Sunday, May 24, 2015

Bob Dylan – Top 50 Albums

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Happy birthday to Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman on this day in 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. He has become one of rock music’s most iconic performers and his name is synonymous with the term “folk rock.” In celebration, here are his top albums according to Dave’s Music Database, which factors in sales, chart data, awards, and appearances on best-of lists.


The Top 50 Bob Dylan Albums

1. Blonde on Blonde (1966) *
2. Blood on the Tracks (1975) *
3. Highway 61 Revisited (1965) *
4. Bringing It All Back Home (1965) *
5. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963) *
6. Time Out of Mind (1997) *
7. Desire (1976) *
8. John Wesley Harding (1967) *
9. Love and Theft (2001) *
10. The Royal Albert Hall Concert (The Bootleg Series Volume 4) (live, recorded 1966) *

11. Modern Times (2006) *
12. Nashville Skyline (1969) *
13. The Basement Tapes (archives, recorded in 1967 with the Band) *
14. Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964) *
15. Greatest Hits (compilation, 1967)
16. Oh Mercy (1989)
17. Greatest Hits Vol. II (compilation, 1971)
18. Planet Waves (with the Band, 1974)
19. Slow Train Coming (1979)
20. Before the Flood (live with the Band, 1974)

21. Together Through Life (2009)
22. Biograph (box set, released in 1985)
23. Bob Dylan (1962)
24. The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (archives, released 1991)
25. Tempest (2012)
26. New Morning (1970)
27. Street Legal (1978)
28. Infidels (1983)
29. Shot of Love (1981)
30. The Concert at Philharmonic Hall (The Bootleg Series Volume 6) (live, recorded 1964)

31. Good As I Been to You (1992)
32. Self Portrait (1970)
33. Empire Burlesque (1985)
34. World Gone Wrong (1993)
35. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973)
36. The Witmark Demos (The Bootleg Series Volume 9) (archives, recorded 1962-1964)
37. Shadows in the Night (covers, 2015)
38. The Rolling Thunder Revue (The Bootleg Series Volume 5) (live, recorded 1975)
39. No Direction Home Soundtrack (The Bootleg Seris Volume 7) (archives, recorded 1959-1966)
40. Saved (1980)

41. Best of (compilation, released 1997)
42. Under the Red Sky (1990)
43. Hard Rain (live, 1976)
44. Knocked Out Loaded (1988)
45. At Budokan (live, 1978)
46. Tell Tale Signs (The Bootleg Series Volume 8) (archives, released 2008)
47. Down in the Groove (1988)
48. Ten of Swords (bootleg box set, released 1985)
49. Dylan (1970)
50. Christmas in the Heart (2009)

* One of the top 1000 albums of all-time according to Dave’s Music Database.


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Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Biggest #1 Albums in U.K. Chart History

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This is a list of the #1 albums of all time according to the UK album charts. It includes all albums logging eight weeks or more at the top. For albums logging the same number of weeks at #1, they are listed in order of highest ranking according to Dave’s Music Database. This list was originally posted on Facebook on 4/19/11. and updated on 5/23/15.

    115 weeks:

  1. South Pacific (soundtrack, 1958)

    70 weeks:

  2. The Sound of Music (soundtrack, 1965)

    48 weeks:

  3. The King and I (soundtrack, 1956)

    33 weeks:

  4. Simon & Garfunkel…Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)

    30 weeks:

  5. The Beatles…Please Please Me (1963)

    27 weeks:

  6. The Beatles…Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

    23 weeks:

  7. Adele…21 (2011)

    22 weeks:

  8. Elvis Presley…G.I. Blues (1960)

    21 weeks:

  9. The Beatles…A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
  10. The Beatles…With the Beatles (1963)

    19 weeks:

  11. My Fair Lady (cast album, 1956)

    18 weeks:

  12. Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack, 1977)
  13. Elvis Presley…Blue Hawaii (soundtrack, 1961)

    17 weeks:

  14. The Beatles…Abbey Road (1969)
  15. Carpenters…The Singles 1969-1973 (1973)

    15 weeks:

  16. Spice Girls…Spice (1996)
  17. Phil Collins……But Seriously (1989)

    14 weeks:

  18. Dire Straits…Brothers in Arms (1985)
  19. Cliff Richard & the Shadows…Summer Holiday (1963)

    13 weeks:

  20. Grease (soundtrack, 1978)
  21. West Side Story (soundtrack, 1961)
  22. Bob Dylan…John Wesley Harding (1967)

    12 weeks:

  23. Bob Marley & the Wailers…Legend (1984)
  24. The Verve…Urban Hymns (1997)
  25. The Rolling Stones…The Rolling Stones, aka England’s Newest Hitmakers, 1964)
  26. Simply Red…Stars (1991)
  27. Adam & the Ants…Kings of the Wild Frontier (1981)
  28. Ed Sheeran…X (2014)
  29. Kids from Fame…Kids from Fame (1982)

    11 weeks:

  30. Alanis Morissette…Jagged Little Pill (1995)
  31. Shania Twain…Come on Over (1997)
  32. Whitney Houston et al…The Bodyguard (soundtrack, 1992)
  33. Elton John…Greatest Hits (1974)
  34. The Beatles…Beatles for Sale (1964)
  35. Meat Loaf…Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (1993)
  36. Abba…Greatest Hits (1976)
  37. Pal Joey (soundtrack, 1957)
  38. various artists…20 All-Time Hits of the ‘50s (1999)

    10 weeks:

  39. Oasis…What's the Story Morning Glory (1995)
  40. Abba…Arrival (1976)
  41. James Blunt…Back to Bedlam (2004)
  42. Dido…Life for Rent (2003)
  43. Eurythmics…Greatest Hits (1991)
  44. The Rolling Stones…No. 2 (aka ‘Now!’) (1965)
  45. The Corrs…Talk on Corners (1997)
  46. Emeli Sandé…Our Version of Events (2012)
  47. The Beach Boys…20 Golden Greats (1976)

    9 weeks:

  48. Madonna…The Immaculate Collection (1990)
  49. The Beatles…1 (2000)
  50. The Beatles…Help! (1965)
  51. Terence Trent D’Arby…Introducing the Hardline According to… (1987)
  52. Travis…The Man Who (1999)
  53. Abba…Super Trouper (1980)
  54. Barbra Streisand…Love Songs (1982)
  55. Boyzone…By Request (1999)
  56. Stylistics…Best of (1975)
  57. George Mitchell Minstrels…Black and White Minstrel Show (1961)

    8 weeks:

  58. Michael Jackson…Thriller (1982)
  59. The Beatles…The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968)
  60. The Beatles…Rubber Soul (1965)
  61. Paul Simon…Graceland (1986)
  62. George Harrison…All Things Must Pass (1970)
  63. Abba...Gold – Greatest Hits (1992)
  64. The Rolling Stones…Aftermath (1966)
  65. T-Rex…Electric Warrior (1971)
  66. George Michael…Ladies and Gentlemen: Best of (1998)
  67. Sam Smith…In the Lonely Hour (2014)
  68. Leona Lewis…Spirit (2007)
  69. Take That…Beautiful World (2006)
  70. Various Artists…Now That’s What I Call Music 3 (1984)
  71. George Mitchell Minstrels…Another Black and White Minstrel Show (1961)
  72. Various Artists…20 Dynamic Hits (1972)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Songwriters Hall of Fame: Towering Song Award

First posted 4/10/2020; updated 4/11/2020.

Songwriters Hall of Fame

Towering Song Award, 1995-2015

As explained via an archived page from the Songwriters Hall of Fame on The Way Back Machine: “The Towering Song Award is presented each year to the creators of an individual song that has influenced our culture in a unique way over many years.” There is no obvious link on the website about the award or any indication that the award still exists.


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