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)