Friday, November 29, 2013

Charles Bradley released “Changes”

First posted 5/7/2020.


Charles Bradley

Writer(s): Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward (see lyrics here)

Released: November 29, 2013

First Charted: --

Peak: -- (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 19.2 video, -- streaming


About the Song:

I’m a sucker for a good cover. It’s even better if the performer seems to be from such a different genre that one can’t imagine how he or she was even exposed to the song. When it comes to that criteria, it’s hard to outdo an obscure soul singer opting to cover a heavy metal song by none other than the kings of the genre – Black Sabbath.

Black Sabbath originally released the song “Changes” on their 1972 album Vol. 4. The song was a rare foray into ballad territory for the band. Guitarist Tony Iommi reportedly stayed up all night snorting cocaine SF and composed the song’s piano melody while experimenting in the studio WK1 learning to play piano. SF Bassist Geezer Butler added lyrics inspired by drummer Bill Ward’s split with his wife. The band’s singer, Ozzy Osbourne, has called the song “heartbreaking” and critic Barney Hoskyns described it as “forlornly pretty.” WK1

In 2003, Ozzy recorded the song again as a duet with his daughter, Kelly. The song with some revised lyrics about a father and daughter drifting apart, SF reached #1 in the UK. Critics weren’t as enamored with their version. In a 2009 Village Voice article, it was ranked one o the worst songs of the decade. WK1

A decade later, soul singer Charles Bradley recorded a version which was released as a single on Record Story Day Black Friday. He said, “That song is very emotional to me. I didn’t want to learn that song…but…the story…made me think about talking with my mother, bonding…The last 12 years of her life, she actually told me things that got me stronger.” SF

Kitty Empire of The Observer compared Bradley’s voice to Al Green WK2 while Pop Matters’ Steve Horowitz called him “the closest living equivalent to [James] Brown.” WK2 The song was featured as the theme song for Big Mouth, an animated Netflix series and appeared in the first season of Big Little Lies, an HBO series. WK2

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Frozen Soundtrack Released

Last updated March 2, 2019.

Frozen Soundtrack

various artists

Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.)

  1. Frozen Heart (Cast of Frozen)
  2. Do You Want to Build a Snowman? (Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn, and Katie Lopez) (#51 US, #61 CAN, #45 AUS, #26 UK)
  3. For the First Time in Forever (Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel) (#57 US, #70 CAN, #62 AUS, #38 UK)
  4. Love Is an Open Door (Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana) (#49 US, #89 AUS, #52 UK)
  5. Let It Go (Idina Menzel) #5 US, #18 CAN, #16 AU, #11 UK, worldwide sales: 8.085 million)
  6. Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People (Jonathan Groff)
  7. In Summer (Josh Gad) (#90 AUS, #84 UK)
  8. For the First Time in Forever (Reprise) (Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel)
  9. Fixer Upper (Maria Wilson and Cast of Frozen)
  10. Let It Go (Demi Lovato) (#38 US, #31 CAN, #25 AU, #42 UK)
  11. Vuelie (Christophe Beck, Frode Fjelheim, & Cantus)
  12. Elsa and Anna *
  13. The Trolls *
  14. Coronation Day *
  15. Heimr Arnadair *
  16. Winter’s Waltz *
  17. Sorcery *
  18. Royal Pursuit *
  19. Onward and Upward *
  20. Wolves *
  21. The North Mountain *
  22. We Were So Close *
  23. Marshmallow Attack! *
  24. Conceal, Don’t Feel *
  25. Only an Act of True Love *
  26. Summit Siege *
  27. Return to Arendelle *
  28. Treason *
  29. Some People Are Worth Melting For *
  30. Whiteout *
  31. The Great Thaw (Vuelie Reprise) (Christophe Beck and Frode Fjelheim)
  32. Epilogue

* score by Christophe Beck

Released: November 25, 2013

Peak: #113 US, #1 UK, #12 AU, #17 CN

Sales (in millions): 4.0 US, 1.0 UK, 10.0 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: Disney soundtrack


Disney’s Frozen was a “welcome return to form” AMG in the tradition of animated musicals in which characters broke into song. AMG The story was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen. The movie took home the Oscar for Best Animated Featured Film and the soundtrack proved to be a monster. It became only the fourth soundtrack from an animated film to top the U.S. album charts. WK With 13 weeks logged on top, it became the biggest soundtrack since 1998’s Titanic. WK It became the best-selling album of 2013 with more than 10 million albums sold worldwide.

Robert Lopez Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon), one of twelve people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, AMG teamed up with Kristen Anderson-Lopez (In Transit, Winnie the Pooh) to write original Broadway-style songs for the soundtrack. Idina Menzel’s version of Let It Go won the Oscar for Best Song, sold more than 8 million worldwide, and garnered over 400 million views on YouTube.

The soundtrack offered a balance of songs with comic relief (In Summer, Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People) alongside musical interplays (For the First Time in Forever) between the two leading ladies, sisters Anna and Elsa, voiced respectively by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel.

In addition, Christophe Beck, fresh off an Oscar win for short Paperman, provided the score. His instrumentals provided “much of the soundtrack’s drama and suspense…[incorporating] orchestral, choral, and folk-inspired elements.” AMG

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

American Music Awards 2013

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Here are the 2013 winners from the American Music Awards:

  • Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift
  • Icon Award: Rihanna
  • New Artist of the Year: Ariana Grande
  • Single of the Year: Florida Georgia Line with Nelly “Cruise”
  • Top Soundtrack: Pitch Perfect



  • Favorite Male Artist : Justin Timberlake
  • Favorite Female Artist : Taylor Swift
  • Favorite Band, Duo or Group : One Direction
  • Favorite Album: One Direction Take Me Home


  • Favorite Male Artist : Luke Bryan
  • Favorite Female Artist : Taylor Swift
  • Favorite Band, Duo or Group : Lady Antebellum
  • Favorite Album: Taylor Swift Red


  • Favorite Male Artist : Justin Timberlake
  • Favorite Female Artist : Rihanna
  • Favorite Album: Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience


  • Favorite Artist : Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Favorite Album: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist


  • Alternative Rock: Imagine Dragons
  • Latin: Marc Anthony
  • Electronic Dance Music (EDM): Avicii
  • Adult Contemporary: Maroon 5
  • Contemporary Inspirational: Matthew West

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Friday, November 22, 2013

50 years ago: The Beatles released With the Beatles

First posted 4/7/2008; updated 9/19/2020.

With the Beatles

The Beatles

Released: November 22, 1963

Peak: -- US, 121 UK, -- CN, -- AU

Sales (in millions): -- US, 1. 0 UK, 1.0 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: pop/rock


Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts. You can check out the Beatles’ complete singles discography here.

  1. It Won’t Be Long [2:13]
  2. All I’ve Got to Do [2:02]
  3. All My Loving [2:07] (3/28/64, 45 US, 1 CN, 1 AU)
  4. Don’t Bother Me (George Harrison) [2:28]
  5. Little Child [1:46]
  6. Till There Was You (Meredith Wilson) [2:14]
  7. Please Mr. Postman (Georgia Dobbins/William Garrett/Freddie Gorman/Brian Holland/Robert Bateman) [2:34]
  8. Roll Over Beethoven (Chuck Berry) [2:45] (3/21/64, 68 US)
  9. Hold Me Tight [2:32]
  10. You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me (Smokey Robinson) [3:01]
  11. I Wanna Be Your Man [1:59]
  12. Devil in Her Heart (Richard Drapkin) [2:26]
  13. Not a Second Time [2:07]
  14. Money (That’s What I Want) (Janie Bradford/Berry Gordy) [2:49]

Songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney unless noted otherwise.

Total Running Time: 33:07

The Players:

  • John Lennon (vocals, guitar)
  • Paul McCartney (vocals, bass)
  • George Harrison (guitar, vocals)
  • Ringo Starr (drums, vocals)


4.163 out of 5.00 (average of 23 ratings)

Quotable: “This is the one that turned the world upside-down…With the Beatles both affirmed promise and proclaimed genius” –

Awards for With the Beatles:

Meet the Beatles

The Beatles

Released: January 20, 1964

Peak: 111 US, -- UK, 1 CN, -- AU

Sales (in millions): 5.7 US, -- UK, 7.0 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: pop/rock

Tracks on Meet the Beatles:

Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts. You can check out the Beatles’ complete singles discography here.

  1. I Want to Hold Your Hand (11/29/63, 1 US, 1 UK, 1 CN, 1 AU, sales: 4 million)
  2. I Saw Her Standing There [2:55] (1/13/64, 14 US, 1 CN, 1 AU, gold single)
  3. This Boy (11/29/63, B-side of “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” 53 US, 10 CN)
  4. It Won’t Be Long [2:13]
  5. All I’ve Got to Do [2:02]
  6. All My Loving [2:07] (3/28/64, 45 US, 1 CN, 1 AU)
  7. Don’t Bother Me (George Harrison) [2:28]
  8. Little Child [1:46]
  9. Till There Was You (Meredith Wilson) [2:14]
  10. Hold Me Tight [2:32]
  11. I Wanna Be Your Man [1:59]
  12. Not a Second Time [2:07]

Songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney unless noted otherwise.

Total Running Time: 26:43

The Players:

  • John Lennon (vocals, guitar)
  • Paul McCartney (vocals, bass)
  • George Harrison (guitar, vocals)
  • Ringo Starr (drums, vocals)

Rating for Meet the Beatles:

4.618 out of 5.00 (average of 5 ratings)

Awards for Meet the Beatles:

The Beatles’ Second Album

The Beatles

Released: April 10, 1964

Peak: 15 US, -- UK, 1 CN, -- AU

Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, -- UK, 3.0 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: pop/rock

Tracks on The Beatles’ Second Album:

Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts. You can check out the Beatles’ complete singles discography here.

  1. Roll Over Beethoven (Chuck Berry) [2:45] (3/21/64, 68 US)
  2. Thank You Girl [2:01] (4/12/63, B-side of “From Me to You,” 35 US)
  3. You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me (Smokey Robinson) [3:01]
  4. Devil in Her Heart (Richard Drapkin) [2:26]
  5. Money (That’s What I Want) (Janie Bradford/Berry Gordy) [2:49]
  6. You Can’t Do That [2:39] (3/16/64, B-side of “Can’t Buy Me Love,” 48 US, gold single)
  7. Long Tall Sally (Enotris Johnson, Richard Penniman, Robert Blackwell) [2:00] (6/19/64, Long Tall Sally EP, 1 CN)
  8. I Call Your Name [2:09] (6/19/64, Long Tall Sally EP, 1 CN)
  9. Please Mr. Postman (Georgia Dobbins/William Garrett/Freddie Gorman/Brian Holland/Robert Bateman) [2:34]
  10. I’ll Get You [2:05]
  11. She Loves You [2:20] (8/29/63, 1 US, 1 UK, 1 CN, 3 AU)

Songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney unless noted otherwise.

Total Running Time: 26:43

The Players:

  • John Lennon (vocals, guitar)
  • Paul McCartney (vocals, bass)
  • George Harrison (guitar, vocals)
  • Ringo Starr (drums, vocals)


4.217 out of 5.00 (average of 9 ratings)

About With the Beatles:

”This is the one that turned the world upside-down. Released as its creators evolved from pop group to phenomenon, With the Beatles both affirmed promise and proclaimed genius.” CDU While it shares “several similarities with its predecessor – there is an equal ratio of covers-to-originals, a familiar blend of girl group, Motown, R&B, pop, and rock, and a show tune that interrupts the flow of the album,” STE the album “is a sequel of the highest order – one that betters the original by developing its own tone and adding depth.” STE This time around, The Beatles demonstrated a “growing toughness,” SP With the Beatles “not only rocks harder, it's considerably more sophisticated.” STE

“The heart of [the album] lies…in…the originals” STE which “are well-crafted and tuneful.” DBW “No band in the history of rock music can boast…sing[ing] harmony like these guys…Those nasal, working-class accents just manage to melt into some of the most beautiful combinations of notes ever.” DC ”The Lennon-McCartney writing team was gathering steam and beginning to knock out pop classics as if they were pulling them out of thin air.” AZ “A slew of memorable…compositions embraced pop at its most multi-faceted, robust, melancholic, excited, and wistful.” CDU The group “had acquired a unique sound in the blend of John's and Paul's voices, while George was coming on by leaps and bounds as a guitar player.” AZ “It was clear that, even at this early stage, the Beatles were rapidly maturing and changing, turning into expert craftsmen and musical innovators.” STE

“They could deliver rock & roll straight [such as on] I Wanna Be Your Man,” STE which “is a good original Beatles’ song [with] a decent energetic Ringo vocal.” AD After “observing the tremendous audience response that Ringo [got] whenever he [sang] ‘Boys’, John and Paul…pen[ned this] new number” TB with Ringo in mind. It was also a song “which Rolling Stones' manager Andrew Loog Oldham had coaxed from the band earlier.” DC

It Won't Be Long is one of the album’s “propulsive rockers.” STE It “is a Beatle-mania crowd-pleaser” AD “with it's yeah yeah yeah's” GA and is “unremarkable musically but fairly remarkable vocally, especially the swoon-some harmony at the end.” AD

They could also “twist it around with a little Latin lilt [such as on]Little Child, one of their most underrated early rockers” STE that “makes good use of the harmonica.” AD

All My Loving, a “sprightly pop/rocker,” STE “is about as good a song as the Beatles have ever released. It has one of those Beatlesque melodies that is sure to stick in your head for a long time.” GA “The little country guitar break in the middle is delightful. It shows The Beatles beginning to think a little more about their songs, even at this early stage.” AD

There were also “richly melodic…slower songs [such as] Not a Second Time,” STE which “benefits from piano in the mix.” AD

That song and “sweet ballads [like] the achingly gorgeous All I've Got to Do,” STE showcased “great Lennon vocals.” DBW This is “a semi-successful attempt at rewriting the Burt Bacharach/Hal David song ‘Baby It's You’ which they covered on Please Please Me.” GA It “has a nice structure about it [and] it's a good song that shows practice makes, if not perfect, then at least a little better than before.” AD

”The midtempo pop number Don't Bother Me,” GA which is George Harrison’s first contribution, ”is a standout, with its wonderfully foreboding minor-key melody.” STE

Since the Beatles covered so much ground with their originals, their covers pale slightly in comparison, particularly since they rely on familiar hits.” STE Only Devil in Her Heart by American all-girl group The Donays TB “qualifies as a forgotten gem.” STE Still, “the band was always remarkably competent even when covering the most vapid material” JA and, after all, “the group always turns in thoroughly enjoyable performances.” STE

There are a couple of “high-energy 50s rock 'n' rollers” JA like Roll Over Beethoven, “a surprisingly stiff reading,” STE in which “Harrison does a dead-on Chuck Berry guitar lick,” GA and Money (That's What I Want), which “is slightly bizarre with its jazzy parts and all, but once John lets his vocals loose, you're slightly pinned back to the wall.” AD

The Beatles also cover a couple of modern R&B hits “such as Lennon's soaring interpretation” STE of You Really Got a Hold on Me, originally recorded by The Miracles. “The guitars are less to the fore varying the sound of the album when it needed a little sonic variation. Piano comes in (played by George Martin apparently)” AD and ”with able backup singing by McCartney and Harrison [the song is] out of the stratosphere.” GA

The Beatles complete a trilogy of Motown covers (“Money” and “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” being the other two), with their “playful” GA version of The Marvelettes’ Please Mister Postman. They “try to replicate those girl group harmonies, and actually do an ok job. John's double-tracked lead vocal is pretty strong.” AD

Paul does a “respectable job” GA on the “endearing” cover of Till There Was You, “the near-standard hit from the show The Music Man.” TB It “is a lovely lilting Spanish flavoured song” AD that demonstrates how the Beatles “listened to a lot of different kinds of music to come up with their unique sound.” GA

With the Beatles freed artists to record their own material, and the course of pop was irrevocably changed.” CDU “This album successfully shows a band with plenty of talent and charisma. It is a testament to the Beatles that one of their lesser albums is this good.” GA “This is probably the best document of the Beatles as high-energy, three-guitar rock and roll band.” DBW

About Meet the Beatles:

Vee-Jay Records had released Introducing the Beatles, its version of the Beatles’ UK debut Please Please Me, and went largely unnoticed until Beatlemania hit American shores in the beginning of 1964. That meant that Meet the Beatles, Capitol Records’ version of With the Beatles, was the true introduction to the Beatles for most Americans.

While it was common practice in the UK to treat singles and albums as separate entities, American audiences wanted the hits on the albums. Most notably that meant adding I Want to Hold Your Hand, the song that launched Beatlemania in the United States. That also meant adding This Boy, the original B-side of the UK single, and I Saw Her Standing There, the B-side in the U.S. and a cut from Please Please Me.

To meet demand for shorter running times for albums, that also meant excising five cover songs from the original UK album – “Please Mr. Postman,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Devil in Her Heart,” and “Money (That’s What I Want).”

About The Beatles’ Second Album:

Those five songs found their way on to the next American release, The Beatles’ Second Album, which also gathered the She Loves You / I’ll Get You single and two cuts from the Long Tall Sally EP – the title song and I Call Your Name.

Chopping up the original UK album actually made for two more unified albums. Meet the Beatles focused more on original material while The Beatles’ Second Album was centered around covers which had largely already become rock-n-roll standards.

In 2004, the Capitol Records Vol. 1 box set gathered the U.S. albums Meet the Beatles, The Beatles’ Second Album, Something New, and Beatles ‘65 on CD for the first time.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Kevin Gilbert was born: November 20, 1966

First posted Nov. 20, 2011.

While my posts typically focus on songs, albums, and events which significantly impacted the music world, this entry focuses on a little-known performer who ranks as one of my favorite singers. “Sometimes genius comes and goes without much notice or fanfare. Such is the case with the late Kevin Gilbert,” P “a musical prodigy” JS who “colleagues invariably called…‘the most talented musician I ever met.’” JS He “spent several years on the edge of stardom [but] could never capitalize on his talents.” DE He “might be the most talented American musician to be involved with progressive rock, with the possible exception of Frank Zappa. Although all of his work contains a very strong pop element, there’s usually a lot of prog underneath it.” DN

NRG/Giraffe (1984-89): In the mid-‘80s, while still in high school, Gilbert released his first album, No Reasons Given, with the group NRG. That album is free to download at In the late ‘80s, Gilbert spent a year as a film student at UCLA and took a gig as Eddie Money’s touring keyboardist before launching the group Giraffe. Between the release of their two albums, the band entered and won a national unsigned-bands competition.

Giraffe “Because of You”

Toy Matinee (1989-91): In the competition, Gilbert caught the attention of Patrick Leonard, a producer who had worked with Madonna and others. Leonard suggested a collaboration and the group Toy Matinee was born. “The lone Toy Matinee album was released in 1990 but effectively shelved by the record company.” WK “Gilbert assembled a new backing band [including an unknown Sheryl Crow as his keyboardist] to promote the album, eventually getting two [moderately] successful singles released: The Ballad of Jenny Ledge and Last Plane Out.” WK

Toy Matinee “Last Plane Out”

After the official Toy Matinee group imploded, Gilbert put together a touring group to perform the songs. He and Marc Bonilla did radio interviews and performances, such as this one for KTYD in which they played cover songs and showcased their knack for wittiness and fun.

He also did session work for established pop musicians, including Madonna and Michael Jackson. He also produced Keith Emerson’s album Changing States. Throughout the ‘90s, Gilbert worked as “a producer, film scorer, and session musician.” DN

Tuesday Night Music Club (1992-95): In 1992, Gilbert and producer Bill Bottrell, who’d helmed the Toy Matinee project, assembled a loose collective of musicians dubbed the Tuesday Night Music Club. They gathered weekly at Bottrell’s studio to hang out and make music. Gilbert brought Crow, with whom he’d struck up a relationship, and the gang carved out what would become her multi-platinum selling debut named after the crew. Gilbert had co-writing credit on many of the the song’s albums, including 1995 Grammy Record of the Year All I Wanna Do. “Crow later acrimoniously split with most of the musicians in the collective…[The rest of the TNMC’ers] worked with singer-songwriters Susanna Hoffs and Linda Perry on two more albums.” WK

Sheryl Crow “All I Wanna Do”

Thud/Tribute Work (1994-96): Gilbert worked tirelessly to open his own studio and, in 1995, released a solo album called Thud.

Kevin Gilbert “Joytown”

He also contributed songs to tribute albums of some of his favorite progressive rock artists as well – Genesis, Yes, and Gentle Giant. In 1994, Gilbert even performed Genesis’ rock-opera masterpiece The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway with a newly assembled version of Giraffe. Gilbert’s manager, Jon Rubin, “sent a copy of the recording to Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford who were searching for a new Genesis front man to replace Phil Collins.” WK Gilbert was supposedly set “to fly to London to audition for [the] vacated slot as Genesis’ lead singer” DE when tragedy struck.

Giraffe “Back in N.Y.C.”

Kevin’s Death (1996): On May 17, 1996, Rubin found Gilbert dead at his home just outside of Los Angeles. “The coroner listed the cause of death as ‘asphyxia due to partial suspension hanging.’ Friends and MTV more explicitly reported the cause as autoerotic asphyxiation.” MA The Los Angeles County coroners’ office reports four or five such deaths a year.

One can only imagine the possibilities of what Kevin Gilbert could have continued to contribute to the music world. Rubin, who once fronted ’70s pop band the Rubinoos and is now the executor of Gilbert’s estate, says, KG’s “death was tragic, but his life was not a tragedy.” RS As friend Tim Van Den Berg said, “I would like to believe that he is now blessing another world with his beautiful music.” TV

Posthumous Releases (2000-2009): At the time of his death, KG was working on a second solo album, the rock opera The Shaming of the True (which you can listen to here. It “was largely incomplete, but Gilbert’s estate asked Spock’s Beard drummer Nick D’Virgilio to complete it based on the extant tapes and Gilbert’s notes. A live album (composed mostly of songs from Thud), and a compilation of Giraffe material that Gilbert had been working on and an ‘industrial’ album with Gilbert’s latest group, Kaviar have also been released in the years since his death.” WK

Kevin Gilbert “Suite Fugue (Dance of the A&R Men)” (audio only)

The next seven years saw no activity, but three archival projects were released simultaneously in 2009 – the CD/DVD rerelease of Live at the Troubadour, now called Welcome to Joytown: Thud Live at the Troubadour, and the archival collections Nuts and Bolts collecting previously unreleased works from throughout Gilbert’s career. In 2010, Kevin Gilbert’s widely bootlegged 1991 Live at the Roxy was officially released as Toy Matinee Live. Check out all these albums at

Kevin Gilbert “Tired Old Man”

I have said that if I were a musician, Kevin Gilbert best represents the kind of music I would want to make. His lyrics go beyond clich├ęd love songs and are infused with witticism. His musicianship showcase the tireless hours he spent in the studio perfecting his craft. It was a shame to lose such an astonishing talent at 29. His work, however, lives on and for those uninitiated in his music, I hope this blog leads you down the same musical journey where KG’s music has taken me.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Neil Young's Top 40 Songs

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Happy birthday, Neil Young! Born November 12, 1945, in Toronto, Canada, this rock singer/songwriter and guitarist is one of the most recognized classic rockers in history. He first gained notice with Buffalo Springfield and also has worked with Crosby, Stills & Nash over the years. The brunt of his work, however, has been his solo output. In those three configurations, he has amassed ten albums which rank in the top 1000 of all time according to the DMDB.

In June 2011, a list of Neil Young’s top 20 songs of all time was posted on the DMDB Facebook page in response to a Rolling Stone poll. That list has now been expanded to a top 40 list. As always, DMDB lists are determined by creating an aggregate list from multiple other best-of lists and factoring in chart success, sales, airplay, and awards. More than 30 best-of Neil Young lists were factored in.

Neil Young’s Top 40 Songs

Heart of Gold

  1. Heart of Gold (1972)
  2. Ohio (with Crosby, Stills, & Nash; 1970)
  3. Cinnamon Girl (1969)
  4. Rockin’ in the Free World (1989)
  5. Old Man (1972)

    Ohio (with Crosby, Stills & Nash)

  6. Down by the River (1969)
  7. Hey Hey My My (Into the Black) (1979)
  8. The Needle and the Damage Done (1972)
  9. Like a Hurricane (1977)
  10. Harvest Moon (1993)

    Cinnamon Girl

  11. After the Gold Rush (1972)
  12. Cowgirl in the Sand (1969)
  13. Cortez the Killer (1975)
  14. Southern Man (1970)
  15. Helpless (with Crosby, Stills & Nash; 1970)

    Rockin’ in the Free World (with Pearl Jam)

  16. Tonight’s the Night (1973)
  17. Mr. Soul (Buffalo Springfield, 1967)
  18. A Man Needs a Maid (1972)
  19. Sugar Mountain (1968)
  20. Ambulance Blues (1974)

    Old Man

  21. Only Love Can Break Your Heart (1970)
  22. Powderfinger (1979)
  23. Thrasher (1979)
  24. Unknown Legend (1992)
  25. Expecting to Fly (Buffalo Springfield, 1967)

    Down by the River

  26. The Loner (1968)
  27. I Am a Child (Buffalo Springfield, 1968)
  28. This Note’s for You (1988)
  29. Walk On (1974)
  30. Tell Me Why (1970)

    Hey Hey My My (Into the Black)

  31. Don’t Be Denied (1973)
  32. Tired Eyes (1973)
  33. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969)
  34. Long May You Run (Stills-Young Band, 1976)
  35. Change Your Mind (1994)

    The Needle and the Damage Done

  36. Crime in the City (1989)
  37. Philadelphia (1994)
  38. Borrowed Tune (1973)
  39. Sleeps with Angels (1994)
  40. Out on the Weekend (1972)


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