Monday, October 16, 2006

Thunder Bay Press: Top 100 Songs

Thunder Day Press:

Top 100 Songs

This book from Thunder Bay Press features multiple authors offering commentary on more than 800 songs from 1954 to 2006. The songs are presented chronologically, but the top 100 have been ranked here based on their overall status in Dave’s Music Database.

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1. Bing Crosby “White Christmas” (1942)
2. The Beatles “Hey Jude” (1968)
3. The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1965)
4. Bill Haley & His Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock” (1954)
5. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
6. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
7. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1982)
8. Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975)
9. Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991)
10. John Lennon “Imagine” (1971)

11. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)
12. The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (1963)
13. Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970)
14. Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968)
15. The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” (1966)
16. Eagles “Hotel California” (1977)
17. Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (1991)
18. Bob Dylan “Like a Rolling Stone” (1965)
19. Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” (1977)
20. Otis Redding “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” (1968)

21. Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (1997)
22. Bobby Darin “Mack the Knife” (1959)
23. The Beatles “Yesterday” (1965)
24. Elvis Presley “Heartbreak Hotel” (1956)
25. SinĂ©ad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990)
26. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (1997)
27. Don McLean “American Pie” (1971)
28. Elvis Presley “Hound Dog” (1956)
29. Ben E. King “Stand by Me” (1961)
30. OutKast “Hey Ya!” (2003)

31. The Animals “The House of the Rising Sun” (1964)
32. Derek and the Dominos “Layla” (1970)
33. The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” (1964)
34. Guns N' Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (1988)
35. Roy Orbison “(Oh) Pretty Woman” (1964)
36. Elvis Presley “Jailhouse Rock” (1957)
37. Abba “Dancing Queen” (1976)
38. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll” (1981)
39. Chubby Checker “The Twist” (1960)
40. Chuck Berry “Johnny B. Goode” (1958)

41. Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” (1975)
42. Stevie Wonder “Superstition” (1972)
43. R.E.M. “Losing My Religion” (1991)
44. Procol Harum “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (1967)
45. Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (1978)
46. The Doors “Light My Fire” (1967)
47. Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On” (1971)
48. The Kingsmen “Louie Louie” (1963)
49. Elton John “Your Song” (1970)
50. Pink Floyd “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” (1979)

51. U.S.A. for Africa “We Are the World” (1985)
52. Rod Stewart “Maggie May” (1971)
53. Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!” (2004)
54. Van Morrison “Brown-Eyed Girl” (1967)
55. Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love” (1981)
56. Gnarls Barkley “Crazy” (2006)
57. Ray Charles “What’d I Say” (1959)
58. The Ronettes “Be My Baby” (1963)
59. Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” (1995)
60. Elvis Presley “Suspicious Minds” (1969)

61. The Monkees “I’m a Believer” (1966)
62. The Who “My Generation” (1966)
63. All I have to do is dream 64. The Kinks “You Really Got Me” (1964)
65. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “All Along the Watchtower
66. BeyoncĂ© with Jay-Z “Crazy in Love” (2003)
67. The Beatles “She Loves You” (1963)
68. U2 “With or Without You” (1987)
69. Percy Sledge “When a Man Loves a Woman” (1966)
70. Santana & Rob Thomas “Smooth” (1999)

71. The Human League “Don’t You Want Me?” (1981)
72. Mariah Carey “We Belong Together” (2005)
73. Martha & the Vandellas “Dancing in the Street” (1964)
74. Britney Spears “Baby One More Time” (1998)
75. Louis Armstrong “What a Wonderful World” (1967)
76. Chic “Le Freak” (1978)
77. Buddy Holly and The Crickets “That’ll Be the Day” (1957)
78. Simon and Garfunkel “The Sounds of Silence” (1965)
79. Eye of the tiger 80. Al Green “Let’s Stay Together” (1971)

81. George Harrison “My Sweet Lord” (1970)
82. Madonna “Like a Prayer” (1989)
83. U2 “One” (1992)
84. The Rolling Stones “Honky Tonk Women” (1969)
85. Coolio with L.V. “Gangsta’s Paradise” (1995)
86. Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (1966)
87. Blondie “Heart of Glass” (1978)
88. Gnarls Barkley “Crazy” (2006)
89. Oasis “Wonderwall” (1995)
90. The Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever” (1967)

91. Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (1980)
92. Kanye West with Jamie Foxx “Gold Digger” (2005)
93. Del Shannon “Runaway” (1961)
94. Simon & Garfunkel “Mrs. Robinson” (1968)
95. The Flamingos “I Only Have Eyes for You” (1959)
96. Spice Girls “Wannabe” (1996)
97. Steppenwolf “Born to Be Wild” (1968)
98. Carl Perkins “Blue Suede Shoes” (1956)
99. 50 Cent “In Da Club” (2002)
100. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (1995)


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