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.

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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)

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Top 100 Alternative Rock Songs

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First posted 6/14/2012; updated 5/30/2020.

Alternative Rock:

Top 100 Songs

More than 30 different lists were aggregated to create this list. Alternative is a widely defined collection of rock music which stretches from the garage bands of the 1960s to the indie scene of today. It generally is used to describe groups which are more left of center, but often these bands– such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, U2, and R.E.M. – move to the forefront of mainstream rock.

A brief history of the genre shows its origins to come out of the D.I.Y. aesthetic that accompanied rougher sounding, experimental bands who came out of the 1960s. Groups like the Velvet Underground and The Stooges provided a raunchier and rawer alternative to mainstream rock like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

By the mid-1970s, groups like the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and The Ramones spearheaded the punk scene, which grew out of angry working class kids looking for a musical outlet. By the close of the 1970s and beginning of the 1980s, new wave groups like The Cure, Depeche Mode, and New Order emerged at the forefront of a more accessible, electronically-driven, and ready-for-video format. The college rock scene quickly grew out of that, also lending audiences to groups like U2, R.E.M., and The Smiths.

By the end of the 1990s, grunge became the dominant form of rock music with bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam at the helm. They revived some of the punk and D.I.Y. ethos of the 1960s and 1970s, while also crafting big songs which echoed some of the big-anthem classic rock of those decades.

Since grunge, there hasn’t been one dominant form of alternative – or what became known as “modern rock.” Groups like Green Day and Blink-182 created punk-pop while The White Stripes and The Strokes reminded listeners of the garage rock of the 1960s. Artists like Radiohead and Beck reminded listeners of the experimental nature of the genre.

So what is alternative rock exactly? It’s hard to say. This list taps into all the forms referenced above and more. I’ll just let these songs tell you what alternative is.

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1. Nirvana…Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991)
2. Radiohead…Creep (1993)
3. Beck…Loser (1993)
4. Nirvana…Come As You Are (1992)
5. Red Hot Chili Peppers…Under the Bridge (1992)
6. Pearl Jam…Alive (1991)
7. Violent Femmes…Blister in the Sun (1983)
8. Jane’s Addiction…Been Caught Stealing (1990)
9. The Smiths…How Soon Is Now? (1984)
10. Sublime…What I Got (1996)

11. Smashing Pumpkins…Today (1993)
12. Blur…Song 2 (1997)
13. Nine Inch Nails…Closer (1994)
14. Ramones…I Wanna Be Sedated (1978)
15. Beastie Boys…You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party (1986)
16. Pearl Jam…Jeremy (1992)
17. Smashing Pumpkins…1979 (1995)
18. R.E.M….Losing My Religion (1991)
19. Oasis…Wonderwall (1995)
20. Jane’s Addiction…Jane Says (1988)

21. Beastie Boys…Sabotage (1994)
22. The Cure…Just Like Heaven (1987)
23. Soundgarden…Black Hole Sun (1994)
24. Green Day…Longview (1994)
25. U2…Sunday Bloody Sunday (1983)
26. Pearl Jam…Black (1991)
27. New Order…Bizarre Love Triangle (1986)
28. Linkin Park…In the End (2001)
29. The Offspring…Come Out and Play (1994)
30. Red Hot Chili Peppers…Give It Away (1991)

31. R.E.M….It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) (1987)
32. Depeche Mode…Personal Jesus (1989)
33. The Clash…Rock the Casbah (1982)
34. Live…Lightning Crashes (1994)
35. U2…With or Without You (1987)
36. Stone Temple Pilots…Plush (1992)
37. Rage Against the Machine…Killing in the Name (1993)
38. The Clash…Should I Stay Or Should I Go (1982)
39. New Order…Blue Monday (1983)
40. Joy Division…Love Will Tear Us Apart (1980)

41. U2…One (1992)
42. Green Day…Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) (1997)
43. Weezer…Buddy Holly (1994)
44. Green Day…When I Come Around (1994)
45. The Clash…London Calling (1979)
46. The Verve…Bittersweet Symphony (1997)
47. Green Day…Brain Stew/Jaded (1995)
48. Foo Fighters…Everlong (1997)
49. Metallica…Enter Sandman (1991)
50. Green Day…Basket Case (1994)

51. Pearl Jam…Even Flow (1991)
52. The White Stripes…Seven Nation Army (2003)
53. The Offspring…Self Esteem (1994)
54. Nine Inch Nails…Head Like a Hole (1989)
55. Depeche Mode…Enjoy the Silence (1990)
56. Nirvana…All Apologies (1993)
57. The Pixies…Here Comes Your Man (1989)
58. U2…Pride (In the Name of Love) (1984)
59. Stone Temple Pilots…Interstate Love Song (1994)
60. Sex Pistols…Anarchy in the U.K. (1976)

61. Soft Cell…Tainted Love (1981)
62. Nirvana…Lithium (1991)
63. Sublime…Wrong Way (1996)
64. Faith No More…Epic (1990)
65. Smashing Pumpkins…Bullet with Butterfly Wings (1995)
66. Blink-182…Dammit (Growing Up) (1997)
67. Weezer…Undone (The Sweater Song) (1994)
68. Iggy Pop…Lust for Life (1977)
69. Smashing Pumpkins…Disarm (1993)
70. Papa Roach...Last Resort (2000)

71. Nirvana “In Bloom” (1991)
72. Rage Against the Machine…Bulls on Parade (1996)
73. Devo…Whip It (1980)
74. Blind Melon…No Rain (1993)
75. R.E.M….Radio Free Europe (1983)
76. Ramones…Blitzkrieg Bop (1976)
77. The Cure…Love Song (1989)
78. Beastie Boys…Intergalactic (1998)
79. The B-52’s…Rock Lobster (1979)
80. Sex Pistols…God Save the Queen (1977)

81. Alice in Chains…Man in the Box (1991)
82. Radiohead…Karma Police (1997)
83. Modern English…I Melt with You (1983)
84. R.E.M….The One I Love (1987)
85. Blink-182…All the Small Things (1999)
86. Pearl Jam…Better Man (1994)
87. The Pixies…Monkey Gone to Heaven (1989)
88. Lit…My Own Worst Enemy (1999)
89. Violent Femmes…Add It Up (1983)
90. Elvis Costello…Alison (1977)

91. Pearl Jam…Yellow Ledbetter (1992)
92. Talking Heads…Once in a Lifetime (1981)
93. Talking Heads…Burning Down the House (1983)
94. Echo & the Bunnymen…Lips Like Sugar (1987)
95. The Cure…Boys Don’t Cry (1979)
96. Blink-182…What’s My Age Again? (1999)
97. The Police…Roxanne (1979)
98. Linkin Park…Numb (2003)
99. Linkin Park…One Step Closer (2000)
100. U2…New Year’s Day (1983)


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Friday, May 29, 2020

Adult Album Alternative (AAA): Top 100+ Songs

First posted 12/10/2017; updated 5/29/2020.

Adult Alternative, 1996-2020:

Top 100+ Songs

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

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

    16 weeks:

  1. U2 “Beautiful Day” (2000)

    15 weeks:

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

    14 weeks:

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

    13 weeks:

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

    12 weeks:

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

    11 weeks:

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

    10 weeks:

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

    9 weeks:

  28. U2 “Vertigo” (2004)
  29. Coldplay “Speed of Sound” (2005)
  30. Train “Calling All Angels” (2003)
  31. Hootie & the Blowfish “Old Man & Me (When I Get to Heaven)” (1996)
  32. The Black Keys “Go” (2019)
  33. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “You Worry Me” (2018)

    8 weeks:

  34. Lorde “Royals” (2013)
  35. Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (2004)
  36. Snow Patrol “Chasing Cars” (2006)
  37. The Lumineers “Ho Hey” (2012)
  38. Coldplay “Paradise” (2011)
  39. Milky Chance “Stolen Dance” (2013)

  40. R.E.M. “The Great Beyond” (1999)
  41. Counting Crows “Hanginaround” (1999)
  42. The Lumineers “Stubborn Love” (2012)
  43. The Head and the Heart “All We Ever Knew” (2016)
  44. Norah Jones “Sunrise” (2004)
  45. Tracy Chapman “Telling Stories (There Is Friction in the Space Between) (2000)
  46. Michael Franti & Spearhead “The Sound of Sunshine” (2010)
  47. Death Cab for Cutie “You Are a Tourist” (2011)
  48. Death Cab for Cutie “Gold Rush” (2018)
  49. David Gray “You’re the World to Me” (2007)
  50. Serena Ryder “Stompa” (2013)
  51. Nathaniel Rateliff “And It’s Still Alright” (2020)

    7 weeks:

  52. The Fray “You Found Me” (2008)
  53. Sheryl Crow “Soak Up the Sun” (2002)
  54. New Radicals “You Get What You Give” (1998)
  55. The Black Keys “Lonely Boy” (2011)
  56. Eric Clapton “My Father’s Eyes” (1998)
  57. U2 “Staring at the Sun” (1997)
  58. U2 “Window in the Skies” (2006)
  59. Coldplay “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” (2011)
  60. Kings of Leon “Radioactive” (2010)

  61. U2 “You’re the Best Thing About Me” (2017)
  62. Dave Matthews Band “Stay (Wasting Time)” (1998)
  63. Dave Matthews Band “Where Are You Going?” (2002)
  64. Vampire Weekend “Harmony Hall” (2019)
  65. Natalie Merchant “Kind and Generous” (1998)
  66. Dave Matthews Band “Everyday” (2001)
  67. Spoon “Hot Thoughts” (2017)
  68. Snow Patrol “Crack the Shutters” (2008)
  69. John Butler Trio “Better Than” (2007)

    6 weeks:

  70. Gnarls Barkley “Crazy” (2006)
  71. Sam Smith “Stay with Me” (2014)
  72. Phillip Phillips “Home” (2012)
  73. John Mayer “Waiting on the World to Change” (2006)
  74. Goo Goo Dolls “Slide” (1998)
  75. John Mellencamp “Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)” (1996)
  76. U2 “Electrical Storm” (2002)
  77. Sheryl Crow “A Change Would Do You Good” (1996)
  78. The Killers “Read My Mind” (2006)
  79. Arcade Fire “Everything Now” (2017)
  80. Jack Johnson “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” (2005)

  81. Mumford & Sons “Guiding Light” (2018)
  82. Blues Traveler “Most Precarious” (1997)
  83. Norah Jones “Chasing Pirates” (2009)
  84. David Gray “The One I Love” (2005)
  85. Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs “Beg, Steal or Borrow” (2010)
  86. Pete Yorn “Life on a Chain” (2001)

    5 weeks:

  87. U2 “Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own” (2004)
  88. Primitive Radio Gods “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand” (1996)
  89. Coldplay “Adventure of a Lifetime” (2015)
  90. The Verve Pipe “The Freshmen” (1996)

  91. Death Cab for Cutie “I Will Possess Your Heart” (2008)
  92. Mumford & Sons “Believe” (2015)
  93. Gin Blossoms “Follow You Down” (1996)
  94. Sheryl Crow “My Favorite Mistake” (1998)
  95. Counting Crows “Accidentally in Love” (2004)
  96. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man “Human” (2016)
  97. Sarah McLachlan “Fallen” (2003)
  98. The Black Keys “Lo/Hi” (2019)
  99. Collective Soul “Run” (1999)
  100. John Mellencamp with India.Arie “Peaceful World” (2001)

  101. Shery Crow “Anything But Down” (1998)
  102. The Lumineers “Gloria” (2019)
  103. R.E.M. “Supernatural Superserious” (2008)
  104. Dave Matthews Band “I Did It” (2001)
  105. John Mayer “Bigger Than My Body” (2003)
  106. The Avett Brothers “Ain’t No Man” (2016)
  107. Paolo Nutini “New Shoes” (2006)
  108. John Mayer “Who Says” (2009)
  109. Leon Bridges “Bad Bad News” (2019)
  110. Beck “Uneventful Days” (2019)

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Billboard Songs to Debut at #1 on the Hot 100

First posted 3/4/2012; last updated 5/29/2020.

Billboard Hot 100:

#1 Debuts

Since the inception of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958, there have been only 38 songs to debut at the pinnacle. The first song to do so was Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone” in 1995. Below are the songs to start on top – first in chronological order and then in order by DMDB ranking.

1. Michael Jackson “You Are Not Alone” (9/2/1995)
2. Mariah Carey “Fantasy” (9/30/95)
3. Whitney Houston “Exale (Shoop Shoop)” (11/25/1995)
4. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (12/2/1995)
5. Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You” (6/14/1997)
6. Mariah Carey “Honey” (9/6/1997)
7. Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (10/11/1997)
8. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (2/28/1998)
9. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (9/5/1998)
10. Lauryn Hill “Doo Wop (That Thing)” (10/3/1998)

11. Clay Aiken “This Is the Night” (6/28/2003)
12. Fantasia “I Believe” (7/3/2004)
13. Carrie Underwood “Inside Your Heaven” (7/2/2005)
14. Taylor Hicks “Do I Make You Proud” (7/1/2006)
15. Britney Spears “3” (10/24/2009)
16. Eminem “Not Afraid” (5/22/2010)
17. Ke$ha “We R Who We R” (11/13/2010)
18. Britney Spears “Hold It Against Me” (1/29/2011)
19. Lady Gaga “Born This Way” (2/19/2011)
20. Katy Perry “Part of Me” (3/3/2012)

21. Baauer “Harlem Shake” (3/2/2013)
22. Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” (9/6/2014)
23. Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?” (9/19/2015)
24. Adele “Hello” (11/14/2015)
25. Zayn Malik “Pillowtalk” (2/20/2016)
26. Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (5/28/2016)
27. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (1/28/2017)
28. DJ Khaled with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne “I’m the One” (5/20/2017)
29. Drake “God’s Plan” (2/3/2018)
30. Drake “Nice for What” (4/21/2018)

31. Childish Gambino “This Is America” (5/19/2018)
32. Ariana Grande “Thank U, Next” (11/17/2018)
33. Ariana Grande “7 Rings” (2/2/2019)
34. Jonas Brothers “Sucker” (3/1/2019)
35. Travis Scott “Highest in the Room” (10/19/2019)
36. Drake “Toosie Slide” (4/18/2020)
37. Travis Scott & Kid Cudi “The Scotts” (5/9/2020)
38. Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber “Stuck with U” (5/23/2020)

Debuting at #1 isn’t an automatic pass to classic status, however. Only fifteen of the songs have rated in the DMDB’s top 1% of songs, or roughly top 1000. See that list here). Here’s how they stack up:

1. Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (10/11/1997)
2. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (1/28/2017)
3. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (2/28/1998)
4. Adele “Hello” (11/14/2015)
5. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (12/2/1995)
6. Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” (9/6/2014)
7. Drake “God’s Plan” (2/3/2018)
8. Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You” (6/14/1997)
9. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (9/5/1998)
10. Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (5/28/2016)

11. Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?” (9/19/2015)
12. Ariana Grande “7 Rings” (2/2/2019)
13. Lady Gaga “Born This Way” (2/19/2011)
14. Mariah Carey “Fantasy” (9/30/95)
15. Ariana Grande “Thank U, Next” (11/17/2018)
16. Lauryn Hill “Doo Wop (That Thing)” (10/3/1998)
17. Eminem “Not Afraid” (5/22/2010)
18. Childish Gambino “This Is America” (5/19/2018)
19. DJ Khaled with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne “I’m the One” (5/20/2017)
20. Drake “Nice for What” (4/21/2018)

21. Jonas Brothers “Sucker” (3/1/2019)
22. Whitney Houston “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” (11/25/1995)
23. Zayn “Pillow Talk” (2/20/2016)
24. Michael Jackson “You Are Not Alone” (9/2/1995)
25. Baauer “Harlem Shake” (3/2/2013)
26. Katy Perry “Part of Me” (3/3/2012)
27. Ke$ha “We R Who We R” (11/13/2010)
28. Mariah Carey “Honey” (9/6/1997)
29. Britney Spears “3” (10/24/2009)
30. Carrie Underwood “Inside Your Heaven” (7/2/2005)

31. Taylor Hicks “Do I Make You Proud” (7/1/2006)
32. Fantasia “I Believe” (7/3/2004)
33. Britney Spears “Hold It Against Me” (1/29/2011)
34. Travis Scott “Highest in the Room” (10/19/2019)
35. Clay Aiken “This Is the Night” (6/28/2003)
36. Drake “Toosie Slide” (4/18/2020)
37. Travis Scott & Kid Cudi “The Scotts” (5/9/2020)
38. Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber “Stuck with U” (5/23/2020)


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The Top 100 Songs by Singers/Songwriters

First posted 4/22/2020; updated 5/29/2020.

Singers & Songwriters:

Top 100 Songs, 1970-1979

The Singers and Songwriters compilations were a series of albums issued in the early 2000s by Time-Life. The U.S. series covered 445 songs over 19 volumes. The focus of the albums was on the singer-songwriter era of the 1970s. That meant most songs were written and performed by the same artist and most were released from 1970 to 1979 and fit most comfortably into the genre known as “soft rock” or “adult contemporary.”

To create this list, Dave’s Music Database took all 445 songs featured on the collections and ranked them according to their overall DMDB status. Non-‘70s songs were left off this list, but songs not necessarily recorded by the same artist who initially wrote them are included. A few other lists were also factored in to include some important songs not featured on any of the collections. Here are the results:

1. Elton John “Your Song” (1970)
2. Rod Stewart “Maggie May” (1971)
3. Don McLean “American Pie” (1971)
4. Carole King “It’s Too Late” (1971)
5. Carly Simon “You’re So Vain” (1972)
6. Harry Chapin “Cat’s in the Cradle” (1974)
7. Warren Zevon “Werewolves of London” (1978)
8. Janis Ian “At Seventeen” (1975)
9. Cat Stevens “Wild World” (1970)
10. John Lennon “Imagine” (1971)

11. George Harrison “My Sweet Lord” (1970)
12. Neil Young “Heart of Gold” (1972)
13. Elvis Costello “Alison” (1977)
14. David Bowie “Life on Mars?” (1973)
15. Jackson Brown “Running on Empty” (1978)
16. Gordon Lightfoot “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” (1976)
17. Eagles “New Kid in Town” (1976)
18. Lou Reed “Perfect Day” (1972)
19. Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On” (1971)
20. Janis Joplin “Me and Bobby McGee” (1971)

21. America “A Horse with No Name” (1971)
22. Harry Nilsson “Without You” (1971)
23. Elton John “Tiny Dancer” (1971)
24. Gerry Rafferty “Baker Street” (1978)
25. Elton John “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” (1973)
26. Roberta Flack “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (1970)
27. Bill Withers “Lean on Me” (1972)
28. James Taylor “Fire and Rain” (1970)
29. Commodores “Three Times a Lady” (1978)
30. The Doobie Brothers “Black Water” (1974)

31. 10cc “I’m Not in Love” (1975)
32. Elton John “Daniel” (1972)
33. The Grateful Dead “Truckin’” (1970)
34. Gladys Knight & the Pips “Midnight Train to Georgia” (1973)
35. The Temptations “Just My Imagination Running Away with Me” (1971)
36. Elton John “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” (1974)
37. Todd Rundgren “Hello It’s Me” (1972)
38. Stealers Wheel “Stuck in the Middle with You” (1973)
39. Marvin Gaye “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology Song)” (1971)
40. The Doobie Brothers “What a Fool Believes” (1978)

41. Chicago “If You Leave Me Now” (1976)
42. The Doobie Brothers “Listen to the Music” (1972)
43. Daryl Hall & John Oates “She’s Gone” (1973)
44. Peter Frampton “Baby I Love Your Way” (1975)
45. Fleetwood Mac “You Make Loving Fun” (1977)
46. Eric Carmen “All by Myself” (1975)
47. Grateful Dead “Uncle John’s Band” (1970)
48. Commodores “Easy” (1977)
49. Dobie Gray “Drift Away” (1973)
50. Elton John “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” (1975)

51. Gary Wright “Dream Weaver” (1975)
52. Stephen Stills “Love the One You’re With” (1970)
53. America “Ventura Highway” (1972)
54. Todd Rundgren “I Saw the Light” (1972)
55. Three Dog Night “Mama Told Me Not to Come” (1970)
56. America “Sister Golden Hair” (1975)
57. Cat Stevens “Morning Has Broken” (1971)
58. Rick Nelson & the Stone Canyon Band “Garden Party” (1972)
59. Commodores “Still” (1979)
60. Elvin Bishop “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” (1976)

61. Fleetwood Mac “Say You Love Me” (1975)
62. Brook Benton “Rainy Night in Georgia” (1970)
63. Rod Stewart “You Wear It Well” (1972)
64. Commodores “Sail On” (1979)
65. Stephen Bishop “On and On” (1977)
66. Jefferson Starship “Miracles” (1975)
67. Grateful Dead “Sugar Magnolia” (1970)
68. Grateful Dead “Friend of the Devil” (1970)
69. Gary Wright “Love Is Alive” (1975)
70. Stevie Wonder “Superstition” (1972)

71. Paul Simon “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” (1975)
72. Dolly Parton “Jolene” (1973)
73. Terry Jacks “Seasons in the Sun” (1974)
74. Dire Straits “Sultans of Swing” (1978)
75. Gilbert O’Sullivan “Alone Again (Naturally)” (1972)
76. Tony Orlando & Dawn “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” (1973)
77. Glen Campbell “Rhinestone Cowboy” (1975)
78. Jim Croce “Time in a Bottle” (1972)
79. Elton John & Kiki Dee “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (1976)
80. Rod Stewart “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” (1976)

81. Olivia Newton-John “I Honestly Love You” (1974)
82. Eric Clapton “I Shot the Sheriff” (1974)
83. Al Stewart “Year of the Cat” (1976)
84. Joe Cocker “You Are So Beautiful” (1974)
85. Johnny Nash “I Can See Clearly Now” (1972)
86. John Denver “Take Me Home, Country Roads” (1971)
87. Charlie Rich “The Most Beautiful Girl” (1973)
88. Starland Vocal Band “Afternoon Delight” (1976)
89. Linda Ronstadt “You’re No Good” (1974)
90. Captain & Tennille “Love Will Keep Us Together” (1975)

91. Christopher Cross “Sailing” (1979)
92. Rupert Holmes “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” (1979)
93. Bill Withers “Ain’t No Sunshine” (1971)
94. Player “Baby Come Back” (1977)
95. Jim Croce “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” (1973)
96. Blue Swede “Hooked on a Feeling” (1974)
97. Tony Orlando & Dawn “Knock Three Times” (1970)
98. John Denver “Sunshine on My Shoulders” (1971)
99. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “Mr. Bojangles” (1970)
100. Mary MacGregor “Torn Between Two Lovers” (1976)


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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Neil & Tim Finn: Top 100 Songs

First posted 6/7/2018; updated 5/7/2020.

Neil & 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).

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The Top 100 Songs of Neil & Tim Finn


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.)

The following codes reference who recorded the songs. CH = Crowded House, FB = Finn Brothers, NF = Neil Finn, TF = Tim Finn, SE = Split Enz

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)


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Friday, May 22, 2020

Dave's Music Database Hall of Fame: Album Inductees (May 2020)

Originally posted 5/22/2020.

January 22, 2019 marked the 10-year anniversary of the DMDB blog. To honor that, Dave’s Music Database announced its own Hall of Fame. This month marks the sixth batch of album inductees. There have been 38 albums in history with reported sales (officially and unofficially) of 30 million or more. 21 of those featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time. 11 have already been inducted: The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The Beatles Abbey Road (1969), Fleetwood Mac Rumours (1977), Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction (1987), Michael Jackson Thriller (1982), Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV (1971), Metallica Metallica (aka ‘The Black Album’) (1991), Nirvana Nevermind (1991), Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (1973), U2 The Joshua Tree (1987), and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack (1977). That leaves 10 albums to be inducted in this batch.

AC/DC Back in Black (1980)

Inducted May 2020 as “Top 100 Albums with 30 Million + Sales.”

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Dire Straits Brothers in Arms (1985)

Inducted May 2020 as “Top 100 Albums with 30 Million + Sales.”

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Eagles Hotel California (1976)

Inducted May 2020 as “Top 100 Albums with 30 Million + Sales.”

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Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)

Inducted May 2020 as “Top 100 Albums with 30 Million + Sales.”

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Bob Marley & the Wailers Legend (compilation: 1973-83, released 1984)

Inducted May 2020 as “Top 100 Albums with 30 Million + Sales.”

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Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell (1977)

Inducted May 2020 as “Top 100 Albums with 30 Million + Sales.”

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Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill (1995)

Inducted May 2020 as “Top 100 Albums with 30 Million + Sales.”

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Pink Floyd The Wall (1979)

Inducted May 2020 as “Top 100 Albums with 30 Million + Sales.”

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Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. (1984)

Inducted May 2020 as “Top 100 Albums with 30 Million + Sales.”

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Various Artists Grease (soundtrack, 1978)

Inducted May 2020 as “Top 100 Albums with 30 Million + Sales.”

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

New Jack Swing: Top 50 Songs

First posted 5/16/2020.

New Jack Swing:

Top 50 Songs

New Jack Swing is a sub-genre of R&B generally traced back to Janet Jackson’s Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis-produced Control album in 1986 and running into the ‘90s. It used some of the sampling, rhythm, and production techniques of hip-hop. Other significant producers included Babyface & L.A. Reid, Teddy Riley (who also fronted Guy and Blackstreet), and Bernard Belle. New Edition were one of the genre’s significant acts as well as former members Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, and Ralph Tresvant, as well as offshoot group Bell Biv DeVoe. 1991’s Dangerous album by Michael Jackson, and produced by Jackson and Riley, is the genre’s best-selling album with 30 million.

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

1. Bobby Brown “My Prerogative” (1988)
2. Boyz II Men “Motownphilly” (1991)
3. Tony! Toni! Toné! “Feels Good” (1990)
4. Bell Biv DeVoe “Poison” (1990)
5. Keith Sweat “I Want Her” (1987)
6. Johnny Kemp “Just Got Paid” (1988)
7. Johnny Gill “Rub You the Right Way” (1990)
8. Michael Jackson “Remember the Time” (1992)
9. Guy “Groove Me” (1988)
10. Color Me Badd “I Wanna Sex You Up” (1991)

11. Joe Public “Live and Learn” (1992)
12. Janet Jackson “Miss You Much” (1989)
13. Bobby Brown “Don’t Be Cruel” (1987)
14. Guy “Teddy’s Jam” (1988)
15. New Edition “If It Isn’t Love” (1988)
16. Jade “Don’t Wallk Away” (1992)
17. Christopher Williams “I’m Dreamin’” (1991)
18. Al B. Sure! “Nite and Day” (1988)
19. Bobby Brown “Every Little Step” (1989)
20. En Vogue “Hold On” (1990)

21. SWV (Sisters with Voices) “Weak” (1993)
22. Hi-Five “I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)” (1991)
23. Wreckx-N-Effect “New Jack Swing” (1989)
24. TLC “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” (1992)
25. TLC “What About Your Friends” (1992)
26. Public Announcement “She’s Got That Vibe” (1992)
27. Portrait “Here We Go Again’ (1992)
28. Karyn White “The Way You Love Me” (1988)
29. Ralph Tresvant “Sensitivity” (1990)
30. Troop “Spread My Wings” (1989)

31. Montell Jordan “This Is How We Do It” (1995)
32. Teddy Riley with Tammy Lucas “Is It Good to You” (1992)
33. Tony! Toni! Toné! “If I Had No Loot” (1993)
34. Hi-Five “She’s Playing Hard to Get” (1992)
35. Whitney Houston “I’m Your Baby Tonight” (1990)
36. Bell Biv DeVoe “Do Me!” (1990)
37. Shanice “I Love Your Smile” (1991)
38. Soul II Soul “Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)” (1989)
39. Timex Social Club “Rumours” (1986)
40. En Vogue “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” (1992)

41. LL Cool J “Around the Way Girl” (1990)
42. Club Nouveau “Lean on Me” (1987)
43. Heavy D & the Boyz “Now That We Found Love” (1991)
44. Janet Jackson “Love Will Never Do Witthout You” (1989)
45. Janet Jackson “Nasty” (1986)
46. Paula Abdul “Straight Up” (1988)
47. Another Bad Creation “Iesha” (1990)
48. Jodeci “Come and Talk to Me” (1991)
49. Janet Jackson “Rhythm Nationa” (1989)
50. Bobby Brown “On Our Own” (1989)

The Top 100 R&B Songs of All Time

First posted 3/7/2017; updated 5/16/2020.

R&B:

Top 100 Songs

Like most DMDB lists, this was created by aggregrating multiple genre-specific lists. In this case, 33 R&B-focused best-of lists were aggregrated. Here are the results:

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

1. Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968)
2. The Temptations “My Girl” (1965)
3. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)
4. Al Green “Let’s Stay Together” (1971)
5. Otis Redding “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” (1968)
6. Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On” (1971)
7. Percy Sledge “When a Man Loves a Woman” (1966)
8. The Miracles “The Tracks of My Tears” (1965)
9. Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get It On” (1973)
10. Sam Cooke “A Change Is Gonna Come” (1965)

11. James Brown “I Got You (I Feel Good)” (1965)
12. Ben E. King “Stand by Me” (1961)
13. Marvin Gaye “Sexual Healing” (1982)
14. Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (1966)
15. Prince “When Doves Cry” (1984)
16. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
17. Martha Reeves & the Vandellas “Dancing in the Street” (1964)
18. Stevie Wonder “Superstition” (1972)
19. Gladys Knight & the Pips “Midnight Train to Georgia” (1973)
20. James Brown “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” (1965)

21. Lionel Richie with Diana Ross “Endless Love” (1981)
22. Aaron Neville “Tell It Like It Is” (1966)
23. The Temptations “Just My Imagination Running Away with Me” (1971)
24. Ray Charles “What’d I Say” (1959)
25. Bill Withers “Lean on Me” (1972)
26. The Supremes “Baby Love” (1964)
27. Jackie Wilson “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher” (1967)
28. Sam & Dave “Soul Man” (1967)
29. The Supremes “You Can’t Hurry Love” (1966)
30. The Temptations “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” (1966)

31. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1983)
32. Wilson Pickett “In the Midnight Hour” (1965)
33. Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!” (2004)
34. Four Tops “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” (1965)
35. Mary Wells “My Guy” (1964)
36. Marvin Gaye “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” (1971)
37. Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You” (1994)
38. The Jackson 5 “I Want You Back” (1969)
39. Boyz II Men “End of the Road” (1992)
40. The Jackson 5 “I’ll Be There” (1970)

41. Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You” (1997)
42. The Drifters “Under the Boardwalk” (1964)
43. Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” (1972)
44. The Flamingos “I Only Have Eyes for You” (1959)
45. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (1967)
46. Booker T. & the MG’s “Green Onions” (1962)
47. Sam Cooke “You Send Me” (1957)
48. Etta James “At Last” (1961)
49. Brandy with Monica “The Boy Is Mine” (1998)
50. Ray Charles “Georgia on My Mind” (1960)

51. Barry White “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” (1974)
52. Fats Domino “Blueberry Hill” (1956)
53. Ray Charles “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (1962)
54. Junior Walker & the All Stars “Shotgun” (1965)
55. Roberta Flack “Killing Me Softly with His Song” (1973)
56. Toni Braxton “Un-Break My Heart” (1996)
57. The Platters “The Great Pretender” (1955)
58. Mariah Carey “We Belong Together” (2005)
59. The Miracles “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” (1962)
60. Tina Turner “What’s Love Got to Do with It” (1984)

61. Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” (1956)
62. The Supremes “Stop! In the Name of Love” (1965)
63. The Penguins “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” (1954)
64. R. Kelly “I Believe I Can Fly” (1996)
65. The Isley Brothers “It’s Your Thing” (1969)
66. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas “Heat Wave” (1963)
67. The Marvelettes “Please Mr. Postman” (1961)
68. The Miracles “Shop Around” (1960)
69. Jimmy Ruffin “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted” (1966)
70. The Drifters “Save the Last Dance for Me” (1960)

71. Commodores “Three Times a Lady” (1978)
72. Otis Redding “Try a Little Tenderness” (1966)
73. Sister Sledge “We Are Family” (1979)
74. The Jackson 5 “ABC” (1970)
75. Janet Jackson “That’s the Way Love Goes” (1993)
76. Aretha Franklin “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” (1967)
77. Lionel Richie “All Night Long (All Night)” (1983)
78. Al Green “Love and Happiness” (1977)
79. Otis Redding “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” (1965)
80. Chubby Checker “The Twist” (1960)

81. Isaac Hayes “Theme from ‘Shaft’” (1971)
82. Chuck Berry “Maybellene” (1955)
83. The Shirelles “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (1960)
84. Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (1978)
85. Gladys Knight & the Pips “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1967)
86. Fats Domino “Ain’t That a Shame” (1955)
87. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (1995)
88. Sly & the Family Stone “Everyday People” (1968)
89. Little Richard “Long Tall Sally” (1956)
90. The Temptations “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” (1972)

91. The Isley Brothers “This Old Heart of Mine” (1966)
92. The Staple Singers “I’ll Take You There” (1972)
93. The Impressions “People Get Ready” (1965)
94. James Brown “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” (1966)
95. The O’Jays “Love Train” (1973)
96. Arthur Conley “Sweet Soul Music” (1967)
97. The Platters “Only You and You Alone” (1955)
98. The Emotions “Best of My Love” (1977)
99. The Four Tops “Baby, I Need Your Loving” (1964)
100. Mariah Carey “Vision of Love” (1990)

Friday, May 15, 2020

Girl Groups: Top 50 Songs

First posted 4/14/2020; updated 5/15/2020.

Girl Groups, 1957-1969:

Top 50 Songs

Girl groups emerged in the early days of rock and roll. They were typically vocal groups with three or more singers and could be viewed as the female version of doo-wop. This list was created by aggregating over 20 lists and then taking all those songs appearing on 3+ lists and ranking them based on overall DMDB points. Here are the results:

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

  1. The Ronettes “Be My Baby” (1963)
  2. Martha & the Vandellas “Dancing in the Street” (1964)
  3. The Shirelles “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (1960)
  4. The Supremes “Where Did Our Love Go” (1964)
  5. The Supremes “Baby Love” (1964)
  6. The Supremes “Stop! In the Name of Love” (1965)
  7. The Supremes “You Can’t Hurry Love” (1966)
  8. The Dixie Cups “Chapel of Love” (1964)
  9. The Marvelettes “Please Mr. Postman” (1961)
  10. The Chiffons “He’s So Fine” (1963)

  11. The Crystals “Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)” (1963)
  12. Martha & the Vandellas “Heat Wave” (1963)
  13. The Crystals “He’s a Rebel” (1962)
  14. The Supremes “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (1966)
  15. The Shangri-La’s “Leader of the Pack” (1964)
  16. The Supremes “Love Child” (1968)
  17. The Shirelles “Soldier Boy” (1962)
  18. The Supremes “Someday We’ll Be Together” (1969)
  19. Martha & the Vandellas “Nowhere to Run” (1965)
  20. The Chiffons “One Fine Day” (1963)

  21. The Angels “My Boyfriend’s Back” (1963)
  22. The Chantels “Maybe” (1958)
  23. The Supremes “Come See About Me” (1964)
  24. The Toys “A Lover’s Concerto” (1965)
  25. The Crystals “Then He Kissed Me” (1963)
  26. The Bobbettes “Mr. Lee” (1957)
  27. The Supremes “I Hear a Symphony” (1965)
  28. The Shangri-La’s “Remember Walking in the Sand” (1964)
  29. The Shirelles “Dedicated to the One I Love” (1959)
  30. The Supremes “Back in My Arms Again” (1965)

  31. The Chordettes “Lollipop” (1958)
  32. The Supremes “Reflections” (1967)
  33. The Exciters “Tell Him” (1962)
  34. The Jaynetts “Sally Go ‘Round the Roses” (1963)
  35. The Supremes “Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone” (1967)
  36. The Poni-Tails “Born Too Late” (1958)
  37. The Essex “Easier Said Than Done” (1963)
  38. Paris Sisters “I Love How You Love Me” (1961)
  39. The Ad Libs “Boy from New York City” (1965)
  40. The Shirelles “Baby It’s You” (1961)

  41. Martha & the Reeves “Jimmy Mack” (1967)
  42. The Dixie Cups “Iko Iko” (1965)
  43. The Ronettes “Baby I Love You” (1963)
  44. The Crystals “There’s No Other Like My Baby” (1961)
  45. The Supremes “When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes” (1963)
  46. The Crystals “He’s Sure the Boy I Love” (1962)
  47. The Murmaids “Popsicles and Icicles” (1963)
  48. The Ronettes “Do I Love You?” (1964)
  49. The Shirelles “Mama Said” (1961)
  50. The Cookies “Chains” (1962)