Monday, December 31, 2018

Dave’s Faves: Songs of the Year

Originally posted 3/31/2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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