Monday, December 31, 2018

TSORT: Songs of the Year, 1900-2018

Originally posted 4/13/2019; updated 11/29/2019.

TSORT offers an aggregate of as many as 138 charts, although the number of charts becomes more sparse the farther back they stretch. Nonetheless, the site offers a page indicating songs of the year from 1900 to present.


Acclaimed Music – Songs of the Year, 1920-2018

Originally posted 12/29/2014; updated 12/31/2018.

Acclaimed Music was started in 1994 by Henrik Franzon in Stockholm, Sweden. He has aggregated multiple best-of lists to come up with all-time lists for albums and songs as well as annual lists.

  • 2018: Childish Gambino “This Is America”
  • 2017: Kendrick Lamar “Humble”
  • 2016: Beyoncé “Formation”
  • 2015: Tame Impala “Let It Happen”
  • 2014: Future Islands “Seasons (Waiting on You)”
  • 2013: Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams “Get Lucky
  • 2012: Frank Ocean “Pyramids”
  • 2011: M83 “Midnight City”
  • 2010: Kanye West with Pusha T “Runaway”

  • 2009: Jay-Z with Alicia Keys…Empire State of Mind
  • 2008: Hercules & Love Affair “Blind”
  • 2007: M.I.A. “Paper Planes
  • 2006: Gnarls Barkley “Crazy
  • 2005: Arctic Monkeys “I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor”
  • 2004: Franz Ferdinand “Take Me Out
  • 2003: OutKast “Hey Ya!
  • 2002: LCD Soundsystem “Losing My Edge”
  • 2001: Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott “Get UR Freak On”
  • 2000: OutKast “Ms. Jackson”

  • 1999: Aphex Twin “Windowlicker”
  • 1998: Stardust “Music Sounds Better with You”
  • 1997: Radiohead “Paranoid Android”
  • 1996: The Prodigy “Firestarter”
  • 1995: Pulp “Common People”
  • 1994: Oasis “Live Forever”
  • 1993: Beck “Loser”
  • 1992: Radiohead “Creep
  • 1991: Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • 1990: Sinéad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U

  • 1989: Public Enemy “Fight the Power”
  • 1988: The La’s “There She Goes”
  • 1987: Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine
  • 1986: The Smiths “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”
  • 1985: Madonna “Into the Groove”
  • 1984: Prince “When Doves Cry
  • 1983: New Order “Blue Monday”
  • 1982: Michael Jackson “Billie Jean
  • 1981: The Specials “Ghost Town”
  • 1980: Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart

  • 1979: The Clash “London Calling”
  • 1978: Blondie “Heart of Glass”
  • 1977: Sex Pistols “God Save the Queen”
  • 1976: Sex Pistols “Anarchy in the U.K.”
  • 1975: Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run
  • 1974: Bob Marley & the Wailers “No Woman, No Cry”
  • 1973: The Stooges “Search and Destroy”
  • 1972: Stevie Wonder “Superstition
  • 1971: Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On
  • 1970: Derek & the Dominos “Layla

  • 1969: The Rolling Stones “Gimme Shelter”
  • 1968: Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine
  • 1967: The Beatles “A Day in the Life”
  • 1966: The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations
  • 1965: Bob Dylan “Like a Rolling Stone
  • 1964: The Kinks “You Really Got Me
  • 1963: The Ronettes “Be My Baby
  • 1962: Booker T & the MG’s “Green Onions”
  • 1961: Ben E. King “Stand by Me
  • 1960: The Shirelles “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”

  • 1959: Ray Charles “What’d I Say
  • 1958: Chuck Berry “Johnny B. Goode
  • 1957: Buddy Holly & the Crickets “That’ll Be the Day
  • 1956: Elvis Presley “Heartbreak Hotel
  • 1955: Little Richard “Tutti Frutti
  • 1954: Bill Haley & His Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock
  • 1953: Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton “Hound Dog
  • 1952: Lloyd Price “Lawdy Miss Clawdy”
  • 1951: Woody Guthrie “This Land Is Your Land
  • 1950: Muddy Waters “Rollin’ Stone”

  • 1949: Hank Williams “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
  • 1948: John Lee Hooker “Boogie Chillen’”
  • 1947: Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys “Blue Moon of Kentucky”
  • 1946: Charles Trenet “Beyond the Sea (La Mer)”
  • 1945: Edith Piaf “La Vie En Rose”
  • 1944: Les Brown with Doris Day “Sentimental Journey
  • 1943: Duke Ellington “Come Sunday”/“Black, Brown, and Beige”
  • 1942: Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers & the John Scott Trotter Orchestra “White Christmas
  • 1941: Billie Holiday “God Bless the Child”
  • 1940: Quintet of the Hot Club of France “Nuages”

  • 1939: Billie Holiday “Strange Fruit
  • 1938: Artie Shaw Begin the Beguine
  • 1937: Robert Johnson “Hellhound on My Trail”
  • 1936: Robert Johnson “Crossroads (aka "Cross Road Blues")”
  • 1935: The Carter Family “Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye)”
  • 1934: Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter “The Midnight Special”
  • 1933: Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra “Moten’s Swing”
  • 1932: Bing Crosby “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
  • 1931: Cab Calloway “Minnie the Moocher”
  • 1930: Duke Ellington “Mood Indigo

  • 1929: Fats Waller “Ain’t Misbehavin’
  • 1928: Louis Armstrong “West End Blues
  • 1927: Blind Willie Johnson “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground”
  • 1926: Jelly Roll Morton “Black Bottom Stomp”
  • 1925: Bessie Smith with Louis Armstrong “St. Louis Blues
  • 1924: Paul Whiteman with George Gershwin “Rhapsody in Blue
  • 1923: Bessie Smith “Down Hearted Blues”
  • 1922: James P. Johnson “Carolina Shout”
  • 1921: Al Jolson “April Showers
  • 1920: Mamie Smith “Crazy Blues”

Digital Dream Door: Songs of the Year, 1920-2018

Originally posted 4/6/2019.

Digital Dream Door offers multiple best-of music lists, including song-of-the-year lists from 1940 to present. Here are the best songs from each year:


Billboard - Songs of the Year, 1958-2018

Originally posted 12/29/2014; updated 12/31/2018.

Each year since the inception of the Billboard Hot 100, the magazine has named a “song of the year” determined by chart performance. Here are those songs from 1958 to present.

  • 1958: Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue)...Domenico Modugno
  • 1959: The Battle of New Orleans…Johnny Horton

  • 1960: Theme from “A Summer Place”…Percy Faith
  • 1961: Tossin’ and Turnin’…Bobby Lewis
  • 1962: Stranger on the Shore…Mr. Acker Bilk
  • 1963: Sugar Shack…Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs
  • 1964: I Want to Hold Your Hand…The Beatles
  • 1965: Wooly Bully…Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs
  • 1966: The Ballad of the Green Berets…SSgt Barry Sadler
  • 1967: To Sir with Love…Lulu
  • 1968: Hey Jude…The Beatles
  • 1969: Sugar Sugar…The Archies

  • 1970: Bridge Over Troubled Water…Simon & Garfunkel
  • 1971: Joy to the World…Three Dog Night
  • 1972: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face…Roberta Flack
  • 1973: Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree…Tony Orlando & Dawn
  • 1974: The Way We Were…Barbra Streisand
  • 1975: Love Will Keep Us Together…Captain & Tennille
  • 1976: Silly Love Songs…Paul McCartney & Wings
  • 1977: Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)…Rod Stewart
  • 1978: Shadow Dancing…Andy Gibb
  • 1979: My Sharona…The Knack

  • 1980: Call Me…Blondie
  • 1981: Bette Davis Eyes…Kim Carnes
  • 1982: Physical…Olivia Newton-John
  • 1983: Every Breath You Take…The Police
  • 1984: When Doves Cry…Prince
  • 1985: Careless Whisper…George Michael
  • 1986: That’s What Friends Are For…Dionne & Friends
  • 1987: Walk Like an Egyptian…Bangles
  • 1988: Faith…George Michael
  • 1989: Look Away…Chicago

  • 1990: Hold On…Wilson Phillips
  • 1991: (Everything I Do) I Do It for You…Bryan Adams
  • 1992: End of the Road…Boyz II Men
  • 1993: I Will Always Love You…Whitney Houston
  • 1994: The Sign…Ace of Base
  • 1995: Gangsta’s Paradise…Coolio with L.V.
  • 1996: Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)…Los Del Rio
  • 1997: Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)…Elton John
  • 1998: Too Close…Next
  • 1999: Believe…Cher

  • 2000: Breathe…Faith Hill
  • 2001: Hanging by a Moment…Lifehouse
  • 2002: How You Remind Me…Nickelback
  • 2003: In Da Club…50 Cent
  • 2004: Yeah!...Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris
  • 2005: We Belong Together…Mariah Carey
  • 2006: Bad Day…Daniel Powter
  • 2007: Irreplaceable…Beyoncé
  • 2008: Low…Flo Rida with T-Pain
  • 2009: Boom Boom Pow…Black Eyed Peas

  • 2010: Tik Tok…Ke$ha
  • 2011: Rolling in the Deep…Adele
  • 2012: Somebody That I Used to Know…Gotye with Kimbra
  • 2013: Thrift Shop…Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz
  • 2014: Happy…Pharrell Williams
  • 2015: All About That Bass…Meghan Trainor
  • 2016: Love Yourself…Justin Bieber
  • 2017: Shape of You…Ed Sheeran
  • 2018: God’s Plan…Drake

Dave's Music Database: Song of the Year (1900-2018)

Originally posted 3/31/2019.

These are the best songs for each year from 1900 to present, according to Dave’s Music Database. Rankings are determined by aggregating multiple best-of lists along with chart data, sales figures, radio and video airplay, and streams.


Rolling Stone Magazine: Songs of the Year, 1949-2018

Originally posted 4/15/2019.

Rolling Stone magazine has published numerous best-of lists (see resources at bottom of page) over the years. Those have been aggregated into a single “best of list” (see the top 100 songs here). Based on that and year-end lists, these are the best songs from each year from 1949 to 2018 according to Rolling Stone:

  • 2018: Drake “In My Feelings”
  • 2017: Harry Styles “Sign of the Times”
  • 2016: Beyoncé “Formation”
  • 2015: The Weeknd “Can’t Feel My Face
  • 2014: Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!
  • 2013: Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams “Get Lucky
  • 2012: Alabama Shakes “Hold On”
  • 2011: Jay-Z with Kanye West “Niggas in Paris”
  • 2010: Adele “Rolling in the Deep

  • 2009: U2 “Moment of Surrender”
  • 2008: Beyoncé “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
  • 2007: Jay-Z “Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)”
  • 2006: Gnarls Barkley “Crazy
  • 2005: Arctic Monkeys “I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor”
  • 2004: Jay-Z “99 Problems”
  • 2003: OutKast “Hey Ya!
  • 2002: Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott “Work It”
  • 2001: Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott “Get Ur Freak On”
  • 2000: Madonna “Music

  • 1999: TLC “No Scrubs”
  • 1998: Lauryn Hill “Doo Wop (That Thing)”
  • 1997: The Verve “Bittersweet Symphony”
  • 1996: Blackstreet with Dr. Dre “No Diggity”
  • 1995: Alanis Morissette “You Oughta Know”
  • 1994: Beastie Boys “Sabotage”
  • 1993: Beck “Loser”
  • 1992: Eric Clapton “Tears in Heaven”
  • 1991: R.E.M. “Losing My Religion
  • 1990: Sinéad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U

  • 1989: Public Enemy “Fight the Power”
  • 1988: Tracy Chapman “Fast Car”
  • 1987: Bruce Springsteen “Tunnel of Love”
  • 1986: Prince “Kiss”
  • 1985: Artists United Against Apartheid “Sun City”
  • 1984: Tina Turner “What’s Love Got to Do with It”
  • 1983: The Police “Every Breath You Take
  • 1982: Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five “The Message
  • 1981: The Rolling Stones “Start Me Up”
  • 1980: Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart

  • 1979: Fleetwood Mac “Tusk”
  • 1978: Ramones “I Wanna Be Sedated”
  • 1977: Fleetwood Mac “Go Your Own Way”
  • 1976: Sex Pistols “Anarcy in the U.K.”
  • 1975: Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run
  • 1974: Al Green “Take Me to the River”
  • 1973: Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get It On
  • 1972: Stevie Wonder “Superstition
  • 1971: John Lennon “Imagine
  • 1970: Elton John “Your Song

  • 1969: The Jackson 5 “I Want You Back”
  • 1968: Otis Redding “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay
  • 1967: Aretha Franklin “Respect
  • 1966: The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations
  • 1965: The Miracles “The Tracks of My Tears”
  • 1964: Roy Orbison “(Oh) Pretty Woman
  • 1963: The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand
  • 1962: Little Eva “The Loco-Motion”
  • 1961: Ben E. King “Stand by Me
  • 1960: The Everly Brothers “Cathy’s Clown”

  • 1959: Ray Charles “What’d I Say
  • 1958: Chuck Berry “Johnny B. Goode
  • 1957: Buddy Holly & the Crickets “That’ll Be the Day
  • 1956: Elvis Presley “Heartbreak Hotel
  • 1955: Elvis Presley “Mystery Train”
  • 1954: Elvis Presley “That’s All Right, Mama”
  • 1953: Hank Williams “Your Cheatin’ Heart”
  • 1952: Lloyd Price “Lawdy Miss Clawdy”
  • 1951: Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats “Rocket 88”
  • 1950: Muddy Waters “Rollin’ Stone”

  • 1949: Hank Williams “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”

Rolling Stone Lists:

UK Official Charts: Songs of the Year, 1952-2018

Originally posted 4/14/2019.

The UK Official Charts Company is a company which tracks sales of albums and singles in the United Kingdom. The company formed in 1969, but have integrated New Musical Express (NME) charts which date back to 1952. There are year-end charts posted on the official site, but they are easier to access here.

  • 2018: Keala Settle with the Greatest Showman Ensemble “This Is Me”
  • 2017: Ed Sheeran “Shape of You
  • 2016: Drake with Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance
  • 2015: Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!
  • 2014: Pharrell Williams “Happy
  • 2013: Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines
  • 2012: Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know
  • 2011: Adele “Someone Like You
  • 2010: Eminem & Rihanna “Love the Way You Lie

  • 2009: Lady Gaga “Poker Face
  • 2008: Alexandra Burke “Hallelujah”
  • 2007: Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love
  • 2006: Gnarls Barkley “Crazy
  • 2005: Tony Christie & Peter Kay “Is This the Way to Amarillo”
  • 2004: Band Aid 20 “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
  • 2003: Black Eyed Peas with Justin Timberlake “Where Is the Love?”
  • 2002: Will Young “Anything Is Possible”
  • 2001: Shaggy with Ricardo “Rik Rok” Ducent “It Wasn’t Me”
  • 2000: Bob the Builder “Can We Fix It?”

  • 1999: Britney Spears “Baby One More Time
  • 1998: Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On
  • 1997: Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You
  • 1996: Spice Girls “Wannabe”
  • 1995: Celine Dion “Think Twice”
  • 1994: Wet Wet Wet “Love Is All Around”
  • 1993: Meat Loaf “I’d Do Anything for Love But I Won’t Do That”
  • 1992: Shapespear’s Sister “Stay”
  • 1991: Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You
  • 1990: Elton John “Healing Hands”/“Sacrifice”

  • 1989: Black Box “Ride on Time”
  • 1988: Kylie Minogue “I Should Be So Lucky”
  • 1987: Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up”
  • 1986: Communards “Don’t Leave Me This Way”
  • 1985: Jennifer Rush “The Power of Love”
  • 1984: Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Relax”
  • 1983: Culture Club “Karma Chameleon”
  • 1982: Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Come on Eileen”
  • 1981: Shakin’ Stevens “This Ole House”
  • 1980: Don McLean “Crying”

  • 1979: Art Garfunkel “Bright Eyes”
  • 1978: Boney M “Rivers of Babylon”
  • 1977: Abba “Knowing Me, Knowing You”
  • 1976: Brotherhood of Man “Save Your Kisses for Me”
  • 1975: Bay City Rollers “Bye Bye Baby”
  • 1974: David Essex “Gonna Make You a Star”
  • 1973: Tony Orlando & Dawn “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree”
  • 1972: Harry Nilsson “Without You”
  • 1971: Tony Orlando & Dawn “Knock Three Times”
  • 1970: Elvis Presley “The Wonder of You”

  • 1969: The Archies “Sugar Sugar”
  • 1968: Louis Armstrong “What a Wonderful World
  • 1967: Engelbert Humperdinck “Release Me”
  • 1966: Jim Reeves “Distant Drums”
  • 1965: Ken Dodd “Tears”
  • 1964: Jim Reeves “I Love You Because”
  • 1963: The Beatles “She Loves You
  • 1962: Frank Ifield “I Remember You”
  • 1961: Elvis Presley “Wooden Heart”
  • 1960: The Everly Brothers “Cathy’s Clown”

  • 1959: Russ Conway “Side Saddle”
  • 1958: The Everly Brothers “All I Have to Do Is Dream
  • 1957: Paul Anka “Diana”
  • 1956: Doris Day “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera Sera)”
  • 1955: Tennessee Ernie Ford “Give Me Your Word”
  • 1954: Doris Day “Secret Love”
  • 1953: Frankie Laine “I Believe”
  • 1952: Al Martino “Here in My Heart”

Dave’s Faves: Songs of the Year

Originally posted 3/31/2019.

These are my personal favorite songs for each year from ? to present.

  • 2018: Lady Gaga with Bradley Cooper “Shallow”
  • 2017: Keala Settle with the Greatest Show Ensemble “This Is Me”
  • 2016: Sturgill Simpson “In Bloom”
  • 2015: Disturbed “The Sound of Silence”
  • 2014: The War on Drugs “Under the Pressure”
  • 2013: Grouplove “Ways to Go”
  • 2012: Willie Nelson with Lukas Nelson “Just Breathe”
  • 2011: Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know
  • 2010: Cee-Lo Green “Fuck You (aka “Forget You”)

  • 2009: Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling
  • 2008: John Mellencamp “If I Die Sudden”
  • 2007: Crowded House “Silent House”
  • 2006: Dresden Dolls “Sing”
  • 2005: Sandi Thom “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker with Flowers in My Hair”
  • 2004: Bruce Hornsby “Gonna Be Some Changes Made”
  • 2003: Michael Franti & Spearhead “Everyone Deserves Music”
  • 2002: Michael Andrews & Gary Jules “Mad World”
  • 2001: Alan Jackson “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning”
  • 2000: D’Angelo “Untitled (How Does It Feel)”

  • 1999: Bruce Springsteen “American Skin (41 Shots)”
  • 1998: Lyle Lovett “Step Inside This House”
  • 1997: Marillion “Estonia”
  • 1996: K’s Choice “Not an Addict”
  • 1995: Melissa Etheridge with Bruce Springsteen “Thunder Road (live)”
  • 1994: Frente! “Bizarre Love Triangle”
  • 1993: Israel Kmakawiwo’ole “Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World”
  • 1992: Shawn Colvin “I Don’t Know Why”
  • 1991: Tori Amos “Me and a Gun”
  • 1990: Toy Matinee “There Was a Little Boy”

  • 1989: Indigo Girls “Closer to Fine”
  • 1988: Kate Bush “This Woman’s Work”
  • 1987: R.E.M. “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”
  • 1986: David + David “Welcome to the Boomtown”
  • 1985: Marillion “Kayleigh”
  • 1984: U2 “Bad (live)”
  • 1983: Marillion “Script for a Jester’s Tear”
  • 1982: The Alan Parsons Project “Old and Wise”
  • 1981: Squeeze “Tempted”
  • 1980: Peter Gabriel “Biko”

  • 1979: The Police “Message in a Bottle”
  • 1978: Styx “Renegade”
  • 1977: Styx “Come Sail Away”
  • 1976: Eagles “Hotel California
  • 1975: Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody
  • 1974: Harry Chapin “Cat’s in the Cradle”
  • 1973: Eagles “Desperado”
  • 1972: Lou Reed “Walk on the Wild Side”
  • 1971: Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven
  • 1970: Derek & the Dominos “Layla

  • 1969: Redding, Otis “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay
  • 1967: The Beatles “A Day in the Life”
  • 1966: Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)
  • 1965: The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
  • 1964: Sam Cooke A Change Is Gonna Come
  • 1963: The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand
  • 1962: The Contours “Do You Love Me”
  • 1961: Ben E. King “Stand by Me
  • 1960: Chubby Checker “The Twist

  • 1959: Wilbert Harrison “Kansas City”
  • 1958: Harry Simeone Chorale “The Little Drummer Boy”
  • 1957: Buddy Holly & the Crickets “That’ll Be the Day
  • 1956: Elvis Presley Hound Dog
  • 1955: Little Richard “Tutti Frutti
  • 1954: Bill Haley & His Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock
  • 1953: Hank Williams “Your Cheatin’ Heart”
  • 1952: Gene Kelly “Singin’ in the Rain”
  • 1951: Bing Crosby “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”
  • 1950: Nat “King” Cole “Mona Lisa

  • 1949: Gene Autry & the Pinafores “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • 1948: Art Mooney “I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover
  • 1947: Hank Williams “Move It on Over”
  • 1946: Nat “King” Cole “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
  • 1945: Vaughn Monroe “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”
  • 1944: Woody Guthrie “This Land Is Your Land
  • 1943: Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters “Jingle Bells”
  • 1942: Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers & the John Scott Trotter Orchestra “White Christmas
  • 1941: Glenn Miller with Tex Beneke & the Four Modernaires…Chattanooga Choo Choo
  • 1940: Cliff Edwards “When You Wish Upon a Star

  • 1939: Billie Holiday “Strange Fruit
  • 1938: Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb & His Orchestra “A-Tisket, A-Tasket
  • 1937: Seven Dwarfs “Whistle While You Work”
  • 1936: Robert Johnson “Crossroads (aka "Cross Road Blues")”
  • 1935: Bing Crosby “Silent Night
  • 1934: Guy Lombardo “Winter Wonderland”
  • 1933: Ethel Waters “Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)
  • 1932: Fred Astaire “Night and Day
  • 1931: Rudy Vallee “As Time Goes By
  • 1930: Ben Selvin “Happy Days Are Here Again

  • 1929: Nick Lucas “Tip Toe Through the Tulips”
  • 1928: Helen Kane “I Wanna Be Loved by You”
  • 1927: Gene Austin “My Blue Heaven
  • 1926: Gene Austin “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue”
  • 1925: Louise Homer “America the Beautiful”
  • 1924: Isham Jones “It Had to Be You
  • 1923: Isham Jones “Who’s Sorry Now”
  • 1922: Ben Selvin “Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town)”
  • 1921: Marion Harris “I Ain’t Got Nobody”
  • 1920: Al Jolson “Swanee

  • 1919: Orpheus Quartet “Bring Back My Bonnie to Me”
  • 1918: Ernestine Schumann-Heink “Danny Boy”
  • 1917: American Quartet “Over There
  • 1916: Prince’s Orchestra “The Star Spangled Banner”
  • 1915: John McCormack “It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary
  • 1914: Arthur Collins & Byron G. Harlan “The Aba Daba Honeymoon”
  • 1913: Walter Van Brunt “And the Green Grass Grew All Around”
  • 1912: American Quartet “Moonlight Bay
  • 1911: Arthur Clough & the Brunswick Quartet “Down by the Old Mill Stream”
  • 1910: Billy Murray with the Haydn Quartet “By the Light of the Silvery Moon

  • 1909: Arthur Pryor’s Band “1812 Overture”
  • 1908: Billy Murray with the Haydn Quartet “Take Me Out to the Ball Game
  • 1907: Frank Stanley “Auld Lang Syne”
  • 1906: Billy Murray “You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”)
  • 1905: Billy Murray “Yankee Doodle Boy
  • 1904: Billy Murray…Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis
  • 1903: Haydn Quartet “In the Good Old Summertime
  • 1902: Arthur Collins “Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home
  • 1901: Harry MacDonough & Grace Spencer “Tell Me Pretty Maiden”
  • 1900: Vess Ossman “The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)”

Saturday, December 22, 2018

The Top 50 Christmas Songs of All Time

First posted 12/25/2011, updated 12/22/2018.

These are the top 50 Christmas songs according to Dave’s Music Database, which compiles multiple lists as well as chart performances, sales figures, and awards for songs. Because there are often multiple versions of these songs, only the version with the highest point total is listed. The top 11 are also in the DMDB list of the top 1000 songs of all time.

1. Bing Crosby “White Christmas” (1942)
2. Gene Autry “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1949)
3. Nat “King” Cole “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” (1946)
4. Bing Crosby “Silent Night” (1935)
5. Vaughn Monroe “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” (1945)
6. Guy Lombardo “Winter Wonderland” (1934)
7. Band Aid “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” (1984)
8. Harry Simeone Chorale “The Little Drummer Boy” (1958)
9. Bing Crosby “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (1943)
10. Johnny Mercer with Margaret Whiting “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (1949)

11. George Hall “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” (1952)
12. Jimmy Boyd “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” (1952)
13. Mariah Carey “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (1994)
14. Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters “Jingle Bells” (1943)
15. Judy Garland “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (1944)
16. David Seville & The Chipmunks “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” (1958)
17. Gene Autry “Frosty the Snowman” (1950)
18. Spike Jones “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” (1948)
19. Gene Autry “Here Comes Santa Claus” (1947)
20. Trinity Choir “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (1912)

21. Perry Como “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” (1954)
22. Wham! “Last Christmas” (1984)
23. Brenda Lee “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” (1958)
24. The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl “Fairytale of New York” (1987)
25. John Lennon & Yoko Ono “Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)” (1971)
26. Bobby Helms “Jingle Bell Rock” (1957)
27. Leroy Anderson & the Boston Pops Orchestra “Sleigh Ride” (1949)
28. Harry Belafonte “Mary’s Boy Child” (1956)
29. Perry Como “Silver Bells” (1950)
30. Bing Crosby “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” (1945)

31. Elvis Presley “Blue Christmas” (1957)
32. Associated Glee Clubs of America “O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)” (1925)
33. Jose Feliciano “Feliz Navidad” (1970)
34. Burl Ives “A Holly Jolly Christmas” (1964)
35. Slade “Merry Xmas Everybody” (1973)
36. Mormon Tabernacle Choir “Carol of the Bells” (1959)
37. Paul McCartney “Wonderful Christmas Time” (1979)
38. Eartha Kitt “Santa Baby” (1953)
39. Andy Williams “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (1963)
40. Eagles “Please Come Home for Christmas” (1978)

41. Justin Bieber “Mistletoe” (2011)
42. The Andrews Sisters “Christmas Island” (1946)
43. Bing Crosby with David Bowie “Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy” (1977)
44. Pretenders “2000 Miles” (1983)
45. Elton John “Step into Christmas” (1973)
46. The Waitresses “Christmas Wrapping” (1981)
47. Andy Williams “O Holy Night” (1963)
48. The Kinks “Father Christmas” (1977)
49. Joni Mitchell “River” (1971)
50. Darlene Love “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” (1963)


Saturday, December 15, 2018

Song of the Year, 1900-2019

Song of the Year (1900-2019): Key to the Codes The initial intent of this page was to gather all “Song of the Year” honorees in one page. However, the task became cumbersome. Click here for a full list of “Song of the Year” awards or click on one of the decade lists below. The decade lists note any “Song of the Year” winners.


Friday, December 14, 2018

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Ranked

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With every year’s announcement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, there are two guarantees – there will be a slew of complaints about who hasn’t been inducted and who has been inducted who shouldn’t have been. This challenged me to come up with an objective rating of the inductees to determine just who has earned it most and who hasn’t. These rankings consolidate multiple best-artists-of-all-time lists along with sales figures, chart statistics, and other awards and honors. In the event of ties, earliest inductees are listed first. Here are the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees (through the class of 2019) ranked.

1. The Beatles
2. Elvis Presley
3. The Rolling Stones
4. Michael Jackson
5. Elton John
6. Stevie Wonder
7. Louis Armstrong
8. Bob Dylan
9. Bruce Springsteen
10. David Bowie

11. Madonna
12. U2
13. Prince
14. Eric Clapton
15. Ray Charles
16. Aretha Franklin
17. Led Zeppelin
18. The Beach Boys
19. Paul McCartney
20. Marvin Gaye

21. James Brown
22. Nat “King” Cole
23. Queen
24. Rod Stewart
25. The Who
26. Jimi Hendrix
27. Johnny Cash
28. Billy Joel
29. The Bee Gees
30. Pink Floyd

31. Neil Young
32. Billie Holiday
33. Fleetwood Mac
34. Chuck Berry
35. John Lennon
36. Eagles
37. R.E.M.
38. Fats Domino
39. The Temptations
40. Aerosmith
41. Bob Marley
42. The Doors
43. Roy Orbison
44. The Supremes
45. The Kinks
46. Simon & Garfunkel
47. Ike & Tina Turner
48. Sam Cooke
49. Little Richard
50. The Police

51. Hank Williams
52. AC/DC
53. Chicago
54. Creedence Clearwater Revival
55. Neil Diamond
56. Van Morrison
57. Nirvana
58. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
59. Santana
60. Buddy Holly

61. Otis Redding
62. Pearl Jam
63. Van Halen
64. Genesis
65. Janet Jackson
66. Elvis Costello
67. Four Tops
68. Bon Jovi
69. The Jackson 5
70. Black Sabbath

71. Journey 72. The Everly Brothers
73. Paul Simon
74. Al Green
75. Crosby, Stills & Nash
76. Guns N’ Roses
77. Smokey Robinson
78. B.B. King
79. Miles Davis
80. Robert Johnson

81. Daryl Hall & John Oates
82. Cream
83. Earth, Wind & Fire
84. Gladys Knight & the Pips
85. Linda Ronstadt
86. The Clash
87. Kiss
88. Muddy Waters
89. Brenda Lee
90. Janis Joplin

91. Metallica
92. Carole King
93. The Isley Brothers
94. Velvet Underground
95. James Taylor
96. The Miracles
97. Sly & the Family Stone
98. Grateful Dead
99. Donna Summer
100. Joni Mitchell

101. Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship
102. Frank Zappa
103. The Drifters
104. Ramones
105. The Band
106. Lynyrd Skynyrd
107. The Byrds
108. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble 109. Ricky Nelson
110. Rush

111. Louis Jordan
112. Etta James
113. Sex Pistols
114. Bob Seger
115. Curtis Mayfield
116. The Allman Brothers Band
117. George Harrison
118. Deep Purple
119. Bessie Smith
120. The Four Seasons

121. Radiohead
122. Jerry Lee Lewis
123. Yes
124. Electric Light Orchestra
125. Jackie Wilson
126. Abba
127. Tupac Shakur
128. Blondie
129. ZZ Top
130. Bobby Darin

131. Steely Dan
132. Dire Straits
133. John Lee Hooker
134. Parliament/Funkadelic
135. The Platters
136. Peter Gabriel
137. Herb Alpert
138. Red Hot Chili Peppers
139. Les Paul
140. Dinah Washington
141. Green Day
142. Beastie Boys
143. The Cure
144. The Impressions
145. Quincy Jones
146. Bobby “Blue” Bland
147. Wilson Pickett
148. Talking Heads
149. Heart
150. Lou Reed

151. Ringo Starr
152. Pretenders
153. Berry Gordy Jr.
154. John Mellencamp
155. Jimmie Rodgers
156. Roxy Music
157. Steve Miller
158. Buddy Guy
159. The Moody Blues
160. Brian Holland/Lamont Dozier/Eddie Holland

161. Phil Spector
162. Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton
163. Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter
164. Alice Cooper
165. Howlin’ Wolf
166. Tom Waits
167. Cat Stevens
168. The Ink Spots
169. Bo Diddley
170. Ruth Brown
171. Public Enemy
172. Woody Guthrie
173. Traffic
174. Bonnie Raitt
175. The Cars
176. The O’Jays
177. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
178. Dion
179. Chet Atkins
180. Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff

181. Def Leppard
182. The Yardbirds
183. Patti Smith
184. Jackson Browne
185. Bill Monroe
186. Bob Wills
187. The Hollies
188. Dusty Springfield
189. Run-D.M.C.
190. The Stooges

191. T-Bone Walker
192. The (Young) Rascals
193. Isaac Hayes
194. Stevie Nicks
195. Bill Haley & the Comets
196. Dave Clark Five
197. The Animals
198. Sam Phillips
199. Duane Eddy
200. Ma Rainey

201. The Dells
202. George Martin
203. Charlie Christian
204. Albert King
205. Buffalo Springfield
206. Donovan
207. Jerry Wexler
208. Big Joe Turner
209. Pete Seeger
210. Freddy King

211. The Mamas & the Papas
212. Wilie Dixon
213. The Righteous Brothers
214. The Shirelles
215. Cheap Trick
216. Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
217. Dave Bartholomew
218. N.W.A.
219. Elmore James
220. Charles Brown

221. Leonard Cohen
222. Martha & the Vandellas
223. The Coasters
224. Booker T. & the MGs
225. Clive Davis
226. Mahalia Jackson
227. Clyde McPhatter
228. Doc Pomus
229. Jimmy Reed
230. Hank Ballard & the Midnighters

231. John H. Hammond
232. Bobby Womack
233. Sister Rosetta Tharpe
234. Jeff Beck
235. Ahmet Ertegun
236. Gerry Goffin
237. Bill Withers
238. Randy Newman
239. Gene Pitney
240. Tom Dowd

241. Nina Simone
242. Solomon Burke
243. Joan Jett
244. Professor Longhair
245. Little Anthony & the Imperials
246. Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
247. The Staple Singers
248. Little Walter
249. Leonard Chess
250. Gene Vincent

251. Lovin’ Spoonful
252. The Ventures
253. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
254. Joan Baez
255. The Faces
256. Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich
257. Mort Shuman
258. Eddie Cochran
259. Otis Blackwell
260. Allen Toussaint

261. Dick Clark
262. Alan Freed
263. Chis Blackwell
264. Lloyd Price
265. Del Shannon
266. James Jamerson
267. Bill Black
268. LaVern Baker
269. Glyn Johns
270. Little Willie John

271. The Moonglows
272. Sam & Dave
273. The Flamingos
274. Carl Perkins
275. Andrew Loog Oldham
276. Ritchie Valens
277. Floyd Cramer
278. Brian Epstein
279. Nesuhi Ertegun
280. Jac Holzman

281. Jerry Moss
282. Milt Gabler
283. Bill Graham
284. Art Rupe
285. Wanda Jackson
286. Earl Palmer
287. Nile Rodgers
288. The Ronettes
289. The Orioles
290. Lou Adler

291. Scotty Moore
292. James Burton
293. Percy Sledge
294. Johnny Otis
295. Leon Russell
296. Johnnie Johnson
297. Cosimo Matassa
298. Paul Butterfield
299. David Geffen
300. Don Kirshner

301. Jim Stewart
302. Mo Ostin
303. Seymour Stein
304. Syd Nathan
305. Dr. John
306. The Small Faces
307. The Soul Stirrers
308. The Zombies
309. Hal Blaine
310. Darlene Love

311. DJ Fontana
312. Ralph Bass
313. King Curtis
314. Bennie Benjamin
315. Steve Douglas
316. Spooner Oldham
317. Jesse Stone
318. The E Street Band
319. Leo Fender
320. Paul Ackerman

321. Jimmy Yancey
322. Tom Donahue
323. Jann Wenner
324. Frank Barsalona
325. Jimmy Cliff
326. Laura Nyro
327. The Five Royales
328. Bert Berns


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