Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Top 100 Songs from 2010-2019

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

Top 100 Songs of the Decade:

2010-2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Squeeze/Chris Difford/Glenn Tilbrook: Top 50 Songs

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

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

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


Top 50 Songs

Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. This list includes songs by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook in Squeeze, as a duo, and as solo acts.

DMDB Top 5%:

1. Tempted (1981)

DMDB Top 10%:

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

DMDB Top 20%:

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

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

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

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

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

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

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


Awards (Squeeze):



Awards (Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook):



Monday, December 23, 2019

Pearl Jam et al: Top 50 Songs

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

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

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

The group’s debut album, Ten, is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time. For a complete list of this act’s DMDB honors, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.


Top 50 Songs

Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. In addition to Pearl Jam songs, this list includes work by Mother Love Bone, Temple of the Dog, and Eddie Vedder as a solo artist. Songs which hit #1 on the following charts are noted: Billboard album rock tracks (AR), Billboard alternative rock tracks (MR), Billboard adult alternative (AA), and Australian pop charts (AU).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Jeremy (1991)

DMDB Top 5%:

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

DMDB Top 10%:

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

DMDB Top 20%:

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

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

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

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

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

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

Awards:



Sunday, December 22, 2019

Act Inductees: December 2019

Originally posted 12/22/2019.

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

Harold Arlen (1905-1986)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

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

Irving Berlin (1888-1989)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

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

George Gershwin (1898-1937)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

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

Ira Gershwin (1896-1983)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

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

Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

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

Lorenz Hart (1895-1943)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

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

Jerome Kern (1885-1945)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

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

Johnny Mercer (1909-1976)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

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

Cole Porter (1891-1964)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

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

Richard Rodgers (1902-1979)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

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

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Neil & Tim Finn: Top 100 Songs

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

Neil and Tim Finn

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

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


Top 100 Songs

Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. The following list includes songs from the following: Crowded House (CH), Finn Brothers (FB), Neil Finn (NF), Tim Finn (TF), and Split Enz (SE).

DMDB Top 5%:

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

DMDB Top 10%:

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

DMDB Top 20%:

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

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

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

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Awards (Neil & Tim Finn):



Awards (Split Enz):



Awards (Crowded House):



Saturday, December 21, 2019

Eurythmics/Annie Lennox: Top 30 Songs

First posted 12/21/2019.

The Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox is a new-wave/pop singer/songwriter born 12/25/1954 in Aberdeen, Scotland. In the late ‘70s, she and Dave Stewart were in the Tourists. They went on to form the Eurythmics in the ‘80s and she launched a solo career in 1992. For a complete list of this act’s DMDB honors, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.


Top 30 Songs

Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. The list below consists of songs by the Tourists, Eurythmics, and Annie Lennox. Unless noted otherwise, a song is by the Eurythmics.

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Sweet Dreams Are Made of This (1983)

DMDB Top 5%:

2. Here Comes the Rain Again (1983)

DMDB Top 10%:

3. Would I Lie to You? (1985)
4. Put a Little Love in Your Heart (Annie Lennox with Al Green, 1988)
5. Why (Annie Lennox, 1992)
6. Love Is a Stranger (1982)
7. Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves (Eurythmics with Aretha Franklin, 1985)
8. Who’s That Girl? (1983)
9. Right by Your Side (1983)
10. No More “I Love You”’s (Annie Lennox, 1995)
11. There Must Be an Angel Playing with My Heart (Eurythmics with Stevie Wonder, 1985)
12. Walking on Broken Glass (Annie Lennox, 1992)

DMDB Top 20%:

13. Missionary Man (1986)
14. It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back) (1985)
15. Thorn in My Side (1986)
16. I Need a Man (1987)
17. Sexcrime (1984) (1984)
18. Don’t Ask Me Why (1989) 19. Winter Wonderland (1987)
20. Beethoven (I Love to Listen To) (1987)
21. You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart (1987)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

22. I Only Want to Be with You (The Tourists, 1979)
23. Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye (Annie Lennox, 1990)
24. Little Bird (Annie Lennox, 1992)
25. A Whiter Shade of Pale (Annie Lennox, 1995)
26. The Miracle of Love (1986)
27. Julia (1984)
28. I Put a Spell on You (Annie Lennox, 2014)
29. Sing (Annie Lennox, 2007)
30. Angel (1989)


Awards (Eurythmics):



Awards (Annie Lennox):



Friday, December 20, 2019

Alan Parsons: Top 25 Songs

First posted 12/20/2019.

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Alan Parsons was born on this day – December 20 – in 1948 in London, England. Early in his career, he worked as an engineer on classic albums such as the Beatles’ Abbey Road and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. He also worked with Ambrosia, the Hollies, Pilot, and Al Stewart. In 1976, he launched the Alan Parsons Project with Eric Woolfson and maintained the group for a decade before recording officially as a solo artist. He has received 13 Grammy nominations.

For a complete list of this act’s DMDB honors, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.


Top 25 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.

DMDB Top 10%:

1. Eye in the Sky (1982)
2. Time (1980)
3. Don’t Answer Me (1984)
4. Old and Wise (1982)
5. Games People Play (1980)
6. Damned if I Do (1979)
7. I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You (1977)

DMDB Top 20%:

8. The System of Dr. Tarr & Professor Fether (1976)
9. Prime Time (1984)
10. Don’t Let It Show (1977)
11. Let’s Talk About Me (1985)
12. You Don’t Believe (1983)
13. Stereotomy (1986)
14. Days Are Numbers (The Traveller) (1985)
15. What Goes Up… (1978)
16. Snake Eyes (1980)
17. Standing on Higher Ground (1987)
18. Psychobabble (1982)

DMDB Top 20%:

19. The Turn of a Friendly Card Part II (1980)
20. Breakdown (1977)
21. The Raven (1976)
22. I Robot (1977)
23. Pyramania (1978)
24. Some other Time (1977)
25. You’re Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned (1982)


Awards:



Thursday, December 19, 2019

Grammy Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Awards

  • First posted 12/12/2012; updated 12/19/2019.

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    Lifetime Achievement Award

    As stated at Grammy.org, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award is selected by a vote of the Recording Academy’s National Trustees. It is given to those “who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.” The first recipient was Bing Crosby in 1962.

    The Grammys also give out a The Trustees Award. Click for more details. All Lifetime Achievement honorees are listed below.


    A


    B


    C


    D


    E-F


    G


    H-I


    J-K


    L


    M


    N-O-P

    • Willie Nelson (2000)
    • Jessye Norman (2006)
    • Roy Orbison (1998)
    • Patti Page (2013)
    • Charlie Parker (1984)
    • Parliament/Funkadelic (2019)
    • Dolly Parton (2011)
    • Tom Paxton (2009)
    • Pinetop Perkins (2005)
    • Itzhak Perlman (2008)
    • Oscar Peterson (1997)
    • Iggy Pop (2020)
    • Maud Powell (2014)
    • Elvis Presley (1971)
    • André Previn (2010)
    • Leontyne Price (1989)
    • Charley Pride (2017)
    • Richard Pryor (2006)
    • Public Enemy (2020)
    • Tito Puente (2003)

    Q-R


    S

    • Sam & Dave (2019)
    • Gil Scott-Heron (2012)
    • Earl Scruggs (2008)
    • Pete Seeger (1993)
    • Andrés Segovia (1986)
    • Ravi Shankar (2013)
    • Artie Shaw (2004)
    • George Beverly Shea (2011)
    • Wayne Shorter (2015)
    • Simon & Garfunkel (2003)
    • Nina Simone (2017)
    • Frank Sinatra (1965)
    • Bessie Smith (1989)
    • Georg Solti (1996)
    • The Staple Singers (2005)
    • Isaac Stern (1987)
    • Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart (2017)
    • Igor Stravinksy (1987)
    • Barbra Streisand (1995)

    T-U-V

    • Art Tatum (1989)
    • The Temptations (2013)
    • Clark Terry (2010)
    • Sister Rosetta Tharpe (2020)
    • Mel Tormé (1999)
    • Arturo Toscanini (1987)
    • Tina Turner (2018)
    • Sarah Vaughan (1989)
    • Velvet Underground (2017)

    W-X-Y-Z


    Trustees Award

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    The Grammys also give a Trustees Award to individuals who have significantly contributed to music in ways other than performance. This would imply that the Lifetime Achievement Award is a performers-only award and that no performers have won the Trustees Award, but the line is not that clearly defined. In fact, a handful of people have received both awards (Burt Bacharach, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Carole King, Frank Sinatra, Georg Solti). Here is a list of recipients of the Trustees Award from its inception in 1967:


    A

    • Lou Adler (2019)
    • Chris Albertson (1971)
    • Herb Alpert (1997)
    • Harold Arlen (1987)
    • Ashford & Simpson (2019)
    • George Avakian (2009)
    • Clarence Avant (2008)
    • Estelle Axton (2007)

    B

    • Burt Bacharach (1997)
    • Dave Bartholomew (2012)
    • Béla Bartok (1984)
    • Count Basie (1981)
    • The Beatles (1972)
    • Al Bell (2011)
    • Thom Bell (2017)
    • Alan Bergman (2013)
    • Marilyn Bergman (2013)
    • Emile Berliner (1987)
    • Chris Blackwell (2006)
    • Harold Bradley (2010)
    • Owen Bradley (2006)

    C

    • John Cage (2016)
    • Hoagy Carmichael (2005)
    • Elliott Carter (2009)
    • Olumide Chapters (2008)
    • Leonard Chess (2013)
    • Phil Chess (2013)
    • Dick Clark (1990)
    • Aaron Copland (1981)
    • Don Cornelius (2005)
    • Pierre Cossette (1995)
    • John Culshaw (1967)

    D-E

    • Hal David (1997)
    • Clive Davis (2000)
    • Walt Disney (1989)
    • Thomas A. Dorsey (1992)
    • Tom Dowd (2002)
    • Lamont Dozier (1998)
    • Thomas A. Edison (1977)
    • Ken Ehrlich (2020)
    • Duke Ellington (1968)
    • Ahmet Ertegun (1993)
    • Nesuhi Ertegun (1995)

    F-G

    • Christine M. Farnon (1992)
    • Wilma Cozart Fine (2011)
    • Fred Foster (2016)
    • Alan Freed (2002)
    • Milt Gabler (1991)
    • Kenneth Gamble (1999)
    • George Gershwin (1986)
    • Ira Gershwin (1986)
    • Philip Glass (2020)
    • Gerry Goffin (2004)
    • Berry Gordy Jr. (1991)
    • Bill Graham (2018)
    • Norman Granz (1994)
    • Florence Greenberg (2010)

    H-I


    J-K

    • Steve Jobs (2012)
    • Eldridge R. Johnson (1985)
    • Quincy Jones (1989)
    • Orrin Keepnews (2004)
    • Jerome Kern (1987)
    • Carole King (2004)

    L


    M-N-O

    • Johnny Mandel (2019)
    • Barry Mann (2015)
    • Arif Mardin (2001)
    • Jim Marshall (2014)
    • George Martin (1996)
    • Cosimo Matassa (2007)
    • Marian McPartland (2004)
    • Johnny Mercer (1987)
    • Walter C. Miller (2010)
    • Willie Mitchell (2008)
    • Robert Moog (1970)
    • Ennio Morricone (2014)
    • Jerry Moss (1997)
    • New York Philharmonic (2003)
    • Mo Ostin (2017)

    P-Q-R

    • Les Paul (1983)
    • Ralph Peer (2017)
    • Krzysztof Penderecki (1968)
    • Richard Perry (2015)
    • Sam Phillips (1991)
    • Cole Porter (1989)
    • Frances Preston (1998)
    • Phil Ramone (2001)
    • Richard Rodgers (1998)

    S

    • Al Schmitt (2006)
    • George T. Simon (1993)
    • Frank Sinatra (1979)
    • Georg Solti (1967)
    • Stephen Sondheim (2007)
    • Phil Spector (2000)
    • Seymour Stein (2018)
    • Leopold Stokowski (1977)
    • Mike Stoller (1999)
    • Chris Strachwitz (2016)
    • Billy Strayhorn (1968)

    T-U-V-W-X-Y-Z

    • Billy Taylor (2005)
    • Allen Toussaint (2009)
    • Rudy Van Gelder (2012)
    • Frank Walker (2020)
    • Cynthia Weil (2015)
    • George Wein (2015)
    • Paul Weston (1971)
    • Jerry Wexler (1996)
    • John Williams (2018)

    Resources: