Saturday, August 18, 2001

Alicia Keys hit #1 with “Fallin’”


Alicia Keys

Writer(s): Alicia Keys (see lyrics here)

Released: April 2, 2001

First Charted: May 5, 2001

Peak: 16 US, 15 RR, 24 AC, 14 A40, 14 RB, 3 UK, 24 CN, 7 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, 0.6 UK, 3.77 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 0.6 radio, 378.0 video, 325.15 streaming


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About the Song:

Alicia Keys grew up in the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan with her mother. She has said her mother was the inspiration for the song “Fallin’”, about caring deeply about a person who one loves very much, but drives one crazy at times. SF Musically the song revealed Keys’ roots playing classical piano; it opens with a piece taken from Chopin. SF

She landed a record deal with Columbia Records which fell through SF but then Arista Records executive Clive Davis saw her perform. He kicked off his new company, J Records, with Keys at the forefront. He wrote a personal letter to Oprah Winfrey landing Keys a gig on The Oprah Winfrey Show before the album had even come out. SF

There proved to be an audience. She fit into the neo-soul genre “without being as spacy as Macy Gray or as hippie mystic as Erykah Badu while being more reliable than Lauryn Hill.” AMG “Fallin’” “is a testament to Keys’ skills as a musician;” AMG it “was rich enough to compensate for some thinness in the writing” AMG and has become her signature song. WK It was an “aching piano ballad” TB which made Keys “an instant heartthrob and a household name in record time.” TB Entertainment Weekly’s Beth Johnson described the song as “gospel fervor of lovesick righteousness.” WK’s Mark Anthony Neal said it combined “Keys’ natural blues register with a subtle, and brilliantly so, sample of James Brown’s ‘It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.’” WK

The song cleaned up at the Grammys nabbing awards for Song of the Year, Best R&B Song, and Best R&B Vocal Performance. She also took home the prizes for Best New Artist and Best R&B Album. MTV gave her the award for Best New Artist in a Video.


  • DMDB Encyclopedia entry for Alicia Keys
  • AMG All Music Guide review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
  • SF Songfacts
  • TB Thunder Bay Press (2006). Singles: Six Decades of Hot Hits & Classic Cuts. Outline Press Ltd.: San Diego, CA. Page 296.
  • WK Wikipedia

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Last updated 4/16/2022.

Tuesday, August 7, 2001

In Concert: Barenaked Ladies

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Venue: City Market; Kansas City, MO

The Set List:

1. Never Do Anything
2. It’s All Been Done
3. The Old Apartment
4. Filthy Frenchmen (improv)
5. Falling for the First Time
6. Pinch Me
7. Ear (improv)
8. Get in Line
9. Alcohol
10. Turn Me Loose (Loverboy cover)

11. Break Your Heart
12. One Week
13. Shoebox
14. If I Had a Million Dollars
15. Medley of other people’s hits


16. Careless Whisper
17. Too Little, Too Late

Encore 2:

18. Brian Wilson

Saturday, August 4, 2001

Louis Armstrong - Happy 100th Birthday!: Top 50 Songs

Louis Armstrong

Top 50 Songs

Jazz great Louis Armstrong is easily one of the most important American musical figures of all time. He ranks in the top ten of the DMDB’s Top 100 Music Makers of the Pre-Rock Era list. The renouned singer and trumpet player was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on August 4, 1901 and died of heart failure on July 6, 1971. By 1918 he was protégé of King Oliver and when Armstrong went to Chicago to join Olivier’s band, it was at the dawn of a new jazz age. By 1926, “Satchmo” formed his own band and recorded songs which helped create a new international audience for jazz.

For a complete list of this act’s DMDB honors, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.

Click here to see other acts’ best-of lists.


Top 50 Songs

Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists, appearances on compilations and live albums by the featured act, and songs’ chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards.

1. St. Louis Blues (with Bessie Smith, 1925)
2. What a Wonderful World (1967)
3. Hello, Dolly! (1964)
4. Stardust (1931) *
5. West End Blues (1928)
6. St. Louis Blues (1930) *
7. All of Me (1932)
8. When the Saints Go Marching In (1939)
9. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1937) *
10. Ain’t Misbehavin’ (1929) *

11. I Got Rhythm (1932) *
12. I’m in the Mood for Love (1935) *
13. Summertime (with Ella Fitzgerald, 1960) *
14. Body and Soul (1932) *
15. Cabaret (1968)
16. After You’ve Gone (1932) *
17. Mack the Knife (1956) *
18. Memories of You (1930)
19. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (1933)
20. Potato Head Blues (1927)

21. Heebie Jeebies (1926)
22. St. James Infirmary (1929)
23. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (1932)
24. Struttin’ with Some Barbeque (1928)
25. When You’re Smiling (1929) *
26. Red Sails in the Sunset (1936) *
27. The Peanut Vendor (El Manciero) (1931) *
28. La Vie En Rose (1950) *
29. Chinatown, My Chinatown (1932) *
30. Basin Street Blues (with Earl Hines and Mancy Cara, 1938) *

31. A Kiss to Build a Dream On (1951)
32. Jeepers Creepers (1939) *
33. Love Walked In (1938)
34. Muskrat Ramble (1926)
35. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (1929) *
36. What a Wonderful World (with Kenny G, 1999) *
37. Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now (1932)
38. Rockin’ Chair (with Hoagy Carmichael, 1932)
39. Weather Bird (with Earl Hines, 1928)
40. Hotter Than That (1928)

41. Blueberry Hill (1956) *
42. That Lucky Old Sun (1949) *
43. If I Could Be with You One Hour Tonight (1930) *
44. You Can Depend on Me (1932)
45. Love You Funny Thing (1932)
46. Lazy River (1931)
47. You Are My Lucky Star (1935) *
48. Once in a While (1938) *
49. Shine (1932)
50. Darling Nellie Gray (with the Mills Brothers, 1937)

* In the event of multiple versions of a song, the DMDB typically recognizes only the highest ranked version. These songs, while all recorded by Armstrong, were recorded by other artists who had higher ranked versions.

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First posted 8/4/2012; last updated 6/5/2022.