Friday, February 14, 2020

The Top 100 Love Songs of All Time

First posted 2/14/2012; updated 2/13/2020.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, here are the top 100 love songs of all time as determined by aggregating more than 40 lists covering more than 900 songs. See links at the bottom of the page.

1. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
2. The Righteous Brothers “Unchained Melody” (1965)
3. Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love” (1981)
4. Elton John “Your Song” (1970)
5. Al Green “Let’s Stay Together” (1971)
6. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (1997)
7. Etta James “At Last” (1961)
8. Eric Clapton “Wonderful Tonight” (1977)
9. Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You” (1994)
10. Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (1991)

11. The Temptations “My Girl” (1965)
12. Elvis Presley “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (1961)
13. Percy Sledge “When a Man Loves a Woman” (1966)
14. Roberta Flack “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (1972)
15. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (1998)
16. Bee Gees “How Deep Is Your Love” (1977)
17. Joe Cocker “You Are So Beautiful” (1974)
18. The Beach Boys “God Only Knows” (1966)
19. Beyoncé with Jay-Z “Crazy in Love” (2003)
20. Cyndi Lauper “Time After Time” (1984)

21. Madonna “Crazy for You” (1985)
22. Adele “Make You Feel My Love” (2008)
23. The Beatles “Something” (1969)
24. Paul McCartney “Maybe I’m Amazed” (1970)
25. Sinéad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990)
26. Foreigner “I Want to Know What Love Is” (1984)
27. Sonny & Cher “I Got You Babe” (1965)
28. John Legend “All of Me” (2013)
29. Journey “Faithfully” (1983)
30. The Emotions “Best of My Love” (1977)

31. REO Speedwagon “Keep on Loving You” (1980)
32. Berlin “Take My Breath Away” (1986)
33. The Pretenders “I’ll Stand by You” (1994)
34. Stevie Wonder “I Just Called to Say I Love You” (1984)
35. The Jackson 5 “I’ll Be There” (1970)
36. Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get It On” (1973)
37. Frank Sinatra “The Way You Look Tonight” (1964)
38. Peter Gabriel “In Your Eyes” (1986)
39. Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are (Amazing)” (2010)
40. Olivia Newton-John “I Honestly Love You” (1974)

41. Celine Dion “The Power of Love” (1994)
42. The Flamingos “I Only Have Eyes for You” (1959)
43. Mariah Carey “Vision of Love” (1990)
44. Shania Twain “You’re Still the One” (1997)
45. Willie Nelson “Always on My Mind” (1982)
46. Stevie Wonder “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” (1973)
47. Elvis Presley “Love Me Tender” (1956)
48. Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud” (2014)
49. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (1967)
50. Savage Garden “Truly, Madly, Deeply” (1997)

51. Queen “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (1979)
52. Aretha Franklin “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” (1967)
53. Journey “Open Arms” (1981)
54. Billy Joel “Just the Way You Are” (1977)
55. Celine Dion “Because You Loved Me” (1996)
56. Commodores “Three Times a Lady” (1978)
57. Taylor Swift “Love Story” (2008)
58. Captain & Tennille “Love Will Keep Us Together” (1975)
59. Natalie Cole with Nat “King” Cole “Unforgettable” (1991)
60. U2 “With or Without You” (1987)

61. Frank Ocean “Thinkin’ ‘Bout You” (2011)
62. K-Ci & JoJo “All My Life” (1997)
63. Alicia Keys “Fallin’” (2001)
64. Dolly Parton “I Will Always Love You” (1974)
65. Barry White “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” (1974)
66. Jackie Wilson “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher” (1967)
67. The Beatles “And I Love Her” (1964)
68. Donna Lewis “I Love You Always Forever” (1996)
69. Rod Stewart “Have I Told You Lately” (1993)
70. Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love” (2007)

71. Modern English “I Melt with You” (1984)
72. Bangles “Eternal Flame” (1989)
73. Paul McCartney & Wings “My Love” (1973)
74. Ray Charles “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (1962)
75. Ed Sheeran with Beyoncé “Perfect” (2017)
76. Sam Cooke “You Send Me” (1957)
77. Rihanna with Calvin Harris “We Found Love” (2011)
78. Nat “King” Cole “When I Fall in Love” (1956)
79. LeAnn Rimes “How Do I Live” (1997)
80. Jason Mraz “I’m Yours” (2008)

81. Snow Patrol “Chasing Cars” (2006)
82. The Smiths “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” (1986)
83. Patsy Cline “Crazy” (1961)
84. The Supremes “Baby Love” (1964)
85. Extreme “More Than Words” (1991)
86. Carpenters “They Long to Be Close to You” (1970)
87. Luther Vandross “Here and Now” (1989)
88. Ben Folds “The Luckiest” (2001)
89. Chicago “You’re the Inspiration” (1984)
90. Styx “Babe” (1979)

91. Chris DeBurgh “The Lady in Red” (1986)
92. Vanessa Williams “Save the Best for Last” (1992)
93. Goo Goo Dolls “Iris” (1998):
94. Ben E. King “Stand by Me” (1961)
95. Bill Medley with Jennifer Warnes “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” (1987)
96. The Ronettes “Be My Baby” (1963)
97. Christina Perri “A Thousand Years” (2011)
98. Maroon 5 “She Will Be Loved” (2002)
99. Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack “Tonight I Celebrate My Love” (1983)
100. The Cure “Love Song” (1989)


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Friday, February 7, 2020

The Smiths/Morrissey: Top 50 Songs

First posted 2/7/2020.

The Smiths

left to right: Andy Rourke, Morrissey, Johnny Marr, and Mike Joyce;
image from Wikipedia.org

The Smiths were a British indie rock group who only lasted five years (1982-1987), but had a significant impact. The band was comprised of Morrissey (vocals), Johnny Marr (guitar), Andy Rourke (bass), and Mike Joyce (drums). Craig Gannon was a guitarist with the band in 1986. Morrissey went on to a successful solo career after the band broke up. Marr worked with other bands, most notably The The (88-94) and Electronic (89-98), recorded a couple of solo albums (13-14), did session work with Beck, Bryan Ferry, Pet Shop Boys, Talking Heads and others and produced Modest Mouse (06-09). The Smiths’ 1986 album The Queen is Dead is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time.

Awards (The Smiths):

Awards (Morrissey):



Top 50 Songs


This list includes material by the Smiths and Morrissey as a solo artist (noted in parentheses). 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. Songs which hit #1 on various charts are noted. (Click for codes to singles charts.)

DMDB Top 5%:

1. How Soon Is Now? (1984)
2. This Charming Man (1983)
3. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (1986)

DMDB Top 10%:

4. Everyday Is Like Sunday (Morrissey, 1988)
5. The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get (Morrissey, 1994) #1 MR

DMDB Top 20%:

6. Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now (1984)
7. Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (1984)
8. Irish Blood, English Heart (Morrissey, 2004)
9. Suedehead (Morrissey, 1988)
10. William It Was Really Nothing (1984)

11. Panic (1986)
12. Girlfriend in a Coma (1987)
13. Hand in Glove (1983)
14. Ask (1986)
15. What Difference Does It Make? (1984)
16. First of the Gang to Die (Morrissey, 2004)
17. The Boy with the Thorn in His Side (1985)
18. Shoplifters of the World Unite (1987)
19. Sheila Take a Bow (1987)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

20. Bigmouth Strikes Again (1986)
21. Half a Person (1987)
22. The Last of the Famous International Playboys (Morrissey, 1989)
23. Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One Before (1987)
24. Shakespeare’s Sister (1985)
25. That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore (1985)
26. Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me (1987)
27. Interesting Drug (Morrissey, 1989)
28. Girl Afraid (1984)
29. November Spawned a Monster (Morrissey, 1990)
30. I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish (1987)

31. Boxers (Morrissey, 1995)
32. Ouija Board, Ouija Board (Morrissey, 1989)
33. We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful (Morrissey, (1992)
34. Tomorrow (Morrissey, 1992) #1 MR
35. Is It Really So Strange? (1987)
36. Piccadilly Palare (Morrissey, 1990)
37. Sing Your Life (Morrissey, 1991)
38. Our Frank (Morrissey, 1991)
39. The Headmaster Ritual (1985)
40. Sweet and Tender Hooligan (1987)

41. You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet Baby (1987)
42. Asleep (1985)
43. Paint a Vulgar Picture (1987)
44. Death of a Disco Dancer (1987)
45. I Know It’s Over (1986)
46. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (1986)
47. Glamorous Glue (Morrissey, 1992)
48. My Love Life (Morrissey, 1991)
49. Interlude (Morrissey with Siouxsie, 1994)
50. Hold on to Your Friends (Morrissey, 1994)


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Monday, February 3, 2020

Styx: Top 50 Songs

First posted 2/3/2020.

Styx

l to r: John Panozzo, James Young, Tommy Shaw, Chuck Panozzo, Dennis DeYoung

Rock band from Chicago, IL. Active: 1969-1984, 1990-. Members: John Panozzo (d – TW4: 69-71; Styx: 71-84,90; died of gastrointestinal hemorrhage on 7/16/96 at age 47), Chuck Panozzo (b – TW4: 69-71; Styx: 71-84,90-), Dennis DeYoung (v/k: 71-84,90-99), John Curulewski (g/v – TW4: 69-71; Styx: 71-76; died of an aneurysm in 1988), James Young (g/ v – TW4: 70-71; Styx: 71-84,90-; solo), Tommy Shaw (v/g: 76-84,95-), Glen Burtnik (v/g: 90; b: 00-04), Todd Sucherman (d: 95-), Lawrence Gowan (v/k: 00-), Ricky Phillips (b: 03-).

The Panozzo twin brothers started playing in their garage at the age of 12. Their neighbor, DeYoung, joined them. When the trio went to Chicago State University, they formed TW4 with Curulewski. Young joined in 1970. In 1971, Wooden Nickel Records heard them, signed them the following year, and Styx (named after river Hades in Greek mythology) was born. In 1975, the group signed with A&M after a revival of the song "Lady" restored their Styx II album from three years earlier. After their first A&M album (Equinox), Curulewski left the group; replaced by Shaw. Group broke up in ‘84. Shaw, DeYoung, and JY did solo projects. In 1990, Styx reunited. They toured in 1995, recorded a few more songs in the studio, and released their first studio album in nearly a decade in 1999.

Awards:


Top 50 Songs


In addition to Styx songs, this list includes solo material from Dennis DeYoung and Tommy Shaw as well as Damn Yankees, which featured Shaw. 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. Songs which hit #1 on various charts are noted. (Click for codes to singles charts.)

DMDB Top 5%:

1. Babe (1979) #1 US, CB, HR, RR, CL, CN
2. Come Sail Away (1977) #1 CL
3. The Best of Times (1981) #1 RR, CL, CN
4. Renegade (1978) #1 CL
5. Mr. Roboto (1983) #1 CB, CN

DMDB Top 10%:

6. Too Much Time on My Hands (1981)
7. Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) (1978)
8. Lady (1973)
9. Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man) (1977)
10. Lorelei (1975)
11. High Enough (Damn Yankees, 1990)

DMDB Top 20%:

12. Don’t Let It End (1983)
13. Mademoiselle (1976)
14. Why Me? (1979)
15. Desert Moon (Dennis DeYoung, 1984)
16. Love Is the Ritual (1990)
17. Borrowed Time (1979)
18. Sing for the Day (1978)
19. Show Me the Way (1990)
20. Nothing Ever Goes As Planned (1981)

21. Love at First Sight (1990)
22. Come Again (Damn Yankees, 1990)
23. Girls with Guns (Tommy Shaw, 1984)
24. Music Time (1984)
25. Call Me (Dennis DeYoung, 1986)
26. The Grand Illusion (1977)
27. Rockin’ the Paradise (1981)
28. Crystal Ball (1976)
29. Best Thing (1972)
30. Coming of Age (Damn Yankees, 1990)

31. Snowblind (1981)
32. Suite Madame Blue (1975)
33. You Need Love (1973)
34. Where You Goin’ Now (Damn Yankees, 1992)
35. Light Up (1975)
36. This Is the Time (Dennis DeYoung, 1986)
37. Don’t Wait for Heroes (Dennis DeYoung, 1984)
38. Silence Is Broken (Damn Yankees, 1992)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

39. What If (Remo’s Theme) (Tommy Shaw, 1985)
40. Lights (1979)

41. Miss America (1977)
42. High Time (1983)
43. Boat on the River (1979)
44. Fanfare for the Common Man (1972)
45. Mister Please (Damn Yankees, 1992)
46. Golden Lark (1974)
47. Dear John (1997)
48. Don’t Tread on Me (Damn Yankees, 1992)
49. What Has Come Between Us (1972)
50. My Hallucination (Shaw/Blades, 1995)


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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Dave’s Faves: My Top 100 Songs

First posted 7/3/2011; last updated 2/1/2020.


Here are my personal top 100 favorite songs. Note: year of release is when song was first released, whether it be as a single or part of an album. Links on songs will take you to a page on this blog dedicated to that song.

A note regarding the images: Most 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. Enjoy!

1. Marillion “Kayleigh” (1985)
2. Styx “Renegade” (1978)
3. Marillion “Script for a Jester’s Tear” (1983)
4. The Police “Message in a Bottle” (1979)
5. Otis Redding “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” (1968)
6. David + David “Welcome to the Boomtown” (1986)
7. Indigo Girls “Closer to Fine” (1989)
8. Styx “Come Sail Away” (1977)
9. XTC “Dear God” (1986)
10. The Alan Parsons Project “Old and Wise” (1982)

11. Squeeze “Tempted” (1981)
12. Furniture “Brilliant Mind” (1986)
13. Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” (1971)
14. Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975)
15. Pink Floyd “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” (1979)
16. The Beatles “A Day in the Life” (1967)
17. Styx “The Best of Times” (1981)
18. Queen “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions” (1977)
19. Pink Floyd “Comfortably Numb” (1979)
20. Little River Band “Cool Change” (1979)

21. Soft Cell “Tainted Love” (1981)
22. Marillion “Estonia” (1997)
23. Toy Matinee “There Was a Little Boy” (1990)
24. Styx “Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man)” (1977)
25. Crowded House “Silent House” (2007)
26. Shawn Colvin “I Don’t Know Why” (1988)
27. Lyle Lovett “Step Inside This House” (1998)
28. Styx “Suite Madame Blue” (1975)
29. The Rolling Stones “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (1969)
30. Kate Bush “This Woman’s Work” (1988)

31. The Police “I Burn for You” (1982)
32. U2 “Bad (live)” (1984)
33. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
34. The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1965)
35. Tori Amos “Me and a Gun” (1991)
36. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)
37. Peter Gabriel “Biko” (1980)
38. Prince & the Revolution “Purple Rain” (1984)
39. Squeeze “Up the Junction” (1979)
40. Crowded House “Better Be Home Soon” (1988)

41. Del Amitri “Kiss This Thing Goodbye” (1989)
42. Willie Nelson with Lukas Nelson “Just Breathe” (2012)
43. The Williams Brothers “Can’t Cry Hard Enough” (1991)
44. Michael Franti & Spearhead “Everyone Deserves Music” (2003)
45. U2 “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (1983)
46. Pink Floyd “Mother” (1979)
47. Eagles “Seven Bridges Road (live)” (1980)
48. David Bowie “Changes” (1971)
49. Eagles “Hotel California” (1976)
50. Supertramp “The Logical Song” (1979)

51. Toto “Africa” (1982)
52. Fish “Cliché” (1990)
53. Air Supply “Lost in Love” (1980)
54. Melissa Etheridge “Occasionally” (1988)
55. Bing Crosby with David Bowie “Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy” (1977)
56. Michael Andrews & Gary Jules “Mad World” (2003)
57. Styx “Babe” (1979)
58. Kenny Rogers “Coward of the County” (1979)
59. Blondie “Heart of Glass” (1978)
60. Sting “Message in a Bottle (live)” (1981)

61. The Harry Simeone Chorale “The Little Drummer Boy” (1958)
62. Prince “1999” (1982)
63. R.E.M. “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” (1987)
64. Gerry Rafferty “Baker Street” (1978)
65. Peter Gabriel “Solsbury Hill” (1977)
66. Alan Jackson “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning” (2001)
67. Styx “Mr. Roboto” (1983)
68. The Beatles “Eleanor Rigby” (1966)
69. Violent Femmes “Add It Up” (1983)
70. Melissa Etheridge with Bruce Springsteen “Thunder Road (live)” (1995)

71. Billie Holiday “Strange Fruit” (1939)
72. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1982)
73. Tears for Fears “The Working Hour” (1985)
74. The Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (1966)
75. The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” (1964)
76. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole “Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” (1993)
77. Johnny Cash “Hurt” (2002)
78. David Bowie “Space Oddity” (1969)
79. Tears for Fears “Head Over Heels” (1985)
80. Tracy Chapman “Fast Car” (1988)

81. Bruce Springsteen “American Skin (41 Shots)” (2001)
82. Metallica “One” (1988)
83. Kevin Gilbert “Song for a Dead Friend” (1995)
84. John Mellencamp “If I Die Sudden” (2008)
85. Harry Chapin “Cat’s in the Cradle” (1974)
86. Chic “Le Freak” (1978)
87. The Beatles “With a Little Help from My Friends” (1967)
88. Eagles “Desperado” (1973)
89. Foreigner “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (1981)
90. Journey “Open Arms” (1981)

91. U2 “With Or Without You” (1987)
92. Pearl Jam “Jeremy” (1991)
93. K’s Choice “Not an Addict” (1996)
94. Sting “They Dance Alone” (1987)
95. Dresden Dolls “Sing” (2006)
96. Eric Clapton “Circus Left Town” (1992)
97. Journey “Feeling That Way/Anytime” (1978)
98. Sandi Thom “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker with Flowers in Her Hair” (2006)
99. Sam Cooke “A Change Is Gonna Come” (1964)
100. Rush “Tom Sawyer” (1981)