Friday, February 26, 2021

Top 100 Adult Alternative Albums

First posted 2/26/2021.

Adult Alternative:

The Top 100 Albums, 1990-2021

In 1996, Billboard magazine launched its adult alternative chart, which was tracked radio stations focused on playing rock-oriented heritage artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, and John Mellencamp, as well as newer artists like Counting Crows, Dave Matthews Band, Hootie & the Blowfish, and Matchbox 20.

This list reflects albums which charted at least 3 songs on the adult alternative chart or, in the case of pre-1996 releases, albums which likely would have accomplished the feat based on those artists’ accomplishments on the post-1995 charts. More than 150 albums made the criteria. The top 100 have been ranked here, based on their overall status in Dave’s Music Database.

Check out other best-of-genre/category lists here.

1. R.E.M. Automatic for the People (1992)
2. Adele 21 (2011)
3. Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill (1995)
4. Pearl Jam Ten (1991)
5. U2 Achtung Baby (1991)
6. Oasis (What’s the Story) Morning Glory (1995)
7. Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
8. Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)
9. Green Day Dookie (1994)
10. Adele 25 (2015)

11. Oasis Definitely Maybe (1994)
12. R.E.M. Out of Time (1991)
13. Santana Supernatural (1999)
14. Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream (1993)
15. Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995)
16. U2 All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000)
17. Coldplay X & Y (2005)
18. Coldplay Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008)
19. Hootie & the Blowfish Cracked Rear View (1994)
20. Bruce Springsteen The Rising (2002)

21. Live Throwing Copper (1994)
22. Sheryl Crow Tuesday Night Music Club (1993)
23. U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004)
24. Counting Crows August and Everything After (1993)
25. Kings of Leon Only by the Night (2008)
26. Keane Hopes and Fears (2004)
27. Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication (1999)
28. Mumford & Sons Babel (2012)
29. Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium (2006)
30. Matchbox 20 Yourself or Someone Like You (1996)

31. David Gray White Ladder (2000)
32. Jack Johnson In Between Dreams (2005)
33. U2 No Line on the Horizon (2009)
34. Mumford & Sons Sigh No More (2009)
35. U2 Songs of Innocence (2014)
36. Jewel Pieces of You (1995)
37. Imagine Dragons Night Visions (2012)
38. U2 Zooropa (1993)
39. Sarah McLachlan Surfacing (1997)
40. Lorde Pure Heroine (2013)

41. Sarah McLachlan Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (1993)
42. Jack Johnson Sleep Through the Static (2008)
43. Vampire Weekend Father of the Bride (2019)
44. Sting Ten Summoner’s Tales (1993)
45. Dave Matthews Band Under the Table and Dreaming (1994)
46. R.E.M. Monster (1994)
47. Florence + the Machine Ceremonials (2011)
48. R.E.M. New Adventures in Hi-Fi (1996)
49. Snow Patrol Eyes Open (2006)
50. John Mayer Continuum (2006)

51. Dave Matthews Band Crash (1996)
52. Alabama Shakes Sound & Color (2015)
53. Sting Brand New Day (1999)
54. Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow (1996)
55. Coldplay Mylo Xyloto (2011)
56. The Wallflowers Bringing Down the Horse (1996)
57. U2 Pop (1997)
58. Bonnie Raitt Luck of the Draw (1991)
59. Melissa Etheridge Yes I Am (1993)
60. The Black Keys El Camino (2011)

61. Beck Colors (2017)
62. Sherly Crow The Globe Sessions (1998)
63. Sting The Soul Cages (1991)
64. Florence + the Machine How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (2015)
65. Kings of Leon Come Around Sundown (2010)
66. Steely Dan Two Against Nature (2000)
67. KT Tunstall Eye to the Telescope (2004)
68. John Mayer Room for Squares (2001)
69. U2 Songs of Experience (2017)
70. The Black Keys Turn Blue (2014)

71. fun. Some Nights (2012)
72. Shery Crow Detours (2008)
73. Tame Impala The Slow Rush (2020)
74. Bonnie Raitt Longing in Their Hearts (1994)
75. Third Eye Blind Third Eye Blind (1997)
76. The Decemberists The King Is Dead (2011)
77. Matchbox 20 Mad Season (2000)
78. Feist The Reminder (2007)
79. Dave Matthews Band Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King (2009)
80. The Raconteurs Help Us Stranger (2019)

81. Cage the Elephant Social Cues (2019)
82. Jack Johnson To the Sea (2010)
83. Dave Matthews Band Before These Crowded Streets (1998)
84. Goo Goo Dolls Dizzy Up the Girl (1998)
85. The Lumineers The Lumineers (2012)
86. Gin Blossoms New Miserable Experience (1992)
87. Alabama Shakes Boys & Girls (2012)
88. Shawn Colvin A Few Small Repairs (1996)
89. Train Drops of Jupiter (2001)
90. Hozier Hozier (2014)

91. Death Cab for Cutie Plans (2005)
92. Fiona Apple Tidal (1996)
93. Paula Cole This Fire (1996)
94. John Mayer Heavier Things (2003)
95. Toad the Wet Sprocket Fear (1991)
96. One Republic Native (2013)
97. Of Monsters and Men My Head Is an Animal (2011)
98. The Fray How to Save a Life (2005)
99. Joan Osborne Relish (1995)
100. Dave Matthews Band Everyday (2001)

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Dave's Music Database Hall of Fame: Albums

Dave’s Music Database

Hall of Fame


Originally posted 1/22/2019; updated 2/22/2021.

Dave’s Music Database Hall of Fame was established January 22, 2019 in honor of the 10th anniversary of the DMDB blog. Every month, a class of acts, albums, or songs are inducted. Here are the album inductee classes so far:

And here are all of the individual albums which have been inducted. Click on the album title to go to a detailed DMDB entry about the album. Click on the highlighted month/year to see the album’s induction entry.

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Dave's Music Database Hall of Fame: Albums (Feb. 2021)

Originally posted 2/22/2021.

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 month marks the ninth group of album inductees. These are the top ten classical works of all time, excluding previous inductees George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Johnann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and Monterverdi’s L’Orfeo (Orpheus).

See the full list of album inductees here.

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor (Fate) (1808)

Inducted February 2021 as “Top Classical Works.”

This is “one of the most popular and best-known compositions in all of classical music, and one of the most often played symphonies.” AZ In Howard’s End, E.M. Forster said the symphony satisfies “all sort and conditions” MJ while poet and composer E.T.A. Hoffman called it “one of the most important works of all time.” AZ It took Beethoven more than four years to compose. Read more.

Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major (Emperor) (1811)

Inducted February 2021 as “Top Classical Works.”

This was the last of Beethoven’s completed piano concertos. He never publicly played it. MR. It is often known as the “Emperor Concerto,” so-named by Johann Baptist Cramer, the English publisher of the concerto. WK “There is hardly an adjective that could more aptly evoke the work’s impressive scale and majesty. Despite its considerable technical demands, the ‘Emperor’ Concerto handily transcends the typical role of the concerto as a mere virtuoso vehicle.” MR Read more.

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A major (1812)

Inducted February 2021 as “Top Classical Works.”

Beethoven began writing this in 1809, but didn’t finish the composition until 1812, by which time he was seriously deaf. This was “his definitive break with stylistic conventions practiced by Mozart, Haydn, and a legion of lesser mortals who copied them. He stretched harmonic rules, and gave breadth to symphonic forms that Haydn and Mozart anticipated.” RD Read more.

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor (Choral) (1824)

Inducted February 2021 as “Top Classical Works.”

This started as two separate works – a symphony with a chorale finale and a purely instrumental work in D minor. Beethoven had worked on the two pieces for almost ten years before deciding in 1822 to combine them. He famously includes Friedrich von Schiller’s “Ode to Joy” in the finale. “The finished work is of visionary scope and proportions, and represents the apogee of technical difficulty in its day.” AMG Read more.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) (1786)

Inducted February 2021 as “Top Classical Works.”

This four-part comic opera “tells how the servants Figaro and Susanna succeed in getting married, foiling the efforts of their philandering employer Count Almaviva to seduce Susanna and teaching him a lesson in fidelity. The opera is a cornerstone of the repertoire and appears consistently among the top ten in the Operabase list of most frequently performed operas.” WK Read more.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Don Giovanni (1787)

Inducted February 2021 as “Top Classical Works.”

This two-act opera was a mix of serious and comedic action, telling the story of the legendary Don Juan and how he is destroyed by his excesses. Mozart was commissioned to create the opera in 1787 and finished a day or two before it premiered on October 29 of that year. According to Operabase, it is the seventh most-performed opera worldwide. WK Read more.

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Pope Marcellus Mass (Missa Papae Marcelli) (1565)

Inducted February 2021 as “Top Classical Works.”

“Arguably Palestrina’s best-known work,” NB this piece has been recorded often in the latter part of the 20th century. This is “primarily a six-voice mass, but voice combinations are varied throughout the piece.” WK He intentionally composed “in a simplified, easily understood style to please church officials” WK after Pope Marcellus II urged “musicians to strive for simplicity, clarity, and intelligibility in their compositions” in 1555. NB Read more.

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor (1875)

Inducted February 2021 as “Top Classical Works.”

Tchaikovsky composed his first piano concerto between November 1874 and February 1875. He played it for pianist Nikolai Rubinstein, who he hoped would play the piece, but he responded with a list of demanded changes before he would play it. Tchaikovsky was devastated, initially insisting he wouldn’t change a single note. He did, however, make some minor changes before it debuted in 1875 and revised it in 1879 and again in 1888. Rubinstein later retracted his criticisms and championed the work. WK Read more.

Antonio Vivaldi The Four Seasons (1725)

Inducted February 2021 as “Top Classical Works.”

This group of four violin concertos are centered around the four seasons of the year, inspired by the countryside around Mantua, where Vivaldi lived at the time. Within the pieces, he represented flowing creeks, singing birds, storms, and warm winter fires. Vivaldi also tied the music to texts from poems. The works stand as some of the earliest examples of program music, or music with a narrative element. Read more.

Richard Wagner Der Ring Des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle) (1874)

Inducted February 2021 as “Top Classical Works.”

All told, this series of four operas, created over a quartet century, stretches to more than 15 hours. The first one is the shortest, running about two and a half hours, while the final one can run as long as five hours. The story follows three generations of protaganists from the Norse sagas. “Wagner wrote for an orchestra of gargantuan proportions;” WK “the music of the cycle is thick and richly textured and grows in complexity as the cycle proceeds.” WK Read more.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Dennis DeYoung: Artist Profile

Dennis DeYoung:

Artist Profile

Born: February 18, 1947
Where: Chicago, Illinois

Known As: rock singer/songwriter and keyboardist

Significant Bands:
  • Styx (1971-1984, 1990-99)


The Albums:

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


Live Albums:

Key Tracks:
  • Lady (Styx, 1972)
  • Light Up (Styx, 1975)
  • Lorelei (Styx, 1975)
  • Suite Madame Blue (Styx, 1975)
  • Come Sail Away (Styx, 1977)
  • Babe (Styx, 1979)
  • The Best of Times (Styx, 1981)
  • Rockin’ the Paradise (Styx, 1981)
  • Mr. Roboto (Styx, 1983)
  • Don’t Let It End (Styx, 1983)
  • Desert Moon (1984)
  • Don’t Wait for Heroes (1984)
  • Call Me (1986)
  • This Is the Time (1986)
  • Harry’s Hands (1989)
  • Show Me the Way (Styx, 1990)
  • Love at First Sight (Styx, 1990)
  • Paradise (Styx, 1997)
  • While There’s Still Time (Styx, 1999)
  • With Every Heartbeat (2003)
  • One Hundred Years from Now (2007)
  • To the Good Old Days (with Julian Lennon, 2020)
  • Isle of Misanthrope (2021)

Click here to see the top 100 songs of Styx et al.

Early Years (1963-1972):
“Growing up in the Roseland neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois, DeYoung’s career as a vocalist started in 1963 at the age of 16 when he teamed up with his 15 year old neighbors, Chuck and John Panozzo, in a three-piece combo. The trio later added guitarist James Young and John Curulewski to form the band Tradewinds in the late 1960s. The band renamed itself TW4 in 1968 before becoming Styx in 1970.” WK

“Before the band met with success, DeYoung spent time as an elementary school teacher in the southern suburbs of Chicago, where he taught music at Springfield School in Midlothian, Illinois. During this period, the band played a number of small venues and school auditoriums refining their craft.” WK

The Wooden Nickel Years (1972-1974):
Styx released four studio albums with the Wooden Nickel. They got their big break when Lady was picked up by a radio station in 1974, more than a year after its parent album, Styx II, was released. The song became a top-ten hit and launched the band. DeYoung, a self-taught keyboardist, served as the lead vocalist and songwriter and creative force behind the band.

The Rise of Styx (1975-1977):
Styx was signed to the major label A&M. They released Equinox in 1975, Crystal Ball in 1976, and The Grand Illusion in 1977. The latter album was a top-10, multi-platinum seller, fueled by another DeYoung-helmed top-ten hit Come Sail Away.

The Giants of Rock and Roll (1977-1983):
The Grand Illusion was Styx’s first of four consecutive top-10, multi-platinum albums – a feat never accomplished before. They led the way in what has been called arena rock or corporate rock. The band landed its first #1 hit in 1979 with Babe, another song written and sung by DeYoung.

Their 1981 Paradise Theater became the band’s first #1 album. Once again, it was DeYoung out front for the #3 hit The Best of Times from that album. On the follow-up, Kilroy Was Here, DeYoung gave the band two more top-10 hits with Mr. Roboto and Don’t Let It End.

The Solo Years (1984-1989):
“With Styx in limbo following [bandmate Tommy] Shaw’s 1984 departure, DeYoung began a solo career of modest success. His first solo album, Desert Moon, generated a top 10 hit, Desert Moon, and the follow-up single, Don’t Wait for Heroes, cracked the Billboard Top 40 as well.” WK

DeYoung made two more solo albums in the ‘80s featuring gems such as Call Me, This Is the Time, and Harry’s Hands, but none of his songs or albums would be as successful as his first solo album, much less his work with Styx.

Styx Reunites (1990-1992):
“In 1990, Styx (minus Tommy Shaw, who was replaced by guitarist/singer-songwriter Glen Burtnik) returned to the studio for the album Edge of the Century. Show Me the Way, a track written by DeYoung for his son Matthew, received extensive radio play, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart…particularly after a number of radio stations mixed it with voice tracks of parents headed off to fight in the first Persian Gulf War. This success made the band one of only a handful of bands/artists to have a top ten single under four different Presidents in the United States. The group toured North America extensively before A&M Records…dropped the group from its roster in 1992; the group broke up again shortly afterwards.” WK

DDY on the Theater Stage (1992-1995):
“In 1993, DeYoung, a devout Roman Catholic, joined a touring revival of the stage musical Jesus Christ Superstar. He appeared in about 200 performances across North America as Pontius Pilate. The experience inspired him to record his 1994 album of Broadway standards, 10 on Broadway, and to begin work on a musical of his own based on The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Styx, Together Again (1995-1999):
“Styx reunited once more in 1995, this time including Shaw but minus a terminally ill John Panozzo (who died a short time later in July 1996), and recorded a new version of the DeYoung-penned ‘Lady’ for their 1995 Styx Greatest Hits album. The group toured in 1996 and 1997, and returned to the recording studio in 1998 to begin work on Brave New World, their first studio album in nearly a decade.” WK

“Creative differences between the band members, and a chronic fatigue syndrome-like disorder affecting DeYoung’s trigeminal nerve – which left him overly sensitive to bright light and sound, making performing on stage nearly impossible” WK – led to a less than amicable split. This time, however, Styx soldiered on with Shaw and without DeYoung.

“A lawsuit between DeYoung and his former bandmates was settled in 2001, with the group being allowed to keep the name ‘Styx’ and DeYoung able to use the name in descriptive phrases such as ‘the music of Styx’ or ‘formerly of Styx’ (but not ‘the voice of Styx’).” WK

Back to the Solo World (2000-:
“In February 2000, DeYoung was approached to perform a concert featuring his many songs from Styx, as well as his solo works and his 1997 stage musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame, with an orchestra. The show, performed at the Rosemont Theatre in DeYoung’s hometown of Chicago, was a family affair for DeYoung. His wife Suzanne,” WK to whom he had been married since even before Styx’s success, “and sister-in-law Dawn Marie Feusi sang backup, his daughter Carrie Ann, was in charge of publicity, while his son Matthew designed the stage lighting. The concert was well received and formed the basis for a touring version of the show, and eventually an 2004 album, The Music of Styx – Live with Symphony Orchestra.” WK “Unlike many musical families, the growing family toured together throughout DeYoung’s career in order to provide stability for the couple’s young children.” WK

“On June 19, 2007, DeYoung released in Canada, One Hundred Years from Now, his fifth solo album, which marks a return to his rock roots. The first single, the title track, is a duet with Québécois singer Éric Lapointe. The single reached #1 on the Québec Radio Single and Soundscan charts. The album was released in the U.S. on April 14, 2009 with slightly different tracks.” WK

“On May 8, 2008, a DeYoung-written musical of The Hunchback of Notre Dame premiered at the Bailiwick Repertory Theatre in Chicago.” WK

After a 13-year hiatus from the recording studio, Dennis returned with the solo album 26 East Volume 1 in 2020. It was followed by 26 East Volume 2 in 2021. He says it is the last album he’ll make.

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First posted 11/20/2011; updated 6/5/2021.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Canadian Songs: Top 100

First posted 2/4/2021; updated 2/14/2021.


Top 100 Songs

These are the top songs by Canadian artists, as determined by an aggregate of 19 best-of lists. Songs which were only considered which were by artists born in Canada or groups which originated in Canada.

Note: click here to see other genre-specific song lists. You can also check out the DMDB’s rating of Canada’s Biggest #1 Songs, most of which are not actually by Canadian artists.

1. Neil Young “Heart of Gold” (1972)
2. Bachman-Turner Overdrive “Takin’ Care of Business” (1974)
3. Bryan Adams “Summer of ‘69” (1984)
4. The Guess Who “American Woman” (1970)
5. Alanis Morissette “You Oughta Know” (1995)
6. The Band “The Weight” (1968)
7. Loverboy “Working for the Weekend” (1981)
8. Tom Cochrane “Life Is a Highway” (1992)
9. Gordon Lightfoot “If You Could Read My Mind” (1970)
10. Leonard Cohen “Hallelujah” (1984)

11. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (1997)
12. Joni Mitchell “Big Yellow Taxi” (1970)
13. Corey Hart “Sunglasses at Night” (1984)
14. Nickelback “How You Remind Me” (2001)
15. Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe” (2011)
16. Bachman-Turner Overdrive “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” (1974)
17. Rush “Tom Sawyer” (1981)
18. Barenaked Ladies “If I Had a $1,000,000” (1992)
19. Gordon Lightfoot “Sundown” (1974)
20. Barenaked Ladies “One Week” (1998)

21. The Tragically Hip “Bobcaygeon” (1998)
22. Steppenwolf “Born to Be Wild” (1968)
23. Men Without Hats “The Safety Dance” (1982)
24. Alanis Morissette “Ironic” (1995)
25. The Guess Who “No Sugar Tonight” (1970)
26. Paul Anka “Diana” (1957)
27. Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (1991)
28. k.d. lang “Constant Craving” (1992)
29. Avril Lavigne “Complicated” (2002)
30. Allanah Myles “Black Velvet” (1989)

31. Anne Murray “Snowbird” (1970)
32. Neil Young “Rockin’ in the Free World” (1989)
33. Trooper “Raise a Little Hell” (1978)
34. Gordon Lightfoot “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” (1976)
35. Spirit of the West “Home for a Rest” (1990)
36. Rush “The Spirit of Radio” (1980)
37. The Guess Who “These Eyes” (1969)
38. Glass Tiger “Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone” (1986)
39. Steppenwolf “Magic Carpet Ride” (1968)
40. Justin Bieber “Sorry” (2015)

41. Andy Kim “Rock Me Gently” (1974)
42. Terry Jacks “Seasons in the Sun” (1974)
43. Bryan Adams “Heaven” (1984)
44. The Weeknd “Can’t Feel My Face” (2015)
45. Daniel Powter “Bad Day” (2005)
46. Neil Young “Old Man” (1972)
47. Justin Bieber “Love Yourself” (2015)
48. Arcade Fire “Wake Up” (2004)
49. Bruce Cockburn “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” (1984)
50. Tom Cochrane & Red Rider “Big League” (1988)

51. Rush “Closer to the Heart” (1977)
52. Five Man Electrical Band “Signs” (1971)
53. Celine Dion “Because You Loved Me” (1996)
54. The Weeknd with Daft Punk “Starboy” (2016)
55. Bryan Adams “Run to You” (1984)
56. Snow “Informer” (1993)
57. Celine Dion “The Power of Love” (1993)
58. The Tragically Hip “Courage (For Hugh MacLennan)” (1992)
59. The Weeknd “The Hills” (2015)
60. Martha & the Muffins “Echo Beach” (1980)

61. The Tragically Hip “New Orleans Is Sinking” (1989)
62. Nelly Furtado with Timbaland “Promiscuous” (2006)
63. Blue Rodeo “Lost Together” (1992)
64. Shania Twain “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” (1997)
65. Drake with Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance” (4/5/2016)
66. Magic! “Rude” (2013)
67. Nick Gilder “Hot Child in the City” (1978)
68. Nelly Furtado “Say It Right” (2006)
69. Sheriff “When I’m with You” (1983)
70. The Guess Who “Share the Land” (1970)

71. Paul Anka with Odia Coates “You’re Having My Baby” (1974)
72. Neil Young “My My Hey Hey (Into the Black)” (1979)
73. Joni Mitchell “Both Sides Now” (1969)
74. Ian & Sylvia “Four Strong Winds” (1963)
75. Barenaked Ladies “Brian Wilson” (1992)
76. Bryan Adams “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” (1995)
77. Neil Young “Cinnamon Girl” (1969)
78. Anne Murray “You Needed Me” (1978)
79. Bryan Adams with Sting & Rod Stewart “All for Love” (1993)
80. Crash Test Dummies “Superman’s Song” (1991)

81. The Crew-Cuts “Sh-Boom” (1954)
82. Nickelback “Photograph” (2005)
83. Drake “In My Feelings” (2018)
84. Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?” (2015)
85. The Tragically Hip “Wheat Kings” (1992)
86. Shania Twain “You’re Still the One” (1997)
87. Red Rider “Lunatic Fringe” (1981)
88. The Weeknd “Blinding Lights” (2019)
89. Avril Lavigne “Girlfriend” (2007)
90. Shania Twain “That Don’t Impress Me Much” (1997)

91. The Guess Who “No Time” (1969)
92. Sarah McLachlan “Angel” (1997)
93. The Tragically Hip “Ahead by a Century” (1996)
94. Drake “Hotline Bling” (2015)
95. Drake “Nice for What” (2018)
96. Finger Eleven “Paralyzer” (2007)
97. Jeff Healey Band “Angel Eyes” (1988)
98. Celine Dion “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” (1996)
99. Neil Young with Crosby, Stills & Nash “Ohio” (1970)
100. Payola$ “Eyes of a Stranger” (1982)

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Mainstream Rock: Top 100 Songs, 1981-2021

First posted 1/24/2021; updated 2/92021.

Mainstream Rock:

Top 100 Songs, 1981-2021

Billboard launched its Album Rock Tracks chart (now called “Mainstream Rock”) on March 21, 1981. Since then, more than 7000 songs have hit the chart; 2000 of which went top 10. This list ranks those songs which hit the top 10 in order of their overall status in Dave’s Music Database. These are the top 100 songs:

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

1. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
2. Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991)
3. Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (1991)
4. Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (1988)
5. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll” (1981)
6. R.E.M. “Losing My Religion” (1991)
7. U2 “With or Without You” (1987)
8. Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes” (1981)
9. Santana with Rob Thomas “Smooth” (1999)
10. The Human League “Don’t You Want Me?” (1981)

11. Survivor “Eye of the Tiger” (1982)
12. U2 “One” (1992)
13. Oasis “Wonderwall” (1995)
14. Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer” (1986)
15. Goo Goo Dolls “Iris” (1998)
16. Nickelback “How You Remind Me” (2001)
17. Van Halen “Jump” (1984)
18. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (1998)
19. Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (2004)
20. Eric Clapton “Tears in Heaven” (1992)

21. Men at Work “Down Under” (1981)
22. Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’” (1981)
23. Foreigner “I Want to Know What Love Is” (1984)
24. Alanis Morissette “You Oughta Know” (1995)
25. Phil Collins “Another Day in Paradise” (1989)
26. Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Come on Eileen” (1982)
27. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Under the Bridge” (1991)
28. U2 “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (1987)
29. Pearl Jam “Jeremy” (1991)
30. Meat Loaf “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” (1993)

31. Cyndi Lauper “Time After Time” (1983)
32. Tears for Fears “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (1985)
33. 3 Doors Down “Kryptonite” (2000)
34. Bruce Springsteen “Dancing in the Dark” (1984)
35. Dire Straits “Money for Nothing” (1985)
36. Bruce Springsteen “Born in the U.S.A.” (1984)
37. Kenny Loggins “Footloose” (1984)
38. Hoobastank “The Reason” (2004)
39. Peter Gabriel “Sledgehammer” (1986)
40. Simple Minds “Don’t You Forget about Me” (1985)

41. J. Geils Band “Centerfold” (1981)
42. Rick Springfield “Jessie’s Girl” (1981)
43. Phil Collins “In the Air Tonight” (1981)
44. U2 “Pride (In the Name of Love)” (1984)
45. Oasis “Live Forever” (1984)
46. Metallica “Enter Sandman” (1991)
47. Phil Collins “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” (1984)
48. The Rolling Stones “Start Me Up” (1981)
49. John Cougar Mellencamp “Jack and Diane” (1982)
50. Tears for Fears “Shout” (1984)

51. David Bowie “Let’s Dance” (1983)
52. Creed “With Arms Wide Open” (1999)
53. Duran Duran “Hungry Like the Wolf” (1982)
54. Lifehouse “Hanging by a Moment” (2000)
55. Green Day “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” (1997)
56. Soundgarden “Black Hole Sun” (1994)
57. U2 “Vertigo” (2004)
58. Steve Miller Band “Abracadabra” (1982)
59. Don Henley “The Boys of Summer” (1984)
60. Robert Palmer “Addicted to Love” (1985)

61. Foreigner “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (1981)
62. The Scorpions “Wind of Change” (1990)
63. The Police “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” (1981)
64. Nickelback “Photograph” (2005)
65. Queen with David Bowie “Under Pressure” (1981)
66. U2 “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (1983)
67. Huey Lewis & the News “The Power of Love” (1985)
68. Nirvana “Come As You Are” (1991)
69. Midnight Oil “Beds Are Burning” (1987)
70. Smashing Pumpkins “1979” (1995)

71. The Wallflowers “One Headlight” (1996)
72. Hinder “Lips of an Angel” (2006)
73. Rush “Tom Sawyer” (1981)
74. REO Speedwagon “Keep on Loving You” (1980)
75. Nirvana “Heart-Shaped Box” (1993)
76. Tom Petty “Free Fallin’” (1989)
77. Nirvana “All Apologies” (1993)
78. Steve Winwood “Higher Love” (1986)
79. Linkin Park “In the End” (2000)
80. Toto “Rosanna” (1982)

81. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Dani California” (2006)
82. Staind “It’s Been Awhile” (2001)
83. R.E.M. “The One I Love” (1987)
84. Oasis “Champagne Supernova” (1995)
85. Peter Gabriel “In Your Eyes’ (1986)
86. Collective Soul “Shine” (1993)
87. Live “Lightning Crashes” (1994)
88. Green Day “American Idiot” (2004)
89. Silverchair “Tomorrow” (1994)
90. Steve Winwood “Roll with It” (1988)

91. Green Day “Basket Case” (1994)
92. Mike + the Mechanics “The Living Years” (1988)
93. The Clash “Rock the Casbah” (1982)
94. Modern English “I Melt with You” (1982)
95. Yes “Owner of a Lonely Heart” (1983)
96. Whitesnake “Here I Go Again” (1987)
97. Pearl Jam “Daughter” (1993)
98. U2 “New Year’s Day” (1983)
99. Stone Temple Pilots “Interstate Love Song” (1994)
100. Bon Jovi “You Give Love a Bad Name” (1986)

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Monday, February 1, 2021

February: Music Makers' Birthdays

Click on any date below to see music makers’ birthdays on that day. Click here to return to the main music makers’ birthday page. Note: Names listed in bold have had dates verified with at least two sources to (hopefully) ensure accuracy. Please email Dave’s Music Database with any corrections.

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FEB. 1

  • Big Boi (1975). Rapper/songwriter from OutKast (“The Way You Move”) born Antwan André Patton.

  • Steve Young (1973). Singer/songwriter.

  • Patrick Wilson (1969). Member of alternative rock group Weezer “Buddy Holly”, “Undone (The Sweater Song”)

  • Lisa Marie Presley (1968). Pop singer (“Lights Out”) and daughter of Elvis Presley. Briefly married to Michael Jackson.

  • Exene Cervenka (1956). American punk-rock singer with X.

  • Mike Campbell (1954). Florida rock guitarist with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.

  • Rick James (1948). New York funk singer/songwriter/musician (“Super Freak”) and record producer. Died 8/6/2004.

  • Don Everly (1937). Kentucky singer who recorded with his brother in early rock and roll group The Everly Brothers (“Bye Bye Love”, “Wake Up Little Susie”, “All I Have to Do Is Dream”). Born Isaac Donald Everly.

  • Ray Sawyer (1937). Alabama singer and guitarist with Dr. Hook.

  • George Beverly Shea (1909). Gospel singer.

  • James P. Johnson (1894). American jazz songwriter and pianist. Died 11/17/1955.

    FEB. 2

  • Shakira (1977). Columbian-born pop singer (“Hips Don’t Lie”, “Whenever, Wherever”) born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll.

  • Billy Mohler (The Calling) (1975). Musician in The Calling.

  • Ben Mize (1971). Musician in Counting Crows.

  • Robert DeLeo (1966). Rock musician with Stone Temple Pilots (1992’s Core, 1994’s Purple).

  • Eva Cassidy (1963). American singer. Died 11/2/1996.

  • Tony Butler (1957). Musician in Big Country.

  • Ross Valory (1950). Musician from Santana and Journey.

  • Alan McKay (1948). R&B musician with Earth, Wind & Fire (1975’s That’s the Way of the World).

  • Howard Bellamy (1946). Florida country musician with the Bellamy Brothers (“Let Your Love Flow”).

  • Graham Nash (1942). British singer/songwriter who was a member of The Hollies (“Bus Stop”) and Crosby, Stills & Nash (“Teach Your Children”, “Our House”, 1969’s Crosby, Stills & Nash).

  • Stan Getz (1927). American jazz musician. Died 6/6/1991.

  • Jascha Heifetz (1901). Russian-born violinist.

  • Fritz Kreisler (1875). Austrian composer. Died 1/29/1962.

    FEB. 3

  • Sean Kingston (1990)

  • Daddy Yankee (1976). Singer.

  • Laurence Tolhurst (1959). Musician in The Cure.

  • Tony Butler (1957). English rock bassist with Big Country.

  • Steven Stapleton (1957). Musician.

  • Lee Renaldo (1956). Musician with Sonic Youth.

  • Arthur Kane (1951). Illinois jazz-rock guitarist with Chicago. Died 7/13/2004.

  • Dave Davies (1947). English rock guitarist and, with brother Ray, founder of The Kinks (“You Really Got Me”, “Waterloo Sunset”, Village Green Preservation Society).

  • Melanie (1947). New York singer/songwriter (“Brand New Key”) born Melanie Anne Safka.

  • Eric Haydock (1943). Musician with The Hollies.

  • Dennis Edwards (1943). Musician with The Temptations.

  • Shawn Phillips (1943)

  • Johnny “Guitar” Watson (1935). Texas guitarist (“A Real Mother for Ya”). Died 5/17/1995.

  • Felix Mendelssohn (1809). German classical composer and pianist. Died 11/4/1847.

  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525). Italian classical composer. Died 1594.

    FEB. 4

  • Cam’ron (1976)

  • Natalie Imbruglia (1975). Australian singer (“Torn”).

  • Rick Burch (1975). Musician with Jimmy Eat World.

  • James Murphy (1970). American musician who operates under the stage name LCD Soundsystem (2007’s Sound of Silver).

  • Clint Black (1962). American country music singer/songwriter (1989’s Killin’ Time).

  • Phil Ehart (1951). Musician with Kansas.

  • James Dunn (1950). Pennsylvania singer with the Stylistics (“Can’t Give You Anything But My Love”).

  • Alice Cooper (1948). Michigan shock-rock singer (“I’m Eighteen”, “School’s Out”) born Vincent Damon Furnier.

  • Florence LaRue (1944). Musician with The Fifth Dimension.

  • John Steel (1941). English rock drummer with The Animals.

  • Art Mooney (1911). American jazz/big band leader. Died 1993.

    FEB. 5

  • Vast Aire (1978). Rapper.

  • Bobby Brown (1969). American R&B singer, first with New Edition (“Cool It Now”) and later a solo singer (“Don’t Be Cruel”, “My Prerogative”). Married singer Whitney Houston.

  • Chris Barron (1968). Musician with the Spin Doctors.

  • Duff McKagan (1964). Rock musician with Guns N’ Roses.

  • Christopher Guest (1948). Comedic actor who starred in This Is Spinal Tap.

  • J.R. Cobb (1944). Alabama rock guitarist with Atlanta Rhythm Section.

  • Al Kooper (1944). New York songwriter, record producer, and musician with Blood, Sweat & Tears. Also played organ with Bob Dylan (“Like a Rolling Stone”).

  • Chuck Winfield (1943). Pennsylvania trumpeter with Blood, Sweat & Tears.

  • Corey Wells (1942). Rock singer with Three Dog Night (“Joy to the World”).

  • Barrett Strong (1941). Mississippi R&B singer (“Money (That’s What I Want)” and songwriter (Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”; The Temptations’ “Just My Imagination”, “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”, and “Ball of Confusion”; Edwin Starr’s “War”).

  • Alex Harvey (1935). Scottish rock bandleader and musician. Died 2/4/1982.

  • Ron Wilson (1933). California percussionist and harmonica player with Joy of Cooking.

    FEB. 6

  • Masaharu Fukuyama (1969). Japanese pop singer/songwriter/TV actor.

  • Rick Astley (1966). English pop singer (“Never Gonna Give You Up”).

  • Axl Rose (1962). American rock singer for Guns N’ Roses (“Sweet Child O’ Mine”, “Welcome to the Jungle”) born William Bruce Rose, Jr.

  • Natalie Cole (1950). California R&B/jazz singer (1991’s Unforgettable…with Love). Daughter of singer Nat “King” Cole.

  • Alan Jones (1947). Welsh saxophonist with Amen Corner.

  • Bob Marley (1945). Jamaican reggae artist (“I Shot the Sheriff”, “No Woman, No Cry”, “Get Up Stand Up”, 1977’s Exodus, 1984’s Legend). Died 5/11/1981.

  • Fabian (1942). Pennsylvania teen idol singer (“Turn Me Loose”, “Tiger”) born Fabiano Anthony Forte Bonaparte who gained fame from TV’s American Bandstand.

  • David Berry (1941). English singer with Dave Berry & the Cruisers. Born David Grundy.

    FEB. 7

  • Glenn Collins (1968). English drummer with Dog Unit, Vort Pylon, and the Auteurs.

  • Garth Brooks (1962). American country singer (1990’s No Fences, 1991’s Ropin’ the Wind).

  • David Bryan (1962). New Jersey rock keyboardist with Bon Jovi (“Livin’ on a Prayer”, “You Give Love a Bad Name”). Born David Bryan Rashbaum.

  • Steve Bronski (1960). Scottish keyboardist with Bronski Beat.

  • Brian Travers (1959). Musician with UB40.

  • Alan Lancaster (1949). English rock bassist with Status Quo.

  • Jimmy Greenspoon (Three Dog Night) (1948)

  • King Curtis (1934). Texas saxophonist with the Coasters. Born Curtis Ousley. Died 8/13/1971.

  • Earl King (1934) American blues singer/songwriter (“Come On”). Died 4/17/2003.

  • Warren Smith (1933). American rockabilly singer; one of the original Sun Records artists. Died 1/30/1980.

  • Eubie Blake (1883). American jazz pianist and songwriter. Died 2/12/1983.

  • Arthur Collins (1864). American singer. Died 8/3/1933.

    FEB. 8

  • Dave “Phoenix” Farrell (1977). Bass player for rock group Linkin Park (2001’s Hybrid Theory).

  • Will Turpin (1971). Musician with Collective Soul.

  • Claudette Pace (1968) European jazz singer (“Desire”).

  • Vince Neil (1961). Rock singer for Mötley Crüe. Born Vince Neil Wharton.

  • Sam Llanas (1961). Musician with The BoDeans.

  • Tom Rush (1941)

  • John Williams (1932). Composer of movie scores (1977’s Star Wars).

  • Alonzo “Lonnie” Johnson (1899). American blues guitarist. Died 6/16/1970.

    FEB. 9

  • Travis Tritt (1963). American country singer.

  • David Rotheray (1961). English rock guitarist with Beautiful South.

  • Dennis Thomas (1951). Musician with Kool & The Gang.

  • Carole King (1942). American songwriter (the Shirelles’ “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, the Drifters’ “Up on the Roof”, Little Eva’s “The Loco-Motion”, Aretha Franklin’s “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”, James Taylor’s “You’ve Got a Friend”) and singer (Tapestry, “It’s Too Late”, “I Feel the Earth Move”). Born Carol Klein.

  • Brian Bennett (1940). English drummer with the Shadows.

  • Barry Mann (1939). New York rock songwriter, most famously with partner Cynthia Weil (the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’”, the Drifters’ “On Broadway”). Born Barry Iberman.

  • Kathryn Grayson (1922). Actress/singer in musicals (1951’s Show Boat).

  • Ernest Tubb (1914). American country singer/songwriter (“Walking the Floor Over You”). Died 9/6/1984.

    FEB. 10

  • Cliff Burton (1962). California heavy metal bassist for Metallica (Master of Puppets). Died 9/27/1986.

  • Robbie Neville (1961)

  • Nigel Olsson (1949). English drummer with Elton John.

  • Peter Allen (1944). Australian songwriter. Was married to Liza Minnelli. Died 6/18/1992.

  • Roberta Flack (1937). North Carolina R&B singer/songwriter (“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, “Killing Me Softly with His Song”).

  • Jerry Goldsmith (1929). California movie and TV composer. Died 7/21/2004.

  • Leontyne Price (1927). American operatic soprano singer. Born Mary Violet Leontyne Price.

  • Larry Adler (1914). American harmonica player. Died 8/6/2001.

  • Jack Leonard (1913). New York jazz/big band singer best known for being the primary singer with Tommy Dorsey in the late 1930s.

  • William Henry “Chick” Webb (1905). American jazz bandleader and drummer. Died 6/16/1939.

    FEB. 11

  • Aubrey O’Day (1984).

  • Kelly Rowland (1981). Member of R&B girl group Destiny’s Child (“Say My Name”, “Survivor”, “Bootylicious”).

  • Brandy (1979). R&B singer.

  • Mike Shinoda (1977). Rap-rock Singer/songwriter/musician for Linkin Park (2000’s Hybrid Theory).

  • D'Angelo (1974)

  • Varg Vikernes (1973). Musician.

  • Sheryl Crow (1962). Missouri rock singer/songwriter (“All I Wanna Do”).

  • Sérgio Mendes (1941). Brazilian bandleader.

  • Gerry Goffin (1939). New York songwriter (the Shirelles’ “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, the Drifters’ “Up on the Roof”, Little Eva’s “The Loco-Motion”, a href="">Aretha Franklin’s “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”).

  • Bobby “Boris” Pickett (1938). Best known for song “Monster Mash.”

  • Gene Vincent (1935). Virginia rockabilly singer and guitarist (“Be-Bop-A-Lula”) born Vincent Eugene Craddock. Died 10/12/1971.

  • Thomas Alva Edison (1847). American inventor of, among many other things, the phonograph. Died 10/18/1931.

    FEB. 12

  • Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies) (1970)

  • Chynna Phillips (Wilson Phillips) (1968)

  • Per Gessle (1959). Swedish singer/songwriter and musician with Roxette (“The Look”).

  • Michael McDonald (1952). Singer/songwriter with rock group Doobie Brothers (“What a Fool Believes”).

  • Steve Hackett (1950). English prog-rock guitarist with Genesis (1973’s Selling England by the Pound, 1974’s The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway).

  • Stanley Knight (1949). Arkansas rock guitarist with Black Oak Arkansas.

  • Joe Schermie (1946). Bassist.

  • Moe Bandy (1944). American country singer born Marion Franklin Bandy, Jr.

  • Ray Manzarek (1939). Illinois rock keyboardist with The Doors (The Doors). Born Raymond Daniel Manczarek, Jr. Died 5/20/2013.

  • Gordon “Tex” Beneke (1914). American jazz bandleader. Died 5/30/2000.

  • Len Spencer (1867). American singer. Died 12/15/1914.

    FEB. 13

  • Robbie Williams (1974). British pop singer (“Angels”) who started with boy band Take That (“Back for Good”).

  • Freedom Williams (1966). R&B singer/rapper with C&C Music Factory.

  • Les Warner (1961). Musician with The Cult.

  • Henry Rollins (1961). American punk-rock singer/songwriter with Black Flag (1981’s Damaged) and later a solo artist.

  • Peter Hook (1956). English bassist with Joy Division and New Order.

  • Ed Gagliardi (1952). Rock musician with Foreigner.

  • Peter Gabriel (1950). British prog-rock singer with Genesis (1973’s Selling England by the Pound, 1974’s The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway) before going solo (“Sledgehammer”, 1986’s So).

  • Peter Tork (1942). American rock musician/actor in The Monkees (“I’m a Believer”, “Daydream Believer”).

  • Boudleaux Bryant (1920). Georgia songwriter with wife Felice Bryant (the Everly Brothers “Bye Bye Love”, “All I Have to Do Is Dream”, and “Wake Up Little Susie”). Died 6/25/1987.

  • Eileen Farrell (1920). Opera singer.

  • “Tennessee” Ernie Ford (1919). American country singer (“Sixteen Tons”). Born Ernest Jennings Ford. Died 10/17/1991.

    FEB. 14

  • Rob Thomas (1972). Rock singer/songwriter born in Landstuhl, West Germany. With Matchbox 20 (Yourself or Someone Like You) and a solo artist (“Smooth”).

  • Roger Fisher (Heart) (1950)

  • Tim Buckley (1947). Washington D.C. singer/songwriter and musician. Born Timothy Buckley III. Died 6/29/1975.

  • Vic Briggs (1945). English rock guitarist with the Animals. Born Victor Harvey Briggs III.

  • Eric Andersen (1943). Pennsylvania singer/songwriter and guitarist.

  • Magic Sam (1937). Mississippi blues guitarist and singer born Samuel Gene Maghett. Died 12/1/1969.

  • Merl Saunders (1934). Musician.

    FEB. 15

  • Megan Thee Stallion (1995). Rapper (“WAP,” “Savage”) born Megan Jovon Ruth Pete in Houston, Texas.

  • Olivia (1980). Singer.

  • Brandon Boyd (1976). Lead singer of alternative rock band Incubus.

  • Gloria Trevi (1968). Musician.

  • Jane Child (1967). Singer/songwriter (“Don’t Wanna Fall in Love”).

  • Mikey Craig (Culture Club) (1960)

  • Ali Campbell (UB40) (1959)

  • Matthew Ward (1958). Gospel singer.

  • Melissa Manchester (1951). American adult contemporary/pop singer/songwriter (“Don’t Cry Out Loud”, “You Should Hear How She Talks about You”).

  • David Brown (1947). Musician with Santana.

  • Ira Siff (1946). American singer.

  • John Helliwell (1945). Rock musician with Supertramp.

  • Mick Avory (1944). English rock drummer with The Kinks (“You Really Got Me”, “Waterloo Sunset”, Village Green Preservation Society).

  • Brian Holland (1941). Michigan songwriter. Part of Motown’s Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting and production team (the Supremes’ “Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love”, “Stop! In the Name of Love”, and “You Can’t Hurry Love”; the Four Tops’ “Baby, I Need Your Loving”, “I Can’t Help Myself”, and “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)”).

  • Hank Locklin (1918). Country singer. Died 3/8/2009.

  • Harold Arlen (1905). American songwriter (“Over the Rainbow”) born Hyman Arluck. Died 4/23/1986.

    FEB. 16

  • The Weeknd (1990). Canadian singer (“Can’t Feel My Face,” “The Hills,” “Starboy,” “Blinding Lights”) born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye.

  • Andy Taylor (1961). Rock guitarist with Duran Duran (“Hungry Like the Wolf”, 1982’s Rio).

  • Ice-T (1958). American rapper (Body Count’s “Cop Killer”) and actor born Tracy Marrow.

  • James Ingram (1956)

  • Sonny Bono (1935). Michigan singer. Half of American pop duo Sonny & Cher (“I Got You Babe”) and later a congressman. Born Salvatore Phillip Bono. Died 1/5/1998.

  • Otis Blackwell (1931). American rock songwriter (Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel”, Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire”). Died 5/6/2002.

  • Patty Andrews (1920). Member of Andrews Sisters singing trio.

  • James Clarence “Jimmy” Wakely (1914). American country singer, actor, and radio personality known as “The Singing Cowboy”. Died 9/23/1982.

  • Wayne King (1901). Jazz bandleader. Died 7/16/1985.

    FEB. 17

  • Ed Sheeran (1991). English singer (“Shape of You”) born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England.

  • Bryan White (1974). Country singer/songwriter.

  • Billie Joe Armstrong (1972). American singer/songwriter and guitarist for pop/punk band Green Day (Dookie, American Idiot).

  • Timothy Mahoney (311) (1970)

  • Gene Pitney (1940). Connecticut singer/songwriter (Ricky Nelson’s “Hello Mary Lou”). Died 4/5/2006.

  • Henri Vieuxtemps (1820). Violinist.

    FEB. 18

  • Juelz Santana (1983). Rapper.

  • Regina Spektor (1980). Singer/songwriter.

  • Dr. Dre (1965). American rapper (The Chronic) and producer born Andre Romelle Young.

  • John Travolta (1954). New Jersey actor who sang and danced in music-oriented movies (Saturday Night Fever, Grease).

  • Robin Bachman (1953). Canadian rock drummer with Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

  • Derek Pellicci (1953). Rock musician with Little River Band.

  • Randy Crawford (1952). Georgia singer (“Almaz”) born Veronica Crawford.

  • Juice Newton (1952). Virginia country singer (“Angel of the Morning”, “Queen of Hearts”). Born Judy Kay Newton.

  • Dennis DeYoung (1947). American rock singer with Styx (“Babe”, “The Best of Times”, “Come Sail Away”, 1977’s The Grand Illusion, 1981’s Paradise Theater).

  • Irma Thomas 1941). R&B/blues singer.

  • Pee Wee King (1914). American country singer. Born Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski. Died 3/7/2000.

  • Yoko Ono (1933). Japanese avant-garde artist, wife of John Lennon, and mother of Sean Lennon.

    FEB. 19

  • Seal (1963). English pop/soul singer (“Kiss from a Rose”) born Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel.

  • Falco (1957). Austrian pop singer (“Rock Me Amadeus”, “Der Kommissar”). Born Johann Holzell. Died 2/6/1998.

  • Dave Wakeling (1956). English singer with The Beat and General Public.

  • Alan Merrill (1951). New York singer, guitarist, and bassist. Born Allan P. Sachs.

  • Andy Powell (1950). English guitarist with Wishbone Ash.

  • Tony Iommi (1948). British heavy metal guitarist with Black Sabbath (“Paranoid”, 1970’s Black Sabbath, 1970’s Paranoid, 1971’s Master of Reality, 1972’s Vol. 4).
  • Lou Christie (1943). Pennsylvania pop singer (“Lightnin’ Strikes”).

  • Smokey Robinson (1940). Detroit R&B songwriter (The Temptations’ “My Girl”) and singer with The Miracles (“The Tracks of My Tears”, “The Tears of a Clown”) and as a solo artist (“Being with You”). Born William Robinson, Jr.

    FEB. 20

  • Olvia Rodrigo (2003). American pop singer/songwriter (“Drivers License,” “Good 4 U”).

  • Rihanna (1988). Barbados-born pop singer (“Umbrella”) born Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

  • Julia Volkova (1985). Musician with t.A.T.u.

  • Brian Littrell (1975). Member of pop boy band Backstreet Boys (“I Want It That Way”).

  • Kurt Cobain (1967). Washington grunge-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist for Nirvana (“Smells Like Teen Spirit”, 1991’s Nevermind, 1993’s In Utero). Died 4/5/1994.

  • Ian Brown (1963). Rock musician with the Stone Roses (“I Wanna Be Adored”, 1989’s The Stone Roses).

  • Poison Ivy Rorschach (1953). American guitarist with the Cramps.

  • Jon Brant (1954). Rock musician with Cheap Trick.

  • Randy California (1951). California guitarist with Spirit. Born Randle Craig Wolfe III. Died 1/2/1997.

  • Walter Becker (1950). American musician with Steely Dan (1974’s Pretzel Logic).

  • Jerome Geils (The J. Geils Band) (1946)

  • Alan Hull (1945). English singer/songwriter and musician with Lindisfarne. Born James Alan Hull. Died 11/17/1995.

  • Lew Soloff (1944). New York jazz-rock trumpeter with Blood, Sweat & Tears.

  • Buffy Sainte-Marie (1941). Native American Maine singer/songwriter (Donovan’s “Universal Soldier”).

  • Nancy Wilson (1937). American jazz singer.

    FEB. 21

  • Corbin Bleu (1989). Actor/singer/dancer in Disney’s High School Musical.

  • Charlotte Church (1986). Welsh classical crossover singer/songwriter born Charlotte Maria Reed. Rose to fame in childhood.

  • Eric Wilson (Sublime) (1970)

  • James Dean Bradfield (1969). Welsh rock guitarist and singer with Manic Street Preachers.

  • Vanity (1969). Singer.

  • Ranking Roger (General Public) (1961)

  • Mary Chapin Carpenter (1958). New Jersey folk/country singer (1992’s Come On Come On).

  • Vince Welnick (1951). Arizona keyboarist with the Tubes and Grateful Dead. Died 6/2/2006.

  • Jerry Harrison (1949). Member of the Modern Lovers (1976’s The Modern Lovers) and Talking Heads (1980’s Remain in Light).

  • David Geffen (1943). American record executive who created Asylum Records (1970) and Geffen Records (1980). One of the founders of DreamWorks SKG (1994).

  • Nina Simone (1933). North Carolina jazz/blues/soul singer and pianist. Died 4/21/2003.

  • Andrés Segovia (1893). Spanish classical guitarist. Died 6/2/1987.

  • Charles-Marie Widor (1844). Composer.

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  • Jen Frost (1978). Member of British girl group Atomic Kitten.

  • Lea Salonga (1971). Singer.

  • Bradley Nowell (1968). American singer/guitarist of alternative rock/ska band Sublime (“What I Got”, “Wrong Way”, “Santeria”). Died of a heroin overdose on May 25/1996.

  • Bobby Hendricks (1937). R&B musician with the Drifters.

    FEB. 23

  • Lasse Johansson (The Cardigans) (1973)

  • Jeff Beres (Sister Hazel) (1971)

  • Chris Vrenna (1967). Drummer.

  • Michael Wilton (Queensryche) (1962)

  • David Sylvian (1958). Musician.

  • Howard Jones (1955). English musician (“No One Is to Blame”) born John Howard Jones.

  • Brad Whitford (1952). Massachussetts rock rhythm guitarist with Aerosmith (“Dream On”, “Walk This Way”, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”, 1975’s Toys in the Attic, 1976’s Rocks, 1980’s Greatest Hits, 1987’s Permanent Vacation, 1989’s Pump, 1993’s Get a Grip).

  • Steve Priest (1950). English rock bassist with Sweet.

  • Terry “Tex” Comer (1949). English rock bassist with Ace.

  • Rusty Young (1946). Californai pedal steel guitarist with Poco.

  • Johnny Winter (1944). Texas blues-rock guitarist and singer. Born John Dawson Winter III.

  • George Frideric Handel (1685). German classical composer (1741’s Messiah). Died 4/14/1759.

    FEB. 24

  • Michelle Shocked (1962). American singer/songwriter.

  • George Thorogood (1950). Blues-rock singer (“Bad to the Bone”).

  • Rupert Holmes (1947). English singer/songwriter (“Escape (The Pina Colada Song)”).

  • Lonnie Turner (Steve Miller Band) (1947)

  • Nicky Hopkins (1944). English session pianist and songwriter.

  • Paul Jones (1942). English singer and harmonica player with Manfred Mann. Born Paul Bond.

  • Michel Legrand (1932). Composer for TV and film scores.

    FEB. 25

  • Daniel Powter (1976)

  • Justin Jeffre (1973). Singer in pop group/boy band 98 Degrees.

  • Mike Peters (1959). Welsh rock guitarist and singer with The Alarm.

  • Dennis Diken (The Smithereens) (1957)

  • Stuart “Woody” Wood (1957). Scottish guitarist with the Bay City Rollers.

  • John Doe (1954). American punk-rock musician with X.

  • Elkie Brooks (1945). English singer with Vinegar Joe. Born Elaine Bookbinder.

  • George Harrison (1943). Rock guitarist/singer in The Beatles (“Something”, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album, Abbey Road). Also a solo star (“My Sweet Lord”, 1970’s All Things Must Pass). Died 11/29/2001.

  • Faron Young (1932). American country singer (“Indian Reservation”).

  • Enrico Caruso (1873). Italian opera singer (“Pagliacci, Act I: Vesti La Giubba (On with the Play)”) and key pioneer in field of recorded music. Died 8/2/1921.

    FEB. 26

  • Erykah Badu (1971). American R&B singer (1997’s Baduizm) born Erica Abi Wright.

  • John Jon (1961). Musician with Bronski Beat.

  • Michael Bolton (1953). Connecticut adult contemporary singer (“How Am I Supposed to Live without You?”, 1991’s Time, Love & Tenderness) born Michael Bolotin.

  • Jonathan Cain (1950). Rock keyboardist with The Babys, Journey, and Bad English.

  • Sandy Shaw (1947). English musician (“Puppet on a String”) born Sandra Goodrich.

  • Bob Hite (1945). California singer and harmonica player with Canned Heat. Died 4/5/1981.

  • Mitch Ryder (1945)

  • Paul Cotton (Poco) (1943)

  • Johnny Cash (1932) Arkansas country singer/songwriter and guitarist (“Ring of Fire”, “I Walk the Line”, “A Boy Named Sue”, 1968’s Live at Folsom Prison, 1994’s American Recordings). Married to country singer June Carter Cash. Died 9/12/2003.

  • Fats Domino (1928). Louisiana R&B/early rock and roll singer/songwriter/pianist (“Ain’t That a Shame”, “Blueberry Hill”). Born Antoine Dominique Domino.

  • Jackie Gleason (1916). American actor and singer. Died 6/24/1987.

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  • Josh Groban (1981). American classical crossover singer (2003’s Closer).

  • Bobby Valentino (1980). Singer.

  • Jeremy Dean (Nine Days) (1972)

  • Chilli (1971). American singer in R&B/hip-hop group TLC (“Waterfalls”). Born Rozonda Thomas.

  • Paul Humphreys (O.M.D.) (1960)

  • Neal Schon (1954). Rock guitarist with Santana and Journey (“Don’t Stop Believin’”, “Open Arms”).

  • Steve Harley (1951). English singer with Cockney Rebel (“Make Me Smile”). Born Steven Nice.

  • David Ackles (1937). Illinois musician (“Down River”). Died 3/2/1999.

  • Guy Mitchell (1927). Michigan pop singer (“Singing the Blues”). Born Albert George Cernik. Died 7/1/1999.

  • Dr. Ralph Stanley (1927). Musician.

  • Dexter Gordon (1923). Saxophonist.

  • Mildred Bailey (1907). American jazz singer. Died 12/12/1951.

  • Marian Anderson (1897). African-American opera singer. Died 4/8/1993.

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  • Pat Monahan (Train) (1969)

  • Phillip Gould (Level 42) (1957)

  • Ian Stanley (Tears For Fears) (1957).

  • Cindy Wilson (1957). Georgia new wave guitarist and singer with the B-52’s.

  • Bernadette Peters (1948). Broadway musical star (2003’s Gypsy).

  • Brian Jones (1942). British rock guitarist with The Rolling Stones (“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, Beggars Banquet). Born Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones. Died 7/3/1969.

  • Joe South (1940). Georgia musician (“Games People Play”).

  • Tommy Tune (1939) American Tony-winning actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer.

  • Zero Mostel (1915). Best known for performance in musical Fiddler on the Roof.

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  • Ja Rule (1976). American rapper (“Always on Time” with Ashanti) born Jeffrey Atkins.

  • Saul Williams (1972). Rapper.

  • Gretchen Christopher (1940). Lead singer of the Fleetwoods (“Come Softly to Me”).

  • Dinah Shore (1916). American singer and television personality born Frances Rose Shore. Died 2/24/1994.

  • Jimmy Dorsey (1904). American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, trumpeter, composer, and big band leader. Brother of Tommy Dorsey. Died 6/12/1957.

  • Gioacchino Rossini (1792). Italian composer. Died 11/13/1868.

    This page last updated January 18, 2022.