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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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Dolly Parton: Top 100 Songs

First posted 6/2/2019.

Country singer/songwriter born on 1/19/1946 in Sevier County, Tennessee. She has charted more than 100 times on the country chart, making her the top female country artist of all time. One of the few people to receive Oscar, Grammy Tony, and Emmy nominations.

By age 10, she was performing on local radio and television programs. She recorded her first single at age 13. Moved to Nashville the day after her high school graduation in 1964. Started out co-writing songs with her uncle, Bill Owens. Signed with Monument Records in 1965. Replaced Norma Jean on The Porter Wagoner Show in 1967; she and Wagoner regularly worked as a duo from 1967-76 while also working solo. Joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1969. Starred in the movies 9 to 5, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Steel Magnolias, Rhinestone, and Straight Talk.

Whitney Houston’s cover of “I Will Always Love You” is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era 1954-1999.

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.

KR = Kenny Rogers, PW = Porter Wagoner. Noted below are Parton’s 25 songs which hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart (US), country chart (CW), and adult contemporary chart (AC).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. 9 to 5 (1980) #1 US,CW,AC

DMDB Top 5%:

2. Islands in the Stream (w/ KR, 1983) #1 US,CW,AC
3. Here You Come Again (1977) #1 CW

DMDB Top 10%:

4. I Will Always Love You (1974) #1 CW
5. Jolene (1973) #1 CW
6. I Will Always Love You (rerecording, 1982) #1 CW

DMDB Top 20%:

7. Coat of Many Colors (1971)
8. But You Know I Love You (1980) #1 CW

Not in DMDB Top 20%:

9. Heartbreaker (1978) #1 CW
10. Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride (1984)

11. Starting Over Again (1980) #1 CW
12. You’re the Only One (1979) #1 CW
13. Baby, It’s Cold Outside (w/ Rod Stewart, 2004)
14. Baby, I’m Burnin’ (1978)
15. Save the Last Dance for Me (1983)
16. Two Doors Down (1977)
17. The Bargain Store (1975) #1 CW
18. Love Is Like a Butterfly (1974) #1 CW
19. Romeo (w/ Billy Ray Cyrus, Tanya Tucker, Kathy Mattea, & Mary Chapin Carpenter, 1993)
20. When I Get Where I’m Going (w/ Brad Paisley, 2005) #1 CW

21. Joshua (1970) #1 CW
22. Sweet Summer Lovin’ (1979)
23. Real Love (w/ KR, 1985) #1 CW
24. It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right (1977) #1 CW
25. Please Don’t Stop Loving Me (w/ PW, 1974) #1 CW
26. The House of the Rising Sun (1980)
27. Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You (1980) #1 CW
28. Don’t Call It Love (1985)
29. Everything’s Beautiful in Its Own Way (w/ Willie Nelson, 1982)
30. My Tennessee Mountain Home (1973)

31. I Really Got the Feeling (1978) #1 CW
32. Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8) (1970)
33. Downtown (1984)
34. Tennessee Homesick Blues (1984) #1 CW
35. Just Because I’m a Woman (1968)
36. The Last Thing on My Mind (w/ PW, 1967)
37. We’ll Get Ahead Someday (w/ PW, 1968)
38. To Know Him Is to Love Him (w/ Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris, 1987) #1 CW
39. Touch Your Woman (1972)
40. Dumb Blonde (1967)

41. Holdin’ on to Nothin’ (w/ PW, 1968)
42. Just Someone I Used to Know (w/ PW, 1969)
43. In the Good Old Days When Times Were Bad (1968)
44. Daddy Was an Old Time Preacher Man (w/ PW, 1970)
45. Why’d You Come in Here Lookin’ Like That (1989) #1 CW
46. Light of a Clear Blue Morning (1977)
47. Tomorrow Is Forever (w/ PW, 1970)
48. Better Move It on Home (w/ PW, 1971)
49. Puppy Love (1959)
50. Telling Me Lies (w/ Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris, 1987)

51. Lost Forever in Your Kiss (w/ PW, 1972)
52. The Seeker (1975)
53. Yours Love (w/ PW, 1969)
54. Something Fishy (1967)
55. The Greatest Gift of All (w/ KR, 1984)
56. All I Can Do (1976)
57. Traveling Man (1971)
58. We Used To (1975)
59. If Teardrops Were Pennies (w/ PW, 1973)
60. My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy (1969)

61. Burning the Midnight Oil (w/ PW, 1971)
62. My Blue Tears (1971)
63. Together Always (w/ PW, 1972)
64. Heartbreak Express (1982)
65. Think About Love (1985) #1 CW
66. Always, Always (w/ PW, 1969)
67. Comin’ for to Carry Me Home (1971)
68. Daddy, Come and Get Me (1970)
69. Rockin’ Years (w/ Ricky Van Shelton, 1991) #1 CW
70. Is Forever Longer Than Always (w/ PW, 1976)

71. Jeannie’s Afraid of the Dark (w/ PW, 1968)
72. The Right Combination (w/ PW, 1971)
73. Say Forever You’ll Be Mine (w/ PW, 1975)
74. Single Women (1982)
75. Yellow Roses (1989) #1 CW
76. Making Plans (w/ PW, 1980)
77. Daddy (1969)
78. Washday Blues (1972)
79. I Will Always Love You (w/ Vince Gill, 1995)
80. God Won’t Get You (1984)

81. In the Ghetto (1969)
82. If You Go, I’ll Follow You (w/ PW, 1980)
83. Hard Candy Christmas (1982)
84. Jolene (w/ Mindy Smith, 2004)
85. Potential New Boyfriend (1983)
86. Hey Lucky Lady (1976)
87. We Found It (w/ PW, 1973)
88. The River Unbroken (1987)
89. Those Memories of You (w/ Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris, 1987)
90. Wildflowers (w/ Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris, 1987)

91. Tie Our Love in a Double Knot (1985)
92. Silver and Gold (1991)
93. I Know You by Heart (w/ Smokey Robinson, 1987)
94. Girl Left Alone (1959)
95. We Had It All (1986)
96. Time for Me to Fly (1989)
97. Love Is Strange (w/ KR, 1990)
98. Straight Talk (1992)
99. It’s Sure Gonna Hurt (1962)
100. The Love You Gave (1962)


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Henry Burr: Top 100 Songs

First posted 4/6/2012; updated 5/26/2019.

Traditional pop tenor singer born Harry H. McClaskey on 1/15/1882 in St. Stephen, Brunswick, Canada. Died 4/6/1941. The #1 ballad singer of recorded music’s 1890-1930 pioneer era. He was performing publicly by the age of 5. He was discovered in 1901 by the Metropolitan Opera baritone Giuseppe Campanari and moved to New York in 1902.

The tenor singer used multiple pseudonyms, including Henry Burr and Irving Gillette, to record for various labels. In addition to his work as a soloist (1903-28), he recorded with the Columbia Male Quartet (1904-07), Peerless Quartet (07-28), Columbia Stellar Quartet (15-?), and the Sterling Trio (16-22). He also recorded duets with Albert Campbell. He sang on an estimated 12,000 recordings, far more than any other vocalist in history.

“Till We Meet Again” and “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now” are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Pre-Rock Era, 1890-1953.

For a complete list of this act’s songs and albums honored by the DMDB, 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.

AC = Albert Campbell, FS = Frank Stanley. According to Joel Whitburn’s Pop Memories 1890-1954, Henry Burr hit the top of the U.S. pop charts 24 times (#1 songs noted in list).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Till We Meet Again (w/ AC, 1919) #1
2. I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now (1909) #1
3. In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree (as Irving Gillette, 1905) #1
4. Beautiful Ohio (1919) #1
5. Just a Baby’s Prayer at Twilight (1918) #1
6. When I Lost You (1913) #1
7. My Buddy (1922) #1
8. M-O-T-H-E-R (A Word That Means the World to Me) (1916) #1
9. Love Me and the World Is Mine (1906) #1
10. Oh, What a Pal Was Mary (1919) #1

11. Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland (1910) #1
12. Goodbye, Good Luck, God Bless You (Is All That I Can Say) (1916) #1

DMDB Top 5%:

13. The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (w/ AC, 1913) #1
14. Last Night Was the End of the World (1913) #1
15. I’m on My Way to Mandalay (w/ AC, 1914) #1
16. When I Was Twenty-One and You Were Sweet Sixteen (w/ AC, 1912) #1
17. The Song That Stole My Heart Away (1914) #1
18. I’m Sorry I Made You Cry (1918) #1
19. Red Wing (An Indian Fable) (w/ FS, 1907)
20. To the End of the World with You (1909) #1

21. There’s a Quaker Down in Quaker Town (w/ AC, 1916) #1
22. Close to My Heart (w/ AC, 1915) #1
23. I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles (w/ AC, 1919) #1
24. Old Folks at Home (Swanee River) (1910)
25. In the Garden of My Heart (w/ FS, 1909)
26. When You’re a Long, Long Way from Home (1914)
27. Goodbye My Lady Love (1904)
28. Peg O’ My Heart (1913)
29. My Little Girl (w/ AC, 1915)
30. My Hawaiian Sunshine (w/ AC, 1917)

31. Sailing Down the Chesapeake Bay (w/ AC, 1913)
32. Always (1926)
33. Joan of Arc, They Are Calling You (1917)
34. After You’ve Gone (w/ AC, 1918)
35. There’s a Little Lane without a Turning on the Way to Home Sweet Home (1915)
36. Shine on, Harvest Moon (w/ FS, 1909)
37. Hindustan (w/ AC, 1919)
38. Feather Your Nest (w/ AC, 1921)
39. Somewhere in France Is the Lily (1918)
40. Oh, How I Wish I Could Sleep Until My Daddy Comes Home (1919)

41. For Me and My Gal (w/ AC, 1917)
42. You Planted a Rose in the Garden of Love (1914)
43. Come Down Ma Evening Star (1903) #1
44. Lookout Mountain (w/ AC, 1917) #1
45. Good Night Little Girl, Good Night (1906)
46. What’ll I Do? (with Marcia Freer, 1924)
47. To Have, to Hold, to Love (1913)
48. That Wonderful Mother of Mine (1919)
49. Are You from Heaven? (1918)
50. She’s the Fairest Little Flower Old Dixie Ever Grew (w/ FS, 1908)

51. In the Valley of the Moon (w/ Helen Clark, 1914)
52. When I Leave the World Behind (1915)
53. That’s How I Needed You (1912)
54. Faded Love Letters of Mine (1923)
55. Missouri Waltz (Hush-A-Bye Ma Baby) (w/ AC, 1917)
56. Smiles (w/ AC, 1918)

DMDB Top 10%:

57. Baby’s Prayer Will Soon Be Answered (1919)
58. Your Lips Are No Man’s Land But Mine (w/ AC, 1918)
59. She Is the Sunshine of Virginia (w/ AC, 1916)
60. Is There Still Room for Me ‘Neath the Old Apple Tree? (w/ AC, 1916)

61. You Were Just Made to Order Me (w/ AC, 1916)
62. When My Ship Comes In (w/ AC, 1915)
63. On Mobile Bay (w/ AC, 1911)
64. In the Heart of the City That Has No Heart (1914)
65. Dardanella (w/ AC, 1920)
66. Rainbow (w/ FS, 1908)
67. Just a Girl That Men Forget (1923)
68. There’s a Girl in the Heart of Maryland with a Heart That Belongs to Me (w/ Edgar Stoddard, 1913)
69. Honey on Our Honeymoon (1909)
70. All That I Ask of You Is Love (1910)

71. Flow Gently, Sweet Afton (1913)
72. You Have Always Been the Same Old Pal (1908)
73. The Rosary (1903)
74. Baby Shoes (1916)
75. I’ll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time (w/ AC, 1920)
76. There’s a Little Spark of Love Still Burning (1915)
77. I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight? (w/ Billy Murray, 1926)
78. Rose of Washington (1920)
79. I Love, and the World Is Mine (1908)
80. Daddy, You’ve Been a Mother to Me (1920)

81. Belgian Rose (w/ AC, 1918)
82. Maybe a Day, Maybe a Year (1915)
83. Old Pal, Why Don’t You Answer Me? (1921)
84. It’s Tulip Time in Holland (1915)
85. Shenandoah (w/ AC, 1917)

DMDB Top 20%:

86. Sleepy Time Gal (w/ Art Landry, 1926)
87. All the World Will Be Jealous of Me (1917)
88. Memories (as Harry McClaskey, 1916)
89. My Little Canoe (1904)
90. Wonderful One (1924)

91. As Long As the World Rolls On (1908)
92. Where the River Shannon Flows (1910)
93. Blue Bell (1904)
94. When My Baby Smiles at Me (1920)
95. Three Wonderful Letters from Home (1918)
96. Oh, Promise Me (as Irving Gillette, 1905)
97. Won’t You Come Over to My House? (1907)
98. I’m Going to Follow the Boys (w/ Elizabeth Spencer, 1918)
99. All Through the Night (1906)
100. Every Little Movement (w/ Elise Stevenson as Margaret Mayhew, 1910)


Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Songwriters Hall of Fame

Last updated 1/12/2019 after 2019 inductees were announced.

image from pastemagazine.com

Songwriter Johnny Mercer and music publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond established the Hall in 1969. As the website says, “To be nominated for induction…a songwriter must have been active for a minimum of 20 years and have written an extensive catalogue of hit songs. Once candidates are determined, ballots are sent to the members of the National Academy of Popular Music, which comprises songwriters and other music industry professionals.”

The Hall has also given out special awards (noted in listing below by two-letter code after award name), including:

  • Johnny Mercer Award (JM) 1980-2019. Given to previous inductees (with the exception of Frank Sinatra) who have been determined by the nominating committee to have “established a history of outstanding creative works.” Personally, this seems like an unnecessary award designed to create double inductees. Noted in list below as JM.

  • Sammy Cahn Award (SC). 1980-2012. Given “to individuals or teams who are recognized as having done a great deal to further the successes of songwriters.”

  • Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award (HR). 1981-2018. Acknowledges “artists or ‘star makers’ in the music industry who have been responsible for a substantial number of hit songs for an extended period of time.”

  • Hal David Starlight Award (HD). 2004-2018. Honors “gifted songwriters who are at an apex in their careers and are making a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs.”

  • Pioneer Award (PA). 2012-2013. Established to “recognize the career of a historic creator of an extensive body of musical work that has been a major influence on generations of songwriters.”

  • Contemporary Icon Award (CI). 2015-2019. Established “to celebrate a songwriter-artist who has attained an iconic status in pop culture.”

Here are the inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (and recipients of special awards – noted by two-letter codes). Note: click on the name to see the act’s bio in Dave’s Music Database Music Maker Encyclopedia. Click on “hall bio” to see the act’s bio at the Songwriters Hall of Fame website.

Click here to see a list of recipients of special awards who have not been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
























These are recipients of special awards (noted by two-letter codes – key at top of page) who have not been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame: