Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Spotify: Top 50 Most-Streamed Songs

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These are the top 50 most-streamed songs on Spotify. Numbers in parentheses indicate streams in millions.

1. Despacito (2017)…Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber (1764.00) *
2. Shape of You (2017)…Ed Sheeran (1577.00)
3. One Dance (2016)…Drake with Wizkid & Kyla (1395.00)
4. Closer (2016)…The Chainsmokers with Halsey (1204.00)
5. Lean On (2015)…Major Lazer with DJ Snake & MØ (1077.00)
6. Thinking Out Loud (2014)…Ed Sheeran (1020.00)
7. Sorry (2015)…Justin Bieber (1020.00)
8. Love Yourself (2015)…Justin Bieber (998.00)
9. Don’t Let Me Down (2016)…The Chainsmokers with Daya (971.00)
10. I Took a Pill in Ibiza (2015)…Mike Posner (958.00)

11. Starboy (2016)…The Weeknd with Daft Punk (901.00)
12. Let Me Love You (2016)…DJ Snake with Justin Bieber (895.00)
13. What Do You Mean? (2015)…Justin Bieber (891.00)
14. Cold Water (2016)…Major Lazer with Justin Bieber & MØ (873.00)
15. Cheap Thrills (2015)…Sia (839.00)
16. Photograph (2014)…Ed Sheeran (823.00)
17. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) (2014)…OMI (813.00)
18. Stressed Out (2015)…Twenty One Pilots (812.00)
19. Uptown Funk! (2014)…Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars (810.00)
20. 7 Years (2015)…Lukas Graham (801.00)

21. Stitches (2015)…Shawn Mendes (783.00)
22. This Is What You Came For (2016)…Calvin Harris with Rihanna (778.00)
23. Hello (2015)…Adele (776.00)
24. Faded (2015)…Alan Walker (775.00)
25. Can’t Feel My Face (2015)…The Weeknd (774.00)
26. Work from Home (2016)…Fifth Harmony with Ty Dolla $ign (770.00)
27. Take Me to Church (2013)…Hozier (759.00)
28. Work (2016)…Rihanna with Drake (756.00)
29. Say You Won’t Let Go (2016)…James Arthur (754.00)
30. Can’t Stop the Feeling! (2016)…Justin Timberlake (748.00)

31. Something Just Like This (2017)…The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (741.00)
32. Treat You Better (2016)..Shawn Mendes (729.00)
33. See You Again (2015)…Wiz Khalifa with Charlie Puth (726.00)
34. Rockstar (2017)…Post Malone with 21 Savage (726.00)
35. Stay with Me (2014)…Sam Smith (724.00)
36. Light It Up (remx) (2015)…Major Lazer with Nyla & Fuse ODG (716.00)
37. Humble (2017)…Kendrick Lamar (707.00)
38. Heathens (2016)…Twenty One Pilots (702.00)
39. Hotline Bling (2015)…Drake (696.00)
40. Unforgettable (2017)…French Montana with Swae Lee (696.00)

41. Where Are U Now (2015)…Jack U with Justin Bieber (692.00)
42. Let Her Go (2012)…Passenger (691.00)
43. All of Me (2013)…John Legend (687.00)
44. Panda (2016)…Desiigner (686.00)
45. Rockabye (2016)…Clean Bandit with Sean Paul & Anne-Marie (682.00)
46. Me, Myself & I (2015)…G-Eazy with Bebe Rexha (675.00)
47. Radioactive (2012)…Imagine Dragons (674.00)
48. I’m the One (2017)…DJ Khaled with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne (674.00)
49. Chandelier (2014)…Sia (671.00)
50. The Hills (2015)…The Weeknd (668.00)

* Combined numbers of original song + the remake with Justin Bieber.


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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” wins Grammy for Song of the Year

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Bruno “That’s What I Like”


Writer(s): Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Christopher Brody Brown (see lyrics here)

Released: 1/30/2017, First charted: 12/10/2016

Peak: 11 US, 16 RB, 12 UK (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 6.0 US, 0.6 UK, 7.2 world (includes US and UK)

Video Airplay (in millions): 1100.0 Streaming (in millions): 835.0


Review: The 60th Annual Grammy Awards, held on January 18, 2018, proved to be Bruno Mars’ night when he won all six Grammys for which he was nominated. His 24K Magic won Album of the Year and R&B Album of the Year while the title track took Record of the Year. The big winner, though, was “That’s What I Like.” The song, which he’d performed at the Grammys the year before, walked away with honors for Song of the Year, Best R&B Song, and Best R&B Performance.

The song also won some other significant awards, including the American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Song and the Soul Train Music Award for Song of the Year. Mars also performed the song at the 2017 Brit Awards and the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards. WK

Released as the second single from 24K Magic, “That’s What I Like” spent 24 weeks in the top 5 of the Hot 100, one of only five songs to do so. WK It also spent 20 weeks on top of Hot R&B Songs, which tied it with The Weeknd’s “Starboy” and Drake’s “One Dance” for most weeks at #1. WK It became Mars’ fifth #1 song as a lead artist and seventh time on top overall (he was featured on B.o.B.’s “Nothin’ on You” and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk”). Mars was also on his way to another significant achievement – when the album’s fourth single, “Finesse,” went top 5 it made him only the second male artist in history (after Lionel Richie), to send at least three songs to the top ten from each of his first three albums.

Ray Romulus, who was part of the song’s production team, talked about Mars’ writing process. “When he was in the studio he was…dancing for us and showing us, like, ‘I can’t move like that to this chord or to this drum…change it.’” SF Jonathan Yip, also of the production team, said “We would just go back and forth and were messing around with rhythms” SF because, as Mars had said, “We need to make this bounce.” SF


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The Top 100 Songs from 2010-2017

Originally posted 7/31/2016. Updated 1/28/2018.

This list was originally posted in response to a VH1 countdown of The Top 100 Songs of the 2000s. That list and 64 others were consolidated into an aggregate DMDB list along with points in the overall Dave’s Music Database, sales figures, chart performances, and awards. It has been updated several times since.

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. Rolling in the Deep…Adele (2010) AG, BB, BMI, DM, G-R, G-S, RS, SS
2. Uptown Funk!… Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars (2014) BB, BMI, DM, G-R
3. Despacito…Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber (2017) AMA, DM
4. Somebody That I Used to Know…Gotye with Kimbra (2011) BB, DM, G-R, VF
5. Shape of You…Ed Sheeran (2017) BB
6. Love the Way You Lie…Eminem with Rihanna (2010) PCA, VF
7. Gangnam Style…Psy (2012) AG, DM, PCM
8. Hello…Adele (2015) DM
9. See You Again…Wiz Khalifa with Charlie Puth (2015)
10. Roar…Katy Perry (2013) DM, PCA

11. Shake It Off…Taylor Swift (2014) PCA, PCM
12. Call Me Maybe…Carly Rae Jepsen (2011)
13. Happy…Pharrell Williams (2013) BB, PCM
14. Party Rock Anthem… LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock (2011) PCM
15. Blurred Lines…Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams (2013) VF, PCM
16. All About That Bass…Meghan Trainor (2014) BB, VF
17. Just the Way You Are (Amazing)…Bruno Mars (2010)
18. Someone Like You…Adele (2011) Q, SS
19. Thinking Out Loud…Ed Sheeran (2014) G-S
20. Dark Horse…Katy Perry with Juicy J (2013) AMA

21. Blank Space…Taylor Swift (2014) AMA
22. Firework…Katy Perry (2010) BMI PCM
23. Moves Like Jagger…Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera (2011) BMI
24. All of Me…John Legend (2013) BMI
25. Thrift Shop…Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz (2012) AG, BB
26. We Found Love…Rihanna with Calvin Harris (2011) VF
27. Sorry…Justin Bieber (2015)
28. Counting Stars…One Republic (2013)
29. Wake Me Up!...Avicii with Aloe Blacc (2013)
30. Closer…The Chainsmokers with Halsey (2016) DM, PCM

31. Fuck You (aka “Forget You”)…Cee-Lo Green (2010)
32. We Are Young…Fun. with Janelle Monae (2011) G-S
33. Royals…Lorde (2013) G-S
34. Get Lucky…Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams (2013) G-S, NME, RS
35. Sugar…Maroon 5 (2014)
36. Stay with Me…Sam Smith (2014) DM, G-R, G-S
37. Grenade…Bruno Mars (2010)
38. Love Yourself…Justin Bieber (2015) AMA, BB
39. Lean On…Major Lazer with DJ Snake & MØ (2015)
40. California Gurls…Katy Perry with Snoop Dogg (2010)

41. Let Her Go…Passenger (2012)
42. Baby…Justin Bieber with Ludacris (2010)
43. Rude…Magic! (2013)
44. What Do You Mean?...Justin Bieber (2015) PCA, VF
45. Love Me Like You Do…Ellie Goulding (2015)
46. Chandelier…Sia (2014)
47. Diamonds…Rihanna (2012)
48. Radioactive…Imagine Dragons (2012)
49. Give Me Everything…Pitbull with Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer (2011)
50. Can’t Stop the Feeling!...Justin Timberlake (2016) PCA

51. Only Girl in the World…Rihanna (2010)
52. On the Floor…Jennifer Lopez with Pitbull (2011)
53. Fancy…Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX (2014)
54. Bailando…Enrique Iglesias with Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona (2014)
55. That’s What I Like…Bruno Mars (2016)
56. Locked Out of Heaven…Bruno Mars (2012)
57. Let It Go…Idina Menzel (2013)
58. Sexy and I Know It…LMFAO (2011)
59. What Makes You Beautiful…One Direction (2011) PCA
60. The Hills…The Weeknd (2015)

61. Dynamite…Taio Cruz (2010)
62. Timber…Pitbull & Ke$ha (2013)
63. Stressed Out…Twenty One Pilots (2015)
64. Hotline Bling…Drake (2015)
65. Just Give Me a Reason…Pink with Nate Ruess (2012)
66. Can’t Hold Us…Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Ray Dalton (2011)
67. Work from Home…Fifth Harmony (2016)
68. The Lazy Song…Bruno Mars (2010)
69. Summer…Calvin Harris (2014)
70. This Is What You Came For…Calvin Harris with Rihanna (2016)

71. Not Afraid…Eminem (2010)
72. Payphone…Maroon 5 with Wiz Khalifa (2012)
73. One More Night…Maroon 5 (2012)
74. Take Me to Church…Hozier (2013)
75. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn remix)…OMI (2014)
76. Starboy…The Weeknd with Daft Punk (2016)
77. Work…Rihanna with Drake (2016) NME, VF
78. Problem…Ariana Grande with Iggy Azalea (2014)
79. E.T….Katy Perry with Kanye West (2010) PCA
80. Ho Hey…The Lumineers (2012) BMI

81. Can’t Feel My Face…The Weeknd (2015) RS
82. Wrecking Ball…Miley Cyrus (2013)
83. Cheap Thrills…Sia with Sean Paul (2016)
84. Bad Blood…Taylor Swift (2014)
85. One Dance…Drake with Wizkid & Kyla (2016)
86. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)…Katy Perry (2010)
87. Set Fire to the Rain…Adele (2011)
88. Teenage Dream…Katy Perry (2010)
89. When I Was Your Man…Bruno Mars (2012)
90. Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)…Silento (2015)

91. Rockabye…Clean Bandit with Sean Paul (2016)
92. Bang Bang…Jessie J with Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj (2014)
93. Born This Way…Lady Gaga (2011)
94. Pumped Up Kicks…Foster the People (2010)
95. Demons…Imagine Dragons (2012)
96. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together…Taylor Swift (2012)
97. The Monster…Eminem & Rihanna (2013)
98. Stay…Rihanna with Mikky Ekko (2012)
99. OMG…Usher with will.i.am (2010)
100. We Don’t Talk Anymore…Charlie Puth with Selena Gomez (2016)


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • Best of Friends…Palma Violets (2012) NME
  • Cruise…Florida Georgia Line (2012) AMA
  • Do I Wanna Know?...Arctic Monkeys (2013) Q
  • Drunk in Love… Beyoncé with Jay-Z (2013) RS
  • Formation…Beyoncé (2016) RS
  • Green Light…Lorde (2017) NME
  • Hold On…Alabama Shakes (2012) RS
  • I’m the One…DJ Khaled with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, & Lil Wayne (2017) VF
  • Ill Manors…Plan B (2012) Q
  • Pass Out…Tinie Tempah (2010) Q
  • Runaway…Kanye West with Pusha T (2010) RS
  • Seasons (Waiting on You)…Future Islands (2014) NME
  • Shut Up and Dance…Walk the Moon (2015) PCM
  • Shutdown…Skepta (2015) NME
  • Sign of the Times…Harry Styles (2017) RS
  • Spanish Sahara…Foals (2010) NME
  • Stitches…Shawn Mendes (2016) BMI
  • Video Games…Lana Del Rey (2011) NME

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

Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Top 100 Songs from 2000-2009

Originally as "The Top 100 Songs of the 21st Century." Changed to a list focused just on 2000-2009 on June 11, 2015. Updated 1/27/2018.

This list was originally posted in response to a VH1 countdown of The Top 100 Songs of the 2000s. That list and 64 others were consolidated into an aggregate DMDB list along with points in the overall Dave’s Music Database, sales figures, chart performances, and awards. It has been updated several times since.

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 Ya!...OutKast (2003) DM, VF, Q, RS
2. Lose Yourself…Eminem (2002) AG, DM, VF, SS
3. Umbrella…Rihanna with Jay-Z (2007) DM, VF
4. Crazy in Love… Beyoncé with Jay-Z (2003) PC, SS
5. I Gotta Feeling…Black Eyed Peas (2009) DM, PC
6. Crazy…Gnarls Barkley (2006) DM, Q, RS, SS
7. Yeah!...Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris (2004) AG, BB, DM, VF, PC
8. Poker Face…Lady Gaga (2009) DM, VF
9. We Belong Together…Mariah Carey (2005) BB, DM
10. Viva La Vida…Coldplay (2008) G-S, SS

11. Can’t Get You Out of My Head…Kylie Minogue (2001) VF
12. Tik Tok…Ke$ha (2009) AG, BB
13. Boom Boom Pow…Black Eyed Peas (2009) AG, BB
14. In Da Club…50 Cent (2002) AG, BB
15. Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)… Beyoncé (2008) G-S, PC, RS
16. Bad Romance…Lady Gaga (2009)
17. Fallin’…Alicia Keys (2001) AG, DM, G-S
18. Clocks…Coldplay (2002) G-R
19. Gold Digger…Kanye West with Jamie Foxx (2005) AG
20. Irreplaceable… Beyoncé (2006) AG, BB

21. Hips Don’t Lie…Shakira with Wyclef Jean (2006) VF
22. Boulevard of Broken Dreams…Green Day (2004) G-R, SS
23. Bleeding Love…Leona Lewis (2007) VF
24. Beautiful Day…U2 (2000) G-R, G-S
25. Just Dance…Lady Gaga with Colby O’Donnis (2008)
26. Low…Flo Rida with T-Pain (2007) AG, BB
27. Stan…Eminem with Dido (2000) DM, Q
28. Take Me Out…Franz Ferdinand (2004) NME, Q
29. Seven Nation Army…The White Stripes (2003)
30. No One…Alicia Keys (2007)

31. Hot in Herre…Nelly (2002)
32. Music…Madonna (2000) VF, RS
33. I’m Yours…Jason Mraz (2008)
34. Yellow…Coldplay (2000) NME
35. Empire State of Mind…Jay-Z with Alicia Keys (2009) SS
36. You’re Beautiful…James Blunt (2005)
37. Apologize…One Republic with Timbaland (2007)
38. Rehab…Amy Winehouse (2006) G-R, G-S, Q
39. I Kissed a Girl…Katy Perry (2008)
40. Get Ur Freak On…Missy Elliott (2001) RS

41. Need You Now…Lady Antebellum (2009) G-R, G-S
42. Sexyback…Justin Timberlake (2006) AG, PC
43. Mr. Brightside…The Killers (2004)
44. You Belong with Me…Taylor Swift (2008)
45. How You Remind Me…Nickelback (2001) BB
46. Use Somebody…Kings of Leon (2008) G-R
47. Toxic…Britney Spears (2004)
48. Hero…Enrique Iglesias (2001)
49. Chasing Cars…Snow Patrol (2006)
50. Since U Been Gone…Kelly Clarkson (2004)

51. Ms. Jackson…OutKast (2000)
52. Hot N Cold…Katy Perry (2008)
53. Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)…Fergie (2007)
54. Dilemma…Nelly with Kelly Rowland (2002)
55. Love Story…Taylor Swift (2008)
56. Bad Day…Daniel Powter (2005) BB
57. Hurt…Johnny Cash (2003)
58. I Hope You Dance…Lee Ann Womack (2000)
59. Independent Women…Destiny’s Child (2000)
60. I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor…Arctic Monkeys (2005) MJ, Q, RS

61. Foolish…Ashanti with Ja Rule (2002)
62. Complicated…Avril Lavigne (2002)
63. Hey, Soul Sister…Train (2009)
64. Lady Marmalade…Christina Aguilera with Lil’ Kim, Mya, & Pink (2001)
65. Promiscuous…Nelly Furtado with Timbaland (2006)
66. Don’t Cha…The Pussycat Dolls with Busta Rhymes (2005) VF
67. Kryptonite…3 Doors Down (2000)
68. Beautiful…Christina Aguilera (2002)
69. Lollipop…Lil Wayne with Static Major (2008)
70. Hey There Delilah…Plain White T’s (2007)

71. Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)…Train (2001)
72. Bring Me to Life…Evanesence with Paul McCoy (2003)
73. Paper Planes…MIA (2008)
74. Fell in Love with a Girl…The White Stripes (2001) MJ
75. Whenever, Wherever…Shakira (2001)
76. Where Is the Love?...Black Eyed Peas with Justin Timberlake (2003)
77. Hollaback Girl…Gwen Stefani (2005) PC
78. Last Nite…The Strokes (2001) NME, Q
79. This Love…Maroon 5 (2002)
80. Without Me…Eminem (2002)

81. Work It…Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott (2002) RS
82. American Idiot…Green Day (2004)
83. Sex on Fire…Kings of Fire (2008)
84. 99 Problems…Jay-Z (2004) RS
85. Halo…Beyonce (2008)
86. Ignition (remix)…R. Kelly (2002)
87. Stronger…Kanye West with Daft Punk (2007)
88. Crank That (Soulja Boy)…Soulja Boy Tell’em (2007)
89. Disturbia…Rihanna (2008)
90. Telephone…Lady Gaga & Beyonce (2009)

91. Don’t Know Why…Norah Jones (2002) G-R, G-S
92. Wake Me Up When September Ends (2004)
93. Love Song…Sara Bareilles (2007)
94. Sexy Bitch (aka “Sexy Chick”)…David Guetta with Akon (2009)
95. Hung Up…Madonna (2005)
96. Right Round…Flo Rida & Ke$ha (2009)
97. Vertigo…U2 (2004)
98. Jesus Walks…Kanye West (2004)
99. Bye Bye Bye…N Sync (2000)
100. Get the Party Started…Pink (2001)


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • American Skin (41 Shots)…Bruce Springsteen (2000) SS
  • Cha-Cha Slide…Mr. C the Slide Man (2000) PC
  • Cupid Shuffle…Cupid (2007) PC
  • Dance with My Father…Luther Vandross (2003) G-S
  • Daniel…Bat for Lashes (2009) NME
  • Daughters…John Mayer (2004) G-S
  • Fire…Kasabian (2009) Q
  • Golden Skans…Klaxons (2007) NME
  • Hanging by a Moment…Lifehouse (2000) BB
  • Heavenly…Patty Griffin (2007) SS
  • Here We Go Again…Ray Charles with Norah Jones (2004) G-R
  • Hounds of Love…Kate Bush (2005) NME
  • I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow…The Soggy Bottom Boys (2001) SS
  • Maps…Yeah Yeah Yeahs (2003) NME
  • A Moment Like This…Kelly Clarkson (2002) PC
  • Moment of Surrender….U2 (2009) RS
  • Not Ready to Make Nice…Dixie Chicks (2006) G-R, G-S
  • Over and Over…Hot Chip (2006) NME
  • Please Read the Letter…Robert Plant & Alison Krauss (2007) G-R
  • Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)…Jay-Z (2007) RS
  • The Scientist…Coldplay (2002) Q
  • Senior Twilight Stock Replacer…The Fall (2008) Q
  • Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own…U2 (2004) G-S
  • Time for Heroes…The Libertines (2002) NME
  • Time to Pretend…MGMT (2008) NME
  • Walk On…U2 (2000) G-R
  • We Can’t Make It Here…James McMurtry (2005) SS
  • Who Let the Dogs Out?...The Baha Men (2000) PC

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Top 50 Heavy Metal Songs

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Heavy metal is rooted in the hard rock of the late ‘60s and ‘70s, most often attributed to Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin, who all got their start in England in 1968. Distortion, extended guitar solos, and overall loudness characterized the genre and the lyrics are often stereotyped as having Satanic themes.

However one defines the genre, here are the top 50 heavy metal songs as determined by aggregating 24 best-of lists. Note: after the top 50 songs were determined, they were re-ranked based on overall points in Dave’s Music Database.

1. Black Sabbath…Paranoid (1970)
2. Metallica…Enter Sandman (1991)
3. AC/DC…Back in Black (1980)
4. Guns N’ Roses…Welcome to the Jungle (1987)
5. Black Sabbath…Iron Man (1970)
6. Metallica…One (1988)
7. Motorhead…Ace of Spades (1980)
8. Ozzy Osbourne…Crazy Train (1980)
9. Metallica…Master of Puppets (1988)
10. Van Halen…Runnin’ with the Devil (1978)

11. Black Sabbath…War Pigs (1970)
12. Scorpions…Rock You Like a Hurricane (1984)
13. AC/DC...Hells Bells (1980)
14. Iron Maiden…Hallowed Be Thy Name (1982)
15. Judas Priest…Breaking the Law (1980)
16. Iron Maiden…The Number of the Beast (1982)
17. Kiss…Detroit Rock City (1976)
18. Black Sabbath…Black Sabbath (1970)
19. Iron Maiden…Run to the Hills (1982)
20. Judas Priest…You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (1982)

21. Slayer…Angel of Death (1986)
22. Deep Purple…Highway Star (1972)
23. Iron Maiden…The Trooper (1983)
24. Black Sabbath…Children of the Grave (1971)
25. Megadeth…Symphony of Destruction (1992)
26. Rainbow…Stargazer (1976)
27. Ozzy Osbourne…Mr. Crowley (1980)
28. Metallica…Fade to Black (1984)
29. Dio…Holy Diver (1983)
30. Judas Priest…Painkiller (1990)

31. Megadeth…Holy Wars – The Punishment Due (1990)
32. Dio…Rainbow in the Dark (1983)
33. Slayer…Raining Blood (1986)
34. Megadeth…Peace Sells (1986)
35. Judas Priest…The Hellion/Electric Eye (1982)
36. Megadeth…Hangar 18 (1990)
37. Iron Maiden…Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1984)
38. Black Sabbath…Heaven and Hell (1980)
39. Pantera…Cowboys from Hell (1990)
40. Diamond Head…Am I Evil? (1980)

41. Metallica…For Whom the Bell Tolls (1984)
42. Judas Priest…Beyond the Realms of Death (1978)
43. Pantera…Walk (1992)
44. Iron Maiden…Fear of the Dark (1992)
45. Judas Priest…Victim of Changes (1976)
46. Accept…Balls to the Wall (1983)
47. Judas Priest…Screaming for Vengeance (1982)
48. Pantera…Cemetery Gates (1990)
49. Anthrax…Caught in a Mosh (1987)
50. Metallica…Seek and Destroy (1983)


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Top 50 Songs by Hair Bands

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Ah, the hair bands. This much-maligned genre was a mix of rock and pop wrapped up in big hair and leather pants. The bands – almost all white men – were known for lifestyles filled with debauchery and depravity. It was no wonder teens in the ‘80s flocked to the bands like moths to a flame.

Regardless of these bands lack of critical acclaim, some of these bands (Bon Jovi, Def Leppard) when on to become some of the biggest rock bands in the world – even after they cut their hair and opted for more sensible jeans. Here – love ‘em or hate ‘em – are the top 50 songs from hair bands. Note: 25 best-of lists were aggregated to come up with a top 50 and then those songs were ranked in order of their overall DMDB points.

1. Guns N’ Roses…Sweet Child O’ Mine (1987)
2. Van Halen…Jump (1984)
3. Bon Jovi…Livin’ on a Prayer (1986)
4. Guns N’ Roses…Welcome to the Jungle (1987)
5. Def Leppard…Pour Some Sugar on Me (1987)
6. Guns N’ Roses…Paradise City (1987)
7. Whitesnake…Here I Go Again (1987)
8. Bon Jovi…You Give Love a Bad Name (1986)
9. Poison…Every Rose Has Its Thorn (1988)
10. Def Leppard…Photograph (1983)

11. Ratt…Round and Round (1984)
12. Bon Jovi…Wanted Dead or Alive (1986)
13. Twisted Sister…We’re Not Gonna Take It (1984)
14. Europe…The Final Countdown (1986)
15. Quiet Riot…Cum on Feel the Noize (1983)
16. Scorpions…Rock You Like a Hurricane (1984)
17. Quiet Riot…Metal Health (Bang Your Head) (1983)
18. Def Leppard…Rock of Ages (1983)
19. Motley Crue…Dr. Feelgood (1989)
20. Motley Crue….Girls, Girls, Girls (1987)

21. Motley Crue…Kickstart My Heart (1989)
22. Warrant…Cherry Pie (1990)
23. Poison…Talk Dirty to Me (1986)
24. Poison…Nothin’ But a Good Time (1988)
25. Tesla…Love Song (1989)
26. Skid Row…18 and Life (1989)
27. Cinderella…Nobody’s Fool (1986)
28. Lita Ford…Kiss Me Deadly (1988)
29. Warrant…Heaven (1988)
30. Great White…Once Bitten Twice Shy (1989)

31. White Lion…Wait (1987)
32. Def Leppard…Bringin’ on the Heartbreak (1981)
33. Scorpions…No One Like You (1982)
34. Skid Row…I Remember You (1989)
35. Autograph…Turn Up the Radio (1984)
36. Bon Jovi…Runaway (1983)
37. Motley Crue…Shout at the Devil (1983)
38. Whitesnake…Still of the Night (1987)
39. Cinderella…Don’t Know What You Got ‘Til It’s Gone (1988)
40. Poison…Fallen Angel (1988)

41. Winger…Seventeen (1988)
42. Kiss…Lick It Up (1983)
43. Dokken…In My Dreams (1985)
44. Twisted Rock…I Wanna Rock (1984)
45. Skid Row…Youth Gone Wild (1989)
46. Cinderella…Gypsy Road (1988)
47. Dokken…Alone Again (1984)
48. Motley Crue…Home Sweet Home (1985)
49. Cinderella…Shake Me (1986)
50. Slaughter…Up All Night (1990)