Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Marillion and Fish: The Top 50 Songs

Originally posted 4/25/2015. Updated 1/29/2019.

Fish-era Marillion, image from hamelinprog.com

This list was originally posted on 4/25/2015 in honor of Fish’s birthday. He was born Derek Dick on April 25, 1958. From 1981 to 1988, he was the lead singer of British neo-progressive-rock group Marillion. After four albums, he went solo and the band soldiered on with singer Steve Hogarth, with whom they still tour and record today.

This list was updated on 1/29/2019 in honor of Hogarth’s 30th anniversary with the band. Here are the top 50 songs by Marillion (with and without Fish) and by Fish as a solo artist. The list was figured by seeing what songs were featured most often on 20 compilations and 77 (!) live albums as well as a few best-of lists.

Hogarth-era Marillion, image from tivolivredenburg.nl


Marillion and Fish’s Top 50 Songs
1. Kayleigh (1985)
2. Lavender (1985)
3. Garden Party (1983)
4. Incommunicado (1987)
5. Easter (1989) *
6. Warm Wet Circles (1987)
7. Sugar Mice (1987)
8. Heart of Lothian (1985)
9. No One Can (1991) *
10. Assassing (1984)

11. You’re Gone (2004) *
12. Hooks in You (1989) *
13. He Knows You Know (1983)
14. Afraid of Sunlight (1995) *
15. Cover My Eyes (1991) *
16. Beautiful (1995) *
17. Lady Nina (1985)
18. Credo (1991) **
19. Punch and Judy (1984)
20. Big Wedge (1989) **

21. Internal Exile (1991) **
22. Sympathy (1992) *
23. Dry Land (1991) *
24. Alone Again in the Lap of Luxury (1994) *
25. Neverland (2004) *
26. The Uninvited Guest (1989) *
27. Freaks (1985)
28. The Great Escape (1994) *
29. Don’t Hurt Yourself (2004) *
30. A Gentleman’s Excuse Me (1990) **

31. Thank You Whoever You Are (2007) *
32. Market Square Heroes (1982)
33. Fantastic Place (2004) *
34. State of Mind (1989) **
35. Cinderella Search (1984)
36. The Hollow Man (1994) *
37. Just Good Friends (1991) **
38. Lady Let It Lie 1994) **
39. Estonia (1997) *
40. Fugazi (1984)

41. Slainte Mhath (1987)
42. Man of a Thousand Faces (1997) *
43. Script for a Jester’s Tear (1983)
44. Lucky (1991) **
45. That Time of the Night (1987)
46. See It Like a Baby (2007) *
47. Fortunes of War (1994) **
48. Bitter Suite (1985)
49. The Company (1990) **
50. Between You and Me (2001)

* songs by Marillion with Steve Hogarth as the lead singer
** songs by Fish as a solo artist


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Billboard songs to debut at #1 on the Hot 100

First posted 3/4/2012; updated 1/29/2019.

image from megapixl.com

Since the inception of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958, there have been only 33 songs to debut at the pinnacle. The first song to do so was Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone” in 1995. The most recent was Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” in 2019. Below are the songs to start on top – first in chronological order and then in order by DMDB ranking.

1. Michael Jackson “You Are Not Alone” (9/2/1995)
2. Mariah Carey “Fantasy” (9/30/95)
3. Whitney Houston “Exale (Shoop Shoop)” (11/25/1995)
4. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (12/2/1995)
5. Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You” (6/14/1997)
6. Mariah Carey “Honey” (9/6/1997)
7. Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (10/11/1997)
8. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (2/28/1998)
9. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (9/5/1998)
10. Lauryn Hill “Doo Wop (That Thing)” (10/3/1998)

11. Clay Aiken “This Is the Night” (6/28/2003)
12. Fantasia “I Believe” (7/3/2004)
13. Carrie Underwood “Inside Your Heaven” (7/2/2005)
14. Taylor Hicks “Do I Make You Proud” (7/1/2006)
15. Britney Spears “3” (10/24/2009)
16. Eminem “Not Afraid” (5/22/2010)
17. Ke$ha “We R Who We R” (11/13/2010)
18. Britney Spears “Hold It Against Me” (1/29/2011)
19. Lady Gaga “Born This Way” (2/19/2011)
20. Katy Perry “Part of Me” (3/3/2012)

21. Baauer “Harlem Shake” (3/2/2013)
22. Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” (9/6/2014)
23. Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?” (9/19/2015)
24. Adele “Hello” (11/14/2015)
25. Zayn Malik “Pillowtalk” (2/20/2016)
26. Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (5/28/2016)
27. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (1/28/2017)
28. DJ Khaled with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne “I’m the One” (5/20/2017)
29. Drake “God’s Plan” (2/3/2018)
30. Drake “Nice for What” (4/21/2018)

31. Childish Gambino “This Is America” (5/19/2018)
32. Ariana Grande “Thank U, Next” (11/17/2018)
33. Ariana Grande “7 Rings” (2/2/2019)

Debuting at #1 isn’t an automatic pass to classic status, however. Only 11 of the songs have rated in the DMDB list of the top 1000 songs of all time (see that list here). Here’s how they stack up:

1. Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (10/11/1997)
2. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (2/28/1998)
3. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (1/28/2017)
4. Adele “Hello” (11/14/2015)
5. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (12/2/1995)
6. Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” (9/6/2014)
7. Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You” (6/14/1997)
8. Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (5/28/2016)
9. Drake “God’s Plan” (2/3/2018)
10. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (9/5/1998)

11. Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?” (9/19/2015)
12. Mariah Carey “Fantasy” (9/30/95)
13. Lady Gaga “Born This Way” (2/19/2011)
14. Eminem “Not Afraid” (5/22/2010)
15. Lauryn Hill “Doo Wop (That Thing)” (10/3/1998)
16. Drake “Nice for What” (4/21/2018)
17. DJ Khaled with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne “I’m the One” (5/20/2017)
18. Whitney Houston “Exale (Shoop Shoop)” (11/25/1995)
19. Zayn Malik “Pillow Talk” (2/20/2016)
20. Ariana Grande “Thank U, Next” (11/17/2018)

21. Childish Gambino “This Is America” (5/19/2018)
22. Michael Jackson “You Are Not Alone” (9/2/1995)
23. Katy Perry “Part of Me” (3/3/2012)
24. Baauer “Harlem Shake” (3/2/2013)
25. Ke$ha “We R Who We R” (11/13/2010)
26. Mariah Carey “Honey” (9/6/1997)
27. Britney Spears “3” (10/24/2009)
28. Britney Spears “Hold It Against Me” (1/29/2011)
29. Carrie Underwood “Inside Your Heaven” (7/2/2005)
30. Fantasia “I Believe” (7/3/2004)

31. Taylor Hicks “Do I Make You Proud” (7/1/2006)
32. Clay Aiken “This Is the Night” (6/28/2003)
33. Ariana Grande “7 Rings” (2/2/2019)


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Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Top 100 Classic Rock Songs of All Time

Originally posted 4/8/2010. Updated 1/27/2019.

image from mastermindpromotion.com

This originated as a post on Dave’s Music Database Facebook page and was updated in April 2012 as a response to Ultimate Classic Rock’s Top 100 Classic Rock Songs list (which employed the maddening criteria that each act could only have one entry on the list). The DMDB list is the result of aggregating 29 best-of lists focused on classic rock songs.

1. “Stairway to Heaven” Led Zeppelin (1971)
2. “Hotel California” Eagles (1977)
3. “Layla” Derek & The Dominos (1971)
4. “Bohemian Rhapsody” Queen (1975)
5. “Free Bird” Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)
6. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” The Rolling Stones (1965)
7. “Won’t Get Fooled Again” The Who (1971)
8. “Dream On” Aerosmith (1973)
9. “Comfortably Numb” Pink Floyd (1979)
10. “More Than a Feeling” Boston (1976)

11. “Sweet Home Alabama” Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)
12. “Smoke on the Water” Deep Purple (1973)
13. “Purple Haze” The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)
14. “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” Pink Floyd (1979)
15. “Baba O’Riley” The Who (1971)
16. “Whole Lotta Love” Led Zeppelin (1969)
17. “Sweet Emotion” Aerosmith (1975)
18. “You Shook Me All Night Long” AC/DC (1980)
19. “Born to Be Wild” Steppenwolf (1968)
20. “Kashmir” Led Zeppelin (1975)

21. “Imagine” John Lennon (1971)
22. “Light My Fire” The Doors (1967)
23. “Sympathy for the Devil” The Rolling Stones (1968)
24. “Money” Pink Floyd (1973)
25. “Carry on Wayward Son” Kansas (1976)
26. “All Along the Watchtower” The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)
27. “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions” Queen (1977)
28. “Hey Jude” The Beatles (1968)
29. “Born to Run” Bruce Springsteen (1975)
30. “Like a Rolling Stone” Bob Dylan (1965)

31. “Back in Black” AC/DC (1980)
32. “Don’t Fear the Reaper” Blue Oyster Cult (1976)
33. “Wish You Were Here” Pink Floyd (1975)
34. “Time” Pink Floyd (1973)
35. “Rock and Roll” Led Zeppelin (1972)
36. “All Right Now” Free (1970)
37. “Black Dog” Led Zeppelin (1971)
38. “Sultans of Swing” Dire Straits (1979)
39. “Magic Carpet Ride” Steppenwolf (1968)
40. “Sunshine of Your Love” Cream (1968)

41. “Tom Sawyer” Rush (1981)
42. “Brown-Eyed Girl” Van Morrison (1967)
43. “Walk This Way” Aerosmith (1976)
44. “Gimme Shelter” The Rolling Stones (1969)
45. “Maggie May” Rod Stewart (1971)
46. “Rock and Roll All Nite” Kiss (1975)
47. “Go Your Own Way” Fleetwood Mac (1977)
48. “Roxanne” The Police (1979)
49. “Paranoid” Black Sabbath (1970)
50. “American Woman” The Guess Who (1970)

51. “White Room” Cream (1968)
52. “Lola” The Kinks (1970)
53. “Barracuda” Heart (1977)
54. “La Grange” ZZ Top (1974)
55. “My Generation” The Who (1965)
56. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” The Rolling Stones (1969)
57. “Cocaine” Eric Clapton (1977)
58. “Crazy Train” Ozzy Osbourne (1980)
59. “The Joker” Steve Miller Band (1973)
60. “Let It Be” The Beatles (1970)

61. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” The Rolling Stones (1968)
62. “Dust in the Wind” Kansas (1978)
63. “Don’t Stop Believin’” Journey (1981)
64. “American Pie” Don McLean (1971)
65. “Come Together” The Beatles (1969)
66. “Foreplay/Longtime (1977)
67. “A Day in the Life” The Beatles (1967)
68. “For What It’s Worth” Buffalo Springfield (1967)
69. “L.A. Woman” The Doors (1971)
70. “Over the Hills and Far Away” Led Zeppelin (1973)

71. “Behind Blue Eyes” The Who (1971)
72. “Radar Love” Golden Earring (1973)
73. “Honky Tonk Women” The Rolling Stones (1969)
74. “Brown Sugar” The Rolling Stones (1971)
75. “Space Oddity” David Bowie (1969)
76. “The House of the Rising Sun” The Animals (1964)
77. “Highway to Hell” AC/DC (1979)
78. “Black Magic Woman” Santana (1970)
79. “Paint It, Black” The Rolling Stones (1966)
80. “Roundabout” Yes (1972)

81. “Blinded by the Light” Manfred Mann’s Earth Band (1976)
82. “The Boys Are Back in Town” Thin Lizzy (1976)
83. “Revolution” The Beatles (1968)
84. “Ramble On” Led Zeppelin (1969)
85. “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1974)
86. “Hey Joe” The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1966)
87. “You Really Got Me” The Kinks (1964)
88. “Brain Damage/Eclipse” Pink Floyd (1973)
89. “Bad Company” Bad Company (1974)
90. “Foxey Lady” The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)

91. “Piece of My Heart” Big Brother & The Holding Company (1968)
92. “Nights in White Satin” The Moody Blues (1967)
93. “Rocky Mountain Way” Joe Walsh (1973)
94. “Slow Ride” Foghat (1975)
95. “Feel Like Making Love” Bad Company (1975)
96. “Riders on the Storm” The Doors (1971)
97. “Crazy on You” Heart (1976)
98. “Who Are You? ” The Who (1978)
99. “Fortunate Son” Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
100. “Start Me Up” The Rolling Stones (1981)


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  • Are You on Something Classic Rock Top 500 (date?)

    Date and method of list creation unknown. Looks more like an individual’s list with songs that aren’t typically defined as “classic rock,” such as the Stooges, Ramones, Velvet Underground, etc.

  • CFMI’s 500 (2007)

  • CHRX’s Classic 600 (12/93)

    Vancouver radio station countdown. Only top 14 listed.

  • CKKQ 100.3’s Top 500 Thanksgiving Weekend Countdown (2005)

    Only top 40 listed.

  • Classicrock.about.com Top 500 Rock and Roll Songs (2002)

    Broken link. Different than below list.

  • Classic Rock magazine’s Readers’ poll (Sept./Oct. 1999).

    A list of the top 50 classic rock songs of all time.

  • Classic Rock magazine’s 10 Songs That Changed the Face of Rock (3/00)

    List only.

  • Cranbrook 99.5’s Top 300 (2005)

    Radio station list. Location of radio station and means of compiling list unknown. Only top 40 listed at link above.

  • Digital Dream Door’s 200 Greatest Rock Songs (9/9/05)

    Details of how list was created are unknown. Has links to hear songs.

  • Filescorner.com VA – Top 1000 Classic Rock Songs of All Time (2010)

    Link appears dead now.

  • FIQL’s Top 50 Classic Rock Songs of All Time (1995)

    According to Jacobs Media. Published in Classic Rock book. Assume that FIQL is a radio station that broadcast this list, but don’t know the origins of the list.

  • Guitar World magazine’s 100 Greatest Solos of All-Time (2000)

    This list of the greatest rock guitar solos of all time was compiled by editors of Guitar World magazine. The list gives the song titles and featured guitarists for each. Very classic rock in nature so included here.

  • KCFX 101 The Fox, Kansas City’s Top 1001 Rock Songs (1/08)

    As voted on by listeners. Link broken.

  • KISW FM 99.9, Seattle’s Top 1000 (1994)

    Don’t know how list was generated. Only top 40 listed at above link.

  • Steve Knight. The Top 25 Rock Songs of All-Time are… (5/31/07).

    Looks like just another blogger’s opinions. Details are sketchy on his credentials and background, but it appears he was a former radio DJ. Brief commentaries. Appears to now be a dead link.

  • KYYS, Kansas City, MO.

    A best-of-all-time list from a classic rock station. Date unknown.

  • KZOK 102.5’s Top 1000 Classic Rock Songs (year?)

    Radio station countdown. Location of radio station, when list was done, and method for compiling list unknown.

  • Tim Morse’s Classic Rock Stories: The Stories Behind the Greatest Rock Songs of All Time. New York, NY: St. Martin's Griffin. (1998)

    Stories about 225 classic rock songs from the makers of the songs (singers, songwriters, musicians). Broken into categories in unranked format. Also includes a list of the top 25 classic rock albums.

  • Q104.3 New York’s Top 1043 Songs of All Time (2007)

    Radio station countdown. Compiled from listeners’ votes.

  • Q107’s Top 500 (10/12/09)

    Radio station countdown determined by listeners’ votes. Radio station location unknown.

  • Radio Gold’s Top 20 Classic Rock (year?)

    Origin and year of list unknown. Greek-based site.

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Top 10 Songs (year?)

    Broken link. How list was created and when is unknown.

  • Rock Radio’s Top 25 Songs of All Time (11/23/04)

    Los Angeles-based (?) radio station. List determined by listeners’ votes.

  • Rocknworld.com’s Top 100 (2000).

    Lists of the 100 best rock songs and albums of all time, as polled from visitors to the site.

  • Rock-Songs.com Top 500 Rock and Roll Songs (year?)

    Don’t know details about creation or date of list. Has guitar tab links for songs. Annoying list to navigate with only ten songs per page.

  • Rock-Songs.com Top 100 Rock and Roll Songs (year?)

    Don’t know when list was created and site only says that this list was generated from readers’ responses to the “Top 500” list (above). List leans a little toward heavy metal.

  • Ultimate Classic Rock Top 100 Classic Rock Songs (April 2012)

    Top 100 list with the annoying criteria that each act can only have one song on the list. Detailed commentary on each song. Link is actually to the DMDB’s blog post featuring a list of all the songs.

  • WNEW’s Firecracker 500 (1996)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Dave’s Music Database Hall of Fame: Songs

Originally posted 1/22/2019.

January 22, 2019 marks the 10-year anniversary of the DMDB blog! To honor that, Dave’s Music Database announces its own Hall of Fame! The first dozen inductees are the top songs of each decade from 1900-2010. They are:


Billy Murray “You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”)” (1906)

Inducted January 2019 as a “Song of the Decade.”

“Perhaps no other American popular song composer did more to popularize the patriotic song than George M. Cohan.” PS “Grand Old Flag” became the first song from a musical (George Washington, Jr.) to sell more than a million copies. SB The Songwriters Hall of Fame gave the song its Towering Song Award and the version by Billy Murray, who has been called “the definitive interpreter of Cohan on record,” SS has been inducted into the National Recording Registry.

Arthur Collins and Byron Harlan “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (1911)

Inducted January 2019 as a “Song of the Decade.”

This has been called the first ragtime song DS and “the song that most changed the direction of American popular music.” RCG It was the first big hit for Irving Berlin, LW-24 who was “one of the great architects of popular music in the 20th century.” LW-24 Eleven versions charted from 1911 to 1947, with the most successful being the duet by the comedy singing team of Collins & Harlan. Their version spent 10 weeks at #1 and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Gene Austin “My Blue Heaven” (1927)

Inducted January 2019 as a “Song of the Decade.”

The song was introduced in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1927 by Eddie Cantor. JA It charted multiple times, including a #5 R&B hit from Fats Domino in 1956. However, Austin, whose tenor voice has been credited as the onset of the crooner revolution, DS had the biggest version with a five-million seller that was one of the ten best sellers of the first half of the century PM-631 and the second biggest non-holiday record seller of the pre-1955 era. PM-631 His version was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Judy Garland “Over the Rainbow” (1939)

Inducted January 2019 as a “Song of the Decade.”

There are few songs more associated with a movie more than “Over the Rainbow” is with The Wizard of Oz and then-sixteen-year-old Judy Garland’s performance of it. Surprisingly, Garland’s version was neither the first nor most successful to chart, but hers “became the most famous and beloved.” JA-154 The Oscar-winning tune topped the American Film Institute’s list of movie songs and was named the top song of the 20th century by the RIAA.

Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers “White Christmas” (1942)

Inducted January 2019 as a “Song of the Decade.”

“White Christmas” doesn’t just top the DMDB’s list of Christmas songs, but the list of top songs all time, thanks largely to its 56 million in sales, making it the biggest seller of all time. Irving Berlin wrote the Oscar-winning song for the film Holiday Inn. He was often insecure about his work, but referred to “White Christmas” not just as the best one he’d ever written, but the best anyone had ever written. LW-84

Bill Haley & His Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock” (1954)

Inducted January 2019 as a “Song of the Decade.”

The blues number “My Daddy Rocks Me with a Steady Roll” was reworked in 1953 as “Rock Around the Clock” by Sonny Dae & His Knights and then Haley covered it in 1954. SJ When Haley’s version was featured in the movie The Blackboard Jungle, its rioting teen audience trumpeted it as their theme for alienation and hostility. SJ As the first rock song to top the Billboard charts and the best-selling rock record of all time, KL-35 “Clock” is generally regarded as the place keeper that separates the pre-rock era from the rock era.

The Beatles “Hey Jude” (1968)

Inducted January 2019 as a “Song of the Decade.”

As the first single from the Beatles’ new Apple Records label, “Hey Jude” was history’s highest debut (at #10) on the U.S. charts at that time. BR1-247 It became the best-selling single of the sixties and the Beatles’ biggest U.S. hit. At over seven minutes, “Hey Jude” was the longest single ever released. SF This made producer George Martin wary that radio wouldn’t play it, to which John Lennon cheekily retorted, “They will if it’s us.” RS500

John Lennon “Imagine” (1971)

Inducted January 2019 as a “Song of the Decade.”

John Lennon considered “Imagine” to rate as high as anything he wrote with the Beatles. RS500 His “musical gift to the world” RS500 was a statement of what, as his wife Yoko Ono said, “John believed – that we are all one country, one world, one people.” RS500 The song peaked at #3 in the U.S. in 1971, but took four more years to hit in Lennon’s native England, reaching #6. It topped the UK charts after Lennon’s murder in 1980.

The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)

Inducted January 2019 as a “Song of the Decade.”

If there was an award for misunderstood songs, “Every Breath You Take” would strongly contend for the prize. Police drummer Stewart Copeland explains, “People often choose this...as their wedding song. They think it’s a cheerful song. In fact...it’s a very dark song.’” KL-291 Sting, the band’s primary singer and songwriter, told Rolling Stone that it is “a fairly nasty song…about surveillance and ownership and jealousy.” BR1-574 It was memorably sampled in “I’ll Be Missing You,” the chart-topping 1997 tribute to slain rapper the Notorious B.I.G. helmed by Puff Daddy.

Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)

Inducted January 2019 as a “Song of the Decade.”

Dolly Parton’s original version was a #1 country song in 1974 and 1982. In 1992, Whitney Houston re-recorded the song for the soundtrack for The Bodyguard and it arguably became the biggest pop song of all time. Its 14 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 made it the biggest song in that chart’s history (although three songs have since passed it). Whitney also hit #1 with the song hit on the UK charts, Cashbox, and Billboard’s pop, R&B, and adult contemporary charts.

OutKast “Hey Ya!” (2003)

Inducted January 2019 as a “Song of the Decade.”

The song’s rallying call for every demographic to flood the dance floor makes it, as Consequence of Sound said, “the decade’s ‘Teen Spirit,’ man.” CS PopEater.com said, “you could see yourself partying to in college just as easily as you could watch your parents sweat to it in spin class.” PE “‘Hey Ya’ exemplified something very few tunes of the time had; a sense of fun.” PE Its merge of genres suggested “the walls between rock and R&B and hip-hop were about to topple.” PE

Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010)

Inducted January 2019 as a “Song of the Decade.”

Barry Walters of Rolling Stone commends “Rolling in the Deep” for its “British knack for rejiggering the sound of American roots music” WK while All Music Guide’s Matt Collar calls it a “propulsive gospel fever-blues anthem” AMG and “one of the best singles of any decade.” AMG Billboard said it was the biggest crossover tune from the last quarter century, with appearances on a dozen different charts. SF The song hit #1 in eleven countries and won Grammys for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

The Top 100 Songs from 2010-2018

Originally posted 7/31/2016. Updated 1/21/2019.

These are the top 100 songs from 2010-2019 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. Rolling in the Deep…Adele (2010) AG, BB, BMI, DD, DM, G-R, G-S, RS, SS
2. Shape of You…Ed Sheeran (2017) BB, DD, DM, PCM, UK
3. Uptown Funk!… Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars (2014) BB, BMI, DD, DM, G-R, UK
4. Somebody That I Used to Know…Gotye with Kimbra (2011) BB, DD, DM, G-R, VF, UK
5. Blurred Lines…Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams (2013) DM, VF, PCM, UK
6. Hello…Adele (2015) DD, DM
7. Despacito…Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber (2017) AMA
8. Happy…Pharrell Williams (2013) BB, PCM, UK
9. Call Me Maybe…Carly Rae Jepsen (2011)
10. Party Rock Anthem…LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock (1/25/2011)

11. Love the Way You Lie…Eminem with Rihanna (2010) PCA, VF, UK
12. See You Again …Wiz Khalifa with Charlie Puth (2015)
13. Closer…The Chainsmokers with Halsey (2016) DM, PCM
14. Moves Like Jagger…Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera (2011) BMI
15. We Found Love…Rihanna with Calvin Harris (2011) VF
16. Shake It Off…Taylor Swift (2014) PCA, PCM
17. Just the Way You Are (Amazing)…Bruno Mars (2010)
18. One Dance…Drake with Wizkid & Kyla (2016) UK
19. Get Lucky…Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams (2013) DD, G-S, NME, RS
20. Royals…Lorde (2013) G-S

21. Someone Like You…Adele (2011) Q, SS, UK
22. All of Me…John Legend (2013) BMI
23. All About That Bass…Meghan Trainor (2014) BB, VF
24. Roar…Katy Perry (2013) PCA
25. Gangnam Style…Psy (2012) AG, DD, DM, PCM
26. Love Yourself…Justin Bieber (2015) AMA, BB
27. Thrift Shop…Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz (2012) AG, BB
28. Stay with Me…Sam Smith (2014) DM, G-R, G-S
29. Thinking Out Loud…Ed Sheeran (2014) G-S
30. Can’t Stop the Feeling!...Justin Timberlake (2016) PCA

31. We Are Young…Fun. with Janelle Monae (2011) G-S
32. Firework…Katy Perry (2010) BMI PCM
33. Blank Space…Taylor Swift (2014) AMA
34. Can’t Feel My Face…The Weeknd (2015) RS
35. Sorry…Justin Bieber (2015)
36. God’s Plan…Drake (2018) BB, DM
37. Wake Me Up!...Avicii with Aloe Blacc (2013)
38. Perfect…Ed Sheeran with Beyoncé (2017)
39. Fuck You (aka “Forget You”)…Cee-Lo Green (2010)
40. California Gurls…Katy Perry with Snoop Dogg (2010)

41. What Do You Mean?...Justin Bieber (2015) PCA, VF
42. Counting Stars…One Republic (2013)
43. Cheap Thrills…Sia with Sean Paul (2016)
44. Havana…Camila Cabello with Young Thug (2017)
45. Work…Rihanna with Drake (2016) NME, VF
46. Dark Horse…Katy Perry with Juicy J (2013) AMA
47. 7 Years…Lukas Graham (2015)
48. Grenade…Bruno Mars (2010)
49. That’s What I Like…Bruno Mars (2016) G-S
50. Give Me Everything…Pitbull with Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer (2011)

51. Radioactive…Imagine Dragons (2012)
52. Fancy…Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX (2014)
53. Let Her Go…Passenger (2012)
54. Rude…Magic! (2013)
55. Stressed Out…Twenty One Pilots (2015)
56. Only Girl in the World…Rihanna (2010)
57. The Hills…The Weeknd (2015)
58. Diamonds…Rihanna (2012)
59. Locked Out of Heaven…Bruno Mars (2012)
60. Can’t Hold Us…Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Ray Dalton (2011)

61. Payphone…Maroon 5 with Wiz Khalifa (2012)
62. Sugar…Maroon 5 (2014)
63. Rockstar…Post Malone with 21 Savage (2017)
64. Chandelier…Sia (2014)
65. Sexy and I Know It…LMFAO (2011)
66. OMG…Usher with will.i.am (2010)
67. Ho Hey…The Lumineers (2012) BMI
68. Just Give Me a Reason…Pink with Nate Ruess (2012)
69. One More Night…Maroon 5 (2012)
70. Take Me to Church…Hozier (2013)

71. Hotline Bling…Drake (2015)
72. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn remix)…OMI (2014)
73. Love Me Like You Do…Ellie Goulding (2015)
74. Dynamite…Taio Cruz (2010)
75. E.T….Katy Perry with Kanye West (2010) PCA
76. Born This Way…Lady Gaga (2011)
77. Starboy…The Weeknd with Daft Punk (2016) DD
78. Set Fire to the Rain…Adele (2011)
79. On the Floor…Jennifer Lopez with Pitbull (2011)
80. What Makes You Beautiful…One Direction (2011) PCA

81. Girls Like You…Maroon 5 with Cardi B (2017)
82. Mirrors…Justin Timberlake (2013)
83. The Monster…Eminem & Rihanna (2013)
84. Cruise…Florida Georgia Line (2012) AMA
85. Feel It Still…Portugal. The Man (2017)
86. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together…Taylor Swift (2012)
87. Pumped Up Kicks…Foster the People (2010)
88. Teenage Dream…Katy Perry (2010)
89. Let It Go…Idina Menzel (2013)
90. Meant to Be…Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line (2017)

91. Lean On…Major Lazer with DJ Snake & MØ (2015)
92. Shut Up and Dance…Walk the Moon (2015) PCM
93. When I Was Your Man…Bruno Mars (2012)
94. Not Afraid…Eminem (2010)
95. Something Just Like This…The Chainsmokers with Coldplay (2017)
96. Nice for What…Drake (2018) VF
97. In My Feelings…Drake (2018) RS
98. Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)…Silento (2015)
99. Treat You Better…Shawn Mendes (2016)
100. Thank U, Next…Ariana Grande (2018)


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • Best of Friends…Palma Violets (2012) NME
  • Do I Wanna Know?...Arctic Monkeys (2013) Q
  • Drunk in Love… Beyoncé with Jay-Z (2013) RS
  • Formation…Beyoncé (2016) RS
  • Green Light…Lorde (2017) NME
  • Hold On…Alabama Shakes (2012) RS
  • Ill Manors…Plan B (2012) Q
  • I’m the One…DJ Khaled with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, & Lil Wayne (2017) VF
  • Pass Out…Tinie Tempah (2010) Q
  • Runaway…Kanye West with Pusha T (2010) RS
  • Seasons (Waiting on You)…Future Islands (2014) NME
  • Shutdown…Skepta (2015) NME
  • Sign of the Times…Harry Styles (2017) RS
  • Spanish Sahara…Foals (2010) NME
  • Stitches…Shawn Mendes (2016) BMI
  • 24K Magic…Bruno Mars (2016) G-R
  • Video Games…Lana Del Rey (2011) NME

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

Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Top 100 Songs from 2000-2009

Originally as "The Top 100 Songs of the 21st Century." Changed to a list focused just on 2000-2009 on June 11, 2015. Updated 1/19/2019.

These are the top 100 songs from 2000-2009 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 Ya!...OutKast (2003) DD, DM, VF, Q, RS
2. Lose Yourself…Eminem (2002) AG, DD, DM, VF, SS
3. Yeah!...Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris (2004) AG, BB, DM, VF, PCM
4. I Gotta Feeling…Black Eyed Peas (2009) DD, DM, PCM
5. Crazy in Love… Beyoncé with Jay-Z (2003) PCM, SS
6. Crazy…Gnarls Barkley (2006) DD, DM, Q, RS, SS, UK
7. Umbrella…Rihanna with Jay-Z (2007) DM, VF
8. We Belong Together…Mariah Carey (2005) BB, DM
9. Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)… Beyoncé (2008) DD, G-S, PCM, RS
10. Poker Face…Lady Gaga (2009) DM, VF, UK

11. Low…Flo Rida with T-Pain (2007) AG, BB
12. In Da Club…50 Cent (2002) AG, BB
13. Gold Digger…Kanye West with Jamie Foxx (2005) AG
14. Tik Tok…Ke$ha (2009) AG, BB
15. Viva La Vida…Coldplay (2008) G-S, SS
16. Irreplaceable… Beyoncé (2006) AG, BB
17. Boom Boom Pow…Black Eyed Peas (2009) AG, BB
18. Sexyback…Justin Timberlake (2006) AG, PCM
19. Hot in Herre…Nelly (2002)
20. No One…Alicia Keys (2007)

21. Bleeding Love…Leona Lewis (2007) VF, UK
22. Can’t Get You Out of My Head…Kylie Minogue (2001) VF
23. Hips Don’t Lie…Shakira with Wyclef Jean (2006) PCA, VF
24. Fallin’…Alicia Keys (2001) AG, DM, G-S
25. Just Dance…Lady Gaga with Colby O’Donnis (2008)
26. Boulevard of Broken Dreams…Green Day (2004) G-R, SS
27. Beautiful Day…U2 (2000) G-R, G-S
28. I’m Yours…Jason Mraz (2008)
29. Dilemma…Nelly with Kelly Rowland (2002)
30. How You Remind Me…Nickelback (2001) BB, BMI

31. You’re Beautiful…James Blunt (2005)
32. Empire State of Mind…Jay-Z with Alicia Keys (2009) SS
33. Need You Now…Lady Antebellum (2009) G-R, G-S
34. Apologize…One Republic with Timbaland (2007)
35. Music…Madonna (2000) VF, RS
36. Bad Romance…Lady Gaga (2009)
37. I Kissed a Girl…Katy Perry (2008) PCA
38. Clocks…Coldplay (2002) G-R
39. Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)…Fergie (2007)
40. Take Me Out…Franz Ferdinand (2004) DD, NME, Q

41. Bad Day…Daniel Powter (2005) BB
42. Rehab…Amy Winehouse (2006) G-R, G-S, Q
43. Seven Nation Army…The White Stripes (2003)
44. Use Somebody…Kings of Leon (2008) G-R
45. You Belong with Me…Taylor Swift (2008)
46. Mr. Brightside…The Killers (2004)
47. Independent Women…Destiny’s Child (2000)
48. Stan…Eminem with Dido (2000) DM, Q
49. Kryptonite…3 Doors Down (2000)
50. Since U Been Gone…Kelly Clarkson (2004)

51. Toxic…Britney Spears (2004)
52. Yellow…Coldplay (2000) NME
53. Lady Marmalade…Christina Aguilera with Lil’ Kim, Mya, & Pink (2001)
54. Foolish…Ashanti with Ja Rule (2002)
55. Chasing Cars…Snow Patrol (2006)
56. Love Story…Taylor Swift (2008) BMI
57. Complicated…Avril Lavigne (2002)
58. Get Ur Freak On…Missy Elliott (2001) RS
59. Promiscuous…Nelly Furtado with Timbaland (2006)
60. I Hope You Dance…Lee Ann Womack (2000)

61. Hero…Enrique Iglesias (2001)
62. Hollaback Girl…Gwen Stefani (2005) PCM
63. Hey, Soul Sister…Train (2009)
64. Hey There Delilah…Plain White T’s (2007)
65. Mario…Let Me Love You (2004)
66. Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)…Train (2001)
67. Hot N Cold…Katy Perry (2008)
68. How to Save a Life…The Fray (2005)
69. Bye Bye Bye…N Sync (2000)
70. This Love…Maroon 5 (2002)

71. Get the Party Started…Pink (2001)
72. Stronger…Kanye West with Daft Punk (2007)
73. Lollipop…Lil Wayne with Static Major (2008)
74. Love Song…Sara Bareilles (2007)
75. Disturbia…Rihanna (2008)
76. Be Without You…Mary J. Blige (2005)
77. Paper Planes…MIA (2007) DD
78. Ms. Jackson…OutKast (2000)
79. Bring Me to Life…Evanesence with Paul McCoy (2003)
80. Hanging by a Moment…Lifehouse (2000) BB

81. Beautiful…Christina Aguilera (2002)
82. Don’t Cha…The Pussycat Dolls with Busta Rhymes (2005) VF
83. The Reason…Hoobastank (2003)
84. My Love…Justin Timberlake with T.I. (2006)
85. Hung Up…Madonna (2005)
86. Where Is the Love?...Black Eyed Peas with Justin Timberlake (2003) UK
87. Crank That (Soulja Boy)… Soulja Boy Tell’em (2007)
88. Right Round…Flo Rida & Ke$ha (2009)
89. Whatever You Like…T.I. (2008)
90. So What…Pink (2008)

91. Live Your Life…T.I. with Rihanna (2008)
92. Take a Bow…Rihanna (2008)
93. Candy Shop…50 Cent with Olivia (2005)
94. Don’t Stop the Music…Rihanna (2007)
95. Family Affair…Mary J. Blige (2001)
96. Whenever, Wherever…Shakira (2001)
97. Rude Boy…Rihanna (2009)
98. Ignition (remix)…R. Kelly (2002)
99. Last Nite…The Strokes (2001) DD, NME, Q
100. Hurt…Johnny Cash (2003)


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • A Moment Like This…Kelly Clarkson (2002) PCM
  • American Skin (41 Shots)…Bruce Springsteen (2000) SS
  • Anything Is Possible/Evergreen…Will Young (2002) UK
  • Because of You…Kelly Clarkson (2004) BMI
  • Bubbly…Colbie Caillat (2007) BMI
  • Can We Fix It?...Bob the Builder (2000) UK
  • Cha-Cha Slide…Mr. C the Slide Man (2000) PCM
  • Cupid Shuffle…Cupid (2007) PCM
  • Dance with My Father…Luther Vandross (2003) G-S
  • Daniel…Bat for Lashes (2009) NME
  • Daughters…John Mayer (2004) G-S
  • Do They Know It’s Christmas?...Band Aid 20 (2004) UK
  • Don’t Know Why…Norah Jones (2002) G-R, G-S
  • Feel Good Inc….Gorillaz with De La Soul (2005) DD
  • Fell in Love with a Girl…The White Stripes (2001) MJ
  • Fire…Kasabian (2009) Q
  • Golden Skans…Klaxons (2007) NME
  • Hallelujah…Alexandra Burke (2008) UK
  • Heavenly…Patty Griffin (2007) SS
  • Here We Go Again…Ray Charles with Norah Jones (2004) G-R
  • Here Without You…3 Doors Down (2002) BMI
  • Hounds of Love…Kate Bush (2005) NME
  • I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow…The Soggy Bottom Boys (2001) SS
  • I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor…Arctic Monkeys (2005) MJ, Q, RS
  • Idioteque…Radiohead (2000) DD
  • If You’re Gone…Matchbox 20 (2000) BMI
  • Is This the Way to Amarillo?...Tony Christie with Peter Kay (2005) UK
  • It Wasn’t Me…Shaggy with Ricardo “Rik Rok” Ducent (2000) UK
  • Jesus Walks…Kanye West (2004)
  • Lips of an Angel…Hinder (2006) BMI
  • Maps…Yeah Yeah Yeahs (2003) NME
  • Moment of Surrender….U2 (2009) RS
  • 99 Problems…Jay-Z (2004) RS
  • Not Ready to Make Nice…Dixie Chicks (2006) G-R, G-S
  • Over and Over…Hot Chip (2006) NME
  • Please Read the Letter…Robert Plant & Alison Krauss (2007) G-R
  • Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)…Jay-Z (2007) RS
  • Senior Twilight Stock Replacer…The Fall (2008) Q
  • She Will Be Loved…Maroon 5 (2002) BMI
  • Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own…U2 (2004) G-S
  • The Game of Love…Santana with Michelle Branch (2002) BMI
  • The Scientist…Coldplay (2002) Q
  • Time for Heroes…The Libertines (2002) NME
  • Time to Pretend…MGMT (2008) NME
  • Vertigo…U2 (2004)
  • Walk On…U2 (2000) G-R
  • We Can’t Make It Here…James McMurtry (2005) SS
  • What Goes Around…Comes Around…Justin Timberlake (2006) PCA
  • Who Let the Dogs Out?...The Baha Men (2000) PCM
  • Work It…Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott (2002) RS

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