.” In a New York Times article, Craig Marks, editor-in-chief of Blender said the article was an answer to Rolling Stone magazine’s 2004 list “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” The Blender list focused exclusively on songs from 1980 on while Rolling Stone’s list was, as Marks said, “a baby boomer notion of how our cultural history should be written.”

Here is the full list with some links to more detailed pages about songs within the DMDB blog.

1. “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson (1983)
2. “Bombs Over Baghdad” by Outkast (2000)
3. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns ’N Roses (1988)
4. “One” by U2 (1992)
5. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana (1991)
6. “Like a Prayer” by Madonna (1989)
7. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Joy Division (1980)
8. “Sucker MC” by Run-DMC (1983)
9. “Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears (19980
10. “In Da Club” by 50 Cent (2002)

11. “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash (1982)
12. “You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party” by Beastie Boys (1986)
13. “My Name Is” by Eminem (1998)
14. “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross (1980)
15. “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC (1980)
16. “Hey Ya!” by Outkast (2003)
17. “I Want It That Way” by Backstreet Boys (1999)
18. “Super Freak” by Rick James (1981)
19. “Hypnotize” by The Notorious B.I.G. (1997)
20. “The Show” by Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew (1985)

21. “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy (1989)
22. “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man” by Prince (1987)
23. “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard (1987)
24. “It’s Like That” by Run-D.M.C. (1983)
25. “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” by Dr. Dre & Snoop Doggy Dogg (1993)
26. “Just Like Heaven” by The Cure (1987)
27. “Just a Friend” by Biz Markie (1989)
28. “Cars” by Gary Numan (1979)
29. “Get UR Freak On” by Missy Elliott (2001)
30. “99 Problems” by Jay-Z (2004)

31. “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need” by Method Man & Mary J. Blige (1995)
32. “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi (1986)
33. “No Diggity” by Blackstreet (1996)
34. “My Baby Daddy” by B-Rock and the Bizz (1997)
35. “Cross-Eyed and Painless” by Talking Heads (1980)
36. “It Takes Two” by Rob Base (1988)
37. “I Love Rock and Roll” by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (1981)
38. “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child (2001)
39. “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” by Geto Boys (1991)
40. “Push It” by Salt N’ Pepa (1987)

41. “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins (1981)
42. “Got Your Money” by Ol’ Dirty Bastard (1999)
43. “Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran (1982)
44. “White Lines (Don’t Do It)” by Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel (1983)
45. “Hurt” by Johnny Cash (2002)
46. “Fuck tha Police” by N.W.A. (1989)
47. “I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner (1984)
48. “Monkey Gone to Heaven” by Pixies
49. “Lose Yourself” by Eminem (2002)
50. “Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye (1982)

51. “Yeah!” by Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris (2004)
52. “Wonderwall” by Oasis (1995)
53. “Beat It” by Michael Jackson (1983)
54. “Middle of the Road” by Pretenders (1983)
55. “The Scientist” by Coldplay (2002)
56. “Poison” by Bell Biv Devoe (1990)
57. “West End Girls” by Pet Shop Boys (1985)
58. “Karma Police” by Radiohead (1997)
59. “Humpty Dance” by Digital Underground (1990)
60. “Missing You” by John Waite (1984)

61. “Ignition (remix)” by R. Kelly (2002)
62. “Just Can’t Get Enough” by Depeche Mode (1981)
63. “Beautiful Day” by U2 (2000)
64. “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child (1999)
65. “Enter Sandman” by Metallica (1991)
66. “Doo Wop (That Thing)” by Lauryn Hill (1998)
67. “The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley (1984)
68. “That’s the Joint” by Funky 4 + 1 (1980)
69. “You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain (1998)
70. “Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams (1984)

71. “Criminal” by Fiona Apple (1997) (1997)
72. “How Soon Is Now?” by The Smiths (1984)
73. “Losing My Edge” by LCD Soundsystem (2002)
74. “Take Me Out” by Franz Ferdinand (2004)
75. “Head Like a Hole” by Nine Inch Nails (1990)
76. “You Dropped a Bomb on Me” by Gap Band (1982)
77. “Girls, Girls, Girls” by Motley Crue (1987)
78. “A Stroke of Genius” by Freelance Hellraiser (2001)
79. “Losing My Religion” by R.E.M. (1991)
80. “Hot in Herre” by Nelly (2002)

81. “Galang” by M.I.A. (2004)
82. “Come As You Are” by Nirvana (1991)
83. “To Hell with Poverty” by Gang of Four (1981)
84. “Borderline” by Madonna (1984)
85. “Drop It Like It’s Hot” by Snoop Dogg & Pharrell Williams (2004)
86. “Work It” by Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott (2002)
87. “That’s Entertainment” by The Jam (1981)
88. “Pull Up to the Bumper” by Grace Jones (1981)
89. “Rockin’ in the Free World” by Neil Young (1989)
90. “Into the Groove” by Madonna (1985)

91. “Feel Good Hit of the Summer” by Queens of the Stone Age (2000)
92. “Heartbeat” by Taana Gardner (1981)
93. “Cut Your Hair” by Pavement (1994)
94. “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” by P.M. Dawn (1991)
95. “Unsatisfied” by Replacements (1984)
96. “True Faith” by New Order (1987)
97. “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson (2004)
98. “When You Were Mine” by Prince (1980)
99. “All Apologies” by Nirvana (1993)
100. “Bring the Noise” by Public Enemy (1988)

101. “I Got a Man” by Positive K (1992)
102. “House of Jealous Lovers” by The Rapture (2002)
103. “Sabotage” by Beastie Boys (1994)
104. “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns ’N Roses (1987)
105. “Fascinated” by Company B (1986)
106. “Little Red Corvette” by Prince (1983)
107. “Fell in Love with a Girl” by White Stripes (2001)
108. “Still Not a Player” by Big Punisher & Joe (1998)
109. “Creep” by Radiohead (1992)
110. “Toxic” by Britney Spears (2004)

111. “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force (1982)
112. “Round and Round” by Ratt (1984)
113. “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinéad O’Connor (1990)
114. “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé with Jay-Z (2003)
115. “Gin & Juice” by Snoop Doggy Dogg (1994)
116. “Violet” by Hole (1994)
117. “Paid in Full (Seven Minutes of Madness)” by Eric B. and Rakim (1987)
118. “Cars with the Boom” by L’Trimm (1988)
119. “How I Could Just Kill a Man” by Cypress Hill (1992)
120. “Get Low” by Lil’ Jon & the East Side Boyz with the Ying Yang Twins (2003)

121. “In the End” by Linkin Park (2001)
122. “Through the Wire” by Kanye West (2003)
123. “Formed a Band” by Art Brut (2004)
124. “Sad Songs Say So Much” by Elton John (1984)
125. “Rock-It” by Herbie Hancock (1983)
126. “It Was a Good Day” by Ice Cube (1993)
127. “Bulls on Parade” by Rage Against the Machine (1996)
128. “Milkshake” by Kelis (2003)
129. “I Ran (So Far Away)” by A Flock of Seagulls (1982)
130. “Mama Said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J (1991)

131. “Maps” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs (2003)
132. “Waltz #2 (XO)” by Elliott Smith (1998)
133. “Everybody Wants You” by Billy Squier (1982)
134. “Believe” by Cher (1998)
135. “Daughter” by Pearl Jam (1993)
136. “Word Up” by Cameo (1986)
137. “Brimful of Asha” by Cornershop (1997)
138. “Up the Bracket” by Libertines (2002)
139. “All I Wanna Do” by Sheryl Crow (1993)
140. “Shook Ones (Part 2)” by Mobb Deep (1995)

141. “Freedom ‘90” by George Michael (1990)
142. “The Breaks” by Kurtis Blow (1980)
143. “The Body Rock” by Treacherous Three (1980)
144. “Lit Up” by Buckcherry (1999)
145. “Stay (I Missed You)” by Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories (1994)
146. “Goodies” by Ciara (2004)
147. “Everybody Knows” by Leonard Cohen (1988)
148. “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” by En Vogue (1992)
149. “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morrissette (1995)
150. “Run” by Ghostface (2004)

151. “Don’t You Want Me?” by Human League (1981)
152. “I Feel for You” by Chaka Khan (1984)
153. “Ordinary World” by Duran Duran (1992)
154. “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera (2002)
155. “Not Dark Yet” by Bob Dylan (1997)
156. “Double Dutch Bus” by Frankie Smith (1981)
157. “Girls & Boys” by Blur (1994)
158. “Hard Knock Life” by Jay-Z (1998)
159. “Birth School Work Death” by The Godfathers (1988)
160. “Temptation” by New Order (1982)

161. “Danger! High Voltage” by Electric Six (2003)
162. “Sister Christian” by Night Ranger (1984)
163. “Ms. Jackson” by Outkast (2000)
164. “The Look of Love” by ABC (1982)
165. “Bye Bye Bye” by N’ SYNC (2000)
166. “Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones (1981)
167. “Breathe” by Faith Hill (1999)
168. “Juicy” by Notorious BIG (1994)
169. “When Doves Cry” by Prince (1984)
170. “Jump” by Van Halen (1984)

171. “Flava in Ya Ear” by Craig Mack (1994)
172. “Around the World” by Daft Punk (1997)
173. “Ready or Not” by Fugees (1996)
174. “Fuck and Run” by Liz Phair (1993)
175. “Made You Look” by Nas (2002)
176. “Murder (or a Heart Attack)” by The Old 97’s 1999)
177. “California” by Phantom Planet (2002)
178. “Jam on It” by Newcleus (1984)
179. “The Sound of Settling” by Death Cab for Cutie (2003)
180. “Top Billin’” by Audio Two (1988)

181. “Our Lips Are Sealed” by Go-Go’s (1981)
182. “Janie’s Got a Gun” by Aerosmith (1989)
183. “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” by Lucinda Williams (1998)
184. “Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star (1993)
185. “Adventures of Grandmaster Flash” by Grandmaster Flash (1981)
186. “You Don’t Love Me” by Dawn Penn (1982)
187. “Killin’ Time” by Clint Black (1989)
188. “Shake Your Rump” by Beastie Boys (1989)
189. “Crush” by Jennifer Paige (1998)
190. “Bastards of Young” by Replacements (1985)

191. “One Thing” by Amerie (2005)
192. “Walk This Way” by Run-D.M.C. with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (1986)
193. “If You Leave” by Orchestral Manouvres in the Dark (1986)
194. “Love Removal Machine” by The Cult (1987)
195. “More Than This” by Roxy Music (1982)
196. “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer (1990)
197. “Complicated” by Avril Lavigne (2002)
198. “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” by Los Del Rio (1995)
199. “Debaser” by Pixies (1989)
200. “The Seed (2.0)” by The Roots with Cody Chesnutt (2003)

201. “Building A Mystery” by Sarah McLachlan (1997)
202. “Deep Cover” by Dr. Dre & Snoop Doggy Dogg (1992)
203. “Let’s Kill Saturday Night” by Robbie Fulks (1998)
204. “Take Your Mama” by Scissor Sisters (2004)
205. “Rid of Me” by PJ Harvey (1993)
206. “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks (1990)
207. “This Love” by Maroon 5 (2004)
208. “Work for Love” by Ministry (1982)
209. “It Wasn’t Me” by Shaggy with Ricardo “Rik Rok” Ducent (2000)
210. “Oh Sherrie” by Steve Perry (1984)

211. “Dude” by Beenie Man & Ms. Thing (2003)
212. “Last Nite” by The Strokes (2001)
213. “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” by Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (1981)
214. “I Will Follow” by U2 (1980)
215. “Life Is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane (1992)
216. “Scenario” by A Tribe Called Quest with Busta Rhymes (1992)
217. “Move Your Feet” by Junior Senior (2003)
218. “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes (2003)
219. “Get Busy” by Sean Paul (2003)
220. “Semi-Charmed Life” by Third Eye Blind (1997)

221. “Academy Fight Song” by Mission of Burma (1981)
222. “Beware of the Girls (Mundian to Bach Ke)” by Panjabi MC with Jay-Z (2003)
223. “Two of Hearts” by Stacey Q (1986)
224. “Once in a Lifetime” by Talking Heads (1980)
225. “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman (1988)
226. “Alright” by Supergrass (1995)
227. “Where’s Your Head At” by Basement Jaxx (2001)
228. “Hate to Say I Told You So” by The Hives (2001)
229. “Edge of Seventeen” by Stevie Nicks (1981)
230. “Wild Thing” by Tone Loc (1988)

231. “Sour Times (Nobody Loves Me)” by Portishead (1994)
232. “They Want EFX” by Das EFX (1992)
233. “Black and White” by The dB’s (1981)
234. “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake (1987)
235. “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off” by Jermaine Stewart (1986)
236. “Where Is My Mind” by The Pixies (1988)
237. “Set It Off” by Strafe (1984)
238. “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M. (1993)
239. “Do You Miss Me” by Jocelyn Enriquez (1994)
240. “All the Small Things” by Blink-182 (1999)

241. “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve (1997)
242. “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” by LL Cool J (1985)
243. “Being Boring” by Pet Shop Boys (1990)
244. “Institutionalized” by Suicidal Tendencies (1983)
245. “I’m Not OK (I Promise)” by My Chemical Romance (2004)
246. “Rump Shaker” by Wreckx N Effect (1992)
247. “Downtown Train” by Tom Waits (1985)
248. “Careless Whisper” by George Michael (1984)
249. “For Lovers” by Wolfman with Pete Doherty (2004)
250. “Move Your Body” by Nina Sky with Jabba (2004)

251. “Don’t Believe the Hype” by Public Enemy (1988)
252. “Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen (1984)
253. “La Di Da Di” by Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick (1985)
254. “Big Pimpin’” by Jay-Z & UGK (2000)
255. “A Pretty Girl Is Like” by Magnetic Fields (1999)
256. “Down by the Water” by PJ Harvey (1995)
257. “C’mon ‘N Ride It (The Train)” by Quad City DJs (1996)
258. “Genius Of Love” by Tom Tom Club (1982)
259. “Kiss” by Prince (1986)
260. “Goin’ Back to Cali” by LL Cool J (1988)

261. “Islands in the Stream” by Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton (1983)
262. “Ace of Spades” by Motorhead (1980)
263. “Stan” by Eminem with Dido (2000)
264. “Malibu” by Hole (1998)
265. “Call Me” by Blondie (1980)
266. “I Want Your Hands on Me” by Sinéad O’Connor (1987)
267. “Free Fallin’” by Tom Petty (1989)
268. “With or Without You” by U2 (1987)
269. “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” by The S.O.S. Band (1980)
270. “Flex” by Mad Cobra (1992)

271. “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey (1981)
272. “Rock the Casbah” by The Clash (1982)
273. “Keep Me in Your Heart” by Warren Zevon (2004)
274. “Brilliant Disguise” by Bruce Springsteen (1987)
275. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me” by Whitney Houston (1987)
276. “Real Love” by Mary J. Blige & Notorious B.I.G. (1992)
277. “Hold on Loosely” by .38 Special (1981)
278. “I Want You” by Elvis Costello (1986)
279. “Rock and Roll High School” by The Ramones (1979)
280. “Just Like a Pill” by Pink (2002)

281. “Sexy Boy” by Air (1998)
282. “Oh Boy” by Cam’ron with Juelz Santana (2002)
283. “Lips Like Sugar” by Echo & The Bunnymen (1987)
284. “Looking for the Perfect Beat” by Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force (1982)
285. “Don’t Tell Me” by Madonna (2000)
286. “I’ve Been Waiting” by Matthew Sweet (1991)
287. “Head Over Heels” by Tears For Fears (1985)
288. “One-Armed Scissor” by At The Drive-In (2000)
289. “You Spin Me ’Round Like a Record” by Dead Or Alive (1984)
290. “Only Swallow” by My Bloody Valentine (1991)

291. “People Who Died” by The Jim Carroll Band (1980)
292. “Larger Than Life” by Backstreet Boys (1999)
293. “Connection” by Elastica (1994)
294. “Black” by Pearl Jam (1992)
295. “Owner of a Lonely Heart” by Yes (1983)
296. “Save Me” by Aimee Mann (1999)
297. “November Rain” by Guns ’N Roses (1991)
298. “I Need to Know”“ by Marc Anthony (1999)
299. “Smooth Criminal” by Michael Jackson (1988)
300. “Everything Zen” by Bush (1994)

301. “In Between Days (Without You)” by The Cure (1985)
302. “Loser” by Beck (1993)
303. “Kissing the Lipless” by The Shins (2003)
304. “Hot for Teacher” by Van Halen (1984)
305. “Pretty in Pink” by Psychedelic Furs (1981)
306. “Say Yes” by Elliott Smith (1997)
307. “I Get Around” by 2Pac (1993)
308. “Hold Me Now” by Thompson Twins (1983)
309. “Ex-Factor” by Lauryn Hill (1999)
310. “Firestarter” by The Prodigy (1996)

311. “Come Pick Me Up” by Ryan Adams (2000)
312. “Smooth Operator” by Sade (1984)
313. “Bawitdaba” by Kid Rock (1999)
314. “Love Vigilantes” by New Order (1985)
315. “Every Breath You Take” by Police (1983)
316. “Army of Me” by Bjork (1995)
317. “White Flag” by Dido (2003)
318. “Ha” by Juvenile (1998)
319. “Genie in a Bottle” by Christina Aguilera (1999)
320. “Tyrone” by Erykah Badu (1997)

321. “Jane Says” by Jane’s Addiction (1988)
322. “Constant Craving” by k.d. lang (1992)
323. “Black Steel” by Tricky (1995)
324. “Slack Motherfucker” by Superchunk (1990)
325. “Jump Around” by House of Pain (1992)
326. “Battery” by Metallica (1986)
327. “Slow Jamz” by Twista with Kanye West & Jamie Foxx (2003)
328. “Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta” by Geto Boys (1992)
329. “Potholes in My Lawn” by De La Soul (1989)
330. “Can’t Deny It” by Fabolous with Nate Dogg (2001)

331. “Waiting for the Sun” by The Jayhawks (1992)
332. “I Wonder If I Take You Home” by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam (1985)
333. “Cannonball” by The Breeders (1993)
334. “Teen Age Riot” by Sonic Youth (1988)
335. “Everybody Everybody” by Black Box (1990)
336. “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper (1983)
337. “Killing Me Softly” by The Fugees
338. “Outfit” by Drive-by Truckers (2003)
339. “Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ on But the Rent” by Gwen Guthrie (1986)
340. “Song 2” by Blur (1997)

341. “What Have You Done for Me Lately” by Janet Jackson (1986)
342. “Seether” by Veruca Salt (1994)
343. “Passionate Kisses” by Lucinda Williams (1988)
344. “Freaks Come Out at Night” by Whodini (1985)
345. “Still Tippin’” by Mike Jones (2005)
346. “Block Rockin’ Beats” by Chemical Brothers (1997)
347. “Girls” by Beastie Boys (1987)
348. “Independent Women” by Destiny’s Child (2000)
349. “Roxanne Roxanne” by U.T.F.O. (1985)
350. “Stacy’s Mom” by Fountains of Wayne (2003)

351. “Buffalo Gals” by Malcolm McLaren (1982)
352. “Heart-Shaped Box” by Nirvana (1993)
353. “Games Without Frontiers” by Peter Gabriel (1980)
354. “California Stars” by Billy Bragg and Wilco (1998)
355. “Save It for Later” by English Beat (1983)
356. “Atomic Dog” by George Clinton (1983)
357. “Never Too Much” by Luther Vandross (1981)
358. “Wall of Death” by Richard and Linda Thompson (1982)
359. “I Wish” by Skee-Lo (1995)
360. “Help You Ann” by The Lyres (1983)

361. “Show Me Love” by Robyn (1993)
362. “Fix Up Look Sharp” by Dizzee Rascal (2003)
363. “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell (1981)
364. “Buddy Holly” by Weezer (1994)
365. “Rock Box” by Run-D.M.C. (1984)
366. “I Touch Myself” by The Divinyls (1990)
367. “Paranoid Android” by Radiohead (1997)
368. “Seven Year Ache” by Roseanne Cash (1981)
369. “Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus (2000)
370. “Voices Carry” by ’Til Tuesday (1985)

371. “Roam” by B-52’s (1990)
372. “Party Up (Up in Here)” by DMX (2000)
373. “Jump” by Kris Kross (1992)
374. “Rosa Parks” by Outkast (1998)
375. “Purple Rain” by Prince (1984)
376. “Portions for Foxes” by Rilo Kiley (2004)
377. “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden (1994)
378. “Devil’s Right Hand” by Steve Earle (1987)
379. “Hero Takes a Fall” by The Bangles (1984)
380. “Rebellion (Lies)” by The Arcade Fire (2005)

381. “Portland Oregon” by Loretta Lynn (2004)
382. “Let’s Get Serious” by Jermaine Jackson (1980)
383. “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia (1997)
384. “Straight Outta Compton” by N.W.A. (1989)
385. “Message of Love” by Pretenders (1981)
386. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler (1983)
387. “Are You That Somebody” by Aaliyah (1998)
388. “When I Come Around” by Green Day (1994)
389. “Shake Ya Ass” by Mystikal (2000)
390. “Never Say Never” by Romeo Void (1982)

391. “Underneath Your Clothes” by Shakira (2002)
392. “Interstate Love Song” by Stone Temple Pilots (1994)
393. “Whip It” by Devo (1980)
394. “Celebrated Summer” by Hüsker Dü (1985)
395. “Doin’ It” by LL Cool J (1995)
396. “Touch Me I’m Sick” by Mudhoney (1988)
397. “Summer Babe (Winter Version)” by Pavement (1992)
398. “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young (1993)
399. “C’mon C’mon” by Von Bondies (2004)
400. “I Wanna Go Back” by Eddie Money (1986)

401. “Ray of Light” by Madonna (1998)
402. “South Bronx” by Boogie Down Productions (1986)
403. “Back in Black” by AC/DC (1980)
404. “Bad Boys” by Inner Circle (1993)
405. “Stupid Girl” by Garbage (1996)
406. “Last Night a DJ Saved My Life” by Indeep (1983)
407. “Freak Scene” by Dinosaur Jr. (1988)
408. “Tom Sawyer” by Rush (1981)
409. “Rebel Without a Pause” by Public Enemy (1987)
410. “Rough Boys” by Pete Townshend (1980)

411. “Ride” by The Vines (2004)
412. “If I Was Your Girlfriend” by Prince (1987)
413. “Fallin’” by Alicia Keys (2001)
414. “Flagpole Sitta” by Harvey Danger (1998)
415. “Southern Hospitality” by Ludacris (2000)
416. “Waterfalls” by TLC (1994)
417. “Chop Suey” by System of a Down (2001)
418. “Situation” by Yazoo (1982)
419. “Rumors” by Timex Social Club (1986)
420. “I’m on Fire” by Bruce Springsteen (1985)

421. “Let Me Go” by Heaven 17 (1982)
422. “Sex Style” by Kool Keith (1997)
423. “Last Goodbye” by Jeff Buckley (1994)
424. “We’re Desperate” by X (1981)
425. “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It to Me)” by Jay-Z (2000)
426. “Where It’s At” by Beck (1996)
427. “That’s the Way Love Goes” by Janet Jackson (1993)
428. “Bad Reputation” by Freedy Johnston (1994)
429. “Cry Me a River” by Justin Timberlake (2002)
430. “Closing Time” by Semisonic (1998)

431. “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” by The Smiths (1986)
432. “There She Goes” by The La’s (1988)
433. “Cornflake Girl” by Tori Amos (1994)
434. “Walking on Thin Ice” by Yoko Ono (1981)
435. “Murder She Wrote” by Chaka Demus & Pliers (1992)
436. “Grindin’” by Clipse (2002)
437. “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush (1985)
438. “Pretend We’re Dead” by L7 (1992)
439. “Feel So Good” by Mase (1997)
440. “You Get What You Give” by New Radicals (1998)

441. “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds (1985)
442. “Square Biz” by Teena Marie (1981)
443. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2 (1987)
444. “Tell Me Why” by Wynonna Judd (1993)
445. “Rebel Girl” by Bikini Kill (1993)
446. “Just an Illusion” by Imagination (1982)
447. “Do You Realize?” by Flaming Lips (2002)
448. “Player’s Anthem” by Junior M.A.F.I.A. (1995)
449. “People Are Still Having Sex” by LaTour (1991)
450. “Smooth” by Santana featuring Rob Thomas (1999)

451. “Country Grammar (Hot Shit)” by Nelly (2000)
452. “All the Things She Said” by t.A.T.u. (2003)
453. “Don’t Wanna Know Why” by Whiskeytown (2001)
454. “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” by D’Angelo (2000)
455. “Lover I Don’t Have to Love” by Bright Eyes (2002)
456. “Too Drunk to Fuck” by Dead Kennedys (1980)
457. “Right Here” by Go-Betweens (1987)
458. “Come Out and Play” by Offspring (1994)
459. “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones (2002)
460. “P.S.K. What Does It Mean?” by Schooly D. (1985)

461. “Hail Mary” by 2Pac as Makaveli (1997)
462. “Judy and the Dream of Horses” by Belle & Sebastian (1996)
463. “Hate It Or Love It” by The Game with 50 Cent (2005)
464. “Trapped in the Closet” by R. Kelly (2005)
465. “Let the Music Play” by Shannon (1983)
466. “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot (1992)
467. “Brick” by Ben Folds Five (1997)
468. “Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna (1986)
469. “Radiation Vibe” by Fountains of Wayne (1996)
470. “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” by Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth (1992)

471. “Hunger Strike” by Temple of the Dog (1990)
472. “Small Stakes” by Spoon (2002)
473. “Autumn Sweater” by Yo La Tengo (1997)
474. “Gigantic” by Pixies (1988)
475. “I Alone” by Live (1994)
476. “Strictly Business” by EPMD (1988)
477. “C.R.E.A.M.” by Wu-Tang Clan (1994)
478. “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” by Busta Rhymes
479. “Santa Monica (Watch the World Die)” by Everclear (1995)
480. “Guilty Conscience” by Eminem & Dr. Dre (1999)

481. “Lake of Fire” by Meat Puppets (1984)
482. “Man on the Moon” by R.E.M. (1992)
483. “Passing Me By” by The Pharcyde (1992)
484. “I Wanna Be Adored” by Stone Roses (1989)
485. “We Are All on Drugs” by Weezer (2005)
486. “Can’t Stand It” by Wilco (1999)
487. “Regulate” by Warren G (1994)
488. “Murderer” by Buju Banton (1995)
489. “Da Butt” by E.U. (1988)
490. “History Lesson Part 2” by The Minutemen (1984)

491. “Common People” by Pulp (1995)
492. “Here Comes the Hotstepper” by Ini Kamoze (1994)
493. “Born Slippy (Nuxx)” by Underworld (1995)
494. “I’ll Be You” by The Replacements (1989)
495. “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt (1995)
496. “1979” by Smashing Pumpkins (1995)
497. “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness (2002)
498. “Somebody’s Baby” by Jackson Browne (1982)
499. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith (1998)
500. “Yellow” by Coldplay (2000)

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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Mariah Carey spent 14th week at #1 with “We Belong Together”

Last updated 2/20/2020.

We Belong Together

Mariah Carey

Writer(s): Mariah Carey/Jermaine Dupri/Manuel Seal/Johntá Austin/Kenneth Edmonds/Darnell Bristol/Bobby Womack/Patrick Moten/Sandra Sully (see lyrics here)

Released: March 29, 2005

First Charted: April 2, 2005

Peak: 114 US, 116a US, 111 RR, 3 AC, 16 A40, 114 RB, 2 UK, 2 CN, 12 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 4.68 US, 0.6 UK, 5.35 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 0.83 radio, 347.36 video, -- streaming



Mariah Carey was the singer of the ‘90s with her pop/R&B/AC blend of music, but was quickly derailing in the first half of the next decade. After signing an $80 million contract with Virgin Records, she had an infamous appearance on MTV’s Total Request Live, a huge commercial failure with her semi-autobiographical film and album project Glitter, and reportedly had a physical and emotional breakdown. It didn’t help that she largely “abandoned her girl-next-door tunefulness in favor of hip-hop whoredom.” PD

Virgin dumped her, but Def Jam gambled that the fifteen-time-chart-topper might have something left. With collaborator Jermaine Dupri, Carey found the right mix of contemporary and old-school R&B on “Together.” While “uncharacteristically restrained” AB’00 for Carey, it still had a “rapid-fire, Beyoncé-esque staccato vocal” PD that just might make it “the finest single of her career.” PD

Not only did it put Carey back on top after a five year absence, but Billboard magazine named it the most successful song in history by a female artist WK and the best-selling song of the decade. SF Its 14 weeks atop the pop chart tied it with the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” as the biggest #1 of the decade and in the rock era only “One Sweet Day,” which Carey recorded with Boyz II Men, has spent more weeks (16) atop the Hot 100. Two more trips to the top before decade’s end put Carey second only to the Beatles.

The laundry list of writers (ten credits in all) suggest a written-by-committee approach, but some of the credits are due to references to other R&B heartbreak songs. In a radio-flipping session, Carey cleverly weaves lyrics from Bobby Womack’s “If You Think You’re Lonely Now” and The Deele’s “Two Occasions” into her own reflections of love lost.

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Saturday, July 9, 2005

“Rock Around the Clock” launched the rock era 50 years ago today (7/9/1955)

First posted 7/9/2010; updated 1/25/2020.

We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock

Bill Haley & His Comets

Writer(s): Max Freedman/Jimmy DeKnight (see lyrics here)

First Charted: May 10, 1954

Peak: 18 US, 12 HP, 18 CB, 14 HR, 3 RB, 15 UK, 16 (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 20.0 US, 1.44 UK, 25.0 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 15.8 video, -- streaming



Happy birthday, rock and roll! On July 9, 1955, Bill Haley & the Comets hit #1 on the Billboard singles chart with “Rock Around the Clock”. In honor of that occasion, this blog entry is an excerpt from the Dave’s Music Database book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era 1954-1999.

While multiple songs claim they birthed rock-n-roll, “Clock” is generally regarded as the place keeper that separates the pre-rock era from the rock era. As the best selling rock record of all time, KL it makes for a more than suitable launching pad.

The song focused more on the bass and drums than the melody, KL making for a song with youth appeal in an era dominated by adult contemporary fare. Initially, the record company didn’t know what to do with it, calling the single a “novelty foxtrot.” SF

Although he started as a yodeler (!), Haley converted to rock when he saw its effect on audiences. RS500 In 1953, Freedman, a 63-year-old Tin Pan Alley writer, and Myers, Haley’s agent, reworked the blues number “My Daddy Rocks Me with a Steady Roll” for Haley. SJ Dave Miller, who signed Haley to Holiday Records, wouldn’t let him record it because he disliked Myers. BR1 Sonny Dae & His Nights tackled it in October 1953, SF but it flopped. Haley got another shot when he jumped to Decca and “Clock” landed on the B-side of novelty song “Thirteen Women.” SF

When featured in the movie The Blackboard Jungle, its rioting teen audience trumpeted it as their theme for alienation and hostility. SJ Billboard’s Top 40 chart was only a few months old SF when this went #1, making it a signpost for the birth of rock-n-roll and top 40.

Haley’s music was more country-oriented and he was plump, balding, and over thirty, so his teen idol appeal was limited, but Haley has said “‘I started it all. They can’t take that away from me.’” HL The song was revived in 1974 as TV series Happy Days’ opening theme.

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  • DMDB music maker encyclopedia entry for Bill Haley & the Comets
    original post on Facebook
  • BR1 Fred Bronson (2007). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits (4th edition). New York, NY; Billboard Books. Page 1.
  • HL Michael Heatley/Spencer Leigh (1998). Behind the Song: The Stories of 100 Great Pop & Rock Classics. Page 186.
  • KL Jon Kutner/Spencer Leigh. (2005). 1000 UK Number One Hits. Page 35.
  • RS500 Rolling Stone (2004). ”The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
  • SF
  • SH Arnold Shaw (1974). The Rockin’ ’50s. Page 138.
  • SJ Bob Shannon/John Javna (1986). Behind the Hits: Inside Stories of Classic Pop and Rock and Roll. Page 171.