Thursday, October 7, 2021

John Mellencamp's Top 70 Songs

John Mellencamp

Top 70 Songs

Happy 70th birthday to John Mellencamp! America’s premiere heartland rocker was born on October 7, 1951. With his version of straightforward heartland rock and roll in the same vein as Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, he catapulted to stardom in 1982 with his #1 album, American Fool, which sported “Hurts So Good” (#2) and “Jack and Diane” (#1). His 1985 album, Scarecrow, was an even bigger seller with top ten hits “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.,” “Small Town,” and “Lonely Ol’ Night.”

By the 1990s, his hit-making days had waned and he, arguably, had a bit of a creative lull as well. However, in the 21st century he has roared back with a Woody Guthrie, Americana-style sound. Here is a list of his top 70 songs in celebration of his 70 trips around the globe.

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Top 70 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.

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Jack and Diane (1982)

DMDB Top 2%:

2. Hurts So Good (1982)

DMDB Top 5%:

3. Pink Houses (1983)
4. Small Town (1985)
5. Cherry Bomb (1987)

DMDB Top 10%:

6. R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. (1985)
7. Wild Night (with Me’shell Ndegeocello, 1994)
8. Key West Intermezzo (I Saw Her First) (1996)
9. Rain on the Scarecrow (1985)

DMDB Top 20%:

10. Paper in Fire (1987)
11. Authority Song (1983)
12. Crumblin’ Down (1983)
13. Lonely Ol’ Night (1985)
14. Peaceful World (with India.Arie, 2001)
15. I Need a Lover (1978)
16. Human Wheels (1993)
17. Ain’t Even Done with the Night (1981)
18. Jackie Brown (1989)
19. Check It Out (1987)
20. Pop Singer (1989)

21. Our Country (2006)
22. Your Life Is Now (1998)
23. Dance Naked (1994)
24. Just Another Day (1996)
25. Again Tonight (1991)
26. Get a Leg Up (1991)
27. Hand to Hold Onto (1982)
28. Rumbleseat (1985)
29. I’m Not Running Anymore (1998)
30. This Time (1980)

31. Walk Tall (2004)
32. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (1987)
33. Play Guitar (1983)

DMDB Beyond Top 20%:

34. If I Die Sudden (2008)
35. When Jesus Left Birmingham (1993)
36. What if I Came Knocking (1993)
37. Like a Rolling Stone (1992)
38. The Real Life (1987)
39. Love and Happiness (1991)
40. My Sweet Love (2008)

41. Minutes to Memories (1985)
42. Serious Business (1983)
43. To Washington (2003)
44. Under the Boardwalk (1986)
45. Justice and Independence (1985)
46. Save Some Time to Dream (2010)
47. Martha Say (1989)
48. Rural Route (2007)
49. Junior (1993)
50. Rodeo Clown (2007)

51. Small Paradise (1979)
52. Troubled Land (2008)
53. Rooty Toot Too (1987)
54. Let It All Hang Out (1989)
55. Hard Times for an Honest Man (1987)
56. Last Chance (1991)
57. We Are the People (1987)
58. No Better Than This (2010)
59. Someday (2007)
60. Down and Out in Paradise (1987)

61. Easter Eve (2010)
62. Now More Than Ever (1991)
63. Void in My Heart (1989)
64. Rave On (1988)
65. Easy Target (2017)
66. Without Expression (1997)
67. Case 795 (The Family) (1993)
68. The Americans (2007)
69. Jena (2007)
70. Longest Days (2008)


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First posted 10/7/2012; updated 10/9/2021.

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