Saturday, December 12, 2015

Frank Sinatra's Top 100 Songs

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December 12, 2015 would have been Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday. In honor of the event, here are his top 100 songs, according to Dave’s Music Database. This list was created by using sales and airplay figures along with chart performance, number of appearances on Sinatra albums, appearances on best-of-Sinatra lists, and best-songs-of-all-time-lists as compiled by Dave’s Music Database.

Note: Sinatra recorded new versions of many of his songs over the years. In such cases, the earliest version is listed.

1. I’ll Never Smile Again (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra & the Pied Pipers, 1940)
2. Strangers in the Night (1966)
3. All or Nothing at All (with Harry James’ Orchestra, 1939)
4. My Way (1969)
5. One for My Baby and One for the Road (1949)
6. Night and Day (with Axel Stordahl’s Orchestra, 1942)
7. You’ll Never Walk Alone (with the Ken Lane Singers, 1945)
8. There Are Such Things (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra & the Pied Pipers (1942)
9. Theme from ‘New York, New York’ (1980)
10. I’ve Got You Under My Skin (1956)

11. Young at Heart (1954)
12. Five Minutes More (1946)
13. Saturday Night Is the Lonelest Night of the Week (1944)
14. I Get a Kick Out of You (1953)
15. Star Dust (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra & the Pied Pipers, 1940)
16. Somethin’ Stupid (with Nancy Sinatra, 1967)
17. White Christmas (with the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1949)
18. Witchcraft (1957)
19. All the Way (1957)
20. It Was a Very Good Year (1965)

21. They Say It’s Wonderful (1946)
22. Learnin’ the Blues (1955)
23. Love and Marriage (1955)
24. I’ve Got a Crush on You (with Bobby Hackett, 1948)
25. Almost Like Being in Love (1947)
26. Autumn in New York (1949)
27. Come Fly with Me (1958)
28. I’ve Got the World on a String (1953)
29. Nancy with the Laughing Face (1945)
30. Summer Wind (1966)

31. Oh! What It Seemed to Be (1946)
32. I’ll Be Seeing You (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra, 1940)
33. Fly Me to the Moon (1964)
34. September Song (1946)
35. Time after Time (1947)
36. Oh Look at Me Now (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra, Connie Haines, & the Pied Pipers, 1941)
37. That’s Life (1966)
38. How About You? (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra, 1942)
39. But Beautiful (1948)
40. High Hopes (with A Bunch O Kids, 1959)

41. In the Blue of the Evening (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra, 1942)
42. My Funny Valentine (1954)
43. Nice ‘N’ Easy (1960)
44. Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)
45. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (1955)
46. I Couldn’t Sleep a Wink Last Night (with the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1944)
47. Call Me Irresponsible (1963)
48. Love Is the Tender Trap (1955)
49. The Lady Is a Tramp (1957)
50. Some Enchanted Evening (1949)

51. All of Me (1948)
52. The Way You Look Tonight (1964)
53. Luck Be a Lady (1965)
54. Mam’selle (1947)
55. Begin the Beguine (1946)
56. Here’s That Rainy Day (1959)
57. Fools Rush in Where Angels Fear to Tread (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra, 1940)
58. Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town) (1957)
59. Polka Dots and Moonbeams (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra, 1940)
60. The Coffee Song (1946)

61. Everything Happens to Me (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra, 1941)
62. Dream (When You’re Feeling Blue) (1945)
63. This Love of Mine (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra & the Pied Pipers, 1941)
64. Day by Day (1946)
65. The House I Live In (1945)
66. A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening (with the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1944)
67. Goodnight Irene (with the Mitch Miller Singers, 1950)
68. People Will Say We’re in Love (with the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1943)
69. You’ll Never Know (with the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1943)
70. The Second Time Around (1961)

71. Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me) (1958)
72. Softly, As I Leave You (1964)
73. I’m a Fool to Want You (1951)
74. Imagination (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra, 1940)
75. Put Your Dreams Away for Another Day (1945)
76. The Birth of the Blues (1952)
77. Oh, What a Beautiful Morning (with the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1943)
78. My Kind of Lady (1964)
79. How Little It Matters How Little We Know (1956)
80. Nature Boy (with the Jeff Alexander Choir, 1948)

81. South of the Border (Down Mexico Way) (1953)
82. Nevertheless I’m in Love with You (1950)
83. It Only Happens When I Dance with You (1948)
84. What’ll I Do? (1948)
85. If I Loved You (1945)
86. It Started All Over Again (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra, 1943)
87. Angel Eyes (1958)
88. You Make Me Feel So Young (with Count Basie, 1956)
89. I Fall in Love Too Easily (1945)
90. From Here to Eternity (1953)

91. Hey! Jealous Lover (1956)
92. Cycles (1968)
93. Dolores (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra & the Pied Pipers, 1941)
94. The Song Is You (with Axel Stordahl’s Orchestra, 1942)
95. It Had to Be You (1980)
96. Sunday, Monday or Always (with the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1943)
97. Be Careful, It’s My Heart (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra, 1942)
98. The World We Know (Over and Over) (1967)
99. Close to You (with the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1943)
100. I’m Walking Behind You (1953)

Saturday, December 5, 2015

12/5/2015: “Love Yourself” debuts at #4, giving Justin Bieber three songs in top 5

Updated 11/24/2018.

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Love Yourself

Justin Bieber

Writer(s): Ed Sheeran, Benny Blanco, Justin Bieber (see lyrics here)

Released: 11/9/2015

First Charted: 11/20/2015

Peak: -- US (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales *: 2.85 US, 2.06 UK, 7.68 world (includes US + UK)

Radio Airplay *: --

Video Airplay *: 1429.16

Streaming *: 1134.0

* in millions


“Love Yourself” was the third single from Justin Bieber’s fourth album, Purpose. All three songs went to #1 in the U.S. and UK. The song debuted at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 while Bieber’s previous singles “What Do You Mean?” and “Sorry” were still in the top 5. Prior to Bieber, only The Beatles and 50 Cent had accomplished that feat. WK “Love Yourself” knocked “Sorry” out of the number one slot, making him the twelfth artist to succeed himself on the Hot 100. WK It did so in the UK as well, making him only the third act – after the Beatles and Elvis Presley – to do so. SF It ended up as Billboard’s number one song of the year and was nominated for Grammys for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. It won the American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Song.

The cut was “a kiss-off to a narcisstic ex-lover who did the protagonist wrong.” WK Bieber said it was “definitely about someone in my past,” WK singing “‘Cause if you like the way you look that much, oh baby you should go and love yourself.” WK Bieiber also said that it was “cool because so many people can resonate with that because how many women do we bring back that mom doesn’t really necessarily like?” WK

It was written by Bieber with Ed Sheeran and Benny Blanco. Blanco produced the track, offering the instrumentation and programming. WK The acoustic pop song featured “just vocals, an electric guitar, and a brief flurry of trumpets.” WK Sheeran, who has said he originally had Rihanna in mind for the track WK and that he considered it for his own album, SF provided background vocals. WK Of working with Sheeran, Bieber said, “I think he’s one of the most talented writers in the game right now” WK “so just to be able to work with that caliber of songwriter was really, really awesome.” WK

Consequence of Sound’s Michelles Geslani said it “sounds exactly like what you’d expect from a meeting of these two minds.” WK Entertainment Weekly’s Leah Greenblatt called it “the world’s first campfire-folk diss track” WK and Digital Spy’s Amy Davidson called it a “deliciously evil poison-pen ballad.” Spin’s Andrew Unterberger called the song “an earth-salting, cruelly chuckling kiss-off track [which] features an unprecedented-for Bieber caliber of lyrical detail.” WK

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Scott Weiland: His 20 Top Songs

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Scott Weiland, best known as the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots and the supergroup Velvet Revolver, died from a drug overdose on 12/3/2015 while on tour in Bloomington, Minnesota. He was 48. In honor of Weiland, here are his top 20 songs according to Dave’s Music Database, which compiles sales, chart performance, radio airplay, and best-of lists.

1. Stone Temple Pilots “Plush” (1992)
2. Stone Temple Pilots “Interstate Love Song” (1994)
3. Velvet Revolver “Fall to Pieces” (2004)
4. Stone Temple Pilots “Vasoline” (1994)
5. Stone Temple Pilots “Big Empty” (1994)
6. Velvet Revolver “Slither” (2004)
7. Stone Temple Pilots “Big Bang Baby” (1996)
8. Stone Temple Pilots “Creep” (1992)
9. Stone Temple Pilots “Trippin’ ona Hole in a Paper Heart” (1996)
10. Stone Temple Pilots “Sour Girl” (1999)

11. Stone Temple Pilots “Dancing Days” (1995)
12. Stone Temple Pilots “Sex Type Thing” (1992)
13. Stone Temple Pilots “Lady Picture Show” (1996)
14. Stone Temple Pilots “Pretty Penny” (1994)
15. Stone Temple Pilots “Wicked Garden” (1992)
16. Velvet Revolver “The Last Fight” (2007)
17. Stone Temple Pilots “Between the Lines” (2010)
18. Stone Temple Pilots “Revolution” (2001)
19. Stone Temple Pilots “Unglued” (1994)
20. Magnificent Bastards “Mockingbird Girl” (1995)

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” debuts at #2

Updated 11/24/2018.

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Justin Bieber

Writer(s): Justin Bieber, Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, Sonny Moore, Michael Tucker (see lyrics here)

Released: 10/23/2015

First Charted: 10/25/2015

Peak: 13 US, 11 AC, 34a RB, 11 UK, 17 CN, 2 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales *: 8.0 US, 2.4 UK, 13.5 world (includes US + UK)

Radio Airplay *: --

Video Airplay *: 3035.64

Streaming *: 1118.0

* in millions


“Sorry” was the second single from Justin Bieber’s album Purpose. Like its predecessor, “What Do You Mean?,” it topped the Billboard Hot 100, but it had to wait awhile. It debuted at #2 on the 11/14/2015 chart – behind Adele’s “Hello.” It spent eight non-consecutive weeks at #2 before finally dethroning Adele. WK The song would ultimately top the chart in thirteen countries. WK

The dance-pop song featured a “smooth but electricifying EDM beat incorporating brassy horn bleats, a reggaeton rhythm, [and] warm island rhythms.” WK Bieber enlisted Skrillex to produce songs for his album after working with him on top-ten hit “Where Are Ü Now.” Bieber said, “Skrillex is a genius. He’s super futuristic and I just love his sounds. I think being able to incorporate that sound with what I’m doing has been super cool because …I feel like no one’s done it before.” WK

Michael Tucker, aka BloodPop, crafted the melody with Bieber in Mind and songwriters Justin Traner and Julia Michaels helped on the lyrics. WK The idea grew out of a personal event Michaels had. WK She said the idea was to “capture that moment in a relationship…where you realize you made a mistake and you’re finally read to admit and apologize.” WK In Bieber’s hands, he wasn’t just asking a lover for a second chance, but the public as well. He called the song “the end-all of apologies that I’m giving to people, to the media” SF for “a run of boorish behavior that included reckless driving, public urination, and even an incident involving a black market monkey.” SF He later recanted that comment, saying, “It really had nothing to do with that…It was about a girl.” SF

At first, Bieber consider the song “too safe and simple,” but came to love the song and “changed a couple things to make it feel like him” WKWK Of the final results, BloodPop said “Justin’s vocal delivery and the triumphant key of the song gave the narrative a warm color…The beat is…exciting and fun.” WK

Time’s Nolan Feeney said, “with a beat this breezy…that’s nothing to be sorry about.” WK Spin’s Brennan Carley called “Sorry” “a subdued step forward for the Biebs” WK and USA Today’s Maeve McDermott said it was “just as much of an earworm as his previous single ‘What Do You Mean?’” WK AllMusic’s Andy Kellman praised both songs as showing Bieber “makinga deeper connection with his material and that…he was progressing from performer to artist.” WK Pitchfork’s Brad Nelson called them “his best performances to date.” WK

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Adele’s “Hello” debuts at #1

Updated 11/24/2018.

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Writer(s): Adele Adkins, Greg Kurstin (see lyrics here)

Released: 10/23/2015

First Charted: 11/7/2015

Peak: 110 US, 116 AC, 10a RB, 13 UK, 17 CN, 16 (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales *: 7.0 US, 1.86 UK, 13.45 world (includes US + UK)

Radio Airplay *: --

Video Airplay *: 2432.90

Streaming *: 865.00

* in millions


Adele’s second album, 21, made her a superstar – and set the expectations high for her new album, 25. She introduced new material via a commercial in the United Kingdom on The X Factor on October 18, 2015. Vanity Fair’s Josh Duboff said “the internet collectively lost its mind” after the thirty-second broadcast of “Hello.” WK The single was released five days later. It debuted at #1 in 20 countries, including the United States’ Billboard Hot 100 where it stayed for 10 weeks. It was her fourth #1 in the United States and her second in the U.K. It became the first song to sell more than a million digital copies in a week WK and set a record for 7.32 million streams in its first week. WK

The video also set a record with more than 27.7 million views in a 24-hour span, beating the previous record of 20.1 million views by Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood.” WK It set the Vevo record for the fastest video to reach 100 million views in five days. WK The video also became the quickest to reach one billion views on YouTube – 88 days. WK MTV named it Video of the Year at its 2016 Video Music Awards. WK

The song won Grammys for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance. 25 won for Album of the Year and Pop Vocal Album, giving Adele five Grammys for the night. She became the first artist in history to win the three general field awards in the same ceremony twice. WK

The “piano ballad with soul influences” WK was marked by lyrics focused on “themes of nostalgia and regret and plays out like a conversation.” WK The song took six months to write – her co-writer, Greg Kurstin, said he wondered “if Adele was ever going to come back and finish it.” WK Kurstin ended up playing bass, guitar, drums, piano, and keyboards on the song. WK The result was what The Guardian’s Alex Petridis described as “precisely the kind of lovelorn epic ballad that made Adele one of the biggest stars in the world.” WK

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Friday, November 13, 2015

November 13, 1965: The Sound of Music soundtrack hit #1

First posted 11/13/2011. Last updated September 4, 2018.

The Sound of Music (cast/soundtrack)

Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers)

Opened on Broadway: Nov. 16, 1959

Cast Album Charted: Dec. 21, 1959

Soundtrack Released: March 20, 1965

Sales (in millions):
US: 2.5 c, 15.0 s
UK: -- c, 2.44 s
IFPI: --
World (estimated): 2.5 c, 22.0 s

US: 116-C, 12-S
UK: 170-S
Canada: --
Australia: 176-S

Quotable: --

Genre: show tunes

Album Tracks - Cast Album:

  1. Preludium
  2. The Sound of Music (12/28/59, Patti Page #90)
  3. Maria
  4. My Favorite Things (12/14/68, Herb Alpert #45)
  5. Do-Re-Mi (12/14/59, Mitch Miller #70; 12/28/59, Anita Bryant #94)
  6. Sixteen Going on Seventeen
  7. The Lonely Goatherd
  8. How Can Love Survive?
  9. The Sound of Music (Reprise)
  10. Laendler
  11. So Long, Farewell
  12. Climb Ev’ry Mountain (12/21/59, Tony Bennett #74; 5/25/68, Hestations #90)
  13. No Way to Stop It
  14. An Ordinary Couple
  15. Processional
  16. Sixteen Going on Seventeen (Reprise)
  17. Edelweiss
  18. Climb Ev’ry Mountain (Reprise)

* Often multiple versions of a single song from a Broadway show would become hits. None of the versions above are actually on the cast album or soundtrack. All chart positions are from the U.S. Billboard pop charts.

Album Tracks - Soundtrack:

  1. Prelude/The Sound of Music
  2. Overture/Preludium (Dixet Dominus)
  3. Morning Hymn/Alleluia
  4. Maria
  5. I Have Confidence
  6. Sixteen Going on Seventeen
  7. My Favorite Things
  8. Do-Re-Mi
  9. The Sound of Music
  10. The Lonely Goatherd
  11. So Long, Farewell
  12. Climb Ev’ry Mountain
  13. Something Good
  14. Processional/Maria
  15. Edelweiss
  16. Climb Ev’ry Mountain (Reprise)

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The cast album for The Sound of Music went to #1 for 16 weeks in the U.S. in 1959. Six years later, the soundtrack spent two weeks at #1 in the U.S., but topped the U.K. charts for an astounding 70 weeks. The soundtrack has been estimated at worldwide sales of 22 million which makes it one of the top 100 best sellers of all time. It sparked standards such as the title song, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, and Do-Re-Mi.

The Sound of Music was the final work for the famous musical theater team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The pair previously worked on iconic musicals like South Pacific and The King and I. Like those, this was “set in a foreign locale, it starred a female lead in charge of children, it concerned an unlikely romance between an older man and a younger woman, it had a social/political element, and it featured a stirring anthem for a soprano (in this case, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’). The ‘based on a true story’ plot concerned an aspiring nun who becomes a governess in pre-World War II Austria” WR-C for “a wealthy naval captain with seven children,” WR-S “only to marry the children’s father and flee with the family from the Nazis.” WR-C

The film opened in March 1965 and “became the highest grossing movie in history up to that time, and went on to win the Academy Award for best picture. WR-S While the musical starred Mary Martin, the movie version went with Julie Andrews, who had starred in the musical My Fair Lady and was fresh from an Academy Award for her title role in Mary Poppins, another story about a children’s nanny. She “proved to be superb in the film as well as on the soundtrack album.” WR-S

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