Sunday, December 5, 2021

The Top 100 Rap Albums of All Time

Rap:

The Top 100 Albums

More than 25 lists were aggregated to determine the best rap albums of all time. All albums which made at least 2 lists were than ranked according to their overall points in Dave’s Music Database (which factors in all-genre best-of lists, chart figures, sales, awards, and album ratings).

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1. Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
2. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
3. Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
4. Eminem The Eminem Show (2002)
5. Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill (1986)
6. N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton (1989)
7. OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)
8. Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique (1989)
9. De La Soul 3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
10. M.C. Hammer Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em (1990)

11. Dr. Dre The Chronic (1992)
12. DJ Shadow Endtroducing… (1996)
13. Fugees The Score (1996)
14. Kanye West The College Dropout (2004)
15. Jay-Z The Blueprint (2001)
16. 50 Cent Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (2003)
17. OutKast Stankonia (2000)
18. Eminem Recovery (2010)
19. Eminem Curtain Call: The Hits (compilation: 1999-2005, charted 2005)
20. Kendrick Lamar Damn. (2017)

21. Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet (1990)
22. Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)
23. Run-D.M.C. Raising Hell (1986)
24. Eric B. & Rakim Paid in Full (1987)
25. Nas Illmatic (1994)
26. Kanye West Late Registration (2005)
27. Drake Views (2016)
28. Beastie Boys Ill Communication (1994)
29. Snoop Doggy Dogg Doggystyle (1993)
30. Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)

31. Eminem The Slim Shady LP (1999)
32. Vanilla Ice To the Extreme (1990)
33. The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die (1994)
34. A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory (1991)
35. 50 Cent The Massacre (2005)
36. Nelly Nellyville (2002)
37. Tupac Shakur (2pac) All Eyez on Me (1996)
38. Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
39. Kanye West Graduation (2007)
40. The Notorious B.I.G. Life after Death (1997)

41. Eminem Encore (2004)
42. Black Eyed Peas Monkey Business (2005)
43. Lil Wayne Tha Carter III (2008)
44. Eminem/various artists 8 Mile (soundtrack, 2002)
45. Nelly Country Grammar (2000)
46. Drake Scorpion (2018)
47. Kendrick Lamar Good Kid m.A.A.d. City (2012)
48. Drake Take Care (2011)
49. Arrested Development 3 Years, 5 Months, & 2 Days in the Life of… (1992)
50. Jay-Z The Black Album (2003)

51. Dr. Dre 2001 (1999)
52. 2pac Me Against the World (1995)
53. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013)
54. OutKast Aquemini (1998)
55. A Tribe Called Quest People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (1990)
56. Eminem Relapse (2009)
57. Will Smith Big Willie Style (1997)
58. Run-D.M.C. Run-D.M.C. (1984)
59. Boogie Down Productions Criminal Minded (1987)
60. The Game The Documentary (2005)

61. Beastie Boys Hello Nasty (1998)
62. Beastie Boys Check Your Head (1992)
63. Drake If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (2015)
64. Puff Daddy & the Family No Way Out (1997)
65. Cypress Hill Cypress Hill (1991)
66. Jay-Z The Blueprint 3 (2009)
67. Common Be (2005)
68. Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt (1996)
69. Madvillain Madvillainy (2004)
70. Jay-Z Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life (1998)

71. Post Malone Beerbongs & Bentleys (2018)
72. Nicki Minaj Pink Friday (2010)
73. Nelly Suit (2004)
74. Jay-Z & Kanye West Watch the Throne (2011)
75. A Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders (1993)
76. LL Cool J Radio (1985)
77. Cypress Hill Black Sunday (1993)
78. Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012)
79. Missy Elliott Supa Dupa Fly (1997)
80. Ice Cube AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted (1999)

81. DMX It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998)
82. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony E. 1999 Eternal (1995)
83. T.I. King (2006)
84. DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper (1988)
85. D12 D12 World (2004)
86. T.I. Paper Trail (2008)
87. Kanye West 808’s and Heartbreak (2008)
88. Tupac Shakur (as Makaveli) The Don illuminati – The 7 Day Theory (1996)
89. Wu-Tang Clan Wu-Tang Forever (1997)
90. OutKast ATLiens (1996)

91. Kris Kross Totally Krossed Out (1992)
92. Nas It Was Written (1996)
93. Raekwon Ony Built 4 Cuban Linx (1995)
94. GZA/Genius Liquid Swords (1995)
95. De La Soul De La Soul Is Dead (1991)
96. DMX And Then There Was X (1999)
97. Nas Stillmatic (2001)
98. Ice Cube Death Certificate (1991)
99. EPMD Strictly Business (1988)
100. Mos Def Black on Both Sides (1999)


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First posted 7/17/2011; last updated 12/5/2021.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

The Top 100 R&B Songs of All Time

R&B:

Top 100 Songs

Like most DMDB lists, this was created by aggregrating multiple genre-specific lists. In this case, 33 R&B-focused best-of lists were aggregrated. Here are the results:

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1. Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968)
2. The Temptations “My Girl” (1965)
3. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)
4. Al Green “Let’s Stay Together” (1971)
5. Otis Redding “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” (1968)
6. Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On” (1971)
7. Percy Sledge “When a Man Loves a Woman” (1966)
8. The Miracles “The Tracks of My Tears” (1965)
9. Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get It On” (1973)
10. Sam Cooke “A Change Is Gonna Come” (1965)

11. James Brown “I Got You (I Feel Good)” (1965)
12. Ben E. King “Stand by Me” (1961)
13. Marvin Gaye “Sexual Healing” (1982)
14. Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (1966)
15. Prince “When Doves Cry” (1984)
16. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
17. Martha Reeves & the Vandellas “Dancing in the Street” (1964)
18. Stevie Wonder “Superstition” (1972)
19. Gladys Knight & the Pips “Midnight Train to Georgia” (1973)
20. James Brown “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” (1965)

21. Lionel Richie with Diana Ross “Endless Love” (1981)
22. Aaron Neville “Tell It Like It Is” (1966)
23. The Temptations “Just My Imagination Running Away with Me” (1971)
24. Ray Charles “What’d I Say” (1959)
25. Bill Withers “Lean on Me” (1972)
26. The Supremes “Baby Love” (1964)
27. Jackie Wilson “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher” (1967)
28. Sam & Dave “Soul Man” (1967)
29. The Supremes “You Can’t Hurry Love” (1966)
30. The Temptations “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” (1966)

31. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1983)
32. Wilson Pickett “In the Midnight Hour” (1965)
33. Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!” (2004)
34. Four Tops “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” (1965)
35. Mary Wells “My Guy” (1964)
36. Marvin Gaye “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” (1971)
37. Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You” (1994)
38. The Jackson 5 “I Want You Back” (1969)
39. Boyz II Men “End of the Road” (1992)
40. The Jackson 5 “I’ll Be There” (1970)

41. Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You” (1997)
42. The Drifters “Under the Boardwalk” (1964)
43. Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” (1972)
44. The Flamingos “I Only Have Eyes for You” (1959)
45. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (1967)
46. Booker T. & the MG’s “Green Onions” (1962)
47. Sam Cooke “You Send Me” (1957)
48. Etta James “At Last” (1961)
49. Brandy with Monica “The Boy Is Mine” (1998)
50. Ray Charles “Georgia on My Mind” (1960)

51. Barry White “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” (1974)
52. Fats Domino “Blueberry Hill” (1956)
53. Ray Charles “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (1962)
54. Junior Walker & the All Stars “Shotgun” (1965)
55. Roberta Flack “Killing Me Softly with His Song” (1973)
56. Toni Braxton “Un-Break My Heart” (1996)
57. The Platters “The Great Pretender” (1955)
58. Mariah Carey “We Belong Together” (2005)
59. The Miracles “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” (1962)
60. Tina Turner “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” (1984)

61. Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” (1956)
62. The Supremes “Stop! In the Name of Love” (1965)
63. The Penguins “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” (1954)
64. R. Kelly “I Believe I Can Fly” (1996)
65. The Isley Brothers “It’s Your Thing” (1969)
66. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas “Heat Wave” (1963)
67. The Marvelettes “Please Mr. Postman” (1961)
68. The Miracles “Shop Around” (1960)
69. Jimmy Ruffin “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted” (1966)
70. The Drifters “Save the Last Dance for Me” (1960)

71. Commodores “Three Times a Lady” (1978)
72. Otis Redding “Try a Little Tenderness” (1966)
73. Sister Sledge “We Are Family” (1979)
74. The Jackson 5 “ABC” (1970)
75. Janet Jackson “That’s the Way Love Goes” (1993)
76. Aretha Franklin “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” (1967)
77. Lionel Richie “All Night Long (All Night)” (1983)
78. Al Green “Love and Happiness” (1977)
79. Otis Redding “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” (1965)
80. Chubby Checker “The Twist” (1960)

81. Isaac Hayes “Theme from ‘Shaft’” (1971)
82. Chuck Berry “Maybellene” (1955)
83. The Shirelles “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (1960)
84. Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (1978)
85. Gladys Knight & the Pips “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1967)
86. Fats Domino “Ain’t That a Shame” (1955)
87. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (1995)
88. Sly & the Family Stone “Everyday People” (1968)
89. Little Richard “Long Tall Sally” (1956)
90. The Temptations “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” (1972)

91. The Isley Brothers “This Old Heart of Mine” (1966)
92. The Staple Singers “I’ll Take You There” (1972)
93. The Impressions “People Get Ready” (1965)
94. James Brown “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” (1966)
95. The O’Jays “Love Train” (1973)
96. Arthur Conley “Sweet Soul Music” (1967)
97. The Platters “Only You (And You Alone)” (1955)
98. The Emotions “Best of My Love” (1977)
99. The Four Tops “Baby, I Need Your Loving” (1964)
100. Mariah Carey “Vision of Love” (1990)


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First posted 3/7/2012; last updated 12/4/2021.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

The Top 100 New Wave/College Rock Songs

New Wave/College Rock:

Top 100 Songs

New wave was a synth-driven musical genre in the 1980s helmed by bands like New Order, Depeche Mode, and the Cure. College radio stations helped give an audience to that music as well as more guitar-focused bands like U2 and R.E.M. While often gathered under the banner of “alternative rock,” a significant number of bands which started on the fringe had, by decade’s end become the mainstream. More than 30 lists were aggregated to create this list.

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1. New Order “Blue Monday” (1983)
2. Soft Cell “Tainted Love” (1981)
3. Modern English “I Melt with You” (1983)
4. The Cure “Just Like Heaven” (1987)
5. The Human League “Don’t You Want Me?” (1981)
6. Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (1980)
7. Depeche Mode “People Are People” (1984)
8. Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Relax” (1983)
9. Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This” (1982)
10. Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Come on Eileen” (1982)

11. Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls” (1986)
12. Gary Numan “Cars” (1979)
13. Depeche Mode “Just Can’t Get Enough” (1981)
14. Devo “Whip It” (1980)
15. Dead or Alive “You Spin Me Round Like a Record” (1985)
16. Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime” (1981)
17. A-ha “Take on Me” (1984)
18. Violent Femmes “Blister in the Sun” (1983)
19. Madness “Our House” (1982)
20. Tears for Fears “Shout” (1984)

21. The Smiths “How Soon Is Now?” (1984)
22. R.E.M. “Radio Free Europe” (1981)
23. Simple Minds “Don’t You Forget about Me” (1985)
24. Duran Duran “Hungry Like the Wolf” (1982)
25. Talk Talk “It’s My Life” (1984)
26. Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star” (1981)
27. A Flock of Seagulls “I Ran” (1982)
28. Yazoo “Don’t Go” (1982)
29. After the Fire “Der Kommissar” (1983)
30. The Church “Under the Milky Way” (1988)

31. Big Country “In a Big Country” (1983)
32. Tears for Fears “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (1985)
33. Tom Tom Club “Genius of Love” (1981)
34. Tears for Fears “Mad World” (1982)
35. The Vapors “Turning Japanese” (1980)
36. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark “Enola Gay” (1980)
37. Men Without Hats “The Safety Dance” (1983)
38. Naked Eyes “Always Something There to Remind Me” (1983)
39. Bow Wow Wow “I Want Candy” (1982)
40. Billy Idol “White Wedding” (1982)

41. Psychedelic Furs “Pretty in Pink” (1981)
42. The Pixies “Here Comes Your Man” (1989)
43. New Order “Bizarre Love Triangle” (1986)
44. The B-52’s “Rock Lobster” (1979)
45. INXS “Don’t Change” (1982)
46. New Order “True Faith” (1987)
47. Talking Heads “Burning Down the House” (1983)
48. Spandau Ballet “True” (1983)
49. Peter Schilling “Major Tom (Coming Home)” (1983)
50. Echo & the Bunnymen “Lips Like Sugar” (1987)

51. Icicle Works “Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream)” (1984)
52. Thomas Dolby “She Blinded Me with Science” (1982)
53. Duran Duran “Girls on Film” (1981)
54. Romeo Void “Never Say Never” (1982)
55. Animotion “Obsession” (1985)
56. Haircut 100 “Love Plus One” (1982)
57. Squeeze “Tempted” (1981)
58. Midnight Oil “Beds Are Burning” (1987)
59. Echo & the Bunnymen “The Killing Moon” (1984)
60. Sonic Youth “Teenage Riot” (1988)

61. Kate Bush “Running Up That Hill” (1985)
62. Split Enz “I Got You” (1980)
63. The Cure “Close to Me” (1985)
64. Men at Work “Down Under” (1981)
65. The Fixx “One Thing Leads to Another” (1983)
66. Wall of Voodoo “Mexican Radio” (1983)
67. Wang Chung “Dance Hall Days” (1984)
68. Culture Club “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” (1982)
69. The Clash “Rock the Casbah” (1982)
70. Billy Idol “Dancing with Myself” (1981)

71. ABC “The Look of Love” (1982)
72. Oingo Boingo “Dead Man’s Party” (1985)
73. When in Rome “The Promise” (1989)
74. The Go-Go’s “We Got the Beat” (1981)
75. The English Beat “Mirror in the Bathroom” (1980)
76. Berlin “The Metro” (1983)
77. Missing Persons “Destination Unknown” (1982)
78. General Public “Tenderness” (1984)
79. Kajagoogoo “Too Shy” (1983)
80. XTC “Dear God” (1986)

81. The Jesus & Mary Chain “Just Like Honey” (1985)
82. Love & Rockets “So Alive” (1989)
83. The Clash “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” (1982)
84. The Plimsouls “A Million Miles Away” (1982)
85. Psychedelic Furs “Love My Way” (1982)
86. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
87. David Bowie “Let’s Dance” (1983)
88. The Sugarcubes “Birthday” (1987)
89. Thompson Twins “Hold Me Now” (1983)
90. The Knack “My Sharona” (1979)

91. Ultravox “Vienna” (1980)
92. The Cure “Boys Don’t Cry” (1979)
93. The Go-Go’s “Our Lips Are Sealed” (1981)
94. Pretenders “Brass in Pocket (I’m Special)” (1979)
95. ‘Til Tuesday “Voices Carry” (1985)
96. Re-Flex “The Politics of Dancing” (1983)
97. Erasure “A Little Respect” (1988)
98. Bauhaus “She’s in Parties” (1983)
99. Culture Club “Karmal Chameleon” (1983)
100. ABC “Poison Arrow” (1982)


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First posted 6/9/2017; last updated 12/2/2021.

Monday, November 29, 2021

R&B: Annual Song Awards, 1942-2021

R&B:

Annual Song Awards, 1942-2021

This page offers a consolidated list of the R&B songs of each year as determined by various organizations and entities. They include:

  • American Music Awards: R&B/Soul Song of the Year (1974-1995, 2016-2021)
  • Billboard: R&B Song of the Year, 1942-2020.
  • Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI): R&B Song of the Year, 2001-2020. Music publishing company tracks most-played songs each year.
  • Grammys: Best Rhythm & Blues Performance (1959-1961), Best Rhythm & Blues Performance (1962-1968), Best R&B Song (1969-2020)
  • Soul Train: Song of the Year (1989-1996, 2009-2021), Song of the Year by Male, Female, or Group/Duo (1987-2007)

See links at bottom of page for more details on above.

In some cases, awards are listed a year earlier than they were often given. For example, Bruno Mars won the Grammy for Best R&B Song in 2018 for “That’s What I Like” but the song is listed under 2017 because that was its eligibility year.

Click here to see other ‘Songs of the Year’ lists.



2021:
  • AMA: Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak as Silk Sonic “Leave the Door Open”
  • Billboard:
  • BMI:
  • DMDB: Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak as Silk Sonic “Leave the Door Open”
  • Grammy:
  • Soul Train: Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak as Silk Sonic “Leave the Door Open”

2020:
  • AMA: Kanye West “Heartless”
  • Billboard: The Weeknd “Blinding Lights
  • BMI: Doja Cat “Say So”
  • DMDB: Chris Brown with Young Thug “Go Crazy”
  • Grammy: Robert Glasper with H.E.R. & Me’Shell Ndegeocello “Better Than I Imagined”
  • Soul Train: Chris Brown with Young Thug “Go Crazy”


2019:
  • AMA: Khalid “Talk”
  • Billboard: Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road
  • BMI: Khalid “Talk”
  • DMDB: The Weeknd “Blinding Lights
  • Grammy: PJ Morton with JoJo “Say So”
  • Soul Train: Chris Brown with Drake “No Guidance”

2018:
  • AMA: Bruno Mars & Cardi B “Finesse”
  • Billboard: Drake “God’s Plan
  • BMI: Drake “God’s Plan
  • DMDB: Ella Mai “Boo’d Up”
  • Grammy: Ella Mai “Boo’d Up”
  • Soul Train: Ella Mai “Boo’d Up”

2017:


2016:
  • AMA: Rihanna with Drake “Work
  • Billboard: Drake with WizKid & Kyla “One Dance
  • BMI: G-Eazy with Bebe Rexha “Me, Myself & I”
  • DMDB: Rihanna with Drake “Work
  • Grammy: Maxwell “Lake by the Ocean”
  • Soul Train: Beyoncé “Formation”

2015:


2014:
  • Billboard: Pharrell Williams “Happy
  • BMI: John Legend “All of Me
  • DMDB: Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!
  • Grammy: Beyoncé with Jay-Z “Drunk in Love”
  • Soul Train: Pharrell Williams “Happy

2013:
  • Billboard: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz “Thrift Shop
  • BMI: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Ray Dalton “Can’t Hold Us”
  • DMDB: Pharrell Williams “Happy
  • Grammy: Justin Timberlake “Pusher Love Girl”
  • Soul Train: Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines


2012:
  • Billboard: Rihanna “Diamonds
  • BMI: Nicki Minaj “Starships”
  • DMDB: Bruno Mars “Locked Out of Heaven”
  • Grammy: Miguel “Adorn”
  • Soul Train: Tyrese “Stay”

2011:
  • Billboard: DJ Khaled with Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne “I’m on One”
  • BMI: Nicki Minaj “Super Bass”
  • DMDB: Rihanna with Calvin Harris “We Found Love
  • Grammy: Cee-Lo Green with Melanie Fiona “Fool for You”
  • Soul Train: Kelly Rowland with Lil Wayne “Motivation”

2010:
  • Billboard: Alicia Keys “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)”
  • BMI: B.o.B. with Bruno Mars “Nothin’ on You”
  • DMDB: Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are (Amazing)
  • Grammy: John Legend & the Roots “Shine”
  • Soul Train: B.o.B. with Bruno Mars “Nothin’ on You”

2009:


2008:
2007:
  • Billboard: Robin Thicke “Lost Without U”
  • BMI: Beyoncé “Irreplaceable
  • DMDB: Rihanna with Jay-Z “Umbrella
  • Grammy: Alicia Keys “No One
  • Soul Train (Female): Beyoncé “Irreplaceable
  • Soul Train (Male): John Legend “Save Room”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Gnarls Barkley “Crazy

2006:
  • Billboard: Mary J. Blige “Be Without You
  • BMI: Beyoncé with Slim Thug & Bun B “Check on It”
  • DMDB: Gnarls Barkley “Crazy
  • Grammy: Mary J. Blige “Be Without You
  • Soul Train (Female): Mariah Carey “We Belong Together
  • Soul Train (Male): John Legend with will.i.am “Ordinary People”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Destiny’s Child “Cater 2 U”


2005:
2004:
  • Billboard: Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!
  • BMI: Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!
  • DMDB: Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!
  • Grammy: Alicia Keys “You Don’t Know My Name”
  • Soul Train (Female): Alicia Keys “You Don’t Know My Name”
  • Soul Train (Male): Luther Vandross “Dance with My Father”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Floetry “Say Yes”


2003:
  • Billboard: 50 Cent “In Da Club
  • BMI: R. Kelly “Ignition (remix)”
  • DMDB: OutKast “Hey Ya!
  • Grammy: Beyoncé with Jay-Z “Crazy in Love
  • Soul Train (Female): Ashanti with Ja Rule “Foolish
  • Soul Train (Male): Musiq Soulchild “Don’t Change”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): M2K with P. Diddy “Bump Bump Bump”

2002:
  • Billboard: Ashanti with Ja Rule “Foolish
  • BMI: Nelly “Hot in Herre
  • DMDB: Ashanti with Ja Rule “Foolish
  • Grammy: Erykah Badu with Common “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)”
  • Soul Train (Female): Aaliyah “Rock the Boat”
  • Soul Train (Male): Musiq Soulchild “Love”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): The Isley Brothers with Chante Moore “Contagious”

2001:
  • Billboard: Usher “U Got It Bad”
  • BMI: Janet Jackson “All for You”
  • DMDB: Alicia Keys “Fallin’
  • Grammy: Alicia Keys “Fallin’
  • Soul Train (Female): Yolanda Adams “Open My Heart”
  • Soul Train (Male): R. Kelly “I Wish”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Jagged Edge “Let’s Get Married”

2000:
  • Billboard: Erykah Badu “Bag Lady”
  • BMI: Santana with the Product G&B “Maria Maria”
  • DMDB: Destiny’s Child “Independent Women
  • Grammy: Destiny’s Child “Say My Name”
  • Soul Train (Female): Lauryn Hill “Ex-Factor”
  • Soul Train (Male): Maxwell “Fortunate”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): TLC “No Scrubs”

1999:
  • Billboard: Destiny’s Child “Bills, Bills, Bills”
  • DMDB: TLC “No Scrubs”
  • Grammy: TLC “No Scrubs”
  • Soul Train (Female): Deborah Cox “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here”
  • Soul Train (Male): Brian McKnight “Anytime”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Next “Too Close”

1998:
  • Billboard: Deborah Cox “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here”
  • DMDB: Brandy & Monica “The Boy Is Mine”
  • Grammy: Lauryn Hill “Doo Wop (That Thing)”
  • Soul Train (Female): Erykah Badu “On and On”
  • Soul Train (Male): Usher “U Make Me Wanna…”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Dru Hill “In My Bed”

1997:
  • Billboard: Usher “U Make Me Wanna…”
  • DMDB: Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You
  • Grammy: R. Kelly “I Believe I Can Fly”
  • Soul Train (Female): Toni Braxton “You’re Makin’ Me High” / “Let It Flow”
  • Soul Train (Male): Maxwell “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Blackstreet with Dr. Dre “No Diggity”

1996:
  • Billboard: R. Kelly with Ronald Isley “Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)”
  • DMDB: Toni Braxton “Un-Break My Heart”
  • Grammy: Whitney Houston “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)”
  • Soul Train: The Notorious B.I.G. “One More Chance”
  • Soul Train (Female): Whitney Houston “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)”
  • Soul Train (Male): D’Angelo “Brown Sugar”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): TLC “Waterfalls”

1995:
  • AMA: Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You
  • Billboard: The Notorious B.I.G. “One More Chance” / “Stay with Me”
  • DMDB: Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day
  • Grammy: Stevie Wonder “For Your Love”
  • Soul Train: Barry White “Practice What You Preach”
  • Soul Train (Female): Anita Baker “Body and Soul”
  • Soul Train (Male): R. Kelly “Bump N’ Grind”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You


1994:
1993:
  • AMA: Michael Jackson “Remember the Time”
  • Billboard: Silk “Freak Me”
  • DMDB: Janet Jackson “That’s the Way Love Goes”
  • Grammy: Janet Jackson “That’s the Way Love Goes”
  • Soul Train: Boyz II Men “End of the Road
  • Soul Train (Female): Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You
  • Soul Train (Male): Michael Jackson “Remember the Time”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Boyz II Men “Please Don’t Go”


1992:
  • AMA: Color Me Badd “I Wanna Sex You Up”
  • Billboard: Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You
  • DMDB: Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You
  • Grammy: Boyz II Men “End of the Road
  • Soul Train: Color Me Badd “I Wanna Sex You Up”
  • Soul Train (Female): Lisa Fischer “How Can I Ease the Pain?”
  • Soul Train (Male): Keith Washington “Kissing You”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Color Me Badd “I Wanna Sex You Up”

1991:
  • AMA: MC Hammer “U Can’t Touch This
  • Billboard: Shanice “I Love Your Smile”
  • DMDB: Natalie Cole with Nat “King” Cole “Unforgettable”
  • Grammy: Luther Vandross “Power of Love/Love Power”
  • Soul Train: MC Hammer “U Can’t Touch This
  • Soul Train (Female): Mariah Carey “Vision of Love”
  • Soul Train (Male): Johnny Gill “My My My”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): En Vogue “Hold On”


1990:
  • AMA: Janet Jackson “Miss You Much”
  • Billboard: Pebbles “Giving You the Benefit”
  • DMDB: C + C Music Factory “Gonna Make You Sweat”
  • Grammy: MC Hammer “U Can’t Touch This
  • Soul Train: Soul II Soul “Keep on Movin’”
  • Soul Train (Female): Janet Jackson “Miss You Much”
  • Soul Train (Male): Luther Vandross “Here and Now”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Soul II Soul “Keep on Movin’”

1989:
  • AMA: Freddie Jackson “Nice N Slow”
  • Billboard: Karyn White “Superwoman”
  • DMDB: Soul II Soul “Back to Life (How Ever Do You Want Me)”
  • Grammy: Simply Red “If You Don’t Know Me by Now”
  • Soul Train: Anita Baker “Giving You the Best That I Got”
  • Soul Train (Female): Anita Baker “Giving You the Best That I Got”
  • Soul Train (Male): Michael Jackson “Man in the Mirror”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): E.U. “Da Butt”

1988:
  • AMA: Michael Jackson “Bad”
  • Billboard: Keith Sweat “I Want Her”
  • DMDB: Bobby McFerrin “Don’t Worry Be Happy”
  • Grammy: Anita Baker “Giving You the Best That I Got”
  • Soul Train (Female): Natalie Cole “I Live for Your Love”
  • Soul Train (Male): Michael Jackson “Bad”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Levert “Casanova”
  • Soul Train (Rap): LL Cool J “I Need Love”

1987:
  • AMA: Janet Jackson “Nasty”
  • Billboard: Michael Jackson “The Way You Make Me Feel”
  • DMDB: Whitney Houston “I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me
  • Grammy: Club Nouveau “Lean on Me”
  • Soul Train (Female): Anita Baker “Sweet Love”
  • Soul Train (Male): Gregory Abbott “Shake You Down”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Cameo “Word Up!”
  • Soul Train (Rap): Run-D.M.C. with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry “Walk This Way

1986:
  • AMA: Whitney Houston “You Give Good Love”
  • Billboard: Prince “Kiss
  • DMDB: Prince “Kiss
  • Grammy: Anita Baker “Sweet Love”

1985:
  • AMA: Prince “When Doves Cry
  • Billboard: Freddie Jackson “Rock Me Tonight (For Old Time’s Sake)”
  • DMDB: Dionne & Friends (Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder) “That's What Friends Are For
  • Grammy: Aretha Franklin “Freeway of Love”


1984:
1983:


1982:
  • AMA: Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love
  • Billboard: Marvin Gaye “Sexual Healing”
  • DMDB: Michael Jackson “Billie Jean
  • Grammy: George Benson “Turn Your Love Around”

1981:
  • AMA: Diana Ross “Upside Down
  • Billboard: Earth, Wind & Fire “Let’s Groove”
  • DMDB: Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love
  • Grammy: Bill Withers with Grover Washington Jr. “Just the Two of Us”

1980:
  • AMA: Michael Jackson “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”
  • Billboard: Stevie Wonder “Master Blaster (Jammin’)”
  • DMDB: Kool & the Gang “Celebration
  • Grammy: Stephanie Mills “Never Knew Love Like This Before”

1979:
  • AMA: Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late”
  • Billboard: Chic “Good Times
  • DMDB: Sister Sledge “We Are Family”
  • Grammy: Earth, Wind & Fire “After the Love Has Gone”

1978:
  • AMA: The Emotions “Best of My Love”
  • Billboard: Funkadelic “One Nation Under a Groove”
  • DMDB: Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive”
  • Grammy: Donna Summer “Last Dance”

1977:
  • AMA: Lou Rawls “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” and Wild Cherry “Play That Funky Music”
  • Billboard: Earth, Wind & Fire “Serpentine Fire”
  • DMDB: Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive
  • Grammy: Leo Sayer “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing”

1976:
  • AMA: KC & the Sunshine Band “Get Down Tonight”
  • Billboard: Johnnie Taylor “Disco Lady”
  • DMDB: Wild Cherry “Play That Funky Music”
  • Grammy: Boz Scaggs “Lowdown”

1975:
  • AMA: Gladys Knight & the Pips “Midnight Train to Georgia”
  • Billboard: The Isley Brothers “Fight the Power (Part 1)”
  • DMDB: Van McCoy “The Hustle”
  • Grammy: Betty Wright “Where Is the Love”

1974:
  • AMA: Stevie Wonder “Superstition
  • Billboard: Roberta Flack “Feel Like Makin’ Love”
  • DMDB: Bob Marley & the Marleys “No Woman, No Cry
  • Grammy: Stevie Wonder “Living for the City”


1973:
1972:
1971:
  • Billboard: Jean Knight “Mr. Big Stuff”
  • DMDB: Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On
  • Grammy: Bill Withers “Ain’t No Sunshine”

1970:
  • Billboard: The Jackson 5 “The Love You Save”
  • DMDB: The Jackson 5 “I’ll Be There
  • Grammy: Clarence Carter “Patches”

1969:
  • Billboard: Marvin Gaye “Too Busy Thinking About My Baby”
  • DMDB: The Jackson 5 “I Want You Back
  • Grammy: The Winstons “Color Him Father”

1968:
1967:
  • Billboard: Aretha Franklin “Respect
  • DMDB: Aretha Franklin “Respect
  • Grammy: Aretha Franklin “Respect


1966:
  • Billboard: The Temptations “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”
  • DMDB: Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)
  • Grammy: Ray Charles “Crying Time”

1965:
1964:
  • Billboard: Mary Wells “My Guy”
  • DMDB: The Temptations “My Girl
  • Grammy: Nancy Wilson “How Glad I Am”

1963:
1962:


1961:
  • Billboard: Bobby Lewis “Tossin’ and Turnin’”
  • DMDB: Ben E. King “Stand by Me
  • Grammy: Ray Charles “Hit the Road Jack”

1960:
  • Billboard: Dinah Washington & Brook Benton “Baby, You’ve Got What It Takes”
  • DMDB: Chubby Checker “The Twist
  • Grammy: Ray Charles “Let the Good Times Roll”

1959:
  • Billboard: Brook Benton “It’s Just a Matter of Time”
  • DMDB: Ray Charles “What’d I Say
  • Grammy: Dinah Washington “What a Diff’rence a Day Makes”

1958:
  • Billboard: Jackie Wilson “Lonely Teardrops”
  • DMDB: Chuck Berry “Johnny B. Goode
  • Grammy: The Champs “Tequila”

1957:
  • Billboard: The Coasters “Searchin’”
  • DMDB: The Coasters “Searchin’”

1956:
1955:
  • Billboard: Fats Domino “Ain’t That a Shame”
  • DMDB: Little Richard “Tutti Frutti

1954:
1953:
1952:
  • Billboard: The Dominoes “Have Mercy Baby”
  • DMDB: Lloyd Price “Lawdy Miss Clawdy”

1951:
  • Billboard: The Dominoes “Sixty Minute Man”
  • DMDB: Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats “Rocket 88”

1950:
  • Billboard: Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers “Pink Champagne”
  • DMDB: Nat “King” Cole “Mona Lisa

1949:
  • Billboard: Charles Brown “Trouble Blues”
  • DMDB: John Lee Hooker “Boogie Chillen’”

1948:
  • Billboard: Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends “King Size Papa”
  • DMDB: Nat “King” Cole “Nature Boy”

1947:
  • Billboard: Louis Jordan “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens”
  • DMDB: T-Bone Walker “Call It Stormy Monday”

1946:
1945:
  • Billboard: Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers “The Honeydripper”
  • DMDB: Billie Holiday “Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be?)”

1944:
  • Billboard: The Ink Spots with Ella Fitzgerald “Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall”
  • DMDB: Nat “King” Cole “Straighten Up and Fly Right”

1943:
  • Billboard: Erskine Hawkins with Jimmy Mitchelle “Don’t Cry Baby”
  • DMDB: The Ink Spots “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”

1942:
  • Billboard: Paul Whiteman with Billie Holiday “Travl’lin’ Light”
  • DMDB: The Mills Brothers “Paper Doll”

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First posted 11/23/2021; last updated 11/29/2021.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

The Top Songs by Decade, 1890-2019

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Top Songs by Decade:

1900-2019

Dave’s Music Database has compiled the best songs of all-time into a variety of lists over the years. Check out the full array of DMDB best-of lists here. However, this page – which at 48,000+ hits is the secon most visited on the DMDB blog – offers snapshots of the top 10 songs of each decade from 1900 to present.

Click here to see ‘Top 100 Songs of the Decade’ lists or click on the corresponding badges below.

1. Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” (2014)
2. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (2017)
3. Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010)
4. Pharrell Williams “Happy” (2013)
5. Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber “Despacito” (2017)
6. Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011)
7. Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” (2013)
8. Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe” (2011)
9. Adele “Hello” (2015)
10. Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” (2018)


1. OutKast “Hey Ya!” (2003)
2. Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” (2009)
3. Eminem “Lose Yourself” (2002)
4. Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!” (2004)
5. Beyoncé with Jay-Z “Crazy in Love” (2003)
6. Gnarls Barkley “Crazy” (2006)
7. Beyoncé “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” (2008)
8. Rihanna with Jay-Z “Umbrella” (2007)
9. Flo Rida with T-Pain “Low” (2007)
10. Mariah Carey “We Belong Together” (2005)


1. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
2. Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991)
3. Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (1991)
4. Sinéad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990)
5. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (1997)
6. Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (1997)
7. R.E.M. “Losing My Religion” (1991)
8. Oasis “Wonderwall” (1995)
9. Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” (1995)
10. U2 “One” (1991)


1. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1982)
2. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
3. Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (1987)
4. Prince “When Doves Cry” (1984)
5. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll” (1981)
6. U2 “With or Without You” (1987)
7. Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer” (1986)
8. Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love” (1981)
9. Van Halen “Jump” (1984)
10. Michael Jackson “Beat It” (1983)


1. Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975)
2. John Lennon “Imagine” (1971)
3. Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” (1977)
4. Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970)
5. Eagles “Hotel California” (1976)
6. Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” (1971)
7. Don McLean “American Pie” (1971)
8. The Beatles “Let It Be” (1970)
9. Stevie Wonder “Superstition” (1972)
10. Derek & the Dominos “Layla” (1970)


1. The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1965)
2. The Beatles “Hey Jude” (1968)
3. Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968)
4. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)
5. The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (1963)
6. The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” (1966)
7. The Beatles “Yesterday” (1965)
8. Bob Dylan “Like a Rolling Stone” (1965)
9. Otis Redding “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” (1968)
10. The Animals “The House of the Rising Sun”(1964)


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


1. Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers “White Christmas” (1942)
2. Artie Shaw “Stardust” (1941)
3. Gene Autry “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1949)
4. Glenn Miller with Tex Beneke & the Four Modernaires “Chattanooga Choo Choo” (1941)
5. Les Brown with Doris Day “Sentimental Journey” (1945)
6. Nat “King” Cole “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” (1946)
7. Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers “I’ll Never Smile Again” (1940)
8. Cliff Edwards “When You Wish Upon a Star” (1940)
9. Duke Ellington “Take the ‘A’ Train” (1941)
10. Dooley Wilson “As Time Goes By” (1942)


1. Judy Garland “Over the Rainbow” (1939)
2. Glenn Miller “In the Mood” (1939)
3. Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman “Night and Day” (1932)
4. Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman “Cheek to Cheek” (1935)
5. Artie Shaw “Begin the Beguine” (1938)
6. Ethel Waters “Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)” (1933)
7. Fred Astaire with Johnny Green “The Way You Look Tonight” (1936)
8. Bing Crosby with the Guardsmen Quartette “Silent Night” (1935)
9. Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” (1938)
10. Tommy Dorsey with Jack Leonard “All the Things You Are” (1939)


1. Bessie Smith with Louis Armstrong “St. Louis Blues” (1925)
2. Al Jolson “Swanee” (1920)
3. Gene Austin “My Blue Heaven” (1927)
4. Thomas “Fats” Waller “Ain’t Misbehavin’” (1929)
5. Paul Whiteman “Whispering” (1920)
6. Al Jolson "April Showers” (1922)
7. Marion Harris “Tea for Two” (1925)
8. Vernon Dalhart “The Prisoner’s Song” (1925)
9. Ben Selvin “Dardanella” (1920)
10. Isham Jones “It Had to Be You” (1924)


1. Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (1911)
2. American Quartet “Over There” (1917)
3. Peerless Quartet “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” (1911)
4. Al Jolson “You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)” (1913)
5. Billy Murray with the Haydn Quartet “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” (1910)
6. American Quartet “Moonlight Bay” (1912)
7. Original Dixieland Jazz Band “Tiger Rag” (1918)
8. Sophie Tucker “Some of These Days” (1911)
9. Marion Harris “After You’ve Gone” (1919)
10. Al Jolson “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody” (1918)


1. Haydn Quartet “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” (1908)
2. Billy Murray “You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”)” (1906)
3. Haydn Quartet “Sweet Adeline (You’re the Flower of My Heart)” (1904)
4. Billy Murray “Yankee Doodle Boy” (1905)
5. Arthur Collins “Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home” (1902)
6. Billy Murray “Give My Regards to Broadway” (1905)
7. Harry MacDonough with Miss Walton “Shine on Harvest Moon” (1909)
8. Haydn Quartet “In the Good Old Summertime” (1903)
9. Billy Murray “Meet Me in St. Louis Louis” (1904)
10. Byron Harlan “School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids)” (1907)


1. George J. Gaskin “After the Ball” (1893)
2. Arthur Collins “Hello Ma Baby” (1899)
3. John Yorke Atlee “Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka “The Mocking Bird”)” (1891)
4. John Philip Sousa “The Stars and Stripes Forever” (1897)
5. Dan Quinn “A Hot Time in the Old Town” (1896)
6. Katherine Lee Bates & Samuel A. Ward (songwriters) “America the Beautiful” (1895)
7. Len Spencer “Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay” (1892)
8. Scott Joplin “Maple Leaf Rag” (1899)
9. Dan Quinn “Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two)” (1893)
10. George J. Gaskin “On the Banks of the Wabash” (1897)


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First posted 4/9/2012; last updated 11/28/2021.