Thursday, April 30, 2020

Dave’s Faves: #1 Songs

First posted 4/28/2020; updated 5/1/2020.

Dave’s Faves:

#1’s: 1960-2019

September 18, 1982. I can peg my fascination with music charts to that date. After listening to a local radio station’s countdown of the hits of the summer, I decided to make my own list of favorites (see original list here). I ended up revising it every few days, eventually developing my own charts which I maintained into the ‘90s.

I’ve made some adjustments to those original charts. First, the charts I did from 1982 to 1994 mixed current songs with classics. I’ve revised this list to put songs in their proper place chronologically. Second, since I didn’t do charts prior to 1982 or after 1994, I’ve speculated what would have been my #1’s.

Of course, I realize no one really cares about any of this but me. That’s fine. It’s my website so alongside content which (hopefully) matters to others, I get to stroke my own ego and post some content which is only important to an audience of one. In any event, you can check out the lists here if you wish:


Friday, April 24, 2020

Adult Album Alternative (AAA): Top 100, 1990-1996

First posted 4/24/2020.

Adult Album Alternative:

Top 100 Songs, 1990-1996

In 1996, Billboard magazine lanched the adult album alternative (AAA) chart. The radio format is a spinoff of the album-oriented radio stations focused on classic rock from the ‘60s and ‘70s. While artists like Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, and Bruce Springsteen are staples of classic rock, their current material was largely neglected by those stations. Alongside these heritage acts, AAA played mainstream-rock-oriented alternative acts like the Gin Blossoms, Goo Goo Dolls, Hootie & the Blowfish, Matchbox 20, Dave Matthews Band, and Alanis Morissette.

As is usually the case with a new chart, though, the format was already well established before Billboard started tracking. This list, therefore, is an effort to represent those songs preceded the chart. Eligibilty for this list was determined by acts who had later AAA chart hits, but songs from 1990 to 1996 which didn’t make that chart.

1. R.E.M. “Losing My Religion” (1991)
2. Oasis “Wonderwall” (1995)
3. U2 “One” (1992)
4. No Doubt “Don’t Speak” (1995)
5. Radiohead “Creep” (1993)
6. Seal “Kiss from a Rose” (1994)
7. Eric Clapton “Tears in Heaven” (1992)
8. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Under the Bridge” (1991)
9. Beck “Loser” (1993)
10. Sheryl Crow “All I Wanna Do” (1994)

11. Alanis Morissette “You Oughta Know” (1995)
12. Bruce Springsteen “Streets of Philadelphia” (1994)
13. Pearl Jam “Jeremy” (1991)
14. R.E.M. “Everybody Hurts’ (1992)
15. Alanis Morissette “Ironic” (1995)
16. Oasis “Live Forever” (1994)
17. Eric Clapton “Change the World” (1996)
18. Jewel “You Were Meant for Me” (1995)
19. Oasis “Don’t Look Back in Anger” (1995)
20. Smashing Pumpkins “1979” (1995)

21. Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories “Stay (I Missed You)” (1994)
22. Tracy Chapman “Give Me One Reason” (1995)
23. Shawn Colvin “Sunny Came Home” (1996)
24. Alanis Morissette “You Learn” (1995)
25. Oasis “Champagne Supernova” (1995)
26. Green Day “Basket Case” (1994)
27. The Rembrandts “I’ll Be There for You” (1995)
28. Joan Osborne “One of Us” (1995)
29. Jewel “Foolish Games” (1995)
30. Pearl Jam “Alive” (1991)

31. Soundgarden “Black Hole Sun” (1994)
32. Sting “Fields of Gold” (1993)
33. The Cranberries “Zombie” (1994)
34. Radiohead “Fake Plastic Trees” (1995)
35. Soul Asylum “Runaway Train” (1992)
36. Eric Clapton ““Layla” (Unplugged version, 1992)
37. Green Day “Longview” (1994)
38. Hootie & the Blowfish “Only Wanna Be with You” (1994)
39. Counting Crows “Mr. Jones” (1993)
40. Alanis Morissette “Head Over Feet” (1995)

41. Sting “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You” (1993)
42. Pearl Jam “Daughter” (1993)
43. U2 “Night and Day” (1990)
44. Weezer “Buddy Holly” (1994)
45. The Black Crowes “Hard to Handle” (1990)
46. Live “Lightning Crashes” (1994)
47. R.E.M. “Man on the Moon” (1992)
48. Bonnie Raitt “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (1991)
49. U2 “Mysterious Ways” (1991)
50. The Cranberries “Linger” (1993)

51. Green Day “When I Come Around” (1994)
52. Beck “Where It’s At” (1996)
53. Bonnie Raitt “Something to Talk About” (1991)
54. Collective Soul “Shine” (1993)
55. Smashing Pumpkins “Disarm” (1993)
56. Lenny Kravitz “Are You Gonna Go My Way?” (1993)
57. Stone Temple Pilots “Interstate Love Song” (1994)
58. Dave Matthews Band “Crash into Me” (1996)
59. Spin Doctors “Two Princes” (1991)
60. Collective Soul “December” (1995)

61. Smashing Pumpkins “Tonight Tonight” (1995)
62. Stone Temple Pilot “Plush” (1992)
63. R.E.M. “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” (1994)
64. Seal “Crazy” (1990)
65. Blues Traveler “Run Around” (1994)
66. Sting “All This Time” (1990)
67. Smashing Pumpkins “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” (1995)
68. Sheryl Crow “Everyday Is a Winding Road” (1996)
69. Crowded House “Weather with You” (1991)
70. Collective Soul “the World I Know” (1995)

71. Goo Goo Dolls “Name” (1995)
72. R.E.M. “Drive” (1992)
73. Bruce Springsteen “Human Touch” (1992)
74. Gin Blossoms “‘Til I Hear It from You” (1995)
75. U2 “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” (1995)
76. INXS “Suicide Blonde” (1990)
77. U2 “Even Better Than the Real Thing” (1991)
78. R.E.M. “Shiny Happy People” (1991)
79. Alanis Morissette “Hand in My Pocket” (1995)
80. Radiohead “High and Dry” (1995)

81. Bonnie Raitt “Love Sneakin’ Up on You” (1994)
82. Hootie & the Blowfish “Let Her Cry” (1994)
83. Sheryl Crow “If It Makes You Happy” (1996)
84. Live “Selling the Drama” (1994)
85. Hootie & the Blowfish “Time” (1994)
86. Paula Cole “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” (1996)
87. The Cranberries “Dreams” (1992)
88. Pearl Jam “Better Man” (1994)
89. Jewel “Who Will Save Your Soul?” (1995)
90. Paula Cole “I Don’t Want to Wait” (1996)

91. Silverchair “Tomorrow” (1994)
92. Pearl Jam “Black” (1991)
93. Smashing Pumpkins “Today” (1993)
94. Bruce Springsteen “Secret Garden” (1995)
95. Sheryl Crow “Strong Enough” (1993)
96. John Mellencamp & Me’Shell Ndegeocello “Wild Night” (1994)
97. Sarah McLachlan “I Will Remember You” (1995)
98. Hootie & the Blowfish “Hold My Hand” (1994)
99. Matchbox 20 “Push” (1996)
100. Melissa Etheridge “I’m the Only One” (1993)


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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Digital Era (2000-2019): Top 100 Songs

Book:

The Top 100 Songs of the Digital Era, 2000-2019

This is the third in a series, following The Top 100 Songs of the Pre-Rock Era, 1890-1953 and The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999. Combined the three books cover 300 songs representing 130 years in the history of recorded music! Here are the top 100 as they appear in The Top 100 Songs of the Digital Era, 2000-2019:

1. Uptown Funk!… Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars (2014)
2. Hey Ya!...OutKast (2003)
3. Rolling in the Deep…Adele (2010)
4. Despacito…Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber (2017)
5. Lose Yourself…Eminem (2002)
6. Shape of You…Ed Sheeran (2017)
7. I Gotta Feeling…Black Eyed Peas (2009)
8. Somebody That I Used to Know…Gotye with Kimbra (2011)
9. Happy…Pharrell Williams (2013)
10. Yeah!...Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris (2004)

11. Hello…Adele (2015)
12. Umbrella…Rihanna with Jay-Z (2007)
13. Crazy in Love… Beyoncé with Jay-Z (2003)
14. Blurred Lines…Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams (2013)
15. Crazy…Gnarls Barkley (2006)
16. We Belong Together…Mariah Carey (2005)
17. See You Again …Wiz Khalifa with Charlie Puth (2015)
18. Old Town Road…Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus (2018)
19. Closer…The Chainsmokers with Halsey (2016)
20. Low…Flo Rida with T-Pain (2007)

21. Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)… Beyoncé (2008)
22. Poker Face…Lady Gaga (2009)
23. Party Rock Anthem…LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock (2011)
24. Royals…Lorde (2013)
25. Call Me Maybe…Carly Rae Jepsen (2011)
26. Boom Boom Pow…Black Eyed Peas (2009)
27. We Found Love…Rihanna with Calvin Harris (2011)
28. Tik Tok…Ke$ha (2009)
29. Viva La Vida…Coldplay (2008)
30. Perfect…Ed Sheeran with Beyoncé (2017)

31. Love the Way You Lie…Eminem with Rihanna (2010)
32. Gold Digger…Kanye West with Jamie Foxx (2005)
33. Shake It Off…Taylor Swift (2014)
34. Just the Way You Are (Amazing)…Bruno Mars (2010)
35. Moves Like Jagger…Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera (2011)
36. In Da Club…50 Cent (2002)
37. Thinking Out Loud…Ed Sheeran (2014)
38. Thrift Shop…Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz (2012)
39. Irreplaceable… Beyoncé (2006)
40. Someone Like You…Adele (2011)

41. God’s Plan…Drake (2018)
42. Bleeding Love…Leona Lewis (2007)
43. Gangnam Style…Psy (2012)
44. One Dance…Drake with Wizkid & Kyla (2016)
45. Girls Like You…Maroon 5 with Cardi B (2017)
46. Roar…Katy Perry (2013)
47. All of Me…John Legend (2013)
48. All About That Bass…Meghan Trainor (2014)
49. Sexyback…Justin Timberlake (2006)
50. Get Lucky…Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams (2013)

51. Firework…Katy Perry (2010)
52. Hips Don’t Lie…Shakira with Wyclef Jean (2006)
53. Just Dance…Lady Gaga with Colby O’Donnis (2008)
54. Hot in Herre…Nelly (2002)
55. Havana…Camila Cabello with Young Thug (2017)
56. I’m Yours…Jason Mraz (2008)
57. Fallin’…Alicia Keys (2001)
58. You’re Beautiful…James Blunt (2005)
59. No One…Alicia Keys (2007)
60. Love Yourself…Justin Bieber (2015)

61. Blank Space…Taylor Swift (2014)
62. We Are Young…Fun. with Janelle Monae (2011)
63. Stay with Me…Sam Smith (2014)
64. I Kissed a Girl…Katy Perry (2008)
65. Can’t Stop the Feeling!...Justin Timberlake (2016)
66. Need You Now…Lady Antebellum (2009)
67. Can’t Get You Out of My Head…Kylie Minogue (2001)
68. Boulevard of Broken Dreams…Green Day (2004)
69. Bad Guy…Billie Eilish (2019)
70. Sorry…Justin Bieber (2015)

71. Apologize…One Republic with Timbaland (2007)
72. California Gurls…Katy Perry with Snoop Dogg (2010)
73. Counting Stars…One Republic (2013)
74. Empire State of Mind…Jay-Z with Alicia Keys (2009)
75. Bad Romance…Lady Gaga (2009)
76. Rockstar…Post Malone with 21 Savage (2017)
77. Can’t Feel My Face…The Weeknd (2015)
78. Bad Day…Daniel Powter (2005)
79. Dilemma…Nelly with Kelly Rowland (2002)
80. Music…Madonna (2000)

81. Fuck You (aka “Forget You”)…Cee-Lo Green (2010)
82. How You Remind Me…Nickelback (2001)
83. Love Story…Taylor Swift (2008)
84. Wake Me Up!...Avicii with Aloe Blacc (2013)
85. Beautiful Day…U2 (2000)
86. Rehab…Amy Winehouse (2006)
87. Dark Horse…Katy Perry with Juicy J (2013)
88. Stan…Eminem with Dido (2000)
89. Shallow…Lady Gaga with Bradley Cooper (2018)
90. Work…Rihanna with Drake (2016)

91. Seven Nation Army…The White Stripes (2003)
92. Cheap Thrills…Sia with Sean Paul (2016)
93. The Killers “Mr. Brightside” (2004)
94. Fancy…Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX (2014)
95. Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)…Fergie (2007)
96. Rude…Magic! (2013)
97. Take Me Out…Franz Ferdinand (2004)
98. Clocks…Coldplay (2002)
99. You Belong with Me…Taylor Swift (2008)
100. Radioactive…Imagine Dragons (2012)


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First posted 2/17/2020; updated 4/3/2021.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Dave's Music Database Hall of Fame: Song Inductees (April 2020)

Originally posted 4/22/2020.

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 sixth set of song inductees. These songs appear on the Dave’s Music Database list of standards. The top 100 list has been reordered based on overall DMDB points and the top ten songs not previously inducted have been included here.

American Quartet “Over There” (1917)

Inducted April 2020 as “Top Standard”

George M. Cohan’s “biggest song not written for Broadway” RCG became World War I’s most famous song. JA He penned the patriotic number after reading in the newspaper that the United States had declared war on Germany. He expanded the opening phrase of “Johnny Get Your Gun,” a popular song from 1886, into “a lyric that is both a call to arms and a vow not to come home till ‘it’s over, over there’.” RCGThe American Quartet, the Peerless Quartet, Nora Bayes, and Enrico Caruso all recorded #1 versions of the song. Read more.

Fred Astaire with Ginger Rogers & Leo Reisman’s Orchestra “Cheek to Cheek” (1935)

Inducted April 2020 as “Top Standard”

Composer Irving Berlin crafted thirteen songs which landed in Fred Astaire movies. “Cheek to Cheek,” which Berlin wrote in a day, TM was one of three to hit #1. It wasn’t just any #1, though; it “became one of Berlin’s greatest commercial successes,” TY spending more weeks atop the pop charts than any other song from 1935. WHC The song received an Academy Award nomination for best song. Read more.

Bobby Darin “Mack the Knife” (1959)

Inducted April 2020 as “Top Standard”

“Mack the Knife” originated in 1928 as “Moritat,” which translates to “murder deed.” RCG Bertlot Brecht and Kurt Weill wrote the original German song about “a bloodthirsty Berlin gangster” RS500 on the prowl for the musical The Three Penny Opera. Despite the song’s gruesome subject matter, the irresistible melody made the song hit-worthy. KL Instead of translating the lyrics literally, Marc Blitzstein gave the song a rewrite. SJ It became a standard, charting six times in 1956 alone, with Bobby Darin’s the biggest of all. The song transformed his image into that of “a finger-snapping sophisticate at home in the cocktail lounge.” RS500 Read more.

Al Jolson “Swanee” (1920)

Inducted April 2020 as “Top Standard”

George Gershwin may be America’s greatest songwriter. By 1919, he had already written two Broadway revues, one of which included the song “Swanee.” LW Co-writer Irving Caesar (who later wrote “Tea for Two”) persuaded his friend Al Jolson to use it in his Broadway show Sinbad. LW It became Gershwin’s first major hit and his best-selling song in terms of both sheet music and record sales. JA The song parodies Stephen Foster’s 1851 song “Old Folks at Home,” WK which came to be a symbol of freedom and emancipated slaves. Jolson performed the song in blackface, which is horrifically racist in hindsight, but was popular entertainment in the minstrel shows of the day. Read more.

Al Jolson “April Showers” (1922)

Inducted April 2020 as “Top Standard”

“April Showers” ranks as “one of America’s greatest ballads.” PS Louis Silvers composed the music and B.G. “Buddy” DeSylva wrote the lyrics. Al Jolson introduced “April Showers” in the 1921 Broadway musical, Bombo. It was his 13th #1 song and biggest hit to date PM and became “a well-known Jolson trademark.” WK Only “Sonny Boy,” from 1928, would spend more weeks on top of the chart (twelve). PM The song also became the biggest hit of 1922. WHC Read more.

Billy Murray & Haydn Quartet “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” (1908)

Inducted April 2020 as “Top Standard”

“The unofficial anthem of American baseball” RCG has been “affectionately referred to…as the ‘other’ national anthem.” SH It is “one of the most easily recognized songs in America,” SH behind only “Happy Birthday” and “The Star Spangled Banner,” SH having been sung at nearly every U.S. professional baseball game for the last 100 years. PS Surprisingly, neither the song’s composer (Albert Von Tilzer) nor lyricist (Jack Norworth) had ever seen a baseball game prior to writing the song. PS It got its start on vaudeville where Norworth’s wife, singer Nora Bayes, introduced it. JA-188 In 1908 Billy Murray’s recording of the song with the Haydn Quartet became the biggest song of the year. WHC Read more.

Peerless Quartet “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” (1911)

Inducted April 2020 as “Top Standard”

“Sweetheart” was “a tremendous hit in vaudeville” JA which “became a favourite around player pianos and community sings.” RCG It “is a straightforward declaration of love that came to be more of a sing-a-long than a ballad. Lou Friedman wrote the music in a waltzing tone while Beth Slater Whitson wrote the lyrics, [in] which he proclaims his love and asks the other to ‘whisper that you love me too.’” RCG With over 6 million sales of the sheet music, it is one of the top ten best selling sheet music songs of the first half of the century. PM Read more.

Artie Shaw “Begin the Beguine” (1938)

Inducted April 2020 as “Top Standard”

“Beguine” refers to a 1930s’ Cuban dance similar to a rumba. Depending on the account one chooses to believe, songwriter Cole Porter experienced it for the first time on a luxury cruise during a stop in Martinique or a Paris dance hall frequented by Martinique imigrants. He adopted the dance’s rhythm for a big production number for Jubilee, a musical comedy which debuted in 1935. SB Xavier Cugat had a #13 hit with it that year. However, it was Artie Shaw’s version three years later which became a #1 PM-476 and “one of the most popular jazz standards.” SB Read more.

Ethel Waters “Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)” (1933)

Inducted April 2020 as “Top Standard”

In the early 1930s, the famed Cotton Club in Harlem, New York, featured African-American performers on stage although they weren’t allowed to sit in the audience. TM Harold Arlen, a cantor’s son, and Ted Koehler wrote this “bluesy perennial” TM for Cab Calloway to introduce in a Cotton Club revue, but decided it was more fitting for a female singer and gave it to Ethel Waters. TY When she performed “Stormy Weather” in the show Cotton Club Parade, she sang it “with all her soul…expressing the anguish of people who found nothing but gloom and misery…because of the Depression.” TY Metronome magazine called it “1933’s biggest hit.” SS “It has become a cabaret standard.” JA Read more.

Paul Whiteman “Whispering” (1920)

Inducted April 2020 as “Top Standard”

This was the debut chart single for Paul Whiteman, and what a beginning it was. It was the second biggest hit of the year WHC and the biggest chart success of Whiteman’s career. It was the first of Whiteman’s 30 songs to go all the way to the top and helped him to become the most popular bandleader of the pre-swing era and the dominant force in American popular recording. PM “Whispering” sold over two million copies which, considering the number of record players in use then, would be the equivalent today of sales of 20 million. TY The online All Music Guide says more than 700 different versions of the song have been recorded, including versions to chart in four different decades. Read more.

The World's All-Time Best-Selling Songs

First posted 12/29/2011; last updated 4/22/2020.

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Songs:

The World’s All-Time Best Sellers

This list is a compiled from a variety of sources for sales figures (see complete source list here), but they are generally estimates since there is no official agency to track worldwide sales. As such, it is highly possible that some of these sales figures have been inflated by record companies or other vested parties, but this list does at least offer some idea of the world’s best-selling songs.

On top of that, these figures don’t always strictly represent sales. Especially in the 21st century, additional figures – such as the number of times songs were streamed via Spotify, YouTube or other services – have been factored into official certifications. That means a song certified for 10 million in sales may not have actually “sold” that many copies.

If you have your doubts about some of these songs belonging on this list, you’re not alone. I realize my knowledge of music beyond U.S. shores is limited, but if songs like Thelma Aoyama’s “Soba ni lur ne”, Utada Hikaru’s “Flavor of Life”, Kiseki’s “Greeeen”, Andre Brasseur’s “Early Bird”, and Machiko Soga’s “Oba-Q Ondo” are truly that monstrous in sales, shouldn’t I have at least heard of them? Oh well. I just report the lists. I don’t make these figures up (even if someone else does).

Note: in the event of ties, songs are ranked according to overall DMDB points.


The World’s All-Time Best-Selling Songs
(6 million +)


20+ million:

  1. Bing Crosby “White Christmas” (1942) 55 million
  2. Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (1997) 37 m
  3. Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” (2009) 31 m
  4. Bing Crosby “Silent Night” (1935) 30 m
  5. Mungo Jerry “In the Summertime” (1970) 30 m
  6. Lady Gaga “Poker Face” (2009) 28.5 m
  7. Black Eyed Peas “Boom Boom Pow” (2009) 27 m
  8. Bill Haley & His Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock” (1954) 25 m
  9. The Harry Simeone Chorale “The Little Drummer Boy” (1958) 25 m
  10. Elvis Presley “It’s Now or Never” (1960) 22 m
  11. Jason Mraz “I’m Yours” (2008) 22 m
  12. Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010) 20.6 m
  13. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992) 20 m
  14. U.S.A. for Africa “We Are the World” (1985) 20 m
  15. The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)” (1851) 20 m *
  16. Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka “The Mocking Bird”)” (1891) 20 m *

    14 to 19 million:

  17. Coldplay “Viva La Vida” (2008) 19.5 m
  18. Lady Gaga with Colby O’Donis “Just Dance” (2008) 19 m
  19. Camila Cabello with Young Thug “Havana” (2017) 19 m
  20. The Ink Spots “If I Didn’t Care” (1939) 19 m
  21. LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem” (2011) 18.87 m
  22. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (1997) 18 m
  23. Gene Autry “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1949) 18 m
  24. Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe” (2011) 18 m
  25. Baccara “Yes Sir, I Can Boogie” (1977) 18 m
  26. Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” (2014) 17.64 m
  27. Flo Rida with T-Pain “Low” (2007) 17.5 m
  28. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (2017) 17.03 m
  29. Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera “Moves Like Jagger” (2011) 16.38 m
  30. Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” (2018) 16.21 m
  31. Taylor Swift “Love Story” (2008) 16.2 m
  32. Kenny Rogers “Lady” (1980) 16 m
  33. Mariah Carey “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (1994) 16 m
  34. Eminem with Rihanna “Love the Way You Lie” (2010) 15.87 m
  35. Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber “Despacito” (2017) 15.62 m
  36. Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” (2013) 15.6 m
  37. The Chainsmokers with Halsey “Closer” (2016) 15.39 m
  38. Eminem “Lose Yourself” (2002) 15.38 m
  39. Drake “God’s Plan” (2018) 15.3 m
  40. Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (1991) 15 m
  41. Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta “You’re the One That I Want” (1978) 15 m
  42. Tony Bennett “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” (1962) 15 m
  43. The Scorpions “Wind of Change” (1991) 15 m
  44. Kaoma “Lambada” (1989) 15 m
  45. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz “Thrift Shop” (2012) 14.25 m
  46. Ke$ha “Tik Tok” (2009) 14.2 m
  47. Beyoncé “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” (2008) 14.11 m
  48. Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (1978) 14 m

    11+ to 13.9 million:

  49. Pharrell Williams “Happy” (2013) 13.9 m
  50. Imagine Dragons “Radioactive” (2012) 13.75 m
  51. Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are (Amazing)” (2010) 13.7 m
  52. Meghan Trainor “All About That Bass” (2014) 13.56 m
  53. Ed Sheeran with Beyoncé “Perfect” (2017) 13.5 m
  54. Justin Bieber “Sorry” (2015) 13.5 m
  55. Adele “Hello” (2015) 13.45 m
  56. Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love” (2007) 13.4 m
  57. Katy Perry “Firework” (2010) 13.31 m
  58. Lady Gaga “Bad Romance” (2009) 13.26 m
  59. Post Malone with 21 Savage “Rockstar” (2017) 13.26 m
  60. Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth “See You Again” (2015) 13.22 m
  61. Katy Perry with Juicy J “Dark Horse” (2013) 13.22 m
  62. Rihanna “Disturbia” (2008) 13.2 m
  63. Katy Perry “Roar” (2013) 13.08 m
  64. Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2012) 13 m
  65. Chic “Le Freak” (1978) 13 m
  66. John Legend “All of Me” (2013) 13 m
  67. Pink “So What” (2008) 13 m
  68. Kyu Sakamoto “Sukiyaki” (1963) 13 m
  69. Trio “Da Da Da” (1982) 13 m
  70. Prince Nico Mbarga “Sweet Mother” (1976) 13 m
  71. Katy Perry “I Kissed a Girl” (2008) 12.9 m
  72. Psy “Gangnam Style” (2012) 12.89 m
  73. Justin Bieber with Ludacris “Baby” (2010) 12.88 m
  74. Rihanna & Calvin Harris “We Found Love” (2011) 12.82 m
  75. Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (2016) 12.77 m
  76. Drake “One Dance” (2016) 12.69 m
  77. One Republic “Counting Stars” (2013) 12.49 m
  78. Fun. & Janelle Monáe “We Are Young” (2012) 12.27 m
  79. Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” (2014) 12.14 m
  80. Avicii with Aloe Blacc “Wake Me Up!” (2012) 12.12 m
  81. The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (1963) 12 m
  82. Village People “Y.M.C.A.” (1978) 12 m
  83. Andrea Bocelli with Sarah Brightman “Time to Say Goodbye” (1998) 12 m
  84. Eminem “Not Afraid” (2010) 11.94 m
  85. Katy Perry “Hot N Cold” (2008) 11.9 m
  86. Lorde “Royals” (2013) 11.86 m
  87. Sam Smith “Stay with Me” (2014) 11.76 m
  88. Justin Bieber “Love Yourself” (2015) 11.7 m
  89. Band Aid “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (1984) 11.7 m
  90. Kanye West with Daft Punk “Stronger” (2007) 11.7 m
  91. Taylor Swift “Blank Space” (2014) 11.68 m
  92. Terry Jacks “Seasons in the Sun” (1974) 11.5 m
  93. Post Malone with Quavo “Congratulations” (2016) 11.43 m
  94. Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams “Get Lucky” (2013) 11.34 m
  95. Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud” (2014) 11.28 m
  96. Billie Eilish “Bad Guy” (2019) 11.26 m
  97. Idina Menzel “Let It Go” (2013) 11.25 m
  98. Pitbull with Ne-Yo, Afrojack, & Nayer “Give Me Everything” (2011) 11.2 m
  99. Florida Georgia Line with Nelly “Cruise” (2012) 11.16 m
  100. Sia with Sean Paul “Cheap Thrills” (2016) 11.1 m

    11 million:

  101. Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” (1995)
  102. Mills Brothers “Paper Doll” (1943)
  103. Cher “Believe” (1998)
  104. Carl Douglas “Kung Fu Fighting” (1974)
  105. T.I. with Rihanna “Live Your Life” (2008)
  106. George McCrae “Rock Your Baby” (1974)
  107. Roger Whittaker “The Last Farewell” (1975)
  108. Patrick Hernandez “Born to Be Alive” (1979)

    10 + million:

  109. Rihanna with Jay-Z “Umbrella” (2007) 10.9 m
  110. Bruno Mars “Grenade” (2010) 10.9 m
  111. The Weeknd “The Hills” (2015) 10.9 m
  112. Tia Ray “Be Apart” (2018) 10.9 m
  113. Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?” (2015) 10.81 m
  114. Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975) 10.8 m
  115. LMFAO “Sexy and I Know It” (2011) 10.77 m
  116. Rihanna with Drake “Work” (2016) 10.6 m
  117. Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah” (2006) 10.5
  118. Lukas Graham “7 Years” (2015) 10.4 m
  119. Lady Gaga with Bradley Cooper “Shallow” (2018) 10.2 m
  120. The Chainsmokers with Daya “Don’t Let Me Down” (2016) 10.2 m
  121. Twenty One Pilots “Stressed Out” (2015) 10.19 m
  122. Maroon 5 “Sugar” (2014) 10.02 m

    10 million:

  123. The Beatles “Hey Jude” (1968)
  124. Elvis Presley “Don’t Be Cruel” / “Hound Dog” (1956)
  125. Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” (1971)
  126. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll” (1981)
  127. Procol Harum “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (1967)
  128. Patti Page “Tennessee Waltz” (1950)
  129. George Harrison “My Sweet Lord” (1970)
  130. The Monkees “I’m a Believer” (1966)
  131. Britney Spears “Baby One More Time” (1998)
  132. Shakira with Wyclef Jean “Hips Don’t Lie” (2006)
  133. The Penguins “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” (1954)
  134. One Republic with Timbaland “Apologize” (2007)
  135. Toni Braxton “Un-Break My Heart” (1996)
  136. Paul Anka “Diana” (1957) 10 m
  137. The Chainsmokers with Coldplay “Something Just Like This” (2017)
  138. Roy Acuff & the Smoky Mountain Boys “Wabash Cannonball” (1938)
  139. Van McCoy “The Hustle” (1975)
  140. Mike Posner “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” (2015)
  141. Abba “Fernando” (1976)
  142. Middle of the Road “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” (1971)
  143. Goombay Dance Band “Sun of Jamaica” (1982)
  144. Panjabi MC “Mundian To Bach Ke” (1998)

    9+ million:

  145. Lady Antebellum “Need You Now” (2009) 9.81 m
  146. Katy Perry with Kanye West “E.T.” (2010) 9.75 m
  147. Christina Perri “A Thousand Years” (2011) 9.7 m
  148. Cardi B “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” (2017) 9.68 m
  149. Marshmello with Anne-Marie “Friends” (2018) 9.6 m
  150. Taio Cruz “Dynamite” (2010) 9.59 m
  151. Katy Perry with Snoop Dogg “California Gurls” (2010) 9.52 m
  152. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1983) 9.5 m
  153. Survivor “Eye of the Tiger” (1982) 9.4 m
  154. Adele “Someone Like You” (2011) 9.4 m
  155. Rihanna “Diamonds” (2012) 9.34 m
  156. Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’” (1981) 9.2 m
  157. Flo Rida with Ke$ha “Right Round” (2009) 9.2 m
  158. Bruno Mars “When I Was Your Man” (2012) 9.2 m
  159. Post Malone with Ty Dolla $ign “Psycho” (2018) 9.2 m
  160. Iggy Azalea with Charli XCX “Fancy” (2014) 9.1 m
  161. Maroon 5 with Wiz Khalifa “Payphone” (2012) 9.1 m
  162. Lil Wayne with Static Major “Lollipop” (2008) 9.1 m
  163. The Weeknd “Can’t Feel My Face” (2015) 9.09 m
  164. Taylor Swift “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (2012) 9.07 m
  165. Maroon 5 with Cardi B “Girls Like You” (2017) 9.04 m

    9 million:

  166. Elvis Presley “Jailhouse Rock” (1957)
  167. Elvis Presley “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (1960)
  168. Paul McCartney & Wings “Mull of Kintyre” (1977)
  169. Nick Straker Band “A Walk in the Park” (1980)

    8+ million:

  170. Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like” (2016) 8.86 m
  171. Post Malone with Swae Lee “Sunflower” (2018) 8.81
  172. Taylor Swift “I Knew You Were Trouble” (2012) 8.81 m
  173. Lady Gaga “Born This Way” (2011) 8.75 m
  174. Cee-Lo Green “Fuck You (aka “Forget You”)” (2010) 8.73 m
  175. Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line “Meant to Be” (2017) 8.68 m
  176. Katy Perry “Teenage Dream” (2010) 8.66 m
  177. Bruno Mars “Locked Out of Heaven” (2012) 8.6 m
  178. Magic! “Rude” (2013) 8.6 m
  179. Kanye West with Jamie Foxx “Gold Digger” (2005) 8.54 m
  180. Kendrick Lamar “Humble” (2017) 8.51 m
  181. Ben Selvin “Dardanella” (1920) 8.5 m **
  182. Train “Hey, Soul Sister” (2009) 8.5 m
  183. Shakira “Whenever, Wherever” (2001) 8.5 m
  184. Cardi B with Bad Bunny & J. Balvin “I Like It” (2018) 8.43 m
  185. Nicki Minaj “Super Bass” (2011) 8.42 m
  186. Jennifer Lopez with Pitbull “On the Floor” (2011) 8.4 m
  187. Michael Jackson “Thriller” (1982) 8.31 m
  188. Owl City “Fireflies” (2009) 8.22 m
  189. Passenger “Let Her Go” (2012) 8.2 m
  190. Thelma Aoyama “Soba ni lur ne” (2009) 8.2 m
  191. Hozier “Take Me to Church” (2013) 8.16 m
  192. DJ Khaled with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne “I’m the One” (2017) 8.05 m
  193. The Weeknd with Daft Punk “Starboy” (2016) 8.04 m
  194. Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved” (2018) 8.03 m

    8 million:

  195. Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991)
  196. The Animals “The House of the Rising Sun” (1964)
  197. The Kingsmen “Louie Louie” (1963)
  198. Beyoncé with Jay-Z “Crazy in Love” (2003)
  199. Vernon Dalhart.. The Prisoner’s Song” (1925) **
  200. Puff Daddy, Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You” (1997)
  201. Whitney Houston “I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me” (1987)
  202. Ricky Martin “Livin’ La Vida Loca” (1999)
  203. The Sugarhill Gang “Rapper’s Delight” (1979)
  204. Enrique Iglesias “Hero” (2001)
  205. Mahalia Jackson “Move on Up a Little Higher” (1948)
  206. Mary Hopkin “Those Were the Days” (1968)
  207. Shocking Blue “Venus” (1969)
  208. Black Eyed Peas “My Humps” (2005)
  209. Aqua “Barbie Girl” (1997)
  210. Paul Hardcastle “19” (1985)
  211. Rocco Granata “Marina” (1959)
  212. Georgie Fame “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde” (1967)
  213. O-Zone “Dragostea din tei” (2003)
  214. Boney M “Ma Baker” (1978)
  215. Modern Talking “You’re My Heart, You’re My Soul” (1985)
  216. Freddy Quinn “Heimweh” (1956)
  217. Utada Hikaru “Flavor of Life” (2007)
  218. Richard Sanderson “Reality” (1980)

    7+ million:

  219. Bastille “Pompeii” (2013) 7.99 m
  220. Michael Jackson “Beat It” (1982) 7.95 m
  221. Twenty One Pilots “Heathens” (2016) 7.9 m
  222. Rihanna with Mikky Ekko “Stay” (2012) 7.88 m
  223. Rihanna “Only Girl in the World” (2010) 7.78 m
  224. Taylor Swift “You Belong with Me” (2008) 7.64 m
  225. Nicki Minaj “Starships” (2012) 7.62 m
  226. Nelly & Kelly Rowland “Dilemma” (2002) 7.6 m
  227. Miley Cyrus “Party in the U.S.A.” (2009) 7.5 m
  228. Travis Scott with Drake “Sicko Mode” (2018) 7.43 m
  229. XXXtentacion “Sad!” (2018) 7.43 m
  230. Lady Gaga with Beyoncé “Telephone” (2009) 7.4 m
  231. Fun. “Some Nights” (2012) 7.35 m
  232. Avril Lavigne “Girlfriend” (2007) 7.3 m
  233. Twenty One Pilots “Ride” (2015) 7.3 m
  234. Black Eyed Peas “The Time (Dirty Bit)” (2010) 7.3 m
  235. Shawn Mendes “Stitches” (2015) 7.29 m
  236. Bruno Mars “The Lazy Song” (2010) 7.28 m
  237. Ashanti with Ja Rule “Foolish” (2002) 7.2 m
  238. Katy Perry “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” (2010) 7.2 m
  239. Michel Telo “Ai Se Eu Te Pego” (2011) 7.2 m
  240. Eminem with Rihanna “The Monster” (2013) 7.11 m

    7 million:

  241. The Beatles “Let It Be” (1970)
  242. Roy Orbison “(Oh) Pretty Woman” (1964)
  243. Elvis Presley “Suspicious Minds” (1969)
  244. Elvis Presley “All Shook Up” (1957)
  245. Spice Girls “Wannabe” (1996)
  246. a-ha “Take on Me” (1985)
  247. Queen “Another One Bites the Dust” (1980)
  248. Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (2004)
  249. The Beatles “Can’t Buy Me Love” (1964)
  250. Drake “Hotline Bling” (2015)
  251. R. Kelly “I Believe I Can Fly” (1996)
  252. Bobby Goldsboro “Honey” (1968)
  253. Usher with will.i.am “OMG” (2010)
  254. Tony Orlando & Dawn “Knock Three Times” (1970)
  255. Christina Aguilera “Genie in a Bottle” (1999)
  256. David Seville & The Chipmunks “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” (1958)
  257. Fetty Wap “Trap Queen” (2014)
  258. Morris Albert “Feelings” (1975)
  259. Scott McKenzie “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” (1967)
  260. Alanis Morissette “Uninvited” (1998)
  261. Royal Scots Dragoon Guards “Amazing Grace” (1972)
  262. Charlie Gracie “Butterfly” (1957)
  263. The Band Perry “If I Die Young” (2010)
  264. Las Ketchup “Aserejé (The Ketchup Song) ” (2002)
  265. The Beatles “Do You Want to Know a Secret?” (1963)
  266. D.R.A.M. with Lil Yachty “Broccoli” (2016)
  267. The Black Crowes “Hard to Handle” (1990)
  268. Danyel Gerard “Butterfly” (1971)
  269. Julie Rogers “The Wedding (La Novia)” (1964)
  270. Pussycat “Mississippi” (1976)
  271. Khalid “Location” (2017)
  272. Ricky Valance “Tell Laura I Love Her” (1960)
  273. Exile “Lovers Again” (2007)
  274. Adamo “Tombe Le Neige” (1965)
  275. Andrea Bocelli “Con te Partiro” (1997)

    6+ million:

  276. B.o.B. with Hayley Williams “Airplanes” (2010) 6.91 m
  277. Jason Mraz “I Won’t Give Up” (2012) 6.91 m
  278. Rihanna with Drake “What’s My Name? ” (2010) 6.87 m
  279. Sia “Chandelier” (2014) 6.81 m
  280. Maroon 5 “One More Night” (2012) 6.75 m
  281. Beyoncé “Irreplaceable” (2006) 6.7 m
  282. A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera “Say Something” (2013) 6.67 m
  283. Flo Rida “Whistle” (2012) 6.6 m
  284. Sam Smith “I’m Not the Only One” (2014) 6.6 m
  285. The Weeknd “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey) ” (2014) 6.6 m
  286. DJ Snake with Lil Jon “Turn Down for What” (2013) 6.58 m
  287. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Ray Dalton “Can’t Hold Us” (2011) 6.56 m
  288. Usher with Lil Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!” (2004) 6.55 m
  289. Rae Sremmurd with Gucci Mane “Black Beatles” (2016) 6.54 m
  290. Britney Spears “Toxic” (2004) 6.5 m
  291. Culture Club “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” (1982) 6.5 m
  292. Silentó “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” (2015) 6.5 m
  293. Britney Spears “Womanizer” (2008) 6.5 m
  294. Flo Rida with Sia “Wild Ones” (2011) 6.5 m
  295. Jay-Z with Alicia Keys “Empire State of Mind” (2009) 6.49 m
  296. Jay-Z with Kanye West “Niggas in Paris” (2011) 6.43 m
  297. Foster the People “Pumped Up Kicks” (2010) 6.42 m
  298. Snow Patrol “Chasing Cars” (2006) 6.41 m
  299. Ariana Grande with Iggy Azalea “Problem” (2014) 6.4 m
  300. Coolio with L.V “.Gangsta’s Paradise” (1995) 6.39 m
  301. Flo Rida “My House” (2015) 6.38 m
  302. James Blunt “You’re Beautiful”” (2005) 6.35 m
  303. Taylor Swift “Bad Blood” (2014) 6.34 m
  304. T.I. “Whatever You Like” (2008) 6.33 m
  305. Sam Hunt “Body Like a Back Road” (2017) 6.31 m
  306. Goo Goo Dolls “Iris” (1998) 6.29 m
  307. Justin Timberlake “Sexyback” (2006) 6.22 m
  308. Fall Out Boy “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up)” (2013) 6.2 m
  309. Kiseki “Greeeen” (2009) 6.2 m
  310. Jay Sean with Lil Wayne “Down” (2009) 6.14 m
  311. The Jackson 5 “I’ll Be There” (1970) 6.1 m
  312. Paramore “Crushcrushcrush” (2007) 6.1 m
  313. Jessie J with Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj “Bang Bang” (2014) 6.07 m
  314. Wiz Khalifa “Black and Yellow” (2010) 6.07 m
  315. Toto “Africa” (1982) 6.03 m
  316. The Lumineers “Ho Hey” (2012) 6.01 m

    6 million:

  317. Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970)
  318. Abba “Dancing Queen” (1976)
  319. Gene Austin “My Blue Heaven” (1927) **
  320. Peerless Quartet “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” (1911) *
  321. The Beatles “She Loves You” (1963)
  322. Debby Boone “You Light Up My Life” (1977)
  323. The Archies “Sugar, Sugar” (1969)
  324. George Michael “Careless Whisper” (1984)
  325. The Jackson 5 “I Want You Back” (1969)
  326. Tony Orlando & Dawn “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” (1973)
  327. Jerry Lee Lewis “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” (1957)
  328. Down by the Old Mill Stream” (1911) *
  329. Madonna “Vogue” (1990)
  330. Bonnie Tyler “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (1983)
  331. The Champs “Tequila” (1958)
  332. The Tokens “The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)” (1961)
  333. Lou Bega “Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of…)” (1999)
  334. Pitbull with Ke$ha “Timber” (2013)
  335. Pussycat Dolls with Busta Rhymes “Don’t Cha” (2005)
  336. Jeannie C. Riley “Harper Valley P.T.A.” (1968)
  337. Britney Spears “Oops! I Did It Again” (2000)
  338. Beyoncé “Halo” (2008)
  339. SSgt Barry Sadler “The Ballad of the Green Berets” (1966)
  340. Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters “Jingle Bells” (1943)
  341. Elvis Presley “Surrender/Lonely Man” (1961)
  342. Abba “Waterloo” (1974)
  343. Drake with Majid Jordan “Hold on, We’re Going Home” (2013)
  344. Neil Diamond “Cracklin’ Rosie” (1970)
  345. The Brotherhood of Man “Save Your Kisses for Me” (1976)
  346. Bonnie Tyler “It’s a Heartache” (1977)
  347. French Montana with Swae Lee “Unforgettable” (2017)
  348. New Seekers “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” (1971)
  349. Janet Jackson “Together Again” (1997)
  350. Kanye West “Heartless” (2008)
  351. AWOL Nation “Sail” (2011)
  352. George Baker Selection “Una Paloma Blanca” (1975)
  353. Zac Brown Band “Chicken Fried” (2008)
  354. Drake with Kanye West, Lil Wayne, & Eminem “Forever” (2009)
  355. Khalid “Young, Dumb & Broke” (2017)
  356. Luke Bryan “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” (2011)
  357. Tee Set “Ma Belle Amie” (1969)
  358. Chris Stapleton “Tennessee Whiskey” (2015)
  359. Andre Brasseur “Early Bird” (1965)
  360. Machiko Soga “Oba-Q Ondo” (1966)

* Sales exclusively from sheet music sales. No particular artist identified.
** Includes sheet music sales


Resources and Related Links:
  • Edward Foote Gardner (2000). Popular Songs of the Twentieth Century: Volume I – Chart Detail & Encyclopedia 1900-1949 St. Paul, MN: Paragon House

    This resource, also listed in the “Charts” section, is also included here because this and Whitburn’s Pop Memories 1890-1954, are the most dominant sources for sheet music sales figures.

  • Guardian.co.uk (11/4/2012). UK’s million-selling singles: the full list

    List of the 123 songs to achieve one million sales in the UK.

  • LivingEars.blogspot.com (7/27/2009). Top 50 Digital Singles of All Time

    This list, which obviously focuses on the 2000-2009 decade, offers an insight into more recent sales. It has been posted many times, but without indication of the original source.

  • MoneyInc.com (2019). “Top Selling iTunes Songs of All Time
  • PhilBrodieBand.com (date?) Top Selling Singles of All Time

    List of all-time best-selling songs (8 million+) globally. No indication of source or year of list. Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind” is the top seller with 37 million sold. Also includes 2005 list of UK’s “All-Time Best Selling Singles,” which is more detailed at UKcharts.20m.com.

  • UKcharts.20m.com (date?) The UK’s Best Selling Singles

    List of the top 100 selling singles in the U.K. with commentary on the top 10 by Theo Morgan-Gan. Includes sales figures from The Official Chart Company.

  • UKmix.org (date?) All-Time Best Selling Singles Worldwide

    Appears to be an older version of the same list posted at PhilBrodieBand.com. However, this one lists 24 songs topping 4 million in sales. “Candle in the Wind” tops the list with 26 million +. Appears to be a blog post with no original reference or date cited. Also includes a 2003 list of 100+ songs selling more than 5 million.

  • PM Joel Whitburn (1986). Pop Memories 1890-1954. Menomonee Falls, WI; Record Research, Inc.

    This resource, also listed in the “Charts” section, is listed here as well because this and Gardner’s Popular Songs of the Twentieth Century, Volume 1, noted above, are the most dominant sources for sheet music sales figures. A list on page 634 offers up the sheet music from 1890-1954 that sold in execess of 3 million.

  • Wikipedia (2/28/2020). List of Best-Selling Singles in the United States

    List of all songs in the U.S. to have been certified for physical sales of more than 4 million and digital sales of 6 million or more.

  • Wikipedia (5/30/2012). List of Best-Selling Singles Worldwide

    While there is no official tracking company to record global sales, data from multiple sources can be compiled to get a good idea of the all-time best-selling songs in the world. This lists all songs to have reportedly gained 5 million + in sales. Each song is referenced with an additional footnote for the source.

  • Wikipedia (12/24/2010). List of Best-Selling Singles by Year (UK)

    List of all songs in the U.K. which have sold over a million.

  • Wikipedia (12/24/2010). List of Million-Selling Singles in the United Kingdom

    Lists top selling song of each year from 1952-2010. Often includes sales figures.

  • Yahoo.com (5/12/2008). Singles That Have Sold Over 10 Million Copies by Robert the Radish

    Unfortunately, there are no references to confirm any of these, but some of the 21 songs on this list have been verified by other sources, including “White Christmas” selling at the 50 million mark and “Candle in the Wind 1997” at 37 million.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Fiona Apple released Fetch the Bolt Cutters

First posted 1/12/2021.

Fetch the Bolt Cutters

Fiona Apple


Released: April 17, 2020


Peak: 4 US, 33 UK, 10 CN, 13 AU


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


Genre: alternative rock


Tracks:

Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. I Want You to Love Me
  2. Shameika (4/27/20, 19 AA)
  3. Fetch the Bolt Cutters
  4. Under the Table
  5. Relay
  6. Rack of His
  7. Newspaper
  8. Ladies
  9. Heavy Balloon
  10. Cosmonauts
  11. For Her
  12. Drumset
  13. On I Go

All songs written by Fiona Apple.


Total Running Time: 51:49

Rating:

4.639 out of 5.00 (average of 28 ratings)


Quotable: “A dense and richly poetic masterpiece from one of music’s best modern storytellers.” – Patrick Ryan, USA Today


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

Fiona Apple’s fifth album came out eight years after her previous effort, 2012’s The Idler Wheel. She started work on it in February 2015, writing and rehearsing at her home studio in Venice Beach. After attempts to record in Texas and Los Angeles, she and her bandmates returned to her home studio, where most of the album was recorded using GarageBand. She recorded “long, often improvised takes with unconventional percussive sounds,” WK the latter of which included dog bones and a metal butterfly. WK She attributed the focus on percussion to a childhood obsessive-compulsive disorder with walking rhythmically to a strict tempo. WK

Lyrically, she explored her “complex relationships with other women and other personal experiences, including bullying and sexual assault.” WK within songs that rejected pop music’s traditional verse-chorus structure. WK The title of the album and its theme comes from a quotation from the British-Irish TV crime drama series The Fall: “Fetch the fucking bolt cutters and get yourself out of the situation you’re in.” WK She summed up the album’s theme as being about “breaking out of whatever prison you’ve allowed yourself to live in.” WK

The album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album. The single, Shameika, was nominated for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance. The song, named after a girl who went to middle school with Apple, was based on an experience in which Apple was rejected by a group of popular girls. Shameika approached Apple, saying “Why are you trying to sit with those girls? You have potential.” WK

Cosmonauts dated back to 2012. The song was written for the film This Is 40. Director Judd Apatow wanted a song exploring a life-long romantic relationship. She struggled with the concept, unsure if she wanted to be with anyone forever. Because of that, she came up with the interpretation that “It’s going to be you and me in this little vessel by ourselves in space, except it’s going to weigh a lot more, and you’re going to really get on my nerves.” WK

Other songs included I Want You to Love Me, which was originally about a hypothetical lover but ended up influenced by Apple’s relationship with writer Jonathan Ames. Drumset was written after she broke up with him. Newspaper and Ladies explore how women shouldn’t let men pit them against each other. On For Her, Apple explored a man’s abuse of a woman, based on a friend’s experiences. The Boston Globe’s Maura Johnston praised the album for its “matter-of-fact depictions of everyday brutality.” WK

Under the Table was inspired by a dinner party where people were bragging and she called someone out for an offensive comment. WK Heavy Balloon dealt with depression and On I Go grew out of a 2012 imprisonment for hash possession. The title track came late in the recording process after the album already had its title. WK

Pitchfork gave the album a perfect score. The last time had been in 2010 for Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Jenn Pelly described it as “an unyielding masterpiece.” WK All Music Guide’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine called it “complex and profoundly human, …nourishing and joyfully cathartic.” WK USA Today’s Patrick Ryan called it “a dense and richly poetic masterpiece from one of music’s best modern storytellers.” WK

Resources and Related Links:

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Digital Dream Door: Top 500 Songs

First posted 4/4/2020; updated 4/5/2020.

Top 500 Songs:

1891-2019

Digital Dream Door is one of the best sites out there for best-of music lists. Lists cover different eras, genres, and themes. The temptation was to simply duplicate their “500 Greatest Popular Recordings of All Time” list here, but that didn’t seem the best option for a couple of reasons. First, that list hasn’t been updated since 2013. Second, there are so many other song lists on the site that it seemed imperative to integrate them in as well.

Therefore this list is created by aggregating the more than 40 lists indicated at the bottom of this page. However, to still give the original 500 songs list appropriate impact, it was then averaged with the overall ranking of the aggregate. Here are the end results:

1. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)
2. Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968)
3. The Kingsmen “Louie Louie” (1963)
4. Bill Haley & the Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock” (1954)
5. The Beatles “Yesterday” (1965)
6. The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1965)
7. “Celebration” Kool & The Gang (1980)
8. The Temptations “My Girl” (1964)
9. Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” (1971)
10. Chuck Berry “Johnny B. Goode” (1958)

11. Billie Holiday “God Bless the Child” (1941)
12. Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (1978)
13. Bob Dylan “Like a Rolling Stone” (1965)
14. Bobby Darin “Mack the Knife” (1959)
15. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1982)
16. The Beatles “Hey Jude” (1968)
17. Elvis Presley “Hound Dog” (1956)
18. Stevie Wonder “Superstition” (1972)
19. The Sugarhill Gang “Rapper’s Delight” (1979)
20. James Brown “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” (1965)

21. The Kinks “You Really Got Me” (1964)
22. Bo Diddley “Bo Diddley” (1955)
23. Chubby Checker “The Twist” (1960)
24. Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” (1975)
25. The Supremes “Where Did Our Love Go” (1964)
26. Ray Charles “What’d I Say” (1959)
27. Chuck Berry “Maybellene” (1955)
28. Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On” (1971)
29. The Beatles “A Day in the Life” (1967)
30. Ray Charles “Georgia on My Mind” (1960)

31. Jerry Lee Lewis “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” (1957)
32. Percy Sledge “When a Man Loves a Woman” (1966)
33. The Beatles “She Loves You” (1963)
34. Nat “King” Cole “The Christmas Song” (1946)
35. Don McLean “American Pie” (1971)
36. The Isley Brothers “Shout” (1959)
37. John Lennon “Imagine” (1971)
38. The Jackson 5 “I Want You Back” (1969)
39. Otis Redding “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” (1968)
40. Big Joe Turner “Shake, Rattle and Roll” (1954)

41. Elvis Presley “Jailhouse Rock” (1957)
42. Rick James “Super Freak” (1981)
43. Artie Shaw “Stardust” (1941)
44. Duke Ellington “Take the ‘A’ Train” (1941)
45. Wynonie Harris “Good Rockin’ Tonight” (1948)
46. Village People “Y.M.C.A.” (1978)
47. Carl Perkins “Blue Suede Shoes” (1956)
48. The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” (1966)
49. “We Are the Champions/We Will Rock You” Queen (1977)
50. Fats Domino “Blueberry Hill” (1956)

51. Martha & the Vandellas “Dancing in the Street” (1964)
52. The Dominoes “Sixty Minute Man” (1951)
53. The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” (1965)
54. The Animals “The House of the Rising Sun” (1964)
55. Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970)
56. Martha & the Vandellas “Heat Wave” (1963)
57. Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975)
58. The Shirelles “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (1960)
59. Little Richard “Tutti Frutti” (1955)
60. The Ronettes “Be My Baby” (1963)

61. Booker T. & the MG’s “Green Onions” (1962)
62. The Byrds “Mr. Tambourine Man” (1965)
63. Wilson Pickett “In the Midnight Hour” (1965)
64. Elvis Presley “Don’t Be Cruel” (1956)
65. The Who “My Generation” (1966)
66. Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” (1977)
67. The Miracles “The Tracks of My Tears” (1965)
68. Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991)
69. The Supremes “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (1966)
70. Eagles “Hotel California” (1977)

71. The Who “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (1971)
72. Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get It On” (1973)
73. Elvis Presley “That’s All Right, Mama” (1954)
74. Crosby, Stills and Nash “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” (1969)
75. The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (1963)
76. Johnny Cash “I Walk the Line” (1956)
77. Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” (1956)
78. The Righteous Brothers “Unchained Melody” (1965)
79. The Miracles “You've Really Got a Hold on Me” (1962)
80. Ben E. King “Stand by Me” (1961)

81. Lynyrd Skynyrd “Sweet Home Alabama” (1974)
82. “I Only Have Eyes for You” The Flamingos (1959)
83. “In the Mood” Glenn Miller Orchestra (1939)
84. Buffalo Springfield “For What It’s Worth” (1967)
85. Bing Crosby “White Christmas” (1942)
86. The Staple Singers “I’ll Take You There” (1972)
87. “I Got You (I Feel Good)” James Brown (1965)
88. James Brown “Please Please Please” (1956)
89. Deep Purple “Smoke on the Water” (1973)
90. Judy Garland “Over the Rainbow” (1939)

91. Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (1966)
92. Bob Marley & the Wailers “No Woman, No Cry” (1974)
93. The Platters “The Great Pretender” (1955)
94. Creedence Clearwater Revival “Proud Mary” (1969)
95. The Rolling Stones “Sympathy for the Devil” (1968)
96. Sam Cooke “You Send Me” (1957)
97. Cream “Sunshine of Your Love” (1967)
98. Benny Goodman Orchestra “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)” (1938)
99. Etta James “At Last” (1961)
100. Little Richard “Long Tall Sally” (1956)


101. Elvis Presley “All Shook Up“ (1957)
102. The Beatles “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964)
103. Hank Williams “Your Cheatin’ Heart” (1953)
104. Buddy Holly & the Crickets “That’ll Be the Day” (1957)
105. The Beatles “Something” (1969)
106. The Drifters “White Christmas” (1954)
107. The Midnighters “Work with Me, Annie” (1954)
108. The Temptations “Ain't Too Proud to Beg” (1966)
109. The Doors “Light My Fire” (1967)
110. Little Eva “The Loco-Motion” (1962)

111. Simon and Garfunkel “The Sound of Silence” (1965)
112. Jackie Brenston & His Delta cats “Rocket 88” (1951)
113. The Drifters “Money Honey” (1953)
114. The Five Satins “In the Still of the Night” (1956)
115. Derek & the Dominos “Layla” (1971)
116. Lloyd Price “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” (1952)
117. Billie Holiday “Strange Fruit” (1939)
118. The Moody Blues “Nights in White Satin” (1967)
119. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Purple Haze” (1967)
120. Procol Harum “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (1967)

121. Isaac Hayes “Theme from ‘Shaft’” (1971)
122. AC/DC “You Shook Me All Night Long” (1980)
123. Chuck Berry “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956)
124. Frank Sinatra “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” (1956)
125. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
126. Janis Joplin “Me and Bobby McGee” (1971)
127. Hank Williams “Jambalaya on the Bayou” (1952)
128. Sam & Dave “Soul Man” (1967)
129. Jefferson Starship “Somebody to Love” (1967)
130. James Brown “Get Up, I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine” (1970)

131. Nat “King” Cole “Unforgettable” (1951)
132. Eddie Cochran “Summertime Blues” (1958)
133. Lynyrd Skynyrd “Free Bird” (1974)
134. Roberta Flack “Killing Me Softly with His Song” (1973)
135. The Spencer Davis Group “Gimme Some Lovin’” (1966)
136. Al Green “Let’s Stay Together” (1971)
137. Coleman Hawkins “Body and Soul” (1940)
138. Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra & Williams Brothers Quartet “Swinging on a Star” (1944)
139. Robert Johnson “Cross Road Blues (aka ‘Crossroads’)” (1936)
140. Roy Orbison “(Oh) Pretty Woman” (1964)

141. The Beatles “In My Life” (1965)
142. Hank Williams “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” (1949)
143. The Clash “London Calling” (1979)
144. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five “The Message” (1982)
145. Patsy Cline “Crazy” (1961)
146. The Rolling Stones “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (1968)
147. Elvis Presley “Mystery Train” (1955)
148. Johnny Ace “Pledging My Love” (1955)
149. Afrika Bambaataa “Planet Rock” (1982)
150. The Beach Boys “God Only Knows” (1966)

151. Buddy Holly “Peggy Sue” (1957)
152. The Beatles “Twist and Shout” (1963)
153. The Impressions “For Your Precious Love” (1958)
154. Sly & The Family Stone “Everyday People” (1968)
155. Jimmie Rodgers “Blue Yodel #1 (T for Texas)” (1928)
156. Count Basie Orchestra “One O’Clock Jump” (1937)
157. Little Willie John “Fever” (1956)
158. The Andrews Sisters “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’ (1941)
159. Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys “Blue Moon of Kentucky” (1946)
160. Roy Acuff “Wabash Cannonball” (1938)

161. The Orioles “Crying in the Chapel” (1953)
162. Led Zeppelin “Whole Lotta Love” (1969)
163. Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps “Be-Bop-A-Lula” (1956)
164. Prince “When Doves Cry” (1984)
165. Dion “The Wanderer” (1961)
166. Jerry Lee Lewis “Great Balls of Fire” (1957)
167. Gary Glitter “Rock and Roll Part 2” (1972)
168. The Penguins “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” (1954)
169. New Order “Blue Monday” (1983)
170. Elvis Presley “Heartbreak Hotel” (1956)

171. Junior Walker & the All-Stars “Shotgun” (1965)
172. The Mamas & Papas “California Dreamin’” (1966)
173. Sister Sledge “We Are Family” (1979)
174. Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb & His Orchestra “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” (1938)
175. Ramones “Blitzkrieg Bop” (1976)
176. Soft Cell “Tainted Love” (1981)
177. The Temptations “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” (1972)
178. The Everly Brothers “Bye Bye Love” (1957)
179. Sam Cooke “Bring It on Home to Me” (1962)
180. Jimmie Rodgers “In the Jailhouse Now” (1928)

181. Nat “King” Cole “Straighten Up and Fly Right” (1944)
182. Bob Dylan “Blowin’ in the Wind” (1963)
183. Blondie “Heart of Glass” (1978)
184. Elvis Presley “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (1961)
185. The Chords “Sh-Boom” (1954)
186. Billie Holiday “Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)” (1945)
187. The Carter Family “Will the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye)” (1935)
188. Les Paul & Mary Ford “How High the Moon” (1951)
189. The Human League “Don’t You Want Me?” (1981)
190. U2 “One” (1992)

191. Sinéad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990)
192. Louis Armstrong “What a Wonderful World” (1967)
193. Little Richard “Good Golly Miss Molly” (1958)
194. Chic “Le Freak” (1978)
195. Michael Jackson “Beat It” (1983)
196. Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto “The Girl from Ipanema” (1964)
197. Fats Domino “Ain’t That a Shame (aka ‘Ain’t It a Shame’)” (1955)
198. Les Brown’s Orchestra with Doris Day “Sentimental Journey” (1945)
199. The Mills Brothers “Paper Doll” (1942)
200. Carole King “It’s Too Late” (1971)


201. The Beach Boys “Surfin’ U.S.A.” (1963)
202. Johnny Cash “Folsom Prison Blues” (1956)
203. Elton John “Your Song” (1970)
204. Kate Smith “God Bless America” (1939)
205. Lionel Hampton “Flying Home” (1940)
206. Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band “Old Time Rock and Roll” (1979)
207. The Temptations “Just My Imagination Running Away with Me” (1971)
208. Aretha Franklin “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” (1967)
209. Ernest Tubb “Walking the Floor Over You” (1941)
210. Sam Cooke “A Change Is Gonna Come” (1965)

211. Paul Whiteman with George Gershwin “Rhapsody in Blue” (1924)
212. Roy Orbison “Only the Lonely” (1960)
213. Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This” (1983)
214. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll” (1981)
215. Ethel Waters “Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)” (1933)
216. Frank Sinatra “My Way” (1969)
217. Kurtis Blow “The Breaks” (1980)
218. The Beach Boys “I Get Around” (1964)
219. Black Sabbath “Paranoid” (1970)
220. Dizzy Gillespie “A Night in Tunisia” (1946)

221. Pink Floyd “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” (1979)
222. “Chattanooga Choo Choo” Glenn Miller with Tex Beneke & the Four Modernaires (1941)
223. Donna Summer “Hot Stuff” (1979)
224. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
225. Guns N’ Roses “November Rain” (1991)
226. Jackie Wilson “Lonely Teardrops” (1958)
227. The Who “Baba O’Riley” (1971)
228. Al Jolson “Swanee” (1920)
229. Aerosmith “Dream On” (1973)
230. Aerosmith “Walk This Way” (1976)

231. Louis Jordan “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie” (1946)
232. Louis Armstrong “West End Blues” (1928)
233. The Impressions “People Get Ready” (1965)
234. Artie Shaw Orchestra “Begin the Beguine” (1938)
235. The Drifters “Under the Boardwalk” (1964)
236. Madonna “Into the Groove” (1985)
237. Radiohead “Paranoid Android” (1997)
238. Mamie Smith “Crazy Blues” (1920)
239. Guns N’ Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” (1987)
240. Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (1988)

241. Bruce Springsteen “Born in the U.S.A.” (1984)
242. Ray Charles “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (1962)
243. U2 “With or Without You” (1987)
244. Bing Crosby “Silent Night” (1935)
245. Tina Turner “What’s Love Got to Do with It” (1984)
246. Bill Withers “Lean on Me” (1972)
247. John Lee Hooker “Boogie Chillen” (1949)
248. Cab Calloway “Minnie the Moocher” (1931)
249. Alanis Morissette “You Oughta Know” (1995)
250. The Beatles “Let It Be” (1970)

251. Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys “New San Antonio Rose” (1944)
252. The Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever” (1967)
253. Rod Stewart “Maggie May” (1971)
254. Pearl Jam “Jeremy” (1991)
255. The Pretenders “Only You and You Alone” The Platters (1955)
256. Ruth Brown “Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean” (1953)
257. T-Bone Walker “Call It Stormy Monday” (1947)
258. Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love” (1981)
259. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Under the Bridge” (1992)
260. Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra “I’ll Never Smile Again” (1940)

261. Jo Stafford “You Belong to Me” (1952)
262. Meat Loaf “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” (1978)
263. Technotronic “Pump Up the Jam” (1990)
264. Bob Dylan “The Times They Are A-Changin’” (1964)
265. The Kinks “All Day and All of the Night” (1964)
266. The Spaniels “Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite” (1954)
267. Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra “I Can’t Get Started” (1938)
268. The Impressions “It’s All Right” (1963)
269. Run-D.M.C. with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry “Walk This Way” (1986)
270. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “All Along the Watchtower” (1968)

271. The Contours “Do You Love Me?” (1962)
272. Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (1983)
273. Madonna “Like a Virgin” (1984)
274. Queen “Another One Bites the Dust” (1980)
275. Eric Clapton “Tears in Heaven” (1992)
276. Johnny Burnette & the Rock ‘N’ Roll Trio “Train Kept-a-Rollin’” (1956)
277. Madonna “Vogue” (1990)
278. Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock “It Takes Two” (1988)
279. Devo “Whip It” (1980)
280. Harry James with Frank Sinatra “All or Nothing at All” (1939)

281. Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime” (1980)
282. Benny Goodman “Don’t Be That Way” (1938)
283. Barrett Strong “Money (That’s What I Want)” (1960)
284. Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Relax” (1983)
285. The Romantics “What I Like About You” (1980)
286. Mary Wells “My Guy” (1964)
287. Steppenwolf “Born to Be Wild” (1968)
288. David Bowie “Space Oddity” (1969)
289. The Supremes “Baby Love” (1964)
290. Tony Bennett “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” (1962)

291. Salt-N-Pepa “Push It” (1987)
292. Blondie “Rapture” (1980)
293. Dionne Warwick “Walk on By” (1964)
294. Dion “Runaround Sue” (1961)
295. The Troggs “Wild Thing” (1966)
296. Wilbert Harrison “Kansas City” (1959)
297. The Notorious B.I.G. “Juicy” (1994)
298. Barry White “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” (1974)
299. Prince “1999” (1982)
300. Stevie Wonder “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” (1972)


301. Duran Duran “Hungry Like the Wolf” (1982)
302. Stevie Wonder “Living for the City” (1973)
303. Eminem with Dido “Stan” (2000)
304. Michael Jackson “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (1979)
305. The Marvelettes “Please Mr. Postman” (1961)
306. Funkadelic “One Nation Under a Groove” (1978)
307. Whitney Houston “I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me” (1987)
308. Fatss Waller “Ain’t Misbehavin’” (1929)
309. Chic “Good Times” (1979)
310. Edwin Starr “War” (1970)

311. Glenn Miller “Moonlight Serenade” (1939)
312. Public Enemy “Figh the Power” (1989)
313. The Go-Go’s “Our Lips Are Sealed” (1981)
314. Dire Straits “Money for Nothing” (1985)
315. De La Soul “Me, Myself, and I” (1989)
316. Pink Floyd “Comfortably Numb” (1979)
317. Sly & the Family Stone “Family Affair” (1971)
318. Pretenders “Brass in Pocket” (1979)
319. Free “All Right Now” (1970)
320. George McCrae “Rock Your Baby” (1974)

321. Bill Doggett “Honky Tonk” (1956)
322. Bob Dylan “Tangled Up in Blue” (1975)
323. Led Zeppelin “Kashmir” (1975)
324. Dr. Dre & Snoop Doggy Dogg “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” (1993)
325. The Orioles “It’s Too Soon to Know” (1948)
326. AC/DC “Back in Black” (1980)
327. The Beach Boys “Don’t Worry Baby” (1964)
328. Janet Jackson “Nasty” (1986)
329. The Drifters “There Goes My Baby” (1959)
330. Prince & the Revolution “Purple Rain” (1984)

331. The Yardbirds “Heart Full of Soul” (1965)
332. Tupac Shakur (2pac) with Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman “California Love” (1996)
333. The O’Jays “Love Train” (1973)
334. Chuck Willis “CC Rider” (1967)
335. Gladys Knight & the Pips “Midnight Train to Georgia” (1973)
336. Van Halen “Jump” (1984)
337. R.E.M. “Losing My Religion” (1991)
338. Woody Guthrie “This Land Is Your Land” (1940)
339. The Lovin’ Spoonful “Do You Believe in Magic?” (1965)
340. Metallica “One” (1988)

341. Abba “Dancing Queen” (1976)
342. Lipps Inc. “Funkytown” (1980)
343. Big Brother & the Holding Company “Piece of My Heart” (1968)
344. Billy Joel “Piano Man’ (1973)
345. The Ink Spots…If I Didn’t Care (1939)
346. Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (1980)
347. Jimmie Davis “You Are My Sunshine” (1940)
348. The Mills Brothers “You Always Hurt the One You Love” (1944)
349. Lauryn Hill “Doo Wop (That Thing)” (1998)
350. The Dominoes “Have Mercy Baby” (1952)

351. Duke Ellington “Mood Indigo” (1931)
352. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott “Get Ur Freak On” (2001)
353. Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman’s Orchestra “Cheek to Cheek” (1935)
354. Ritchie Valens “La Bamba” (1958)
355. Lou Reed “Walk on the Wild Side” (1972)
356. Sonny & Cher “I Got You Babe” (1965)
357. Ray Charles “I Gotta Woman” (1955)
358. OutKast “Hey Ya!” (2003)
359. Oasis “Wonderwall” (1995)
360. Nat “King” Cole “Nature Boy” (1948)

361. Larry Clinton with Bea Wain “Deep Purple” (1939)
362. Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” (1995)
363. Jay-Z “Hard-Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” (1998)
364. Marcia Griffiths “Electric Slide (Electric Boogie)” (1989)
365. Natalie Cole with Nat “King” Cole “Unforgettable” (1991)
366. Gene Autry & Pinafores “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1949)
367. Mariah Carey “Dreamlover” (1993)
368. Louis Jordan “Caldonia Boogie” (1945)
369. Irene Cara “Flashdance...What a Feelin’” (1983)
370. Olivia Newton-John “Physical” (1981)

371. Run-D.M.C. “It’s Like That” (1983)
372. Billie Holiday “Summertime” (1939)
373. Sidney Bechet “Summertime” (1939)
374. Lionel Richie “All Night Long (All Night)” (1983)
375. Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (1991)
376. Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell “Green Eyes (Aquellos Ojos Verdes)” (1941)
377. The Rolling Stones “Honky Tonk Women” (1969)
378. The Ink Spots “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire” (1941)
379. Woody Herman “At the Woodchopper’s Ball” (1939)
380. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (1998)

381. The Searchers “Needles and Pins” (1964)
382. No Doubt “Don’t Speak” (1996)
383. Rick James “Give It to Me Baby” (1981)
384. The Monkees “I’m a Believer” (1966)
385. Cyndi Lauper “Time After Time” (1983)
386. Patti Page “Tennessee Waltz” (1948)
387. Foreigner “I Want to Know What Love Is” (1984)
388. John Michael Montgomery “I Swear” (1994)
389. Petula Clark “Downtown” (1964)
390. Fleetwood Mac “Dreams” (1977)

391. The Bangles “Walk Like an Egyptian” (1986)
392. Artie Shaw “Frenesi” (1940)
393. Berlin “Take My Breath Away” (1986)
394. Johnny Mathis “Misty” (1959)
395. Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010)
396. Otis Redding “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” (1965)
397. C + C Music Factory “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” (1990)
398. Four Tops “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” (1965)
399. Johnnie Ray & the Four Lads “Cry” (1951)
400. Aretha Franklin “Think” (1968)


401. Bob Dylan “Subterrean Homesick Blues” (1965)
402. The Yardbirds “For Your Love” (1965)
403. The Del-Vikings “Come Go with Me” (1957)
404. The Trammps “Disco Inferno” (1977)
405. TLC “Waterfalls” (1994)
406. Kanye West “Jesus Walks” (2004)
407. Blondie “Call Me” (1980)
408. Beck “Loser” (1993)
409. Elvis Presley “Love Me Tender” (1956)
410. Radiohead “Creep” (1992)

411. Sex Pistols “Anarchy in the U.K.” (1976)
412. Donovan “Sunshine Superman” (1966)
413. Frank Sinatra “That’s Life” (1966)
414. Nirvana “Come As You Are” (1991)
415. The Pointer Sisters “I’m So Excited” (1984)
416. Jimmy Forrest “Night Train” (1952)
417. Soundgarden “Black Hole Sun” (1994)
418. Blur “Song 2” (1997)
419. The Byrds “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)” (1965)
420. M.C. Hammer “U Can’t Touch This” (1990)

421. The Rolling Stones “Brown Sugar” (1971)
422. Stevie Wonder “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” (1965)
423. Sir Mix-a-Lot “Baby Got Back” (1992)
424. Smashing Pumpkins “1979” (1995)
425. Simon & Garfunkel “Mrs. Robinson” (1968)
426. Alicia Keys “Fallin’” (2001)
427. Donna Summer “I Feel Love” (1977)
428. Talking Heads “Burning Down the House” (1983)
429. Pearl Jam “Alive” (1991)
430. Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer” (1986)

431. OutKast “Ms. Jackson” (2000)
432. DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince “Summertime” (1991)
433. The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army” (2003)
434. Elvis Presley “Baby Let’s Play House” (1955)
435. Tracy Chapman “Fast Car” (1988)
436. The Supremes “You Can’t Hurry Love” (1966)
437. Yes “Roundabout” (1972)
438. Madonna “Holiday” (1983)
439. Ice Cube “It Was a Good Day” (1993)
440. Nine Inch Nails “Closer” (1994)

441. Snoop Doggy Dogg “Gin & Juice” (1994)
442. The Miracles “The Tears of a Clown” (1970)
443. Dave Clark Five “Glad All Over” (1964)
444. Ramones “I Wanna Be Sedated” (1978)
445. Beastie Boys “Sabotage” (1994)
446. The Kinks “Waterloo Sunset” (1967)
447. Chuck Berry “Rock and Roll Music” (1957)
448. Santana “Black Magic Woman” (1970)
449. The Zombies “She’s Not There” (1964)
450. Chaka Khan “I Feel for You” (1984)

451. Led Zeppelin “Rock and Roll” (1972)
452. The Rolling Stones “Paint It, Black” (1966)
453. Led Zeppelin “Dazed and Confused” (1969)
454. The Four Seasons “Sherry” (1962)
455. Huey “Piano” Smith & His Clowns “Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie-Woogie Flu” (1957)
456. Tears for Fears “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (1985)
457. Whitney Houston “How Will I Know” (1985)
458. Prince “Kiss” (1986)
459. The Verve “Bittersweet Symphony” (1997)
460. The Band “The Weight” (1968)

461. King Crimson “21st Century Schizoid Man” (1969)
462. Fleetwood Mac “Go Your Own Way” (1977)
463. Danny & the Juniors “At the Hop” (1957)
464. Stray Cats “Rock This Town” (1982)
465. Boston “More Than a Feeling” (1976)
466. Roy Orbison “Crying” (1961)
467. The Dirfters “Save the Last Dance for Me” (1960)
468. The Everly Brothers “All I Have to Do Is Dream” (1958)
469. The Four Tops “Baby I Need Your Loving” (1964)
470. The B-52’s “Love Shack” (1989)

471. The Smiths “How Soon Is Now?” (1984)
472. Depeche Mode “Personal Jesus” (1989)
473. Tupac Shakur (2pac) “Dear Mama” (1995)
474. Sex Pistols “God Save the Queen” (1977)
475. Pink Floyd “Time” (1973)
476. Them “Gloria” (1964)
477. The Jackson 5 “I’ll Be There” (1970)
478. N.W.A. “Fuck tha Police” (1989)
479. Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” (1972)
480. The Supremes “Stop! In the Name of Love” (1965)

481. Vernon Dalhart “The Prisoner’s Song” (1925)
482. The MC5 “Kick Out the Jams” (1969)
483. Wu-Tang Clan “C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)” (1994)
484. Cameo “Word Up” (1986)
485. Martha & the Vandellas “Nowhere to Run” (1965)
486. The Coasters “Yakety Yak” (1958)
487. Bessie Smith with Louis Armstrong “St. Louis Blues” (1925)
488. The Crystals “Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)” (1963)
489. Tammy Wynette “Stand by Your Man” (1968)
490. Prince & the Revolution “Let’s Go Crazy” (1984)

491. Naughty by Nature “O.P.P.” (1991)
492. INXS “Need You Tonight” (1987)
493. Tennessee Ernie Ford “Sixteen Tons” (1955)
494. Dire Straits “Sultans of Swing” (1978)
495. Bobby Brown “My Prerogative” (1988)
496. The Notorious B.I.G. “Big Poppa” (1994)
497. Chuck Berry “School Days” (1957)
498. Paul McCartney “Maybe I’m Amazed” (1970)
499. The Go-Go’s “We Got the Beat” (1982)
500. Faye Adams “Shake a Hand” (1953)


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