Sunday, April 28, 2019

Adult Pop/Top 40: Top 100+

Originally posted 4/28/2019.

In 2016, Billboard magazine celebrated its 20th anniversary of the Adult Pop Songs chart, a chart which it referred to as “Top 40 for people over 25.” They published a list of the top 50 “Greatest Of All Time Adult Pop Songs.” Dave’s Music Database has reworked the list to rank the songs based on most weeks at #1 and then, for ties, by overall points in Dave’s Music Database. All songs which spent at least 5 weeks at #1 are in the list below, pushing this a few notches past a top 100 list.

    25 weeks:

  1. Santana with Rob Thomas “Smooth” (1999)

    23 weeks:

  2. The Calling “Wherever You Will Go” (2001)

    18 weeks:

  3. Nickelback “Photograph” (2005)
  4. Matchbox 20 “Unwell” (2002)

    17 weeks:

  5. Goo Goo Dolls “Iris” (1998)

    16 weeks:

  6. Avril Lavigne “Complicated” (2002)
  7. Panic! At the Disco “High Hopes” (2018)

    15 weeks:

  8. The Fray “How to Save a Life” (2005)

    14 weeks:

  9. No Doubt “Don’t Speak” (1995)
  10. Natalie Imbruglia “Torn” (1997)
  11. Maroon 5 with Cardi B “Girls Like You” (2017)
  12. Train “Drops of Jupiter” (2001)
  13. Vertical Horizon “Everything You Want’ (1999)

    13 weeks:

  14. Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010)
  15. Maroon 5 “This Love” (2002)
  16. Colbie Caillat “Bubbly” (2007)
  17. Maroon 5 “She Will Be Loved” (2002)
  18. Matchbox 20 “Bent” (2000)
  19. 3 Doors Down “Here Without You” (2002)
  20. Matchbox 20 “If You’re Gone” (2000)
  21. Santana with Michelle Branch “The Game of Love” (2002)

    12 weeks:

  22. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (2017)
  23. Celine Dion “Because You Loved Me” (1996)
  24. Daniel Powter “Bad Day” (2005)

    11 weeks:

  25. Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (2004)
  26. Kings of Leon “Use Somebody” (2008)
  27. Pink with Nate Ruess “Just Give Me a Reason” (2012)

    10 weeks:

  28. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (1995)
  29. Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love” (2007)
  30. Hoobastank “The Reason” (2003)
  31. Sugar Ray “Every Morning” (1998)
  32. Rob Thomas “Lonely No More” (2005)
  33. KT Tunstall “Black Horse & the Cherry Tree” (2004)
  34. Avirl Lavigne “I’m with You” (2002)
  35. Matchbox 20 “3 A.M.” (1996)
  36. Daughtry “Home” (2007)

    9 weeks:

  37. Adele “Someone Like You (2011)
  38. Ed Sheeran with Beyoncé “Perfect” (2017)
  39. Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (2016)
  40. Lady Antebellum “Need You Now” (2009)
  41. Katy Perry with Snoop Dogg “California Gurls” (2010)
  42. Sara Bareilles “Love Song” (2007)
  43. Kelly Clarkson “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” (2011)
  44. Smash Mouth “All Star” (1999)
  45. Maroon 5 with Kendrick Lamar “Don’t Wanna Know” (2016)
  46. The Fray “You Found Me’ (2008)
  47. Dido “Thank You” (2000)
  48. Lifehouse “You and Me” (2005)
  49. Sheryl Crow “Soak Up the Sun” (2002)
  50. Daughtry “It’s Not Over” (2006)
  51. Santana with Chad Kroeger or Alex Band “Why Don’t You and I?” (2002)

    8 weeks:

  52. Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” (2014)
  53. Jason Mraz “I’m Yours” (2008)
  54. Donna Lewis “I Love You Always Forever” (1996)
  55. Maroon 5 “One More Night” (2012)
  56. The Lumineers “Ho Hey” (2012)
  57. Walk the Moon “Shut Up and Dance” (2014)
  58. Creed “With Arms Wide Open” (1999)
  59. Tracy Chapman “Give Me One Reason” (1995)
  60. Shawn Mullins “Lullaby (Rock-a-Bye)” (1998)
  61. Kelly Clarkson “Already Gone” (2009)
  62. Goo Goo Dolls “Give a Little Bit” (2004)

    7 weeks:

  63. Adele “Hello” (2015)
  64. One Republic “Counting Stars” (2013)
  65. Sia with Sean Paul “Cheap Thrills” (2016)
  66. Fergie “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)” (2006)
  67. The Chainsmokers with Coldplay “Something Just Like This” (2017)
  68. Eric Clapton “Change the World” (1996)
  69. Imagine Dragons “Thunder” (2017)
  70. Zedd with Meren Morris & Grey “The Middle” (2018)
  71. Shawn Colvin “Sunny Came Home” (1996)
  72. Pink “Raise Your Glass” (2010)
  73. Shinedown “Second Chance” (2008)
  74. Sarah McLachlan “Angel” (1997)
  75. Pink “Fuckin’ Perfect” (2010)
  76. The Script “Breakeven” (2008)
  77. Sister Hazel “All for You” (1997)
  78. Sophie B. Hawkins “As I Lay Me Down” (1995)

    6 weeks:

  79. Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011)
  80. Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” (2013)
  81. Pharrell Williams “Happy” (2013)
  82. Coldplay “Viva La Vida” (2008)
  83. Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud” (2014)
  84. Taylor Swift “Blank Space” (2014)
  85. Seal “Kiss from a Rose” (1994)
  86. One Republic with Timbaland “Apologize” (2006)
  87. Ricky Martin “Livin’ La Vida Loca” (1999)
  88. Train “Hey, Soul Sister” (2009)
  89. Maroon 5 with Wiz Khalifa “Payphone” (2012)
  90. Jewel “You Were Meant for Me” (1995)
  91. Shawn Mendes “Treat You Better” (2016)
  92. Imagine Dragons “Believer” (2017)
  93. Ed Sheeran “Photograph” (2014)
  94. Paula Cole “I Don’t Want to Wait” (1996)
  95. Kelly Clarkson “Mr. Know It All” (2011)
  96. Nickelback “If Everyone Cared” (2005)

    5 weeks:

  97. Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are (Amazing)” (2010)
  98. Katy Perry “Roar” (2013)
  99. Justin Bieber “Love Yourself” (2015)
  100. Katy Perry “Firework” (2010)
  101. James Blunt “You’re Beautiful” (2004)
  102. Magic! “Rude” (2013)
  103. Chumbawamba “Tubthumping” (1997)
  104. Lifehouse “Hanging by a Moment” (2000)
  105. The Wallflowers “One Headlight” (1996)
  106. Shawn Mendes “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (2016)
  107. Jewel “Foolish Games” (1995)
  108. Pink “Blow Me One Last Kiss” (2012)
  109. Kelly Clarkson “Behind These Hazel Eyes” (2004)
  110. Train “Calling All Angels” (2003)
  111. Nickelback “Far Away” (2005)
  112. Nickelback “Gotta Be Somebody” (2008)

Friday, April 26, 2019

Alan Parsons’ The Secret: First album in 15 years!

Originally posted 2/27/2019; updated 12/20/2019.

Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.)
  1. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice [5:44]
  2. Miracle [3:22] v: Jason Mraz (2/25/2019)
  3. As Lights Fall [3:58] v: Alan Parsons (4/26/2019)
  4. One Note Symphony [4:43] v: Todd Cooper
  5. Sometimes [5:08] v: Lou Gramm
  6. Soireé Fantastique [5:27] v: Alan Parsons/Todd Cooper
  7. Fly to Me [3:45] v: Mark Mikel
  8. Requiem [4:02] v: Todd Cooper
  9. Years of Glory [4:05] v: P.J. Olsson
  10. The Limelight Fades Away [3:36] v: Jordan Huffman
  11. I Can’t Get There from Here [4:38] v: Jared Mahone (3/20/2019)

Released: April 26, 2019

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

Peak: -- US, -- UK, -- AU, -- CN

Genre: progressive rock lite


After making a name for himself as an engineer on classic albums such as the Beatles’ Abbey Road and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon (albums which are both referenced in the video for As Lights Fall), Alan Parsons helmed the Alan Parsons Project from 1976 to 1987. The group featured a rotating lineup of members with only Eric Woolfson as a constant. The two also worked together on Freudiana in 1990 which, for all practical purposes, served as an Alan Parsons Project album.

In 1993, Parsons released his first solo album, although he relied on many of the same players he’d turned to over the years for Project albums. He released four studio albums from 1993 to 2004, the last being A Valid Path, a “voyage into spongey electronica and arty synth-pop” UCR which Parsons said “was very much an attempt to capture a younger audience,” UCR but he confessed “it just didn’t do very well, didn’t set the world alight.” UCR

After that, he took a fifteen-year hiatus from recording, during which time Woolfson passed away from kidney cancer in 2009, derailing any hope of the pair working together again. However, Parsons’ 2019 album The Secret “is a U-turn back to the organic, light symphonic pop-rock style” UCR “for which the Project were so loved.” UDM Parsons says the album “could have been slotted between any of the Alan Parsons Project albums over the years…Any of the albums we made were pretty much timeless and didn’t really fit into any particular decade or year. I feel the same way about this new album, that it could have been made at any time.” UCM

The album also reflects Parsons’ longtime interest in magic. “[It] has always been a passion of mine,” he says. “I am a member of the Magic Castle in Los Angeles. I’ve also worked with the Japanese magic company Tenyo, writing instruction books and catalogues for their tricks. I dabble with magic myself in my free time, so an album with magical influences was a natural progression.” UDM

The first single, Miracle, continues the ever-revolving-door tradition of musicians with Jason Mraz (“I’m Yours”) providing lead vocals. Parsons explained to, “I met Jason two years ago through a neighbour who grows coffee on his ranch. Jason wanted to grow coffee himself and our neighbour, Jay, was kind enough to introduce us since we had mutual musical interests.” LS

When Mraz heard “Miracle” he said “it sounded like a song right off of Eye in the Sky.” LS He said he had early memories of hearing Parsons’ “Eye in the Sky” while “strapped in the backseat of my mom's green Fiat, 1982. Alan Parsons is on the radio and I’m singing along, harmonising. That sound of rich harmony over magical words would stick with me for my whole life and ultimately become what my own career is about – trying to solve universal quandaries through song craft.” LS Mraz has even recorded an unreleased version of “Eye in the Sky” which Parsons has said he should put out some time. UCR

The two were not in the same studio when recording the song. Parsons was in Santa Barbara and Mraz recorded the vocals in Dallas. They sent files back and forth. That was similar to the process of adding vocals to Sometimes. Lou Gramm, of Foreigner fame (“Waiting for a Girl Like You,” “I Want to Know What Love Is”), recorded his vocals in New York.

Another notable guest on the album is Steve Hackett, best known for his work as the guitarist for Genesis in their early years. He appears on The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the orchestra overture which opens the album. UCR Parsons said he “wanted some fairly adventurous guitar parts on it” UCR and “that there were only two people who could have done this: either Brian May or Steve Hackett.” UCR

Parsons also turns to musicians with whom he’d worked before. P.J. Olsson, who sings on Beyond the Years of Glory, took on lead vocal duties for the Alan Parsons Live Project in 2002. He also contributed to the 2004 Alan Parsons’ album, A Valid Path.

Ian Bairnson also makes an appearance, contributing guitar – as he did on every Alan Parsons Project album. In the early ‘70s, he was a member of the band Pilot (“Magic”). Parsons produced their self-titled debut album and then used most of the members on the Alan Parsons Project debut, Tales of Mystery and Imagination.

One Note Symphony will “sort of be the anthem for the [50th anniversary] for the moon landing.” UCR Parsons explained that he was commissioned to play it in July at Cocoa Beach, Floria, near the Kennedy Space Center. The title refers to the one note in which the song is sung – the “resonant frequency of the universe,” UCR also known as the Schumann Frequency. UCR

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Dave's Music Database Hall of Fame: Song Inductees (April 2019)

Originally posted 4/22/2019.

In honor of the 10th anniversary of the DMDB blog on January 22, 2019, Dave’s Music Database launched its own Hall of Fame. This is the second set of song inductees. They have been selected for appearing on more than 80 lists and/or receiving various awards. Note: click on song title for the full blog entry and key for the footnote codes.

The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” (1966)

Inducted April 2019 for 80+ lists/awards.

The song is the “crowning achievement” RS500 for Brian Wilson, who has been called “rock and roll’s finest composer ever.” WI At the time of its release, “Good Vibrations” was the most expensive single ever released BR1 with one claim putting the total recording cost as high as a million dollars. JA The song was pieced together from hundreds of recording sessions NPR and more than seventy hours of tape CR generated in four studios over seventh months time. RS500

The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (1963)

Inducted April 2019 for 80+ lists/awards.

On February 9, 1964, the Beatles performed “I Want to Hold Your Hand” for a record-setting 73 million TV viewers on The Ed Sullivan Show. It was their first number one in the United States, launching Beatlemania and the British Invasion. Only two British acts had previously topped the U.S. charts, but in 1964 and 1965, the Brits occupied a whopping 52 weeks at the American chart pinnacle. LW

Bob Dylan “Like a Rolling Stone” (1965)

Inducted April 2019 for 80+ lists/awards.

“No other pop song has so thoroughly challenged and transformed the commercial laws and artistic conventions of its time.” RS500 Regarding Dylan’s 1965 Newport Folk Festival performance of this song, Joni Mitchell said, “The American folk song has grown up.” NPR Folk music fans had seen their genre as carrying intellectual import while rock-n-roll was “adolescent trash.” TB This song, however, proved that lyrical prowess need not be an impediment to commercial success BBC and suddenly rock was not just teen music, but an art form on par with any other. TB

Eagles “Hotel California” (1976)

Inducted April 2019 for 80+ lists/awards.

By their fifth album, personnel changes in the Eagles had transformed them from a country rock group to the classic rock arena. “Hotel California,” with the dual guitars of Don Felder and Joe Walsh served as a marker of the band’s new sound. The song’s tale of a luxury resort where “you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave” prompted multiple interpretations with singer Don Henley saying merely that it was about “the decadence and escapism of the ‘70s.’” LW-138 It has also been considered an allegory about the music industry and the destructive influence it had on the Eagles. RS500

Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)

Inducted April 2019 for 80+ lists/awards.

“Respect” was first recorded by Otis Redding backed by Booker T. & the MG’s along with the Memphis Horns. It was a 1965 top five R&B hit and “considered among the best Southern blues-soul records of the era,” TB but Aretha Franklin transformed it into an anthem for blacks and women and made it her signature song in launching her reign as the Queen of Soul. Redding reportedly responding, saying “That girl done stole my song.” CR

Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968)

Inducted April 2019 for 80+ lists/awards.

Norman Whitfield, a producer for Motown, had a habit of pushing the same song on multiple acts. The Miracles, the Isley Brothers, BR1 and Gladys Knight & The Pips tackled it WK before Marvin Gaye. He didn’t want to record it RS500 and Motown head honcho Berry Gordy thought it was horrible BR1 and was initially reluctant to release it as a single. TB Naturally it became Gaye’s first pop #1 and biggest hit, as well as Motown’s longest running #1 to date. BR1

Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (year)

Inducted April 2019 for 80+ lists/awards.

With its “insanely catchy melody atop an insistent beat,” BB100 “this fabulously funky slice of disco-pop” BBC is “the single that made Jackson the biggest star since Elvis.” RS500 The Thriller album, from which this was the second single, became the best-selling album of all-time with a record-breaking seven top ten pop singles.

Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991)

Inducted April 2019 for 80+ lists/awards.

As producer Bruce Vig said, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain “had the dichotomy of punk rage and alientation…but also this vulnerable pop sensibility.” RS500 That all combined to give the grunge movement of the 1990s its signature song. The song owes its inspiration to perspiration. Kathleen Hanna of punk band Bikini Kill scrawled the phrase “Kurt smells like Teen Spirit,” a reference to a deodorant, on Cobain’s bedroom wall. He interpreted it as a suggestion “that he could incite teenage rebellion” LW and crafted an anti-commercial message in what became an ironically monstrous commercial success.

Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975)

Inducted April 2019 for 80+ lists/awards.

Called “one of the most complex singles ever recorded,” KL “Bohemian Rhapsody” begins as a ballad, veers into opera, and ends as rock. When record execs wouldn’t release it, singer Freddie Mercury gave a copy to a DJ friend. This prompted fans to try to buy the non-existing single, which finally led to its release. WK It went top 10 in the U.S. and topped the British charts with more than a million sales. MG In the wake of Mercury’s death in 1991 and inclusion in the 1992 movie Wayne’s World, the song re-charted, peaking at #2 in the U.S. and topping the UK charts again – the only song to ever do so. MG

The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1965)

Inducted April 2019 for 80+ lists/awards.

This has often been hailed as the best rock song of all time and “one of the defining records of...its era.” AMG Richards and Jagger didn’t want to release it, but were outvoted by their band mates who wanted what they considered an unusual sound for a rock record. SF It was the Stones’ first chart topper on both sides of the pond and the biggest song of 1965. WHC

Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970)

Inducted April 2019 for 80+ lists/awards.

Paul Simon originally wrote the song on guitar TB and tried to sing it in falsetto, before deciding Art Garfunkel’s voice was better suited to the song. AMG Garfunkel disputed Simon’s contention that it was the best song he’d ever written AMG and thought Simon should sing it. As Simon said in 1972, “Many times I think I’m sorry I didn’t do it.” RS500 The duo disagreed with Clive Davis, then CBS Records president, over releasing the ballad as the album’s lead single, but Davis won out. AMG The result was the top pop single of the year. AMG

Paul Carrack: Top 30 Songs

First posted 12/23/2019; updated 12/24/2019.

Happy birthday to Paul Carrack. The pop/rock singer was born on this day (April 22) in 1951 in Sheffield, England. Fronted the band Ace, offered guest vocals for Squeeze, and worked with Mike + the Mechanics. Also worked as a solo singer. For a complete list of this act’s DMDB honors, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.

Top 30 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. This list includes songs by Ace, Squeeze, and Mike + the Mechanics which featured Carrack on lead vocals. Unless otherwise noted, songs are by Paul Carrack as a solo artist.

Songs which hit #1 on the following charts are noted: Billboard Hot 100 (US), Cashbox (CB), Billboard adult contemporary chart (AC), Billboard album rock track chart (AR), Canadian pop chart (CN), and Australian pop chart (AU).

DMDB Top 5%:

1. The Living Years (Mike + the Mechanics, 1988) #1 US, CB, AC, CN, AU
2. Tempted (Squeeze, 1981)
3. How Long (Ace, 1974) #1 CB

DMDB Top 10%:

4. Silent Running (Mike + the Mechanics, 1985) #1 AR
5. Don’t Shed a Tear (1987)

DMDB Top 20%:

6. I Need You (1982)
7. One Good Reason (1987)
8. I Live by the Groove (1989)
9. Everybody Gets a Second Chance (Mike + the Mechanics, 1991)
10. Over My Shoulder (Mike + the Mechanics, 1995)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

11. When You Walk in the Room (1987)
12. Button Off My Shirt (1987)
13. Rock and Roll Runaway (Ace, 1974)
14. Now That You’re Gone (Mike + the Mechanics, 1999)
15. Nobody Knows (Mike + the Mechanics, 1988)
16. Loving You Tonight (Squeeze, 1993)
17. Whenever I Stop (Mike + the Mechanics, 1999)
18. Romance (Paul Carrack with Terri Nunn, 1989)
19. Another Cup of Coffee (Mike + the Mechanics, 1995)
20. Eyes of Blue (1996)

21. Lesson in Love (1982)
22. Revolution (Mike + the Mechanics, 1989)
23. Battlefield (1989)
24. For Once in Our Lives (1997)
25. A Time and a Place (Mike + the Mechanics, 1991)
26. Love Will Keep Us Alive (1997)
27. Do Me Lover (Carlene Carter with Paul Carrack, 1981)
28. Beggar on a Beach of Gold (Mike + the Mechanics, 1995)
29. A Call to Arms (Mike + the Mechanics, 1985)
30. Oh How Happy (Carlene Carter with Paul Carrack, 1981)


Friday, April 19, 2019

Top Songs from 1970-1979

First posted on DMDB Facebook page on 3/4/2011, updated 4/19/2019.

These are the top 100 songs from 1970-1979 according to Dave’s Music Database. Titles receiving “Song of the Year” honors are noted. Click here for a full list of “Song of the Year” awards.

1. Imagine…John Lennon (1971)
2. Bohemian Rhapsody…Queen (1975)
3. Bridge Over Troubled Water…Simon & Garfunkel (1970)
4. Hotel California…Eagles (1976)
5. Stayin’ Alive…Bee Gees (1977)
6. Layla…Derek & the Dominos (1970)
7. Let It Be…The Beatles (1970)
8. American Pie…Don McLean (1971)
9. Stairway to Heaven…Led Zeppelin (1971)
10. Dancing Queen…Abba (1976)

11. I Will Survive…Gloria Gaynor (1978)
12. What’s Going On…Marvin Gaye (1971)
13. Superstition…Stevie Wonder (1972)
14. Another Brick in the Wall Part II…Pink Floyd (1979)
15. Maggie May…Rod Stewart (1971)
16. Born to Run…Bruce Springsteen (1975)
17. Your Song…Elton John (1970)
18. Killing Me Softly with His Song…Roberta Flack (1973)
19. You Light Up My Life…Debby Boone (1977)
20. Le Freak…Chic (1978)

21. My Sweet Lord…George Harrison (1970)
22. Let’s Stay Together…Al Green (1971)
23. Night Fever…Bee Gees (1978)
24. Heart of Glass…Blondie (1979)
25. The Way We Were…Barbra Streisand (1973)
26. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face…Roberta Flack (1972)
27. How Deep Is Your Love…Bee Gees (1977)
28. Y.M.C.A….Village People (1978)
29. Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree…Tony Orlando & Dawn (1973)
30. Sweet Home Alabama…Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)

31. My Sharona…The Knack (1979)
32. You’re the One That I Want…Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta (1978)
33. Without You…Harry Nilsson (1971)
34. London Calling…The Clash (1979)
35. Let’s Get It On…Marvin Gaye (1973)
36. Free Bird…Lynyrd Skynrd (1973)
37. No Woman, No Cry…Bob Marley & the Wailers (1975)
38. Fire and Rain…James Taylor (1970)
39. Joy to the World…Three Dog Night (1971)
40. Sultans of Swing…Dire Straits (1979)

41. Three Times a Lady…Commodores (1978)
42. Seasons in the Sun…Terry Jacks (1974)
43. Love Will Keep Us Together…Captain & Tennille (1975)
44. Anarchy in the U.K….Sex Pistols (1976)
45. Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)…Rod Stewart (1976)
46. Alone Again (Naturally)…Gilbert O’Sullivan (1972)
47. Brown Sugar…The Rolling Stones (1971)
48. Play That Funky Music…Wild Cherry (1976)
49. Go Your Own Way…Fleetwood Mac (1977)
50. Baker Street…Gerry Rafferty (1978)

51. We Are Family…Sister Sledge (1979)
52. Won’t Get Fooled Again…The Who (1971)
53. Just the Way You Are…Billy Joel (1977)
54. Theme from Shaft…Isaac Hayes (1971)
55. I Honestly Love You…Olivia Newton-John (1974)
56. You’re So Vain…Carly Simon (1972)
57. Dreams…Fleetwood Mac (1977)
58. Shadow Dancing…Andy Gibb (1978)
59. I’ll Be There…The Jackson 5 (1970)
60. Heroes…David Bowie (1977)

61. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough…Michael Jackson (1979)
62. Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?...Rod Stewart (1978)
63. It’s Too Late…Carole King (1971)

64. Good Times…Chic (1979)
65. God Save the Queen…Sex Pistols (1977)
66. Piano Man…Billy Joel (1974)
67. Paranoid…Black Sabbath (1970)
68. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart…Elton John & Kiki Dee (1976)

69. Old Time Rock and Roll…Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band (1978)
70. They Long to Be Close to You…Carpenters (1970)

71. Walk on the Wild Side…Lou Reed (1972)
72. Angie…The Rolling Stones (1973)
73. Bennie and the Jets…Elton John (1974)
74. You Are the Sunshine of My Life…Stevie Wonder (1973)
75. More Than a Feeling…Boston (1976)
76. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road…Elton John (1973)
77. Crazy Little Thing Called Love…Queen (1979)
78. Lola…The Kinks (1970)
79. I’m Not in Love…10cc (1975)
80. Midnight Train to Georgia…Gladys Knight & the Pips (1973)

81. The Rose…Bette Midler (1979)
82. Daniel…Elton John (1973)
83. Crocodile Rock…Elton John (1972)
84. Dream On…Aerosmith (1973)
85. Hot Stuff…Donna Summer (1979)
86. I Just Want to Be Your Everything…Andy Gibb (1977)
87. Smoke on the Water…Deep Purple (1973)
88. Just My Imagination Running Away with Me…The Temptations (1971)
89. All Right Now…Free (1970)
90. Best of My Love…The Emotions (1977)
91. The Hustle…Van McCoy (1975)
92. We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions…Queen (1977)
93. Brass in Pocket (I’m Special)…Pretenders (1979)
94. Comfortably Numb…Pink Floyd (1979)
95. Kung Fu Fighting…Carl Douglas (1974)
96. Rapper’s Delight…The Sugarhill Gang (1979)
97. Rhinestone Cowboy…Glen Campbell (1975)
98. Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone…The Temptations (1972)
99. ABC…The Jackson 5 (1970)
100. If You Leave Me Now…Chicago (1976)

Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • Amazing Grace…Judy Collins (1970)
  • America the Beautiful…Ray Charles (1972)
  • Autobahn…Kraftwerk (1975)
  • Bad Girls…Donna Summer (1979)
  • Beth…Kiss (1976)
  • Boogie Nights…Heatwave (1977)
  • Bright Eyes…Art Garfunkel (1979)
  • Bye Bye Baby…Bay City Rollers (1975)
  • California Uber Alles (1979)
  • Cum on Feel the Noize (1973)
  • December 1963 (Oh What a Night)…Four Seasons (1975)
  • Disco Duck…Rick Dees & His Cast of Idiots (1976)
  • Double Vision…Foreigner (1978)
  • Evergreen (Love Theme from ‘A Star Is Born’)…Barbra Streisand (1976)
  • Gangsters…The Specials (1979)
  • Get Down Tonight…KC & the Sunshine Band (1975)
  • Gonna Make You a Star…David Essex (1974)
  • I Can Help…Billy Swan (1975)
  • I Hate the Rich…The Dils (1978)
  • I Wanna Be Sedated…Ramones (1978)
  • I Write the Songs…Barry Manilow (1975)
  • Knock Three Times…Tony Orlando & Dawn (1970)
  • Knowing Me, Knowing You…Abba (1976)
  • Last Dance…Donna Summer (1978)
  • Living for the City…Stevie Wonder (1973)
  • The Main Event/Fight…Barbra Streisand (1979)
  • Ring My Bell…Anita Ward (1979)
  • Rivers of Babylon…Boney M (1978)
  • Rock and Roll Part 2…Gary Glitter (1972)
  • Rock Your Baby…George McCrae (1974)
  • Save Your Kisses for Me…Brotherhood of Man (1976)
  • Search and Destroy…The Stooges (1973)
  • Send in the Clowns…Judy Collins (1975)
  • She…Charles Aznavour (1974)
  • Silly Love Songs…Paul McCartney & Wings (1976)
  • Star Wars…John Williams (1977)
  • Take Me to the River…Al Green (1974)
  • Teenage Kicks…The Undertones (1978)
  • This Masquerade…George Benson (1976)
  • Torn Between Two Lovers…Mary MacGregor (1976)
  • Tusk…Fleetwood Mac (1979)
  • 20th Century Boy…T-Rex (1973)
  • What a Fool Believes…The Doobie Brothers (1978)
  • The Wonder of You…Elvis Presley (1970)
  • Wuthering Heights…Kate Bush (1978)
  • You’ve Got a Friend…James Taylor (1971)