Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Dave’s Faves: Top 100 All-Time Acts Based on Song Counts

These are my all-time acts based on song counts; that is, this is a list of those acts who have the most songs in my digital library. The number in parentheses indicates the number of songs by that act at the time of this list. Note: the high song counts are attributable to multiple versions of some songs – live renditions, alternate takes, etc. I’ll also point out that I posted images of some lesser known acts which rank amongst my favorites instead of more familiar faces. Perhaps it will prompt you to explore an act you know little or nothing about.

Marillion, the 1980s Fish era

1. Bob Dylan (1096)
2. Elvis Presley (703)
3. Bruce Springsteen (649)
4. The Beatles (617)
5. Marillion (538)
6. The Rolling Stones (517)
7. David Bowie (510)
8. U2 (486)
9. Jimi Hendrix (485)
10. Bob Walkenhorst (455)

Bob Walkenhorst, lead singer of the Kansas City-based Rainmakers

11. Eric Clapton (435)
12. Johnny Cash (393)
13. Prince (357)
14. Tori Amos (341)
15. Sting (320)
16. Elvis Costello (314)
17. The Who (303)
18. Styx (275)
19. Pearl Jam (274)
20. Pink Floyd (264)

Indigo Girls

21. Bob Marley (251)
22. Alan Parsons (249)
23. Lou Reed (243)
24. Led Zeppelin (242)
25. Kevin Gilbert (240)
26. Indigo Girls (236)
27. John Mellencamp (233)
28. Genesis (233)
29. R.E.M. (230)
30. Elton John (230)

the little-known and gone-too-soon Kevin Gilbert

31. Sinead O’Connor (220)
32. Van Halen (216)
33. John Lennon (211)
34. Journey (207)
35. Yes (207)
36. Asia (206)
37. Neil Young (204)
38. Radiohead (202)
39. Rush (201)
40. Sheryl Crow (200)

Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, the core of new-wave band Squeeze since the late ‘70s

41. Aretha Franklin (185)
42. Squeeze (184)
43. Lyle Lovett (184)
44. Robert Plant (181)
45. Simple Minds (180)
46. Aerosmith (179)
47. Fish (178)
48. Peter Gabriel (177)
49. Michael Jackson (172)
50. The White Stripes (170)

Melissa Etheridge

51. Garth Brooks (170)
52. Queen (169)
53. Ray Charles (169)
54. Paul Simon (solo & with Art Garfunkel, 169)
55. Split Enz (168)
56. Stevie Wonder (165)
57. Melissa Etheridge (163)
58. Metallica (160)
59. Crosby, Stills & Nash (159)
60. Terence Trent D’Arby (159)

Terence Trent D’Arby

61. Cat Stevens (159)
62. Billy Joel (156)
63. Paul McCartney (solo & with Wings, 155)
64. Fleetwood Mac (154)
65. Nirvana (154)
66. The Rainmakers (150)
67. Eagles (147)
68. Barenaked Ladies (147)
69. Keb’ Mo’ (146)
70. The Moody Blues (144)

Keb’ Mo’

71. Willie Nelson (143)
72. Glee Cast (142)
73. The Kinks (141)
74. Rod Stewart (137)
75. Joe Cocker (134)
76. Kiss (134)
77. Shawn Colvin (132)
78. Alanis Morissette (131)
79. Eminem (131)
80. Coldplay (129)

David Baerwald

81. David Baerwald (solo & work with David + David, 128)
82. Aha (128)
83. The Police (127)
84. Tom Petty (125)
85. Tim Finn (124)
86. Frank Sinatra (124)
87. ZZ Top (123)
88. Olivia Newton-John (121)
89. The Clash (121)
90. Fats Domino (121)

Justin Currie, solo artist and former lead singer of Del Amitri

91. Del Amitri (120)
92. Pat Benatar (119)
93. The Beach Boys (118)
94. Seal (118)
95. Kenny Rogers (117)
96. Santana (117)
97. Tears for Fears (116)
98. Madonna (115)
99. Roger Waters (111)
100. Tina Turner (solo & with Ike Turner, 110)

Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal of Tears for Fears


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