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)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

May 15, 1958: The movie musical Gigi opened

Originally posted November 22, 2008. Last updated September 3, 2018.

Gigi (soundtrack/cast)

Alan Jay Lerner (lyrics)/ Frederick Loewe (music)

Movie Opened: May 15, 1958

Soundtrack Charted: June 23, 1958

Cast Album Charted: February 9, 1974


Sales (in millions):
US: 0.5 S
UK: --
IFPI: --
World (estimated): 0.5 S


Peak:
US: 110-S
UK: 2 S
Canada: --
Australia: --

C cast album
S soundtrack

Quotable: --


Genre: show tunes


Album Tracks – Soundtrack:

  1. Gigi Overture (MGM STUDIO ORCHESTRA)
  2. Thank Heaven for Little Girls (MAURICE CHEVALIER/ MGM STUDIO CHORUS)
  3. It’s a Bore (MAURICE CHEVALIER/ LOUIS JOURDAN)
  4. The Parisians (LESLIE CARON/ MGM STUDIO ORCHESTRA/ ANDRÉ PREVIN)
  5. Waltz at Maxim’s (She’s Not Thinking of Me) (LOUIS JOURDAN/ MGM STUDIO ORCHESTRA)
  6. The Night They Invented Champagne (LESLIE CARON/ BETTY WAND/ HERMIONE GINGOLD)
  7. I Remember It Well (MAURICE CHEVALIER/ HERMIONE GINGOLD)
  8. Say a Prayer for Me Tonight (BETTY WAND)
  9. I’m Glad I’m Not Young Anymore (MAURICE CHEVALIER)
  10. Gigi (Gaston’s Soliloquy) (LOUIS JOURDAN)
  11. Finale

Review:

After the Broadway magic of 1956’s My Fair Lady, Lerner & Loewe turned their talents toward movie making. Alan Jay Lerner wrote a screenplay for Gigi, based on the 1944 novella of the same name by Colette. He also provided the lyrics for the film’s featured songs and Frederick Loewe created the music, which was arranged and conducted by AndrĂ© Previn. WK-S

The film, directed by Vincente Minnelli, “is considered the last great Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical and the final great achievement of the Freed Unit, headed by producer Arthur Freed.” WK-S The blockbuster was nominated for and won a then-recording-breaking nine Academy Awards. It was selected to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry and made the American Film Institute’s list of AFI’s 100 Years…100 Passions. WK-S

“The story concerns Gigi, a free-spirited teenaged girl living in Paris at the turn of the 20th century. She is being groomed as a courtesan in her family's tradition. Before she is deemed ready for her social debut, she encounters the bon vivant bachelor Gaston Lachaille, whom she captivates as she is transformed into a charmingly poised young lady.” WK-C

The film “reminds us why modern Hollywood can at times be dismissed with the wave of a hand. This is a grand musical, with seeds sown for much of the movie music that would follow, with even hints of what John Williams would steal for Star Wars. Frederick Loewe’s music is playful and engaging, but the highlight simply has to be Maurice Chevalier. His turns at Thank Heaven for Little Girls, It’s a Bore (with Louis Jourdan), and the hilarious I Remember It Well are timeless classics. The entire album has successfully incorporated a wonderful Parisian feel that lounge artists like Esquivel would go on to emulate.” SW

In 1973, Gigi was made into a stage musical. “The original Broadway production, produced by Edwin Lester in 1973, ran for a disappointing 103 performances but won the Tony Award for Best Score. A West End production played in 1985. A new production of the musical, adapted by Heidi Thomas and directed by Eric D. Schaeffer, premiered at the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC) in January 2015, and ran on Broadway[1] from April 8 to June 21, 2015 at the Neil Simon Theatre.” WK-C


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