Friday, November 29, 2019

Adult Album Alternative (AAA): Top 100+ Songs

First posted 12/10/2017; updated 11/30/2019.

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In 1996, Billboard magazine lanched the adult album alternative (AAA) chart. The radio format is a spinoff of the album-oriented radio format rooted in music from the ‘60s and ‘70s. AAA includes some of that genre’s most noted acts (Eric Clapton, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen), but expands to include a variety of genres generally broader than most other radio formats, encompassing alternative rock, alt country, folk, jazz, and blues.

Here are the top 100+ AAA songs based on most weeks at #1. Songs with the same number of weeks on top are ranked based on most points in Dave’s Music Database.

    16 weeks:

  1. U2 “Beautiful Day” (2000)

    15 weeks:

  2. Coldplay “Clocks” (2002)
  3. Kings of Leon “Waste a Moment” (2016)

    14 weeks:

  4. Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010)
  5. The Wallflowers “One Headlight” (1996)
  6. Matchbox 20 “Bent” (2000)
  7. Matchbox 20 “3 A.M.” (1996)

    13 weeks:

  8. Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011)
  9. Santana with Rob Thomas “Smooth” (1999)
  10. Jack Johnson “Upside Down” (2006)
  11. Pearl Jam “Just Breathe” (2009)

    12 weeks:

  12. Train “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” (2001)
  13. Beck “Dreams” (2015)
  14. Dave Matthews Band “Funny the Way It Is” (2009)

    11 weeks:

  15. Coldplay “Viva La Vida” (2008)
  16. Mumford & Sons “I Will Wait” (2012)
  17. Portugal, the Man “Feel It Still” (2017)
  18. The Lumineers “Ophelia” (2016)
  19. Jack Johnson “You and Your Heart” (2010)
  20. KT Tunstall “Hold On” (2007)

    10 weeks:

  21. Sarah McLachlan “Building a Mystery” (1997)
  22. George Ezra “Budapest” (2013)
  23. Death Cab for Cutie “Soul Meets Body” (2005)
  24. The Black Keys “Fever” (2014)
  25. Jack Johnson “If I Had Eyes” (2007)
  26. Jack Johnson “Good People” (2005)
  27. David Gray “Fugitive” (2009)
  28. Mumford & Sons “Guiding Light” (2018)

    9 weeks:

  29. U2 “Vertigo” (2004)
  30. Coldplay “Speed of Sound” (2005)
  31. Train “Calling All Angels” (2003)
  32. Hootie & the Blowfish “Old Man & Me (When I Get to Heaven)” (1996)
  33. The Black Keys “Go” (2019)

    8 weeks:

  34. Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (2004)
  35. Lorde “Royals” (2013)
  36. Snow Patrol “Chasing Cars” (2006)
  37. The Lumineers “Ho Hey” (2012)
  38. Coldplay “Paradise” (2011)
  39. Milky Chance “Stolen Dance” (2013)
  40. R.E.M. “The Great Beyond” (1999)
  41. Counting Crows “Hanginaround” (1999)
  42. The Lumineers “Stubborn Love” (2012)
  43. Norah Jones “Sunrise” (2004)
  44. Tracy Chapman “Telling Stories (There Is Friction in the Space Between) (2000)
  45. The Head and the Heart “All We Ever Knew” (2016)
  46. Michael Franti & Spearhead “The Sound of Sunshine” (2010)
  47. Death Cab for Cutie “You Are a Tourist” (2011)
  48. David Gray “You’re the World to Me” (2007)
  49. Serena Ryder “Stompa” (2013)
  50. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “You Worry Me” (2018)
  51. Death Cab for Cutie “Gold Rush” (2018)

    7 weeks:

  52. New Radicals “You Get What You Give” (1998)
  53. The Fray “You Found Me” (2008)
  54. The Black Keys “Lonely Boy” (2011)
  55. Sheryl Crow “Soak Up the Sun” (2002)
  56. Eric Clapton “My Father’s Eyes” (1998)
  57. U2 “Staring at the Sun” (1997)
  58. Coldplay “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” (2011)
  59. Kings of Leon “Radioactive” (2010)
  60. Dave Matthews Band “Where Are You Going?” (2002)
  61. U2 “Window in the Skies” (2006)
  62. Dave Matthews Band “Stay (Wasting Time)” (1998)
  63. Natalie Merchant “Kind and Generous” (1998)
  64. Dave Matthews Band “Everyday” (2001)
  65. U2 “You’re the Best Thing About Me” (2017)
  66. Snow Patrol “Crack the Shutters” (2008)
  67. John Butler Trio “Better Than” (2007)
  68. Spoon “Hot Thoughts’ (2017)

    6 weeks:

  69. Gnarls Barkley “Crazy” (2006)
  70. Sam Smith “Stay with Me” (2014)
  71. Phillip Phillips “Home” (2012)
  72. John Mayer “Waiting on the World to Change” (2006)
  73. Goo Goo Dolls “Slide” (1998)
  74. The Killers “Read My Mind” (2006)
  75. John Mellencamp “Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)” (1996)
  76. Sheryl Crow “A Change Would Do You Good” (1996)
  77. U2 “Electrical Storm” (2002)
  78. Jack Johnson “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” (2005)
  79. Blues Traveler “Most Precarious” (1997)
  80. Arcade Fire “Everything Now” (2017)
  81. Norah Jones “Chasing Pirates” (2009)
  82. Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs “Beg, Steal or Borrow” (2010)
  83. Daid Gray “The One I Love” (2005)
  84. Pete Yorn “Life on a Chain” (2001)

    5 weeks:

  85. U2 “Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own” (2004)
  86. Primitive Radio Gods “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand” (1996)
  87. The Verve Pipe “The Freshmen” (1996)
  88. Gin Blossoms “Follow You Down” (1996)
  89. Coldplay “Adventure of a Lifetime” (2015)
  90. Sheryl Crow “My Favorite Mistake” (1998)
  91. Mumford & Sons “Believe” (2015)
  92. Sarah McLachlan “Fallen” (2003)
  93. Counting Crows “Accidentally in Love” (2004)
  94. Death Cab for Cutie “I Will Possess Your Heart” (2008)
  95. Shery Crow “Anything But Down” (1998)
  96. Collective Soul “Run” (1999)
  97. John Mayer “Bigger Than My Body” (2003)
  98. John Mellencamp with India.Arie “Peaceful World” (2001)
  99. Dave Matthews Band “I Did It” (2001)
  100. R.E.M. “Supernatural Superserious” (2008)
  101. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man “Human” (2016)
  102. John Mayer “Who Says” (2009)
  103. The Avett Brothers “Ain’t No Man” (2016)
  104. Paolo Nutini “New Shoes” (2006)
  105. Leon Bridges “Bad Bad News” (2019)
  106. The Black Keys “Lo/Hi” (2019)
  107. The Lumineers “Gloria” (2019)

Sunday, November 24, 2019

American Music Awards (1974-2019)

Originally posted 10/9/2018; last updated 11/24/2019.

The American Music Awards (AMAs) were established in 1973 when ABC lost its contract to air the Grammys. They were created by Dick Clark. The AMAs are determined by public vote. The winners for favorite pop/rock song are listed here. That category existed from 1974-1995, was retired for more than a decade, and then returned in 2016. In the interim, there was also a Single of the Year award from 2013-2015.

  • 2019: Halsey "Without Me"
  • 2018: Camila Cabello with Young Thug “Havana
  • 2017: Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber “Despacito
  • 2016: Justin Bieber “Love Yourself
  • 2015: Taylor Swift “Blank Space
  • 2014: Katy Perry with Juicy J “Dark Horse
  • 2013: Florida Georgia Line with Nelly “Cruise”

  • 1995: Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You”
  • 1994: Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You
  • 1993: Boyz II Men “End of the Road”
  • 1992: Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You
  • 1991: Jon Bon Jovi “Blaze of Glory”
  • 1990: Milli Vanilli “Girl You Know It’s True”

  • 1989: Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine
  • 1988: Whitney Houston “I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me”
  • 1987: Billy Ocean “There’ll Be Sad Songs to Make You Cry”
  • 1986: Huey Lewis & the News “The Power of Love”
  • 1985: Bruce Springsteen “Dancing in the Dark”
  • 1984: Michael Jackson “Billie Jean
  • 1983: Lionel Richie “Truly”
  • 1982: Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love
  • 1981: Queen “Another One Bites the Dust”
  • 1980: Donna Summer “Bad Girls”

  • 1979: Commodores “Three Times a Lady”
  • 1978: Debby Boone “You Light Up My Life”
  • 1977: Elton John & Kiki Dee “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”
  • 1976: Glen Campbell “Rhinestone Cowboy”
  • 1975: Olivia Newton-John “I Honestly Love You”
  • 1974: Tony Orlando & Dawn “Tie a Yellow Ribbon”

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Dave’s Faves: My Top 100 Songs

First posted 7/3/2011; last updated 11/19/2019.


Here are my personal top 100 favorite songs. Hover over the image for the name of the song, recording act, and year of release. Note: year of release is when song was first released, whether it be as a single or part of an album.

A note about the images: Most of these images are from singles’ artwork. However, in some cases, a single wasn’t released for the song or a cover simply wasn’t available so another image, usually the parent album, was substituted. In some cases, you can click on the picture and it will take you to a more detailed page about the song. Enjoy!