Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Kerrang! Top 100 Albums

First posted 2/19/2005; last updated 7/31/2019.

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This is an exclusive DMDB list which consolidates eight lists from the British music magazine Kerrang!, which focuses on heavy metal and punk.
Here are the results:
  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)

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. Note: click on song title for the full blog entry and key for the footnote codes.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Australia: Biggest #1 Songs

First posted 2/27/2013; updated 7/17/2019.

This list is based on songs to top the Australian charts from 1949 to 2019. Australia first created its chart in 1940, but because the charts from 1940 to 1948 were monthly charts and not weekly charts, songs from that era are not included in this list. Ties were determined by which songs have the highest overall point total in Dave’s Music Database.

Note: In the 1940s and ‘50s, a song hitting #1 might have multiple versions. For example, the song “Too Young” hit #1 in 1951 and versions by both Nat “King” Cole and Toni Arden were credited. In such cases, both artists are listed.

15 weeks:

1. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (2017)

14 weeks:

2. Abba “Fernando” (1976)

13 weeks:

3. The Beatles “Hey Jude” (1968)
4. Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber “Despacito” (2017)
5. Coolio with L.V. “Gangsta’s Paradise” (1995)

12 weeks:

6. Eminem “Lose Yourself” (2002)
7. Pharrell Williams “Happy” (2013)
8. Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” (2018)

11 weeks:

9. Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (1991)
10. Spice Girls “Wannabe” (1996)
11. Drake “God’s Plan” (2018)
12. Paul McCartney & Wings “Mull of Kintyre” (1977)

10 weeks:

13. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
14. LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem” (2011)
15. The Platters “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” (1958)
16. Sandi Thom “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker with Flowers in My Hair” (2005)
17. Abba “Mamma Mia” (1975)
18. Daddy Cool “Eagle Rock” (1971)

9 weeks:

19. U.S.A. for Africa “We Are the World” (1985)
20. Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” (1995)
21. The Chainsmokers with Halsey “Closer” (2016)
22. “Baby One More Time”…Britney Spears (1998)
23. Katy Perry “Roar” (2013)
24. Shakira with Wyclef Jean “Hips Don’t Lie” (2006)
25. Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta “You’re the One That I Want” (1978)
26. Fergie “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)” (2007)
27. The B-52’s “Love Shack” (1989)
28. Hanson “Mmmbop” (1997)
29. Nat “King” Cole/Toni Arden “Too Young” (1951)
30. LMFAO “Sexy and I Know It” (2011)

31. Johnnie Ray “Just Walkin’ in the Rain” (1956)
32. Eiffel 65 “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” (1999)
33. Engelbert Humperdinck “The Last Waltz” (1967)
34. Justice Crew “Que Sera” (2014)

8 weeks:

35. Sinéad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990)
36. Abba “Dancing Queen” (1976)
37. Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011)
38. Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” (2013)
39. Lady Gaga “Poker Face” (2008)
40. George Harrison “My Sweet Lord” (1970)

41. Kei$ha “Tik Tok” (2009)
42. Ed Sheeran with Beyoncé “Perfect” (2017)
43. Paul Anka “Diana” (1957)
44. Stevie Wonder “I Just Called to Say I Love You” (1984)
45. One Republic with Timbaland “Apologize” (2007)
46. The Beatles “Help!” (1965)
47. No Doubt “Don’t Speak” (1995)
48. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (1998)
49. Lukas Graham “7 Years” (2015)
50. Meat Loaf “I’d Do Anything for Love But I Won’t Do That” (1993)

51. The Kingston Trio “Tom Dooley” (1958)
52. The Beatles “Yellow Submarine”/“Eleanor Rigby” (1966)
53. Lou Bega “Mambo No. 5” (1999)
54. Michael Jackson “Black or White” (1991)
55. Doris Day “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera Sera)” (1956)
56. The Beatles “I Feel Fine” (1964)
57. Savage Garden “Truly, Madly, Deeply” (1997)
58. Rihanna “S.O.S. (Rescue Me)” (2006)
59. Shaggy with Rayvon “Angel” (2000)
60. Flo Rida “Whistle” (2012)

61. Split Enz “I Got You” (1980)
62. Nancy Sinatra “These Boots Are Made for Walking” (1966)
63. Perry Como “Catch a Falling Star” (1957)
64. The Cranberries “Zombie” (1994)
65. Michael Jackson “Ben” (1972)
66. Paper Lace “The Night Chicago Died” (1974)
67. Perry Como/The Four Lads “Round and Round” (1957)
68. 5 Seconds of Summer “Youngblood” (2018)
69. Frank Weir/Oberkirchen Children’s Choir “The Happy Wanderer” (1954)
70. Alien Ant Farm “Smooth Criminal” (2001)

71. Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters “Quicksilver” (1950)
72. Hot Butter “Popcorn” (1972)
73. Bing Crosby/Nat “King” Cole “Around the World” (1957)
74. Paper Lace “Billy, Don’t Be a Hero” (1974)
75. Bill Haley & His Comets “Joey’s Song” (1959)
76. Joe Dolce “Shaddap You Face” (1980)
77. Pilot “January” (1975)
78. Racey “Lay Your Love on Me” (1978)
79. Normie Rowe “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera Sera)” (1965)
80. Austen Tayshus “Australiana” (1983)

7 weeks:

81. The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand”…The Beatles (1963)
82. Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” (1977)
83. The Righteous Brothers “Unchained Melody” (1965)
84. Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” (2009)
85. Elvis Presley “It’s Now or Never” (1960)
86. Adele “Someone Like You” (2011)
87. Drake “One Dance” (2016)
88. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz “Thrift Shop” (2012)
89. Tony Orlando & Dawn “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree” (1973)
90. Justin Bieber “Love Yourself” (2015)

91. Irene Cara “Flashdance…What a Feelin’” (1983)
92. Carly Simon “You’re So Vain” (1972)
93. Domenico Modugno/Dean Martin “Volare (Nel Blue Dipinto Di Blue)” (1958)
94. Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up” (1987)
95. Post Malone with 21 Savage “Rockstar” (2017)
96. Queen “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (1979)
97. TLC “No Scrubs” (1999)
98. Vera Lynn/Eddy Howard “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart” (1952)
99. Wham! “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” (1984)
100. Andy Gibb “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” (1977)

101. The Beatles “We Can Work It Out”/“Day Tripper” (1965)
102. Billy Ray Cyrus “Achy Breaky Heart” (1992)
103. Teresa Brewer/Freddy Martin/Donald Peers “Music! Music! Music!” (1950)
104. UB40 “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (1993)
105. The Pussycat Dolls with Busta Rhymes “Don’t Cha” (2005)
106. Los Lobos “La Bamba” (1987)
107. Fugees “Killing Me Softly” (1996)
108. Bobby McFerrin “Don’t Worry Be Happy” (1988)
109. The Beatles “I Saw Her Standing There”/“Love Me Do” (1962)
110. David Guetta with Akon “Sexy Bitch” (aka “Sexy Chick”) (2009)

111. James Arthur “Say You Won’t Let Go” (2016)
112. The Beach Boys “Kokomo” (1988)
113. The Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star” (1979)
114. Hinder “Lips of an Angel” (2006)
115. Nat “King” Cole “Pretend” (1953)
116. Laura Branigan “Gloria” (1982)
117. Bryan Adams “Please Forgive Me” (1993)
118. Pearl Jam “Last Kiss” (1998)
119. All Saints “Never Ever” (1997)
120. Bananarama “Venus” (1986)

121. Cher “If I Could Turn Back Time” (1989)
122. Kylie Minogue “The Loco-Motion” (1987)
123. Pseudo Echo “Funky Town” (1986)
124. Julie Covington “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” (1976)
125. Eddie Hodges “I’m Gonna Knock on Your Door” (1961)
126. John Farnham “You’re the Voice” (1986)
127. Alvin Stardust “My Coo-Ca-Chooo” (1973)
128. Aqua “Dr. Jones” (1998)
129. East 17 “It’s Alright” (1993)
130. John Farnham “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” (1970)

131. Drummond “Daddy Cool” (1971)
132. Pussyfoot “The Way You Do It” (1977)


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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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Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Top 100 Adult Contemporary Hits of All Time

Originally posted 7/22/2011; updated 7/14/2019.


No, this isn’t what “soft rock” means.

This post originated in 2011 when Billboard magazine celebrated the 50th anniversary of their adult contemporary charts with a list of “The Top 100 Adult Contemporary Songs Ever”. They weighted the list so that the last decade’s trend toward longer stays at #1 (and longer stays on the chart) didn’t completely dominate the list. I posted a new ranking on my Facebook page that showed the biggest AC hits based solely on weeks at #1.

Still not satisfied, I went to my music database and sorted all songs to hit #1 on the adult contemporary charts. Then I sorted those songs based on total points in Dave’s Music Database. The results made for what I consider the most balanced of the three lists and acknowledging some bonafide classics which may not have had longevity at #1 or on the charts, but have had long-lasting impact. One last thing – the pics are for the top-ten ranked AC acts according to Billboard. Click on the photos for the acts DMDB music makers encyclopedia entries.

1. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
2. Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970)
3. Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (1991)
4. The Beatles “Let It Be” (1970)
5. Don McLean “American Pie” (1971)
6. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (1997)
7. Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010)
8. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (2017)
9. The Righteous Brothers “Unchained Melody” (1965)
10. Adele “Hello” (2015)


Elton John

11. Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011)
12. U.S.A. for Africa “We Are the World” (1985)
13. Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love” (1981)
14. Pharrell Williams “Happy” (2013)
15. Ray CharlesI Can’t Stop Loving You” (1962)
16. Taylor Swift…Shake It Off (2014)
17. Debby Boone “You Light Up My Life” (1977)
18. Coldplay “Viva La Vida” (2008)
19. Barbra Streisand “The Way We Were” (1973)
20. Bruno Mars…Just the Way You Are (Amazing) (2010)


Neil Diamond

21. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (1995)
22. Kenny Rogers “Lady” (1980)
23. Adele “Someone Like You (2011)
24. Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud” (2014)
25. Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You” (1994)
26. Katy Perry “Roar” (2013)
27. George Michael “Careless Whisper” (1984)
28. John Legend “All of Me” (2013)
29. Roberta Flack “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (1972)
30. Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love” (2007)


Barbra Streisand

31. The Fifth Dimension “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” (1969)
32. Tony Orlando & Dawn “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” (1973)
33. Justin Bieber “Love Yourself” (2015)
34. Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (2016)
35. Jason Mraz “I’m Yours” (2008)
36. Ed Sheeran with Beyoncé “Perfect” (2017)
37. Katy Perry “Firework” (2010)
38. Taylor Swift “Blank Space” (2014)
39. Sam Smith “Stay with Me” (2014)
40. Bee Gees “How Deep Is Your Love” (1977)


Barry Manilow

41. One Republic “Counting Stars” (2013)
42. Whitney Houston “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” (1987)
43. Toni Braxton “Un-Break My Heart” (1996)
44. Stevie Wonder “I Just Called to Say I Love You” (1984)
45. James Blunt “You’re Beautiful” (2005)
46. Harry Nilsson “Without You” (1971)
47. Henry Mancini with Audrey Hepburn “Moon River” (1961)
48. Lady Antebellum “Need You Now” (2009)
49. Daniel Powter “Bad Day” (2005)
50. Seal “Kiss from a Rose” (1994)


Kenny Rogers

51. Dionne Warwick & Friends “That’s What Friends Are For” (1985)
52. Passenger “Let Her Go” (2012)
53. Celine Dion “Because You Loved Me” (1996)
54. Eric Clapton “Tears in Heaven” (1992)
55. Lionel Richie “All Night Long (All Night)” (1983)
56. Magic! “Rude” (2013)
57. Fergie “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)
58. Elvis Presley “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (1961)
59. Frank Sinatra “Strangers in the Night” (1966)
60. Shania Twain “You’re Still the One” 1998)


Chicago

61. Carly Simon “You’re So Vain” (1972)
62. Phil Collins “Another Day in Paradise” (1989)
63. Commodores “Three Times a Lady” (1978)
64. Gilbert O’Sullivan “Alone Again (Naturally)” (1972)
65. Billy Joel “Just the Way You Are” (1977)
66. Taylor Swift “You Belong with Me” (2008)
67. Terry Jacks “Seasons in the Sun” (1974)
68. Carole King “It’s Too Late” (1971)
69. B.J. Thomas “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” (1969)
70. Captain & Tennille “Love Will Keep Us Together” (1975)


Billy Joel

71. Stevie Wonder “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” (1973)
72. Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder “Ebony and Ivory” (1982)
73. Dolly Parton “9 to 5” (1980)
74. Carpenters “They Long to Be Close to You” (1970)
75. Maroon 5 with Cardi B “Girls Like You” (2017)
76. Olivia Newton-John “I Honestly Love You” (1974)
77. Snow Patrol “Chasing Cars” (2006)
78. Cyndi Lauper “Time after Time” (1983)
79. Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up” (1987)
80. Elton John & Kiki Dee “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (1976)


Carpenters

81. Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” (1987)
82. Mariah Carey “Vision of Love” (1990)
83. Roger Miller “King of the Road” (1965)
84. Madonna “Take a Bow” (1994)
85. Taylor Swift “Love Story” (2008)
86. Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton “Islands in the Stream” (1983)
87. Sheryl Crow “All I Wanna Do” (1994)
88. Lionel Richie “Hello” (1984)
89. Jimmy Dean “Big Bad John” (1961)
90. The Chainsmokers with Coldplay “Something Just Like This” (2017)


Lionel Richie

91. Lionel Richie “Say You, Say Me” (1985)
92. Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle “A Whole New World” (1992)
93. Train “Hey, Soul Sister” (2009)
94. Glen Campbell “Rhinestone Cowboy” (1975)
95. Lee Ann Womack “I Hope You Dance” (2000)
96. Enrique Iglesias “Hero” (2001)
97. Louis Armstrong “Hello, Dolly!” (1964)
98. Chicago “If You Leae Me Now” (1976)
99. Vanessa Williams “Save the Best for Last” (1992)
100. James Taylor “You’ve Got a Friend” (1971)


Anne Murray


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Saturday, July 6, 2019

“Girls Like You” spends record-breaking 29th week at #1 on Adult Contemporary Chart

First posted 7/14/2019; updated 3/20/2020.

Girls Like You

Maroon 5 with Cardi B

Writer(s): Adam Levine/Henry Walter/Belcalis Almanzar/Brittany Talia Hazzard/Jason Evigan/Gian Stone (see lyrics here)


Released: May 30, 2018


First Charted: June 9, 2018


Peak: 17 US, 12 RR, 136 AC, 114 A40, 7 UK, 110 CN, 2 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 7.0 US, 1.2 UK, 9.04 world (includes US + UK)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 3051.0 video, 980.0 streaming

Awards:

Review:

The fifth single from an album isn’t supposed to be the biggest hit, but no one told Maroon 5. The song was the band’s fourth trip to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and thirteenth trip to the peak of the Adult Top 40 chart. it also became the biggest hit in the history of the adult contemporary chart when it passed Uncle Kracker’s 2003 cover of “Drift Away,” which spent 28 weeks at #1. “Girls” eventually spent 36 weeks atop the chart.

The song topped the chart in eleven other countries and tied Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” for most weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. WK Before it spent 7 weeks atop that chart, it held the runner-up spot behind Drake’s “In My Feelings” for 6 weeks. WK When “Girls Like You” reached the summit, it broke a record 34-week stranglehold which rap had held on the charts. SF

The song is about the protagonist appreciating his girl after overcoming difficulties in their relationship and the boy acknowledging how they need each other. A portion of the song’s success can be attributed to the remix featuring female rapper Cardi B. Maroon 5’s lead singer Adam Levine told Variety magazine, that he said to her, “I want you to put something down that shows your fierceness as a woman and say it however you want.” WK

The video was Vevo’s most-viewed of 2018. WK It was directed by David Dobkin, who also worked with Maroon 5 on “Sugar” and “Don’t Wanna Know.” SF It featured Levine at a microphone in the center of a room which revolves to reveal a slew of female celebrities dancing and lip-synching around him. Among them were Elizabeth Banks, Mary J. Blige, Millie Bobby Brown, Camila Cabello, ellen DeGeneres, Gal Gadot, Tiffany Hadish, Jennifer Lopez, and Danica Patrick. The video ends with Levine and his wife Behati Prinsloo and their baby girl, Dusty Rose. A second version of the video featured additional footage with the same women from the first version. It garnered another 260 million views.


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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Top 100 Rap Albums of All Time

First posted 7/17/2011. Updated 7/2/2019.

More than 25 lists were aggregated to determine the best rap albums of all time. All albums which made at least 2 lists were than ranked according to their overall points in Dave’s Music Database (which factors in all-genre best-of lists, chart figures, sales, awards, and album ratings). Here are the results:

1. Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
2. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
3. Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
4. Eminem The Eminem Show (2002)
5. Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill (1986)
6. N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton (1989)
7. OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)
8. Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique (1989)
9. De La Soul 3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
10. MC Hammer Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em (1990)

11. Dr. Dre The Chronic (1992)
12. DJ Shadow Endtroducing… (1996)
13. The Fugees The Score (1996)
14. Kanye West The College Dropout (2004)
15. Jay-Z The Blueprint (2001)
16. 50 Cent Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (2003)
17. OutKast Stankonia (2000)
18. Eminem Recovery (2010)
19. Eminem: Curtain Call: The Hits (compilation: 1999-2005, charted 2005)
20. Kendrick Lamar: Damn. (2017)

21. Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet (1990)
22. Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)
23. Run-D.M.C. Raising Hell (1986)
24. Eric B. & Rakim Paid in Full (1987)
25. Nas Illmatic (1994)
26. Kanye West Late Registration (2005)
27. Drake Views (2016)
28. Beastie Boys Ill Communication (1994)
29. Snoop Doggy Dogg Doggystyle (1993)
30. Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly (3/15/15)

31. Eminem The Slim Shady LP (1999)
32. Vanilla Ice To the Extreme (1990)
33. The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die (1994)
34. A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory (1991)
35. 50 Cent The Massacre (2005)
36. Nelly Nellyville (2002)
37. 2pac All Eyez on Me (1996)
38. Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
39. Kanye West Graduation (2007)
40. The Notorious B.I.G. Life after Death (1997)

41. Eminem Encore (2004)
42. Black Eyed Peas Monkey Business (2005)
43. Lil Wayne Tha Carter III (2008)
44. Eminem/various artists 8 Mile (soundtrack, 2002)
45. Nelly Country Grammar (2000)
46. Drake Scorpion (2018)
47. Kendrick Lamar Good Kid m.A.A.d. City (2012)
48. Drake Take Care (2011)
49. Arrested Development 3 Years, 5 Months, & 2 Days in the Life of… (1992)
50. Jay-Z The Black Album (2003)

51. Dr. Dre 2001 (1999)
52. 2pac Me Against the World (1995)
53. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013)
54. OutKast Aquemini (1998)
55. A Tribe Called Quest People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (1990)
56. Eminem Relapse (2009)
57. Will Smith Big Willie Style (1997)
58. Run-D.M.C. Run-D.M.C. (1984)
59. Boogie Down Productions Criminal Minded (1987)
60. The Game The Documentary (2005)

61. Beastie Boys Hello Nasty (1998)
62. Beastie Boys Check Your Head (1992)
63. Drake If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (2015)
64. Puff Daddy & the Family No Way Out (1997)
65. Cypress Hill Cypress Hill (1991)
66. Jay-Z The Blueprint 3 (2009)
67. Common Be (2005)
68. Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt (1996)
69. Madvillain Madvillainy (2004)
70. Jay-Z Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life (1998)

71. Post Malone Beerbongs & Bentleys (2018)
72. Nicki Minaj Pink Friday (2010)
73. Nelly Suit (2004)
74. Jay-Z & Kanye West Watch the Throne (2011)
75. A Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders (1993)
76. LL Cool J Radio (1985)
77. Cypress Hill Black Sunday (1993)
78. Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012)
79. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott Supa Dupa Fly (1997)
80. Ice Cube AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted (1999)

81. DMX It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998)
82. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony E. 1999 Eternal (1995)
83. T.I. King (2006)
84. DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper (1988)
85. D12 D12 World (2004)
86. T.I. Paper Trail (2008)
87. Kanye West 808’s and Heartbreak (2008)
88. Tupac Shakur (as Makaveli) The Don illuminati – The 7 Day Theory (1996)
89. Wu-Tang Clan Wu-Tang Forever (1997)
90. OutKast ATLiens (1996)

91. Kris Kross Totally Krossed Out (1992)
92. Nas It Was Written (1996)
93. Raekwon Ony Built 4 Cuban Linx (1995)
94. GZA/Genius Liquid Swords (1995)
95. De La Soul De La Soul Is Dead (1991)
96. DMX And Then There Was X (1999)
97. Nas Stillmatic (2001)
98. Ice Cube Death Certificate (1991)
99. EPMD Strictly Business (1988)
100. Mos Def Black on Both Sides (1999)