Sunday, September 23, 2018

Ray Charles: Top 50 Songs

Posted 5/20/2019.

R&B singer Ray Charles (click link for DMDB encyclopedia entry) was well known for integrating multiple genres into his music. He was born Ray Charles Robinson on 9/23/1930 in Albany, GA. He died on 6/10/2004.

His family moved to Greenville, Florida while he was still an infant. He was partially blind at age 5 and completely blind at age 7 from glaucoma. He studied classical piano and clarinet at the State School for Deaf and Blind Children, St. Augustine, Florida from 1937 to 1945. He worked with local Florida bands before moving to Seattle in 1948. He formed the McSon Trio (aka Maxim Trio and the Maxine Trio) with guitarist Gossady McGhee and bassist Milton Garret. His first recordings were in the King Cole Trio style. He formed his own band in 1954.

Among his career highlights are his 1962 album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music and songs “Georgia on My Mind” (1960) and “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (1962), both featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era 1954-1999. Those two songs and “What’d I Say” (1959) also rank in the DMDB top 1000 of all time. Singer/actor Jamie Foxx won the Academy Award for Best Actor portraying Charles in Ray!

To celebrate his birthday, the DMDB compiled a list of his top 50 songs. Songs which hit #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 (US), R&B charts (RB), and adult contemporary (AC) are noted. “I Can’t Stop Loving You” also hit #1 on the United Kingdom (UK) and Australian (AU) charts.

1. I Can’t Stop Loving You (1962) #1 US, RB, AC, UK, AU
2. Georgia on My Mind (1960) #1 US
3. What’d I Say (1959) #1 RB
4. Hit the Road Jack (1961) #1 US, RB
5. Yesterday (1967)
6. I Gotta Woman (1955) #1 RB
7. Crying Time (1965) #1 AC
8. Hallelujah I Love Her So (1956)
9. Busted (1963)
10. Your Cheatin’ Heart (1962)

11. You Don’t Know Me (1962) #1 AC
12. Ol’ Man River (1963)
13. You Are My Sunshine (1962) #1 RB
14. Eleanor Rigby (1968)
15. America the Beautiful (1972)
16. That Lucky Old Sun (1963)
17. Makin’ Whoopee (1964)
18. Let’s Go Get Stoned (1966) #1 RB
19. Unchain My Heart (1961) #1 RB
20. One Mint Julep (1961) #1 RB

21. Take These Chains from My Heart (1962)
22. Come Rain or Come Shine (1960)
23. Here We Go Again (1967)
24. Lonely Avenue (1956)
25. Drown in My Own Tears (1956) #1 RB
26. Together Again (1965) #1 AC
27. Don’t Set Me Free (1963)
28. Born to Lose (1962)
29. Night Time Is the Right Time (1959)
30. No One (1963)

31. Ruby (1960)
32. Sticks and Stones (1960)
33. Baby It’s Cold Outside (with Betty Carter, 1961)
34. Without Love (with Aretha Franklin, 1974)
35. Hide Nor Hair (1962)
36. Don’t Change on Me (1970)
37. Mess Around (1953)
38. My Heart Cries for You (1964)
39. Baby Grand (with Billy Joel, 1986)
40. Without Love There Is Nothing (1963)

41. If You Were Mine (1970)
42. At the Club (1962)
43. I’m Movin’ On (1959)
44. No One to Cry To (1964)
45. A Tear Fell (1964)
46. I Didn’t Know What Time It Was (1969)
47. Booty Butt (1970)
48. I Choose to Sing the Blues (1966)
49. Swanee River Rock (1957)
50. In the Heat of the Night (1967)


Bruce Springsteen: Top 100 Songs

First posted 9/23/2011; updated 6/20/2019.

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Rock singer/songwriter and guitarist born Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen on 9/23/1949 in Freehold, NJ. Known as “The Boss.” Worked local clubs in New Jersey and Greewich Village in the mid-60’s. Married to model/ actress Julianne Phillips from 1985-1989. Married Patti Scialfa on 6/8/91.

Has recorded and toured solo and with the E Street Band. Current members: Roy Bittan (k: 74-), Jake Clemons (sax: 12-), Nils Lofgren (g: 84-), Patti Scialfa (v/k/g: 84-), Gary Tallent (b: 72-), Steven Van Zandt (g: 75-83,95-), and Max Weinberg (d: 74-). Past members have included Clarence Clemons (sax: 72-11; died in 2011), Danny Federici (k: 72-08; died 2008), Vini Lopez (d: 72-74), and David Sancious (k: 72-74).

“Born to Run” is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999. Two of his albums, Born to Run (1975) and Born in the U.S.A. (1984), are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time.

For a complete list of this act’s DMDB honors, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.


Top 100 Songs

Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards.

Bruce Springsteen has topped various charts including Cashbox (CB), album rock (AR), adult contemporary (AC), adult alternative (AA), and the Canadian charts (CN). All are noted below.

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Born to Run (1975)
2. Streets of Philadelphia (1994) #1 CN

DMDB Top 5%:

3. Dancing in the Dark (1984) #1 CB, #1 AR
4. Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
5. Thunder Road (1975)
6. Hungry Heart (1980)
7. Brilliant Disguise (1987) #1 AR
8. The Rising (2002) #1 AA
9. The River (1980)
10. I’m on Fire (1984)

DMDB Top 10%:

11. Tunnel of Love (1987) #1 AR
12. Glory Days (1984)
13. My Hometown (1984) #1 AC
14. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (1973)
15. Badlands (1978)
16. Human Touch (1992) #1 AR
17. Cover Me (1984)
18. Secret Garden (1995)
19. Jungleland (1975)
20. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1975)

DMDB Top 20%:

21. War (live, 1985)
22. One Step Up (1987)
23. Fade Away (1980)
24. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out (1975)
25. Fire (1978)
26. Prove It All Night (1978)
27. 4th of July (Sandy) (1973)
28. American Skin (41 Shots) (1999)
29. Atlantic City (1982)
30. Radio Nowhere (2007)

31. I’m Goin’ Down (1984)
32. Pink Cadillac (1983)
33. The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995)
34. Backstreets (1975)

Not in DMDB Top 20%:

35. 57 Channels and Nothin’ On (1992)
36. We Take Care of Our Own (2012)
37. Better Days (1992)
38. Devils & Dust (2005)
39. The Promised Land (1978)
40. Spare Parts (1987)

41. This Land Is Your Land (live, 1980)
42. Murder Incorporated (1982)
43. My City of Ruins (2001)
44. Racing in the Street (1978)
45. Lonesome Day (2002)
46. Spirit in the Night (1973)
47. Trapped (live, 1984) #1 AR
48. Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)
49. Blinded by the Light (1973)
50. Because the Night (1978)

51. Land of Hope and Dreams (1999)
52. Working on a Dream (2008)
53. The Wrestler (2008)
54. We Shall Overcome (1998)
55. Rocky Ground (2012)
56. Tougher Than the Rest (1987)
57. Wrecking Ball (2012)
58. Bobby Jean (1984)
59. No Surrender (1984)
60. Girls in Their Summer Clothes (2007)

61. Growin’ Up (1973)
62. Empty Sky (2002)
63. Candy’s Room (1978)
64. Cadillac Ranch (1980)
65. Stand on It (1983)
66. Youngstown (1995)
67. For You (1973)
68. Outlaw Pete (2009)
69. Gypsy Woman (1994)
70. I’ll Stand by You Always (2000)

71. My Lucky Day (2008)
72. Independence Day (1980)
73. High Hopes (1996/2013)
74. Point Blank (1980)
75. Magic (2007)
76. Leap of Faith (1992)
77. Take It Easy (live, 2016)
78. She’s the One (1975)
79. Lucky Town (1992)
80. Out in the Street (1980)

81. If I Should Fall Behind (live, 2000)
82. Detroit Medley (1975)
83. Light of Day (live, 1992)
84. Iceman (1977)
85. Raise Your Hand (live, 1978)
86. Ain’t Got You (1987)
87. Adam Raised a Cain (1978)
88. Merry Christmas Baby (1985)
89. Stolen Car (1980)
90. Ramrod (1980)

91. Highway Patrolman (1982)
92. Johnny 99 (1982)
93. Be True (1979)
94. Waitin’ on a Sunny Day (2002)
95. Terry’s Song (2007)
96. Devil’s Arcade (2007)
97. It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City (1972)
98. All That Heaven Will Allow (1987)
99. Roll of the Dice (1992)
100. Long Walk Home (2007)


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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Top 100 Disney Songs

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First posted 6/23/2016. Updated 9/18/2018.

Disney movies have not only provided some of cinema’s most memorable visual moments, but some of the most cherished musical memories as well. Most of these songs are from Disney animated movies; some are from live-action films; others (noted in parentheses when not a movie) are from TV shows, Disneyland, and even one from the World’s Fair.

This list was created from 46 best-of lists and Disney album collections and then the songs were ranked based on their overall status in Dave’s Music Database, which compiles data from best-of lists, chart success, sales, and awards.

1. When You Wish Upon a Star (Pinocchio, 1940)
2. It’s a Small World After All (New York World’s Fair, 1964)
3. Whistle While You Work (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
4. Let It Go (Frozen, 2013)
5. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (Song of the South, 1946)
6. A Whole New World (Aladdin, 1992)
7. Can You Feel the Love Tonight (The Lion King, 1994)
8. Beauty and the Beast (Tale As Old As Time) (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
9. Heigh Ho (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
10. Someday My Prince Will Come (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)

11. Circle of Life (The Lion King, 1994)
12. Colors of the Wind (Pocahontas, 1995)
13. You’ll Be in My Heart (Tarzan, 1999)
14. A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes (Cinderella, 1950)
15. Supercalifragilisticexpalidocious (Mary Poppins, 1964)
16. The Bare Necessities (The Jungle Book, 1967)
17. Baby Mine (Dumbo, 1941)
18. The Ballad of Davy Crockett (TV - Davy Crockett, 1955)
19. I Wanna Be Like You (The Jungle Book, 1967)
20. Under the Sea (The Little Mermaid, 1989)

21. Cruella de Vil (101 Dalmations, 1961)
22. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (Cinderella, 1950)
23. Chim Chim Cheree (Mary Poppins, 1964)
24. Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly) (So Dear to My Heart, 1948)
25. Turkey in the Straw (Steamboat Willie, 1928)
26. Give a Little Whistle (Pinocchio, 1940)
27. Go the Distance (Hercules, 1997)
28. Hakuna Matata (The Lion King, 1994)
29. Kiss the Girl (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
30. Mickey Mouse Club March (TV - The Mickey Mouse Club, 1955)

31. Little April Shower (Bambi, 1942)
32. You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly! (Peter Pan, 1953)
33. Second Star to the Right (Peter Pan, 1953)
34. He’s a Tramp (Lady and the Tramp, 1955)
35. Part of Your World (The Little Mermaid 1989)
36. Be Our Guest (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
37. So This Is Love (Cinderella, 1950)
38. I’ve Got No Strings (Pinocchio, 1940)
39. Mickey Mouse Club Alma Mater (TV - The Mickey Mouse Club, 1955)
40. Bella Notte (Lady and the Tramp, 1955)

41. Siamese Cat Song (Lady and the Tramp, 1955)
42. A Spoonful of Sugar (Mary Poppins, 1964)
43. Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? (short - Three Little Pigs, 1933)
44. Reflection (Mulan, 1998)
45. Winnie the Pooh (short - Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, 1966)
46. Life Is a Highway (Cars, 2006)
47. You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Toy Story, 1995)
48. Everybody Wants to Be a Cat (The Aristocat, 1970)
49. Someday (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1996)
50. I’m Wishing/One Song (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)

51. Friend Like Me (Aladdin, 1992)
52. Once Upon a Dream (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
53. Zorro (Zorro, 1957)
54. Castle in Spain (Babes in Toyland, 1961)
55. When I See an Elephant Fly (Dumbo, 1941)
56. I’ll Make a Man Out of You (Mulan, 1998)
57. Breaking Free (High School Musical, 2006)
58. Just Around the Riverbend (Pocahontas, 1995)
59. How Far I’ll Go (Moana, 2016)
60. Candle on the Water (Pete’s Dragon, 1977)

61. The Unbirthday Song (Alice in Wonderland, 1951)
62. You Belong to My Heart (The Three Caballeros, 1945)
63. I Won’t Say I’m in Love (Hercules, 1997)
64. Why Should I Worry? (Oliver & Company, 1988)
65. Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me) (Disneyland ride – Pirates of the Caribbean, 1967)
66. The Wonderful World of Disney (TV - The Wonderful World of Disney, 1968)
67. In a World of My On (Alice in Wonderland, 1951)
68. Oo-De-Lally (Robin Hood, 1973)
69. I Just Can’t Wait to Be King (The Lion King, 1994)
70. Do You Want to Build a Snowman? (Frozen, 2013)

71. Belle (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
72. The Wonderful Thing about Tiggers (short - Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, 1968)
73. Strangers Like Me (Tarzan, 1999)
74. Pink Elephants on Parade (Dumbo, 1941)
75. Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor’s Life for Me) (Pinocchio, 1940)
76. One Jump Ahead (Aladdin, 1992)
77. Enjoy It (In Search of the Castaways, 1962)
78. Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag) (Mary Poppins, 1964)
79. True to Your Heart (Mulan, 1998)
80. Once Upon a Time in New York City (Oliver & Company, 1988)

81. Following the Leader (Peter Pan, 1953)
82. We’re All in This Together (High School Musical, 2006)
83. With a Smile and a Song (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
84. Love Is a Song (Bambi, 1942)
85. Higitus Figitus (The Sword in the Stone, 1963)
86. Best of Friends (The Fox and the Hound, 1981)
87. What Time Is It? (High School Musical 2, 2007)
88. If I Didn’t Have You (Monsters Inc., 2001)
89. The Parent Trap (The Parent Trap, 1961)
90. Look Through My Eyes (Brother Bear, 2003)

91. When She Loved Me (Toy Story 2, 1999)
92. You Are the Music in Me (High School Musical 2 2007)
93. Gaston (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
94. I Wonder (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
95. What I’ve Been Looking For (High School Musical, 2006)
96. Get’cha Head in the Game (High School Musical, 2006)
97. Start of Something New (High School Musical, 2006)
98. Prince Ali (Aladdin, 1992)
99. The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room (Disneyland, 1963)
100. You’re Welcome (Moana, 2016)


Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Top 100 Albums of the 2000s

First posted 11/6/2011, updated 9/13/2018.

These are the top albums from 2000-2009 according to Dave’s Music Database, which factors in sales, chart data, awards, and appearances on best-of lists. All of these are also included in the DMDB’s Top 1000 Albums of All Time list.

  1. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
  2. Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
  3. The Strokes Is This It (2001)
  4. Green Day American Idiot (2004)
  5. Radiohead Kid A (2000)
  6. Norah Jones Come Away with Me (2002)
  7. The White Stripes Elephant (2003)
  8. Eminem The Eminem Show (2002)
  9. Amy Winehouse Back to Black (2006)
  10. Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)

  11. Coldplay Parachutes (2000)
  12. OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)
  13. Arcade Fire Funeral (2004)
  14. Radiohead In Rainbows (2007)
  15. The White Stripes White Blood Cells (2001)
  16. Elvis Presley 30 #1 Hits (2002)
  17. U2 All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000)
  18. Coldplay X&Y (2005)
  19. Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand (2004)
  20. Kanye West The College Dropout (2004)

  21. O Brother Where Art Thou (soundtrack, 2000)
  22. Lady Gaga The Fame (2008)
  23. Linkin Park Hybrid Theory (2000)
  24. Usher Confessions (2004)
  25. OutKast Stankonia (2000)
  26. Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)
  27. Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008)
  28. Jay-Z The Blueprint (2001)
  29. Taylor Swift Fearless (2008)
  30. Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor (2001)

  31. James Blunt Back to Bedlam (2004)
  32. Michael Jackson: Number Ones (compilation: 1978-2003, released 2003)
  33. U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004)
  34. 50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003)
  35. Keane Hopes and Fears (2004)
  36. Kings of Leon: Only by the Night (2008)
  37. Bruce Springsteen The Rising (2002)
  38. Beyoncé Dangerously in Love (2003)
  39. Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way (2002)
  40. Bob Dylan Love and Theft (2001)

  41. Brian Wilson Smile (2004)
  42. Justin Timberlake Justified (2002)
  43. Norah Jones Feels Like Home (2004)
  44. Evanescence Fallen (2003)
  45. Sufjan Stevens Illinois (2005)
  46. Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose (2004)
  47. Dixie Chicks Home (2002)
  48. Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium (2006)
  49. The Rolling Stones Forty Licks (compilation: 1964-2002, released 2002)
  50. Bob Dylan Modern Times (2006)

  51. Shania Twain Up! (2002)
  52. Mariah Carey The Emancipation of Mimi (2005)
  53. Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006)
  54. The Libertines Up the Bracket (2002)
  55. Beck Sea Change (2002)
  56. Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009)
  57. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raising Sand (2007)
  58. LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver (2007)
  59. N Sync No Strings Attached (2000)
  60. The Killers Hot Fuss (2004)

  61. System of a Down Toxicity (2001)
  62. Queens of the Stone Age: Songs for the Deaf (2002)
  63. PJ Harvey Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000)
  64. Eminem: Curtain Call: The Hits (compilation: 1999-2005, released 2005)
  65. Streets A Grand Don’t Come for Free (2004)
  66. Kanye West Late Registration (2005)
  67. Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002)
  68. Jack Johnson: In Between Dreams (3/1/05)
  69. Carrie Underwood Some Hearts (2005)
  70. U2 No Line on the Horizon (2009)

  71. Gorillaz Demon Days (2005)
  72. Avril Lavigne Let Go (2002)
  73. Madonna Music (2000)
  74. David Gray White Ladder (2000)
  75. David Bowie…Best of Bowie (compilation: 1969-2002, released 2002)
  76. Kelly Clarkson Breakaway (2004)
  77. Bruce Springsteen: Magic (2007)
  78. Linkin Park Meteora (2003)
  79. Tool Lateralus (2001)
  80. Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes (2008)

  81. Black Eyed Peas: The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (2009)
  82. Radiohead Hail to the Thief (2003)
  83. Rihanna: Good Girl Gone Bad (2007)
  84. Radiohead Amnesiac (2001)
  85. Streets Original Pirate Material (2002)
  86. Alicia Keys The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003)
  87. Eric Clapton & B.B. King: Riding with the King (2000)
  88. Mumford & Sons Sigh No More (2009)
  89. Dixie Chicks Taking the Long Way (2006)
  90. Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007)

  91. The Arcade Fire: Neon Bible (2007)
  92. Scissor Sisters Scissor Sisters (2004)
  93. D’Angelo Voodoo (2000)
  94. Britney Spears Oops!...I Did It Again (2000)
  95. Muse: Black Holes & Revelations (2006)
  96. 50 Cent The Massacre (2005)
  97. Nickelback All the Right Reasons (2005)
  98. Muse Origin of Symmetry (2001)
  99. Nelly Nellyville (2002)
  100. Dizzee Rascal Boy in Da Corner (2003)

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Top 50 Operas of All Time

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This list was created, as are most DMDB lists, by aggregating multiple best-of lists, both those focused specifically on opera and those on all albums/works regardless of genre, alongside sales, chart data, and album ratings. Here are the results:

1. Claudio Monteverdi: L’Orfeo (Orpheus) (1607)
2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni (1787)
3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) (1786)
4. Richard Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle) (1874)
5. Richard Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde (1859)
6. Georges Bizet: Carmen (1875)
7. Gioacchino Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (1816)
8. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) (1791)
9. George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin/Dubose Heyward: Porgy and Bess (1935)
10. Giacomo Puccini: Tosca (1900)

11. Giacomo Puccini: La Bohème (The Bohemian Life) (1896)
12. Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata (The Fallen Woman) (1853)
13. Claudio Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppaea) (1642)
14. Giuseppe Verdi: Aida (1871)
15. Giacomo Puccini: Turandot (1926)
16. Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto: La Donna È Mobile (1851)
17. Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (1689)
18. Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly) (1904)
19. George Friedrich Händel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Julius Caesar in Egypt) (1724)
20. Luciano Pavarotti with Placido Domingo & Jose Carreras: The Three Tenors in Concert/Mehta (live: 1990)

21. Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio (1805)
22. Vincenzo Bellini: Norma (1831)
23. Andrea Bocelli: Romanza (1997)
24. Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose) (1911)
25. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) (1781)
26. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Cosí Fan Tutte (Thus Do They All) (1790)
27. Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (1911)
28. Christoph Willibald Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orpheus and Eurydice) (1762)
29. Giuseppe Verdi: Otello (1887)
30. Alban Berg: Wozzeck (1922)

31. Giuseppi Verdi: Il Trovatore (The Troubador) (1853)
32. Modest Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (1873)
33. Christoph Willibald Gluck: Iphigenie en Tauride (Pphigenia in Tauris) (1779)
34. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo (1781)
35. Gaetano Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love) (1873)
36. Richard Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander (aka 'The Flying Dutchman') (1843)
37. Gioacchino Rossini: Guillaume Tell (William Tell) (1829)
38. Richard Wagner: Lohengrin (1850)
39. Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) (1890)
40. Gioacchino Rossini: La Cenerentola (Cinderella) (1817)

41. Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg (The Master-Singers of Nuremburg) (1868)
42. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsk: Eugene Onegin (1879)
43. Jules Massenet: Manon (1884)
44. Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freishchutz (The Marksman) (1821)
45. Hector Berlioz: La Damanation of Faust (The Damnation of Faust) (1846)
46. Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco (Nebuchadnezzar) (1842)
47. Charles Gounod: Faust (1859)
48. Richard Wagner: Tannhauser (1845)
49. Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlos (1867)
50. Claude Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande (1902)


Monday, September 10, 2018

Top 50 Blues Albums of All Time

This list started as a post on the DMDB Facebook page (Top 10 Blues and Blues/Rock Albums) on 2/23/2010. It has been expanded and refocused on just blues albums, although some albums still making the cut are arguably more in the blues/rock genre (Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan).

The list was created, as are most DMDB lists, by aggregating multiple best-of lists, both those focused specifically on the blues and those on all albums regardless of genre, alongside sales, chart data, and album ratings. Here are the results:

1. Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings (compilation: 1936-37, released 1990)
2. B.B. King: Live at the Regal (live, 1964)
3. John Mayall & the Blues Breakers: Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (1966)
4. The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones (aka ‘England’s Newest Hitmakers’) (1964)
5. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble: Texas Flood (1983)
6. Howlin’ Wolf: Moanin’ in the Moonlight/Howlin’ Wolf (aka ‘The Rockin’ Chair Album’) (compilations: 1951-62, released in 1959 and 1962) *
7. Bessie Smith: The Essential (compilation: 1923-1933, released 1997)
8. Muddy Waters: At Newport (1960)
9. ZZ Top: Tres Hombres (1973)
10. Bobby “Blue” Bland: Two Steps from the Blues (1956-60)

11. Eric Clapton: From the Cradle (1994)
12. Albert King: Born Under a Bad Sign (1967)
13. Junior Wells: Hoodoo Man Blues (1965)
14. Eric Clapton & B.B. King: Riding with the King (2000)
15. Robert Cray: Strong Persuader (1986)
16. Muddy Waters: Best of/His Best 1947-55 (compilations: 1947-55, released 1958 and 1997)
17. Charlie Patton: Founder of the Delta Blues (compilation: 1929-34, released 1969)
18. Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Paul Butterfield Blues Band (1965)
19. Willie Dixon/various artists: The Chess Box (compilation: 1951-69, released 1988)
20. Magic Sam: West Side Soul (1967)

21. Albert Collins: Ice Pickin’ (1978)
22. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble: In Step (1989)
23. Eric Clapton: Me and Mr. Johnson (covers: 2004)
24. Muddy Waters: Hard Again (1977)
25. Elmore James: The Sky Is Crying – The History of (compilation: 1951-63, released 1993)
26. Howlin’ Wolf: The Chess Box (compilation: 1951-73, released 1991)
27. Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour ’74 (live: 1974)
28. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble: Couldn’t Stand the Weather (1984)
29. Skip James: The Complete Early Recordings (compilation: 1930, released 1994)
30. B.B. King: Live in Cook County Jail (live: 1970, released 1971)

31. Muddy Waters: Folksinger (1964)
32. Paul Butterfield Blues Band: East West (1966)
33. Big Joe Turner: Boss of the Blues (1956)
34. Muddy Waters: The Real Folk Blues (compilation: 1947-64, released 1966)
35. Blind Willie Johnson: Praise God I’m Satisfied (compilation: 1927-30, released 1977)
36. B.B. King: Singin’ the Blues (1956)
37. John Lee Hooker: The Ultimate Collection (compilation: 1948-90, released 1991)
38. Albert King: Live Wire/Blues Power (1968)
39. Ry Cooder: Paradise and Lunch (1974)
40. Little Walter: His Best – Chess 50th Anniversary Collection (compilation: 1952-60, released 1997)

41. Robert Cray: Bad Influence (1983)
42. Blind Lemon Jefferson: King of the Country Blues (compilation: 1926-29, released 1990)
43. Johnny Winter: The Progressive Blues Experiment (1968)
44. Mississippi Fred McDowell: I Do Not Play No Rock and Roll (1969)
45. Sonny Boy Williamson II: Down and Out Blues (1959)
46. Gary Moore: Still Got the Blues (1990)
47. T-Bone Walker: T-Bone Blues (1959)
48. Henry Thomas: Texas Worried Blues – Complete Recorded Works (compilation: 1927-29, released 1975)
49. Otis Spann: Is the Blues (1960)
50. The Blues Brothers: The Blues Brothers (soundtrack, 1980)

* These were initially released as two separate albums, but are now typically packaged together.


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Top 50 Cast Albums of All Time

This is an expansion of a list (Top 10 Show Tune Albums of All Time) originally posted on Dave’s Music Database Facebook page on February 21, 2010. As with most DMDB lists, this was created based on aggregated lists, sales, and chart peaks. Here are the results:

1. South Pacific (1949)
2. My Fair Lady (1956)
3. Hair (1967)
4. The Sound of Music (1959)
5. The Music Man (1957)
6. West Side Story (1957)
7. Kiss Me, Kate (1948)
8. Guys and Dolls (1950)
9. Camelot (1960)
10. Phantom of the Opera (1986)

11. Fiddler on the Roof (1964)
12. Show Boat (1927)
13. Jesus Christ Superstar (1970)
14. Gypsy (1959)
15. Oklahoma! (1943)
16. Hamilton (2015)
17. Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979)
18. Annie Get Your Gun (1946)
19. Company (1970)
20. Hello, Dolly! (1964)

21. Candide (1956)
22. Carousel (1945)
23. Funny Girl (1964)
24. Wicked (2003)
25. A Chorus Line (1975)
26. Cats (1981)
27. Les Misérables (1985)
28. Rent (1996)
29. The King and I (1951)
30. A Little Night Music (1973)

31. Evita (1976)
32. The Wiz (1975)
33. Ain’t Misbehavin’ (1978)
34. Man of La Mancha (1965)
35. The Cradle Will Rock (1938)
36. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
37. Anything Goes (1934)
38. Finian’s Rainbow (1947)
39. Miss Saigon (1989)
40. Flower Drum Song (1959)

41. Sunday in the Park with George (1984)
42. Brigadoon (1947)
43. Damn Yankees (1955)
44. Jersey Boys (2005)
45. Cabaret (1966)
46. The Book of Mormon (2001)
47. Oliver! (1960)
48. Annie (1977)
49. Aida (1999)
50. Spring Awakening (2006)


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Saturday, September 1, 2018

The Top 50 Soundtracks of All Time

First posted 4/17/11. Updated 9/1/2018.
This list was first posted on April 17, 2011, as a Note on the Dave’s Music Database Facebook page. It has been revised a few times since then. Note: Click on the titles of the soundtrack for more detailed pages at DavesMusicDatabase.com.

1. Purple Rain…Prince & the Revolution (1984)
2. Saturday Night Fever…Bee Gees et al (1977)
3. A Hard Day’s Night…The Beatles (1964)
4. The Sound of Music…Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) (1965) *
5. South Pacific…Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) (1958) *
6. Grease…Olivia Newton-John John Travolta, et al (1978)
7. The Bodyguard…Whitney Houston et al (1992)
8. West Side Story…Leonard Bernstein (composer) (1961) *
9. Dirty Dancing (1987)
10. Help!…The Beatles (1965)

11. Titanic…James Horner (1997)
12. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
13. Superfly…Curtis Mayfield (1972)
14. The Student Prince…Mario Lanza (1954)
15. Mary Poppins…Richard and Robert Sherman (composers) (1964)
16. The Harder They Come…Jimmy Cliff et al (1973)
17. Blue Hawaii…Elvis Presley (1961)
18. Music from Peter Gunn…Henry Mancini (1959)
19. The Lion King…Elton John and Tim Rice (composers) (1994)
20. G.I. Blues…Elvis Presley (1960)

21. Footloose (1984)
22. An American in Paris…George & Ira Gershwin (composers) (1951)
23. The King and I…Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) (1956)
24. Frozen (2013)
25. American Graffiti (1973)
26. Gigi…Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe (composers) (1958)
27. Top Gun (1986)
28. Waiting to Exhale…Whitney Houston et al (1995)
29. Flashdance (1983)
30. Oklahoma!…Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) (1955) *

31. Parade…Prince (Under the Cherry Moon soundtrack, 1986)
32. That’s the Way of the World…Earth, Wind & Fire (1975)
33. Pulp Fiction (1994)
34. 8 Mile…Eminem et al (2002)
35. With a Song in My Heart…Jane Froman (1952)
36. Loving You…Elvis Presley (1957)
37. The Graduate…Simon & Garfunkel (1968)
38. Breakfast at Tiffany’s…Henry Mancini (1961)
39. High School Musical (TV soundtrack, 2006)
40. Show Boat…Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) (1951) *

41. Forrest Gump (1994)
42. Miami Vice (TV soundtrack, 1985)
43. High School Musical 2 (TV soundtrack, 2007)
44. Songs He Made Famous…Al Jolson (1947)
45. Exodus (1961)
46. Hans Christian Andersen…Danny Kaye (1953)
47. Around the World in 80 Days (1957)
48. Batman…Prince (1989)
49. Love Me or Leave Me…Doris Day (1955)
50. Evita…Madonna et al (1996)


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