Saturday, December 31, 2016

America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame

America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame:


America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame launched in 2012 with a list of 40 nominees for potential induction. To be eligible for the Hall, an act must have charted between 1946 and 1975. There’s no indication of what chart – the site simply says “national charts.” An actual structure for the Hall was supposed to open in a modest 3000-square foot space in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania (just outside Pittsburgh) in time for the first ceremony, but as of this post, that had yet to happen. The city, which boasts native sons Perry Como and Bobby Vinton, calls itself the country’s “small town musical capital.” Here are the inductees from 2013 to 2017.

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First posted 12/31/2016; last updated 5/5/2023.

2016: Top 25 Albums

First posted 1/8/2021.

Dave’s Music Database:

Top Albums of 2016

Based on a combination of year-end lists and overall status in Dave’s Music Database, these are the top 25 albums of 2016:

  1. Beyoncé Lemonade
  2. David Bowie Blackstar
  3. Drake Views
  4. Frank Ocean Blond
  5. Rihanna Anti
  6. Solange A Seat at the Table
  7. Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  8. Bruno Mars 24K Magic
  9. Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
  10. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree

  11. Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker
  12. The Weeknd Starboy
  13. A Tribe Called Quest We Got It from Here…Thank You 4 Your Service
  14. Chance the Rapper Coloring Book
  15. Miranda Lambert The Weight of These Wings
  16. Bon Iver 22, a Million
  17. The 1975 I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  18. Kane Brown Kane Brown
  19. Childish Gambino Awaken, My Love!
  20. Moana soundtrack

  21. Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman
  22. Post Malone Stoney
  23. Keith Urban Ripcord
  24. Lady Gaga Joanne
  25. Kendrick Lamar Untitled, Unmastered

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Top 50 Songs of 2016

Dave’s Music Database:

Top 50 Songs of 2016

These are the top 50 songs of the year based on their overall performance in Dave’s Music Database, which is determined by combining chart data, sales figures, streaming, video views, and aggregates from year-end lists.

Check out “Top Songs and Albums of the Year” lists here.

    DMDB Top 1%:

  1. The Chainsmokers with Halsey “Closer
  2. Drake with WizKid & Kyla “One Dance
  3. Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!
  4. Sia with Sean Paul “Cheap Thrills
  5. Rihanna with Drake “Work
  6. Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like” (2016)
  7. The Weeknd with Daft Punk “Starboy

    DMDB Top 2%:

  8. Pinkfong! “Baby Shark”
  9. Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”
  10. Rae Sremmurd with Gucci Mane “Black Beatles”

  11. The Chainsmokers with Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
  12. Beyoncé “Formation”
  13. Calvin Harris & Rihanna “This Is What You Came For”

    DMDB Top 5%:

  14. James Arthur “Say You Won’t Let Go”
  15. Bruno Mars “24K Magic”
  16. Shawn Mendes “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”
  17. Shawn Mendes “Treat You Better”
  18. Zayn “Pillow Talk”
  19. Fifth Harmony with Ty Dolla $ign “Work from Home”
  20. Post Malone with Quavo “Congratulations”

  21. Migos with Lil Uzi Vert “Bad and Boujee”
  22. Major Lazer with Justin Bieber & MØ “Cold Water”
  23. DJ Snake with Justin Bieber “Let Me Love You”
  24. Ariana Grande with Nicki Minaj “Side to Side”
  25. Clean Bandit with Sean Paul & Anne-Marie “Rockabye”
  26. Bruno Mars with Cardi B “Finesse”
  27. Florida Georgia Line “H.O.L.Y”
  28. Zayn with Taylor Swift “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”
  29. Maroon 5 with Kendrick Lamar “Don’t Wanna Know”
  30. Lizzo “Good As Hell”

  31. Rihanna “Needed Me”
  32. The Lumineers “Ophelia”
  33. Charlie Puth with Selena Gomez “We Don’t Talk Anymore”
  34. The Weeknd with Daft Punk “I Feel It Coming”
  35. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man “Human”
  36. Saint JHN with Imanbek “Roses”
  37. Leonard Cohen “You Want It Darker”
  38. D.R.A.M. with Lil Yachty “Broccoli”
  39. Childish Gambino “Redbone”
  40. Gnash with Olivia O’Brien “I Hate U, I Love U”

  41. Keith Urban “Blue Ain’t Your Color” (2016)
  42. Dwayne Johnson “You’re Welcome”
  43. Ariana Grande “Into You”
  44. Alice Merton “No Roots”
  45. Little Big Town “Better Man”
  46. Post Malone “I Fall Apart”
  47. Drake with Rihanna “Too Good”
  48. Rihanna “Love on the Brain”
  49. Future with the Weeknd “Low Life”
  50. Hailee Stenfield with Grey & Zedd “Starving”

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First posted 12/26/2021; last updated 1/17/2023.

Today in Music (1966): The Monkees’ hit #1 with “I’m a Believer”

I’m a Believer

The Monkees

Writer(s): Neil Diamond (see lyrics here)

Released: November 12, 1966

First Charted: December 3, 1966

Peak: 17 US, 18 CB, 13 GR, 15 HR, 14 UK, 12 CN, 11 AU, 5 DF (Click for codes to charts.)

Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.4 UK, 10.0 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 4.0 radio, 21.28 video, 439.40 streaming


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About the Song:

Jeff Barry discovered Neil Diamond singing in a coffee house in Greenwich Village. FB They became two of the biggest talents for the hit-making machine known as the Brill Building. Diamond became one of the most successful singer/songwriters, ranking #3 all-time on the adult contemporary charts and in the top 25 for the pop charts. However, his biggest success came via a made-for-television group.

That group, the Monkees, were modeled after the playful spirit of the Beatles’ movies. DJ While they fought to play their own songs, producers limited the Monkees to singing and brought in session musicians for the instruments. SF The show, which aired from 1966 to 1968, propelled the Monkees to the top of the charts with debut single “Last Train to Clarksville.”

When publisher Don Kirshner was seeking a million-selling follow-up, he turned to Barry and Elle Greenwich, Diamond’s producers, after hearing Diamond’s top 10 hit “Cherry Cherry” on the radio. FB Kirshner picked out several songs Diamond was prepping for his next album, among them “I’m a Believer.” The head of Diamond’s record company couldn’t believe he’d give away potential number ones, but, as Diamond says, “I couldn’t have cared less because I had to pay the rent.” SF After all, Diamond intended to give the song to country artist Eddy Arnold. KL

The song featured session guitarist Al Gorgoni, who had also played on Diamond’s “Cherry Cherry.” He would go on to play on two more of the most celebrated songs of the rock era – Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” and Van Morrison’s “Brown-Eyed Girl.” RC

The Monkees heavily promoted “I’m a Believer” through their TV series, racking up one million in advance sales. RC It went on top the BillboardHot 100 for 7 weeks and be the biggest hit of 1966 CPM and “one of the Hot 100’s finest specimens of pure pop genius.” BB Diamond still recorded the song, releasing it on his 1967 album Just for You and as a single in 1971, peaking at #51. The song resurfaced in 2001 when the alternative rock group Smash Mouth recorded it for the movie Shrek and took it to #25 on the pop charts.


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First posted 3/1/2012; updated 4/21/2024.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Today in Music (1966): Buffalo Springfield released “For What It’s Worth”

For What It’s Worth

Buffalo Springfield

Writer(s): Stephen Stills (see lyrics here)

Released: December 23, 1966

First Charted: January 14, 1967

Peak: 7 US, 7 CB, 3 GR, 8 HR, 1 CL, 9 CN, 1 DF (Click for codes to charts.)

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

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 3.0 radio, 83.33 video, 590.23 streaming


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About the Song:

While this has mistakenly been interpreted as “an anti-war protest song…[and] pretty much adopted as such” RC the origin of “For What It’s Worth “is “far more domestic than that.” DT “It sprang out of the civil war in miniature that [songwriter Stephen] Stills was witnessing on Los Angeles’s Sunset Strip at the time.” TB

Pandora’s Box, a nightclub on L.A.’s Sunset Strip, closed down and there were, as Stills said, “a bunch of kids having a funeral for a bar.” TC Another account, however, suggests it was a protest against the 10 p.m. curfew imposed after residents complained about traffic RC and fear that the “scruffy hippies were chasing away legitimate customers.” SJ Reports suggested the “crowds of longhairs” DM were “blocking sdewalks, smoking dope, spilling into the streets.” DM

In any event, “the LAPD decided to run a line-up across the street, like there was some kind of revolution going on.” TC They had been “called upon to rid the street of ‘undesirables,’ [and] they busted heads.” DM Stills had just visited Latin America “and was horrified at how similar the tensions in that region on the brink of revolution were to those in a developed democracy.” TB “The Summer of Love was unraveling before it even began.” RS500

“When song lyrics stick in our minds…the reason is not to be found in the lyrics alone, but in the combination fo lyrics and tune and beat and performance and, most of all, sound.” PW “The song is a call to awareness and, at least implicitly, resistance, but there is also a plea for brotherhood, a rejection of ‘us and them’ thinking.” WK That message is accompanied by “Neil Young’s guitar [which] tolled like a funeral bell;” RS500 it “had a beautiful ringing...basically one note…that sounded like heaven opening. The entire apocalypse was in that one note.” TC

The song served as a “microcosm of what was happening on the streets, and in the hearts and minds, of America during one of the most tumultuous times in our history.” SS It became “a defining sound of the time period, in which inter-generational discord was rampant and youth were attempting to assert themselves against authority figures.” KW It “established Stephen Stills as a spokesman for ‘60s youth.” SJ


First posted 4/19/2020; last updated 4/21/2024.