Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Squeeze/Chris Difford/Glenn Tilbrook: Top 50 Songs

Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, image from warwickartscentre.co.uk

Squeeze/
Chris Difford/
Glenn Tilbrook

Top 50 Songs

Squeeze was a new wave band formed in England in 1975. The group have released 15 studio albums from 1978 to 2017. The only two members from every incarnation of the band, however, are singer/songwriters Chris Difford (born 11/4/1954 in Greenwich, United Kingdom) and Glenn Tilbrook (born 8/31/1957 in Woolwich, London, England). When Squeeze temporarily dissolved in 1982, the two recorded as a duo. The group had another long studio hiatus from 1998 to 2010 during which time Difford and Tilbrook each released solo albums.

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Awards (Squeeze):

Awards (Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook):


Top 50 Songs


Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. (Click for codes to singles charts.)

DMDB Top 5%:

1. Tempted (1981)

DMDB Top 10%:

2. Up the Junction (1979)
3. Hourglass (1987)

DMDB Top 20%:

4. Cool for Cats (1979)
5. Black Coffee in Bed (1982)
6. Goodbye Girl (1978)
7. Pulling Mussels from the Shell (1980)
8. Take Me I’m Yours (1978)
9. 853-5937 (1987)
10. Annie Get Your Gun (1982)

11. Labelled with Love (1981)
12. Slap and Tickle (1979)
13. Is That Love? (1981)
14. Another Nail in My Heart (1980)
15. Satisfied (1991)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

16. If I Didn’t Love You (1980)
17. Heartbreaking World (1985)
18. Trust Me to Open My Mouth (1987)
19. In Quintessence (1981)
20. Everything in the World (1993)

21. I Won’t Ever Go Drinking Again (?) (1985)
22. Loving You Tonight (1993)
23. Slaughtered, Gutted, and Heartbroken (1989)
24. When the Hangover Strikes (1982)
25. Still (Glenn Tilbrook, 2009)
26. Fat As a Fiddle (Chris Difford, 2008)
27. Last Time Forever (1985)
28. Some Fantastic Place (1993)
29. Separate Beds (1980)
30. Hits of the Year (1985)

31. Interviewing Randy Newman (Glenn Tilbrook, 2001)
32. Like I Did (Chris DIfford, 2010)
33. Squabs on the Forty Five (1981)
34. Hot Shaved Asian Teens (Glenn Tilbrook, 2004)
35. No Show Jones (Chris Difford, 2003)
36. Electric Trains (1995)
37. Goldfish (Chris Difford, 2010)
38. Bang Bang (1978)
39. Pinocchio (1993)
40. To Be a Dad (1998)

41. Temptation for Love (Squeeze with Cathy Dennis, 1995)
42. On My Own I’m Never Bored (Chris Difford, 2008)
43. 1975 (Chris Difford, 2010)
44. Action Speaks Faster (Difford & Tilbrook, 1984)
45. Ice Cream (Glenn Tilbrook, 2014)
46. Vanity Fair (1981)
47. Chat Line Larry (Glenn Tilbrook & Nine Below Zero, 2011)
48. Some Americans (1987)
49. Messed Around (1981)
50. No Place Like Home (1985)


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First posted 12/23/2019; updated 6/16/2021.

Hooters and Eric Bazilian: Top 50 Songs

The Hooters/Eric Bazilian

Top 50 Songs

The Hooters were a rock group formed in Philadelphia in 1980. The two consistent members through the years have been Eric Bazilian (vocals/guitar) and Rob Hyman (vocals/keyboards). The group released five studio albums from 1983 to 1993 and a sixth in 2007. The two also collaborated on the 1998 Largo project which featured various artists including Taj Mahal, Levon Helm, Cyndi Lauper, and Joan Osborne.

Bazilian and Hyman were arrangers and performers on Cyndi Lauper’s 1983 She’s So Unusual album, which included the #1 song “Time After Time,” written by Hyman. The pair also performed on Joan Osborne’s 1995 Relish album, which included the top 5 hit “One of Us” written by Bazilian. Bazilian also co-wrote “Kiss the Rain” (#15, 1997) for Billie Myers and wrote or co-wrote songs for Bon Jovi, Journey, Cyndi Lauper, Amanda Marshall, Ricky Martin, the Scorpions, Patty Smyth, Ronnie Spector, Robbie Williams, and others.

Bazilian has released three solo albums – The Optimist (2000), A Very Dull Boy (2002), and Bazilian (2021). In 2012, he released an album with Mats Wester called What Shall Become of the Baby? Click here to see other best-of lists from performers and here to see other best-of lists from songwriters and/or producers.

Awards:


Top 50 Songs


Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. (Click for codes to singles charts.)

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper, 1983)

DMDB Top 2%:

2. One of Us (Joan Osborne, 1995)

DMDB Top 20%:

3. And We Danced (1985)
4. Day by Day (1985)
5. All You Zombies (1983)
6. Where Do the Children Go (Hooters with Patty Smyth, 1985)
7. Kiss the Rain (Billie Myers, 1997)
8. Johnny B (1987)
9. Satellite (1987)
10. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (live, 1986)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

11. 500 Miles (1989)
12. Karla with a “K” (1987)
13. Blowin’ in the Wind (live, 1994)
14. Brother Don’t You Walk Away (1989)
15. Morning Buzz (2007)
16. Private Emotion (Ricky Martin, cover of Hooters’ song, 1999)
17. White Jeans (2007)
18. Hanging on a Heartbeat (1983)
19. I’m Alive (2007)
20. The Boys of Summer (2007)

21. Nervous Night (1985)
22. Twenty-Five Hours a Day (1993)
23. Give the Music Back (1989)
24. Bitter Sweet Symphony (Bazilian with Greg Gould & Tania Doko, 2020)
25. Graveyard Waltz (1987)
26. Private Emotion (1993)
27. Good Thing (Bazilian & Wester, 2012)
28. Help! (Bazilian, 2020)
29. Time Stand Still (2007)
30. Ella Fitzgerald (Bazilian, 2002)

31. U.G.L.Y. (Bazilian, 2000)
32. One Light in a Dark Valley (live, 1987)
33. A Very Dull Boy (Bazilian, 2002)
34. Bigger Than the Bossa Nova (Bazilian & Wester, 2011)
35. One Way Home (1987)
36. Freedom Ride (Largo, 1998)
37. Gimme a Stone (Largo, 1998)
38. Washington’s Day (1987)
39. Fightin’ on the Same Side (1981)
40. Until You Dare (Bazilian, 2000)

41. What Shall Become of the Baby? (Bazilian & Wester, 2011)
42. All I Really Want to Do (live, 1994)
43. One Light (Bazilian, 2011)
44. Back in the 80s (Bazilian, 2021)
45. South Ferry Road (1985)
46. Man in the Street (1980)
47. Blood from a Stone (1983)
48. Don’t Knock It ‘Til You Try It (1989)
49. Boys Will Be Boys (1993)
50. These Three Chords (Bazilian & Wester, 2011)


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First posted 6/16/2021.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Styx et al: Top 100 Songs

Styx et al

Top 100 Songs

l to r: John Panozzo, James Young, Tommy Shaw, Chuck Panozzo, Dennis DeYoung

Rock band from Chicago, IL. Active: 1969-1984, 1990-. Members: John Panozzo (d – TW4: 69-71; Styx: 71-84,90; died of gastrointestinal hemorrhage on 7/16/96 at age 47), Chuck Panozzo (b – TW4: 69-71; Styx: 71-84,90-), Dennis DeYoung (v/k: 71-84,90-99), John Curulewski (g/v – TW4: 69-71; Styx: 71-76; died of an aneurysm in 1988), James Young (g/ v – TW4: 70-71; Styx: 71-84,90-; solo), Tommy Shaw (v/g: 76-84,95-), Glen Burtnik (v/g: 90; b: 00-04), Todd Sucherman (d: 95-), Lawrence Gowan (v/k: 00-), Ricky Phillips (b: 03-).

The Panozzo twin brothers started playing in their garage at the age of 12. Their neighbor, DeYoung, joined them. When the trio went to Chicago State University, they formed TW4 with Curulewski. Young joined in 1970. In 1971, Wooden Nickel Records heard them, signed them the following year, and Styx (named after river Hades in Greek mythology) was born. In 1975, the group signed with A&M after a revival of the song "Lady" restored their Styx II album from three years earlier. After their first A&M album (Equinox), Curulewski left the group; replaced by Shaw. Group broke up in ‘84. Shaw, DeYoung, and JY did solo projects. In 1990, Styx reunited. They toured in 1995, recorded a few more songs in the studio, and released their first studio album in nearly a decade in 1999.

This post has been updated in light of new albums from Styx and Dennis DeYoung in June 2021.

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Check out Dave’s Music Database podcast: The Best of Dennis DeYoung and Styx and Dave’s Music Database podcast: The Best of Tommy Shaw and Styx (coming June 22), both based on this list.

Awards for Styx:


Top 100 Songs


In addition to Styx songs, this list includes solo material from Dennis DeYoung and Tommy Shaw as well as Damn Yankees, which featured Shaw. Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. Songs which hit #1 on various charts are noted. (Click for codes to singles charts.)

DMDB Top 5%:

1. Babe (1979) #1 US, CB, HR, RR, CL, CN

DMDB Top 10%:

2. Renegade (1978) #1 CL
3. Come Sail Away (1977) #1 CL
4. Lady (1973)
5. The Best of Times (1981) #1 RR, CL, CN
6. Mr. Roboto (1983) #1 CB, CN

DMDB Top 10%:

7. Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man) (1977) (1977)
8. High Enough (Damn Yankees, 1990)
9. Too Much Time on My Hands (1981)
10. Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) (1978)

11. Mademoiselle (1976)
12. Desert Moon (Dennis DeYoung, 1984)
13. Lorelei (1975)

DMDB Top 20%:

14. Don’t Let It End (1983)
15. Why Me? (1979)
16. Love Is the Ritual (1990)
17. Music Time (1984)
18. Sing for the Day (1978)
19. Suite Madame Blue (1975)
20. Call Me (Dennis DeYoung, 1986)

21. Nothing Ever Goes As Planned (1981)
22. Borrowed Time (1979)
23. Show Me the Way (1990)
24. Crystal Ball (1976)
25. Girls with Guns (Tommy Shaw, 1984)
26. Rockin’ the Paradise (1981)
27. Love at First Sight (1990)
28. Snowblind (1981)
29. Light Up (1975)
30. Come Again (Damn Yankees, 1990)

31. This Is the Time (Dennis DeYoung, 1986)
32. The Grand Illusion (1977)
33. Best Thing (1972)
34. Don’t Wait for Heroes (Dennis DeYoung, 1984)
35. You Need Love (1973)
36. Coming of Age (Damn Yankees, 1990) #1 AR
37. Lights (1979)
38. Where You Goin’ Now (Damn Yankees, 1992)
39. Golden Lark (1974)
40. Silence Is Broken (Damn Yankees, 1992)

41. Miss America (1977)
42. Fanfare for the Common Man (1972)
43. What If (Remo’s Theme) (Tommy Shaw, 1985)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

44. High Time (1983)
45. What Has Come Between Us (1972)
46. Boat on the River (1979)
47. All in a Day’s Work (1990)
48. Dear John (1997)
49. Pieces of Eight (1978)
50. Father O.S.A. (1973)

51. Castle Walls (1977)
52. Earl of Roseland (1973)
53. Man in the Wilderness (1977)
54. Jennifer (1976)
55. Haven’t We Been Here Before (1983)
56. Mister Please (Damn Yankees, 1992)
57. Ballerina (1976)
58. Everything is Cool (1999)
59. Black Wall (Dennis DeYoung, 1986)
60. Grove of Eglantine (1974)

61. Heavy Metal Poisoning (1983)
62. Put Me On (1976)
63. A Day (1973)
64. Don’t Tread on Me (Damn Yankees, 1992)
65. Lonely People (1981)
66. She Cares (1981)
67. Harry’s Hands (1989)
68. Southbound Ryan (Dennis DeYoung, 1986)
69. Children of the Land (1972)
70. My Hallucination (Shaw/Blades, 1995)

71. First Time (1979)
72. This Old Man (1976)
73. Great White Hope (1978)
74. Half Penny, Two Penny (1981)
75. I’m O.K. (1978)
76. Man of Miracles (1974)
77. Lonely Child (1975)
78. Blue Collar Man @ 2120 (2005)
79. On My Way (1997)
80. A Song for Suzanne (1974)

81. I’m Gonna Make You Feel It (1973)
82. I Am the Walrus (2005)
83. Mother Dear (1975)
84. Queen of Spades (1978)
85. Double Life (1983)
86. You Better Ask (1973)
87. Paradise (1997)
88. Lords of the Ring (1978)
89. A.D. 1928 (1981)
90. Right Away (1972)

91. Mother Nature’s Matinee (1972)
92. Lonely School (Tommy Shaw, 1984)
93. Brave New World (1999)
94. Runaway (Damn Yankees, 1990)
95. Evil Eyes (1974)
96. Christopher Mr. Christopher (1974)
97. Winner Take All (1974)
98. Ever Since the World Began (Tommy Shaw, 1987)
99. A.D. 1958 (1981)
100. Gone, Gone, Gone (2017)


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First posted 2/3/2020; last updated 6/15/2021.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Taylor Swift: Top 100 Songs

Taylor Swift

Top 100 Songs

Taylor Alison Swift was born on 12/13/1989 in Reading, Pennyslvania. She released her first album in 2006 while still a teenager. She started out as a country artist, but had completely transformed to a pop star by 2014. And her 1989 album. She has sold more than 200 million records worldwide and won three Grammys for Album of the Year.

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Awards:


Top 100 Songs


Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. Songs which hit #1 on various charts are noted. (Click for codes to singles charts.)

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Shake It Off (2014)
2. Blank Space (2014)
3. Love Story (2008)
4. You Belong with Me (2008)

DMDB Top 2%:

5. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (2012)
6. Bad Blood (with Kendrick Lamar, 2014)
7. I Knew You Were Trouble (2012)

DMDB Top 5%:

8. Look What You Made Me Do (2017)
9. Wildest Dreams (2014)
10. Style (2014)

DMDB Top 10%:

11. I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (with Zayn, 2016)
12. Mine (2010)
13. Teardrops on My Guitar (2006)
14. Delicate (2017)
15. You Need to Calm Down (2019)
16. 22 (2012)
17. Cardigan (2020)
18. Me! (with Brendan Urie, 2019)
19. Today Was a Fairytale (2010)
20. Ready for It? (2017)

21. Back to December (2010)
22. Lover (2019)

DMDB Top 20%:

23. Our Song (2006)
24. Mean (2010)
25. Willow (2020)
26. White Horse (2008)
27. Everything Has Changed (with Ed Sheeran, 2012)
28. Eyes Open (2012)
29. Fifteen (2008)
30. Begin Again (2012)

31. Half of My Heart (with John Mayer, 2009)
32. Red (2012)
33. The Man (2019)
34. Two Is Better Than One (with Boys Like Girls, 2009)
35. Out of the Woods (2014)
36. Gorgeous (2017)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

37. All Too Well (2012)
38. Safe & Sound (with Civil Wars, 2011)
39. The Story of Us (2010)
40. Only the Young (2020)

41. Love Story (Taylor’s Version) (2021)
42. Ours (2011)
43. Exile (with Bon Iver, 2020)
44. Highway Don’t Care (with Tim McGraw, 2013)
45. Both of Us (with B.o.B., 2012)
46. Picture to Burn (2006)
47. End Game (with Ed Sheeran, 2017)
48. Should’ve Said No (2006)
49. No Body, No Crime (with Haim, 2020)
50. Speak Now (2010)

51. Sparks Fly (2010)
52. Welcome to New York (2014)
53. Jump Then Fall (2009)
54. Tim McGraw (2006)
55. Fearless (2009)
56. Cruel Summer (2019)
57. State of Grace (2012)
58. Sweeter Than Fiction (2013)
59. Forever & Always (2008)
60. I Almost Do (2012)

61. Stay Stay Stay (2012)
62. New Romantics (2015)
63. Crazier (2009)
64. The Moment I Knew (2013)
65. Wonderland (2015)
66. I Forgot That You Existed (2019)
67. The Archer (2019)
68. Christmas Tree Farm (2019)
69. Paper Rings (2019)
70. Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince (2019)

71. I Think He Knows (2019)
72. Corneila Street (2019)
73. London Boy (2019)
74. Death by a Thousand Cuts (2019)
75. Soon You’ll Get Better (with the Dixie Chicks, 2019)
76. You’re Not Sorry (2008)
77. Afterglow (2019)
78. False God (2019)
79. Change (2008)
80. Daylight (2019)

81. It’s Nice to Have a Friend (2019)
82. Better Than Revenge (2010)
83. Ronan (2012)
84. Enchanted (2010)
85. Coney Island (with the National, 2020)
86. Call It What You Want (2017)
87. The Last Time (with Gary Lightbody, 2012)
88. Treacherous (2012)
89. Starlight (2012)
90. Holy Ground (2012)

91. The Lucky One (2012)
92. Sad Beautiful Tragic (2012)
93. If This Was a Movie (2012)
94. Untouchable (2009)
95. The Other Side of the Door (2009)
96. Superstar (2009)
97. Come in with the Rain (2009)
98. Innocent (2010)
99. Breathless (2010)
100. Dear John (2010)


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First posted 8/27/2017; updated 6/14/2021.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Bruce Springsteen: Top 100 Songs

Bruce Springsteen

Top 100 Songs

Rock singer/songwriter and guitarist born Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen on 9/23/1949 in Freehold, NJ. Known as “The Boss.” Worked local clubs in New Jersey and Greewich Village in the mid-60’s. Married to model/ actress Julianne Phillips from 1985-1989. Married Patti Scialfa on 6/8/91.

Has recorded and toured solo and with the E Street Band. Current members: Roy Bittan (k: 74-), Jake Clemons (sax: 12-), Nils Lofgren (g: 84-), Patti Scialfa (v/k/g: 84-), Gary Tallent (b: 72-), Steven Van Zandt (g: 75-83,95-), and Max Weinberg (d: 74-). Past members have included Clarence Clemons (sax: 72-11; died in 2011), Danny Federici (k: 72-08; died 2008), Vini Lopez (d: 72-74), and David Sancious (k: 72-74).

“Born to Run” is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999. Two of his albums, Born to Run (1975) and Born in the U.S.A. (1984), are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time.

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Awards:


Top 100 Songs Written and/or Performed
by Bruce Springsteen


Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. Songs which hit #1 on various charts are noted. (Click for codes to singles charts.)

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Born to Run (1975)
2. Dancing in the Dark (1984) #1 CB, #1 AR
3. Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
4. Streets of Philadelphia (1994) #1 CN

DMDB Top 2%:

5. Thunder Road (1975)
6. Blinded by the Light (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, 1976) #1 US, 1 CB, 1 HR, 1 RR, 1 CL, 1 CN

DMDB Top 5%:

7. Hungry Heart (1980)
8. The River (1980)
9. The Rising (2002) #1 AA
10. Brilliant Disguise (1987) #1 AR

11. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1975)
12. Fire (The Pointer Sisters, 1978)
13. Glory Days (1984)
14. I’m on Fire (1984)
15. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (1973)
16. Tunnel of Love (1987) #1 AR
17. Badlands (1978)
18. Because the Night (Patti Smith, 1978)
19. My Hometown (1984) #1 AC

DMDB Top 10%:

20. Human Touch (1992) #1 AR
21. Secret Garden (1995)
22. Cover Me (1984)
23. Jungleland (1975)
24. War (live, 1985)
25. Fire (1978)
26. Radio Nowhere (2007)
27. 4th of July (Sandy) (1973)
28. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out (1975)

DMDB Top 20%:

29. Prove It All Night (1978)
30. Atlantic City (1982)

31. Pink Cadillac (1983)
32. American Skin (41 Shots) (1999)
33. I’m Goin’ Down (1984)
34. Because the Night (10,000 Maniacs; 1993)
35. One Step Up (1987)
36. This Little Girl (Gary “U.S.” Bonds, 1981)
37. Fade Away (1980)
38. We Take Care of Our Own (2012)
39. Spare Parts (1987)
40. Trapped (live, 1984) #1 AR

41. 57 Channels and Nothin’ On (1992)
42. The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995)
43. Devils & Dust (2005)
44. Better Days (1992)
45. Light of Day (Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, 1987)
46. We Shall Overcome (1998)
47. Racing in the Street (1978)
48. Working on a Dream (2008)
49. Because the Night (1978)
50. Murder Incorporated (1982)

51. Lonesome Day (2002)
52. Backstreets (1975)
53. Hello Sunshine (2019)
54. Blinded by the Light (1973)
55. Land of Hope and Dreams (1999)
56. Pink Cadillac (Natalie Cole, 1988)
57. The Wrestler (2008)
58. The Promised Land (1978)
59. This Land Is Your Land (live, 1980)
60. No Surrender (1984)

61. My City of Ruins (2001)
62. Bobby Jean (1984)
63. Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)
64. Thunder Road (live with Melissa Etheridge, 1995)
65. Tougher Than the Rest (1987)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

66. Girls in Their Summer Clothes (2007)
67. Spirit in the Night (1973)
68. Spirit in the Night (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, 1975)
69. Stand on It (1983)
70. Rocky Ground (2012)

71. Wrecking Ball (2012)
72. For You (1973)
73. My City of Ruins (Eddie Vedder, 2009)
74. Gypsy Woman (1994)
75. Cadillac Ranch (1980)
76. Leap of Faith (1992)
77. My Lucky Day (2008)
78. Youngstown (1995)
79. Empty Sky (2002)
80. Candy’s Room (1978)

81. Growin’ Up (1973)
82. For You (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, 1981)
83. The Ghost of Tom Joad (Rage Against the Machine, 1997)
84. Outlaw Pete (2009)
85. Letter to You (2020)
86. I’ll Stand by You Always (2000)
87. Point Blank (1980)
88. High Hopes (1996)
89. That’s What Makes Us Great (with Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers, 2017)
90. Johnny 99 (1982)

91. Jack of All Trades (2012)
92. Adam Raised a Cain (1978)
93. Missing (1995)
94. Waitin’ on a Sunny Day (2002)
95. Lucky Town (1992)
96. Independence Day (1980)
97. Chimes of Freedom (live, 1988)
98. Ramrod (1980)
99. Be True (1979)
100. All That Heaven Will Allow (1987)


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First posted 9/23/2011; last updated 6/13/2021.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Billboard Songs to Debut at #1 on the Hot 100

Billboard Hot 100:

#1 Debuts

Since the inception of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958, there have been only 50 songs to debut at the pinnacle. The first to do so was Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone” in 1995. Below are the songs to start on top – first in chronological order and then in order by DMDB ranking.

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1. Michael Jackson “You Are Not Alone” (9/2/1995)
2. Mariah Carey “Fantasy” (9/30/95)
3. Whitney Houston “Exale (Shoop Shoop)” (11/25/1995)
4. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (12/2/1995)
5. Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You” (6/14/1997)
6. Mariah Carey “Honey” (9/6/1997)
7. Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (10/11/1997)
8. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (2/28/1998)
9. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (9/5/1998)
10. Lauryn Hill “Doo Wop (That Thing)” (10/3/1998)

11. Clay Aiken “This Is the Night” (6/28/2003)
12. Fantasia “I Believe” (7/3/2004)
13. Carrie Underwood “Inside Your Heaven” (7/2/2005)
14. Taylor Hicks “Do I Make You Proud” (7/1/2006)
15. Britney Spears “3” (10/24/2009)
16. Eminem “Not Afraid” (5/22/2010)
17. Ke$ha “We R Who We R” (11/13/2010)
18. Britney Spears “Hold It Against Me” (1/29/2011)
19. Lady Gaga “Born This Way” (2/19/2011)
20. Katy Perry “Part of Me” (3/3/2012)

21. Baauer “Harlem Shake” (3/2/2013)
22. Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” (9/6/2014)
23. Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?” (9/19/2015)
24. Adele “Hello” (11/14/2015)
25. Zayn Malik “Pillowtalk” (2/20/2016)
26. Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (5/28/2016)
27. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (1/28/2017)
28. DJ Khaled with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne “I’m the One” (5/20/2017)
29. Drake “God’s Plan” (2/3/2018)
30. Drake “Nice for What” (4/21/2018)

31. Childish Gambino “This Is America” (5/19/2018)
32. Ariana Grande “Thank U, Next” (11/17/2018)
33. Ariana Grande “7 Rings” (2/2/2019)
34. Jonas Brothers “Sucker” (3/1/2019)
35. Travis Scott “Highest in the Room” (10/19/2019)
36. Drake “Toosie Slide” (4/18/2020)
37. Travis Scott & Kid Cudi “The Scotts” (5/9/2020)
38. Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber “Stuck with U” (5/23/2020)
39. Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande “Rain on Me” (6/6/2020)
40. 6ix9nine & Nicki Minaj “Trollz” (6/27/2020)

41. Taylor Swift “Cardigan” (8/8/2020)
42. Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion “WAP” (8/22/2020)
43. BTS “Dynamite” (9/5/2020)
44. Travis Scott with Young Thug & M.I.A. “Franchise” (10/10/2020)
45. Ariana Grande “Positions” (11/7/2020)
46. BTS “Life Goes On” (12/5/2020)
47. Taylor Swift “Willow” (12/26/2020)
48. Olivia Rodrigo “Drivers License” (1/23/2021)
49. Drake “What’s Next” (3/20/2021)
50. Justin Bieber with Daniel Caesar & Giveon “Peaches” (4/3/2021)

51. Lil Nas X “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” (4/10/2021)
52. Polo G “Rapstar” (4/24/2021)
53. Olivia Rodrigo “Good 4 U” (5/29/2021)
54. BTS “Butter” (6/5/2021)

Debuting at #1 isn’t an automatic pass to classic status, however. Only fifteen of the songs have rated in the DMDB’s top 1% of songs, or roughly top 1000. See that list here). Here’s how they stack up:

1. Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (10/11/1997)
2. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (2/28/1998)
3. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (1/28/2017)
4. Adele “Hello” (11/14/2015)
5. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (9/5/1998)
6. Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” (9/6/2014)
7. Drake “God’s Plan” (2/3/2018)
8. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (12/2/1995)
9. Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You” (6/14/1997)
10. Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (5/28/2016)

11. Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?” (9/19/2015)
12. Ariana Grande “Thank U, Next” (11/17/2018)
13. Ariana Grande “7 Rings” (2/2/2019)
14. Lady Gaga “Born This Way” (2/19/2011)
15. Mariah Carey “Fantasy” (9/30/95)
16. Lauryn Hill “Doo Wop (That Thing)” (10/3/1998)
17. Drake “Nice for What” (4/21/2018)
18. Eminem “Not Afraid” (5/22/2010)
19. DJ Khaled with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne “I’m the One” (5/20/2017)
20. Jonas Brothers “Sucker” (3/1/2019)

21. Childish Gambino “This Is America” (5/19/2018)
22. Whitney Houston “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” (11/25/1995)
23. Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion “WAP” (8/22/2020)
24. Zayn “Pillow Talk” (2/20/2016)
25. Olivia Rodrigo “Drivers License” (1/23/2021)
26. Michael Jackson “You Are Not Alone” (9/2/1995)
27. Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande “Rain on Me” (6/6/2020)
28. Baauer “Harlem Shake” (3/2/2013)
29. BTS “Dynamite” (9/5/2020)
30. Katy Perry “Part of Me” (3/3/2012)

31. Ke$ha “We R Who We R” (11/13/2010)
32. Mariah Carey “Honey” (9/6/1997)
33. Britney Spears “3” (10/24/2009)
34. Ariana Grande “Positions” (11/7/2020)
35. Taylor Swift “Cardigan” (8/8/2020)
36. Travis Scott “Highest in the Room” (10/19/2019)
37. Drake “Toosie Slide” (4/18/2020)
38. Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber “Stuck with U” (5/23/2020)
39. Carrie Underwood “Inside Your Heaven” (7/2/2005)
40. Taylor Hicks “Do I Make You Proud” (7/1/2006)

41. Travis Scott & Kid Cudi “The Scotts” (5/9/2020)
42. Fantasia “I Believe” (7/3/2004)
43. Britney Spears “Hold It Against Me” (1/29/2011)
44. 6ix9nine & Nicki Minaj “Trollz” (6/27/2020)
45. BTS “Life Goes On” (12/5/2020)
46. Taylor Swift “Willow” (12/26/2020)
47. Travis Scott with Young Thug & M.I.A. “Franchise” (10/10/2020)
48. Clay Aiken “This Is the Night” (6/28/2003)
49. Drake “What’s Next” (3/20/2021)
50. Justin Bieber with Daniel Caesar & Giveon “Peaches” (4/3/2021)

51. Lil Nas X “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” (4/10/2021)
52. Polo G “Rapstar” (4/24/2021)
53. BTS “Butter” (6/5/2021)
54. Olivia Rodrigo “Good 4 U” (5/29/2021)


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First posted 3/4/2012; last updated 6/12/2021.

Fish: Artist Profile

Fish:

Artist Profile


Born: Derek William Dick
Date: April 25, 1958
Where: Edinburgh, Scotland


Known As:

neo-progressive rock singer/songwriter

Significant Bands:

Awards:

The Studio Albums:

Hover over an album for the name and year of release. Click to see its DMDB page.


See the DMDB list of the top 20 Fish/Marillion albums here.


Compilations:

Tracks featured on the above compilations are noted on this page with the following codes:


Live Albums:


Archives:


Key Tracks with Marillion:

  • Market Square Heroes (1982)
  • Script for a Jester’s Tear (1983)
  • He Knows, You Know (1983)
  • Garden Party (1983)
  • Punch and Judy (1984)
  • Assassing (1984)
  • Kayleigh (1985)
  • Lavender (1985)
  • Heart of Lothian (1985)
  • Incommunicado (1987)
  • Sugar Mice (1987)
  • Warm Wet Circles (1987)

Key Tracks as a Solo Artist:

  • Shortcut to Somewhere (with Tony Banks, 1986)
  • Big Wedge (1989)
  • A Gentleman’s Excuse Me (1989)
  • Cliché (1989)
  • Credo (1991)
  • Just Good Friends (1991)
  • Fortunes of War (1994)
  • Goldfish & Clowns (1997)
  • Plague of Ghosts (1999)
  • Long Cold Day (2001)
  • Moving Targets (2004)
  • Arc of the Curve (2007)
  • Blind to the Beautiful (2013)
  • Man with a Stick (2018)
  • Garden of Remembrance (2020)


See the DMDB list of the top 50 Fish/Marillion songs here.

The Marillion Years (1981-1988):

Derek Dick, aka “Fish,” was best known for his work in the ‘80s with British neo-prog rock group Marillion. His nickname dated back to his pre-Marillion days when he was a forestry worker. He “stayed in the bathtub for hours” PF and his landlady became upset, “allowing him to take only one bath per week; threatening him with charging twenty pence for every extra bath. Fish thus stayed roughly two hours in the bathtub every time and brought beer, sweets, a book, and other leisurely objects with him!” PF

Marillion initially formed in 1979 as an instrumental band consisting of guitarist Steve Rothery, bassist Doug Irvine, keyboardist Brian Jelliman, and drummer Mick Pointer. Irvine started singing on the some of the group’s first demos in 1980, but then the band invited Fish to join as vocalist in 1981. JB

They released their debut album, Script for a Jester’s Tear, in 1983. Fish’s vocals and stage persona invited comparisons to Peter Gabriel and early Genesis. The band, however, carved out their own neo-progressive sound and grew their following over the next couple of albums, 1984’s Fugazi and 1985’s Misplaced Childhood. The latter gave Marillion a #1 album in the UK, fueled by the top-5 singles Kayleigh and Lavender.


Script for a Jester’s Tear (1983):


Fugazi (1984):


Misplaced Childhood (1985):

The band followed up with Clutching at Straws in 1987. It hit #2 in the UK, led by the #6 hit Incommunicado and a pair of singles that stalled at #22. That same year, Fish married Tamara Nowy, a German model who appeared in the videos for “Kayleigh” and “Lady Nina.”

Musical differences and Fish’s difficulty in coping with the band’s success led to his departure in 1988 after the band released the live album The Thieving Magpie. Steve Hogarth stepped in on vocal duties for Fish and Fish launched a solo career.


Clutching at Straws (1987):

Best of Both Worlds

Marillion


Released: February 1997


Recorded: 1982-1996


Peak: --


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: neo-progressive rock


Best of Both Worlds, Disc 1 (1982-1988): (1) Script for a Jester’s Tear (2) Market Square Heroes (3) He Knows You Know (4) Forgotten Sons (5) Garden Party (6) Assassing (7) Punch and Judy (8) Kayleigh (9) Lavender (10) Heart of Lothian (11) Incommunicado (12) Warm Wet Circles (13) That Time of the Night (14) Sugar Mice

Rating:

3.752 out of 5.00 (average of 9 ratings)


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About Best of Both Worlds:

The double-disc compilation featured one disc covering Fish-era Marillion (1982-1988) and another disc focused on Steve Hogarth-era Marillion (1989-1996). Only the Fish material is covered here.


Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums:

  • Market Square Heroes BW1

Vigil (1988-90):

In 1990, Fish’s first solo album, Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors, was released in January 1990 by EMI Records. It generated three top-40 singles in the UK. It “continued the theatrical flair of Marillion’s quasi-concept albums.” JB

A contractual dispute with EMI took Fish out of the spotlight. He couldn’t record music or tour. It prompted him to build his own studio, which as he said, “proved an invaluable asset and is now my residence as well as my place of work.” CO


Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors (1990):

  • State of Mind (10/16/89, 32 UK) KF
  • Big Wedge (12/27/89, 25 UK) KF, BB
  • A Gentleman’s Excuse Me (3/5/90, 30 UK) KF, BB
  • Cliché BB
  • The Company BB

Polydor Records and a Covers Album (1991-93):

The studio was completed in 1991 and Fish signed to Polydor Records in time to record his second album with producer Chris Kimsey, who’d worked on Fish’s last two albums with Marillion. “Equipment was still being wired in as the tapes started to roll.” CO The resulting album, Internal Exile, was released in May 1991, but didn’t have the hoped impact. “The myriad of styles on Exile led to some confusion as to which direction he should follow.” CO

In his personal life, Fish and his wife Tamara had a baby girl, Tara Rowena, on January 1, 1991.


Internal Exile (1991):

  • Internal Exile (9/9/91, 37 UK) KF
  • Credo (12/2/91, 38 UK) KF, BB
  • Something in the Air (6/22/92, 51 UK)
  • Just Good Friends (Close) (8/15/95, 63 UK) KF, BB
  • Lucky KF

As a result, Fish’s next project was a covers’ album. As he said, “I needed to rediscover the magic that had pulled me into music in the first place. I needed to get rid of the cynicism and bitterness that had taken over my music during the last couple of years and opted to purge myself by recording an album of songs that were favourites of mine when ‘Fish’ was a dream and Derek William Dick was a teenager, songs I’d performed with a broom handle doubling for a mike stand in front of a large wardrobe mirror in the upstairs of my old family home in Dalkeith. Songs that had previously inspired me in some way or another.’” CO


Songs from the Mirror (1993):

  • Hold Your Head Up (12/12/92, --)
  • Solo BB

Dick Brothers Record Company (1993-97):

Neither fans nor the record label were enamored with a covers’ album from Fish. He was, once again, without a record label. However, thanks to a successful tour, Fish opted to start his own label, the Dick Brothers Record Company. He released Sushi, a double live album of the tour as the first of a series of “official” bootlegs. Fish “was one of the first artists to promote the idea of ‘official bootlegs.’” CO

They “enabled him to finance Suits, his first independent solo release.” COSuits proved the big man…could still write and repaired some of the damage done by the covers project.” CO It also gave him a #1 independent single with Lady Let it Lie. CO


Suits (1994):

  • Lady Let It Lie (4/5/94, 46 UK) KF, BB
  • Fortunes of War (9/19/94, 67 UK) KF, BB
  • Raw Meat BB

After the Suits album, Fish released Yin and Yang, a two-album “compilation of re-recordings and previously released material from both his solo and Marillion eras.” CO This allowed the touring to continue as far as South East Asia and South America but at the same time created an awareness of the limitations of being an artist and a record company.” CO The subsequent “tour would leave an impression that would light the fuse on what many fans would regard as the resurgence of Fish’s solo career.” CO

He released another studio album, Sunsets on Empire, on the Dick Brothers label in 1997. Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree served as producer and co-writer on the album. He “pulled him in a creative direction he had ignored for a long time and, with engineer Elliot Ness, they produced an album that defied his critics and signalled to the fans that he was back…Fish’s reputation as one of the great rock lyricists…was greatly enhanced as he welded his worldly experience with his strong sense of social justice and political awareness.” CO

The supporting tour took Fish to the United States and Canada for the first time in a decade, but it took a toll on his private life. As he said, “I returned home from tour in Christmas ‘97…I had practically lost my house, had distanced myself from my family but I had changed out there on the road. I would have made the same decision again given the chance as that experience on the Sunsets tour woke me up to life. The big problem was that I was now back in the eyes of the fans, but broke and in need of a major re-evaluation.” CO


Sunsets on Empire (1997):

  • Brother 52 (4/28/97, --) KF, BB
  • Change of Heart (8/11/97, --)
  • Goldfish and Clowns (8/11/97, --) KF, BB
  • The Perception of Johnny Punter BB
  • Tara BB

Kettle of Fish

Fish


Released: October 28, 1998


Recorded: 1989-1996


Peak: --


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: neo-progressive rock


Tracks: (1) Big Wedge (2) Just Good Friends (3) Brother 52 (4) Chasing Miss Pretty (5) Credo (6) A Gentlemen’s Excuse Me (7) Goldfish and Clowns (8) Lady Let It Lie (9) Lucky (10) State of Mind (11) Mr. Buttons (12) Fortunes of War (13) Internal Exile

Rating:

3.506 out of 5.00 (average of 7 ratings)


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About Kettle of Fish:

After 1997’s Sunsets on Empire, Fish signed a contract with Roadrunner Records which included his back catalog. In 1998, they released the compilation Kettle of Fish which highlighted his solo career up to that point and included two new tracks.


Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums:

  • Chasing Miss Pretty KF
  • Mr. Buttons KF

Roadrunner Records (1998-99):

After releasing Kettle of Fish, Roadrunner Records released Fish’s next studio album, Raingods with Zippos. Fish said, “I started to work on Raingods after returning from a writing sabbatical…Sessions gave me a lot of confidence as a singer/songwriter and working with other respected writers in focused situations showed me a different approach to creating music. It was a great experience overall.’” CO The album included the 20-minute epic Plague of Ghosts, “yet another return to form.” CO

Unfortunately, Fish’s relationship with Roadrunner Records soured when the greatest-hits package didn’t meet expectations and Zippos sold “as many as Sunsets with greatly reduced income.” CO


Raingods with Zippos (1999):

  • Incomplete (3/22/99, --) BB
  • Plague of Ghosts BB

Another Label, Another Album (2000-03):

In 2000, Fish got his back catalog returned and launched a new label, Chocolate Frog Record Company, named after a lyric from “Plague of Ghosts.” CO He explained, that a “head full of chocolate frogs is a Scottish term used for someone who isn’t quite with it, who’s drunk, out of it or acting weird. It seemed appropriate for someone who’s considered a ‘bit strange’ in the current manifestation of the music industry.” CO

“Inspired by the neosurrealism of Italian movie director Federico Fellini,” CO Fish named the next album Fellini Days. Fish “took the works of the director and laid them alongside his own experiences to create ‘a movie for people's ears.’ It threaded Fish’s now intense personal life with the surrealism of road experiences in a feast of images.” CO


Fellini Days (2001):

  • Our Smile BB
  • Long Cold Day BB
  • Clock Moves Sideways BB

The album was made available through mail order several months before it was available, which gave Fish the finances to “record with the production values his followers had come to expect.” CO This allowed Fish “to make albums on his own terms, to the standard and quality he wanted, with material he was in control of, under no serious commercial pressure.” CO

As Fish says, “It doesn’t really bother me, the fact that I don’t sell millions of albums these days.” CO “I don’t need the fame fix that is the current ‘junk’ of the modern music industry. I had that in the 80’s with Marillion.” CO Now “I have a private life and the ability to choose what I want to do and when, while at the same time I can earn a living doing things that I love.” CO

“Fish’s personal life was thrown into chaos when his wife Tamara decided to return to Berlin with their daughter Tara shortly before the tour began in early 2001. Huge debts forced the sale of the farmhouse and Fish ‘regrouped’ in the studio which was now separated from the main property.” CO “2002 was spent working on converting the studio into a home while still maintaining the integrity of the sound rooms so that he could continue to write and record albums.” CO

Personal Turmoil and Field of Crows (2003-04):

Fish and Tamara divorced in 2003. That same year, Fish started work on his new studio album, Field of Crows. The inspiration for the album came from “visiting the monument to ‘The Field of Blackbirds,’ a 15th century battle between the Ottoman Empire and the Christians who were mainly Serbian, and where so many men were killed on the field that both armies had to withdraw, that Fish got his principal image to work with.” CO

Fish explained that the album was “a life cycle. The main character ‘crow’ leaves behind what he knows, driven by dreams, desires and a legacy and heads to the open fields and the ‘big city.’ He joins the hunt and ends up being hunted and eventually caged where he’s left to dream of what he lost. Eventually he returns and so another circle begins. The field represents conflict, be it as a battle or a sports game or a shoot.” CO


Field of Crows (2004):

  • Shot the Craw BB
  • Scattering Crows BB
  • Moving Targets BB

Bouillabaisse

Fish


Released: September 25, 2005


Recorded: 1985-2004


Peak: --


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: neo-progressive rock


Tracks, Disc 1 (Balladeer): (1) Just Good Friends (2) Shot the Craw (3) A Gentlemen’s Excuse Me (4) Kayleigh (5) Solo (6) Incomplete (7) The Company (8) Fortunes of War (9) Our Smile (10) Lavender (11) Lady Let It Lie (12) Cliché (13) Scattering Crows (14) Tara (15) Caledonia (16) Raw Meat

Tracks, Disc 2 (Rocketeer): (1) Big Wedge (2) Credo (3) Incommunicado (4) Goldfish and Clowns (5) Long Cold Day (6) Brother 52 (7) Clock Moves Sideways (8) The Perception of Johnny Punter (9) Moving Targets (10) Plague of Ghosts

Rating:

3.288 out of 5.00 (average of 6 ratings)

About Bouillabaisse:

The two-disc compilation covered Fish’s solo years from 1989 to 2004, but also included three cuts from his Marillion days. There was also the song Caledonia, which had previously appeared on the 2002 A Tribute to Frankie Miller.


Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums:

  • Caledonia (2002) BB

Looking Back (2005-06):

2005 proved an important time for retrospection as Fish released a double album compilation (Bouillabaisse) that looked back over his entire career. Even more significantly, however, was the 20th anniversary of his most significant work, Marillion’s Misplaced Childhood. In celebration, Fish performed the entire album live, as well as a set of solo material. Recorded in November 2005, the concert was documented on CD and DVD – a must for fans who had followed Fish’s career since the beginning. It was released the following year.

13th Star and A Feast of Consequences (2007-13):

Fish released his ninth studio album, 13th Star, in 2007. It was first made available via mail order in September 2007 and then to retail in February 2008. The album title was a reference to Mostly Autumn, a singer who Fish referred to as the 13th female significant other in his life. However, when she left him, it became a metaphor for an unknown future relationship. It was also the thirteenth studio album of his career if you include his four albums with Marillion.


13th Star (2007):

  • Arc of the Curve (3/3/08, --)
  • Zoe 25 (10/6/08, --)

A long hiatus followed 13th Star. Fish finally returned in 2013 with A Feast of Consequences. It was yet another independent release through Chocolate Frog. Like its predecessor, this was co-written with bassist Steve Vantsis.

In his personal life, Fish married his second wife, Katie Webb, in April 2009. Sadly, they divorced after less than a year.


Feast of Consequences (2013):

  • Blind to the Beautiful (4/28/14, --)

The End? (2015-20):

After Feast, Fish took an even longer hiatus. In 2015, he announced that the album he was working on would be his last. Three years later, he finally released an EP, A Parley with Angels, which featured live songs and some of the material which would wind up on the 2020 double album Weltshmerz.

Because of failed romances and family bereavements, it looked at times like the album wouldn’t happen at all. His father died from bladder cancer and Fish underwent surgeries for his spine and shoulder and dealt with two potentially deadly bouts of sepsis. On a positive note, he married his third wife, Simone Rosler, in 2017.


Weltschmerz (2020):

  • Weltschmerz (3/12/20, --)
  • Garden of Remembrance (7/24/20, --)
  • This Party’s Over (9/11/20, --)


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First posted 4/26/2010; last updated 6/13/2021.