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)
DMDB Top 20%:
3. Everyone Deserves Music (2003)
Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:
9. Sometimes (2001)
11. The Flower (with Victoria Canal, 2019)
21. Stay Human (All the Freaky People) (2001)
31. Oh My God (2001)
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First posted 6/8/2022; last updated 6/14/2022.