Thursday, May 30, 2019

Benny Goodman: Top 100 Songs

First posted 5/30/2012; updated 5/31/2019.

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Jazz clarinetist and bandleader known as “The King of Swing” for ushering in more dance-oriented jazz, fueled by Fletcher Henderson’s arrangements, which appealed to teens. Born Benjamin David Goodman on 5/30/1909 in Chicago, Illinois. Died 6/13/1986. Was in a band by age 14. Worked with Isham Jones, Ted Lewis, Red Nichols, Ben Pollack (25-29), and Ben Selvin. Formed his own band in 1934. He launched the careers of many other jazz musicians including guitarist Charlie Christian and drummer Gene Krupa and was one of the first to lead integrated jazz groups. His 1/16/1938 Carnegie Hall concert in New York is, as All Music Guide’s Bruce Eder called it, “the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history.”

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.

MB = Mildred Bailey, HF = Helen Forrest, DH = Dick Haymes, PL = Peggy Lee, MT = Martha Tilton, LT = Louise Tobin, HW = Helen Ward. Songs which peaked at #1 on the U.S. pop charts are noted (#1).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing) (1938)
2. These Foolish Things Remind Me of You (w/ HW, 1936) #1
3. Taking a Chance on Love (w/ HF, 1943) #1
4. There’ll Be Some Changes Made (w/ LT, 1941) #1
5. Goody Goody (w/ HW, 1936) #1
6. And the Angels Sing (w/ MF, 1939) #1

DMDB Top 5%:

7. Moonglow (1934) #1
8. Darn That Dream (w/ MB, 1940) #1
9. Don’t Be That Way (1938) #1
10. Jersey Bounce (w/ PL, 1942) #1

11. Goodnight My Love (w/ Ella Fitzgerald, 1937) #1
12. The Glory of Love (w/ HW, 1936) #1
13. This Can’t Be Love (w/ MF, 1938)
14. Somebody Else Is Taking My Place (1942) #1
15. Why Don’t You Do Right? (w/ PL, 1943)
16. Stardust (1936)
17. Stompin’ at the Savoy (1936)
18. I Didn’t Know What Time It Was (w/ LT, 1939)
19. Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye (w/ Peggy Mann, 1945)
20. You Turned the Tables on Me (w/ HW, 1936) #1

21. St. Louis Blues (1936)
22. Gotta Be This Or That (w/ Dottie Reid, 1945)
23. Blue Moon (w/ HW, 1935)
24. Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me) (w/ PL, 1942)
25. Body and Soul (1935)
26. It’s Been So Long (w/ HW, 1936) #1
27. Blue Skies (w/ Art Lund, 1946)

DMDB Top 10%:

28. Give Me the Simple Life (w/ Liza Morrow, 1946)
29. How High the Moon (w/ HF, 1940)
30. Symphony (w/ Liza Morrow, 1945)

31. This Year’s Kisses (w/ Margaret McRae, 1937) #1
32. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart (w/ MF, 1938) #1
33. Goodbye (1936)
34. The Way You Look Tonight (w/ PL, 1942)
35. On a Slow Boat to China (1948) 36. Cabin in the Sky (w/ HF, 1943)
37. The Man I Love (1937)
38. After You’ve Gone (1935)
39. Exactly Like You (w/ Lionel Hampton, 1936)
40. How Deep Is the Ocean? (w/ PL, 1941)

41. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen (Means That You’r-e Grand) (w/ MF, 1938)
42. What’s New? (w/ LT, 1939)
43. Idaho (w/ DH, 1942)
44. The Japanese Sandman (1935)
45. As Long As I Live (1941)
46. Love Me or Leave Me (original, 1934)
47. Love Me or Leave Me (new recording, 1936)
48. Scatter-Brain (w/ LT, 1939)
49. You Can’t Pull the Wool Over My Eyes (w/ HW, 1936)
50. Blue Orchids (w/ LT, 1939)

DMDB Top 20%:

51. I Thought about You (w/ MB, 1939)
52. Sometimes I’m Happy (1935)
53. Flying Home (1939)
54. King Porter Stomp (1935)
55. Intermezzo (Souvenir De Vienne) (w/ HF, 1941)
56. A Gal in Calico (w/ Eve Young, 1947)
57. I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good (w/ PL, 1941)
58. It’s Only a Paper Moon (1945)
59. For Every Man There’s a Woman (w/ PL, 1948)
60. Please Be Kind (w/ MF, 1938)

61. I Know That You Know (1936)
62. You’re a Heavenly Thing (w/ HW, 1935)
63. Oh Babe! (1950)
64. China Boy (1936)
65. Afraid to Dream (w/ Betty Van, 1937)
66. The Dixieland Band (w/ HW, 1935)
67. We’ll Meet Again (w/ PL, 1942)
68. Serenade in Blue (w/ DH, 1942)
69. Yours (Quiereme Mucho) (w/ HF, 1941)
70. Basin Street Blues (1934)

71. Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?) (w/ MF, 1937)
72. Rose of Washington Square (1939)
73. I Want to Be Happy (1937)
74. I Don’t Know Enough About You (w/ Art Lund, 1946)
75. My Sister and I (1941)
76. Basin Street Blues (1934)
77. Air Mail Special (w/ HF, 1941)
78. In a Sentimental Mood (1936)
79. Solo Flight (w/ Charlie Christian, 1941)
80. I’m Gonna Love That Guy (w/ Dottie Reid, 1945)

81. It Isn’t Fair (w/ Buddy Greco, 1950)
82. Can’t Teach My Old Heart New Tricks (w/ MF, 1937)
83. Jingle Bells (1935)
84. Wang Wang Blues (1941)
85. Close As Pages in a Book (w/ Jane Harvey, 1945)
86. Bugle Call Rag (1934)
87. The Flat Foot Floogee (1938)
88. Perfidia (Tonight) (w/ HF, 1941)
89. Clouds (w/ Ray Hendricks, 1935)
90. A String of Pearls (w/ PL, 1942)

91. Lullaby in Rhythm (1938)
92. Stompin’ at the Savoy (new recording, 1937)
93. Organ Grinder’s Swing (1936)
94. Eenie Meenie Miney Mo (w/ HW, 1935)
95. My Honey’s Lovin’ Arms (w/ MF, 1939)
96. Swingtime in the Rockies (1936)
97. No Other One (w/ HW, 1935)
98. I Was Lucky (w/ HW, 1935)
99. I Have Eyes (w/ MT, 1938)
100. I Ain’t Lazy, I’m Just Dreamin’ (w/ Jack Teagarden, 1934)


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Sunday, May 26, 2019

The Top 100 Acts of All Time

First posted 1/13/2013; revised 5/26/2019.

Below are the top 100 acts of all time according to the DMDB. This list is an aggregate of multiple best-of lists, including specialty lists, such as those focused exclusively on a certain genre.

This information is combined with various awards, chart success, and sales figures (click here for a link to the resources). A great effort has been made to find lists that represent numerous genres and eras of music. Even so, this list still leans almost entirely on the 20th century, or roughly the era of recorded music, meaning classical music, such as composers Ludwig van Beethoven, are absent from this list. Still, this list does at least acknowledge that there were big-name acts who made music prior to the rock era, something which few best-of lists seem to realize.

Links below connect to the act’s entry in the Music Makers A-Z guide, which offers a short bio about the act and lists significant works. In some cases, the act has a more detailed DMDB page which can be linked to via the A-Z guide entry. In some cases, an act also has a DMDB list of its top songs, indicated after the act’s name.

1. Bing Crosby: top 100 songs
2. Elvis Presley: top 100 songs
3. The Beatles: top 100 songs
4. Frank Sinatra: top 100 songs
5. Paul Whiteman: top 100 songs
6. Billy Murray: top 100 songs
7. The Rolling Stones: top 100 Songs
8. Elton John: top 100 songs
9. Henry Burr: top 100 songs
10. Tommy Dorsey: top 100 songs
11. Michael Jackson: top 50 songs
12. Stevie Wonder: top 50 songs
13. Guy Lombardo: top 100 songs
14. Byron G. Harlan: top 50 songs
15. Benny Goodman: top 50 songs
16. Arthur Collins
17. Bob Dylan: top 100 songs
18. Bruce Springsteen: top 60 songs
19. Louis Armstrong: top 50 songs
20. Ray Charles: top 50 songs
21. David Bowie: top 65 songs
22. Glenn Miller: top 100 songs
23. Aretha Franklin: top 50 songs
24. Eric Clapton: top 50 songs
25. Prince: top 50 songs
26. Madonna: top 60 songs
27. Al Jolson
28. Harry MacDonough
29. U2: top 100 songs
30. Perry Como
31. The Beach Boys: top 20 songs
32. Paul McCartney: top 70 songs
33. James Brown: top 50 songs
34. Led Zeppelin: top 50 songs
35. Jimi Hendrix: top 25 songs
36. Marvin Gaye
37. Duke Ellington
38. Nat “King” Cole
39. Jimmy Dorsey
40. Rod Stewart
41. Queen: top 50 songs
42. The Who: top 30 songs
43. Billy Joel: top 50 songs
44. Johnny Cash
45. Ada Jones
46. Neil Young: top 40 songs
47. Chuck Berry: top 25 songs
48. Mariah Carey: top 40 songs
49. Pink Floyd: top 50 songs
50. The Andrews Sisters
51. The Bee Gees: top 40 songs
52. Billie Holiday
53. Fleetwood Mac: top 50 songs
54. The Peerless Quartet/Columbia Male Quartet
55. John Lennon: top 40 songs
56. Haydn Quartet
57. Bob Marley
58. Eagles: top 70 songs
59. Ben Selvin
60. Simon & Garfunkel/Paul Simon
61. Fats Domino
62. R.E.M.: top 30 songs
63. Whitney Houston: top 50 songs
64. Ella Fitzgerald
65. American Quartet
66. The Temptations
67. Aerosmith
68. Roy Orbison
69. The Doors
70. Sting
71. Sam Cooke
72. Ted Lewis
73. The Kinks
74. Tina Turner
75. Tom Petty: top 30 songs
76. Willie Nelson: top 80 songs
77. The Supremes
78. Fats Waller
79. Little Richard
80. Sammy Kaye
81. Van Morrison
82. The Police: top 60 songs (Sting & the Police)
83. Rihanna
84. Diana Ross
85. Jay-Z
86. AC/DC
87. Hank Williams
88. Chicago
89. Eminem
90. Carlos Santana
91. Barbra Streisand
92. Count Basie
93. Neil Diamond
94. Van Halen
95. Kenny Rogers
96. Dolly Parton
97. Buddy Holly
98. Eddy Arnold
99. Drake
100. Creedence Clearwater Revival