Sunday, March 28, 2021

The Top 100 Country Songs of All Time

First posted 8/3/2011; updated 3/28/2021.

Country Music:

Top 100 Songs

The DMDB’s list of the top 100 country songs of all time was created by aggregating more than 60 best-of lists focused on country songs. See the resources at the bottom of this page. This was first posted on the DMDB Facebook page on April 3, 2011 and then on the blog on August 28, 2011.

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

  1. Crazy” Patsy Cline (1961)
  2. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” George Jones (1980)
  3. “Stand by Your Man” Tammy Wynette (1968)
  4. Friends in Low Places” Garth Brooks (1990)
  5. “El Paso” Marty Robbins (1959)
  6. I Walk the Line” Johnny Cash (1956)
  7. “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” Charlie Daniels Band (1979)
  8. “Your Cheatin’ Heart” Hank Williams (1953)
  9. Always on My Mind” Willie Nelson (1982)
  10. “Ring of Fire” Johnny Cash (1963)

  11. “King of the Road” Roger Miller (1965)
  12. “Forever and Ever, Amen” Randy Travis (1987)
  13. “I Hope You Dance” Lee Ann Womack (2000)
  14. “Sixteen Tons” Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955)
  15. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” Hank Williams (1949)
  16. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” Loretta Lynn (1970)
  17. “Mama Tried” Merle Haggard (1968)
  18. “I Fall to Pieces” Patsy Cline (1961)
  19. “The Gambler” Kenny Rogers (1978)
  20. “Hello Darlin’” Conway Twitty (1970)

  21. I Will Always Love You” Dolly Parton (1974)
  22. “Folsom Prison Blues” Johnny Cash (1956)
  23. “Jolene” Dolly Parton (1973)
  24. “The Dance” Garth Brooks (1990)
  25. “Live Like You Were Dying” Tim McGraw (2004)
  26. “Help Me Make It Through the Night” Sammi Smith (1971)
  27. “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky-Tonk Angels” Kitty Wells (1952)
  28. Before He Cheats” Carrie Underwood (2006)
  29. “Amazed” Lonestar (1999)
  30. “Rhinestone Cowboy” Glen Campbell (1975)

  31. “Behind Closed Doors” Charlie Rich (1973)
  32. “Harper Valley P.T.A.” Jeannie C. Riley (1968)
  33. “He’ll Have to Go” Jim Reeves (1959)
  34. “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning” Alan Jackson (2001)
  35. Need You Now” Lady Antebellum (2009)
  36. “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson (1978)
  37. “Okie from Muskogee” Merle Haggard (1969)
  38. “Walking the Floor Over You” Ernest Tubb (1941)
  39. “For the Good Times” Ray Price (1970)
  40. “Lovesick Blues” Hank Williams (1949)

  41. “Hey, Good Lookin’” Hank Williams (1951)
  42. “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” Willie Nelson (1975)
  43. “Breathe” Faith Hill (1999)
  44. “Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye)” The Carter Family (1935)
  45. “Hello Walls” Faron Young (1961)
  46. “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)” Waylon Jennings (1977)
  47. “Amarillo by Morning” George Strait (1983)
  48. Wabash Cannonball” Roy Acuff & the Smoky Mountain Boys (1938)
  49. “Make the World Go Away” Eddy Arnold (1965)
  50. “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’” Charley Pride (1971)

  51. “Act Naturally” Buck Owens (1963)
  52. “Crazy Arms” Ray Price (1956)
  53. “Coat of Many Colors” Dolly Parton (1971)
  54. Johnny Horton “The Battle of New Orleans” (1959)
  55. Ray Charles “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (1962)
  56. “Good Hearted Woman” Waylon Jennings with Willie Nelson (1975)
  57. “God Bless the U.S.A.” Lee Greenwood (1984)
  58. “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” Sons of the Pioneers (1934)
  59. “Smokey Mountain Rain” Ronnie Milsap (1980)
  60. “Wildwood Flower” The Carter Family (1928)

  61. “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” Lynn Anderson (1970)
  62. “Sweet Dreams of You” Patsy Cline (1963)
  63. “Elvira” The Oak Ridge Boys (1981)
  64. Cruise” Florida Georgia Line with Nelly (2012)
  65. “Blue Moon of Kentucky” Bill Monroe (1947)
  66. “Take Me Home Country Roads” John Denver (1971)
  67. You’re Still the One” Shania Twain (1998)
  68. “I’m Moving On” Hank Snow (1950)
  69. Tennessee Waltz” Patti Page (1950)
  70. “Oh Lonesome Me” Don Gibson (1958)

  71. “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue...Crystal Gayle (1977)
  72. “Blue” LeAnn Rimes (1996)
  73. “Fancy” Reba McEntire (1991)
  74. Islands in the Stream” Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton (1983) Hurt” Johnny Cash (2002)
  75. “Wichita Lineman” Glen Campbell (1968)
  76. “Wide Open Spaces” Dixie Chicks (1998)
  77. “Faded Love” Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys (1950)
  78. “Stay” Sugarland (2007)
  79. “You Are My Sunshine” Jimmie Davis (1940)

  80. “Take This Job and Shove It” Johnny Paycheck (1977)
  81. “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” Freddy Fender (1975)
  82. “There Goes My Everything” Jack Greene (1966)
  83. “Flowers on the Wall” The Statler Brothers (1965)
  84. “Long Black Veil” Lefty Frizzell (1959)
  85. “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” Alan Jackson (1991)
  86. Love Story” Taylor Swift (2008)
  87. “Jambalaya on the Bayou” Hank Williams (1952)
  88. “San Antonio Rose” Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys (1939)
  89. Blue Yodel #1 (T for Texas)” Jimmie Rodgers (1928)

  90. “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs (1950)
  91. “Achy Breaky Heart” Billy Ray Cyrus (1992)
  92. “Walkin’ After Midnight” Patsy Cline (1957)
  93. “I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail” Buck Owens (1965)
  94. “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” Brooks & Dunn (1991)
  95. “On the Road Again” Willie Nelson (1980)
  96. “Cold, Cold Heart” Hank Williams (1931)
  97. “Rocky Top” Osborne Brothers (1968)
  98. “Chattahoochee” Alan Jackson (1992)
  99. “Strawberry Wine” Deanna Carter (1996)

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Monday, March 15, 2021

Sunday Night Doo Wop Party Radio Show

First posted 3/15/2021.

Memory Lane Oldies:

Sunday Night Doo Wop Party

In early March of 2021, I got a message from Stuart Weiss, a DJ with MemoryLaneOldies.com. He used my Top 100 Doo Wop Songs of All Time list to do a countdown on his show, the Sunday Night Doo Wop Party. He’d already counted down the first half, #100 to #51, and wondered if I’d be interested in doing an interview during the second half countdown (#50 to #1). I’m always eager to talk at length about music with people so happily agreed. The actual interview starts at the 59:40 mark of the second link.

A big thanks to DJ Stu for using my list and a big thanks to his listeners for letting me ramble about music for half an hour. Make sure you check out his show as well as the other DJs at MemoryLaneOldies.com.


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The Grammy Song and Record of the Year Winners Ranked

First posted 1/19/2012; updated 3/15/2021.

The Grammys:

Song and Record of the Year Winners

The Grammy Awards have been given annually since 1958. Two of the most prestigious awards are Record of the Year (given to the performers) and Song of the Year (given to the songwriters). Below is a listing of all songs to receive either award. Following that is a ranking by the DMDB of all those songs.

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

  • 2021 SONG: H.E.R. “I Can’t Breathe” (2020)
  • 2021 RECORD: Billie Eilish “Everything I Wanted” (2020)
  • 2020 RECORD/SONG: Billie Eilish “Bad Guy” (2019)

  • 2019 RECORD/SONG: Childish Gambino “This Is America” (2018)
  • 2018 SONG: Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like” (2016)
  • 2018 RECORD: Bruno Mars “24K Magic” (2016)
  • 2017 RECORD/SONG: Adele “Hello” (2015)
  • 2016 SONG: Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud” (2014)
  • 2016 RECORD: Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” (2014)
  • 2015 RECORD/SONG: Sam Smith “Stay with Me” (2014)
  • 2014 SONG: Lorde “Royals” (2013)
  • 2014 RECORD: Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams “Get Lucky” (2013)
  • 2013 SONG: Fun with Janelle Monáe “We Are Young” (2012)
  • 2013 RECORD: Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011)
  • 2012 RECORD/SONG: Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010)
  • 2011 RECORD/SONG: Lady Antebellum “Need You Now” (2009)
  • 2010 SONG: Beyoncé “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” (2008)
  • 2010 RECORD: Kings of Leon “Use Somebody” (2008)

  • 2009 SONG: Coldplay “Viva La Vida” (2008)
  • 2009 RECORD: Robert Plant with Alison Krauss “Please Read the Letter” (2007)
  • 2008 RECORD/SONG: Amy Winehouse “Rehab” (2006)
  • 2007 RECORD/SONG: Dixie Chicks “Not Ready to Make Nice” (2006)
  • 2006 SONG: U2 “Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own” (2005)
  • 2006 RECORD: Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (2004)
  • 2005 SONG: John Mayer “Daughters” (2004)
  • 2005 RECORD: Ray Charles with Norah Jones “Here We Go Again” (2004)
  • 2004 SONG: Luther Vandross “Dance with My Father” (2003)
  • 2004 RECORD: Coldplay “Clocks” (2002)
  • 2003 RECORD/SONG: Norah Jones “Don’t Know Why” (2002)
  • 2002 SONG: Alicia Keys “Fallin’” (2001)
  • 2002 RECORD: U2 “Walk On” (2001)
  • 2001 RECORD/SONG: U2 “Beautiful Day” (2000)
  • 2000 RECORD/SONG: Santana with Rob Thomas “Smooth” (1999)

  • 1999 RECORD/SONG: Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (1997)
  • 1998 RECORD/SONG: Shawn Colvin “Sunny Came Home” (1997)
  • 1997 RECORD/SONG: Eric Clapton “Change the World” (1996)
  • 1996 RECORD/SONG: Seal “Kiss from a Rose” (1994)
  • 1995 SONG: Bruce Springsteen “Streets of Philadelphia” (1994)
  • 1995 RECORD: Sheryl Crow “All I Wanna Do” (1994)
  • 1994 SONG: Peabo Bryson with Regina Belle “A Whole New World” (1992)
  • 1994 RECORD: Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
  • 1993 RECORD/SONG: Eric Clapton “Tears in Heaven” (1992)
  • 1992 RECORD/SONG: Natalie Cole with Nat “King” Cole “Unforgettable” (1991)
  • 1991 SONG: Bette Midler “From a Distance” (1990)
  • 1991 RECORD: Phil Collins “Another Day in Paradise” (1989)
  • 1990 RECORD/SONG: Bette Midler “Wind Beneath My Wings” (1989)

  • 1989 RECORD/SONG: Bobby McFerrin “Don’t Worry Be Happy” (1988)
  • 1988 SONG: Linda Ronstadt with James Ingram “Somewhere Out There” (1986)
  • 1988 RECORD: Paul Simon “Graceland” (1986)
  • 1987 SONG: Dionne Warwick & Friends “That's What Friends Are For” (1985)
  • 1987 RECORD: Steve Winwood “Higher Love” (1986)
  • 1986 RECORD/SONG: USA for Africa “We Are the World” (1985)
  • 1985 RECORD/SONG: Tina Turner “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” (1984)
  • 1984 SONG: The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
  • 1984 RECORD: Michael Jackson “Beat It” (1983)
  • 1983 SONG: Willie Nelson “Always on My Mind” (1982)
  • 1983 RECORD: Toto “Rosanna” (1982)
  • 1982 RECORD/SONG: Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes” (1981)
  • 1981 RECORD/SONG: Christopher Cross “Sailing” (1980)
  • 1980 RECORD/SONG: The Doobie Brothers “What a Fool Believes” (1979)

  • 1979 RECORD/SONG: Billy Joel “Just the Way You Are” (1977)
  • 1978 SONG (tie): Debby Boone “You Light Up My Life” (1977)
  • 1978 SONG (tie): Barbra Streisand “Evergreen (Love Theme from ‘A Star Is Born’)” (1976)
  • 1978 RECORD: Eagles “Hotel California” (1977)
  • 1977 SONG: Barry Manilow “I Write the Songs” (1975)
  • 1977 RECORD: George Benson “This Masquerade” (1976)
  • 1976 SONG: Judy Collins “Send in the Clowns” (1975)
  • 1976 RECORD: Captain & Tennille “Love Will Keep Us Together” (1975)
  • 1975 SONG: Barbra Streisand “The Way We Were” (1973)
  • 1975 RECORD: Olivia Newton-John “I Honestly Love You” (1974)
  • 1974 RECORD/SONG: Roberta Flack “Killing Me Softly with His Song” (1973)
  • 1973 RECORD/SONG: Roberta Flack “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (1969)
  • 1972 SONG: Carole King/James Taylor “You’ve Got a Friend” (1971)
  • 1972 RECORD: Carole King “It’s Too Late” (1971)
  • 1971 RECORD/SONG: Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970)
  • 1970 SONG: Joe South “Games People Play” (1968)
  • 1970 RECORD: The Fifth Dimension “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” (1969)

  • 1969 SONG: Roger Miller “Little Green Apples” (1968)
  • 1969 RECORD: Simon & Garfunkel “Mrs. Robinson” (1968)
  • 1968 RECORD/SONG: The Fifth Dimension “Up, Up and Away” (1967)
  • 1967 SONG: The Beatles “Michelle” (1965)
  • 1967 RECORD: Frank Sinatra “Strangers in the Night” (1966)
  • 1966 SONG: Tony Bennett “The Shadow of Your Smile (Love Theme from ‘The Sandpiper’)” (1965)
  • 1966 RECORD: Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass “A Taste of Honey” (1965)
  • 1965 SONG: Louis Armstrong “Hello, Dolly!” (1964)
  • 1965 RECORD: Stan Getz with Joao Gilberto “The Girl from Ipanema” (1964)
  • 1964 RECORD/SONG: Henry Mancini “The Days of Wine and Roses” (1963)
  • 1963 SONG: Sammy Davis, Jr. “What Kind of Fool am I?” (1962)
  • 1963 RECORD: Tony Bennett “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” (1962)
  • 1962 RECORD/SONG: Henry Mancini with Audrey Hepburn “Moon River” (1961)
  • 1961 SONG: Ferrante & Teicher “Theme from ‘Exodus’” (1960)
  • 1961 RECORD: Percy Faith “A Theme from ‘A Summer Place’” (1960)
  • 1960 SONG: Johnny Horton “The Battle of New Orleans” (1959)
  • 1960 RECORD: Bobby Darin “Mack the Knife” (1959)
  • 1959 RECORD/SONG: Domenico Modugno “Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue)” (1958)

GRAMMY WINNERS RANKED

This is the DMDB’s ranking of all songs which have won Grammys for Song or Record of the Year.

1. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
2. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
3. Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970)
4. Eagles “Hotel California” (1977)
5. Bobby Darin “Mack the Knife” (1959)
6. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (1997)
7. Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010)
8. Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” (2014)
9. Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011)
10. Adele “Hello” (2015)

11. USA for Africa “We Are the World” (1985)
12. Michael Jackson “Beat It” (1983)
13. Beyoncé “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” (2008)
14. Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes” (1981)
15. Santana with Rob Thomas “Smooth” (1999)
16. Coldplay “Viva La Vida” (2008)
17. Lorde “Royals” (2013)
18. Debby Boone “You Light Up My Life” (1977)
19. Roberta Flack “Killing Me Softly with His Song” (1973)
20. Simon & Garfunkel “Mrs. Robinson” (1968)

21. Barbra Streisand “The Way We Were” (1973)
22. Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud” (2014)
23. Roberta Flack “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (1969)
24. The Fifth Dimension “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” (1969)
25. Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams “Get Lucky” (2013)
26. Billie Eilish “Bad Guy” (2019) 27. Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (2004)
28. Alicia Keys “Fallin’” (2001)
29. Eric Clapton “Tears in Heaven” (1992)
30. Fun with Janelle Monáe “We Are Young” (2012)

31. Sam Smith “Stay with Me” (2014)
32. Lady Antebellum “Need You Now” (2009)
33. Tina Turner “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” (1984)
34. Seal “Kiss from a Rose” (1994)
35. Johnny Horton “The Battle of New Orleans” (1959)
36. Henry Mancini with Audrey Hepburn “Moon River” (1961)
37. Amy Winehouse “Rehab” (2006)
38. Captain & Tennille “Love Will Keep Us Together” (1975)
39. Phil Collins “Another Day in Paradise” (1989)
40. Domenico Modugno “Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue)” (1958)

41. Tony Bennett “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” (1962)
42. U2 “Beautiful Day” (2000)
43. Willie Nelson “Always on My Mind” (1982)
44. Carole King “It’s Too Late” (1971)
45. Dionne & Friends “That's What Friends Are For” (1985)
46. Olivia Newton-John “I Honestly Love You” (1974)
47. Frank Sinatra “Strangers in the Night” (1966)
48. Billy Joel “Just the Way You Are” (1977)
49. Coldplay “Clocks” (2002)
50. Percy Faith “A Theme from ‘A Summer Place’” (1960)

51. Kings of Leon “Use Somebody” (2008)
52. Sheryl Crow “All I Wanna Do” (1994)
53. Bruce Springsteen “Streets of Philadelphia” (1994)
54. Bette Midler “Wind Beneath My Wings” (1989)
55. Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like” (2016)
56. Peabo Bryson with Regina Belle “A Whole New World” (1992)
57. Natalie Cole with Nat “King” Cole “Unforgettable” (1991)
58. Louis Armstrong “Hello, Dolly!” (1964)
59. James Taylor “You’ve Got a Friend” (1971)
60. Eric Clapton “Change the World” (1996)

61. Stan Getz with Joao Gilberto “The Girl from Ipanema” (1964)
62. Barbra Streisand “Evergreen (Love Theme from ‘A Star Is Born’)” (1976)
63. The Doobie Brothers “What a Fool Believes” (1979)
64. Bobby McFerrin “Don’t Worry Be Happy” (1988)
65. Childish Gambino “This Is America” (2018)
66. Barry Manilow “I Write the Songs” (1975)
67. Steve Winwood “Higher Love” (1986)
68. Toto “Rosanna” (1982)
69. Bruno Mars “24K Magic” (2016)
70. Shawn Colvin “Sunny Came Home” (1997)

71. Christopher Cross “Sailing” (1980)
72. Norah Jones “Don’t Know Why” (2002)
73. The Beatles “Michelle” (1965)
74. The Fifth Dimension “Up, Up and Away” (1967)
75. Dixie Chicks “Not Ready to Make Nice” (2006)
76. Paul Simon “Graceland” (1986)
77. Judy Collins “Send in the Clowns” (1975)
78. U2 “Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own” (2005)
79. Henry Mancini “The Days of Wine and Roses” (1963)
80. Bette Midler “From a Distance” (1990)

81. Billie Eilish “Everything I Wanted” (2020)
82. U2 “Walk On” (2001)
83. Linda Ronstadt with James Ingram “Somewhere Out There” (1986)
84. Tony Bennett “The Shadow of Your Smile (Love Theme from ‘The Sandpiper’)” (1965)
85. George Benson “This Masquerade” (1976)
86. Sammy Davis, Jr. “What Kind of Fool am I?” (1962)
87. Ferrante & Teicher “Theme from ‘Exodus’” (1960)
88. Joe South “Games People Play” (1968)
89. Roger Miller “Little Green Apples” (1968)
90. John Mayer “Daughters” (2004)

91. Carole King “You’ve Got a Friend” (1971)
92. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass “A Taste of Honey” (1965)
93. Luther Vandross “Dance with My Father” (2003)
94. Robert Plant with Alison Krauss “Please Read the Letter” (2007)
95. Ray Charles with Norah Jones “Here We Go Again” (2004)
96. H.E.R. “I Can’t Breathe” (2020)


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The Top 100 Doo-Wop Songs of All Time

First posted 2/26/2010; updated 3/14/2021.

Doo-Wop:

Top 100 Songs

Doo-wop emerged in the 1950s as an integral force in the shaping of early rock and roll. The genre was marked by vocal groups, predominantly male and black.

This list was originally a top 20 list posted on the DMDB Facebook page in 2010 after I stumbled across a Doo Wop Hall of Fame (which looks like someone’s personal site). The list has since been revised, aggregating more than 25 best-of lists of doo-wops songs (see sources at the bottom of the page). Those songs appearing on three or more lists are then listed based on their overall status in Dave’s Music Database.

In March 2021, Stuart Weiss, a DJ with MemoryLaneOldies.com, used this list for a countdown of the top 100 doo-wop songs of all time on his Sunday Night Doo Wop Party radio show. You can listen to it here:

  • #100 to #51
  • #50 to #1 (includes an on-air interview Stu did with me about the list that starts at the 59:40 mark)

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

1. The Penguins “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” (1954)
2. Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” (1956)
3. The Platters “The Great Pretender” (1955)
4. The Five Satins “In the Still of the Nite (I’ll Remember)” (1956)
5. The Platters “Only You (And You Alone)” (1955)
6. The Flamingos “I Only Have Eyes for You” (1959)
7. Danny & The Juniors “At the Hop” (1957)
8. The Chords “Sh-Boom” (1954)
9. The Orioles “Crying in the Chapel” (1953)
10. The Tokens “The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)” (1961)

11. The Four Seasons “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (1962)
12. The Platters “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” (1958)
13. The Platters “My Prayer (Avant de Mourir)” (1956)
14. The Four Seasons “Sherry” (1962)
15. Gene Chandler “Duke of Earl” (1962)
16. The Platters “Twilight Time” (1958)
17. The Dell-Vikings “Come Go with Me” (1957)
18. The Drifters “Up on the Roof” (1962)
19. The Marcels “Blue Moon” (1961)
20. The Diamonds “Little Darlin’” (1957)

21. The Drifters “There Goes My Baby” (1959)
22. The Crests “Sixteen Candles” (1958)
23. The Monotones “Book of Love” (1958)
24. The Coasters “Yakety Yak” (1958)
25. The Elegants “Little Star” (1958)
26. The Dominoes “Sixty Minute Man” (1951)
27. The Silhouettes “Get a Job” (1958)
28. The Skyliners “Since I Don’t Have You” (1959)
29. The Drifters “Money Honey” (1953)
30. The Coasters “Searchin’” (1957)

31. The Fleetwoods “Come Softly to Me” (1959)
32. Dion & the Belmonts “A Teenager in Love” (1959)
33. The Rays “Silhouettes” (1957)
34. The Shirelles “Soldier Boy” (1962)
35. Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs “Stay” (1960)
36. The Dominoes with Billy Ward “Stardust” (1957)
37. The Impressions featuring Jerry Butler “For Your Precious Love” (1958)
38. The Spaniels “Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight” (1954)
39. Dion & the Belmonts “I Wonder Why” (1958)
40. The Cadillacs “Speedoo” (1955)

41. The Moonglows “Sincerely” (1955)
42. The Shirelles “Dedicated to the One I Love” (1959)
43. The Capris “There’s a Moon Out Tonight” (1960)
44. The Chantels “Maybe” (1958)
45. The Dells “Oh What a Nite” (1956)
46. The Bobbettes “Mr. Lee” (1957)
47. The Clovers “Love Potion No. 9” (1959)
48. The Harptones “A Sunday Kind of Love” (1953)
49. The Coasters “Young Blood” (1957)
50. Little Anthony & the Imperials “Tears on My Pillow” (1958)

51. The Coasters “Charlie Brown” (1959)
52. Shep & the Limelites “Daddy’s Home” (1961)
53. The Orioles “It’s Too Soon to Know” (1948)
54. The Duprees “You Belong to Me” (1962)
55. Curtis Lee & the Halos “Pretty Little Angel Eyes” (1961)
56. The Coasters “Poison Ivy” (1959)
57. The Jive Five “My True Story” (1961)
58. The Clovers “Devil or Angel” (1955)
59. The Jaguars “The Way You Look Tonight” (1956)
60. The Heartbeats “A Thousand Miles Away” (1956)

61. The Danleers “One Summer Night” (1958)
62. The Crows “Gee” (1954)
63. The Dell-Vikings “Whispering Bells” (1957)
64. The Chordettes “Lollipop” (1958)
65. Dion & the Belmonts “Where or When” (1959)
66. Randy & the Rainbows “Denise” (1963)
67. The Cleftones “Little Girl of Mine” (1956)
68. The Impalas “Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)” (1959)
69. The El Dorados “At My Front Door” (1955)
70. The Cleftones “Heart and Soul” (1961)

71. The Skyliners “This I Swear” (1959)
72. The Chimes “Once in Awhile” (1960)
73. Lee Andrews & the Hearts “Teardrops” (1957)
74. The Clovers “Blue Velvet” (1955)
75. The Coasters (as The Robins) “Smokey Joe’s Café” (1955)
76. The Cadillacs “Gloria” (1954)
77. The Earls “Remember Then” (1962)
78. The Velvetones “The Glory of Love” (1957)
79. The Five Satins “To the Aisle” (1957)
80. The Blue Jays “Lover’s Island” (1961)

81. The Channels “That’s My Desire” (1957)
82. Lee Andrews & the Hearts “Long Lonely Nights” (1957)
83. The Falcons “You’re So Fine” (1959)
84. The Classics “Till Then” (1963)
85. The Regents “Barbara-Ann” (1961)
86. The Mello-Kings “Tonite Tonite” (1957)
87. The Safaris “Image of a Girl” (1960)
88. The Nutmegs “Story Untold” (1955)
89. Danny & the Juniors “Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay” (1958)
90. The Diablos “The Wind” (1954)

91. Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers “I’m Not a Juvenile Delinquent” (1956)
92. The Crests “The Angels Listened In” (1959)
93. The Channels “The Closer You Are” (1956)
94. The Olympics “Western Movies” (1958)
95. Little Caesar & the Romans “Those Oldies But Goodies Remind Me of You” (1961)
96. The Crests “Step by Step” (1960)
97. Lee Andrews & the Hearts “Try the Impossible” (1958)
98. The Willows “Church Bells May Ring” (1956)
99. The Flamingos “Lovers Never Say Goodbye” (1958)
100. The 5 Royales “Dedicated to the One I Love” (1958)


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Grammys: Albums of the Year

First posted 8/18/2020; updated 3/14/2021.

Grammy Awards:

Albums of the Year

The Grammys are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The Album of the Year is considered the most prestigious of the awards, having been presented since 1959. The award goes to the artst, songwriter, producer, recording engineer, and mastering engineer for that album. Note: the year listed is when the album was eligible; the award was given the following year. That means, for example, that the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards were held on January 26, 2020, to acknowledge recordings released between October 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019.

Check out other album of the year awards here.


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Grammys: Albums of the Year Ranked

First posted 12/4/2011; updated 3/14/2021.

Grammy Awards:

Albums of the Year Ranked

The Grammys are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The Album of the Year is considered the most prestigious of the awards, having been presented since 1959. The award goes to the artst, songwriter, producer, recording engineer, and mastering engineer for that album. Note: the year listed is when the album was eligible; the award was given the following year. That means, for example, that the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards were held on January 26, 2020, to acknowledge recordings released between October 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019.

Check out other album of the year awards here.

  1. 1967: The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  2. 1983: Michael Jackson Thriller
  3. 1977: Fleetwood Mac Rumours
  4. 1987: U2 The Joshua Tree
  5. 1970: Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
  6. 1978: Various Artists (Bee Gees et al) Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack)
  7. 1976: Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life
  8. 1971: Carole King Tapestry
  9. 1986: Paul Simon Graceland
  10. 2011: Adele 21

  11. 1995: Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill
  12. 1973: Stevie Wonder Innervisions
  13. 1993: Various artists (Whitney Houston et al) The Bodyguard (soundtrack)
  14. 1998: Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
  15. 2015: Taylor Swift 1989
  16. 2002: Norah Jones Come Away with Me
  17. 2003: OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
  18. 2016: Adele 25
  19. 1988: George Michael Faith
  20. 1999: Santana Supernatural
  21. 2009: Taylor Swift Fearless

  22. 1984: Lionel Richie Can’t Slow Down
  23. 2001: Various Artists O Brother, Where Art Thou? (soundtrack)
  24. 1992: Eric Clapton Unplugged
  25. 2010: Arcade Fire The Suburbs
  26. 1985: Phil Collins No Jacket Required
  27. 2018: Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour
  28. 2019: Bilie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  29. 1996: Celine Dion Falling into You
  30. 2005: U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

  31. 1997: Bob Dylan Time Out of Mind
  32. 2012: Mumford & Sons Babel
  33. 2008: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raising Sand
  34. 1959: Henry Mancini The Music from Peter Gunn (soundtrack)
  35. 1991: Natalie Cole Unforgettable…With Love
  36. 1964: Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto Getz/Gilberto
  37. 1981: John Lennon & Yoko Ono Double Fantasy
  38. 1974: Stevie Wonder Fulfillingness’ First Finale
  39. 1989: Bonnie Raitt Nick of Time
  40. 2020: Taylor Swift Folklore

  41. 1979: Billy Joel 52nd Street
  42. 1961: Judy Garland Judy at Carnegie Hall (live)
  43. 2013: Daft Punk Random Access Memories
  44. 2006: Dixie Chicks Taking the Long Way
  45. 1982: Toto Toto IV
  46. 1969: Blood, Sweat & Tears Blood, Sweat & Tears
  47. 2017: Bruno Mars 24K Magic
  48. 2014: Beck Morning Phase
  49. 1962: Vaughn Meader The First Family
  50. 2004: Ray Charles Genius Loves Company

  51. 1960: Bob Newhart The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
  52. 1972: George Harrison et al The Concert for Bangladesh
  53. 1966: Frank Sinatra A Man and His Music
  54. 2000: Steely Dan Two Against Nature
  55. 1980: Christopher Cross Christopher Cross
  56. 1959: Frank Sinatra Come Dance with Me
  57. 1965: Frank Sinatra September of My Years
  58. 1975: Paul Simon Still Crazy After All These Years
  59. 1963: Barbra Streisand The Barbra Streisand Album
  60. 1990: Quincy Jones Back on the Block

  61. 1968: Glen Campbell By the Time I Get to Phoenix
  62. 2007: Herbie Hancock River: The Joni Letters
  63. 1994: Tony Bennett MTV Unplugged

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Taylor Swift wins third Grammy for Album of the Year with Folklore

First posted 1/12/2021; updated 3/15/2021.

Folklore

Taylor Swift


Released: July 24, 2020


Peak: 18 US, 13 UK, 13 CN, 14 AU


Sales (in millions): 1.04 US, 0.1 UK, 2.05 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: pop


Tracks:

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

  1. The 1 (10/9/20, 4 US, 4 AU, 7 CN, 10 UK)
  2. Cardigan (7/27/20, 1 US, 1 AU, 3 CN, 6 UK)
  3. The Last Great American Dynasty
  4. Exile (with Bon Iver) (8/3/20) (6 US, 3 AU, 6 CN, 8 UK, gold single)
  5. My Tears Ricochet
  6. Mirrorball
  7. Seven
  8. August
  9. This Is Me Trying
  10. Illicit Affairs
  11. Invisible String
  12. Mad Woman
  13. Epiphany
  14. Betty (8/17/20, 42 US, 22 AU, 32 CN)
  15. Peace
  16. Hoax


Total Running Time: 63:29

Rating:

4.267 out of 5.00 (average of 27 ratings)


Quotable: “The first chapter of Swift’s mature second act.” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

Taylor Swift’s eighth studio album been called “the quintessential quarantine album” and the “first great work of art” from the pandemic. WK The surprise release “blindsided the pop music world,” saving listeners from “their tedious lockdown lives.” WK She announced it via social media 16 hours before its release. Supposedly even her record label wasn’t aware of the album until hours before its launch. WK

Swift conceived Folklore as “a collection of songs and stories that flowed like a stream of consciousness” out of her imagination. WK She departed from her the usual autobiographical references of previous works to craft stories mostly from a third-person perspective, keying in on themes of “escapism, nostalgia, loneliness, and introspection.” WK Some of the narratives included “a ghost finding its murderer at its funeral, a seven-year-old girl with a traumatized friend, an old widow spurned by her town, recovering alcoholics, and a love triangle between three-fictitious characters.” WK As Taylor said, “these images in my head grew faces or names and became characters. I found myself…writing about or from the perspective of people I’ve never met, people I’ve known, or those I wish I hadn’t.” WK

All Music Guide’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine said the songs “are recognizably her work, bearing telltale melodic phrases and a reliance on finely honed narratives that turn on exquisitely rendered lyrical details.” AMG He said that the album feels “not like a momentary diversion inspired by isolation but rather the first chapter of Swift’s mature second act.” AMG

Folklore was a musical departure from previous more upbeat pop albums, traversing instead in indie-folk territory. Variety’s Chris Willman said the album was a reminder that Swift was one of the few pop stars willing to experiment with different styles. WK The Guardian’s Laura Snapes called it Swift’s most cohesive and experimental album. WK

She worked with longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff, but also Aaron Dessner, guitarist of indie-rock band the National. She’d gone to one of their concerts in 2019 and he’d told her how the band members lived in different parts of the world, but sent instrumental tracks to their singer. During the quarantine in 2020, Swift decided to adopt the idea and she and Antonoff and Dessner sent digital files of instrumentals and vocals to each other to craft the album. WK

Folklore came only 11 months after her 2019 Lover album, her fastest turnaround time between albums. It became her seventh album to top the Billboard charts in the United States. It set the Guinness World Record for the biggest opening day on Spotify for an album by a female artist, became the longest-running #1 since 2017, and became the biggest-selling album of 2020. WK

The album’s first single, Cardigan, gave Swift the distinction of being the first act to debut atop the Billboard album chart and Hot 100 singles chart simultaneously. The song was also nominated for a Grammy for Song of the Year. Swift described the song as one that explored “lost romance and why young love is often fixed so permanently in our memories.” WK

Another of the singles, Exile, hit the top 10 and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The “sentimental, gospel-flavored, indie folk duet with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver” WK was “an unspoken, argumentative conversation between two former lovers.” WK


Notes: The deluxe edition added the song “The Lakes.”

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Dave’s Faves: My Top 100 Songs

First posted 7/3/2011; updated 3/10/2021.

Dave’s Faves:

My Top 100 Songs

Here are my personal top 100 favorite songs. Note: year of release is when song was first released, whether it be as a single or part of an album. Links on songs will take you to a DMDB page dedicated to that song.

A note regarding the images: Most are from singles’ artwork. However, in some cases, a single wasn’t released for the song or a cover simply wasn’t available so another image, usually the parent album, was substituted.

1. Marillion “Kayleigh” (1985)
2. Styx “Renegade” (1978)
3. Marillion “Script for a Jester’s Tear” (1983)
4. The Police “Message in a Bottle” (1979)
5. Otis Redding “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” (1968)
6. David + David “Welcome to the Boomtown” (1986)
7. Indigo Girls “Closer to Fine” (1989)
8. Styx “Come Sail Away” (1977)
9. XTC “Dear God” (1986)
10. The Alan Parsons Project “Old and Wise” (1982)

11. Furniture “Brilliant Mind” (1986)
12. Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975)
13. Squeeze “Tempted” (1981)
14. Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” (1971)
15. Pink Floyd “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” (1979)
16. The Beatles “A Day in the Life” (1967)
17. Styx “The Best of Times” (1981)
18. Little River Band “Cool Change” (1979)
19. Marillion “Estonia” (1997)
20. Toy Matinee “There Was a Little Boy” (1990)

21. Soft Cell “Tainted Love” (1981)
22. Queen “We Will Rock You” / “We Are the Champions” (1977)
23. Styx “Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man)” (1977)
24. Pink Floyd “Comfortably Numb” (1979)
25. Crowded House “Silent House” (2007)
26. Shawn Colvin “I Don’t Know Why” (1992)
27. Lyle Lovett “Step Inside This House” (1998)
28. The Rolling Stones “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (1969)
29. Styx “Suite Madame Blue” (1975)
30. Kate Bush “This Woman’s Work” (1988)

31. The Police “I Burn for You” (1982)
32. U2 “Bad” (live, 1984)
33. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
34. The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1965)
35. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)
36. Peter Gabriel “Biko” (1980)
37. Prince & the Revolution “Purple Rain” (1984)
38. Del Amitri “Kiss This Thing Goodbye” (1989)
39. Squeeze “Up the Junction” (1979)
40. Tori Amos “Me and a Gun” (1991)

41. Michael Franti & Spearhead “Everyone Deserves Music” (2003)
42. Air Supply “Lost in Love” (1980)
43. Crowded House “Better Be Home Soon” (1988)
44. Toto “Africa” (1982)
45. Eagles “Seven Bridges Road (live)” (1980)
46. David Bowie “Changes” (1971)
47. U2 “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (1983)
48. Supertramp “The Logical Song” (1979)
49. The Williams Brothers “Can’t Cry Hard Enough” (1991)
50. Eagles “Hotel California” (1976)

51. Willie Nelson with Lukas Nelson “Just Breathe” (2012)
52. Fish “Cliché” (1990)
53. Pink Floyd “Mother” (1979)
54. Styx “Babe” (1979)
55. Melissa Etheridge “Occasionally” (1988)
56. Bing Crosby with David Bowie “Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy” (1977)
57. Michael Andrews & Gary Jules “Mad World” (2002)
58. Kenny Rogers “Coward of the County” (1979)
59. Blondie “Heart of Glass” (1978)
60. Sting “Message in a Bottle” (live, 1981)

61. The Harry Simeone Chorale “The Little Drummer Boy” (1958)
62. Peter Gabriel “Solsbury Hill” (1977)
63. Gerry Rafferty “Baker Street” (1978)
64. Prince “1999” (1982)
65. R.E.M. “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” (1987)
66. Alan Jackson “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning” (2001)
67. Styx “Mr. Roboto” (1983)
68. The Beatles “Eleanor Rigby” (1966)
69. Violent Femmes “Add It Up” (1983)
70. Melissa Etheridge with Bruce Springsteen “Thunder Road (live)” (1995)

71. Billie Holiday “Strange Fruit” (1939)
72. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1982)
73. The Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (1966)
74. Tears for Fears “The Working Hour” (1985)
75. The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” (1964)
76. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole “Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” (1993)
77. Johnny Cash “Hurt” (2002)
78. David Bowie “Space Oddity” (1969)
79. Tears for Fears “Head Over Heels” (1985)
80. Tracy Chapman “Fast Car” (1988)

81. Bruce Springsteen “American Skin (41 Shots)” (2001)
82. Metallica “One” (1988)
83. Kevin Gilbert “Song for a Dead Friend” (1995)
84. John Mellencamp “If I Die Sudden” (2008)
85. Harry Chapin “Cat’s in the Cradle” (1974)
86. Chic “Le Freak” (1978)
87. The Beatles “With a Little Help from My Friends” (1967)
88. Eagles “Desperado” (1973)
89. Foreigner “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (1981)
90. Journey “Open Arms” (1981)

91. Rush “Tom Sawyer” (1981)
92. U2 “With Or Without You” (1987)
93. Pearl Jam “Jeremy” (1991)
94. K’s Choice “Not an Addict” (1996)
95. Sting “They Dance Alone” (1987)
96. Dresden Dolls “Sing” (2006)
97. Journey “Feeling That Way/Anytime” (1978)
98. Sam Cooke “A Change Is Gonna Come” (1964)
99. Eric Clapton “Circus Left Town” (1992)
100. Sandi Thom “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker with Flowers in Her Hair” (2006)


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