Tuesday, December 31, 1996

Cashbox – Songs of the Year, 1950-1996

This list was created by taking Cash Box magazine’s top 100 song list (see here) and putting the songs in order by year and then by putting songs which hit #1 on Cash Box in order by number of weeks. In the event of ties, the song with more points in Dave’s Music Database was ranked higher.

  • 1950: The Third Man Theme…Anton Karas
  • 1951: It’s All in the Game…Tommy Edwards
  • 1952: Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart…Vera Lynn with the Ronald Shaw Orchestra
  • 1953: Where Is Your Heart (Song from “Moulin Rouge”)…Percy Faith with Felicia Sanders
  • 1954: Wanted…Perry Como with Hugo Winterhalter’s Orchestra
  • 1955: The Ballad of Davy Crockett…Bill Hayes
  • 1956: Singing the Blues…Guy Mitchell
  • 1957: All Shook Up…Elvis Presley
  • 1958: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes…The Platters
  • 1959: Mack the Knife…Bobby Darin

  • 1960: The Twist…Chubby Checker
  • 1961: Stand by Me…Ben E. King
  • 1962: Monster Mash…Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers
  • 1963: I Want to Hold Your Hand…The Beatles
  • 1964: Hello, Dolly!...Louis Armstrong & the All-Stars
  • 1965: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction…The Rolling Stones
  • 1966: I’m a Believer…The Monkees
  • 1967: Love Is Blue…Paul Mauriat
  • 1968: Hey Jude…The Beatles
  • 1969: Sugar, Sugar…The Archies

  • 1970: I’ll Be There…The Jackson 5
  • 1971: Joy to the World…Three Dog Night
  • 1972: Alone Again (Naturally)…Gilbert O’Sullivan
  • 1973: Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree…Tony Orlando & Dawn
  • 1974: I Honestly Love You…Olivia Newton-John
  • 1975: Bohemian Rhapsody…Queen
  • 1976: Mary MacGregor…Torn Between Two Lovers
  • 1977: You Light Up My Life…Debby Boone
  • 1978: Le Freak…Chic
  • 1979: My Sharona…The Knack

  • 1980: Another One Bites the Dust…Queen
  • 1981: Endless Love…Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
  • 1982: Abracadabra…Steve Miller Band
  • 1983: Flashdance…What a Feeling…Irene Cara
  • 1984: Like a Virgin…Madonna
  • 1985: Say You, Say Me…Lionel Richie
  • 1986: Livin’ on a Prayer…Bon Jovi
  • 1987: Faith…George Michael
  • 1988: Sweet Child O’ Mine…Guns N’ Roses
  • 1989: Another Day in Paradise…Phil Collins

  • 1990: Because I Love You (The Postman Song)…Stevie B
  • 1991: Everything I Do (I Do It for You)…Bryan Adams
  • 1992: End of the Road…Boyz II Men
  • 1993: Whoomp! There It Is…Tag Team
  • 1994: I’ll Make Love to You…Boyz II Men
  • 1995: Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)…Los Del Rio
  • 1996: I Love You Always Forever…Donna Lewis

Saturday, December 7, 1996

No Doubt's "Don't Speak" toppped airplay chart for first of 16 weeks

First posted 1/22/2020; last updated 2/27/2021.

Don’t Speak

No Doubt

Writer(s):Gwen Stefani/Eric Stefani (see lyrics here)

Released: April 15, 1996

First Charted: October 19, 1996

Peak: 116a US, 19 RR, 6 AC, 114 A40, 12 AA, 2 MR, 13 UK, 12 CN, 18 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): -- US, 1.01 UK, 2.17 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 0.9 radio, 723.26 video, -- streaming

Awards: (Click on award for more details).

About the Song:

“Don’t Speak” is one of the biggest #1 pop songs in history, but it never hit the Billboard Hot 100. During the ‘90s, record companies often held radio songs back from release to push album sales instead. While Billboard did track airplay, they didn’t permit songs without a physical single release to chart on the Hot 100. With 16 weeks on the airplay chart, the only song on one of Billboard’s pop charts to spend more weeks at #1 is 1947’s “Near You” by Francis Craig. The song did top the charts in more than a dozen countries including Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It was also nominated for a Grammy for Song of the Year. WK

No Doubt had previously released two albums which had gone largely unnoticed before 1995’s Tragic Kingdom. Top-ten alternative rock hits “Just a Girl” and “Spiderwebs” finally put the spotlight on the band; “Don’t Speak” propelled the album to the top of the Billboard album chart for nine weeks.

According to Tom Dumont, the band’s guitarist, the original version of “Don’t Speak” was written primarily by Eric Stefani, a former band member, as a love song. WK Gwen Stefani, his sister and lead singer of the band, changed the lyrics almost completely after her breakup with bandmate Tony Kanal. WK As she said, “It used to be more upbeat, more of a seventies rock-type thing. [When] Tony and I broke up…it turned into a sad song.” WK

The video put a different twist on the song by turning it into a commentary on the media attention given to Gwen. During the video, the rest of the band appear upset and shoot dirty looks at her. Kanal said, “We didn’t want it to be about a normal breakup. So we thought, ‘What would be the saddst thing that could happen? The band splitting up?’ So that’s what the video’s about.” SF

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Toni Braxton hit #1 for 1st of 11 weeks with “Un-Break My Heart”

Un-Break My Heart

Toni Braxton

Writer(s): Diane Warren (see lyrics here)

Released: October 7, 1996

First Charted: October 18, 1996

Peak: 111 US, 6 CB, 2 RR, 114 AC, 4 A40, 2 RB, 2 UK, 5 CN, 6 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 629.26 video, 177.63 streaming


Click on award for more details.

About the Song:

Braxton was a preacher’s daughter “raised in a household where pop music was strictly forbidden.” KX In 1990, she recorded with her sisters as The Braxtons, but by 1992 she’d launched a solo career. In 1993, she landed the Grammy for Best New Artist and found her way into the top 10 of the pop charts with “Another Sad Love Song” and “Breathe Again”.

Braxton’s second album, Secrets, proved she would not suffer the Best New Artist Grammy curse of disappearing from the music scene. Lead-off single “You’re Makin’ Me High” was a #1 hit which won a Grammy for R&B Female Vocal.

However, even more successful was the album’s second single, “Un-Break My Heart”, a ballad of “blistering heartbreak” SF in which Braxton begs a former lover to return and undo the pain he has caused. SF In her “distinctive, husky alto” BB100 Braxton delivered a performance which was “both poignant and hopeful.” TB The song’s eleven weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100 put it amongst the biggest #1 songs of all time. It won her yet another Grammy – this one for Pop Female Vocal.

The song was written by Diane Warren who’d penned such #1 hits as Chicago’s “Look Away” and Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me”, but this was her most successful song in the U.S. in terms of chart performance. SF Warren said she knew immediately that “Heart” would be a hit, but that Braxton didn’t want to sing it. Even after the song succeeded, Braxton told Warren she “didn’t want another one of those”. SF


  • BB100 Billboard (9/08). “All-Time Hot 100”.
  • JA David A. Jasen. (2002). A Century of American Popular Music: 2000 Best-Loved and Remembered Songs (1899-1999). Routledge: Taylor & Francis, Inc. Page 202.
  • KX KXXO Mixx 96, Olympia, WA. Top 96 Soft Rock Songs of All Time
  • SF Songfacts.com
  • TB Thunder Bay Press (2006). Singles: Six Decades of Hot Hits & Classic Cuts. Outline Press Ltd.: San Diego, CA. Page 273.

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First posted 10/26/2011; last updated 10/27/2021.

Friday, December 6, 1996

Ira Gershwin: Top 50 Songs

First posted 12/12/2019.

image from Gershwin.com

Ira Gershwin was a classical/musical theater composer born Israel Gershowitz on this day one hundred years ago – 12/6/1896 – in New York City, NY. He died 8/17/1983. Most of the time he collaborated with his brother, George Gershwin His songs “I Got Rhythm” and “Someone to Watch Over Me” are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Pre-Rock Era, 1890-1953. For a complete list of this act’s DMDB honors, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.

Top 50 Songs

Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. Many of these songs have been recorded multiple times. Only the highest-ranked version in Dave’s Music Database is included in this list. There are also some songs not identified as being by any particular artist. Additionally, songs which hit #1 on the following charts are noted: United States’ pop charts (US) and Hit Parade (HP).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. I Got Rhythm (Red Nichols, 1930)
2. Someone to Watch Over Me (Gertrude Lawrence, 1926)
3. They Can’t Take That Away from Me (Fred Astaire with Johnny Greer’s Orchestra, 1937) #1 US
4. The Man I Love (Marion Harris, 1928)
5. Summertime (Billie Holiday, 1936)
6. I Can’t Get Started (Buny Berigan, 1938)
7. Embraceable You (Red Nichols with Dick Robertson, 1930)

DMDB Top 5%:

8. Oh, Lady Be Good (Paul Whiteman, 1925)
9. Fascinating Rhythm (Cliff Edwards, 1925)
10. Nice Work if You Can Get It (Fred Astaire with Ray Noble’s Orchestra, 1937) #1 US

11. Love Walked In (Sammy Kaye with Tommy Ryan, 1938) #1 US, HP
12. Strike Up the Band (Red Nichols, 1930)
13. Do Do Do (Gertrude Lawrence, 1927)
14. Love Is Here to Stay (Larry Clinton with Bea Wain, 1938)
15. S’ Wonderful (Sarah Vaughan, 1927)
16. But Not for Me (Ella Fitzgerald, 1959)
17. Sweet and Low Down (Harry Archer & His Orchestra, 1926)
18. A Foggy Day in London Town (Fred Astaire with Ray Noble’s Orchestra, 1937)
19. Clap Yo’ Hands (Roger Wolfe Kahn, 1927)
20. It Ain’t Necessarily So (Leo Reisman, 1935)

21. Of Thee I Sing ( Ben Selvin, 1932)
22. Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off (Fred Astaire with Johnny Greer’s Orchestra, 1937)
23. Mine (Emil Coleman, 1933)
24. Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away) (Al Jolson with Bob Haring’s Orchestra, 1929)
25. That Certain Feeling (Paul Whiteman, 1929)
26. You’re a Builder Upper (Harold Arlen with Leo Reisman’s Orchestra, 1934)
27. I’ve Got a Crush on You (Frank Sinatra, 1948)

DMDB Top 10%:

28. The Man That Got Away (Judy Garland with Ray Heindorf & the Warner Brothers Studio Orchestra, 1954)
29. Bidin’ My Time (Foursome, 1930)
30. They All Laughed (Fred Astaire with Johnny Greer’s Orchestra, 1937)
31. Funny Face (Arden-Ohman Orchestra with Johnny Marvin, 1928)
32. My One and Only (Jane Green with Nat Shilkret’s Orchestra, 1928)
33. I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ (Leo Reisman, 1935)
34. Fun to Be Fooled (Henry King with Joe Study, 1934)

DMDB Top 10%:

35. Shall We Dance? (Fred Astaire with Johnny Greer’s Orchestra, 1937)
36. Things Are Looking Up (Fred Astaire with Ray Noble’s Orchestra, 1937)
37. For You, for Me, Forevermore (Dick Haymes with Judy Garland & the Gordon Jenkins Orchestra, 1947)
38. Bess, You Is My Woman (Porgy and Bess cast, 1935)
39. I Loves You, Porgy (Porgy and Bess cast, 1935)

DMDB Top 10%:

40. How Long Has This Been Going On? (Bobbe Arnst with Mary O’Brien, 1927)
41. Isn’t It a Pity? (George Givot with Josephine Huston, 1932)
42. Let’s Take a Walk Around the Block (1934)
43. Slap That Bass (Fred Astaire with Dudley Dickerson, 1937)
44. I Was Doing All Right (Ella Logan, 1938)
45. He Loves and She Loves (Ella Fitzgerald, 1959)
46. Maybe (Nat Shilkret, 1926)
47. Anything for You (1921)
48. Love Is in the Air (1925)
49. Somebody Stole My Heart Away (1929)
50. Ask Me Again (1930)