Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Happy 80th birthday to Eddie Holland / Holland-Dozier-Holland: Top 100 Songs

First posted 12/16/2019.

l to r: Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland, Brian Holland; image from

Eddie Holland was born 80 years ago today (10/30/1939) in Detroit Michigan. Along with his brother Brian Holland (born 2/15/1941 in Detroit, Michigan) and Lamont Dozier (born 6/16/1941 in Detroit, Michigan), they formed the famed Holland-Dozier-Holland writing team. They crafted multiple hits for Motown for nearly a decade before leaving in the late 1960s to form Invictus, where they continued their hitmaking ways until 1973, when Dozier started a solo career. You can also check out the individual DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entries of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland.

Top 100 Songs

Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. In the event of multiple versions of a song, only the song ranked highest in Dave’s Music Database is included. Songs which hit #1 on the following charts are noted: Billboard Hot 100 (US), Cashbox (CB), Hit Records (HR), Radio & Records (RR), Billboard R&B chart (RB), Billboard adult contemporary chart (AC), Billboard album rock chart (AR), United Kingdom pop chart (UK), and Canadian pop chart (CN).

Holland-Dozier-Holland typically worked together, but individually they did occasionally collaborate with others and/or pen a song by just one or two of the team. Songs written by each of the three below are indicated: Brian Holland (B), Eddie Holland (E), and Lamont Dozier (L).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. B-E-L: Reach Out (I’ll Be There) (Four Tops, 1966) #1 US, CB, RB, UK
2. B-E-L: Stop! In the Name of Love (The Supremes, 1965) #1 US, CB, HR
3. B-E-L: Where Did Our Love Go (The Supremes, 1964) #1 US, CB, HR, RB, CN
4. B-E-L: Baby Love (The Supremes, 1964) #1 US, CB, HR, RB, UK
5. B-E-L: You Can’t Hurry Love (The Supremes, 1966) #1 US, CB, HR, RB
6. B-E-L: I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) (Four Tops, 1965) #1 US, CB, HR, RB

DMDB Top 5%:

7. E: Ain’t Too Proud to Beg (The Temptations, 1966) #1 RB
8. B-E-L: Baby I Need Your Loving (Four Tops, 1964)
9. B: Please Mr. Postman (The Marvelletes, 1961) #1 US, RB
10. B-E-L: Heat Wave (Martha & the Vandellas, 1963) #1 RB

11. B-E-L: You Keep Me Hangin’ On (The Supremes, 1966) #1 US, CB, HR, RB
12. B-E-L: Roll with It (Steve Winwood, 1988) #1 US, CB, RR, AC, AR, CN
13. B-E-L: How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You (Marvin Gaye, 1964)
14. B-E-L: Come See About Me (The Supremes, 1964) #1 US, CB, HR, CN
16. B-E-L: I Hear a Symphony (The Supremes, 1965) #1 US, CB, HR
18. L: Two Hearts (Phil Collins, 1988) #1 US, CB, RR, AC, CN
19. B-E-L: This Old Heart of Mine (The Isley Brothers, 1966)
20. B-E-L: Back in My Arms Again (The Supremes, 1966) #1 US, CB, RB, CN

DMDB Top 10%:

21. B-E-L: Standing in the Shadows of Love (Four Tops, 1966)
22. E: I Know I’m Losing You (The Temptations, 1966) #1 RB
23. B-E-L: Bernadette (Four Tops, 1967)
24. B-E-L: It’s the Same Old Song (Four Tops, 1965)
25. B-E-L: Reflections (The Supremes, 1967)
27. B-E-L: The Happening (The Supremes, 1967) #1 US, CB, HR
28. E: Beauty Is Only Skin Deep (The Temptations, 1966) #1 RB
29. B-E-L: Can I Get a Witness (Marvin Gaye, 1963)
30. B-E-L: Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While) (The Doobie Brothers, 1975)

DMDB Top 20%:

31. B-E-L: Jimmy Mack (Martha & the Vandellas, 1967) #1 RB
32. B-E-L: When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes (The Supremes, 1963)
33. B-E-L: Give Me Just a Little More Time (Chairmen of the Board, 1970)
34. B-E-L: Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart (The Supremes, 1966)
35. B-E-L: I’m a Road Runner (Jr. Walker & the All-Stars, 1966)
36. B-E-L: My World Is Empty Without You (The Supremes, 1965)
37. B-E-L: Heaven Must Have Sent You (Bonnie Pointer, 1979)
38. B-E-L: In and Out of Love (The Supremes, 1967)
39. B-E-L: Forever Came Today (The Supremes, 1968)
40. B-E-L: You’re a Wonderful One (Marvin Gaye, 1964)

41. B-E-L: Nothing But Heartache (The Supremes, 1965)
42. E: Too Many Fish in the Sea (The Marvelettes, 1964)
43. B-E-L: Come “Round Here, I’m the One You Need (The Miracles, 1966)
44. B-E: We’re Almost There (Michael Jackson, 1975)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

45. B-E-L: You Keep Running Away (Four Tops, 1967)
46. B-E-L: Run, Run, Run (The Supremes, 1964)
47. E: Girl, Why You Wanna Make Me Blue (The Temptations, 1964)
48. B-E-L: Come and Get These Memories (Martha & the Vandellas, 1963)
49. E: He Was Really Sayin’ Something (The Velvelettes, 1965)
50. B-E-L: Leaving Here (Eddie Holland, 1964)

51. E: All I Need (The Temptations, 1967)
52. E: Loneliness Made Me Realize It’s You That I Need (The Temptations, 1967)
53. B-E-L: Mickey’s Monkey (The Miracles, 1963)
54. B-E-L: Baby Don’t You Do It (Marvin Gaye, 1964)
55. B-E-L: 7 Rooms of Gloom (Four Tops, 1967)
56. B-E: Just a Little Bit of You (Michael Jackson, 1975)
57. B-E-L: Something About You (Four Tops, 1965)
58. B-E-L: Little Darling, I Need You (Marvin Gaye, 1966)
59. B-E-L: Shake Me, Wake Me When It’s Over (Four Tops, 1966)
60. B-E-L: You’ve Got Me Dangling on a String (Chairmen of the Board, 1970)

61. B-E-L: Everything’s Tuesday (Chairmen of the Board, 1970)
62. B-E: I’m Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking (The Supremes, 1976)
63. B-L: Chairman of the Board (The Chairmen of the Board, 1971)
64. B-E: Keep Holding On (The Temptations, 1975)
65. B-E-L: I Gotta Dance to Keep from Crying (The Miracles, 1963)
66. B-E-L: Love Makes Me Do Foolish Things (Martha & the Vandellas, 1965)
67. E: The Girl’s Alright with Me (The Temptations, 1964)
68. B-E-L: Your Unchanging Love (Marvin Gaye, 1966)
69. B-E-L: I’m Ready for Love (Martha & the Vandellas, 1966)
70. B-E-L: You Lost the Sweetest Boy (Mary Wells, 1963)

71. B-E-L: I’m in a Different World (Four Tops, 1968)
72. B-E-L: Deeper and Deeper (Freda Payne, 1970)
73. B-E-L: Why Can’t We Be Lovers (Holland-Dozier, 1972)
74. B: Playboy (The Marvelletes, 1962)
75. B-E: You’re My Driving Wheel (The Supremes, 1976)
76. B-E-L: I Guess I’ll Always Love You (The Isley Brothers, 1966)
77. B-E-L: Helpless (Kim Weston, 1966)
78. B-E-L; Quicksand (Martha & the Vandellas, 1963)
79. B-L: Cherish What Is Dear to You While It’s Near to You (Freda Payne, 1971)
80. B: Twistin’ Postman (The Marvelettes, 1962)

81. B: Greetings, This Is Uncle Same (The Monitors, 1966)
82. B-E-L: There’s a Ghost in My House (The Fall, 1987)
83. B-E-L: Locking Up My Heart (The Marvelettes, 1963)
84. B-L: Forever (The Marvelettes, 1963)
85. B-E-L: Without the One You Love, Life’s Not Worthwhile (Four Tops, 1964)
86. E: Gotta See Jane (R. Dean Taylor, 1968)
87. E: Everything Is Good About You (The Lettermen, 1971)
88. B-E-L: Put Yourself in My Place (The Elgins, 1966)
89. B-E-L: In My Lonely Room (Martha & the Vandellas, 1964)
90. B-E-L: Live Wire (Martha & the Vandellas, 1964)

91. B-E-L: Just Ain’t Enough (Eddie Holland, 1964)
92. B-E-L: Candy to Me (Eddie Holland, 1964)
93. E: All I Do Is Thing of You (Troop, 1990) #1 RB
94. E: Everybody Needs Love (Gladys Knight & the Pips, 1967)
95. B-E-L: Westbound #69 (The Flaming Ember, 1970)
96. B-E-L: The Day I Found Myself (The Honey Cone, 1972)
97. B-E-L: Crumbs Off the Table (Glass House, 1969)
98. B-E-L: Girls It Ain’t Easy (The Honey Cone, 1969)
99. B-E-L: While You’re Out Looking for Sugar (The Honey Cone, 1969)
100. B-L: You Brought the Joy (Freda Payne, 1971)


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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

Originally posted 10/22/2019.

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 fourth set of song inductees. These are the ten biggest #1 pop songs of the rock era (post-1955), although none is older than 1995. Each of these songs spent 14 weeks or more at #1 on one or more Billboard pop charts, including the Hot 100, airplay, digital, and streaming charts. Not listed here is previous inductee “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston.

Mariah Carey “We Belong Together” (2005)

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

Mariah Carey was the singer of the ‘90s with her pop/R&B/AC blend of music, but was quickly derailing in the first half of the next decade. In 2005, however, she found herself back on top when Def Jam signed her and she collaborated with Jermaine Dupri for “We Belong Together.” Not only was it the best-selling song of the decade, SF but Billboard magazine named it the most successful song in history by a female artist WK

Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (1995)

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

This ballad paired “some of the best R&B ballad singers of their generation” BBC emphasizing Carey’s “vocal gymnastics, artfully supported by the more restrained vocalizing of…Boyz II Men.” JA The song, inspired by the deaths of friends, spent 16 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. The only song of the 20th century to spend more time at the pinnacle was Francis Craig with 1947’s “Near You” (17 weeks).

Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber “Despacito” (2017)

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

Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi not only turned out one of the biggest Spanish-language hits ever (39 weeks atop the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, first #1 predominantely in Spanish since 1996’s “Macarena”), but one of the biggest hits period. The song hit #1 in 47 countries, WK including 16 weeks at the summit in the United States. It became the first video on YouTube to reach three, and then four, billion views. WK

Goo Goo Dolls “Iris” (1998)

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

Had it been eligible for the Billboard Hot 100, this song’s 18 weeks atop the airplay chart would have made it the biggest #1 pop song in the history of the Billboard charts.

Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (1997)

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

Lyricist Bernie Taupin wrote the original song in 1973 as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe. After Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in 1997, her friend Elton John proposed the idea of revising the lyrics as a eulogy. Elton performed it at her funeral for a worldwide audience of more than 2.5 billion people. BR1 The subsequent single release of the song became the U.K.’s biggest seller ever MG and sold 11 million in the U.S. Only Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” has sold more.

Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” (2018)

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

Lil Nas X released “Old Town Road” independently in 2018. After it went viral on social video sharing app TikTok, it was picked up by radio stations and initially made Billboard’s R&B and country charts. It was disqualified from the latter chart, provoking some cries of racism. In the wake of the controversy a remix featuring country singer Billy Ray Cyrus sent the song into overdrive. By the end of its run, it became the biggest #1 pop song in Billboard’s history with 19 weeks on top.

Maroon 5 with Cardi B “Girls Like You” (2017)

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

Maroon 5’s fourth trip to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 tied Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” for the most weeks in the top 10 on that chart. It also spent 16 weeks atop the airplay chart and became the biggest hit in the history of the adult contemporary chart with 30 weeks at #1. The video, Vevo’s most-viewed of 2018, WK featured lead singer Adam Levine and a slew of female celebrities dancing and lip-syching around him.

No Doubt “Don’t Speak” (1995)

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

It’s one of the biggest #1 pop songs in history thanks to 16 weeks atop the radio airplay chart, but it never hit the Billboard Hot 100 because it was never given an official single release. It propelled the band into the spotlight and its parent album, Tragic Kingdom spent nine weeks atop the Billboard album chart.

Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” (2014)

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

Mark Ronson had produced hits such as Bruno Mars’ #1 “Locked Out of Heaven” and Amy Winehouse’s top-ten “Rehab,” but had never hit the Billboard Hot 100 as a solo artist. “Uptown Funk,” featuring Mars on vocals, wasn’t just the hit of Ronson’s career, but one of the biggest #1 hits of all-time. It set the record for most streaks in a week (15 million) WK and was one of only four to top the Hot 100 and the UK charts for at least seven weeks.

Friday, October 11, 2019

The Top 100 Rap/Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

Originally posted 6/8/2011; updated 10/11/2019.

This list was created by aggregating more than 40 best-of lists focused on rap and hip-hop songs. Also factored in were sales, chart performance, video and audio streaming, and overall status in Dave’s Music Database. To make this list, songs had to appear on at least 7 of the lists and appear in the top 20% of Dave’s Music Database. Here are the results:

1. The Message…Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (1982)
2. Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang…Dr. Dre with Snoop Doggy Dogg (1993)
3. Lose Yourself…Eminem (2002)
4. Rapper’s Delight…The Sugarhill Gang (1979)
5. In Da Club…50 Cent (2002)
6. Gangsta’s Paradise…Coolio with L.V. (1995)
7. It Was a Good Day…Ice Cube (1993)
8. Fight the Power…Public Enemy (1989)
9. Stan…Eminem with Dido (2000)
10. Tha Crossroads…Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (1996)

11. Juicy…The Notorious B.I.G. (1994)
12. Planet Rock…Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force (1982)
13. Straight Outta Compton…N.W.A. (1989)
14. C.R.E.A.M….Wu-Tang Clan (1994)
15. Dear Mama…2pac (1993)
16. They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)…Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth (1992)
17. Mind Playing Tricks on Me…Geto Boys (1991)
18. Ms. Jackson…OutKast (2000)
19. I’ll Be Missing You…Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 (1997)
20. Shook Ones Part II…Mobb Deep (1995)

21. California Love…2pac with Dr. Dre & Roger (1996)
22. Walk This Way…Run-D.M.C. with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (1986)
23. I Used to Love H.E.R….Common (1994)
24. Push It…Salt-N-Pepa (1987)
25. Hot in Herre…Nelly (2002)
26. Empire State of Mind…Jay-Z with Alicia Keys (2009)
27. I Need Love…LL Cool J (1987)
28. Hypnotize…The Notorious B.I.G. (1997)
29. Gin & Juice…Snoop Doggy Dogg (1994)
30. Bust a Move…Young M.C. (1989)

31. Fuck tha Police…N.W.A. (1989)
32. Get Ur Freak On…Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott (2001)
33. The Humpty Dance…Digital Underground (1990)
34. O.P.P….Naughty by Nature (1991)
35. Regulate…Nate Dogg & Warren G (1994)
36. Thrift Shop…Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz (2012)
37. Low…Flo Rida with T-Pain (2007)
38. Baby Got Back…Sir Mix-a-Lot (1992)
39. Dilemma…Nelly with Kelly Rowland (2002)
40. Lollipop…Lil Wayne with Static Major (2008)

41. Gold Digger…Kanye West with Jamie Foxx (2005)
42. Children’s Story…Slick Rick (1989)
43. The Real Slim Shady…Eminem (2000)
44. Wild Thing…Tone Loc (1988)
45. Me, Myself and I…De La Soul (1989)
46. Crank That (Soulja Boy)…Soulja Boy Tell’em (2007)
47. Drop It Like It’s Hot…Snoop Dogg with Pharrell Williams (2004)
48. I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By…Method Man & Mary J. Blige (1995)
49. The World Is Yours…Nas (1994)
50. Scenario (remix)…A Tribe Called Quest with Busta Rhymes (1992)

51. Keep Ya Head Up…2pac (1993)
52. Big Poppa…The Notorious B.I.G. (1995)
53. The Bridge Is Over…Boogie Down Productions (1987)
54. 99 Problems…Jay-Z (2004)
55. Jesus Walks…Kanye West (2004)
56. Live Your Life…T.I. with Rihanna (2008)
57. My Name Is…Eminem (1999)
58. Candy Shop…50 Cent with Olivia (2005)
59. Mama Said Knock You Out…LL Cool J (1991)
60. Summertime…DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (1991)

61. Paid in Full (Seven Minutes of Madness)…Eric B. & Rakim (1987)
62. Love the Way You Lie…Eminem with Rihanna (2010)
63. Can’t Hold Us…Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Ray Dalton (2011)
64. La Di Da Di…Doug E. Fresh with Slick Rick (1985)
65. Hey Ya!...OutKast (2003)
66. My Philosophy…Boogie Down Productions (1988)
67. U Can’t Touch This…M.C. Hammer (1990)
68. (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)…Beastie Boys (1986)
69. The Breaks…Kurtis Blow (1980)
70. Killing Me Softly…Fugees (1996)

71. NY State of Mind…Nas (1994)
72. Whatever You Like…T.I. (2008)
73. Jump Around…House of Pain (1992)
74. Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)…Jay-Z (1998)
75. What You Know…T.I. (2006)
76. Work It…Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott (2002)
77. Ice Ice Baby…Vanilla Ice (1990)
78. Doo Wop (That Thing)…Lauryn Hill (1998)
79. I Got 5 on It…The Luniz (1995)
80. How I Could Just Kill a Man…Cypress Hill (1991)

81. See You Again…Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth (2015)
82. It Takes Two…Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock (1988)
83. Changes…Tupac (2pac) Shakur (1998)
84. God’s Plan…Drake (2018)
85. The Monster…Eminem with Rihanna (2013)
86. Ain’t No Half Steppin’…Big Daddy Kane (1988)
87. The Symphony…The Juice Crew (1988)
88. One More Chance…The Notorious B.I.G. (1994)
89. Jump…Kriss Kross (1992)
90. Top Billin’…Audio Two (1988)

91. Stronger…Kanye West with Daft Punk (2007)
92. Not Afraid…Eminem (2010)
93. Black Beatles…Rae Sremmurd with Gucci Mane (2016)
94. Humble…Kendrick Lamar (2017)
95. Hate It Or Love It…The Game with 50 Cent (2005)
96. Big Pimpin’…Jay-Z with UGK (2000)
97. Tennessee…Arrested Development (1992)
98. Old Town Road…Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus (2018)
99. Fancy…Iggy Azalea with Charli XCX (/2014)
100. One Mic…Nas (2002)

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

First posted December 13, 2012; updated October 2, 2019.

Gershwin Prize, image from

The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song was created by the Library of Congress in 2007. As explained on the site, it is given to celebrate “the work of an artist whose career reflects lifetime achievement in promoting song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding. The styles in which these works are composed reflect myriad contemporary traditions like rock, jazz, country, pop, blues, folk, and gospel. The recipient – whether composer, singer/songwriter, or interpreter – is recognized for entertaining and informing audiences, for drawing upon the acknowledged foundations of popular song, and for inspiring new generations of performers on their own professional journeys.” The Library of Congress selects the recipient in consultation with a board consisting of members which may include music critics, performers, producers, scholars, and songwriters. The award was named after the brother/composer team of George and Ira Gershwin. Here are the recipients: