Friday, December 6, 2019

Barry Mann: Top 30 Songs

First posted 12/6/2019.

Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil

Rock songwriter born Barry Imberman on 2/9/1939 in Brooklyn, NY. Often worked with Cynthia Weil, whom he married in 1961. Their song “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” as recorded by the Righteous Brothers, is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999. 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 both written and sung by King. The recording artist is noted in parentheses. Songs which hit #1 on these charts are noted: United States Billboard Hot 100 pop chart (US), Cashbox (CB), Hit Records (HR), Radio & Records (RR), Billboard adult contemporary (AC), Billboard R&B (RB), United Kingdom pop chart (UK), Canadian pop charts (CN), and Australian pop chart (AU).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (The Righteous Brothers, 1964) #1 US, CB, HR, UK, CN

DMDB Top 5%:

2. On Broadway (The Drifters, 1963)
3. Here You Come Again (Dolly Parton, 1977) #1 CW
4. Sometimes When We Touch (Dan Hill, 1977) #1 CN
5. You’re My Soul and Inspiration (The Righteous Brothers, 1966) #1 US, CB, HR, CN
6. We Gotta Get Out of This Place (The Animals, 1965)
7. Don’t Know Much (Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville, 1989) #1 AC
8. Somewhere Out There (Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram, 1986)
9. On Broadway (George Benson, 1978)
10. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (Daryl Hall & John Oates, 1980)

DMDB Top 10%:

11. I Love How You Love Me (Paris Sisters, 1961)
12. Saturday Night at the Movies (The Drifters, 1964)
13. Never Gonna Let You Go (Sergio Mendes, 1983)

DMDB Top 20%:

14. He’s Sure the Boy I Love (The Crystals, 1962)
15. Kicks (Paul Revere & the Raiders, 1966) #1 CN
16. Who Put the Bomp in the Bomp Bomp Bomp (Barry Man, 1961) #1 CN
17. Just Once (Quincy Jones & James Ingram, 1981)
18. Hungry (Paul Revere & the Raiders, 1966)
19. Uptown (The Crystals, 1962)
20. Walking in the Rain (The Ronettes, 1964)
21. How Much Love (Leo Sayer, 1977)
22. Baby Come and Get It (The Pointer Sisters, 1983)
23. I’ll Take You Home (The Drifters, 1963)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

24. Blame It on the Bossa Nova (Eydie Gorme, 1963)
25. Conscience (James Darren, 1962)
26. Where Have You Been All My Life (Arthur Alexander, 1962)
27. Bless You (Tony Orlando, 1961)
28. So Long Dixie (Blood, Sweat & Tears; 1972)
29. I Just Can’t Help Believin’ (Elvis Presley, 1970)
30. I Will Come to You (Hanson, 1997)


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