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Friday, March 25, 2011

The Top Albums of the 1980s

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Here are the top 100 albums of the 1980s according to Dave’s Music Database:

1. Michael Jackson...Thriller (1982)
2. U2...The Joshua Tree (1987)
3. AC/DC...Back in Black (1980)
4. Prince...Purple Rain (1984)
5. Guns N’ Roses...Appetite for Destruction (1987)
6. Paul Simon...Graceland (1986)
7. Prince...Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987)
8. Public Enemy...It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
9. The Smiths...The Queen Is Dead (1986)
10. Bruce Springsteen...Born in the U.S.A. (1984)

11. The Police...Synchronicity (1983)
12. Dire Straits...Brothers in Arms (1985)
13. The Stone Roses...The Stone Roses (1989)
14. Talking Heads...Remain in Light (1980)
15. Joy Division...Closer (1980)
16. Bon Jovi...Slippery When Wet (1986)
17. Bob Marley & the Wailers...Legend (1984)
18. Peter Gabriel...So (1986)
19. Pixies...Doolittle (1989)
20. Metallica...Master of Puppets (1986)

21. Beastie Boys...Licensed to Ill (1986)
22. R.E.M....Murmur (1983)
23. N.W.A....Straight Outta Compton (1989)
24. George Michael...Faith (1987)
25. Sonic Youth...Daydream Nation (1988)
26. Def Leppard...Hysteria (1987)
27. De La Soul...3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
28. Beastie Boys...Paul’s Boutique (1989)
29. Pixies...Surfer Rosa (1988)
30. Whitney Houston...Whitney Houston (1985)

31. Pretenders...Pretenders (1980)
32. Michael Jackson...Bad (1987)
33. The Jesus and Mary Chain...Psychocandy (1985)
34. Tracy Chapman...Tracy Chapman (1988)
35. Tom Waits...Rain Dogs (1985)
36. Tom Waits...Swordfishtrombones (1983)
37. Van Halen...1984 (1984)
38. Various artists...Dirty Dancing (soundtrack, 1987)
39. Bruce Springsteen...Nebraska (1982)
40. The Cure...Disintegration (1989)

41. Kate Bush...Hounds of Love (1985)
42. Madonna...Like a Prayer (1989)
43. Phil Collins...No Jacket Required (1985)
44. Lionel Richie...Can’t Slow Down (1983)
45. The Replacements...Let It Be (1984)
46. Def Leppard...Pyromania (1983)
47. Tina Turner...Private Dancer (1984)
48. ZZ Top...Eliminator (1983)
49. Madonna...Like a Virgin (1984)
50. U2...The Unforgettable Fire (1984)

51. Whitney Houston...Whitney (1987)
52. The Smiths...The Smiths (1984)
53. Run-D.M.C....Raising Hell (1986)
54. Phantom of the Opera (cast album, 1986)
55. Bruce Springsteen...The River (1980)
56. The Human League...Dare! (1981)
57. Madonna...True Blue (1986)
58. Iron Maiden...The Number of the Beast (1982)
59. U2...War (1983)
60. Prince...1999 (1982)

61. Janet Jackson...Control (1986)
62. Queen...Greatest Hits (1981)
63. Bonnie Raitt...Nick of Time (1989)
64. Eric B & Rakim...Paid in Full (1987)
65. REO Speedwagon...Hi Infidelity (1980)
66. Husker Du...Zen Arcade (1984)
67. Phil Collins...But Seriously (1989)
68. Janet Jackson...Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)
69. Billy Joel...Greatest Hits Volume I & II (1985)
70. Rush...Moving Pictures (1981)

71. Richard & Linda Thompson...Shoot Out the Lights (1982)
72. Journey...Escape (1981)
73. U2...Rattle and Hum (1989)
74. The Pogues...Rum, Sodomy and the Lash (1985)
75. Aerosmith...Pump (1989)
76. The Minutemen...Double Nickels on the Dime (1984)
77. Slayer...Reign in Blood (1986)
78. Anita Baker...Rapture (1986)
79. Robert Cray...Strong Persuader (1986)
80. Cyndi Lauper...She’s So Unusual (1983)

81. Duran Duran...Rio (1982)
82. Talking Heads...Stop Making Sense (1983)
83. R.E.M....Green (1988)
84. Prefab Sprout...Steve McQueen (aka “Two Wheels Good”) (1985)
85. Donald Fagen...The Nightfly (1982)
86. Metallica...And Justice for All (1988)
87. Elvis Costello...Imperial Bedroom (1982)
88. Violent Femmes...Violent Femmes (1982)
89. Men at Work...Business As Usual (1982)
90. Les Miserables (cast album, 1985)

91. Sade...Diamond Life (1984)
92. The Dead Kennedys...Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980)
93. R.E.M....Document (1987)
94. Phil Collins...Face Value (1981)
95. Tom Petty...Full Moon Fever (1989)
96. Brian Eno & David Byrne...My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (1981)
97. Ozzy Osbourne...Blizzard of Ozz (1980)
98. The Police...Zenyatta Mondatta (1980)
99. INXS...Kick (1987)
100. Sting...The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985)


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Jazz - Top 100 Songs of All Time

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A few weeks ago, jazz24.org did a listeners’ poll to determine the top 100 jazz songs of all time (see list here). DMDB fan Steve Sullivan sent me another list from Ted Gioia’s book The History of Jazz. I then compiled 16 lists focused on the best jazz songs of all time (see sources at bottom of page) and consolidated them into an aggregate list originally posted on the DMDB Facebook page and now posted here on the DMDB blog:

1. So What…Miles Davis (1959)
2. ‘Round Midnight…Thelonious Monk (1944)
3. Strange Fruit…Billie Holiday (1939)
4. Body and Soul…Coleman Hawkins (1940)
5. One O’Clock Jump…Count Basie (1937)
6. What a Wonderful World…Louis Armstrong (1967)
7. Take Five…Dave Brubeck (1961)
8. Take the “A” Train…Duke Ellington (1941)
9. God Bless the Child…Billie Holiday (1941)
10. Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)…Benny Goodman (1938)

11. Mood Indigo…Duke Ellington (1931)
12. Blue in Green…Miles Davis (1959)
13. In the Mood…Glenn Miller (1939)
14. Goodbye Pork Hat…Charles Mingus (1959)
15. My Favorite Things…John Coltrane (1960)
16. The Girl from Ipanema…Stan Getz with Joao Gilberto (1964)
17. In a Sentimental Mood…Duke Ellington & John Coltrane (1962)
18. Blue Rondo a la Turk…Dave Brubeck (1961)
19. Georgia on My Mind…Ray Charles (1960)
20. Unforgettable…Natalie Cole with Nat “King” Cole (1991)

21. Giant Steps…John Coltrane (1959)
22. West End Blues…Louis Armstrong (1928)
23. Salt Peanuts…Dizzy Gillespie (1945)
24. Begin the Beguine…Artie Shaw (1938)
25. Birdland…Weather Report (1977)
26. Naima…John Coltrane (1959)
27. Waltz for Debby…Bill Evans (1961)
28. Feeling Good…Nina Simone (1965)
29. Don’t Know Why…Norah Jones (2002)
30. Satin Doll…Duke Ellington (1953)

31. My Funny Valentine…Chet Baker (1953)
32. Bumpin’ on Sunset…Wes Montgomery (1965)
33. Song for My Father…Horace Silver (1964)
34. Sophisticated Lady…Duke Ellington (1933)
35. Moanin’…Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (1958)
36. Manteca…Dizzy Gillespie (1947)
37. Chameleon…Herbie Hancock (1973)
38. Ko-Ko…Charlie Parker with Miles Davis & Dizzy Gillespie (1945)
39. Nuages…Django Reinhardt (1940)
40. Maiden Voyage…Herbie Hancock (1965)

41. Potato Head Blues…Louis Armstrong (1927)
42. Minnie the Moocher…Cab Calloway (1931)
43. Summertime…Ella Fitzgerald (1960)
44. Acknowledgement (A Love Supreme, Part I)…John Coltrane (1965)
45. All Blues…Miles Davis (1959)
46. Freddie Freeloader (1959)
47. Fever…Peggy Lee (1957)
48. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy…Cannonball Adderley (1966)
49. Someone to Watch Over Me…Ella Fitzgerald (1958)
50. Stompin’ at the Savoy…Benny Goodman (1936)

51. Just the Two of Us…Bill Withers with Grover Washington, Jr. (1981)
52. Solitude…Billie Holiday (1952)
53. Rhapsody in Blue…Paul Whitman with George Gershwin (1924)
54. Straight, No Chaser…Thelonious Monk (1967)
55. Straighten Up and Fly Right…Nat “King” Cole (1944)
56. A Remark You Made…Weather Report (1977)
57. Misty…Erroll Garner Trio (1954)
58. A-Tisket, A-Tasket…Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb (1938)
59. Epistrophy…Thelonious Monk (1948)
60. Ain’t Misbehavin’…Fats Waller (1929)

61. Big Chief…Professor Longhair (1964)
62. Bemsha Swing…Thelonious Monk (1952)
63. A Night in Tunisia…Dizzy Gillespie (1946)
64. Autumn Leaves…Cannonball Adderley (1958)
65. April in Paris…Count Basie (1955)
66. Spain…Chick Corea (1972)
67. Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)…Billie Holiday (1945)
68. The Sidewinder…Lee Morgan (1963)
69. It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing…Duke Ellington (1932)
70. Red Clay…Freddie Hubbard (1970)

71. I Can’t Get Started…Bunny Berigan (1938)
72. Song of India…Tommy Dorsey (1937)
73. Flying Home…Lionel Hampton (1942)
74. Opus No. 1…Tommy Dorsey (1943)
75. Artistry in Rhythm…Stan Kenton (1944)
76. Summertime…Sidney Bechet (1939)
77. Moonlight Serenade…Glenn Miller (1939)
78. Green Onions…Booker T. & the MG’s (1962)
79. La Vie En Rose…Louis Armstrong (1950)
80. I Surrender, Dear…Thelonious Monk (1931)

81. Mack the Knife…Ella Fitzgerald (1960)
82. How High the Moon…Ella Fitzgerald with the Daydreamers (1947)
83. At Last…Etta James (1961)
84. Speak No Evil…Wayne Shorter (1964)
85. Watermelon Man…Herbie Hancock (1962)
86. Autumn in New York…Billie Holiday (1935)
87. The Creator Has a Master Plan…Pharaoh Sanders (1969)
88. Come Away with Me…Norah Jones (2002)
89. This Masquerade…George Benson (1976)
90. Tea for Two…Art Tatum (1939)

91. Breezin’…George Benson (1976)
92. Poinciana…Ahmad Jamal (1955)
93. Oh, Lady Be Good…Ella Fitzgerald (1924)
94. Breakfast Feud…Benny Goodman with Charlie Christian (1941)
95. Lester Leaps In…Count Basie (1939)
96. Django…The Modern Jazz Quartet (1954)
97. Parker’s Mood…Charlie Parker (1948)
98. In a Mist…Bix Beiderbecke (1927)
99. Struttin’ with Some BBQ (1927)
100.Misterioso…Thelonious Monk (1948)


Resources and Related Links:

  • Aol Radio Blog 10 Greatest Jazz Songs. By Tad Hendrickson (year?).

    Ranked list with commentary.

  • Buzzle.com List of Top Jazz Songs. By Tulika Nair (6/19/2010).

    Ranked top 100 list. No commentary.

  • Digital Dream Door 100 Greatest Jazz Ballads. Edited by Alvin. (11/24/2004).

    Ranked list with no commentary. As the page says, ballads were “chosen based on influence, originality, impact, dedication, beauty, and if it became a multiple-recorded standard by different jazz artists.” As for being recorded by multiple artists, most of the songs have at least two artists listed. The higher ranked version in Dave’s Music Database was generally given the points.

  • Digital Dream Door 100 Greatest Jazz Instrumentals. By Rick Varner (2/26/2010).

    Ranked list with no commentary.

  • Digital Dream Door 300 Greatest Swing Era Songs. Edited by Tom B. and John B. (8/7/2009).

    Ranked list with no commentary. The Swing Era, as indicated by the page was “when big band music was at its most popular in America between the years 1935-1945.”

  • Ted Gioia. The History of Jazz (1997).

    Pages 413-425 offer up a list of the “270 All-Time Recommended Performances.”

  • HubPages Greatest Jazz Songs of All Time by Illminatus (2009).

    Top 100 ranked list with commentary on the top 20.

  • Jazz24.org The Jazz 100: One Hundred Quintessential Jazz Songs (2011).

    Top 100 ranked list with no commentary. Listeners’ poll at jazz24 collected thousands of votes.

  • Jazz.nuwo.com Tiffany’s Top 10 Jazz Songs by lucyinthesky (2009).

    Top 10 ranked list with commentary.

  • Listverse 10 Truly Great Jazz Performances by gabi319 (5/25/2009).

    Top 10 ranked list with commentary and video clips.

  • Mademan.com 10 Best Jazz Songs of All Time by Mike Harris (10/18/2010).

    Top 10 ranked list with commentary. Mike Harris is credited as a Break Studios Contributing Writer.

  • Mog.com My Top 20 Jazz Songs of All Time by Jazzman528 (2007).

    Top 20 ranked list with no commentary.

  • Nutsie.com 100 Best Jazz Vocal Standards edited by Chris F. (10/1/2004).

    Top 100 ranked list with no commentary. Generally two artists are listed for each song; only the first is credited in Dave’s Music Database. Link is for Digital Dream Door. Same list appears at Nutsie.

  • Nutsie.com 100 Greatest Swing Era Songs (year?).

    Title says 100 songs, but list only has 64 songs.

  • Ontheradio.net Top 100 Jazz Songs (3/2/2011).

    Best-selling jazz songs on iTunes.

  • The-Top-Tens.com Top 10 Best Jazz Songs by Alexandr (year?).

    Top 15 ranked list with no commentary.