Monday, October 26, 2020

Top 100 Songs from 1940-1949

First posted 4/4/2012; last updated 10/26/2020.

Top 100 Songs of the Decade:


These are the top 100 songs from the 1940s according to Dave’s Music Database. Rankings are figured by combining sales figures, chart data, radio airplay, video airplay, streaming figures, awards, and appearances on best-of lists.

Check out other “songs of the decade” lists here.

1. “White Christmas” Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers (1942)
2. “Stardust” Artie Shaw (1941)
3. “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Gene Autry (1949)
4. “Sentimental Journey” Les Brown with Doris Day (1945)
5. “Paper Doll” The Mills Brothers (1943)
6. “As Time Goes By” Dooley Wilson (1942)
7. “Near You” Francis Craig with Bob Lamm (1947)
8. “I’ll Never Smile Again” Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers (1940)
9. “Chattanooga Choo Choo” Glenn Miller with Tex Beneke & the Four Modernaires (1941)
10. “The Christmas Song” Nat “King” Cole (1946)

11. “Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)” Vaughn Monroe (1949)
12. “Swinging on a Star” Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra & the Williams Brothers Quartet (1944)
13. “Body and Soul” Coleman Hawkins (1940)
14. “Buttons and Bows” Dinah Shore and Her Harper Valley Boys (1948)
15. “When You Wish Upon a Star” Cliff Edwards (1940)
16. “Peg O’ My Heart” The Harmonicats (1947)
17. “I’ll Be Seeing You” Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra (1944)
18. “Frenesi” Artie Shaw (1940)
19. “The Gypsy” The Ink Spots (1946)
20. “I’ve Heard That Song Before” Harry James with Helen Forrest (1943)

21. “Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me)” Woody Herman (1941)
22. “Some Enchanted Evening” Perry Como (1949)
23. “For Me and My Gal” Judy Garland & Gene Kelly (1942)
24. “Don’t Fence Me In” Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters (1944)
25. “Take the ‘A’ Train” Duke Ellington (1941)
26. “Twelfth Street Rag” Pee Wee Hunt (1948)
27. “Nature Boy” Nat “King” Cole with Frank DeVol (1948)
28. “Till the End of Time” Perry Como (1945)
29. “This Land Is Your Land” Woody Guthrie (1944)
30. “You’ll Never Know” Dick Haymes with the Song Spinners (1943)

31. “That Old Black Magic” Glenn Miller with Skip Nelson (1943)
32. “Rum and Coca-Cola” The Andrews Sisters (1945)
33. “Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)” Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell (1941)
34. “Ac-Cent-Tchu-ate the Positive” Johnny Mercer with the Pied Pipers (1945)
35. “Heartaches” Ted Weems with Elmo Tanner (1947)
36. “Pistol Packin’ Mama” Al Dexter (1943)
37. “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” Vaughn Monroe (1945)
38. “Besame Mucho (Kiss Me Much)” Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly & Kitty Kallen (1944)
39. “Ballerina” Vaughn Monroe (1947)
40. “I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover” Art Mooney (1948)

41. “Sunday, Monday or Always” Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers (1943)
42. “I’ll Get By As Long As I Have You” Harry James with Dick Haymes (1944)
43. “Cruising Down the River” Blue Barron & His Orchestra (1949)
44. “On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe” Johnny Mercer with the Pied Pipers (1945)
45. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” Hank Williams (1949)
46. “Jingle, Jangle, Jingle” Kay Kyser with Harry Babbitt & Julie Conway (1942)
47. “Moonlight Cocktail” Glenn Miller with Ray Eberle & The Modernaires (1942)
48. “I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo” Glenn Miller with Tex Beneke & Marion Hutton (1942)
49. “People Will Say We’re In Love” Bing Crosby with Trudy Erwin (1943)
50. “Oh What It Seemed to Be” Frankie Carle with Marjorie Hughes (1946)

51. “There! I’ve Said It Again” Vaughn Monroe (1945)
52. “That Lucky Old Sun” Frankie Laine with Judd Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Harry Geller’s Orchestra, & Carl Fischer Orchestra (1949)
53. “I Love You for Sentimental Reasons” The Nat “King” Cole Trio (1946)
54. “Tangerine” Jimmy Dorsey’s Orchestra with Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell (1942)
55. “Daddy” Sammy Kaye (1941)
56. “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” The Andrews Sisters (1941)
57. “God Bless the Child” Billie Holiday (1941)
58. “Tuxedo Junction” Glenn Miller (1940)
59. “The Trolley Song” Judy Garland (1944)
60. “Fools Rush in Where Angels Fear to Tread” Glenn Miller (1940)

61. “The Woodpecker Song” Glenn Miller with Marion Hutton (1940)
62. “It Might As Well Be Spring” Dick Haymes (1945)
63. “There Are Such Things” Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers (1942)
64. “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else But Me” Glenn Miller with Tex Beneke & the Modernaires (1942)
65. “Manana Is Soon Enough for Me” Peggy Lee (1948)
66. “To Each His Own” Eddy Howard (1946)
67. “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette” Tex Williams (1947)
68. “Taking a Chance on Love” Benny Goodman with Helen Forrest (1940)
69. “Now Is the Hour (Māori Farewell Song)” Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers (1948)
70. “Long Ago and Far Away” Helen Forrest with Dick Haymes (1944)

71. “You’re Breaking My Heart” Vic Damone (1949)
72. “Shoo-Shoo Baby” The Andrews Sisters (1943)
73. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra (1943)
74. “Green Eyes (Aquellos Ojos Verdes)” Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell (1941)
75. “There’ll Be Some Changes Made” Benny Goodman with Louise Tobim (1941)
76. “Move on Up a Little Higher” Mahalia Jackson (1948)
77. “You Always Hurt the One You Love” The Mills Brothers (1944)
78. “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters (1947)
79. “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” The Ink Spots (1943)
80. “If I Loved You” Perry Como (1945)

81. “Boogie Chillen” John Lee Hooker (1949)
82. “A Tree in the Meadow” Margaret Whiting (1948)
83. “Dream (When You’re Feeling Blue)” The Pied Pipers with Paul Weston (1945)
84. “My Funny Valentine” Hal McIntyre with Ruth Gaylor (1945)
85. “I Can Dream, Can’t I?” The Andrews Sisters (1949)
86. “Mule Train” Frankie Laine & the Muleskinners (1949)
87. “A Little Bird Told Me” Evelyn Knight & Stardusters (1948)
88. “I Had the Craziest Dream” Harry James with Helen Forrest (1943)
89. “Laura” Woody Herman (1945)
90. “I’ll Walk Alone” Dinah Shore (1944)

91. “You Are My Sunshine” Jimmie Davis (1940)
92. “Imagination” Glenn Miller (1940)
93. “Maria Elena” Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly (1941)
94. “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition ” Kay Kyser with Glee Club (1942)
95. “Five Minutes More” Frank Sinatra (1946)
96. “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’” Bing Crosby with Trudy Erwin & the Sportsment Glee Club (1943)
97. “It’s Been a Long, Long Time” Bing Crosby with the Les Brown Trio (1945)
98. “On a Slow Boat to China” Kay Kyser with Harry Babbitt & Gloria Wood (1948)
99. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Johnny Mercer with Margaret Whiting (1949)
100. “A String of Pearls” Glenn Miller (1942)

Top 100 Songs from 1950-1959

First posted 5/3/2011; last updated 10/26/2020.

Top 100 Songs of the Decade:


These are the top 100 songs from the 1950s according to Dave’s Music Database. Rankings are figured by combining sales figures, chart data, radio airplay, video airplay, streaming figures, awards, and appearances on best-of lists.

Check out other “songs of the decade” lists here.

1. “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock” Bill Haley & His Comets (1954)
2. “Mack the Knife” Bobby Darin (1959)
3. “Don’t Be Cruel” Elvis Presley (1956)
4. “Heartbreak Hotel” Elvis Presley (1956)
5. “Hound Dog” Elvis Presley (1956)
6. “Jailhouse Rock” Elvis Presley (1957)
7. “Johnny B. Goode” Chuck Berry (1958)
8. “Tennessee Waltz” Patti Page (1950)
9. “All Shook Up” Elvis Presley (1957)
10. “What’d I Say” Ray Charles (1959)

11. “All I Have to Do Is Dream” The Everly Brothers (1958)
12. “That’ll Be the Day” Buddy Holly & the Crickets (1957)
13. “How High the Moon” Les Paul & Mary Ford (1951)
14. “Goodnight Irene” The Weavers with Gordon Jenkins’ Orchestra (1950)
15. “I Only Have Eyes for You” The Flamingos (1959)
16. “Great Balls of Fire” Jerry Lee Lewis (1957)
17. “Blue Suede Shoes” Carl Perkins (1956)
18. “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” Jerry Lee Lewis (1957)
19. “You Belong to Me” Jo Stafford (1952)
20. “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” The Penguins (1954)

21. “Love Me Tender” Elvis Presley (1956)
22. “Mona Lisa” Nat “King” Cole (1950)
23. “Tutti Frutti” Little Richard (1955)
24. “Sixteen Tons” Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955)
25. “At the Hop” Danny & the Juniors (1957)
26. “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers (1956)
27. “Blueberry Hill” Fats Domino (1956)
28. “You Send Me” Sam Cooke (1957)
29. “La Bamba” Ritchie Valens (1958)
30. “Peggy Sue” Buddy Holly & the Crickets (1957)

31. “The Battle of New Orleans” Johnny Horton (1959)
32. “The Great Pretender” The Platters (1955)
33. “I Walk the Line” Johnny Cash (1956)
34. “Diana” Paul Anka (1957)
35. “Wake Up Little Susie” The Everly Brothers (1957)
36. “Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue)” Domenico Modugno (1958)
37. “Maybellene” Chuck Berry (1955)
38. “Tom Dooley” The Kingston Trio (1958)
39. “In the Still of the Nite” The Five Satins (1956)
40. “The Little Drummer Boy” Harry Simeone Chorale (1958)

41. “Cry” Johnnie Ray & the Four Lads (1951)
42. “Only You (And You Alone)” The Platters (1955)
43. “Bye Bye Love” The Everly Brothers (1957)
44. “Tequila” The Champs (1958)
45. “Singing the Blues” Guy Mitchell (1956)
46. “Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear” Elvis Presley (1957)
47. “Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You)” Les Paul & Mary Ford (1953)
48. “Summertime Blues” Eddie Cochran (1958)
49. “The Yellow Rose of Texas” Mitch Miller Chorus (1955)
50. “That’s All Right, Mama” Elvis Presley (1954)

51. “Secret Love” Doris Day (1954)
52. “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” The Platters (1958)
53. “It’s All in the Game” Tommy Edwards (1951)
54. “The Third Man Theme” Anton Karas (1950)
55. Sh-Boom” The Chords (1954)
56. “Shout (Parts 1 and 2)” The Isley Brothers (1959)
57. “Mr. Sandman” The Chordettes (1954)
58. “April in Paris” Count Basie (1955)
59. “Where Is Your Heart (Song from ‘Moulin Rouge’)” Percy Faith with Felicia Sanders (1953)
60. “Love Letters in the Sand” Pat Boone (1957)

61. “Shake, Rattle and Roll” Big Joe Turner (1954)
62. “Be-Bop-A-Lula” Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps (1958)
63. “Ain’t That a Shame” Fats Domino (1955)
64. “Your Cheatin’ Heart” Hank Williams (1953)
65. “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” Bill Snyder (1950)
66. “Long Tall Sally” Little Richard (1956)
67. “Sincerely” The McGuire Sisters (1954)
68. “Too Young” Nat “King” Cole (1951)
69. “Bo Diddley” Bo Diddley (1955)
70. “Little Things Mean a Lot” Kitty Kallen (1954)

71. “Because of You” Tony Bennett (1951)
72. “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” Perez “Prez” Prado (1955)
73. “Kansas City” Wibert Harrison (1959)
74. “El Paso” Marty Robbins (1959)
75. “Crying in the Chapel” The Orioles (1953)
76. “Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)” Doris Day (1956)
77. “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing” The Four Aces (1955)
78. “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart” Vera Lynn (1952)
79. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” Jimmy Boyd (1952)
80. “He’ll Have to Go” Jim Reeves (1959)

81. “Wheel of Fortune” Kay Starr (1952)
82. “Take Five” Dave Brubeck (1959)
83. “Autumn Leaves” Roger Williams (1955)
84. “The Ballad of Davy Crocket” Bill Hayes (1955)
85. “Tenderly” Rosemary Clooney (1952)
86. “The Doggie in the Window” Patti Page (1953)
87. “Young Love” Sonny James (1956)
88. “Cold, Cold Heart” Hank Williams (1951)
89. “Donna” Ritchie Valens (1958)
90. “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” The Chipmunks (1958)

91. “Come Go with Me” The Dell-Vikings (1957)
92. “Hey There” Rosemary Clooney (1954)
93. “Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy” Red Foley (1950)
94. “Good Golly Miss Molly” Little Richard (1958)
95. “Roll Over Beethoven” Chuck Berry (1956)
96. “Wanted” Perry Como (1954)
97. “Rocket 88” Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats (1951)
98. “My Prayer (Avant de Mourir)” The Platters (1956)
99. “Venus” Frankie Avalon (1959)
100. “Who’s Sorry Now?” Connie Francis (1958)

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Australia: Top 100 Songs

First posted 10/23/2020; updated 10/25/2020.


Top 100 Songs

This list is focused only on songs by Australian acts. It was compiled by aggregating more than 20 lists and also integrating chart data, such as songs which reached #1 in Australia, America, and the UK. Sources are at the bottom of the page.

Click here to see other genre-specific song lists.

1. Men at Work “Down Under” (1981)
2. Midnight Oil “Beds Are Burning” (1987)
3. The Easybeats “Friday on My Mind” (1966)
4. Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011)
5. John Farnham “You’re the Voice” (1986)
6. Cold Chisel “Khe Sanh” (1978)
7. Hunters & Collectors “Throw Your Arms Around Me” (1984)
8. Natalie Imbruglia “Torn” (1997)
9. Icehouse “Great Southern Land” (1982)
10. INXS “Never Tear Us Apart” (1987)

11. Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” (1977)
12. AC/DC “It’s a Long Way to the Top if You Wanna Rock N’ Roll” (1975)
13. INXS “Need You Tonight” (1987)
14. Daddy Cool “Eagle Rock” (1971)
15. Divinyls “I Touch Myself” (1990)
16. Rick Springfield “Jessie’s Girl” (1981)
17. Kylie Minogue “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” (2001)
18. Silverchair “Tomorrow” (1994)
19. Jimmy Barnes “Working Class Man” (1985)
20. Crowded House “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (1986)

21. Savage Garden “Truly, Madly, Deeply” (1997)
22. AC/DC “You Shook Me All Night Long” (1980)
23. Daryl Braithwaite “The Horses” (1991)
24. AC/DC “Back in Black” (1980)
25. Olivia Newton John & John Travolta “You’re the One That I Want” (1978)
26. Australian Crawl “Reckless (Don’t Be So)” (1983)
27. AC/DC “Highway to Hell” (1979)
28. Redgum “I Was Only Nineteen” (1983)
29. Tones and I “Dance Monkey” (2019)
30. Kylie Minogue “The Loco-Motion” (1987)

31. Olivia Newton-John “Physical” (1981)
32. The Church “Under the Milky Way” (1986)
33. Bee Gees “Night Fever” (1977)
34. Moving Pictures “What About Me?” (1982)
35. Goanna “Solid Rock” (1982)
36. Jet “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” (2003)
37. Yothu Yindi “Treaty” (1991)
38. Olivia Newton-John “I Honestly Love You” (1974)
39. INXS “What You Need” (1985)
40. Men at Work “Who Can It Be Now?” (1981)

41. Bee Gees “Tragedy” (1979)
42. Powderfinger “My Happiness” (2000)
43. Icehouse “Electric Blue” (1987)
44. Kylie Minogue “I Should Be So Lucky” (1987)
45. Crowded House “Better Be Home Soon” (1988)
46. AC/DC “Thunderstruck” (1990)
47. Andy Gibb “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” (1977)
48. Vance Joy “Riptide” (2013)
49. Paul Kelly “To Her Door” (1987)
50. Bee Gees “How Deep Is Your Love” (1977)

51. Russell Morris “The Real Thing” (1969)
52. Sia with Sean Paul “Cheap Thrills” (2016)
53. Little River Band “Help Is on Its Way” (1977)
54. Frank Ifield with Norrie Paramor “I Remember You” (1962)
55. Bee Gees “You Should Be Dancing” (1976)
56. Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta with Grease Cast “Summer Nights” (1978)
57. John Paul Young “Love Is in the Air” (1978)
58. Sherbet “Howzat” (1976)
59. Bee Gees “Too Much Heaven” (1979)
60. Savage Garden “I Knew I Loved You” (1999)

61. Midnight Oil “Power and the Passion” (1982)
62. Bee Gees “Jive Walkin’” (1975)
63. INXS “Original Sin” (1983)
64. Ariana Grande with Iggy Azalea “Problem” (2014)
65. Olivia Newton-John with Electric Light Orchestra “Xanadu” (1980)
66. INXS “New Sensation” (1987)
67. Pseudo Echo “Funky Town” (1986)
68. Iggy Azalea with Charli XCX “Fancy” (2014)
69. Olivia Newton-John “Magic” (1980)
70. Helen Reddy “I Am Woman” (1972)

71. Split Enz “I Got You” (1980)
72. Sia “Chandelier” (2014)
73. Olivia Newton-John “Hopelessly Devoted to You” (1978)
74. Savage Garden “I Want You” (1996)
75. The Seekers “Georgy Girl” (1966)
76. The Living End “Prisoner of Society” (1997)
77. Slim Dusty “Pub with No Beer” (1957)
78. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds “Into My Arms” (1997)
79. Andy Gibb “Shadow Dancing” (1978)
80. Little River Band “Cool Change” (1979)

81. The Models “Out of Mind, Out of Sight” (1985)
82. Joe Dolce “Shaddup Your Face” (1981)
83. The Seekers “I’ll Never Find Another You” (1965)
84. 5 Seconds of Summer “Youngblood” (2018)
85. Gang Gajang “Sounds of Then (This Is Australia)” (1985)
86. Silverchair “Straight Lines” (2007)
87. Midnight Oil “Blue Sky Mine” (1990)
88. David Guetta with Sia “Titanium” (2012)
89. Sia “Elastic Heart” (2015)
90. Icehouse “Crazy” (1987)

91. Stevie Wright “Evie” (1974)
92. 5 Seconds of Summer “She Looks So Perfect” (2014)
93. The Choirboys “Run to Paradise” (1987)
94. INXS with Jimmy Barnes “Good Times” (1987)
95. The Angels “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again” (1977)
96. Air Supply “All Out of Love” (1980)
97. Bee Gees “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” (1971)
98. INXS “Suicide Blonde” (1990)
99. The Seekers “The Carnival Is Over” (1965)
100. Olivia Newton-John “A Little More Love” (1978)

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” spent 26th week atop the airplay chart

Blinding Lights

The Weeknd

Writer(s): Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Quenneville, Max Martin, Oscar Holter (see lyrics here)

Released: November 29, 2019

Peak: 14 US, 126 BA, 14 DG, 11 ST, 17 RR, 135 AC, 120 A40, 111 RB, 18 UK, 17 CN, 18 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 8.0 US, 3.0 UK, 16.26 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 1427.3 video, 2877.18 streaming


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About the Song:

The grandaddy of charts is the Billboard Hot 100 which tracks the top songs in the U.S. every week across all genres. The chart pulls information from radio airplay, digital sales, and streaming data. On April 4, 2019, The Weeknd topped the Hot 100 with “Blinding Lights.” Two weeks later, it landed atop the airplay chart where it spent 26 weeks. Those six months at #1 were more than any other song in the history of the charts from 1890 to present has spent atop any of the major pop charts. See the DMDB page “USA: Biggest #1 Pop Songs” for more detail.

The song also set a record for more weeks in the top 5 than any other song in the history of the Hot 100 when it eclipsed the 28 weeks spent in the upper regions by the Chainsmokers’ “Closer” and Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.” SF In November 2021, Billboard ranked it the #1 song in the history of its Hot 100 chart. In the chart’s 63-year history, close to 30,000 songs have charted. BB See the top 100 list here.

“Blinding Lights” topped the chart in 34 countries. It was the fifth #1 song in the United States for Canadian R&B singer Abel Tesfaye, better known as the Weeknd. He collaborated with Swedish songwriter and producer Max Martin, who’d worked with Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and Taylor Swift. The pair had worked together before, most notably on the Weeknd’s #1 hit “Can’t Feel My Face.”

The song is about the rekindling of a relationship in which the Weeknd sings about how he isn’t at peace unless he’s with his woman. He’s likely referring to model Bella Hadid, who he broke up with in 2016, but reunited with in 2019. SF

Consequence of Sound, which named it the best song of 2020, praised its “melodic romance waxed over a blockbuster riff.” WK The Evening Standard’s David Smyth called it a “glorious blast of air punching Eighties synth pop.” WK Rolling Stone’s Kory Grow called it “the best New Wave song this side of Duran Duran.” WK


First posted 12/7/2020; last updated 4/3/2022.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Bruce Springsteen Letter to You released

Letter to You

Bruce Springsteen

Released: October 23, 2020

Peak: 2 US, 11 UK, 2 CN, 11 AU

Sales (in millions): -- US, 0.1 UK, 0.23 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: rock


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

  1. One Minute You’re Here [2:57]
  2. Letter to You [4:55] (9/10/20, 1 AA)
  3. Burnin’ Train [4:03]
  4. Janey Needs a Shooter [6:49]
  5. Last Man Standing [4:05]
  6. The Power of Prayer [3:36] (11/23/20, --)
  7. House of a Thousand Guitars [4:30]
  8. Rainmaker [4:56]
  9. If I Was the Priest [6:50]
  10. Ghosts [5:54] (9/24/20, --)
  11. I’ll See You in My Dreams [3:29] (3/3/21, --)

All songs written by Bruce Springsteen.

Total Running Time: 58:17

The Players:

  • Bruce Springsteen (vocals, guitar, harmonica, production)
  • Steven Van Zandt (guitar, backing vocals)
  • Max Weinberg (drums, backing vocals)
  • Roy Bittan (piano, backing vocals)
  • Nils Lofgren (guitar, backing vocals)
  • Garry Talent (bass, backing vocals)
  • Patti Scialfa (backing vocals)
  • Jake Clemons (saxophone)
  • Charles Giordano (organ, backing vocals)


4.250 out of 5.00 (average of 26 ratings)

Quotable: “One of the finest achievements of Bruce Springsteen’s career.” – Alex McLevy, The A.V. Club

About the Album:

For his 20th studio album, Bruce Springsteen reunited with the E Street Band for their first release since 2014’s High Hopes. However, it was the first time the band had worked in the studio together since 2009’s Woking on a Dream. AMG They assembled at Springsteen’s home in November 2019 and recorded live in the studio over just four days with no demos and minimal overdubs. WK

Three of the songs were written before the release of Springsteen’s debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., in 1973. Springsteen was assembling a compilation album and came across If I Was the Priest, Janey Needs a Shooter, and Song for Orphans. Allan Clarke had covered “If I Was the Priest” in the 1970s and Warren Zevon had reworked “Janey Needs a Shooter” for his 1980 album Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School. The old songs and the new come together to make Letter to You “often…sound like vintage E Street Band.” AMG

It was his 21st top-10 album in the United States. The group planned to tour in support of the album, but couldn’t because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The album was promoted via an online radio station, music videos, and a custom Twitter emoji. WK A documentary on the making of the album was released on Apple TV+.

In a sense, this is a sequel to Springsteen’s 2016 Born to Run memoir and accompanying Springsteen on Broadway show in 2017. The album addresses aging, mortality, and regret. Springsteen “reckons with the weight of the past…keenly aware he has more road in his rearview mirror than he does on the highway ahead of him.” AMG He had been experiencing writer’s block, but did some intense writing in April 2019, inspired in part by the death of former bandmate George Theiss. WK The Associated Press’ David Bauder thought it was “ironic that the composer of ‘Glory Days’ spends so much time looking back.” WK

Mark Richardson of The Wall Street Journal called it a concept album about music’s ability to give life meaning. WK The Boston Globe’s Ken Capbianco called the album “a celebration of life and a reminder of how rock ‘n’ roll can help transcend grief and loss.” WK Uncut’s Richard Williams said the album was “about Springsteen, his relationship with his band, and their relationship with the audience, particularly in their ability to interpret American culture, history, and politics.” WK

The A.V. Club’s Alex McLevy called the album “one of the finest achievements of Bruce Springsteen’s career.” WK Spin’s John Paul Bullock called it “one of the warmest and most reassuring records of [Springsteen’s] career.” WK

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First posted 8/29/2021.

VH1 Top 100 Songs

Last updated 10/23/2020.


Top 100 Songs

The music television channel VH1 has done a variety of “100 Greatest” shows over the years. The song lists at the bottom of this page have been consolidated into an aggregate list by Dave’s Music Database.

Click here to see other lists from publications and/or organizations.

1. Salt-N-Pepa “Push It” (1987)
2. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
3. Run-D.M.C. with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry “Walk This Way” (1986)
4. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1983)
5. Sinéad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990)
6. Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991)
7. Dr. Dre with Snoop Doggy Dogg “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” (1993)
8. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (1997)
9. Public Enemy “Fight the Power” (1989)
10. Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (1988)

11. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
12. Prince Prince “When Doves Cry” (1984)
13. Michael Jackson “Beat It” (1983)
14. AC/DC “You Shook Me All Night Long” (1980)
15. Van Halen “Jump” (1984)
16. Naughty by Nature “O.P.P.” (1991)
17. Cyndi Lauper “Time after Time” (1983)
18. M.C. Hammer “U Can’t Touch This” (1990)
19. Shania Twain “You’re Still the One” (1988)
20. The Clash “London Calling” (1979)

21. Goo Goo Dolls “Iris” (1998)
22. The Rolling Stones “Start Me Up” (1981)
23. U2 “One” (1992)
24. Madonna “Vogue” (1990)
25. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)
26. Madonna “Like a Virgin” (1984)
27. TLC “Waterfalls” (1994)
28. Sir Mix-A-Lot “Baby Got Back” (1992)
29. Alanis Morissette “You Oughta Know” (1995)
30. R.E.M. “Losing My Religion” (1991)

31. Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer” (1986)
32. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five “The Message” (1982)
33. U2 “With or Without You” (1987)
34. Britney Spears “Baby One More Time” (1998)
35. The Sugarhill Gang “Rapper’s Delight” (1979)
36. The Kingsmen “Louie Louie” (1963)
37. Pearl Jam “Jeremy” (1991)
38. Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (1978)
39. C + C Music Factory “Gonna Make You Sweat” (1990)
40. Peter Gabriel “In Your Eyes” (1986)

41. Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock “It Takes Two” (1988)
42. No Doubt “Don’t Speak” (1996)
43. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (1998)
44. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Under the Bridge” (1992)
45. Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’” (1981)
46. Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” (1977)
47. Backstreet Boys “I Want It That Way” (1999)
48. The Go-Go’s “Our Lips Are Sealed” (1981)
49. Fugees “Killing Me Softly” (1996)
50. Janet Jackson “Nasty” (1986)

51. Bruce Springsteen “Born in the U.S.A.” (1984)
52. Queen with David Bowie “Under Pressure” (1981)
53. Elton John “Your Song” (1970)
54. Daryl Hall & John Oates “I Can’t Go for That” (No Can Do)” (1981)
55. Chubby Checker “The Twist” (1960)
56. Duran Duran “Hungry Like the Wolf” (1982)
57. Beck “Loser” (1993)
58. The Emotions “Best of My Love” (1977)
59. House of Pain “Jump Around” (1992)
60. Alicia Keys “Fallin’” (2001)

61. Digital Underground “The Humpty Dance” (1990)
62. James Brown “I Got You” (I Feel Good)” (1965)
63. Rick James “Super Freak” (1981)
64. Destiny’s Child “Say My Name” (1999)
65. Prince “Little Red Corvette” (1983)
66. Nelly “Hot in Herre” (2002)
67. REO Speedwagon “Keep on Loving You” (1980)
68. Modern English “I Melt with You” (1983)
69. Ice Cube “It Was a Good Day” (1993)
70. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll” (1981)

71. Metallica “Enter Sandman” (1991)
72. Young MC “Bust a Move” (1989)
73. Eminem “My Name Is”“ (1999)
74. Chic “Good Times” (1979)
75. Al Green “Let’s Stay Together” (1971)
76. Green Day “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” (1997)
77. Soft Cell “Tainted Love” (1981)
78. Radiohead “Creep” (1993)
79. Barry White “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” (1974)
80. Led Zeppelin “Whole Lotta Love” (1969)

81. Sheryl Crow “All I Wanna Do” (1994)
82. Hanson “Mmmbop” (1997)
83. Cypress Hill “Insane in the Brain” (1993)
84. Blondie “Heart of Glass” (1979)
85. The Notorious B.I.G. with Puff Daddy & Mase “Mo Money, Mo Problems” (1997)
86. Foreigner “I Want to Know What Love Is” (1984)
87. George Michael “Faith” (1987)
88. John Cougar Mellencamp “Jack and Diane” (1982)
89. Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This” (1983)
90. Geto Boys “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” (1991)

91. Lenny Kravitz “Are You Gonna Go My Way” (1993)
92. Culture Club “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” (1982)
93. LL Cool J “Mama Said Knock You Out” (1991)
94. Tone Loc “Wild Thing” (1988)
95. Oasis “Wonderwall” (1995)
96. Poison “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” (1988)
97. Cher “Believe” (1998)
98. Marvin Gaye “Sexual Healing” (1982)
99. Bonnie Tyler “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (1983)
100. Ray Charles “What’d I Say” (1959)

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

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

Originally posted 10/22/2020.

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 eighth set of song inductees. They come from the DMDB list of the top 100 classic rock songs of all time. The top 30 songs on that list were ranked based on overall DMDB points and the resulting top ten from that sort are being inducted. Excluded are previous inductees: The Beatles “Hey Jude” (1968), Eagles “Hotel California” (1976), John Lennon “Imagine” (1971), Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975), and The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1965).

Derek & the Dominos “Layla” (1970)

Inducted October 2020 as “Top Classic Rock Song.”

One of the great classic rock songs was inspired by Nizami, a twelfth-century Persian poet, who told the story of a love affair gone wrong in The Story of Layla and Majnun. HL In Eric Clapton’s version of the tale, the source of unrequited love was Patti Boyd, the wife of his best friend, George Harrison. Clapton never again sounded as tortured as he does here. Oh, and Nizami’s version missed a key ingredient of its musical counterpart — “the most recognizable guitar riff in history.” BBC Read more.

The Doors “Light My Fire” (1967)

Inducted October 2020 as “Top Classic Rock Song.”

The song that “positively dripped with sexual desire” CR was a fitting launch for the Doors and helped establish their frontman, Jim Morrison, as one of rock’s most legendary sex symbols. The song had more than just sex. Its blatant reference to drug use with the line “We couldn’t get much higher” got the band in trouble with the Ed Sullivan Show. The band had promised to replace the word “higher” when performing the song on a live television broadcast, but sang it anyway, getting them permanently banned from the show. AMG Read more.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Purple Haze” (1967)

Inducted October 2020 as “Top Classic Rock Song.”

Rolling Stone credited “Purple Haze” with launching two musical revolutions – “late-Sixties psychedelia and the unprecedented genius of Jimi Hendrix.” RS500 It is “a three-minute blaze of overdubbed guitar sorcery” RS500 which sports “one of the unforgettable opening riffs in rock.” RS500 Q magazine rated it the top guitar song of all time. WK Read more.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience “All Along the Watchtower” (1968)

Inducted October 2020 as “Top Classic Rock Song.”

Jimi Hendrix is largely credited with reinventing the electric guitar and his prowess is never more apparent than on his take on Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower.” “Raging and climactic where Dylan’s had been soft-paced and relaxed,” AMG Hendrix’s version pulls off the rare feat of giving the world a cover that outdoes its original source. After hearing Hendrix tackle it, “you can’t imagine it...any other way.” BBC Dylan admitted that in his subsequent performances of the song, he strove to emulate Hendrix’s version. RS500 Read more.

Led Zeppelin “Whole Lotta Love” (1969)

Inducted October 2020 as “Top Classic Rock Song.”

“Whole Lotta Love” can be traced back to Willie Dixon’s “You Need Love,” a song he wrote in 1962 for Muddy Waters. British rock band The Small Faces covered the song on their debut album. Future Led Zep members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant saw them perform it WK and eventually added it their own repertoire. In 2014, a BBC radio listeners’ poll rated “Whole Lotta Love” as having the greatest guitar riff of all time. WK The song was also rated in the top 5 on similar lists from Q magazine and VH1. WK Read more.

Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” (1971)

Inducted October 2020 as “Top Classic Rock Song.”

“Dazed and Confused” was the centerpiece of Led Zeppelin’s early live performances SJ but when they tired of it, the group set about creating another anthem. Little did they know that they would birth the song against which “all epic anthems must measure themselves.” RS500 The song consistently tops classic rock radio best-of lists, has received more airplay than any other song in the history of FM radio, KN and sold over a million copies of sheet music. WK For all its accomplishments, “Heaven” was never released as a single. Atlantic Records pushed for one, but the band refused to edit the song down from its eight-minute running time. WK Read more.

Lynyrd Skynyrd “Sweet Home Alabama” (1974)

Inducted October 2020 as “Top Classic Rock Song.”

This ode to the state of Alabama was written by three non-natives. Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington both hailed from Jacksonville, Florida, while Ed King was born in Glendale, California. According to Rossington, they came up with the tune while waiting for the rest of the band to get to rehearsal. WK It was written as an ode to Southern pride in response to Neil Young’s “Southern Man” and “Alabama,” songs implying that American Southerners were “racist and stuck in the past.” SF Read more.

Pink Floyd “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” (1979)

Inducted October 2020 as “Top Classic Rock Song.”

In Pink Floyd’s early years, they released some successful singles in the UK, but gradually became much better known as an album act. With their 1979 album, The Wall, Pink Floyd undertook their most ambitious endeavor yet, crafting a double album built around the concept of alienation. To everyone’s surprise, the band opted to promote the album with their first single in eleven years. TB Singer/songwriter and bassist Roger Waters’ “vicious attack on teachers…inspired by the cruelty of his own schoolmasters” RS500 went on to shock everyone even more by going all the way to #1. Read more.

Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” (1975)

Inducted October 2020 as “Top Classic Rock Song.”

Springsteen took six months to write TB and 3 ½ to record RS500 his bonafide classic. The song underwent fifty pages of fine-tuning in his notebook TB as he crafted his tale of the ficticious Wendy KN and the “young lovers on the highways of New Jersey.” RS500 It became The Boss’ signature song – an anthem to rebellion and an ode to the musical giants who shaped him. Read more.

Steppenwolf “Born to Be Wild” (1968)

Inducted October 2020 as “Top Classic Rock Song.”

Dennis Edmonton, who was a former member of Sparrow and the brother of Steppenwolf drummer Jerry Edmonton wrote the song under the pseudonym Mars Bonfire. AMG Inspired by a motorcycle poster with the slogan “Born to Ride,” he crafted this classic with the phrase “heavy metal” describing the roar of a motorcycle. TB The song achieved iconic status when Dennis Hopper used it for the film Easy Rider. RS500 It perfectly captured the movie’s “spirit of rebelliousness and freedom.” CR Read more.

Australia: Biggest #1 Songs

First posted 2/27/2013; updated 10/22/2020.


Top 100+ #1 Songs

This list is based on songs to top the Australian charts from 1949 to 2019. Australia first created its chart in 1940, but because the charts from 1940 to 1948 were monthly charts and not weekly charts, songs from that era are not included. Otherwise, all songs to spend 7 weeks or more at #1 are on this list. Ties were broken by which songs have the highest overall point total in Dave’s Music Database.

Note: In the 1940s and ‘50s, a song hitting #1 might have multiple versions. For example, the song “Too Young” hit #1 in 1951 and versions by both Nat “King” Cole and Toni Arden were credited. In such cases, both artists are listed.

24 weeks:

1. Tones and I “Dance Monkey” (2019)

15 weeks:

2. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (2017)

14 weeks:

3. Abba “Fernando” (1976)

13 weeks:

4. The Beatles “Hey Jude” (1968)
5. Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber “Despacito” (2017)
6. Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” (2018)
7. Coolio with L.V. “Gangsta’s Paradise” (1995)

12 weeks:

8. Eminem “Lose Yourself” (2002)
9. Pharrell Williams “Happy” (2013)

11 weeks:

10. Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (1991)
11. Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” (2013)
12. Spice Girls “Wannabe” (1996)
13. Drake “God’s Plan” (2018)
14. Paul McCartney & Wings “Mull of Kintyre” (1977)

10 weeks:

15. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
16. LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem” (2011)
17. The Platters “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” (1958)
18. Abba “Mamma Mia” (1975)
19. Sandi Thom “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker with Flowers in My Hair” (2005)
20. Daddy Cool “Eagle Rock” (1971)

9 weeks:

21. U.S.A. for Africa “We Are the World” (1985)
22. Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” (1995)
23. The Chainsmokers with Halsey “Closer” (2016)
24. “Baby One More Time”…Britney Spears (1998)
25. Katy Perry “Roar” (2013)
26. Shakira with Wyclef Jean “Hips Don’t Lie” (2006)
27. Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta “You’re the One That I Want” (1978)
28. The B-52’s “Love Shack” (1989)
29. Fergie “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)” (2007)
30. LMFAO “Sexy and I Know It” (2011)

31. Hanson “Mmmbop” (1997)
32. Nat “King” Cole/Toni Arden “Too Young” (1951)
33. Johnnie Ray “Just Walkin’ in the Rain” (1956)
34. Engelbert Humperdinck “The Last Waltz” (1967)
35. Eiffel 65 “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” (1999)
36. Justice Crew “Que Sera” (2014)

8 weeks:

37. Sinéad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990)
38. Abba “Dancing Queen” (1976)
39. Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011)
40. Lady Gaga “Poker Face” (2008)
41. George Harrison “My Sweet Lord” (1970)

42. Kei$ha “Tik Tok” (2009)
43. Ed Sheeran with Beyoncé “Perfect” (2017)
44. Stevie Wonder “I Just Called to Say I Love You” (1984)
45. No Doubt “Don’t Speak” (1995)
46. The Beatles “Help!” (1965)
47. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (1998)
48. One Republic with Timbaland “Apologize” (2007)
49. Paul Anka “Diana” (1957)
50. The Kingston Trio “Tom Dooley” (1958)

51. Meat Loaf “I’d Do Anything for Love But I Won’t Do That” (1993)
52. Lukas Graham “7 Years” (2015)
53. The Beatles “Yellow Submarine”/“Eleanor Rigby” (1966)
54. Lou Bega “Mambo No. 5” (1999)
55. Savage Garden “Truly, Madly, Deeply” (1997)
56. Doris Day “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera Sera)” (1956)
57. Michael Jackson “Black or White” (1991)
58. The Beatles “I Feel Fine” (1964)
59. Rihanna “S.O.S. (Rescue Me)” (2006)
60. Shaggy with Rayvon “Angel” (2000)

61. Nancy Sinatra “These Boots Are Made for Walking” (1966)
62. Flo Rida “Whistle” (2012)
63. The Weeknd “Blinding Lights” (2019)
64. 5 Seconds of Summer “Youngblood” (2018)
65. Split Enz “I Got You” (1980)
66. The Cranberries “Zombie” (1994)
67. Paper Lace “The Night Chicago Died” (1974)
68. Perry Como “Catch a Falling Star” (1957)
69. Michael Jackson “Ben” (1972)
70. Perry Como/The Four Lads “Round and Round” (1957)

71. Alien Ant Farm “Smooth Criminal” (2001)
72. Hot Butter “Popcorn” (1972)
73. Bing Crosby/Nat “King” Cole “Around the World” (1957)
74. Frank Weir/Oberkirchen Children’s Choir “The Happy Wanderer” (1954)
75. Joe Dolce “Shaddap You Face” (1980)
76. Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters “Quicksilver” (1950)
77. Bill Haley & His Comets “Joey’s Song” (1959)
78. Paper Lace “Billy, Don’t Be a Hero” (1974)
79. Pilot “January” (1975)
80. Austen Tayshus “Australiana” (1983)

81. Racey “Lay Your Love on Me” (1978)
82. Normie Rowe “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera Sera)” (1965)

7 weeks:

83. The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (1963)
84. Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” (1977)
85. Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” (2009)
86. The Righteous Brothers “Unchained Melody” (1965)
87. Elvis Presley “It’s Now or Never” (1960)
88. Tony Orlando & Dawn “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree” (1973)
89. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz “Thrift Shop” (2012)
90. Adele “Someone Like You” (2011)

91. Drake “One Dance” (2016)
92. Irene Cara “Flashdance...What a Feelin’” (1983)
93. Justin Bieber “Love Yourself” (2015)
94. Post Malone with 21 Savage “Rockstar” (2017)
95. Domenico Modugno/Dean Martin “Volare (Nel Blue Dipinto Di Blue)” (1958)
96. Carly Simon “You’re So Vain” (1972)
97. Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up” (1987)
98. Queen “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (1979)
99. TLC “No Scrubs” (1999)
100. Wham! “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” (1984)

101. Vera Lynn/Eddy Howard “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart” (1952)
102. The Beatles “We Can Work It Out”/“Day Tripper” (1965)
103. Andy Gibb “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” (1977)
104. Bobby McFerrin “Don’t Worry Be Happy” (1988)
105. The Pussycat Dolls with Busta Rhymes “Don’t Cha” (2005)
106. Billy Ray Cyrus “Achy Breaky Heart” (1992)
107. UB40 “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (1993)
108. The Beatles “I Saw Her Standing There”/“Love Me Do” (1962)
109. Los Lobos “La Bamba” (1987)
110. Fugees “Killing Me Softly” (1996)

111. David Guetta with Akon “Sexy Bitch” (aka “Sexy Chick”) (2009)
112. Hinder “Lips of an Angel” (2006)
113. The Beach Boys “Kokomo” (1988)
114. Teresa Brewer/Freddy Martin/Donald Peers “Music! Music! Music!” (1950)
115. The Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star” (1979)
116. James Arthur “Say You Won’t Let Go” (2016)
117. Laura Branigan “Gloria” (1982)
118. Nat “King” Cole “Pretend” (1953)
119. Bryan Adams “Please Forgive Me” (1993)
120. All Saints “Never Ever” (1997)

121. Pearl Jam “Last Kiss” (1998)
122. Bananarama “Venus” (1986)
123. Kylie Minogue “The Loco-Motion” (1987)
124. Cher “If I Could Turn Back Time” (1989)
125. Eddie Hodges “I’m Gonna Knock on Your Door” (1961)
126. Pseudo Echo “Funky Town” (1986)
127. Julie Covington “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” (1976)
128. John Farnham “You’re the Voice” (1986)
129. Alvin Stardust “My Coo-Ca-Chooo” (1973)
130. Aqua “Dr. Jones” (1998)

131. East 17 “It’s Alright” (1993)
132. Drummond “Daddy Cool” (1971)
133. Pussyfoot “The Way You Do It” (1977)
134. Johnny Farnham “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” (1970)

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Friday, October 2, 2020

Roger Waters: A Retrospective, 1965-2020

Roger Waters

A Retrospective, 1965-2020

Born: George Robert Waters
Date: September 6, 1943
Where: Great Bookham, Surrey, England

Significant Bands:

  • Pink Floyd (1965-1983)


Roger Waters was one of the founding members of Pink Floyd. The psychedelic, progressive-rock formed in 1965. Waters served as the bassist, chief songwriter, and sometimes vocalist. He left the band in 1983 for a solo career.

On the Web:



Pink Floyd Studio Albums:

Hover over an album cover to see its title and year of release. Click on the album to go to its dedicated DMDB page.

Solo Studio Releases:

Hover over an album cover to see its title and year of release. Click on the album to go to its dedicated DMDB page.


Only songs featured on Flickering Flame are noted on this page. For details on the Pink Floyd anthologies, check out the DMDB profile page for Pink Floyd. Under the album snapshots below, songs featured on Flickering Flame are noted. If the song charted, the date of the song’s release or first chart appearance and its chart peaks are noted in parentheses. Click for codes to singles charts.

Music from the Body (soundtrack, 1970):

Roger Waters composed this soundtrack for the BBC documentary The Body with Ron Geesin while still in Pink Floyd. Geesin worked on Pink Floyd’s Atom Heart Mother with Waters that same year. The soundtrack featured performances from David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright – the other three members of Pink Floyd.

The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking (1984):

Roger Waters first solo album after leaving Pink Floyd was based on a concept Waters originally conceived in 1977 about a man facing mid-life crisis. The album takes place in real time about the man’s dream about taking a road trip through California, committing adultery with a hitchhiker he picks up, and then trying to reconcile with his wife.

  • The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking (4/9/84, 17 AR, 76 UK, 74 AU)
  • Every Stranger’s Eyes (6/12/84, --) FF

When the Wind Blows (soundtrack, 1986):

Originally David Bowie was going to contribute several songs to the soundtrack, but ended up only providing the title track, opting to focus on his Never Let Me Down album instead. Roger Waters was brought in and offered ten of the fifteen songs on the soundtrack to this animated disaster film based on Raymond Briggs’ comic book of the same name.

  • Folded Flags
  • Towers of Faith FF

Radio K.A.O.S. (1987):

Waters’ second studio album was another concept project, this time following a mentally and physically disabled man who has on-air conversations with a local disc jockey.

  • Radio Waves (5/11/87, 12 AR, 74 UK, 43 AU) FF
  • Sunset Strip (7/18/87, 15 AR)
  • The Tide Is Turning (11/16/87, 54 UK) FF
  • Who Needs Information? (12/21/87, --) FF

The Wall – Live in Berlin (live with various artists, 1990):

Waters brought together a number of guest artists to perform Pink Floyd’s The Wall in its entirety to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall eight months earlier.

  • Empty Spaces/Young Lust (with Bryan Adams, 9/8/90, 7 AR)
  • Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2 (with Cyndi Lauper, 9/10/90, 82 UK)
  • The Tide Is Turning (with the Company, 11/19/90, --)

Amused to Death (1992):

Waters’ third solo album was loosely organized around the idea of an ape randomly switching channels on a television. It explored political and social themes.

  • What God Wants (8/24/92, 4 AR, 35 UK)
  • Perfect Sense, Parts I & II FF
  • Too Much Rope FF
  • Three Wishes FF

In the Flesh (live, 2000):

This live album offered a snapshot of Waters’ three-year In the Flesh tour, which predominantly featured Pink Floyd songs.

  • Each Small Candle FF

Flickering Flame

Roger Waters

Released: April 30, 2002

Covers: 1984-2001

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

Sales (in millions): --

Genre: rock

Tracks: (1) Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (2) Too Much Rope (3) The Tide Is Turning (4) Perfect Sense, Parts I & II (live) (5) Three Wishes (6) 5:06 AM (Every Stranger’s Eyes) (7) Who Needs Information? (8) Each Small Candle (live) (9) Flickering Flame (10) Towers of Faith (11) Radio Waves (12) Lost Boys

Total Running Time: 70:23


3.275 out of 5.00 (average of 6 ratings)

About Flickering Flame:

It’s hard to call this a “greatest hits,” first because Waters didn’t have many solo hits and second because this collection doesn’t even include all the hits he did have. “The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking,” “Sunset Strip,” and “What God Wants” were all hit songs on the album rock track chart but are not incluced here. This serves more as an archival collection, gathering some unreleased and obscure material alongside a few album cuts as well as a couple of live tracks.

It would be nice to see an updated version of this collection which would add more of Waters’ actual hits as well as post-2002 non-album cuts like the “To Kill a Child” / “Leaving Beirut” single, his cover of the Doors’ “Hello I Love You” from the 2007 The Last Mimzy soundtrack, and his cover of “We Shall Overcome” in 2010.

Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums:

  • Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (from The Dybbuk of the Holy Apple Field soundtrack, 1997) FF
  • Lost Boys Calling (from The Legend of 1900 soundtrack, 1998) FF
  • Flickering Flame (previously unreleased) FF

Ça Ira (opera, 2005):

This was an opera written by Waters. He was approached in 1987 by friends Étienne Roda-Gil and his wife Nadine Delahaye and asked to set their libretto to music. It was recorded in 1988, but none of it was heard in public until 2002. It finally received an official premerie in Rome in 2005.

The Wall (live, 2015):

Waters revisited Pink Floyd’s The Wall yet again offering this live recording from performances in July 2012.

Is This the Life We Really Want? (2017):

Waters finally went back to the studio for his first solo album since 1992’s Amused to Death. While four singles were released to promote the album, they didn’t achieve any commercial success. The album, however, reached the top 10 in the UK, Australia, and Canada. It hit #11 in the United States.

  • Smell the Roses [5:15] (4/20/17, --)
  • Déjà Vu [4:27] (5/8/17, --)
  • The Last Refugee [4:12] (5/19/17, --)
  • Wait for Her (Waters, Mahmoud Darwish) [4:56] (7/19/17, --)

Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale (classical, 2018):

This was Waters’ adaptation of Igor Stravinsky’s theatrical work. It was recorded in December 2014 at Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, but not released until four years later. Waters narrated the story and portrayed all the characters, recording the music with members of the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival.

Us + Them (live, 2000):

This was another live album from Waters, capturing a performance from his 2017-2018 tour. Once again, the show featured predominantly Pink Floyd songs.

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First posted 8/22/2021.