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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Beyoncé hit #1 with “Single Ladies”: December 13, 2008

Originally posted December 13, 2011.



With “Single Ladies” Beyoncé gave the world “a dance craze that requires little more than the deployment of jazz hands with a wrist twist.” NPR’09 It helped that the song was accompanied by a “stunning, iconic black and white video” AB’00 which featured Beyoncé and two other dancers. It was famously lampooned on Saturday Night Live by Justin Timberlake and launched more than a few parodies on YouTube. Rapper Kanye West thought it so worthy of attention that he infamously interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video at the Video Music Awards to tell the world so.

With a message “as complicated as half a decade of psychotherapy,” TM the song captured the persona of Beyoncé as a woman “who won’t settle for less than the best.” TM She “sounds like a total pro: contained, on-message,” NPR’09 as she issues “her definitive statement for ladies stuck in limbo with a dude who can’t commit.” RS’09

Musically, “Single Ladies” “encapsulates the lessons pop songs have picked up from hip-hop: that a great beat and a great voice can carry a lot of weight, that a slightly sour sound (the little electronic swoop that keeps tugging at the song’s fringe) can make everything else sweeter, that looping your audience into a hook is a great idea.” TM

The song also established The-Dream and Tricky Stewart as “the premier pop songwriters and producers of the late 2000s” NPR’09 and even let Beyoncé “stake a claim to the title Queen of Pop,” NPR’09 even if the likes of Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry were waiting in line to swipe it from her.




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Sunday, November 23, 2008

American Music Award of Merit

Annie Lennox, the last recipient of the American Music Award of Merit;
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After a four-year layoff, the American Music Award of Merit returned in 2008. The award was initiated in 1974 as one of the original awards for the first annual American Music Awards show, which was televised on February 19, 1974. Here are the recipients from 1974 to 2008:

  • Alabama (2003)
  • The Beach Boys (1988)
  • Irving Berlin (1976)
  • Chuck Berry (1981)
  • Bon Jovi (2004)
  • Garth Brooks (2002)
  • James Brown (1992)
  • Johnny Cash (1977)
  • Perry Como (1979)
  • Bing Crosby (1974)
  • Neil Diamond (1990)
  • Gloria Estefan (2000)
  • Ella Fitzgerald (1978)
  • Benny Goodman (1980)
  • Berry Gordy Jr. (1975)
  • Bill Graham (1993)
  • Merle Haggard (1991)
  • Whitney Houston (1994)
  • Janet Jackson (2001)
  • Michael Jackson (1984)
  • Billy Joel (1999)
  • Annie Lennox (2008)
  • Little Richard (1997)
  • Loretta Lynn (1985)
  • Paul McCartney (1986)
  • Willie Nelson (1989)
  • Elvis Presley (1987)
  • Prince (1995)
  • Kenny Rogers (1983)
  • Frank Sinatra (1998)
  • Stevie Wonder (1982)
  • Tammy Wynette (1996)

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Vocal Group Hall of Fame

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The Vocal Group Hall of Fame was conceived by Tony Butala, a member of the group The Lettermen. In 1998, he and a financial partner opened The Vocal Hall of Fame & Museum Company in his hometown of Sharon, Pennyslvania. That year, the first class was inducted and that was continued through 2008. According to the website, the 10th anniversary (and last) induction ceremony was held November 6-9, 2008, at the Chevrolet Center in Youngstown, Ohio.

Only groups and duos are eligible. Inductees must have at least a ten-year history in the music business, have had a significant hit record or composition, and have a minimum of three-party harmony. There are also categories for each year’s slate of inductees incluing ‘40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and duos. Here are the inductees during that time with their years of induction in parentheses:


A

  • Abba (2002)
  • Alabama (2005)
  • America (2006)
  • American Quartet (2005)
  • The Ames Brothers (1998)
  • The Andrews Sisters (1998)
  • The Angels (2005)
  • The Association (2003)

B

  • Hank Ballard & The Midnighters (1999)
  • The Bangles (2000)
  • The Beach Boys (1998)
  • The Beatles (2004)
  • The Bee Gees (2001)
  • The Boswell Sisters (1998)
  • Bread (2006)
  • Brooklyn Bridge (2005)
  • The Byrds (2006)

C

  • The Cadillacs (2004)
  • The Chantels (2002)
  • The Charioteers (2003)
  • The Chiffons (2005)
  • The Chi-Lites (2005)
  • The Chordettes (2001)
  • The Chords (2007)
  • The Clovers (2002)
  • The Coasters (1999)
  • The Commodores (2003)
  • The Crests (2004)
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash (1998)
  • The Crystals (2005)

D

  • Danny & The Juniors (2003)
  • The Dells (2004)
  • The Del Vikings (2005)
  • Deep River Boys (2006)
  • The Diamonds (2004)
  • 5th Dimension (2002)
  • Dion & The Belmonts (2000)
  • The Dominoes (2006)
  • The Doobie Brothers (2004)
  • Dixie Hummingbirds (2000)
  • The Drifters (1998)
  • The Duprees (2006)

E-F

  • The Eagles (2001)
  • Earth Wind & Fire (2003)
  • The Everly Brothers (2004)
  • The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi (1998)
  • The Five Keys (2002)
  • The Five Red Caps (2007)
  • The Five Satins (2003)
  • The Flamingos (2000)
  • The Fleetwoods (2006)
  • Fleetwood Mac (2005)
  • The Four Aces (2001)
  • The Four Freshman (2001)
  • The Four Knights (2002)
  • The Four Lads (2003)
  • The Four Preps (2007)
  • The Four Seasons (1999)
  • The Four Tops (1999)
  • The Four Tunes (2004)

G-H-I

  • The Golden Gate Quartet (1998)
  • Hayden Quartet (2006)
  • The Harptones (2002)
  • The Hi-Lo’s (2006)
  • The Hilltoppers (2005)
  • The Hoboken Four (2007)
  • The Hollies (2006)
  • The Impressions (2003)
  • Isley Brothers (2003)
  • Ink Spots (1999)

J-K

  • The Jackson 5 (1999)
  • Jay & The Americans (2002)
  • The Jive Five (2007)
  • The Jordanaires (2004)
  • Journey (2006)
  • The Kingston Trio (2000)
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips (2001)
  • Kool & The Gang (2007)

L

  • The Lennon Sisters (2001)
  • The Lettermen (2001)
  • Little Anthony & The Imperials (1999)
  • The Lovin’ Spoonful (2006)
  • Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers (2002)

M

  • Manhattan Transfer (1998)
  • Mamas & The Papas (2000)
  • The Marcels (2002)
  • The Marvelettes (2004)
  • The McGuire Sisters (2001)
  • The Mel-Tones (2005)
  • Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (2007)
  • The Merry Macs (2003)
  • The Mills Brothers (1998)
  • The Miracles (2001)
  • The Modernaires (1999)
  • The Moody Blues (2006)
  • The Moonglows (1999)
  • The Monkees (2007)

N-O

  • The Neville Brothers (2005)
  • The Oak Ridge Boys (2001)
  • The O’Jays (2004)
  • The Orioles (1998)
  • Tony Orlando and Dawn (2007)

P-Q

  • The Peerless Quartet (2003)
  • The Penguins (2004)
  • Peter, Paul & Mary (1999)
  • The Pied Pipers (2001)
  • The Platters (1998)
  • The Pointer Sisters (2005)
  • Queen (2006)

R

  • The Rascals (2005)
  • The Ravens (1998)
  • Martha Reeves & The Vandellas (2003)
  • The Revelers (1999)
  • The Righteous Brothers (2005)
  • The Ronettes (2004)
  • Ruby & The Romantics (2007)

S

  • The Shangri-las (2006)
  • The Shirelles (2002)
  • Simon & Garfunkel (2006)
  • The Skylarks (2000)
  • The Skyliners (2002)
  • Sly & The Family Stone (2007)
  • Sons of the Pioneers (2005)
  • The Soul Stirrers (2000)
  • The Spaniels (2005)
  • The Spinners (1999)
  • The Stylistics (2004)
  • The Supremes (1998)
  • The Swan Silvertones (2002)

T-U-V-W-X-Y-Z

  • The Temptations (1999)
  • Three Dog Night (2000)
  • The Tokens (2004)
  • The Traveling Wilburys (2007)
  • The Tymes (2005)
  • The Vogues (2001)
  • The Weavers (2001)
  • The Whispers (2003)
  • Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs/The Gladiolas (2007)

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Blender Magazine's 100 Greatest American Albums

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In October 2008, Blender Magazine created a list of the 100 Greatest American Albums. I’m sure Canada will surprised to learn that two of their favorite singers – Neil Young and Joni Mitchell – have been declared American by Blender. With flaws and all, here’s the list:

1. Madonna: The Immaculate Collection (1990)
2. Beastie Boys: Licensed to Ill (1986)
3. Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
4. Stevie Wonder: Innervisions (1973)
5. Guns N’ Roses: Appetite for Destruction (1987)
6. Ramones: Ramones (1976)
7. Blondie: Parallel Lines (1978)
8. Chuck Berry: The Great Twenty-Eight (1965)
9. Nirvana: Nevermind (1991)
10. Joni Mitchell: Blue (1971)

11. Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
12. Metallica: Metallica (aka 'The Black Album') (1991)
13. Michael Jackson: Off the Wall (1979)
14. Beach Boys: Pet Sounds (1966)
15. Marvin Gaye: Let’s Get It On (1973)
16. Ray Charles: Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962)
17. Velvet Underground & Nico: Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
18. Prince & the Revolution: Purple Rain (1984)
19. Neil Young: Rust Never Sleeps (1979)
20. James Brown: Sex Machine (1970)

21. Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde (1966)
22. Robert Johnson: King of the Delta Blues Singers (1936-37)
23. R.E.M.: Murmur (1983)
24. Parliament: Mothership Connection (1976)
25. The Notorious B.I.G.: Life after Death (1997)
26. Van Halen: Van Halen (1978)
27. Al Green: Call Me (1973)
28. Aerosmith: Rocks (1976)
29. Beck: Odelay (1996)
30. Little Richard: Grooviest 17 Original Hits! (1955-59)

31. Louis Armstrong: The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings (1928)
32. Curtis Mayfield: Superfly (1972)
33. Hank Williams: 40 Greatest Hits (1953)
34. Steely Dan: Katy Lied (1975)
35. The B-52s: The B-52s (1979)
36. Chic: Risque (1979)
37. Beastie Boys: Paul’s Boutique (1989)
38. Aretha Franklin: I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967)
39. Elvis Presley: The Sun Sessions (1955)
40. Hole: Live Through This (1994)

41. The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Ladyland (1968)
42. Patti Smith: Horses (1975)
43. Sly and the Family Stone: There's a Riot Goin' On (1971)
44. Dr. Dre: The Chronic (1992)
45. Pearl Jam: Vs. (1993)
46. Run-D.M.C.: Raising Hell (1986)
47. Various Artists, produced by Phil Spector: Back to Mono (1958-69)
48. Miles Davis: Kind of Blue (1959)
49. Eminem: The Slim Shady LP (1999)
50. Kiss: Destroyer (1976)

51. Joni Mitchell: Court and Spark (1974)
52. Randy Newman: 12 Songs (1970)
53. A Tribe Called Quest: The Low End Theory (1991)
54. Frank Sinatra: In the Wee Small Hours (1955)
55. Bob Dylan & The Band: The Basement Tapes (1967)
56. Rage Against the Machine: Evil Empire (1996)
57. Mary J. Blige: My Life (1994)
58. Grateful Dead: American Beauty (1970)
59. Wu-Tang Clan: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)
60. Paul Simon: Graceland (1986)

61. The Coasters: 50 Coastin’ Classics (1954-68)
62. Bruce Springsteen: Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)
63. Johnny Cash: At Folsom Prison (1968)
64. Gram Parsons: Grievous Angel (1974)
65. Billie Holiday: Lady in Satin (1958)
66. The Modern Lovers: The Modern Lovers (1973)
67. Pavement: Slanted and Enchanted (1992)
68. TLC: Crazy Sexy Cool (1994)
69. Lynyrd Skynyrd: Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd (1969)
70. Prince: Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987)

71. LL Cool J: Radio (1985)
72. Carpenters: Singles – 1969-1981 (1969-81)
73. Pixies: Surfer Rosa (1988)
74. Aretha Franklin: Lady Soul (1968)
75. Lauryn Hill: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
76. Muddy Waters: At Newport (1960)
77. Jane’s Addiction: Nothing’s Shocking (1988)
78. Elvis Presley: From Elvis in Memphis (1969)
79. Woody Guthrie: Dust Bowl Ballads (1940)
80. Nine Inch Nails: The Downward Spiral (1994)

81. Various Artists: Nuggets – Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era (1965-68)
82. De La Soul: 3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
83. The Minutemen: Double Nickels on the Dime (1984)
84. Buddy Holly: Greatest Hits (1955-59)
85. Willie Nelson: Red-Headed Stranger (1975)
86. Neil Young: After the Gold Rush (1970)
87. R.E.M.: Automatic for the People (1992)
88. DJ Shadow: Endtroducing… (1996)
89. Talking Heads: Remain in Light (1980)
90. Weezer: Weezer (1994)

91. Eagles: Hotel California (1976)
92. Lucinda Williams: Lucinda Williams (1988)
93. Tori Amos: Under the Pink (1994)
94. Nirvana: In Utero (1993)
95. Nilson: Nilson Schmilsson (1972)
96. Kid Rock: Devil Without a Cause (1998)
97. The Doors: The Doors (1967)
98. The Replacements: Let It Be (1984)
99. Stevie Wonder: Fulfillingness’ First Finale (1974)
100. Otis Redding: Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul (1965)


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Taylor Swift charts with “Love Story”: September 27, 2008

Originally posted September 27, 2012.

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With her debut album, teen singer Taylor Swift became a major country star, landing two songs atop the country charts and another three in the top 10. While setting up a seemingly inevitable sophomore slump, Swift opted instead to conquer the pop world as well. “Everything you need to know about Taylor Swift’s talent is summed up here in four star struck minutes. Wide-eyed innocence served up in slick, perfectly calibrated Nashville pop? We’ll take four million, please.” MX

Swift wrote the song about a love interest but she never had a relationship with him. He was not popular with her friends and family. Swift wrote the song from the perspective of Juliet in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. As she said, “The only people who wanted them to be together were them.” WK She replaced the play’s tragic ending with a happy one – the ending she felt the characters deserved and the one which females hoped for. WK

Paste magazine’s Kate Kiefer said it is impossible not to sing along with the song. WK Slant magazine’s Jonathan Keefe saw the song’s success hinging on its prominent hook while The Boston Globe’s James Reed saw its strength in the songwriting. WK The BBC’s Fraser McAlpine said that the song, “although obvious, a bit dramatic, and probably targeted towards younger audiences, was just lovely and that Swift proved herself a true princess of pop with the song.” WK About.com’s Sean Dooley deemed the song responsible for transitioning Swift from a “fresh-faced star to crossover star.” WK

“Love Story” was only the fifth song to top both the adult contemporary and country charts, following Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts the Most”, Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance”, Faith Hill’s “Breathe”, and Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One”. SF It became Swift’s best-selling single WK and was once the best-selling country single of all time. WK Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) declared it the Country Song of the Year while it took Video of the Year honors at the CMT Music Awards and the Country Music Association Awards.


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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Lady Gaga Releases The Fame: August 19, 2008

Originally posted August 19, 2011.



In only three years, Lady Gaga has amassed ten top-ten hits in the U.S. and another nine in the U.K. While fans awaited the 2011 Born This Way sophomore album, she served up the eight-track EP The Fame Monster in 2009 and a remix collection the next year. Both were top ten U.S. albums.

It all started with 2008’s The Fame. “Just Dance” was the debut single to launch the album and was followed up by “Poker Face”. Both songs were #1 hits in the U.S. and U.K. and rank in the top 100 songs of the 21st century. “Paparazzi” and “LoveGame” were top ten hits in the U.S. as well. All four songs sold at least a million copies; the first two rank amongst the world’s all-time top 100 best-sellers.




Based on the album’s prevalent themes regarding the pursuit of celebrity and the lifestyle of the rich and famous, the spotlight was exactly where she wanted to be. She was “a self-styled, self-made shooting star, one who mocked the tabloid digital age while still wanting to wallow in it – and one who’s smart enough to pull it all off, too.” STE Her versatile personae, along with a predilection for over-the-top outfits, an ability to manipulate the press, and a provacative image suggested “that she was the second coming of Madonna, a comparison GaGa cheerfully courts and one that’s accurate if perhaps overextended.” STE

Dave’s Music Database ranks the album in the top 1000 albums of all time. The Fame also took home the Brit Award for International Album of the Year. It also won a Grammy for Best Electronic/Dance Album and was nominated for Album of the Year.


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Saturday, August 2, 2008

M.I.A. debuted with “Paper Planes”: August 2, 2008

Originally posted August 2, 2012.

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Nothing says pop hit quite like a Sri Lankan-born singer using “negative, violent stereotypes of immigrants as source material,” AB’00 “mocking the perception of dark-skinned immigrants as somehow dangerous,” PD and giving “shout-outs to Third World slums.” RS’09 Rapper Maya Arulpragasam, better known as M.I.A., combined those unlikely commercial elements for “one of the unlikeliest Top 10 jams ever” RS’09 with “Paper Planes,” the third single from her second album, Kala. It was “the sound of the third world and the digital age colliding head-on, with results that were equal parts scary and thrilling.” MX She took “third-world survivalism and, while not glamorizing it, certainly [made] us feel it at a level far more elemental than easy sympathy.” LR

Paper Planes

A year after its initial release, the trailer for Pineapple Express gave the song a second life, letting it expand “from its hipster dance-music niche into broader consciousness.” PF It also packs a whollop at a pivotal moment in Slumdog Millionaire, “the Oscar-winning film that was the late-00’s other great border-hopping underdog story.” PF

The song wraps “irresistible catchiness, political relevance, and musical surprises in one tight package” AB’00 “with global-minded beats and revolutionary chic.” PF The song is built over “a beat sampled from the Clash’s ‘Straight to Hell,’” RS’09 “which itself was an indictment of immigrants’ treatment in the West, permeated with southeast-Asian tonal influences” PD and wrapped in a “gently rolling, almost lazy sounding package so laidback that the first time you hear the gunshots it may jolt you out of your seat.” AB’00 The song’s success suggested “that given the right synergy of personality, topicality, and marketing, something like a mass audience could still gather around even the unlikeliest of phenomena.” PF


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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Billboard – All Time Hot 100 Artists

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For the history of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, the magazine released this list of the top Hot 100 artists.

1. The Beatles
2. Madonna
3. Elton John
4. Elvis Presley
5. Stevie Wonder
6. Mariah Carey
7. Janet Jackson
8. Michael Jackson
9. Whitney Houston
10. The Rolling Stones

11. Paul McCartney
12. The Bee Gees
13. Chicago
14. The Supremes
15. Daryl Hall & John Oates
16. Prince
17. Rod Stewart
18. Olivia Newton-John
19. Aretha Franklin
20. Marvin Gaye

21. Usher
22. Phil Collins
23. Billy Joel
24. Donna Summer
25. Diana Ross
26. The Four Seasons
27. The Temptations
28. The Beach Boys
29. Lionel Richie
30. Neil Diamond

31. The Carpenters
32. Boyz II Men
33. The Jackson 5/The Jacksons
34. Connie Francis
35. Brenda Lee
36. Barbra Streisand
37. Kenny Rogers
38. Bryan Adams
39. Cher
40. George Michael

41. Bobby Vinton
42. John Mellencamp
43. Three Dog Night
44. Huey Lewis & the News
45. Gloria Estefan/Miami Sound Machine
46. Bon Jovi
47. Ray Charles
48. Chubby Checker
49. Foreigner
50. Kool & the Gang

51. Ricky Nelson
52. Duran Duran
53. The Commodores
54. Eagles
55. Paul Anka
56. TLC
57. Barry Manilow
58. Dionne Warwick
59. Gladys Knight & the Pips
60. Heart

61. The Everly Brothers
62. R. Kelly
63. Bobby Darin
64. James Brown
65. Paula Abdul
66. Richard Marx
67. Jefferson Airplane/Starship
68. Destiny’s Child
69. Linda Ronstadt
70. Celine Dion

71. The Miracles
72. Bob Seger
73. Fleetwood Mac
74. Bruce Springsteen
75. The Pointer Sisters
76. John Denver
77. The Four Tops
78. Tony Orlando & Dawn
79. The 5th Dimension
80. Alicia Keys

81. Captain & Tennille
82. Andy Gibb
83. Air Supply
84. Nelly
85. Roy Orbison
86. The Spinners
87. Queen
88. 50 Cent
89. Dion & the Belmonts
90. Aerosmith

91. Billy Ocean
92. Tommy James & the Shondells
93. Earth, Wind & Fire
94. Brook Benton
95. Michael Bolton
96. Styx
97. Toni Braxton
98. Neil Sedaka
99. Herman’s Hermits
100. Simon & Garfunkel


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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Top 100 Songs of All Time

I have compiled more than 100 lists in a database of well over 10,000 songs. Sources include the Rock and Roll, Country, and Blues Hall of Fames and every song to hit number one on Billboard magazine's pop, country, R&B, adult contemporary, album rock, and modern rock charts. Every song that hit the top of the U.K. charts or made Your Hit Parade is in the database. Also included is each Grammy Award-winning song and every tune that has sold over a million copies. There are lists from magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin and music video channels MTV and VH1. By assigning points to songs for appearing on different lists, I ranked every song in the database. Based on those rankings, these are the top 100 songs of the 20th Century.

  1. White Christmas - Bing Crosby (1942)
  2. Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley and His Comets (1954)
  3. Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland (1939)
  4. Hey Jude - The Beatles (1968)
  5. I Can't Get No Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones (1965)
  6. Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan (1965)
  7. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin (1971)
  8. Imagine - John Lennon (1971)
  9. I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye (1968)
  10. Yesterday - The Beatles (1965)

  11. I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston (1992)
  12. Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley (1956)
  13. I Want to Hold Your Hand - The Beatles (1963)
  14. Crazy - Patsy Cline (1961)
  15. Candle in the Wind 1997 - Elton John (1997)
  16. Every Breath You Take - The Police (1983)
  17. Hotel California - Eagles (1977)
  18. Respect - Aretha Franklin (1967)
  19. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen (1975)
  20. Hound Dog - Elvis Presley (1956)

  21. Silent Night - Bing Crosby (1935)
  22. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry (1949)
  23. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson (1983)
  24. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry (1958)
  25. Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding (1968)
  26. Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley (1956)
  27. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana (1991)
  28. Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys (1966)
  29. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - Righteous Brothers (1964)
  30. Light My Fire - The Doors (1967)

  31. My Girl - The Temptations (1965)
  32. All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)
  33. Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin (1959)
  34. Louie Louie - The Kingsmen (1963)
  35. You Really Got Me - The Kinks (1964)
  36. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel (1970)
  37. Layla - Derek and the Dominos (1971)
  38. American Pie - Don McLean (1971)
  39. Stand by Me - Ben E. King (1961)
  40. Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)

  41. The Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page (1950)
  42. My Generation - The Who (1966)
  43. Star Dust - Hoagy Carmichael and His Pals (1929)
  44. As Time Goes By - Rudy Vallee (1931)
  45. Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis (1957)
  46. That'll Be the Day - Buddy Holly and the Crickets (1957)
  47. Staying Alive - Bee Gees (1977)
  48. Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen (1975)
  49. Oh, Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison (1964)
  50. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye (1971)

  51. Mona Lisa - Nat “King” Cole (1950)
  52. Night and Day - Fred Astaire (1932)
  53. My Blue Heaven - Gene Austin (1927)
  54. Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins (1956)
  55. Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino (1956)
  56. The Twist - Chubby Checker (1960)
  57. Your Cheatin' Heart - Hank Williams (1953)
  58. Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)
  59. Superstition - Stevie Wonder (1972)
  60. Jump - Van Halen (1984)

  61. Reach Out, I'll Be There - Four Tops (1966)
  62. Maggie May - Rod Stewart (1971)
  63. Brown-Eyed Girl - Van Morrison (1967)
  64. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynrd (1974)
  65. Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers (1965)
  66. Dancing in the Street - Martha Reeves and the Vandellas (1964)
  67. In the Mood - Glenn Miller Orchestra (1939)
  68. The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals (1964)
  69. Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley (1957)
  70. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin (1969)

  71. Mr. Tamborine Man - The Byrds (1965)
  72. Let It Be - The Beatles (1970)
  73. A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum (1967)
  74. I Want You Back - The Jackson 5 (1969)
  75. When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge (1966)
  76. My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion (1997)
  77. Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf (1968)
  78. Everything I Do I Do It for You - Bryan Adams (1991)
  79. Another Brick in the Wall Part II - Pink Floyd (1979)
  80. Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles (1967)

  81. When Doves Cry - Prince (1984)
  82. Tea for Two - Art Tatum (1939)
  83. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses (1988)
  84. Begin the Beguine - Artie Shaw and His Orchestra (1938)
  85. For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield (1967)
  86. We Are the World - U.S.A. for Africa (1985)
  87. What'd I Say - Ray Charles (1959)
  88. Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955)
  89. Moon River - Henry Mancini (1961)
  90. Walk This Way - Aerosmith (1976)

  91. The Prisoner's Song - Vernon Dalhart (1925)
  92. Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor (1990)
  93. Smooth - Santana with Rob Thomas (1999)
  94. Space Oddity - David Bowie (1969)
  95. Blowin' in the Wind - Bob Dylan (1963)
  96. Be My Baby - The Ronettes (1963)
  97. Let's Stay Together - Al Green (1971)
  98. All I Have to Do Is Dream - The Everly Brothers (1958)
  99. I Only Have Eyes for You - The Flamingos (1959)
  100. King of the Road - Roger Miller (1965)