Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Smokey Robinson: Top 100 Songs

First posted 2/14/2020.

Smokey Robinson

Image from shazam.com

R&B singer/songwriter born William Robinson, Jr. on 2/19/1940 in Detroit, Michigan. With The Miracles (55-72) and later a solo artist. Record executive and songwriter for Motown.

Awards:


Top 100 Songs


This list includes Robinson’s work as a solo artist, with the Miracles, and as a songwriter. The recording artist is noted in parentheses. 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. Songs which hit #1 on various charts are noted. (Click for codes to singles charts.)

DMDB Top 1%:

1. My Girl (Temptations, 1964) #1 US, RB
2. The Tracks of My Tears (The Miracles, 1965)

DMDB Top 5%:

3. The Tears of a Clown (The Miracles, 1970) #1 US, CB, RB, UK
4. My Guy (Mary Wells, 1964) #1 US, CB, RB, AU
5. Shop Around (The Miracles, 1960) #1 RB
6. You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me (The Miracles, 1962) #1 RB
7. Being with You (Smokey Robinson, 1981) #1 CB, HR, RR, RB, UK
8. The Way You Do the Things You Do (The Temptations, 1964)
9. Ooo Baby Baby (The Miracles, 1965)

DMDB Top 10%:

10. I Second That Emotion (The Miracles, 1967) #1 RB
11. Love Machine (The Miracles, 1975) #1 US, CB, HR
12. Cruisin’ (Smokey Robinson, 1979) #1 CB
13. The Tracks of My Tears (Linda Ronstadt, 1975)
14. Get Ready (The Temptations, 1966) #1 RB
15. Going to a Go-Go (The Miracles, 1965)
16. Ooh Baby Baby (Linda Ronstadt, 1978)
17. Get Ready (Rare Earth, 1969)
18. The Way You Do the Things You Do (UB40, 1989)

DMDB Top 20%:

19. Ain’t That Peculiar (Marvin Gaye, 1965) #1 RB
20. Shop Around (Captain & Tennille, 1976) #1 AC

21. The Way You Do the Things You Do (Hall & Oates, 1985)
22. More Love (Kim Carnes, 1980)
23. Since I Lost My Baby (The Temptations, 1965)
24. Just to See Her (Smokey Robinson, 1987) #1 AC
25. My Girl (Hall & Oates, 1985)
26. Going to a Go-Go (The Rolling Stones, 1982)
27. More Love (The Miracles, 1967)
28. Floy Joy (The Supremes, 1971)
29. It’s Growing (The Temptations, 1965)
30. Who’s Lovin’ You (The Jackson 5, 1969)

31. Come ‘Round Here, I’m the One You Need (The Miracles, 1966)
32. Automatically Sunshine (The Supremes, 1972)
33. Still Water (Love) (The Four Tops, 1970)
34. I’ll Try Something New (The Miracles, 1962)
35. One Heartbeat (Smokey Robinson, 1987)
36. I’ll Be Doggone (Marvin Gaye, 1965) #1 RB
37. I Don’t Blame You at All (The Miracles, 1971)
38. The Composer (The Supremes, 1969)
39. Mickey’s Monkey (The Miracles, 1963)
40. Do It Baby (The Miracles, 1974)
41. My Guy (Sister Sledge, 1982)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

42. If You Can Want (The Miracles, 1968)
43. Pops, We Love You (A Tribute to Father) (Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, & Stevie Wonder; 1978)
44. I’ll Be in Trouble (The Temptations, 1964)
45. The Tracks of My Tears (Aretha Franklin, 1969)
46. Don’t Look Back (The Temptations, 1965)
47. One More Heartache (Marvin Gaye, 1966)
48. The Way You Do the Things You Do (Rita Coolidge, 1978)
49. My Baby (The Temptations, 1965)
50. Two Lovers (Mary Wells, (1962) #1 RB

51. I Gotta Dance to Keep from Crying (The Miracles, 1963)
52. The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage (The Miracles, 1967)
53. First I Look at the Purse (The Contours, 1965)
54. Your Wonderful, Sweet, Sweet Love (The Supremes, 1972)
55. A Breath Taking Guy (The Supremes, 1963)
56. Cruisin’ (Huey Lewis & Gwyneth Paltrow, 2000) #1 AC, AU
57. You Threw a Lucky Punch (Gene Chandler, 1962)
58. Who’s Lovin’ You (Brenda & the Tabulations, 1967)
59. The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game (The Marvelettes, 1966)
60. You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me (Eddie Money, 1977)

61. You Beat Me to the Punch (Mary Wells, 1962) #1 RB
62. When I’m Gone (Brenda Holloway, 1965)
63. That’s What Love Is Made Of (The Miracles, 1964)
64. What’s So Good About Goodbye (The Miracles, 1962)
65. Way Over There (The Miracles, 1960)
66. Take This Heart of Mine (Marvin Gaye, 1966)
67. The One Who Really Loves You (Mary Wells, 1962)
68. Don’t Mess with Bill (The Marvelettes, 1966)
69. Ebony Eyes (Rick James with Smokey Robinson, 1983)
70. My Guy/My Girl (Amii Stewart & Johnny Bristol, 1980)

71. Ain’t It Baby (The Miracles, 1961)
72. Baby, Baby Don’t Cry (The Miracles, 1969)
73. Happy (Bobby Darin, 1972)
74. A Love She Can Count On (The Miracles, 1963)
75. My Guy (Petula Clark, 1972)
76. I Like It Like That (The Miracles, 1964)
77. Everybody’s Gotta Pay Some Dues (The Miracles, 1961)
78. Mighty Good Lovin’ (The Miracles, 1961)
79. The Tears of a Clown (The English Beat, 1979)
80. Blame It on Love (Smokey Robinson & Barbara Mitchell, 1983)

81. Walk and Don’t Look Back (Peter Tosh with Mick Jagger, 1978)
82. Who’s Lovin’ You (Terence Trent D’Arby, 1987)
83. My Girl Has Gone (The Miracles, 1965)
84. Happy (Michael Jackson, 1973)
85. Tell Me Tomorrow (Smokey Robinson, 1982)
86. Old Fashioned Love (Smokey Robinson, 1982)
87. We’ve Saved the Best for Last (Kenny G with Smokey Robinson, 1989)
88. Come on Do the Jerk (The Miracles, 1964)
89. What’s Too Much (Smokey Robinson, 1987)
90. Special Occasion (The Miracles, 1968)

91. Yester Love (The Miracles, 1968)
92. My Girl (Suave, 1988)
93. Double Good Everything (Smokey Robinson, 1991)
94. We’ve Come Too Far to End It Now (The Miracles, 1972)
95. Bad Girl (The Miracles, 1959)
96. You Can’t Let the Boy Overpower the Man in You (The Miracles, 1964)
97. Whole Lot of Shakin’ in My Heart Since I Met You (The Miracles, 1966)
98. Doggone Right (The Miracles, 1969)
99. Point It Out (The Miracles, 1969)
100. Abraham, Martin and John (The Miracles, 1969)


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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Styx: Top 50 Songs

First posted 2/3/2020.

Styx

l to r: John Panozzo, James Young, Tommy Shaw, Chuck Panozzo, Dennis DeYoung

Rock band from Chicago, IL. Active: 1969-1984, 1990-. Members: John Panozzo (d – TW4: 69-71; Styx: 71-84,90; died of gastrointestinal hemorrhage on 7/16/96 at age 47), Chuck Panozzo (b – TW4: 69-71; Styx: 71-84,90-), Dennis DeYoung (v/k: 71-84,90-99), John Curulewski (g/v – TW4: 69-71; Styx: 71-76; died of an aneurysm in 1988), James Young (g/ v – TW4: 70-71; Styx: 71-84,90-; solo), Tommy Shaw (v/g: 76-84,95-), Glen Burtnik (v/g: 90; b: 00-04), Todd Sucherman (d: 95-), Lawrence Gowan (v/k: 00-), Ricky Phillips (b: 03-).

The Panozzo twin brothers started playing in their garage at the age of 12. Their neighbor, DeYoung, joined them. When the trio went to Chicago State University, they formed TW4 with Curulewski. Young joined in 1970. In 1971, Wooden Nickel Records heard them, signed them the following year, and Styx (named after river Hades in Greek mythology) was born. In 1975, the group signed with A&M after a revival of the song "Lady" restored their Styx II album from three years earlier. After their first A&M album (Equinox), Curulewski left the group; replaced by Shaw. Group broke up in ‘84. Shaw, DeYoung, and JY did solo projects. In 1990, Styx reunited. They toured in 1995, recorded a few more songs in the studio, and released their first studio album in nearly a decade in 1999.

Awards:


Top 50 Songs


In addition to Styx songs, this list includes solo material from Dennis DeYoung and Tommy Shaw as well as Damn Yankees, which featured Shaw. 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. Songs which hit #1 on various charts are noted. (Click for codes to singles charts.)

DMDB Top 5%:

1. Babe (1979) #1 US, CB, HR, RR, CL, CN
2. Come Sail Away (1977) #1 CL
3. The Best of Times (1981) #1 RR, CL, CN
4. Renegade (1978) #1 CL
5. Mr. Roboto (1983) #1 CB, CN

DMDB Top 10%:

6. Too Much Time on My Hands (1981)
7. Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) (1978)
8. Lady (1973)
9. Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man) (1977)
10. Lorelei (1975)
11. High Enough (Damn Yankees, 1990)

DMDB Top 20%:

12. Don’t Let It End (1983)
13. Mademoiselle (1976)
14. Why Me? (1979)
15. Desert Moon (Dennis DeYoung, 1984)
16. Love Is the Ritual (1990)
17. Borrowed Time (1979)
18. Sing for the Day (1978)
19. Show Me the Way (1990)
20. Nothing Ever Goes As Planned (1981)

21. Love at First Sight (1990)
22. Come Again (Damn Yankees, 1990)
23. Girls with Guns (Tommy Shaw, 1984)
24. Music Time (1984)
25. Call Me (Dennis DeYoung, 1986)
26. The Grand Illusion (1977)
27. Rockin’ the Paradise (1981)
28. Crystal Ball (1976)
29. Best Thing (1972)
30. Coming of Age (Damn Yankees, 1990)

31. Snowblind (1981)
32. Suite Madame Blue (1975)
33. You Need Love (1973)
34. Where You Goin’ Now (Damn Yankees, 1992)
35. Light Up (1975)
36. This Is the Time (Dennis DeYoung, 1986)
37. Don’t Wait for Heroes (Dennis DeYoung, 1984)
38. Silence Is Broken (Damn Yankees, 1992)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

39. What If (Remo’s Theme) (Tommy Shaw, 1985)
40. Lights (1979)

41. Miss America (1977)
42. High Time (1983)
43. Boat on the River (1979)
44. Fanfare for the Common Man (1972)
45. Mister Please (Damn Yankees, 1992)
46. Golden Lark (1974)
47. Dear John (1997)
48. Don’t Tread on Me (Damn Yankees, 1992)
49. What Has Come Between Us (1972)
50. My Hallucination (Shaw/Blades, 1995)


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Friday, February 14, 2020

The Top 100 Love Songs of All Time

First posted 2/14/2012; updated 2/13/2020.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, here are the top 100 love songs of all time as determined by aggregating more than 40 lists covering more than 900 songs. See links at the bottom of the page.

1. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
2. The Righteous Brothers “Unchained Melody” (1965)
3. Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love” (1981)
4. Elton John “Your Song” (1970)
5. Al Green “Let’s Stay Together” (1971)
6. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (1997)
7. Etta James “At Last” (1961)
8. Eric Clapton “Wonderful Tonight” (1977)
9. Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You” (1994)
10. Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (1991)

11. The Temptations “My Girl” (1965)
12. Elvis Presley “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (1961)
13. Percy Sledge “When a Man Loves a Woman” (1966)
14. Roberta Flack “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (1972)
15. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (1998)
16. Bee Gees “How Deep Is Your Love” (1977)
17. Joe Cocker “You Are So Beautiful” (1974)
18. The Beach Boys “God Only Knows” (1966)
19. Beyoncé with Jay-Z “Crazy in Love” (2003)
20. Cyndi Lauper “Time After Time” (1984)

21. Madonna “Crazy for You” (1985)
22. Adele “Make You Feel My Love” (2008)
23. The Beatles “Something” (1969)
24. Paul McCartney “Maybe I’m Amazed” (1970)
25. Sinéad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990)
26. Foreigner “I Want to Know What Love Is” (1984)
27. Sonny & Cher “I Got You Babe” (1965)
28. John Legend “All of Me” (2013)
29. Journey “Faithfully” (1983)
30. The Emotions “Best of My Love” (1977)

31. REO Speedwagon “Keep on Loving You” (1980)
32. Berlin “Take My Breath Away” (1986)
33. The Pretenders “I’ll Stand by You” (1994)
34. Stevie Wonder “I Just Called to Say I Love You” (1984)
35. The Jackson 5 “I’ll Be There” (1970)
36. Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get It On” (1973)
37. Frank Sinatra “The Way You Look Tonight” (1964)
38. Peter Gabriel “In Your Eyes” (1986)
39. Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are (Amazing)” (2010)
40. Olivia Newton-John “I Honestly Love You” (1974)

41. Celine Dion “The Power of Love” (1994)
42. The Flamingos “I Only Have Eyes for You” (1959)
43. Mariah Carey “Vision of Love” (1990)
44. Shania Twain “You’re Still the One” (1997)
45. Willie Nelson “Always on My Mind” (1982)
46. Stevie Wonder “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” (1973)
47. Elvis Presley “Love Me Tender” (1956)
48. Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud” (2014)
49. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (1967)
50. Savage Garden “Truly, Madly, Deeply” (1997)

51. Queen “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (1979)
52. Aretha Franklin “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” (1967)
53. Journey “Open Arms” (1981)
54. Billy Joel “Just the Way You Are” (1977)
55. Celine Dion “Because You Loved Me” (1996)
56. Commodores “Three Times a Lady” (1978)
57. Taylor Swift “Love Story” (2008)
58. Captain & Tennille “Love Will Keep Us Together” (1975)
59. Natalie Cole with Nat “King” Cole “Unforgettable” (1991)
60. U2 “With or Without You” (1987)

61. Frank Ocean “Thinkin’ ‘Bout You” (2011)
62. K-Ci & JoJo “All My Life” (1997)
63. Alicia Keys “Fallin’” (2001)
64. Dolly Parton “I Will Always Love You” (1974)
65. Barry White “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” (1974)
66. Jackie Wilson “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher” (1967)
67. The Beatles “And I Love Her” (1964)
68. Donna Lewis “I Love You Always Forever” (1996)
69. Rod Stewart “Have I Told You Lately” (1993)
70. Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love” (2007)

71. Modern English “I Melt with You” (1984)
72. Bangles “Eternal Flame” (1989)
73. Paul McCartney & Wings “My Love” (1973)
74. Ray Charles “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (1962)
75. Ed Sheeran with Beyoncé “Perfect” (2017)
76. Sam Cooke “You Send Me” (1957)
77. Rihanna with Calvin Harris “We Found Love” (2011)
78. Nat “King” Cole “When I Fall in Love” (1956)
79. LeAnn Rimes “How Do I Live” (1997)
80. Jason Mraz “I’m Yours” (2008)

81. Snow Patrol “Chasing Cars” (2006)
82. The Smiths “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” (1986)
83. Patsy Cline “Crazy” (1961)
84. The Supremes “Baby Love” (1964)
85. Extreme “More Than Words” (1991)
86. Carpenters “They Long to Be Close to You” (1970)
87. Luther Vandross “Here and Now” (1989)
88. Ben Folds “The Luckiest” (2001)
89. Chicago “You’re the Inspiration” (1984)
90. Styx “Babe” (1979)

91. Chris DeBurgh “The Lady in Red” (1986)
92. Vanessa Williams “Save the Best for Last” (1992)
93. Goo Goo Dolls “Iris” (1998):
94. Ben E. King “Stand by Me” (1961)
95. Bill Medley with Jennifer Warnes “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” (1987)
96. The Ronettes “Be My Baby” (1963)
97. Christina Perri “A Thousand Years” (2011)
98. Maroon 5 “She Will Be Loved” (2002)
99. Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack “Tonight I Celebrate My Love” (1983)
100. The Cure “Love Song” (1989)


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Friday, February 7, 2020

Garth Brooks: Top 50 Songs

First posted 2/7/2017; updated 1/31/2020.

Garth Brooks

Image from dmagazine.com

Country singer/songwriter born Troyal Garth Brooks on 2/7/1962 in Tulsa, OK. Most successful country singer of all time in terms of album sales. Attended Oklahoma State on a track scholarship (javelin). Top-selling artist of the Soundscan era (1991-present) with 128 million albums sold. All-time best-selling solo artist in American music history. CMA Entertainer of the Year four times. Married country singer Trisha Yearwood on 12/10/2005.

Awards:


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. Songs which hit #1 on various charts are noted. (Click for codes to singles charts.)

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Friends in Low Places (1990) #1 CW

DMDB Top 10%:

2. The Dance (1989) #1 CW
3. Lost in You (1999)

DMDB Top 20%:

4. Standing Outside the Fire (1993)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

5. Shameless (1991) #1 CW
6. To Make You Feel My Love (1998) #1 CW
7. Ain’t Going Down ‘Til the Sun Comes Up (1993) #1 CW
8. The Thunder Rolls (1990) #1 CW
9. If Tomorrow Never Comes (1989) #1 CW
10. Wrapped Up in You (2001)

11. We Shall Be Free (1992)
12. More Than a Memory (2007) #1 CW
13. The Fever (1995)
14. Papa Loved Mama (1991)
15. Longneck Bottle (1997) #1 CW
16. American Honky-Tonk Bar Association (1993) #1 CW
17. What She’s Doing Now (1991) #1 CW
18. It’s Your Song (1998)
19. Unanswered Prayers (1990) #1 CW
20. Wild Horses (1998)

21. Good Ride Cowboy (2005)
22. When You Come Back to Me Again (2000)
23. Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House (1990) #1 CW
24. The River (1991) #1 CW
25. That Summer (1992) #1 CW
26. Rodeo (1991)
27. One Night a Day (1993)
28. In Another’s Eyes (with Trisha Yearwood, 1997)
29. Much Too Young to Feel This Damn Old (1989)
30. She’s Every Woman (1995) #1 CW

31. Callin’ Baton Rouge (1993)
32. Do What You Gotta Do (1997)
33. Ask Me How I Know (2016) #1a CW
34. The Beaches of Cheyenne (1995) #1 CW
35. Workin’ for a Livin’ (with Huey Lewis, 2007)
36. Learning to Live Again (1992)
37. Two Pina Coladas (1997) #1 CW
38. Somewhere Other Than the Night (1992) #1 CW
39. Not Counting You (1989)
40. The Change (1995)

41. That Ol’ Wind (1995)
42. It’s Midnight Cinderella (1995)
43. She’s Gonna Make It (1997)
44. You Move Me (1997)
45. Beer Run (with George Jones, 2001)
46. That’s the Way I Remember It (1999)
47. Squeeze Me In (with Trisha Yearwood, 2001)
48. Thicker Than Blood (1999)
49. It Don’t Matter to the Sun (1999)
50. Why Ain’t I Running (2001)


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The Smiths/Morrissey: Top 50 Songs

First posted 2/7/2020.

The Smiths

left to right: Andy Rourke, Morrissey, Johnny Marr, and Mike Joyce;
image from Wikipedia.org

The Smiths were a British indie rock group who only lasted five years (1982-1987), but had a significant impact. The band was comprised of Morrissey (vocals), Johnny Marr (guitar), Andy Rourke (bass), and Mike Joyce (drums). Craig Gannon was a guitarist with the band in 1986. Morrissey went on to a successful solo career after the band broke up. Marr worked with other bands, most notably The The (88-94) and Electronic (89-98), recorded a couple of solo albums (13-14), did session work with Beck, Bryan Ferry, Pet Shop Boys, Talking Heads and others and produced Modest Mouse (06-09). The Smiths’ 1986 album The Queen is Dead is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time.

Awards (The Smiths):

Awards (Morrissey):



Top 50 Songs


This list includes material by the Smiths and Morrissey as a solo artist (noted in parentheses). 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. Songs which hit #1 on various charts are noted. (Click for codes to singles charts.)

DMDB Top 5%:

1. How Soon Is Now? (1984)
2. This Charming Man (1983)
3. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (1986)

DMDB Top 10%:

4. Everyday Is Like Sunday (Morrissey, 1988)
5. The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get (Morrissey, 1994) #1 MR

DMDB Top 20%:

6. Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now (1984)
7. Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (1984)
8. Irish Blood, English Heart (Morrissey, 2004)
9. Suedehead (Morrissey, 1988)
10. William It Was Really Nothing (1984)

11. Panic (1986)
12. Girlfriend in a Coma (1987)
13. Hand in Glove (1983)
14. Ask (1986)
15. What Difference Does It Make? (1984)
16. First of the Gang to Die (Morrissey, 2004)
17. The Boy with the Thorn in His Side (1985)
18. Shoplifters of the World Unite (1987)
19. Sheila Take a Bow (1987)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

20. Bigmouth Strikes Again (1986)
21. Half a Person (1987)
22. The Last of the Famous International Playboys (Morrissey, 1989)
23. Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One Before (1987)
24. Shakespeare’s Sister (1985)
25. That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore (1985)
26. Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me (1987)
27. Interesting Drug (Morrissey, 1989)
28. Girl Afraid (1984)
29. November Spawned a Monster (Morrissey, 1990)
30. I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish (1987)

31. Boxers (Morrissey, 1995)
32. Ouija Board, Ouija Board (Morrissey, 1989)
33. We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful (Morrissey, (1992)
34. Tomorrow (Morrissey, 1992) #1 MR
35. Is It Really So Strange? (1987)
36. Piccadilly Palare (Morrissey, 1990)
37. Sing Your Life (Morrissey, 1991)
38. Our Frank (Morrissey, 1991)
39. The Headmaster Ritual (1985)
40. Sweet and Tender Hooligan (1987)

41. You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet Baby (1987)
42. Asleep (1985)
43. Paint a Vulgar Picture (1987)
44. Death of a Disco Dancer (1987)
45. I Know It’s Over (1986)
46. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (1986)
47. Glamorous Glue (Morrissey, 1992)
48. My Love Life (Morrissey, 1991)
49. Interlude (Morrissey with Siouxsie, 1994)
50. Hold on to Your Friends (Morrissey, 1994)


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