Tuesday, January 18, 2022

David Bowie: Top 100 Songs/Studio Albums Ranked

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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.


Spotify Podcast:

Check out the two-part Dave’s Music Database podcast The Best of David Bowie, 1964-1979, debuting January 11, 2022, at 7pm CST, and The Best of David Bowie, 1980-2016, debuting January 18, 2022, at 7pm CST. Both are based on this list. 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.

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Space Oddity (1969) #1 UK
2. Heroes (1977)
3. Let’s Dance (1983) #1 US, CB, UK, CN
4. Ice Ice Baby (Vanilla Ice, 1990) #1 US, CB, RR, UK, AU)
5. Changes (1971)
6. Under Pressure (with Queen, 1981) #1 UK

DMDB Top 2%:

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

11. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop, 1977)
12. Ziggy Stardust (1972)
13. Rebel Rebel (1974)
14. Young Americans (1975)
15. Ashes to Ashes (1980) #1 UK
16. The Jean Genie (1972)

DMDB Top 5%:

17. Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy (with Bing Crosby, 1977)
18. Suffragette City (1972)
19. Modern Love (1983)
20. Golden Years (1975)
21. Sound and Vision (1977)
22. China Girl (1983)
23. Dancing in the Street (with Mick Jagger, 1985) #1 UK, CN, AU

DMDB Top 10%:

24. Lazarus (2015)
25. Fashion (1980)
26. Blue Jean (1984)
27. This Is Not America (with Pat Metheny, 1985)
28. Blackstar (2015)
29. John, I’m Only Dancing (1972)
30. Sorrow (1973) #1 AU

31. The Man Who Sold the World (1970)
32. Day-In Day-Out (1987)
33. Absolute Beginners (1986)
34. Diamond Dogs (1974)
35. Rock and Roll Suicide (1972)

DMDB Top 20%:

36. Where Are We Now? (2013)
37. Never Let Me Down (1987)
38. Drive-In Saturday (1973)
39. Scary Monsters and Super Creeps (1980)
40. Heroes (The Wallflowers, 1998)

41. Moonage Daydream (1972)
42. Tonight (with Tina Turner, 1984)
43. Cat People (Putting Out the Fire) (1982)
44. I’m Afraid of Americans (1997)
45. DJ (1979)
46. Boys Keep Swinging (1979)
47. TVC 15 (1976)
48. The Man Who Sold the World (Nirvana, 1993)
49. 1984 (1974)
50. Underground (1986)

51. Jump They Say (1993)
52. Loving the Alien (1984)
53. Time Will Crawl (1987)
54. The Laughing Gnome (1967)
55. Knock on Wood (1974)
56. Hallo Spaceboy (1995)
57. Under the God (Tin Machine, 1989)
58. Wild Is the Wind (1976)
59. Queen Bitch (1971)
60. Beauty and the Beast (1977)

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

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

70. Oh, You Pretty Things (1971)
71. Little Wonder (1997)
72. Bang Bang (1987)
73. Success (Iggy Pop, 1977)
74. Breaking Glass (1977)
75. New Killer Star (2003)
76. My Death (live, 1972)
77. Up the Hill Backwards (1980)
78. Station to Station (1976)
79. Pretty Pink Rose (with Adrian Belew, 1990)
80. Quicksand (1971)

81. Look Back in Anger (1979)
82. Five Years (1972)
83. Black Country Rock (1970)
84. White Light/White Heat (live, 1972)
85. China Girl (Iggy Pop, 1977)
86. Memory of a Free Festival (1969)
87. Buddha of Suburbia (with Lenny Kravitz, 1993)
88. Slow Burn (2002)
89. The Prettiest Star (1970)
90. Seven Years in Tibet (1997)

91. Heaven’s in Here (Tin Machine, 1989)
92. Heroes (We Could Be) (Alesso with Tove Lo, 2014)
93. Outside (1995)
94. Rock and Roll with Me (1974)
95. Andy Warhol (1971)
96. Thursday’s Child (1999)
97. We Are the Dead (1974)
98. Ashes to Ashes (Tears for Fears, 1996)
99. It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City (1975)
100. Aladdin Sane (1973)


David Bowie: 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. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
2. Hunky Dory (1971)
3. Low (1977)
4. Blackstar (2016)
5. Station to Station (1976)
6. Heroes (1977)
7. Aladdin Sane (1973)
8. Let’s Dance (1983)
9. Scary Monsters (1980)
10. Diamond Dogs (1974)

11. Young Americans (1975)
12. The Man Who Sold the World (1970)
13. Space Oddity (aka “Man of Words, Man of Music”) (1969)
14. The Next Day (2013)
15. Heathen (2002)
16. Lodger (1979)
17. Pin-Ups (1973)
18. Outside (1995)
19. Earthling (1997)
20. Reality (2003)

21. Hours (1999)
22. Black Tie White Noise (1993)
23. Tonight (1984)
24. Tin Machine Tin Machine (1989)
25. Never Let Me Down (1987)
26. Tin Machine Tin Machine II (1991)
27. Buddha of Suburbia (1993)
28. David Bowie (1967)


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First posted 1/8/2013; last updated 1/18/2022.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Gershwin Prize:

2007-2020

The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song was created by the Library of Congress in 2007. As explained on the site, it is given to celebrate “the work of an artist whose career reflects lifetime achievement in promoting song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding. The styles in which these works are composed reflect myriad contemporary traditions like rock, jazz, country, pop, blues, folk, and gospel. The recipient – whether composer, singer/songwriter, or interpreter – is recognized for entertaining and informing audiences, for drawing upon the acknowledged foundations of popular song, and for inspiring new generations of performers on their own professional journeys.” The Library of Congress selects the recipient in consultation with a board consisting of members which may include music critics, performers, producers, scholars, and songwriters. The award was named after the brother/composer team of George and Ira Gershwin. Here are the recipients:

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First posted 12/13/2012; last updated 1/13/2022.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Dave’s Faves: My Top 100 Songs

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. Styx “Come Sail Away” (1977)
8. Indigo Girls “Closer to Fine” (1989)
9. The Alan Parsons Project “Old and Wise” (1982)
10. Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975)

11. XTC “Dear God” (1986)
12. Furniture “Brilliant Mind” (1986)
13. Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” (1971)
14. Styx “The Best of Times” (1981)
15. Marillion “Estonia” (1997)
16. Pink Floyd “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” (1979)
17. Squeeze “Tempted” (1981)
18. Crowded House “Silent House” (2007)
19. Toy Matinee “There Was a Little Boy” (1990)
20. Little River Band “Cool Change” (1979)

21. Del Amitri “Kiss This Thing Goodbye” (1989)
22. Styx “Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man)” (1977)
23. Michael Franti & Spearhead “Everyone Deserves Music” (2003)
24. The Beatles “A Day in the Life” (1967)
25. Queen “We Will Rock You” / “We Are the Champions” (1977)
26. Styx “Suite Madame Blue” (1975)
27. Soft Cell “Tainted Love” (1981)
28. Lyle Lovett “Step Inside This House” (1998)
29. Shawn Colvin “I Don’t Know Why” (1992)
30. Willie Nelson with Lukas Nelson “Just Breathe” (2012)

31. Pink Floyd “Comfortably Numb” (1979)
32. The Williams Brothers “Can’t Cry Hard Enough” (1991)
33. Styx “Babe” (1979)
34. The Rolling Stones “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (1969)
35. The Police “I Burn for You” (1982)
36. Crowded House “Better Be Home Soon” (1988)
37. U2 “Bad” (1984)
38. Kate Bush “This Woman’s Work” (1988)
39. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)
40. David Bowie “Changes” (1971)

41. The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1965)
42. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
43. Michael Andrews & Gary Jules “Mad World” (2002)
44. Squeeze “Up the Junction” (1979)
45. U2 “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (1983)
46. Prince & the Revolution “Purple Rain” (1984)
47. Tori Amos “Me and a Gun” (1991)
48. Fish “Cliché” (1990)
49. R.E.M. “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” (1987)
50. Melissa Etheridge with Bruce Springsteen “Thunder Road (live)” (1995)

51. Peter Gabriel “Biko” (1980)
52. The Beatles “Eleanor Rigby” (1966)
53. Styx “Mr. Roboto” (1983)
54. Toto “Africa” (1982)
55. Eagles “Hotel California” (1976)
56. Gerry Rafferty “Baker Street” (1978)
57. Supertramp “The Logical Song” (1979)
58. Blondie “Heart of Glass” (1978)
59. Eagles “Seven Bridges Road (live)” (1980)
60. Rush “Tom Sawyer” (1981)

61. The Harry Simeone Chorale “The Little Drummer Boy” (1958)
62. Eagles “Desperado” (1973)
63. Kenny Rogers “Coward of the County” (1979)
64. The Beatles “With a Little Help from My Friends” (1967)
65. Billie Holiday “Strange Fruit” (1939)
66. Air Supply “Lost in Love” (1980)
67. Bing Crosby with David Bowie “Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy” (1977)
68. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole “Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” (1993)
69. Prince “1999” (1982)
70. Peter Gabriel “Solsbury Hill” (1977)

71. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1982)
72. Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” (1975)
73. Alan Jackson “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning” (2001)
74. Foreigner “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (1981)
75. Journey “Open Arms” (1981)
76. John Cougar Mellencamp “Jack and Diane” (1982)
77. Pink Floyd “Mother” (1979)
78. Violent Femmes “Add It Up” (1983)
79. Johnny Cash “Hurt” (2002)
80. The Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (1966)

81. Harry Chapin “Cat’s in the Cradle” (1974)
82. The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” (1964)
83. Bruce Springsteen “American Skin (41 Shots)” (2001)
84. Tears for Fears “Head Over Heels” (1985)
85. Kevin Gilbert “Song for a Dead Friend” (1995)
86. Tracy Chapman “Fast Car” (1988)
87. John Mellencamp “If I Die Sudden” (2008)
88. Styx “Too Much Time on My Hands” (1981)
89. Sting “Message in a Bottle” (live, 1981)
90. Melissa Etheridge “Occasionally” (1988)

91. Pearl Jam “Jeremy” (1991)
92. Sam Cooke “A Change Is Gonna Come” (1964)
93. Hooters “All You Zombies” (1985)
94. Prince “When Doves Cry” (1984)
95. Tori Amos “Silent All These Years” (1991)
96. David Bowie “Space Oddity” (1969)
97. Sting “They Dance Alone” (1987)
98. Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’” (1981)
99. Stevie Wonder “I Believe When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever” (1972)
100. Eric Clapton “Tears in Heaven” (1992)

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First posted 7/3/2011; last updated 1/12/2022.