Wednesday, April 27, 2016

K-Tel Top 100 Songs and Top 20 Albums

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In 1966, K-Tel released its first compilation, 25 Country Hits. Over the next two decades, the company would release more than a hundred compilations, most focused on the pop hits of the day. A 2013 Forbes article called the company “the spotify of the 1970s.”

The company was founded by Philip Kives, a business executive, entrepreneur, and marketing expert from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He was born on February 12, 1929, and died at age 87 on April 27, 2016. In honor of him, the DMDB presents a list of the top 100 songs to appear on K-Tel compilations and the top 20 K-Tel compilations.


Top 100 Songs: Act “Song” (Year), featured K-Tel albums

1. Bill Haley & the Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock” (1954), 25 Rockin’ and Rollin’ Greats, 25 Rock Revival Greats, Rockin’ and Rollin’, Juke Box Jive
2. Derek & the Dominos “Layla” (1971) 22 Explosive Hits, Today’s Super Greats Part 1
3. Roy Orbison “(Oh) Pretty Woman” (1964) 25 Rockin’ and Rollin’ Greats, 25 Rock Revival Greats, Rockin’ and Rollin’
4. Abba “Dancing Queen” (1976) Music Machine, The Magic of Abba
5. Chuck Berry “Johnny B. Goode” (1958) 25 Rock Revival Greats, Rockin’ and Rollin’
6. Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (1978) High Energy
7. Carl Perkins “Blue Suede Shoes” (1956) 25 Rockin’ and Rollin’ Greats
8. Elvis Presley “Suspicious Minds” (1969) Elvis Love Songs
9. Little Richard “Tutti Frutti” (1955) Hometown USA
10. Rod Stewart “Maggie May” (1971) Believe in Music, Today’s Super Greats Part 2

11. Elton John “Your Song” (1970) Elton John: Milestones
12. Elvis Presley “Love Me Tender” (1956) Elvis Love Songs
13. Fats Domino “Blueberry Hill” (1956) 25 Rock Revival Greats, Rockin’ and Rollin’
14. Creedence Clearwater Revival “Proud Mary” (1969) 20 Super Hits – The Best of CCR
15. The Penguins “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” (1954) Hometown USA
16. Blondie “Heart of Glass” (1978) High Energy
17. Jerry Lee Lewis “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” (1957) Hometown USA
18. Elvis Presley “It’s Now or Never” (1960) Elvis Love Songs
19. Del Shannon “Runaway” (1961) Juke Box Jive
20. Survivor “Eye of the Tiger” (1982) Hit Explosion

21. Chic “Le Freak” (1978) High Energy
22. Jerry Lee Lewis “Great Balls of Fire” (1957) 25 Rock Revival Greats, Rockin’ and Rollin’
23. The Platters “The Great Pretender” (1955) 25 Rockin’ and Rollin’ Greats
24. Debby Boone “You Light Up My Life” (1977) heartbeat of the ‘70s
25. Blondie “Call Me” (1980) Power Play, Rock 80, Women of Rock
26. Elvis Presley “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (1960) Elvis Love Songs
27. The Knack “My Sharona” (1979) Power Play, Rock 80
28. Buddy Holly “Peggy Sue” (1957) 60 Flashback Greats of the ‘60s
29. The Five Satins “In the Still of the Night” (1956) Hometown USA
30. James Taylor “Fire and Rain” (1970) 20 Dynamic Hits

31. Paul Anka “Diana” (1957) Juke Box Jive
32. Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps “Be-Bop-A-Lula” (1956) 25 Rockin’ and Rollin’ Greats
33. Tony Orlando & Dawn “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” (1973) 22 Fantastic Hits, Superstars Greatest Hits
34. Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This” (1983) Hot Tracks
35. Irene Cara” Flashdance…What a Feeling” (1983) Street Beat
36. Harry Nilsson “Without You” (1971) Reflections
37. Bo Diddley “Bo Diddley” (1955) 25 Rock Revival Greats, Rockin’ and Rollin’
38. James Brown “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” (1965) 60 Flashback Greats of the ‘60s
39. Little Richard “Long Tall Sally” (1956) 25 Rockin’ and Rollin’ Greats, 25 Rock Revival Greats, Rockin’ and Rollin’, Hometown USA
40. Free “All Right Now” (1970) 20 Power Hits

41. Olivia Newton-John “Physical” (1981) Women of Rock
42. 10cc “I’m Not in Love” (1975) Music Express
43. Boston “More Than a Feeling” (1976) The Rock Album
44. Commodores “Three Times a Lady” (1978) Spotlight, Together
45. Pretenders “Brass in Pocket” (1979) Rock 80, Certified Gold
46. Isaac Hayes “Theme from Shaft” (1971) Super Bad
47. Lipps Inc. “Funkytown” (1980) Sound Waves
48. The Everly Brothers “Wake Up Little Susie” (1957) Rockin’ and Rollin’, 25 Rock Revival Greats, 25 Rockin’ and Rollin’ Greats
49. Bonnie Tyler “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (1983) Women of Rock
50. The Drifters “Save the Last Dance for Me” (1960) Rock ‘N’ Roll Fever

51. The Box Tops “The Letter” (1957) 20 Explosive Hits, Today’s Super Greats Part 3
52. The Everly Brothers “Bye Bye Love” (1957) 24 Great Tear Jerkers
53. Wild Cherry “Play That Funky Music” (1976) Disco Rocket, Music Machine
54. Cream “Sunshine of Your Love” (1967) 60 Flashback Greats of the ‘60s
55. Gerry Rafferty “Baker Street” (1978) Spotlight
56. Michael Jackson “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (1979) Hitline, Wings of Sound
57. George McCrae “Rock Your Baby” (1974) 20 Dynamite Hits, Disco Mania, Souled Out
58. Diana Ross “Upside Down” (1980) Sound Waves
59. Donna Summer “I Feel Love” (1978) Disco Fire
60. Captain & Tennille “Love Will Keep Us Together” (1975) Music Express

61. Roger Miller “King of the Road” (1965) 24 Great Truck Driving Songs
62. Creedence Clearwater Revival “Fortunate Son” (1969) 20 Super Hits – The Best of CCR
63. Elton John “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” (1973) Music Machine, Elton John: Milestones
64. Terry Jacks “Seasons in the Sun” (1974) 20 Dynamite Hits
65. Elton John “Bennie and the Jets” (1973) Elton John: Milestones
66. The Kingston Trio “Tom Dooley” (1958) Good Time Music
67. Creedence Clearwater Revival “Bad Moon Rising” (1969) 20 Super Hits – The Best of CCR
68. Elvis Presley “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (1961) Elvis Love Songs
69. The Orioles “Crying in the Chapel” (1953) 24 Great Tear Jerkers
70. Sister Sledge “We Are Family” (1979) Hitline

71. The Byrds “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)” (1965) 20 Power Hits Vol. 1
72. The Tokens “The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)” (1961) Juke Box Jive, Goofy Greats, Good Time Music
73. The Turtles “Happy Together” (1967) Rock ‘N’ Roll Feer, 60 Flashback Greats of the ‘60s
74. The Four Seasons “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (1962) The Greatest Hits of Franki Valli & the Four Seasons
75. The Platters “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” (1958) 24 Great Tear Jerkers
76. Elton John “Crocodile Rock” (1973) 22 Fantastic Hits, 20 Power Hits, Elton John: Milestones
77. Van McCoy “The Hustle” (1975) Disco Mania
78. Elton John & Kiki Dee “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (1976) Elton John: Milestones
79. Andy Gibb “Shadow Dancing” (1978) Starburst, Disco Nights
80. Blue Öyster Cult “Don’t Fear the Reaper” (1976) The Rock Album

81. Elton John “Daniel” (1973) Right On, Elton John: Milestones
82. Dion “Runaround Sue” (1961) Hometown USA, 60 Flashback Greats of the ‘60s
83. Charlie Rich “Behind Closed Doors” (1973) Country Road
84. Tammy Wynette “Stand by Your Man” (1968) Country Road
85. Toy Orlando & Dawn “Knock Three Times” (1970) 20 Power Hits Vol. 2, Today’s Super Greats Part 2
86. Elton John “Rocket Man” (1972) 22 Fantastic Hits, 20 Power Hits, Superstar’s Greatest Hits, Elton John: Milestones
87. The Emotions “Best of My Love” (1977) Disco Fire
88. The Crystals “Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)” (1963) Rock ‘N’ Roll Fever
89. Bill Withers “Lean on Me” (1972) 22 Fantastic Hits, Super Bad Is Back, Superstars Greatest Hits
90. Tommy James & the Shondells “Crimson and Clover” (1968) Superstars Greatest Hits

91. The Four Seasons “Sherry” (1962) Greatest Hits of Franki Valli & the Four Seasons
92. Carl Douglas “Kung Fu Fighting” (1974) Disco Mania, Out of Sight
93. Bachman-Turner Overdrive “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” (1974) Out of Sight
94. The Police “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” (1981) Radio Active, The Hit List
95. Wilbert Harrison “Kansas City” (1959) Juke Box Jive
96. Sonny James “Young Love” (1956) The Best of Country Music Vol. 7
97. Andy Gibb “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” (1977) Music Machine
98. Gary Numan “Cars” (1979) Rock 80
99. The Dixie Cups “Chapel of Love” (1964) 60 Flashback Greats of the ‘60s
100. Kiss “Rock and Roll All Nite” (1975) Disco Mania, Hit Machine


K-Tel: Top 20 Albums (years covered, year of release):

1. Rock Revival Greats (1954-65, 1972)
2. Rockin’ and Rollin’ (1954-65, 1972)
3. 25 Rockin’ and Rollin’ Greats (1954-64, 1972)
4. Hometown USA (1954-66, 1979)
5. Juke Box Jive (1954-66, 1975)
6. Elton John: Milestones (1970-79, 1980)
7. Elvis Love Songs – 16 Original Hits (1956-71, 1981)
8. Music Machine (1973-77, 1977)
9. 24 Great Tear Jerkers (1955-65, 1976)
10. 20 Super Hits – The Best of Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968-71, 1978)

image from discogs.com, my first EVER album purchase!

11. High Energy (1978-79, 1979)
12. Rock 80 (1978-80, 1980)
13. Music Express (1973-75, 1975)
14. Women of Rock (1978-84, 1986)
15. Believe in Music (1971-72, 1972)
16. 20 Dynamite Hits (1972-74, 1974)
17. 60 Flashback Greats of the ‘60s (1957-70, 1972)
18. Right On (1973-76, 1976)
19. 22 Fantastic Hits (1972-73, 1973)
20. Hit Machine (1974-76, 1976)

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