Monday, June 29, 2020

Juno Award: International Albums of the Year

First posted 6/29/2020.

Juno Award:

International Album of the Year, 1975-2020

The Juno Awards are given to Canadian musical artists and bands by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. They are the equivalent of the Grammys in the United States. They were most recently given on June 29, 2020.

The International Album of the Year, generally given to a non-Canadian album, has been awarded since 1975. It has also been known as “Best Selling International Album” (1975-1980), “Best Selling Album by a Foreign Artist” (1992), and “Best Selling Album (Foreign or Domestic)” (1993-2002). Because of the occasional rule changes, Canadians Bryan Adams and Celine Dion have won the award.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

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

Originally posted 6/22/2020.

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 sixth batch of music maker inductees celebrates the top Pre-Rock-Era Acts, as determined by rankings in Joel Whitburn’s Pop Memories 1890-1954. These are the top 10 from that list who were not previously inducted. Previous inductees in this category were Henry Burr, Bing Crosby, Tommy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo, Billy Murray, Frank Sinatra, and Paul Whiteman.

Perry Como (1912-2001)

Inducted June 2020 as “Top Pre-Rock-Era Act.”

Italian-American traditional pop crooner born Pierino Ronald Como in Canonsburg, PA. Left his hometown barber shop to sing with Freddie Carlone’s local band in 1933; about four years later Ted Weems hired him as a featured vocalist. When the Weems band broke up in 1942, he secured a local CBS radio show. Once he started recording the following year there was no stopping him. Como’s relaxed style and romantic vocals made his TV series a popular favorite from the early ‘50s to 1963. His version of “Some Enchanted Evening” is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Pre-Rock Era, 1890-1953. Read more.

Jimmy Dorsey (1904-1957)

Inducted June 2020 as “Top Pre-Rock-Era Act.”

Bandleader born in Shenandoah, PA. Used his vast skills as alto-saxophonist and clarinetist with a multitude of bands during the late ‘20s and early ‘30s. He and his brother Tommy Dorsey played with others and each other as the Dorsey Brothers before Jimmy struck out on his own in 1935. “Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy),” “Tangerine,” and “Besame Mucho” are in the DMDB’s top 1% of songs. Read more.

Benny Goodman (1909-1986)

Inducted June 2020 as “Top Pre-Rock-Era Act.”

Jazz clarinetist and bandleader born in Chicago, Illinois. Known as "The King of Swing" for ushering in more dance-oriented jazz. Was in a band by age 14. Worked with multiple noted artists before forming his own band in 1934. He launched the careers of many other jazz musicians including guitarist Charlie Christian and drummer Gene Krupa and was one of the first to lead integrated jazz groups. His 1/16/1938 Carnegie Hall concert in New York is, as All Music Guide’s Bruce Eder called it, “the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history.” Read more.

Al Jolson (1886-1950)

Inducted June 2020 as “Top Pre-Rock-Era Act.”

Jazz singer born Asa Yoelson in St. Petersburg, Russia. One of the greatest popular entertainers in American history, becoming a star with minstrel shows, vaudeville, Broadway, and movies, specifically in 1927’s The Jazz Singer, which ushered in the age of sound motion pictures. “You Made Me Love You, I Didn't Want to Do It,” “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody,” “Swanee,” “April Showers,” and “Sonny Boy” are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Pre-Rock Era, 1890-1953. Read more.

Sammy Kaye (1910-1987)

Inducted June 2020 as “Top Pre-Rock-Era Act.”

Jazz/big band leader born Samuel Zamocay, Jr. in Lakewood, Ohio. Durable leader of popular “sweet” dance band with the slogan “Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye.” Also clarinet and alto saxman, as well as a composer (“Remember Pearl Harbor”). His song “Daddy” is in the DMDB’s top 1% of songs. Read more.

Ted Lewis (1890-1971)

Inducted June 2020 as “Top Pre-Rock-Era Act.”

Bandleader, clarinetist, and singer born Theodore Friedman in Circleville, Ohio. Sometime songwriter (his theme “When My Baby Smiles at Me”) whose showmanship was honed during early years in vaudeville. His famous slogan was “Is everybody happy?” “On the Sunny Side of the Street” is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Pre-Rock Era, 1890-1953. Read more.

Harry Macdonough (1871-1931)

Inducted June 2020 as “Top Pre-Rock-Era Act.”

Tenor singer born John Scantlebury MacDonald in Ontario, Canada. Second only to Henry Burr among the great ballad singers of recordings’ pioneer pre-1920 era. Worked with the Edison Male Quartette, Haydn Quartet, Orpheus Quartet, Lyric Quartet, and Victor Light Opera Co. Was a top record company executive after World War I. “Shine on, Harvest Moon” and “Down by the Old Mill Stream” are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Pre-Rock Era, 1890-1953. Read more.

Glenn Miller (1904-1944)

Inducted June 2020 as “Top Pre-Rock-Era Act.”

Jazz/big band leader born Alton Glenn Miller on 3/1/1904 in Clarinda, IA. Led of the most universally beloved of all big bands. Played trombone and did arrangements for others before starting his own band in 1937. He enlisted in the Army Air Force in September 1942, and formed the war’s most famous service band. Died on 12/15/1944 when his plane was lost over the English Channel. “In the Mood” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo” are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Pre-Rock Era, 1890-1953. Read more.

Peerless Quartet (active 1907-1928)

Inducted June 2020 as “Top Pre-Rock-Era Act.”

All-time great vocal group which began as the Columbia Male Quartet. Members included Henry Burr, Albert Campbell, Steve Porter, Frank Stanley, Arthur Collins, John Meyer, and Frank Croxton. Their song “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Pre-Rock Era, 1890-1953. Read more.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

The Top 100 Funk Songs of All Time

First posted 6/6/2020.

Funk:

Top 100 Songs

Funk was an R&B sub-genre which emerged in African-American communities in the 1960s and became especially popular in the 1970s. The music was marked by an emphasis on strong, rhythmic grooves supported by bass and drum. It was instrumental in the development of the even more dance-oriented disco music of the 1970s.

19 lists were aggregated to create this list. Click here to see other genre-specific song lists.

1. Stevie Wonder “Superstition” (1972)
2. Parliament “Flashlight” (1977)
3. Funkadelic “One Nation Under a Groove” (1978)
4. Parliament “Tear the Roof Off the Sucker (Give Up the Funk)” (1975)
5. Rick James “Super Freak” (1981)
6. Sly & the Family Stone “Thank You Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Again” (1969)
7. Zapp “More Bounce to the Ounce” (1980)
8. Kool & the Gang “Jungle Boogie” (1973)
9. Average White Band “Pick Up the Pieces” (1974)
10. George Clinton “Atomic Dog” (1982)

11. The Commodores “Brick House” (1977)
12. Earth, Wind & Fire “Shining Star” (1975)
13. Herbie Hancock “Chameleon” (1973)
14. Curtis Mayfield “Superfly” (1972)
15. Wild Cherry “Play That Funky Music” (1976)
16. Marvin Gaye “Got to Give It Up” (1977)
17. Kool & the Gang “Get Down on It” (1982)
18. The Isley Brothers “It’s Your Thing” (1969)
19. War “Low Rider” (1975)
20. The Gap Band “You Dropped a Bomb on Me” (1982)

21. James Brown “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine)” (1970)
22. Funkadelic “Not Just Knee Deep” (1979)
23. Ohio Players “Fire” (1974)
24. Cameo “Word Up!” (1986)
25. The Staple Singers “I’ll Take You There” (1972)
26. Stevie Wonder “Higher Ground” (1973)
27. James Brown “The Payback” (1974)
28. Aretha Franklin “Rock Steady” (1971)
29. Brick “Dazz” (1976)
30. Slave “Slide” (1977)

31. The Brothers Johnson “Get the Funk Out of Ma Face” (1976)
32. Dazz Band “Let It Whip” (1982)
33. James Brown “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” (1965)
34. Michael Jackson “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (1979)
35. Lipps Inc. “Funkytown” (1980)
36. The Meters “Cissy Strut” (1969)
37. Rufus with Chaka Khan “Tell Me Something Good” (1974)
38. Stevie Wonder “Living for the City” (1973)
39. Jean Knight “Mr. Big Stuff” (1971)
40. Rose Royce “Car Wash” (1976)

41. James Brown “Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud” (1968)
42. Ohio Players “Love Rollercoaster” (1975)
43. Kool & the Gang “Funky Stuff” (1973)
44. The Temptations “Cloud Nine” (1968)
45. Rick James “Give It to Me Baby” (1981)
46. Isaac Hayes “Theme from Shaft” (1971)
47. Prince “When Doves Cry” (1984)
48. Prince “Kiss’ (1986)
49. James Brown “Get Up Offa That Thing” (1976)
50. James Brown “Cold Sweat” (1967)

51. Edwin Starr “War” (1970)
52. Sly & the Family Stone “Dance to the Music” (1968)
53. The Isley Brothers “That Lady’ (1973)
54. Mtume “Juicy Fruit” (1982)
55. Prince “Little Red Corvette” (1983)
56. Sly & the Family Stone “(Family Affair” (1971)
57. The Isley Brothers “Fight the Power” (1975)
58. Hot Chocolate “You Sexy Thing” (1975)
59. Carl Carlton “She’s a Bad Mama Jama (She’s a Built, She’s Stacked)” (1981)
60. Tom Browne “Funkin’ for Jamaica (N.Y.)” (1980)

61. Carl Douglas “Kung Fu Fighting” (1974)
62. The O’Jays “For the Love of Money” (1974)
63. Prince “Sign ‘O’ the Times” (1987)
64. Ann Peebles “I Can’t Stand the Rain” (1973)
65. Instant Funk “I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl)” (1978)
66. Kool & the Gang “Hollywood Swinging” (1973)
67. Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers “Bustin’ Loose” (1979)
68. The Gap Band “Burn Rubber on Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)” (1980)
69. The Temptations “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” (1972)
70. Earth, Wind & Fire “Let’s Groove” (1981)

71. The Gap Band “I Don’t Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance (Oops, Up Side Your Head)” (1980)
72. B.T. Express “Do It ‘Til You’re Satisfied” (1974)
73. James Brown “Out of Sight” (1964)
74. Con Funk Shun “Ffun” (1977)
75. Lynn Collins “Think About It” (1972)
76. James Brown “Get on the Good Foot” (1972)
77. Eddie Kendricks “Keep on Truckin’” (1973)
78. Rufus with Chaka Khan “Ain’t Nobody” (1983)
79. The Meters “Just Kissed My Baby” (1974)
80. Betty Wright “Clean Up Woman” (1971)

81. The Temptations “Shakey Ground” (1975)
82. Diana Ross “Upside Down” (1980)
83. King Floyd “Groove Me” (1970)
84. The Temptations “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)” (1970)
85. Tower of Power “What Is Hip?” (1973)
86. Lakeside “Fantastic Voyage” (1980)
87. Bill Withers “Use Me” (1972)
88. Dr. John “Right Time, Wrong Place” (1973)
89. Taana Gardner “Heartbeat” (1981)
90. Bill Withers “Lovely Day” (1977)

91. KC & the Sunshine Band “Get Down Tonight” (1975)
92. Chic “Good Times” (1979)
93. Mandrill “Fencewalk” (1973)
94. The Commodores “Machine Gun” (1974)
95. Dyke & the Blazers “Funky Broadway” (1967)
96. The Brothers Johnson “Stomp!” (1980)
97. Graham Central Station “The Jam” (1976)
98. Prince “Controversy” (1981)
99. Herbie Hancock “Rock-It” (1983)
100. L.T.D. “Back in Love Again” (1977)


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Friday, June 5, 2020

Psychedelic Rock: Top 100 Songs

First posted 4/17/2020; updated 6/5/2020.

Psychedelic Rock:

Top 100 Songs

Psychedelic rock emerged in the mid-‘60s as music inspired, influenced, or representative of the experience of taking hallucinogenic drugs, most notably LSD. The Summer of Love in 1967 and the Woodstock Festival in 1969 were major cultural events which have been tied to the psychedelic rock movement.

This list was created by aggregating 24 lists focused on psychedelic rock songs.

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1. Jefferson Airplane “White Rabbit” (1967)
2. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Purple Haze” (1967)
3. The Beatles “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” (1967)
4. The Doors “Light My Fire” (1967)
5. Strawberry Alarm Clock “Incense and Peppermints” (1967)
6. The Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever” (1967)
7. The Byrds “Eight Miles High” (1966)
8. The Beatles “Tomorrow Never Knows” (1966)
9. Pink Floyd “Interstellar Overdrive” (1967)
10. Procol Harum “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (1967)

11. Jefferson Airplane “Somebody to Love” (1967)
12. Iron Butterfly “In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida” (1968)
13. Grateful Dead “Dark Star” (1968)
14. The Amboy Dukes “Journey to the Center of the Mind” (1968)
15. The Electric Prunes “I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night” (1966)
16. The Beatles “I Am the Walrus” (1967)
17. Cream “Sunshine of Your Love” (1967)
18. Scott McKenzie “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)” (1967)
19. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Are You Experienced?” (1967)
20. Steppenwolf “Magic Carpet Ride” (1968)

21. The Small Faces “Itchycoo Park” (1967)
22. The Chambers Brothers “Time Has Come Today” (1967)
23. The Doors “The End” (1967)
24. The Beatles “A Day in the Life” (1967)
25. Status Quo “Pictures of Matchstick Men” (1967)
26. The Animals “Sky Pilot” (1968)
27. Pink Floyd “Astronomy Domine” (1967)
28. Cream “White Room” (1968)
29. The Beatles “All You Need Is Love” (1967)
30. The Velvet Underground & Nico “Venus in Furs” (1967)

31. The United States of America “The American Metaphysical Circus” (1968)
32. Pink Floyd “See Emily Play” (1967)
33. The Rolling Stones “2000 Light Years from Home” (1967)
34. Tommy James & the Shondells “Crimson and Clover” (1968)
35. The Who “I Can See for Miles” (1967)
36. The Count Five “Psychotic Reaction” (1966)
37. The Doors “Strange Days” (1967)
38. Tomorrow “My White Bicycle” (1967)
39. The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” (1966)
40. The Turtles “Happy Together” (1967)

41. Kenny Rogers & the First Edition “Just Dropped in to See What Condition My Condition Was In” (1967)
42. Big Brother & the Holding Company “Piece of My Heart” (1968)
43. Pink Floyd “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” (1968)
44. Donovan “Hurdy Gurdy Man” (1968)
45. The Rolling Stones “She’s a Rainbow” (1967)
46. The Balloon Farm “A Question of Temperature” (1968)
47. The Byrds “Mr. Tambourine Man” (1965)
48. The Kinks “Waterloo Sunset” (1967)
49. The Yardbirds “The Shapes of Things” (1966)
50. The Animals “San Franciscan Nights” (1967)

51. Buffalo Springfield “For What It’s Worth” (1966)
52. The Grass Roots “Let’s Live for Today” (1967)
53. The Bubble Puppy “Hot Smoke & Sassafras” (1969)
54. The Young Rascals “Groovin’” (1967)
55. The Beatles “Within You Without You” (1967)
56. Pink Floyd “Echoes” (1971)
57. The Box Tops “The Letter” (1967)
58. Vanilla Fudge “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (1967)
59. Donovan “Sunshine Superman” (1966)
60. Country Joe & the Fish “Grace” (1967)

61. Traffic “Dear Mr. Fantasy” (1967)
62. The Doors “People Are Strange” (1967)
63. Love “The Red Telephone” (1967)
64. Kaleidoscope “Beacon from Mars” (1968)
65. The 13th Floor Elevators “You’re Gonna Miss Me” (1966)
66. The Lemon Pipers “Green Tambourine” (1967)
67. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Third Stone from the Sun” (1967)
68. Traffic “Paper Sun” (1967)
69. Bobbie Gentry “Ode to Billie Joe” (1967)
70. The Rolling Stones “Ruby Tuesday” (1967)

71. The Monkees “Pleasant Valley Sunday” (1967)
72. Pink Floyd “Comfortably Numb” (1979)
73. The Moody Blues “Nights in White Satin” (1967)
74. Pink Floyd “Arnold Layne” (1967)
75. H.P. Lovecraft “At the Mountains of Madness” (1968)
76. The Blues Magoos “We Ain’t Got Nothin’ Yet” (1966)
77. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown “Fire” (1968)
78. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “All Along the Watchtower” (1968)
79. Donovan “Mellow Yellow” (1966)
80. The Yardbirds “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago” (1966)

81. Blue Cheer “Summertime Blues” (1968)
82. Cream “Strange Brew” (1967)
83. The Youngbloods “Get Together” (1967)
84. The 13th Floor Elevators “Roller Coaster” (1966)
85. Country Joe & the Fish “Bass Strings” (1967)
86. The United States of America “Cloud Song” (1968)
87. Donovan “Season of the Witch” (1966)
88. The Beatles “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” (1965)
89. Black Sabbath “Planet Caravan” (1970)
90. Country Joe & the Fish “Section 43” (1967)

91. West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band “Shifting Sands” (1967)
92. The Byrds “Mind Gardens” (1967)
93. The Rolling Stones “We Love You” (1967)
94. Steve Miller Band “In My First Mind” (1968)
95. Tim Buckley “Hallucinations” (1967)
96. The Doors “Break on Through” (1967)
97. Funkadelic “Maggot Brain” (1971)
98. It’s a Beautiful Day “White Bird” (1969)
99. The Doors “When the Music’s Over” (1967)
100. Cream “I Feel Free” (1966)

Thursday, June 4, 2020

The Top 50 Punk Songs of All Time

First posted 3/11/2014; updated 6/3/2020.

Punk:

Top 50 Songs

Punk rock grew out of the garage rock of the ‘60s and the rejection of more commercialized, mainstream rock in the ‘70s. Its creators often embraced a rebellious, confrontational, and anti-establishment ethos which resonated with their disenfranchised listeners. While the movement was short-lasting and reached a limited audience, its influence extended into the alternative rock of the ‘80s and ‘90s, most clearly in the grunge movement.

This list was created by aggregating 29 lists (sources listed below). Click here to see other genre-specific song lists.

1. Blitzkrieg Bop…Ramones (1976)
2. Anarchy in the U.K....Sex Pistols (1976)
3. God Save the Queen…Sex Pistols (1977)
4. London Calling…The Clash (1979)
5. Holiday in Cambodia...Dead Kennedys (1980)
6. Rise Above…Black Flag (1981)
7. Sonic Reducer…Dead Boys (1977)
8. Search and Destroy…The Stooges (1973)
9. I Wanna Be Sedated…Ramones (1978)
10. California Uber Alles…Dead Kennedys (1980)

11. Gloria…Patti Smith (1975)
12. Kick Out the Jams…MC5 (1969)
13. Ever Fallen in Love…Buzzcocks (1978)
14. White Riot…The Clash (1977)
15. Personality Crisis…New York Dolls (1973)
16. Blank Generation…Richard Hell & the Voidoids (1977)
17. Psycho Killer…Talking Heads (1977)
18. 12 X U…Wire (1977)
19. Sheena Is a Punk Rocker…Ramones (1977)
20. New Rose…The Damned (1976)

21. Longview…Green Day (1994)
22. Complete Control…The Clash (1977)
23. I Wanna Be Your Dog…The Stooges (1969)
24. Waiting Room…Fugazi (1989)
25. Welcome to Paradise…Green Day (1994)
26. Pay to Cum…Bad Brains (1980)
27. Institutionalized…Suicidal Tendencies (1983)
28. Chinese Rocks…The Heartbreakers (1977)
29. Where Eagles Dare…The Misfits (1979)
30. Oh Bondage! Up Yours…X-Ray Spex (1977)

31. In the City…The Jam (1977)
32. Alternative Ulster…Stiff Little Fingers (1978)
33. Orgasm Addict…Buzzcocks (1977)
34. American Jesus…Bad Religion (1993)
35. I Against I…Bad Brains (1986)
36. American Idiot…Green Day (2004)
37. Straight Edge…Minor Threat (1981)
38. White Man in Hammersmith Palais…The Clash (1978)
39. Bastards of Young…The Replacements (1985)
40. Celebrated Summer…Husker Du (1985)

41. Ruby Soho…Rancid (1995)
42. Johnny Hit and Run Paulene…X (1980)
43. Banned in D.C….Bad Brains (1982)
44. X-Offender…Blondie (1976)
45. Roadrunner…The Modern Lovers (1975)
46. Basket Case…Green Day (1994)
47. Radio, Radio…Elvis Costello (1978)
48. Nazi Punks Fuck Off…Dead Kennedys (1981)
49. See No Evil…Television (1977)
50. TV Party…Black Flag (1981)


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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Top 100 Power Ballads

First posted 6/3/2020.

Power Ballads:

Top 100 Songs

Classic rock came about in the 1970s, built on the backs of staples from the ‘60s like Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Who. Newer acts like Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Rush, and Boston were added to the fold to create a radio format which still maintains presences in major U.S. markets.

As rock became more commercialized, some acts like Foreigner, Journey, REO Speedwagon, and Styx were mocked as “corporate rock” for their more pop-friendly songs. One of the trends was for such bands was to produce “power ballads,” which were slower-tempo songs which fit well into adult contemporary radio and attracted female fans in addition to the more male-oriented fans which dominated classic rock. As the ‘80s wore on, the trend extended to more glammed-up “hair bands” (Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Poison, Mötley Crüe) also crooning about love and finding huge success.

This list of the top power ballads of all time was created by aggregating more than 25 best-of lists. Click here to see other genre and category specific song lists.

1. Poison “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” (1989)
2. Foreigner “I Want to Know What Love Is” (1984)
3. Heart “Alone” (1987)
4. Whitesnake “Is This Love?” (1987)
5. Guns N’ Roses “November Rain” (1991)
6. Skid Row “I Remember You” (1989)
7. Night Ranger “Sister Christian” (1984)
8. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (1998)
9. Bonnie Tyler “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (1983)
10. Cinderella “Don’t Know What You Got ‘Til It’s Gone” (1988)

11. Def Leppard “Love Bites” (1987)
12. Meat Loaf “I’d Do Anything for Love But I Won’t Do That” (1993)
13. Warrant “Heaven” (1989)
14. REO Speedwagon “Keep on Loving You” (1980)
15. Bon Jovi “Always” (1994)
16. Journey “Open Arms” (1981)
17. Mötley Crüe “Home Sweet Home” (1985)
18. Journey “Faithfully” (1983)
19. Bad English “When I See You Smile” (1989)
20. Cutting Crew “I Just Died in Your Arms” (1987)

21. Tesla “Love Song” (1989)
22. Cheap Trick “The Flame” (1988)
23. Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’” (1981)
24. Prince & the Revolution “Purple Rain” (1984)
25. Aerosmith “Dream On” (1973)
26. The Cars “Drive” (1984)
27. The Scorpions “Wind of Change” (1990)
28. Bon Jovi “I’ll Be There for You” (1988)
29. REO Speedwagon “Can’t Fight This Feeling” (1984)
30. Whitesnake “Here I Go Again” (1987)

31. U2 “With Or Without You” (1987)
32. Queensrÿche “Silent Lucidity” (1990)
33. Mr. Mister “Broken Wings” (1985)
34. Starship “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” (1987)
35. Nazareth “Love Hurts” (1975)
36. The Scorpions “Still Loving You” (1984)
37. Bryan Adams “Heaven” (1984)
38. Boston “Amanda” (1986)
39. John Waite “Missing You” (1984)
40. Boston “More Than a Feeling” (1976)

41. Bon Jovi “Never Say Goodbye” (1986)
42. Guns N’ Roses “Patience” (1988)
43. Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (1991)
44. Foreigner “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (1981)
45. Chicago “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” (1982)
46. Kiss “Beth” (1976)
47. Alias “More Than Words Can Say” (1990)
48. Metallica “Nothing Else Matters” (1991)
49. Harry Nisson “Without You” (1971)
50. Phil Collins “Against All Odds” (1984)

51. Eric Carmen “All by Myself” (1975)
52. Lita Ford with Ozzy Osbourne “Close My Eyes Forever” (1988)
53. Aerosmith “Angel” (1988)
54. Goo Goo Dolls “Iris” (1998)
55. Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” (1971)
56. The Beatles “Something” (1969)
57. John Farnham “You’re The Voice” (1986)
58. Bangles “Eternal Flame” (1988)
59. Alannah Myles “Black Velvet” (1989)
60. Thunder “Love Walked In” (1990)

61. T’Pau “China in Your Hand” (1987)
62. Alice Cooper “Poison” (1989)
63. Nickelback “How You Remind Me” (2001)
64. Slaughter “Fly to the Angels” (1990)
65. Aerosmith “What It Takes” (1989)
66. Styx “Lady” (1973)
67. Europe “Carrie” (1986)
68. Sinéad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990)
69. Chad Kroeger with Josey Scott “Hero” (2002)
70. Heart “These Dreams” (1986)

71. Mr. Big “To Be with You” (1991)
72. Def Leppard “Hysteria” (1987)
73. Roxette “It Must Have Been Love” (1990)
74. Poison “Something to Believe In” (1990)
75. Loverboy “Heaven in Your Eyes” (1986)
76. Roxette “Listen to Your Heart” (1989)
77. L.A. Guns “The Ballad of Jayne” (1990)
78. Van Halen “When It’s Love” (1988)
79. White Lion “When the Children Cry” (1987)
80. The Beatles “Let It Be” (1970)

81. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Under the Bridge” (1991)
82. Chicago “You’re the Inspiration” (1984)
83. Pink Floyd “Wish You Were Here” (1975)
84. Maria McKee “Show Me Heaven” (1990)
85. Metallica “The Unforgiven” (1991)
86. The Rolling Stones “Angie” (1973)
87. The Beatles “Yesterday” (1965)
88. The Rolling Stones “Wild Horses” (1971)
89. Eric Clapton “Tears in Heaven” (1992)
90. Def Leppard “When Love and Hate Collide” (1995)

91. Damn Yankees “High Enough” (1990)
92. Pearl Jam “Black” (1991)
93. Kansas “Dust in the Wind” (1978)
94. Tina Turner “We Don’t Need Another Hero” (1985)
95. Extreme “More Than Words” (1990)
96. Styx “Babe” (1979)
97. Van Halen “Love Walks In” (1986)
98. Eric Clapton “Wonderful Tonight” (1977)
99. Billy Idol “Eyes Without a Face” (1984)
100. Berlin “Take My Breath Away” (1986)

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Top 100 Party Songs

First posted 11/12/2018; updated 6/2/2020.

Party Songs:

Top 100

This list was compiled by aggregating more than 50 lists focused on “party songs.”

Note: click here to see other genre-specific song lists.

1. Village People “Y.M.C.A.” (1978)
2. Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” (1995)
3. The B-52’s “Love Shack” (1989)
4. Kool & the Gang “Celebration” (1980)
5. Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (1983)
6. DJ Casper (aka “Mr. C the Slide Man) “Cha Cha Slide” (2004)
7. OutKast “Hey Ya!” (2003)
8. Abba “Dancing Queen” (1976)
9. The Beatles “Twist and Shout” (1963)
10. Beyoncé “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” (2008)

11. Van Morrison “Brown-Eyed Girl” (1967)
12. Sister Sledge “We Are Family” (1979)
13. Rednex “Cotton Eye Joe” (1994)
14. Kenny Loggins “Footloose” (1984)
15. Neil Diamond “Sweet Caroline” (1969)
16. Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’” (1981)
17. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)
18. AC/DC “You Shook Me All Night Long” (1980)
19. Sir Mix-A-Lot “Baby Got Back” (1992)
20. Justin Timberlake “Sexyback” (2006)

21. Marcia Griffiths “Electric Slide (Electric Boogie)” (1990)
22. Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” (1977)
23. House of Pain “Jump Around” (1992)
24. Chubby Checker “The Twist” (1960)
25. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1982)
26. Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer” (1986)
27. Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!” (2004)
28. Sorta Crackers Band/The Emeralds “Chicken Dance” (1982)
29. LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem” (2011)
30. The Isley Brothers “Shout (Parts 1 and 2)” (1959)

31. Whitney Houston “I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me” (1987)
32. Michael Jackson “Thriller” (1982)
33. Pink “Get the Party Started” (2001)
34. Def Leppard “Pour Some Sugar on Me” (1987)
35. Lynyrd Skynyrd “Sweet Home Alabama” (1974)
36. Commodores “Brick House” (1977)
37. Nelly “Hot in Herre” (2002)
38. Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band “Old Time Rock and Roll” (1978)
39. Wild Cherry “Play That Funky Music” (1976)
40. The Romantics “What I Like About You” (1980)

41. Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” (2009)
42. Prince “1999” (1982)
43. Salt-N-Pepa “Push It” (1987)
44. 50 Cent “In Da Club” (2002)
45. Brooks & Dunn “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” (1991)
46. Cupid “Cupid Shuffle” (2007)
47. Garth Brooks “Friends in Low Places” (1990)
48. Pharrell Williams “Happy” (2013)
49. Vanilla Ice “Ice Ice Baby” (1990)
50. The Foundations “Build Me Up Buttercup” (1968)

51. Montell Jordan “This Is How We Do It” (1995)
52. Psy “Gangnam Style” (2012)
53. Flo Rida with T-Pain “Low” (2007)
54. MC Hammer “U Can’t Touch This” (1990)
55. Rick Springfield “Jessie’s Girl” (1981)
56. The Temptations “My Girl” (1965)
57. Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” (2013)
58. Beyoncé with Jay-Z…Crazy in Love (2003)
59. Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Come on Eileen” (1982)
60. Ke$ha…Tik Tok (2009)

61. Young M.C. “Bust a Move” (1989)
62. Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (1987)
63. Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta “You’re the One That I Want” (1978)/ “Grease Megamix” (1990)
64. Michael Jackson “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (1979)
65. Rick James “Super Freak” (1981)
66. Lady Gaga with Colby O’Donis “Just Dance” (2008)
67. Miami Sound Machine “Conga” (1985)
68. Earth, Wind & Fire “September” (1978)
69. Black Eyed Peas “Let’s Get It Started” (2003)
70. Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (1978)

71. California Swag District “Teach Me How to Dougie” (2010)
72. Usher with Pitbull “DJ Got Us Falling in Love” (2010)
73. Marc Ronson & Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” (2014)
74. Deee-Lite “Groove Is in the Heart” (1990)
75. Taylor Swift…Shake It Off (2014)
76. Miley Cyrus “Party in the U.S.A.” (2009)
77. Billy Idol “Mony Mony (live)” (1987)
78. Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams “Get Lucky” (2013)
79. C + C Music Factory “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” (1990)
80. Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe” (2011)

81. Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera “Moves Like Jagger” (2011)
82. Big & Rich “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” (2004)
83. Michael Jackson “Beat It” (1983)
84. Kanye West with Jamie Foxx “Gold Digger” (2005)
85. The Jackson 5 “ABC” (1970)
86. V.I.C. “Wobble” (2008)
87. Ray Anthony “Hokey Pokey” (1953)
88. Elvis Presley “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (1961)
89. Lonestar “Amazed” 1999)
90. Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull “On the Floor” (2011)

91. Billy Medley with Jennifer Warnes “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” (1987)
92. Prince “Kiss” (1986)
93. David Bowie “Let’s Dance” (1983)
94. Lou Bega “Mambo No. 5” (1999)
95. Spice Girls “Wannabe” (1996)
96. Martha & the Vandellas “Dancing in the Street” (1964)
97. Rihanna with Calvin Harris “We Found Love” (2011)
98. Wham! “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” (1984)
99. LMFAO “Sexy and I Know It” (2011)
100. Silentó “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” (2015)