Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Top 100 Songs from 2010-2019

First posted 7/31/2016; updated 3/23/2020.

Top 100 Songs of the Decade:

2010-2019

These are the top 100 songs from 2010-2019 according to Dave’s Music Database. Click here to see “Song of the Year” awards.

1. Uptown Funk!… Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars (2014)
2. Rolling in the Deep…Adele (2010)
3. Despacito…Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber (2017)
4. Shape of You…Ed Sheeran (2017)
5. Somebody That I Used to Know…Gotye with Kimbra (2011)
6. Happy…Pharrell Williams (2013)
7. Hello…Adele (2015)
8. Blurred Lines…Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams (2013)
9. See You Again …Wiz Khalifa with Charlie Puth (2015)
10. Old Town Road…Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus (2018)

11. Closer…The Chainsmokers with Halsey (2016)
12. Party Rock Anthem…LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock (1/25/2011)
13. Call Me Maybe…Carly Rae Jepsen (2011)
14. Perfect…Ed Sheeran with Beyoncé (2017)
15. Royals…Lorde (2013)
16. Love the Way You Lie…Eminem with Rihanna (2010)
17. We Found Love…Rihanna with Calvin Harris (2011)
18. Shake It Off…Taylor Swift (2014)
19. Just the Way You Are (Amazing)…Bruno Mars (2010)
20. Thinking Out Loud…Ed Sheeran (2014)

21. Moves Like Jagger…Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera (2011)
22. Thrift Shop…Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz (2012)
23. Someone Like You…Adele (2011)
24. God’s Plan…Drake (2018)
25. Gangnam Style…Psy (2012)
26. One Dance…Drake with Wizkid & Kyla (2016)
27. Girls Like You…Maroon 5 with Cardi B (2017)
28. All of Me…John Legend (2013)
29. All About That Bass…Meghan Trainor (2014)
30. Roar…Katy Perry (2013)

31. Havana…Camila Cabello with Young Thug (2017)
32. Firework…Katy Perry (2010)
33. Love Yourself…Justin Bieber (2015)
34. Blank Space…Taylor Swift (2014)
35. Get Lucky…Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams (2013)
36. Can’t Stop the Feeling!...Justin Timberlake (2016)
37. Sorry…Justin Bieber (2015)
38. Counting Stars…One Republic (2013)
39. Stay with Me…Sam Smith (2014)
40. We Are Young…Fun. with Janelle Monae (2011)

41. Bad Guy…Billie Eilish (2019)
42. Rockstar…Post Malone with 21 Savage (2017)
43. California Gurls…Katy Perry with Snoop Dogg (2010)
44. Can’t Feel My Face…The Weeknd (2015)
45. Fuck You (aka “Forget You”)…Cee-Lo Green (2010)
46. Wake Me Up!...Avicii with Aloe Blacc (2013)
47. Dark Horse…Katy Perry with Juicy J (2013)
48. Work…Rihanna with Drake (2016)
49. Shallow…Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper (2018)
50. Cheap Thrills…Sia with Sean Paul (2016)

51. Fancy…Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX (2014)
52. Rude…Magic! (2013)
53. Something Just Like This…The Chainsmokers with Coldplay (2017)
54. What Do You Mean?...Justin Bieber (2015)
55. 7 Years…Lukas Graham (2015)
56. Radioactive…Imagine Dragons (2012)
57. Grenade…Bruno Mars (2010)
58. Sexy and I Know It…LMFAO (2011)
59. Let Her Go…Passenger (2012)
60. The Hills…The Weeknd (2015)

61. That’s What I Like…Bruno Mars (2016)
62. Stressed Out…Twenty One Pilots (2015)
63. Sugar…Maroon 5 (2014)
64. Give Me Everything…Pitbull with Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer (2011)
65. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn remix)…OMI (2014)
66. Can’t Hold Us…Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Ray Dalton (2011)
67. Just Give Me a Reason…Pink with Nate Ruess (2012)
68. 7 Rings…Ariana Grande (2019)
69. Only Girl in the World…Rihanna (2010)
70. Love Me Like You Do…Ellie Goulding (2015)

71. Hotline Bling…Drake (2015)
72. Diamonds…Rihanna (2012)
73. Let It Go…Idina Menzel (2013)
74. Thank U, Next…Ariana Grande (2018)
75. Born This Way…Lady Gaga (2011)
76. Locked Out of Heaven…Bruno Mars (2012)
77. Lean On… Major Lazer with DJ Snake & MØ (2015)
78. Starboy…The Weeknd with Daft Punk (2016)
79. Take Me to Church…Hozier (2013)
80. Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)…Silento (2015)

81. Payphone…Maroon 5 with Wiz Khalifa (2012)
82. Humble…Kendrick Lamar (2017)
83. Chandelier…Sia (2014)
84. Timber…Pitbull with Ke$ha (2013)
85. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together…Taylor Swift (2012)
86. Ho Hey…The Lumineers (2012)
87. Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)…Cardi B (2017)
88. One More Night…Maroon 5 (2012)
89. OMG…Usher with will.i.am (2010)
90. Wrecking Ball…Miley Cyrus (2013)

91. I Like It….Cardi B with Bad Bunny & J. Balvin (2018)
92. Sunflower…Post Malone with Swae Lee (2018)
93. In My Feelings…Drake (2018)
94. Señorita…Shawn Mendes with Camila Cabello (2019)
95. The Monster…Eminem & Rihanna (2013)
96. Bad Blood…Taylor Swift (2014)
97. E.T….Katy Perry with Kanye West (2010)
98. Dynamite…Taio Cruz (2010)
99. Cruise…Florida Georgia Line (2012)
100. Pumped Up Kicks…Foster the People (2010)

Dave's Faves: My Top 100 Songs 2010-2019

First posted 5/6/2020.

Dave’s Faves:
My Top 100 Songs of the Decade

2010-2019

These are my personal favorite top 100 songs from 2010-2019. To see a list of the top 100 songs based on Dave’s Music Database, go here.

1. Willie Nelson with Lukas Nelson “Just Breathe” (2012)
2. Michael Franti & Spearhead with Sonna Rele “Once a Day” (2015)
3. Disturbed “The Sounds of Silence” (2015)
4. Sturgill Simpson “In Bloom” (2016)
5. The War on Drugs “Under the Pressure” (2014)
6. Sturgill Simpson “The Promise” (2014)
7. Charles Bradley “Changes’ (2015)
8. Keala Settle & the Greatest Showman Ensemble “This Is Me” (2017)
9. Sheryl Crow with Johnny Cash “Redemption Day” (2019)
10. Michael Franti & Spearhead “The Sound of Sunshine” (2010)

11. Lady Gaga with Bradley Cooper “Shallow” (2018)
12. Michael Franti & Spearhead “Life Is Better with You” (2013)
13. Keb’ Mo’ “This Is My Home” (2019)
14. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “Son of a Bitch” (2015)
15. Grouplove “Ways to Go” (2013)
16. Bruce Springsteen “We Take Care of Our Own” (2012)
17. The XX “I Dare You” (2017)
18. Lorde “Royals” (2013)
19. David Bowie “Lazarus” (2015)
20. Heart “Stairway to Heaven (live)” (2012)

21. Foster the People “Pumped Up Kicks” (2010)
22. Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011)
23. AJR “Birthday Party” (2019)
24. Alabama Shakes “Hold On” (2012)
25. John Mellencamp “Save Some Time to Dream” (2010)
26. Artists of Then, Now & Forever “Forever Country” (2016)
27. Bruce Springsteen “Rocky Ground” (2012)
28. Justin Currie “Every Song’s the Same” (2013)
29. Cee-Lo Green “Fuck You (aka “Forget You”)” (2010)
30. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit “If We Were Vampires” (2017)

31. The Lumineers “Ho Hey” (2012)
32. Hozier “Take Me to Church” (2013)
33. Pearl Jam “Sirens” (2013)
34. Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) with Bruce Springsteen “Sexy and I Know It (live)” (2012)
35. Justin Currie “Hey Polly” (2017)
36. Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) with Bruce Springsteen “Whip My Hair (live)” (2012)
37. Kacey Musgraves “Follow Your Arrow” (2013)
38. LP “Lost on You” (2016)
39. The National “Bloodbuzz Ohio” (2010)
40. Janelle Monáe “Make Me Feel” (2018)

41. Michael Franti & Spearhead “Nobody Cries Alone” (2018)
42. Band of Horses “Laredo” (2010)
43. k.d. lang, Neko Case, & Laura Veirs “Atomic Number” (2016)
44. Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010)
45. Michael Franti & Spearhead “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)” (2013)
46. Chris Cornell “I Will Always Love You (live)” (2012)
47. Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” (2018)
48. Fun. with Janelle Monáe “We Are Young” (2011)
49. David Bowie “Blackstar” (2015)
50. Chris Cornell “Nothing Compares 2 U (live)” (2016)

51. The Rainmakers “Like Dogs” (2011)
52. Chris Difford “Like I Did” (2010)
53. Of Monsters and Men “Little Talks” (2011)
54. Michael Franti & Spearhead “11:59” (2013)
55. Sheppard “Geronimo” (2014)
56. Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” (2013)
57. Courtney Barnett “Dead Fox” (2015)
58. Shovels & Rope “I Know” (2016)
59. Neil Finn “Song of the Lonely Mountain” (2012)
60. Michael Franti & Spearhead “This World Is So Fucked Up But I Ain't Ever Givin' Up on It” (2019)

61. Bruce Springsteen “Wrecking Ball” (2012)
62. Brandi Carlile “The Joke” (2017)
63. Bruce Springsteen “Sundown” (2019)
64. Paul Simon “Wristband” (2016)
65. Chris Difford “Goldfish” (2010)
66. Michael Franti & Spearhead “Good to Be Alive Today” (2016)
67. Justin Currie “The Fight to Be Human” (2010)
68. Spoon “Do You” (2014)
69. Pink with Nate Ruess “Just Give Me a Reason” (2012)
70. The Highwomen “Highwomen” (2019)

71. Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers with Bruce Springsteen “That’s What Makes Us Great” (2017)
72. Helping Haiti “Everybody Hurts” (2010)
73. Roger Waters “Déjà Vu (If I Had Been God)” (2017)
74. John Mellencamp “Easter Eve” (2010)
75. Kacey Musgraves “Kansas City Star” (2018)
76. Bastille “Pompeii” (2013)
77. Bruce Springsteen “Hello Sunshine” (2019)
78. Alan Parsons “As Lights Fall” (2019)
79. Weezer “Africa” (2018)
80. AJR “Dear Winter” (2019)

81. Pink Floyd “Louder Than Words” (2014)
82. Janelle Monáe with Big Boi “Tightrope” (2010)
83. Pharrell Williams “Happy” (2013)
84. Playing for Change “Biko” (2010)
85. Keb’ Mo’ “Old Me Better” (2014)
86. Arcade Fire “Afterlife” (2013)
87. Neko Case “Last Lion of Albion” (2018)
88. The Rainmakers “Last Song of the Evening” (2011)
89. Kurt Vile with Courtney Barnett “Over Everything” (2017)
90. Fiona Apple “Pure Imagination” (2013)

91. Beck “Up All Night” (2017)
92. Muse “Madness” (2012)
93. X Ambassadors “Renegades” (2015)
94. Kongos “Come with Me Now” (2012)
95. Hozier with Mavis Staples “Nina Cried Power” (2018)
96. Walk the Moon “Shut Up and Dance” (2014)
97. The Rainmakers “Half a Horse Apiece” (2011)
98. Imagine Dragons “Radioactive” (2012)
99. Prince “Rock and Roll Love Affair” (2012)
100. Elvis Costello “Six Months in Kansas City” (2014)


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Dave’s Faves: #1 Songs in the 2010s

First posted 5/1/2020.

Dave’s Faves:

#1’s: 2010-2019

September 18, 1982. I can peg my fascination with music charts to that date. After listening to a local radio station’s countdown of the hits of the summer, I decided to make my own list of favorites (see original list here). I ended up revising it every few days, eventually developing my own charts which I maintained into the ‘90s.

I’ve also projected before and after those lists to create speculative lists of #1 songs for eras not covered by those original charts. You can check out those links here, but this page is focused on the #1 songs that might have been for me in the 2000s.


2010:

  • Jan. 9: Toy Matinee “Blank Page” (3 wks)
  • Jan. 30: Eddie Vedder “My City of Ruins” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 20: Playing for Change “Biko” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 6: Helping Haiti “Everybody Hurts” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 20: Sheryl Crow with Kid Rock & Keith Urban “Lean on Me (live)” (4 wks)
  • Apr. 17: Band of Horses “Laredo” (3 wks)
  • May 8: The National “Bloodbuzz Ohio” (3 wks)
  • May 29: Justin Currie “The Fight to Be Human” (3 wks)
  • June 19: Michael Franti & Spearhead “The Sound of Sunshine” (4 wks)
  • July 17: Eminem with Rihanna “Love the Way You Lie” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 7: Mike Massé with Jeff Hall “Africa” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 28: John Mellencamp “Easter Eve” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 18: John Mellencamp “Save Some Time to Dream” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 8: Cee-Lo Green “Fuck You (aka “Forget You”)” (8 wks)
  • Nov. 27: Foster the People “Pumped Up Kicks” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 18: Chris Difford “Goldfish” (2 wks)

2011:

  • Jan. 1: Chris Difford “Like I Did” (3 wks)
  • Jan. 22: Chris DIfford “1975” (2 wks)
  • Feb 5: Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (7 wks)
  • Mar. 26: Sandi Thom “The House of the Rising Sun” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 16: Adele “Love Song” (3 wks)
  • May 7: The Rainmakers “Like Dogs” (4 wks)
  • June 11: The Rainmakers “Last Song of the Evening” (3 wks)
  • July 2: Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera “Moves Like Jagger” (4 wks)
  • July 30: Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (8 wks)
  • Sept. 24: Keb’ Mo’ “One of These Nights” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 8: Grouplove “Tongue Tied” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 29: Fun. with Janelle Monae “We Are Young” (6 wks)
  • Dec. 10: Pearl Jam “Mother (live)” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 24: Glen Tilbrook with Nine Below “Chat Line Larry” (2 wks)

2012:

  • Jan. 7: Of Monsters and Men “Little Talks” (3 wks)
  • Jan. 28: Bruce Springsteen “We Take Care of Our Own” (4 wks)
  • Feb. 25: Chris Cornell “I Will Always Love You (live)” (4 wks)
  • Mar. 24: Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) with Bruce Springsteen “Sexy and I Know It (live)” (4 wks)
  • Apr. 21: Alabama Shakes “Hold On” (5 wks)
  • May 26: Bruce Springsteen “Wrecking Ball” (2 wks)
  • June 9: Bruce Springsteen “Rocky Ground” (3 wks)
  • June 30: Willie Nelson with Lukas Nelson “Just Breathe” (8 wks)
  • Aug. 25: The Lumineers “Ho Hey” (4 wks)
  • Sept. 22: Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) with Bruce Springsteen “Whip My Hair (live)” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 13: Bruce Springsteen “Jack of All Trades” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 27: Psy “Gangnam Style” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 17: Prince “Rock and Roll Love Affair” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 1: Neil Finn “Song of the Lonely Mountain” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 29: Heart “Stairway to Heaven (live)” (8 wks)

2013:

  • Feb. 23: Pink “Just Give Me a Reason” (4 wks)
  • Mar. 23: Bastille “Pompeii” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 13: Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” (6 wks)
  • May 25: Jacob Moon “Kayleigh/Lavender (live)” (2 wks)
  • June 8: Lorde “Royals” (4 wks)
  • July 6: Grouplove “Ways to Go” (4 wks)
  • Aug. 3: Justin Currie “Every Song’s the Same” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 24: Sting “Pracitcal Arrangement” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 7: Michael Franti & Spearhead “Life Is Better with You” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 5: Tears for Fears “Ready to Start” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 26: Fiona Apple “Pure Imagination” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 16: Hozier “Take Me to Church” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 7: Pearl Jam “Sirens” (4 wks)

2014:

  • Jan. 4: Kacey Musgraves “Follow Your Arrow” (3 wks)
  • Jan. 25: Florida State University AcaBelles “Royals (live)” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 8: Lorde “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (1 wk)
  • Feb. 15: Pharrell Williams “Happy” (5 wks)
  • Mar. 22: U2 “Ordinary Love” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 5: Bruce Springsteen “Don’t Change (live)” (1 wk)
  • Apr. 12: Bruce Springsteen “Stayin’ Alive (live)” (1 wk)
  • Apr. 19: Bruce Springsteen “Royals (live)” (1 wk)
  • Apr. 26: Tegan & Sara with the Lonely Island “Everything Is Awesome!!!” (2 wks)
  • May 10: Glenn Tilbrook “Ice Cream” (2 wks)
  • May 24: Bruce Springsteen “Jump (live)” (1 wk)
  • May 31: Keb’ Mo’ “Old Me Better” (2 wks)
  • June 14: Sturgill Simpson “The Promise” (7 wks)
  • Aug. 2: The War on Drugs “Under the Pressure” (8 wks)
  • Sept. 27: Spoon “Do You” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 18: Melissa Etheridge “What Are You Waiting For?” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 8: New Pornographers “Dancehall Domine” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 29: Pink Floyd “Louder Than Words” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 27: Marc Ronson & Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” (5 wks)

2015:

  • Jan. 31: Simple Minds “Let the Day Begin” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 14: Alabama Shakes “Don’t Wanna Fight” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 7: X Ambassadors “Renegades” (4 wks)
  • Apr. 4: Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth “See You Again” (5 wks)
  • May 9: Faith No More “Superhero” (2 wks)
  • May 23: Courtney Barnett “Dead Fox” (4 wks)
  • June 20: The Rainmakers “America” (2 wks)
  • July 4: Michael Franti & Spearhead with Sonna Rele “Once a Day” (7 wks)
  • Aug. 22: Kacey Musgraves “Family Is Family” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 5: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “Son of a Bitch” (8 wks)
  • Oct. 31: Lukas Graham “7 Years” (4 wks)
  • Nov. 28: David Bowie “Blackstar” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 12: Disturbed “The Sounds of Silence” (8 wks)

2016:

  • Feb. 6: Charles Bradley “Changes” (4 wks)
  • Mar. 5: David Bowie “Lazarus” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 26: Bruce Springsteen “Rebel Rebel (live)” (1 wk)
  • Apr. 2: Bruce Springsteen”Take It Easy (live)” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 16: Sturgill Simpson “In Bloom” (8 wks)
  • June 11: Bruce Springsteen “Purple Rain (live)” (2 wks)
  • June 25: Paul Simon “Wristband” (3 wks)
  • July 16: Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 6: Chris Cornell “Nothing Compares 2 U (live)” (4 wks)
  • Sept. 3: Peter Gabriel “I’m Amazing” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 17: k.d. lang, Neko Case, & Laura Veirs “Atomic Number” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 15: Shovels & Rope “I Know” (5 wks)
  • Dec. 3: Artists of Then, Now & Forever “Forever Country” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 31: LP “Lost on You” (5 wks)

2017:

  • Feb. 4: John Mellencamp “Easy Target” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 25: Arcade Fire with Mavis Staples “I Give You Power” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 18: Bruce Springsteen “I’ll Stand by You” (5 wks)
  • Apr. 22: Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers with Bruce Springsteen “That’s What Makes Us Great” (5 wks)
  • May 27: Roger Waters “Smell the Roses” (3 wks)
  • June 17: The XX “I Dare You” (5 wks)
  • July 22: Roger Waters “Déjà Vu” (4 wks)
  • Aug. 19: Justin Currie “Hey Polly” (4 wks)
  • Sept. 16: Cage the Elephant “Whole Wide World” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 30: Beck “Up All Night” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 28: Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett “Over Everything” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 18: Keale Settle & the Greatest Showman Ensemble “This Is Me” (7 wks)

2018:

  • Jan. 6: Brandi Carlile “The Joke” (4 wks)
  • Feb. 3: Phoebe Bridgers “Motion Sickness” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 24: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit “If We Were Vampires” (5 wks)
  • Mar. 31: Janelle Monáe “Make Me Feel” (7 wks)
  • May 19: Kacey Musgraves “Space Cowboy” (2 wks)
  • June 2: Weezer “Africa” (4 wks)
  • June 30: Maroon 5 with Cardi B “Girls Like You” (6 wks)
  • Aug. 11: Neko Case “Last Lion of Albion” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 1: Kacey Musgraves “Kansas City Star” (5 wks)
  • Oct. 6: Hozier with Mavis Staples “Nina Cried Power” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 27: Lady Gaga with Bradley Cooper “Shallow” (6 wks)
  • Dec. 8: Una Walkenhorst & Bob Walkenhorst “For Tomorrow” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 29: Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” (7 wks)

2019:

  • Feb. 16: Michael Franti & Spearhead “This World Is So Fucked Up But I Ain't Ever Givin' Up on It” (4 wks)
  • Mar. 16: Michael Franti & Spearhead “You’re Number One” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 6: AJR “Birthday Party” (4 wks)
  • May 4: Sheryl Crow & Johnny Cash “Redemption Day” (7 wks)
  • June 22: Bruce Springsteen “Hello Sunshine” (3 wks)
  • July 13: Alan Parsons “As Lights Fall” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 3: Bruce Springsteen “Sundown” (4 wks)
  • Aug. 31: Keb’ Mo’ “This Is My Home” (7 wks)
  • Oct. 19: Brittany Howard “Stay High” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 9: The Who “All This Music Must Fade” (4 wks)

The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999

Originally posted 7/10/2011. Updated 12/31/2019.

The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999 book is available through Amazon or through DavesMusicDatabase.com as a standard book or ebook.

Dave’s Music Database presents this list as it appears in the book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999. The concept behind the book was to come up with a definitive list by consolidating hundreds of other best-of lists along with chart stats, sales figures, and awards. Read more about how the book was created here.

Some acts link to their entries in the DMDB music maker encyclopedia. Click on song titles to access their DMDB pages.

You can also check out the Dave’s Music Database Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era playlist on YouTube.

1. Hey Jude...The Beatles (1968)
2. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction...The Rolling Stones (1965)
3. Every Breath You Take...The Police (1983)
4. We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock...Bill Haley & the Comets (1954)
5. I Heard It Through the Grapevine...Marvin Gaye (1968)
6. Imagine...John Lennon (1971)
7. I Will Always Love You...Whitney Houston (1992)
8. Bridge Over Troubled Water...Simon & Garfunkel (1970)
9. Hotel California...The Eagles (1976)
10. Smells Like Teen Spirit...Nirvana (1991)

11. Good Vibrations...The Beach Boys (1966)
12. (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay...Otis Redding (1968)
13. Respect...Aretha Franklin (1967)
14. Yesterday...The Beatles (1965)
15. Billie Jean...Michael Jackson (1983)
16. I Want to Hold Your Hand...The Beatles (1963)
17. Bohemian Rhapsody...Queen (1975)
18. Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)...Elton John (1997)
19. (Oh) Pretty Woman...Roy Orbison (1964)
20. Don’t Be Cruel...Elvis Presley (1956)

21. American Pie...Don McLean (1971)
22. Layla...Derek & the Dominos (1970)
23. Like a Rolling Stone...Bob Dylan (1965)
24. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’...The Righteous Brothers (1964)
25. Hound Dog...Elvis Presley (1956)
26. Stairway to Heaven...Led Zeppelin (1971)
27. Let It Be...The Beatles (1970)
28. The House of the Rising Sun...The Animals (1964)
29. Stand by Me...Ben E. King (1961)
30. Louie Louie...The Kingsmen (1963)

31. A Whiter Shade of Pale...Procol Harum (1967)
32. Mack the Knife...Bobby Darin (1959)
33. Losing My Religion...R.E.M. (1991)
34. My Heart Will Go On...Celine Dion (1997)
35. Light My Fire...The Doors (1967)
36. Heartbreak Hotel...Elvis Presley (1956)
37. When a Man Loves a Woman...Percy Sledge (1966)
38. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You...Bryan Adams (1991)
39. Brown-Eyed Girl...Van Morrison (1967)
40. Unchained Melody...The Righteous Brothers (1965)

41. What’s Going On...Marvin Gaye (1971)
42. Johnny B. Goode...Chuck Berry (1958)
43. Stayin’ Alive...The Bee Gees (1977)
44. My Girl...The Temptations (1965)
45. Sweet Child O’ Mine...Guns N’ Roses (1988)
46. When Doves Cry...Prince (1984)
47. Superstition...Stevie Wonder (1972)
48. We Are the World...U.S.A. for Africa (1985)
49. You Really Got Me...The Kinks (1964)
50. I Love Rock and Roll...Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (1981)

51. Jailhouse Rock...Elvis Presley (1957)
52. Born to Run...Bruce Springsteen (1975)
53. Maggie May...Rod Stewart (1971)
54. Proud Mary...Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
55. The Twist...Chubby Checker (1960)
56. Reach Out (I’ll Be There)...The Four Tops (1966)
57. Nothing Compares 2 U...Sinéad O’Connor (1990)
58. Killing Me Softly with His Song...Roberta Flack (1973)
59. Dancing Queen...Abba (1976)
60. All Along the WatchtowerThe Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)

61. Honky Tonk Women...The Rolling Stones (1969)
62. Your Song...Elton John (1970)
63. I Can’t Stop Loving You...Ray Charles (1962)
64. My Generation...The Who (1965)
65. Born to Be Wild...Steppenwolf (1968)
66. With or Without You...U2 (1987)
67. Beat ItMichael Jackson (1982)
68. Let’s Stay Together...Al Green (1971)
69. Mrs. RobinsonSimon & Garfunkel (1968)
70. Crazy...Patsy Cline (1961)

71. Another Brick in the Wall Part II...Pink Floyd (1979)
72. I Will Survive...Gloria Gaynor (1978)
73. Endless Love...Lionel Richie & Diana Ross (1981)
74. Strawberry Fields ForeverThe Beatles (1967)
75. Dancing in the Street...Martha & the Vandellas (1964)
76. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)…The Penguins (1954)
77. Suspicious Minds...Elvis Presley (1969)
78. Always on My Mind...Willie Nelson (1982)
79. She Loves You...The Beatles (1963)
80. Be My Baby...The Ronettes (1963)

81. Bette Davis Eyes...Kim Carnes (1981)
82. Runaway...Del Shannon (1961)
83. California Dreamin’...The Mamas & the Papas (1966)
84. That’ll Be the Day...Buddy Holly & the Crickets (1957)
85. Blue Suede Shoes...Carl Perkins (1956)
86. Blueberry Hill...Fats Domino (1956)
87. Georgia on My Mind...Ray Charles (1960)
88. It’s Now or Never...Elvis Presley (1960)
89. Love Will Tear Us Apart...Joy Division (1980)
90. What a Wonderful World...Louis Armstrong (1967)

91. All I Have to Do Is Dream...The Everly Brothers (1958)
92. Nights in White Satin...The Moody Blues (1967)
93. Why Do Fools Fall in Love?...Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers (1956)
94. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On...Jerry Lee Lewis (1957)
95. I’m a Believer...The Monkees (1966)
96. Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In...The Fifth Dimension (1969)
97. Don’t You Want Me?…The Human League (1981)
98. The Way We Were...Barbra Streisand (1973)
99. My Sweet Lord...George Harrison (1970)
100. Great Balls of Fire...Jerry Lee Lewis (1957)


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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Squeeze/Chris Difford/Glenn Tilbrook: Top 50 Songs

First posted 12/23/2019; updated 12/24/2019.

Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, image from warwickartscentre.co.uk

Squeeze was a new wave band formed in England in 1975. Singer/songwriters Chris Difford (born 11/4/1954 in Greenwich, United Kingdom) and Glenn Tilbrook (born 8/31/1957 in Woolwich, London, England) are the only two members to survive every incarnation of the band. The two also recorded an album as a duo in 1984 and worked as solo artists in the 21st century.


Top 50 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. This list includes songs by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook in Squeeze, as a duo, and as solo acts.

DMDB Top 5%:

1. Tempted (1981)

DMDB Top 10%:

2. Up the Junction (1979)
3. Hourglass (1987)

DMDB Top 20%:

4. Pulling Mussels from the Shell (1980)
5. Cool for Cats (1979)
6. Goodbye Girl (1978)
7. Black Coffee in Bed (1982)
8. 853-5937 (1987)
9. Annie Get Your Gun (1982)
10. Labelled with Love (1981)

11. Take Me I’m Yours (1978)
12. Slap and Tickle (1979)
13. Another Nail in My Heart (1980)
14. Is That Love? (1981)
15. Satisfied (1991)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

16. If I Didn’t Love You (1980)
17. In Quintessence (1981)
18. Trust Me to Open My Mouth (1987)
19. Everything in the World (1993)
20. Loving You Tonight (1993)

21. Heartbreaking World (1985)
22. When the Hangover Strikes (1982)
23. Last Time Forever (1985)
24. I Won’t Ever Go Drinking Again (?) (1985)
25. Squabs on the Forty Five (1981)
26. Slaughtered, Gutted, and Heartbroken (1989)
27. Electric Trains (1995)
28. Bang Bang (1978)
29. Still (Glenn Tilbrook, 2009)
30. Fat As a Fiddle (Chris Difford, 2008)

31. Goldfish (Chris Difford, 2010)
32. Hits of the Year (1985)
33. Interviewing Randy Newman (Glenn Tilbrook, 2001)
34. No Show Jones (Chris Difford, 2003)
35. Hot Shaved Asian Teens (Glenn Tilbrook, 2004)
36. Temptation for Love (Squeeze with Cathy Dennis, 1995)
37. Like I Did (Chris DIfford, 2010)
38. Some Fantastic Place (1993)
39. Separate Beds (1980)
40. Vanity Fair (1981)

41. Messed Around (1981)
42. To Be a Dad (1998)
43. Ice Cream (Glenn Tilbrook, 2014)
44. Wedding Bells (1987)
45. If It’s Love (1989)
46. Action Speaks Faster (Difford & Tilbrook, 1984)
47. She Doesn’t Have to Shave (1989)
48. Farfisa Beat (1980)
49. Pinocchio (1993)
50. A Woman’s World (1981)


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Monday, December 23, 2019

Pearl Jam et al: Top 50 Songs

First posted 9/20/2011; updated 12/21/2019.

Pearl Jam is a Seattle-based grunge-rock group which formed in 1991. Guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament were previously in Green River (1984-1987) and Mother Love Bone (1987-90). When Andrew Wood, the latter’s lead singer, died in 1990, Gossard and Ament united with Soundgarden’s singer Chris Cornell and drummer Matt Cameron (later of Pearl Jam, 1998-) for the one-time Temple of the Dog tribute project.

That project also included singer Eddie Vedder, who would go on to front Pearl Jam. Other members in the band have included Mike McCready (guitarist: 1991-), Dave Krusen (drums: 91-92), Dave Abbruzzese (drums: 92-94), Jack Irons (drums: 94-98), and Boom Gaspar (keyboards: 02-).

The group’s debut album, Ten, is 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 50 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. In addition to Pearl Jam songs, this list includes work by Mother Love Bone, Temple of the Dog, and Eddie Vedder as a solo artist. Songs which hit #1 on the following charts are noted: Billboard album rock tracks (AR), Billboard alternative rock tracks (MR), Billboard adult alternative (AA), and Australian pop charts (AU).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Jeremy (1991)

DMDB Top 5%:

2. Alive (1991)
3. Daughter (1993) #1 AR, MR
4. Last Kiss (1998) #1 AU

DMDB Top 10%:

5. Better Man (1994) #1 AR
6. Black (1991)
7. The Fixer (2009)
8. Just Breathe (2009) #1 AA
9. Even Flow (1991)
10. Who You Are (1996) #1 MR
11. Wishlist (1998)
12. Sirens (2013) #1 AA

DMDB Top 20%:

13. I Got Id (1995)
14. Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog, 1991)
15. I Am Mine (2002)
16. Given to Fly (1997) #1 AR
17. Spin the Black Circle (1994)
18. Nothing As It Seems (2000)
19. Yellow Ledbetter (1992)
20. Not for You (1994)

21. Mind Your Manners (2013)
22. Long Road (1995)
23. Go (1993)
24. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town (1993)
25. Crazy Mary (with Victoria Williams, 1992)
26. Off He Goes (1996)
27. Hard Sun (Eddie Vedder, 2007)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

28. Animal (1993)
29. You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (Eddie Vedder, 2002)
30. Hail Hail (1996)

31. Say Hello 2 Heaven (Temple of the Dog, 1991)
32. Love Reign O’er Me (2006)
33. Corduroy (1994)
34. World Wide Suicide (2006) #1 MR
35. Dissident (1993)
36. Gone (2006)
37. Immortality (1994)
38. Tremor Christ (1994)
39. Light Years (2000)
40. Glorified G (1993)

41. Man of the Hour (2002)
42. Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns (Mother Love Bone, 1989)
43. Footsteps (1992)
44. Masters of War (Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready, live: 1992)
45. All the Way (Eddie Vedder, 2008)
46. Save You (2002)
47. Once (1991)
48. Life Wasted (2006)
49. Do the Evolution (1998)
50. Got Some (2009)

Awards:



Sunday, December 22, 2019

Act Inductees: December 2019

Originally posted 12/22/2019.

January 22, 2019 marked the 10-year anniversary of the DMDB blog! To honor that, Dave’s Music Database announced its own Hall of Fame. This fourth batch of act inductees celebrates the top 10 music makers who made their names primarily as songwriters.

Harold Arlen (1905-1986)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

A highly regarded contributor the Great American Songbook. He composed more than 500 songs, most notably with lyricsts Ted Koehler (“Get Happy,” “Let’s Fall in Love,” “Stormy Weather”), E.Y. “Yip” Harburg (“Over the Rainbow,” “I’ve Got the World on a String”), and Johnny Mercer (“Blues in the Night,” “That Old Black Magic,” “Ac-Cent-Tchu-ate the Positive,” “One for My Baby”).

Irving Berlin (1888-1989)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

Russian-born composer and lyricist. George Gershwin called him “the greatest songwriter who ever lived.” Jerome Kern said, “Irving Berlin has no place in American music – he is American music.” A 2001 Time magazine article estimated Berlin wrote around 1250 songs (“Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Always,” “Blue Skies,” “God Bless America,” “White Christmas”). 25 have reached #1 on the pop charts. He wrote 17 complete scores for Broadway musicals and revues including Call Me Madam and Annie Get Your Gun. List of Berlin songs here.

George Gershwin (1898-1937)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

Brooklyn-born composer and pianist who wrote popular and classical music (“Swanee,” “Rhapsody in Blue,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Summertime,” “Someone to Watch Over Me”), often with his brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin. Wrote more than a dozen Broadway shows (Porgy and Bess) and had work featured in movies (An American in Paris).

Ira Gershwin (1896-1983)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

New York-born classical and musical theater composer (“Someone to Watch Over Me,” “I Got Rhythm,” “I Can't Get Started,” “Summertime”). Often worked with his brother, George Gershwin, including the Broadway show Porgy and Bess and the movie An American in Paris.

Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

New York-born musical theater composer who co-wrote 850 songs, most notably with Jerome Kern (“Ol’ Man River,” “All the Things You Are”) and Richard Rodgers (“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “Some Enchanted Evening”). He won eight Tony Awards and two Academy Awards for Best Original Song. Co-wrote musicals Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, The Sound of Music.

Lorenz Hart (1895-1943)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

New York-born musical theater lyricist (“Blue Moon”, “Isn’t It Romantic?”, “My Funny Valentine,” “The Lady Is a Tramp”, “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”, “My Funny Valentine”). Often worked with Richard Rodgers (Babes in Arms, The Boys from Syracuse, Pal Joey, On Your Toes).

Jerome Kern (1885-1945)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

New York-born musical theater composer of more than 700 songs (“They Didn't Believe Me,” “Ol’ Man River,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “All the Things You Are”) used in more than 100 stage works. Collaborated with many of his era’s greatest lyricists, including Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach, Yip Harburg, and Johnny Mercer. Created dozens of Broadway musicals (Show Boat) and Hollywood films over a career lasting more than four decades.

Johnny Mercer (1909-1976)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

Singer (“On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe,” “Ac-Cent-Tchu-ate the Positive,” “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”) songwriter (“Blues in the Night,” “That Old Black Magic,” “One for My Baby,” “Moon River”) who wrote lyrics to more than 1500 songs and more popular songs than any other songwriter in history. Worked in the legendary Brill Building, known for housing some of pop music history’s most famous songwriters and publishers. Received 19 Academy Award nominations. Also a co-founder of Capitol Records.

Cole Porter (1891-1964)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

Musical theater composer born in Indiana. Songs included “Love for Sale,” “Night and Day,” “You’re the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” and “Begin the Beguine.” Musicals included Anything Goes, Kiss Me, Kate, and High Society.

Richard Rodgers (1902-1979)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

Musical theater songwriter born in New York who composed over 900 songs and 43 Broadway musicals. He worked with lyricist Lorenz Hart (“Blue Moon,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered,” Pal Joey) in the 1920s and ‘30s and Oscar Hammerstein II (, “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, The Sound of Music) in the ‘40s and ‘50s. He was the first person to win the four top American entertainment awards – an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award. He also won a Pulitzer Prize, making him and Marvin Hamlisch the only two people to do so.

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Neil & Tim Finn: Top 100 Songs

First posted 6/7/2018; updated 12/22/2019.

Neil and Tim Finn

Tim Finn is a new wave singer/songwriter and musician who was born Brian Timothy Finn on 6/25/1952 in Te Awamutu, New Zealand. His younger brother, Neil Finn, is also a new wave/pop singer/songwriter and musician, born on 5/27/1958 in Te Awamutu, New Zealand.

Tim was a founding member of Split Enz (vocals and keyboards, 1972-84), which included Neil as a singer and guitarist (1977-84) in its later years. Tim went solo in 1983 and Neil formed Crowded House (1985-96, 2007-11,2016) after Split Enz split. The two collaborated on a pair of albums and worked together on Crowded House’s 1991 album Woodface. Neil also fronted Pajama Club and was a touring member of Fleetwood Mac (2018-19).


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. The following list includes songs from the following: Crowded House (CH), Finn Brothers (FB), Neil Finn (NF), Tim Finn (TF), and Split Enz (SE).

DMDB Top 5%:

1. Don’t Dream It’s Over (CH, 1986)
2. I Got You (SE, 1980)
3. Something So Strong (CH, 1986)

DMDB Top 10%:

4. Weather with You (CH, 1991)
5. Better Be Home Soon (CH, 1988)

DMDB Top 20%:

6. Six Months in a Leaky Boat (SE, 1982)
7. History Never Repeats (SE, 1981)
8. Fall at Your Feet (CH, 1991)
9. It’s Only Natural (CH, 1991)
10. One Step Ahead (SE, 1980)

11. Distant Sun (CH, 1993)
12. World Where You Live (CH, 1986)
13. I Hope I Never (SE, 1980)
14. Message to My Girl (SE, 1983)
15. I See Red (SE, 1978)
16. Locked Out (CH, 1993)
17. Into Temptation (CH, 1988)
18. Chocolate Cake (CH, 1991)
19. Four Seasons in One Day (CH, 1991)
20. Time for a Change (SE, 1975)

21. Mean to Me (CH, 1986)
22. Don’t Stop Now (CH, 2007)
23. How’m I Gonna Sleep (TF, 1989)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

24. What’s the Matter with You? (SE, 1980)
25. Late Last Night (SE, 1976)
26. Hard Act to Follow (SE, 1981)
27. Nails in My Feet (CH, 1993)
28. Silent House (CH, 2007)
29. Now We’re Getting Somewhere (CH, 1986)
30. Won’t Give In (FB, 2004)

31. Poor Boy (SE, 1980)
32. Persuasion (TF, 1993)
33. Sister Madly (CH, 1988)
34. Pineapple Head (CH, 1993)
35. She Will Have Her Way (NF, 1998)
36. I Don’t Wanna Dance (SE, 1981)
37. Maybe (SE, 1975)
38. Never Ceases to Amaze Me (SE, 1982)
39. Edible Flowers (FB, 2004)
40. Straight Old Line (SE, 1983)

41. Dirty Creature (SE, 1982)
42. My Mistake (SE, 1977)
43. When You Come (CH, 1988)
44. Fingers of Love (CH, 1993)
45. Next Exit (SE, 1983)
46. Give It a Whirl (SE, 1979)
47. I Walk Away (SE, 1984)
48. Never Be the Same (CH, 1988)
49. Bold As Brass (SE, 1977)
50. Things (SE 1979)

51. Hit the Ground Running (TF 1993)
52. Instinct (CH, 1996)
53. Private Universe (CH, 1993)
54. Song of the Lonely Mountain (NF, 2012)
55. Together Alone (CH, 1993)
56. I Feel Possessed (CH, 1988)
57. Rest of the Day Off (NF, 2001)
58. Sinner (NF, 1998)
59. Salt to the Sea (TF, 2006)
60. For You (SE, 1973)

61. What You’ve Done (TF, 2001)
62. Mansion in the Slums (CH, 1988)
63. Couldn’t Be Done (TF, 2006)
64. Stuff and Nonsense SE, 1979)
65. Our Day (SE, 1983)
66. A Fraction too Much Friction (TF, 1983)
67. Not the Girl You Think You Are (CH, 1996)
68. Young Mountain (TF, 1989)
69. Suicide on Downing Street (TF, 1989)
70. The Saw & the Tree (TF, 2008)

71. Saturday Sun (CH, 2010)
72. Disembodied Voices (FB, 2004)
73. Nothing Wrong with You (FB, 2004)
74. As Sure As I Am (CH, 1991)
75. Matinee Idyll (129) (SE, 1976)
76. Another Great Divide (SE, 1977)
77. Pour Le Monde (CH, 2007)
78. Winter Light (TF, 2006)
79. All I Ask (CH, 1991)
80. Black and White Boy (CH, 1993)

81. Charlie (SE, 1977)
82. Sweet Talkin’ Spoon Song (SE, 1973)
83. No Bother to Me (SE, 1975)
84. Wherever You Are (NF, 2001)
85. Last One Standing (NF, 1998)
86. Angels Heap (FB, 1995)
87. Second Nature (NF, 2017)
88. Suffer Never (FB, 1995)
89. Don’t Bury My Heart (TF, 1986)
90. Say That Again (CH, 2007)

91. Catherine Wheels (CH, 1993)
92. Hole in the River (CH, 1986)
93. Death of a Popular Song (TF, 2000)
94. Gentle Hum (FB, 2004)
95. Try Whistling This (NF, 1998)
96. Shark Attack (SE, 1980)
97. Protected (TF, 1993)
98. Whispers and Moans (CH, 1991)
99. Not Even Close (TF, 1989)
100. Crescendo (TF, 1989)


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