Saturday, October 10, 2015

Billboard – All Time Hot 100 Artists

Last updated 10/10/2015.

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For the 50th anniversary of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 2008, the magazine released a list of the All-Time Hot 100 Artists. They updated the list in 2016 to include all songs which had charted from the inception of the Hot 100 chart on August 4, 1958 through October 10, 2015.

1. The Beatles
2. Madonna
3. Elton John
4. Elvis Presley
5. Mariah Carey
6. Stevie Wonder
7. Janet Jackson
8. Michael Jackson
9. Whitney Houston
10. The Rolling Stones

11. Paul McCartney
12. The Bee Gees
13. Rihanna
14. Usher
15. Chicago
16. The Supremes
17. Daryl Hall & John Oates
18. Prince
19. Rod Stewart
20. Olivia Newton-John

21. Aretha Franklin
22. Marvin Gaye
23. Phil Collins
24. Katy Perry
25. Billy Joel
26. Diana Ross
27. The Four Seasons
28. The Temptations
29. Donna Summer
30. The Beach Boys

31. Lionel Richie
32. Neil Diamond
33. Carpenters
34. Taylor Swift
35. Boyz II Men
36. The Jackson 5/The Jacksons
37. Connie Francis
38. Kenny Rogers
39. Beyoncé
40. Brenda Lee

41. Barbra Streisand
42. Bryan Adams
43. Cher
44. Maroon 5
45. George Michael
46. Black Eyed Peas
47. Bobby Vinton
48. John Mellencamp
49. Three Dog Night
50. Huey Lewis & the News
51. Gloria Estefan/Miami Sound Machine
52. Bon Jovi
53. Pink
54. Chubby Checker
55. Ray Charles
56. Foreigner
57. Kool & the Gang
58. Ricky Nelson
59. Duran Duran
60. The Commodores

61. Bruno Mars
62. Eagles
63. TLC
64. Paul Anka
65. Barry Manilow
66. Dionne Warwick
67. Chris Brown
68. Lady Gaga
69. Gladys Knight & the Pips
70. Heart

71. Nelly
72. The Everly Brothers
73. Bobby Darin
74. R. Kelly
75. James Brown
76. Paula Abdul 77. Alicia Keys
78. Linda Ronstadt
79. Kelly Clarkson
80. Richard Marx

81. Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship
82. Destiny’s Child
83. Celine Dion
84. The Miracles
85. Eminem
86. Jay-Z
87. Bob Seger
88. Fleetwood Mac
89. Kanye West
90. Justin Timberlake

91. Neil Sedaka
92. Bruce Springsteen
93. The Pointer Sisters
94. John Denver
95. The Four Tops
96. Tony Orlando & Dawn
50 Cent
98. 5th Dimension
99. Captain & Tennille
100. Andy Gibb


Friday, October 9, 2015

50 years ago: The Beatles hit #1 with “Yesterday”


The Beatles

Writer(s): John Lennon/Paul McCartney (see lyrics here)

Released: September 13, 1965

First Charted: September 18, 1965

Peak: 14 US, 13 CB, 12 HR, 1 CL, 8 UK, 13 CN, 2 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.2 UK, 1.2 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 9.0 radio, 56.6 video, 314.57 streaming

Awards: (Click on award for more details).

About the Song:

Guinness World Records says this is the most recorded song of all time RS500 with more than 2500 versions RSP but the Beatles’ original “remains the most beautiful...of all.” RS500 Despite its present status, the Beatles almost didn’t record it at all.

The song came effortlessly. Paul McCartney said, “[I] tumbled out of bed and put my hands on the piano keys and I had a tune in my head.” RSP He assumed he’d unconsciously plagiarized it, TB remembering one of the many jazz tunes his dad had known. RS500 As he told The Hollywood Reporter, “I…spent about three weeks asking all the music people I knew, ‘What is this song?’ I couldn’t believe I’d written it.” BR

Despite such an auspicious beginning, the Beatles initially couldn’t make it work. Paul first played the song for producer George Martin in January 1964, before the Beatles had landed in America, but it would be another year and a half before they recorded it. RS500 Paul even attempted giving it to blues shouter Chris Farlowe and fellow Liverpudlian Billy J. Kramer. HL

When the Beatles took a shot at it, Ringo couldn’t make the drums work and John struck out on the organ; RSP Lennon also disliked the song’s “mawkish sentimentality.” HL Martin decided to abandon the more expected rock arrangement of guitar, bass, and drums in favor of a string section. HL McCartney’s reaction was that, “We were a little embarrassed about it…We were a rock & roll band.” RS500 Martin convinced McCartney to try it, assuring him that they could always re-cut it if the idea didn’t work. HL Needless to say, no such redo was necessary.

Resources and Related Links:

  • DMDB encyclopedia entry for The Beatles
  • BR Fred Bronson (2003). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits (5th edition). Billboard Books: New York, NY. Page 185.
  • HL Michael Heatley and Spencer Leigh (1998). Behind the Song: The Stories of 100 Great Pop & Rock Classics. London, England: Blandford Books. Page 18.
  • RS500 “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • RSP Rolling Stone. (September 8, 1988; Issue 534)."The 100 Best Singles of the Last 25 Years." New York, NY; Straight Arrow Publishing Company. Page 65.
  • TB Thunder Bay Press (2006). Singles: Six Decades of Hot Hits & Classic Cuts. Outline Press Ltd.: San Diego, CA. Page 73.

First posted 7/12/2014; last updated 4/13/2021.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Weeknd knocks himself from #1 with “The Hills”

The Hills

The Weeknd

Writer(s): Abel Tesfaye, Emmanuel Nickerson, Carlo Montagnese, Ahmad Balshe (see lyrics here)

Released: May 27, 2015

First Charted: June 13, 2015

Peak: 16 US, 2 RR, 40 A40, 114 RB, 3 UK, 11 CN, 3 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 11.0 US, 1.8 UK, 14.75 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 1635.3 video, 1356.0 streaming


Click on award for more details.

About the Song:

In August 2015, Abel Tesfaye, better known as the Weeknd, reached #1 for the first time with “Can’t Feel My Face.” It spent three non-consecutive weeks on top, finally dethroned by “The Hills.” With his second single from Beauty Behind the Madness, the Weeknd outdid himself, spending six weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100.

The “spooky-sounding song” SF is “intense musically, mixing heavy soul and rap.” PSP Hardeep Phull wrote in The New York Post that the Weekend “is in brilliantly sinister form.” WK Billboard said, “Number one hits aren’t supposed to be this sonically adventurous and dark...There’s barely a pop hook to speak of here – just a beguiling, harrowing soundscape that’s impossible to forget.” WK

The Weeknd “takes the voice of a celebrity…driven by self-destructive hedonism and has no qualms about it.” SF He sings “of a secret relationship, possibly with a celebrity. The singer is all too aware that now because he is famous, the hills have eyes – i.e., everyone is watching him.” SF The title of the song and its lyrics reference the 1977 horror film The Hills Have Eyes, SF but can also be viewed as a reference to the Hollywood Hills. PFF

The song is more than just an exploration of a love affair. It’s about how “people pretend to be who they aren’t and judge others for doing the same things.” PFF Pitchfork’s Hannah Giorgis called the song “a dark, almost discordant meditation on lust, drugs, and fame.” WK


First posted 2/6/2021; last updated 11/7/2021.