Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Top Albums by Some of the Top Classic Rock Acts

Here are various classic rock acts and their top albums. Lists are determined by rankings in Dave’s Music Database, which compiles sales data, chart info, and appearances on best-of lists to generate its figures. Click on an act below to go directly to its list.
The Beatles: Top 10


David Bowie: Top 10


Eric Clapton: Top 10

This list was originally posted on the Dave’s Music Database Facebook page on 3/2/2010. It has since been updated.


Led Zeppelin: Top 10


Pink Floyd: Top 10


Lou Reed/Velvet Underground: Top 10


The Rolling Stones: Top 10


Bruce Springsteen: Top 10


The Who: Top 10


Neil Young: Top 10

This list was originally posted on the Dave’s Music Database Facebook page on 2/19/2010. It has since been updated.


The Top 100 Acts of All Time

First posted 1/13/2013; revised 11/26/2017.

Below are the top 100 acts of all time according to the DMDB. This list is an aggregate of multiple best-of lists, including specialty lists, such as those focused exclusively on a certain genre.

This information is combined with various awards, chart success, and sales figures (click here for a link to the resources). A great effort has been made to find lists that represent numerous genres and eras of music. Even so, this list still leans almost entirely on the 20th century, or roughly the era of recorded music, meaning classical music, such as composers Ludwig van Beethoven, are absent from this list. Still, this list does do something very few “best of all-time” lists can claim – acknowledge music from before the rock era (although this list still favors acts from the rock era).

Links below connect to the act’s entry in the Music Makers A-Z guide, which offers a short bio about the act and lists significant works. In some cases, the act has a more detailed DMDB page which can be linked to via the A-Z guide entry. In some cases, an act also has a DMDB list of its top songs, indicated in bold after the act’s name.

1. Bing Crosby top 100 songs
2. Elvis Presley top 100 songs
3. The Beatles top 100 songs
4. Frank Sinatra top 100 songs
5. Billy Murray top 100 songs
6. The Rolling Stones top 100 Songs
7. Bob Dylan top 100 songs
8. Michael Jackson top 50 songs
9. Ray Charles
10. Elton John top 70 songs

11. Madonna top 50 songs
12. Paul Whiteman top 100 songs
13. Benny Goodman top 50 songs
14. Stevie Wonder top 50 songs
15. James Brown top 50 songs
16. Aretha Franklin
17. Led Zeppelin top 50 songs
18. Louis Armstrong top 50 songs
19. Jimi Hendrix
20. Chuck Berry

21. Glenn Miller
22. Prince top 50 songs
23. Guy Lombardo
24. Paul McCartney top 70 songs
25. Perry Como
26. Tommy Dorsey
27. David Bowie top 65 songs
28. Bob Marley
29. Bruce Springsteen top 60 songs
30. Nat “King” Cole

31. Fats Domino
32. Marvin Gaye
33. The Beach Boys top 20 songs
34. Eric Clapton top 50 songs
35. Queen top 50 songs
36. Rod Stewart
37. Johnny Cash
38. Pink Floyd top 50 songs
39. U2 top 100 songs
40. Hank Williams

41. Buddy Holly & the Crickets
42. Little Richard
43. Al Jolson
44. Henry Burr
45. Billy Joel top 50 songs
46. The Bee Gees top 40 songs
47. The Who top 30 songs
48. Mariah Carey top 40 songs
49. Fleetwood Mac top 50 songs
50. Whitney Houston top 50 songs

51. Eagles top 70 songs
52. John Lennon top 40 songs
53. Neil Young top 40 songs
54. The Supremes
55. Sam Cooke
56. Duke Ellington
57. Billie Holiday
58. Byron G. Harlan top 50 songs
59. Neil Diamond
60. Aerosmith

61. The Temptations
62. The Doors
63. Chicago
64. Roy Orbison
65. Smokey Robinson
66. Simon & Garfunkel
67. Willie Nelson top 80 songs
68. Diana Ross
69. Dolly Parton
70. B.B. King

71. Ella Fitzgerald
72. Arthur Collins
73. The Jackson 5/The Jacksons
74. Barbra Streisand
75. R.E.M. top 30 songs
76. Miles Davis
77. The Kinks
78. Kenny Rogers
79. Tina Turner
80. Four Tops

81. The Peerless Quartet/Columbia Male Quartet
82. The Everly Brothers
83. Jimmy Dorsey
84. AC/DC
85. Santana
86. Janet Jackson
87. The Andrews Sisters
88. Harry MacDonough
89. Sammy Kaye
90. Ben Selvin

91. Genesis top 50 songs (Phil Collins/Genesis), top 60 songs (Peter Gabriel/Genesis)
92. The Police top 60 songs (Sting & the Police)
93. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers top 30 songs
94. Phil Collins top 50 songs
95. Nirvana
96. Otis Redding
97. Al Green
98. Earth, Wind & Fire
99. Gladys Knight
100. Fats Waller


Billy Murray: Top 100 Songs

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Billy Murray ranks as the #5 act of all time according to Dave’s Music Database (see the top 100 here). He’s landed 14 songs in the DMDB’s list of the top 1000 songs of all time (see here) and he’s had 27 #1 songs (noted below with #1 after the song title) on the Billboard pop charts.

1. You’re a Grand Old Flag (1906) #1
2. Take Me Out to the Ball Game (with Haydn Quartet, 1908) #1
3. Give My Regards to Broadway (1905) #1
4. Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis (1904) #1
5. By the Light of the Silvery Moon (with Haydn Quartet, 1910) #1
6. Yankee Doodle Boy (1905) #1
7. Casey Jones (with American Quartet, 1910) #1
8. In My Merry Oldsmobile (1905) #1
9. Oh You Beautiful Doll (with American Quartet, 1911) #1
10. Harrigan (1907) #1

11. Come Josephine in My Flying Machine (with Ada Jones, 1911) #1
12. Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine (with Ada Jones, 1908) #1
13. Pretty Baby (1916) #1
14. That Old Gang of Mine (with Ed Smalle, 1923) #1
15. K-K-K-Katy (Stammering Song) (1918)
16. Navajo (1904) #1
17. Be My Little Baby Bumble Bee (with Ada Jones, 1912) #1
18. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1911)
19. Shine on Harvest Moon (with Ada Jones, 1909) #1
20. Play a Simple Melody (with Edna Brown, 1916)

21. Come Take a Trip in My Air Ship (1905) #1
22. Everybody Works But Father (1905) #1
23. Camptown Races (Gwine to Run All Night) (1911)
24. Waltz Me Around Again, Willie (with Haydn Quartet, 1906)
25. Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway (1906)
26. Let’s Take an Old-Fashioned Walk (with Ada Jones, 1907) #1
27. Under the Anheuser Busch (1904)
28. I’ll See You in C-U-B-A (1920)
29. Alexander (Don’t You Love Your Baby No More?) (1904) #1
30. Over There (1917)

31. Teasing (I Was Only Teasing You) (1904)
32. I Love a Piano (1916) #1
33. I’m Afraid to Come Home in the Dark (1908)
34. No Wedding Bells for Me (1907)
35. Bedelia (1904) #1
36. Down by the O-hi-O (I’ve Got the Sweetest Little O, My! O!) (with Billy Jones, 1921)
37. For Me and My Gal (1917)
38. He’d Have to Get Under, Get Out to Get Under, to Fix Up His Automobile (1914)
39. When We Are M-A-R-R-I-E-D (with Ada Jones, 1908) #1
40. Under Any Old Flag at All (1908) #1

41. I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now (1910)
42. Carrie (Carrie Marry Harry) (1910) #1
43. Make Believe (with Ada Jones, 1908)
44. It Had to Be You (with Aileen Stanley, 1924)
45. After You’ve Gone (with Gladys Rice, 1919)
46. He’s a Devil in His Own Home Town (1914)
47. San Antonio (Cowboy Song) (1907)
48. Wouldn’t You Like to Have Me for a Sweetheart? (with Ada Jones, 1908) #1
49. Alcoholic Blues (1919)

50. I Can’t Do the Sum (1904)
51. Any Little Girl That’s a Nice Girl Is the Right Little Girl for Me (with the American Quartet, 1910)
52. All Alone (with Ada Jones, 1911)
53. My Sweetie Went Away (with Ed Salle, 1923)
54. Cheyenne (Shy Anne) (1906)
55. Yes! We Have No Bananas (with Great White Way Orchestra, 1923)
56. It Looks Like a Big Night Tonight (1908)
57. What’s the Matter with Father? (1910)
58. What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For? (with Ada Jones, 1917)
59. Yankee Doodle Blues (with Ed Smalle, 1922)
60. College Life (1906)

61. Won’t You Be My Honey? (with Ada Jones, 1907)
62. He Goes to Church on Sunday (1907)
63. Take Me Up with You, Dearie (with Haydn Quartet, 1909)
64. Up in a Cocoanut Tree (1903)
65. The Gaby Glide (1912)
66. Streets of New York (1907)
67. Not Because Your Hair Is Curly (1906)
68. Tessie (You Are the Only Only) (1903)
69. Hinky Dinky Parlay Voo (Mademoiselle from Armentieres) (with Ed Smalle, 1924)
70. Casey Jones (1910)

71. Ain’t It Funny What a Difference a Few Hours Can Make (1904)
72. Stumbling (1922)
73. I Wish I Had a Girl (1909)
74. Smarty (with Ada Jones, 1908)
75. I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight (with Henry Burr, 1926)
76. I’ve Taken Quite a Fancy to You (with Ada Jones, 1908)
77. Bagada (1913)
78. Because I’m Married Now (1907)
79. Are You from Dixie? ‘Cause I’m from Dixie Too (with Irving Kaufman, 1916)
80. Bon Bon Buddy (1908)

81. When You’re All Dressed Up and No Place to Go (1914)
82. The Vamp (with Joseph C. Smith & Harry MacDonough, 1919)
83. They Were All Out of Step But Jim (1918)
84. I’m Awfully Glad I Met You (with Ada Jones, 1909)
85. On the Mississippi (1913)
86. On San Francisco Bay (1907)
87. The Wedding Glide (with Ada Jones, 1912)
88. If You Talk in Your Sleep, Don’t Mention My Name (1912)
89. Dance of the Grizzly Bear (with American Quartet, 1911)
90. I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover (with Jean Goldkette, 1927)

91. Keep on the Sunny Side (1906)
92. It’s Great to Be a Soldier (1907)
93. Take Me Around Again (1907)
94. Whistle It (with Ada Jones, 1907)
95. Gee But It’s Great to Meet a Friend from Your Own Home Town (1911)
96. Charley, My Boy (with International Novelty Orchestra, 1924)
97. My Cousin Caruso (1909)
98. Play That Barber-Shop Chord (with American Quartet, 1910)
99. The Game of Peek-a-Boo (I’d Like to See a Little More of You) (1907)
100. It’s Nice to Have a Sweetheart (with Ada Jones, 1907)


Bing Crosby: Top 100 Songs

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Bing Crosby ranks as the #1 act of all time according to Dave’s Music Database (see the top 100 here). He’s landed 19 songs in the DMDB’s list of the top 1000 songs of all time (see here), including the #1 song of all time, “White Christmas.” He’s had 41 #1 songs (noted below with #1 after the song title) on the Billboard pop charts, more than double the Beatles’ 20 chart-toppers in the rock era.

Here are his top 100 songs according to Dave’s Music Database, which compiles sales, chart performance, radio airplay, and best-of lists. Note: AS = Andrews Sisters, GA = Gus Arnheim’s Orchestra, GS = George Stoll Orchestra, JST = John Scott Trotter Orchestra, LH = Lennie Hayton’s Orchestra, PW = Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra, RB = Rhythm Boys (Bing Crosby, Al Rinker, & Harry Barris), VS = Vic Schoen Orchestra, VY = Victor Young’s Orchestra

1. White Christmas (1942, with the Ken Darby Singers & JST) #1
2. Pennies from Heaven (1936, with GS) #1
3. I’ll Be Seeing You (1944, with the JST) #1
4. Swinging on a Star (1944, with the Williams Brothers Quartet & JST) #1
5. Silent Night (1935, with the Guardsmen Quartette)
6. Don’t Fence Me In (1944, with AS & VS) #1
7. Sweet Leilani (1937, with Lani McIntyre & His Hawaiians) #1
8. Dinah (1932, with the Mills Brothers) #1
9. People Will Say We’re in Love (1943, with Trudy Erwin & the Sportsmen Glee Club)
10. Sunday, Monday or Always (1943, with the Ken Darby Singers) #1

11. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (1947, with AS & VS)
12. Out of Nowhere (1931, with VY) #1
13. Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ (1943, with Trudy Erwin & the Sportsmen Glee Club)
14. It’s Been a Long, Long Time (1945, with the Les Paul Trio) #1
15. I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1943, with JST)
16. Now Is the Hour (1948, with the Ken Darby Singers) #1
17. June in January (1934, with GS) #1
18. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938, with Connee Boswell & JST) #1
19. Shadow Waltz (1933, with Jimmy Grier’s Orchestra) #1
20. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby (1938, with Bob Crosby) #1

21. Three Little Words (1930, Duke Ellington with RB) #1
22. Without a Song (1929, with PW)
23. I Love You (1944, with JST) #1
24. Only Forever (1940) #1
25. Great Day (1929, with PW) #1
26. Jingle Bells (1943, with AS & VS)
27. I’ve Got a Pocketful of Dreams (1938, with JST) #1
28. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (1932, with LH) #1
29. What’s New? (1939)
30. Side by Side (1927, PW with RB)

31. Too Marvelous for Words (1937, with Jimmy Dorsey’s Orchestra) #1
32. Love in Bloom (1934< with Irving Aaronson’s Orchestra) #1
33. You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me (1933, with Guy Lombardo’s Orchestra) #1
34. Moonlight Becomes You (1942, with JST) #1
35. Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day (1932)
36. I Can’t Begin to Tell You (1945, with Carmen Cavallaro’s Orchestra) #1
37. I Surrender Dear (1931, with GA)
38. Ol’ Man River (1928, with PW) #1
39. Please (1932, with Anson Weeks’ Orchestra) #1
40. The Whiffenpoof Song (1947, with Fred Waring’s Glee Club)

41. Star Dust (1931)
42. Home on the Range (1933, with LH)
43. I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You (1933)
44. Sierra Sue (1940, with JST) #1
45. You Took Advantage of Me (1928, with PW, Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, and Austin Young)
46. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1947, with Al Jolson & Morris Stoloff’s Orchestra)
47. South America, Take It Away (1945, with AS & VS)
48. Night and Day (1946)
49. McNamara’s Band (1946, with the Jesters & Bob Haggart’s Orchestra)
50. Just One More Chance (1931, with VY) #1

51. The Moon Got in My Eyes (1937, with JST) #1
52. Sioux City Sue (1946, with the Jesters & Bob Haggart’s Orchestra)
53. Galway Bay (1949, with VY)
54. It’s Easy to Remember (1935, with GS) #1
55. Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?) (1937, with Connee Boswell & JST) #1
56. Soon (1935, with GS) #1
57. Just an Echo in the Valley (1933)
58. True Love (1956, with Grace Kelly)
59. San Fernando Valley (1944, with JST) #1
60. I’m an Old Cowhand from the Rio Grande (1936, with Jimmy Dorsey’s Orchestra)

61. Little Dutch Mill (1934, with Jimmy Grier’s Orchestra) #1
62. Trade Winds (1940, with Dick McIntyre’s Orchestra) #1
63. Some Enchanted Evening (1949)
64. At Your Command (1931) #1
65. Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That’s an Irish Lullaby) (1944, with JST)
66. An Apple for the Teacher (1939, with Connee Boswell)
67. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive (1945, with AS & VS)
68. In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening (1951, with Jane Wyman)
69. Dear Hearts and Gentle People (1949, with Perry Botkin’s Orchestra)
70. I’m Coming Virginia (1927, PW with RB)

71. You Belong to My Heart (1945, with Xavier Cugat’s Orchestra)
72. Mexicali Rose (1938, with JST)
73. My Melancholy Baby (1939)
74. Small Fry (1938, with Johnny Mercer & VY)
75. Be Careful, It’s My Heart (1942, with JST)
76. You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want to Do It) (1940, with the Merry Macs & VY)
77. Silver Bells (1952, with Carol Richards)
78. God Bless America (1939)
79. Dancing in the Dark (1931)
80. Love Thy Neighbor (1934, with Nat Finston’s Orchestra)

81. Pistol Packin’ Mama (1943, with AS & VS)
82. Long Ago and Far Away (1944, with JST)
83. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (1931, with GA)
84. Amor (1944, with JST)
85. Red Sails in the Sunset (1935, with VY) #1
86. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1950, with JST)
87. Remember Me? (1937, with JST) #1
88. If I Loved You (1945, with JST)
89. Moonlight Bay (1951, with Gary Crosby)
90. Make Believe (1928, with PW)

91. Like Someone in Love (1945, with JST)
92. There’ll Be a Hot Time in the Town of Berlin When the Yanks Go Marching In (1944, with AS & VS) #1
93. There’s No Business Like Show Business (1947, with AS & VS)
94. Ol’ Man River (1956, with the Buddy Cole Trio)
95. Deep Purple (1939, with Matty Malneck’s Orchestra)
96. Some of These Days (1932, with LH)
97. After You’ve Gone (1930, with PW)
98. Robins and Roses (1936)
99. Love Me Tonight (1932)
100. On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (1945, with Six Hits and a Miss & JST)