Sunday, June 26, 2022

Paul McCartney: Top 100 Songs

Paul McCartney

Top 100 Songs

Rock singer/songwriter and bassist James Paul McCartney was born on June 18, 1942 in Liverpool, England. He was a founding member of the Beatles (1960-70) before going solo in 1970 and also working with Wings (1971-79). This list contains his work as a solo artist, with Wings (W), and those Beatles’ songs (B) on which he was the lead singer or shared vocals.

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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. Hey Jude (1968) B #1 US, UK
2. I Want to Hold Your Hand (1963) B #1 US, UK
3. Yesterday (1965) B #1 US
4. Let It Be (1970) B #1 US
5. She Loves You (1963) B #1 US, UK
6. A Day in the Life (1967) B
7. Eleanor Rigby (1966) B 1 UK
8. Can’t Buy Me Love (1964) B #1 US, UK
9. Penny Lane (1967) B #1 US
10. Get Back (1969) B #1 US, UK

11. We Can Work It Out (1965) B #1 US, UK
12. Ebony and Ivory (with Stevie Wonder, 1982) #1 US, UK
13. Paperback Writer (1966) B #1 US, UK
14. Say, Say, Say (with Michael Jackson, 1983) #1 US
15. Day Tripper (1965) B #1 UK
16. Silly Love Songs (1976) W #1 US
17. I Saw Her Standing There (1963) B
18. Maybe I’m Amazed (1970)
19. Band on the Run (1973) W #1 US

DMDB Top 2%:

20. And I Love Her (1964) B

21. My Love (1973) W #1 US
22. The Long and Winding Road (1970) B #1 US
23. Hello Goodbye (1967) B #1 US, UK
24. Love Me Do (1962) B #1 US
25. Michelle (1965) B
26. Mull of Kintyre (1977) W #1 UK
27. Live and Let Die (1973) W
28. Lady Madonna (1968) B
29. Coming Up (live, 1980) W #1 US
30. All My Loving (1963) B

31. Blackbird (1968) B
32. Eight Days a Week (1964) B #1 US
33. Wonderful Christmas Time (1979)

DMDB Top 5%:

34. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (1968) B
35. With a Little Luck (1978) W #1 US
36. Jet (1973) W
37. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (with Linda McCartney, 1971) #1 US
38. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) B
39. Here, There and Everywhere (1966) B
40. Got to Get You into My Life (1966) B

41. Four Five Seconds (with Rihanna & Kanye West, 2015)
42. Listen to What the Man Said (1975) W #1 US
43. Let ‘Em In (1976) W
44. Another Day (1971)
45. The Girl Is Mine (with Michael Jackson, 1982)
46. Back in the U.S.S.R. (1968) B
47. No More Lonely Nights (1984)
48. Helter Skelter (1968) B
49. Goodnight Tonight (1979) W
50. Junior’s Farm (1974) W

DMDB Top 10%:

51. Take It Away (1982)
52. She’s a Woman (1964) B
53. Helen Wheels (1973) W
54. Hi, Hi, Hi (1972) W 55. Magical Mystery Tour (1967) B
56. Drive My Car (1965) B
57. P.S. I Love You (1962) B
58. She’s Leaving Home (1967) B
59. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End/Her Majesty (1969) B
60. Pipes of Peace (1983) #1 UK

61. Mary Had a Little Lamb (1972) W
62. My Brave Face (1989)
63. Venus and Mars Rock Show (1975) W
64. Spies Like Us (1985)

DMDB Top 20%:

65. Oh! Darling (1969) B
66. So Bad (1983)
67. Hope of Deliverance (1992)
68. The Fool on the Hill (1967) B
69. Birthday (1968) B
70. The World Tonight (1997)

71. Girls’ School (1977) W
72. Getting Closer (1979) W
73. Press (1986)
74. Arrow Through Me (1979) W
75. When I’m 64 (1967) B
76. Give Ireland Back to the Irish (1972) W
77. This One (1989)
78. Here Today (1982)
79. I’ve Had Enough (1978) W
80. Letting Go (1975) W

81. Let Me Roll It (1973) W
82. Figure of Eight (1989)
83. C Moon (1972) W
84. Rocky Racoon (1968) B
85. London Town (1978) W
86. Long Tall Sally (1964) B
87. Dance Tonight (2007)
88. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five (1973) W
89. Ever Present Past (2007)
90. Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey (1964) B

91. Sally G (1974) W
92. I’m Down (1965) B
93. Getting Better (1967) B
94. Waterfalls (1980) W
95. Fixing a Hole (1967) B
96. Put It There (1989)
97. Mrs. Vandebilt (1973) W

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

98. Ball Room Dancing (1982)
99. Freedom (2001)
100. You Never Give Me Your Money (1969) B


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First posted 6/18/2012; last updated 6/26/2022.

Lilith Fair: Top 100 Songs

Lilith Fair:

Top 100 Songs

Lilith Fair wasn’t exactly a genre, but it was a celebration of female artists in the late 1990s. Discouraged by radio programmers and concert promoters who didn’t think it was commercially viable to have two female artists perform back to back, Sarah McLachlan launched the Lilith Fair festival in the summer of 1997. The concept was to feature only female artists or female-led bands. More than 30 dates featured over 70 performers. The festival was successful enough to spawn follow-ups in 1998 and 1999.

This list was generated by taking all those artists who performed from 1997 to 1999 and ranking their songs. Songs released after 1999 were excluded.

Click here to see other genre-specific song lists.

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Sinéad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990)
2. Tracy Chapman “Fast Car” (1988)
3. Pretenders “Brass in Pocket” (1979)
4. Sheryl Crow “All I Wanna Do” (1993)

DMDB Top 2%:

5. Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories “Stay (I Missed You)” (1994)
6. Jewel “You Were Meant for Me” (1995)
7. Tracy Chapman “Give Me One Reason” (1995)
8. Suzanne Vega “Luka” (1987)
9. Joan Osborne “One of Us” (1995)
10. Shawn Colvin “Sunny Came Home” (1996)

11. Jewel “Foolish Games” (1995)
12. Sarah McLachlan “Building a Mystery” (1997)

DMDB Top 5%:

13. Sixpence None the Richer “Kiss Me” (1998)
14. Dido “Thank You” (1999)
15. Pretenders “Back on the Chain Gang” (1982)
16. Bonnie Raitt “Something to Talk About” (1991)
17. Sarah McLachlan “Angel” (1997)
18. The Cardigans “Lovefool” (1996)
19. Pretenders “Middle of the Road” (1983)
20. Pretenders “I’ll Stand by You” (1994)

21. Bonnie Raitt “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (1991)
22. Pretenders “2000 Miles” (1983)
23. Neneh Cherry “Buffalo Stance” (1988)
24. Indigo Girls “Closer to Fine” (1989)
25. Sheryl Crow “Everyday Is a Winding Road” (1996)
26. Dixie Chicks “Wide Open Spaces” (1998)
27. Jewel “Who Will Save Your Soul” (1995)
28. Bonnie Raitt “Love Sneakin’ Up on You” (1994)
29. Meredith Brooks “Bitch” (1997)
30. Des’ree “You Gotta Be” (1994)
31. Paula Cole “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” (1996)

32. Sheryl Crow “My Favorite Mistake” (1998)
33. Paula Cole “I Don’t Want to Wait” (1996)
34. Sheryl Crow “If It Makes You Happy” (1996)
35. Sheryl Crow “Strong Enough” (1993)
36. Tracy Chapman “Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution” (1988)

DMDB Top 10%:

37. Monica “The First Night” (1998)
38. Pretenders “Don’t Get Me Wrong” (1986)
39. Fiona Apple “Criminal” (1996)
40. Sarah McLachlan “I Will Remember You” (1995)

41. K’s Choice “Not an Addict” (1996)
42. Natalie Merchant “Wonder” (1995)
43. Sheryl Crow “A Change Would Do You Good” (1996)
44. Sarah McLachlan “Possession” (1993)
45. Pretenders “Stop Your Sobbing” (1979)
46. Mary Chapin Carpenter “Passionate Kisses” (1992)
47. Suzanne Vega with DNA “Tom’s Diner” (1990)
48. Shawn Colvin “Every Little Thing He Does Is Magic” (1994)
49. Martina McBride “Independence Day” (1994)
50. Billie Myers “Kiss the Rain” (1997)

51. Monica “Angel of Mine” (1998)
52. Natalie Merchant “Carnival” (1995)
53. Cowboy Junkies “Sweet Jane” (1988)
54. Sinéad O’Connor “Mandinka” (1987)
55. Sinéad O’Connor “The House of the Rising Sun” (1994)
56. Shawn Colvin “I Don’t Know Why” (1992)
57. Natalie Merchant “Kind and Generous” (1998)
58. Sheryl Crow “Leaving Las Vegas” (1993)
59. Tracy Bonham “Mother Mother” (1996)
60. Sarah McLachlan “Adia” (1997)

61. Tracy Chapman “Baby Can I Hold You” (1988)
62. Tracy Chapman “Crossroads” (1989)
63. Sheryl Crow “Can’t Cry Anymore” (1993)
64. Indigo Girls “Galileo” (1992)
65. Tracy Chapman “The House of the Rising Sun” (1990)
66. Deborah Cox “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” (1998)
67. Erykah Badu “On and On” (1997)
68. Sinéad O’Connor “Troy” (1987)
69. Lisa Loeb “I Do” (1997)

DMDB Top 20%:

70. Heather Nova “Walk This World” (1995)
71. Bonnie Raitt “Nick of Time” (1989)
72. Dixie Chicks “Cowboy Take Me Away” (1999)
73. Sarah McLachlan “Sweet Surrender” (1997)
74. Jewel “Hands” (1998)
75. Dido “Here with Me” (1999)
76. Sheryl Crow “Anything But Down” (1998)
77. Letters to Cleo “Here and Now” (1995)
78. Pretenders “Talk of the Town” (1980)
79. Luscious Jackson “Naked Eye” (1996)
80. Sinéad O’Connor “The Emperor’s New Clothes” (1990)

81. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” (1997)
82. Sarah McLachlan “Ice Cream” (1993)
83. Pretenders “Message of Love’ (1981)
84. Bonnie Raitt “You Got It” (1995)
85. Fiona Apple “Shadowboxer” (1996)
86. Pretenders “My City Was Gone” (1982)
87. Suzanne Vega with Joe Jackson “Left of Center” (1986)
88. Sheryl Crow “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (1999)
89. Indigo Girls “Power of Two” (1994)
90. Sinéad O’Connor with Gavin Friday “You Made Me the Thief of Your Heart” (1994)

91. Fiona Apple “Fast As You Can” (1999)
92. Sinéad O’Connor “I Want Your Hands on Me” (1987)
93. Suzanne Vega “Solitude Standing” (1987)
94. Alana Davis “32 Flavors” (1997)
95. Indigo Girls “Hammer and a Nail” (1990)
96. Queen Latifah “U.N.I.T.Y.” (1993)
97. Aimee Mann “Save Me” (1999)
98. Sixpence None the Richer “There She Goes” (1999)
99. Pretenders “Night in My Veins” (1994)
100. Jill Sobule “I Kissed a Girl” (1995)


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First posted 6/24/2022; last updated 6/26/2022.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Alan Parsons: Top 100 Songs

Alan Parsons (right) & Eric Woolfson (left)

Top 100 Songs

Alan Parsons was born December 20, 1948, in London, England. Early in his career, he worked as an engineer on classic albums such as the Beatles’ Abbey Road and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. He also worked with Ambrosia, the Hollies, Pilot, and Al Stewart. He has received 13 Grammy nominations.

In 1976, he launched the Alan Parsons Project with Eric Woolfson (born 3/18/1945 in Scotland). While the group had an ever-changing lineup, Parsons and Woolfson remained constants until 1987. The pair then worked together on Woolfson’s Freudiana project before going their separate ways. Woolfson then focused on musical theater, bringing some of the Alan Parsons Project’s work to the stage. Parsons recorded as a solo artist. Woolfson died on December 2, 2009.

This list also includes the short-lived group Keats which featured neither Parsons nor Woolfson, but was comprised of members who’d worked with the Alan Parsons Project.

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Awards (Alan Parsons/Alan Parsons Project):


Top 100 Songs


Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists, appearances on compilations and live albums by the featured act, and songs’ chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards.

DMDB Top 5%:

1. Eye in the Sky (1982)

DMDB Top 10%:

2. Old and Wise (1982)
3. Don’t Answer Me (1984)
4. Time (1980)
5. Games People Play (1980)
6. Damned if I Do (1979)
7. I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You (1977)

DMDB Top 20%:

8. Prime Time (1984)
9. The System of Dr. Tarr & Professor Fether (1976)
10. Don’t Let It Show (1977)

11. Let’s Talk About Me (1985)
12. Stereotomy (1986)
13. You Don’t Believe (1983)
14. Standing on Higher Ground (1987)
15. Days Are Numbers (The Traveller) (1985)
16. The Turn of a Friendly Card Part II (1980)
17. What Goes Up… (1978)
18. Psychobabble (1982)
19. Breakdown (1977)
20. Snake Eyes (1980)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

21. The Raven (1976)
22. Pyramania (1978)
23. The Never Ending Show (2021)
24. I Robot (1977)
25. Some Other Time (1977)
26. Oh Life (There Must Be More) (1993)
27. Limelight (1986)
28. You’re Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned (1982)
29. Turn It Up (1993)
30. La Sagrada Familia (1987)

31. In the Real World (1986)
32. Ammonia Avenue (1984)
33. As Lights Fall (2019)
34. Can’t Take It with You (1978)
35. Silence and I (1982)
36. Nothing Left to Lose (1980)
37. Freudiana (Eric Wooflson, 1990)
38. Vulture Culture (1985)
39. I’m Talkin’ to You (1993)
40. Siren Song (1993)

41. Light of the World (1986)
42. Sirius (1982)
43. There But for the Grace of God (Eric Wooflson, 1990)
44. May Be a Price to Pay (1980)
45. So Far Away (Alan Parsons with Christoper Cross, 1996)
46. Little Hans (Eric Woofson, 1990)
47. The Same Old Sun (1985)
48. I Don’t Wanna Go Home (1980)
49. Lucifer (1979)
50. Heaven Knows (Keats, 1984)

51. You’re on Your Own (Eric Woolfson with Kiki Dee, 1990)
52. The Call of the Wild (1999)
53. Back Against the Wall (1993)
54. Miracle (Alan Parsons with Jason Mraz, 2019)
55. Sooner or Later (1985)
56. Since the Last Goodbye (1984)
57. Day After Day (The Show Must Go On) (1977)
58. Let Me Go Home (1984)
59. Call Up (1999)
60. Dancing on a High Wire (1984)

61. The Three of Me (1993)
62. Blue Blue Sky (1996)
63. Money Talks (1987)
64. Out of the Blue (1999)
65. To One in Paradise (1976)
66. Brother Up in Heaven (1996)
67. You Won’t Be There (1979)
68. Hyper Gamma Spaces (1978)
69. You Lie Down with Dogs (1979)
70. Wine from the Water (1993)

71. I Am a Mirror (Eric Woofson with Leo Sayer, 1990)
72. Beaujolais (1986)
73. Too Close to the Sun (1996)
74. More Lost Without You (2004)
75. Separate Lives (1985)
76. Tragedy (Keats, 1984)
77. Funny You Should Say That (1990)
78. Sometimes (Alan Parsons with Lou Gramm, 2019)
79. No One Can Love You Better Than Me (Eric Woolfson with Kiki Dee et al, 1990)
80. You’re the Voice (1995)

81. Press Rewind (1999)
82. Mammagamma (1982)
83. The Cask of Amontillado (1976)
84. Pipeline (1984)
85. The Time Machine (1999)
86. Children of the Moon (1982)
87. All Our Yesterdays (2010)
88. Fragile (2013)
89. Do You Live at All? (2015)
90. One Good Reason (1984)

91. The Tell-Tale Heart (1976)
92. Somebody Out There (1985)
93. Inside Looking Out (1987)
94. Where’s the Walrus? (1986)
95. I Can’t Get There from Here (Alan Parsons with Jared Mahone, 2019)
96. Closer to Heaven (1987)
97. I’d Rather Be a Man (1979)
98. Fall Free (1996)
99. You Can Run (2004)
100. Too Late (1987)


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First posted 12/20/2019; updated 6/25/2022.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Kate Bush hit #1 with “Running Up That Hill” 37 years after release

Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)

Kate Bush

Writer(s): Kate Bush (see lyrics here)


First Charted: August 5, 1985


Peak: 4 US, 28 CB, 33 RR, 34 AR, 26 MR, 11 UK, 16 CN, 11 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): -- US, 0.85 UK


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 77.2 video, 233.34 streaming

Awards:

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About the Song:

“Running Up That Hill” was released as the lead single for Kate Bush’s fifth album, Hounds of Love. In her native UK, the song reached #3 on the charts, her fifth single to make the top 10. She’d had much less success in the United States where her only chart hit on the Billboard Hot 100 had been 1978’s “The Man with the Child in His Eyes” reaching #85. However, “Hill” gave Bush her solitary top 40 hit in the U.S., going to #30.

The song wasn’t done, though. 37 years later, it was prominently featured in the Netflix TV series Stranger Things as the favorite song of the character Max. This renewed interest in the song and it reached new chart peaks around the globe, hitting #1 in the United Kingdom, Australia, and other countries. In the United States the song climbed all the way to #4.

The song was originally called “A Deal with God,” but representatives at EMI Records hesitated to release a song with the word “God” in it. Bush changed the title, but subtitled the song “A Deal with God” on the Hounds of Love album. Executives were also more interested in releasing “Cloudbursting” as the first single but Bush pushed for “Hill” because it was the first song she wrote for the album and she thought it better represented the album. WK

Thematically, the “brutally truthful, painfully sensual song” AMG isn’t about religion, but the differences between men and women. Bush said, “If we could actually swap each others’ roles, if we could actually be in each other’s place for a while, I think we’d both be very surprised! And I think it would lead to a greater understanding.” WK She conceived the idea that “if they could make a deal with God to change places…they’d understand what it’s like to be the other person.” SF The “concept is a flip on the Faustian bargain where one makes a deal with the devil.” SF


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First posted 6/15/2022.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Dave’s Faves: #1 Albums in the 2020s

Dave’s Faves:

#1’s: 2020-2029

These are my personal #1 albums during the 2020s. Check out my #1 albums from other decades here.


2020:
  • Jan. 4: Beck Hyperspace (2 wks)
  • Jan. 18: The Who Who (4 wks)
  • Feb. 15: David Bowie Is It Any Wonder? (2 wks)
  • Feb. 29: Huey Lewis & the News Weather (4 wks)
  • Mar. 28: Pearl Jam Gigaton (3 wks)
  • Apr. 18: The Strokes The New Abnormal (2 wks)
  • May 2: Fiona Apple Fetch the Bolt Cutters (1 wk)
  • May 9: David Bowie Changes Now Bowie (1 wk)
  • May 16: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit Reunions (1 wk)
  • May 23: Indigo Girls Look Long (2 wks)
  • June 6: Dennis DeYoung 26 East Vol. 1 (5 wks)
  • July 11: Michael Franti & Spearhead Work Hard and Be Nice (5 wks)
  • Aug. 15: Alanis Morissette Such Pretty Forks in the Road (4 wks)
  • Sept. 12: The Killers Imploding the Mirage (2 wks)
  • Sept. 26: Prince Sign ‘O’ the Times: Super Deluxe Edition (3 wks)
  • Oct. 17: Fish Weltschmerz (6 wks)
  • Nov. 28: Bruce Springsteen Letter to You (4 wks)
  • Dec. 26: The Struts Strange Days (2 wks)

2021:

2022:

First posted 5/19/2022; last updated 6/14/2022.

Michael Franti: Top 40 Songs

Michael Franti

Top 40 Songs

Singer born 4/21/1966 in Oakland, California. His music blends reggae, hip-hop, funk, soul, jazz, folk, and rock. He has also been an outspoken advocate for peace and social justice issues. He was born to a white mother and black father and given up for adoption because his mom feared her racist family wouldn’t accept him. He was adopted by Finnish American couple Carole Wisti and Charles Franti. Before launching his solo career (with his backing band Spearhead) in 1994, Franti was with the Beatnigs (1986-90) and Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy (1991-93).

For a complete list of this act’s DMDB honors, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.

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Top 40 Songs


Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists, appearances on compilations and live albums by the featured act, and songs’ 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 10%:

1. The Sound of Sunshine (2010)
2. Say Hey (I Love You) (2008)

DMDB Top 20%:

3. Everyone Deserves Music (2003)
4. Once a Day (with Sonna Rele, 2015)
5. Hey Hey Hey (No Matter How Life Is Today) (2010)
6. Life Is Better with You (2013)
7. I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) (2013)
8. I Got You (2020)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

9. Sometimes (2001)
10. Nobody Cries Alone (2018)

11. The Flower (with Victoria Canal, 2019)
12. Good Day for a Good Day (2021)
13. 11:59 (2013)
14. This World Is So Fucked Up But I Ain’t Ever Givin’ Up on It (2019)
15. Rock the Nation (2001)
16. Ganja Babe (1997)
17. I’ll Be Waiting (2010)
18. Brighter Day (2022)
19. The Only Thing Missing Was You (2019)
20. People in tha Middle (1994)

21. Stay Human (All the Freaky People) (2001)
22. Good to Be Alive Today (2016)
23. Good Shit Happens (2020)
24. Bomb the World (2003)
25. Light Up Ya Lighter (2006)
26. You’re Number One (2019)
27. Work Hard and Be Nice to People (2020)
28. I’m on Your Side (2020)
29. Hey World (Don’t Give Up) (2008)
30. I Got Love for Ya (2016)

31. Oh My God (2001)
32. I Know I’m Not Alone (2006)
33. Soulshine (2001)
34. Hello Bonjour (2006)
35. Just to Say I Love You (2018)
36. Yes I Will (2003)
37. We Don’t Stop (2003)
38. Hole in the Bucket (1994)
39. Little Things (2019)
40. Love Invincible (2003)


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First posted 6/8/2022; last updated 6/14/2022.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

USA: #1 Pop Songs, 2020-2029

USA’s #1 Pop Songs:

2020-2029

These are the #1 pop songs in the history of the United States pop charts from 2020 to 2029. Songs could have hit #1 on any of the following charts:

  • Billboard Hot 100 chart, 1955-present (BB)
  • Billboard pop airplay chart, 1984-present (BA)
  • Billboard digital chart, 2005-present (DG)
  • Billboard streaming chart, 2013-present (ST)
  • Radio & Records/Mediabase, 1973-present (RR)
Numbers following the letter codes indicate how many weeks the song spent at #1 on that chart. Links go to specific lists of the biggest songs of all time for that chart.

Click here to access a full list of #1 songs from 1890 to present. See other chart-based lists here.


2020:

  1. 1/11: Roddy Ricch “The Box” (BB: 11 weeks, ST: 13)
  2. 1/18: Justin Bieber “Yummy” (DG: 1)
  3. 1/25: Future & Drake “Life Is Good” (DG: 1)

  4. 2/15: Taylor Swift “Only the Young” (DG: 1)
  5. 2/23: Dua Lipa “Don’t Start Now” (BA: 4, RR: 6)
  6. 2/29: Billie Eilish “No Time to Die” (DG: 1)

  7. 3/7: BTS “On” (DG: 1)
  8. 3/14: Lady Gaga “Stupid Love” (DG: 1)
  9. 3/21: Demi Lovato “I Love Me” (DG: 1)
  10. 3/28: The Weeknd “Blinding Lights” (BB: 4, BA: 26, DG: 4, ST: 1, RR: 7)

  11. 4/4: Kenny Rogers “The Gambler” (DG: 1)
  12. 4/5: Hary Styles “Adore You” (RR: 1)
  13. 4/18: Drake “Toosie Slide” (BB: 1, ST: 3)

  14. 5/3: Camila Cabello with DaBaby “My Oh My” (RR: 1)
  15. 5/9: Travis Scott with Kid Cudi as the Scotts “The Scotts” (BB: 1, DG: 1, ST: 1)
  16. 5/10: Doja Cat “Say So” (BB: 1, DG: 1, RR: 5)
  17. 5/16: Megan Thee Stallion with Beyoncé “Savage” (BB: 1, DG: 3, ST: 1)
  18. 5/23: Ariana Grande with Justin Bieber “Stuck with U” (BB: 1, DG: 1)
  19. 5/23: 6ix9ine “Gooba” (ST: 1)
  20. 5/30: DaBaby with Roddy Ricch “Rockstar” (BB: 7, ST: 10)

  21. 6/6: Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande “Rain on Me” (BB: 1, DG: 1)
  22. 6/21: Justin Bieber with Quavo “Intentions” (RR: 1)
  23. 6/27: 6ix9ine with Nicki Minaj “Trollz” (BB: 1, DG: 1)

  24. 7/4: Beyoncé “Black Parade” (DG: 1)
  25. 7/11: Kanye West with Travis Scott “Wash Us in the Blood” (DG: 1)
  26. 7/18: Lee Greenwood “God Bless the U.S.A.” (DG: 1)
  27. 7/19: Trevor Daniel “Falling” (RR: 1)
  28. 7/25: Juice Wrld with Marshmello “Come & Go” (ST: 1)
  29. 7/25: Kid Cudi with Eminem “The Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady” (DG: 1)
  30. 7/26: Dua Lipa “Break My Heart” (RR: 1)

  31. 8/1: DJ Khaled with Drake “Popstar” (DG: 1)
  32. 8/2: Harry Styles “Watermelon Sugar” (BB: 1, DG: 1, RR: 7)
  33. 8/8: Taylor Swift “Cardigan” (BB: 1, DG: 1, ST: 1)
  34. 8/22: Cardi B with Megan Thee Stallion “WAP” (BB: 4, DG: 2, ST: 10)
  35. 8/29: Drake with Lil Durk “Laugh Now Cry Later” (ST: 1)

  36. 9/5: BTS “Dynamite” (B: 3, DG: 18)
  37. 9/20: Lewis Capaldi “Before You Go” (BA: 1, RR: 2)

  38. 10/4: Jawsh 685 with Jason Derulo “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” (BB: 1, RR: 3)
  39. 10/10: Travis Scott with Young Thug & M.I.A. “Franchise” (BB: 1)
  40. 10/24: 24K Goldn with Iann Dior “Mood” (BB: 8, BA: 11, ST: 2, RR: 8)
  41. 10/31: Gabby Barrett with Charlie Puth “I Hope” (BA: 1)

  42. 11/7: Ariana Grande “Positions” (BB: 1, ST: 2, RR: 5)
  43. 11/7: Luke Combs “Forever After All” (DG: 1)
  44. 11/21: Mike Will Made It with Nicki Minaj & YoungBoy Never Broke Again “What That Speed Bout!?” (DG: 1)
  45. 11/28: Billie Eilish “Therefore I Am” (ST: 1, RR: 2)
  46. 11/28: Phoebe Bridgers & Maggie Rogers “Iris” (DG: 1)

  47. 12/5: BTS “Life Goes On” (BB: 1, DG: 3)
  48. 12/5: Megan Thee Stallion “Body” (ST: 1)
  49. 12/26: Taylor Swift “Willow” (BB: 1, DG: 1)

2021:

  1. 1/16: Justin Bieber “Anyone” (DG: 1 week)
  2. 1/23: Olivia Rodrigo “Drivers License” (BB: 8, BA: 5, DG: 3, ST: 4, RR: 6)
  3. 1/23: Chris Brown with Young Thug “Go Crazy” (BA: 8)

  4. 2/7: Justin Bieber & Benny Blanco “Lonely” (RR: 1)
  5. 2/13: Tom MacDonald “Fake Woke” (DG: 1)
  6. 2/20: Cardi B “Up” (BB: 1, DG: 1, ST: 2)
  7. 2/21: Ariana Grande “34+35” (RR: 2)
  8. 2/27: Lil Tjay & 6lack “Calling My Phone” (ST: 2)
  9. 2/27: Taylor Swift “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” (DG: 1)

  10. 3/20: Drake “What’s Next” (BB: 1, ST: 2)

  11. 4/3: Justin Bieber with Daniel Caesar & Giveon “Peaches” (BB: 1, ST: 1, RR: 4)
  12. 4/10: Lil Nas X “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” (BB: 1, DG: 1, ST: 2, RR: 2)
  13. 4/17: Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak as Silk Sonic “Leave the Door Open” (BB: 2, BA: 10)
  14. 4/17: BTS “Film Out” (DG: 1)
  15. 4/18: Tate McRae “You Broke Me First” (RR: 1)
  16. 4/24: Polo G “Rapstar” (BB: 2, ST: 4)
  17. 4/25: The Weeknd “Save Your Tears” (BB: 2, DG: 1, RR: 2)

  18. 5/1: Gabby Barrett “The Good Ones” (DG: 1)
  19. 5/22: Dua Lipa “Levitating” (BA: 7, DG: 1, RR: 3)
  20. 5/22: J. Cole “Interlude” (ST: 1)
  21. 5/29: Olivia Rodrigo “Good 4 U” (BB: 1, BA: 3, ST: 8, RR: 6)
  22. 5/29: Nicki Minaj with Drake & Lil Wayne “Seeing Green” (DG: 1)

  23. 6/5: BTS “Butter” (BB: 10, DG: 17)

  24. 7/4: Doja Cat with SZA “Kiss Me More” (RR: 1)
  25. 7/24: BTS “Permission to Dance” (BB: 1, DG: 1)
  26. 7/24: Kid Laroi with Justin Bieber “Stay” (BB: 7, ST: 6, BA: 1, RR: 1)

  27. 8/7: Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow “Industry Baby” (ST: 1)

  28. 9/11: Ed Sheeran “Bad Habits” (BA: 2)
  29. 9/11: Kany West “Hurricane” (ST: 1)
  30. 9/18: Drake with Future & Young Thug “Way 2 Sexy” (BB: 1, ST: 5)

  31. 10/9: Coldplay with BTS “My Universe” (BB: 1, DG: 2)
  32. 10/30: Adele “Easy on Me” (BB: 10, BA: 15, DG: 2, ST: 5)

  33. 11/6: Bryson Gray with Tyson James & Chandler Crump “Let’s Go Brandon” (DG: 2)
  34. 11/27: Taylor Swift “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)” (BB: 1, DG: 1, ST: 1)

  35. 12/4: State of Mind with Drew Jacobs “God’s Country” (DG: 1)
  36. 12/11: John Rich & Mike Rowe “Santa’s Gotta Dirty Job” (DG: 1)
  37. Dec. 25: Juice Wrld with Suga & BTS “Girl of My Dreams” (DG: 1)

2022:

  1. 1/1: Lil Durk with Morgan Wallen “Broadway Girls” (DG: 1)
  2. 1/8: V “Christmas Tree” (DG: 1)
  3. 1/15: Encanto Cast “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” (BB: 7, DG: 1, ST: 13)
  4. 1/15: Elton John with Dua Lipa “Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)” (DG: 2)
  5. 1/22: Gayle “ABCDEFU” (DG: 2)

  6. 2/5: Kid Rock “We the People” (DG: 2)
  7. 2/19: Nicki Minaj with Lil Baby “Do We Have a Problem?” (DG: 1)
  8. 2/26: Dr. Dre with Snoop Dogg “The Next Episode” (DG: 1)

  9. 3/12: Glass Animals “Heat Waves” (BB: 5, BA: 6)
  10. 3/19: Russ with Ktyln “Handsomer” (DG: 1)
  11. 3/26: Cody Johnson “Til You Can’t” (DG: 1)

  12. 4/2: Coi Leray with Nicki Minaj “Blick Blick” (DG: 1)
  13. 4/9: Nicki Minaj with Fivio Foreign “We Go Up” (DG: 1)
  14. 4/16: Harry Styles “As It Was” (BB: 6, BA: 4, DG: 1, ST: 2)
  15. 4/16: Latto “Big Energy” (BA: 1, DG: 1)
  16. 4/23: Jack Harlow “First Class” (BB: 3, BA: 1, DG: 1, ST: 3)
  17. 4/30: Morgan Allen “Don’t Think Jesus” (DG: 1)

  18. 5/7: Imagine Dragons with JID “Enemy” (BA: 2)
  19. 5/7: Jimin with Ha Sung-woon “With You” (DG: 1)
  20. 5/14: Future with Drake & Tems “Wait for U” (BB: 1, ST: 3)
  21. 5/21: Morgan Wallen “Thought You Should Know” (DG: 1)
  22. 5/28: Kendrick Lamar “N95” (ST: 1)
  23. 5/28: Morgan Wallen “You Proof” (DG: 1)

  24. 6/4: Lizzo “About Damn Time” (DG: 1)
  25. 6/11: Kate Bush “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God” (DG: 2, ST: 1)

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First posted 2/24/2021; last updated 6/15/2022.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Def Leppard: Top 50 Songs

Def Leppard

Top 50 Songs

Hard rock group formed in Sheffield, England in 1977. One of the premiere groups in the '80s pop-metal craze often referred to as “hair bands.” Members: Joe Elliott (vocals), Steve Clark (guitar: 1977-91; died on 1/8/91 of alcohol-related respiratory failure), Pete Willis (guitar: 1977-82), Rick Savage (b), Rick Allen (drums; lost left arm in an auto accident on 12/31/84), Phil Collen (guitar: 1982-), Vivian Campbell (guitar: 92-)

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Top 50 Songs


Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists, appearances on compilations and live albums by the featured act, and songs’ chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards.

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Pour Some Sugar on Me (1987)

DMDB Top 2%:

2. Photograph (1983)
3. Love Bites (1987)

DMDB Top 5%:

4. Rock of Ages (1983)
5. Hysteria (1987)
6. Bringin’ on the Heartbreak (1981)
7. Foolin’ (1983)
8. Animal (1987)

DMDB Top 10%:

9. Rocket (1987)
10. Let’s Get Rocked (1992)
11. Two Steps Behind (1992)

DMDB Top 20%:

12. When Love and Hate Collide (1995)
13. Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad? (1992)
14. Armageddon It (1987)
15. Stand Up (Kick Love into Motion) (1992)
16. Make Love Like a Man (1992)
17. Tonight (1992)
18. Promises (1999)
19. Work It Out (1996)
20. Miss You in a Heartbeat (1992)
21. Too Late for Love (1983)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

22. Women (1987)
23. Now (2002)
24. Rock Brigade (1980)
25. Let It Go (1981)
26. Slang (1996)
27. All I Want Is Everything (1996)
28. Paper Sun (1999)
29. No Matter What (2005)
30. Wasted (1979)

31. Breathe a Sigh (1996)
32. Rock! Rock! Till You Drop (1983)
33. Hello America (1980)
34. Heaven Is (1992)
35. Billy’s Got a Gun (1983)
36. Action (1992)
37. Desert Song (1987)
38. High ‘N’ Dry (Saturday Night) (1981)
39. Long Long Way to Go (2002)
40. Me and My Wine (1981)

41. Day After Day (1999)
42. Comin’ Under Fire (1983)
43. Goodbye (1999)
44. Action! Not Words (1983)
45. Four Letter Word (2002)
46. Nine Lives (with Tim McGraw, 2008)
47. 20th Century Boy (2006)
48. Elected (live, 1992)
49. From the Inside (1992)
50. Undefeated (2011)


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First posted 6/2/2022; last updated 6/8/2022.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Heavy Metal Albums – Top 50

Heavy Metal/Hard Rock:

The Top 100 Albums

Here are the best heavy metal/hard rock albums, according to Dave’s Music Database. 20 lists of “heavy metal” and/or “hard rock” albums were compiled to create the aggregate list below.

Check out other best-of-genre/category lists here.

1. Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction (1987)
2. Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast (1982)
3. AC/DC Back in Black (1980)
4. Van Halen Van Halen (1978)
5. Black Sabbath Paranoid (1970)
6. Metallica Master of Puppets (1986)
7. Slayer Reign in Blood (1986)
8. Metallica Ride the Lightning (1984)
9. Metallica Metallica (aka “The Black Album”) (1991)
10. Def Leppard Pyromania (1983)

11. Def Leppard Hysteria (1987)
12. AC/DC Highway to Hell (1979)
13. Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz (1980)
14. Kiss Destroyer (1976)
15. Judas Priest British Steel (1980)
16. Motörhead Ace of Spades (1980)
17. Metallica Kill ‘Em All (1983)
18. Black Sabbath Master of Reality (1971)
19. Megadeth Rust in Peace (1990)
20. Kiss Alive! (1975)

21. Black Sabbath Black Sabbath (1970)
22. Slayer Seasons in the Abyss (1990)
23. Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance (1982)
24. Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet (1986)
25. Deep Purple Machine Head (1972)
26. Metallica …And Justice for All (1988)
27. Pantera Vulgar Display of Power (1992)
28. Iron Maiden Iron Maiden (1980)
29. Skid Row Skid Row (1989)
30. Alice in Chains Dirt (1992)

31. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
32. Queensrÿche Operation Mindcrime (1988)
33. Dio Holy Diver (1983)
34. Iron Maiden Powerslave (1984)
35. Aerosmith Toys in the Attic (1975)
36. Anthrax Among the Living (1987)
37. Korn Korn (1994)
38. Mötley Crüe Dr. Feelgood (1989)
39. Megadeth Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? (1986)
40. Megadeth Countdown to Extinction (1992)

41. Soundgarden Badmotorfinger (1991)
42. Van Halen 1984 (1984)
43. Iron Maiden Piece of Mind (1983)
44. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II (1969)
45. Motörhead No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith (1981)
46. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin I (1969)
47. Slayer South of Heaven (1988)
48. Judas Priest Sad Wings of Destiny (1976)
49. Aerosmith Rocks (1976)
50. Pantera Cowboys from Hell (1990)


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First posted 7/1/2011; last updated 6/7/2022.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Acts’ Profile Pages and Best-of Lists

Acts:

Profile Pages and Best-of Lists

This page lists those acts who have devoted pages within Dave’s Music Database. Such pages highlight the acts’ discography, focusing primarily on the studio albums and significant songs from them. Some of these pages are specifically devoted to compilations released by the act, highlighting the songs featured on the different compilations with a retrospective that highlights all the studio efforts released within the covered years. You can see an act’s profile page by clicking on the name of the act.

This page also indicates those acts which have best-of lists featured within Dave’s Music Database. The majority of these lists are focused on songs by featured acts, but there are also some lists devoted to albums. Sometimes the best-of lists incorporate related artists. For example, a best-of Fleetwood Mac list includes songs not just by the group but solo efforts as well. Click on the word SONGS after an act to see its song list and ALBUMS to see its album list.


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First posted 6/4/2022; last updated 6/5/2022.