Friday, August 31, 2018

Classical Works: Top 100

First posted 2/21/2010; updated 9/4/2020.

Classical:

The Top 100 Works

This was originally posted as a top 10 on the DMDB Facebook page on 2/21/10 and then expanded to a top 50 on 5/2/2011. This list was determined by an aggregate of more than 30 classical-music-focused, best-of lists combined with the works’ standings in the overall Dave’s Music Database. Here’s the top classical works (which includes operas, symphonies, concertos, etc.) according to the DMDB. Note: most of these are considered “albums” based on their lengths. Those works noted with an asterisk (*) are shorter pieces and not considered album-length works.

Also, check out other best-of-genre lists here.


Composer Name of Work (year composition was finished)
2. Act Album (year)
1. Johann Sebastian Bach Goldberg Variations (1741)
2. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 (1875)
3. Antonio Vivaldi The Four Seasons (1725)
4. George & Ira Gershwin An American in Paris (classical soundtrack, 1951)
5. Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina Missa Papae Marcelli (Pope Marcellus Mass) (1562)
6. Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Suites (1717-23)
7. Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonatas (32) (1795-1822)
8. Claudio Monteverdi Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610)
9. Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5 (1808)
10. George Friedrich Handel Messiah (1741)

11. Thomas Tallis: “Spem in Alium, Motet for 40 Voices” (1570) *
12. Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 7 (1812)
13. Johann Sebastian Bach Brandenburg Concertos (1719-21)
14. Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (1824)
15. Claudio Monteverdi L’Orfeo (Orpheus) (opera, 1607)
16. Johann Sebastian Bach Mass in B Minor (1733-1749)
17. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concertos (27) (1773-1791)
18. Modest Mussorgsky Tableaux d'une Exposition (Pictures at an Exhibition) (1874)
19. George Friedrich Handel Water Music (1717)
20. Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” (1811)

21. Georges Bizet Carmen (opera, 1873-74)
22. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Requiem Mass in D minor (1791)
23. Johann Sebastian Bach “Toccato and Fugue for Organ in D minor” (1708) *
24. Igor Stravinsky Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) (ballet, 1913)
25. Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major (1806)
26. Johann Pachelbel “Canon in D major” (1694) *
27. Johann Sebastian Bach St. Matthew Passion (1736)
28. Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartets (16) (1798-1826)
29. Richard Wagner Der Ring Des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle) (opera, 1848-1874)
30. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Don Giovanni (opera, 1787)

31. Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale” (1808)
32. Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E-flat “Sinfonia Eroica” (1804)
33. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) (1786)
34. Richard Wagner Tristan Und Isolde (opera, 1857-59)
35. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor (1788)
36. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter” (1788)
37. Hector Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique (1830)
38. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A Major (1791)
39. Béla Bartók The String Quartets (1908-39)
40. Richard Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra (1896)

41. Gioacchino Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (opera, 1816)
42. Giuseppe Verdi Messa Da Requiem (Requiem Mass) (1874)
43. Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 4 (1885)
44. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) (1791)
45. Béla Bartók Concerto for Orchestra (1944)
46. Franz Schubert Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”) (1822)
47. Franz Schubert Piano Quintet in A Major (“Trout”) (1814)
48. Franz Liszt Piano Sonata in B Minor (1853)
49. Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor (1901)
50. Igor Stravinsky Pétrouchka (aka “Petrushka”) (ballet, 1911)

51. Giacomo Puccini La Bohème (The Bohemian Life) (opera, 1896, performed 2/1/1896)
52. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1787)
53. Giacomo Puccini Tosca (opera, 1900)
54. Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 1 in D major (“Titan”) (1884-88)
55. Antonin Dvorák Cello Concerto in B minor (1895)
56. Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 9 in D major (1909)
57. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 in B minor (“Pathetique”) (1893)
58. Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor (1909)
59. Claude Debussy La Mer (ballet, 1903-05)
60. Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor (1902)

61. Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor (1876)
62. Igor Stravinsky L’Oiseau de Feu (The Firebird) (ballet, 1910)
63. Giuseppe Verdi Aida (opera, 1871)
64. Franz Schubert Winterreise (1827)
65. Franz Schubert Symphony No. 9 in C major (“The Great”) (1828)
66. Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring (ballet, 1944)
67. Johannes Brahms Violin Concerto in D major (1878)
68. Edward Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor (1919)
69. Felix Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor (1844)
70. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: “1812 Overture” (1880)

71. Giuseppe Verdi La Traviata (1853)
72. Franz Schubert String Quintet in C major (1828)
73. Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 2 in C minor (“Resurrection”) (1894)
74. Antonin Dvorak Symphony No. 9 in E minor (“From the New World”) (1893)
75. Giacomo Puccini Turandot (1926)
76. Felix Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1842)
77. Edvard Grieg Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 (1875)
78. Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F major (1883)
79. Carl Orff Carmina Burana (1936)
80. Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D major (1877)

81. Gabriel Fauré Requiem in D minor (1900)
82. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major (1878)
83. Giuseppe Verdi Rigoletto (1851)
84. Alban Berg Violin Concerto (1935)
85. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor (1888)
86. Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 in D minor (1937)
87. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Suite (1891)
88. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 in F minor (1878)
89. Maurice Ravel “Boléro” (1928) *
90. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky Swan Lake (1876)

91. Johannes Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major (1881)
92. Gustav Holst The Planets (1919)
93. Edward Elgar Enigma Variations (1899)
94. Maurice Ravel String Quartet in F major (1903)
95. Sergei Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet (1935)
96. Giacomo Puccini Madame Butterfly (Madama Butterfly) (1904)
97. Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major (1915)
98. Claude Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (Prelude L'Apres Midi d'un Faune) (1894)
99. Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in D major (1902)
100. Arnold Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht (1899)


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50 years ago: Janis Joplin charted with “Piece of My Heart”:

First posted 8/31/2011; updated 1/25/2021.

Piece of My Heart

Big Brother & the Holding Company

Writer(s): Jerry Ragovoy, Bert Berns (see lyrics here)


First Charted: August 31, 1968


Peak: 12 US, 14 CB, 14 HR, 1 CL (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, -- UK, 1.03 world (includes US + UK)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 2.0 radio, 53.6 video, -- streaming

Awards: (Click on award for more details).

About the Song:

In her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee bio, Janis Joplin is described as “the greatest white urban blues and soul singer of her generation.” RH In 1968, she was still forging that voice, having come off a triumphant performance at the Monterey Pop Festival the summer before. Her San Francisco-based group, Big Brother & the Holding Company, charted soon after with their self-titled debut, but it stalled at #60. Their second album, Cheap Thrills, fared better, spending a whopping eight weeks atop the charts.

The same week the album launched its chart run, Janis & Co. hit the Billboard Hot 100 with their maiden entry, “Piece of My Heart.” The song peaked at #12, but reached iconic status. It has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and is featured on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s list of “The Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.”

The song was written by Jerry Ragovoy and Bert Berns. Erma Franklin, the sister of Rock Hall inductee Aretha Franklin, recorded the song in 1967 and took it to the top ten in the R&B charts. Big Brother & the Holding Company’s rendition a year later has become the definitive version, but it has been notably covered by others, including Dusty Springfield, Sammy Hagar, Faith Hill, and as a duet between Melissa Etheridge and Joss Stone.

Joplin embarked on a solo journey after Cheap Thrills, but her days were numbered. A heroin overdose cut her life short at 27 years old on October 4, 1970. 1971’s Pearl and “Me and Bobby McGee” were posthumous #1 hits.


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Thursday, August 30, 2018

50 years ago: The Byrds charted with Sweetheart of the Rodeo

First posted 2/23/2008; updated 12/4/2020.

Sweetheart of the Rodeo

The Byrds


Charted: August 30, 1968


Peak: 77 US, -- UK


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: country rock


Tracks:

Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (Bob Dylan) (4/2/68, 74 US, 45 UK)
  2. I Am a Pilgrim (traditional) (9/2/68, --)
  3. The Christian Life (Charles Louvin, Ira Louvin)
  4. You Don’t Miss Your Water (William Bell)
  5. You’re Still on My Mind (Luke McDaniel)
  6. Pretty Boy Floyd (Woody Guthrie)
  7. Hickory Wind (Bob Buchanan, Gram Parsons)
  8. One Hundred Years from Now (Parsons)
  9. Blue Canadian Rockies (Cindy Walker)
  10. Life in Prison (Merle Haggard, Jelly Sanders)
  11. Nothing Was Delivered (Dylan)


Total Running Time: 32:35


The Players:

  • Roger McGuinn (vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo)
  • Chris Hillman (bass, mandolin, acoustic guitar, vocals)
  • Gram Parsons (acoustic guitar, piano, organ, vocals)
  • Kevin Kelley (drums)

Rating:

3.927 out of 5.00 (average of 27 ratings)


Quotable: Sweetheart wasn’t the first country-rock album, but with its gorgeous three-way harmonies and sweet pedal steel, it remains the best.” – David Cantwell, Amazon.com


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

“After Chris Hillman dragged new friend Gram Parsons into the Byrds, they made an album as close to a country masterpiece as a rock act could ever make.” DCSweetheart wasn’t the first country-rock album” DC – “the first bona fide country-rock album is often cited as being Safe at Home by Parsons’ previous group, The International Submarine Band” WK – “but with its gorgeous three-way harmonies and sweet pedal steel, [Rodeo] remains the best.” DC “At a time when most rock fans viewed country as a musical ‘L’il Abner’ routine, the Byrds dared to declare that C&W could be hip, cool, and heartfelt.” MD “No major band had gone so deep into the sound and feeling of classic country (without parody or condescension) as the Byrds did on Sweetheart.” MD

“The album has proved to be a landmark, serving…as a blueprint… for the entire nascent 1970s Los Angeles country-rock movement. The album was also influential on the outlaw country and new traditionalist movements, as well as the so-called alternative country genre of the 1990s and 2000s.” WK

“The Byrds were hardly strangers to country music, dipping their toes in the twangy stuff as early as their second album,” MD “but Sweetheart of the Rodeo represented their fullest immersion into the genre thus far.” WK It was quite “a stylistic move away from the psychedelic rock of the band’s previous LP, The Notorious Byrd Brothers.” WK “Large sections of the group’s counter-culture following were alienated by its contents, resulting in the lowest sales of any Byrds album up to that point.” WK

“The album was also responsible for bringing Gram Parsons, who had joined The Byrds prior to the recording of the album, to the attention of a mainstream rock audience for the first time.” WK Becoming a member of the Byrds became “an important chapter in Parsons' personal and musical crusade to make country music fashionable for a young audience.” WK

Originally, the album was intended to explore a diverse range of genres within 20th century American music. However, the vastness of the concept was trumped by a more immediate need – recruiting new members. David Crosby and Michael Clarke left in late 1967, leaving Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman as the only original members. They recruited Hillman’s cousin, Kevin Kelley, as their drummer and did a brief tour as a trio. Once Parsons joined in February 1968 “as a pianist and lead guitarist, his deep love of C&W soon took hold, and Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman followed his lead” MD and “the album instead became purely a country record.” WK

“While many cite this as more of a Gram Parsons album than a Byrds set, given the strong country influence of McGuinn’s and Hillman’s later work, it’s obvious Parsons didn’t impose a style upon this band so much as he tapped into a sound that was already there, waiting to be released.” MD

They tapped some country classics for the album, including “the traditional I Am a Pilgrim, which had been popularized by Merle Travis in the late-1940s” WK and “the Cindy Walker-penned Blue Canadian Rockies, which had been sung by Gene Autry in the 1952 film of the same name.” WK

They also included “a couple of contemporary country songs: Merle Haggard’s maudlin convict's lament, Life in Prison; and Luke McDaniel’s You’re Still On My Mind, a sorrowful tale of a heartbroken drunkard failing to find solace at the bottom of a bottle. Additionally, The Byrds gave William Bell’s Stax hit, You Don’t Miss Your Water, a country flavored make-over, highlighted by the band’s trademark crystal clear harmonies.” WK

The group also recorded “definitive covers…of songs by Bob Dylan (You Ain’t Going Nowhere), [Woody] Guthrie (Pretty Boy Floyd), and the Louvin Brothers (The Christian Life).” DC

Parsons brought some of his songs to the session as well. “The achingly beautiful” MD Hickory Wind was “written by Parsons and former International Submarine Band member, Bob Buchanan, during an early 1968 train ride from Florida to Los Angeles. One Hundred Years from Now has a quicker tempo than most of the material on Sweetheart of the Rodeo and functions as a speculation on current human vanities and how they might be viewed by successive generations.” WK

Before the album was even released, Parsons’ efforts to recruit more members to steer the band’s sound created a power struggle with McGuinn. On top of that, there was an accusation that Parsons was still under contract to Lee Hazelwood’s LHI record label. Between that – and speculation that McGuinn didn’t want Parsons to have such a dominant presence on the album – Parsons’ vocals were replaced with McGuinn’s on “The Christian Life”, “You Don’t Miss Your Water”, and “One Hundred Years from Now”. Parsons still sang lead on “Hickory Wind”, “You’re Still on My Mind”, and “Life in Prison” but was reportedly “still infuriated…as late as 1973.” WK By the time the album was released, Parsons had left the band.

As important as the album is viewed now, it was greeted with “a great deal of resistance and hostility from the ultra-conservative Nashville country music establishment who viewed The Byrds as a group of long-haired hippies attempting to subvert country music.” WK At the same time, “the band’s shift away from psychedelic music alienated much of its pop audience.” WK


Notes: “Columbia’s 1997 CD reissue of the album improves on the masterpiece by adding…four cuts [‘The Christian Life,’ ‘Life in Prison,’ ‘You’re Still on My Mind,’ and ‘One Hundred Years from Now’] with Gram Parsons singing lead.” MD Non-album tracks “You Got a Reputation,” “Lazy Days,” “Pretty Polly,” and the instrumental “All I Have Are Memories” are also included.

The 2003 Legacy Edition balloons the collection into a 40-track, 2-CD collection that boasts a slew of outtakes and songs not appearing on previous editions, “including everything from the official LP itself, the six outtakes and alternates from the [1990 Byrds] box set…and even a 1968 radio commercial for the album.” RU

“Disc two leads off with three of the four songs [‘Sum Up Broke,’ ‘One Day Week,’ and ‘Truck Drivin’ Man’] from the 1966 non-LP singles by Gram Parsons' pre-Byrds group, the International Submarine Band, along with three songs [‘Blue Eyes,’ ‘Luxury Liner,’ and ‘Strong Boy’] from the International Submarine Band's sole album, Safe at Home.” RU That disc also includes plenty of alternate takes.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

In Concert: Melissa Etheridge, 8/29/18

image from fortune.com

Venue: Grinders at Crossroads; Kansas City, MO

Considering Etheridge is from Leavenworth, Kansas, this was a hometown show of sorts. She interspersed a number of stories with her songs, joking with the audience at one point about how often she remembered seeing shows where the performer didn’t know if he/she was in Kansas or Missouri. The show relied heavily on nostalgia, pulling the entire set list from albums released from 1988-1995, meaning she touched nothing from the last twenty-plus years of her career.

She somewhat daringly played five non-hit album cuts mid-show with only "If I Wanted To" thrown in the middle of them. The highlight of the show was during the 15-minute-plus encore of “Like the Way I Do” when she joined the drummer on his kit to play a lengthy drum solo, er, duet. See video clip below from another show. Drum duet starts at about the 8:45 point of the video.

Set List:

1. No Souvenirs 2
2. Similar Features 1
3. Let Me Go 2
4. I Want to Come Over 5
5. Royal Station 4/16 2
6. Yes I Am 4
7. If I Wanted To 4
8. Ruins 4
9. An Unusual Kiss 5
10. Shriner’s Park 5
11. Chrome Plate Heart 1
12. Come to My Window 4
13. Bring Me Some Water 1
14. I’m the Only One 4

Encore:

15. Like the Way I Do 1

Like the Way I Do (live, 3/17/18)


Select Discography:
  • 1 Melissa Etheridge (1988)
  • 2 Brave and Crazy (1989)
  • 3 Never Enough (1992)
  • 4 Yes I Am (1993)
  • 5 Your Little Secret (1995)


Michael Jackson's Top 100 Songs

First posted 8/29/2013; updated 5/27/2019.

R&B/pop singer/songwriter and dancer born 8/29/1958 in Gary, Indiana. Died 6/25/2009. The 7th of 9 children, he was born into one of history’s most musical families. Achieved fame at 11 years old with his brothers in the Jackson 5 (69-76); the group later became The Jacksons (76-84). Launched a solo career (72-09) while simultaneously working in The Jackson 5.

His 1979 Off the Wall album became only the second in history to score 4 top 10 hits. His 1982 Thriller album, with an estimated 60+ million sales worldwide, became the best-selling album in history; it was the first album to score 7 top 10 hits, fueled in part by breaking down the racial barrier on MTV with some of the most iconic videos of all time. His 1987 Bad album was the 1st to score 5 #1 songs.

Two of his songs (“Billie Jean” and “Beat It”) are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era 1954-1999. Thriller is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time.

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.

* Jackson 5, ** The Jacksons. Noted below are songs which hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (US), Cashbox (CB), R&B chart (RB), adult contemporary chart (AC), UK chart (UK), Canadian chart (CN), and Australian chart (AU).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Billie Jean (1982) #1 US,CB,RB,UK, CN,AU
2. Beat It (1982) #1 US,CB,RB,CN
3. I Want You Back * (1969) #1 US,CB,RB
4. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (1979) #1 US,CB,RB,AU
5. I’ll Be There * (1970) #1 US,CB,RB

DMDB Top 5%:

6. ABC * (1970) #1 US,CB,RB
7. Say, Say, Say (with Paul McCartney, 1983) #1 US,CB,CN
8. Black or White (1991) #1 US,CB,UK,CN,AU
9. Thriller (1982)
10. Rock with You (1979) #1 US,CB,RB

11. Man in the Mirror (1987) #1 US,CB,RB
12. Bad (1987) #1 US,CB,RB
13. You Are Not Alone (1995) #1 US,CB,RB,UK
14. Remember the Time (1991) #1 CB,RB
15. The Way You Make Me Feel (1987) #1 US,CB,RB
16. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (with Siedah Garrett, 1987) #1 US,CB,RB,AC,UK
17. The Girl Is Mine (with Paul McCartney, 1982) #1 RB,AC
18. Somebody’s Watching Me (Rockwell w/ Michael Jackson, 1984) #1 RB
19. Ben (1972) #1 US,AU
20. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) (1982)
21. Shake Your Body Down to the Ground ** (1978)

DMDB Top 10%:

22. Smooth Criminal (1987)
23. The Love You Save * (1970) #1 US,CB,RB
24. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (1982) #1 CN
25. Dancing Machine * (1973) #1 CB,RB
26. She’s Out of My Life (1979)
27. Earth Song (1995) #1 UK
28. Got to Be There (1971) #1 CB
29. Rockin’ Robin (1971) #1 CB
30. Heal the World (1991)

31. Dirty Diana (1987) #1 US,CB
32. Love Never Felt So Good (w/ Justin Timberlake, 2014)
33. Scream (with Janet Jackson, 1995)
34. Off the Wall (1979)
35. In the Closet (1991) #1 CB,RB
36. Enjoy Yourself ** (1976)
37. Human Nature (1982)
38. Will You Be There? (1991)
39. State of Shock ** (with Mick Jagger, (1984)
40. Never Can Say Goodbye * (1971)

DMDB Top 20%:

41. Jam (1991)
42. You Rock My World (2001)
43. Another Part of Me (1987) #1 RB
44. Who Is It (1991)
45. Mama’s Pearl * (1970) #1 CB
46. Lovely One ** (1980)
47. Torture ** (1984)
48. They Don’t Care About Us (1995)
49. Farewell My Summer Love (1973)
50. I Am Love * (1974)

51. Ease on Down the Road (with Diana Ross, 1978)
52. Blood on the Dance Floor (1997) #1 UK
53. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town * (1970)
54. Lookin’ Through the Window * (1972)
55. One Day in Your Life (1975) #1 UK
56. I Wanna Be Where You Are (1971)
57. Childhood (1995)
58. Little Bitty Pretty One * (1972)
59. Don’t Matter to Me (w/ Drake, 2018)
60. Hold My Hand (with Akon, 2010)

61. Heartbreak Hotel (This Place Hotel) ** (1980)
62. Sugar Daddy * (1971)

Not in DMDB Top 20%:

63. Can You Feel It ** (1980)
64. Show You the Way to Go ** (1976) #1 UK
65. Just a Little Bit of You (1975)
66. Blame It on the Boogie ** (1978)
67. Corner of the Sky * (1972)
68. Maybe Tomorrow * (1971)
69. With a Child’s Heart (1973)
70. Who’s Lovin’ You * (1969)

71. We’re Almost There (1975)
72. Whatever You Got, I Want * (1974)
73. Come Together (1988)
74. Ain’t No Sunshine (1971)
75. Goin’ Places ** (1977)
76. Hallelujah Day * (1973)
77. Butterflies (2001)
78. Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming (w/ Jermaine Jackson, 1984)
79. Forever Came Today * (1975)
80. Walk Right Now ** (1980)

81. Stranger in Moscow (1995)
82. Get It (with Stevie Wonder, 1987)
83. Give in to Me (1991)
84. Leave Me Alone (1987)
85. Body ** (1984)
86. Eaten Alive (w/ Diana Ross, 1985)
87. Get It Together * (1973)
88. Happy (1973)
89. Smile (1995)
90. Doctor My Eyes * (1972)

91. The Man (with Paul McCartney, 1983)
92. One More Chance (2003)
93. Liberian Girl (1987)
94. Skywriter * (1973)
95. Why (with 3T, 1995)
96. Working Day and Night (1979)
97. The Girl Is Mine 2008 (with will.i.am., 2008)
98. Girl, You’re So Together (1973)
99. Ghosts (1997)
100. You Can’t Win (1978)


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Byron Harlan: His Top 50 Songs

First posted 8/29/2013; updated 5/29/2019.

Tenor singer born Byron George Harlan on 8/29/1861 in Kansas. Died 9/11/1936. Worked as a ragtime and minstrel singer and balladeer, recording as a solo artist (1899-1919), in a duo with Arthur Collins (01-18), and with the Big Four Quartet (01) and Columbia Comedy Trio (07). He was friends and neighbors with Thomas Edison.

Harlan has five songs featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Pre-Rock Era, 1890-1953 – “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and “The Darktown Strutters’ Ball” are duets with Arthur Collins while “School Days,” “My Gal Sal,” and “Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie” are solo recordings.

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.

AC = Arthur Collins, FS = Frank Stanley. His 23 songs which peaked at #1 on the U.S. pop charts are noted.

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (w/ AC, 1911) #1
2. School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids) (1907) #1
3. My Gal Sal (1907) #1
4. Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie (1906) #1
5. Darktown Strutters’ Ball (w/ AC, 1918) #1
6. The Aba Daba Honeymoon (w/ AC, 1901) #1
7. Hello, Central, Give Me Heaven (1901) #1
8. Put Your Arms Around Me Honey (I Never Knew Any Girl Like You) (w/ AC, 1911) #1
9. Down Where the Wurzburger Flows (w/ AC, 1902) #1
10. Blue Bell (w/ FS, 1904) #1

DMDB Top 5%:

11. When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam’ (w/ AC, 1913)
12. The Right Church But the Wrong Pew (w/ AC, 1909) #1
13. The Good Old U.S.A. (1906) #1
14. Under the Yum Yum Tree (w/ AC, 1911) #1
15. Where the Morning Glories Twine Around the Door (1905) #1
16. Hurrah for Baffin’s Bay (w/ AC, 1903) #1
17. I Love the Ladies (w/ AC, 1914) #1
18. Everybody’s Doin’ It Now (w/ AC, 1912)
19. Always in the Way (1903)
20. Daddy’s Little Girl (1906)

21. Keep on the Sunny Side (1906)
22. Camp Meetin’ Time (w/ AC, 1906) #1
23. Oh How She Could Yacki Hacki Wicki Wachi Woo (That's Love in Honolulu) (w/ AC, 1916) #1
24. Alabama Jubilee (w/ AC, 1915)
25. Nobody’s Little Girl (1907) #1
26. Tammany (w/ AC, 1905)
27. Coax Me (w/ AC, 1905)
28. Would You Care? (1905)
29. Oh, You Circus Day (w/ AC, 1912)
30. All Aboard for Dreamland (1904) #1

31. Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! (The Boys Are Marching Along) (w/ FS, 1910) #1
32. The Old Grey Mare (Whiffle Tree) (w/ AC, 1918)
33. Tell Me Pretty Maiden (w/ FS, Joe Belmont, & Flordora Girls, 1901) #1
34. When the Harvest Days Are Over, Jessie, Dear (1901)
35. Melinda’s Wedding Day (w/ AC, 1913)
36. Down Among the Sugar Cane (w/ AC, 1909)
37. Down in Jungle Town (w/ AC, 1908)
38. They're Wearing 'Em Higher in Hawaii (w/ AC, 1917)
39. Snookey Ookums (w/ AC, 1913)
40. The Mansion of Aching Hearts (1902) #1

41. There Never Was a Girl Like You (1908)
42. In the Shadows of the Pines (with A.D. Madeira, 1900)
43. The Cubanola Glide (w/ AC, 1910)
44. The Wedding of Reuben and the Maid (w/ AC, 1901)
45. My Gal Irene (w/ AC, 1908)
46. The Battle Cry of Freedom (w/ FS, 1905)
47. Waiting for the Robert E. Lee (w/ AC, 1912)
48. Won’t You Come Over to My House? (1907)

DMDB Top 10%:

49. That Mesmerizing Mendelssohn Tune (w/ AC, 1910)
50. Two Blue Eyes (Two Little Baby Shoes) (1907)

51. Under the Anheuser Busch (w/ AC, 1904)
52. Two Rubes in a Tavern (w/ FS, 1902)
53. Under the Bamboo Tree (w/ AC, 1903)
54. Parody on “Hiawatha” (w/ AC, 1903)
55. The Blue and the Gray (The Mother’s Gift to Her Country) (1900)
56. The International Rag (w/ AC, 1913)
57. Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet (1910)
58. In My Merry Oldsmobile (w/ AC, 1905)
59. Please Mamma Buy Me a Baby (1903)
60. The Leader of the German Band (w/ AC, 1906)

61. There’s No Place Like Home (1903)
62. Longing for You (1905)
63. How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm After They’ve Seen Paree (1919)
64. Down in Chattanooga (w/ AC, 1914)
65. Sugar Moon (w/ AC, 1910)
66. Celebratin’ Day in Tennessee (w/ AC, 1914)
67. The Honeymoon Glide (w/ AC, 1911)
68. The Message of the Old Church Bell (1905)
69. And a Little Bit More (w/ AC, 1907)
70. Sunbonnet Sue (1908)

71. I’m Crazy ‘Bout It! (w/ AC, 1906)
72. I'm Going Back to Dixie (aka “I Want to Be in Dixie”) (w/ AC, 1912)
73. Meet Me in Rose-Time, Rosie (w/ FS, 1909)
74. The Birds (w/ Joe Belmont, 1902)
75. First Rehearsal for the Huskin’ Bee (w/ FS, 1902)
76. I’m a Twelve O’Clock Fellow in a Nine O’Clock Town (1917)

DMDB Top 20%:

77. Out in an Automobile (w/ AC, 1906)
78. It Makes Me Think of Home, Sweet Home (1905)
79. Casey Jones (w/ AC, 1910)
80. Are You Sincere? (1908)

81. It Looks Like a Big Night Tonight (w/ AC, 1908)
82. Chicken Reel (w/ FS, 1911)
83. Here Comes My Daddy Now (w/ AC, 1913)
84. The Memphis Blues (w/ AC, 1915)
85. On a Monkey Honeymoon (w/ AC, 1910)
86. Down Where the Big Bananas Grow (w/ AC, 1910)
87. Moonlight in Jungle Land (w/ AC, 1910)
88. Minstrel Parade (w/ AC, 1915)
89. Yip-I-Addy-I-Ay! (w/ AC, 1909)
90. Paddle Your Own Canoe (w/ AC, 1906)

91. Goodbye Little Girl Goodbye (1904)
92. Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula (w/ AC, 1916)
93. Long Boy (Goodbye, Ma! Goodbye, Pa! Goodbye, Mule) (w/ the Peerless Quartet, 1918)
94. A Picnic for Two (1905)
95. Camp Meeting Band (w/ AC, 1914)
96. By Heck (with Will Robbins, 1915)
97. My Wife’s Gone to the Country (Hurah! Hurah!) (w/ AC, 1909)
98. Down in Dear Old New Orleans (w/ AC, 1913)
99. School Mates (1909)
100. It’s Great to Be a Soldier Man (1907)


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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Happy Birthday, Elvis Costello! / His Top 50 Songs

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Elvis Costello was born Declan McManus in Liverpool, England, on August 25, 1954. He came out of the British punk/new wave scene in 1977 and became one of the most celebrated musicians of all time with his diverse abilities for dipping his toe into multiple musical genres including R&B, country, and classical. While these lists reflect a definite emphasis on his work from the ‘70s and ‘80s, Costello continues to make adventurous music. His fans never know just where he might go on his next album.

Sales, chart date, awards, and appearances on best-of lists are factored into the song and album lists. The song list also includes appearances on Elvis Costello specific lists and compilations.


The Top 50 Elvis Costello Songs

Alison

1. Alison (1977)
2. Watching the Detectives (1977)
3. Radio Radio (1978)
4. Oliver’s Army (1979)
5. Pump It Up (1978)

Watching the Detectives

6. What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love, and Understanding? (1979)
7. Everyday I Write the Book (1983)
8. Accidents Will Happen (1979)
9. Veronica (1989)
10. Shipbuilding (1983)

Radio Radio

11. I Don’t Want to Go to Chelsea (1978)
12. Man Out of Time (1982)
13. I Want You (1986)
14. Beyond Belief (1982)
15. I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down (1980)

Oliver’s Army

16. Lipstick Vogue (1978)
17. Clubland (1981)
18. A Good Year for the Roses (1981)
19. The Other Side of Summer (1991)
20. The Only Flame in Town (1984)

Pump It Up

21. 13 Steps Lead Down (1994)
22. New Lace Sleeves (1981)
23. The Angels Want to Wear My Red Shoes (1977)
24. Watch Your Step (1981)
25. High Fidelity (1980)

26. Two Little Hitlers (1979)
27. New Amsterdam (1980)
28. Pills and Soap (1983)
29. All This Useless Beauty (1996)
30. Less Than Zero (1977)

What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love, and Understanding?

31. Brilliant Mistake (1986)
32. Tokyo Storm Warning (1986)
33. Indoor Fireworks (1986)
34. Tramp the Dirt Down (1989)
35. This Town (1989)

Everyday I Write the Book

36. Baby Plays Around (1989)
37. Kinder Murder (1994)
38. So Like Candy (1991)
39. Almost Blue (1982)
40. Party Party (1982)

Accidents Will Happen

41. King Horse (1980)
42. Mystery Dance (1977)
43. Riot Act (1980)
44. Hurry Down Doomsday (1991)
45. Sulky Girl (1994)

Veronica

46. I Wanna Be Loved (1984)
47. Psycho (1979)
48. I’m Not Angry (1977)
49. Tiny Steps (1978)
50. Let Him Dangle (1989)

Shipbuilding


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