Thursday, August 16, 2018

Aretha Franklin: Top 50 Songs

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Farewell to the Queen of Soul, who passed away August 16, 2018, at age 76. She was born on March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, and became the most charted female artist in the history of the Billboard R&B charts. Rolling Stone magazine ranked her first in their list of the greatest singers of all time.

Here are her top 50 songs, based on chart figures, sales, awards, and placement on best-of lists.

Respect

1. Respect (1967)
2. You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman (1967)
3. Chain of Fools (1967)
4. I Say a Little Prayer (1968)
5. I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967)
6. Think (1968)
7. Bridge Over Troubled Water (1971)
8. Until You Come Back to Me (1973)
9. I Knew You Were Waiting for Me (with George Michael, 1986)
10. Spanish Harlem (1971)

You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman

11. Freeway of Love (1985)
12. Baby I Love You (1967)
13. Sweet Sweet Baby, Since You’ve Been Gone (1968)
14. Rock Steady (1971)
15. Eleanor Rigby (1969)
16. Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves (with the Eurythmics, 1985)
17. Don’t Play That Song (You Lied) (1970)
18. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man (1967)
19. Day Dreaming (1972)
20. Who’s Zooming Who? (1985)

Think

21. Angel (1973)
22. The House That Jack Built (1968)
23. See Saw (1968)
24. Through the Storm (with Elton John, 1989)
25. Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986)
26. The Weight (1969)
27. Something He Can Feel (1976)
28. Another Night (1985)
29. Share Your Love with Me (1969)
30. Call Me (1970)

I Say a Little Prayer

31. You’re All I Need to Get By (1971)
32. Border Song (Holy Moses) (1970)
33. I’m in Love (1974)
34. Jimmy Lee (1986)
35. Ain’t No Way (1968)
36. Jump to It (1982)
37. You Send Me (1968)
38. I Can’t See Myself Leaving You (1968)
39. Spirit in the Dark (1970)
40. Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody (1961)

Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves

41. All the King’s Horses (1972)
42. Son of a Preacher Man (1970)
43. Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing (1974)
44. A Rose Is Still a Rose (1998)
45. Willing to Forgive (1994)
46. Master of Eyes (The Deepness of Your Eyes (1973)
47. Without Love (1974)
48. It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be (with Whitney Houston, 1989)
49. Love All the Hurt Away (with George Benson, 1981)
50. My Song (1968)

I Knew You Were Waiting for Me


Awards:

Madonna: Top 60 Songs

Originally posted 3/29/2012. Updated 8/16/2018.

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Happy 60th birthday to Madonna, born 8/16/1958. Here are her top 60 songs, based on chart figures, sales, awards, and placement on best-of lists – both general DMDB lists and Madonna-specific lists.

1. Like a Prayer (1989)
2. Vogue (1990)
3. Like a Virgin (1984)
4. Ray of Light (1998)
5. Into the Groove (1985)

Like a Virgin

6. Music (2000)
7. Papa Don’t Preach (1986)
8. Borderline (1984)
9. Live to Tell (1986)
10. Holiday (1983)

Material Girl

11. Material Girl (1984)
12. Express Yourself (1989)
13. Hung Up (2005)
14. Frozen (1998)
15. Justify My Love (1990)

Papa Don’t Preach

16. La Isla Bonita (1987)
17. Take a Bow (1994)
18. Crazy for You (1985)
19. Open Your Heart (1986)
20. Secret (1994)

Like a Prayer

21. Don’t Tell Me (2000)
22. Beautiful Stranger (1999)
23. Deeper and Deeper (1992)
24. This Used to Be My Playground (1992)
25. Cherish (1989)

Express Yourself

26. True Blue (1986)
27. Lucky Star (1984)
28. 4 Minutes (with Justin Timberlake, 2008)
29. Human Nature (1995)
30. Dress You Up (1985)

31. Erotica (1992)
32. Don’t Cry for Me Argentina (1996)
33. Die Another Day (2002)
34. Who’s That Girl? (1987)
35. The Power of Goodbye (1998)

Vogue

36. What It Feels Like for a Girl (2001)
37. I’ll Remember (1994)
38. You’ll See (1995)
39. Angel (1985)
40. Rain (1993)

Justify My Love

41. Sorry (2006)
42. Keep It Together (1990)
43. Drowned World/Substite for Love (1998)
44. Everybody (1982)
45. Give It 2 Me (2008)

Ray of Light

46. Burning Up (1983)
47. Rescue Me (1990)
48. Me Against the Music (with Britney Spears, 2003)
49. Celebration (2009)
50. Hollywood (2003)

Music

51. Oh Father (1989)
52. American Pie (2000)
53. Causing a Commotion (1987)
54. Miles Away (2008)
55. Get Together (2005)

Hung Up

56. Fever (1992)
57. Bedtime Story (1994)
58. Hanky Panky (1990)
59. You Must Love Me (1996)
60. Nothing Really Matters (1998)


Awards:


Saturday, August 4, 2018

Billboard Hot 100 60th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs

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In 2008, Billboard published a list of the top 100 songs of all-time in celebration of the Hot 100 chart’s 50th anniversary. Now they’re at it again with an update of the chart in celebration of the Hot 100’s 60th anniversary. Here’s the list:

1. Chubby Checker “The Twist” (1960)
2. Santana with Rob Thomas “Smooth” (1999)
3. Bobby Darin “Mack the Knife” (1959)
4. Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” (2014)
5. LeAnn Rimes “How Do I Live” (1997)
6. LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem” (2011)
7. Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” (2009)
8. Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix)” (1995)
9. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (2017)
10. Olivia Newton-John “Physical” (1981)

11. Debby Boone “You Light Up My Life” (1977)
12. The Beatles “Hey Jude” (1968)
13. The Chainsmokers with Halsey…“Closer” (2016)
14. Mariah Carey “We Belong Together” (2005)
15. Toni Braxton “Un-Break My Heart” (1996)
16. Usher wth Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!” (2004)
17. Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes” (1981)
18. Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love” (1981)
19. Rod Stewart “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” (1976)
20. Jewel “You Were Meant for Me”/ “Foolish Games” (1997)

21. Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (1991)
22. Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You” (1994)
23. Percy Faith “Theme from ‘A Summer Place’” (1960)
24. Chic “Le Freak” (1978)
25. Bee Gees “How Deep Is Your Love” (1977)
26. Survivor “Eye of the Tiger” (1982)
27. Rihanna & Calvin Harris “We Found Love” (2011)
28. Flo Rida & T-Pain “Low” (2007)
29. Andy Gibb “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” (1977)
30. Next “Too Close” (1998)

31. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
32. Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011)
33. Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber “Despacito” (2017)
34. Irene Cara “Flashdance…What a Feelin’” (1983)
35. Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010)
36. Bobby Lewis “Tossin’ and Turnin’” (1961)
37. Johnny Horton “The Battle of New Orleans” (1959)
38. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (1995)
39. Savage Garden “Truly, Madly, Deeply” (1997)
40. Paul McCartney & Wings “Silly Love Songs” (1976)

41. Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get It On” (1973)
42. Bee Gees “Night Fever” (1978)
43. Queen “Another One Bites the Dust” (1980)
44. Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson “Say, Say, Say” (1983)
45. Nickelback “How You Remind Me” (2001)
46. Tony Orlando & Dawn “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” (1973)
47. Tommy Edwards “It’s All in the Game” (1951)
48. The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (1963)
49. Andy Gibb “Shadow Dancing” (1978)
50. Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe” (2011)

51. Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” (2013)
52. Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (1997)
53. Alicia Keys “No One” (2007)
54. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
55. Boyz II Men “End of the Road” (1992)
56. Black Eyed Peas “Boom Boom Pow” (2009)
57. Blondie “Call Me” (1980)
58. Mario “Let Me Love You” (2004)
59. Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive’ (1977)
60. Kenny Rogers “Lady” (1980)

61. Ke$ha “Tik Tok” (2009)
62. The Monkees “I’m a Believer” (1966)
63. Kanye West with Jamie Foxx “Gold Digger” (2005)
64. One Republic with Timbaland “Apologize” (2007)
65. Ace of Base “The Sign” (1994)
66. J. Geils Band “Centerfold” (1981)
67. Meghan Trainor “All About That Bass” (2014)
68. John Lennon “Just Like Starting Over” (1980)
69. Lorde “Royals” (2013)
70. Brandy & Monica “The Boy Is Mine” (1998)

71. Stevie B “Because I Love You (The Postman Song)” (1990)
72. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll” (1981)
73. The 5th Dimension “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” (1969)
74. Tag Team “Whoomp! There It Is” (1993)
75. Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera “Moves Like Jagger” (2011)
76. Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder “Ebony and Ivory” (1982)
77. Paula Abdul “Rush Rush” (1991)
78. Dionne & Friends “That’s What Friends Are For” (1985)
79. Pharrell Williams “Happy” (2013)
80. Diana Ross “Upside Down” (1980)

81. The Archies “Sugar, Sugar” (1969)
82. Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are (Amazing)” (2010)
83. Nelly with Kelly Rowland “Dilemma” (2002)
84. Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968)
85. Shania Twain “You’re Still the One” (1998)
86. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1983)
87. Donna Summer “Hot Stuff” (1979)
88. Post Malone with 21 Savage “Rockstar” (2017)
89. Coolio with L.V. “Gangsta’s Paradise” (1995)
90. Steve Miller Band “Abracadabra” (1982)

91. Ed Sheeran with Beyoncé “Perfect” (2017)
92. Carly Simon “You’re So Vain” (1972)
93. Wild Cherry “Play That Funky Music” (1976)
94. Lionel Richie “Say You, Say Me” (1985)
95. The Knack “My Sharona” (1979)
96. Lionel Richie “All Night Long (All Night)” (1983)
97. Sinead O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990)
98. All-4-One “I Swear” (1994)
99. Mary J. Blige “Family Affair” (2001)
100. Foreigner “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (1981)


These songs were featured on the 2013 list, but bumped from the 2018 list:

  • Elvis Presley “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (1960)
  • Roberta Flack “Killing Me Softly with His Song” (1973)
  • John Mellencamp “Hurts So Good” (1982)
  • Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “Ill Be Missing You” (1997)
  • B.J. Thomas “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” (1969)
  • Phil Collins “Another Day in Paradise” (1989)
  • Maroon 5 “One More Night” (2012)
  • The Emotions “Best of My Love” (1977)
  • fun. with Janelle Monae “We Are Young” (2012)
  • Usher “U Make Me Wanna…” (1997)

These songs were featured on the 2008 list, but bumped from the 2013 list:

  • Fergie “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)” (2007)
  • Barbra Streisand “The Way We Were” (1973)
  • Real McCoy “Another Night” (1993)
  • Elvis Presley “It’s Now or Never” (1960)
  • Captain & Tennille “Do That to Me One More Time” (1979)
  • Walter Murphy & the Big Apple Band “A Fifth of Beethoven” (1976)
  • Madonna “Like a Virgin” (1984)
  • Santana with the Product G & B “Maria Maria” (2000)
  • Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (1978)
  • Ray Charles “I Cant Stop Loving You” (1962)
  • Usher “U Got It Bad” (2001)
  • Three Dog Night “Joy to the World’ (1971)


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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Top Songs from 1990 to 1999

First posted on DMDB Facebook page on 1/24/2011, updated 7/29/2018.

These are the top 100 songs from 1990-1999 according to Dave’s Music Database. When a title was recognized as the Song of the Year, it is noted with a code following the song. A key to the codes is at the bottom of the page.

1. I Will Always Love You…Whitney Houston (1992) AG, AMA, BB, BMI, DM, G-R, VF, SS, JW
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit…Nirvana (1991) AG, DM, MJ, NME, SS
3. Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)…Elton John (1997) BB, DM, VF, JW
4. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You…Bryan Adams (1991) AMA, BB, CB, VF, JW
5. My Heart Will Go On…Celine Dion (1997) AG, G-R, G-S, VF
6. Nothing Compares 2 U…Sinead O’Connor (1990) DM, MJ, VF, RS
7. Losing My Religion…R.E.M. (1991) RS
8. Baby One More Time…Britney Spears (1998) AG, DM, VF, Q
9. One…U2 (1992) Q
10. Gangsta’s Paradise…Coolio with L.V. (1995) AG, BB, DM, VF, RS, SS

11. Wonderwall…Oasis (1995)
12. Bittersweet Symphony…The Verve (1997) MJ, NME, Q, RS
13. Creep…Radiohead (1993) MJ, NME
14. Smooth…Santana with Rob Thomas (1999) AG, DM, G-R, G-S, JW
15. Wannabe…Spice Girls (1996) DM, VF
16. I’ll Make Love to You…Boyz II Men (1994) AG, AMA, BMI, CB, DM, JW
17. Believe…Cher (1998) BB
18. One Sweet Day…Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men (1995) JW
19. End of the Road…Boyz II Men (1992) AMA, BB, CB
20. Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)…Los Del Rio (1995) AG, BB, CB, JW

21. Un-Break My Heart…Toni Braxton (1996)
22. I’ll Be Missing You…Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 (1997) AG
23. Don’t Speak…No Doubt (1996)
24. Vogue…Madonna (1990)
25. Under the Bridge…Red Hot Chili Peppers (1992)
26. Loser…Beck (1993) DM, MJ, RS
27. Iris…Goo Goo Dolls (1998)
28. Everybody Hurts…R.E.M. (1993)
29. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing…Aerosmith (1998) PCM
30. Waterfalls…TLC (1995)

31. You’re Still the One…Shania Twain (1998) BMI
32. Tears in Heaven…Eric Clapton (1992) G-R, G-S
33. November Rain…Guns N’ Roses (1991)
34. Enter Sandman…Metallica (1991)
35. Because You Loved Me…Celine Dion (1996)
36. Torn…Natalie Imbruglia (1997)
37. You Oughta Know…Alanis Morissette (1995)
38. Common People…Pulp (1995) MJ
39. Kiss from a Rose…Seal (1994) G-R, G-S
40. I Swear…All-4-One (1994)

41. Streets of Philadelphia…Bruce Springsteen (1994) G-S, VF, SS
42. I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Wont’ Do That)…Meat Loaf (1993)
43. Live Forever…Oasis (1994) MJ, NME, Q
44. Livin’ La Vida Loca…Ricky Martin (1999)
45. Jeremy…Pearl Jam (1992)
46. Paranoid Android…Radiohead (1997)
47. Mmmbop…Hanson (1997)
48. I Believe I Can Fly...R.Kelly (1996)
49. The Boy Is Mine…Brandy & Monica (1998) JW
50. Ironic…Alanis Morissette (1996)

51. That’s the Way Love Goes…Janet Jackson (1993)
52. All I Wanna Do…Sheryl Crow (1993) G-R, PCM
53. Song 2…Blur (1997)
54. Vision of Love…Mariah Carey (1990)
55. Love Is All Around…Wet Wet Wet (1994)
56. Take a Bow…Madonna (1994)
57. Don’t Look Back in Anger…Oasis (1996) NME
58. Angels…Robbie Williams (1997)
59. Fantasy…Mariah Carey (1995)
60. No Scrubs…TLC (1999) RS

61. Enjoy the Silence…Depeche Mode (1990)
62. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)…Green Day (1997)
63. Unfinished Sympathy…Massive Attack (1991) Q
64. Missing (dance remix)…Everything But the Girl (1995)
65. The Sign…Ace of Base (1994) BB
66. Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang…Dr. Dre with Snoop Doggy Dogg (1993)
67. Ray of Light…Madonna (1998)
68. Hero…Mariah Carey (1993)
69. U Can’t Touch This…M.C. Hammer (1990) AG
70. Black or White…Michael Jackson (1991) AG

71. Jump…Kris Kross (1992)
72. No Diggity…Blackstreet with Dr. Dre (1995)
73. My Name Is…Eminem (1999) Q
74. Baby Got Back…Sir Mix-A-Lot (1992) PCM
75. Dreamlover…Mariah Carey (1993) JW
76. All I Want for Christmas…Mariah Carey (1994)
77. Say My Name…Destiny’s Child (1999)
78. Unforgettable…Natalie Cole with Nat “King” Cole (1991) G-R, G-S, PCM
79. A Whole New World…Peabo Bryson with Regina Belle (1992) G-S
80. Come As You Are…Nirvana (1991)

81. Champagne Supernova…Oasis (1995)
82. Save the Best for Last…Vanessa Williams (1992)
83. How Do I Live…LeAnn Rimes (1997)
84. Breathe…Faith Hill (1999) BB, BMI
85. 1979…Smashing Pumpkins (1995) RS
86. Genie in a Bottle…Christina Aguilera (1999)
87. I Want It That Way…Backstreet Boys (1999)
88. Amazed…Lonestar (1999)
89. Doo Wop (That Thing)...Lauryn Hill (1998) RS
90. Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of…)…Lou Bega (1999)

91. Wind of Change…The Scorpions (1991)
92. Fake Plastic Trees…Radiohead (1995)
93. Change the World…Eric Clapton (1996) G-R, G-S
94. It Must Have Been Love…Roxette (1990)
95. Basket Case…Green Day (1994)
96. Can You Feel the Love Tonight…Elton John (1994)
97. Alive…Pearl Jam (1991)
98. Truly, Madly, Deeply…Savage Garden (1997)
99. Beauty and the Beast…Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson (1991)
100. I Love You Always Forever…Donna Lewis (1996) CB


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • All Star…Smash Mouth (1999) PCM
  • Barbie Girl…Aqua (1997) PCM
  • Because I Love You (The Postman Song)…Stevie B (1990) CB, JW
  • Blaze of Glory…Jon Bon Jovi (1990) AMA
  • Born Slippy…Underworld (1995) Q
  • Breathe Again…Toni Braxton (1993) BMI
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love…UB40 (1993) VF
  • City Sickness…Tindersticks (1993) NME
  • Cotton Eye Joe…Rednex (1994) PCM
  • A Design for Life…Manic Street Preachers (1996) MJ, NME
  • Fields of Gold…Sting (1993) SS
  • Firestarter…The Prodigy (1996) Q
  • From a Distance…Bette Midler (1990) G-S
  • Grease Megamix…Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta (1990) PCM
  • Hold On…Wilson Phillips (1990) BB
  • Ice Ice Baby…Vanilla Ice (1990) PCA
  • Intergalactic…Beastie Boys (1998) NME
  • It’s All Coming Back to Me Now…Celine Dion (1996) BMI
  • Kiss Me…Sixpence None the Richer (1998) SS
  • Loaded…Primal Scream (1990) NME
  • Love Takes Time…Mariah Carey (1990) BMI
  • Not Dark Yet…Bob Dylan (1997) SS
  • The Obvious Child…Paul Simon (1990) SS
  • Runaway Train…Soul Asylum (1993) RS
  • Save Tonight…Eagle-Eye Cherry (1998) BMI
  • Smoke Rings in the Dark…Gary Allan (1999) SS
  • Sunny Came Home…Shawn Colvin (1996) G-R, G-S, SS
  • Tennessee….Arrested Development (1992) RS
  • Too Close…Next (1998) BB
  • Tubthumping…Chumbawumba (1997) BMI
  • What Is Love?...Haddaway (1993) PCM
  • When a Man Loves a Woman…Michael Bolton (1991) BMI
  • Whoomp! There It Is…Tag Team (1993) CB
  • Windowlicker…Aphex Twin (1999) NME

Key to the Codes: Click here for a full list of all year-end song awards.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Top 100 Songs from 1980 to 1989

First posted on the DMDB website on 1/21/2011, updated 7/28/2018.

These are the top 100 songs from 1980-1989 according to Dave’s Music Database. When a title was recognized as the Song of the Year, it is noted with a code following the song. A key to the codes is at the bottom of the page.

1. Billie Jean…Michael Jackson (1982) AG, AMA, DM, SS
2. Every Breath You Take…The Police (1983) BB, DM, G-S, RS, SS, JW
3. Sweet Child O’ Mine…Guns N’ Roses (1987) AG,AMA, CB, DM, Q
4. When Doves Cry…Prince (1984) BB, DM
5. I Love Rock and Roll…Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (1981) DM, JW
6. With or Without You…U2 (1987) Q, SS
7. We Are the World…U.S.A. for Africa (1985) AG, DM, G-R, G-S, VF, PCA, SS
8. Don’t You Want Me?...The Human League (1981)
9. Love Will Tear Us Apart…Joy Division (1980) NME, Q, RS
10. Beat It…Michael Jackson (1983) G-R

11. Endless Love…Lionel Richie & Diana Ross (1981) AG, AMA, CB, PCA
12. Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go…Soft Cell (1981) NME
13. Like a Prayer…Madonna (1989) AG, DM, VF
14. Bette Davis Eyes…Kim Carnes (1981) BB, G-R, G-S, VF, SS
15. Careless Whisper…George Michael (1984) BB, VF
16. The Message…Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (1982) MJ, RS
17. Take on Me…Aha (1984)
18. Jump…Van Halen (1984) Q
19. Eye of the Tiger…Survivor (1982) VF, PCA
20. Walk This Way…Run-D.M.C. with Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (1986) DM, MJ, Q

21. Lady…Kenny Rogers (1980) DM, PCA, JW
22. Blue Monday…New Order (1983) Q
23. Livin’ on a Prayer…Bon Jovi (1986) CB, PCM
24. Call Me…Blondie (1980) AG, BB
25. Like a Virgin…Madonna (1984) CB, JW
26. What’s Love Got to Do with It?...Tina Turner (1984) G-R, G-S, RS
27. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For…U2 (1987)
28. Relax…Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1983)
29. Another One Bites the Dust…Queen (1980) AMA, CB
30. Do They Know It’s Christmas?…Band Aid (1984)

31. Come on Eileen…Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1982)
32. I Just Called to Say I Love You…Stevie Wonder (1984)
33. Always on My Mind…Willie Nelson (1982) G-S
34. Sweet Dreams Are Made of This…Eurythmics (1983)
35. Flashdance…What a Feelin’…Irene Cara (1983) CB, VF
36. Sexual Healing…Marvin Gaye (1982)
37. I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me…Whitney Houston (1987) AG, AMA, VF
38. Pride (In the Name of Love)…U2 (1984) SS
39. Down Under…Men at Work (1982)
40. I Want to Know What Love Is…Foreigner (1984)

41. Physical…Olivia Newton-John (1981) AG, BB, JW
42. How Soon Is Now?...The Smiths (1985) NME, Q
43. Fast Car…Tracy Chapman (1988) DM, RS, SS
44. Purple Rain…Prince & the Revolution (1984) PCA
45. Once in a Lifetime…Talking Heads (1981)
46. Funkytown…Lipps Inc. (1980)
47. Karma Chameleon…Culture Club (1983)
48. Back in Black…AC/DC (1980)
49. Total Eclipse of the Heart…Bonnie Tyler (1983)
50. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?...Culture Club (1982)

51. Faith…George Michael (1987) <BB, CB, JW
52. You Shook Me All Night Long…AC/DC (1980) PCM
53. Fight the Power…Public Enemy (1989) RS
54. Another Day in Paradise…Phil Collins (1989) CB, G-R, JW
55. Don’t Stop Believin’…Journey (1981) PCM
56. Girls Just Want to Have Fun…Cyndi Lauper (1983) AG
57. That’s What Friends Are For…Dionne & Friends (Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight, & Stevie Wonder) (1985) BB, G-S, PCM, JW
58. Everybody Wants to Rule the World…Tears for Fears (1985)
59. Wind Beneath My Wings…Bette Midler (1989) G-R, G-S
60. Hello…Lionel Richie (1984)

61. Born in the U.S.A….Bruce Springsteen (1984)
62. Welcome to the Jungle…Guns N’ Roses (1987)
63. All Night Long (All Night)…Lionel Richie (1983)
64. Sledgehammer…Peter Gabriel (1986)
65. Dancing in the Dark…Bruce Springsteen (1984)
66. Upside Down…Diana Ross (1980)
67. Just Like Starting Over…John Lennon (1980)
68. Kiss…Prince (1986) RS
69. Little Red Corvette…Prince (1983)
70. Time after Time…Cyndi Lauper (1983)

71. Money for Nothing…Dire Straits (1985)
72. 9 to 5…Dolly Parton (1980)
73. Don’t You Forget About Me…Simple Minds (1985)
74. Love Shack…The B-52’s (1989) PCM
75. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1983)
76. 1999…Prince (1982)
77. In the Air Tonight…Phil Collins (1981)
78. Two Tribes…Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1984) MJ
79. Ebony and Ivory…Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder (1982)
80. West End Girls…Pet Shop Boys (1985)

81. Celebration…Kool & the Gang (1980)
82. There She Goes…The La’s (1989) MJ, Q
83. Don’t Dream It’s Over…Crowded House (1986)
84. Start Me Up…The Rolling Stones (1981) RS
85. Up Where We Belong…Joe Cocker with Jennifer Warnes (1982)
86. Ghost Town…The Specials (1981) Q
87. Islands in the Stream…Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton (1983)
88. You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party…Beastie Boys (1986)
89. Centerfold…J. Geils Band (1981)
90. He Stopped Loving Her Today…George Jones (1980)

91. Into the Groove…Madonna (1985)
92. I’ve Had the Time of My Life…Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (1987)
93. Let’s Dance…David Bowie (1983)
94. This Charming Man…The Smiths (1983) MJ, NME
95. Never Gonna Give You Up…Rick Astley (1987)
96. Woman in Love…Barbra Streisand (1980)
97. Say You, Say Me…Lionel Richie (1985) CB, JW
98. Thriller…Michael Jackson (1982) PCM
99. Under Pressure…Queen with David Bowie (1981)
100. Shout…Tears for Fears (1984)


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • Abracadabra…The Steve Miller Band (1982) CB
  • Acid Tracks…Phuture (1987) MJ
  • Apache…Sugarhill Gang (1982) PCM
  • Don’t Worry Be Happy…Bobby McFerrin (1988) G-R, G-S
  • Echo Beach…Martha & the Muffins (1980) MJ
  • Electric Boogie (aka “The Electric Slide”)…Marcia Griffiths (1990) PCM
  • The End of the Innocence…Don Henley (1989) SS
  • Fools Gold…The Stone Roses (1989) NME, Q
  • Gigantic…The Pixies (1988) NME
  • Girl You Know It’s True…Milli Vanilli (1988) AMA
  • Graceland…Paul Simon (1986) G-R
  • A Groovy Kind of Love…Phil Collins (1988) VF
  • Higher Love…Steve Winwood (1986) G-R
  • It’s Raining Men…The Weather Girls (1982) PCM
  • Look Away…Chicago (1988) BB
  • New York New York (Theme from)…Frank Sinatra (1980) SS
  • Papa Don’t Preach…Madonna (1986) AG
  • Pour Some Sugar on Me…Def Leppard (1987) PCM
  • The Power of Love…Huey Lewis & the News (1985) AMA
  • Roll with It…Steve Winwood (1988) JW
  • Rosanna…Toto (1982) G-R
  • Running Up That Hill…Kate Bush (1985) NME
  • Sailing…Christopher Cross (1980) G-R, G-S
  • Smoking Gun…Rober t Cray (1986) SS
  • Somewhere Out There…Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram (1986) G-S
  • Song to the Siren…This Mortal Coil (1982) NME
  • Sun City…Artists United Against Apartheid (1985) RS
  • Take My Breath Away…Berlin (1986) VF
  • There Is a Light That Never Goes Out…The Smiths (1986) NME
  • There’ll Be Sad Songs to Make You Cry…Billy Ocean (1986) AMA
  • A Town Called Malice…The Jam (1982) Q
  • Truly…Lionel Richie (1982) AMA, PCA
  • Tunnel of Love…Bruce Springsteen (1987) RS
  • Vienna…Ultravox (1981) MJ
  • Voodoo Ray…A Guy Called Gerald (1988) MJ
  • Walk Like an Egyptian…Bangles (1986) BB
  • We Built This City…Starship (1985) PCM
  • You Made Me Realise…My Bloody Valentine (1988) NME

Key to the Codes: Click here for a full list of all year-end song awards.

Top Songs from 1970-1979

First posted on DMDB Facebook page on 3/4/2011, updated 7/28/2018.

These are the top 100 songs from 1970-1979 according to Dave’s Music Database. When a title was recognized as the Song of the Year, it is noted with a code following the song. A key to the codes is at the bottom of the page.

1. Imagine…John Lennon (1971) AG, DM, Q, RS
2. Bridge Over Troubled Water…Simon & Garfunkel (1970) BB, DM, G-R, G-S, MJ, Bohemian Rhapsody…Queen (1975) CB, DM, Q
3. SS, JW
4. Hotel California…Eagles (1977) AG, DM, G-R, VF RS, SS
5. Stairway to Heaven…Led Zeppelin (1971)
6. Let It Be…The Beatles (1970) AG, VF
7. Stayin’ Alive…Bee Gees (1977) AG, DM, VF, RS
8. American Pie…Don McLean (1971) AG, VF
9. Layla…Derek & the Dominos (1971)
10. Dancing Queen…Abba (1976) AG, VF, PCM

11. What’s Going On…Marvin Gaye (1971) MJ, NME, SS
12. Superstition…Stevie Wonder (1972) DM, MJ, NME, Q, RS
13. Born to Run…Bruce Springsteen (1975) RS, SS
14. I Will Survive…Gloria Gaynor (1978) AG, DM
15. Another Brick in the Wall Part II…Pink Floyd (1979) DM, VF
16. Maggie May…Rod Stewart (1971)
17. Your Song…Elton John (1970) RS
18. Let’s Stay Together…Al Green (1971)
19. Killing Me Softly with His Song…Roberta Flack (1973) G-R, G-S, JW
20. My Sweet Lord…George Harrison (1970) VF

21. No Woman, No Cry…Bob Marley & the Wailers (1975) DM, NME, SS
22. London Calling…The Clash (1979)
23. Heart of Glass…Blondie (1979) VF
24. Y.M.C.A….Village People (1978) PCM
25. Le Freak…Chic (1978) CB
26. Won’t Get Fooled Again…The Who (1971)
27. The Way We Were…Barbra Streisand (1973) BB, DM, G-S, SS, JW
28. Sultans of Swing…Dire Straits (1979) SS
29. Heroes…David Bowie (1977) Q
30. You Light Up My Life…Debby Boone (1977) AMA, CB, G-S, PCA, JW

31. Night Fever…Bee Gees (1978) JW
32. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face…Roberta Flack (1972) BB, G-R, G-S, JW
33. Anarchy in the U.K….Sex Pistols (1976) MJ, NME, Q, RS
34. You’re the One That I Want…Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta (1978)
35. My Sharona…The Knack (1979) BB, CB, JW
36. Walk on the Wild Side…Lou Reed (1972) NME, RS
37. Free Bird…Lynyrd Skynrd (1974)
38. How Deep Is Your Love…Bee Gees (1977)
39. Go Your Own Way…Fleetwood Mac (1977)
40. Fire and Rain…James Taylor (1970)

41. God Save the Queen…Sex Pistols (1977) MJ NME
42. Paranoid…Black Sabbath (1970) Q
43. Rapper’s Delight…The Sugarhill Gang (1979)
44. Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree…Tony Orlando & Dawn (1973) AMA, BB, CB
45. Brown Sugar…The Rolling Stones (1971)
46. Lola…The Kinks (1970) NME
47. Without You…Harry Nilsson (1971)
48. Comfortably Numb…Pink Floyd (1979)
49. Good Times…Chic (1979) NME
50. Let’s Get It On…Marvin Gaye (1973) PCM

51. All Right Now…Free (1970)
52. I’m Not in Love…10cc (1975)
53. Sweet Home Alabama…Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974) PCM
54. Just the Way You Are…Billy Joel (1977) G-R, G-S
55. More Than a Feeling…Boston (1976)
56. Piano Man…Billy Joel (1974)
57. It’s Too Late…Carole King (1971) G-R
58. Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone…The Temptations (1972)
59. You’re So Vain…Carly Simon (1972) AG
60. Midnight Train to Georgia…Gladys Knight & the Pips (1973)

61. Three Times a Lady…Commodores (1978) AMA
62. Theme from Shaft…Isaac Hayes (1971)
63. Brass in Pocket (I’m Special)…Pretenders (1979)
64. Joy to the World…Three Dog Night (1971) BB, CB, JW
65. I’ll Be There…The Jackson 5 (1970) CB, PCM
66. You Are the Sunshine of My Life…Stevie Wonder (1973)
67. Smoke on the Water…Deep Purple (1973)
68. Kashmir…Led Zeppelin (1974)
69. Dreams…Fleetwood Mac (1977)
70. Baba O’Riley…The Who (1971)

71. Play That Funky Music…Wild Cherry (1976) PCM
72. Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)…Rod Stewart (1976) BB, JW
73. Angie…The Rolling Stones (1973) VF
74. Dream On…Aerosmith (1973)
75. Baker Street…Gerry Rafferty (1978)
76. Just My Imagination Running Away with Me…The Temptations (1971)
77. Alone Again (Naturally)…Gilbert O’Sullivan (1972) CB
78. The Tears of a Clown…The Miracles (1970)
79. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough…Michael Jackson (1979)
80. Rock Your Baby…George McCrae (1974) NME

81. Wish You Were Here…Pink Floyd (1975)
82. We Will Rock You…Queen (1977)
83. Thunder Road…Bruce Springsteen (1975)
84. I Honestly Love You…Olivia Newton-John (1974) AMA, CB, G-R
85. I Feel Love…Donna Summer (1977)
86. We Are the Champions…Queen (1977)
87. Love Will Keep Us Together…Captain & Tennille (1975) BB, G-R, PCA, JW
88. Bang a Gong (Get It On)…T-Rex (1971)
89. They Long to Be Close to You…Carpenters (1970)
90. Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?...Rod Stewart (1978)

91. Seasons in the Sun…Terry Jacks (1974)
92. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road…Elton John (1973)
93. Bennie and the Jets…Elton John (1974)
94. The Rose…Bette Midler (1979)
95. Me and Bobby McGee…Janis Joplin (1971)
96. We’ve Only Just Begun…Carpenters (1970)
97. Crazy Little Thing Called Love…Queen (1979)
98. Heart of Gold…Neil Young (1972)
99. We Are Family…Sister Sledge (1979)
100. Hot Stuff…Donna Summer (1979)


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • America the Beautiful…Ray Charles (1972) SS
  • Autobahn…Kraftwerk (1975) MJ, Q
  • Bad Girls…Donna Summer (1979) AMA
  • Beth…Kiss (1976) PCA
  • Boogie Nights…Heatwave (1977) PCA
  • California Uber Alles (1979) MJ
  • Disco Duck…Rick Dees & His Cast of Idiots (1976) PCA
  • Don’t Go Breaking My Heart…Elton John & Kiki Dee (1976) AMA
  • Double Vision…Foreigner (1978) PCA
  • Evergreen (Love Theme from ‘A Star Is Born’)…Barbra Streisand (1976) G-S
  • Gangsters…The Specials (1979) Q
  • Get Down Tonight…KC & the Sunshine Band (1975) PCM
  • I Can Help…Billy Swan (1975) VF
  • I Hate the Rich…The Dils (1978) MJ
  • I Write the Songs…Barry Manilow (1975) G-S
  • The Joker…Steve Miller Band (1973) AG
  • Kung Fu Fighting…Carl Douglas (1974) VF
  • Last Dance…Donna Summer (1978) PCM
  • Life on Mars?...David Bowie (1971) Q
  • Living for the City…Stevie Wonder (1973) MJ
  • The Main Event/Fight…Barbra Streisand (1979) PCA
  • The Mary Ellen Carter…Stan Rogers (1979) SS
  • Rhinestone Cowboy…Glen Campbell (1975) AMA
  • Rock and Roll Part 2…Gary Glitter (1972) PCM
  • Send in the Clowns…Judy Collins (1975) G-S
  • Shadow Dancing…Andy Gibb (1978) BB
  • Silly Love Songs…Paul McCartney & Wings (1976) BB
  • Star Wars…John Williams (1977) SS
  • Take Me to the River…Al Green (1974) RS
  • Teenage Kicks…The Undertones (1978) NME
  • That’s the Way I Like It…KC & the Sunshine Band (1975) AG
  • This Masquerade…George Benson (1976) G-R
  • Torn Between Two Lovers…Mary MacGregor (1976) CB
  • Tusk…Fleetwood Mac (1979) RS
  • What a Fool Believes…The Doobie Brothers (1978) G-R, G-S
  • Wuthering Heights…Kate Bush (1978) Q
  • You’ve Got a Friend…James Taylor (1971) G-S, PCM

Key to the Codes: Click here for a full list of all year-end song awards.

Top 100 Songs from 1960-1969

First posted on DMDB Facebook page on 4/2/11, updated 7/28/2018.

These are the top 100 songs from 1960-1969 according to Dave’s Music Database. When a title was recognized as the Song of the Year, it is noted with a code following the song. A key to the codes is at the bottom of the page.

1. Hey Jude…The Beatles (1968) AG, BB, CB, DM, VF, Q, JW
2. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction…The Rolling Stones (1965) AG, CB, DM, VF, JW
3. Good Vibrations…The Beach Boys (1966) DM, NME, Q, RS, SS
4. I Heard It Through the Grapevine…Marvin Gaye (1968) MJ, SS
5. Respect…Aretha Franklin (1967) DM, MJ, RS, SS
6. I Want to Hold Your Hand…The Beatles (1963) AG, BB, CB, DM, RS, JW
7. Yesterday…The Beatles (1965)
8. (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay…Otis Redding (1968) PCM, RS
9. Like a Rolling Stone…Bob Dylan (1965) NME, Q
10. (Oh) Pretty Woman…Roy Orbison (1964) DM, VF, RS

11. Stand by Me…Ben E. King (1961) AG, CB, DM, VF, Q, RS
12. A Whiter Shade of Pale…Procol Harum (1967) VF
13. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’…The Righteous Brothers (1964) MJ
14. The House of the Rising Sun…The Animals (1964)
15. Unchained Melody…The Righteous Brothers (1965) PCM
16. Brown-Eyed Girl…Van Morrison (1967)
17. Light My Fire…The Doors (1967)
18. Louie Louie…The Kingsmen (1963)
19. My Girl…The Temptations (1965)
20. Suspicious Minds…Elvis Presley (1969) DM

21. All Along the Watchtower…The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)
22. You Really Got Me…The Kinks (1964) NME, Q
23. Honky Tonk Women…The Rolling Stones (1969) NME
24. My Generation…The Who (1965)
25. When a Man Loves a Woman…Percy Sledge (1966)
26. Proud Mary…Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
27. She Loves You…The Beatles (1963) AG, NMEm Q
28. I’m a Believer…The Monkees (1966) CB, JW
29. What a Wonderful World…Louis Armstrong (1967)
30. The Twist…Chubby Checker (1960) AG, CB, DM, PCM

31. Strawberry Fields Forever…The Beatles (1967) NME
32. God Only Knows…The Beach Boys (1966)
33. A Day in the Life…The Beatles (1967)
34. Dancing in the Street…Martha & the Vandellas (1964)
35. Reach Out (I’ll Be There)…Four Tops (1966)
36. Georgia on My Mind…Ray Charles (1960) SS
37. Be My Baby…The Ronettes (1963) MJ
38. Crazy…Patsy Cline (1961)
39. I Can’t Stop Loving You…Ray Charles (1962) DM, JW
40. I Want You Back…The Jackson 5 (1969) MJ, RS

41. Born to Be Wild…Steppenwolf (1968)
42. Nights in White Satin…The Moody Blues (1967)
43. Mr. Tambourine Man…The Byrds (1965)
44. Whole Lotta Love…Led Zeppelin (1969)
45. Sympathy for the Devil…The Rolling Stones (1968)
46. California Dreamin’…The Mamas & the Papas (1966)
47. It’s Now or Never…Elvis Presley (1960)
48. Space Oddity…David Bowie (1969)
49. The Sound of Silence…Simon & Garfunkel (1965)
50. Runaway…Del Shannon (1961) MJ
51. The Tracks of My Tears…The Miracles (1965) MJ, RS
52. Something…The Beatles (1969)
53. Jumpin’ Jack Flash…The Rolling Stones (1968) NME
54. Sugar, Sugar…The Archies (1969) BB, CB
55. Purple Haze…The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)
56. Mrs. Robinson…Simon & Garfunkel (1968) G-R
57. Paint It, Black…The Rolling Stones (1966)
58. It’s a Small World After All…The Disneyland Chorus (1964)
59. Get Back…The Beatles with Billy Preston (1969) VF
60. For What It’s Worth…Buffalo Springfield (1967)

61. Are You Lonesome Tonight?...Elvis Presley (1960) VF
62. Help!...The Beatles (1965)
63. Penny Lane…The Beatles (1967)
64. Waterloo Sunset…The Kinks (1967) Q
65. In My Life…The Beatles (1965)
66. Cathy’s Clown…The Everly Brothers (1960) RS
67. Moon River…Henry Mancini with Audrey Hepburn (1961) G-R, G-S, SS
68. White Rabbit…Jefferson Airplane (1967)
69. Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In…The 5th Dimension (1969) G-R, JW
70. Stop! In the Name of Love…The Supremes (1965)

71. A Change Is Gonna Come…Sam Cooke (1965)
72. I Got You (I Feel Good)…James Brown (1965)
73. Gimme Shelter…The Rolling Stones (1969) AG, Q
74. Where Did Our Love Go…The Supremes (1964)
75. Green Onions…Booker T. & the MG’s (1962) MJ, NME
76. Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag…James Brown (1965)
77. Strangers in the Night…Frank Sinatra (1966) AG, VF, G-R
78. River Deep, Mountain High…Ike & Tina Turner (1966) MJ
79. Can’t Buy Me Love…The Beatles (1964)
80. Eleanor Rigby…The Beatles (1966)

81. Baby Love…The Supremes (1964)
82. In the Midnight Hour…Wilson Pickett (1965)
83. Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher…Jackie Wilson (1967)
84. My Way…Frank Sinatra (1969) SS
85. California Girls…The Beach Boys (1965)
86. Will You Love Me Tomorrow…The Shirelles (1960) NME
87. All You Need Is Love…The Beatles (1967) AG
88. Save the Last Dance for Me…The Drifters (1960)
89. The Letter…The Box Tops (1967)
90. Blowin’ in the Wind…Bob Dylan (1963)

91. A Hard Day’s Night…The Beatles (1964)
92. You Can’t Hurry Love…The Supremes (1966)
93. Come Together…The Beatles (1969)
94. The Loco-Motion…Little Eva (1962) RS
95. Sunshine of Your Love…Cream (1968)
96. Crying…Roy Orbison (1961)
97. Theme from ‘A Summer Place’…Percy Faith (1960)
98. Hello, Dolly!...Louis Armstrong (1964) CB, G-S
99. Everyday People…Sly & the Family Stone (1968)
100. People Get Ready…The Impressions (1965)


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough…Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1967) PCM
  • Apache…The Shadows (1960) MJ, Q
  • At Last…Etta James (1961) PCM
  • The Ballad of the Green Berets…SSgt. Barry Sadler (1966) BB
  • Blowin’ in the Wind…Peter, Paul & Mary (1963) SS
  • Build Me Up Buttercup…The Foundations (1968) PCM
  • Days of Wine and Roses…Henry Mancini (1963) G-R, G-S
  • Exodus (Theme from)…Ferrante & Teicher (1960) G-S
  • Games People Play…Joe South (1968) G-S
  • The Girl from Ipanema…Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto (1964) G-R, SS
  • I Left My Heart in San Francisco…Tony Bennett (1962) G-S, SS
  • It Was a Very Good Year…Frank Sinatra (1965) SS
  • Let’s Twist Again…Chubby Checker (1962) VF
  • Little Green Apples…Roger Miller (1968) G-S
  • Love is Blue…Paul Mauriat (1967) CB
  • Michelle…The Beatles (1965) G-S
  • Misirlou…Dick Dale (1962) PCM
  • Monster Mash…Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers (1962) CB
  • Return to Sender…Elvis Presley (1962) AG
  • Running Scared…Roy Orbison (1961) NME
  • The Shadow of Your Smile (Theme from ‘The Sandpiper’)…Tony Bennett (1965) G-S
  • Stranger on the Shore…Mr. Acker Bilk (1961) BB
  • Sugar Shack…Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs (1963) BB, JW
  • Summer Wind…Frank Sinatra (1966) PCM
  • A Taste of Honey…Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (1965) G-R
  • Telstar…The Tornadoes (1962) Q
  • Theme from ‘A Summer Place’…Percy Faith (1960) BB, G-R, JW
  • To Sir with Love…Lulu (1967) BB, JW
  • Tossin’ and Turnin’…Bobby Lewis (1961) BB, JW
  • Twist and Shout…The Beatles (1963) PCM
  • Up, Up and Away…The Fifth Dimension (1967) G-R, G-S
  • What Kind of Fool Am I?...Sammy Davis, Jr. (1962) G-S
  • Wooly Bully…Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs (1965) BB
  • Yakety Sax (Benny Hill Theme)…Boots Randolph (1963) PCM
  • You’re the Devil in Disguise…Elvis Presley (1963) VF

Key to the Codes: Click here for a full list of all year-end song awards.

Top 100 Songs from 1950-1959

First posted on DMDB Facebook page on 5/3/2011, updated 7/28/2018.

These are the top 100 songs from 1950-1959 according to Dave’s Music Database. When a title was recognized as the Song of the Year, it is noted with a code following the song. A key to the codes is at the bottom of the page.

1. We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock…Bill Haley & His Comets (1954) AG, DM, HP, PCM, VF
2. Heartbreak Hotel…Elvis Presley (1956) DM, MJ, NME, RS
3. Don’t Be Cruel…Elvis Presley (1956) PCM, JW
4. Mack the Knife…Bobby Darin (1959) AG, CB, DM, G-R, VF, PCM, JW
5. Hound Dog…Elvis Presley (1956) AG, PCM, JW
6. Jailhouse Rock…Elvis Presley (1957) DM, VF, PCM
7. Johnny B. Goode…Chuck Berry (1958) DM, MJ, NME, RS
8. Tennessee Waltz…Patti Page (1950) DM, JW
9. Tutti Frutti…Little Richard (1955) MJ, NME
10. What’d I Say…Ray Charles (1959) MJ, NME, Q, RS

11. That’ll Be the Day…Buddy Holly & the Crickets (1957) MJ, NME, RS
12. You Belong to Me…Jo Stafford (1952) DM, VF, JW
13. How High the Moon…Les Paul & Mary Ford (1951) DM, HP, SS
14. Goodnight Irene…The Weavers with Gordon Jenkins’ Orchestra (1950) SS
15. All Shook Up…Elvis Presley (1957) AG, CB, JW
16. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)…The Penguins (1954)
17. Sixteen Tons…Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955) PCM
18. Maybellene…Chuck Berry (1955) DM
19. All I Have to Do Is Dream…The Everly Brothers (1958)
20. Mona Lisa…Nat “King” Cole (1950) AG, VF

21. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On…Jerry Lee Lewis (1957)
22. Blue Suede Shoes…Carl Perkins (1956)
23. I Only Have Eyes for You…The Flamingos (1959)
24. Great Balls of Fire…Jerry Lee Lewis (1957)
25. The Great Pretender…The Platters (1955)
26. Love Me Tender…Elvis Presley (1956)
27. Peggy Sue…Buddy Holly & the Crickets (1957)
28. Blueberry Hill…Fats Domino (1956)
29. Why Do Fools Fall in Love?...Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers (1956)
30. Your Cheatin’ Heart…Hank Williams (1953) RS, SS

31. Only You (And You Alone)…The Platters (1955)
32. Shake, Rattle and Roll…Big Joe Turner (1954) NME
33. Ain’t That a Shame…Fats Domino (1955) Q
34. Diana…Paul Anka (1957)
35. The Yellow Rose of Texas…Mitch Miller Chorus (1955)
36. You Send Me…Sam Cooke (1957)
37. That’s All Right, Mama…Elvis Presley (1954) Q, RS
38. Secret Love…Doris Day (1954)
39. Cry…Johnnie Ray & the Four Lads (1951) JW
40. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered…Bill Snyder (1950)

41. Mystery Train…Elvis Presley (1955) RS
42. Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You)…Les Paul & Mary Ford (1953) DM, VF, JW
43. It’s All in the Game…Tommy Edwards (1951) CB, PCM
44. Bo Diddley…Bo Diddley (1955)
45. The Third Man Theme…Anton Karas (1950) CB
46. Tenderly…Rosemary Clooney (1952) SS
47. At the Hop…Danny & the Juniors (1957) JW
48. I Walk the Line…Johnny Cash (1956)
49. The Little Drummer Boy…Harry Simeone Chorale (1958)
50. Summertime Blues…Eddie Cochran (1958)

51. Sincerely…The McGuire Sisters (1954)
52. Cold, Cold Heart…Hank Williams (1951)
53. Wake Up Little Susie…The Everly Brothers (1957)
54. The Battle of New Orleans…Johnny Horton (1959) BB, G-S
55. La Bamba…Ritchie Valens (1958)
56. Bye Bye Love…The Everly Brothers (1957)
57. Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing…The Four Aces (1955)
58. Where Is Your Heart (Song from “Moulin Rouge”)…Percy Faith with Felicia Sanders (1953) CB
59. Because of You…Tony Bennett (1951)
60. Singing the Blues…Guy Mitchell (1956) CB

61. Sh-Boom…The Chords (1954)
62. Wheel of Fortune…Kay Starr (1952) AG
63. Misty…Johnny Mathis (1959) SS
64. In the Still of the Nite…The Five Satins (1956)
65. April in Paris…Count Basie (1955)
66. Mr. Sandman…The Chordettes (1954) AG, VF
67. Autumn Leaves…Roger Williams (1955)
68. Hoochie Coochie Man…Muddy Waters (1954)
69. Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue)…Domenico Modugno (1958) BB, G-R, G-S
70. Be-Bop-A-Lula…Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps (1958)

71. Tequila…The Champs (1958) PCM
72. Tom Dooley…The Kingston Trio (1958) AG, VF
73. Rocket 88…Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats (1951) RS
74. Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White…Perez “Prez” Prado (1955) JW
75. Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear…Elvis Presley (1957)
76. Little Things Mean a Lot…Kitty Kallen (1954) JW
77. Long Tall Sally…Little Richard (1956)
78. Crying in the Chapel…The Orioles (1953) NME
79. Take Five…Dave Brubeck (1959)
80. I Believe…Frankie Laine (1953)

81. Mannish Boy…Muddy Waters (1955)
82. Love Letters in the Sand…Pat Boone (1957)
83. Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart…Vera Lynn (1952) CB
84. El Paso…Marty Robbins (1959)
85. My Foolish Heart…Gordon Jenkins with Eileen Wilson (1950)
86. The Ballad of Davy Crocket…Bill Hayes (1955) CB
87. Hey There…Rosemary Clooney (1954)
88. Wanted…Perry Como (1954) CB
89. He’ll Have to Go…Jim Reeves (1959)
90. Too Young…Nat “King” Cole (1951)

91. Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)…Doris Day (1956) VF
92. La Vie En Rose…Edith Piaf (1950)
93. Who’s Sorry Now?...Connie Francis (1958)
94. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus…Jimmy Boyd (1952)
95. Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy…Red Foley (1950)
96. The Doggie in the Window…Patti Page (1953)
97. Honky Tonk…Bill Doggett (1956)
98. Shout (Parts 1 and 2)…The Isley Brothers (1959)
99. Fever…Peggy Lee (1957)
100. Kansas City…Wibert Harrison (1959)


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me)…Frank Sinatra (1958) SS
  • Everyday I Have the Blues…Count Basie with Joe Williams (1955) SS
  • The Glow-Worm…The Mills Brothers (1952) HP
  • I Get a Kick Out of You…Frank Sinatra (1954) SS
  • I’ve Got You Under My Skin…Frank Sinatra (1956) SS
  • Lawdy Miss Clawdy…Lloyd Price (1952) RS
  • Move It…Cliff Richard & the Drifters (1958) Q
  • Rockin’ at the 2 I’s…Wee Willie Harris (1957) Q
  • Rock Island Line…Lonnie Donegan (1956) Q
  • Rolling Stone…Muddy Waters (1950) RS
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes…The Platters (1958) CB
  • Stardust…Nat “King” Cole (1957) SS
  • That’s Amore…Dean Martin (1953) AG
  • This Ole House…Rosemary Clooney (1954) HP
  • Unforgettable…Nat “King” Cole (1951) AG, VF

Key to the Codes: Click here for a full list of all year-end song awards.

Top 100 Songs from 1940-1949

First posted on DMDB Facebook page on 4/4/2012, updated 7/28/2018.

These are the top 100 songs from 1940-1949 according to Dave’s Music Database. Note: during this era, songs were recorded often by multiple artists. Only the top-ranked version is listed here.

When a title was recognized as the Song of the Year, it is noted with a code following the song. A key to the codes is at the bottom of the page.

1. White Christmas...Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers (1942) AG, DM, PCM, SS, TS, JW
2. Stardust...Artie Shaw (1941) DM, HP, PCM
3. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer...Gene Autry (1949) DM
4. As Time Goes By…Dooley Wilson (1942) DM, SS
5. Sentimental Journey...Les Brown with Doris Day (1945) DM, EG, PCM, SS
6. Body and Soul...Coleman Hawkins (1940) SS
7. Paper Doll...The Mills Brothers (1943) EG, TS
8. Peg O’ My Heart...The Harmonicats (1947) DM, EG
9. When You Wish Upon a Star...Cliff Edwards (1940) HP
10. Chattanooga Choo Choo...Glenn Miller with Tex Beneke & the Four Modernaires (1941) AG, TS

11. I’ll Never Smile Again...Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers (1940) DM
12. Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)...Vaughn Monroe (1949) AG, VF, PCM, TS, JW
13. Near You...Francis Craig with Bob Lamm (1947) VF, JW
14. I’ll Be Seeing You...Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra (1944) DM
15. Buttons and Bows...Dinah Shore and Her Harper Valley Boys (1948) AG, DM, VF, JW
16. The Christmas Song...Nat “King” Cole (1946) DM, PCM, SS
17. Swinging on a Star...Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra & the Williams Brothers Quartet (1944) TS, JW
18. Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me)...Woody Herman (1941)
19. Some Enchanted Evening...Perry Como (1949) EG
20. For Me and My Gal…Judy Garland & Gene Kelly (1942)

21. Take the “A” Train...Duke Ellington (1941) SS
22. Frenesi...Artie Shaw (1940)
23. I’ve Heard That Song Before...Harry James with Helen Forrest (1943) AG, JW
24. The Gypsy...The Ink Spots (1946) EG, VF, JW
25. This Land Is Your Land...Woody Guthrie (1944) SS
26. Don’t Fence Me In...Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters (1944) AG
27. Ac-Cent-Tchu-ate the Positive...Johnny Mercer with the Pied Pipers (1945)
28. Twelfth Street Rag...Pee Wee Hunt (1948) TS
29. Nature Boy...Nat “King” Cole with Frank DeVol (1948)
30. That Old Black Magic...Glenn Miller with Skip Nelson (1943)

31. Till the End of Time...Perry Como (1945) AG
32. You’ll Never Know...Dick Haymes with the Song Spinners (1943)
33. Ballerina...Vaughn Monroe (1947) TS
34. Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)...Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell (1941) JW
35. Rum and Coca-Cola...The Andrews Sisters (1945) VF, TS, JW
36. Heartaches...Ted Weems with Elmo Tanner (1947)
37. Cruising Down the River...Blue Barron & His Orchestra (1949)
38. Besame Mucho (Kiss Me Much)...Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly & Kitty Kallen (1944)
39. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry...Hank Williams (1949) RS, SS
40. People Will Say We’re In Love...Bing Crosby with Trudy Erwin (1943)

41. It Might As Well Be Spring...Dick Haymes (1945)
42. Pistol Packin’ Mama...Al Dexter (1943) VF
43. If I Loved You…Perry Como (1945)
44. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!...Vaughn Monroe (1945)
45. There! I’ve Said It Again...Vaughn Monroe (1945)
46. On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe...Johnny Mercer with the Pied Pipers (1945) HP
47. Laura...Woody Herman (1945)
48. Fools Rush in Where Angels Fear to Tread…Glenn Miller (1940)
49. Moonlight Cocktail...Glenn Miller with Ray Eberle & The Modernaires (1942) VF
50. I’ll Get By As Long As I Have You...Harry James with Dick Haymes (1944)

51. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy...The Andrews Sisters (1941)
52. Long Ago and Far Away...Helen Forrest with Dick Haymes (1944)
53. God Bless the Child...Billie Holiday (1941)
54. That Lucky Old Sun...Frankie Laine with Judd Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Harry Geller’s Orchestra, & Carl Fischer Orchestra (1949)
55. The Trolley Song...Judy Garland (1944) HP
56. Sunday, Monday or Always...Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers (1943)
57. Tuxedo Junction...Glenn Miller (1940) VF
58. Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else But Me...Glenn Miller with Tex Beneke & the Modernaires (1942) HP
59. Jingle, Jangle, Jingle...Kay Kyser with Harry Babbitt & Julie Conway (1942)
60. Round Midnight...Thelonious Monk (1944)

61. Taking a Chance on Love…Benny Goodman with Helen Forrest (1940)
62. Manana Is Soon Enough for Me...Peggy Lee (1948)
63. I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover...Art Mooney (1948) PCM
64. There Are Such Things...Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers (1942)
65. My Funny Valentine…Hal McIntyre with Ruth Gaylor (1945)
66. Tangerine…Jimmy Dorsey’s Orchestra with Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell (1942)
67. Dream (When You’re Feeling Blue)...The Pied Pipers with Paul Weston (1945)
68. Move on Up a Little Higher...Mahalia Jackson (1948)
69. I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo...Glenn Miller with Tex Beneke & Marion Hutton (1942)
70. Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’…Bing Crosby with Trudy Erwin & the Sportsment Glee Club (1943)

71. To Each His Own...Eddy Howard (1946)
72. It’s Been a Long, Long Time...Bing Crosby with the Les Brown Trio (1945)
73. On a Slow Boat to China…Kay Kyser with Harry Babbitt & Gloria Wood (1948)
74. Lovesick Blues...Hank Williams (1949)
75. A String of Pearls...Glenn Miller (1942)
76. I’ll Be Home for Christmas…Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra (1943)
77. Baby, It’s Cold Outside…Johnny Mercer with Margaret Whiting (1949)
78. Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition ...Kay Kyser with Glee Club (1942)
79. I Had the Craziest Dream…Harry James with Helen Forrest (1943)
80. Shoo-Shoo Baby…The Andrews Sisters (1943)

81. I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm…Les Brown (1948)
82. I Love You for Sentimental Reasons...The Nat “King” Cole Trio (1946) AG
83. You’re Breaking My Heart...Vic Damone (1949)
84. One for My Baby and One More for the Road…Frank Sinatra (1949)
85. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town…Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters (1947)
86. Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette...Tex Williams (1947) VF
87. Now Is the Hour (Māori Farewell Song)…Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers (1948)
88. Imagination…Glenn Miller (1940)
89. Because…Perry Como (1948)
90. You Are My Sunshine...Jimmie Davis (1940)

91. You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To…Dinah Shore (1943)
92. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore…The Ink Spots (1943)
93. Daddy…Sammy Kaye (1941)
94. Dancing in the Dark...Artie Shaw (1941)
95. Boogie Chillen…John Lee Hooker (1949)
96. I’ll Walk Alone...Dinah Shore (1944) EG
97. It’s Magic...Doris Day (1948) HP
98. I’m Beginning to See the Light…Harry James with Kitty Kallen (1945)
99. There’ll Be Some Changes Made…Benny Goodman with Louise Tobim (1941)
100. Mule Train…Frankie Laine & the Muleskinners (1949) HP


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • Call It Stormy Monday…T-Bone Walker (1948) SS
  • Maria Elena...Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly (1941) EG
  • My Happiness…Jon & Sandra Steele (1948) EG
  • La Bamba…Andres Huesca con Junto (1947) SS
  • Oklahoma!...Alfred Drake with the Oklahoma Cast (1943) PCM
  • Open the Door, Richard…Count Basie with Harry Edison & Bill Johnson (1947) HP
  • Personality…Johnny Mercer (1946) TS
  • Sioux City Sue…Bing Crosby with the Jesters (1946) HP
  • Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That’s an Irish Lullaby)…Bing Crosby (1944) PCM
  • When the Lights Go on Again All Over the World…Vaughn Monroe (1942) EG
  • When You Wish Upon a Star…Glenn Miller (1940) PCM
  • You Always Hurt the One You Love…The Mills Brothers (1944) VF
  • Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart…Judy Garland (1943) HP
  • Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah…James Baskett (1946) AG

Key to the Codes: Click here for a full list of all year-end song awards.