Thursday, December 31, 2020

2020: Top 25 Albums

First posted 1/8/2021; updated 1/12/2021.

Dave’s Music Database:

Top Albums of 2020

Based on a combination of year-end lists and overall status in Dave’s Music Database, these are the top 25 albums of 2020:

  1. Taylor Swift Folklore
  2. Fiona Apple Fetch the Bolt Cutters
  3. Bruce Springsteen Letter to You
  4. The Weeknd After Hours
  5. Bob Dylan Rough and Rowdy Ways
  6. Dua Lipa Future Nostalgia
  7. Phoebe Bridgers Punisher
  8. Taylor Swift Evermore
  9. Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 4 (RTJ4)
  10. Dixie Chicks Gaslighter

  11. Haim Women in Music Part III
  12. Pop Smoke Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
  13. Lady Gaga Chromatica
  14. Lil Baby My Turn
  15. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit Reunions
  16. Lil Uzi Vert Eternal Atake
  17. Tame Impala The Slow Rush
  18. BTS Map of the Soul: 7
  19. Perfume Genius Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
  20. 21 Savage/Metro Boomin Savage Mode II

  21. AC/DC Power Up
  22. Juice Wrld Legends Never Die
  23. Rina Sawayama Sawayama
  24. Ariana Grande Positions
  25. The Strokes The New Abnormal

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Top 50 Songs of 2020

Dave’s Music Database:

Top 50 Songs of 2020

These are the top 50 songs of 2020 based on their overall performance in Dave’s Music Database, which is determined by combining chart data, sales figures, streaming, video views, and aggregates from year-end lists.

Check out “Top Songs and Albums of the Year” lists here.

  1. Cardi B with Megan Thee Stallion “WAP”
  2. 24K with Iann Dior “Mood”
  3. Dua Lipa with DaBaby “Levitating”
  4. BTS “Dynamite”
  5. DaBaby with Roddy Ricch “Rockstar”
  6. Chris Brown with Young Thug “Go Crazy”
  7. Doja Cat “Say So”
  8. Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande “Rain on Me”
  9. Jawsh 685 with Jason Derulo “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)”
  10. Ariana Grande “Positions”

  11. Megan Thee Stallion with Beyoncé “Savage”
  12. Justin Bieber with Quavo “Intentions”
  13. The Weeknd with Ariana Grande “Save Your Tears”
  14. The Kid Laroi with Miley Cyrus “Without You”
  15. Taylor Swift “Cardigan”
  16. Billie Eilish “Therefore I Am”
  17. Twenty One Pilots “Level of Concern”
  18. Ava Max “Kings & Queens”
  19. Future with Drake “Life Is Good”
  20. AJR “Bang!”

  21. Dua Lipa “Break My Heart”
  22. Drake “Toosie Slide”
  23. Justin Bieber with Benny Blanco “Lonely”
  24. Taylor Swift “Willow”
  25. Ariana Grande “34+35”
  26. Tate McRae “You Broke Me First”
  27. Ariana Grande with Justin Bieber “Stuck with U”
  28. Wizkid with Justin Bieber & Tems “Essence”
  29. Justin Bieber “Yummy”
  30. Megan Trainor with Seth MacFarlane “White Christmas

  31. Drake with Lil Durk “Laugh Now Cry Later”
  32. Gabby Barrett “The Good Ones”
  33. Pop Smoke “What You Know Bout Love”
  34. Juice Wrld with Marshmello “Come & Go”
  35. Eminem with Juice Wrld “Godzilla”
  36. The Scotts (Travis Scott & Kid Cudi) “The Scotts”
  37. Beyoncé “Black Parade”
  38. The Killers “Caution”
  39. Jonas Brothers “What a Man Gotta Do”
  40. BTS “Life Goes On”

  41. Glass Animals “Heat Waves”
  42. 6ix9ine with Nicki Minaj “Trollz”
  43. Luke Combs “Forever After All”
  44. Lady Gaga “Stupid Love”
  45. Justin Bieber with Chance the Rapper “Holy”
  46. SZA “Good Days”
  47. Powfu with beabadoobee “Death Bed (Coffee for Your Head)”
  48. DJ Khaled with Drake “Popstar”
  49. Giveon “Heartbreak Anniversary”
  50. 6ix9ine “Gooba”

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First posted 12/26/2021; last updated 1/12/2022.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Dave's Music Database Hall of Fame: Music Maker Inductees (December 2020)

Originally posted 12/22/2020.

January 22, 2019 marked the 10-year anniversary of the DMDB blog! To honor that, Dave’s Music Database announced its own Hall of Fame. This eighth class of music maker inductees is comprised of the top classic rock acts from 1962 to 1981 as ranked in the DMDB’s yet-to-be-published classic rock book. These are the top ten acts on that list that were not previously inducted. Previous inductees were the Beatles, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, and Rod Stewart. See the full list of music maker inductees here.

AC/DC (active 1973-)

Inducted December 2020 as a “Top Classic Rock Act”

Hard-rock group from Australia. Members included brothers Angus Young (guitar) and Malcolm Young (guitar: 73-14) with Dave Evans (vocals: 73-74), Bon Scott (vocals: 74-80), Phil Rudd (drums: 74-82, 95-), Mark Evans (bass: 74-77). Cliff Williams (bass: 77-), Brian Johnson (vocals: 80-), Simon Wright (drums: 82-89), Chris Slade (drums: 89-95). Their album Back in Black is one of the best-selling of all-time and is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time. Read more.

Creedence Clearwater Revival (active 1967-1972)

Inducted December 2020 as a “Top Classic Rock Act”

Rock group formed while members attended high school at El Cerrito, California. Members included John Fogerty (vocals/guitar), his brother Tom Fogerty (guitar), Stu Cook (keyboards/bass: 67-72), and Doug Clifford (drums: 67-72). Their song “Proud Mary” is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era. Read more.

The Doors (active 1965-1971)

Inducted December 2020 as a “Top Classic Rock Act”

Rock group formed in Los Angeles, California. Members included Jim Morrison (vocals), Ray Mazarek (keyboards), Robbie Krieger (guitar), and John Densmore (drums). “Light My Fire” is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era. Their debut album, The Doors, is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time. Read more.

Eagles (active 1971-1980, 1994-)

Inducted December 2020 as a “Top Classic Rock Act”

Rock/country group formed in Los Angeles, California. Members included Don Henley (vocals/drums: 71-80,94), Randy Meisner (bass/vocals: 71-77), Bernie Leadon (guitar/vocals: 71-75), Don Felder (guitar/vocals: 75-80,94), Joe Walsh (guitar/vocals: 75-80,94), and Timothy B. Schmit (bass/vocals: 77-80,94). Their song “Hotel California” is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era. Their album Hotel California is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time. Read more.

Fleetwood Mac (active 1967-)

Inducted December 2020 as a “Top Classic Rock Act”

Formed initially as a British blues group, but by 1975 the group had evolved into a California pop-rock group. Members included Mick Fleetwood (drums: 67-), John McVie (bass: 67-), Peter Green (guitar: 67-70), Jeremy Spencer (guitar: 67-71). Danny Kirwan (guitar: 68-72), Christine McVie (keyboards/vocals: 68, 70-97), Bob Welch (guitar: 71-74), Lindsey Buckingham (guitar/vocals: 75-87,97,03), and Stevie Nicks (vocals: 75-93,97,03-). Their album Rumours is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time. Read more.

Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970)

Inducted December 2020 as a “Top Classic Rock Act”

Legendary psychedelic-blues/rock guitarist born Johnny Allen Hendrix in Seattle, Washington. Died of a drug overdose in London on 9/18/1970. Started playing as a sideman with Little Richard and others before he was discovered in 1966 by the Animals’ Chas Chandler at New York City’s Café Wha? Went to London to form the Jimi Hendrix Experience (66-69) with Noel Redding (b) and Mitch Mitchell (d). Formed Band of Gypsys (69-70) with Buddy Miles (d) and Buddy Cox (b). His cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era. The Experience albums Are You Experienced and Electric Ladyland are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time. Read more.

Led Zeppelin (active 1968-1980)

Inducted December 2020 as a “Top Classic Rock Act”

British heavy-metal rock supergroup. Members included Robert Plant (vocals), Jimmy Page (guitar), John Paul Jones (bass/keyboards), and John “Bonzo” Bonham (drums; died on 9/25/80, at age 33, of asphyxiation). “Stairway to Heaven” is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era. Their albums Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin IV, and Physical Graffiti are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time. Read more.

Pink Floyd (active 1965-1987, 1994)

Inducted December 2020 as a “Top Classic Rock Act”

English progressive-rock group. Members included Syd Barrett (guitar/vocals: 65-68), Roger Waters (bass/vocals: 65-83), Nick Mason (drums: 65-87,94), Richard Wright (keyboards: 65-87,94), and David Gilmour (guitar/vocals: 68-87,94). “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era. Their albums Dark Side of the Moon (which holds the record for most weeks on the Billboard album chart), Wish You Were Here, and The Top 100 Albums of All Time. Read more.

Bob Seger (1945-)

Inducted December 2020 as a “Top Classic Rock Act”

Rock singer/songwriter born in Detroit, Michigan. Has sold more than 51 million records worldwide. His 1994 Greatest Hits album has been a continuous presence on either the Billboard Top 200 Albums or Catalog Albums charts since its release and was named the #1 Catalog Album of the Decade (2000-2010). His song “Old Time Rock and Roll” ranks in the DMDB’s top 1% of songs. Read more.

The Who (active 1964-)

Inducted December 2020 as a “Top Classic Rock Act”

Rock group formed in London. Founding members were Roger Daltrey (vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar/vocals), John Entwistle (bass/vocals), Keith Moon (drums; died in 1978). “My Generation” is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era. Their albums Tommy and Who’s Next are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time. Read more.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Dave’s Faves: Albums of the Year

First posted 8/12/2020; updated 12/15/2020.

Dave’s Faves:

Albums of the Year

These are my personal favorite albums each year from 1963 to the present.

You can check out other album of the year lists here. See more Dave’s Faves lists here.

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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Billboard: Albums of the Year

First posted 9/6/2020; updated 12/12/2020.


Albums of the Year, 1956-2019

Billboard magazine has named an album of the year each year since 1956. The award is based on the album with the best overall chart performance in that calendar year.

Check out other annual picks for album of the year here.

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Friday, December 11, 2020

New Musical Express: Albums of the Year

First posted 12/30/2020.

New Musical Express:

Albums of the Year, 1963-2020

This UK music magazine started as a newspaper in 1952, known for publishing the initial British singles charts. It ceased print publication in January 2018, but still maintains a website. They have published annual album-of-the-year lists since 1974. This list also factors in pre-1974 album-of-the-year awards based on appearances on best-of-all-time lists from NME.

NME announced their top 50 albums of 2020 on December 11, 2020.

Check out other album of the year awards here.

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Spin: Albums of the Year

Last updated 12/10/2020.

Spin Magazine:

Albums of the Year

From 1990 to the present, Spin magazine has named an album of the year. Because they’ve also done multiple best-of-all-time lists, I have extended the album-of-the-year selections back to 1965 based on those lists.

Check out other annual picks for album of the year here.

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Monday, December 7, 2020

U.S. Biggest #1 Pop Songs in Chart History

First posted 10/29/2017; updated 12/7/2020.

USA’s Biggest #1 Pop Songs:


These are the biggest #1 pop songs in the history of the United States pop charts from 1890 to present. Songs could have hit #1 on any of the following charts:

  • the pre-Hot 100 pop charts, 1890-1955 (BB)
  • Billboard Hot 100 chart, 1955-present (BB)
  • Billboard Best Sellers chart, 1940-1958 (BS)
  • Billboard Disc Jockey Hits, 1944-1958 (DJ)
  • Billboard Juke Box Hits, 1940-1957 (JB)
  • Billboard pop airplay chart, 1984-present (BA)
  • Billboard digital chart, 2005-present (DG)
  • Billboard streaming chart, 2013-present (ST)
  • Hit Parade, 1935-1955 (HP)
  • Cashbox, 1950-1996 (CB)
  • Hit Records, 1954-1982 (HR)
  • Radio & Records/Mediabase, 1973-2015 (RR)
All songs with 10 or more weeks on any of these charts are listed. If a song hit #1 on more than chart, only the chart where the song had the most weeks is noted. However, at times Hit Parade and Cashbox did not designate a specific artist with the #1 song. For example, “Some Enchanted Evening” was a #1 song on Hit Parade in 1949, but because there were multiple versions of the song out at the time, it wasn’t credited to any specific artist. In such cases, this list attributes the song only to an artist if that artist also hit #1 on another of the noted charts.

One last note – in the event of ties, songs are ranked according to most overall points in Dave’s Music Database. For songs which hit #1 multiple times, the version which accumulated the most points is used.

See other chart-based lists here.

    26 weeks:

  1. The Weeknd “Blinding Lights” (BA: 2020)
    20 weeks:

  2. Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” (ST: 2018)

    18 weeks:

  3. Goo Goo Dolls “Iris” (BA, 1998)
    17 weeks:

  4. Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber “Despacito” (DG: 2017)
  5. Francis Craig with Bob Lamm “Near You” (BB: 1947)

    16 weeks:

  6. Mariah Carey “We Belong Together” (BA: 2005)
  7. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (BB: 1995)
  8. Maroon 5 with Cardi B “Girls Like You” (BA: 2017)
  9. No Doubt “Don’t Speak” (BA: 1996)
    14 weeks:

  10. Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers “White Christmas” (BB: 1942)
  11. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (BB: 1992)
  12. Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (BB: 1997)
  13. Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” (BB: 2014)
  14. Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” (BB: 2009)
  15. Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” (BB: 1995)
  16. Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You” (BB: 1994)
  17. Alicia Keys “No One” (BA: 2001)
  18. Celine Dion “Because You Loved Me” (BA: 1996)
  19. Post Malone with 21 Savage “Rockstar” (ST: 2017)
  20. Iggy Azalea with Charli XCX “Fancy” (ST: 2014)
  21. Panic! At the Disco “High Hopes” (BA: 2018)
  22. Desiigner “Panda” (ST: 2015)
    13 weeks:

  23. Glenn Miller “In the Mood” (BB: 1939)
  24. Gene Austin “My Blue Heaven” (BB: 1927)
  25. Patti Page “Tennessee Waltz” (BB: 1950)
  26. The Chainsmokers with Halsey “Closer” (DG: 2016)
  27. Ben Selvin “Dardanella” (BB: 1920)
  28. Debby Boone “You Light Up My Life” (HR: 1977)
  29. The Weavers with Gordon Jenkins’ Orchestra “Goodnight Irene” (BB: 1950)
  30. Artie Shaw “Frenesi” (BB: 1940)

  31. The Ink Spots “The Gypsy” (BB: 1946)
  32. Boyz II Men “End of the Road” (BB: 1992)
  33. Harry James with Helen Forrest “I’ve Heard That Song Before” (BB: 1943)
  34. Ace of Base “The Sign” (BA: 1994)
  35. Ted Weems with Elmo Tanner “Heartaches” (BB: 1947)
  36. Brandy with Monica “The Boy Is Mine” (BB: 1998)
  37. TLC “No Scrubs” (BA: 1999)
  38. Donna Lewis “I Love You Always Forever” (BA: 1996)
  39. Miley Cyrus” Wrecking Ball” (ST: 2013)
  40. Roddy Rich “The Box” (ST: 2019)
    12 weeks:

  41. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (BB: Ed 2017)
  42. Eminem “Lose Yourself” (BB: 2002)
  43. Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!” (BB: 2004)
  44. Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” (BB: 2013)
  45. Wiz Khalifa with Charlie Puth “See You Again” (BB:, 2015)
  46. Santana with Rob Thomas “Smooth” (BB: 1999)
  47. The Mills Brothers “Paper Doll” (BB: 1943)
  48. Vernon Dalhart “The Prisoner’s Song” (BB: 1925)
  49. Black Eyed Peas “Boom Boom Pow” (BB: 2009)
  50. Rihanna with Calvin Harris “We Found Love” (BA: 2011)

  51. Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra with Frank Sinatra & the Pied Pipers “I’ll Never Smile Again” (BB: 1940)
  52. Vaughn Monroe “Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)” (BB:1949)
  53. Jo Stafford “You Belong to Me” (BB: 1952)
  54. Al Jolson “Sonny Boy” (BB: 1928)
  55. Nelly with Kelly Rowland “Dilemma” (BA: 2002)
  56. Nat “King” Cole “Too Young” (HP: 1951)
    11 weeks:

  57. Elvis Presley “Don’t Be Cruel” / “Hound Dog” (BB: 1956)
  58. Leo Reisman & His Orchestra with Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers “Cheek to Cheek” (BB: 1935)

  59. Pharrell Williams “Happy” (DG: 2013)
  60. Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra “Whispering” (BB: 1920)

  61. Adele “Hello” (BA: 2015)
  62. Al Jolson “April Showers” (BB: 1922)
  63. Byron Harlan “School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids)” (BB: 1907)
  64. Beyoncé “Irreplaceable” (BA: 2006)
  65. Drake “God’s Plan” (BB: 2018)
  66. American Quartet with Billy Murray “Casey Jones” (BB: 1910)
  67. Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You” (BB: 1997)
  68. Haydn Quartet “Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet” (BB: 1909)
  69. Justin Bieber “Love Yourself” (BA: 2015)
  70. Toni Braxton “Un-Break My Heart” (BB: 1996)

  71. Natalie Imbruglia “Torn” (BA: 1997)
  72. All-4-One “I Swear” (BB: 1994)
  73. Johnnie Ray & the Four Lads “Cry” (BB: 1951)
  74. Arthur Collins “The Preacher and the Bear” (BB: 1905)
  75. Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra with Franklyn Baur “Valencia (A Song of Spain)” (BB: 1926)
  76. Henry Burr “Just a Baby’s Prayer at Twilight (For Her Daddy Over There)” (BB: 1918)
  77. Les Paul with Mary Ford “Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You)” (BB: 1953)
  78. Destiny’s Child “Independent Women” (BB: 2000)
  79. Anton Karas “The Third Man Theme” (BB: 1950)
  80. Mariah Carey “Dreamlover” (BB: 1993)

  81. Tony Bennett “Because of You” (HP: 1951)
  82. Len Spencer “Arkansaw Traveler” (BB: 1902)
  83. Frankie Carle & Marjorie Hughes “Oh What It Seemed to Be” (BB: 1946)
  84. Mario “Let Me Love You” (BA: 2004)
  85. Boyz II Men “On Bended Knee” (BA: 1994)
  86. Post Malone “Circles” (BA: 2019)
  87. Khalid “Talk” (BA: 2019)
  88. Miley Cyrus “We Can’t Stop” (ST: 2013)
  89. Guy Lombardo “The Third Man Theme” (BB: 1950)
    10 weeks:

  90. Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (BB: 1911)
  91. Leo Reisman’s Orchestra with Fred Astaire “Night and Day” (BB: 1932)
  92. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (BA: 1997)
  93. Billy Murray “You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”)” (BB: 1906)
  94. Haydn Quartet “Sweet Adeline (You’re the Flower of My Heart)” (BB: 1904)
  95. Bing Crosby with George Stoll’s Orchestra “Pennies from Heaven” (BB: 1936)
  96. Flo Rida with T-Pain “Low” (BB: 2007)
  97. Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb & His Orchestra “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” (BB: 1938)
  98. Kanye West with Jamie Foxx “Gold Digger” (BB: 2005)
  99. Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love” (RR: 2007)
  100. Dinah Shore & Her Harper Valley Boys “Buttons and Bows” (BB/HP: 1948)

  101. Olivia Newton-John “Physical” (BB: 1981)
  102. The Harmonicats “Peg O’ My Heart” (HP: 1947)
  103. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz “Thrift Shop” (DG: 2012)
  104. Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra “I’ll Be Seeing You” (HP: 1944)
  105. Drake “One Dance” (BB: 2016)
  106. Byron Harlan “My Gal Sal” (BB: 1907)
  107. Meghan Trainor “All About That Bass” (ST: 2014)
  108. Perry Como “Some Enchanted Evening” (HP: 1949)
  109. Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (DG: 2016)
  110. Nick Lucas “Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips with Me” (BB: 1929)

  111. Seal “Kiss from a Rose” (BA: 1994)
  112. George J. Gaskin “After the Ball” (BB: 1893)
  113. Lady Gaga with Bradley Cooper “Shallow” (DG: 2018)
  114. Perry Como “Till the End of Time” (BB: 1945)
  115. Bing Crosby with Lani McIntire & His Hawaiians “Sweet Leilani” (BB: 1937)
  116. Guy Mitchell “Singing the Blues” (BB: 1956)
  117. Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees “Stein Song (University of Maine)” (BB: 1930)
  118. The Andrews Sisters with Vic Schoen’s Orchestra “Rum and Coca-Cola” (BB: 1945)
  119. Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra with Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell “Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)” (BB: 1941)
  120. Ted Lewis & His Band “In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town” (BB: 1932)

  121. Pat Boone “Love Letters in the Sand” (HP: 1957)
  122. Janet Jackson “That’s the Way Love Goes” (BA: 1993)
  123. Vaughn Monroe’s Orchestra “Ballerina” (BB: 1947)
  124. Percy Faith with Felicia Sanders “Where Is Your Heart (Song from “Moulin Rouge”)” (BB: 1953)
  125. The McGuire Sisters “Sincerely” (BB: 1955)
  126. Mariah Carey “Hero” (BA: 1993)
  127. Dan Quinn “The Band Played On” (BB: 1895)
  128. Glenn Miller Orchestra with Ray Eberle & The Modernaires “Moonlight Cocktail” (BB: 1942)
  129. Perez “Prez” Prado “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” (BB: 1955)
  130. N Sync “Bye Bye Bye” (RR: 2000)

  131. George J. Gaskin “On the Banks of the Wabash” (BB: 1897)
  132. Lil Wayne with Static Major “Lollipop” (BA: 2008)
  133. Kay Starr “Wheel of Fortune” (BB: 1952)
  134. Silentó “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” (ST: 2015)
  135. Ashanti with Ja Rule “Foolish” (BB: 2002)
  136. Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers “Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song)” (HP: 1948)
  137. Drake “In My Feelings” (BB: 2018)
  138. Margaret Whiting “A Tree in the Meadow” (HP: 1948)
  139. Rosemary Clooney “Hey There” (HP: 1954)
  140. George W. Johnson “The Laughing Song” (BB: 1891)

  141. Santana with the Product G&B “Maria Maria” (BB: 2000)
  142. George J. Gaskin “My Old New Hampshire Home” (BB: 1898)
  143. Debbie Reynolds “Tammy” (HP: 1957)
  144. Perry Como “If (They Made Me a King)” (HP: 1951)
  145. Patti Page “I Went to Your Wedding” (BB: 1952)
  146. Eileen Barton “If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked a Cake” (BB: 1950)
  147. Mariah Carey “Someday” (BA: 1990)
  148. Usher “U Got It Bad” (BA: 2001)
  149. Migos with Lil Uzi Vert “Bad and Boujee” (ST: 2016)
  150. DaBaby with Roddy Rich “Rockstar” (ST: 2020)

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Spin’s 100 Greatest Albums

First posted 4/30/2010; updated 12/10/2020.


Top 100 Albums

This is an aggregate of eight best-of lists from Spin magazine (details at bottom of page). The magazine was founded in 1985 by Bob Guccione, Jr. It stopped producing print issues in 2012, but continues to run as an online magazine. The focus is on less mainstream fare, including alternative rock, alternative country, college rock, electronica, grunge, hip-hop, new wave, punk, reggae, and world music.

Also, check out Spin’s annual picks for album of the year. You can also see other publications’ picks for best albums of all time here.

1. Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
2. Ramones Ramones (1976)
3. Nirvana Nevermind (1991)
4. Prince Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987)
5. OutKast Stankonia (2000)
6. N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton (1989)
7. Hüsker Dü New Day Rising (1985)
8. Nirvana In Utero (1993)
9. Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream (1993)
10. Radiohead OK Computer (1997)

11. The Smiths The Queen Is Dead (1986)
12. Velvet Underground & Nico Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
13. Joy Division Unknown Pleasures (1979)
14. Pavement Slanted and Enchanted (1992)
15. Sonic Youth Daydream Nation (1988)
16. PJ Harvey Rid of Me (1993)
17. Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction (1987)
18. De La Soul 3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
19. Radiohead Kid A (2000)
20. My Bloody Valentine Loveless (1991)

21. Black Flag Damaged (1981)
22. Minutemen Double Nickels on the Dime (1984)
23. Eric B. & Rakim Paid in Full (1987)
24. U2 Achtung Baby (1991)
25. Hole Live Through This (1994)
26. Pixies Surfer Rosa (1988)
27. Liz Phair Exile in Guyville (1993)
28. Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)
29. Sleater-Kinney Dig Me Out (1997)
30. Fugazi 13 Songs (1990)

31. Green Day Dookie (1994)
32. Dr. Dre The Chronic (1992)
33. Lucinda Williams Lucinda Williams (1988)
34. Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill (1986)
35. R.E.M. Automatic for the People (1992)
36. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
37. Rage Against the Machine The Battle of Los Angeles (1999)
38. Jesus and Mary Chain Psychocandy (1985)
39. A Tribe Called Quest The Low-End Theory (1991)
40. Boogie Down Productions Criminal Minded (1987)

41. Soundgarden Superunknown (1994)
42. Jeff Buckley Grace (1994)
43. The Pogues Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash (1985)
44. The Breeders Last Splash (1993)
45. Hüsker Dü Zen Arcade (1984)
46. R.E.M. Murmur (1983)
47. Wire Pink Flag (1977)
48. Run-D.M.C. Run-D.M.C. (1984)
49. Gang of Four Entertainment! (1979)
50. Buzzcocks Singles Going Steady (compilation: 1977-79, released 1979)

51. X-Ray Spex Germ-Free Adolescents (1978)
52. Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique (1989)
53. Sinéad O’Connor The Lion and the Cobra (1987)
54. The Clash The Clash (1977)
55. The Stooges Fun House (1970)
56. Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral (1994)
57. Television Marquee Moon (1977)
58. Nas Illmatic (1994)
59. The Replacements Let It Be (1984)
60. The Replacements Tim (1985)

61. Beck Odelay (1996)
62. Public Image Ltd. Metal Box (aka “Second Edition”) (1979)
63. The Pixies Doolittle (1989)
64. Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)
65. The Feelies Crazy Rhythms (1980)
66. Meat Puppets Meat Puppets II (1984)
67. New Order Low-Life (1985)
68. Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet (1990)
69. Guided by Voices Bee Thousand (1994)
70. Pere Ubu The Modern Dance (1978)

71. U2 The Joshua Tree (1987)
72. The Stooges The Stooges (1969)
73. The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die (1994)
74. The Mekons Fear and Whiskey (1985)
75. Run-D.M.C. Raising Hell (1986)
76. The Cure The Head on the Door (1985)
77. Metallica Master of Puppets (1986)
78. Elliott Smith Either/Or (1997)
79. Dinosaur Jr. You’re Living All Over Me (1987)
80. Jay-Z The Blueprint (2001)

81. Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994)
82. Arcade Fire Funeral (2004)
83. The Descendents Milo Goes to College (1982)
84. Kanye West The College Dropout (2004)
85. Devo Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo (1978)
86. Oasis Definitely Maybe (1994)
87. Flipper Album Generic (1982)
88. Björk Post (1995)
89. PJ Harvey Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000)
90. Tricky Maxinquaye (1995)

91. Pulp Different Class (1995)
92. The Strokes Is This It (2001)
93. Portishead Dummy (1994)
94. The Fall This Nation’s Saving Grace (1985)
95. DJ Shadow Endtroducing… (1996)
96. Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
97. D’Angelo Voodoo (2000)
98. Belle & Sebastian If You’re Feeling Sinister (1996)
99. Beck Mellow Gold (1993)
100. Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (1995)

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Friday, December 4, 2020

The White Stripes released Greatest Hits

First posted 12/5/2020.

Greatest Hits

The White Stripes

Released: December 4, 2020

Recorded: 1998-2007

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

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

Genre: garage rock revival

Tracks: (1) Let’s Shake Hands (2) The Big Three Killed My Baby (3) Fell in Love with a Girl (4) Hello Operator (5) I’m Slowing Turning into You (6) The Hardest Button to Button (7) The Nurse (8) Screwdriver (9) Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground (10) Death Letter (11) We’re Going to Be Friends (12) The Denial Twist (13) I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself (14) Astro (15) Conquest (16) Jolene (17) Hotel Yorba (18) Apple Blossom (19) Blue Orchid (20) Ball and Biscuit (21) I Fought Piranhas (22) I Think I Smell a Rat (23) Icky Thump (24) My Doorbell (25) You’re Pretty Good Looking for a Girl (26) Seven Nation Army

Total Running Time: 82:00

The Players:

  • Jack White (vocals, guitar)
  • Meg White (drums)


4.400 out of 5.00 (average of 4 ratings)

Quotable: “An essential career-spanning collection” –

The Studio Albums:

The snapshots of the studio albums indicate those songs featured on Greatest Hits. Appearing after song titles are, when relevant, the date the song was released as a single and its peaks on various charts. Click for codes to singles charts.

The White Stripes (1999):

  • The Big Three Killed My Baby (3/99, --)
  • Screwdriver
  • Astro
  • I Fought Piranhas

De Stijl (2000):

  • Hello Operator (5/01, --)
  • Apple Blossom (11/13/20, --)
  • Death Letter
  • You’re Pretty Good Looking for a Girl

White Blood Cells (2001):

  • Hotel Yorba (11/1/01, 26 UK)
  • Fell in Love with a Girl (3/1/02, 12 AR, 12 MR, 21 UK)
  • Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground (8/10/02, 19 AR, 19 MR, 25 UK)
  • I Think I Smell a Rat
  • We’re Going to Be Friends

Elephant (2003):

  • Seven Nation Army (3/8/03, 76 US, 12 AR, 13 MR, 7 UK, 17 AU)
  • The Hardest Button to Button (8/9/03, 8 MR, 23 UK, 54 AU)
  • I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself (9/13/03, 25 MR, 13 UK, 54 AU)
  • Ball and Biscuit

Get Behind Me Satan (2005):

  • Blue Orchid (5/7/05, 43 US, 32 AR, 7 MR, 9 UK, 11 CN, 95 AU)
  • My Doorbell (7/30/05, 13 MR, 10 UK, 73 AU)
  • The Denial Twist (11/7/05, 5 MR, 10 UK)
  • The Nurse

Icky Thump (2007):

  • Icky Thump (4/26/07, 26 US, 11 AR, 13 MR, 2 UK, 9 CN, 46 AU)
  • Conquest (12/18/07, 30 MR, 30 UK, 30 CN)
  • I’m Slowing Turning into You

Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums:

  • Let’s Shake Hands (3/98, --)
  • Jolene (5/00, 16 UK)

About Greatest Hits:

“The White Stripes’ successes have been built on zigging when the rest of the music business is zagging. Thus, for a great band with great fans, a greatest hits compilation for The White Stripes is not only appropriate, but absolutely necessary.” AZ They created “eclectic, often electrifying music, from scuzzy garage rock to traditionalist blues, oddball experiments to stadium-shaking stompers, all of which helped define the sound of indie rock in the Aughts.” PS During “the indie-rock revival of the early 2000s…The White Stripes were easily the most off-kilter band to find widespread acclaim. Jack White had an abundance of talent and a highly specific vision that he pursued with dogged persistence. Meg White provided the anchor for his wild flights of imagination and searing guitar noise.” PS This collection is “a reminder of just how potent they could be together, and that’s as compelling a reason as any to dig into their music all over again.” PS

Having said that, a 26-track compilation is pretty hefty for a group who didn’t have a particularly long career. Jack and Meg White released six albums from 1999 to 2007 and then called it quits. During that time, they certainly didn’t accumulate 20+ “hits.” They landed 11 songs on the alternative rock chart, of which only three made it onto the Billboard Hot 100 and only one (Icky Thump) was a top 40 hit.

“Judging the band by its chart success, though, is the wrong way to measure The White Stripes’ impact: In addition to their highly stylized musical and visual aesthetic, Jack and Meg White never lacked for riveting songs.” PS “From late Nineties flashes of brilliance through early 2000s underground anthems, masterful MTV Moon Man moments, Grammy-grabbing greatness, and worldwide stadium chants, the songs here are as wide-ranging as you can imagine.” AZ

If ever a song proved it can become iconic without storming the charts, it was Seven Nation Army. Despite peaking at a measly #76 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song became a stadium-rattling anthem. Ben Blackwell, Jack White’s uncle and Third Man Records co-owner, recalled watching the White Stripes play at the Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands in 2004. When the fans wanted an encore, they didn’t chant lyrics but the now-famous riff of “Seven Nation.” SP

“Devotees can quibble about songs they wish had been included, but the essentials all seem to be here, from ‘Seven Nation Army’ to…Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground to Hotel Yorba.” PS The cover of Jolene “still sounds as rough-hewn and foreboding as Dolly Parton’s original is polished and pleading, while the grumbling clavioline and savage guitars on Icky Thump are just as abrasive and disorienting as they ever were.” PS

Considering how many non-album singles the Stripes released, this collection could have done a great service by gathering them together here, but instead they only include two non-album cuts (the aforementioned “Jolene” and Let’s Shake Hands). It’s also surprising they didn’t dig up anything from the vaults to give this more appeal to completists.

The non-chronological tracklisting “demonstrates anew just how idiosyncratic The White Stripes could be from song to song. The gnashing industrialized murder ballad The Big Three Killed My Baby, from the band’s self-titled first album in 1999, contrasts with the chaotic punk energy of Fell in Love with a Girl, the band’s breakthrough single, from White Blood Cells in 2001. By the same token, the waves of melodramatic despondence that build throughout their cover of Burt Bacharach’s I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself, from 2003’s Elephant, set up the terse, punchy garage-blues riffs of Astro, from the first album.” PS

Greatest-hits packages “once served as gateways into bands’ catalogs, or, ideally, a worthwhile survey of the high points of an act’s career. The White Stripes Greatest Hits is both of those things.” PS “In an era of streaming where the idea of a Greatest Hits album may seem irrelevant,” AZ there is something appropriately retro about such a release from a group that felt like a throwback even when they first emerged twenty years ago.

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