Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999: The 10th Anniversary

Dave’s Music Database:

The Top 100 Songs of
the Rock Era, 1954-1999
(The 10th Anniversary)

In April 2011, I published my first Dave’s Music Database book – The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999. In celebration of the 10th anniversary, I am prepping a new edition of the book. In addition to integrating more lists, this edition reflects the effect of streaming and online video on even the pre-digital era. Newer sales data and more charts have been incorporated. Awards given to songs have been updated. 17 new songs make appearances on the list. You can see both the new list and the original list below. Click on song titles to access their DMDB pages.

Check out the five-part podcast counting down all 100 songs on Spotify, premiering June 29, 2021 and running every Tuesday (7pm CST) through July 27, 2021.

Also, check out the two companion books to this one: The Top 100 Songs of the Pre-Rock Era, 1890-1953 and The Top 100 Songs of the Digital Era, 2000-2019.


The Top Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999: The 10th Anniversary Edition

1. The Beatles “Hey Jude” (1968)
2. The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1965)
3. Bill Haley & the Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock” (1954)
4. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
5. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
6. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1983)
7. Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975)
8. John Lennon “Imagine” (1971)
9. Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991)
10. The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (1963)

11. Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968)
12. Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970)
13. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)
14. The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” (1966)
15. The Beatles “Yesterday” (1965)
16. Bob Dylan “Like a Rolling Stone” (1965)
17. The Eagles “Hotel California” (1976)
18. Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (1991)
19. Otis Redding “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” (1968)
20. The Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” (1977)

21. Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (1997)
22. Elvis Presley “Heartbreak Hotel” (1956)
23. Bobby Darin “Mack the Knife” (1959)
24. Sinéad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990)
25. Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” (1971)
26. The Animals “The House of the Rising Sun” (1964)
27. Don McLean “American Pie” (1971)
28. The Beatles “Let It Be” (1970)
29. Elvis Presley “Hound Dog” (1956)
30. Elvis Presley “Don’t Be Cruel” (1956)

31. Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (1988)
32. Ben E. King “Stand by Me” (1961)
33. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (1997)
34. Derek & the Dominos “Layla” (1970)
35. The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” (1964)
36. Roy Orbison “(Oh) Pretty Woman” (1964)
37. Stevie Wonder “Superstition” (1972)
38. R.E.M. “Losing My Religion” (1991)
39. Elvis Presley “Jailhouse Rock” (1957)
40. Procol Harum “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (1967)

41. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll” (1981)
42. Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” (1975)
43. Abba “Dancing Queen” (1976)
44. Prince “When Doves Cry” (1984)
45. Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (1978)
46. The Doors “Light My Fire” (1967)
47. Chuck Berry “Johnny B. Goode” (1958)
48. Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On” (1971)
49. Ray Charles “Georgia on My Mind” (1960)
50. The Righteous Brothers “Unchained Melody” (1965)

51. Chubby Checker “The Twist” (1960)
52. The Kingsmen “Louie Louie” (1963)
53. Pink Floyd “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” (1979)
54. Rod Stewart “Maggie May” (1971)
55. The Temptations “My Girl” (1965)
56. Louis Armstrong “What a Wonderful World” (1967)
57. Elton John “Your Song” (1970)
58. U.S.A. for Africa “We Are the World” (1985)
59. The Who “My Generation” (1965)
60. The Ronettes “Be My Baby” (1963)

61. Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love” (1981)
62. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “All Along the Watchtower” (1968)
63. Van Morrison “Brown-Eyed Girl” (1967)
64. The Beatles “She Loves You” (1963)
65. U2 “With or Without You” (1987)
66. The Monkees “I’m a Believer” (1966)
67. The Kinks “You Really Got Me” (1964)
68. Elvis Presley “All Shook Up” (1957)
69. Elvis Presley “Suspicious Minds” (1969)
70. Ray Charles “What’d I Say” (1959)

71. The Beach Boys “God Only Knows” (1966)
72. The Everly Brothers “All I Have to Do Is Dream” (1958)
73. Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” (1995)
74. Ray Charles “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (1962)
75. Santana with Rob Thomas “Smooth” (1999)
76. Michael Jackson “Beat It” (1982)
77. U2 “One” (1991)
78. Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes” (1981)
79. Simon & Garfunkel “The Sounds of Silence” (1965)
80. The Human League “Don’t You Want Me?” (1981)

81. Buddy Holly & the Crickets “That’ll Be the Day” (1957)
82. Elvis Presley “It’s Now or Never” (1960)
83. The Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever” (1967)
84. Chic “Le Freak” (1978)
85. Al Green “Let’s Stay Together” (1971)
86. Britney Spears “Baby One More Time” (1998)
87. Percy Sledge “When a Man Loves a Woman” (1966)
88. The Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (1966)
89. The Rolling Stones “Honky Tonk Women” (1969)
90. Martha & the Vandellas “Dancing in the Street” (1964)

91. Blondie “Heart of Glass” (1979)
92. George Harrison “My Sweet Lord” (1970)
93. Creedence Clearwater Revival “Proud Mary” (1969)
94. Survivor “Eye of the Tiger” (1982)
95. Madonna “Like a Prayer” (1989)
96. Elvis Presley “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (1960)
97. Debby Boone “You Light Up My Life” (1977)
98. Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer” (1986)
99. Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You” (1994)
100. Coolio with L.V. “Gangsta’s Paradise” (1995)


Dave’s Music Database:

The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999 (The Original 2011 Edition)

Also available through DavesMusicDatabase.com as a standard book or ebook.


Dave’s Music Database presents this list as it appears in the book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999, published April 1, 2011. The concept behind the book was to come up with a definitive list by consolidating hundreds of other best-of lists along with chart stats, sales figures, and awards. Read more about how the book was created here.

Click on song titles to access their DMDB pages. Check out the Dave’s Music Database Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era playlist on YouTube. You may also be interested in the two companion books to this one: The Top 100 Songs of the Pre-Rock Era, 1890-1953 and The Top 100 Songs of the Digital Era, 2000-2019.


1. The Beatles “Hey Jude” (1968)
2. The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1965)
3. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
4. Bill Haley & the Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock” (1954)
5. Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968)
6. John Lennon “Imagine” (1971)
7. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
8. Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970)
9. The Eagles “Hotel California” (1976)
10. Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991)

11. The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” (1966)
12. Otis Redding “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” (1968)
13. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)
14. The Beatles “Yesterday” (1965)
15. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1983)
16. The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (1963)
17. Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975)
18. Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (1997)
19. Roy Orbison “(Oh) Pretty Woman” (1964)
20. Elvis Presley “Don’t Be Cruel” (1956)

21. Don McLean “American Pie” (1971)
22. Derek & the Dominos “Layla” (1970)
23. Bob Dylan “Like a Rolling Stone” (1965)
24. The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” (1964)
25. Elvis Presley “Hound Dog” (1956)
26. Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” (1971)
27. The Beatles “Let It Be” (1970)
28. The Animals “The House of the Rising Sun” (1964)
29. Ben E. King “Stand by Me” (1961)
30. The Kingsmen “Louie Louie” (1963)

31. Procol Harum “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (1967)
32. Bobby Darin “Mack the Knife” (1959)
33. R.E.M. “Losing My Religion” (1991)
34. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (1997)
35. The Doors “Light My Fire” (1967)
36. Elvis Presley “Heartbreak Hotel” (1956)
37. Percy Sledge “When a Man Loves a Woman” (1966)
38. Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (1991)
39. Van Morrison “Brown-Eyed Girl” (1967)
40. The Righteous Brothers “Unchained Melody” (1965)

41. Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On” (1971)
42. Chuck Berry “Johnny B. Goode” (1958)
43. The Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” (1977)
44. The Temptations “My Girl” (1965)
45. Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (1988)
46. Prince “When Doves Cry” (1984)
47. Stevie Wonder “Superstition” (1972)
48. U.S.A. for Africa “We Are the World” (1985)
49. The Kinks “You Really Got Me” (1964)
50. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll” (1981)

51. Elvis Presley “Jailhouse Rock” (1957)
52. Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” (1975)
53. Rod Stewart “Maggie May” (1971)
54. Creedence Clearwater Revival “Proud Mary” (1969)
55. Chubby Checker “The Twist” (1960)
56. The Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (1966)
57. Sinéad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990)
58. Roberta Flack “Killing Me Softly with His Song” (1973)
59. Abba “Dancing Queen” (1976)
60. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “All Along the Watchtower” (1968)

61. The Rolling Stones “Honky Tonk Women” (1969)
62. Elton John “Your Song” (1970)
63. Ray Charles “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (1962)
64. The Who “My Generation” (1965)
65. Steppenwolf “Born to Be Wild” (1968)
66. U2 “With or Without You” (1987)
67. Michael Jackson “Beat It” (1982)
68. Al Green “Let’s Stay Together” (1971)
69. Simon & Garfunkel “Mrs. Robinson” (1968)
70. Patsy Cline “Crazy” (1961)

71. Pink Floyd “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” (1979)
72. Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (1978)
73. Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love” (1981)
74. The Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever” (1967)
75. Martha & the Vandellas “Dancing in the Street” (1964)
76. The Penguins “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” (1954)
77. Elvis Presley “Suspicious Minds” (1969)
78. Willie Nelson “Always on My Mind” (1982)
79. The Beatles “She Loves You” (1963)
80. The Ronettes “Be My Baby” (1963)

81. Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes” (1981)
82. Del Shannon “Runaway” 1961)
83. The Mamas & the Papas “California Dreamin’” (1966)
84. Buddy Holly & the Crickets “That’ll Be the Day” (1957)
85. Carl Perkins “Blue Suede Shoes” (1956)
86. Fats Domino “Blueberry Hill” (1956)
87. Ray Charles “Georgia on My Mind” (1960)
88. Elvis Presley “It’s Now or Never” (1960)
89. Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (1980)
90. Louis Armstrong “What a Wonderful World” (1967)

91. The Everly Brothers “All I Have to Do Is Dream” (1958)
92. The Moody Blues “Nights in White Satin” (1967)
93. Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” (1956)
94. Jerry Lee Lewis “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” (1957)
95. The Monkees “I’m a Believer” (1966)
96. The Fifth Dimension “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” (1969)
97. The Human League “Don’t You Want Me?” (1981)
98. Barbra Streisand “The Way We Were” (1973)
99. George Harrison “My Sweet Lord” (1970)
100. Jerry Lee Lewis “Great Balls of Fire” (1957)


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First posted 7/10/2011; updated 7/27/2021.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Yes et al: Top 100 Songs/Top 20 Albums

Yes et al

Top 100 Songs

Progressive rock group formed in London in 1968. The original members were:

  • Jon Anderson (vocals: 1968-80, 1983-88, 1990-2004)
  • Chris Squire (bass: 1968-2015). Died in 2015.
  • Tony Kaye (keyboards: 1968-71, 1982-94)
  • Peter Banks (guitar: 1968-70)
  • Bill Bruford (drums: 1968-72, 1990-92)

Future members included:

  • Steve Howe (guitar: 1970-81, 1990-92, 1995-present)
  • Rick Wakeman (keyboards: 1971-74, 1976-80, 1990-92, 1995-96, 2002-04)
  • Alan White (drums: 1972-present)
  • Patrick Moraz (keyboards: 1974-76)
  • Geoff Downes (keyboards: 1980-81, 2011-present)
  • Trevor Horn (vocals: 1980-81)
  • Trevor Rabin (guitar, vocals, keyboards: 1982-94)
  • Billy Sherwood (bass, keyboards, guitar: 1997-2000, 2015-present)
  • Igor Khoroshev (keyboards: 1997-2000)
  • Benoit David (vocals: 2008-12)
  • Oliver Wakeman (keyboards: 2008-11)
  • Jon Davison (vocals: 2012-present)

Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe also recorded together from 1988-92, but under their names as they didn’t have rights to use the Yes moniker. Downes and Horn worked together in the Buggles before joining Yes. Howe and Downes formed Asia after departing from Yes in 1981. Howe was also in the short-lived GTR in 1986.

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


This list was created by tallying the number of appearances songs had on Yes compilations and live albums as well as best-of lists focused on Yes songs. The top 100 ranking songs were then re-ranked according to their overall status on Dave’s Music Database, which integrates best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. A few lists incorporated some Yes-related material, hence the inclusion of songs by the Buggles, Asia, GTR, Jon Anderson (solo), and Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe.

DMDB Top 2%:

1. Owner of a Lonely Heart (1983)
2. Roundabout (1971)
3. Video Killed the Radio Star (The Buggles, 1979)

DMDB Top 5%:

4. I’ve Seen All Good People (1971)
5. Heat of the Moment (Asia, 1982)

DMDB Top 10%:

6. And You and I (1972)
7. Leave It (1983)
8. Starship Trooper (1971)

DMDB Top 20%:

9. Only Time Will Tell (Asia, 1982)
10. Heart of the Sunrise (1971)

11. Love Will Find a Way (1987)
12. Don’t Cry (Asia, 1983)
13. Long Distance Runaround (1971)
14. Rhythm of Love (1987)
15. Wonderous Stories (1977)
16. Yours Is No Disgrace (1971)
17. Going for the One (1977)
18. America (1972)
19. Go (Asia, 1985)
20. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes (Asia, 1983)

21. It Can Happen (1983)
22. Lift Me Up (1991)
23. Changes (1983)
24. When the Heart Rules the Mind (GTR, 1986)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

25. Don’t Kill the Whale (1978)
26. Soon (1974)
27. Close to the Edge (1972)
28. Hold On (1983)
29. Days Like These (Asia, 1990)
30. Wildest Dreams (Asia, 1982)

31. Shoot High Aim Low (1987)
32. The Calling (1994)
33. Our Song (1983)
34. Cage of Freedom (Jon Anderson, 1984)
35. South Side of the Sky (1971)
36. Sole Survivor (Asia, 1982)
37. Time and a Word (1970)
38. Every Little Thing (1969)
39. Amazing Grace (1976)
40. Brother of Mine (Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe; 1989)

41. Siberian Khatru (1972)
42. Make It Easy (1982)
43. Tempus Fugit (1980)
44. We Have Heaven (1971)
45. Final Eyes (1987)
46. I Would Have Waited Forever (1991)
47. Awaken (1977)
48. Walls (1994)
49. The Clap (1971)
50. City of Love (1983)

51. The Gates of Delirium (1974)
52. Sweet Dreams (1970)
53. Run with the Fox (Chris Squire & Alan White, 1981)
54. Survival (1969)
55. Big Generator (1987)
56. Holy Lamb (1987)
57. Open Your Eyes (1997)
58. Ritual (Nous Sommes du Soleil) (1973)
59. Does It Really Happen? (1980)
60. Perpetual Change (1971)

61. Then (1970)
62. Fly from Here: We Can Fly (2011)
63. The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) (1971)
64. Saving My Heart (1991)
65. Hearts (1983)
66. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed (1970)
67. Homeworld (The Ladder) (1999)
68. Love Conquers All (1991)
69. Astral Traveller (1970)
70. The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn) (1973)

71. Sound Chaser (1974)
72. Money (That’s What I Want) (1978)
73. Dear Father (1970)
74. Mood for a Day (1971)
75. To Be Over (1974)
76. Machine Messiah (1980)
77. Turn of the Century (1977)
78. Parallels (1977)
79. Looking Around (1969)
80. Something’s Coming (1969)

81. Onward (1978)
82. Sweetness (1969)
83. Into the Lens (1980)
84. Everydays (1970)
85. Mind Drive (1997)
86. On the Silent Wings of Freedom (1978)
87. Masquerade (1991)
88. Arriving UFO (1978)
89. In the Prescence of (2001)
90. The Remembering (High the Memory) (1973)

91. A Venture (1971)
92. Magnification (2001)
93. Five Per Cent for Nothing (1971)
94. Beyond and Before (1969)
95. Cans and Brahms (1971)
96. Show Me (2003)
97. Cinema (1983)
98. Run Through the Light (1980)
99. The Messenger (1999)
100. I’m Down (1976)


Yes: Studio Albums Ranked


Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by album’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, critics’ ratings, and awards. Also factored in are the status of each album’s songs in Dave’s Music Database for songs.

1. Fragile (1971)
2. Close to the Edge (1972)
3. The Yes Album (1971)
4. 90125 (1983)
5. Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973)
6. Relayer (1974)
7. Going for the One (1977)
8. Big Generator (1987)
9. Drama (1980)
10. Tormato (1978)

11. Union (1991)
12. Fly from Here (2011)
13. Talk (1994)
14. Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (1989)
15. Time and a Word (1970)
16. Yes (1969)
17. Heaven & Earth (2014)
18. The Ladder (1999)
19. Magnification (2001)
20. KeyStudio (2001 – studio cuts from 1996’s Keys to Ascension and 1997’s Keys to Ascension 2)

21. Open Your Eyes (1997)


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First posted 7/24/2021.

Friday, July 23, 2021

David Bowie: Top 100 Songs

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David Bowie

Top 100 Songs

Glam-rock singer/songwriter born David Robert Jones 1/8/1947 in Brixton, London, England. Died 1/10/2016 in New York City. He changed his name to David Bowie to avoid confusion with the Monkees’ Davy Jones. (v – Kon-Rads; Reds & Blues; King Bees: 11/63 to 8/64; Manish Boys: 8/64 to 4/65; Davy Jones: 65; Lower Third: 3/65 to 1/66; The Buzz: 2/66 to 12/66; solo: 66-; Tin Machine: 89-92). In 1972, he became a producer for Mott the Hoople (“All the Young Dudes”) and Lou Reed (Transformer). In 1977, he worked with Iggy Pop as a songwriter and producer for Pop’s The Idiot and Lust for Life albums.

Bowie’s 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is 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


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 1%:

1. Space Oddity (1969) #1 UK
2. Heroes (1977)
3. Let’s Dance (1983) #1 US, CB, UK, CN
4. Changes (1971)
5. Under Pressure (with Queen, 1981) #1 UK

DMDB Top 2%:

6. Life on Mars? (1971)
7. Fame (1975) #1 US, CB, HR, RR
8. All the Young Dudes (Mott the Hoople, 1972)
9. Young Americans (1975)

10. Rebel Rebel (1974)
11. Ziggy Stardust (1972)
12. Starman (1972)
13. Ashes to Ashes (1980) #1 UK
14. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop, 1977)

DMDB Top 5%:

15. Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy (with Bing Crosby, 1977)
16. The Jean Genie (1972)
17. Suffragette City (1972)
18. Golden Years (1975)
19. Modern Love (1983)
20. Sound and Vision (1977)

DMDB Top 10%:

21. China Girl (1983)
22. Dancing in the Street (with Mick Jagger, 1985) #1 UK, CN, AU
23. Blue Jean (1984)
24. Lazarus (2015)
25. John, I’m Only Dancing (1972)
26. Fashion (1980)
27. This Is Not America (with Pat Metheny, 1985)
28. The Man Who Sold the World (1970)
29. Sorrow (1973) #1 AU
30. Blackstar (2015)

DMDB Top 20%:

31. Day-In Day-Out (1987)
32. Absolute Beginners (1986)
33. Diamond Dogs (1974)
34. Rock and Roll Suicide (1972)
35. Never Let Me Down (1987)
36. Drive-In Saturday (1973)
37. Heroes (The Wallflowers, 1998)
38. Where Are We Now? (2013)
39. Tonight (with Tina Turner, 1984)
40. Cat People (Putting Out the Fire) (1982)

41. Moonage Daydream (1972)
42. DJ (1979)
43. Boys Keep Swinging (1979)
44. TVC 15 (1976)
45. Scary Monsters and Super Creeps (1980)
46. 1984 (1974)
47. Underground (1986)
48. The Man Who Sold the World (Nirvana, 1993)
49. Jump They Say (1993)
50. Time Will Crawl (1987)

51. Loving the Alien (1984)
52. Knock on Wood (1974)
53. The Laughing Gnome (1967)
54. Hallo Spaceboy (1995)
55. I’m Afraid of Americans (1997)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

56. Under the God (Tin Machine, 1989)
57. Wild Is the Wind (1976)
58. Queen Bitch (1971)
59. Let’s Spend the Night Together (1973)
60. Beauty and the Beast (1977)

61. I Can’t Read (1997)
62. When the Wind Blows (1986)
63. Alabama Song (1980)
64. Be My Wife (1977)
65. The Heart’s Filthy Lesson (1995)
66. Time (1973)
67. All the Young Dudes (1973)
68. Success (Iggy Pop, 1977)
69. Bang Bang (1987)
70. Panic in Detroit (1973)

71. Little Wonder (1997)
72. Oh, You Pretty Things (1971)
73. My Death (live, 1972)
74. New Killer Star (2003)
75. Breaking Glass (1977)
76. Pretty Pink Rose (with Adrian Belew, 1990)
77. Up the Hill Backwards (1980)
78. Station to Station (1976)
79. Quicksand (1971)
80. Look Back in Anger (1979)

81. Black Country Rock (1970)
82. China Girl (Iggy Pop, 1977)
83. Five Years (1972)
84. White Light/White Heat (live, 1972)
85. Memory of a Free Festival (1969)
86. Buddha of Suburbia (with Lenny Kravitz, 1993)
87. Slow Burn (2002)
88. Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
89. The Prettiest Star (1970)
90. Heroes (We Could Be) (Alesso with Tove Lo, 2014)

91. Heaven’s in Here (Tin Machine, 1989)
92. Outside (1995)
93. Rock and Roll with Me (1974)
94. Andy Warhol (1971)
95. We Are the Dead (1974)
96. Thursday’s Child (1999)
97. It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City (1975)
98. Aladdin Sane (1973)
99. Black Tie White Noise (with Al B. Sure!, 1993)
100. Everyone Says “Hi” (2002)


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First posted 1/8/2013; last updated 7/23/2021.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Dave’s Faves: My Top 100 Songs

First posted 7/3/2011; updated 7/16/2021.

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. Marillion “Estonia” (1997)
12. Furniture “Brilliant Mind” (1986)
13. Crowded House “Silent House” (2007)
14. Toy Matinee “There Was a Little Boy” (1990)
15. Del Amitri “Kiss This Thing Goodbye” (1989)
16. Michael Franti & Spearhead “Everyone Deserves Music” (2003)
17. Styx “The Best of Times” (1981)
18. Little River Band “Cool Change” (1979)
19. Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975)
20. Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” (1971)

21. Pink Floyd “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” (1979)
22. Squeeze “Tempted” (1981)
23. The Beatles “A Day in the Life” (1967)
24. Styx “Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man)” (1977)
25. Queen “We Will Rock You” / “We Are the Champions” (1977)
26. Soft Cell “Tainted Love” (1981)
27. Styx “Suite Madame Blue” (1975)
28. Crowded House “Better Be Home Soon” (1988)
29. Pink Floyd “Comfortably Numb” (1979)
30. Lyle Lovett “Step Inside This House” (1998)

31. Shawn Colvin “I Don’t Know Why” (1992)
32. Willie Nelson with Lukas Nelson “Just Breathe” (2012)
33. The Williams Brothers “Can’t Cry Hard Enough” (1991)
34. The Rolling Stones “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (1969)
35. Kate Bush “This Woman’s Work” (1988)
36. The Police “I Burn for You” (1982)
37. Fish “Cliché” (1990)
38. U2 “Bad” (1984)
39. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
40. Prince & the Revolution “Purple Rain” (1984)

41. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)
42. The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1965)
43. Peter Gabriel “Biko” (1980)
44. Michael Andrews & Gary Jules “Mad World” (2002)
45. Tori Amos “Me and a Gun” (1991)
46. Squeeze “Up the Junction” (1979)
47. David Bowie “Changes” (1971)
48. U2 “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (1983)
49. Air Supply “Lost in Love” (1980)
50. Styx “Babe” (1979)

51. Toto “Africa” (1982)
52. Eagles “Hotel California” (1976)
53. Kenny Rogers “Coward of the County” (1979)
54. Blondie “Heart of Glass” (1978)
55. Supertramp “The Logical Song” (1979)
56. Eagles “Seven Bridges Road (live)” (1980)
57. Rush “Tom Sawyer” (1981)
58. Styx “Mr. Roboto” (1983)
59. Bing Crosby with David Bowie “Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy” (1977)
60. R.E.M. “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” (1987)

61. The Harry Simeone Chorale “The Little Drummer Boy” (1958)
62. Melissa Etheridge with Bruce Springsteen “Thunder Road (live)” (1995)
63. Peter Gabriel “Solsbury Hill” (1977)
64. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1982)
65. Foreigner “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (1981)
66. Journey “Open Arms” (1981)
67. Gerry Rafferty “Baker Street” (1978)
68. Prince “1999” (1982)
69. The Beatles “With a Little Help from My Friends” (1967)
70. Alan Jackson “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning” (2001)

71. Pink Floyd “Mother” (1979)
72. The Beatles “Eleanor Rigby” (1966)
73. Eagles “Desperado” (1973)
74. Violent Femmes “Add It Up” (1983)
75. Sting “Message in a Bottle” (live, 1981)
76. Billie Holiday “Strange Fruit” (1939)
77. Harry Chapin “Cat’s in the Cradle” (1974)
78. The Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (1966)
79. Johnny Cash “Hurt” (2002)
80. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole “Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” (1993)

81. Bruce Springsteen “American Skin (41 Shots)” (2001)
82. Melissa Etheridge “Occasionally” (1988)
83. The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” (1964)
84. Pearl Jam “Jeremy” (1991)
85. Kevin Gilbert “Song for a Dead Friend” (1995)
86. Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” (1975)
87. Tears for Fears “The Working Hour” (1985)
88. Chic “Le Freak” (1978)
89. David Bowie “Space Oddity” (1969)
90. John Cougar Mellencamp “Jack and Diane” (1982)

91. Tears for Fears “Head Over Heels” (1985)
92. Sam Cooke “A Change Is Gonna Come” (1964)
93. Sting “They Dance Alone” (1987)
94. Tracy Chapman “Fast Car” (1988)
95. John Mellencamp “If I Die Sudden” (2008)
96. Eric Clapton “Circus Left Town” (1992)
97. Journey “Feeling That Way/Anytime” (1978)
98. Metallica “One” (1988)
99. K’s Choice “Not an Addict” (1996)
100. Dresden Dolls “Sing” (2006)


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