Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Top 100 Songs from 2010-2019

First posted 7/31/2016; updated 12/7/2020.

Top 100 Songs of the Decade:

2010-2019

These are the top 100 songs from 2010-2019 according to Dave’s Music Database. Rankings are figured by combining sales figures, chart data, radio airplay, video airplay, streaming figures, awards, and appearances on best-of lists.

Check out other “songs of the decade” lists here.

1. “Uptown Funk!” Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars (2014)
2. “Shape of You” Ed Sheeran (2017)
3. “Rolling in the Deep” Adele (2010)
4. “Despacito” Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber (2017)
5. “Somebody That I Used to Know” Gotye with Kimbra (2011)
6. “Happy” Pharrell Williams (2013)
7. “Hello” Adele (2015)
8. “Blurred Lines” Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams (2013)
9. “Old Town Road” Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus (2018)
10. “See You Again” Wiz Khalifa with Charlie Puth (2015)

11. “Closer” The Chainsmokers with Halsey (2016)
12. “Party Rock Anthem” LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock (1/25/2011)
13. “Call Me Maybe” Carly Rae Jepsen (2011)
14. “Royals” Lorde (2013)
15. “Love the Way You Lie” Eminem with Rihanna (2010)
16. “Perfect” Ed Sheeran with Beyoncé (2017)
17. “We Found Love” Rihanna with Calvin Harris (2011)
18. “Just the Way You Are (Amazing)” Bruno Mars (2010)
19. “Moves Like Jagger” Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera (2011)
20. “Shake It Off” Taylor Swift (2014)

21. “Thrift Shop” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz (2012)
22. “Thinking Out Loud” Ed Sheeran (2014)
23. “Someone Like You” Adele (2011)
24. “God’s Plan” Drake (2018)
25. “Roar” Katy Perry (2013)
26. “One Dance” Drake with Wizkid & Kyla (2016)
27. “Girls Like You” Maroon 5 with Cardi B (2017)
28. “Havana” Camila Cabello with Young Thug (2017)
29. “All of Me” John Legend (2013)
30. “Gangnam Style” Psy (2012)

31. “All About That Bass” Meghan Trainor (2014)
32. “Get Lucky” Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams (2013)
33. “Firework” Katy Perry (2010)
34. “Bad Guy” Billie Eilish (2019)
35. “Love Yourself” Justin Bieber (2015)
36. “We Are Young” Fun. with Janelle Monae (2011)
37. “Blank Space” Taylor Swift (2014)
38. “Stay with Me” Sam Smith (2014)
39. “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” Justin Timberlake (2016)
40. “Sorry” Justin Bieber (2015)

41. “California Gurls” Katy Perry with Snoop Dogg (2010)
42. “Counting Stars” One Republic (2013)
43. “Can’t Feel My Face” The Weeknd (2015)
44. “Rockstar” Post Malone with 21 Savage (2017)
45. “Fuck You (aka “Forget You”)” Cee-Lo Green (2010)
46. “Wake Me Up!” Avicii with Aloe Blacc (2013)
47. “Dark Horse” Katy Perry with Juicy J (2013)
48. “Shallow” Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper (2018)
49. “Cheap Thrills” Sia with Sean Paul (2016)
50. “Fancy” Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX (2014)

51. “Work” Rihanna with Drake (2016)
52. “Something Just Like This” The Chainsmokers with Coldplay (2017)
53. “Rude” Magic! (2013)
54. “7 Years” Lukas Graham (2015)
55. “Radioactive” Imagine Dragons (2012)
56. “What Do You Mean?” Justin Bieber (2015)
57. “Grenade” Bruno Mars (2010)
58. “Sexy and I Know It” LMFAO (2011)
59. “Señorita” Shawn Mendes with Camila Cabello (2019)
60. “Let Her Go” Passenger (2012)

61. “The Hills” The Weeknd (2015)
62. “That’s What I Like” Bruno Mars (2016)
63. “In My Feelings” Drake (2018)
64. “Only Girl in the World” Rihanna (2010)
65. “7 Rings” Ariana Grande (2019)
66. “Just Give Me a Reason” Pink with Nate Ruess (2012)
67. “Give Me Everything” Pitbull with Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer (2011)
68. “Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn remix)” OMI (2014)
69. “Sugar” Maroon 5 (2014)
70. “Stressed Out” Twenty One Pilots (2015)

71. “Can’t Hold Us” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Ray Dalton (2011)
72. “Hotline Bling” Drake (2015)
73. “Born This Way” Lady Gaga (2011)
74. “Diamonds” Rihanna (2012)
75. “Love Me Like You Do” Ellie Goulding (2015)
76. “Ho Hey” The Lumineers (2012)
77. “Starboy” The Weeknd with Daft Punk (2016)
78. “Let It Go” Idina Menzel (2013)
79. “Locked Out of Heaven” Bruno Mars (2012)
80. “Thank U, Next” Ariana Grande (2018)

81. “One More Night” Maroon 5 (2012)
82. “Sunflower” Post Malone with Swae Lee (2018)
83. “Lean On” Major Lazer with DJ Snake & MØ (2015)
84. “Take Me to Church” Hozier (2013)
85. “Payphone” Maroon 5 with Wiz Khalifa (2012)
86. “The Monster” Eminem & Rihanna (2013)
87. “Humble” Kendrick Lamar (2017)
88. “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” Cardi B (2017)
89. “Chandelier” Sia (2014)
90. “OMG” Usher with will.i.am (2010)

91. “I Like It” Cardi B with Bad Bunny & J. Balvin (2018)
92. “Blinding Lights” The Weeknd (2019)
93. “Timber” Pitbull with Ke$ha (2013)
94. “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” Silento (2015)
95. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” Taylor Swift (2012)
96. “Bad Blood” Taylor Swift (2014)
97. “Wrecking Ball” Miley Cyrus (2013)
98. “Cruise” Florida Georgia Line with Nelly (2012)
99. “Pumped Up Kicks” Foster the People (2010)
100. “Circles” Post Malone (2019)

Dave's Faves: My Top 100 Songs 2010-2019

First posted 5/6/2020.

Dave’s Faves:
My Top 100 Songs of the Decade

2010-2019

These are my personal favorite top 100 songs from 2010-2019. To see a list of the top 100 songs based on Dave’s Music Database, go here.

1. Willie Nelson with Lukas Nelson “Just Breathe” (2012)
2. Michael Franti & Spearhead with Sonna Rele “Once a Day” (2015)
3. Disturbed “The Sounds of Silence” (2015)
4. Sturgill Simpson “In Bloom” (2016)
5. The War on Drugs “Under the Pressure” (2014)
6. Sturgill Simpson “The Promise” (2014)
7. Charles Bradley “Changes’ (2015)
8. Keala Settle & the Greatest Showman Ensemble “This Is Me” (2017)
9. Sheryl Crow with Johnny Cash “Redemption Day” (2019)
10. Michael Franti & Spearhead “The Sound of Sunshine” (2010)

11. Lady Gaga with Bradley Cooper “Shallow” (2018)
12. Michael Franti & Spearhead “Life Is Better with You” (2013)
13. Keb’ Mo’ “This Is My Home” (2019)
14. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “Son of a Bitch” (2015)
15. Grouplove “Ways to Go” (2013)
16. Bruce Springsteen “We Take Care of Our Own” (2012)
17. The XX “I Dare You” (2017)
18. Lorde “Royals” (2013)
19. David Bowie “Lazarus” (2015)
20. Heart “Stairway to Heaven (live)” (2012)

21. Foster the People “Pumped Up Kicks” (2010)
22. Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011)
23. AJR “Birthday Party” (2019)
24. Alabama Shakes “Hold On” (2012)
25. John Mellencamp “Save Some Time to Dream” (2010)
26. Artists of Then, Now & Forever “Forever Country” (2016)
27. Bruce Springsteen “Rocky Ground” (2012)
28. Justin Currie “Every Song’s the Same” (2013)
29. Cee-Lo Green “Fuck You (aka “Forget You”)” (2010)
30. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit “If We Were Vampires” (2017)

31. The Lumineers “Ho Hey” (2012)
32. Hozier “Take Me to Church” (2013)
33. Pearl Jam “Sirens” (2013)
34. Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) with Bruce Springsteen “Sexy and I Know It (live)” (2012)
35. Justin Currie “Hey Polly” (2017)
36. Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) with Bruce Springsteen “Whip My Hair (live)” (2012)
37. Kacey Musgraves “Follow Your Arrow” (2013)
38. LP “Lost on You” (2016)
39. The National “Bloodbuzz Ohio” (2010)
40. Janelle Monáe “Make Me Feel” (2018)

41. Michael Franti & Spearhead “Nobody Cries Alone” (2018)
42. Band of Horses “Laredo” (2010)
43. k.d. lang, Neko Case, & Laura Veirs “Atomic Number” (2016)
44. Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010)
45. Michael Franti & Spearhead “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)” (2013)
46. Chris Cornell “I Will Always Love You (live)” (2012)
47. Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” (2018)
48. Fun. with Janelle Monáe “We Are Young” (2011)
49. David Bowie “Blackstar” (2015)
50. Chris Cornell “Nothing Compares 2 U (live)” (2016)

51. The Rainmakers “Like Dogs” (2011)
52. Chris Difford “Like I Did” (2010)
53. Of Monsters and Men “Little Talks” (2011)
54. Michael Franti & Spearhead “11:59” (2013)
55. Sheppard “Geronimo” (2014)
56. Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” (2013)
57. Courtney Barnett “Dead Fox” (2015)
58. Shovels & Rope “I Know” (2016)
59. Neil Finn “Song of the Lonely Mountain” (2012)
60. Michael Franti & Spearhead “This World Is So Fucked Up But I Ain't Ever Givin' Up on It” (2019)

61. Bruce Springsteen “Wrecking Ball” (2012)
62. Brandi Carlile “The Joke” (2017)
63. Bruce Springsteen “Sundown” (2019)
64. Paul Simon “Wristband” (2016)
65. Chris Difford “Goldfish” (2010)
66. Michael Franti & Spearhead “Good to Be Alive Today” (2016)
67. Justin Currie “The Fight to Be Human” (2010)
68. Spoon “Do You” (2014)
69. Pink with Nate Ruess “Just Give Me a Reason” (2012)
70. The Highwomen “Highwomen” (2019)

71. Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers with Bruce Springsteen “That’s What Makes Us Great” (2017)
72. Helping Haiti “Everybody Hurts” (2010)
73. Roger Waters “Déjà Vu (If I Had Been God)” (2017)
74. John Mellencamp “Easter Eve” (2010)
75. Kacey Musgraves “Kansas City Star” (2018)
76. Bastille “Pompeii” (2013)
77. Bruce Springsteen “Hello Sunshine” (2019)
78. Alan Parsons “As Lights Fall” (2019)
79. Weezer “Africa” (2018)
80. AJR “Dear Winter” (2019)

81. Pink Floyd “Louder Than Words” (2014)
82. Janelle Monáe with Big Boi “Tightrope” (2010)
83. Pharrell Williams “Happy” (2013)
84. Playing for Change “Biko” (2010)
85. Keb’ Mo’ “Old Me Better” (2014)
86. Arcade Fire “Afterlife” (2013)
87. Neko Case “Last Lion of Albion” (2018)
88. The Rainmakers “Last Song of the Evening” (2011)
89. Kurt Vile with Courtney Barnett “Over Everything” (2017)
90. Fiona Apple “Pure Imagination” (2013)

91. Beck “Up All Night” (2017)
92. Muse “Madness” (2012)
93. X Ambassadors “Renegades” (2015)
94. Kongos “Come with Me Now” (2012)
95. Hozier with Mavis Staples “Nina Cried Power” (2018)
96. Walk the Moon “Shut Up and Dance” (2014)
97. The Rainmakers “Half a Horse Apiece” (2011)
98. Imagine Dragons “Radioactive” (2012)
99. Prince “Rock and Roll Love Affair” (2012)
100. Elvis Costello “Six Months in Kansas City” (2014)


Resources and Related Links:

Q Magazine: Albums of the Year

First posted 12/31/2020.

Q Magazine:

Albums of the Year, 1965-2019

The British music magazine Q launched in 1986 and ceased publication in July 2020. They published year-end lists from 1986 through 2019, but this list includes albums dating back to 1965 based on best-of-all-time lists also published by the magazine. In some cases, the year-end lists did not rank the albums. In such cases, the album of the year was determined by which album on the list ranked highest in Dave’s Music Database.

Check out other album of the year awards here.


Resources and Related Links:

2019: Top 25 Albums

First posted 1/8/2021.

Dave’s Music Database:

Top Albums of 2019

Based on a combination of year-end lists and overall status in Dave’s Music Database, these are the top 25 albums of 2019:

  1. Bilie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  2. Ariana Grande Thank U, Next
  3. Lana Del Rey Norman Fucking Rockwell!
  4. Vampire Weekend Father of the Bride
  5. Taylor Swift Lover
  6. Lizzo Cuz I Love You
  7. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Ghosteen
  8. Solange When I Get Home
  9. Post Malone Hollywood’s Bleeding
  10. Tyler, the Creator Igor

  11. Michael Kiwanuka Kiwanuka
  12. Bruce Springsteen Western Stars
  13. Bon Iver i, i
  14. The Highwomen The Highwomen
  15. Dave Psychodrama
  16. Brittany Howard Jaime
  17. Ed Sheeran No. 6 Collaborations Project
  18. Sturgill Simpson Sound & Fury
  19. The Raconteurs Help Us Stranger
  20. Cage the Elephant Social Cues

  21. The Who Who
  22. Summer Walker Over It
  23. Lil Nas X 7
  24. Beck Hyperspace
  25. Anderson.Paak Ventura

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Dave’s Faves: #1 Songs in the 2010s

First posted 5/1/2020.

Dave’s Faves:

#1’s: 2010-2019

September 18, 1982. I can peg my fascination with music charts to that date. After listening to a local radio station’s countdown of the hits of the summer, I decided to make my own list of favorites (see original list here). I ended up revising it every few days, eventually developing my own charts which I maintained into the ‘90s.

I’ve also projected before and after those lists to create speculative lists of #1 songs for eras not covered by those original charts. You can check out those links here, but this page is focused on the #1 songs that might have been for me in the 2000s.


2010:

  • Jan. 9: Toy Matinee “Blank Page” (3 wks)
  • Jan. 30: Eddie Vedder “My City of Ruins” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 20: Playing for Change “Biko” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 6: Helping Haiti “Everybody Hurts” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 20: Sheryl Crow with Kid Rock & Keith Urban “Lean on Me (live)” (4 wks)
  • Apr. 17: Band of Horses “Laredo” (3 wks)
  • May 8: The National “Bloodbuzz Ohio” (3 wks)
  • May 29: Justin Currie “The Fight to Be Human” (3 wks)
  • June 19: Michael Franti & Spearhead “The Sound of Sunshine” (4 wks)
  • July 17: Eminem with Rihanna “Love the Way You Lie” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 7: Mike Massé with Jeff Hall “Africa” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 28: John Mellencamp “Easter Eve” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 18: John Mellencamp “Save Some Time to Dream” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 8: Cee-Lo Green “Fuck You (aka “Forget You”)” (8 wks)
  • Nov. 27: Foster the People “Pumped Up Kicks” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 18: Chris Difford “Goldfish” (2 wks)

2011:

  • Jan. 1: Chris Difford “Like I Did” (3 wks)
  • Jan. 22: Chris DIfford “1975” (2 wks)
  • Feb 5: Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (7 wks)
  • Mar. 26: Sandi Thom “The House of the Rising Sun” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 16: Adele “Love Song” (3 wks)
  • May 7: The Rainmakers “Like Dogs” (4 wks)
  • June 11: The Rainmakers “Last Song of the Evening” (3 wks)
  • July 2: Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera “Moves Like Jagger” (4 wks)
  • July 30: Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (8 wks)
  • Sept. 24: Keb’ Mo’ “One of These Nights” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 8: Grouplove “Tongue Tied” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 29: Fun. with Janelle Monae “We Are Young” (6 wks)
  • Dec. 10: Pearl Jam “Mother (live)” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 24: Glen Tilbrook with Nine Below “Chat Line Larry” (2 wks)

2012:

  • Jan. 7: Of Monsters and Men “Little Talks” (3 wks)
  • Jan. 28: Bruce Springsteen “We Take Care of Our Own” (4 wks)
  • Feb. 25: Chris Cornell “I Will Always Love You (live)” (4 wks)
  • Mar. 24: Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) with Bruce Springsteen “Sexy and I Know It (live)” (4 wks)
  • Apr. 21: Alabama Shakes “Hold On” (5 wks)
  • May 26: Bruce Springsteen “Wrecking Ball” (2 wks)
  • June 9: Bruce Springsteen “Rocky Ground” (3 wks)
  • June 30: Willie Nelson with Lukas Nelson “Just Breathe” (8 wks)
  • Aug. 25: The Lumineers “Ho Hey” (4 wks)
  • Sept. 22: Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) with Bruce Springsteen “Whip My Hair (live)” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 13: Bruce Springsteen “Jack of All Trades” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 27: Psy “Gangnam Style” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 17: Prince “Rock and Roll Love Affair” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 1: Neil Finn “Song of the Lonely Mountain” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 29: Heart “Stairway to Heaven (live)” (8 wks)

2013:

  • Feb. 23: Pink “Just Give Me a Reason” (4 wks)
  • Mar. 23: Bastille “Pompeii” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 13: Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” (6 wks)
  • May 25: Jacob Moon “Kayleigh/Lavender (live)” (2 wks)
  • June 8: Lorde “Royals” (4 wks)
  • July 6: Grouplove “Ways to Go” (4 wks)
  • Aug. 3: Justin Currie “Every Song’s the Same” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 24: Sting “Pracitcal Arrangement” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 7: Michael Franti & Spearhead “Life Is Better with You” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 5: Tears for Fears “Ready to Start” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 26: Fiona Apple “Pure Imagination” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 16: Hozier “Take Me to Church” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 7: Pearl Jam “Sirens” (4 wks)

2014:

  • Jan. 4: Kacey Musgraves “Follow Your Arrow” (3 wks)
  • Jan. 25: Florida State University AcaBelles “Royals (live)” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 8: Lorde “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (1 wk)
  • Feb. 15: Pharrell Williams “Happy” (5 wks)
  • Mar. 22: U2 “Ordinary Love” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 5: Bruce Springsteen “Don’t Change (live)” (1 wk)
  • Apr. 12: Bruce Springsteen “Stayin’ Alive (live)” (1 wk)
  • Apr. 19: Bruce Springsteen “Royals (live)” (1 wk)
  • Apr. 26: Tegan & Sara with the Lonely Island “Everything Is Awesome!!!” (2 wks)
  • May 10: Glenn Tilbrook “Ice Cream” (2 wks)
  • May 24: Bruce Springsteen “Jump (live)” (1 wk)
  • May 31: Keb’ Mo’ “Old Me Better” (2 wks)
  • June 14: Sturgill Simpson “The Promise” (7 wks)
  • Aug. 2: The War on Drugs “Under the Pressure” (8 wks)
  • Sept. 27: Spoon “Do You” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 18: Melissa Etheridge “What Are You Waiting For?” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 8: New Pornographers “Dancehall Domine” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 29: Pink Floyd “Louder Than Words” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 27: Marc Ronson & Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” (5 wks)

2015:

  • Jan. 31: Simple Minds “Let the Day Begin” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 14: Alabama Shakes “Don’t Wanna Fight” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 7: X Ambassadors “Renegades” (4 wks)
  • Apr. 4: Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth “See You Again” (5 wks)
  • May 9: Faith No More “Superhero” (2 wks)
  • May 23: Courtney Barnett “Dead Fox” (4 wks)
  • June 20: The Rainmakers “America” (2 wks)
  • July 4: Michael Franti & Spearhead with Sonna Rele “Once a Day” (7 wks)
  • Aug. 22: Kacey Musgraves “Family Is Family” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 5: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “Son of a Bitch” (8 wks)
  • Oct. 31: Lukas Graham “7 Years” (4 wks)
  • Nov. 28: David Bowie “Blackstar” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 12: Disturbed “The Sounds of Silence” (8 wks)

2016:

  • Feb. 6: Charles Bradley “Changes” (4 wks)
  • Mar. 5: David Bowie “Lazarus” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 26: Bruce Springsteen “Rebel Rebel (live)” (1 wk)
  • Apr. 2: Bruce Springsteen”Take It Easy (live)” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 16: Sturgill Simpson “In Bloom” (8 wks)
  • June 11: Bruce Springsteen “Purple Rain (live)” (2 wks)
  • June 25: Paul Simon “Wristband” (3 wks)
  • July 16: Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 6: Chris Cornell “Nothing Compares 2 U (live)” (4 wks)
  • Sept. 3: Peter Gabriel “I’m Amazing” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 17: k.d. lang, Neko Case, & Laura Veirs “Atomic Number” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 15: Shovels & Rope “I Know” (5 wks)
  • Dec. 3: Artists of Then, Now & Forever “Forever Country” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 31: LP “Lost on You” (5 wks)

2017:

  • Feb. 4: John Mellencamp “Easy Target” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 25: Arcade Fire with Mavis Staples “I Give You Power” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 18: Bruce Springsteen “I’ll Stand by You” (5 wks)
  • Apr. 22: Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers with Bruce Springsteen “That’s What Makes Us Great” (5 wks)
  • May 27: Roger Waters “Smell the Roses” (3 wks)
  • June 17: The XX “I Dare You” (5 wks)
  • July 22: Roger Waters “Déjà Vu” (4 wks)
  • Aug. 19: Justin Currie “Hey Polly” (4 wks)
  • Sept. 16: Cage the Elephant “Whole Wide World” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 30: Beck “Up All Night” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 28: Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett “Over Everything” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 18: Keale Settle & the Greatest Showman Ensemble “This Is Me” (7 wks)

2018:

  • Jan. 6: Brandi Carlile “The Joke” (4 wks)
  • Feb. 3: Phoebe Bridgers “Motion Sickness” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 24: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit “If We Were Vampires” (5 wks)
  • Mar. 31: Janelle Monáe “Make Me Feel” (7 wks)
  • May 19: Kacey Musgraves “Space Cowboy” (2 wks)
  • June 2: Weezer “Africa” (4 wks)
  • June 30: Maroon 5 with Cardi B “Girls Like You” (6 wks)
  • Aug. 11: Neko Case “Last Lion of Albion” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 1: Kacey Musgraves “Kansas City Star” (5 wks)
  • Oct. 6: Hozier with Mavis Staples “Nina Cried Power” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 27: Lady Gaga with Bradley Cooper “Shallow” (6 wks)
  • Dec. 8: Una Walkenhorst & Bob Walkenhorst “For Tomorrow” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 29: Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” (7 wks)

2019:

  • Feb. 16: Michael Franti & Spearhead “This World Is So Fucked Up But I Ain't Ever Givin' Up on It” (4 wks)
  • Mar. 16: Michael Franti & Spearhead “You’re Number One” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 6: AJR “Birthday Party” (4 wks)
  • May 4: Sheryl Crow & Johnny Cash “Redemption Day” (7 wks)
  • June 22: Bruce Springsteen “Hello Sunshine” (3 wks)
  • July 13: Alan Parsons “As Lights Fall” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 3: Bruce Springsteen “Sundown” (4 wks)
  • Aug. 31: Keb’ Mo’ “This Is My Home” (7 wks)
  • Oct. 19: Brittany Howard “Stay High” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 9: The Who “All This Music Must Fade” (4 wks)

2010s: Top 100 Albums

First posted 5/25/2015; updated 1/14/2021.

2010-2019:

The Top 100 Albums

These are the top albums from 2010-2019 according to Dave’s Music Database, which factors in sales, chart data, awards, album ratings, and appearances on best-of lists. Compilations, archival recordings, and reissues are not factored into this list.

Also, check out annual picks for album of the year.

1. Adele 21 (2011)
2. Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)
3. Taylor Swift 1989 (2014)
4. Kendrick Lamar Damn. (2017)
5. Adele 25 (2015)
6. Frank Ocean Channel Orange (2012)
7. Beyoncé Lemonade (2016)
8. Kendrick Lamar Good Kid m.A.A.d. City (2012)
9. Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
10. Arcade Fire The Suburbs (2010)

11. Taylor Swift Red (2012)
12. David Bowie Blackstar (2016)
13. Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour (2018)
14. Eminem Recovery (2010)
15. Drake Views (2016)
16. Katy Perry Teenage Dream (2010)
17. Beyoncé Beyoncé (2013)
18. Bilie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019)
19. Ed Sheeran ÷ (Divide) (2017)
20. D’Angelo & the Vanguard Black Messiah (2015)

21. Frozen (soundtrack, 2013)
22. Frank Ocean Blond (2016)
23. Drake Take Care (2011)
24. PJ Harvey Let England Shake (2011)
25. Ed Sheeran X (Multiply) (2014)
26. Chris Stapleton Traveller (2015)
27. Taylor Swift Speak Now (2010)
28. Lorde Melodrama (2017)
29. Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City (2013)
30. Lady Gaga Born This Way (2011)

31. Rihanna Anti (2016)
32. Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour (2014)
33. Bruno Mars Doo Wops & Hooligans (2010)
34. Mumford & Sons Babel (2012)
35. Lady Antebellum Need You Now (2010)
36. Janelle Monáe The Arch Android (2010)
37. Solange A Seat at the Table (2016)
38. Lin-Manuel Miranda (composer) Hamilton (cast: 2015)
39. The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream (2014)
40. Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide to Earth (2016)

41. Daft Punk Random Access Memories (2013)
42. U2 Songs of Innocence (2014)
43. Lana Del Rey Born to Die (2012)
44. Drake Scorpion (2018)
45. Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer, Different Park (2013)
46. Kanye West Yeezus (2013)
47. Ariana Grande Thank U, Next (2019)
48. The Greatest Showman (soundtrack, 2018)
49. Beck Morning Phase (2014)
50. Arctic Monkeys AM (2013)

51. The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness (2015)
52. Bruno Mars 24K Magic (2016)
53. Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience (2013)
54. Bruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox (2012)
55. The National High Violet (2010)
56. Lana Del Rey Norman Fucking Rockwell! (2019) 57. Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (2012)
58. The Black Keys Brothers (2010)
59. Janelle Monáe Dirty Computer (2018)
60. St. Vincent St. Vincent (2014)

61. Rihanna Loud (2010)
62. Imagine Dragons Night Visions (2012)
63. Miranda Lambert Platinum (2014)
64. Michael Bublé Christmas (2011)
65. LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening (2010)
66. Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell (2015)
67. Cardi B Invasion of Privacy (2018)
68. Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball (2012)
69. Lorde Pure Heroine (2013)
70. Jack White Blunderbuss (2012)

71. Robyn Body Talk (2010)
72. Taylor Swift Reputation (2017)
73. Bon Iver Bon Iver (2011)
74. Drake If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (2015)
75. Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 2 (2014)
76. Tame Impala Currents (2015)
77. Beach House Teen Dream (2010)
78. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper A Star Is Born (soundtrack, 2018)
79. Justin Bieber Purpose (2015)
80. Travis Scott Astroworld (2018)

81. FKA Twigs LP1 (2014)
82. Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool (2016)
83. Taylor Swift Lover (2019)
84. Eric Church Chief (2011)
85. Luke Combs Crash My Party (2013)
86. Justin Bieber My World 2.0 (2010)
87. Nicki Minaj Pink Friday (2010)
88. Ed Sheeran Plus (+) (2011)
89. Jason Aldean My Kinda Party (2010)
90. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013)

91. Post Malone Beerbongs & Bentleys (2018)
92. Jay-Z & Kanye West Watch the Throne (2011)
93. Vampire Weekend Father of the Bride (2019)
94. Post Malone Hollywood’s Bleeding (2019)
95. Florence + the Machine Ceremonials (2011)
96. St. Vincent Strange Mercy (2011)
97. Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit (2015)
98. Luke Combs This One’s for You (2017)
99. Grimes Art Angels (2015)
100. Jay-Z 4:44 (2017)


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Monday, December 23, 2019

Pearl Jam et al: Top 50 Songs

First posted 9/20/2011; updated 12/21/2019.

Pearl Jam is a Seattle-based grunge-rock group which formed in 1991. Guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament were previously in Green River (1984-1987) and Mother Love Bone (1987-90). When Andrew Wood, the latter’s lead singer, died in 1990, Gossard and Ament united with Soundgarden’s singer Chris Cornell and drummer Matt Cameron (later of Pearl Jam, 1998-) for the one-time Temple of the Dog tribute project.

That project also included singer Eddie Vedder, who would go on to front Pearl Jam. Other members in the band have included Mike McCready (guitarist: 1991-), Dave Krusen (drums: 91-92), Dave Abbruzzese (drums: 92-94), Jack Irons (drums: 94-98), and Boom Gaspar (keyboards: 02-).

The group’s debut album, Ten, is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time. For a complete list of this act’s DMDB honors, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.


Top 50 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. In addition to Pearl Jam songs, this list includes work by Mother Love Bone, Temple of the Dog, and Eddie Vedder as a solo artist. Songs which hit #1 on the following charts are noted: Billboard album rock tracks (AR), Billboard alternative rock tracks (MR), Billboard adult alternative (AA), and Australian pop charts (AU).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Jeremy (1991)

DMDB Top 5%:

2. Alive (1991)
3. Daughter (1993) #1 AR, MR
4. Last Kiss (1998) #1 AU

DMDB Top 10%:

5. Better Man (1994) #1 AR
6. Black (1991)
7. The Fixer (2009)
8. Just Breathe (2009) #1 AA
9. Even Flow (1991)
10. Who You Are (1996) #1 MR
11. Wishlist (1998)
12. Sirens (2013) #1 AA

DMDB Top 20%:

13. I Got Id (1995)
14. Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog, 1991)
15. I Am Mine (2002)
16. Given to Fly (1997) #1 AR
17. Spin the Black Circle (1994)
18. Nothing As It Seems (2000)
19. Yellow Ledbetter (1992)
20. Not for You (1994)

21. Mind Your Manners (2013)
22. Long Road (1995)
23. Go (1993)
24. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town (1993)
25. Crazy Mary (with Victoria Williams, 1992)
26. Off He Goes (1996)
27. Hard Sun (Eddie Vedder, 2007)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

28. Animal (1993)
29. You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (Eddie Vedder, 2002)
30. Hail Hail (1996)

31. Say Hello 2 Heaven (Temple of the Dog, 1991)
32. Love Reign O’er Me (2006)
33. Corduroy (1994)
34. World Wide Suicide (2006) #1 MR
35. Dissident (1993)
36. Gone (2006)
37. Immortality (1994)
38. Tremor Christ (1994)
39. Light Years (2000)
40. Glorified G (1993)

41. Man of the Hour (2002)
42. Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns (Mother Love Bone, 1989)
43. Footsteps (1992)
44. Masters of War (Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready, live: 1992)
45. All the Way (Eddie Vedder, 2008)
46. Save You (2002)
47. Once (1991)
48. Life Wasted (2006)
49. Do the Evolution (1998)
50. Got Some (2009)

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Dave's Music Database Hall of Fame: Music Maker Inductees (December 2019)

Originally posted 12/22/2019; last updated 5/21/2021.

January 22, 2019 marked the 10-year anniversary of the DMDB blog! To honor that, Dave’s Music Database announced its own Hall of Fame. This fourth batch of music maker inductees celebrates the top 10 music makers who made their names primarily as songwriters in the pre-rock era. See the full list of music maker inductees here.

Harold Arlen (1905-1986)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

A highly regarded contributor the Great American Songbook. He composed more than 500 songs, most notably with lyricsts Ted Koehler (“Get Happy,” “Let’s Fall in Love,” “Stormy Weather”), E.Y. “Yip” Harburg (“Over the Rainbow,” “I’ve Got the World on a String”), and Johnny Mercer (“Blues in the Night,” “That Old Black Magic,” “Ac-Cent-Tchu-ate the Positive,” “One for My Baby”). Read more.

Irving Berlin (1888-1989)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

Russian-born composer and lyricist. George Gershwin called him “the greatest songwriter who ever lived.” Jerome Kern said, “Irving Berlin has no place in American music – he is American music.” A 2001 Time magazine article estimated Berlin wrote around 1250 songs (“Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Always,” “Blue Skies,” “God Bless America,” “White Christmas”). 25 have reached #1 on the pop charts. He wrote 17 complete scores for Broadway musicals and revues including Call Me Madam and Annie Get Your Gun. List of Berlin songs here. Read more.

George Gershwin (1898-1937)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

Brooklyn-born composer and pianist who wrote popular and classical music (“Swanee,” “Rhapsody in Blue,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Summertime,” “Someone to Watch Over Me”), often with his brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin. Wrote more than a dozen Broadway shows (Porgy and Bess) and had work featured in movies (An American in Paris). Read more.

Ira Gershwin (1896-1983)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

New York-born classical and musical theater composer (“Someone to Watch Over Me,” “I Got Rhythm,” “I Can't Get Started,” “Summertime”). Often worked with his brother, George Gershwin, including the Broadway show Porgy and Bess and the movie An American in Paris. Read more.

Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

New York-born musical theater composer who co-wrote 850 songs, most notably with Jerome Kern (“Ol’ Man River,” “All the Things You Are”) and Richard Rodgers (“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “Some Enchanted Evening”). He won eight Tony Awards and two Academy Awards for Best Original Song. Co-wrote musicals Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, The Sound of Music. Read more.

Lorenz Hart (1895-1943)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

New York-born musical theater lyricist (“Blue Moon”, “Isn’t It Romantic?”, “My Funny Valentine,” “The Lady Is a Tramp”, “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”, “My Funny Valentine”). Often worked with Richard Rodgers (Babes in Arms, The Boys from Syracuse, Pal Joey, On Your Toes). Read more.

Jerome Kern (1885-1945)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

New York-born musical theater composer of more than 700 songs (“They Didn't Believe Me,” “Ol’ Man River,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “All the Things You Are”) used in more than 100 stage works. Collaborated with many of his era’s greatest lyricists, including Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach, Yip Harburg, and Johnny Mercer. Created dozens of Broadway musicals (Show Boat) and Hollywood films over a career lasting more than four decades. Read more.

Johnny Mercer (1909-1976)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

Singer (“On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe,” “Ac-Cent-Tchu-ate the Positive,” “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”) songwriter (“Blues in the Night,” “That Old Black Magic,” “One for My Baby,” “Moon River”) who wrote lyrics to more than 1500 songs and more popular songs than any other songwriter in history. Worked in the legendary Brill Building, known for housing some of pop music history’s most famous songwriters and publishers. Received 19 Academy Award nominations. Also a co-founder of Capitol Records. Read more.

Cole Porter (1891-1964)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

Musical theater composer born in Indiana. Songs included “Love for Sale,” “Night and Day,” “You’re the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” and “Begin the Beguine.” Musicals included Anything Goes, Kiss Me, Kate, and High Society. Read more.

Richard Rodgers (1902-1979)

Inducted December 2019 as a “Top 10 Songwriter.”

Musical theater songwriter born in New York who composed over 900 songs and 43 Broadway musicals. He worked with lyricist Lorenz Hart (“Blue Moon,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered,” Pal Joey) in the 1920s and ‘30s and Oscar Hammerstein II (, “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, The Sound of Music) in the ‘40s and ‘50s. He was the first person to win the four top American entertainment awards – an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award. He also won a Pulitzer Prize, making him and Marvin Hamlisch the only two people to do so. Read more.

Dave’s Music Database Hall of Fame: Music Makers

Dave’s Music Database


Hall of Fame

MUSIC MAKERS

Originally posted 1/22/2019; updated 5/21/2021.

Dave’s Music Database Hall of Fame was established January 22, 2019 in honor of the 10th anniversary of the DMDB blog. Every month, a class of music makers, albums, or songs are inducted. Here are the act inductee classes so far:

And here are all of the individual music makers which have been inducted. Click on the name of the act to go to a detailed DMDB entry about the album. Click on the highlighted month/year to see the music maker’s induction entry.


A-B


12/20: AC/DC
12/19: Harold Arlen
3/21: Johann Sebastian Bach
3/19: The Beatles
3/21: Ludwig Van Beethoven
9/20: Bee Gees
12/19: Irving Berlin
6/19: David Bowie
3/21: Johannes Brahms
6/19: Henry Burr
C


9/19: Mariah Carey
6/19: Ray Charles
9/20: Chicago
3/21: Frédéric Chopin
6/19: Arthur Collins
6/20: Perry Como
12/20: Creedence Clearwater Revival
3/19: Bing Crosby
D


3/20: Clive Davis
3/20: Buddy DeSylva
12/20: The Doors
6/20: Jimmy Dorsey
3/19: Tommy Dorsey
6/19: Bob Dylan
E-F


12/20: Eagles
3/20: Brian Eno
9/19: Ella Fitzgerald
12/20: Fleetwood Mac
9/19: Aretha Franklin
G


12/19: George Gershwin
12/19: Ira Gershwin
6/20: Benny Goodman
3/20: Berry Gordy, Jr.
H


9/20: Daryl Hall & John Oates
12/19: Oscar Hammerstein II
6/19: Byron G. Harlan
12/19: Lorenz Hart
3/21: Joseph Haydn
12/20: Jimi Hendrix
9/19: Billie Holiday
9/19: Whitney Houston
I-J


9/20: Janet Jackson
3/19: Michael Jackson
3/19: Elton John
6/20: Al Jolson
9/19: Ada Jones
K-L


6/20: Sammy Kaye
12/19: Jerome Kern
3/20: Mutt Lange
12/20: Led Zeppelin
6/20: Ted Lewis
6/19: Guy Lombardo
M-O


6/20: Harry Macdonough
9/19: Madonna
3/20: George Martin
9/20: Paul McCartney
12/19: Johnny Mercer
6/20: Glenn Miller
3/20: Jimmy Miller
3/21: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
3/19: Billy Murray
9/20: Olivia Newton-John
P-Q


9/19: Dolly Parton
6/20: Peerless Quartet
3/20: Sam Phillips
12/20: Pink Floyd
12/19: Cole Porter
3/19: Elvis Presley
6/19: Prince
R


9/20: Rihanna
12/19: Richard Rodgers
3/19: The Rolling Stones
9/19: Diana Ross
3/20: Rick Rubin
S


3/21: Franz Schubert
12/20: Bob Seger
3/19: Frank Sinatra
3/20: Phil Spector
6/19: Bruce Springsteen
9/20: Rod Stewart
3/21: Igor Stravinsky
9/20: The Supremes
T-Z


3/21: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
9/19: Tina Turner
9/20: Usher
3/21: Richard Wagner
12/20: The Who
3/19: Paul Whiteman
6/19: Stevie Wonder