Sunday, December 31, 2006

Virgin Radio: Top 100 Songs

Virgin Radio:

Top 100 Songs

Virgin Radio has done listeners’ polls to determine the Top 100 Tracks/Songs of All Time. Here is an exclusive Dave’s Music Database in which three of those lists from 2001, 2005, and 2006 have been aggregated into one list. The original lists don’t appear to be online anymore.

Click here to see other lists from publications and/or organizations.

1. The Beatles “Hey Jude” (1968)
2. U2 “One” (1992)
3. Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975)
4. John Lennon “Imagine” (1971)
5. Robbie Williams “Angels” (1997)
6. Oasis “Wonderwall” (1995)
7. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
8. R.E.M. “Losing My Religion” (1991)
9. The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1965)
10. Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” (1971)

11. The Beatles “Yesterday” (1965)
12. Oasis” Don’t Look Back in Anger” (1995)
13. The Verve “Bitter Sweet Symphony” (1997)
14. The Beatles “Let It Be” (1970)
15. Eagles “Hotel California” (1977)
16. R.E.M. “Everybody Hurts” (1992)
17. The Jam “A Town Called Malice” (1982)
18. U2 “Pride (In the Name of Love)” (1984)
19. David Bowie “Space Oddity” (1969)
20. Coldplay “Yellow” (2000)

21. Pink Floyd “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” (1979)
22. Madness “It Must Be Love” (1981)
23. Queen “We Will Rock You” (1977)
24. Derek & the Dominos “Layla” (1971)
25. The Stranglers “Golden Brown” (1982)
26. Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (1988)
27. Van Morrison “Brown-Eyed Girl” (1967)
28. Bob Marley & the Wailers “No Woman, No Cry” (1975)
29. Oasis “Live Forever” (1994)
30. David Gray “Babylon” (2000)

31. U2 “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (1987)
32. Free “All Right Now” (1970)
33. The Police “Roxanne” (1979)
34. The Clash “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” (1982)
35. Meat Loaf “Bat Out of Hell” (1979)
36. The Jam “Going Underground” (1980)
37. Tracy Chapman “Fast Car” (1988)
38. The Human League “Don’t You Want Me?” (1981)
39. The Rolling Stones “Paint It Black” (1966)
40. The Rolling Stones “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (1968)

41. Dire Straits “Romeo and Juliet” (1981)
42. T-Rex “Get It On (Bang a Gong)” (1971)
43. Crowded House “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (1987)
44. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Under the Bridge” (1992)
45. The Kinks “Lola” (1970)
46. The Jam “That’s Entertainment” (1981)
47. Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This” (1983)
48. Coldplay “Trouble” (2000)
49. U2 “With Or Without You” (1987)
50. Oasis “Champagne Supernova” (1995)

51. Queen “Killer Queen” (1974)
52. Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Come on Eileen” (1982)
53. U2 “Where the Streets Have No Name” (1987)
54. The Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever” (1967)
55. David Bowie “Ashes to Ashes” (1980)
56. The Specials “Ghost Town” (1981)
57. Blondie “Sunday Girl” (1979)
58. Guns N’ Roses “November Rain” (1992)
59. Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer” (1986)
60. Stealers Wheel “Stuck in the Middle with You” (1973)

61. The Who “My Generation” (1966)
62. The Beatles “Help!” (1964)
63. Madness “My Girl” (1980)
64. Queen with David Bowie “Under Pressure” (1981)
65. U2 “Beautiful Day” (2000)
66. The Beatles “All You Need Is Love” (1967)
67. Electric Light Orchestra “Mr. Blue Sky” (1978)
68. Queen “Don’t Stop Me Now” (1979)
69. David Bowie “Starman” (1972)
70. The Beatles “A Day in the Life” (1967)

71. The Animals “The House of the Rising Sun” (1964)
72. The Beach Boys “God Only Knows” (1966)
73. Paul Weller “Wild Wood” (1993)
74. Lynyrd Skynyrd “Sweet Home Alabama” (1974)
75. George Harrison “My Sweet Lord” (1970)
76. Blondie “Heart of Glass” (1978)
77. Rod Stewart “Maggie May” (1971)
78. Bob Dylan “Like a Rolling Stone” (1965)
79. James Blunt “You’re Beautiful” (2005)
80. The Rolling Stones “Brown Sugar” (1971)

81. The Doors “Light My Fire” (1967)
82. Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” (1975)
83. Soft Cell “Tainted Love” (1981)
84. The Kinks “Waterloo Sunset” (1967)
85. Steve Harley with Cockney Rebel “Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)” (1975)
86. The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” (1966)
87. Goo Goo Dolls “Iris” (1998)
88. Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970)
89. New Order “Blue Monday” (1983)
90. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “All Along the Watchtower” (1968)

91. Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (1980)
92. Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Relax” (1983)
93. The Who “Substitute” (1966)
94. David Bowie “Heroes” (1977)
95. Simon & Garfunkel “Mrs. Robinson” (1968)
96. Elvis Costello “Oliver’s Army” (1979)
97. The Police “Message in a Bottle” (1979)
98. Keane “Somewhere Only We Know” (2004)
99. Snow Patrol “Run” (2004)
100. The Verve “The Drugs Don’t Work” (1997)

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First posted 4/4/2011; last updated 11/12/2023.

The Top 50 Songs of 2006

Dave’s Music Database:

Top 50 Songs of 2006

These are the top 50 songs for the year based on their overall performance in Dave’s Music Database, which is determined by combining chart data, sales figures, streaming, video views, and aggregates from year-end lists and charts.

Check out “Top Songs and Albums of the Year” lists here.

    DMDB Top 1%:

  1. Gnarls Barkley “Crazy
  2. Justin Timberlake “Sexyback
  3. One Republic with Timbaland “Apologize
  4. Shakira & Wyclef Jean “Hips Don’t Lie
  5. Beyoncé “Irreplaceable
  6. Amy Winehouse “Rehab
  7. Fergie “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)
  8. Snow Patrol “Chasing Cars
  9. Nelly Furtado & Timbaland “Promiscuous

    DMDB Top 2%:

  10. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Dani California”
  11. Nelly Furtado “Say It Right”
  12. Hinder “Lips of an Angel”
  13. Justin Timberlake with T.I. “My Love”

    DMDB Top 5%:

  14. Chamillionaire with Krayzie Bone “Ridin’”
  15. Rihanna “S.O.S. (Rescue Me)”
  16. The Raconteurs “Steady As She Goes”
  17. The Dixie Chicks “Not Ready to Make Nice”
  18. John Mayer “Waiting on the World to Change”
  19. My Chemical Romance “Welcome to the Black Parade”
  20. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Snow (Hey Oh)”

  21. Justin Timberlake “What Goes Around…Comes Around”
  22. The Killers “When You Were Young”
  23. T.I. “What You Know”
  24. My Chemical Romance “Teenagers”
  25. Gwen Stefani with Akon “The Sweet Escape”
  26. Breaking Benjamin “The Diary of Jane”
  27. Christina Aguilera “Ain’t No Other Man”
  28. Akon with Eminem “Smack That”
  29. Fergie with Ludacris “Glamorous”
  30. The Swell Season (Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová) “Falling Slowly

  31. Daughtry “It’s Not Over”
  32. Ludacris with Pharrell Williams “Money Maker”
  33. Pussycat Dolls with Snoop Dogg “Buttons”
  34. Fall Out Boy “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race”
  35. Jack Johnson “Upside Down”
  36. Lily Allen “Smile”
  37. Pink “U + Ur Hand”
  38. Akon with Snoop Dogg “I Wanna Love You”
  39. Taylor Swift “Teardrops on My Guitar”
  40. Cassie “Me & U”

  41. Daughtry “Home”
  42. Corinne Bailey Rae “Put Your Records On”
  43. Yung Joc with Nitti “It’s Goin’ Down”
  44. Three Days Grace “Never Too Late”
  45. Fergie “London Bridge”
  46. Pink “Who Knew”
  47. Gym Class Heroes with Patrick Stump “Cupid’s Chokehold/Breakfast in America”
  48. Rihanna “Unfaithful”
  49. Rascal Flatts “What Hurts the Most”
  50. The Killers “Read My Mind”

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First posted 1/4/2024.

Monday, December 25, 2006

R.I.P. James Brown: His Top 50 Songs

James Brown

Top 50 Songs

James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, was born on May 3, 1933. With more than 130 charted hits, he became one of the most successful artists in history. According to Dave’s Music Database, he ranks at #13 on the list of the top acts of all time. He is also rated as the #5 R&B acts of all time.

Brown passed away on Christmas Day in 2006. In celebration of what would have been his 79th birthday, here is a list of Brown’s top 50 songs of all time as determined by an aggregate of multiple best-of lists, sales figures, chart data, and awards. Songs which hit #1 on the Billboard R&B charts (#1 RB) are noted, as are two songs which are ranked by Dave’s Music Database in the top 1000 songs of all time (DMDB 1000) and another three which are in the Grammy Hall of Fame (GHoF).

While this list focuses on songs, it should also be noted that Brown’s 1962 album, Live at the Apollo Volume 1, ranks as one of the top 100 albums of all time and at #1 on the DMDB’s list of the top live albums of all time.

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. Songs which hit #1 on various charts are noted. (Click for codes to singles charts.)

1. I Got You (I Feel Good) (1965) #1 RB
2. Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag (1965) #1 RB
3. Get Up, I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine (1970)
4. It’s a Man Man’s Man’s World (1966) #1 RB
5. Please, Please, Please (1956)
6. Living in America (1985)
7. Cold Sweat (1967) #1 RB
8. Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud (1968) #1 RB
9. The Payback (1974) #1 RB
10. Prisoner of Love (1963)

11. Lost Someone (1961)
12. Get on the Good Foot (1972) #1 RB
13. Night Train (1962)
14. I Got the Feelin’ (1968) #1 RB
15. Mother Popcorn (You Got to Have a Mother for Me) (1969) #1 RB
16. Bewildered (1961)
17. Super Bad (1970) #1 RB
18. Hot Pants (1971) #1 RB
19. Bring It Up (1967)
20. Give It Up or Turnit a Loose (1969) #1 RB

21. Licking Stick Licking Stick (1968)
22. Make It Funky (1971) #1 RB
23. My Thang (1974) #1 RB
24. Funky Drummer (1970)
25. Talking Loud and Saying Nothing (1972) #1 RB
26. let a Man Come in and Do the Popcorn (Part 1) (1969)
27. I Don’t Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (1969)
28. Papa Don’t Take No Mess (1974) #1 RB
29. Out of Sight (1964)
30. It’s a New Day (1970)

31. I Got Ants in My Pants (1973)
32. I Can’t Stand Myself When You Touch Me (1967)
33. Oh Baby, Don’t You Weep (1964)
34. Soul Power (1971)
35. Ain’t It Funky Now (1969)
36. Brother Rapp (1970)
37. Get Up Offa That Thing (1976)
38. I’m a Greedy Man (1971)
39. There Was a Time (1968)
40. Get Up, Get into It, Get Involved (1970)

41. Goodbye My Love (1968)
42. World (1969)
43. The Popcorn (1969)
44. King Heroin (1972)
45. Escape-ism (1971)
46. Get It Together (1967)
47. I Got a Bag of My Own (1972)
48. There It Is (1972)
49. Honky Tonk (1972) 50. Think (1960)

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First posted 5/3/2012; last updated 6/5/2022.

Friday, December 8, 2006

50 years ago: “Singing the Blues” hit #1 on pop charts for first of 10 weeks

Singing the Blues

Marty Robbins

Writer(s): Melvin Endsley (see lyrics here)

First Charted: September 22, 1956

Peak: 17 US, 17 HP, 113Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): --

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 2.0 radio, 1.01 video, -- streaming

Singing the Blues

Guy Mitchell

First Charted: October 20, 1956

Peak: 110 US, 17 HP, 19 CB, 18 HR, 13 UK, 16 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 1.0 US

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 2.0 radio, 2.66 video, 1.91 streaming

Awards (Robbins):

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Awards (Mitchell):

About the Song:

For a man who became “one of country music’s most unique stars,” AC Marty Robbins surprisingly didn’t show much interest in music until after entering the Navy. He started learning guitar while on a ship in the Pacific and when he got home to Phoenix, Airzona, he persuaded an old friend who owned a night club to let him sit in with the house band. After getting a chance to sing, he became a regular headliner at the club. He started charting country hits in 1952, but four years later he had only six chart entries. He had a “tremendous voice and boundless energy” AC but “didn’t know who he wanted to be” AC which kept him from narrowing in a specific direction or style.

Around this time, songwriter Melvin Endsley had dreams of coming to Nashville and writing hits for Hank Williams. After Williams’ death, Endlsey said, “In all honesty, I still was writing songs for him after he died.” AC When he and a friend drove to Nashville in the summer of 1955, he naively dreamed of hitting it big, not realizing “that a country boy just didn’t drive into town, sell a big song and become a star. That only happened in the movies.” AC

However, Endsley and his friend went to a show and ran into Marty Robbins. Ensley said he’d written some songs and Robbins asked him to play some. He then asked him to come to the studio the next day to record. Robbins asked him to hold one song – “Singing the Blues” – for six months because he thought he might like to record it. A year later, Robbins released it as a single and it dethroned Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog”/”Don’t Be Cruel” single from the top of the country charts.

Two months after that, a Detroit-born singer named Guy Mitchell covered the song and took it to #1 on the pop charts. He racked up nine top-ten hits from 1950 to 1960, including “Heartaches by the Number,” another #1 version of a song which was originally a country hit. Around the same time as Robbins and Mitchell’s takes on the song, Tommy Steele also released it and – like Robbins’ version – hit #1 in the UK.


  • DMDB encyclopedia entry for Guy Mitchell
  • DMDB encyclopedia entry for Marty Robbins
  • AC Ace Collins (1996). The Stories Behind Country Music’s All-Time Greatest 100 Songs. New York, NY; The Berkley Publishing Group. Pages 97-99.
  • WK Wikipedia

First posted 8/27/2022.