Thursday, December 31, 2020

2020: Top 25 Albums

First posted 1/8/2021; updated 1/12/2021.

Dave’s Music Database:

Top Albums of 2020

Based on a combination of year-end lists and overall status in Dave’s Music Database, these are the top 25 albums of 2020:

  1. Taylor Swift Folklore
  2. Fiona Apple Fetch the Bolt Cutters
  3. Bruce Springsteen Letter to You
  4. The Weeknd After Hours
  5. Bob Dylan Rough and Rowdy Ways
  6. Dua Lipa Future Nostalgia
  7. Phoebe Bridgers Punisher
  8. Taylor Swift Evermore
  9. Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 4 (RTJ4)
  10. Dixie Chicks Gaslighter

  11. Haim Women in Music Part III
  12. Pop Smoke Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
  13. Lady Gaga Chromatica
  14. Lil Baby My Turn
  15. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit Reunions
  16. Lil Uzi Vert Eternal Atake
  17. Tame Impala The Slow Rush
  18. BTS Map of the Soul: 7
  19. Perfume Genius Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
  20. 21 Savage/Metro Boomin Savage Mode II

  21. AC/DC Power Up
  22. Juice Wrld Legends Never Die
  23. Rina Sawayama Sawayama
  24. Ariana Grande Positions
  25. The Strokes The New Abnormal

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Monday, December 28, 2020

Top 100 Albums of the 21st Century

First posted 12/13/2020; updated 12/28/2020.

2000-2019:

The Top 100 Albums

The book Top 100 Albums of All Time was published by Dave’s Music Database in 2014. It aggregated more than 150 best-of lists from all manner of music publications and entities and crunching those figures into a database along with sales figures, chart results, critical ratings, and various awards. (Click links to see detailed sources).

The book only featured one album from the 21st century (Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP) and, frankly, if I were to revise the book I’d re-focus it just on the 20th century. Either way, this book serves as a sequel, keying in on the top 100 albums of the 21st century. Here are the results:

Also, check out annual picks for album of the year.

1. Adele 21 (2011)
2. The Strokes Is This It (2001)
3. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
4. Amy Winehouse Back to Black (2006)
5. The White Stripes Elephant (2003)
6. Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
7. Radiohead Kid A (2000)
8. Green Day American Idiot (2004)
9. Arcade Fire Funeral (2004)
10. Norah Jones Come Away with Me (2002)

11. Eminem The Eminem Show (2002)
12. Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)
13. Taylor Swift 1989 (2014)
14. Kendrick Lamar Damn. (2017)
15. Adele 25 (2015)
16. OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)
17. Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)
18. Frank Ocean Channel Orange (2012)
19. Taylor Swift Fearless (2008)
20. Radiohead In Rainbows (2007)

21. Beyoncé Lemonade (2016)
22. Kanye West The College Dropout (2004)
23. Usher Confessions (2004)
24. Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
25. Kendrick Lamar Good Kid m.A.A.d. City (2012)
26. O Brother Where Art Thou (soundtrack, 2000)
27. OutKast Stankonia (2000)
28. Lady Gaga The Fame (2008)
29. Arcade Fire The Suburbs (2010)
30. Coldplay Parachutes (2000)

31. Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor (2001)
32. Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)
33. Taylor Swift Red (2012)
34. The White Stripes White Blood Cells (2001)
35. Jay-Z The Blueprint (2001)
36. U2 All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000)
37. Coldplay X & Y (2005)
38. David Bowie Blackstar (2016)
39. Linkin Park Hybrid Theory (2000)
40. 50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003)

41. Justin Timberlake Justified (2002)
42. James Blunt Back to Bedlam (2004)
43. Eminem Recovery (2010)
44. Katy Perry Teenage Dream (2010)
45. Beyoncé Dangerously in Love (2003)
46. Drake Views (2016)
47. Beyoncé Beyoncé (2013)
48. Sufjan Stevens Illinois (2005)
49. Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008)
50. Ed Sheeran ÷ (Divide) (2017)

51. Kanye West Late Registration (2005)
52. Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand (2004)
53. LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver (2007)
54. Frozen (soundtrack, 2013)
55. Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour (2018)
56. D’Angelo & the Vanguard Black Messiah (2015)
57. Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006)
58. Frank Ocean Blond (2016)
59. D’Angelo Voodoo (2000)
60. Bruce Springsteen The Rising (2002)

61. Beck Sea Change (2002)
62. Mariah Carey The Emancipation of Mimi (2005)
63. Brian Wilson Smile (2004)
64. Bob Dylan Love and Theft (2001)
65. PJ Harvey Let England Shake (2011)
66. Drake Take Care (2011)
67. Bilie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019)
68. Taylor Swift Speak Now (2010)
69. U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004)
70. Ed Sheeran X (Multiply) (2014)

71. Norah Jones Feels Like Home (2004)
72. Lorde Melodrama (2017)
73. Carrie Underwood Some Hearts (2005)
74. Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City (2013)
75. Evanescence Fallen (2003)
76. Kings of Leon Only by the Night (2008)
77. Dixie Chicks Home (2002)
78. Keane Hopes and Fears (2004)
79. Chris Stapleton Traveller (2015)
80. Streets Original Pirate Material (2002)

81. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raising Sand (2007)
82. Lady Gaga Born This Way (2011)
83. Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes (2008)
84. Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose (2004)
85. Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009)
86. Rihanna Anti (2016)
87. Bob Dylan Modern Times (2006)
88. Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf (2002)
89. Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour (2014)
90. N Sync No Strings Attached (2000)

91. Bruno Mars Doo Wops & Hooligans (2010)
92. Lady Antebellum Need You Now (2010)
93. PJ Harvey Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000)
94. Shania Twain Up! (2002)
95. Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way (2002)
96. High School Musical (TV soundtrack, 2006)
97. The Libertines Up the Bracket (2002)
98. Mumford & Sons Babel (2012)
99. The Killers Hot Fuss (2004)
100. Janelle Monáe The Arch Android (2010)


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Friday, December 18, 2020

#1 Songs in the U.S. and UK

First posted 12/18/2020.

Songs to Reach #1 in United States and United Kingdom

Since the United States starting charting songs as far back as 1898 and the United Kingdom started in 1950, there have been more than 1300 and 2000 #1 songs on the charts respectively. Only 260 songs have reached the pinnacle on both sides of the pond. When one factors in the Australian and Canadian charts as well, only 128 songs have topped all four charts. Those songs are marked below with an asterisk (*).

Note: the dates refer to the song’s first chart appearance or release date.

Click here to see other lists based on charts.

The 1940s/1950s:

  • Gene Autry “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (12/3/1949)
  • Anton Karas “The Third Man Theme” (1/28/1950)
  • Teresa Brewer with the Dixieland All Stars “Music! Music! Music!” (2/4/1950)
  • Patti Page “Tennessee Waltz” (11/18/1950)
  • Nat “King” Cole with Les Baxter’s Orchestra “Too Young” (4/14/1951)
  • Tommy Edwards “It’s All in the Game” (9/15/1951) *
  • Al Martino “Here in My Heart” (5/17/1952)
  • Vera Lynn with Ronald Shaw’s Orchestra “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart” (6/14/1952)
  • Jo Stafford “You Belong to Me” (8/9/1952)
  • Perry Como with the Ramblers & the Mitchell Ayres Orchestra “Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes’ (12/6/1952)
  • Eddie Fisher with Hugo Winterhalter’s Orchestra & Sally Sweetland “I’m Walking Behind You” (5/9/1953)
  • Doris Day “Secret Love” (1/9/1954)
  • Kitty Kallen with Jack Pleis Orchestra “Little Things Mean a Lot” (4/17/1954)
  • Bill Haley & His Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock” (5/10/1954)
  • Rosemary Clooney “This Ole House” (8/7/1954)
  • Perez “Prez” Prado “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” (1/31/1955)
  • Tennessee Ernie Ford “Sixteen Tons” (10/24/1955)
  • Dean Martin “Memories Are Made of This” (11/21/1955)
  • Kay Starr with Hugo Winterhalter’s Orchestra “Rock and Roll Waltz” (12/23/1955)
  • Guy Mitchell “Singing the Blues” (10/20/1956)
  • Tab Hunter “Young Love” (12/20/1956)
  • Andy Williams “Butterfly” (2/9/1957)
  • Elvis Presley “All Shook Up” (3/22/1957)
  • Buddy Holly & the Crickets “That’ll Be the Day” (5/27/1957)
  • Paul Anka “Diana” (6/29/1957) *
  • Elvis Presley “Jailhouse Rock” (9/24/1957)
  • The Everly Brothers “All I Have to Do Is Dream” (4/14/1958)
  • Conway Twitty “It’s Only Make Believe” (9/8/1958)
  • The Platters “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” (11/17/1958) *
  • Bobby Darin “Mack the Knife” (8/24/1959)
  • Johnny Preston “Running Bear” (10/12/1959)

The 1960s:

  • The Everly Brothers “Cathy’s Clown” (4/18/1960)
  • Elvis Presley “It’s Now or Never” (7/5/1960) *
  • Elvis Presley “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (11/1/1960) *
  • Elvis Presley “Surrender” (2/7/1961) *
  • The Marcels “Blue Moon” (2/27/1961)
  • Del Shannon “Runaway” (3/6/1961) *
  • The Highwaymen “Michael Row the Boat Ashore” (7/3/1961)
  • Elvis Presley “Good Luck Charm” (2/27/1962) *
  • Ray Charles “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (4/30/1962) *
  • The Tornadoes “Telstar” (8/30/1962)
  • The Beatles “She Loves You” (8/23/1963)
  • The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (11/29/1963) *
  • The Beatles “Can’t Buy Me Love” (3/16/1964)
  • Peter & Gordon “A World Without Love” (5/9/1964)
  • The Animals “The House of the Rising Sun” (6/19/1964)
  • The Beatles “A Hard Day’s Night” (7/10/1964) *
  • Manfred Mann “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” (7/18/1964)
  • Roy Orbison “(Oh) Pretty Woman” (8/29/1964) *
  • The Supremes “Baby Love” (9/17/1964)
  • The Beatles “I Feel Fine” (11/23/1964) *
  • The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” (12/12/1964)
  • The Beatles “Ticket to Ride” (4/9/1965) *
  • The Byrds “Mr. Tambourine Man” (4/12/1965)
  • The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (6/6/1965)
  • Sonny & Cher “I Got You Babe” (7/10/1965)
  • The Beatles “Help!” (7/19/1965) *
  • The Rolling Stones “Get Off of My Cloud” (9/25/1965)
  • The Beatles “We Can Work It Out” (12/3/1965) *
  • Nancy Sinatra “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” (1/22/1966) *
  • The Rolling Stones “Paint It Black” (5/7/1966) *
  • Frank Sinatra “Strangers in the Night” (5/7/1966)
  • The Beatles “Paperback Writer” (5/30/1966) *
  • Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (8/18/1966)
  • The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” (10/10/1966)
  • The Monkees “I’m a Believer” (11/12/1966) *
  • Frank Sinatra & Nancy Sinatra “Somethin’ Stupid” (3/18/1967) *
  • The Beatles “All You Need Is Love” (7/7/1967) *
  • The Beatles “Hello Goodbye” (11/24/1967) *
  • The Beatles “Hey Jude” (8/26/1968) *
  • Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (10/30/1068)
  • Tommy Roe “Dizzy” (1/18/1969)
  • The Beatles with Billy Preston “Get Back” (4/11/1969) *
  • The Archies “Sugar, Sugar” (5/24/1969)
  • Zager & Evans “In the Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus)” (6/21/1969)
  • The Rolling Stones “Honky Tonk Women” (7/4/1969)

The 1970s:

  • Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1/26/1970
  • The Miracles “The Tears of a Clown” (8/1/1970)
  • Tony Orlando & Dawn “Knock Three Times” (11/21/1970) *
  • George Harrison “My Sweet Lord” (11/28/1970) *
  • Rod Stewart “Maggie May” (7/17/1971) *
  • Harry Nisson “Without You” (12/11/1971) *
  • Chuck Berry “My Ding-a-Ling (live)” (8/5/1972)
  • Tony Orlando & Dawn “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” (2/3/1973) *
  • Steve Miller Band “The Joker” (10/20/1973)
  • Terry Jacks “Seasons in the Sun” (1/5/1974) *
  • Ray Stevens “The Streak” (4/13/1974)
  • George McCrae “Rock Your Baby” (5/11/1974)
  • John Denver “Annie’s Song” (5/25/1974)
  • Carl Douglas “Kung Fu Fighting” (10/12/1974) *
  • The Four Seasons “December 1963 (Oh What a Night)” (12/27/1975)
  • Elton John & Kiki Dee “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (6/21/1976) *
  • Chicago “If You Leave Me Now” (8/6/1976) *
  • Abba “Dancing Queen” (8/16/1976) *
  • David Soul “Don’t Give Up on Us” (12/31/1976) *
  • Leo Sayer “When I Need You” (2/26/1977)
  • Bee Gees “Night Fever” (2/3/1978)
  • Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta “You’re the One That I Want” (4/1/1978)
  • Commodores “Three Times a Lady” (6/17/1978) *
  • Rod Stewart “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” (11/10/1978) *
  • Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (12/16/1978)
  • Blondie “Heart of Glass” (1/3/1979) *
  • Bee Gees “Tragedy” (2/2/1979)
  • Anita Ward “Ring My Bell” (5/12/1979)
  • Pink Floyd “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” (11/23/1979)

The 1980s:

  • Blondie “Call Me” (2/1/1980)
  • Barbra Streisand “Woman in Love” (8/29/1980) *
  • John Lennon “Just Like Starting Over” (10/20/1980) *
  • Blondie “The Tide Is High” (11/8/1980)
  • Men at Work “Down Under” (10/23/1981) *
  • The Human League “Don’t You Want Me?” (11/28/1981)
  • Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder “Ebony and Ivory” (3/29/1982)
  • Survivor “Eye of the Tiger” (6/5/1982) *
  • Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Come on Eileen” (6/25/1982)
  • Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1/2/1983) *
  • Bonnie Tyler “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (2/11/1983) *
  • David Bowie “Let’s Dance” (3/17/1983)
  • The Police “Every Breath You Take” (5/13/1983)
  • UB40 “Red Red Wine” (8/20/1983)
  • Culture Club “Karma Chameleon” (9/17/1983) *
  • Lionel Richie “Hello” (2/13/1984) *
  • Duran Duran “The Reflex” (4/16/1984)
  • Wham! “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” (5/14/1984) *
  • George Michael “Careless Whisper” (7/24/1984) *
  • Stevie Wonder “I Just Called to Say I Love You” (8/1/1984) *
  • Foreigner “I Want to Know What Love Is” (11/13/1984) *
  • U.S.A. for Africa “We Are the World” (3/7/1985) *
  • Whitney Houston “Saving All My Love for You” (6/29/1985)
  • Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls” (10/28/1985)
  • Falco “Rock Me Amadeus” (2/8/1986)
  • Madonna “Papa Don’t Preach” (6/11/1986) *
  • Berlin “Take My Breath Away” (6/15/1986)
  • Aretha Franklin & George Michael “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me” (1/19/1987)
  • Starship “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” (1/30/1987)
  • Whitney Houston “I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me” (4/30/1987) *
  • Los Lobos “La Bamba” (6/27/1987) *
  • Madonna “Who’s That Girl” (6/30/1987)
  • Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” (7/20/1987)
  • Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up” (7/28/1987) *
  • Tiffany “I Think We’re Alone Now” (8/29/1987)
  • Belinda Carlisle “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” (9/18/1987)
  • Phil Collins “A Groovy Kind of Love” (9/2/1988)
  • Bangles “Eternal Flame” (2/3/1989)
  • Madonna “Like a Prayer” (2/27/1989) *
  • New Kids on the Block “Hangin’ Tough” (7/3/1989)

The 1990s:

  • Sinéad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1/20/1990) *
  • Madonna “Vogue” 3/20/1990) *
  • Vanilla Ice “Ice Ice Baby” (9/8/1990)
  • Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (6/8/1991) *
  • Michael Jackson “Black or White” (11/11/1991) *
  • George Michael with Elton John “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (live)” (11/30/1991)
  • Boyz II Men “End of the Road” (6/30/1992)
  • Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (11/3/1992) *
  • UB40 “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (5/1/1993) *
  • Meat Loaf “I’d Do Anything for Love But I Won’t Do That” (9/5/1993) *
  • Mariah Carey “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (10/29/1994) *
  • Michael Jackson “You Are Not Alone” (8/4/1995)
  • Coolio & LV “Gangsta’s Paradise” (8/8/1995)
  • Spice Girls “Wannabe” (6/26/1996)
  • Hanson “Mmmbop” (3/28/1997) *
  • Puff Daddy, Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You” (6/14/1997)
  • Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (9/6/1997) *
  • Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (12/8/1997) *
  • Britney Spears “Baby One More Time” (10/9/1998) *
  • Cher “Believe” (10/19/1998) *
  • Ricky Martin “Livin’ La Vida Loca” (4/9/1999)
  • Christina Aguilera “Genie in a Bottle” (5/21/1999)

The 2000s:

  • Madonna “Music” (8/4/2000) *
  • Destiny’s Child “Independent Women” (9/4/2000) Shaggy with Rayvon “Angel” (12/30/2000)
  • Christina Aguilera with Lil’ Kim, Mya, & Pink “Lady Marmalade” (4/6/2001)
  • Nelly & Kelly Rowland “Dilemma” (6/25/2002)
  • Eminem “Lose Yourself” (9/17/2002) *
  • Beyoncé with Jay-Z “Crazy in Love” (5/19/2003)
  • Usher, Lil Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!” (1/3/2004) *
  • Usher “Burn” (3/13/2004)
  • Ciara “Goodies” (6/19/2004)
  • James Blunt “You’re Beautiful” (5/30/2005)
  • Ne-Yo “So Sick” (11/19/2005)
  • Shakira & Wyclef Jean “Hips Don’t Lie” (2/28/2006)
  • Justin Timberlake “Sexyback” (7/14/2006) *
  • Timbaland with Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake “Give It to Me” (2/4/2007)
  • Rihanna & Jay-Z “Umbrella” Rihanna & Jay-Z (3/29/2007) *
  • Sean Kingston “Beautiful Girls” (5/27/2007) *
  • Kanye West with Daft Punk “Stronger” (7/22/2007)
  • Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love” (10/19/2007) *
  • Madonna “Take a Bow” (3/23/2008)
  • Lady Gaga & Colby O’Donis “Just Dance” (4/8/2008) *
  • Katy Perry “I Kissed a Girl” (4/28/2008) *
  • Coldplay “Viva La Vida” (5/24/2008)
  • Pink “So What” (8/17/2008) *
  • Lady Gaga “Poker Face” (9/23/2008) *
  • Black Eyed Peas “Boom Boom Pow” (11/12/2008) *
  • Kelly Clarkson “My Life Would Suck Without You” (1/13/2009)
  • Flo Rida & Ke$ha “Right Round” (1/18/2009) *
  • Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” (5/31/2009) *
  • Owl City “Fireflies” (8/22/2009)
  • Taio Cruz with Ludacris “Break Your Heart” (9/26/2009)

The 2010s:

  • B.o.B. with Bruno Mars “Nothin’ on You” (2/2/2010)
  • Usher with will.i.am “OMG” (3/22/2010)
  • Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg “California Gurls” (5/11/2010) *
  • Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are (Amazing)” (7/20/2010) *
  • Rihanna “Only Girl in the World” (9/20/2010) *
  • Bruno Mars “Grenade” (9/29/2010) *
  • Kesha “We R Who We R” (10/22/2010)
  • Rihanna with Drake “What’s My Name?” (10/24/2010)
  • Adele “Someone Like You” (1/24/2011)
  • LMFAO, Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem” (1/25/2011) *
  • Pitbull with Ne-Yo, Afrojack, & Nayer “Give Me Everything” (3/18/2011)
  • Gotye & Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (7/5/2011) *
  • Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe” (9/20/2011) *
  • Fun. & Janelle Monáe “We Are Young” (9/20/2011) *
  • Rihanna & Calvin Harris “We Found Love” (9/22/2011)
  • Katy Perry “Part of Me” (2/13/2012)
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz “Thrift Shop” (8/27/2012) *
  • Rihanna “Diamonds” (9/27/2012)
  • Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” (3/26/2013) *
  • Lorde “Royals” (6/3/2013)
  • Katy Perry “Roar” (8/10/2013) *
  • Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball” (8/25/2013)
  • Pitbull & Ke$ha “Timber” (10/7/2013)
  • Magic! “Rude” (10/10/2013)
  • Eminem with Rihanna “The Monster” (10/29/2013) *
  • Pharrell Williams “Happy” (10/29/2013) *
  • OMI “Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)” (5/19/2014) *
  • Meghan Trainor “All About That Bass” (6/30/2014) *
  • Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” (11/10/2014) *
  • Wiz Khalifa with Charlie Puth “See You Again” (3/10/2015) *
  • Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?” (8/28/2015) *
  • Adele “Hello” (10/23/2015) *
  • Justin Bieber “Sorry” (10/23/2015)
  • Justin Bieber “Love Yourself” (11/9/2015) *
  • Zayn “Pillow Talk” (1/29/2016) *
  • Drake with WizKid & Kyla “One Dance” (4/5/2016) *
  • The Chainsmokers with Halsey “Closer” (7/29/2016) *
  • Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (1/6/2017) *
  • Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber “Despacito” (1/12/2017) *
  • Ed Sheeran with Beyoncé “Perfect” (3/25/2017) *
  • DJ Khaled with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne “I’m the One” (4/28/2017) *
  • Camila Cabello with Young Thug “Havana” (8/3/2017) *
  • Taylor Swift “Look What You made Me Do” (8/24/2017) *
  • Post Malone with 21 Savage “Rockstar” (9/15/2017) *
  • Drake “God’s Plan” (1/19/2018) *
  • Drake “Nice for What” (4/6/2018) *
  • Drake “In My Feelings” (7/10/2018) *
  • Lady Gaga with Bradley Cooper “Shallow” (9/27/2018) *
  • Ariana Grande “Thank U, Next” (11/3/2018) *
  • Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved” (11/8/2018)
  • Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” (12/3/2018) *
  • Ariana Grande “7 Rings” (1/18/2019) *
  • Shawn Mendes with Camila Cabello “Señorita” (6/21/2019) *
  • The Weeknd “Blinding Lights” (11/29/2019) *

The 2020s:

  • Drake “Toosie Slide” (4/3/2010)
  • DaBaby with Roddy Ricch “Rockstar” (4/17/2020) *
  • Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande “Rain on Me” (5/22/2020)
  • Jawsh 685 with Jason Derulo “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” (6/11/2020) *
  • 24K Goldn with Iann Dior “Mood” (7/24/2020) *
  • Cardi B with Megan Thee Stallion “WAP” (8/7/2020) *
  • Ariana Grande “Positions” (10/23/2020) *

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Dave’s Faves: Albums of the Year

First posted 8/12/2020; updated 12/15/2020.

Dave’s Faves:

Albums of the Year

These are my personal favorite albums each year from 1963 to the present.

You can check out other album of the year lists here. See more Dave’s Faves lists here.


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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Billboard: Albums of the Year

First posted 9/6/2020; updated 12/12/2020.

Billboard:

Albums of the Year, 1956-2019

Billboard magazine has named an album of the year each year since 1956. The award is based on the album with the best overall chart performance in that calendar year.

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Friday, December 11, 2020

New Musical Express: Albums of the Year

First posted 12/30/2020.

New Musical Express:

Albums of the Year, 1963-2020

This UK music magazine started as a newspaper in 1952, known for publishing the initial British singles charts. It ceased print publication in January 2018, but still maintains a website. They have published annual album-of-the-year lists since 1974. This list also factors in pre-1974 album-of-the-year awards based on appearances on best-of-all-time lists from NME.

NME announced their top 50 albums of 2020 on December 11, 2020.

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Spin: Albums of the Year

Last updated 12/10/2020.

Spin Magazine:

Albums of the Year

From 1990 to the present, Spin magazine has named an album of the year. Because they’ve also done multiple best-of-all-time lists, I have extended the album-of-the-year selections back to 1965 based on those lists.

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Monday, December 7, 2020

Billboard - Songs of the Year, 1958-2020

First posted 12/29/2014; updated 12/7/2020.

Billboard:

Songs of the Year, 1958-2020

Each year since the inception of the Billboard Hot 100, the magazine has named a “song of the year” determined by chart performance. Here are those songs from 1958 to present.

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U.S. Biggest #1 Pop Songs in Chart History

First posted 10/29/2017; updated 12/7/2020.

USA’s Biggest #1 Pop Songs:

1890-2020

These are the biggest #1 pop songs in the history of the United States pop charts from 1890 to present. Songs could have hit #1 on any of the following charts:

  • the pre-Hot 100 pop charts, 1890-1955 (BB)
  • Billboard Hot 100 chart, 1955-present (BB)
  • Billboard Best Sellers chart, 1940-1958 (BS)
  • Billboard Disc Jockey Hits, 1944-1958 (DJ)
  • Billboard Juke Box Hits, 1940-1957 (JB)
  • Billboard pop airplay chart, 1984-present (BA)
  • Billboard digital chart, 2005-present (DG)
  • Billboard streaming chart, 2013-present (ST)
  • Hit Parade, 1935-1955 (HP)
  • Cashbox, 1950-1996 (CB)
  • Hit Records, 1954-1982 (HR)
  • Radio & Records/Mediabase, 1973-2015 (RR)
All songs with 10 or more weeks on any of these charts are listed. If a song hit #1 on more than chart, only the chart where the song had the most weeks is noted. However, at times Hit Parade and Cashbox did not designate a specific artist with the #1 song. For example, “Some Enchanted Evening” was a #1 song on Hit Parade in 1949, but because there were multiple versions of the song out at the time, it wasn’t credited to any specific artist. In such cases, this list attributes the song only to an artist if that artist also hit #1 on another of the noted charts.

One last note – in the event of ties, songs are ranked according to most overall points in Dave’s Music Database. For songs which hit #1 multiple times, the version which accumulated the most points is used.

See other chart-based lists here.


    26 weeks:

  1. The Weeknd “Blinding Lights” (BA: 2020)
    20 weeks:

  2. Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” (ST: 2018)


    18 weeks:

  3. Goo Goo Dolls “Iris” (BA, 1998)
    17 weeks:

  4. Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber “Despacito” (DG: 2017)
  5. Francis Craig with Bob Lamm “Near You” (BB: 1947)

    16 weeks:

  6. Mariah Carey “We Belong Together” (BA: 2005)
  7. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (BB: 1995)
  8. Maroon 5 with Cardi B “Girls Like You” (BA: 2017)
  9. No Doubt “Don’t Speak” (BA: 1996)
    14 weeks:

  10. Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers “White Christmas” (BB: 1942)
  11. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (BB: 1992)
  12. Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (BB: 1997)
  13. Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” (BB: 2014)
  14. Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” (BB: 2009)
  15. Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” (BB: 1995)
  16. Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You” (BB: 1994)
  17. Alicia Keys “No One” (BA: 2001)
  18. Celine Dion “Because You Loved Me” (BA: 1996)
  19. Post Malone with 21 Savage “Rockstar” (ST: 2017)
  20. Iggy Azalea with Charli XCX “Fancy” (ST: 2014)
  21. Panic! At the Disco “High Hopes” (BA: 2018)
  22. Desiigner “Panda” (ST: 2015)
    13 weeks:

  23. Glenn Miller “In the Mood” (BB: 1939)
  24. Gene Austin “My Blue Heaven” (BB: 1927)
  25. Patti Page “Tennessee Waltz” (BB: 1950)
  26. The Chainsmokers with Halsey “Closer” (DG: 2016)
  27. Ben Selvin “Dardanella” (BB: 1920)
  28. Debby Boone “You Light Up My Life” (HR: 1977)
  29. The Weavers with Gordon Jenkins’ Orchestra “Goodnight Irene” (BB: 1950)
  30. Artie Shaw “Frenesi” (BB: 1940)

  31. The Ink Spots “The Gypsy” (BB: 1946)
  32. Boyz II Men “End of the Road” (BB: 1992)
  33. Harry James with Helen Forrest “I’ve Heard That Song Before” (BB: 1943)
  34. Ace of Base “The Sign” (BA: 1994)
  35. Ted Weems with Elmo Tanner “Heartaches” (BB: 1947)
  36. Brandy with Monica “The Boy Is Mine” (BB: 1998)
  37. TLC “No Scrubs” (BA: 1999)
  38. Donna Lewis “I Love You Always Forever” (BA: 1996)
  39. Miley Cyrus” Wrecking Ball” (ST: 2013)
  40. Roddy Rich “The Box” (ST: 2019)
    12 weeks:

  41. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (BB: Ed 2017)
  42. Eminem “Lose Yourself” (BB: 2002)
  43. Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!” (BB: 2004)
  44. Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” (BB: 2013)
  45. Wiz Khalifa with Charlie Puth “See You Again” (BB:, 2015)
  46. Santana with Rob Thomas “Smooth” (BB: 1999)
  47. The Mills Brothers “Paper Doll” (BB: 1943)
  48. Vernon Dalhart “The Prisoner’s Song” (BB: 1925)
  49. Black Eyed Peas “Boom Boom Pow” (BB: 2009)
  50. Rihanna with Calvin Harris “We Found Love” (BA: 2011)

  51. Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra with Frank Sinatra & the Pied Pipers “I’ll Never Smile Again” (BB: 1940)
  52. Vaughn Monroe “Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)” (BB:1949)
  53. Jo Stafford “You Belong to Me” (BB: 1952)
  54. Al Jolson “Sonny Boy” (BB: 1928)
  55. Nelly with Kelly Rowland “Dilemma” (BA: 2002)
  56. Nat “King” Cole “Too Young” (HP: 1951)
    11 weeks:

  57. Elvis Presley “Don’t Be Cruel” / “Hound Dog” (BB: 1956)
  58. Leo Reisman & His Orchestra with Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers “Cheek to Cheek” (BB: 1935)

  59. Pharrell Williams “Happy” (DG: 2013)
  60. Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra “Whispering” (BB: 1920)

  61. Adele “Hello” (BA: 2015)
  62. Al Jolson “April Showers” (BB: 1922)
  63. Byron Harlan “School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids)” (BB: 1907)
  64. Beyoncé “Irreplaceable” (BA: 2006)
  65. Drake “God’s Plan” (BB: 2018)
  66. American Quartet with Billy Murray “Casey Jones” (BB: 1910)
  67. Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You” (BB: 1997)
  68. Haydn Quartet “Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet” (BB: 1909)
  69. Justin Bieber “Love Yourself” (BA: 2015)
  70. Toni Braxton “Un-Break My Heart” (BB: 1996)

  71. Natalie Imbruglia “Torn” (BA: 1997)
  72. All-4-One “I Swear” (BB: 1994)
  73. Johnnie Ray & the Four Lads “Cry” (BB: 1951)
  74. Arthur Collins “The Preacher and the Bear” (BB: 1905)
  75. Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra with Franklyn Baur “Valencia (A Song of Spain)” (BB: 1926)
  76. Henry Burr “Just a Baby’s Prayer at Twilight (For Her Daddy Over There)” (BB: 1918)
  77. Les Paul with Mary Ford “Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You)” (BB: 1953)
  78. Destiny’s Child “Independent Women” (BB: 2000)
  79. Anton Karas “The Third Man Theme” (BB: 1950)
  80. Mariah Carey “Dreamlover” (BB: 1993)

  81. Tony Bennett “Because of You” (HP: 1951)
  82. Len Spencer “Arkansaw Traveler” (BB: 1902)
  83. Frankie Carle & Marjorie Hughes “Oh What It Seemed to Be” (BB: 1946)
  84. Mario “Let Me Love You” (BA: 2004)
  85. Boyz II Men “On Bended Knee” (BA: 1994)
  86. Post Malone “Circles” (BA: 2019)
  87. Khalid “Talk” (BA: 2019)
  88. Miley Cyrus “We Can’t Stop” (ST: 2013)
  89. Guy Lombardo “The Third Man Theme” (BB: 1950)
    10 weeks:

  90. Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (BB: 1911)
  91. Leo Reisman’s Orchestra with Fred Astaire “Night and Day” (BB: 1932)
  92. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (BA: 1997)
  93. Billy Murray “You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”)” (BB: 1906)
  94. Haydn Quartet “Sweet Adeline (You’re the Flower of My Heart)” (BB: 1904)
  95. Bing Crosby with George Stoll’s Orchestra “Pennies from Heaven” (BB: 1936)
  96. Flo Rida with T-Pain “Low” (BB: 2007)
  97. Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb & His Orchestra “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” (BB: 1938)
  98. Kanye West with Jamie Foxx “Gold Digger” (BB: 2005)
  99. Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love” (RR: 2007)
  100. Dinah Shore & Her Harper Valley Boys “Buttons and Bows” (BB/HP: 1948)

  101. Olivia Newton-John “Physical” (BB: 1981)
  102. The Harmonicats “Peg O’ My Heart” (HP: 1947)
  103. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz “Thrift Shop” (DG: 2012)
  104. Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra “I’ll Be Seeing You” (HP: 1944)
  105. Drake “One Dance” (BB: 2016)
  106. Byron Harlan “My Gal Sal” (BB: 1907)
  107. Meghan Trainor “All About That Bass” (ST: 2014)
  108. Perry Como “Some Enchanted Evening” (HP: 1949)
  109. Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (DG: 2016)
  110. Nick Lucas “Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips with Me” (BB: 1929)

  111. Seal “Kiss from a Rose” (BA: 1994)
  112. George J. Gaskin “After the Ball” (BB: 1893)
  113. Lady Gaga with Bradley Cooper “Shallow” (DG: 2018)
  114. Perry Como “Till the End of Time” (BB: 1945)
  115. Bing Crosby with Lani McIntire & His Hawaiians “Sweet Leilani” (BB: 1937)
  116. Guy Mitchell “Singing the Blues” (BB: 1956)
  117. Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees “Stein Song (University of Maine)” (BB: 1930)
  118. The Andrews Sisters with Vic Schoen’s Orchestra “Rum and Coca-Cola” (BB: 1945)
  119. Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra with Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell “Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)” (BB: 1941)
  120. Ted Lewis & His Band “In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town” (BB: 1932)

  121. Pat Boone “Love Letters in the Sand” (HP: 1957)
  122. Janet Jackson “That’s the Way Love Goes” (BA: 1993)
  123. Vaughn Monroe’s Orchestra “Ballerina” (BB: 1947)
  124. Percy Faith with Felicia Sanders “Where Is Your Heart (Song from “Moulin Rouge”)” (BB: 1953)
  125. The McGuire Sisters “Sincerely” (BB: 1955)
  126. Mariah Carey “Hero” (BA: 1993)
  127. Dan Quinn “The Band Played On” (BB: 1895)
  128. Glenn Miller Orchestra with Ray Eberle & The Modernaires “Moonlight Cocktail” (BB: 1942)
  129. Perez “Prez” Prado “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” (BB: 1955)
  130. N Sync “Bye Bye Bye” (RR: 2000)

  131. George J. Gaskin “On the Banks of the Wabash” (BB: 1897)
  132. Lil Wayne with Static Major “Lollipop” (BA: 2008)
  133. Kay Starr “Wheel of Fortune” (BB: 1952)
  134. Silentó “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” (ST: 2015)
  135. Ashanti with Ja Rule “Foolish” (BB: 2002)
  136. Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers “Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song)” (HP: 1948)
  137. Drake “In My Feelings” (BB: 2018)
  138. Margaret Whiting “A Tree in the Meadow” (HP: 1948)
  139. Rosemary Clooney “Hey There” (HP: 1954)
  140. George W. Johnson “The Laughing Song” (BB: 1891)

  141. Santana with the Product G&B “Maria Maria” (BB: 2000)
  142. George J. Gaskin “My Old New Hampshire Home” (BB: 1898)
  143. Debbie Reynolds “Tammy” (HP: 1957)
  144. Perry Como “If (They Made Me a King)” (HP: 1951)
  145. Patti Page “I Went to Your Wedding” (BB: 1952)
  146. Eileen Barton “If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked a Cake” (BB: 1950)
  147. Mariah Carey “Someday” (BA: 1990)
  148. Usher “U Got It Bad” (BA: 2001)
  149. Migos with Lil Uzi Vert “Bad and Boujee” (ST: 2016)
  150. DaBaby with Roddy Rich “Rockstar” (ST: 2020)