Friday, November 29, 2019

Adult Album Alternative (AAA): Top 100+ Songs

First posted 12/10/2017; updated 11/30/2019.

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In 1996, Billboard magazine lanched the adult album alternative (AAA) chart. The radio format is a spinoff of the album-oriented radio format rooted in music from the ‘60s and ‘70s. AAA includes some of that genre’s most noted acts (Eric Clapton, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen), but expands to include a variety of genres generally broader than most other radio formats, encompassing alternative rock, alt country, folk, jazz, and blues.

Here are the top 100+ AAA songs based on most weeks at #1. Songs with the same number of weeks on top are ranked based on most points in Dave’s Music Database.

    16 weeks:

  1. U2 “Beautiful Day” (2000)

    15 weeks:

  2. Coldplay “Clocks” (2002)
  3. Kings of Leon “Waste a Moment” (2016)

    14 weeks:

  4. Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010)
  5. The Wallflowers “One Headlight” (1996)
  6. Matchbox 20 “Bent” (2000)
  7. Matchbox 20 “3 A.M.” (1996)

    13 weeks:

  8. Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011)
  9. Santana with Rob Thomas “Smooth” (1999)
  10. Jack Johnson “Upside Down” (2006)
  11. Pearl Jam “Just Breathe” (2009)

    12 weeks:

  12. Train “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” (2001)
  13. Beck “Dreams” (2015)
  14. Dave Matthews Band “Funny the Way It Is” (2009)

    11 weeks:

  15. Coldplay “Viva La Vida” (2008)
  16. Mumford & Sons “I Will Wait” (2012)
  17. Portugal, the Man “Feel It Still” (2017)
  18. The Lumineers “Ophelia” (2016)
  19. Jack Johnson “You and Your Heart” (2010)
  20. KT Tunstall “Hold On” (2007)

    10 weeks:

  21. Sarah McLachlan “Building a Mystery” (1997)
  22. George Ezra “Budapest” (2013)
  23. Death Cab for Cutie “Soul Meets Body” (2005)
  24. The Black Keys “Fever” (2014)
  25. Jack Johnson “If I Had Eyes” (2007)
  26. Jack Johnson “Good People” (2005)
  27. David Gray “Fugitive” (2009)
  28. Mumford & Sons “Guiding Light” (2018)

    9 weeks:

  29. U2 “Vertigo” (2004)
  30. Coldplay “Speed of Sound” (2005)
  31. Train “Calling All Angels” (2003)
  32. Hootie & the Blowfish “Old Man & Me (When I Get to Heaven)” (1996)
  33. The Black Keys “Go” (2019)

    8 weeks:

  34. Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (2004)
  35. Lorde “Royals” (2013)
  36. Snow Patrol “Chasing Cars” (2006)
  37. The Lumineers “Ho Hey” (2012)
  38. Coldplay “Paradise” (2011)
  39. Milky Chance “Stolen Dance” (2013)
  40. R.E.M. “The Great Beyond” (1999)
  41. Counting Crows “Hanginaround” (1999)
  42. The Lumineers “Stubborn Love” (2012)
  43. Norah Jones “Sunrise” (2004)
  44. Tracy Chapman “Telling Stories (There Is Friction in the Space Between) (2000)
  45. The Head and the Heart “All We Ever Knew” (2016)
  46. Michael Franti & Spearhead “The Sound of Sunshine” (2010)
  47. Death Cab for Cutie “You Are a Tourist” (2011)
  48. David Gray “You’re the World to Me” (2007)
  49. Serena Ryder “Stompa” (2013)
  50. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “You Worry Me” (2018)
  51. Death Cab for Cutie “Gold Rush” (2018)

    7 weeks:

  52. New Radicals “You Get What You Give” (1998)
  53. The Fray “You Found Me” (2008)
  54. The Black Keys “Lonely Boy” (2011)
  55. Sheryl Crow “Soak Up the Sun” (2002)
  56. Eric Clapton “My Father’s Eyes” (1998)
  57. U2 “Staring at the Sun” (1997)
  58. Coldplay “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” (2011)
  59. Kings of Leon “Radioactive” (2010)
  60. Dave Matthews Band “Where Are You Going?” (2002)
  61. U2 “Window in the Skies” (2006)
  62. Dave Matthews Band “Stay (Wasting Time)” (1998)
  63. Natalie Merchant “Kind and Generous” (1998)
  64. Dave Matthews Band “Everyday” (2001)
  65. U2 “You’re the Best Thing About Me” (2017)
  66. Snow Patrol “Crack the Shutters” (2008)
  67. John Butler Trio “Better Than” (2007)
  68. Spoon “Hot Thoughts’ (2017)

    6 weeks:

  69. Gnarls Barkley “Crazy” (2006)
  70. Sam Smith “Stay with Me” (2014)
  71. Phillip Phillips “Home” (2012)
  72. John Mayer “Waiting on the World to Change” (2006)
  73. Goo Goo Dolls “Slide” (1998)
  74. The Killers “Read My Mind” (2006)
  75. John Mellencamp “Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)” (1996)
  76. Sheryl Crow “A Change Would Do You Good” (1996)
  77. U2 “Electrical Storm” (2002)
  78. Jack Johnson “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” (2005)
  79. Blues Traveler “Most Precarious” (1997)
  80. Arcade Fire “Everything Now” (2017)
  81. Norah Jones “Chasing Pirates” (2009)
  82. Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs “Beg, Steal or Borrow” (2010)
  83. Daid Gray “The One I Love” (2005)
  84. Pete Yorn “Life on a Chain” (2001)

    5 weeks:

  85. U2 “Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own” (2004)
  86. Primitive Radio Gods “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand” (1996)
  87. The Verve Pipe “The Freshmen” (1996)
  88. Gin Blossoms “Follow You Down” (1996)
  89. Coldplay “Adventure of a Lifetime” (2015)
  90. Sheryl Crow “My Favorite Mistake” (1998)
  91. Mumford & Sons “Believe” (2015)
  92. Sarah McLachlan “Fallen” (2003)
  93. Counting Crows “Accidentally in Love” (2004)
  94. Death Cab for Cutie “I Will Possess Your Heart” (2008)
  95. Shery Crow “Anything But Down” (1998)
  96. Collective Soul “Run” (1999)
  97. John Mayer “Bigger Than My Body” (2003)
  98. John Mellencamp with India.Arie “Peaceful World” (2001)
  99. Dave Matthews Band “I Did It” (2001)
  100. R.E.M. “Supernatural Superserious” (2008)
  101. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man “Human” (2016)
  102. John Mayer “Who Says” (2009)
  103. The Avett Brothers “Ain’t No Man” (2016)
  104. Paolo Nutini “New Shoes” (2006)
  105. Leon Bridges “Bad Bad News” (2019)
  106. The Black Keys “Lo/Hi” (2019)
  107. The Lumineers “Gloria” (2019)

Sunday, November 24, 2019

American Music Awards (1974-2019)

Originally posted 10/9/2018; last updated 11/24/2019.

The American Music Awards (AMAs) were established in 1973 when ABC lost its contract to air the Grammys. They were created by Dick Clark. The AMAs are determined by public vote. The winners for favorite pop/rock song are listed here. That category existed from 1974-1995, was retired for more than a decade, and then returned in 2016. In the interim, there was also a Single of the Year award from 2013-2015.

  • 2019: Halsey "Without Me"
  • 2018: Camila Cabello with Young Thug “Havana
  • 2017: Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber “Despacito
  • 2016: Justin Bieber “Love Yourself
  • 2015: Taylor Swift “Blank Space
  • 2014: Katy Perry with Juicy J “Dark Horse
  • 2013: Florida Georgia Line with Nelly “Cruise”

  • 1995: Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You”
  • 1994: Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You
  • 1993: Boyz II Men “End of the Road”
  • 1992: Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You
  • 1991: Jon Bon Jovi “Blaze of Glory”
  • 1990: Milli Vanilli “Girl You Know It’s True”

  • 1989: Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine
  • 1988: Whitney Houston “I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me”
  • 1987: Billy Ocean “There’ll Be Sad Songs to Make You Cry”
  • 1986: Huey Lewis & the News “The Power of Love”
  • 1985: Bruce Springsteen “Dancing in the Dark”
  • 1984: Michael Jackson “Billie Jean
  • 1983: Lionel Richie “Truly”
  • 1982: Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love
  • 1981: Queen “Another One Bites the Dust”
  • 1980: Donna Summer “Bad Girls”

  • 1979: Commodores “Three Times a Lady”
  • 1978: Debby Boone “You Light Up My Life”
  • 1977: Elton John & Kiki Dee “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”
  • 1976: Glen Campbell “Rhinestone Cowboy”
  • 1975: Olivia Newton-John “I Honestly Love You”
  • 1974: Tony Orlando & Dawn “Tie a Yellow Ribbon”

Friday, November 22, 2019

Dave’s Music Database Hall of Fame: Album Inductees (Nov. 2019)

Album Inductees: November 2019
Originally posted 11/22/2019.

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 month marks the fourth batch of album inductees. Only 11 albums have achieved the trifecta of winning the Grammy for Album of the Year, being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and being named to the National Recording Registry. Two of these have already been inducted into the Dave’s Music Database Hall of Fame – The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Michael Jackson’s Thriller. A third album, The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart is not eligible as it is a comedy album, not a music album. That leaves eight albums to be inducted this month.


Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (1977)

Inducted November 2019 as a “Grammy for Album of the Year/Grammy Hall of Fame/National Recording Registry trifecta.”

“Intense, internal drama always adds a kick to a final piece of work…[and] few bands can equal Fleetwood Mac…[for] their angst.” DV “Keyboardist Christine McVie sparred with husband/bassist John, and singer Stevie Nicks scrapped with boyfriend/guitarist Lindsay Buckingham.” CDU “The resulting romantic pressure-cooker” AZ produced “a tour de force” BN which made Rumours “the ultimate hangover album for the lovestruck.” DV and “an album that defined a decade.” DV

Judy Garland: Judy at Carnegie Hall (1961)

Inducted November 2019 as a “Grammy for Album of the Year/Grammy Hall of Fame/National Recording Registry trifecta.”

Judy Garland became Hollywood royalty, thanks to performances in classics like The Wizard of Oz, but struggled personally and professionally in the late ‘50s. “This live recording…would (rightfully) bring the legendary icon back into the spotlight.” AZ “This is easily one of pop music’s greatest live recordings and a fine testament to Garland’s recorded legacy.” AZ “With relentless verve, Garland takes on her entire musical catalogue with astonishing aplomb. There is little sign of the decades of self-abuse which had left her frail by the early ‘60s.” AMG

Carole King: Tapestry (1971)

Inducted November 2019 as a “Grammy for Album of the Year/Grammy Hall of Fame/National Recording Registry trifecta.”

Carole King made a name herself in the 1960s as a songwriter with her husband Gerry Goffin, but on Tapestry “reaches even greater heights as a performer.” AMG She “created the archetype of the female singer-songwriter” TL by insisting she be heard as “human, with all the cracks and imperfections that implies.” RC “The music is loose, earthy, L.A. session-pop” AZ delivered “with a sharpness worthy of a Brooklyn girl.” RC

Henry Mancini: Music from Peter Gunn (1959)

Inducted November 2019 as a “Grammy for Album of the Year/Grammy Hall of Fame/National Recording Registry trifecta.”

In 1958, “Peter Gunn was one of the unexpected hits of the new television season, capturing the imagination of millions of viewers by mixing private eye action with a jazz setting. Composer Henry Mancini was more than fluent in jazz, and his music nailed down the popularity of the series.” AMG He created “a key piece of jazz and pop music history” AMG that is a “ valuable addition to any jazz or soundtrack collection of the era.” AMG

Paul Simon Graceland (1986)

Inducted November 2019 as a “Grammy for Album of the Year/Grammy Hall of Fame/National Recording Registry trifecta.”

In 1984, Paul Simon was inspired by a bootleg tape of South African music and, despite the United States’ economic sanctions against the country because of its apartheid government, he arranged a visit. He threw “his ears open to a host of new players and singers” TL and created “exotically fanciful collaborations” UT with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and others. The resulting introduction of world music into a pop arena gave listeners “that magical combination: something they’d never heard before that nevertheless sounded familiar.” AMG

U2: The Joshua Tree (1987)

Inducted November 2019 as a “Grammy for Album of the Year/Grammy Hall of Fame/National Recording Registry trifecta.”

In the early 1980s, U2 built a following first with college radio and then album rock. By the mid-‘80s, they were “spending more and more time with rock legends like Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan” QM and were, as Rolling Stone magazine declared, “a band utterly determined to be Important.” RS With its “inspirational, larger-than-life gestures...that’s precisely what [The Joshua Tree] sounds like.” RS It wasn’t just the band’s blockbuster, but its “most varied, subtle and accessible album.” RS as the group learned “to combine their multi-textured sound with the kind of melodies that fans could sing as well as sway along to.” QM

Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life (1976)

Inducted November 2019 as a “Grammy for Album of the Year/Grammy Hall of Fame/National Recording Registry trifecta.”

After securing an unprecedented $13 million contract with Motown, Stevie Wonder took two years – “an eternity in R&B” TL – to write his “longest, most ambitious collection of songs.” AMG His “Grand Artistic Statement” EK “featured more true classics than even most great artists write in a lifetime.” TL It is “like stumbling into a cave full of treasure” JM and not knowing “which piece of gold to stuff into [one’s] pocket first.” JM It “touched on nearly every issue under the sun, and did it all with ambitious (even for him), wide-ranging arrangements and some of the best performances of Wonder’s career.” AMG

Various Artists (including the Bee Gees): Saturday Night Fever soundtrack (1977)

Inducted November 2019 as a “Grammy for Album of the Year/Grammy Hall of Fame/National Recording Registry trifecta.”

“Every so often, a piece of music comes along that defines a moment in popular culture history;” AMG The disco soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever epitomized the latter half of the 1970s and made the Bee Gees the biggest group since the Beatles. They had “been exploring disco and funk rhythms on two albums before this one.” TM However, “the disco boom had seemingly run its course, primarily in Europe, and was confined mostly to Black culture and the gay underground in America.” AMG “The soundtrack “made disco explode into mainstream…with new immediacy and urgency.” AMG

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Brad Carl: 50 Songs from the 70s and 80s That Still Hold Up

First posted 11/14/2019; updated 11/16/2019.

Brad Carl is a former radio personality who wrote this book in which he picked 50 songs he believes still sound good against today’s popular music. He doesn’t claim it to be a definitive list, but one which hopefully sparks conversation. Here are the 50 songs featured in that book, as ranked by Dave’s Music Database. The top 16 songs appear in the top 1%, or roughly top 1000 songs of all time, according to Dave’s Music Database. The top 5 songs are featured in Dave’s Music Database’s book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999.


DMDB Top 1%:

1. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1983)
2. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
3. Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975)
4. Eagles “Hotel California” (1977)
5. Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (1988)

6. Soft Cell “Tainted Love” (1981)
7. The Knack “My Sharona” (1979)
8. AC/DC “You Shook Me All Night Long” (1980)
9. Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Relax” (1983)
10. The B-52’s “Love Shack” (1989)
11. Tracy Chapman “Fast Car” (1988)
12. Boston “More Than a Feeling” (1976)
13. Dire Straits “Money for Nothing” (1985)
14. Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime” (1980)
15. Phil Collins “In the Air Tonight” (1981)
16. Phil Collins “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” (1984)

DMDB Top 5%:

17. UB40 “Red, Red Wine” (1983)
18. Ramones “I Wanna Be Sedated” (1978)
19. R.E.M. “The One I Love” (1987)
20. The Clash “Should I Stay or Should I Go” (1982)
21. Cheap Trick “I Want You to Want Me (live)” (1979)
22. Aerosmith “Sweet Emotion” (1975)
23. Billy Idol “White Wedding” (1982)
24. Elton John “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” (1983)
25. War “Low Rider” (1975)
26. Stevie Nicks “Edge of Seventeen” (1981)
27. Katrina & the Waves “Walking on Sunshine” (1985)
28. U2 “Angel of Harlem” (1988)

DMDB Top 10%:

29. Cameo “Word Up” (1986)
30. Edie Brickell & New Bohemians “What I Am” (1988)
31. The Church “Under the Milky Way” (1988)
32. Billy Joel “The Longest Time” (1984)
33. Enya “Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)” (1988)
34. Billy Vera & the Beaters “At This Moment” (1981)
35. The Jacksons with Mick Jagger “State of Shock” (1984)
36. Whitesnake “Still of the Night” (1987)
37. Georgia Satellites “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” (1986)
38. Bangles “Hazy Shade of Winter” (1987)
39. Echo & the Bunnymen “The Killing Moon” (1984)
40. Traveling Wilburys “Hande with Care” (1988)
41. Rainbow “Since You’ve Been Gone” (1979)

DMDB Top 20%:

42. Benny Mardones “Into the Night” (1980)
43. Pixies “Where Is My Mind?” (1988)
44. Scandal “The Warrior” (1984)
45. Frida Lyngstad “I Know There’s Something Going On” (1982)
46. John Lennon “Nobody Told Me” (1984)
47. Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band “Turn the Page (live)” (1976)
48. The Jeff Healy Band “Angel Eyes” (1988)
49. Sammy Hagar “I Can’t Drive 55” (1984)
50. The Firm “Radioactive” (1985)


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Top 100 Songs from 1980 to 1989

First posted on the DMDB website on 1/21/2011; updated 11/16/2019.

These are the top 100 songs from 1980-1989 according to Dave’s Music Database. Titles receiving “Song of the Year” honors are noted. Click here for a full list of “Song of the Year” awards.

1. Billie Jean…Michael Jackson (1982)
2. Every Breath You Take…The Police (1983)
3. Sweet Child O’ Mine…Guns N’ Roses (1987)
4.
I Love Rock and Roll…Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (1981)
5. When Doves Cry…Prince (1984)
6. We Are the World…U.S.A. for Africa (1985)
7. Endless Love…Lionel Richie & Diana Ross (1981)
8. Beat It…Michael Jackson (1983)
9. With or Without You…U2 (1987)
10. Bette Davis Eyes…Kim Carnes (1981)

11. Don’t You Want Me?...The Human League (1981)
12. Eye of the Tiger…Survivor (1982)
13. Like a Prayer…Madonna (1989)
14. Love Will Tear Us Apart…Joy Division (1980)
15. Call Me…Blondie (1980)
16. Lady…Kenny Rogers (1980)
17. Livin’ on a Prayer…Bon Jovi (1986)
18. Tainted Love…Soft Cell (1981)
19. Careless Whisper…George Michael (1984)
20. Flashdance...What a Feelin’…Irene Cara (1983)

21. Physical…Olivia Newton-John (1981)
22. I Just Called to Say I Love You…Stevie Wonder (1984)
23. Take on Me…Aha (1984)
24. Another One Bites the Dust…Queen (1980)
25. The Message…Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (1982)
26. I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me…Whitney Houston (1987)
27. Like a Virgin…Madonna (1984)
28. Jump…Van Halen (1984)
29. Walk This Way…Run-D.M.C. with Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (1986)
30. What’s Love Got to Do with It?...Tina Turner (1984)

31. Blue Monday…New Order (1983)
32. Girls Just Want to Have Fun…Cyndi Lauper (1983)
33.
You Shook Me All Night Long…AC/DC (1980)
34. Always on My Mind…Willie Nelson (1982)
35. Don’t Stop Believin’…Journey (1981)
36. That’s What Friends Are For…Dionne & Friends (Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight, & Stevie Wonder) (1985)
37. Relax…Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1983)
38. Another Day in Paradise…Phil Collins (1989)
39. Celebration…Kool & the Gang (1980)
40. Love Shack…The B-52’s (1989)

41. Come on Eileen…Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1982)
42. All Night Long (All Night)…Lionel Richie (1983)
43. Purple Rain…Prince & the Revolution (1984)
44. Sweet Dreams Are Made of This…Eurythmics (1983)
45. Funkytown…Lipps Inc. (1980)
46. Down Under…Men at Work (1982)
47. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For…U2 (1987)
48. Do They Know It’s Christmas?…Band Aid (1984)
49. Total Eclipse of the Heart…Bonnie Tyler (1983)
50. Upside Down…Diana Ross (1980)

51. Fast Car…Tracy Chapman (1988)
52. Just Like Starting Over…John Lennon (1980)
53. I Want to Know What Love Is…Foreigner (1984)
54. Ebony and Ivory…Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder (1982)
55. Karma Chameleon…Culture Club (1983)
56. Wind Beneath My Wings…Bette Midler (1989)
57. 9 to 5…Dolly Parton (1980)
58. Faith…George Michael (1987)
59. Never Gonna Give You Up…Rick Astley (1987)
60. Kiss…Prince (1986)

61. I’ve Had the Time of My Life…Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (1987)
62. Dancing in the Dark…Bruce Springsteen (1984)
63. Time after Time…Cyndi Lauper (1983)
64. Everybody Wants to Rule the World…Tears for Fears (1985)
65. Fight the Power…Public Enemy (1989)
66. Up Where We Belong…Joe Cocker with Jennifer Warnes (1982)
67. Islands in the Stream…Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton (1983)
68. Money for Nothing…Dire Straits (1985)
69. Footloose…Kenny Loggins (1984)
70. Sexual Healing…Marvin Gaye (1982)

71. Centerfold…J. Geils Band (1981)
72. Once in a Lifetime…Talking Heads (1980)
73. Don’t You Forget About Me…Simple Minds (1985)
74. Born in the U.S.A….Bruce Springsteen (1984)
75. Hello…Lionel Richie (1984)
76. Pride (In the Name of Love)…U2 (1984)
77. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?...Culture Club (1982)
78. In the Air Tonight…Phil Collins (1981)
79. Say You, Say Me…Lionel Richie (1985)
80. Thriller…Michael Jackson (1982)

81. Sledgehammer…Peter Gabriel (1986)
82. 1999…Prince (1982)
83. Jessie’s Girl…Rick Springfield (1981)
84. Say, Say, Say…Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson (1983)
85. Welcome to the Jungle…Guns N’ Roses (1987)
86. West End Girls…Pet Shop Boys (1985)
87. Little Red Corvette…Prince (1983)
88. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go!...Wham! (1984)
89. How Soon Is Now?...The Smiths (1985)
90. “Back in Black” AC/DC (1980)

91. Let’s Dance…David Bowie (1983)
92. Ghostbusters…Ray Parker, Jr. (1984)
93.
Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)…Phil Collins (1984)
94. Pour Some Sugar on Me…Def Leppard (1987)
95. Take My Breath Away…Berlin (1985)
96. Start Me Up…The Rolling Stones (1981)
97. Maneater…Daryl Hall & John Oates (1982)
98. Walk Like an Egyptian…Bangles (1986)
99. Into the Groove…Madonna (1985)
100. Africa…Toto (1982)


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • Abracadabra…The Steve Miller Band (1982)
  • Acid Tracks…Phuture (1987)
  • Apache…Sugarhill Gang (1982)
  • Birthday…The Sugarcubes (1987)
  • Crying…Don McLean (1980)
  • Don’t Leave Me This Way…Communards (1986)
  • Don’t Worry Be Happy…Bobby McFerrin (1988)
  • Echo Beach…Martha & the Muffins (1980)
  • Electric Boogie (aka “The Electric Slide”)…Marcia Griffiths (1990)
  • Fight the Power…Public Enemy (1989)
  • Fools Gold…The Stone Roses (1989)
  • Ghost Town…The Specials (1981)
  • Girl You Know It’s True…Milli Vanilli (1988)
  • Graceland…Paul Simon (1986)
  • A Groovy Kind of Love…Phil Collins (1988)
  • Healing Hands…Elton John (1989)
  • Higher Love…Steve Winwood (1986)
  • I Should Be So Lucky…Kylie Minogue (1988)
  • It’s Raining Men…The Weather Girls (1982)
  • Look Away…Chicago (1988)
  • New York New York (Theme from)…Frank Sinatra (1980)
  • On My Own…Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald (1986)
  • The Power of Love…Huey Lewis & the News (1985)
  • The Power of Love…Jennifer Rush (1985)
  • Relax…Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1983)
  • Ride on Time…Black Box (1989)
  • Roll with It…Steve Winwood (1988)
  • Rosanna…Toto (1982)
  • Running Up That Hill…Kate Bush (1985)
  • Sacrifice…Elton John (1989)
  • Sailing…Christopher Cross (1980)
  • Smoking Gun…Rober t Cray (1986)
  • Somewhere Out There…Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram (1986)
  • Song to the Siren…This Mortal Coil (1982)
  • Sun City…Artists United Against Apartheid (1985)
  • Take My Breath Away…Berlin (1986)
  • There Is a Light That Never Goes Out…The Smiths (1986)
  • There’ll Be Sad Songs to Make You Cry…Billy Ocean (1986)
  • There She Goes…The La’s (1989)
  • This Charming Man…The Smiths (1983)
  • This Ole House…Shakin’ Stevens (1981)
  • A Town Called Malice…The Jam (1982)
  • Truly…Lionel Richie (1982)
  • Tunnel of Love…Bruce Springsteen (1987)
  • Two Tribes…Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1984)
  • Vienna…Ultravox (1981)
  • Voodoo Ray…A Guy Called Gerald (1988)
  • We Built This City…Starship (1985)