Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Kerrang! Top 100 Albums

First posted 2/19/2005; updated 8/5/2020.


The Top Albums

This is an exclusive DMDB list which consolidates eight lists from the British music magazine Kerrang!, which focuses on heavy metal and punk (links to individual lists at bottom of page).

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

1. Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)
2. Metallica Master of Puppets (1986)
3. Slayer Reign in Blood (1986)
4. Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti (1975)
5. Black Sabbath Black Sabbath (1970)
6. Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast (1982)
7. Nirvana Nevermind (1991)
8. Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction (1987)
9. AC/DC Back in Black (1980)
10. Green Day Dookie (1994)

11. Black Sabbath Vol. 4 (1972)
12. The Stooges Raw Power (1973)
13. Metallica Kill ‘Em All (1983)
14. Bad Brains Rock for Light (1982)
15. Discharge Hear Nothing, Say Nothing, See Nothing (1982)
16. Napalm Death Scum (1987)
17. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
18. Def Leppard Hysteria (1987)
19. The Clash London Calling (1979)
20. Def Leppard Pyromania (1983)

21. Motörhead Ace of Spades (1980)
22. Metallica Ride the Lightning (1984)
23. The Clash The Clash (1977)
24. Korn Korn (1994)
25. Pearl Jam Ten (1991)
26. Black Flag Damaged (1981)
27. Sepultura Roots (1996)
28. Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine (1992)
29. Ramones Ramones (1976)
30. Alice in Chains Dirt (1992)

31. Rancid And Out Come the Wolves (1995)
32. Hole Live Through This (1994)
33. Sublime Sublime (1996)
34. The Offspring Smash (1994)
35. Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral (1994)
36. The Prodigy Fat of the Land (1997)
37. The Wildhearts Earth Vs. the Wildhearts (1993)
38. Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet (1986)
39. The Stooges Fun House (1970)
40. Deep Purple In Rock (1970)

41. Manic Street Preachers The Holy Bible (1994)
42. Pantera Vulgar Display of Power (1992)
43. Reef Glow (1997)
44. Ash 1977 (1996)
45. Van Halen Van Halen I (1978)
46. Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream (1993)
47. Aerosmith Toys in the Attic (1975)
48. Terrorvision How to Make Friends and Influence People (1994)
49. Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980)
50. Thin Lizzy Live and Dangerous (1977)

51. Iron Maiden Iron Maiden (1980)
52. Rocket from the Crypt Scream, Dracula, Scream! (1995)
53. Boston Boston (1976)
54. Motörhead No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith (1981)
55. Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime (1988)
56. Bush Sixteen Stone (1994)
57. Motörhead Overkill (1979)
58. Queen A Night at the Opera (1975)
59. Killing Joke Killing Joke (1980)
60. Venom Black Metal (1982)

61. Skunk Anansie Paranoid & Sunburnt (1995)
62. Sisters of Mercy Floodland (1987)
63. Saxon Wheels of Steel (1980)
64. Fugazi Repeater (1990)
65. Journey Escape (1981)
66. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II (1969)
67. Refused The Shape of Punk to Come: A Chimerical Bombation in 12 Bursts (1998)
68. Operation Ivy Energy (1989)
69. Black Sabbath Paranoid (1970)
70. The Damned Machine Gun Etiquette (1979)

71. Manic Street Preachers Everything Must Go (1996)
72. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin I (1969)
73. Therapy? Trouble Gum (1991)
74. Kyuss Welcome to Sky Valley (1994)
75. The Descendents Milo Goes to College (1982)
76. Bryan Adams Reckless (1984)
77. Aerosmith Rocks (1976)
78. Deep Purple Machine Head (1972)
79. Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)
80. Kiss Alive! (1975)

81. Bon Jovi Bon Jovi (1984)
82. Michael Bolton Everybody’s Crazy (1985)
83. Quicksand Manic Compression (1995)
84. Rainbow Rising (1976)
85. Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance (1982)
86. The MC5 Kick Out the Jams (1968)
87. Helmet Meantime (1992)
88. Magnum On a Storyteller’s Night (1985)
89. The Ruts The Crack (1979)
90. Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape (1997)

91. Stiff Little Fingers Inflammable Material (1979)
92. Judas Priest Stained Class (1978)
93. Iron Maiden Killers (1981)
94. Nirvana In Utero (1993)
95. Exodus Bonded by Blood (1985)
96. Tool Ænima (1996)
97. Anthrax Among the Living (1987)
98. Kreator Pleasure to Kill (1986)
99. Megadeth Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? (1986)
100. NOFX Punk in Drublic (1994)

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

50 years ago: Yes’ debut album released



Released: July 25, 1969

Peak: -- US, -- UK, -- CN, 38 AU

Sales (in millions): --

Genre: progressive rock


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

  1. Beyond and Before (Squire, Clive Bailey) [4:52]
  2. I See You (Jim McGuinn, David Crosby) [6:47]
  3. Yesterday and Today (Anderson) [2:49]
  4. Looking Around (Anderson, Squire) [3:58] (11/3/69, --)
  5. Harold Land (Anderson, Squire, Bruford) [5:40]
  6. Every Little Thing (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) [5:41]
  7. Sweetness (Anderson, Squire, Bailey) [4:31] (9/29/69, --)
  8. Survival (Anderson) [6:18]

Total Running Time: 40:36

The Players:

  • Jon Anderson (vocals, percussion)
  • Peter Banks (guitar, backing vocals)
  • Chris Squire (bass, backing vocals)
  • Tony Kaye (keyboards)
  • Bill Bruford (drums, vibraphone)


2.242 out of 5.00 (average of 8 ratings)

About the Album:

Yes formed in mid-1968 and released this, their first album, a year later. Among the tracks are two covers (The Beatles Every Little Thing and The Byrds’ I See You). The lead singer Jon Anderson wrote or co-wrote five of the other six songs. Bassist Chris Squire was a co-writer on four songs.

The opening cut, Beyond and Before, was written by Squire and Clive Bailey, who were in the psychedelic rock group Mabel Greer’s Toyshop. The group, active from 1966 to 1968, also included Peter Banks and later Jon Anderson, making it a precursor to Yes. Squire described the song as “one of those acide rock ind of songs.” WK

Sweetness marked the first time Anderson and Squire collaborated on a song together. That song and Looking Around were both released as singles, but failed to chart.

The Post-Crescent’s David Wagner described Yes as a “very promising” group. WK Rolling Stone’s Lester Bang said it was “the kind of album that sometimes insinuates itself into your routine with a totally unexpected thrust of musical power.” WK

Notes: The 2003 remastered edition of the album added two versions each of “Everydays,” “Dear Father,” and “Something’s Coming.” The latter, the B-side to “Sweetness,” was from West Side Story. “Dear Father” was a B-side to the 1970 single “Sweet Dreams.”

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First posted 7/25/2021.

Monday, July 22, 2019

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

Originally posted 7/22/2019.

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 third set of song inductees. These are the ten biggest #1 pop songs of the pre-rock era (before 1955). Each of these songs spent 13 weeks or more on top of the Billboard pop charts. Not listed here are previous inductees “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby and “My Blue Heaven” by Gene Austin.

Francis Craig with Bob Lamm “Near You” (1947)

Inducted July 2019 as “Top 10 #1 Pop Songs of the Pre-Rock Era.”

Craig was a nearly fifty-year-old has-been orchestra leader when he wrote the melody for “Near You” for his grandchildren. The song topped the Billboard pop charts in 1947 for 17 weeks. It set a record that wouldn’t be surpassed until Lil’ Nas X hit #1 for 19 weeks in 2019 with “Old Town Road.” Read more.

The Ink Spots “The Gypsy” (1946)

Inducted July 2019 as “Top 10 #1 Pop Songs of the Pre-Rock Era.”

Billy Reid was the first British songwriter to top the pop charts in the United States. He wrote “The Gypsy” for Welsh singer Dorothy Squires when she joined his group. It was a hit in the U.S. with five top-ten versions in 1946, but the biggest was by the African-American pop vocal group the Ink Spots, who spent 13 weeks at the pinnacle. Read more.

Harry James with Helen Forrest “I’ve Heard That Song Before” (1943)

Inducted July 2019 as “Top 10 #1 Pop Songs of the Pre-Rock Era.”

Composer Jule Styne and lyricist Sammy Cahn launched a successful musical writing partnership with this Academy Award-nominated song TY featured in the 1942 film Youth on Parade. Bob Crosby introduced the song in the film, but the big hit was by Harry James’ Orchestra with Helen Forrest on vocals. Read more.

Glenn Miller “In the Mood” (1939)

Inducted July 2019 as “Top 10 #1 Pop Songs of the Pre-Rock Era.”

“In the Mood” is “one of the best known musical themes of the World War II era” NRR and one of the big band era’s most recognizable songs. Tin Pan Alley composers Joe Garland and Andy Razaf arranged it based on “Tar Paper Stomp,” a 1930 song by Joseph “Wingy” Manone. After it passed through several others’ hands, Miller arranged it to include the famous tenor sax battle WK and it became the biggest hit of Miller’s career. Read more.

Patti Page “Tennessee Waltz” (1950)

Inducted July 2019 as “Top 10 #1 Pop Songs of the Pre-Rock Era.”

Pee Wee King and Redd Stewart wrote this in 1947 while riding in Stewart’s truck. King’s recording hit #3 on the country charts and versions by Cowboy Copas and Roy Acuff followed. However, when Patti Page, the best-selling female singer of the ‘50s, JA put her stamp on the song, it marked the moment when country went mainstream. LW With 13 weeks at #1 on the pop charts and sales of six million, it was one of the ten best sellers of the first half of the century. PM Read more.

Ben Selvin “Dardanella” (1920)

Inducted July 2019 as “Top 10 #1 Pop Songs of the Pre-Rock Era.”

Over his career, Ben Selvin’s 2000+ recordings rank him above any other bandleader. PM His biggest hit, however, was an instrumental version of “Dardanella.” It was the first song to sell over 5 million copies, PM one of the ten best sellers of the first half of the 20th century, PM and the biggest-selling song in the first quarter-century of recorded music. SB Read more.

Artie Shaw “Frenesi” (1940)

Inducted July 2019 as “Top 10 #1 Pop Songs of the Pre-Rock Era.”

Alberto Dominguez originally wrote this for the marimba and then others adapted it as a jazz standard. WK When Artie Shaw, a bandleader and one of jazz’s finest clarinetists, recorded the song it became the biggest hit of his career, one of the biggest #1 songs in chart history, and the first million-selling song by a Mexican writer. TY The success helped “popularize Brazilian rhythms in jazz and pop music.” JA Read more.

The Weavers “Goodnight Irene” (1950)

Inducted July 2019 as “Top 10 #1 Pop Songs of the Pre-Rock Era.”

Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter’s best-known song can be traced to African-American composer Gussie L. Davis, SS who first published the sentimental waltz in Cincinnati in 1886. JA By the early 1940s, the song was a mainstay in the folk community. The Weavers’ recording, complete with “violins and other orchestra touches provided by Gordon Jenkins,” SS divided folk purists but made for a monstrously successful commercial recording, hitting #1 in 1950, just months after Leadbelly’s death. Read more.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

50 years ago: David Bowie’s Career Takes Off – Thanks to Men Landing on the Moon

First posted 7/20/2011; updated 2/11/2021.

Space Oddity

David Bowie

Writer(s): David Bowie (see lyrics here)

Released: July 11, 1969

First Charted: August 16, 1969

Peak: 15 US, 17 CB, 10 HR, 1 CL, 1 CO, 12 UK, 16 CN, 9 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): -- US, 0.77 UK, 1.02 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 121.03 video, -- streaming

Awards: (Click on award for more details).

About the Song:

July 20, 1969 marked one of the greatest achievements of mankind when American astronauts walked on the moon. The event was televised throughout the world, with an estimated 600 million people watching.

In the U.K., the BBC’s coverage of the landmark included a song called “Space Oddity” by an uncharted David Bowie. “Oddity” was tapped as his first single after he split from Deram Records and signed with Mercury. An early version appeared in Bowie’s Love You Till Tuesday promotional film.

It was newly recorded and released in anticipation of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The song alluded to the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey and lampooned the British space program. The exposure led to Bowie’s first chart entry. “Oddity” peaked at #5 originally, but a 1975 reissue went all the way to #1.

In the U.S., Bowie hit the Hot 100 with “Changes,” “Starman,” and “The Jean Genie” before “Space Oddity” hit #15 after a 1973 reissue. The 1968 album, Man of Words, Man of Music, from which the song originated, was rechristened Space Oddity and charted in 1972 after Hunky Dory and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars had introduced American audiences to Bowie. It became his highest charting album yet, hitting #16.

“Space Oddity” has received many honors over the years. It earned Bowie the British songwriting Novello Award.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Canada: Biggest #1 Songs

First posted 7/16/2019.

This is a list of the biggest #1 songs in Canada from the inception of its pop charts in 1964 through 2019. Songs are listed in order of most weeks at #1. Ties are broken by the song’s overall status in Dave’s Music Database.

    16 weeks:

  1. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (2017)
  2. Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber “Despacito” (2017)
  3. Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” (2009)
    15 weeks:

  4. Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” (2014)
  5. Madonna “Hung Up” (2005)
  6. Taylor Hicks “Do I Make You Proud?” (2006)
    14 weeks:

  7. Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus "Old Town Road" (2018)
    13 weeks:

  8. Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” (2013)
  9. The Chainsmokers with Halsey “Closer” (2016)
  10. One Republic with Timbaland “Apologize” (2007)
  11. Clay Aiken “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (2003)
  12. Ryan Malcolm “Something More” (2003)
    12 weeks:

  13. Natalie Imbruglia “Torn” (1997)
  14. Stars on 45 “Medley I” (1981)
    11 weeks:

  15. Rihanna with Calvin Harris “We Found Love” (2011)
  16. Lou Bega “Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of…)” (1999)
  17. OMI “Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)” (2014)
    10 weeks:

  18. Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!” (2004)
  19. Pharrell Williams “Happy” (2013)
  20. Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera “Moves Like Jagger” (2011)
  21. Drake “God’s Plan” (2018)
  22. Maroon 5 with Cardi B “Girls Like You” (2017)
  23. Elvis Presley vs. JXL “A Little Less Conversation” (remix, 2002)
  24. Fantasia “I Believe” (2004)
    9 weeks:

  25. Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (1991)
  26. Lady Gaga “Poker Face” (2008)
  27. Black Eyed Peas “Boom Boom Pow” (2009)
  28. Ke$ha “Tik Tok” (2009)
  29. Katy Perry with Snoop Dogg “California Gurls” (2010)
  30. Madonna “Music” (2000)
  31. Katy Perry “I Kissed a Girl” (2008)
  32. Flo Rida with Ke$ha “Right Round” (2009)
  33. Chumbawamba “Tubthumping” (1997)
  34. Madonna with Justin Timberlake “4 Minutes” (2008)
  35. U2 with Green Day “The Saints Are Coming” (2006)
  36. Eva Avila “Meant to Fly” (2006)
  37. Melisaa O’Neil “Alive” (2005)
    8 weeks:

  38. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
  39. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “ I Love Rock and Roll” (1981)
  40. Wiz Khalifa with Charlie Puth “See You Again” (2015)
  41. Flo Rida with T-Pain “Low” (2007)
  42. Meghan Trainor “All About That Bass” (2014)
  43. Goo Goo Dolls “Iris” (1998)
  44. Phil Collins “Another Day in Paradise” (1989)
  45. Ricky Martin “Livin’ La Vida Loca” (1999)
  46. Maroon 5 with Wiz Khalifa “Payphone” (2012)
  47. Pitbull with Ke$ha “Timber” (2013)
  48. Ariana Grande “Thank U, Next” (2018)
  49. The Pussycat Dolls with Busta Rhymes “Don’t Cha” (2005)
  50. Ariana Grande “7 Rings” (2019)
  51. Alanis Morissette “Head Over Feet” (1995)
  52. Sarah McLachlan “Building a Mystery” (1997)
  53. U2 “Window in the Skies” (2006)
  54. Carrie Underwood “Inside Your Heaven” (2005)
  55. Kalan Porter “Awake in a Dream” (2004)
    7 weeks:

  56. Adele “Hello” (2015)
  57. Eminem with Rihanna…Love the Way You Lie (2010)
  58. Psy “Gangnam Style” (2012)
  59. Drake “One Dance” (2016)
  60. Sam Smith “Stay with Me” (2014)
  61. Justin Bieber “Sorry” (2015)
  62. Johnny Horton “The Battle of New Orleans” (1959)
  63. Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?” (2015)
  64. Elvis Presley “Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear” (1957)
  65. John Lennon “Just Like Starting Over” (1980)
  66. The Weeknd with Daft Punk “Starboy” (2016)
  67. Pink with Nate Ruess “Just Give Me a Reason” (2012)
  68. Lady Gaga “Born This Way” (2011)
  69. Los Lobos “La Bamba” (1987)
  70. Drake “In My Feelings” (2018)
  71. Black Eyed Peas “The Time (Dirty Bit)” (2010)
  72. Bert Kaempfert “Wonderland by Night” (1960)
  73. Patty Smyth with Don Henley “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough” (1992)
  74. Madonna “Die Another Day” (2002)
  75. Nine Inch Nails “Every Day Is Exactly the Same” (2005)
    6 weeks:

  76. The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand”/“I Saw Her Standing There” (1964)
  77. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (1997)
  78. Chubby Checker “The Twist” (1960)
  79. Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011)
  80. Pink Floyd “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” (1979)
  81. Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love” (1981)
  82. Survivor “Eye of the Tiger” (1982)
  83. Blondie “Call Me” (1980)
  84. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz “Thrift Shop” (2012)
  85. Lorde “Royals” (2013)
  86. Ed Sheeran with Beyoncé “Perfect” (2017)
  87. Camila Cabello with Young Thug “Havana” (2017)
  88. Taylor Swift “Blank Space” (2014)
  89. Bee Gees “How Deep Is Your Love” (1977)
  90. Olivia Newton-John “Physical” (1981)
  91. The Beatles with Billy Preston “Get Back” (1969)
  92. Three Dog Night “Joy to the World” (1970)
  93. Rod Stewart “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” (1976)
  94. Janet Jackson “That’s the Way Love Goes” (1993)
  95. Post Malone with 21 Savage “Rockstar” (2017)
  96. Alanis Morissette “Ironic” (1995)
  97. Mariah Carey “Dreamlover” (1993)
  98. Jim Reeves “He’ll Have to Go” (1959)
  99. Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs “Sugar Shack” (1963)
  100. Britney Spears “Oops!...I Did It Again” (2000)
  101. Styx “Babe” (1979)
  102. Jennifer Lopez “If You Had My Love” (1999)
  103. U2 “Walk On” (2000)
  104. Alanis Morissette “Thank U” (1998)
  105. Bryan Adams “Please Forgive Me” (1993)
  106. Gin Blossoms “‘Til I Hear It from You” (1995)
  107. Phil Collins “I Wish It Would Rain Down” (1989)
  108. Backstreet Boys “Shape of My Heart” (2000)
  109. Sugar Jones “Days Like That” (2001)
  110. Young Artists for Haiti “Wavin’ Flag” (2010)

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Friday, July 12, 2019

50 years ago: The Rolling Stones charted with “Honky Tonk Women”

Honky Tonk Women

The Rolling Stones

Writer(s): Mick Jagger, Keith Richards (see lyrics here)

Released: July 4, 1969

First Charted: July 12, 1969

Peak: 14 US, 14 CB, 13 HR, 1 CL, 15 UK, 2 CN, 15 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

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

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 5.0 radio, 25.7 video, -- streaming

Awards: (Click on award for more details).

About the Song:

Nothing says surefire hit like highly suggestive lyrics about a prostitute. Luckily, the words were just subtle enough to avoid uniform banning by radio stations. SF Besides, this was really about the vibe. A sing-a-long chorus gives the song the feel of “mates at a bar or pub getting together for a bit of a shout,” AMG understandably making the tune a bar band favorite. AMG If the chorus didn’t accomplish that, surely the cowbell would. Added by producer Jimmy Miller, it helps shape the “strip-club bump and grind” RS500 feel of the song.

Perhaps the most revelatory aspect of “Honky Tonk Women” is how the Stones used it to essentially create “heavy metal country.” PW In fact, the band thought enough of the more countrified version to release it a few months after the single as “Country Honk” on the Let It Bleed album.

The tune originated while Jagger and Richards were on vacation in South America. RS500 As Richards recalls, the pair were lounging on the front porch of a ranch house playing around with Hank Williams’ “Honky Tonk Blues” and “by some metamorphosis it suddenly went into this little swampy, black thing, a blues thing.’” SF

Also significant to the final performance was who was no longer there. With drug abuse rendering founding member Brian Jones virtually worthless, SF Mick Taylor stepped in for his Rolling Stones’ debut on “Honky Tonk.” The band drove to Jones’ house after they’d finished recording this song and fired him. SF Jones was found dead in his swimming pool on July 3, 1969. SF “Honky Tonk Women” was released as a single a day after the funeral. BR

Resources and Related Links:

  • DMDB encyclopedia entry for The Rolling Stones
  • DMDB Encyclopedia entry for Mick Jagger
  • DMDB Encyclopedia entry for Keith Richards
  • BR Fred Bronson (2003). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits (5th edition). Billboard Books: New York, NY. Page 257.
  • PW Paul Williams (1993). Rock and Roll: The Best 100 Singles. New York, NY: Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc. Page 142.

Last updated 4/28/2021.