Monday, October 31, 2022

Taylor Swift: Top 100 Songs

Taylor Swift

Top 100 Songs

Taylor Alison Swift was born on 12/13/1989 in Reading, Pennyslvania. She released her first album in 2006 while still a teenager. She started out as a country artist, but had completely transformed to a pop star by 2014. And her 1989 album. She has sold more than 200 million records worldwide and won three Grammys for Album of the Year.

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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. Shake It Off (2014) #1 US, #1 RR, #1 AC, #1 A40, #1 CN, #1 AU
2. Blank Space (2014) #1 US, #1 RR, #1 AC, #1 A40, #1 CN, #1 AU
3. Love Story (2008) #1 RR, #1 AC, #1 CW, #1 AU
4. You Belong with Me (2008) #1 RR, #1 AC, #1 CW

DMDB Top 2%:

5. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (2012) #1 US, #1 CW, #1 CN
6. Bad Blood (with Kendrick Lamar, 2014) #1 US, #1 RR, #1 A40, #1 CN, #1 AU
7. I Knew You Were Trouble (2012) #1 RR, #1 A40

DMDB Top 5%:

8. Look What You Made Me Do (2017) #1 US, #1 RR, #1 UK, #1 CN, #1 AU
9. Wildest Dreams (2014) #1 RR, #1 A40
10. Style (2014) #1 RR, #1 AC, #1 A40
11. Cardigan (2020) #1 US, #1 AU
12. I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (with Zayn, 2016)
13. Delicate (2017) #1 RR, #1 AC, #1 A40

DMDB Top 10%:

14. You Need to Calm Down (2019)
15. Willow (2020) #1 US, #1 A40, #1 CN, #1 AU
16. Mine (2010) #1 AC
17. Teardrops on My Guitar (2006)
18. Me! (with Brendan Urie, 2019)
19. 22 (2012)
20. Ready for It? (2017)

21. Lover (2019)
22. Back to December (2010)
23. All Too Well (Taylor’s version) (2021) #1 US, #1 CW, #1 CN, #1 AU
24. Today Was a Fairytale (2010) #1 CN

DMDB Top 20%:

25. Our Song (2006) #1 CW
26. All Too Well (2012)
27. Mean (2010)
28. Everything Has Changed (with Ed Sheeran, 2012)
29. White Horse (2008)
30. Fifteen (2008)

31. Anti-Hero (2022) #1 US, #1 UK, #1 AU
32. The Man (2019)
33. Eyes Open (2012)
34. Begin Again (2012)
35. Love Story (Taylor’s version) (2021) #1 CW
36. Red (2012)
37. Half of My Heart (with John Mayer, 2009)
38. Out of the Woods (2014)
39. Gorgeous (2017)
40. Two Is Better Than One (with Boys Like Girls, 2009)

41. Renegade (with Big Red Machine, 2021)
42. Exile (with Bon Iver, 2020)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

43. Only the Young (2020)
44. Safe & Sound (with Civil Wars, 2011)
45. The Story of Us (2010)
46. End Game (with Ed Sheeran, 2017)
47. No Body, No Crime (with Haim, 2020)
48. Highway Don’t Care (with Tim McGraw, 2013) #1 CW
49. Ours (2011) #1 CW
50. Cruel Summer (2019)

51. Both of Us (with B.o.B., 2012)
52. Picture to Burn (2006)
53. Fearless (2009)
54. Should’ve Said No (2006) #1 CW
55. Welcome to New York (2014)
56. Sparks Fly (2010) #1 CW
57. Jump Then Fall (2009)
58. Speak Now (2010)
59. Carolina (2022)
60. State of Grace (2012)

61. Coney Island (with the National, 20202)
62. Tim McGraw (2006)
63. I Bet You Think About Me (with Chris Stapleton, 2021)
64. Sweeter Than Fiction (2013)
65. Paper Rings (2019)
66. Forever & Always (2008)
67. I Forgot That You Existed (2019)
68. The Archer (2019)
69. Corneila Street (2019)
70. Enchanted (2010)

71. London Boy (2019)
72. New Romantics (2015)
73. Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince (2019)
74. I Think He Knows (2019)
75. Death by a Thousand Cuts (2019)
76. I Almost Do (2012)
77. Afterglow (2019)
78. Stay Stay Stay (2012)
79. Call It What You Want (2017)
80. Christmas Tree Farm (2019)

81. The Moment I Knew (2013)
82. Daylight (2019)
83. Crazier (2009)
84. False God (2019)
85. Soon You’ll Get Better (with the Dixie Chicks, 2019)
86. You’re Not Sorry (2008)
87. It’s Nice to Have a Friend (2019)
88. Change (2008)
89. You All Over Me (Taylor’s version) (20210
90. Lavender Haze (2022)

91. Snow on the Beach (with Lana Del Rey, 2022)
92. Wonderland (2015)
93. Better Than Revenge (2010)
94. Ronan (2012)
95. The Last Time (with Gary Lightbody, 2012)
96. Treacherous (2012)
97. Untouchable (2009)
98. Holy Ground (2012)
99. The Other Side of the Door (2009)
100. Starlight (2012)


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First posted 8/27/2017; last updated 10/31/2022.

Sunday, October 23, 2022

The Birth of Rock and Roll: The Top 100 Songs

Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Origins:

Top 100 Songs

The initial intent behind this list was to pinpoint a few key candidates in the birth of rock and roll. As one can see by the multiple resources at the bottom of this page (which includes an entire box set and book devoted to the topic), there is no definitive agreement. In addition, efforts to create a list of candidates for first rock song so regularly crossed over with lists of early rock and roll songs that this became an amalgamation of the two. In other words, this evolved from not just a look at the birth of rock and roll but a glimpse of its “toddler years,” if you will, as well. That leaves it up to you, the reader, to form your own opinions aout which songs are the most important in the early development of rock and roll.

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  1. Bill Haley & the Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock” (1954)
  2. Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats “Rocket 88” (1951)
  3. Chuck Berry “Johnny B. Goode” (1958)
  4. Little Richard “Tutti Frutti” (1955)
  5. Elvis Presley “That’s All Right, Mama” (1954)
  6. Jerry Lee Lewis “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” (1957)
  7. Wynonie Harris “Good Rockin’ Tonight” (1948)
  8. Carl Perkins “Blue Suede Shoes” (1956)
  9. Elvis Presley “Hound Dog” (1956)
  10. Big Joe Turner “Shake, Rattle, and Roll” (1954)

  11. Little Richard “Good Golly Miss Molly” (1958)
  12. Buddy Holly & the Crickets “That’ll Be the Day” (1957)
  13. Ritchie Valens “La Bamba” (1958)
  14. Buddy Holly & the Crickets “Peggy Sue” (1957)
  15. Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” (1956)
  16. Jerry Lee Lewis “Great Balls of Fire” (1957)
  17. Chuck Berry “Maybellene” (1955)
  18. Fats Domino “The Fat Man” (1950)
  19. The Penguins “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” (1954)
  20. Elvis Presley “Heartbreak Hotel” (1956)

  21. The Chords “Sh-Boom” (1954)
  22. The Everly Brothers “Wake Up Little Susie” (1957)
  23. Elvis Presley “Jailhouse Rock” (1957)
  24. Fats Domino “Blueberry Hill” (1956)
  25. Bo Diddley “Bo Diddley” (1955)
  26. Eddie Cochran “Summertime Blues” (1958)
  27. Lloyd Price “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” (1952)
  28. Chuck Berry “Rock and Roll Music” (1957)
  29. Fats Domino “Ain’t That a Shame” (1955)
  30. Danny & the Juniors “At the Hop” (1957)

  31. The Crows “Gee” (1954)
  32. Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton “Hound Dog” (1953)
  33. Johnny Cash “I Walk the Line” (1956)
  34. Trixie Smith “My Man Rocks with Me One Steady Roll” (1922)
  35. Jimmy Preston & His Prestonians “Rock the Joint” (1949)
  36. Elvis Presley “All Shook Up“ (1957)
  37. The Everly Brothers “Bye Bye Love” (1957)
  38. The Dominoes “Sixty Minute Man” (1951)
  39. The Platters “Only You (And You Alone)” (1955)
  40. Little Richard “Long Tall Sally” (1956)

  41. The Platters “The Great Pretender” (1955)
  42. The Big Bopper “Chantilly Lace” (1958)
  43. Dion & the Belmonts “A Teenager in Love” (1959)
  44. Arthur Crudup “That’s All Right, Mama” (1946)
  45. Elvis Presley “Don’t Be Cruel” (1956)
  46. Chuck Berry “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956)
  47. Sam Cooke “You Send Me” (1957)
  48. The Dell-Vikings “Come Go with Me” (1957)
  49. The Everly Brothers “All I Have to Do Is Dream” (1958)
  50. The Champs “Tequila” (1958)

  51. Louis Jordan “Saturday Night Fish Fry” (1949)
  52. Ray Charles “What’d I Say” (1959)
  53. Wild Bill Moore “We’re Gonna Rock, We’re Gonna Roll” (1947)
  54. The Flamingos “I Only Have Eyes for You” (1959)
  55. Freddie Slack & Ella Mae Morse “The House of Blue Lights” (1946)
  56. The Coasters “Yakety Yak” (1958)
  57. Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps “Be-Bop-A-Lula” (1956)
  58. Little Richard “Lucille” (1957)
  59. The Five Satins “In the Still of the Nite (I’ll Remember)” (1956)
  60. The Diamonds “Little Darlin’” (1957)

  61. Bobby Darin “Mack the Knife” (1959)
  62. John Lee Hooker “Boogie Chillen’” (1949)
  63. Hank Williams “Your Cheatin’ Heart” (1953)
  64. Les Paul & Mary Ford “How High the Moon” (1951)
  65. Bill Haley & His Saddlemen “Crazy Man Crazy” (1953)
  66. The Isley Brothers “Shout (Parts 1 and 2)” (1959)
  67. Ella Fitzgerald “Rock It for Me” (1938)
  68. Hank Williams “Move It on Over” (1947)
  69. Arthur Smith & His Cracker Jacks “Guitar Boogie” (1948)
  70. Chuck Berry “Sweet Little Sixteen” (1958)

  71. Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers “The Honeydripper” (1945)
  72. Chuck Berry “School Days” (1957)
  73. Ray Charles “I Gotta Woman” (1955)
  74. Hank Ballard & the Midnighters “Work with Me, Annie” (1954)
  75. Del Shannon “Runaway” (1961)
  76. Johnny Cash “Folsom Prison Blues’ (1955)
  77. Huey “Piano” Smith & His Clowns “Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie-Woogie Flu” (1957)
  78. The Platters “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” (1958)
  79. Roy Brown “Good Rockin’ Tonight” (1948)
  80. The Boswell Sisters “Rock and Roll” (1934)

  81. Stick MgGhee “Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee” (1949)
  82. The Drifters “Money Honey” (1953)
  83. Tampa Red & Georgia Tom “It’s Tight Like That” (1928)
  84. Elvis Presley “Blue Suede Shoes” (1956)
  85. James Brown “Please, Please, Please” (1956)
  86. Bobby Day “Rockin’ Robin” (1958)
  87. Buddy Holly & the Cickets “Rave On” (1958)
  88. Lloyd Price “Stagger Lee” (1958)
  89. Shirley & Lee “Let the Good Times Roll” (1956)
  90. The Marcels “Blue Moon” (1961)

  91. The Clovers “Love Potion No. 9” (1959)
  92. The Monotones “Book of Love” (1958)
  93. Bobby Freeman “Do You Want to Dance?” (1958)
  94. Bobby Darin “Splish Splash” (1958)
  95. Phil Phillips & the Twilights “Sea of Love” (1959)
  96. Ruth Brown “Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean” (1953)
  97. Eddie Cochran “C’mon Everybody” (1958)
  98. Ritchie Valens “Donna” (1958)
  99. Conway Twitty “It’s Only Make Believe” (1958)
  100. Fats Domino “I’m Walkin’” (1957)

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First posted 4/13/2020; last updated 10/23/2022.

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Top 100 Songs from 1920-1929

Top 100 Songs of the Decade:

1920-1929

These are the top 100 songs from the 1920s according to Dave’s Music Database. Rankings are figured by combining sales figures, chart data, radio airplay, video airplay, streaming figures, awards, and appearances on best-of lists.

Check out other “songs of the decade” lists here.

1. Bessie Smith with Louis Armstrong “St. Louis Blues” (1925)
2. Al Jolson “Swanee” (1920)
3. Gene Austin “My Blue Heaven” (1927)
4. Thomas “Fats” Waller “Ain’t Misbehavin’” (1929)
5. Paul Whiteman “Whispering” (1920)
6. Al Jolson "April Showers” (1922)
7. Marion Harris “Tea for Two” (1925)
8. Vernon Dalhart “The Prisoner’s Song” (1925)
9. Ben Selvin “Dardanella” (1920)
10. Isham Jones “It Had to Be You” (1924)

11. Paul Whiteman with Bing Crosby “Ol’ Man River” (1928)
12. Cliff Edwards “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” (1928)
13. George Olsen with Fran Frey, Bob Rice & Edward Joyce “Always” (1926)
14. Al Jolson “Sonny Boy” (1928)
15. Ben Selvin “Blue Skies” (1927)
16. Van & Schenck “Ain’t We Got Fun?” (1921)
17. Gertrude Lawrence “Someone to Watch Over Me” (1927)
18. Paul Whiteman” Three O’Clock in the Morning” (1922)
19. Ben Bernie “Sweet Georgia Brown” (1925)
20. Nick Lucas “Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips with Me” (1929)

21. Paul Whiteman with George Gershwin “Rhapsody in Blue” (1924)
22. Van & Schenck “Carolina in the Morning” (1923)
23. Gene Austin “My Melancholy Baby” (1928)
24. Al Jolson with Isham Jones “California, Here I Come” (1924)
25. Bessie Smith “Down Hearted Blues” (1923)
26. Gene Austin “Bye Bye, Blackbird” (1926)
27. Gene Austin with Billy Carpenter “Yes Sir! That’s My Baby” (1925)
28. Marion Harris “The Man I Love” (1928)
29. Paul Whiteman “My Mammy” (1921)
30. Cliff Edwards “Singin’ in the Rain” (1929)

31. Billy Jones “Yes! We Have No Bananas” (1923)
32. Eddie Cantor “If You Knew Susie Like I Know Susie” (1925)
33. Wendall Hall “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No Mo’” (1924)
34. Paul Whiteman with Franklyn Baur “Valencia (A Song of Spain)” (1926)
35. Ben Selvin “Manhattan” (1925)
36. Paul Whiteman “What’ll I Do?” (1924)
37. Eddie Cantor “Makin’ Whoopee” (1929)
38. Eddie Cantor “Margie” (1921)
39. Paul Whiteman “The Japanese Sandman” (1920)
40. Isham Jones with Ray Miller & Frank Bessinger “I’ll See You in My Dreams” (1925)

41. Ben Bernie with Scrappy Lambert & Billy Hillpot “Ain’t She Sweet?” (1927)
42. Paul Whiteman “Somebody Loves Me” (1924)
43. Arthur Gibbs & His Gang “Charleston” (1924)
44. Fanny Brice “My Man (Mon Homme)” (1922)
45. Gene Austin with Nat Shilkret & Viola Klaiss “Ramona” (1928)
46. Al Jolson “All Alone” (1925)
47. Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young “The Birth of the Blues” (1926)
48. Al Jolson “Toot, Toot, Tootsie! (Goo’bye)” (1922)
49. Marion Harris “Look for the Silver Lining” (1921)
50. Whisperin’ Jack Smith “Me and My Shadow” (1927)

51. George Olsen “Who?” (1926)
52. Jan Garber with Benny Davis “Baby Face” (1926)
53. Ruth Etting “Love Me or Leave Me” (1929)
54. Henry Burr “My Buddy” (1922)
55. Isham Jones “Wabash Blues” (1921)
56. Ted Lewis & His Band “When My Baby Smiles at Me” (1920)
57. Ethel Waters “Am I Blue?” (1929)
58. Jimmie Rodgers “Blue Yodel #1 (T for Texas)” (1928)
59. Ray Miller & His Orchestra “The Sheik of Araby” (1922)
60. Ted Lewis “All by Myself” (1921)

61. Al Jolson “I’m Sitting on Top of the World” (1926)
62. Paul Whiteman “Wang Wang Blues” (1920)
63. Ted Weems “Somebody Stole My Gal” (1924)
64. Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds “Crazy Blues” (1920)
65. Ben Selvin “Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town)” (1922)
66. Ed Gallagher & Al Shean “Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean – ‘Positively, Mr. Gallagher?’” (1922)
67. Guy Lombardo with Weston Vaughan “Charmaine!” (1927)
68. Louis Armstrong “West End Blues” (1928)
69. Billy Murray with Ed Smalle “That Old Gang of Mine” (1923)
70. Fanny Brice “Second Hand Rose” (1922)

71. Charles Harrison “I’ll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time” (1920)
72. Paul Whiteman “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” (1923)
73. Paul Whiteman “Stumbling” (1922)
74. Rudy Vallee “Honey” (1929)
75. Paul Whiteman “Say It with Music” (1921)
76. Gene Austin “Carolina Moon” (1929)
77. Fred Waring with Tom Waring “Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life” (1928)
78. Gene Austin with Nat Shilkret’s Orchestra “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue” (1926)
79. Isham Jones “Swingin’ Down the Lane” (1923)
80. Marion Harris “I’m Just Wild about Harry” (1922)

81. Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young “Among My Souvenirs” (1928)
82. Al Jolson “When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along” (1926)
83. Ben Bernie with Arthur Fields “Sleepy Time Gal” (1926)
84. John Steel “The Love Nest” (1920)
85. The Carter Family “Wildwood Flower” (1928)
86. Louise Homer “America the Beautiful” (1925)
87. Maurice Chevalier “Louise” (1929)
88. Benny Krueger “I Cried for You” (1923)
89. Paul Whiteman with the Rhythm Boys “Side by Side” (1927)
90. Paul Whiteman “Linger Awhile” (1924)

91. Paul Whiteman “Hot Lips (He's Got Hot Lips When He Plays Jazz)” (1922)
92. Helen Kane with Leonard Joy’s Orchestra “I Wanna Be Loved by You” (1928)
93. Vincent Lopez “I Want to Be Happy” (1924)
94. Al Jolson “Avalon” (1920)
95. Peerless Quartet “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans” (1922)
96. Ben Pollack with Franklyn Baur “Sweet Sue, Just You” (1928)
97. Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton “Lover, Come Back to Me” (1929)
98. Paul Whiteman “Oh, Lady Be Good” (1925)
99. Aileen Stanley “Everybody Loves My Baby” (1925)
100. Leo Reisman with Ran Weeks “With a Song in My Heart” (1929)


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First posted 4/4/2012; last updated 10/22/2022.

One-Hit Wonders

One-Hit Wonders:

Top 100 Songs

I am consistently annoyed by lists of supposed one-hit wonders. Inevitably, there are acts that are definitely NOT one-hit wonders. Some of the most glaring examples I’ve seen in different articles are Survivor (“Eye of the Tiger” #1, “Burning Heart” #2, top ten hits with “The Search Is Over,” “High on You,” and “Is This Love”), Toto (“Africa” #1, “Rosanna” #2, top tens with “Hold the Line” and “I Won’t Hold You Back”), and Sugarloaf (top ten hits with “Green-Eyed Lady” and “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You”). There are also a couple of acts who certainly are best known for certain songs, but did have other hits. Aha (“Take on Me” #1, “The Sun Always Shines on TV” top 20) and The Knack (“My Sharona” #1, “Good Girls Don’t” #11) are the first two that come to mind.

It begs the question – how does one even definte a “hit”? For the purposes of this post, the focus is exclusively on the U.S. Billboard pop charts from 1890 to present. One could argue that a true one-hit wonder has only graced the Hot 100 once. However, this post will focus on acts which have only hit the top 40 once since songs lower than that arguably didn’t achieve familiarity with a general audience.

This leaves more than 2400 eligible songs with some definite surprises. Jimi Hendrix, Carl Perkins, Lou Reed (all on this list), and Dr. John (“Right Place Wrong Time”), Grateful Dead (“Touch of Grey”), Public Enemy (“Give It Up”), Roxy Music (“Love Is the Drug”), Rush (“New World Man”), The Small Faces (“Itchycoo Park”), and Frank Zappa (“Valley Girl”) only had one top 40 hit each despite the legendary status which got them inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Other acts like Beck; Oasis; and T-Rex (all on this list); along with Garth Brooks (“Lost in You”); Kate Bush “Running Up That Hill”); Emerson, Lake & Palmer (“From the Beginning”); Lefty Frizzell (“I Want to Be with You Always”); Merle Haggard (“If We Make It Through December”); Iggy Pop (“Candy”); Method Man (“I'll Be There for You / You're All I Need to Get By”); Shinedown (“Second Chance”); Weezer (“Beverly Hills”); The White Stripes (“Icky Thump”); and Warren Zevon (“Werewolves of London”) have plenty of success, but multiple chart hits on the top 40 eluded them.

Finally, there are some acts who have plenty of chart experience yet still qualify as one-hit wonders. For example, U.S.A. for Africa (“We Are the World”) and Band Aid (“Do They Know It’s Christmas?”) were one-time collaborations of multiple artists with plenty of chart experience. There are also artists like Bill Medley (“I’ve Had the Time of My Life”) who had plenty of chart experience as part of the Righteous Brothers, but had never charted as a solo act.

If a song is marked with an asterisk (*), that indicates that the song is the only top 40 hit for the lead act, but that the supporting act has other top 40 hits.

Check other lists based on charts, sales, and airplay here.

1. Mark Ronson “Uptown Funk!” (with Bruno Mars, #1, 2014) *
2. Sinéad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (#1, 1990)
3. Luis Fonsi “Despacito” (with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber, 2017, #1) *
4. Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (#1, 2011)
5. Gnarls Barkley “Crazy” (#2, 2006)
6. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “All Along the Watchtower” (#20, 1968)
7. Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” (#1, 1995)
8. Oasis “Wonderwall” (#8, 1995)
9. Coleman Hawkins “Body and Soul” (#13, 1940)
10. USA for Africa “We Are the World” (#1, 1985)

11. Soft Cell “Tainted Love” (#8, 1981)
12. The Verve “Bitter Sweet Symphony” (#12, 1997)
13. Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Come on Eileen” (#1, 1983)
14. Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” (#6, 1956)
15. Debby Boone “You Light Up My Life” (#1, 1977)
16. The Penguins “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” (#8, 1954)
17. Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams “Get Lucky” (#2, 2013)
18. Carl Perkins “Blue Suede Shoes” (#2, 1956)
19. Buffalo Springfield “For What It’s Worth” (#7, 1966)
20. Lipps Inc. “Funkytown” (#1, 1980)

21. Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Relax” (#10, 1983)
22. Lou Reed “Walk on the Wild Side” (#16, 1972)
23. Beck “Loser” (#10, 1993)
24. Wild Cherry “Play That Funky Music” (#1, 1976)
25. The Sugarhill Gang “Rapper’s Delight” (#36, 1979)
26. Amy Winehouse “Rehab” (#9, 2006)
27. James Blunt “You’re Beautiful” (#1, 2004)
28. Band Aid “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” (#13, 1984)
29. Terry Jacks “Seasons in the Sun” (#1, 1974)
30. Knickerbocker Quartet “Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile” (#1, 1917)

31. Daniel Powter “Bad Day” (#1, 2005)
32. Domenico Modugno “Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue)” (#1, 1958)
33. Sir Mix-A-Lot “Baby Got Back” (#1, 1992)
34. Harry Simeone Chorale “The Little Drummer Boy” (#13, 1958)
35. Cee-Lo Green “Fuck You (aka “Forget You”)” (#2, 2010)
36. The Chords “Sh-Boom” (#5, 1954)
37. Bill Medley “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” (with Jennifer Warnes, #1, 1987) *
38. Lee Ann Womack & the Sons of the Desert “I Hope You Dance” (#14, 2000)
39. Big Joe Turner “Shake, Rattle and Roll” (#22, 1954)
40. Free “All Right Now” (#4, 1970)

41. Snow Patrol “Chasing Cars” (#5, 2006)
42. Magic! “Rude” (#1, 2013)
43. The Lumineers “Ho Hey” (#3, 2012)
44. Dave Brubeck Quartet “Take Five” (#25, 1959)
45. T-Rex “Get It On (Bang a Gong)” (#10, 1971)
46. Lou Bega “Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of…)” (#3, 1999)
47. Walter Huston “September Song” (#12, 1939)
48. Don Azpiazu & Arturo Machin “The Peanut Vendor (El Manicero” (#1, 1930)
49. Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps “Be-Bop-A-Lula” (#7, 1956)
50. Van McCoy “The Hustle” (#1, 1975)

51. Jimmy Boyd “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” (#1, 1952)
52. OMI “Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)” (#1, 2014)
53. Tammy Wynette “Stand by Your Man” (#19, 1968)
54. Anton Karas “The Third Man Theme” (#1, 1950)
55. Mungo Jerry “In the Summertime” (#3, 1970)
56. Passenger “Let Her Go” (#5, 2012)
57. Carl Douglas “Kung Fu Fighting” (#1, 1974)
58. Regina Belle “A Whole New World” (with Peabo Bryson, #1, 1992) *
59. Hoobastank “The Reason” (#2, 2003)
60. M.I.A. “Paper Planes” (#4, 2007)

61. House of Pain “Jump Around” (#3, 1992)
62. Kate Bush “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)” (#3, 1985)
63. The Contours “Do You Love Me” (#3, 1962)
64. Chumbawamba “Tubthumping” (#6, 1997)
65. Silentó “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” (#3, 2015)
66. Donna Lewis “I Love You Always Forever” (#2, 1996)
67. Mott the Hoople “All the Young Dudes” (1972)
68. Hozier “Take Me to Church” (#2, 2013)
69. Devo “Whip It” (#14, 1980)
70. Bobby McFerrin “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” (#1, 1988)

71. Ed Gallagher & Al Shean “Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean” (#1, 1922)
72. Midnight Oil “Beds Are Burning” (#17, 1987)
73. Gorillaz “Feel Good Inc.” (with De La Soul, #14, 2005) *
74. Sonny James “Young Love” (#1, 1956)
75. Jeannie C. Riley “Harper Valley P.T.A.” (#1, 1968)
76. The Tornadoes “Telstar” (#1, 1962)
77. Paul Mauriat “Love Is Blue” (#1, 1967)
78. Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star” (#40, 1981)
79. Foster the People “Pumped Up Kicks” (#3, 2010)
80. Sammi Smith “Help Me Make It Through the Night” (#8, 1971)

81. U.S. Naval Academy Band “Anchors Aweigh” (#13, 1906)
82. Everything But the Girl “Missing (Todd Terry Remix)” (#2, 1995)
83. Deee-Lite “Groove Is in the Heart” (#4, 1990)
84. Tag Team “Whoomp! (There It Is)” (#2, 1993)
85. Mahalia Jackson “Move on Up a Little Higher” (#21, 1948)
86. Bill Hayes “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” (#1, 1955)
87. Tones and I “Dance Monkey” (#4, 2019)
88. Thomas Bott “Love’s Old Sweet Song” (#1, 1892)
89. Mr. Acker Bilk “Stranger on the Shore” (#1, 1961)
90. Zager & Evans “In the Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus)” (#1, 1969)

91. Lynn Anderson “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” (#3, 1970)
92. Walk the Moon “Shut Up and Dance” (#4, 2014)
93. Bill Snyder “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” (#3, 1950)
94. The Youngbloods “Get Together” (#5, 1967)
95. Nena “99 Red Balloons” (#2, 1983)
96. Anita Ward “Ring My Bell” (#1, 1979)
97. Thin Lizzy “The Boys Are Back in Town” (#12, 1976)
98. 24K Goldn with Iann Dior “Mood” (#1, 2020)
99. Big Four Quartet “Goodbye Dolly Gray” (#1, 1901)
100. Glass Animals “Heat Waves” (#1, 2020)


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First posted 9/8/2019; last updated 10/22/2022.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Billboard Hot 100: Longest Running Hits

Billboard Hot 100:

Longest Running Hits

These are the longest-running chart entries in the history of the Billboard Hot 100.

Check out other “Billboard: Best of” lists here.


Spotify Podcast:

Check out the Dave’s Music Database podcast episode Billboard Hot 100 Longest Chart Runs based on this list. It debuted October 19, 2022 at 7pm CST. New episodes based on Dave’s Music Database lists are posted every Tuesday at 7pm CST.


  • 91 weeks: Glass Animals “Heat Waves” (2020). Also holds the record for longest chart run before hitting #1 (59 weeks). *
  • 90 weeks: The Weeknd “Blinding Lights” (2019)
  • 87 weeks: Imagine Dragons “Radioactive” (2012)
  • 79 weeks: AWOL Nation “Sail” (2011)
  • 77 weeks: Dua Lipa with DaBaby “Levitating” (2020)
  • 76 weeks: Jason Mraz “I’m Yours” (2008)

  • 69 weeks: LeAnn Rimes “How Do I Live” (1997)
  • 69 weeks: The Weeknd with Ariana Grande “Save Your Tears” (2020)
  • 68 weeks: One Republic “Counting Stars” (2013)
  • 68 weeks: LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem” (2011)
  • 65 weeks: Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010)
  • 65 weeks: Jewel “You Were Meant for Me”/ “Foolish Games” (1997)

  • 64 weeks: Carrie Underwood “Before He Cheats
  • 63 weeks: Kid Laroi with Justin Bieber “Stay” (2020). 1st song in history to spend 40 consecutive weeks in the top 10.
  • 62 weeks: Gabby Barrett with Charlie Puth “I Hope” (2019)
  • 62 weeks: The Lumineers “Ho Hey” (2012)
  • 62 weeks: Lifehouse “You and Me” (2005)
  • 61 weeks: Post Malone “Circles” (2019)
  • 61 weeks: Imagine Dragons “Demons” (2013)
  • 60 weeks: Lady Antebellum “Need You Now” (2009)
  • 60 weeks: Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” (1995)

* Still on chart as of this post.


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First posted 3/14/2022; updated 10/19/2022.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Earworms: Top 100 Songs

Earworms:

Top 100 Songs

The term “earworm” refers to a song which gets stuck in one’s head. It may be a song that has been overplayed to the point of being an annoying nuisance. It may be a song that is just so catchy that one can’t stop humming it. Sometimes a song manages to be both at once.

More than 80 lists were aggregated to create this list. The majority were focused on songs which were considered annoying (51) while the others were lists specifically where songs were identified as earworms or catchy.

Click here to see other genre-specific song lists.

1. The Baha Men “Who Let the Dogs Out?” (2000)
2. Aqua “Barbie Girl” (1997)
3. Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” (1995)
4. Hanson “Mmmbop” (1997)
5. Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe” (2011)
6. Spice Girls “Wannabe” (1996)
7. Black Eyed Peas “My Humps” (2005)
8. Lou Bega “Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of…)” (1999)
9. Psy “Gangnam Style” (2012)
10. Justin Bieber with Ludacris “Baby” (2010)

11. Billy Ray Cyrus “Achy Breaky Heart” (1992)
12. Eiffel 65 “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” (1999)
13. Rebecca Black “Friday” (2011)
14. Rednex “Cotton Eye Joe” (1994)
15. Pharrell Williams “Happy” (2013)
16. Chumbawamba “Tubthumping” (1997)
17. Crazy Frog “Axel F” (2005)
18. James Blunt “You’re Beautiful” (2005)
19. Starship “We Built This City” (1985)
20. Europe “The Final Countdown” (1986)

21. Idina Menzel “Let It Go” (2013)
22. Village People “Y.M.C.A.” (1978)
23. Toni Basil “Mickey” (1981)
24. Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’” (1981)
25. Nickelback “Photograph” (2005)
26. Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up” (1987)
27. Marc Ronson & Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” (2014)
28. Ylvis “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” (2013)
29. Meghan Trainor “All About That Bass” (2014)
30. Lady Gaga “Poker Face” (2008)

31. Bobby McFerrin “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” (1988)
32. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (1997)
33. Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975)
34. The Proclaimers “I’m Gonna Be 500 Miles” (1988)
35. Beyoncé “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” (2008)
36. Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” (2014)
37. The Disneyland Boys Choir “It’s a Small World After All” (1964)
38. Culture Club “Karma Chameleon” (1983)
39. Pinkfong! “Baby Shark” (2016)
40. Wham! “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” (1984)

41. Vanilla Ice “Ice Ice Baby” (1990)
42. Sisqó “Thong Song” (2000)
43. Right Said Fred “I’m Too Sexy” (1991)
44. Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer” (1986)
45. Gwen Stefani “Hollaback Girl” (2004)
46. Cher “Believe” (1998)
47. OutKast “Hey Ya!” (2003)
48. Miley Cyrus “Party in the U.S.A.” (2009)
49. Willow Smith “Whip My Hair” (2010)
50. Britney Spears “Baby One More Time” (1998)

51. Ricky Martin “Livin’ La Vida Loca” (1999)
52. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee “Despacito” (2017)
53. Queen “We Are the Champions” (1977)
54. Michael Jackson “Beat It” (1982)
55. Barney “I Love You” (1992)
56. Las Ketchup “The Ketchup Song (Asereié)” (2002)
57. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1982)
58. Queen “We Will Rock You” (1977)
59. OMI “Cheerleader (Felx Jaehn remix)” (2014)
60. Paul Anka with Odia Coates “You’re Having My Baby” (1974)

61. Silentó “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” (2015)
62. Rick Dees & His Cast of Idiots “Disco Duck” (1976)
63. Starland Vocal Band “Afternoon Delight” (1976)
64. Survivor “Eye of the Tiger” (1982)
65. Oasis “Wonderwall” (1995)
66. Shari Lewis “The Song That Never Ends” (1968)
67. Smash Mouth “All Star” (1999)
68. Kylie Minogue “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” (2001)
69. The Beatles “Yellow Submarine” (1966)
70. Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams “Get Lucky” (2013)

71. O-Zone “Dragostea Din Tei” (2004)
72. The B-52’s “Love Shack” (1989)
73. Soulja Boy Tell’em “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” (2007)
74. USA for Africa “We Are the World” (1985)
75. LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem” (2011)
76. The Ting Tings “That’s Not My Name” (2008)
77. Rocky Horror Picture Show “The Time Warp” (1973)
78. Tag Team “Whoomp! (There It Is)” (1993)
79. Haddaway “What Is Love?” (1993)
80. Mariah Carey “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (1994)

81. Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” (2018)
82. The Venga Boys “We Like to Party!” (1999)
83. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
84. Piko-Taro “PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen)” (2016)
85. Crash Test Dummies “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” (1993)
86. Hampton the Hampster “Hamster Dance” (2000)
87. Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (1978)
88. The Muppets “Mahna Mahna” (1993)
89. Gummibär “I’m a Gummy Bear (The Gummy Bear Song)” (2007)
90. The Tokens “The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)” (1961)

91. Lipps Inc. “Funkytown” (1979)
92. Lady Gaga “Bad Romance” (2009)
93. Rihanna with Jay-Z “Umbrella” (2007)
94. Lorde “Royals” (2013)
95. One Direction “What Makes You Beautiful” (2011)
96. Tones and I “Dance Monkey” (2019)
97. 4 Non Blondes “What’s Up?” (1993)
98. Neil Diamond “Sweet Caroline” (1969)
99. Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (1987)
100. Morris Albert “Feelings” (1975)


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First posted 10/16/2022.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Streaming: Billion Airs Club

Streaming:

Billion Airs Club

These are the songs which have reached one billion streams, mostly via Spotify. The number after the parentheses indicates the number of streams in millions.

Note: click here to see other song lists based on charts, sales, and airplay.

1. 3258.65: Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (2017)
2. 3191.00: The Weeknd “Blinding Lights” (2019)
3. 3025.00: Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber “Despacito” (2017) *
4. 2671.48: Tones and I “Dance Monkey” (2019)
5. 2518.26: Post Malone with 21 Savage “Rockstar” (2017)
6. 2501.56: Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved” (2018)
7. 2429.04: Drake with Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance” (2016)
8. 2428.19: Post Malone with Swae Lee “Sunflower” (2018)
9. 2378.28: The Chainsmokers with Halsey “Closer” (2016)
10. 2246.01: Shawn Mendes with Camila Cabello “Señorita” (2019)

11. 2239.63: Imagine Dragons “Believer” (2017)
12. 2185.84: Ed Sheeran with Beyoncé “Perfect” (2017)
13. 2144.00: The Kid Laroi with Justin Bieber “Stay” (2021)
14. 2134.00: Billie Eilish “Bad Guy” (2019)
15. 2128.87: James Arthur “Say You Won’t Let Go” (2016)
16. 2082.00: Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud” (2014)
17. 2059.29: Juice Wrld “Lucid Dreams” (2018)
18. 2036.23: Glass Animals “Heat Waves” 2020)
19. 2031.00: Dua Lipa “Don’t Start Now” (2019)
20. 2027.00: Drake “God’s Plan” (2018)

21. 1992.59: The Weeknd with Daft Punk “Starboy” (2016)
22. 1973.00: Ed Sheeran “Photograph” (2014)
23. 1963.17: Harry Styles “Watermelon Sugar” (2019)
24. 1967.30: Billie Eilish with Khalid “Lovely” (2018)
25. 1941.96: Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975)
26. 1933.78: The Chainsmokers & Coldplay “Something Just Like This” (2017)
27. 1910.35: Lady Gaga with Bradley Cooper “Shallow” (2018)
28. 1905.60: XXXtentacion “Sad!” (2018)
29. 1894.74: Justin Bieber “Love Yourself” (2015)
30. 1864.84: Post Malone “Circles” (2019)

31. 1862.33: John Legend “All of Me” (2013)
32. 1850.96: Hozier “Take Me to Church” (2013) 1382.0
33. 1820.23: Imagine Dragons “Thunder” (2017)
34. 1813.53: Travis Scott with Kendrick Lamar “Goosebumps” (2016)
35. 1813.04: Ariana Grande “7 Rings” (2019)
36. 1811.09: XXXtentacion “Jocelyn Flores” (2017)
37. 1807.37: Camila Cabello with Young Thug “Havana” (2017)
38. 1766.60: Lil Uzi Vert “XO Tour Llif3” (2017)
39. 1755.18: Twenty One Pilots “Stressed Out” (2015)
40. 1752.73: Dua Lipa “New Rules” (2017)
41. 1738.16: Marshmello with Bastille “Happier” (2018)
42. 1722.00: The Neighbourhood “Sweater Weather” (2012)
43. 1719.65: Travis Scott with Drake “Sicko Mode” (2018)
44. 1713.07: Kendrick Lamar “Humble” (2017)
45. 1703.65: Passenger “Let Her Go” (2012)
46. 1694.84: Avici with Aloe Blacc “Wake Me Up!” (2013)
47. 1693.00: One Republic “Counting Stars” (2013)
48. 1682.00: Justin Bieber “Sorry” (2015)
49. 1672.19: The Weeknd & Ariana Granda “Save Your Tears” (2020)
50. 1668.86: Major Lazer with DJ Snake & MØ “Lean On” (2015)

51. 1661.51: Vance Joy “Riptide” (2013)
52. 1657.65: Saint JHN with Imanbek “Roses” (2016)
53. 1656.69: DJ Snake with Justin Bieber “Let Me Love You” (2016)
54. 1645.00: Post Malone “Better Now” (2018)
55. 1639.00: The Weeknd “The Hills” (2015)
56. 1630.32: Post Malone with Quavo “Congratulations” (2016)
57. 1630.19: Alan Walker “Faded” (2015)
58. 1627.60: Olivia Rodrigo “Good 4 U” (2021)
59. 1626.28: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Ray Dalton “Can’t Hold Us” (2011)
60. 1615.87: Shawn Mendes “Treat You Better” (2016)

61. 1607.07: The Chainsmokers with Daya “Don’t Let Me Down” (2016)
62. 1601.38: Mike Posner “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” (2015)
63. 1601.20: Sam Smith “Stay with Me (2014)
64. 1598.64: Olivia Rodrigo “Drivers License” (2021)
65. 1595.70: Calvin Harris with Dua Lipa “One Kiss” (2018)
66. 1592.48: Halsey “Without Me” (2018)
67. 1591.00: Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” (2014)
68. 1589.00: Ed Sheeran with Justin Bieber “I Don’t Care” (2019)
69. 1576.00: Ariana Grande “Thank U, Next” (2018)
70. 1565.70: Maroon 5 “Memories” (2019)

71. 1560.95: Sam Smith “Too Good at Goodbyes” (2017)
72. 1550.36: The Killers “Mr. Brightside” (2003)
73. 1550.11: 24K Goldn with Iann Dior “Mood” (2020)
74. 1542.68: French Montana with Swae Lee “Unforgettable” (2017)
75. 1536.95: Imagine Dragons “Demons” (2012)
76. 1533.71: Dua Lipa with DaBaby “Levitating” (2020)
77. 1533.15: Lil Nas X “Montero (Call Me by My Name)” (2021)
78. 15232.30: Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow “Industry Baby” (2021)
79. 1528.00: Eminem “Lose Yourself” (2002)
80. 1520.10: Roddy Ricch “The Box” (2019)

81. 1519.55: Bad Bunny with Jhay Cortez “Dakiti” (2020)
82. 1519.00: XXXtentacion “Moonlight” (2018)
83. 1514.62: Ellie Goulding “Love Me Like You Do” (2015)
84. 1496.72: BTS “Dynamite” (2020)
85. 1491.88: Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like” (2016)
86. 1489.00: Oasis “Wonderwall” (1995)
87. 1488.95: Sia with Sean Paul “Cheap Thrills” (2015)
88. 1468.16: Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” (2018) *
89. 1468.00: Maroon 5 with Cardi B “Girls Like You” (2017)
90. 1463.54: Arctic Monkeys “Do I Wanna Know?” (2013)

91. 1462.00: Shawn Mendes “Stitches” (2015)
92. 1461.48: Wiz Khalifa with Charlie Puth “See You Again” (2015)
93. 1460.50: Lauv “I Like Me Better” (2018)
94. 1458.34: Lukas Graham “7 Years” (2015)
95. 1453.93: DaBaby with Roddy Ricch “Rockstar” (2020)
96. 1451.51: Shawn Mendes “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (2016)
97. 1447.54: Eminem with Nate Dogg “Till I Collapse” (2011)
98. 1446.00: Jason Mraz “I’m Yours” (2008)
99. 1438.88: 5 Seconds of Summer “Youngblood” (2018)
100. 1437.20: Maroon 5 “Sugar” (2014)


101. 1433.15: Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (2016)
102. 1425.16: Twenty One Pilots “Heathens” (2016)
103. 1422.25: Cardi B with Bad Bunny & J. Balvin “I Like It” (2018)
104. 1419.55: Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991)
105. 1413.00: J. Cole “No Role Modelz” (2014)
106. 1409.13: Queen “Don’t Stop Me Now” (1978)
107. 1404.25: Charlie Puth with Selena Gomez “We Don’t Talk Anymore” (2016)
108. 1397.55: Harry Styles “As It Was” (2022)
109. 1394.94: Charlie Puth “Attention” (2017)
110. 1388.54: Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’” (1981)

111. 1383.74: Coldplay “The Scientist” (2002)
112. 1382.86: Adele “Someone Like You” (2011)
113. 1370.30: Benny Blanco with Halsey & Khalid “Eastside” (2018)
114. 1368.97: Queen “Another One Bites the Dust” (1980)
115. 1358.16: Lewis Capaldi “Before You Go” (2019)
116. 1358.10: OMI “Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)” (2014)
117. 1354.54: Twenty One Pilots “Ride” (2015)
118. 1352.98: Linkin Park “In the End” (2000)
119. 1348.21: Sia “Chandelier” (2014)
120. 1346.26: Ava Max “Sweet But Psycho” (2018)

121. 1342.59: Trevor Daniel “Falling” (2018)
122. 1339.99: Calvin Harris with Rihanna “This Is What You Came For” (2016)
123. 1338.96: DJ Snake with Selena Gomez “Taki Taki” (2018)
124. 1337.18: Coldplay “Yellow” (2000)
125. 1336.51: Doja Cat with SZA “Kiss Me More” (2021)
126. 1334.91: Dean Lewis “Be Alright” (2018)
127. 1330.39: Foster the People “Pumped Up Kicks” (2010)
128. 1329.09: Sam Smith “I’m Not the Only One” (2014)
129. 1325.15: Powfu with beabadoodbee “Death Bed (Coffee for Your Head)” (2020)
130. 1323.88: Danny Ocean “Me Rehúso” (2016)

131. 1317.79: Major Lazer with Justin Bieber & MØ “Cold Water” (2016)
132. 1314.00: Bruno Mars “When I Was Your Man” (2012)
133. 1313.67: Zayn with Sia “Dusk Till Dawn” (2017)
134. 1311.64: Eminem “Without Me” (2002)
135. 1306.07: Arizona Zervas “Roxanne” (2019)
136. 1304.64: Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (1987)
137. 1301.67: The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
138. 1301.39: Zayn with Taylor Swift “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” (2016)
139. 1288.39: Panic! At the Disco “High Hopes” (2018)
140. 1287.16: Ed Sheeran “Bad Habits” (2021)

141. 1286.88: Toto “Africa” (1982)
142. 1275.63: DNCE “Cake by the Ocean” (2015)
143. 1275.17: Clean Bandit with Sean Paul & Anne-Marie “Rockabye” (2016)
144. 1275.00: Post Malone “I Fall Apart” (2017)
145. 1274.08: Marshmello with Khalid “Silence” (2017)
146. 1271.28: Karol G with Nicki Minaj “Tusa” (2019)
147. 1267.21: Zedd with Maren Morris & Grey “The Middle” (2018)
148. 1258.88: Justin Bieber with Daniel Caesar & Giveon “Peaches” (2021)
149. 1248.88: Khalid “Young, Dumb & Broke” (2017)
150. 1247.01: Fifth Harmony with Ty Dolla $ign “Work from Home” (2016)

151. 1245.00: Imagine Dragons “Radioactive” (2012)
152. 1244.20: Future “Mask Off” (2017)
153. 1243.00: The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes “Roses” (2015)
154. 1240.00: Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?” (2015)
155. 1240.00: Billie Eilish “When the Party’s Over” (2018)
156. 1238.23: Marshmello with Anne-Marie “Friends” (2018)
157. 1236.00: Post Malone with Ty Dolla $ign “Psycho” (2018)
158. 1230.31: Gnash with Olivia O’Brien “I Hate U, I Love U” (2016)
159. 1229.70: Travis Scott “Highest in the Room” (2019)
160. 1223.78: Harry Styles “Adore You” (2019)

161. 1218.69: Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1982)
162. 1216.78: Childish Gambino “Redbone” (2016)
163. 1216.00: The Weeknd “Can’t Feel My Face” (2015)
164. 1215.55: Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010)
165. 1214.80: Anne-Marie “2002” (2018)
166. 1212.82: a-ha “Take on Me” (1984)
167. 1208.77: Kygo with Selena Gomez “It Ain’t Me” (2017)
168. 1207.39: David Guetta with Sia “Titanium” (2011)
169. 1205.21: NF “Let You Down” (2017)
170. 1195.03: Maroon 5 with Wiz Khalifa “Payphone” (2012)

171. 1194.29: Christina Perri “A Thousand Years” (2011)
172. 1191.85: XXXtentacion “Everybody Dies in Their Nightmares” (2017)
173. 1190.04: Khalid “Location” (2017)
174. 1186.36: Avicii “The Nights” (2015)
175. 1185.22: Bruno Mars “Locked Out of Heaven (2012)
176. 1184.29: Logic with Alessia Cara & Khalid “1-800-273-8255” (2017)
177. 1183.23: Queen with David Bowie “Under Pressure” (1981)
178. 1181.86: Elton John with Dua Lipa “Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)” (2021)
179. 1181.77: Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line “Meant to Be” (2017)
180. 1179.40: Zara Larsson with Clean Bandit “Symphony” (2017)

181. 1175.45: Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams “Get Lucky” (2013)
182. 1174.93: Beyoncé “Halo” (2008)
183. 1174.06: Martin Garrix with Bebe Rexha “In the Name of Love” (2016)
184. 1168.58: Bastille “Pompeii” (2013)
185. 1167.23: Billie Eilish “Everything I Wanted” (2019)
186. 1162.64: Coldplay “The Scientist” (2002)
187. 1151.62: Måneskin “Beggin’” (2017)
188. 1151.08: Eagles “Hotel California” (1976)
189. 1150.65: The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army” (2003)
190. 1147.98: Selena Gomez with Marshmello “Wolves” (2017)

191. 1146.94: Jonas Brothers “Sucker” (2019)
192. 1142.43: Bad Bunny with Tainy “Callaíta” (2019)
193. 1131.00: Earth, Wind & Fire “September” (1978)
194. 1128.96: Zara Larsson “Lush Life” (2016)
195. 1128.54 Alec Benjamin with Alessia Cara “Let Me Down Slowly” (2019)
196. 1125.56: J. Balvin with Bad Bunny “La Canción” (2019)
197. 1122.18: Lord Huron “The Night We Met” (2015)
198. 1120.43: Linkin Park “Numb” (2003)
199. 1119.79: Tame Impala “The Less I Know the Better” (2016)
200. 1117.39: Calvin Harris “Summer” (2014)


201. 1115.00: Adele “Hello” (2015)
202. 1115.00: Drake “In My Feelings” (2018)
203. 1113.00: Dua Lipa “IDGAF” (2018)
204. 1111.50: AC/DC “Back in Black” (1980)
205. 1111.34: Alessia Cara “Scars to Your Beautiful” (2015)
206. 1108.80: Juice Wrld “All Girls Are the Same” (2018)
207. 1107.72: Tom Odell “Another Love” (2013)
208. 1106.22: The Weeknd “Call Out My Name” (2018)
209. 1103.19: Eminem “The Real Slim Shady” (2000)
210. 1100.93: Train “Hey, Soul Sister” (2009)

211. 1099.28: Pharrell Williams “Happy” (2013)
212. G-Eazy with Bebe Rexha “Me, Myself & I” (2015)
213. 1098.53: Regard “Ride It” (2020)
214. 1097.19: Zayn “Pillow Talk” (2016)
215. 1096.81: Cardi B with Megan Thee Stallion “WAP” (2020)
216. 1095.91: Magic! “Rude” (2013)
217. 1095.65: Rihanna “Needed Me” (2016)
218. 1093.16: Casper Magico with Nio Garcia, Bad Bunny, Nicky Jam, & Ozuna “Te Boté” (2017)
219. 1089.54: Lil Mosey “Blueberry Faygo” (2020)
220. 1088.98: Kendrick Lamar with SZA “All the Stars” (2018)

221. 1086.09: Jessie J with Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj “Bang Bang” (2014)
222. 1085.19: Shakira with Wyclef Jean “Hips Don’t Lie” (2006)
223. 1084.34: Masked Wolf “Astronaut in the Ocean” (2021)
224. 1082.79: Axwell & Ingrosso “More Than You Know” (2017)
225. 1082.66: Ed Sheeran with Khalid “Beautiful People” (2019)
226. 1078.65: Desiigner “Panda” (2015)
227. 1077.21: Blackbear “Hot Girl Bummer” (2019)
228. 1076.04: Major Lazer with Nyla “Light It Up” (2016)
229. 1075.32: Zedd with Alessia Cara “Stay” (2017)
230. 1073.49: Ariana Grande “Positions” (2020)

231. 1073.32: Dynoro with Gigi D’Agostino “In My Mind” (2018)
232. 1072.70: Farruko “Pepas” (2021)
233. 1071.94: Fleetwood Mac “Dreams” (1977)
234. 1068.72: The Weeknd with Daft Punk “I Feel It Coming” (2016)
235. 1068.50: AC/DC “Highway to Hell” (1979)
236. 1068.34: Hailee Stenfield with Grey & Zedd “Starving” (2016)
237. 1068.34: Offset with Metro Boomin “Ric Flair Drip” (2017)
238. 1067.16: Adele “Easy on Me” (2021)
239. 1066.87: Martin Garrix with Dua Lipa “Scared to Be Lonely” (2017)
240. 1064.04: Pitbull with Ke$ha “Timber” (2013)

241. 1064.12: Maroon 5 “Maps” (2014)
242. 1063.11: Sam Smith with Normani “Dancing with a Stranger” (2019)
243. 1061.68: Clean Bandit with Jess Glynne “Rather Be” (2014)
244. 1059.31: Shawn Mendes “Mercy” (2016)
245. 1059.04: Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer” (1986)
246. 1057.83: Portugal. The Man “Feel It Still” (2017)
247. 1051.16: Julia Michaels “Issues” (2017)
248. 1049.32: Lil Baby with Gunna “Drip Too Hard” (2018)
249. 1049.27: Milky Chance “Stolen Dance” (2013)
250. 1048.81: Tyga with Offset “Taste” (2018)

251. 1048.81: Doja Cat “Woman” (2021)
252. 1048.63: Coolio with L.V. “Gangsta’s Paradise” (1995)
253. 1048.24: Juice Wrld “Robbery” (2019)
254. 1045.59: Goo Goo Dolls “Iris” (1998)
255. 1043.65: Lil Tecca “Ran$om” (2019)
256. 1035.63: The Script with will.i.am “Hall of Fame” (2012)
257. 1034.87: DJ Khaled with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne “I’m the One” (2017)
258. 1028.48: Miley Cyrus “Party in the U.S.A.” (2009)
259. 1027.58: Pedro Capo with Farruko “Calma” (2018)
260. 1027.31: Demi Lovato “Sorry Not Sorry” (2017)

261. 1026.33: Rihanna with Drake “Work” (2016)
262. 1026.01: Avicii “Waiting for Love” (2015)
263. 1022.53: Daddy Yankee with Snow “Con Calma” (2019)
264. 1019.15: AC/DC “Thunderstruck” (1990)
265. 1018.99: Backstreet Boys “I Want It That Way” (1999)
266. 1016.75: MKTO “Classic” (2013)
267. 1015.68: Tate McRae “You Broke Me First” (2020)
268. 1014.08: Robin Schulz with Francesco Yates “Sugar” (2016)
269. 1013.23: Radiohead “Creep” (1992)
270. 1011.83: Olivia Rodrigo “Déjà Vu” (2021)

271. 1011.59: Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg “Still D.R.E.” (1999)
272. 1010.93: Maluma with the Weeknd “Hawaii” (2020)
273. 1007.92: Don Omar & Lucenzo “Danza Kuduro” (2010)
274. 1007.63: Red Hot Chili Peppers “Under the Bridge” (1991)


The following songs have at least one billion plays, but exact number isn’t known. They are listed by overall Dave’s Music Database points.

275. Coldplay “Viva La Vida” (2001)
276. Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are (Amazing)” (2010)
277. Eminem with Rihanna “Love the Way You Lie” (2010)
278. Drake “Hotline Bling” (2015)
279. Kanye West with Daft Punk “Stronger” (2007)
280. Drake “Nice for What” (2018)

281. Bruno Mars “24K Magic” (2016)
282. Doja Cat “Say So” (2020)
283. The Weeknd “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” (2014)
284. Post Malone “Wow.” (2018)
285. Coldplay “Fix You” (2005)
286. Ariana Grande “No Tears Left to Cry” (2018)
287. Ed Sheeran “Castle on the Hill” (2017)
288. Harry Styles “Sign of the Times” (2017)
289. Ariana Grande with Nicki Minaj “Side to Side” (2016)
290. Tove Lo “Habits (Stay High)” (2013)

291. Eminem with Juice Wrld “Godzilla” (2020)
292. Future & Drake “Life Is Good” (2020)
293. Khalid “Better” (2018)
294. Drake “Passionfruit” (2017)
295. J. Balvin with Willy William & Beyonce “Mi Gente” (2017) *
296. Maroon 5 with SZA “What Lovers Do” (2017)
297. Post Malone with Young Thug “Goodbyes” (2019)
298. Ariana Grande “Into You” (2016)
299. The Chainsmokers “Paris” (2017)
300. Ed Sheeran “Galway Girl” (2017)

301. Ariana Grande “One Last Time” (2014)
302. Ed Sheeran “Happier” (2017)
303. XXXtentacion “Changes” (2018)
304. Travis Scott “Butterfly Effect” (2017)
305. Bad Bunny & Drake “MIA” (2018)
306. Anuel AA with Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna, & J. Balvin “China” (2019)
307. XXXtentacion with Trippie Redd “Fuck Love” (2017)
308. XXXtentacion “Look at Me!” (2017)
309. Bad Bunny “Yonaguni” (2021)

* Combined different versions.


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First posted 1/30/2018; last updated 10/13/2022.

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

James Bond Movie Themes Ranked

October 5 is official “Global James Bond Day” in honor of the world premiere of the first James Bond film, Dr. No, in 1962 on this date. That makes October 5, 2022 the 60th anniversary. In honor of this milestone, Dave’s Music Database has ranked all of the theme songs from the 26 James Bond films. First is a listing of the films chronologically followed by the ranked list.

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Check out the Dave’s Music Database podcast episode James Bond Theme Songs: Top 20 which references songs on this list. Premiere: October 4, 2022 at 7pm CST. New episodes based on Dave’s Music Database lists are posted every Tuesday at 7pm CST.


Chronological Order of Movies + Box Office:

The box office figures are adjusted for inflation to 2005 numbers. They come from the Wikipedia page “List of James Bond films.”

1. Dr. No (1962): $448.8 million
2. From Russia with Love (1963): $543.8 million
3. Goldfinger (1964): $820.4 million
4. Thunderball (1965):$848.1 million
5. You Only Live Twice (1967): 514.2 million
6. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) $291.5 million
7. Diamonds Are Forever (1971): $442.5 million
8. Live and Let Die (1973): $460.3 million
9. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974): $334.0 million
10. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977): $533.0 million

11. Moonraker (1979): $535.0 million
12. For Your Eyes Only (1981): $449.4 million
13. Octopussy (1983): $373.8 million
14. Never Say Never Again (1983): ?
15. A View to a Kill (1985): $275.2 million
16. The Living Daylights (1987): $313.5 million
17. License to Kill (1989): $250.9 million
18. GoldenEye (1995): $518.5 million
19. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997): $463.2 million
20. The World Is Not Enough (1999): $439.5 million

21. Die Another Day (2002): $465.4 million
22. Casino Royale (2006): $589.4 million
23. Quantum of Solace (2008): $514.2 million
24. Skyfall (2012): $943.5 million
25. Spectre (2015): $725.5 million
26. No Time to Die (2021): $582.0 million


Rank Order of Theme Songs:

1. Live and Let Die (1973): Paul McCartney & Wings “Live and Let Die”
2. Skyfall (2012): Adele “Skyfall”
3. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977): Carly Simon “Nobody Does It Better”
4. A View to a Kill (1985): Duran Duran “A View to a Kill”
5. Goldfinger (1964): Shirley Bassey “Goldfinger”
6. For Your Eyes Only (1981): Sheena Easton “For Your Eyes Only”
7. Die Another Day (2002): Madonna “Die Another Day”
8. No Time to Die (2021): Billie Eilish “No Time to Die”
9. Quantum of Solace (2008): Jack White & Alicia Keys “Another Way to Die”
10. The Living Daylights (1987): aha “The Living Daylights”

11. Spectre (2015): Sam Smith “Writing’s on the Wall”
12. GoldenEye (1995): Tina Turner “GoldenEye”
13. Octopussy (1983): Rita Coolidge “All Time High”
14. Dr. No (1962): John Barry “The James Bond Theme”
15. Diamonds Are Forever (1971): Shirley Bassey “Diamonds Are Forever”
16. You Only Live Twice (1967): Nancy Sinatra “You Only Live Twice”
17. Thunderball (1965): Tom Jones “Thunderball”
18. Casino Royale (2006): Chris Cornell “You Know My Name”
19. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969): Louis Armstrong “We Have All the Time in the World”
20. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997): Sheryl Crow “Tomorrow Never Dies”

21. License to Kill (1989): Gladys Knight “License to Kill”
22. From Russia with Love (1963): John Barry “From Russia with Love”
23. Never Say Never Again (1983): Lani Hall “Never Say Never Again”
24. The World Is Not Enough (1999): Garbage “The World Is Not Enough”
25. Moonraker (1979): Shirley Bassey “Moonraker”
26. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974): Lulu “The Man with the Golden Gun”


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First posted 9/30/2022; last updated 10/5/2022.