Saturday, May 12, 2018

Happy 90th Birthday, Burt Bacharach! His Top 50 Songs

Burt Bacharach

Top 50 Songs

Burt Bacharach is a pianist, composer, and producer born May 12, 1928, in Kansas City, MO. Frequently partnered with lyricist Hal David. Through 2006, Bacharach had written 70 Top 40 hits in the U.S. and 52 Top 40 hits in the U.K. For a complete list of this act’s DMDB honors, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.

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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.)

DMDB Top 1%:

1. That's What Friends Are For (Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight, & Stevie Wonder, 1985) #1 US, AC, RB, CN, AU
2. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head (B.J. Thomas, 1969) #1 US, CB, HR, AC, CN
3. They Long to Be Close to You (Carpenters, 1970) #1 US, CB, HR, AC, CN, AU

DMDB Top 5%:

4. Walk on By (Dionne Warwick, 1964)
5. Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do) (Christopher Cross, 1981) #1 US, CB, HR, RR, AC
6. On My Own (Patti LaBelle with Michael McDonald, 1986) #1 US, CB, RR, RB, CN
7. I Say a Little Prayer (Aretha Franklin, 1968)
8. This Guy’s in Love with You (Herb Alpert, 1968) #1 US, CB, HR, AC, CN, AU
9. Always Something There to Remind Me (Naked Eyes, 1983)

DMDB Top 10%:

10. What the World Needs Now Is Love (Jackie DeShannon, 1965) #1 CN
11. Magic Moments (Perry Como, 1957) #1 UK
12. Heartlight (Neil Diamond, 1982) 31 AC

DMDB Top 20%:

13. I’ll Never Fall in Love Again (Dionne Warwick, 1969) #1 AC
14. Baby It’s You (The Shirelles, 1961)
15. Any Day Now (Ronnie Milsap, 1982) #1 AC, CW
16. Twenty-Four Hours from Tulsa (Gene Pitney, 1963)
17. Wives and Lovers (Jack Jones, 1963)
18. Only Love Can Break a Heart (Gene Pitney, 1962) #1 AC
19. Do You Know the Way to San Jose? (Dionne Warwick, 1968)
20. One Less Bell to Answer (The 5th Dimension, 1970) #1 AC

21. Trains and Boats and Planes (Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, 1965)
22. The Look of Love (Dusty Springfield, 1967)
23. Don’t Make Me Over (Dionne Warwick, 1962)
24. Love Power (Dionne Warwick with Jeffrey Osborne, 1987) #1 AC
25. Anyone Who Had a Heart (Dionne Warwick, 1963)
26. Wishin’ and Hopin’ (Dusty Springfield, 1964)
27. Blue on Blue (Bobby Vinton, 1963) #1 HR
28. A House Is Not a Home (Brook Benton, 1964)
29. Casino Royale (Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, 1967) #1 AC
30. Make It Easy on You (Jerry Butler, 1962)
31. I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself (Gary Puckett, 1970

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

32. My Little Red Book (Love, 1966)
33. Please Stay (The Drifters, 1961)
34. Making Love (Roberta Flack, 1982)
35. Alfie (Stevie Wonder as Eivets Rednow, 1968)
36. What’s New Pussycat? (Tom Jones, 1965) #1 CN
37. To Wait for Love (Herb Alpert, 1968)
38. Tower of Strength (Gene McDaniels, 1961)
39. You’ll Never Get to Heaven if You Break My Heart (Dionne Warwick, 1964)
40. The Story of My Life (Marty Robbins, 1957) #1 CW

41. Blue Guitar (Richard Chamberlina, 1963)
42. Who Is Gonna Love Me? (Dionne Warwick, 1968)
43. True Love Never Runs Smooth (Gene Pitney, 1963)
44. Saturday Sunshine (Burt Bacharach, 1963)
45. Reach Out for Me (Dionne Warwick, 1964) #1 RB
46. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Gene Pitney, 1962)
47. Promises, Promises (Dionne Warwick, 1968)
48. The Windows of the World (Dionne Warwick, 1967)
49. I’m a Better Man for Having Loved You (Engelbert Humperdinck, 1969)
50. The April Fools (Dionne Warwick, 1969)


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First posted 12/15/2019; last updated 6/5/2022.

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