Thursday, December 31, 2020

2020: Top 25 Albums

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

Dave’s Music Database:

Top Albums of 2020

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

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

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

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

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Monday, December 28, 2020

Top 100 Albums of the 21st Century

First posted 12/13/2020; updated 12/28/2020.


The Top 100 Albums

The book Top 100 Albums of All Time was published by Dave’s Music Database in 2014. It aggregated more than 150 best-of lists from all manner of music publications and entities and crunching those figures into a database along with sales figures, chart results, critical ratings, and various awards. (Click links to see detailed sources).

The book only featured one album from the 21st century (Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP) and, frankly, if I were to revise the book I’d re-focus it just on the 20th century. Either way, this book serves as a sequel, keying in on the top 100 albums of the 21st century. Here are the results:

Also, check out annual picks for album of the year.

1. Adele 21 (2011)
2. The Strokes Is This It (2001)
3. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
4. Amy Winehouse Back to Black (2006)
5. The White Stripes Elephant (2003)
6. Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
7. Radiohead Kid A (2000)
8. Green Day American Idiot (2004)
9. Arcade Fire Funeral (2004)
10. Norah Jones Come Away with Me (2002)

11. Eminem The Eminem Show (2002)
12. Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)
13. Taylor Swift 1989 (2014)
14. Kendrick Lamar Damn. (2017)
15. Adele 25 (2015)
16. OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)
17. Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)
18. Frank Ocean Channel Orange (2012)
19. Taylor Swift Fearless (2008)
20. Radiohead In Rainbows (2007)

21. Beyoncé Lemonade (2016)
22. Kanye West The College Dropout (2004)
23. Usher Confessions (2004)
24. Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
25. Kendrick Lamar Good Kid m.A.A.d. City (2012)
26. O Brother Where Art Thou (soundtrack, 2000)
27. OutKast Stankonia (2000)
28. Lady Gaga The Fame (2008)
29. Arcade Fire The Suburbs (2010)
30. Coldplay Parachutes (2000)

31. Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor (2001)
32. Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)
33. Taylor Swift Red (2012)
34. The White Stripes White Blood Cells (2001)
35. Jay-Z The Blueprint (2001)
36. U2 All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000)
37. Coldplay X & Y (2005)
38. David Bowie Blackstar (2016)
39. Linkin Park Hybrid Theory (2000)
40. 50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003)

41. Justin Timberlake Justified (2002)
42. James Blunt Back to Bedlam (2004)
43. Eminem Recovery (2010)
44. Katy Perry Teenage Dream (2010)
45. Beyoncé Dangerously in Love (2003)
46. Drake Views (2016)
47. Beyoncé Beyoncé (2013)
48. Sufjan Stevens Illinois (2005)
49. Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008)
50. Ed Sheeran ÷ (Divide) (2017)

51. Kanye West Late Registration (2005)
52. Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand (2004)
53. LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver (2007)
54. Frozen (soundtrack, 2013)
55. Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour (2018)
56. D’Angelo & the Vanguard Black Messiah (2015)
57. Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006)
58. Frank Ocean Blond (2016)
59. D’Angelo Voodoo (2000)
60. Bruce Springsteen The Rising (2002)

61. Beck Sea Change (2002)
62. Mariah Carey The Emancipation of Mimi (2005)
63. Brian Wilson Smile (2004)
64. Bob Dylan Love and Theft (2001)
65. PJ Harvey Let England Shake (2011)
66. Drake Take Care (2011)
67. Bilie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019)
68. Taylor Swift Speak Now (2010)
69. U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004)
70. Ed Sheeran X (Multiply) (2014)

71. Norah Jones Feels Like Home (2004)
72. Lorde Melodrama (2017)
73. Carrie Underwood Some Hearts (2005)
74. Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City (2013)
75. Evanescence Fallen (2003)
76. Kings of Leon Only by the Night (2008)
77. Dixie Chicks Home (2002)
78. Keane Hopes and Fears (2004)
79. Chris Stapleton Traveller (2015)
80. Streets Original Pirate Material (2002)

81. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raising Sand (2007)
82. Lady Gaga Born This Way (2011)
83. Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes (2008)
84. Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose (2004)
85. Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009)
86. Rihanna Anti (2016)
87. Bob Dylan Modern Times (2006)
88. Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf (2002)
89. Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour (2014)
90. N Sync No Strings Attached (2000)

91. Bruno Mars Doo Wops & Hooligans (2010)
92. Lady Antebellum Need You Now (2010)
93. PJ Harvey Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000)
94. Shania Twain Up! (2002)
95. Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way (2002)
96. High School Musical (TV soundtrack, 2006)
97. The Libertines Up the Bracket (2002)
98. Mumford & Sons Babel (2012)
99. The Killers Hot Fuss (2004)
100. Janelle Monáe The Arch Android (2010)

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Friday, December 25, 2020

The Top 100 Christmas Songs of All Time

Christmas Songs:

Top 100

These are the top 100 Christmas songs according to Dave’s Music Database. 40 lists focused on Christmas songs were aggregated together and then the highest-ranking songs were reordered based on their overall status in Dave’s Music Database, which compiles multiple lists as well as chart performances, sales figures, and awards for songs.

Songs are listed first by songwriters and then the song in quotation marks. The year the song was published is listed in parentheses after the song title. If a specific performer is associated with the song, then that performer and the year of its release are listed in parentheses.

Click here to see other genre-specific song lists.

1. “White Christmas” (written by Irving Berlin, performed by Bing Crosby, 1942)
2. “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (written by Johnny Marks, performed by Gene Autry, 1949)
3. “Silent Night” (words: Joseph Mohr, music: Franz Gruber, English translation: John Freeman Young; performed by Bing Crosby, 1935)
4. “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” (written by Mel Tormé & Robert Wells, performed by Nat “King” Cole, 1946)
5. “Winter Wonderland” (music: Felix Bernard, words: Richard B. Smith, performed by Guy Lombardo, 1934)
6. “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” (music: Jule Styne, words: Sammy Cahn, performed by Vaughn Monroe, 1945)
7. “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” (written by Bob Geldof & Midge Ure, performed by Band Aid, 1984)
8. “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” (written by J. Fred Coots & Haven Gillespie, performed by Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters, 1952)
9. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (written by Mariah Carey & Walter Afanasieff, performed by Carey, 1994)
10. “The Little Drummer Boy” (written by Harry Simeone, Katherine K. Davis, & Henry V. Onorati; performed by the Harry Simeone Chorale; 1958)

11. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” (written by Tommie Connor, performed by Jimmy Boyd, 1952)
12. “Jingle Bells” (written by James S. Pierpont, 1857)
13. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (written by Frank Loesser, performed by Johnny Mercer with Margaret Whiting, 1949)
14. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (written by Walter Kent, Kim Gannon & Buck Ram; performed by Bing Crosby; 1943)
15. “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” (written by Ross Badasarian, performed by David Seville & the Chipmunks, 1958)
16. “O Holy Night (Minuit, Chrétiens)” (written by Adolphe Adams & John Sullivan Dwight, 1847)
17. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (music: Ralph Blane, words: Hugh Martin, performed by Judy Garland, 1944)
18. “Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)” (written and performed by John Lennon & Yoko Ono, 1971)
19. “Last Christmas” (written by George Michael, performed by Wham!, 1984)
20. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (music: Felix Mendelssohn, words: Charles Wesley, 1855)

21. “O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)” (songwriters unknown, 1744)
22. “Joy to the World” (music: George Frideric Handel, words: Isaac Watts, arranged by Lowell Mason, 1719)
23. “Away in a Manger” (music: James Ramsey Murray, words: Charles H. Gabriel, 1887)
24. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” (written by Johnny Marks, performed by Brenda Lee, 1958)
25. “Blue Christmas” (written by Billy Hayes & Jay W. Johnson, performed by Elvis Presley, 1957)
26. “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” (words: Rev. Edmund Hamilton Sears, music: Richard Storrs Willis, 1850)
27. “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (music: Lewis Redner, words: Phillips Brooks, 1868)
28. “Frosty the Snowman” (written by Steve Nelson & Walter E. Rollins, performed by Gene Autry, 1950)
29. “The First Noel” (written by Davies Gilbert, 1823)
30. “We Three Kings of Orient Are” (written by John Henry Hopkins Jr., 1857)

31. “Jingle Bell Rock” (written by Joe Beal & Jim Boothe, performed by Bobby Helms, 1957)
32. “Fairytale of New York” (written by Jem Finer & Shane MacGowan, performed by the Pogues with Kirsty MacColl, 1987)
33. “Sleigh Ride” (written by Leroy Anderson & Mitchell Parish, performed by Anderson, 1949)
34. “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” (written by Donald Yetter Gardner, performed by Spike Jones, 1948)
35. “Wonderful Christmas Time” (written and performed by Paul McCartney, 1979)
36. “Merry Xmas Everybody” (written by Noddy Holder and Jim Lea, performed by Slade, 1973)
37. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” (written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich & Phil Spector; performed by Darlene Love; 1963)
38. “Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy” (written by Ian Fraser, Larry Grossman, Alan Kohan, Harry Simeone, Katherine K. Davis, & Henry V. Onorati ; performed by Bing Crosby & David Bowie, 1977)
39. “Santa Baby” (written by Joan Javits, Philip Springer, & Tony Springer; performed by Eartha Kitt; 1953)
40. “Run Rudolph Run” (written by Johnny Marks & Marvin Brodie, performed by Chuck Berry, 1958)

41. “Silver Bells” (written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans, performed by Bing Crosby, 1952)
42. “Mary’s Boy Child” (written by Jester Hairston, performed by Harry Belafonte, 1956)
43. “Here Comes Santa Claus” (written by Gene Autry & Oakley Haldeman, performed by Autry, 1947)
44. “Please Come Home for Christmas” (written by Charles Brown & Gene Redd, performed by the Eagles, 1978)
45. “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (words: John Mason Neale, music: traditional, 1851)
46. “Good King Wencelas” (written by John Mason Neale, 1860)
47. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (written by Edward Pola & George Wyle, 1963)
48. “Feliz Navidad” (written and performed by José Feliciano, 1970)
49. “Christmas Wrapping” (written by Chris Butler, performed by the Waitresses, 1981)
50. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (traditional, 1760)

51. “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” (written by Robert Allen, performed by Perry Como, 1954)
52. “A Holly Jolly Christmas” (written by Johnny Marks, performed by Burl Ives, 1964)
53. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” (written by Meredith Wilson, performed by Perry Como, 1945)
54. “Little Saint Nick” (written by Brian Wilson & Mike Love, performed by the Beach Boys, 1963)
55. “What Child Is This?” (words: William Chatterton Dix, music: “Greensleeves,” 1865)
56. “2000 Miles” (written by Chrissie Hynde, performed by the Pretenders, 1983)
57. “Pretty Paper” (written by Willie Nelson, performed by Roy Orbison, 1963)
58. “Step into Christmas” (written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin, performed by John, 1973)
59. “Father Christmas” (written by Ray Davies, performed by the Kinks, 1977)
60. “Christmas in Hollis” (written by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, & Jason Mizell; performed by Run-D.M.C., 1987)

61. “Christmas Time Is Here” (music: Vince Guaraldi, words: Lee Mendelson, performed by Guaraldi, 1965)
62. “Mistletoe” (written by Nasri Atweh, Adam Messinger, & Justin Bieber; performed by Bieber; 2011)
63. “Merry Christmas Baby” (written by Lou Baxter & Johnny Moore, performed by Chuck Berry, 1958)
64. “I Believe in Father X-Mas” (written by Greg Lake & Peter Sinfield, performed by Lake, 1975)
65. “I Saw Three Ships” (unknown, 1833)
66. “Carol of the Bells” (written by Peter J. Wilhousky & M. Leontovich, 1919)
67. “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” (written by Randy Brooks, performed by Elmo & Patsy, 1979)
68. “River” (written and performed by Joni Mitchell, 1971)
69. “Do You Hear What I Hear?” (written by Harry Simeone, performed by Bing Crosby, 1963)
70. “Thank God It’s Christmas” (written by Brian May & Roger Taylor, performed by Queen, 1984)

71. “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” (written by John Rox, performed by Gayla Reevey, 1953)
72. “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday” (written by Roy Wood, performed by Wizzard, 1973)
73. “Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)” (written by Joey Ramone, performed by the Ramones, 1989)
74. “Christmas Is the Time to Say 'I Love You'” (written and performed by Billy Squier, 1981)
75. “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” (words: Theodor Geisel, music: Albert Hague, performed by Thurl Ravenscroft, 1966)
76. “Santa Tell Me” (written by Ariana Grande, Savan Kotecha, & Ilya; performed by Grande; 2013)
77. “In Dulci Jubilo” (writer unknown, 1328)
78. “The Twelve Days of Christmas” (words: Frederic Austin, music: traditional, 1780)
79. “Deck the Halls” (words: Thomas Oliphant, music: “Nos Galan,” 1862)
80. “Go Tell It on the Mountain” (written by John Wesley Work Jr., 1865)

81. “This Christmas” (written by Donny Hathaway as Donny Pitts with Nadine Theresa McKinnor, performed by Hathaway, 1970)
82. “Christmas All Over Again” (written by Tom Petty, performed by Petty with the Heartbreakers, 1992)
83. “O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum)” (words: Ernst Anschütz, music: “Ach Tannenbaum,” 1824)
84. “Christmas Island” (written by Lyle Moraine, performed by the Andrews Sisters, 1946)
85. “Underneath the Tree” (written by Kelly Clarkson & Greg Kurstin, performed by Clarkson, 2013)
86. “Angels We Have Heard on High” (paraphrased by James Chadwick, arranged by Edward Shippen Barnes, music: “Gloria,” 1862)
87. “We Need a Little Christmas” (written by Jerry Herman, performed by Percy Faith, 1966)
88. “Merry Christmas Darling” (written by Frank Pooler & Richard Carpenter, performed by the Carpenters, 1970)
89. “Coventry Carol” (writer unknown, 1534)
90. “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)” (performed by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, 1996)

91. “Hard Candy Christmas” (written by Carol Hall, performed by Dolly Parton, 1982)
92. “Someday at Christmas” (written by Ron Miller & Bryan Wells, performed by Stevie Wonder, 1967)
93. “Nuttin’ for Christmas” (written by Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett, performed by Barry Gordon, 1955)
94. “What Christmas Means to Me” (performed by Stevie Wonder, 1967)
95. “Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song)” (written by Robert Alex Anderson, performed by Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters, 1949)
96. “Christmas Song” (written by Dave Matthews, performed by Dave Matthews Band, 1993)
97. “Don’t Wait Till the Night Before Christmas” (written by Lewis & Baer, performed by Eddy Duchin, 1938)
98. “Up on the Housetop” (written by Benjamin Hanby, 1864)
99. “Christmas Time Is Here Again” (written by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, & Richard Starkey; performed by the Beatles; 1967)
100. “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” (arranged by Arthur Warrell, performed by Marian Anderson, 1968)

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First posted 12/25/2011; last updated 7/6/2021.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

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

Originally posted 12/22/2020.

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

AC/DC (active 1973-)

Inducted December 2020 as a “Top Classic Rock Act”

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

Creedence Clearwater Revival (active 1967-1972)

Inducted December 2020 as a “Top Classic Rock Act”

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

The Doors (active 1965-1971)

Inducted December 2020 as a “Top Classic Rock Act”

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

Eagles (active 1971-1980, 1994-)

Inducted December 2020 as a “Top Classic Rock Act”

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

Fleetwood Mac (active 1967-)

Inducted December 2020 as a “Top Classic Rock Act”

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

Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970)

Inducted December 2020 as a “Top Classic Rock Act”

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

Led Zeppelin (active 1968-1980)

Inducted December 2020 as a “Top Classic Rock Act”

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

Pink Floyd (active 1965-1987, 1994)

Inducted December 2020 as a “Top Classic Rock Act”

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

Bob Seger (1945-)

Inducted December 2020 as a “Top Classic Rock Act”

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

The Who (active 1964-)

Inducted December 2020 as a “Top Classic Rock Act”

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

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Dave’s Faves: Albums of the Year

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

Dave’s Faves:

Albums of the Year

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

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

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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Billboard: Albums of the Year

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


Albums of the Year, 1956-2019

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

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Friday, December 11, 2020

New Musical Express: Albums of the Year

First posted 12/30/2020.

New Musical Express:

Albums of the Year, 1963-2020

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

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

Check out other album of the year awards here.

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Spin: Albums of the Year

Last updated 12/10/2020.

Spin Magazine:

Albums of the Year

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

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

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Monday, December 7, 2020

Billboard - Songs of the Year, 1958-2020

First posted 12/29/2014; updated 12/7/2020.


Songs of the Year, 1958-2020

Each year since the inception of the Billboard Hot 100, the magazine has named a “song of the year” determined by chart performance. Here are those songs from 1958 to present.

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

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

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

USA’s Biggest #1 Pop Songs:


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

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

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

See other chart-based lists here.

    26 weeks:

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

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

    18 weeks:

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

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

    16 weeks:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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