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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame

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America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame launched in 2012 with a list of 40 nominees for potential induction. To be eligible for the Hall, an act must have charted between 1946 and 1975. There’s no indication of what chart – the site simply says “national charts.” An actual structure for the Hall was supposed to open in a modest 3000-square foot space in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania (just outside Pittsburgh) in time for the first ceremony, but as of this post, that had yet to happen. The city, which boasts native sons Perry Como and Bobby Vinton, calls itself the country’s “small town musical capital.” Here are the inductees from 2013 to 2016:

  • Paul Anka (2015)
  • Louis Armstrong (2016)
  • The Association (2016)
  • The Beach Boys (2013)
  • The Beatles (2013)
  • The Bee Gees (2014)
  • Tony Bennett (2014)
  • Glen Campbell (2015)
  • The Carpenters (2014)
  • Johnny Cash (2013)
  • Ray Charles (2013)
  • Chubby Checker (2015)
  • Chicago (2014)
  • Nat “King” Cole (2013)
  • Perry Como (2013)
  • Bing Crosby (2016)
  • Bobby Darin (2013)
  • Neil Diamond (2013)
  • Dion (2016)
  • Eagles (2015)
  • The Everly Brothers (2015)
  • The Four Seasons (2015)
  • The Grass Roots (2016)
  • Buddy Holly (2014)
  • The Ink Spots (2016)
  • Elton John (2014)
  • Tom Jones (2015)
  • Carole King (2014)
  • Brenda Lee (2013)
  • The Lettermen (2016)
  • Barry Manilow (2016)
  • Dean Martin (2014)
  • Johnny Mathis (2013)
  • Paul McCartney (2015)
  • The Mills Brothers (2016)
  • The Monkees (2014)
  • Ricky Nelson (2015)
  • Roy Orbison (2014)
  • Patti Page (2014)
  • Les Paul & Mary Ford (2015)
  • The Platters (2014)
  • Elvis Presley (2013)
  • Paul Revere & the Raiders (2016)
  • The Righteous Brothers (2015)
  • Linda Ronstadt (2015)
  • Neil Sedaka (2016)
  • Simon & Garfunkel (2014)
  • Frank Sinatra (2013)
  • Barbra Streisand (2016)
  • The Supremes (2014)
  • The Temptations (2016)
  • Three Dog Night (2016)
  • Johnny Tillotson (2015)
  • Bobby Vinton (2013)
  • Andy Williams (2015)
  • Stevie Wonder (2013)

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Ranked

With every year’s announcement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, there are two guarantees – there will be a slew of complaints about who hasn’t been inducted and who has been inducted who shouldn’t have been. This challenged me to come up with an objective rating of the inductees to determine just who has earned it most and who hasn’t. These rankings consolidate multiple best-artists-of-all-time lists along with sales figures, chart statistics, and other awards and honors. In the event of ties, earliest inductees are listed first. Here are the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees (through the class of 2013) ranked.

1. Elvis Presley
2. The Beatles
3. Stevie Wonder
4. Michael Jackson
5. Elton John
6. The Rolling Stones
7. Aretha Franklin
8. Ray Charles
9. Bob Dylan
10. James Brown

11. Louis Armstrong
12. Madonna
13. Prince
14. Nat “King” Cole
15. Marvin Gaye
16. Bruce Springsteen
17. David Bowie
18. The Beach Boys
19. Paul McCartney
20. Johnny Cash

21. U2
22. Jimi Hendrix
23. Led Zeppelin
24. Fats Domino
25. Queen
26. Eric Clapton
27. The Bee Gees
28. Rod Stewart
29. Chuck Berry
30. Billie Holiday

31. Bob Marley
32. Billy Joel
33. Fleetwood Mac
34. The Temptations
35. The Who
36. Neil Young
37. Pink Floyd
38. Sam Cooke
39. Little Richard
40. Eagles

41. John Lennon
42. Aerosmith
43. Hank Williams
44. The Supremes
45. The Doors
46. R.E.M.
47. Smokey Robinson
48. Chicago
49. Miles Davis
50. AC/DC

51. The Everly Brothers
52. Simon & Garfunkel
53. Buddy Holly
54. Roy Orbison
55. Robert Johnson
56. Muddy Waters
57. Four Tops
58. The Jackson 5
59. Neil Diamond
60. Gladys Knight & the Pips

61. Santana
62. B.B. King
63. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
64. Earth, Wind & Fire
65. Otis Redding
66. Metallica
67. Elvis Costello
68. The Kinks
69. Sly & the Family Stone
70. Louis Jordan

71. Creedence Clearwater Revival
72. The Police
73. Les Paul
74. Paul Simon
75. Van Halen
76. Ricky Nelson
77. The Byrds
78. Velvet Underground
79. Brenda Lee
80. Al Green

81. The Isley Brothers
82. Genesis
83. The Clash
84. Janis Joplin
85. Black Sabbath
86. Kiss
87. The Ink Spots
88. Bessie Smith
89. Woody Guthrie
90. Joni Mitchell

91. Crosby, Stills & Nash
92. The Drifters
93. Van Morrison
94. Guns N’ Roses (2012)
95. Jerry Lee Lewis
96. Abba
97. The Miracles
98. Donna Summer (2013)
99. Frank Zappa
100. Grateful Dead

101. Cream
102. Etta James
103. The Four Seasons
104. Jimmie Rodgers
105. Sex Pistols
106. Phil Spector
107. John Lee Hooker
108. James Taylor
109. Deep Purple
110. Linda Ronstadt

111. George Harrison
112. Lynyrd Skynyrd
113. Daryl Hall & John Oates
114. The Band
115. Parliament/Funkadelic
116. Quincy Jones (2013)
117. Bob Seger
118. The Allman Brothers Band
119. Jefferson Airplane/Starship
120. Bobby Darin

121. Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble
122. Herb Alpert
123. Curtis Mayfield
124. Blondie
125. Ramones
126. Steely Dan
127. Talking Heads
128. ZZ Top
129. Red Hot Chili Peppers (2012)
130. Jackie Wilson

131. Rush (2013)
132. Carole King
133. The Platters
134. Pretenders
135. Peter Gabriel
136. George Martin
137. John Mellencamp
138. Steve Miller
139. Green Day
140. Lou Reed

141. Leadbelly
142. Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton
143. Bill Monroe
144. Beastie Boys (2012)
145. Bob Wills
146. Bo Diddley
147. Ringo Starr
148. Bobby “Blue” Bland
149. Mahalia Jackson
150. Alice Cooper

151. Berry Gordy Jr.
152. Holland-Dozier-Holland
153. Wilson Pickett
154. Howlin’ Wolf
155. Dusty Springfield
156. The Impressions
157. Dinah Washington
158. Bill Haley & the Comets
159. Patti Smith
160. T-Bone Walker

161. The Stooges
162. Bonnie Raitt
163. Public Enemy (2013)
164. Sam Phillips
165. Cat Stevens
166. Buddy Guy
167. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
168. Tom Waits
169. Ma Rainey
170. Dion

171. Big Joe Turner
172. Chet Atkins
173. Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
174. Pete Seeger
175. The O’Jays
176. Ruth Brown
177. Heart (2013)
178. Albert King (2013)
179. The Mamas & the Papas
180. Jerry Wexler

181. Traffic
182. John H. Hammond
183. The Animals
184. Freddy King (2012)
185. Isaac Hayes
186. Wilie Dixon
187. Dave Clark Five
188. Duane Eddy
189. The Shirelles
190. Tom Dowd (2012)

191. Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff
192. Elmore James
193. The Hollies
194. Jackson Browne
195. Charlie Christian
196. The Righteous Brothers
197. Clyde McPhatter
198. The Coasters
199. Gene Pitney
200. Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers

201. Clive Davis
202. Charles Brown
203. Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
204. The Yardbirds
205. Donovan (2012)
206. Run-D.M.C.
207. The Young Rascals
208. Jeff Beck
209. Glyn Johns (2012)
210. Dave Bartholomew

211. Bobby Womack
212. The Dells
213. Bill Withers
214. Professor Longhair
215. Leonard Cohen
216. Lou Adler (2013)
217. Cheap Trick (2013)
218. Little Walter
219. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
220. Allen Toussaint

221. Little Anthony & the Imperials
222. Jimmy Reed
223. Solomon Burke
224. Booker T. & the MGs
225. Lovin’ Spoonful
226. LaVern Baker
227. Lloyd Price
228. Gene Vincent
229. Ahmet Ertegun
230. Randy Newman (2013)

231. N.W.A.
232. James Jamerson
233. Carl Perkins
234. Eddie Cochran
235. Doc Pomus
236. Buffalo Springfield
237. Joan Jett
238. Ritchie Valens
239. Dick Clark
240. Alan Freed

241. The Orioles
242. Gerry Goffin
243. The Staple Singers
244. Leonard Chess
245. Wanda Jackson
246. Del Shannon
247. Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
248. The Ventures
249. Otis Blackwell
250. The Flamingos

251. Scotty Moore
252. The Moonglows
253. Sam & Dave
254. Little Willie John
255. Dr. John
256. Johnny Otis
257. Ike & Tina Turner
258. Chis Blackwell
259. The Soul Stirrers
260. Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich

261. Mort Shuman
262. Percy Sledge
263. Leon Russell
264. Darlene Love
265. Bill Graham
266. Nesuhi Ertegun
267. Jerry Moss
268. Bill Black
269. The Small Faces (2012)
270. The Ronettes

271. Floyd Cramer (2003)
272. Johnnie Johnson (2001)
273. Earl Palmer (2000)
274. DJ Fontana (2009)
275. Paul Butterfield
276. James Burton (2001)
277. Ralph Bass (1991)
278. Bennie Benjamin (2003)
279. The Faces (2012)
280. Milt Gabler (1993)

281. Jac Holzman (2011)
282. Cosimo Matassa (2012)
283. Spooner Oldham (2009)
284. Art Rupe (2011)
285. Jesse Stone (2010)
286. Leo Fender (1992)
287. Paul Ackerman (1995)
288. Andrew Loog Oldham
289. Hal Blaine (2000)
290. Jimmy Cliff (2010)

291. Jimmy Yancey (1986)
292. Tom Donahue (1986)
293. Syd Nathan (1997)
294. King Curtis (2000)
295. Jim Stewart (2002)
296. Steve Douglas (2003)
297. Mo Ostin (2003)
298. Jann Wenner (2004)
299. Frank Barsalona (2005)
300. Seymour Stein (2005)

301. David Geffen (2010)
302. Don Kirshner (2012)
303. Laura Nyro (2012)
304. Brian Epstein (2014)
305. The E Street Band (2014)
306. The Five Royales (2015)


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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)


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame

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Down Beat is an American magazine devoted to “jazz, blues and beyond.” The publication launched in Chicago, Illinois, in 1934. A readers’ poll (R) initiated in 1952 picked one artist each year for induction into a Hall of Fame. In 1961, a critics’ poll (C) was added. In 2008, a Veterans Committee (V) was added as well. Here are the inductees from 1952 to 2015:


A-B

  • Muhal Richard Abrams (C 2010)
  • Cannonball Adderley (R 1975)
  • Gene Ammons (V 2012)
  • Louis Armstrong (R 1952)
  • Albert Ayler (C 1983)
  • Chet Baker (C 1989)
  • Count Basie (R 1958)
  • Sidney Bechet (C 1968)
  • Bix Beiderbecke (C 1962)
  • Tony Bennett(R 2015)
  • Ed Blackwell (C 1993)
  • Art Blakey (R 1981)
  • Jimmy Blanton (V 2008)
  • Lester Bowie (C 2000)
  • Michael Brecker (R 2007)
  • Clifford Brown (C 1972)
  • Ray Brown (R 2003)
  • Dave Brubeck (R 1994)

C-D

  • Harry Carney (V 2008)
  • Benny Carter (C 1977)
  • Betty Carter (C 1999)
  • John Carter (C 1991)
  • Ron Carter (R 2012)
  • Paul Chambers (V 2011)
  • Charlie Christian (C 1966)
  • Kenny Clarke (C 1988)
  • Nat “King” Cole (R 1997)
  • Ornette Coleman (R 1969)
  • John Coltrane (R 1965)
  • Chick Corea (R 2010)
  • Bing Crosby (V 2014)
  • Tadd Dameron (V 2009)
  • Miles Davis (R 1962)
  • Paul Desmond (R 1977)
  • Baby Dodds (V 2010)
  • Johnny Dodds (C 1987)
  • Eric Dolphy (R 1964)

E-G

  • Billy Eckstine (V 2010)
  • Roy Eldridge (C 1971)
  • Duke Ellington (R 1956)
  • Bill Evans (C 1981)
  • Gil Evans (C 1986)
  • Maynard Ferguson (R 1992)
  • Ella Fitzgerald (R 1979)
  • Erroll Garner (V 2008)
  • Stan Getz (R 1986)
  • Dizzy Gillespie (R 1960)
  • Benny Goodman (R 1957)
  • Dexter Gordon (R 1980)
  • Stéphane Grappelli (R 1983)

H-J

  • Charlie Haden (C 2013)
  • Jim Hall (C 2014)
  • Lionel Hampton (R 1987)
  • Herbie Hancock (R 2005)
  • Coleman Hawkins (C 1961)
  • Roy Haynes (C 2004)
  • Julius Hemphill (C 1995)
  • Fletcher Henderson (C 1973)
  • Joe Henderson (R 2001)
  • Jimi Hendrix (R 1970)
  • Woody Herman (R 1976)
  • Andrew Hill (C 2007)
  • Earl Hines (C 1965)
  • Milt Hinton (C 2001)
  • Johnny Hodges (C 1970)
  • Billie Holiday (R 1961)
  • Freddie Hubbard (R 2009)
  • Milt Jackson (R 1999)
  • Ahmad Jamal (R 2011)
  • Keith Jarrett (R 2008)
  • Antonio Carlos Jobim (R 2002)
  • James P. Johnson (C 1992)
  • J.J. Johnson (R 1995)
  • Robert Johnson (V 2014)
  • Elvin Jones (C 1998)
  • Hank Jones (C 2009)
  • Jo Jones (V 2008)
  • Philly Joe Jones (V 2010)
  • Thad Jones (C 1987)

K-M

  • Stan Kenton (R 1954)
  • B.B. King (R 2014)
  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk (C 1978)
  • Lee Konitz (C 2015)
  • Gene Krupa (R 1972)
  • Steve Lacy (C 2005)
  • John Lewis (C 2002)
  • Abbey Lincoln (C 2011)
  • Pat Metheny (R 2013)
  • Jimmie Lunceford (V 2008)
  • Jackie McLean (C 2006)
  • Glenn Miller (R 1953)
  • Charles Mingus (R 1971)
  • Thelonious Monk (R 1963)
  • Wes Montgomery (R 1968)
  • Lee Morgan (R 1991)
  • Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton (C 1963)
  • Paul Motian (C 2012)
  • Gerry Mulligan (R 1993)

N-P

  • Fats Navarro (C 1982)
  • Joe “King” Oliver (C 1976)
  • Charlie Parker (R 1955)
  • Jaco Pastorius (R 1988)
  • Art Pepper (R 1982)
  • Oscar Peterson (R 1984)
  • Oscar Pettiford (V 2009)
  • Bud Powell (R 1966)

Q-S

  • Sun Ra (C 1984)
  • Django Reinhardt (C 1971)
  • Buddy Rich (R 1974)
  • Max Roach (C 1980)
  • Red Rodney (R 1990)
  • Sonny Rollins (R 1973)
  • Pee Wee Russell (C 1969)
  • Artie Shaw (C 1996)
  • Woody Shaw (R 1989)
  • Wayne Shorter (C 2003)
  • Horace Silver (R 1996)
  • Zoot Sims (C 1985)
  • Frank Sinatra (R 1998)
  • Bessie Smith (C 1967)
  • Jimmy Smith (R 2006)
  • Sonny Stitt (V 2012)
  • Billy Strayhorn (R 1967)

T-Z

  • Art Tatum (C 1964)
  • Cecil Taylor (C 1975)
  • Jack Teagarden (C 1969)
  • Clark Terry (R 2000)
  • Lennie Tristano (C 1979)
  • McCoy Tyner (R 2004)
  • Sarah Vaughan (R 1985)
  • Joe Venuti (R 1978)
  • Fats Waller (C 1968)
  • Dinah Washington (V 2014)
  • Muddy Waters ((V 2015)
  • Chick Webb (V 2010)
  • Ben Webster (C 1974)
  • Mary Lou Williams (C 1990)
  • Tony Williams (C 1997)
  • Teddy Wilson (C 1987)
  • Lester Young (R 1959)
  • Frank Zappa (C 1994)
  • Joe Zawinul (C 2008)

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Max Martin: Top 40 Songs

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More than any other individual, Max Martin may be responsible for the sound of pop music in the 21st century. As a producer and songwriter, he made a name for himself in the late ‘90s as the man behind hits by Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, and N Sync. He went on to helm songs by Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, Pink, and Taylor Swift. He has co-written 21 #1 songs (noted below) on the Billboard Hot 100, putting him third behind Paul McCartney (32) and John Lennon (26). He’s been behind 54 top-ten hits, putting him ahead of Madonna, Elvis Presley, and The Beatles. He has produced 19 #1 hits, putting him second only to George Martin (23).

So, in celebration of Martin’s accomplisments, here are his top songs of all time according to Dave’s Music Database:

  1. Britney Spears…Baby One More Time (1998) #1
  2. Katy Perry…Roar (2013) #1
  3. Katy Perry with Juicy J…Dark Horse (2013) #1
  4. Taylor Swift…Shake It Off (2014) #1
  5. Katy Perry…I Kissed a Girl (2008) #1
  6. Taylor Swift…Blank Space (2014) #1
  7. Katy Perry with Snoop Dogg…California Gurls (2010) #1
  8. Taylor Swift…We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (2012) #1
  9. Kelly Clarkson…Since U Been Gone (2004)
  10. Katy Perry…Hot N Cold (2008)

  11. Maroon 5…One More Night (2012) #1
  12. Backstreet Boys…I Want It That Way (1999)
  13. Taio Cruz…Dymamite (2010)
  14. Katy Perry with Kanye West…E.T. (2011) #1
  15. Pink…So What (2008) #1
  16. Taylor Swift…I Knew You Were Trouble (2012)
  17. Katy Perry….Teenage Dream (2010) #1
  18. Ariana Grande with Izzy Azalea…Problem (2014)
  19. Britney Spears…Oops! I Did It Again (2000)
  20. Ellie Goulding…Love Me Like You Do (2015)

  21. Usher with Pitbull…DJ Got Us Falling in Love (2010)
  22. Katy Perry…Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) (2010) #1
  23. Katy Perry…Wide Awake (2012)
  24. Pink…Raise Your Glass (2010) #1
  25. Taylor Swift…Bad Blood (2015) #1
  26. Kelly Clarkson…My Life Would Suck Without You (2009) #1
  27. Katy Perry…The One That Got Away (2011)
  28. Jessie J with Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj…Bang Bang (2014)
  29. Jessie J…Domino (2011)
  30. Pink…Fuckin’ Perfect (2010)

  31. Taylor Swift…22 (2013)
  32. Katy Perry…Part of Me (2012) #1
  33. Pink…Who Knew (2006)
  34. Kelly Clarkson…Behind These Hazel Eyes (2005)
  35. Britney Spears with Nicki Minaj & Ke$ha…Till the World Ends (2011)
  36. Taylor Swift…Style (2015)
  37. The Weeknd…Can’t Feel My Face (2015) #1
  38. Avril Lavigne…What the Hell (2011)
  39. Pink…U + Ur Hand (2006)
  40. Backstreet Boys…Quit Playing Games with My Heart (1996)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Top 50 Blues Songs of All Time

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This DMDB list was created by aggregating 19 lists focused on the best blues songs of all time.

1. Muddy Waters…Mannish Boy (1955)
2. B.B. King…The Thrill Is Gone (1969)
3. John Lee Hooker…Boom Boom (1962)
4. Howlin’ Wolf…Smokestack Lightnin’ (1956)
5. Albert King…Born Under a Bad Sign (1967)
6. Muddy Waters…Hoochie Coochie Man (1954)
7. John Lee Hooker…Boogie Chillen (1948)
8. Robert Johnson…Sweet Home Chicago (1936)
9. Robert Johnson…Hellhound on My Trail (1937)
10. Elmore James…I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom (1952)

11. T-Bone Walker…Call It Stormy Monday (1948)
12. Little Walter…Juke (1952)
13. Robert Johnson…Cross Road Blues (1936)
14. Big Joe Williams…Baby Please Don’t Go (1941)
15. Muddy Waters…Got My Mojo Working (1956)
16. Bessie Smith…Nobody Knows You When’ You’re Down and Out (1929)
17. Howlin’ Wolf…How Many More Years (1951)
18. Son House…Death Letter (1930)
19. Otis Rush…I Can’t Quit You Baby (1956)
20. Blind Willie McTell…Statesboro Blues (1928)

21. The Jimi Hendrix Experience…Red House (1967)
22. Freddie King…I’m Tore Down (1961)
23. Junior Wells with Buddy Guy…Messin’ with the Kid (1970)
24. Big Mama Thornton…Ball N’ Chain (1968)
25. Robert Johnson…Come on in My Kitchen (1937)
26. Robert Johnson…I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom (1936)
27. Canned Heat…On the Road Again (1968)
28. Sonny Boy Williamson #1…Good Morning Little School (1937)
29. Guitar Slim…The Things That I Used to Do (1954)
30. Muddy Waters…Rollin’ Stone (1950)

31. Little Walter…My Babe (1955)
32. Buddy Guy…Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues (1991)
33. Robert Johnson…Love in Vain (1937)
34. Leroy Carr…How Long, How Long Blues (1928)
35. Clarence “Pinetop” Smith…Pine Top’s Boogie Woogie (1929)
36. Muddy Waters…I Can’t Be Satisfied (1948)
37. Etta James…I Just Want to Make Love to You (1961)
38. Howlin’ Wolf…The Killing Floor (1964)
39. Gary Moore…Still Got the Blues (1990)
40. Blind Willie Johnson…Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground (1927)

41. Otis Rush…All Your Love (I Miss Loving) (1958)
42. Etta James…At Last (1961)
43. Lowell Fulson…Reconsider Baby (1954)
44. Robert Petway…Catfish Blus (1941)
45. Freddie King…Hideaway (1961)
46. Elmore James…The Sky Is Crying (1960)
47. Big Bill Broonzy…Key to the Highway (1941)
48. The Mississippi Sheiks…Sitting on Top of the World (1930)
49. Willie Dixon…Spoonful (1970)
50. Robert Johnson…Me and the Devil Blues (1937)


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Songs Which Hit #1 More Than Once

In the history of the Billboard charts, 81 songs have reached number one in the hands of more than one artist. It was a common practice in the pre-rock era for multiple artists to record a song and for those versions to chart simultaneously. In the rock era, the occasional remake of a former #1 would find its way to the top. The most recent example is Christina Aguilera and company’s 2001 remake of LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade.”

Also worthy of note: a handful of songs have hit #1 more than twice. “In the Good Old Summertime,” “The Glow-Worm,” and “To Each His Own” each topped the chart with three versions. Four different acts took “Peg O’ My Heart,” “Over There,” and “Till We Meet Again” to the top.

What follows is a ranking of the 81 songs to top the chart by more than one act. The list is ordered by total weeks spent at #1. After a song title, each chart-topping version is listed with the act, year it first charted, and weeks each version topped the chart.


25 weeks:

  1. Peg O’ My Heart (Charles Harrison, 1913, 7 wks; The Harmonicats, 1947, 8 wks; Buddy Clark, 1947, 6 wks; The Three Suns, 1947, 4 wks)
    22 weeks:

  2. The Third Man Theme (Anton Karas, 1950, 11 wks; Guy Lombardo, 1950, 11 wks)
    21 weeks:

  3. The Gypsy (The Ink Spots, 1946, 13 wks; Dinah Shore, 1946, 8 wks)
  4. Oh What It Seemed to Be (Frankie Carle & Marjorie Hughes, 1946, 11 wks; Frank Sinatra, 1946, 8 wks)
    17 weeks:

  5. Over There (American Quarter, 1917, 9 wks; Nora Bayes, 1917, 3 wks; Peerless Quartet, 1917, 2 wks; Enrico Caruso, 1918, 3 wks)
  6. In the Good Old Summertime (J.W. Myers, 1902, 7 wks; Haydn Quartet, 1903, 6 wks; Sousa’s Band, 1903, 4 wks)
    15 weeks:

  7. It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary (American Quartet, 1914, 7 wks; John McCormack, 1915, 8 wks)
    14 weeks:

  8. Cruising Down the River on a Sunday Afternoon (Blue Barron & His Orchestra, 1949, 7 wks; Rus Morgan & the Skylarks, 1949, 7 wks)
  9. My Blue Heaven (Gene Austin, 1927, 13 wks; Paul Whiteman, 1927, 1 wk)
  10. On the Banks of the Wabash (George J. Gaskin, 1897, 10 wks; Steve Porter, 1898, 4 wks)
  11. Shine on, Harvest Moon (Harry MacDonough & Elise Stevenson, 1909, 9 wks; Ada Jones & Billy Murray, 1909, 5 wks)
    13 weeks:

  12. Till We Meet Again (Henry Burr & Albert Campbell, 1919, 9 wks; Nicholas Orlando’s Orcestra with Harry MacDonough, 1919; 2 wks; Charles Hart with Lewis James, 1919, 1 wk; Lewis James & Charles Hart, 1919, 1 wk)
  13. The Glow-Worm (Victor Orchestra, 1908, 5 wks; Lucy Isabelle Marsh, 1908, 5 wks; The Mills Brothers, 1952, 3 wks)
  14. The Sidewalks of New York (Dan Quinn, 1895, 9 wks; J.W. Myers, 1895, 4 wks)
  15. Sweet Adeline (You’re the Flower of My Heart) (Haydn Quartet, 1904, 10 wks; Columbia Male Quartet, 1904, 3 wks)
  16. When You Were Sweet Sixteen (George J. Gaskin, 1900, 8 wks; Jere Mahoney, 1900, 5 wks)
    12 weeks:

  17. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan, 1911, 10 wks; Bing Crosby & Connee Boswell, 1938, 2 wks)
  18. The Last Round-Up (George Olsen, 1933, 9 wks; Guy Lombardo & Carmen Lombardo, 1933, 3 wks)
    11 weeks:

  19. To Each His Own (Eddy Howard, 1946, 8 wks; Freddy Martin & Stuart Wade, 1946, 2 wks; The Ink Spots, 1946, 1 wk)
  20. A Bird in a Gilded Cage (Steve Porter, 1900, 6 wks; Jere Mahoney, 1900, 5 wks)
  21. Ramona (Gene Austin, 1928, 8 wks; Paul Whiteman, 1928, 3 wks)
  22. The Stars and Stripes Forever (John Philip Sousa, 1897, 8 wks; Sousa’s Band, 1901, 3 wks)
  23. Stormy Weather (Keeps Raining All the Time) (Leo Reisman, 1933, 8 wks; Ethel Waters, 1933, 3 wks)
    10 weeks:

  24. Beautiful Ohio (Henry Burr, 1919, 9 wks; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra, 1919, 1 wk)
  25. Bedelia (Haydn Quartet, 1904, 7 wks; Billy Muray, 1904, 3 wks)
  26. Deep Purple (Larry Clinton & Bea Wain, 1939, 9 wks; Nino Tempo & April Stevens, 1963, 1 wk)
  27. Hello Ma Baby (Len Spencer, 1899, 6 wks; Arthur Collins, 1899, 4 wks)
  28. A Hot Time in the Old Town (Dan Quinn, 1896, 7 wks; Len Spencer, 1897, 3 wks)
  29. Love Me and the World Is Mine (Henry Burr, 1906, 7 wks; Albert Campbell, 1906, 3 wks)
  30. Tell Me Pretty Maiden (Harry MacDonough & Grace Spencer, 1901, 7 wks; Byron Harlan with Frank Stanley, Joe Belmont, & Florodora Girls, 1901, 3 wks)
  31. There! I’ve Said It Again (Vaughn Monroe, 1945, 6 wks; Bobby Vinton, 1963, 4 wks)
  32. Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie (Byron Harlan, 1906, 9 wks; Harry Tally, 1906, 1 wk)
    9 weeks:

  33. Come Down Ma Evening Star (Mina Hickman, 1903, 5 wks; Henry Burr, 1903, 4 wks)
  34. Goodnight Sweetheart (Wayne King, 1931, 7 wks; Guy Lombardo & Carmen Lombardo, 1931, 2 wks)
  35. My Wild Irish Rose (Albert Campbell, 1899, 6 wks; George J. Gaskin, 1899, 3 wks)
  36. Scatter-Brain (Frankie Masters, 1939, 8 wks; Freddy Martin & Glenn Hughes, 1939, 1 wk)
  37. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Paul Whieman, 1933, 6 wks; The Platters, 1959, 3 wks)
  38. The Washington Post March (U.S. Marin Band, 1890, 6 wks; Sousa’s Band, 1895, 3 wks)
    8 weeks:

  39. By the Beautiful Sea (Heidelberg Quintet, 1914, 6 wks; Ada Jones & Billy Watkins, 1914, 2 wks)
  40. Down by the Old Mill Stream (Harry MacDonough, 1911, 7 wks; Arthur Clough & the Brunswick Quartet, 1911, 1 wk)
  41. Mr. Gallagher & Mr. Shean (Ed Gallagher & Al Shean, 1922, 6 wks; Ernest Hare & Billy Jones, 1922, 2 wks)
  42. The Music Goes ‘Round and ‘Round (Tommy Dorsey, 1935, 5 wks; Riley-Farley Orchestra, 1935, 3 wks)
    7 weeks:

  43. Blue Bell (Byron Harlan & Frank Stanley, 1904, 4 wks; Haydn Quartet & Harry MacDonough, 1904, 3 wks)
  44. I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier (Peerless Quartet, 1915, 4 wks; Morton Harvey, 1915, 3 wks)
  45. I’ll Be There (The Jackson 5, 1970, 5 wks; Mariah Carey, 1992, 2 wks)
  46. The Mansion of Aching Hearts (Harry MacDonough, 1902, 4 wks; Byron Harlan, 1902, 3 wks)
  47. Mother Machree (John McCormack, 1911, 5 wks; Will Oakland, 1911, 2 wks)
  48. This Year’s Kisses (Hal Kemp with Skinnay Ennis, 1937, 4 wks; Benny Goodman, 1937, 3 wks)
  49. Yes! We Have No Bananas (Billy Jones, 1923, 5 wks; Ben Selvin with Irving Kaufman, 1923, 2 wks)
  50. Young Love (Tab Hunter, 1956, 6 wks; Sonny James, 1956, 1 wk)
    6 weeks:

  51. Blue Moon (Glen Gray with Kenny Sargent, 1935, 3 wks; The Marcels, 1961, 3 wks)
  52. I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles (Ben Selvin, 1919, 4 wks; Henry Burr & Albert Campbell, 1919, 2 wks)
  53. I’ve Got a Pocketful of Dreams (Bing Crosby, 1938, 4 wks; Russ Morgan, 1938, 2 wks)
  54. I’ve Got Rings on My Fingers (Ada Jones, 1909, 4 wks; Blanche Ring, 1909, 2 wks)
  55. Lady Marmalade (LaBelle, 1974, 1 wk; Christina Aguilera with Lil’ Kim, Mya, & Pink, 2001, 5 wks)
  56. The Love Nest (John Steel, 1920, 4 wks; Art Hickman, 1920, 2 wks)
  57. Red Sails in the Sunset (Guy Lombardo & Carmen Lombardo, 1935, 4 wks; Bing Crosby, 1935, 2 wks)
  58. Tiger Rag (The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, 1918, 2 wks; The Mills Brothers, 1931, 4 wks)
    5 weeks:

  59. All Alone (Paul Whiteman, 1925, 3 wks; John McCormack, 1925, 2 wks)
  60. All of Me (Paul Whiteman, 1932, 3 wks; Louis Armstrong, 1932, 2 wks)
  61. Always (George Olsen, 1926, 3 wks; Vincent Lopez, 1926, 2 wks)
  62. Butterfly (Andy Williams, 1957, 3 wks; Charlie Gracie, 1957, 2 wks)
  63. Come Josephine in My Flying Machine (Ada Jones with Billy Murray & the American Quartet, 1911, 3 wks; Blanche Ring, 1911, 2 wks)
  64. Go Away Little Girl (Steve Lawrence, 1962, 2 wks; Donny Osmond, 1971, 3 wks)
  65. Happy Days Are Here Again (Benny Meroff with Dusty Rhodes, 1930, 3 wks; Ben Selvin, 1930, 2 wks)
  66. It’s Been a Long, Long Time (Harry James with Kitty Kallen, 1945, 3 wks; Bing Crosby with the Les Brown Trio, 1945, 2 wks)
  67. Lean on Me (Bill Withers, 1972, 3 wks; Club Nouveau, 1987, 2 wks)
  68. The Star-Spangled Banner (Prince’s Orchestra, 1916, 2 wks; John McCormack, 1917, 3 wks)
  69. When a Man Loves a Woman (Percy Sledge, 1966, 2 wks; Michael Bolton, 1991, 3 wks)
  70. When It’s Springtime in the Rockies (Ben Selvin, 1930, 3 wks; Hilo Hawaiian Orchestra, 1930, 2 wks)
    4 weeks:

  71. Change Partners (Fred Astair, 1938, 2 wks; Jimmy Dorsey, 1938, 2 wks)
  72. Managua, Nicaraga (Freddy Martin, 1947, 3 wks; Guy Lomardo, 1947, 1 wk)
  73. The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down (Russ Morgan, 1937, 2 wks; Shep Fields, 1937, 2 wks)
  74. Mr. Five by Five (Freddie Slack, 1942, 2 wks; Harry James, 1942, 2 wks)
  75. The Object of My Affection (Jimmy Grier, 1934, 2 wks: Boswell Sisters, 1935, 2 wks)
    3 weeks:

  76. The Loco-Motion (Grand Funk Railroad, 1974, 2 wks; Little Eva, 1962, 1 wk)
  77. Mam’selle (Art Lund, 1947, 2 wks; Frank Sinatra, 1947, 1 wk)
  78. You Keep Me Hangin’ On (The Supremes, 1966, 2 wks; Kim Wilde, 1986, 1 wk)
    2 weeks:

  79. Open the Door, Richard (Count Basie, 1947, 1 wk; The Three Flames, 1947, 1 wk)
  80. Please Mr. Postman (The Marvelettes, 1961, 1 wk; Carpenters, 1974, 1 wk)
  81. Venus (Shocking Blue, 1969, 1 wk; Bananarama, 1986, 1 wk)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Three Cheers for Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

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I’m into Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. The show. I mean the show.

Fans of Denis Leary's stand-up comedy and TV shows like The Job and Rescue Me know to expect a no-holds-barred, brash style which will have an insightful, yet brutal, honesty. With the possible exception of his voice work in the animated Ice Age movies, Leary could never be accused of being warm, cuddly, and lovable. Thus it should come as no surprise that Leary’s talent for in-your-face, deeply-flawed characters is on full display in the new FX series Rock & Roll.

Leary isn’t out to glamorize the rock lifestyle or make himself look cool. Johnny Rock, lead singer of the Heathens, is an egotistical jerk unaware of how much he looks like an idiot with his childish behavior. He boasts in a bar about a younger woman’s attraction to him, only to find himself punched in the crotch when it turns out to be his daughter.

As the daughter, Elizabeth Gillies holds her own with Leary. She insists he revive his songwriting partnership with Heathens’ guitarist Flash (played by John Corbett) to boost her career. Instead of seeing an opportunity to connect with the daughter he never knew he had, Leary sees only dollar signs. By the end, however, his own twisted version of fatherly protectiveness sets up a hilarious scene where he lambasts his bandmates for objectifying his daughter.

Based on Leary’s track record, this won’t veer into sappy territory with touching scenes of father and daughter bonding. He’ll continue his bad behavior and frustrate everyone around him. She will prove to be the only one capable of taming him. I’m sold.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

In Concert: The Rolling Stones

photo by Lance Hemenway

Venue: Arrowhead Stadium; Kansas City, MO
The Players: Mick Jagger (vocals), Keith Richards (guitar, vocals), Ronnie Wood (guitar), Charlie Watts (drums)
Opening Act: Ed Sheeran

The Set List:

1. Start Me Up
2. It’s Only Rock and Roll But I Like It
3. Tumbling Dice
4. Doom and Gloom
5. Beast of Burden (with Ed Sheeran)
6. Kansas City
7. Bitch
8. Wild Horses
9. Street Fighting Man
10. Honky Tonk Women
11. Before They Make Me Run
12. Happy
13. Midnight Rambler
14. Miss You
15. Gimme Shelter
16. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
17. Sympathy for the Devil
18. Brown Sugar

Encore:

19. You Can’t Always Get What You Want
20. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

Seeing the Rolling Stones in concert was a mistake. I made the mistake of not bringing my son, thinking a 12-year-old couldn’t care less about a band only on his radar because of Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger.” I made the mistake of joking that these septuagenarians (except for young pup Ronnie Wood – all of 68) would have difficulty commanding a stage, given the interference of their walkers, canes, and wheelchairs. I made the mistake of dismissing Mick Jagger’s a reputation as possibly rock music’s greatest frontman ever. Finally, I made the mistake of thinking it would be a good idea to go to any other concert again after this one.

I’ve seen my fair share of rock legends on stage – Allman Brothers, Pat Benatar, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Journey, John Mellencamp, The Police, Bruce Springsteen, Styx, Roger Waters, and Yes all spring to mind. However, none came close to matching the stage presence of Mick Jagger. The man didn’t just command a stage, but an arena with his exhaustive prancing and ability to get a crowd revved up. This was not a fat cat millionaire just phoning it in.

Aside from Jagger, there were a lifetime of memorable musical moments. How does one not melt when Keith Richards launches into the arguably most famous guitar riff off all time with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”? Who wouldn’t be moved by the choir at the beginning of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”? How about the chops of the female singer on “Gimme Shelter” or the bass solo during “Miss You”? Hell, the final curtain call with just Jagger, Richards, Woods, and Charlie Watts bowing to their audience was tear-worthy.

So I offer my apologies to my son for not making this his first show. I apologize to the Stones for ever dismissing them as past their prime. I apologize to every other performer I’ll ever see when I say, “Well, they were good, but they weren’t the Rolling Stones.”


Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Top 50 Disco Songs of All Time

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Disco is one of the most-aligned musical genres, ridiculed for its robotic music and simplistic lyrics. However, those who rip on it for being light, trivial music miss the point: that’s what it was designed to be. It was supposed to be fun, party music and wasn’t created with the idea of standing the test of time. However, these songs exemplify how, like it or not, some of these songs have endured.

This list was created by aggregating 40 lists and compilation albums focused on disco. See sources at the bottom of the page.

1. Chic “Le Freak” (1978)
2. The Trammps “Disco Inferno” (1977)
3. Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (1978)
4. Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” (1977)
5. Lipps Inc. “Funkytown” (1980)
6. Donna Summer “I Feel Love” (1977)
7. Thelma Houston “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (1976)
8. Rose Royce “Car Wash” (1976)
9. Donna Summer “Last Dance” (1978)
10. Donna Summer “Hot Stuff” (1979)

11. Village People “Y.M.C.A.” (1978)
12. KC & the Sunshine Band “That’s the Way I Like It” (1975)
13. Bee Gees “You Should Be Dancing” (1976)
14. Chic “Good Times” (1979)
15. KC & the Sunshine Band “Get Down Tonight” (1975)
16. A Taste of Honey “Boogie Oogie Oogie” (1978)
17. McFadden & Whitehead “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” (1979)
18. Bee Gees “Night Fever” (1977)
19. Vicki Sue Robinson “Turn the Beat Around” (1976)
20. Michael Jackson “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (1979)

21. Abba “Dancing Queen” (1976)
22. Van McCoy “The Hustle” (1975)
23. Sister Sledge “We Are Family” (1979)
24. Wild Cherry “Play That Funky Music” (1976)
25. Kool & the Gang “Celebration” (1980)
26. Alicia Bridges “I Love the Nightlife (Disco ‘Round)” (1978)
27. Earth, Wind & Fire “September” (1978)
28. Evelyn “Champagne” King “Shame” (1978)
29. Anita Ward “Ring My Bell” (1979)
30. Earth, Wind & Fire with the Emotions “Boogie Wonderland” (1979)

31. The Weather Girls “It’s Raining Men” (1982)
32. Heatwave “Boogie Nights” (1977)
33. Diana Ross “Love Hangover” (1976)
34. Cheryl Lynn “Got to Be Real” (1978)
35. Patrick Hernandez “Born to Be Alive” (1979)
36. Amii Stewart “Knock on Wood” (1979)
37. Kool & the Gang “Ladies’ Night” (1979)
38. Commodores “Brick House” (1977)
39. Peaches & Herb “Shake Your Groove Thing” (1978)
40. Yvonne Elliman “If I Can’t Have You” (1977)

41. LaBelle “Lady Marmalade” (1974)
42. Blondie “Heart of Glass” (1978)
43. Donna Summer “Bad Girls” (1979)
44. Diana Ross “Upside Down” (1980)
45. Earth, Wind & Fire “Let’s Groove” (1981)
46. Andrea True Connection “More, More, More” (1976)
47. George McCrae “Rock Your Baby” (1974)
48. The Emotions “Best of My Love” (1977)
49. The Hues Corporation “Rock the Boat” (1974)
50. Village People “Macho Man” (1978)


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Monday, June 15, 2015

6/15/2015: Tears for Fears @ the Uptown in Kansas City

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Tears for Fears has an ‘80s nostalgia vibe to them, considering they had their biggest hits in that decade (four top ten hits in the U.S., including #1’s “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “Shout”). Understandably, their show focused mostly on this output (4 songs from 1983’s The Hurting, 3 from 1985’s Songs from the Big Chair, and 4 from 1989’s The Seeds of Love). Still, I hoped for a few more songs from that era, especially “The Working Hour,” “I Believe,” and “Mother’s Talk” (the last two were even singles).

The “band’s” nineties output (1993’s Elemental and 1995’s Raoul and the Kings of Spain) were really Roland Orzabal solo efforts since Curt Smith had flown the coop. “Break It Down Again” was the only song they played from either album, although they did a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep,” which was a B-side from 1995. I had hoped for more – “Goodnight Song,” “Power,” and “God’s Mistake” were all minor singles from that time which would have been nice to see live.

The two reunited in 2004 for Everybody Loves a Happy Ending and again on the Ready Boy and Girls? EP in 2014, but neither appeared on anyone’s radar but the TFF faithful. They tackled three songs from the Happy Ending, but nothing from the EP. I was hoping for their cover of Arcade Fire’s “Ready to Start.”

All in all, however, it was a good show despite the brevity.

The Set List:

1. Everybody Wants to Rule the World 2
2. Secret World 6
3. Sowing the Seeds of Love 3
4. Pale Shelter 1
5. Break It Down Again 4
6. Everbody Loves a Happy Ending 6
7. Change 1
8. Mad World 1
9. Memories Fade 1
10. Closest Thing to Heaven 6
11. Advice for the Young at Heart 3
12. Creep (Radiohead cover)
13. Badman’s Song 3
14. Head Over Heels 2

Encore:

15. Woman in Chains 3
16. Shout 2

Studio Album Discography:

1 The Hurting (1983)
2 Songs from the Big Chair (1985)
3 The Seeds of Love (1989)
4 Elemental (1993)
5 Raoul and the Kings of Spain (1995)
6 Everybody Loves a Happy Ending (2004)


Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Top 100 Songs from 2000-2009

Originally as "The Top 100 Songs of the 21st Century." Changed to a list focused just on 2000-2009 on June 11, 2015.

This list was originally posted in response to a VH1 countdown of The Top 100 Songs of the 2000s. That list and 64 others were consolidated into an aggregate DMDB list along with points in the overall Dave’s Music Database, sales figures, chart performances, and awards. It has been updated several times since.

When a title was recognized as the Song of the Year, it is noted with a code following the song. A key to the codes is at the bottom of the page.

1. Hey Ya!...OutKast (2003) DM, VF, Q, RS
2. Lose Yourself…Eminem (2002) DM, VF, SS
3. Crazy in Love… Beyoncé with Jay-Z (2003) PC, SS
4. Crazy…Gnarls Barkley (2006) DM, Q, RS, SS
5. Umbrella…Rihanna with Jay-Z (2007) DM, VF
6. Yeah!...Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris (2004) BB, DM, VF, PC
7. We Belong Together…Mariah Carey (2005) BB, DM
8. I Gotta Feeling…Black Eyed Peas (2009) DM, PC
9. Poker Face…Lady Gaga (2009) DM, VF
10. Viva La Vida…Coldplay (2008) G-S, SS

11. Fallin’…Alicia Keys (2001) DM, G-S
12. Can’t Get You Out of My Head…Kylie Minogue (2001) VF
13. Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)… Beyoncé (2008) G-S, PC, RS
14. Bad Romance…Lady Gaga (2009)
15. Bleeding Love…Leona Lewis (2007) VF
16. I’m Yours…Jason Mraz (2008)
17. Low…Flo Rida with T-Pain (2007) BB
18. Boulevard of Broken Dreams…Green Day (2004) G-R, SS
19. Gold Digger…Kanye West with Jamie Foxx (2005)
20. Hips Don’t Lie…Shakira with Wyclef Jean (2006) VF

21. Tik Tok…Ke$ha (2009) BB
22. Stan…Eminem with Dido (2000) DM, Q
23. Boom Boom Pow…Black Eyed Peas (2009) BB
24. Irreplaceable… Beyoncé (2006) BB
25. Beautiful Day…U2 (2000) G-R, G-S
26. In Da Club…50 Cent (2002) BB
27. No One…Alicia Keys (2007)
28. I Hope You Dance…Lee Ann Womack (2000)
29. Need You Now…Lady Antebellum (2009) G-R, G-S
30. Music…Madonna (2000) VF, RS

31. Seven Nation Army…The White Stripes (2003)
32. Apologize…One Republic with Timbaland (2007)
33. Clocks…Coldplay (2002) G-R
34. You Belong with Me…Taylor Swift (2008)
35. Empire State of Mind…Jay-Z with Alicia Keys (2009) SS
36. Just Dance…Lady Gaga with Colby O’Donnis (2008)
37. Use Somebody…Kings of Leon (2008) G-R
38. You’re Beautiful…James Blunt (2005)
39. Love Story…Taylor Swift (2008)
40. Hero…Enrique Iglesias (2001)

41. Yellow…Coldplay (2000) NME
42. Hurt…Johnny Cash (2003)
43. Get Ur Freak On…Missy Elliott (2001) RS
44. Hot in Herre…Nelly (2002)
45. Sexyback…Justin Timberlake (2006) PC
46. Take Me Out…Franz Ferdinand (2004) NME, Q
47. How You Remind Me…Nickelback (2001) BB
48. I Kissed a Girl…Katy Perry (2008)
49. Toxic…Britney Spears (2004)
50. Hung Up…Madonna (2005)

51. Rehab…Amy Winehouse (2006) G-R, G-S, Q
52. Whenever, Wherever…Shakira (2001)
53. Dilemma…Nelly with Kelly Rowland (2002)
54. Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)…Fergie (2007)
55. Bad Day…Daniel Powter (2005) BB
56. Foolish…Ashanti with Ja Rule (2002)
57. Mr. Brightside…The Killers (2004)
58. Complicated…Avril Lavigne (2002)
59. Don’t Know Why…Norah Jones (2002) G-R, G-S
60. Where Is the Love?...Black Eyed Peas with Justin Timberlake (2003)

61. Lollipop…Lil Wayne with Static Major (2008)
62. Promiscuous…Nelly Furtado with Timbaland (2006)
63. Hey, Soul Sister…Train (2009)
64. Stronger…Kanye West with Daft Punk (2007)
65. Lady Marmalade…Christina Aguilera with Lil’ Kim, Mya, & Pink (2001)
66. Ms. Jackson…OutKast (2000)
67. Hey There Delilah…Plain White T’s (2007)
68. Bring Me to Life…Evanesence with Paul McCoy (2003)
69. Don’t Cha…The Pussycat Dolls with Busta Rhymes (2005) VF
70. Hot N Cold…Katy Perry (2008)

71. Since U Been Gone…Kelly Clarkson (2004)
72. Without Me…Eminem (2002)
73. Hollaback Girl…Gwen Stefani (2005) PC
74. Love Song…Sara Bareilles (2007)
75. Halo…Beyonce (2008)
76. Jesus Walks…Kanye West (2004)
77. I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor…Arctic Monkeys (2005) MJ, Q, RS
78. Girlfriend…Avril Lavigne (2007)
79. Not Ready to Make Nice…Dixie Chicks (2006) G-R, G-S
80. Telephone…Lady Gaga with Beyonce (2009)

81. My Humps…Black Eyed Peas (2005)
82. Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning…Alan Jackson (2001)
83. Before He Cheats…Carrie Underwood (2005)
84. Beautiful…Christina Aguilera (2002)
85. So What…Pink (2008)
86. Crank That (Soulja Boy)…Soulja Boy Tell’em (2007)
87. Unwritten…Natasha Bedingfield (2004)
88. Sex on Fire…Kings of Fire (2008)
89. Live Like You Were Dying…Tim McGraw (2004)
90. Wake Me Up When September Ends (2004)

91. Independent Women…Destiny’s Child (2000)
92. This Love…Maroon 5 (2002)
93. Be without You…Mary J. Blige (2005)
94. The Reason…Hoobastank (2003)
95. Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)…Train (2001)
96. A Thousand Miles…Vanessa Carlton (2002)
97. Bubbly…Colbie Caillat (2007)
98. Get the Party Started…Pink (2001)
99. Fireflies…Owl City (2009)
100. Last Nite…The Strokes (2001) NME, Q


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • 99 Problems…Jay-Z (2004) RS
  • American Skin (41 Shots)…Bruce Springsteen (2000) SS
  • Cha-Cha Slide…Mr. C the Slide Man (2000) PC
  • Cupid Shuffle…Cupid (2007) PC
  • Dance with My Father…Luther Vandross (2003) G-S
  • Daniel…Bat for Lashes (2009) NME
  • Daughters…John Mayer (2004) G-S
  • Fell in Love with a Girl…The White Stripes (2001) MJ
  • Fire…Kasabian (2009) Q
  • Golden Skans…Klaxons (2007) NME
  • Hanging by a Moment…Lifehouse (2000) BB
  • Heavenly…Patty Griffin (2007) SS
  • Here We Go Again…Ray Charles with Norah Jones (2004) G-R
  • Hounds of Love…Kate Bush (2005) NME
  • I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow…The Soggy Bottom Boys (2001) SS
  • Maps…Yeah Yeah Yeahs (2003) NME
  • A Moment Like This…Kelly Clarkson (2002) PC
  • Moment of Surrender….U2 (2009) RS
  • Over and Over…Hot Chip (2006) NME
  • Please Read the Letter…Robert Plant & Alison Krauss (2007) G-R
  • Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)…Jay-Z (2007) RS
  • The Scientist…Coldplay (2002) Q
  • Senior Twilight Stock Replacer…The Fall (2008) Q
  • Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own…U2 (2004) G-S
  • Time for Heroes…The Libertines (2002) NME
  • Time to Pretend…MGMT (2008) NME
  • Walk On…U2 (2000) G-R
  • We Can’t Make It Here…James McMurtry (2005) SS
  • Who Let the Dogs Out?...The Baha Men (2000) PC
  • Work It…Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott (2002) RS

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Ben Harper @ Grinders - Crossroads in Kansas City

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Prior to this concert I knew three Ben Harper songs – “Steal My Kisses,” “Diamonds on the Inside,” and “With My Own Two Hands.” I tend to pick my concerts based on acts which I know backwards and forwards. I also couldn’t have told you much about Harper. I’d have guessed his age at about ten years younger than he is (45) and his discography to be about half what it is (12 studio albums). My buddy Paul didn’t know much more about Harper, but talked me into going. I’m glad he did.

While the old man in me craved a chair by the encore, I was certainly not bored by the music. Harper and the Innocent Criminals were versatile performers who clearly enjoy their jobs. They incorporated reggae, ear-piercing guitar rock, acoustic folk, alternative, and even elements of prog-rock. Harper frequently changed out guitars and was generous with highlighting the band, which included multiple – and well-deserved – choruses of cheering and applause for the lively percussionist.

The set list ignored the last five albums, but that makes sense considering that this is the Innocent Criminals’ reunion with Harper after a seven-year layoff.

The Set List:

1. Better Way 7
2. Brown Eyed Blues 5
3. Excuse Me Mr. 2
4. Ground on Down 2
5. Diamonds on the Inside 5
6. Masterpiece
7. Don't Take That Attitude to Your Grave 1
8. Burn to Shine 4
9. The Woman in You 4
10. Steal My Kisses 4
11. Roses from My Friends 3
12. Gold to Me 2
13. Amen Omen 5
14. The Will to Live 3
15. Mama’s Trippin’ 3
16. With My Own Two Hands 5

Encore:

17. Walk Away 1
18. Another Lonely Day 2
19. There Will Be a Light 6
20. Oppression 2
21. She's Only Happy in the Sun 5
22. Burn One Down 2
23. Glory & Consequence 3

Studio Album Discography:

1 Welcome to the Cruel World (1994)
2 Fight for Your Mind (1995)
3 The Will to Live (1997)
4 Burn to Shine (1999)
5 Diamonds on the Inside (2003)
6 There Will Be a Light (with the Blind Boys of Alabama, 2004)
7 Both Sides of the Gun (2006)
8 Lifeline (2007)
9 White Lies for Dark Times (2009)
10 Give Till It’s Gone (2011)
11 Get Up! (with Charlie Musselwhite, 2013)
12 Childhood Home (with Ellen Harpe, 2014)


Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Top 100 Albums of the 2000s

First posted 11/6/2011, updated 5/28/2015.

These are the top albums from 2000-2009 according to Dave’s Music Database, which factors in sales, chart data, awards, and appearances on best-of lists. All but four of these make the DMDB’s Top 1000 Albums of All Time list.

  1. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
  2. Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
  3. The Strokes Is This It (2001)
  4. Radiohead Kid A (2000)
  5. Green Day American Idiot (2004)
  6. The White Stripes Elephant (2003)
  7. Eminem The Eminem Show (2002)
  8. Amy Winehouse Back to Black (2006)
  9. Norah Jones Come Away with Me (2002)
  10. Coldplay Parachutes (2000)

  11. OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)
  12. The White Stripes White Blood Cells (2001)
  13. Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)
  14. Arcade Fire Funeral (2004)
  15. Radiohead In Rainbows (2007)
  16. Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand (2004)
  17. U2 All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000)
  18. OutKast Stankonia (2000)
  19. Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)
  20. Usher Confessions (2004)

  21. Coldplay X&Y (2005)
  22. Jay-Z The Blueprint (2001)
  23. Linkin Park Hybrid Theory (2000)
  24. Kanye West The College Dropout (2004)
  25. O Brother Where Art Thou (soundtrack, 2000)
  26. Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008)
  27. Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor (2001)
  28. Taylor Swift Fearless (2008)
  29. James Blunt Back to Bedlam (2004)
  30. 50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003)

  31. Kings of Leon: Only by the Night (2008)
  32. Bob Dylan Love and Theft (2001)
  33. Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way (2002)
  34. System of a Down Toxicity (2001)
  35. The Libertines Up the Bracket (2002)
  36. Queens of the Stone Age: Songs for the Deaf (2002)
  37. U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004)
  38. Brian Wilson Smile (2004)
  39. Sufjan Stevens Illinois (2005)
  40. Justin Timberlake Justified (2002)

  41. Keane Hopes and Fears (2004)
  42. N Sync No Strings Attached (2000)
  43. Evanescence Fallen (2003)
  44. LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver (2007)
  45. Shania Twain Up! (2002)
  46. The Killers Hot Fuss (2004)
  47. Lady Gaga The Fame (2008)
  48. PJ Harvey Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000)
  49. Dixie Chicks Home (2002)
  50. Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009)

  51. Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium (2006)
  52. Bruce Springsteen The Rising (2002)
  53. Beyonce Dangerously in Love (2003)
  54. Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006)
  55. Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002)
  56. Avril Lavigne Let Go (2002)
  57. Mariah Carey The Emancipation of Mimi (2005)
  58. Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes (2008)
  59. Streets A Grand Don’t Come for Free (2004)
  60. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raising Sand (2007)

  61. Gorillaz Demon Days (2005)
  62. Kanye West Late Registration (2005)
  63. Bob Dylan Modern Times (2006)
  64. Norah Jones Feels Like Home (2004)
  65. Streets Original Pirate Material (2002)
  66. Tool Lateralus (2001)
  67. Elvis Presley 30 #1 Hits (2002)
  68. Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose (2004)
  69. Nickelback All the Right Reasons (2005)
  70. Muse Absolution (2003)

  71. Kelly Clarkson Breakaway (2004)
  72. Madonna Music (2000)
  73. Backstreet Boys Black & Blue (2000)
  74. Linkin Park Meteora (2003)
  75. U2 No Line on the Horizon (2009)
  76. Bloc Party Silent Alarm (2005)
  77. Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007)
  78. D’Angelo Voodoo (2000)
  79. Muse: Black Holes & Revelations (2006)
  80. 50 Cent The Massacre (2005)

  81. Radiohead Amnesiac (2001)
  82. David Gray White Ladder (2000)
  83. Muse Origin of Symmetry (2001)
  84. Dizzee Rascal Boy in Da Corner (2003)
  85. Scissor Sisters Scissor Sisters (2004)
  86. Britney Spears Oops!...I Did It Again (2000)
  87. Beck Sea Change (2002)
  88. Radiohead Hail to the Thief (2003)
  89. Duffy Rockferry (2008)
  90. Alicia Keys The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003)

  91. Enya A Day without Rain (2000)
  92. Kanye West Graduation (2007)
  93. Carrie Underwood Some Hearts (2005)
  94. Lil Wayne Tha Carter III (2008)
  95. Eminem Encore (2004)
  96. TV on the Radio Dear Science (2008)
  97. Nelly Country Grammar (2000)
  98. Nelly Nellyville (2002)
  99. Mumford & Sons Sigh No More (2009)
  100. Alicia Keys As I Am (2007)

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Monday, May 25, 2015

2010s: Top 50 Albums So Far

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These are the top albums from 2010-2015 according to Dave’s Music Database, which factors in sales, chart data, awards, and appearances on best-of lists.
  1. Adele 21 (2011)
  2. Eminem Recovery (2010)
  3. Arcade Fire The Suburbs (2010)
  4. Taylor Swift 1989 (2014)
  5. U2 Songs of Innocence (2014)
  6. Taylor Swift Red (2012)
  7. Daft Punk Random Access Memories (2013)
  8. PJ Harvey Let England Shake (2011)
  9. Mumford & Sons Babel (2012)
  10. Michael Bublé Christmas (2011)

  11. Frank Ocean Channel Orange (2012)
  12. Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience (2013)
  13. Frozen soundtrack (2013)
  14. Taylor Swift Speak Now (2010)
  15. Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
  16. Lady Gaga Born This Way (2011)
  17. The National High Violet (2010)
  18. The Black Keys Brothers (2010)
  19. Ed Sheeran X (2014)
  20. Katy Perry Teenage Dream (2010)

  21. Lady Antebellum Need You Now (2010)
  22. Arctic Monkeys AM (2013)
  23. LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening (2010)
  24. Bon Iver Bon Iver (2011)
  25. The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream (2014)
  26. Justin Bieber My World 2.0 (2010)
  27. Kanye West Yeezus (2013)
  28. Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires in the City (2013)
  29. Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball (2012)
  30. Jack White Blunderbuss (2012)

  31. Foo Fighters Wasting Light (2011)
  32. St. Vincent St. Vincent (2014)
  33. Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues (2011)
  34. Rihanna Loud (2010)
  35. Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid (2010)
  36. Kendrick Lamar Good Kid, m.A.A.D. City (2012)
  37. Beyonce Beyonce (2013)
  38. Emeli Sande Our Version of Events (2012)
  39. Beck Morning Phase (2014)
  40. Florence & the Machine Ceremonials (2011)

  41. The Black Keys El Camino (2011)
  42. Drake Take Care (2011)
  43. FKA Twigs LP1 (2014)
  44. Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour (2014)
  45. Arcade Fire Reflektor (2013)
  46. Pink The Truth About Love (2012)
  47. Michael Buble To Be Loved (2013)
  48. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013)
  49. John Mellencamp No Better Than This (2010)
  50. Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 2 (2014)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Bob Dylan – Top 50 Albums

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Happy birthday to Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman on this day in 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. He has become one of rock music’s most iconic performers and his name is synonymous with the term “folk rock.” In celebration, here are his top albums according to Dave’s Music Database, which factors in sales, chart data, awards, and appearances on best-of lists.


The Top 50 Bob Dylan Albums

1. Blonde on Blonde (1966) *
2. Blood on the Tracks (1975) *
3. Highway 61 Revisited (1965) *
4. Bringing It All Back Home (1965) *
5. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963) *
6. Time Out of Mind (1997) *
7. Desire (1976) *
8. John Wesley Harding (1967) *
9. Love and Theft (2001) *
10. The Royal Albert Hall Concert (The Bootleg Series Volume 4) (live, recorded 1966) *

11. Modern Times (2006) *
12. Nashville Skyline (1969) *
13. The Basement Tapes (archives, recorded in 1967 with the Band) *
14. Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964) *
15. Greatest Hits (compilation, 1967)
16. Oh Mercy (1989)
17. Greatest Hits Vol. II (compilation, 1971)
18. Planet Waves (with the Band, 1974)
19. Slow Train Coming (1979)
20. Before the Flood (live with the Band, 1974)

21. Together Through Life (2009)
22. Biograph (box set, released in 1985)
23. Bob Dylan (1962)
24. The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (archives, released 1991)
25. Tempest (2012)
26. New Morning (1970)
27. Street Legal (1978)
28. Infidels (1983)
29. Shot of Love (1981)
30. The Concert at Philharmonic Hall (The Bootleg Series Volume 6) (live, recorded 1964)

31. Good As I Been to You (1992)
32. Self Portrait (1970)
33. Empire Burlesque (1985)
34. World Gone Wrong (1993)
35. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973)
36. The Witmark Demos (The Bootleg Series Volume 9) (archives, recorded 1962-1964)
37. Shadows in the Night (covers, 2015)
38. The Rolling Thunder Revue (The Bootleg Series Volume 5) (live, recorded 1975)
39. No Direction Home Soundtrack (The Bootleg Seris Volume 7) (archives, recorded 1959-1966)
40. Saved (1980)

41. Best of (compilation, released 1997)
42. Under the Red Sky (1990)
43. Hard Rain (live, 1976)
44. Knocked Out Loaded (1988)
45. At Budokan (live, 1978)
46. Tell Tale Signs (The Bootleg Series Volume 8) (archives, released 2008)
47. Down in the Groove (1988)
48. Ten of Swords (bootleg box set, released 1985)
49. Dylan (1970)
50. Christmas in the Heart (2009)

* One of the top 1000 albums of all-time according to Dave’s Music Database.


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