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.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Top 100 Songs from 1930-1939

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

These are the top 100 songs from 1930-1939 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. Over the Rainbow...Judy Garland (1939) AG, DM, PCM, TS
2. Night and Day...Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman (1932) DM, PCM, TS, JW
3. In the Mood...Glenn Miller (1939) AG, VF, SS, TS, JW
4. Cheek to Cheek...Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman (1935) AG, DM, HP, VF, SS, TS, JW
5. Begin the Beguine...Artie Shaw (1938) DM, HP, SS, TS
6. Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)...Ethel Waters (1933) AG, DM, SS, TS
7. The Way You Look Tonight...Fred Astaire with Johnny Green (1936) DM, TS
8. All the Things You Are...Tommy Dorsey with Jack Leonard (1939)
9. Pennies from Heaven...Bing Crosby with George Stoll (1936) AG, HP, PCM, VF, JW
10. A-Tisket, A-Tasket...Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb (1938) VF, JW

11. Mood Indigo...Duke Ellington (1931) DM, SS
12. God Bless America...Kate Smith (1939)
13. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes…Paul Whiteman with Bob Lawrence (1933)
14. Blue Moon…Glen Gray with Kenny Sargent (1935)
15. I Got Rhythm...Red Nichols (1930)
16. Strange Fruit...Billie Holiday (1939)
17. Happy Days Are Here Again...Ben Selvin (1930) DM, PCM, TS
18. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?...Rudy Vallee (1932)
19. On the Sunny Side of the Street...Ted Lewis & His Band (1930)
20. Deep Purple...Larry Clinton with Bea Wain (1939) JW

21. I’m in the Mood for Love...Little Jack Little (1935)
22. I’ve Got You Under My Skin...Ray Noble (1936)
23. Sophisticated Lady...Duke Ellington (1933)
24. Silent Night...Bing Crosby (1935)
25. I Can’t Get Started...Bunny Berigan (1938)
26. Summertime…Billie Holiday (1936)
27. September Song...Walter Huston (1939)
28. Puttin’ on the Ritz...Harry Richman with Earl Burtnett & His Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra (1930) AG
29. All or Nothing at All...Harry James with Frank Sinatra (1939)
30. Honeysuckle Rose...Thomas “Fats” Waller (1935)

31. They Can’t Take That Away from Me...Fred Astaire with Johnny Green (1937) DM
32. Minnie the Moocher (The Ho De Ho Song)...Cab Calloway (1931) AG, TS
33. The Last Round-Up...George Olsen with Joe Morrison (1933) VF, JW
34. Sweet Leilani...Bing Crosby with Lani McIntire & His Hawaiians (1937) HP, VF, JW
35. If I Didn’t Care...The Ink Spots (1939)
36. Wabash Cannonball...Roy Acuff & the Smoky Mountain Boys (1938)
37. Lover…Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton (1933)
38. Moonlight Serenade...Glenn Miller (1939) HP
39. The Peanut Vendor (El Manisero)...Don Azpiazu with Antonio Machin (1930) JW
40. Sing Sing Sing with a Swing...Benny Goodman (1938) AG

41. In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town...Ted Lewis & His Band (1932) EG, VF
42. Stein Song (University of Maine)...Rudy Vallee (1930) VF, JW
43. 42nd Street...Don Bestor with Dudley Mecum (1933)
44. Dinah…Bing Crosby & the Mills Brothers (1932)
45. Bei Mir Bist Du Schon (Means That You’re Grand)...The Andrews Sisters (1938)
46. Winter Wonderland...Guy Lombardo (1934) PCM, TS
47. Goodnight, Sweetheart…Wayne King with Ernie Birchill (1931) VF
48. All of Me...Louis Armstrong (1932) AG
49. The Very Thought of You...Ray Noble with Al Bowlly (1934)
50. One O’Clock Jump...Count Basie (1937) PCM, TS

51. That Old Feeling...Shep Fields with Bob Goday (1937)
52. How Deep Is the Ocean?...Guy Lombardo with Carmen Lombardo (1932)
53. These Foolish Things Remind Me of You...Benny Goodman with Helen Ward (1936)
54. It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing...Duke Ellington (1932)
55. Embraceable You...Red Nichols (1930)
56. What Is This Thing Called Love?...Leo Reisman (1930)
57. Let’s Fall in Love...Eddy Duchin with Lew Sherwood (1934)
58. Stars Fell on Alabama...Guy Lombardo with Carmen Lombardo (1934)
59. Where or When…Hal Kemp with Bob Allen (1937)
60. Just One of Those Things...Richard Himber (1935)

61. Tumbling Tumbleweeds...Sons of the Pioneers (1934) DM
62. When the Saints Go Marching In...Louis Armstrong (1939)
63. Jeepers Creepers...Al Donahue with Paula Kelly (1938)
64. Lullaby of Broadway...The Dorsey Brothers with Bob Crosby (1935)
65. Out of Nowhere...Bing Crosby with Victor Young (1931)
66. September in the Rain…Guy & Carmen Lombardo (1937)
67. I Get a Kick Out of You...Johnny Green with Ethel Merman (1934)
68. A Fine Romance (A Sarcastic Love Song)…Fred Astaire with Johnny Green & His Orchestra (1936)
69. Love for Sale…Libby Holman with Dick Robertson (1931)
70. Red Sails in the Sunset…Guy & Carmen Lombardo (1935)

71. Exactly Like You...Ruth Etting (1930)
72. Whistle While You Work...The Seven Dwarfs (1938) AG, PCM
73. Once in a While...Tommy Dorsey (1937)
74. Lazy Bones…Ted Lewis (1933)
75. South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)...Shep Fields with Hal Derwin (1939)
76. Willow Weep for Me…Paul Whiteman with Irene Taylor (1932)
77. The Continental (You Kiss While We’re Dancing)…Leo Reisman (1934)
78. Three Little Words...Duke Ellington (1930)
79. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby…Bing Crosby (1938)
80. Marie...Tommy Dorsey (1937)

81. The Old Spinning Wheel...Ray Noble with Al Bowlly (1933) EG
82. My Reverie…Larry Clinton with Bea Wain (1938) EG 83. Paradise…Leo Reisman with Frances Maddux (1932)
84. Isle of Capri…Ray Noble with Al Bowlly (1934) VF
85. Too Marvelous for Words…Bing Crosby with Jimmy Dorsey’s Orchestra (1937)
86. Yesterdays…Leo Reisman with Frank Luther (1933)
87. June in January…Bing Crosby with George Stoll’s Orchestra (1934)
88. You’re the Top…Paul Whiteman with Peggy Healy & John Hauser (1934)
89. Beer Barrell Polka...Will Glahe (1939) EG
90. Dream a Little Dream of Me...Wayne King with Ernie Birchill (1931)

91. And the Angels Sing …Benny Goodman with Martha Tilton (1939)
92. The Carioca…Enric Madriguera with Patricia Gillmore (1934)
93. Shadow Waltz…Bing Crosby with Jimmy Grier’s Orchestra (1933)
94. Sweet and Lovely…Gus Arnheim with Donald Novis (1931)
95. Solitude…Duke Ellington (1934) SS
96. I Found a Million Dollar Baby in a Five and Ten Cent Store...Fred Waring with Clare Hanlon (1931)
97. You Go to My Head…Larry Clinton with Bea Wain (1938)
98. I’ve Got the World on a String…Cab Calloway (1932)
99. Music, Maestro, Please...Tommy Dorsey with Edythe Wright (1938)
100. Crossroad Blues…Robert Johnson (1936)


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?...Bing Crosby (1932) SS
  • The Gold Diggers’ Song…Dick Powell (1933) PCM
  • Hellhound on My Trail…Robert Johnson (1937) SS
  • In the Chapel in the Moonlight…Shep Fields (1936) EG
  • In the Valley of the Moon…Joe Green’s Novelty Orchestra (1933) EG
  • Just a Gigolo…Ted Lewis (1931) PCM
  • Moonglow…Benny Goodman (1934) AG
  • On the Good Ship Lollipop…Shirley Temple (1935) PCM
  • St. Louis Blues…Louis Armstrong (1930) SS
  • Summertime…Billie Holiday (1936) SS
  • When It’s Springtime in the Rockies…Ben Selvin (1930) EG
  • When I Grow Too Old to Dream…Glen Gray with Kenny Sargent (1935) EG
  • When My Dream Boat Comes Home…Guy Lombardo (1936) EG
  • When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain...Kate Smith (1931) EG
  • The Woodpecker Song…Glenn Miller with Marion Hutton (1940) EG

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

Top 100 Songs from 1920-1929

First posted on DMDB Facebook page on 4/4/2012, updated 7/27/2018.

These are the top 100 songs from 1920-1929 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. My Blue Heaven...Gene Austin (1927) AG, DM, VF, SS, JW
2. Swanee...Al Jolson (1920) AG, PCM
3. St. Louis Blues...Bessie Smith with Louis Armstrong (1925) DM, SS
4. Whispering...Paul Whiteman (1920) DM, EG, VF, SS, TS
5. April Showers...Al Jolson (1922) AG, DM, VF, PCM, SS, JW
6. Ol’ Man River...Paul Whiteman with Bing Crosby (1928) DM, SS
7. Ain’t Misbehavin’...Thomas “Fats” Waller (1929) DM, SS
8. Tea for Two…Marion Harris (1925)
9. It Had to Be You...Isham Jones (1924) DM, JW
10. Dardanella...Ben Selvin (1920) JW

11. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love...Cliff Edwards (1928)
12. The Prisoner’s Song...Vernon Dalhart (1925) JW
13. Always...George Olsen with Fran Frey, Bob Rice & Edward Joyce (1926) DM, EG
14. Someone to Watch Over Me...Gertrude Lawrence (1927)
15. Blue Skies...Ben Selvin (1927)
16. Ain’t We Got Fun?...Van & Schenck (1921) AG, DM
17. Sonny Boy...Al Jolson (1928) VF, JW
18. Carolina in the Morning...Van & Schenck (1923) DM
19. My Melancholy Baby... Gene Austin (1928)
20. The Man I Love...Marion Harris (1928)

21. Rhapsody in Blue...Paul Whiteman with George Gershwin (1924) SS
22. Sweet Georgia Brown...Ben Bernie (1925) PCM, TS
23. Three O’Clock in the Morning...Paul Whiteman (1922) EG
24. California, Here I Come...Al Jolson with Isham Jones (1924) AG, PCM, TS
25. Yes! We Have No Bananas...Billy Jones (1923)
26. Makin’ Whoopee...Eddie Cantor (1929) TS
27. Singin’ in the Rain…Cliff Edwards (1929) AG
28. Blue Yodel #1 (T for Texas)...Jimmy Rodgers (1928)
29. Bye Bye, Blackbird...Gene Austin (1926)
30. Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips with Me...Nick Lucas (1929) VF, JW

31. Manhattan...Ben Selvin (1925)
32. Love Me or Leave Me...Ruth Etting (1929)
33. Yes Sir! That’s My Baby...Gene Austin with Billy Carpenter (1925) VF
34. Charleston...Arthur Gibbs & His Gang (1924)
35. My Mammy...Paul Whiteman (1921)
36. If You Knew Susie Like I Know Susie...Eddie Cantor (1925)
37. The Japanese Sandman...Paul Whiteman (1920)
38. Down Hearted Blues...Bessie Smith (1923) AG, SS, TS
39. What’ll I Do?...Paul Whiteman (1924) EG
40. Valencia (A Song of Spain)...Paul Whiteman with Franklyn Baur (1926) VF, JW

41. It Ain’t Gonna Rain No Mo’...Wendall Hall (1924) VF
42. Margie...Eddie Cantor (1921)
43. West End Blues...Louis Armstrong (1928) TS
44. My Buddy...Henry Burr (1922)
45. Somebody Loves Me...Paul Whiteman (1924)
46. Look for the Silver Lining...Marion Harris (1921)
47. I’ll See You in My Dreams...Isham Jones with Ray Miller & Frank Bessinger (1925)
48. Am I Blue?...Ethel Waters (1929)
49. The Sheik of Araby...Ray Miller & His Orchestra (1922)
50. The Birth of the Blues...Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young (1926)

51. Me and My Shadow...Whisperin’ Jack Smith (1927)
52. Toot, Toot, Tootsie! (Goo’bye)...Al Jolson (1922)
53. Ain’t She Sweet...Ben Bernie with Scrappy Lambert & Billy Hillpot (1927)
54. Wildwood Flower...The Carter Family (1928)
55. Ramona...Gene Austin with Nat Shilkret & Viola Klaiss (1928) EG
56. I’ll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time...Charles Harrison (1920)
57. All Alone...Al Jolson (1925) EG
58. Baby Face...Jan Garber with Benny Davis (1926)
59. Second Hand Rose…Fanny Brice (1922)
60. I’m Sitting on Top of the World...Al Jolson (1926)

61. I’m Just Wild about Harry...Marion Harris (1922)
62. Crazy Blues...Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds (1920)
63. Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life...Fred Waring with Tom Waring (1928)
64. Who?...George Olsen (1926)
65. Wabash Blues...Isham Jones (1921) VF
66. Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town)...Ben Selvin (1922)
67. Louise...Maurice Chevalier (1929)
68. I Cried for You…Benny Krueger (1923)
69. All by Myself…Ted Lewis (1921) EG
70. Somebody Stole My Gal…Ted Weems (1924)

71. When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along…Al Jolson (1926) AG, TS
72. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans…Peerless Quartet (1922)
73. Avalon...Al Jolson (1920)
74. When My Baby Smiles at Me...Ted Lewis & His Band (1920)
75. Sweet Sue, Just You...Ben Pollack with Franklyn Baur (1928)
76. America the Beautiful…Louise Homer (1925)
77. Lover, Come Back to Me...Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton (1929)
78. Side by Side…Paul Whiteman with the Rhythm Boys (1927)
79. Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie…Clarence “Pinetop” Smith (1929)
80. Oh, Lady Be Good…Paul Whiteman (1925)

81. Everybody Loves My Baby…Aileen Stanley (1925)
82. My Man (Mon Homme)...Fanny Brice (1922)
83. Wang-Wang Blues...Paul Whiteman (1920) JW
84. Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean – “Positively, Mr. Gallagher?”...Ed Gallagher & Al Shean (1922)
85. With a Song in My Heart…Leo Reisman with Ran Weeks (1929)
86. The Best Things in Life Are Free…George Olsen with Bob Borger (1927)
87. I Want to Be Happy…Vincent Lopez (1924)
88. Charmaine!...Guy Lombardo with Weston Vaughan (1927) EG
89. The Love Nest...John Steel (1920)
90. That Old Gang of Mine…Billy Murray with Ed Smalle (1923) EG

91. Among My Souvenirs…Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young (1928)
92. Fascinating Rhythm…Cliff Edwards (1925)
93. Say It with Music...Paul Whiteman (1921)
94. Rose of Washington Square…Kentucky Serenaders (1920)
95. Stumbling...Paul Whiteman (1922)
96. Hinky Dinky Parlay Voo (Mademoiselle from Armentieres)…Ernest Hare with Billy Jones (1924)
97. Honey…Rudy Vallee (1929)
98. Carolina Moon…Gene Austin (1929)
99. Great Day…Paul Whiteman with Bing Crosby (1929)
100. Swingin’ Down the Lane…Isham Jones (1923)


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • All Alone…Paul Whiteman (1925) AG
  • Black and Tan Fantasy…Duke Ellington (1927) TS
  • Bolero…Maurice Ravel (1928) AG
  • I Ain’t Got Nobody...Marion Harris (1921) PCM, TS
  • I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise…Paul Whiteman (1922) PCM, TS
  • I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover…Nick Lucas (1927) PCM
  • Lost Your Head Blues…Bessie Smith (1926) SS
  • Mack the Knife…Bertolt Brecht (1928) PCM
  • Parade of the Wooden Soldiers…Paul Whiteman (1923) VF, JW
  • Show Me the Way to Go Home...Vincent Lopez (1926) PCM
  • Sounds of Africa…Eubie Blake (1921) SS
  • The Wedding of the Painted Doll…Leo Reisman with Lew Conrad (1929) EG
  • When You’re Smiling…Louis Armstrong (1929) PCM

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