Tuesday, October 26, 2021

The Rolling Stones’ Top 100 Songs/Studio Albums Ranked

The Rolling Stones

Top 100 Songs/Studio Albums Ranked

Revered as the world’s all-time greatest rock and roll band. Formed in London, England in 1962. Singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards became childhood friends in 1950 and reconnected in 1961 over their shared interest in Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters. The two of them and Dick Taylor (bass: 1962-63), who had been in a garage band with Jagger, started playing together. They connected with Blues Incorporated members Brian Jones (guitar: 1963-69), Ian Stewart (keyboards: 1963-85), and Charlie Watts (drums: 1963-2021). They formed a band focused on playing covers of Chicago blues, naming themselves after a Muddy Waters’ song. They were managed by Andrew Loog Oldham (1963-67) who promoted them as bad boys in contrast to the Beatles.

Other members included Mick Avory (drums: 1963), Nicky Hopkins (keyboards: 1967-82), Darryl Jones (bass: 1994-95), Chuck Leavell (keyboards: 1982-), Ian McLagan (keyboards: 1978-81), Jack Nitzsche (keyboards: 1965-71), Billy Preston (keyboards: 1971-81), Mick Taylor (guitar: 1969-75), Ronnie Wood (guitar: 1975-present), and Bill Wyman (bass: 1962-92).

Two of their songs (“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “Honky Tonk Women”) are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999. Four of their albums – Beggars Banquet (1968), Let It Bleed (1969), Sticky Fingers (1971), and Exile on Main St. (1972) – 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.


Spotify Podcast:

Check out Dave’s Music Database podcast: The Rolling Stones’ Tattoo You: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary. It premieres October 26, 2021 at 7pm CST. Tune in every Tuesday at 7pm for a new episode based on the lists at Dave’s Music Database.

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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. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (1965) #1 US, CB, UK, AU
2. Honky Tonk Women (1969) #1 US, CB, UK, AU
3. Paint It Black (1966) #1 US, CB, UK, CN, AU
4. Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1968) #1 CB, UK
5. Sympathy for the Devil (1968)
6. Brown Sugar (1971) #1 US, CN
7. Gimme Shelter (1969)
8. Start Me Up (1981) #1 AR, AU
9. Angie (1973) #1 US, CB, CN, AU
10. You Can’t Always Get What You Want (1969) #1 AU
11. Miss You (1978) #1 US, CB, CN

DMDB Top 2%:

12. Get Off of My Cloud (1965) #1 US, CB, UK, CN
13. Ruby Tuesday (1967) #1 US, CB
14. Wild Horses (1971)

DMDB Top 5%:

15. Tumbling Dice (1972)
16. It’s Only Rock and Roll (But I Like It) (1974)
17. Beast of Burden (1978)
18. 19th Nervous Breakdown (1966)
19. The Last Time (1965) #1 UK
20. Mother’s Little Helper (1966)

21. Time Is on My Side (1964)
22. As Tears Go By (1965) #1 CN
23. Street Fighting Man (1968)
24. It’s All Over Now (1964) #1 UK
25. She’s a Rainbow (1967)
26. Let’s Spend the Night Together (1967)
27. Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) (1973)
28. She’s So Cold (1980)

DMDB Top 10%:

29. Under My Thumb (1966)
30. Shattered (1978)

31. Fool to Cry (1976)
32. Waiting on a Friend (1981)
33. Emotional Rescue (1980) #1 CN
34. Happy (1972)
35. We Love You (1967)
36. Mixed Emotions (1989) #1 CN, AR
37. Undercover of the Night (1983)
38. Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadows? (1966)
39. Heart of Stone (1964)
40. Love Is Strong (1994)

41. Tell Me (You’re Coming Back) (1964)
42. Not Fade Away (1964)
43. Harlem Shuffle (1986)

DMDB Top 20%:

44. 2000 Light Years from Home (1967)
45. Play with Fire (1965)
46. Out of Tears (1994)
47. Anybody Seen My Baby? (1997) #1 CN
48. Rock and a Hard Place (1989) #1 AR
49. Ain’t Too Proud to Beg (1974)
50. Out of Time (1966)

51. Little Red Rooster (1964) #1 UK
52. Dandelion (1967)
53. Hang Fire (1981)
54. Lady Jane (1966)
55. Midnight Rambler (1979)
56. You Got Me Rocking (1994)
57. High Wire (1991) #1 AR
58. Bitch (1971)
59. Saint of Me (1997)
60. One Hit to the Body (1986)

61. Let It Bleed (1969)
62. Going to a Go-Go (live) (1982)
63. Almost Hear You Sigh (1989) #1 AR
64. Like a Rolling Stone (live, 1995)
65. She Was Hot (1983)
66. Can’t You Hear Me Knocking (1971)
67. All Down the Line (1972)
68. Moonlight Mile (1971)
69. Hot Stuff (1976)
70. Memory Motel (1976)
71. I Wanna Be Your Man (1963)
72. Far Away Eyes (1978)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

73. Sister Morphine (1971)
74. Don’t Stop (2002)
75. Living in a Ghost Town (2020)
76. No Expectations (1968)
77. I Go Wild (1994)
78. I’m Free (1965)
79. I Don’t Know Why I Love You (1969)
80. Monkey Man (1969)

81. Come On (1963)
82. Respectable (1978)
83. Rough Justice (2005)
84. Get Your Kicks on Route 66 (1964)
85. Sway (1971)
86. Rain Fall Down (2005)
87. Dead Flowers (1971)
88. Sparks Will Fly (1994)
89. When the Whip Comes Down (1978)
90. Doom and Gloom (2012)

91. Little T & A (1981)
92. Good Times, Bad Times (1964)
93. Plundered My Soul (1972/2010)
94. Under the Boardwalk (1964) #1 AU
95. Rip This Joint (1972)
96. Terrifying (1989)
97. Shine a Light (1972)
98. I Just Want to Make Love to You (1964)
99. Rocks Off (1972)
100. Just Your Fool (2016)


The Rolling Stones: 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. Exile on Main Street (1972)
2. Sticky Fingers (1971)
3. Let It Bleed (1969)
4. Beggars Banquet (1968)
5. Some Girls (1978)
6. England’s Newest Hit Makers (aka ‘The Rolling Stones’) (1964)
7. Aftermath (UK version, 1966)
8. Aftermath (US version, 1966)
9. Tattoo You (1981)
10. Between the Buttons (1967)

11. Goats Head Soup (1973)
12. Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967)
13. Voodoo Lounge (1994)
14. Emotional Rescue (1980)
15. Out of Our Heads (US version, 1965)
16. Black and Blue (1976)
17. A Bigger Bang (2005)
18. Steel Wheels (1989)
19. 12 x 5 (1964)
20. Bridges to Babylon (1997)

21. It’s Only Rock and Roll (1974)
22. December's Children…and Everybody's (1965)
23. Blue & Lonesome (covers, 2016)
24. Undercover (1983)
25. No. 2 (1965)
26. Out of Our Heads (UK version, 1965)
27. Dirty Work (1986)
28. Now! (1965)


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First posted 7/26/2013; last updated 10/26/2021.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Dave's Music Database Hall of Fame: Song Inductees (October 2021)

Originally posted 10/22/2021.

In honor of the 10th anniversary of the DMDB blog on January 22, 2019, Dave’s Music Database launched its own Hall of Fame. This is the twelfth set of song inductees. These are the 10 highest-ranked songs that ranked within the top 50 of the DMDB’s list of the “Top Big Band Songs of All Time”. It does not include previously inducted songs such as Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood” and Artie Shaw’s “Stardust” and “Begin the Beguine.”

Fats Waller “Ain’t Misbehavin’” (1929)

Inducted October 2021 as “Top Big Band Songs”

Waller was “a New York City-born pianist and organ accompanist during the ‘20s…[who] broke through as one of the country’s most popular entertainers. PM “Ain’t Misbehavin’” was written for the 1929 all-black revue Hot Chocolates and debuted by Louis Armstrong, who credited the revue with launching his career. TY It was so popular it moved to Broadway RCG where it ran “for a very respectable 219 performances.” SS Read more.

Ted Lewis “On the Sunny Side of the Street” (1930)

Inducted October 2021 as “Top Big Band Songs”

This “cabaret and jazz standard” JA is a “metaphor for optimism.” TY In his book American Popular Song, author Alec Wilder calls it “one of the jazz musicians’ favorites…Singers, as well, love it as much for its extremely fine lyric.” SB In The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide to Popular Standards, Max Morath expresses a similar sentiment, saying the song “works both sides of the street, vocal and instrumental, with equal charm.” MM Read more.

Duke Ellington “Mood Indigo” (1931)

Inducted October 2021 as “Top Big Band Songs”

The clarinet solo was based on a melody called “Dreamy Blues.” Duke Ellington turned the structure upside down, “composing a song of his own on top of it.” DH Typically jazz songs were arranged with the clarinet, trumpet, and trombone from highest to lowest pitch, but Ellington flipped it around the other way. DH He recorded it for an October 1930 broadcast. He said “wads of mail came in raving about the new tune.” WK Read more.

Benny Goodman “Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing)” (1938)

Inducted October 2021 as “Top Big Band Songs”

By the start of the Swing era in 1936, Benny Goodman was its king. “Sing, Sing, Sing” was his most renowned performance with solos by Benny as well as drummer Gene Krupa (on his last hit before leaving the band) and trumpeter Harry James. “Sing, Sing, Sing,” which Goodman called a “killer diller,” NPR’99 was the closer at the bandleader’s legendary Carnegie Hall concert on January 16, 1938. It was the first time jazz comprised a full concert instead of being part of a larger show SS and marked the birthplace of the legitimacy of the genre. NPR’99 Read more.

Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb’s Orchestra “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” (1938)

Inducted October 2021 as “Top Big Band Songs”

“A-Tisket, A-Tasket” began life as an American children’s rhyming game in 1879. In 1938, Ella Fitzgerald and Al Feldman adapted it into a song with very little change to the lyrics. In a 1973 lecture series at Harvard, Leonard Bernstein said that research showed the song’s melodic motif “is the same all over the world, wherever children tease each other. On every continent, in ever culture, it is one of the few musical universals.” TY Read more.

Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra & the Pied Pipers “I’ll Never Smile Again” (1940)

Inducted October 2021 as “Top Big Band Songs”

Ruth Lowe was a pianist with Ina Ray Hutton’s all-girl orchestra when she composed this song about the death of her husband, just a few months after their marriage. TY She staked out Tommy Dorsey in September 1939 and got Carmen Mastren, the band’s guitarist, to give her demo a listen. SS Dorsey wasn’t initially passed but took a stab at it when Frank Sinatra came on board. SS It became his first #1 song. Read more.

Duke Ellington “Take the ‘A’ Train” (1941)

Inducted October 2021 as “Top Big Band Songs”

Billy Strayhorn was a hopeful pianist and composer in 1938. NPR His rearrangement of the Duke’s song “Sophisticated Lady” sufficiently impressed Ellington to invite Strayhorn to New York. TC Ellington gave directions to his house in New York, starting with “take the ‘A’ train.” WK Along the way, Strayhorn turned the directions into a song. TC It became Ellington’s signature song and one of the all-time best-loved jazz standards. Read more.

Glenn Miller “Chattanooga Choo Choo” (1941)

Inducted October 2021 as “Top Big Band Songs”

The team of Mack Gordon and Harry Warren wrote the song while travelling on the Southern Railway. It didn’t refer to a particular train, but Chattanooga, Tennessee, had been on the route for most trains passing through the American South since 1880. WK The song was used in the film Sun Valley Serenade, sung by members of Glenn Miller’s band. Miller’s recording became his biggest hit after “In the Mood” and the first recording formally certified as a million seller. PM Read more.

Woody Herman “Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me)” (1941)

Inducted October 2021 as “Top Big Band Songs”

Composer Harold Arlen and lyricist Johnny Mercer were approached to write a song for a movie about a jazz quintet riding the rails in search of its big break. Arlen wrote a melody after analyzing blues songs and Mercer penned four pages of lyrics. When they finished, Mercer called Margaret Whiting, who’d sung the pair’s songs “That Old Black Magic” and “Come Rain or Come Shine.” She told Mercer she had guests for dinner, but he and Arlen could come over later. When Mercer found out the guests included Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, and Mel Tormé, he announced, “My God, we’re coming right over.” After they played the song, Rooney said, “That’s the greatest thing I’ve ever heard.” SB Read more.

Les Brown with Doris Day “Sentimental Journey” (1945)

Inducted October 2021 as “Top Big Band Songs”

When she first saw the sheet music, Doris Day commented, “What a lovely title,” to which Les Brown responded “Wait till you hear it.” SS “The song’s aching nostalgia struck a chord in a nation welcoming its boys back from the front lines,” TM becoming “one of a handful of songs that summed up romantic longing during World War II.” SS Will Friedwald called it “the definitive end-of-war song,” SS “a song that helped define an era.” SS Read more.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Dave's Music Database Hall of Fame: Song Inductees

Dave’s Music Database


Hall of Fame

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

All the songs which have been inducted are listed below, alphabetized by acts. Click on the song title to go to a detailed DMDB entry about it. Click on the highlighted month/year to see the song’s induction entry.


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Originally posted 1/22/2019; last updated 12/27/2021.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Prince: His Top 100 Songs

Prince

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Prince was a self-taught musician – a singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer born Prince Roger Nelson on 6/7/1958 in Minneapolis, MN. He was named for the Prince Roger Trio, led by his father. On 6/7/1993, he changed his name to the unpronouncable symbol that was the title of his Androgyny album.

He formed his own group, Grand Central, while in high school and self-produced his first album in 1978. He achieved superstardom with his soundtrack to Purple Rain, a semi-autobiographical movie. He also starred in Under the Cherry Moon, Sign ‘O’ the Times, and Graffiti Bridge.

He married Mayte on 2/14/1996. They divorced in June 2000. Prince died on 4/21/2016 from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, an opioid used as a pain medication.

This list was originally presented on the DMDB Facebook page on January 1, 2013, as a top 25 list and later expanded to a top 50 list for the blog. It has now been expanded to a top 100 list including songs both written and performed by Prince.


Spotify Podcast:

Check out Dave’s Music Database podcast: The Best of Prince, 1996-2016 based on this list. It debuts August 10, 2021 at 7pm CST. Tune in every Tuesday at 7pm for a new episode based on the lists at Dave’s Music Database.

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.)

Songs are written/co-written and performed by Prince unless noted otherwise.

DMDB Top 1%:

1. “Nothing Compares 2 U” (Sinéad O’Connor, 1990, 1 US, 1 CB, 1 RR, 1 MR, 1 UK, 1 UK, 1 CN, 1 AU)
2. “When Doves Cry” (1984, 1 US, 1 CB, 1 RR, 1 RB, 1 CN, 1 AU)
3. “Purple Rain” (1984, 2 US, 1 CB, 1 RR)
4. “Kiss” (1986, 1 US, 1 CB, 1 RR, 1 RB)
5. “1999” (1982)

DMDB Top 2%:

6. “Little Red Corvette” (1982)
7. “Let’s Go Crazy” (1984, 1 US, 1 CB, 1 RR, 1 RB)
8. “Sign ‘O’ the Times” (1987, 1 RB)

DMDB Top 5%:

9. “I Feel for You” (Chaka Khan, 1984, 1 CB, 1 RB, 1 UK)
10. “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” (1994, 1 CB, 1 RR, 1 UK, 1 AU)
11. “Manic Monday” (Bangles, 1986)
12. “Batdance” (1989, 1 US, 1 CB, 1 RR, 1 RB, 1 CN)
13. “Raspberry Beret” (1985, 1 CB, 1 RR, 1 RB)
14. “I Wanna Be Your Lover” (1979, 1 RB)

DMDB Top 10%:

15. “U Got the Look” (Prince with Sheena Easton, 1987)
16. “Cream” (1991, 1 US, 1 CB, 1 RR)
17. “Diamonds and Pearls” (1991, 1 CB, 1 RR, 1 RB)
18. “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man” (1987)
19. “I Would Die 4 U” (1984)
20. “Thieves in the Temple” (1990, 1 CB, 1 RB)

21. “Stand Back” (Stevie Nicks, 1983)
22. “Alphabet Street” (1988)
23. “Pop Life” (1985)
24. “7” (1992)
25. “Pray” (MC Hammer, 1990; samples “When Doves Cry”)
26. “‘03 Bonnie & Clyde” (Jay-Z with Beyoncé, 2002; samples “If I Was Your Girlfriend”)
27. “Gett Off” (1991)
28. “Delirious” (1982)

DMDB Top 20%:

29. “I Hate U” (1995)
30. “The Glamorous Life” (Sheila E, 1984)

31. “Sugar Walls” (Sheena Easton, 1984)
32. “Betcha by Golly Wow!” (1996)
33. “If I Was Your Girlfriend” (1987)
34. “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1993)
35. “Take Me with U” (Prince with Appolonia, 1985)
36. “Mountains” (1986)
37. “Money Don’t Matter 2 Night” (1991)
38. “Gold” (1995)
39. “Love…Thy Will Be Done” (Martika, 1991)
40. “Kiss” (Art of Noise with Tom Jones, 1988)

41. “Controversy” (1981)
42. “Partyman” (1989)
43. “Sexy M.F.” (1992)
44. “My Name Is Prince” (1992)
45. “Letitgo” (1994)
46. “Pink Cashmere” (1993)
47. “The Belle of St. Mark” (Sheila E, 1984)
48. “The Morning Papers” (1992)
49. “When You Were Mine” (1980)
50. “Jungle Love” (The Time, 1984)

51. “Let’s Pretend We’re Married” (1982)
52. “Anotherloverholenyohead” (1986)
53. “Jerk Out” (The Time, 1990)
54. “Round and Round” (Tevin Campbell, 1990)
55. “The Arms of Orion” (Prince with Sheena Easton, 1989)
56. “Soft and Wet” (1978)
57. “New Power Generation” (1990)
58. “Darling Nikki” (Foo Fighters, 2003)
59. “Paisley Park” (1985)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

60. “Nothing Compares 2 U” (Chris Cornell, 2016)
61. “A Love Bizarre” (Sheila E, 1985)
62. “Black Sweat” (2006)
63. “America” (1985)
64. “Darling Nikki” (1984)
65. “Baby I’m a Star” (1984)
66. “How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore” (Alica Keys, 2002)
67. “Rock and Roll Love Affair” (2012)
68. “Peach” (1993)
69. “The Holy River” (1996)
70. “Hot Thing” (1987)

71. “The Bird (The Time, 1984)
72. “4 the Tears in Your Eyes” (1985)
73. “The Greatest Romance Ever Sold” (1999)
74. “Sign ‘O’ the Times” (Simple Minds, 1989)
75. “Girls and Boys” (1986)
76. “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?” (1979)
77. “Purple Medley” (1995)
78. “So What the Fuss” (Stevie Wonder with Prince & En Vogue, 2005)
79. “Te Amo Corazon” (2005)
80. “Raspberry Beret” (Hindu Love Gods, 1990)

81. “Scandalous” (1989)
82. “Musicology” (2004)
83. “Guitar” (2007)
84. “Insatiable” (1991)
85. “The Screams of Passion” (The Family, 1985)
86. “Dinner with Delores” (1996)
87. “Born 2 B.R.E.E.D.” (Monie Love, 1993)
88. “Uptown” (1980)
89. “Martika’s Kitchen” (Martika, 1991)
90. “When Doves Cry” (Patti Smith, 2002)

91. “When You Were Mine” (Cyndi Lauper, 1983)
92. “Sex Shooter” (Apollonia 6, 1984)
93. “Call My Name” (2004)
94. “Let’s Work” (1981)
95. “The Beautiful Ones” (1984)
96. “Another Lonely Christmas” (1984)
97. “When Doves Cry” (Barenaked Ladies, 1991)
98. “The Cross” (1986)
99. “Glam Slam” (1988)
100. “I Feel for You” (1979)


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First posted 6/7/2012; last updated 10/19/2021.