Saturday, June 6, 2020

The Top 100 Funk Songs of All Time

First posted 6/6/2020.

Funk:

Top 100 Songs

Funk was an R&B sub-genre which emerged in African-American communities in the 1960s and became especially popular in the 1970s. The music was marked by an emphasis on strong, rhythmic grooves supported by bass and drum. It was instrumental in the development of the even more dance-oriented disco music of the 1970s.

19 lists were aggregated to create this list. Click here to see other genre-specific song lists.

1. Stevie Wonder “Superstition” (1972)
2. Parliament “Flashlight” (1977)
3. Funkadelic “One Nation Under a Groove” (1978)
4. Parliament “Tear the Roof Off the Sucker (Give Up the Funk)” (1975)
5. Rick James “Super Freak” (1981)
6. Sly & the Family Stone “Thank You Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Again” (1969)
7. Zapp “More Bounce to the Ounce” (1980)
8. Kool & the Gang “Jungle Boogie” (1973)
9. Average White Band “Pick Up the Pieces” (1974)
10. George Clinton “Atomic Dog” (1982)

11. The Commodores “Brick House” (1977)
12. Earth, Wind & Fire “Shining Star” (1975)
13. Herbie Hancock “Chameleon” (1973)
14. Curtis Mayfield “Superfly” (1972)
15. Wild Cherry “Play That Funky Music” (1976)
16. Marvin Gaye “Got to Give It Up” (1977)
17. Kool & the Gang “Get Down on It” (1982)
18. The Isley Brothers “It’s Your Thing” (1969)
19. War “Low Rider” (1975)
20. The Gap Band “You Dropped a Bomb on Me” (1982)

21. James Brown “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine)” (1970)
22. Funkadelic “Not Just Knee Deep” (1979)
23. Ohio Players “Fire” (1974)
24. Cameo “Word Up!” (1986)
25. The Staple Singers “I’ll Take You There” (1972)
26. Stevie Wonder “Higher Ground” (1973)
27. James Brown “The Payback” (1974)
28. Aretha Franklin “Rock Steady” (1971)
29. Brick “Dazz” (1976)
30. Slave “Slide” (1977)

31. The Brothers Johnson “Get the Funk Out of Ma Face” (1976)
32. Dazz Band “Let It Whip” (1982)
33. James Brown “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” (1965)
34. Michael Jackson “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (1979)
35. Lipps Inc. “Funkytown” (1980)
36. The Meters “Cissy Strut” (1969)
37. Rufus with Chaka Khan “Tell Me Something Good” (1974)
38. Stevie Wonder “Living for the City” (1973)
39. Jean Knight “Mr. Big Stuff” (1971)
40. Rose Royce “Car Wash” (1976)

41. James Brown “Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud” (1968)
42. Ohio Players “Love Rollercoaster” (1975)
43. Kool & the Gang “Funky Stuff” (1973)
44. The Temptations “Cloud Nine” (1968)
45. Rick James “Give It to Me Baby” (1981)
46. Isaac Hayes “Theme from Shaft” (1971)
47. Prince “When Doves Cry” (1984)
48. Prince “Kiss’ (1986)
49. James Brown “Get Up Offa That Thing” (1976)
50. James Brown “Cold Sweat” (1967)

51. Edwin Starr “War” (1970)
52. Sly & the Family Stone “Dance to the Music” (1968)
53. The Isley Brothers “That Lady’ (1973)
54. Mtume “Juicy Fruit” (1982)
55. Prince “Little Red Corvette” (1983)
56. Sly & the Family Stone “(Family Affair” (1971)
57. The Isley Brothers “Fight the Power” (1975)
58. Hot Chocolate “You Sexy Thing” (1975)
59. Carl Carlton “She’s a Bad Mama Jama (She’s a Built, She’s Stacked)” (1981)
60. Tom Browne “Funkin’ for Jamaica (N.Y.)” (1980)

61. Carl Douglas “Kung Fu Fighting” (1974)
62. The O’Jays “For the Love of Money” (1974)
63. Prince “Sign ‘O’ the Times” (1987)
64. Ann Peebles “I Can’t Stand the Rain” (1973)
65. Instant Funk “I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl)” (1978)
66. Kool & the Gang “Hollywood Swinging” (1973)
67. Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers “Bustin’ Loose” (1979)
68. The Gap Band “Burn Rubber on Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)” (1980)
69. The Temptations “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” (1972)
70. Earth, Wind & Fire “Let’s Groove” (1981)

71. The Gap Band “I Don’t Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance (Oops, Up Side Your Head)” (1980)
72. B.T. Express “Do It ‘Til You’re Satisfied” (1974)
73. James Brown “Out of Sight” (1964)
74. Con Funk Shun “Ffun” (1977)
75. Lynn Collins “Think About It” (1972)
76. James Brown “Get on the Good Foot” (1972)
77. Eddie Kendricks “Keep on Truckin’” (1973)
78. Rufus with Chaka Khan “Ain’t Nobody” (1983)
79. The Meters “Just Kissed My Baby” (1974)
80. Betty Wright “Clean Up Woman” (1971)

81. The Temptations “Shakey Ground” (1975)
82. Diana Ross “Upside Down” (1980)
83. King Floyd “Groove Me” (1970)
84. The Temptations “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)” (1970)
85. Tower of Power “What Is Hip?” (1973)
86. Lakeside “Fantastic Voyage” (1980)
87. Bill Withers “Use Me” (1972)
88. Dr. John “Right Time, Wrong Place” (1973)
89. Taana Gardner “Heartbeat” (1981)
90. Bill Withers “Lovely Day” (1977)

91. KC & the Sunshine Band “Get Down Tonight” (1975)
92. Chic “Good Times” (1979)
93. Mandrill “Fencewalk” (1973)
94. The Commodores “Machine Gun” (1974)
95. Dyke & the Blazers “Funky Broadway” (1967)
96. The Brothers Johnson “Stomp!” (1980)
97. Graham Central Station “The Jam” (1976)
98. Prince “Controversy” (1981)
99. Herbie Hancock “Rock-It” (1983)
100. L.T.D. “Back in Love Again” (1977)


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Friday, June 5, 2020

Psychedelic Rock: Top 100 Songs

First posted 4/17/2020; updated 6/5/2020.

Psychedelic Rock:

Top 100 Songs

Psychedelic rock emerged in the mid-‘60s as music inspired, influenced, or representative of the experience of taking hallucinogenic drugs, most notably LSD. The Summer of Love in 1967 and the Woodstock Festival in 1969 were major cultural events which have been tied to the psychedelic rock movement.

This list was created by aggregating 24 lists focused on psychedelic rock songs.

Click here to see other genre-specific song lists.

1. Jefferson Airplane “White Rabbit” (1967)
2. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Purple Haze” (1967)
3. The Beatles “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” (1967)
4. The Doors “Light My Fire” (1967)
5. Strawberry Alarm Clock “Incense and Peppermints” (1967)
6. The Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever” (1967)
7. The Byrds “Eight Miles High” (1966)
8. The Beatles “Tomorrow Never Knows” (1966)
9. Pink Floyd “Interstellar Overdrive” (1967)
10. Procol Harum “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (1967)

11. Jefferson Airplane “Somebody to Love” (1967)
12. Iron Butterfly “In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida” (1968)
13. Grateful Dead “Dark Star” (1968)
14. The Amboy Dukes “Journey to the Center of the Mind” (1968)
15. The Electric Prunes “I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night” (1966)
16. The Beatles “I Am the Walrus” (1967)
17. Cream “Sunshine of Your Love” (1967)
18. Scott McKenzie “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)” (1967)
19. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Are You Experienced?” (1967)
20. Steppenwolf “Magic Carpet Ride” (1968)

21. The Small Faces “Itchycoo Park” (1967)
22. The Chambers Brothers “Time Has Come Today” (1967)
23. The Doors “The End” (1967)
24. The Beatles “A Day in the Life” (1967)
25. Status Quo “Pictures of Matchstick Men” (1967)
26. The Animals “Sky Pilot” (1968)
27. Pink Floyd “Astronomy Domine” (1967)
28. Cream “White Room” (1968)
29. The Beatles “All You Need Is Love” (1967)
30. The Velvet Underground & Nico “Venus in Furs” (1967)

31. The United States of America “The American Metaphysical Circus” (1968)
32. Pink Floyd “See Emily Play” (1967)
33. The Rolling Stones “2000 Light Years from Home” (1967)
34. Tommy James & the Shondells “Crimson and Clover” (1968)
35. The Who “I Can See for Miles” (1967)
36. The Count Five “Psychotic Reaction” (1966)
37. The Doors “Strange Days” (1967)
38. Tomorrow “My White Bicycle” (1967)
39. The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” (1966)
40. The Turtles “Happy Together” (1967)

41. Kenny Rogers & the First Edition “Just Dropped in to See What Condition My Condition Was In” (1967)
42. Big Brother & the Holding Company “Piece of My Heart” (1968)
43. Pink Floyd “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” (1968)
44. Donovan “Hurdy Gurdy Man” (1968)
45. The Rolling Stones “She’s a Rainbow” (1967)
46. The Balloon Farm “A Question of Temperature” (1968)
47. The Byrds “Mr. Tambourine Man” (1965)
48. The Kinks “Waterloo Sunset” (1967)
49. The Yardbirds “The Shapes of Things” (1966)
50. The Animals “San Franciscan Nights” (1967)

51. Buffalo Springfield “For What It’s Worth” (1966)
52. The Grass Roots “Let’s Live for Today” (1967)
53. The Bubble Puppy “Hot Smoke & Sassafras” (1969)
54. The Young Rascals “Groovin’” (1967)
55. The Beatles “Within You Without You” (1967)
56. Pink Floyd “Echoes” (1971)
57. The Box Tops “The Letter” (1967)
58. Vanilla Fudge “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (1967)
59. Donovan “Sunshine Superman” (1966)
60. Country Joe & the Fish “Grace” (1967)

61. Traffic “Dear Mr. Fantasy” (1967)
62. The Doors “People Are Strange” (1967)
63. Love “The Red Telephone” (1967)
64. Kaleidoscope “Beacon from Mars” (1968)
65. The 13th Floor Elevators “You’re Gonna Miss Me” (1966)
66. The Lemon Pipers “Green Tambourine” (1967)
67. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Third Stone from the Sun” (1967)
68. Traffic “Paper Sun” (1967)
69. Bobbie Gentry “Ode to Billie Joe” (1967)
70. The Rolling Stones “Ruby Tuesday” (1967)

71. The Monkees “Pleasant Valley Sunday” (1967)
72. Pink Floyd “Comfortably Numb” (1979)
73. The Moody Blues “Nights in White Satin” (1967)
74. Pink Floyd “Arnold Layne” (1967)
75. H.P. Lovecraft “At the Mountains of Madness” (1968)
76. The Blues Magoos “We Ain’t Got Nothin’ Yet” (1966)
77. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown “Fire” (1968)
78. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “All Along the Watchtower” (1968)
79. Donovan “Mellow Yellow” (1966)
80. The Yardbirds “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago” (1966)

81. Blue Cheer “Summertime Blues” (1968)
82. Cream “Strange Brew” (1967)
83. The Youngbloods “Get Together” (1967)
84. The 13th Floor Elevators “Roller Coaster” (1966)
85. Country Joe & the Fish “Bass Strings” (1967)
86. The United States of America “Cloud Song” (1968)
87. Donovan “Season of the Witch” (1966)
88. The Beatles “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” (1965)
89. Black Sabbath “Planet Caravan” (1970)
90. Country Joe & the Fish “Section 43” (1967)

91. West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band “Shifting Sands” (1967)
92. The Byrds “Mind Gardens” (1967)
93. The Rolling Stones “We Love You” (1967)
94. Steve Miller Band “In My First Mind” (1968)
95. Tim Buckley “Hallucinations” (1967)
96. The Doors “Break on Through” (1967)
97. Funkadelic “Maggot Brain” (1971)
98. It’s a Beautiful Day “White Bird” (1969)
99. The Doors “When the Music’s Over” (1967)
100. Cream “I Feel Free” (1966)

The Top 100 Classic Rock Songs of All Time

First posted 4/8/2010; updated 6/5/2020.

Classic Rock:

Top 100 Songs, 1964-1981

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 71 best-of lists focused on classic rock songs. See the sources at the bottom of the page.

Note: click here to see other genre-specific song lists.

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)


Resources and Related Links:
  • 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)

Thursday, June 4, 2020

The Top 50 Heavy Metal Songs

First posted 1/24/2018; updated 6/4/2020.

Heavy Metal:

Top 50 Songs

Heavy metal is rooted in the hard rock of the late ‘60s and ‘70s, most often attributed to Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin, who all got their start in England in 1968. Distortion, extended guitar solos, and overall loudness characterized the genre and the lyrics are often stereotyped as having Satanic themes.

However one defines the genre, here are the top 50 heavy metal songs as determined by aggregating 32 best-of lists. After the top 50 songs were determined, they were re-ranked based on overall points in Dave’s Music Database.

Click here to see other genre-specific song lists.

1. Black Sabbath “Paranoid” (1970)
2. Guns N’ Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” (1987)
3. AC/DC “Back in Black” (1980)
4. Deep Purple “Smoke on the Water” (1972)
5. Metallica “Enter Sandman” (1991)
6. Metallica “One” (1988)
7. Kiss “Rock and Roll All Nite” (1975)
8. Guns N’ Roses “Paradise City” (1987)
9. Ozzy Osbourne “Crazy Train” (1980)
10. Black Sabbath “Iron Man” (1970)

11. AC/DC “Highway to Hell” (1979)
12. Scorpions “Rock You Like a Hurricane” (1984)
13. Van Halen “Runnin’ with the Devil” (1978)
14. Motörhead “Ace of Spades” (1980)
15. Metallica “Master of Puppets” (1988)
16. Black Sabbath “War Pigs” (1970)
17. Kiss “Detroit Rock City” (1976)
18. Quiet Riot “Bang Your Head (Metal Health)” (1983)
19. Judas Priest “Breaking the Law” (1980)
20. Judas Priest “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” (1982)

21. Iron Maiden “Run to the Hills” (1982)
22. AC/DC “Hells Bells” (1980)
23. Iron Maiden “Hallowed Be Thy Name” (1982)
24. Whitesnake “Still of the Night” (1987)
25. Iron Maiden “The Number of the Beast” (1982)
26. Black Sabbath “Black Sabbath” (1970)
27. Deep Purple “Highway Star” (1972)
28. Megadeth “Symphony of Destruction” (1992)
29. Dio “Holy Diver” (1983)
30. Iron Maiden “The Trooper” (1983)

31. Dio “Rainbow in the Dark” (1983)
32. Ozzy Osbourne “Mr. Crowley” (1980)
33. Megadeth “Peace Sells” (1986)
34. Metallica “Fade to Black” (1984)
35. Judas Priest “Painkiller” (1990)
36. Pantera “Walk” (1992)
37. Megadeth “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due” (1990)
38. Slayer “Raining Blood” (1986)
39. Megadeth “Hangar 18” (1990)
40. Judas Priest “The Hellion/Electric Eye” (1982)

41. Rainbow “Stargazer” (1976)
42. Black Sabbath “Children of the Grave” (1971)
43. Pantera “Cowboys from Hell” (1990)
44. Metallica “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (1984)
45. Black Sabbath “Heaven and Hell” (1980)
46. Slayer “Angel of Death” (1986)
47. Accept “Balls to the Wall” (1983)
48. Iron Maiden “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (1984)
49. Diamond Head “Am I Evil?” (1980)
50. Iron Maiden “Fear of the Dark” (1992)

The Top 50 Punk Songs of All Time

First posted 3/11/2014; updated 6/3/2020.

Punk:

Top 50 Songs

Punk rock grew out of the garage rock of the ‘60s and the rejection of more commercialized, mainstream rock in the ‘70s. Its creators often embraced a rebellious, confrontational, and anti-establishment ethos which resonated with their disenfranchised listeners. While the movement was short-lasting and reached a limited audience, its influence extended into the alternative rock of the ‘80s and ‘90s, most clearly in the grunge movement.

This list was created by aggregating 29 lists (sources listed below). Click here to see other genre-specific song lists.

1. Blitzkrieg Bop…Ramones (1976)
2. Anarchy in the U.K....Sex Pistols (1976)
3. God Save the Queen…Sex Pistols (1977)
4. London Calling…The Clash (1979)
5. Holiday in Cambodia...Dead Kennedys (1980)
6. Rise Above…Black Flag (1981)
7. Sonic Reducer…Dead Boys (1977)
8. Search and Destroy…The Stooges (1973)
9. I Wanna Be Sedated…Ramones (1978)
10. California Uber Alles…Dead Kennedys (1980)

11. Gloria…Patti Smith (1975)
12. Kick Out the Jams…MC5 (1969)
13. Ever Fallen in Love…Buzzcocks (1978)
14. White Riot…The Clash (1977)
15. Personality Crisis…New York Dolls (1973)
16. Blank Generation…Richard Hell & the Voidoids (1977)
17. Psycho Killer…Talking Heads (1977)
18. 12 X U…Wire (1977)
19. Sheena Is a Punk Rocker…Ramones (1977)
20. New Rose…The Damned (1976)

21. Longview…Green Day (1994)
22. Complete Control…The Clash (1977)
23. I Wanna Be Your Dog…The Stooges (1969)
24. Waiting Room…Fugazi (1989)
25. Welcome to Paradise…Green Day (1994)
26. Pay to Cum…Bad Brains (1980)
27. Institutionalized…Suicidal Tendencies (1983)
28. Chinese Rocks…The Heartbreakers (1977)
29. Where Eagles Dare…The Misfits (1979)
30. Oh Bondage! Up Yours…X-Ray Spex (1977)

31. In the City…The Jam (1977)
32. Alternative Ulster…Stiff Little Fingers (1978)
33. Orgasm Addict…Buzzcocks (1977)
34. American Jesus…Bad Religion (1993)
35. I Against I…Bad Brains (1986)
36. American Idiot…Green Day (2004)
37. Straight Edge…Minor Threat (1981)
38. White Man in Hammersmith Palais…The Clash (1978)
39. Bastards of Young…The Replacements (1985)
40. Celebrated Summer…Husker Du (1985)

41. Ruby Soho…Rancid (1995)
42. Johnny Hit and Run Paulene…X (1980)
43. Banned in D.C….Bad Brains (1982)
44. X-Offender…Blondie (1976)
45. Roadrunner…The Modern Lovers (1975)
46. Basket Case…Green Day (1994)
47. Radio, Radio…Elvis Costello (1978)
48. Nazi Punks Fuck Off…Dead Kennedys (1981)
49. See No Evil…Television (1977)
50. TV Party…Black Flag (1981)


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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Top 100 Songs by Hair Bands

First posted 1/23/2018; updated 6/3/2020.

Hair Bands:

Top 100 Songs

Ah, the hair bands. This much-maligned genre was a mix of rock and pop wrapped up in big hair and leather pants. The bands – almost all white men – were known for lifestyles filled with debauchery and depravity. It was no wonder teens in the ‘80s flocked to the bands like moths to a flame.

Regardless of these bands' lack of critical acclaim, some of these bands (Bon Jovi, Def Leppard) when on to become some of the biggest rock bands in the world – even after they cut their hair and opted for more sensible jeans. Here – love ‘em or hate ‘em – are the top songs from hair bands as determined by aggregating 21 lists and then ranking those songs featured on 3 or more lists in order of their overall DMDB points.

Note: click here to see other genre-specific song lists.

1. Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (1987)
2. Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer” (1986)
3. Van Halen “Jump” (1984)
4. Guns N’ Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” (1987)
5. Def Leppard “Pour Some Sugar on Me” (1987)
6. Guns N’ Roses “November Rain” (1991)
7. Poison “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” (1988)
8. Whitesnake “Here I Go Again” (1987)
9. Kiss “Rock and Roll All Nite” (1975)
10. Guns N’ Roses “Paradise City” (1987)

11. Bon Jovi “You Give Love a Bad Name” (1986)
12. Def Leppard “Photograph” (1983)
13. Europe “The Final Countdown” (1986)
14. Twisted Sister “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (1984)
15. Scorpions “Rock You Like a Hurricane” (1984)
16. Ratt “Round and Round” (1984)
17. Quiet Riot “Cum on Feel the Noize” (1983)
18. Van Halen “Runnin’ with the Devil” (1978)
19. Extreme “More Than Words” (1990)
20. Bon Jovi “Wanted Dead or Alive” (1986)

21. Whitesnake “Is This Love” (1987)
22. Def Leppard “Love Bites” (1987)
23. Mr. Big “To Be with You” (1991)
24. Night Ranger “Sister Christian” (1984)
25. Def Leppard “Rock of Ages” (1983)
26. The Scorpions “No One Like You” (1982)
27. Guns N’ Roses “Patience” (1988)
28. Quiet Riot “Metal Health (Bang Your Head)” (1983)
29. Mötley Crüe “Home Sweet Home” (1985)
30. Skid Row “I Remember You” (1989)

31. Kiss “Detroit Rock City” (1976)
32. Tesla “Love Song” (1989)
33. Mötley Crüe “Girls, Girls, Girls” (1987)
34. Van Halen “Panama” (1984)
35. Warrant “Cherry Pie” (1990)
36. Mötley Crüe “Dr. Feelgood” (1989)
37. Skid Row “18 and Life” (1989)
38. Warrant “Heaven” (1988)
39. Poison “Nothin’ But a Good Time” (1988)
40. Whitesnake “Still of the Night” (1987)

41. Cinderella…Don’t Know What You Got ‘Til It’s Gone (1988)
42. The Scorpions “Still Loving You” (1984)
43. Poison “Talk Dirty to Me” (1986)
44. Mötley Crüe “Kickstart My Heart” (1989)
45. Def Leppard “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak” (1981)
46. Alice Cooper “Poison” (1989)
47. Lita Ford “Kiss Me Deadly” (1988)
48. Queensrÿche “Silent Lucidity” (1990)
49. Lita Ford with Ozzy Osbourne “Close My Eyes Forever” (1988)
50. Bon Jovi “Bad Medicine” (1988)

51. Bon Jovi “Runaway” (1983)
52. Autograph…Turn Up the Radio (1984)
53. Great White “Once Bitten Twice Shy” (1989)
54. Cinderella “Nobody’s Fool” (1986)
55. Twisted Rock “I Wanna Rock” (1984)
56. Kiss “Lick It Up” (1983)
57. Mötley Crüe “Shout at the Devil” (1983)
58. White Lion “When the Children Cry” (1987)
59. White Lion “Wait” (1987)
60. Skid Row “Youth Gone Wild” (1989)

61. Def Leppard “Foolin’” (1983)
62. Van Halen “Hot for Teacher” (1984)
63. Poison “Something to Believe In” (1990)
64. Poison “Fallen Angel” (1988)
65. Damn Yankees “High Enough” (1990)
66. Ozzy Osbourne “Shot in the Dark” (1986)
67. Dokken “In My Dreams” (1985)
68. Winger “Seventeen” (1988)
69. Slaughter “Fly to the Angels” (1990)
70. Kix “Don’t Close Your Eyes” (1988)

71. Ugly Kid Joe “Cat’s in the Cradle” (1992)
72. Cinderella “Gypsy Road” (1988)
73. David Lee Roth “Yankee Rose” (1986)
74. Cinderella “Shake Me” (1986)
75. Tesla “Signs” (live, 1990)
76. Dokken “Alone Again” (1984)
77. Kiss “Heaven’s on Fire” (1984)
78. Van Halen “I’ll Wait” (1984)
79. L.A. Guns “The Ballad of Jayne” (1989)
80. Firehouse “Love of a Lifetime” (1991)

81. Mötley Crüe “Without You” (1989)
82. Slaughter “Up All Night” (1990)
83. Winger “Miles Away” (1990)
84. Winger “Headed for a Heartbreak” (1988)
85. Warrant “Down Boys” (1988)
86. Great White “Rock Me” (1987)
87. Kiss “Tears Are Falling” (1985)
88. Ratt “You’re in Love” (1985)
89. Mötley Crüe “Looks That Kill” (1983)
90. Firehouse “Don’t Treat Me Bad” (1991)

91. Guns N’ Roses “Nightrain’ (1987)
92. Vixen “Edge of a Broken Heart” (1988)
93. Mötley Crüe “Too Young to Fall in Love” (1983)
94. Cinderella “Coming Home” (1988)
95. Warrant “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” (1990)
96. Mötley Crüe “Live Wire” (1981)
97. Faster Pussycat “House of Pain” (1989)
98. Ratt “Lay It Down” (1985)
99. Trixter “Give It to Me Good” (1990)
100. Mötley Crüe “Wild Side” (1987)

Top 100 Power Ballads

First posted 6/3/2020.

Power Ballads:

Top 100 Songs

Classic rock came about in the 1970s, built on the backs of staples from the ‘60s like Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Who. Newer acts like Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Rush, and Boston were added to the fold to create a radio format which still maintains presences in major U.S. markets.

As rock became more commercialized, some acts like Foreigner, Journey, REO Speedwagon, and Styx were mocked as “corporate rock” for their more pop-friendly songs. One of the trends was for such bands was to produce “power ballads,” which were slower-tempo songs which fit well into adult contemporary radio and attracted female fans in addition to the more male-oriented fans which dominated classic rock. As the ‘80s wore on, the trend extended to more glammed-up “hair bands” (Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Poison, Mötley Crüe) also crooning about love and finding huge success.

This list of the top power ballads of all time was created by aggregating more than 25 best-of lists. Click here to see other genre and category specific song lists.

1. Poison “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” (1989)
2. Foreigner “I Want to Know What Love Is” (1984)
3. Heart “Alone” (1987)
4. Whitesnake “Is This Love?” (1987)
5. Guns N’ Roses “November Rain” (1991)
6. Skid Row “I Remember You” (1989)
7. Night Ranger “Sister Christian” (1984)
8. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (1998)
9. Bonnie Tyler “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (1983)
10. Cinderella “Don’t Know What You Got ‘Til It’s Gone” (1988)

11. Def Leppard “Love Bites” (1987)
12. Meat Loaf “I’d Do Anything for Love But I Won’t Do That” (1993)
13. Warrant “Heaven” (1989)
14. REO Speedwagon “Keep on Loving You” (1980)
15. Bon Jovi “Always” (1994)
16. Journey “Open Arms” (1981)
17. Mötley Crüe “Home Sweet Home” (1985)
18. Journey “Faithfully” (1983)
19. Bad English “When I See You Smile” (1989)
20. Cutting Crew “I Just Died in Your Arms” (1987)

21. Tesla “Love Song” (1989)
22. Cheap Trick “The Flame” (1988)
23. Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’” (1981)
24. Prince & the Revolution “Purple Rain” (1984)
25. Aerosmith “Dream On” (1973)
26. The Cars “Drive” (1984)
27. The Scorpions “Wind of Change” (1990)
28. Bon Jovi “I’ll Be There for You” (1988)
29. REO Speedwagon “Can’t Fight This Feeling” (1984)
30. Whitesnake “Here I Go Again” (1987)

31. U2 “With Or Without You” (1987)
32. Queensrÿche “Silent Lucidity” (1990)
33. Mr. Mister “Broken Wings” (1985)
34. Starship “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” (1987)
35. Nazareth “Love Hurts” (1975)
36. The Scorpions “Still Loving You” (1984)
37. Bryan Adams “Heaven” (1984)
38. Boston “Amanda” (1986)
39. John Waite “Missing You” (1984)
40. Boston “More Than a Feeling” (1976)

41. Bon Jovi “Never Say Goodbye” (1986)
42. Guns N’ Roses “Patience” (1988)
43. Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (1991)
44. Foreigner “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (1981)
45. Chicago “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” (1982)
46. Kiss “Beth” (1976)
47. Alias “More Than Words Can Say” (1990)
48. Metallica “Nothing Else Matters” (1991)
49. Harry Nisson “Without You” (1971)
50. Phil Collins “Against All Odds” (1984)

51. Eric Carmen “All by Myself” (1975)
52. Lita Ford with Ozzy Osbourne “Close My Eyes Forever” (1988)
53. Aerosmith “Angel” (1988)
54. Goo Goo Dolls “Iris” (1998)
55. Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” (1971)
56. The Beatles “Something” (1969)
57. John Farnham “You’re The Voice” (1986)
58. Bangles “Eternal Flame” (1988)
59. Alannah Myles “Black Velvet” (1989)
60. Thunder “Love Walked In” (1990)

61. T’Pau “China in Your Hand” (1987)
62. Alice Cooper “Poison” (1989)
63. Nickelback “How You Remind Me” (2001)
64. Slaughter “Fly to the Angels” (1990)
65. Aerosmith “What It Takes” (1989)
66. Styx “Lady” (1973)
67. Europe “Carrie” (1986)
68. Sinéad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990)
69. Chad Kroeger with Josey Scott “Hero” (2002)
70. Heart “These Dreams” (1986)

71. Mr. Big “To Be with You” (1991)
72. Def Leppard “Hysteria” (1987)
73. Roxette “It Must Have Been Love” (1990)
74. Poison “Something to Believe In” (1990)
75. Loverboy “Heaven in Your Eyes” (1986)
76. Roxette “Listen to Your Heart” (1989)
77. L.A. Guns “The Ballad of Jayne” (1990)
78. Van Halen “When It’s Love” (1988)
79. White Lion “When the Children Cry” (1987)
80. The Beatles “Let It Be” (1970)

81. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Under the Bridge” (1991)
82. Chicago “You’re the Inspiration” (1984)
83. Pink Floyd “Wish You Were Here” (1975)
84. Maria McKee “Show Me Heaven” (1990)
85. Metallica “The Unforgiven” (1991)
86. The Rolling Stones “Angie” (1973)
87. The Beatles “Yesterday” (1965)
88. The Rolling Stones “Wild Horses” (1971)
89. Eric Clapton “Tears in Heaven” (1992)
90. Def Leppard “When Love and Hate Collide” (1995)

91. Damn Yankees “High Enough” (1990)
92. Pearl Jam “Black” (1991)
93. Kansas “Dust in the Wind” (1978)
94. Tina Turner “We Don’t Need Another Hero” (1985)
95. Extreme “More Than Words” (1990)
96. Styx “Babe” (1979)
97. Van Halen “Love Walks In” (1986)
98. Eric Clapton “Wonderful Tonight” (1977)
99. Billy Idol “Eyes Without a Face” (1984)
100. Berlin “Take My Breath Away” (1986)

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Top 100 Party Songs

First posted 11/12/2018; updated 6/2/2020.

Party Songs:

Top 100

This list was compiled by aggregating more than 50 lists focused on “party songs.”

Note: click here to see other genre-specific song lists.

1. Village People “Y.M.C.A.” (1978)
2. Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” (1995)
3. The B-52’s “Love Shack” (1989)
4. Kool & the Gang “Celebration” (1980)
5. Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (1983)
6. DJ Casper (aka “Mr. C the Slide Man) “Cha Cha Slide” (2004)
7. OutKast “Hey Ya!” (2003)
8. Abba “Dancing Queen” (1976)
9. The Beatles “Twist and Shout” (1963)
10. Beyoncé “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” (2008)

11. Van Morrison “Brown-Eyed Girl” (1967)
12. Sister Sledge “We Are Family” (1979)
13. Rednex “Cotton Eye Joe” (1994)
14. Kenny Loggins “Footloose” (1984)
15. Neil Diamond “Sweet Caroline” (1969)
16. Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’” (1981)
17. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)
18. AC/DC “You Shook Me All Night Long” (1980)
19. Sir Mix-A-Lot “Baby Got Back” (1992)
20. Justin Timberlake “Sexyback” (2006)

21. Marcia Griffiths “Electric Slide (Electric Boogie)” (1990)
22. Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” (1977)
23. House of Pain “Jump Around” (1992)
24. Chubby Checker “The Twist” (1960)
25. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1982)
26. Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer” (1986)
27. Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!” (2004)
28. Sorta Crackers Band/The Emeralds “Chicken Dance” (1982)
29. LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem” (2011)
30. The Isley Brothers “Shout (Parts 1 and 2)” (1959)

31. Whitney Houston “I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me” (1987)
32. Michael Jackson “Thriller” (1982)
33. Pink “Get the Party Started” (2001)
34. Def Leppard “Pour Some Sugar on Me” (1987)
35. Lynyrd Skynyrd “Sweet Home Alabama” (1974)
36. Commodores “Brick House” (1977)
37. Nelly “Hot in Herre” (2002)
38. Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band “Old Time Rock and Roll” (1978)
39. Wild Cherry “Play That Funky Music” (1976)
40. The Romantics “What I Like About You” (1980)

41. Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” (2009)
42. Prince “1999” (1982)
43. Salt-N-Pepa “Push It” (1987)
44. 50 Cent “In Da Club” (2002)
45. Brooks & Dunn “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” (1991)
46. Cupid “Cupid Shuffle” (2007)
47. Garth Brooks “Friends in Low Places” (1990)
48. Pharrell Williams “Happy” (2013)
49. Vanilla Ice “Ice Ice Baby” (1990)
50. The Foundations “Build Me Up Buttercup” (1968)

51. Montell Jordan “This Is How We Do It” (1995)
52. Psy “Gangnam Style” (2012)
53. Flo Rida with T-Pain “Low” (2007)
54. MC Hammer “U Can’t Touch This” (1990)
55. Rick Springfield “Jessie’s Girl” (1981)
56. The Temptations “My Girl” (1965)
57. Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” (2013)
58. Beyoncé with Jay-Z…Crazy in Love (2003)
59. Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Come on Eileen” (1982)
60. Ke$ha…Tik Tok (2009)

61. Young M.C. “Bust a Move” (1989)
62. Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (1987)
63. Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta “You’re the One That I Want” (1978)/ “Grease Megamix” (1990)
64. Michael Jackson “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (1979)
65. Rick James “Super Freak” (1981)
66. Lady Gaga with Colby O’Donis “Just Dance” (2008)
67. Miami Sound Machine “Conga” (1985)
68. Earth, Wind & Fire “September” (1978)
69. Black Eyed Peas “Let’s Get It Started” (2003)
70. Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (1978)

71. California Swag District “Teach Me How to Dougie” (2010)
72. Usher with Pitbull “DJ Got Us Falling in Love” (2010)
73. Marc Ronson & Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” (2014)
74. Deee-Lite “Groove Is in the Heart” (1990)
75. Taylor Swift…Shake It Off (2014)
76. Miley Cyrus “Party in the U.S.A.” (2009)
77. Billy Idol “Mony Mony (live)” (1987)
78. Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams “Get Lucky” (2013)
79. C + C Music Factory “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” (1990)
80. Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe” (2011)

81. Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera “Moves Like Jagger” (2011)
82. Big & Rich “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” (2004)
83. Michael Jackson “Beat It” (1983)
84. Kanye West with Jamie Foxx “Gold Digger” (2005)
85. The Jackson 5 “ABC” (1970)
86. V.I.C. “Wobble” (2008)
87. Ray Anthony “Hokey Pokey” (1953)
88. Elvis Presley “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (1961)
89. Lonestar “Amazed” 1999)
90. Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull “On the Floor” (2011)

91. Billy Medley with Jennifer Warnes “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” (1987)
92. Prince “Kiss” (1986)
93. David Bowie “Let’s Dance” (1983)
94. Lou Bega “Mambo No. 5” (1999)
95. Spice Girls “Wannabe” (1996)
96. Martha & the Vandellas “Dancing in the Street” (1964)
97. Rihanna with Calvin Harris “We Found Love” (2011)
98. Wham! “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” (1984)
99. LMFAO “Sexy and I Know It” (2011)
100. Silentó “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” (2015)

The Top 100 Disco Songs of All Time

First posted 6/18/2015; updated 6/2/2020.

Disco:

Top 100 Songs

Disco is one of the most-aligned musical genres, ridiculed for its robotic music and simplistic lyrics. However, those who rip on it for being light, trivial music miss the point: that’s what it was designed to be. It was supposed to be fun, party music and wasn’t created with the idea of standing the test of time. However, these songs exemplify how, like it or not, some of these songs have endured.

This list was created by aggregating 40 lists and compilation albums focused on disco. See sources at the bottom of the page.

Note: click here to see other genre-specific song lists.

1. Chic “Le Freak” (1978)
2. The Trammps “Disco Inferno” (1977)
3. Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (1978)
4. Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” (1977)
5. Lipps Inc. “Funkytown” (1980)
6. Donna Summer “I Feel Love” (1977)
7. Thelma Houston “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (1976)
8. Rose Royce “Car Wash” (1976)
9. Donna Summer “Last Dance” (1978)
10. Donna Summer “Hot Stuff” (1979)

11. Village People “Y.M.C.A.” (1978)
12. KC & the Sunshine Band “That’s the Way I Like It” (1975)
13. Bee Gees “You Should Be Dancing” (1976)
14. Chic “Good Times” (1979)
15. KC & the Sunshine Band “Get Down Tonight” (1975)
16. A Taste of Honey “Boogie Oogie Oogie” (1978)
17. McFadden & Whitehead “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” (1979)
18. Bee Gees “Night Fever” (1977)
19. Vicki Sue Robinson “Turn the Beat Around” (1976)
20. Michael Jackson “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (1979)

21. Abba “Dancing Queen” (1976)
22. Van McCoy “The Hustle” (1975)
23. Sister Sledge “We Are Family” (1979)
24. Wild Cherry “Play That Funky Music” (1976)
25. Kool & the Gang “Celebration” (1980)
26. Alicia Bridges “I Love the Nightlife (Disco ‘Round)” (1978)
27. Earth, Wind & Fire “September” (1978)
28. Evelyn “Champagne” King “Shame” (1978)
29. Anita Ward “Ring My Bell” (1979)
30. Earth, Wind & Fire with the Emotions “Boogie Wonderland” (1979)

31. The Weather Girls “It’s Raining Men” (1982)
32. Heatwave “Boogie Nights” (1977)
33. Diana Ross “Love Hangover” (1976)
34. Cheryl Lynn “Got to Be Real” (1978)
35. Patrick Hernandez “Born to Be Alive” (1979)
36. Amii Stewart “Knock on Wood” (1979)
37. Kool & the Gang “Ladies’ Night” (1979)
38. Commodores “Brick House” (1977)
39. Peaches & Herb “Shake Your Groove Thing” (1978)
40. Sylvester “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” (1978)

41. Yvonne Elliman “If I Can’t Have You” (1977)
42. LaBelle “Lady Marmalade” (1974)
43. Blondie “Heart of Glass” (1978)
44. Donna Summer “Bad Girls” (1979)
45. Diana Ross “Upside Down” (1980)
46. Earth, Wind & Fire “Let’s Groove” (1981)
47. Andrea True Connection “More, More, More” (1976)
48. George McCrae “Rock Your Baby” (1974)
49. The Emotions “Best of My Love” (1977)
50. The Hues Corporation “Rock the Boat” (1974)

51. Village People “Macho Man” (1978)
52. The Jacksons “Shake Your Body Down to the Ground” (1979)
53. Rod Stewart “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” (1978)
54. The O’Jays “Love Train” (1973) 55. Barry White “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” (1974)
56. Candi Staton “Young Hearts Run Free” (1976)
57. Marvin Gaye “Got to Give It Up” (1977)
58. Sister Sledge “He’s the Greatest Dancer” (1979)
59. Michael Jackson “Rock with You” (1979)
60. The Rolling Stones “Miss You” (1978)

61. The Sugarhill Gang “Rapper’s Delight” (1979)
62. The O’Jays “I Love Music” (1975)
63. Barry White “You’re My First, My Last, My Everything” (1974)
64. The S.O.S. Band “Take Your Time, Do It Right” (1980)
65. Rick James “Super Freak” (1981)
66. Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes “The Love I Lost” (1972)
67. Gloria Gaynor “Never Can Say Goodbye” (1974)
68. Donna Summer “Love to Love You Baby” (1975)
69. Diana Ross “I’m Coming Out” (1980)
70. Tavares “Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel” (1976)

71. MFSB with the Three Degrees “T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia)” (1974)
72. KC & the Sunshine Band “Shake Shake Shake Your Body” (1976)
73. Meco “Star Wars Theme” (1977)
74. Tavares “More Than a Woman” (1977)
75. Silver Convention “Fly Robin Fly” (1975)
76. Kool & the Gang “Get Down on It” (1982)
77. GQ “Disco Nights (Rock Freak)” (1979)
78. Kool & the Gang “Jungle Boogie” (1973)
79. Odyssey “Native New Yorker” (1977)
80. Love Unlimited Orchestra “Love’s Theme” (1973)

81. Silver Convention “Get Up and Boogie (That’s Right)” (1976)
82. Brothers Johnson “Stomp!” (1980)
83. Donna Summer “MacArthur Park” (1978)
84. Heatwave “The Groove Line” (1978)
85. The Miracles “Love Machine” (1975)
86. Foxy “Get Off” (1978)
87. Johnnie Taylor “Disco Lady” (1976)
88. Queen “Another One Bites the Dust’ (1980)
89. Earth, Wind & Fire “Shining Star” (1975)
90. Ohio Players “Love Rollercoaster” (1976)

91. Rufus & Chaka Khan “Ain’t Nobody” (1983)
92. MFSB “Love Is the Message” (1973)
93. Lou Rawls “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” (1976)
94. Chaka Khan “I’m Every Woman” (1978)
95. Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes “Bad Luck” (1975)
96. Carl Douglas “Kung Fu Fighting” (1974)
97. The Whispers “And the Beat Goes On” (1980)
98. Bee Gees “Jive Talkin’” (1975)
99. Village People “In the Navy” (1979)
100. Andy Gibb “Shadow Dancing” (1978)


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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Britpop: Top 50 Songs

First posted 4/10/2013; updated 5/31/2020.

Britpop:

Top 50 Songs

This list was compiled by aggregating 29 lists (sources at the bottom of the page). Those songs which made 3 or more lists were then ranked based on their overall status in Dave’s Music Database.

Note: click here to see other genre-specific song lists.

1. Oasis “Wonderwall” (1995)
2. The Verve “Bittersweet Symphony” (1997)
3. Oasis “Live Forever” (1994)
4. Pulp “Common People” (1995)
5. Blur “Song 2” (1997)
6. Oasis “Don’t Look Back in Anger” (1995)
7. The La’s “There She Goes” (1990)
8. Oasis “Champagne Supernova” (1996)
9. Blur “Girls and Boys” (1994)
10. Underworld “Born Slippy” (1995)

11. Manic Street Preachers “A Design for Life” (1996)
12. The Verve “The Drugs Don’t Work” (1997)
13. Elastica “Connection” (1994)
14. Blur “Parklife” (1994)
15. Cornershop “Brimful of Asha” (1997)
16. Edwyn Collins “A Girl Like You” (1995)
17. Coldplay “Trouble” (2000)
18. Stone Roses “I Am the Resurrection” (1989)
19. Oasis “Supersonic” (1994)
20. Oasis “Whatever” (1994)

21. Manic Street Preachers “If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next” (1998)
22. Oasis “D’You Know What I Mean?” (1997)
23. Oasis “Cigarettes and Alcohol” (1994)
24. Stone Roses “Love Spreads” (1994)
25. Blur “There’s No Other Way” (1991)
26. Supergrass “Alright” (1995)
27. The Verve “Lucky Man” (1997)
28. Oasis “Some Might Say” (1995)
29. Blur “Country House” (1995)
30. Radiohead “Just” (1995)

31. Blur “This Is a Low” (1995)
32. Blur “Beetlebum” (1997)
33. Suede “Animal Nitrate” (1993)
34. The Verve “Sonnet” (1998)
35. James “Laid” (1993)
36. Oasis “Roll with It” (1995)
37. Placebo “Nancy Boy” (1997)
38. Suede “The Drowners” (1992)
39. Lush “Ladykillers” (1996)
40. Ocean Colour Scene “The Riverboat Song” (1996)

41. The Verve “History” (1995)
42. Mansun “Wide Open Space” (1996)
43. Ocean Colour Scene “The Day We Caught the Train” (1996)
44. Blur “The Universal” (1995)
45. Oasis “Shakermaker” (1994)
46. Pulp “Babies” (1992)
47. The Lightning Seeds “The Life of Riley” (1992)
48. Space “Female of the Species” (1996)
49. The Bluetones “Slight Return” (1996)
50. Blur “Chemical World” (1993)


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Top 100 Blues Songs of All Time

First posted 8/19/2015; updated 5/31/2020.

Blues:

Top 100 Songs

This list was compiled by aggregating 38 lists focused on blues songs. In most cases, only one version of a song is listed below. Exceptions include Robert Johnson’s “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” and its even more iconic cover by Elmore James as well as Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads” and its classic-rock cover by Cream.

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1. Muddy Waters “Mannish Boy” (1955)
2. B.B. King “The Thrill Is Gone” (1969)
3. John Lee Hooker “Boom Boom” (1962)
4. Albert King “Born Under a Bad Sign” (1967)
5. Muddy Waters “Hoochie Coochie Man” (1954)
6. Howlin’ Wolf “Smokestack Lightnin’” (1956)
7. John Lee Hooker “Boogie Chillen” (1948)
8. Robert Johnson “Hellhound on My Trail” (1937)
9. Elmore James “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” (1952)
10. T-Bone Walker “Call It Stormy Monday” (1948)

11. Robert Johnson “Sweet Home Chicago” (1936)
12. Elmore James “The Sky Is Crying” (1960)
13. Robert Johnson “Crossroads (aka ‘Cross Road Blues’)” (1936)
14. Little Walter “Juke” (1952)
15. Big Joe Williams “Baby Please Don’t Go” (1941)
16. Otis Rush “I Can’t Quit You Baby” (1956)
17. Sonny Boy Williamson #1 “Good Morning Little School” (1937)
18. Howlin’ Wolf “How Many More Years” (1951)
19. Muddy Waters “Got My Mojo Working” (1956)
20. Bessie Smith “Nobody Knows You When’ You’re Down and Out” (1929)

21. Big Bill Broonzy “Key to the Highway” (1941)
22. Elmore James “Shake Your Moneymaker” (1961)
23. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Red House” (1967)
24. Magic Same “All Your Love” (1957)
25. Guitar Slim “The Things That I Used to Do” (1954)
26. Little Walter “My Babe” (1955)
27. Slim Harpo “I’m a King Bee” (1957)
28. Junior Wells with Buddy Guy “Messin’ with the Kid” (1970)
29. Robert Petway “Catfish Blues” (1941)
30. Robert Johnson “Love in Vain” (1937)

31. Son House “Death Letter Blues” (1930)
32. Roosevelt Sykes “Forty Four Blues” (1929)
33. Robert Johnson “Come on in My Kitchen” (1937)
34. Lowell Fulson “Reconsider Baby” (1954)
35. Blind Willie McTell “Statesboro Blues” (1927)
36. Muddy Waters “I Can’t Be Satisfied” (1948)
37. Freddie King “I’m Tore Down” (1961)
38. Buddy Guy “Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues” (1991)
39. Clarence “Pinetop” Smith “Pine Top’s Boogie Woogie” (1929)
40. Muddy Waters “Rollin’ Stone” (1950)

41. Big Mama Thornton “Ball and Chain” (1968)
42. Canned Heat “On the Road Again” (1968)
43. Blind Lemon Jefferson “Black Snake Moan” (1927)
44. B.B. King “Every Day I Have the Blues” (1955)
45. Robert Johnson “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” (1936)
46. Howlin’ Wolf “Spoonful” (1960)
47. Freddie King “Hideaway” (1961)
48. Gary Moore “Still Got the Blues” (1990)
49. Howlin’ Wolf “The Killing Floor” (1964)
50. Koko Taylor “Wang Dang Doodle” (1965)

51. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble “Pride and Joy” (1983)
52. Robert Johnson “Me and the Devil Blues” (1937)
53. Bo Diddley “I’m a Man” (1955)
54. Leroy Carr with Scrapper Blackwell “How Long, How Long Blues” (1928)
55. Howlin’ Wolf “The Little Red Rooster” (1961)
56. Mamie Smith “Crazy Blues” (1920)
57. John Lee Hooker “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” (1966)
58. Muddy Waters “I Just Want to Make Love to You” (1954)
59. Etta James “At Last” (1961)
60. Louis Jordan “Let the Good Times Roll” (1946)

61. Charley Patton “Pony Blues” (1929)
62. Bobby “Blue” Bland “Further on Up the Road” (1957)
63. Big Joe Williams “Highway 49” (1935)
64. B.B. King “Three O’Clock Blues” (1951)
65. Robert Johnson “Stop Breakin’ Down” (1937)
66. Cream “Crossroads” (live, 1969)
67. W.C. Handy “Memphis Blues” (1912)
68. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble “Texas Flood” (1983)
69. Albert Collins “If Trouble Was Money” (live, 1984)
70. Willie Dixon “I Ain’t Superstitious” (1970)

71. Big Mama Thornton “Hound Dog” (1953)
72. Eddie Boyd “Five Long Years” (1952)
73. Skip James “Devil Got My Woman” (1931)
74. Jimmy Reed “Big Boss Man” (1960)
75. The Mississippi Sheiks “Sitting on Top of the World” (1930)
76. Etta James “I’d Rather Go Blind” (1968)
77. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band “Born in Chicago” (1965)
78. Clarence Carter “Slip Away” (1968)
79. Louis Jordan “I Know What You’re Putting Down” (1946)
80. John Lee Hooker “I’m in the Mood” (1951)

81. Sonny Boy Williamson II “Help Me” (1963)
82. T-Bone Walker “Mean Old World” (1942)
83. Fleetwood Mac “Black Magic Woman” (1968)
84. Ma Rainey “See See Rider Blues” (1925)
85. Sonny Boy Williamson II “Eyesight to the Blind” (1951)
86. Willie Dixon “Back Door Man” (1970)
87. Blind Willie Johnson “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” (1927)
88. Robert Johnson “Travelling Riverside Blues” (1937)
89. Hound Dog Taylor “Give Me Back My Wig” (1971)
90. Canned Heat “Goin’ Up the Country” (1968)

91. Elmore James “It Hurts Me Too” (1965)
92. Blind Lemon Jefferson “Matchbox Blues” (1927)
93. Son House “Preachin’ Blues” (1930)
94. Tampa Red with Georgia Tom “It’s Tight Like That” (1928)
95. B.B. King “How Blue Can You Get?” (1963)
96. Elmore James “One Way Out” (1961)
97. Roy Brown “Hard Luck Blues” (1950)
98. Muddy Waters “You Shooke Me” (1962)
99. Wilson Pickett “Mustang Sally” (1966)
100. Memphis Slim “Messin’ Around” (1948)

The Top 100 New Wave/College Rock Songs

First posted 6/9/2017; updated 5/30/2020.

New Wave/College Rock:

Top 100 Songs

New wave was a synth-driven musical genre in the 1980s helmed by bands like New Order, Depeche Mode, and the Cure. College radio stations helped give an audience to that music as well as more guitar-focused bands like U2 and R.E.M. While often gathered under the banner of “alternative rock,” a significant number of bands which started on the fringe had, by decade’s end become the mainstream.

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1. New Order “Blue Monday” (1983)
2. Soft Cell “Tainted Love” (1981)
3. The Human League “Don’t You Want Me?” (1981)
4. Modern English “I Melt with You” (1983)
5. The Cure “Just Like Heaven” (1987)
6. Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (1980)
7. Depeche Mode “People Are People” (1984)
8. Dead or Alive “You Spin Me Round Like a Record” (1985)
9. Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Relax” (1983)
10. Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Come on Eileen” (1982)

11. Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This” (1982)
12. Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls” (1986)
13. Devo “Whip It” (1980)
14. Gary Numan “Cars” (1979)
15. Depeche Mode “Just Can’t Get Enough” (1981)
16. Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime” (1981)
17. A-ha “Take on Me” (1984)
18. Madness “Our House” (1982)
19. A Flock of Seagulls “I Ran” (1982)
20. Tears for Fears “Shout” (1984)

21. The Smiths “How Soon Is Now?” (1984)
22. The B-52’s “Rock Lobster” (1979)
23. Duran Duran “Hungry Like the Wolf” (1982)
24. Simple Minds “Don’t You Forget About Me” (1985)
25. Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star” (1981)
26. Violent Femmes “Blister in the Sun” (1983)
27. Talk Talk “It’s My Life” (1984)
28. Tears for Fears “Mad World” (1982)
29. The Vapors “Turning Japanese” (1980)
30. Yazoo “Don’t Go” (1982)

31. After the Fire “Der Kommissar” (1983)
32. Big Country “In a Big Country” (1983)
33. R.E.M. “Radio Free Europe” (1983)
34. Men Without Hats “The Safety Dance” (1983)
35. Tom Tom Club “Genius of Love” (1981)
36. Psychedelic Furs “Pretty in Pink” (1981)
37. Tears for Fears “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (1985)
38. Naked Eyes “Always Something There to Remind Me” (1983)
39. Bow Wow Wow “I Want Candy” (1982)
40. Billy Idol “White Wedding” (1982)

41. The Church “Under the Milky Way” (1988)
42. The Pixies “Here Comes Your Man” (1989)
43. New Order “Bizarre Love Triangle” (1986)
44. INXS “Don’t Change” (1982)
45. Talking Heads “Burning Down the House” (1983)
46. Icicle Works “Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream)” (1984)
47. Romeo Void “Never Say Never” (1982)
48. New Order “True Faith” (1987)
49. Thomas Dolby “She Blinded Me with Science” (1982)
50. Echo & the Bunnymen “Lips Like Sugar” (1987)

51. Spandau Ballet “True” (1983)
52. Haircut One Hundred “Love Plus One” (1982)
53. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark “Enola Gay” (1980)
54. Peter Schilling “Major Tom (Coming Home)” (1983)
55. Duran Duran “Girls on Film” (1981)
56. Animotion “Obsession” (1985)
57. Squeeze “Tempted” (1981)
58. Midnight Oil “Beds Are Burning” (1987)
59. Echo & the Bunnymen “The Killing Moon” (1984)
60. The Clash “Rock the Casbah” (1982)

61. Wall of Voodoo “Mexican Radio” (1983)
62. When in Rome “The Promise” (1989)
63. Billy Idol “Dancing with Myself” (1981)
64. Men at Work “Down Under” (1981)
65. Split Enz “I Got You” (1980)
66. The Cure “Close to Me” (1985)
67. Missing Persons “Destination Unknown” (1982)
68. ABC “The Look of Love” (1982)
69. The Fixx “One Thing Leads to Another” (1983)
70. Wang Chung “Dance Hall Days” (1984)

71. Culture Club “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” (1982)
72. Oingo Boingo “Dead Man’s Party” (1985)
73. Berlin “The Metro” (1983)
74. The Knack “My Sharona” (1979)
75. The Go-Go’s “We Got the Beat” (1981)
76. Kajagoogoo “Too Shy” (1983)
77. General Public “Tenderness” (1984)
78. XTC “Dear God” (1986)
79. Sonic Youth “Teenage Riot” (1988)
80. The Plimsouls “A Million Miles Away” (1982)

81. Love & Rockets “So Alive” (1989)
82. The Clash “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” (1982)
83. Adam Ant “Goody Two Shoes” (1982)
84. Kate Bush “Running Up That Hill” (1985)
85. The Boomtown Rats “I Don’t Like Mondays” (1979)
86. Erasure “A Little Respect” (1988)
87. Talking Heads “Psycho Killer” (1977)
88. Yazoo “Situation” (1982)
89. Erasure “Oh L’Amour” (1986)
90. Psychedelic Furs “Love My Way” (1982)

91. Blondie “Heart of Glass” (1979)
92. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
93. The English Beat “Mirror in the Bathroom” (1980)
94. Berlin “Sex (I’m A…)” (1983)
95. Thompson Twins “Hold Me Now” (1983)
96. Kim Wilde “Kids in America” (1981)
97. David Bowie “Let’s Dance” (1983)
98. Blondie “One Way Or Another” (1979)
99. Nik Kershaw “Wouldn’t It Be Good” (1984)
100. The Cure “In Between Days” (1985)