Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015: Top 25 Albums

First posted 1/8/2021.

Dave’s Music Database:

Top Albums of 2015

Based on a combination of year-end lists and overall status in Dave’s Music Database, these are the top 25 albums of 2015:

  1. Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly
  2. Adele 25
  3. Chris Stapleton Traveller
  4. Hamilton cast album
  5. The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness
  6. Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell
  7. Tame Impala Currents
  8. Drake If You’re Reading This, You’re Too Late
  9. Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
  10. Justin Bieber Purpose

  11. Alabama Shakes Sound & Color
  12. Grimes Art Angels
  13. Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear
  14. Twenty One Pilots Blurryface
  15. Florence + the Machine How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  16. Jamie XX In Colour
  17. Carly Rae Jepsen Emotion
  18. Kamasi Washington The Epic
  19. Sleater-Kinney No Cities to Love
  20. Future DS2

  21. Wilco Star Wars
  22. Meghan Trainor Title
  23. Luke Bryan Kill the Lights
  24. Björk Vulnicura
  25. Dr. Dre Compton

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Honor Roll of Hits: Top 300 Songs

Honor Roll of Hits:

Top 300 Songs

In the 2015 edition of Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Singles 1955-2015, 300 songs are noted and ranked for awards and list appearances: ASCAP, BMI, Country Music Association Awards, Grammys, the Grammy Hall of Fame, Kennedy Center Honors, National Recording Registry, NPR, Oscars, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, RIAA/NEA, and Rolling Stone.

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

1. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)
2. Otis Redding “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” (1968)
3. Roy Orbison “(Oh) Pretty Woman” (1964)
4. Bobby Darin “Mack the Knife” (1959)
5. Tina Turner “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” (1984)
6. Al Green “Let’s Stay Together” (1971)
7. Carl Perkins “Blue Suede Shoes” (1956)
8. The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1965)
9. The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” (1965)
10. The Temptations “My Girl” (1964)

11. Simon and Garfunkel “The Sounds of Silence” (1965)
12. Martha & the Vandellas “Dancing in the Street” (1964)
13. Ben E. King “Stand by Me” (1961)
14. Ray Charles “What’d I Say” (1959)
15. George Jones “He Stopped Loving Her Today” (1980)
16. Bill Haley & the Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock” (1954)
17. The Doors “Light My Fire” (1967)
18. Jerry Lee Lewis “Great Balls of Fire” (1957)
19. The Ronettes “Be My Baby” (1963)
20. Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On” (1971)

21. The Miracles “The Tracks of My Tears” (1965)
22. The Sugarhill Gang “Rapper’s Delight” (1979)
23. The Beatles “Yesterday” (1965)
24. James Taylor “Fire and Rain” (1970)
25. The Impressions “People Get Ready” (1965)
26. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five “The Message” (1982)
27. Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970)
28. Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (1978)
29. Eagles “Hotel California” (1976)
30. Elvis Presley “Hound Dog” (1956)

31. Roberta Flack “Killing Me Softly with His Song” (1973)
32. Fats Domino “Blueberry Hill” (1956)
33. Willie Nelson “Always on My Mind” (1982)
34. Little Richard “Tutti Frutti” (1955)
35. Chubby Checker “The Twist” (1960)
36. Stevie Wonder “Superstition” (1972)
37. The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” (1966)
38. Creedence Clearwater Revival “Proud Mary” (1969)
39. Buddy Holly & the Crickets “Peggy Sue” (1957)
40. The Penguins “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” (1954)

41. Billy Joel “Piano Man” (1974)
42. Bo Diddley “Bo Diddley” (1955)
43. Elvis Presley “Don’t Be Cruel” (1956)
44. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
45. Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968)
46. Percy Sledge “When a Man Loves a Woman” (1966)
47. The Kingsmen “Louie Louie” (1963)
48. Bob Dylan “Like a Rolling Stone” (1965)
49. The Mamas & Papas “California Dreamin’” (1966)
50. Van Morrison “Brown-Eyed Girl” (1967)

51. Johnny Cash “I Walk the Line” (1956)
52. Bob Dylan “Blowin’ in the Wind” (1963)
53. Sam Cooke “You Send Me” (1957)
54. John Lennon “Imagine” (1971)
55. Derek & the Dominos “Layla” (1971)
56. The Flamingos “I Only Have Eyes for You” (1959)
57. Ritchie Valens “La Bamba” (1958)
58. Sam Cooke “A Change Is Gonna Come” (1965)
59. The Kingston Trio “Tom Dooley” (1958)
60. Sam & Dave “Soul Man” (1967)

61. B.B. King “The Thrill Is Gone” (1969)
62. Elvis Presley “Heartbreak Hotel” (1956)
63. Ray Charles “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (1962)
64. Isaac Hayes “Theme from Shaft” (1971)
65. The Temptations “Papa Was a Rollin' Stone” (1972)
66. Ray Charles “Georgia on My Mind” (1960)
67. Tammy Wynette “Stand by Your Man” (1968)
68. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll” (1981)
69. The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (1963)
70. Michael Jackson “Beat It” (1982)

71. The Shirelles “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (1960)
72. Buddy Holly & the Crickets “That’ll Be the Day” (1957)
73. The Jackson 5 “I Want You Back” (1969)
74. 86. Steppenwolf “Born to Be Wild” (1968)
75. Prince & the Revolution “Purple Rain” (1984)
76. Jerry Lee Lewis “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” (1957)
77. Booker T. & the MG’s “Green Onions” (1962)
78. Queen “We Will Rock You” / “We Are the Champions” (1977)
79. Roger Miller “King of the Road” (1965)
80. Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto “The Girl from Ipanema” (1964)

81. Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991)
82. Chuck Berry “Johnny B. Goode” (1958)
83. The Drifters “On Broadway” (1963)
84. The Five Satins “In the Still of the Nite (I’ll Remember)” (1956)
85. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1982)
86. The Animals “The House of the Rising Sun” (1964)
87. Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (1966)
88. Elvis Presley “Suspicious Minds” (1969)
89. James Brown “I Got You” (I Feel Good)” (1965)
90. Chuck Berry “Maybellene” (1955)

91. Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” (1956)
92. The Kinks “You Really Got Me” (1964)
93. Elton John “Your Song” (1970)
94. Henry Mancini with Audrey Hepburn “Moon River” (1961)
95. Patsy Cline “I Fall to Pieces” (1961)
96. The Staple Singers “Respect Yourself” (1971)
97. Lynyrd Skynyrd “Free Bird” (1973)
98. Wilson Pickett “In the Midnight Hour” (1965)
99. Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” (1975)
100. Chuck Berry “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956)


101. The Isley Brothers “Shout (Parts 1 and 2)” (1959)
102. Creedence Clearwater Revival “Fortunate Son” (1969)
103. Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” (1971)
104. Bob Dylan “The Times They Are A-Changin’” (1964)
105. The Everly Brothers “All I Have to Do Is Dream” (1958)
106. The Platters “The Great Pretender” (1955)
107. Dion “Runaround Sue” (1961)
108. Blondie “Heart of Glass” (1978)
109. Little Eva “The Loco-Motion” (1962)
110. The Byrds “Mr. Tambourine Man” (1965)

111. The Beach Boys “California Girls” (1965)
112. Dionne Warwick “Walk on By” (1964)
113. Buffalo Springfield “For What It’s Worth” (1967)
114. Eddie Cochran “Summertime Blues” (1958)
115. Patsy Cline “Crazy” (1961)
116. Fats Domino “Ain't That a Shame” (1955)
117. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Purple Haze” (1967)
118. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “All Along the Watchtower” (1968)
119. Loretta Lynn “Coal Miner's Daughter” (1970)
120. Howlin’ Wolf “Smokestack Lightning” (1956)

121. The Champs “Tequila” (1958)
122. The Box Tops “The Letter” (1967)
123. Barbra Streisand “The Way We Were” (1973)
124. U2 “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (1987)
125. Mary Wells “My Guy” (1964)
126. The Supremes “Where Did Our Love Go” (1964)
127. Frank Sinatra “Strangers in the Night” (1966)
128. Eric Clapton “Tears in Heaven” (1992)
129. Roy Orbison “Crying” (1961)
130. R.E.M. “Losing My Religion” (1991)

131. Run-D.M.C. with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry “Walk This Way” (1986)
132. Jackie Wilson “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher” (1967)
133. Lynyrd Skynrd “Sweet Home Alabama” (1974)
134. M.C. Hammer “U Can’t Touch This” (1990)
135. Jefferson Airplane “White Rabbit” (1967)
136. Bruce Springsteen “Born in the U.S.A.” (1984)
137. Crosby, Stills & Nash with Neil Young “Ohio” (1970)
138. Charlie Rich “Behind Closed Doors” (1973)
139. Muddy Waters “Hoochie Coochie Man” (1954)
140. T-Bone Walker “Call It Stormy Monday” (1947)

141. John Lee Hooker “Boogie Chillen'“ (1949)
142. Hank Williams “I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry” (1949)
143. Muddy Waters “Got My Mojo Working” (1957)
144. Gladys Knight & the Pips “Midnight Train to Georgia” (1973)
145. Bette Midler “Wind Beneath My Wings (aka "Hero")” (1989)
146. Aretha Franklin “Chain of Fools” (1967)
147. Marvin Gaye “Sexual Healing” (1982)
148. Big Brother & The Holding Company “Piece of My Heart” (1968)
149. Santana & Rob Thomas “Smooth” (1999)
150. The Beatles “Hey Jude” (1968)

151. Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” (1977)
152. Bobby Gentry “Ode to Billie Joe” (1967)
153. Stevie Wonder “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” (1972)
154. James Brown “Papa's Got a Brand New Bag” (1965)
155. Sammi Smith “Help Me Make It Through the Night” (1971)
156. Flatt & Scruggs with the Foggy Mountain Boys “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” (1950)
157. Rod Stewart “Maggie May” (1971)
158. Don McLean “American Pie” (1971)
159. The Rolling Stones “Honky Tonk Women” (1969)
160. Bill Withers “Lean on Me” (1972)

161. The Beatles “Help!” (1964)
162. The Supremes “Stop! In the Name of Love” (1965)
163. Abba “Dancing Queen” (1976)
164. The Everly Brothers “Bye Bye Love” (1957)
165. Sister Sledge “We Are Family” (1979)
166. Roy Orbison “Only the Lonely” (1960)
167. The Drifters “There Goes My Baby” (1959)
168. Billy Joel “Just the Way You Are” (1977)
169. Led Zeppelin “Whole Lotta Love” (1969)
170. Edwin Hawkins Singers “Oh Happy Day” (1969)

171. Little Richard “Long Tall Sally” (1956)
172. Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps “Be-Bop-A-Lula” (1956)
173. The 5th Dimension “Up, Up and Away” (1967)
174. Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975)
175. Hank Williams “Lovesick Blues” (1949)
176. Etta James “At Last” (1961)
177. James Brown “Please Please Please” (1956)
178. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
179. Prince “When Doves Cry” (1984)
180. Johnny Horton “The Battle of New Orleans” (1959)

181. The Everly Brothers “Wake Up Little Susie” (1957)
182. Del Shannon “Runaway” (1961)
183. Pink Floyd “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” (1979)
184. The Beatles “Let It Be” (1970)
185. The Crystals “He's a Rebel” (1962)
186. Wilbert Harrison “Kansas City” (1959)
187. Louis Armstrong “Hello Dolly!” (1964)
188. The Coasters “Yakety Yak” (1958)
189. The Shangri-La’s “Leader of the Pack” (1964)
190. Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (1983)

191. The Miracles “Shop Around” (1960)
192. Aaron Neville “Tell It Like It Is” (1966)
193. Procol Harum “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (1967)
194. Harry Nilsson “Everybody's Talkin'“ (1968)
195. Jackie Wilson “Lonely Teardrops” (1958)
196. Spencer Davis Group “Gimme Some Lovin'“ (1966)
197. Sly & the Family Stone “Dance to the Music” (1968)
198. The Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever” (1967)
199. Bruce Springsteen “Streets of Philadelphia” (1994)
200. The Lovin’ Spoonful “Do You Believe in Magic” (1965)


201. Bobby Fuller Four “I Fought the Law” (1966)
202. Ben E. King “Spanish Harlem” (1960)
203. The Animals “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” (1965)
204. The Byrds “Eight Miles High” (1966)
205. Lou Reed “Walk on the Wild Side” (1973)
206. Johnny Cash “Ring of Fire” (1963)
207. Tony Bennett “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” (1962)
208. Otis Redding “I've Been Loving You Too Long” (1965)
209. Otis Redding “Try a Little Tenderness” (1966)
210. Glen Campbell “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” (1967)

211. John Lee Hooker “Boom Boom” (1962)
212. The Who “My Generation” (1965)
213. Ike & Tina Turner “River Deep, Mountain High” (1966)
214. Big Joe Turner “Shake, Rattle and Roll” (1954)
215. Bob Marley & the Wailers “No Woman No Cry” (1974)
216. Johnny Cash “Folsom Prison Blues” (1955)
217. Robert Johnson “I Believe I'll Dust My Broom” (1936)
218. OutKast “Hey Ya!” (2003)
219. USA for Africa “We Are the World” (1985)
220. The Drifters “Save the Last Dance for Me” (1960)

221. The Turtles “Happy Together” (1967)
222. Edwin Starr “War” (1970)
223. Simon & Garfunkel “Mrs. Robinson” (1968)
224. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (1997)
225. Kool & The Gang “Celebration” (1980)
226. Janis Joplin “Me and Bobby McGee” (1971)
227. Chic “Good Times” (1979)
228. The Staple Singers “I'll Take You There” (1972)
229. Neil Young “Heart of Gold” (1972)
230. Shania Twain “You’re Still the One” (1997)

231. Gnarls Barkley “Crazy” (2006)
232. Lady Antebellum “Need You Now” (2009)
233. The Ventures “Walk Don't Run” (1960)
234. Beck “Loser” (1993)
235. Fleetwood Mac “Go Your Own Way” (1977)
236. James Brown “Get Up I Feel Like Being Like a Sex Machine” (1970)
237. Dave Brubeck Quartet “Take Five “ (1959)
238. The Police “Roxanne” (1978)
239. The Drifters “Money Honey” (1953)
240. Bob Marley & the Wailers “Get Up Stand Up” (1973)

241. Jimmy Cliff “Many Rivers to Cross” (1969)
242. Dionne Warwick & Friends “That's What Friends Are For” (1985)
243. Sly & the Family Stone “Everyday People” (1968)
244. Carpenters “They Long to Be Close to You “ (1970)
245. Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes “Up Where We Belong” (1982)
246. Lauryn “Doo Wop (That Thing)” (1998)
247. Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This” (1983)
248. Earth, Wind & Fire “Shining Star” (1975)
249. Carpenters “We've Only Just Begun” (1970)
250. The Drifters “Up on the Roof” (1962)

251. Lee Ann Womack & Sons of the Desert “I Hope You Dance” (2000)
252. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell “Ain't No Mountain High Enough” (1967)
253. Louis Armstrong “What a Wonderful World” (1967)
254. Merle Haggard “Mama Tried” (1968)
255. Howlin’ Wolf “Spoonful” (1960)
256. Little Walter Jacobs & His Night Cats “Juke” (1952)
257. Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats “Rocket 88” (1951)
258. Public Enemy “Fight the Power” (1989)
259. Irene Cara “Flashdance...What a Feelin’” (1983)
260. Carole King “It’s Too Late” (1971)

261. B.J. Thomas “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” (1969)
262. Bobby McFerrin “Don't Worry Be Happy” (1988)
263. Marty Robbins “El Paso” (1959)
264. Petula Clark “Downtown” (1964)
265. Ray Charles “Hit the Road Jack” (1961)
266. Bruce Springsteen “Dancing in the Dark” (1984)
267. The Isley Brothers “It's Your Thing” (1969)
268. Bill Withers “Ain't No Sunshine” (1971)
269. Eric Clapton “Change the World” (1996)
270. Tracy Chapman “Fast Car” (1988)

271. Roger Miller “Dang Me” (1964)
272. Tom Petty “Free Fallin’“ (1989)
273. Jimmy Buffett “Margaritaville” (1977)
274. Stevie Wonder “Living for the City” (1973)
275. Four Tops “Baby I Need Your Loving” (1964)
276. Kenny Rogers “The Gambler” (1978)
277. Sam Cooke “Wonderful World” (1960)
278. Willie Nelson “On the Road Again” (1980)
279. U2 “Beautiful Day” (2000)
280. R.E.M. “Radio Free Europe” (1983)

281. Bo Diddley “I'm a Man” (1955)
282. Randy Newman “Sail Away” (1972)
283. Elvis Presley “Jailhouse Rock” (1957)
284. Chic “Le Freak” (1978)
285. The Fifth Dimension “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” (1969)
286. Bonnie Raitt “Something To Talk About” (1991)
287. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott “Get Ur Freak On” (2001)
288. Eagles “Take It Easy” (1972)
289. Little Big Town “Girl Crush” (2014)
290. Henry Mancini “Days of Wine and Roses, The” (1963)

291. Ray Charles “I Gotta Woman” (1955)
292. Beyoncé with Jay-Z “Crazy in Love” (2003)
293. The Everly Brothers “Cathy's Clown” (1960)
294. The Four Seasons “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (1962)
295. Van Halen “Jump” (1983)
296. The Young Rascals “Groovin’” (1967)
297. Gene Chandler “Duke of Earl” (1962)
298. The Byrds “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)” (1965)
299. Johnny Mathis “Chances Are “ (1957)
300. The Moody Blues “Nights in White Satin” (1967)


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First posted 4/10/2021.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Frank Sinatra's Top 100 Songs

First posted 12/12/2015; updated 5/25/2019.

image from breitbart.com

Singer born Francis Albert Sinatra on 12/12/1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Died 5/14/1998. “Ol’ Blue Eyes” is one of the premiere pop crooners and traditional pop artists of all time. His personal life was tabloid fodder thanks to several high-profile marriages and divorces and his alleged association with the Mafia.

He began professionally singing as a teenager. Worked with the Hoboken Four (35-39), the Harry James’ Orchestra (39), and Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra (39-42) before going solo on 9/3/42. On 6/1/43, he signed with Columbia Records and on 3/13/53 to Capitol Records, where he recorded a series of critically acclaimed and commercially successful themed albums. He was a residency performer with the Rat Pack in Las Vegas in the early 1950s and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in From Here to Eternity. Formed his own record label, Reprise Records, in 1960 and sold it to Warner Brothers in 1963.

“I’ll Never Smile Again,” which featured Sinatra on lead vocals with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Pre-Rock Era, 1890-1953.

For a complete list of this act’s songs and albums honored by the DMDB, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.


Top 100 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.

Notes: TD = Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra. Sinatra landed 40 songs at #1 on various charts, including the U.S. pre-Billboard pop charts (US), Hit Parade (HP), adult contemporary charts (AC), the UK charts (UK), the Canadian charts (CN), and the Australian charts (AU).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. I’ll Never Smile Again (w/ TD & the Pied Pipers, 1940) #1 US, HP
2. All or Nothing at All (w/ Harry James’ Orchestra, 1939) #1 US, HP
3. Strangers in the Night (1966) #1 US, AC, UK, AU
4. There Are Such Things (w/ TD & the Pied Pipers (1942) #1 US, HP
5. My Way (1969)

DMDB Top 5%:

6. Five Minutes More (1946) #1 US, HP, AU
7. Somethin’ Stupid (w/ Nancy Sinatra, 1967) #1 US, AC, UK, CN, AU
8. You’ll Never Walk Alone (w/ the Ken Lane Singers, 1945)
9. Theme from ‘New York, New York’ (1980)
10. One for My Baby and One for the Road (1949)

11. White Christmas (w/ the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1949)
12. In the Blue of the Evening (w/ TD, 1942) #1 US
13. Saturday Night Is the Loneliest Night of the Week (1944)
14. They Say It’s Wonderful (1946) #1 HP
15. Stardust (w/ TD & the Pied Pipers, 1940)
16. Learnin’ the Blues (1955) #1 US, HP, AU
17. Young at Heart (1954) #1 HP, AU
18. Night and Day (w/ Axel Stordahl’s Orchestra, 1942)
19. I’ve Got You Under My Skin (1956)
20. Oh! What It Seemed to Be (1946) #1 US, HP

21. I Couldn’t Sleep a Wink Last Night (w/ the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1944) #1 HP
22. Oh, Look at Me Now (w/ TD, Connie Haines, & the Pied Pipers, 1941)
23. All the Way (1957)
24. I’ll Be Seeing You (w/ TD, 1940) #1 HP
25. How About You? (w/ TD, 1942)
26. Almost Like Being in Love (1947)
27. Autumn in New York (1949)
28. Love and Marriage (1955)
29. But Beautiful (1948)
30. I’ve Got a Crush on You (w/ Bobby Hackett, 1948)

31. A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening (w/ the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1944) #1 AU
32. Goodnight Irene (w/ the Mitch Miller Singers, 1950) #1 HP, UK
33. Mam’selle (1947) #1 US, HP, AU
34. Some Enchanted Evening (1949) #1 HP
35. Time after Time (1947)
36. People Will Say We’re in Love (w/ the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1943) #1 HP
37. You’ll Never Know (w/ the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1943) #1 HP
38. This Love of Mine (w/ TD & the Pied Pipers, 1941)
39. Nancy with the Laughing Face (1945)
40. Call Me Irresponsible (1963)

41. Love Is the Tender Trap (1955)
42. It Was a Very Good Year (1965) #1 AC
43. Stardust (1962)
44. Begin the Beguine (1946)

DMDB Top 10%:

45. Oh, What a Beautiful Morning (w/ the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1943)
46. Everything Happens to Me (w/ TD, 1941)
47. High Hopes (w/ A Bunch O Kids, 1959)
48. September Song (1946)
49. Sunday, Monday or Always (w/ the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1943) #1 HP, AU
50. Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) #1 HP, UK, AU

51. Imagination (w/ TD, 1940) #1 HP
52. Polka Dots and Moonbeams (w/ TD, 1940)
53. It’s Always You (w/ TD, 1943)
54. I Get a Kick Out of You (1953)
55. Witchcraft (1957)
56. Fools Rush in Where Angels Fear to Tread (w/ TD, 1940) #1 HP
57. Summer Wind (1966) #1 AC
58. My Funny Valentine (1954)
59. Here’s That Rainy Day (1959)
60. It Started All Over Again (w/ TD, 1943)

61. Dream (When You’re Feeling Blue) (1945) #1 HP
62. That’s Life (1966) #1 AC
63. Come Fly with Me (1958)
64. Nature Boy (1948) #1 HP
65. If I Loved You (1945)
66. Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time) (w/ the Ken Lane Singers, 1945)
67. I’ve Got the World on a String (1953)
68. We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, and Me) (w/ TD, 1940) #1 HP
69. The Second Time Around (1961)
70. It Only Happens When I Dance with You (1948)

71. I’m Walking Behind You (1953) #1 HP, AU
72. Just As Though You Were Here (w/ TD, 1942)
73. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (1955)
74. Day by Day (1946)
75. The Way You Look Tonight (1964)
76. Take Me (w/ TD, 1942)
77. Nice ‘N’ Easy (1960)
78. I Only Have Eyes for You (1949)
79. Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town) (1957)
80. All of Me (1948)

81. I’m a Fool to Want You (1951)
82. Fly Me to the Moon (1964)
83. They Can’t Take That Away from Me (1954)
84. Nevertheless I’m in Love with You (1950) #1 HP
85. Granada (1961)
86. Do I Worry? (w/ TD, 1941)
87. You and I (w/ TD, 1941)
88. Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me) (1958)
89. New York, New York (w/ Gene Kelly, 1949)
90. Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy (1950) #1 HP

DMDB Top 20%:

91. I’ve Got You Under My Skin (w/ Bono, 1993)
92. Dolores (w/ TD, 1941) #1 US
93. I’ll Be Seeing You (re-recording w/ TD, 1961)
94. All Through the Day (1946) #1 HP
95. Be Careful, It’s My Heart (w/ TD, 1942)
96. What’ll I Do? (1948)
97. Say It Over and Over Again (w/ TD, 1940)
98. Me and My Shadow (w/ Sammy Davis, Jr., 1962)
99. The Birth of the Blues (1952)
100. Our Love Affair (w/ TD, 1940)


Awards:


Saturday, December 5, 2015

“Love Yourself” debuted at #4, giving Justin Bieber three songs in top 5

Last updated 3/16/2021.

Love Yourself

Justin Bieber

Writer(s): Ed Sheeran, Benny Blanco, Justin Bieber (see lyrics here)


Released: November 9, 2015


First Charted: November 20, 2015


Peak: 12 US, 14 RR, 18 AC, 15 A40, 16 UK, 12 CN, 17 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 2.85 US, 2.06 UK, 11.7 world (includes US + UK)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 1975.1 video, 1305.0 streaming

Awards: (Click on award for more details).

About the Song:

“Love Yourself” was the third single from Justin Bieber’s fourth album, Purpose. All three songs went to #1 in the U.S. and UK. The song debuted at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 while Bieber’s previous singles “What Do You Mean?” and “Sorry” were still in the top 5. Prior to Bieber, only The Beatles and 50 Cent had accomplished that feat. WK “Love Yourself” knocked “Sorry” out of the number one slot, making him the twelfth artist to succeed himself on the Hot 100. WK It did so in the UK as well, making him only the third act – after the Beatles and Elvis Presley – to do so. SF It ended up as Billboard’s number one song of the year and was nominated for Grammys for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. It won the American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Song.

The cut was “a kiss-off to a narcisstic ex-lover who did the protagonist wrong.” WK Bieber said it was “definitely about someone in my past,” WK singing “‘Cause if you like the way you look that much, oh baby you should go and love yourself.” WK Bieiber also said that it was “cool because so many people can resonate with that because how many women do we bring back that mom doesn’t really necessarily like?” WK

It was written by Bieber with Ed Sheeran and Benny Blanco. Blanco produced the track, offering the instrumentation and programming. WK The acoustic pop song featured “just vocals, an electric guitar, and a brief flurry of trumpets.” WK Sheeran, who has said he originally had Rihanna in mind for the track WK and that he considered it for his own album, SF provided background vocals. WK Of working with Sheeran, Bieber said, “I think he’s one of the most talented writers in the game right now” WK “so just to be able to work with that caliber of songwriter was really, really awesome.” WK

Consequence of Sound’s Michelles Geslani said it “sounds exactly like what you’d expect from a meeting of these two minds.” WK Entertainment Weekly’s Leah Greenblatt called it “the world’s first campfire-folk diss track” WK and Digital Spy’s Amy Davidson called it a “deliciously evil poison-pen ballad.” Spin’s Andrew Unterberger called the song “an earth-salting, cruelly chuckling kiss-off track [which] features an unprecedented-for Bieber caliber of lyrical detail.” WK


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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Scott Weiland: His 20 Top Songs

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Scott Weiland, best known as the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots and the supergroup Velvet Revolver, died from a drug overdose on 12/3/2015 while on tour in Bloomington, Minnesota. He was 48. In honor of Weiland, here are his top 20 songs according to Dave’s Music Database, which compiles sales, chart performance, radio airplay, and best-of lists.

1. Stone Temple Pilots “Plush” (1992)
2. Stone Temple Pilots “Interstate Love Song” (1994)
3. Velvet Revolver “Fall to Pieces” (2004)
4. Stone Temple Pilots “Vasoline” (1994)
5. Stone Temple Pilots “Big Empty” (1994)
6. Velvet Revolver “Slither” (2004)
7. Stone Temple Pilots “Big Bang Baby” (1996)
8. Stone Temple Pilots “Creep” (1992)
9. Stone Temple Pilots “Trippin’ ona Hole in a Paper Heart” (1996)
10. Stone Temple Pilots “Sour Girl” (1999)

11. Stone Temple Pilots “Dancing Days” (1995)
12. Stone Temple Pilots “Sex Type Thing” (1992)
13. Stone Temple Pilots “Lady Picture Show” (1996)
14. Stone Temple Pilots “Pretty Penny” (1994)
15. Stone Temple Pilots “Wicked Garden” (1992)
16. Velvet Revolver “The Last Fight” (2007)
17. Stone Temple Pilots “Between the Lines” (2010)
18. Stone Temple Pilots “Revolution” (2001)
19. Stone Temple Pilots “Unglued” (1994)
20. Magnificent Bastards “Mockingbird Girl” (1995)


50 years ago: The Beatles released Rubber Soul

Rubber Soul

The Beatles


Released in UK: December 3, 1965


Released in U.S.: December 6, 1965


Peak: 16 US, 18 UK, 1 CN, 111 AU


Sales (in millions): 6.5 US, 0.75 UK, 13.9 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: pop/rock


Tracks (UK Version of Rubber Soul):

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. Drive My Car [2:30]
  2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) [2:05]
  3. You Won’t See Me [3:22]
  4. Nowhere Man [2:44] (3/5/66, 3 US, 1 CN, 1 AU, gold single)
  5. Think for Yourself [2:19]
  6. The Word [2:43]
  7. Michelle [2:42]
  8. What Goes On [2:50] (2/21/66, 81 US)
  9. Girl [2:33]
  10. I’m Looking Through You [2:27]
  11. In My Life [2:27]
  12. Wait [2:16]
  13. If I Needed Someone (Harrison) [2:23]
  14. Run for Your Life [2:18]

Songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney unless noted otherwise.

Total Running Time: 34:55


Tracks (U.S. Version of Rubber Soul):

  1. I’ve Just Seen a Face [2:07]
  2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) [2:05]
  3. You Won’t See Me [3:22]
  4. Think for Yourself [2:19]
  5. The Word [2:43]
  6. Michelle [2:42]
  7. It’s Only Love [1:58]
  8. Girl [2:33]
  9. I’m Looking Through You [2:27]
  10. In My Life [2:27]
  11. Wait [2:16]
  12. Run for Your Life [2:18]

Total Running Time: 28:39


The Players:

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

Rating for UK Version:

4.574 out of 5.00 (average of 26 ratings)


Rating for U.S. Version:

4.038 out of 5.00 (average of 5 ratings)


Awards for UK version of Rubber Soul:

About the UK Version of Rubber Soul:

Rubber Soul is without a doubt the first album to definitively put the Fab Four in the running for Greatest Band Ever.” CDU It was ”the best ‘60s rock album produced up to this point, which is saying a lot – there was…some stiff competition (e.g., The Beach Boys’ Today).” AMG2 “Written and recorded in just over a month,” AD Rubber Soul was “the opening volley of the album era.” IB “While the Beatles didn’t totally eschew the two-minute pop ditties on Rubber Soul,” DV “the songs started to get more serious” KN and “more than the traditional radio fodder.” DV This was really “the first set of rock ‘n’ roll originals written, recorded and packaged as an album.” IB It was “important historically [for] pushing The Beach Boys, The Beatles themselves and countless others” AD “away from singles” AD and “into a more considered album-making approach.” AD It would become “the foundation upon which the music industry would be based for the next 15 years.” IB

The album “was well-timed, well put together and is very easy to listen to…thanks to clever sequencing.” AD “Musically, too, it was a substantial leap forward” AMG2 as this “was the first disc…to give the Beatles room to experiment musically.” DV ”Virtually every aspect of the Liverpool quartet’s incredibly diverse sound is in evidence here.” CDU “Intricate folk-rock arrangements…reflected the increasing influence of Dylan and the Byrds” AMG2 and the “burgeoning folk rock movement.” AD “The group and George Martin were also beginning to expand the conventional instrumental parameters of the rock group.” AMG2 The album is “peppered with nasty fuzz bass, exotic sitar, cartoonishly sped-up piano that sounds like harpsichord, and elements of country, Motown, and classical music, the album reveals a creative scope and willingness to experiment so revolutionary it can now only be termed ‘Beatlesque.’” CDU

“The lyrics represented a quantum leap in terms of thoughtfulness, maturity, and complex ambiguities.” AMG2 “The band sounds far more intelligent…(and stoned) than on their early records.” MU “John, Paul, George and Ringo finally gave in to their urge to grow and released their first introspective work.” RV “While John and Paul were beginning to carve separate songwriting identities at this point, the album is full of great tunes.” AMG2

“Whilst the overall sound and feel of the album is cohesive, ‘Think For Yourself’, ‘What Goes On’, ‘I’m Looking Through You’ and the closing ‘Run For Your Life’ don’t feel like major compositions…They sound perfectly fine…and work within the LP’s framework, but any one of these four songs taken away and judged individually would lose power.” AD On top of that, “there’s no cornerstone to Rubber Soul - no ‘A Day in the Life’ or long medley,” IB although “‘Drive My Car’ and…‘In My Life’ are lasting classics of such different styles you can hardly believe one band recorded them. Only one band could have.” IB

It could also be argued that ”The Fabs don’t go as far out on a limb here as on the more overtly experimental Revolver,” DBW Despite it all, “as a collection of songs” IB Rubber Soul “is perhaps the Beatles’ most finely crafted and accessible work.” CDU This is “not a raft for a few hits or a soundtrack to a wacky film, but something to be listened to and contemplated from start to finish.” TL In short, “this record is a blast;” DBW a “virtually flawless” IB and “undeniable pivot point in the Fab Four’s varied discography” AZ “and consequently many fans’ and critics’ favorite.” CDU

Rubber Soul perhaps finds John Lennon at his absolute best. Several of his songs were written under a quick approaching deadline, and when it came to writing under pressure, nobody churned out better lyrics than Lennon.” KN

“In My Life”

John’s "In My Life is the best of the lot, marked out by timeless lyrics” MU that “wrap up a lifetime’s worth of reminiscing and maturity in a manner that is rarely achieved in any art form.” DV Its “poignant” DV and “misty-eyed reflections” IB make for a slice of “pop perfection,” CDU that is both “emotionally devastating and beautiful.” AD To top things off, there is “a backwards piano solo courtesy of George Martin” MU that “sound[s] like a harpsichord.” AMG2 This may “be the best Beatles song ever written.” DV

“Norwegian Wood”

“In My Life” and Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) are both “highly personal, almost diary-like sketches that rank among his most popular work.” JA “The Beatles’ burgeoning experimentation comes to fruition on [the latter] with George Harrison introducing the sitar into the band’s work” RV “long before Ravi Shankar’s set at Woodstock, by using it as - egads! - a lead instrument.” DV It was “the first prominent rock record to feature a sitar” JA and, thanks to the “continuing improvement in the inventiveness of [George’s] playing,” AD made for “a strange combination that [was] absolutely magical,” DV “mysterious and pained.” TL

“Nowhere Man”

John uses ‘Norwegian Wood’ and Nowhere Man to showcase a touch of “dark, irony-filled Dylanism.” CDU The latter “compositionally things take a further step forward” AD as “the first Beatle song to move beyond romantic themes entirely.” AMG2 “’Nowhere Man’ was one of those songs that John wrote at the last minute for the album, and it turns out super.” KN “John sounds wonderful, the lyrics are wonderful, the guitar folk rock and the bass fluid and melodic. The harmonies work well and the whole thing works together, creating something of a minor masterpiece.” AD

“The Word”

”John is experimenting with anthems [such as] The WordAZ which “can be read as a pre-psych warning shot.” AZ The song “summarizes the whole flower power movement two years before it even happened.” JA Both that and ‘Drive My Car’ “parade a fat, Stax-like bottom end.” IB

“Drive My Car”

“The punchy R&B” IB of Drive My Car, is a “relatively straightforward pop/rock opener” AD “rooted in their early cute phase,” TL “but exhibited some “amusing tale-spinning” IB and a “love of good ol’ rock & roll music.” CDU The song demonstrated that while “the Beatles were often still sticking to their tried-and-true love song format,” JA most notably on Paul’s contributions, “the lads could still rock, but with a little more substance.” RV

“You Won’t See Me” / “I’m Looking Through You”

Other examples of the tried-and-true love song format include “You Won’t See Me[which] works as a showcase for Paul’s new mellow bass sound,” AD and I’m Looking Through You, which features “fantastic hammond organ playing” MU from Ringo, turning “a better than average Paul folk-rocker into an instant classic.” MU Those songs and “’Michelle’ are all delightful, immediate, and enduring.” IB

“Michelle”

Michelle, Paul’s best contribution,” KN “is typical McCartney;” AD “a simple but sweet ballad” KN whose “arrangement and melody really do a good job of creating the atmosphere of a night in Paris,” MU not to mention “a little bit of French thrown in that adds to the song’s feel.” KN Of course, it is another line in the song that “raises a smile:” AD “‘these are words that go together well’…McCartney does exactly that with his lyric writing,” AD “opposed to the lyrically more thoughtful John.” AD

“Girl”

“Michelle” and Girl, both laced with “Greek-like guitar lines” AMG2 and “the ability to make young girls swoon.” RV reveal a “passion for classic tin pan alley balladry.” CDU The latter, “written on the last night of the sessions” AZ ranks as “of the best ballads [John] ever wrote.” IB “He’s on wonderful vocal form throughout” AD on what “stand[s] as [one of the] turning points in John Lennon’s oeuvre.” AZ

“If I Needed Someone” / “Think for Yourself”

George Harrison, who was “developing into a fine songwriter,” AMG2 “comes through with his best tunes to date.” MU He “throws in clever lyrics” DBW on “the Byrdsish If I Needed SomeoneAMG2 “and rocks out on Think for Yourself, with Paul on fuzz bass.” DBW

“What Goes On”

“There is but one stumbling point on Rubber Soul - namely, the sole contribution that drummer Ringo Starr makes” DV with “the countryish-ditty What Goes On.” MU “This has nothing to do with Starr’s songwriting ability or vocal talents…Starr was more competent of a singer and songwriter than many people are willing to give him credit for;” DV if anything, blame…is shared with Lennon and McCartney, who also wrote the song. Simply put, it’s not…the strongest material ever to come from these songwriters’ pens.” DV

“Run for Your Life”

”John’s insecurely misogynistic Run for Your LifeJA is “a cold-blooded attack on an unfaithful lover. ‘I’d rather see you dead little girl, than be with another man,’ he bawls.” RV Despite being “perhaps the least essential track” AD on the album, the song still “features a great vocal” JA and some nice “little guitar interludes between the verses and following the chorus parts.” AD


About the U.S. Version of Rubber Soul:

Rubber Soul was repackaged in the U.S. “in an attempt to offer a more ‘American’ release” AZ “that better reflected “the folk-rock sound blossoming in the States,” AMG1 and “ the influence that the sound of the Byrds and the songwriting of Bob Dylan were having on the Beatles.” AMG1

”Capitol Records removed four songs from the U.K. edition of Rubber Soul [later on the US-only album ”Yesterday”…and Today], and added two songs from the U.K. Help!AMG1 – “the pleading acoustic ‘It's Only Love’ and the rollicking opener ‘I've Just Seen a Face.’” AMG1

“By dropping the piano-driven ‘Drive My Car’ and the stark ‘Nowhere Man,’ the U.S. edition stands as a much more organic and warm musical whole,” AMG1 “more earthy and textural.” AMG1

One final note: “Some pressings of the U.S. edition were released with an odd ‘false start’ at the beginning of ‘I'm Looking Through You,’ a fact that is sure to prick up the ears of die-hard Beatles fans upon first listen.” AMG1


Notes: In 2006, the Capitol Records Vol. 2 box set gathered the U.S. albums The Early Beatles, Beatles VI, Help!, and Rubber Soul on CD for the first time.

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First posted 2/15/2008; last updated 9/4/2021.