Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Styx et al: Top 100 Songs

Styx et al

Top 100 Songs

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

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

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

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

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

Awards for Styx:


Top 100 Songs


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

DMDB Top 5%:

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

DMDB Top 10%:

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

DMDB Top 10%:

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

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

DMDB Top 20%:

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

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

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

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

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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First posted 2/3/2020; last updated 6/22/2021.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Dave’s Top 100 Acts of All Time

Dave’s Faves:

Top 100 Acts

These are my personal favorites. To offer some context, I was in grade school in the ‘70s and middle school through college in the ‘80s. As is the case with most people, it is the music of my youth which most dictates my personal tastes. Note: links go to the acts’ entries in the DMDB Music Makers encyclopedia at Davesmusicdatabase.com.

See other Acts/Music Makers by Genre lists. 1. The Beatles
2. Bruce Springsteen
3. Marillion
4. Styx
5. U2
6. David Bowie
7. The Rolling Stones
8. Bob Dylan
9. Sting
10. John Mellencamp

The Beatles

11. Eric Clapton
12. Prince
13. Pearl Jam
14. Pink Floyd
15. Elton John
16. Tori Amos
17. The Who
18. Billy Joel
19. Queen
20. Indigo Girls

Bruce Springsteen

21. Lyle Lovett
22. Stevie Wonder
23. The Rainmakers
24. Olivia Newton-John
25. Fish
26. Led Zeppelin
27. Tears for Fears
28. Eagles
29. Squeeze
30. R.E.M.

Marillion

31. Jimi Hendrix
32. The Police
33. Lou Reed
34. Journey
35. Alan Parsons Project
36. Sheryl Crow
37. Crowded House
38. Rush
39. Tom Petty
40. Elvis Presley

Styx

41. Paul McCartney
42. Melissa Etheridge
43. Pat Benatar
44. Michael Jackson
45. Van Halen
46. Rod Stewart

Genesis
48. Yes
49. Madonna
50. Peter Gabriel

U2

51. David Baerwald
52. Velvet Underground
53. Aerosmith
54. Del Amitri
55. Don Henley
56. Neil Young
57. Alabama
58. Bob Seger
59. Crosby, Stills & Nash
60. Eurythmics

David Bowie

61. Fleetwood Mac
62. Foreigner
63. Hooters
64. Frank Sinatra 65. The Doors
66. Aretha Franklin
67. The Beach Boys
68. SinĂ©ad O’Connor
69. Elvis Costello
70. Tracy Chapman

The Rolling Stones

71. ZZ Top
72. Phil Collins
73. Ray Charles
74. REO Speedwagon
75. Little River Band
76. Asia
77. Simple Minds
78. John Lennon
79. Bing Crosby
80. Shawn Colvin

Bob Dylan

81. Violent Femmes
82. Robert Plant
83. Johnny Cash
84. Marvin Gaye
85. Roger Waters
86. Dire Straits
87. Berlin
88. Kevin Gilbert
89. Mike + the Mechanics
90. Aha

Sting

91. Dennis DeYoung
92. Split Enz
93. Bad Company
94. Alanis Morissette
95. Terence Trent D’Arby
96. INXS
97. Boston
98. Nirvana
99. Guns N’ Roses
100. The Cars

John Mellencamp


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First posted 1/15/2013; last updated 6/19/2021.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Styx released Crash of the Crown

Crash of the Crown

Styx


Released: June 18, 2021


Peak: -- US, -- UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US and UK)


Genre: verteran classic rock


Tracks:

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

  1. The Fight of Our Lives
  2. A Monster
  3. Reveries
  4. Hold Back the Darkness
  5. Save Us From Ourselves
  6. Crash of the Crown (5/6/21, --)
  7. Our Wonderful Lives
  8. Common Ground
  9. Sound the Alarm
  10. Long Live the King
  11. Lost at Sea
  12. Coming Out the Other Side
  13. To Those
  14. Another Farewell
  15. Stream


Total Running Time: ??


The Players:

  • Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitar)
  • James Young (guitar, vocals)
  • Chuck Panozzo (bass)
  • Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards)
  • Ricky Phillips (bass)
  • Todd Sucherman (drums, percussion)

Rating:

3.012 out of 5.00 (average of 5 ratings)

About the Album:

Styx returns with its 17th album, four years after 2017’s The Mission. The “15-song supersonic cyclone…encapsulates universal emotions, wrestles with top-of-mind issues, and celebrates personal triumphs over adversity in ways everyone can relate to personally.” SWCrash of the Crown is a modern-day sonic chronograph of the endless regenerative cycle of the rise and fall – and rise again – of our shared human experience.” SW

The album brings back the same players who appeared on The Mission and sees Will Evankovich, who produced The Mission returns in the same capacity here and co-writes most of the songs. He also plays “a multitude of instruments throughout the entire album.” SW

Reveries, with its “wistful observational musings,” SW is “an instantly catchy song featuring STYX’s patented, always-uplifting four- and sometimes five-part harmonious vocal blend on its choruses.” SW The song date back to The Mission. SW

“The unmistakable snarl of A MonsterSW is “bolstered by a whirlwind outro solo from co-founding guitarist/vocalist James “JY” Young.” SW It “was born and bred during a scenic tour break in British Columbia.” SW

There’s a “breathe-easier singalong mantra that permeates Sound the Alarm.” SW “The angelic vocal bridge that cements the relieved bliss” SW of that song “reached final fruition during the recording process itself.” SW

There’s also “the dark yet redemptively hopeful cautionary tale that frames Hold Back the Darkness.” SW and “the elegiac communal grace of To Those.” SW

Regarding the impact of the pandemic on the recording process, chief songwriter Tommy Shaw said, “Absolutely no obstacles were going to get in the way of how we approached creating this album…and everything came out exactly the way we wanted to hear it.” SW Recording happened primarily at Shaw’s home studio in Nashville, “albeit in strategic, quarantine-approved doses.” SW Bassist Ricky Phillips said, “Because we connected so well as a band when we recorded The Mission, I just had to go there to make my contributions.” SW

Similarly, original bassist Chuck Panozzo said, “I traveled over 900 miles by car to record with Will and Tommy in person. They’re both so good at getting the best bass performances out of me in the studio. Making that trip to Nashville was the highlight of my year!” SW He contributes “his signature low-end tone for the inspirational Our Wonderful Lives and the acute aquatic fever dream Lost at Sea.” SW

Shaw previewed an acoustic version of “Lives” at the Big Love Benefit Concert which streamed online in January 2021. It is “a track that serves as a stirring ode to taking stock of the finer points of life amidst trying times.” SW It also marks the first appearance of banjo on a Styx song. Shaw said, “I never imagined playing banjo on a STYX record…but as we were cutting ‘Our Wonderful Lives,’ I thought maybe a touch of Americana might work — so I auditioned it, and it felt like it belonged.” SW The song also features a “jubilant piccolo trumpet solo from guest performer Steve Patrick, which exhibits quite the deliberate Beatlesque flair.” SW

Some songs “were workshopped in hotel rooms all across the continent while the band was on tour.” SW There were others which pre-dated the lockdown. Keyboardist and singer Lawrence Gowan “had laid down many vocal and instrumental tracks in Nashville in the fall of 2019, including some of the synthesized flourishes that reign over the unifying come-together entreaty of Common Ground that recall The Who at their Quadrophenia peak.” SW He recorded other parts from his homebase in Toronto. SW

The title track “holds the unique distinction of featuring three lead vocalists, with JY lending his distinctive baritone to the opening verses, Tommy heading up the heroic stacked-vocal middle section, and Lawrence taking the lead for the final verse.” SW Young compared it to how he and Shaw traded lead vocals on 1981’s “Snowblind.” It received its world premiere during Eddie Trunk’s Sirius XM show “Trunk Nation.” SW

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First posted 6/18/2021.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

The Rainmakers & Bob Walkenhorst: Top 100 Songs

The Rainmakers/
Bob Walkenhorst

Top 100 Songs

The Rainmakers are a roots-rock band from Missouri. They started as a trio in 1983 named Steve, Bob & Rich for members Steve Phillips (guitar and vocals), Bob Walkenhorst (vocals, drums, and guitar), and Rich Ruth (bass and vocals). They released one independent album, Balls, in 1984.

They signed to Polygram Records, added drummer Pat Tomek, and renamed themselves the Rainmakers. They released their self-titled debut in 1986. Four more studio albums followed from 1987 to 1997. Rich Ruth had left in 1994 and was replace on their 1997 album Skin by Michael Bliss.

The band were then inactive for more than a decade, during which time frontman Bob Walkenhorst released a solo album and collaborated with Jeff Porter, who joined the Rainmakers when they reunited in 2011. Steve Phillips and Pat Tomek returned to the fold as well.

After three more studio albums, the band again went dormant during which time Walkenhorst collaborated with his daughter Una for a 2018 album and released another solo effort in 2021. He has also recorded two albums, known as Spare and Spare Vol. 2, of stripped-down, acoustic versions of his songs with and without the Rainmakers. Also appearing on this list are a few cuts from the 1977 album The Last Adventure by the Walkenhorst Brothers.

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Awards:


Top 100 Songs


Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards.

DMDB Top 20%:

1. Let My People Go-Go (Steve, Bob, & Rich: 1984; The Rainmakers: 1986)
2. Snake Dance (1987)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

3. Downstream (1986)
4. The Wages of Sin (1987)
5. Big Fat Blonde (Steve, Bob, & Rich: 1984; The Rainmakers: 1986)
6. Nobody Knows (Steve, Bob, & Rich: 1984; The Rainmakers: 1986)
7. Small Circles (1987)
8. Spend It on Love (1989)
9. Government Cheese (1986)
10. Like Dogs (2011)

11. Suspicious Minds (2015)
12. Last Song of the Evening (2011)
13. Given Time (2011)
14. Primitivo Garcia (Bob Walkenhorst, 2003)
15. Drinkin’ on the Job (1986)
16. Information (Steve, Bob, & Rich: 1984; The Rainmakers: 1986)
17. Go Down Swinging (2011)
18. Half a Horse Apiece (2011)
19. Hoo Dee Hoo (1989)
20. Another Guitar (1984)

21. Reckoning Day (1989)
22. One More Summer (1987)
23. For Tomorrow (Bob & Una Walkenhorst, 2018)
24. The Lakeview Man (1987)
25. Different Rub (1997)
26. No Romance (1987)
27. Long Gone Long (1986)
28. Missouri Girl (2011)
29. America (2015)
30. Thirty Days (1989)

31. Doomsville (1986)
32. Rockin’ at the T-Dance (1986)
33. Turpentine (2011)
34. The Battle of the Roses (1989)
35. Siamese Twins (1997)
36. The One That Got Away (1986)
37. Stick Together (live, 1989)
38. Baby Grand (2011)
39. Wild Oats (1989)
40. Kansas City Times (2011)

41. Skin (1997)
42. 13th Spirit (2014)
43. To the Hum (1997)
44. Rainmaker (1987)
45. Renaissance Man (1989)
46. Tattoo (1997)
47. Carpenter’s Son (1987)
48. Fool’s Gold (1994)
49. Life Can Turn (Bob Walkenhorst, 2003)
50. Shithole Town (2014)

51. Width of a Line (1994)
52. Miserable (2014)
53. Little Tiny World (1994)
54. Jan Vermeer (Bob Walkenhorst, 2003)
55. J-Walkers (Bob Wakenhorst, 2003)
56. Just Leaving (Bob Walkenhorst, 2003)
57. Shiny Shiny (1989)
58. Along Comes Mary (2015)
59. Just Another Joe (Bob Walkenhorst, 2003)
60. The Day We Hung Up the Flag (Bob Walkenhorst, 2003)

61. Tornado of Love (1987)
62. The Other Side of the World (1987)
63. Fly Over (Bob & Una Walkenhorst, 2018)
64. You Remind Me of Someone (1994)
65. Monster Movie (2014)
66. I Talk with My Hands (1987)
67. Silver Lake (Bob Walkenhorst & Jeff Porter, 2009)
68. Greatest Night of My Life (1994)
69. No Abandon (Bob Walkenhorst & Jeff Porter, 2009)
70. Mystery Road (1994)

71. Dry Dry Land (1989)
72. We Walk the Levee (1989)
73. View from the Tower (1994)
74. Rock On (2015)
75. EGBDF (Steve, Bob & Rich: 1984)
76. A Million Miles Away (1997)
77. Punching Bag (Bob Walkenhorst, 2003)
78. Call a Wrecker (Bob Walkenhorst, 2003)
79. Stolen the Moon (Bob Walkenhorst, 2003)
80. Overland Hill (Bob Walkenhorst & Jeff Porter, 2009)

81. Spite (1994)
82. Kissin’ Time (Steve, Bob & Rich: 1984)
83. Good Sons and Daughters (1997)
84. Kissses from St. Louis (1993)
85. Rockin’ Around (1993)
86. Burgers (Walkenhorst Brothers, 1977)
87. Winter Dreams (Walkenhorst Brothers, 1977)
88. Autumn Song (Walkenhorst Brothers, 1977)
89. When We Say Goodbye (Walkenhorst Brothers, 1977)
90. Vermillion (2011)

91. Who’s at the Wheel (2014)
92. Broken Down (Bob Walkenhorst, 2003)
93. These Hills (2011)
94. Shenandoah (Bob Walkenhorst, 2016)
95. Too Many Twenties (1997)
96. Signs of a Struggle (2014)
97. Johnny Reb (1989)
98. Knock on Wood (1989)
99. Happy Enough (Bob Walkenhorst, 2020)
100. Sugartree (Bob Walkenhorst, 2020)


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First posted 6/17/2021.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Squeeze/Chris Difford/Glenn Tilbrook: Top 50 Songs

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

Squeeze/
Chris Difford/
Glenn Tilbrook

Top 50 Songs

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

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Awards (Squeeze):

Awards (Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook):


Top 50 Songs


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

DMDB Top 5%:

1. Tempted (1981)

DMDB Top 10%:

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

DMDB Top 20%:

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

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

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

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

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

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

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


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

Hooters and Eric Bazilian: Top 50 Songs

The Hooters/Eric Bazilian

Top 50 Songs

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

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

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

Awards:


Top 50 Songs


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

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper, 1983)

DMDB Top 2%:

2. One of Us (Joan Osborne, 1995)

DMDB Top 20%:

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

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

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

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

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

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


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First posted 6/16/2021.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Taylor Swift: Top 100 Songs

Taylor Swift

Top 100 Songs

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

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Awards:


Top 100 Songs


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

DMDB Top 1%:

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

DMDB Top 2%:

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

DMDB Top 5%:

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

DMDB Top 10%:

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

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

DMDB Top 20%:

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

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

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Bruce Springsteen: Top 100 Songs

Bruce Springsteen

Top 100 Songs

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

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

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

Click here to see other best-of lists from performers and here to see other best-of lists from songwriters and/or producers.

Awards:


Top 100 Songs Written and/or Performed
by Bruce Springsteen


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

DMDB Top 1%:

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

DMDB Top 2%:

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

DMDB Top 5%:

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

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

DMDB Top 10%:

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

DMDB Top 20%:

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

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

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

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

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

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

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

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

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

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


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