Saturday, December 12, 2015

Frank Sinatra's Top 100 Songs

First posted 12/12/2015; updated 5/25/2019.

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Singer born Francis Albert Sinatra on 12/12/1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Died 5/14/1998. “Ol’ Blue Eyes” is one of the premiere pop crooners and traditional pop artists of all time. His personal life was tabloid fodder thanks to several high-profile marriages and divorces and his alleged association with the Mafia.

He began professionally singing as a teenager. Worked with the Hoboken Four (35-39), the Harry James’ Orchestra (39), and Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra (39-42) before going solo on 9/3/42. On 6/1/43, he signed with Columbia Records and on 3/13/53 to Capitol Records, where he recorded a series of critically acclaimed and commercially successful themed albums. He was a residency performer with the Rat Pack in Las Vegas in the early 1950s and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in From Here to Eternity. Formed his own record label, Reprise Records, in 1960 and sold it to Warner Brothers in 1963.

“I’ll Never Smile Again,” which featured Sinatra on lead vocals with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Pre-Rock Era, 1890-1953.

For a complete list of this act’s songs and albums honored by the DMDB, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.

Top 100 Songs

Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards.

Notes: TD = Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra. Sinatra landed 40 songs at #1 on various charts, including the U.S. pre-Billboard pop charts (US), Hit Parade (HP), adult contemporary charts (AC), the UK charts (UK), the Canadian charts (CN), and the Australian charts (AU).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. I’ll Never Smile Again (w/ TD & the Pied Pipers, 1940) #1 US, HP
2. All or Nothing at All (w/ Harry James’ Orchestra, 1939) #1 US, HP
3. Strangers in the Night (1966) #1 US, AC, UK, AU
4. There Are Such Things (w/ TD & the Pied Pipers (1942) #1 US, HP
5. My Way (1969)

DMDB Top 5%:

6. Five Minutes More (1946) #1 US, HP, AU
7. Somethin’ Stupid (w/ Nancy Sinatra, 1967) #1 US, AC, UK, CN, AU
8. You’ll Never Walk Alone (w/ the Ken Lane Singers, 1945)
9. Theme from ‘New York, New York’ (1980)
10. One for My Baby and One for the Road (1949)

11. White Christmas (w/ the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1949)
12. In the Blue of the Evening (w/ TD, 1942) #1 US
13. Saturday Night Is the Loneliest Night of the Week (1944)
14. They Say It’s Wonderful (1946) #1 HP
15. Stardust (w/ TD & the Pied Pipers, 1940)
16. Learnin’ the Blues (1955) #1 US, HP, AU
17. Young at Heart (1954) #1 HP, AU
18. Night and Day (w/ Axel Stordahl’s Orchestra, 1942)
19. I’ve Got You Under My Skin (1956)
20. Oh! What It Seemed to Be (1946) #1 US, HP

21. I Couldn’t Sleep a Wink Last Night (w/ the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1944) #1 HP
22. Oh, Look at Me Now (w/ TD, Connie Haines, & the Pied Pipers, 1941)
23. All the Way (1957)
24. I’ll Be Seeing You (w/ TD, 1940) #1 HP
25. How About You? (w/ TD, 1942)
26. Almost Like Being in Love (1947)
27. Autumn in New York (1949)
28. Love and Marriage (1955)
29. But Beautiful (1948)
30. I’ve Got a Crush on You (w/ Bobby Hackett, 1948)

31. A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening (w/ the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1944) #1 AU
32. Goodnight Irene (w/ the Mitch Miller Singers, 1950) #1 HP, UK
33. Mam’selle (1947) #1 US, HP, AU
34. Some Enchanted Evening (1949) #1 HP
35. Time after Time (1947)
36. People Will Say We’re in Love (w/ the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1943) #1 HP
37. You’ll Never Know (w/ the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1943) #1 HP
38. This Love of Mine (w/ TD & the Pied Pipers, 1941)
39. Nancy with the Laughing Face (1945)
40. Call Me Irresponsible (1963)

41. Love Is the Tender Trap (1955)
42. It Was a Very Good Year (1965) #1 AC
43. Stardust (1962)
44. Begin the Beguine (1946)

DMDB Top 10%:

45. Oh, What a Beautiful Morning (w/ the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1943)
46. Everything Happens to Me (w/ TD, 1941)
47. High Hopes (w/ A Bunch O Kids, 1959)
48. September Song (1946)
49. Sunday, Monday or Always (w/ the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1943) #1 HP, AU
50. Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) #1 HP, UK, AU

51. Imagination (w/ TD, 1940) #1 HP
52. Polka Dots and Moonbeams (w/ TD, 1940)
53. It’s Always You (w/ TD, 1943)
54. I Get a Kick Out of You (1953)
55. Witchcraft (1957)
56. Fools Rush in Where Angels Fear to Tread (w/ TD, 1940) #1 HP
57. Summer Wind (1966) #1 AC
58. My Funny Valentine (1954)
59. Here’s That Rainy Day (1959)
60. It Started All Over Again (w/ TD, 1943)

61. Dream (When You’re Feeling Blue) (1945) #1 HP
62. That’s Life (1966) #1 AC
63. Come Fly with Me (1958)
64. Nature Boy (1948) #1 HP
65. If I Loved You (1945)
66. Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time) (w/ the Ken Lane Singers, 1945)
67. I’ve Got the World on a String (1953)
68. We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, and Me) (w/ TD, 1940) #1 HP
69. The Second Time Around (1961)
70. It Only Happens When I Dance with You (1948)

71. I’m Walking Behind You (1953) #1 HP, AU
72. Just As Though You Were Here (w/ TD, 1942)
73. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (1955)
74. Day by Day (1946)
75. The Way You Look Tonight (1964)
76. Take Me (w/ TD, 1942)
77. Nice ‘N’ Easy (1960)
78. I Only Have Eyes for You (1949)
79. Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town) (1957)
80. All of Me (1948)

81. I’m a Fool to Want You (1951)
82. Fly Me to the Moon (1964)
83. They Can’t Take That Away from Me (1954)
84. Nevertheless I’m in Love with You (1950) #1 HP
85. Granada (1961)
86. Do I Worry? (w/ TD, 1941)
87. You and I (w/ TD, 1941)
88. Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me) (1958)
89. New York, New York (w/ Gene Kelly, 1949)
90. Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy (1950) #1 HP

DMDB Top 20%:

91. I’ve Got You Under My Skin (w/ Bono, 1993)
92. Dolores (w/ TD, 1941) #1 US
93. I’ll Be Seeing You (re-recording w/ TD, 1961)
94. All Through the Day (1946) #1 HP
95. Be Careful, It’s My Heart (w/ TD, 1942)
96. What’ll I Do? (1948)
97. Say It Over and Over Again (w/ TD, 1940)
98. Me and My Shadow (w/ Sammy Davis, Jr., 1962)
99. The Birth of the Blues (1952)
100. Our Love Affair (w/ TD, 1940)


Saturday, December 5, 2015

“Love Yourself” debuted at #4, giving Justin Bieber three songs in top 5

Last updated 3/15/2020.

Love Yourself

Justin Bieber

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

Released: November 9, 2015

First Charted: November 20, 2015

Peak: 12 US, 14 RR, 18 AC, 15 A40, 16 UK, 12 CN, 17 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 2.85 US, 2.06 UK, 11.7 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 1975.1 video, 1305.0 streaming


About the Song:

“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)