Monday, October 30, 2023

Eagles et al: Top 100 Songs

Eagles et al

Top 100 Songs

1972 lineup: l to r: Bernie Leadon, Don Henley, Randy Meisner, Glenn Frey

1994 lineup: l to r: Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Don Henley, Don Felder, Glenn Frey

The rock/country group the Eagles formed in Los Angeles in 1971. They only released six studio albums during their original run in the 1970s, but are one of the most successful acts in music history. They had five #1 songs with “Best of My Love,” “One of These Nights,” “New Kid in Town,” “Hotel California,” and “Heartache Tonight.” The compilation Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 is one of the best-selling albums in history.

Original members Glenn Frey (vocals, guitar), Don Henley (vocals, drums), Bernie Leadon (guitar, vocals), and Randy Meisner (bass, vocals) started out as Linda Ronstadt’s backing band. Meisner had previously worked with Poco (1968-69) and Leadon was with Dillard & Clark (1968-69) and the Flying Burrito Brothers (1969-71).

Don Felder (guitar, vocals) joined in 1974 and Joe Walsh (guitar, vocals), who’d previously recorded with the James Gang and as a solo artist, replaced Leadon in 1975. Meisner departed in 1977, replaced by Timothy B. Schmit (bass, vocals), who’d previously been with Poco (1969-77).

The brand broke up – seemingly for good – in 1980. Frey and Henley had successful solo careers. Frey, Henley, Felder, Walsh, and Schmit reunited for the Hell Freezes Over tour in 1994 and recorded four new songs. In 2007, absent Felder, they recorded their first new album in 28 years, Long Road Out of Eden.

After Frey’s death in January 2016, he was replaced on tour by his son Deacon Frey and country singer Vince Gill. Randy Meisner passed away in 2023.

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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. Covers of Eagles’ songs have also been included in this list.

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Eagles “Hotel California” (1976)
2. Don Henley “The Boys of Summer” (1984)
3. Eagles “Take It Easy” (1972)

DMDB Top 2%:

4. Eagles “Desperado” (1973)
5. Eagles “Lyin’ Eyes” (1975)
6. Eagles “One of These Nights” (1975)
7. Eagles “New Kid in Town” (1976)

DMDB Top 5%:

8. Eagles “Heartache Tonight” (1979)
9. Eagles “I Can’t Tell You Why” (1979)
10. Eagles “Best of My Love” (1974)

11. Joe Walsh “Rocky Mountain Way” (1973)
12. Don Henley “Dirty Laundry” (1982)
13. Eagles “Life in the Fast Lane” (1976)
14. Eagles “Peaceful, Easy Feeling” (1972)
15. Eagles “Take It to the Limit” (1975)
16. Eagles “Please Come Home for Christmas” (1978)
17. Don Henley “The End of the Innocence” (1989)
18. Eagles “Tequila Sunrise” (1973)
19. Don Henley with Patty Smyth “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough” (1992)
20. Joe Walsh “Life’s Been Good” (1978)

21. Eagles “The Long Run” (1979)
22. Don Henley “The Heart of the Matter” (1989)
23. Don Henley with Stevie Nicks “Leather and Lace” (1981)
24. Eagles “Witchy Woman” (1972)
25. Firefall (with Timothy B. Schmit on background vocals) “Just Remember I Love You” (1977)
26. Eagles “Already Gone” (1974)

DMDB Top 10%:

27. Eagles “Seven Bridges Road” (live, 1980)
28. Don Henley “All She Wants to Do Is Dance” (1984)
29. Don Henley “Sunset Grill” (1984)
30. James Gang “Funk #49” (1970)

31. James Gang “Walk Away” (1971)
32. Glenn Frey “The Heat Is On” (1984)
33. Glenn Frey “You Belong to the City” (1985)
34. Eagles “Get Over It” (1994)
35. Glenn Frey “Smuggler’s Blues” (1984)
36. Joe Walsh “All Night Long” (1980)
37. Eagles “Hole in the World” (2003)
38. Don Henley “New York Minute” (1989)
39. Joe Walsh “A Life of Illusion” (1981)
40. Don Henley “Not Enough Love in the World” (1984)

DMDB Top 20%:

41. Poco “Rose of Cimarron” (1976)
42. Eagles “Learn to Be Still” (1994)
43. Eagles “Love Will Keep Us Alive” (1994)
44. Linda Ronstadt “Desperado” (1973)
45. Glenn Frey “The One You Love” (1982)
46. Don Felder “Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride)” (1981)
47. Eagles “How Long” (2007)
48. Eagles “The Last Resort” (1986)
49. Don Henley “The Last Worthless Evening” (1989)
50. Don Henley “I Can’t Stand Still” (1982)

51. Eagles “Victim of Love” (1976)
52. Don Henley “Through Your Hands” (1996)
53. Glenn Frey “True Love” (1988)
54. Glenn Frey “Sexy Girl” (1984)
55. Eagles “James Dean” (1974)
56. Eagles “In the City” (1979)
57. Travis Tritt “Take It Easy” (1993)
58. Clint Black “Desperado” (1993)
59. Poco “Keep on Tryin’” (1975)
60. Don Henley “Come Rain or Come Shine” (1995)

61. Joe Walsh “Space Age Whiz Kids” (1983)
62. Joe Walsh “The Confessor” (1985)
63. Don Henley “Taking You Home” (2000)
64. Poco “You Better Think Twice” (1970)
65. Randy Meisner “Never Been in Love” (1982)
66. Randy Meisner “Hearts on Fire” (1980)
67. Flying Burrito Brothers “Wild Horses’ (1970)
68. Jackson Browne “Take It Easy” (1973)
69. Don Henley “Johnny Can’t Read” (1982)
70. Eagles “Outlaw Man” (1973)

71. Don Henley “How Bad Do You Want It?” (1989)
72. John Anderson “Heartache Tonight” (1993)
73. Glenn Frey “Part of You, Part of Me” (1991)
74. Don Henley “Who Owns This Place?” (1986)
75. Eagles “Those Shoes” (1979)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

76. Glenn Frey “Party Town” (1982)
77. Glenn Frey “I Found Somebody” (1982)
78. Randy Meisner “Deep Inside My Heart” (1980)
79. Joe Walsh “The Radio Song” (1987)
80. Poco “Indian Summer” (1977)

81. Don Henley “A Month of Sundays” (1984)
82. The Gipsy Kings “Hotel California” (1990)
83. Don Henley “Drivin’ with Your Eyes Closed” (1984)
84. Johnny Cash with Don Henley “Desperado” (2002)
85. Joe Walsh “Turn to Stone” (1972)
86. Joe Walsh “Meadows” (1973)
87. Joe Walsh “Ordinary Average Guy” (1991)
88. Glenn Frey “All Those Lies” (1982)
89. Eagles “Wasted Time” (1976)
90. James Gang “Midnight Man” (1971)

91. Eagles “Ol’ ‘55” (1974)
92. Timothy B. Schmit “Boys Night Out” (1987)
93. Eagles “No More Cloudy Days” (2005)
94. Eagles “After the Thrill Is Gone” (1975)
95. Eagles “The Sad Café” (1979)
96. Poco “C’mon” (1971)
97. Joe Walsh “Vote for Me” (1992)
98. Don Henley “The Garden of Allah” (1995)
99. Bruce Springsteen “Take It Easy” (live, 2016)
100. Little River Band with Glenn Frey “Take It Easy/Lyin’ Eyes” (live, 1988)

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First posted 7/22/2017; last updated 10/30/2023.

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Holland-Dozier-Holland: Top 100 Songs

l to r: Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland, Brian Holland; image from


Top 100 Songs

Eddie Holland was born 80 years ago today (10/30/193) in Detroit Michigan. Along with his brother Brian Holland (born 2/15/1941 in Detroit, Michigan) and Lamont Dozier (born 6/16/1941 in Detroit, Michigan), they formed the famed Holland-Dozier-Holland writing team. They crafted multiple hits for Motown for nearly a decade before leaving in the late 1960s to form Invictus, where they continued their hitmaking ways until 1973, when Dozier started a solo career.


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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. In the event of multiple versions of a song, only the song ranked highest in Dave’s Music Database is included. Songs which hit #1 on the following charts are noted: Billboard Hot 100 (US), Cashbox (CB), Hit Records (HR), Radio & Records (RR), Billboard R&B chart (RB), Billboard adult contemporary chart (AC), Billboard album rock chart (AR), United Kingdom pop chart (UK), and Canadian pop chart (CN).

Holland-Dozier-Holland typically worked together, but individually they did occasionally collaborate with others and/or pen a song by just one or two of the team. Songs written by each of the three below are indicated: Brian Holland (B), Eddie Holland (E), and Lamont Dozier (L).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. B-E-L: Reach Out (I’ll Be There) (Four Tops, 1966) #1 US, CB, RB, UK
2. B-E-L: Stop! In the Name of Love (The Supremes, 1965) #1 US, CB, HR
3. B-E-L: Where Did Our Love Go (The Supremes, 1964) #1 US, CB, HR, RB, CN
4. B-E-L: Baby Love (The Supremes, 1964) #1 US, CB, HR, RB, UK
5. B-E-L: You Can’t Hurry Love (The Supremes, 1966) #1 US, CB, HR, RB
6. B-E-L: I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) (Four Tops, 1965) #1 US, CB, HR, RB

DMDB Top 5%:

7. E: Ain’t Too Proud to Beg (The Temptations, 1966) #1 RB
8. B-E-L: Baby I Need Your Loving (Four Tops, 1964)
9. B: Please Mr. Postman (The Marvelletes, 1961) #1 US, RB
10. B-E-L: Heat Wave (Martha & the Vandellas, 1963) #1 RB

11. B-E-L: You Keep Me Hangin’ On (The Supremes, 1966) #1 US, CB, HR, RB
12. B-E-L: Roll with It (Steve Winwood, 1988) #1 US, CB, RR, AC, AR, CN
13. B-E-L: How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You (Marvin Gaye, 1964)
14. B-E-L: Come See About Me (The Supremes, 1964) #1 US, CB, HR, CN
16. B-E-L: I Hear a Symphony (The Supremes, 1965) #1 US, CB, HR
18. L: Two Hearts (Phil Collins, 1988) #1 US, CB, RR, AC, CN
19. B-E-L: This Old Heart of Mine (The Isley Brothers, 1966)
20. B-E-L: Back in My Arms Again (The Supremes, 1966) #1 US, CB, RB, CN

DMDB Top 10%:

21. B-E-L: Standing in the Shadows of Love (Four Tops, 1966)
22. E: I Know I’m Losing You (The Temptations, 1966) #1 RB
23. B-E-L: Bernadette (Four Tops, 1967)
24. B-E-L: It’s the Same Old Song (Four Tops, 1965)
25. B-E-L: Reflections (The Supremes, 1967)
27. B-E-L: The Happening (The Supremes, 1967) #1 US, CB, HR
28. E: Beauty Is Only Skin Deep (The Temptations, 1966) #1 RB
29. B-E-L: Can I Get a Witness (Marvin Gaye, 1963)
30. B-E-L: Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While) (The Doobie Brothers, 1975)

DMDB Top 20%:

31. B-E-L: Jimmy Mack (Martha & the Vandellas, 1967) #1 RB
32. B-E-L: When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes (The Supremes, 1963)
33. B-E-L: Give Me Just a Little More Time (Chairmen of the Board, 1970)
34. B-E-L: Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart (The Supremes, 1966)
35. B-E-L: I’m a Road Runner (Jr. Walker & the All-Stars, 1966)
36. B-E-L: My World Is Empty Without You (The Supremes, 1965)
37. B-E-L: Heaven Must Have Sent You (Bonnie Pointer, 1979)
38. B-E-L: In and Out of Love (The Supremes, 1967)
39. B-E-L: Forever Came Today (The Supremes, 1968)
40. B-E-L: You’re a Wonderful One (Marvin Gaye, 1964)

41. B-E-L: Nothing But Heartache (The Supremes, 1965)
42. E: Too Many Fish in the Sea (The Marvelettes, 1964)
43. B-E-L: Come “Round Here, I’m the One You Need (The Miracles, 1966)
44. B-E: We’re Almost There (Michael Jackson, 1975)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

45. B-E-L: You Keep Running Away (Four Tops, 1967)
46. B-E-L: Run, Run, Run (The Supremes, 1964)
47. E: Girl, Why You Wanna Make Me Blue (The Temptations, 1964)
48. B-E-L: Come and Get These Memories (Martha & the Vandellas, 1963)
49. E: He Was Really Sayin’ Something (The Velvelettes, 1965)
50. B-E-L: Leaving Here (Eddie Holland, 1964)

51. E: All I Need (The Temptations, 1967)
52. E: Loneliness Made Me Realize It’s You That I Need (The Temptations, 1967)
53. B-E-L: Mickey’s Monkey (The Miracles, 1963)
54. B-E-L: Baby Don’t You Do It (Marvin Gaye, 1964)
55. B-E-L: 7 Rooms of Gloom (Four Tops, 1967)
56. B-E: Just a Little Bit of You (Michael Jackson, 1975)
57. B-E-L: Something About You (Four Tops, 1965)
58. B-E-L: Little Darling, I Need You (Marvin Gaye, 1966)
59. B-E-L: Shake Me, Wake Me When It’s Over (Four Tops, 1966)
60. B-E-L: You’ve Got Me Dangling on a String (Chairmen of the Board, 1970)

61. B-E-L: Everything’s Tuesday (Chairmen of the Board, 1970)
62. B-E: I’m Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking (The Supremes, 1976)
63. B-L: Chairman of the Board (The Chairmen of the Board, 1971)
64. B-E: Keep Holding On (The Temptations, 1975)
65. B-E-L: I Gotta Dance to Keep from Crying (The Miracles, 1963)
66. B-E-L: Love Makes Me Do Foolish Things (Martha & the Vandellas, 1965)
67. E: The Girl’s Alright with Me (The Temptations, 1964)
68. B-E-L: Your Unchanging Love (Marvin Gaye, 1966)
69. B-E-L: I’m Ready for Love (Martha & the Vandellas, 1966)
70. B-E-L: You Lost the Sweetest Boy (Mary Wells, 1963)

71. B-E-L: I’m in a Different World (Four Tops, 1968)
72. B-E-L: Deeper and Deeper (Freda Payne, 1970)
73. B-E-L: Why Can’t We Be Lovers (Holland-Dozier, 1972)
74. B: Playboy (The Marvelletes, 1962)
75. B-E: You’re My Driving Wheel (The Supremes, 1976)
76. B-E-L: I Guess I’ll Always Love You (The Isley Brothers, 1966)
77. B-E-L: Helpless (Kim Weston, 1966)
78. B-E-L; Quicksand (Martha & the Vandellas, 1963)
79. B-L: Cherish What Is Dear to You While It’s Near to You (Freda Payne, 1971)
80. B: Twistin’ Postman (The Marvelettes, 1962)

81. B: Greetings, This Is Uncle Same (The Monitors, 1966)
82. B-E-L: There’s a Ghost in My House (The Fall, 1987)
83. B-E-L: Locking Up My Heart (The Marvelettes, 1963)
84. B-L: Forever (The Marvelettes, 1963)
85. B-E-L: Without the One You Love, Life’s Not Worthwhile (Four Tops, 1964)
86. E: Gotta See Jane (R. Dean Taylor, 1968)
87. E: Everything Is Good About You (The Lettermen, 1971)
88. B-E-L: Put Yourself in My Place (The Elgins, 1966)
89. B-E-L: In My Lonely Room (Martha & the Vandellas, 1964)
90. B-E-L: Live Wire (Martha & the Vandellas, 1964)

91. B-E-L: Just Ain’t Enough (Eddie Holland, 1964)
92. B-E-L: Candy to Me (Eddie Holland, 1964)
93. E: All I Do Is Thing of You (Troop, 1990) #1 RB
94. E: Everybody Needs Love (Gladys Knight & the Pips, 1967)
95. B-E-L: Westbound #69 (The Flaming Ember, 1970)
96. B-E-L: The Day I Found Myself (The Honey Cone, 1972)
97. B-E-L: Crumbs Off the Table (Glass House, 1969)
98. B-E-L: Girls It Ain’t Easy (The Honey Cone, 1969)
99. B-E-L: While You’re Out Looking for Sugar (The Honey Cone, 1969)
100. B-L: You Brought the Joy (Freda Payne, 1971)

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First posted 12/16/2019; last updated 10/28/2023.

Today in Music (1893): Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 first performed

Symphony No. 6 in B minor (Pathétique)

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (composer)

Composed: February – August 1893

First performed: October 28, 1893

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Genre: classical > symphony


  1. Adagio – Allegro non troppo
  2. Allegro con grazia
  3. Allegro molto vivace
  4. Finale, Adagio lamentoso

Average Duration: 45:20


4.246 out of 5.00 (average of 4 ratings)


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About the Album:

“Tchaikovsky composed this music between February and August 1893, and conducted the first performance on October 28 of that year in St. Petersburg. Already in 1890 Tchaikovsky had written to his patroness of 13 years, Nadezhda von Meck, about a possible ‘program symphony.’ By 1893 he was ready to follow through on the idea, dedicated to his nephew Vladimir Davidov, the ‘Bobyk’ (or ‘Bob’) of many diary-entries and letters during the 1880s. After a successful premiere, however, he was not satisfied with Program Symphony (No. 6) on the title page. Several days later Modest suggested ‘patetichesky,’ which in Russian means ‘1, enthusiastic, passionate; 2, emotional; and 3, bombastic’ (rather than ‘pathetic’ or ‘arousing pity,’ as in English). Pyotr Il'yich was delighted by the suggestion: ‘Excellent, Modya, bravo, patetichesky!’ He wrote this onto the score, and sent it the same day to his publisher, Jurgenson. Two days later, however, he had qualms and asked Jurgenson to suppress subtitles – to issue the work simply as Symphony No. 6, dedicated to Bobyk. One week later, he was dead. As for Jurgenson, he could not resist the opportunity in 1893 to publish No. 6, in elegant Lingua Franca, as Symphonie pathétique. The sobriquet has stuck ever since.” RD

“During the work’s incubation Tchaikovsky was in rare good spirits, pleased with his boldness and fluency, especially in the trailblazing finale, a drawn-out Adagio of funereal character. Where others still wrote conventional slow movements, he hit on the idea of ‘a limping waltz’ in 5/4 time. And he made the scherzo a march that builds to such a pitch of excitement that audiences ever since, everywhere, applaud at the end.” RD

“A lugubrious Adagio prologue begins with a bassoon solo in E minor that makes its way upward through the murk of divisi string basses, followed by a nervous little motif that blossoms into the main theme of an Allegro ma non troppo sonata-structure in B minor. The memorably sighing, mauve-hued melody that dominates this movement is actually its secondary subject. A crashing orchestral tutti sets up the passionately agitated development section, followed by a condensed reprise and a brief, calmed coda.” RD

“Tchaikovsky’s marking for this D major ‘waltz’ movement is Allegro con grazia – a song and trio with extended coda whose mood may be wistful, even melancholic midway, but whose spirit is balletic, to the extent of echoing Nutcracker’s ‘Waltz of the Flowers,’ composed a year earlier.” RD

“The March-Scherzo, Allegro molto vivace in common time, has an elfin character at the start. It is a sonatina (exposition and reprise without development) that quick-steps to an explosive climax but always returns to tonic G major.” RD

“Another sonatina (symphonic developments were Tchaikovsky's bête noire) is anchored in B minor, although the tragic second theme enters in D major. The overall mood is inconsolably grieving, but not ‘pathetic.’ Ultimately, the music returns to those murky depths in which the symphony was born some 40 minutes earlier — without, however, benediction or hope.” RD

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First posted 5/8/2011; last updated 10/28/2023.

Friday, October 27, 2023

Aural Fixation: What Is Rock and Roll?

Aural Fixation:

What Is Rock and Roll?

Aural Fixation” is a music-themed column I wrote for from 2011-2013. They are no longer online there, but I have reformatted them here at the DMDB blog with additional videos, photos, and links, such as where to buy referenced albums. I have also used the title “Aural Fixation” for any essays I have written outside of as well. To see the essays, check out the Dave’s Music Database Aural Fixation page. You can also purchase the essays in book format here.

Read the comments section of any Facebook post from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and you’ll be hammered with incessant whining about who has been overlooked for induction and, more annoyingly, who has been inducted that doesn’t belong. I challenged – politely, I might add – one of these complainers to offer his definition of rock and roll. This perfectly reasonable request worked him into a frenzy involving name-calling, trolling my Facebook page, and bashing hip-hop. You know what he didn’t do? Define rock and roll.

He isn’t alone in his hell-bent agenda to play gate keeper for admission to the rock and roll big top. His inability to explain his vetting criteria, sadly, is par for the course. The arguments are generally no more sophisticated than “rap isn’t rock and roll” or “well, you know it when you hear it.”

To be fair, the reason these self-appointed rock purists can’t offer a perfect definition is that one doesn’t exist. Rock and roll is generally defined as a genre which emerged out of the 1950s as an amalgam of R&B, country, blues, gospel, folk, and other genres. It is typically associated with a gravelly-voiced lead singer spitting out simple melodies and lyrics backed by electrically-amplified instruments such as guitar alongside a heavy beat provided by drums and bass.

However, the wheels then start falling off immediately. Let’s look at the very first class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees in 1986, which included architects of the genre such as Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Buddy Holly. Would anyone argue they aren’t rock and roll? Of course not. Let’s key in on Elvis for a moment, however. He cranked out undisputed classics of the genre with songs like “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” and “Jailhouse Rock.”

Let’s analyze a few of his biggest post-‘50s songs, however. “It’s Now Or Never” was based on the Italian operatic song “O Sole Mio” from the 1890s. “Are You Lonesome Tonight” was a traditional pop ballad which originated in the 1920s. “Crying in the Chapel” was a country gospel song first recorded in 1953. These are just three songs by the undisputed King of Rock and Roll which taken individually might not fit the conventional idea of rock and roll.

How rigid are we going to be in adhering to the idea that rock is a guitar-driven genre? The first class of inductees included Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard whose instrument of choice was piano. Is anyone going to say “Great Balls of Fire” and “Tutti Frutti” aren’t quintessential rock songs?

Let’s analyze two other inductees that year – Jimmie Rodgers and Robert Johnson. The former has been called the Father of Country Music and the latter is a blues legend. The Hall sent an important message from the onset – rock music doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It was born – and continues to grow – out of multiple genres.

In the decades since the emergence of rock and roll, it became such a dominant force in shaping commercial music that the term “rock” became almost synonymous with the term “pop.” That means rock has absorbed pretty much every popular trend in music for roughly three quarters of a century.

So what can we conclude? Rock and roll is driven by guitar. Or not. It focuses on upbeat songs from the 1950s and later. Or not. It is a separate entity from other genres. Or not. The problem in defining any genre of music is there are no absolutes. Rock and roll, in fact, may defy boundaries more than any other genre. Part of its character since its infancy is its rebellious nature, its proclivity for not sticking to the rules. Whining and complaining about something not fitting into one’s conventional ideas is about as un-rock-and-roll as it gets.

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First posted 10/27/2023.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

The Rolling Stones’ Top 100 Songs/Studio Albums Ranked

The Rolling Stones

Top 100 Songs/Studio Albums Ranked

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

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

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


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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 charts.)

DMDB Top 1%:

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

11. Miss You (1978) #1 US, CB, CN
12. Get Off of My Cloud (1965) #1 US, CB, UK, CN
13. Wild Horses (1971)

DMDB Top 2%:

14. Ruby Tuesday (1967) #1 US, CB
15. Tumbling Dice (1972)

DMDB Top 5%:

16. Beast of Burden (1978)
17. It’s Only Rock and Roll (But I Like It) (1974)
18. 19th Nervous Breakdown (1966)
19. Street Fighting Man (1968)
20. Mother’s Little Helper (1966)

21. The Last Time (1965) #1 UK
22. Let’s Spend the Night Together (1967)
23. Time Is on My Side (1964)
24. It’s All Over Now (1964) #1 UK
25. She’s a Rainbow (1967)
26. As Tears Go By (1965) #1 CN
27. Emotional Rescue (1980) #1 CN
28. Waiting on a Friend (1981)
29. Under My Thumb (1966)
30. Happy (1972)
31. Shattered (1978)
32. She’s So Cold (1980)
33. Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) (1973)
34. Fool to Cry (1976)
35. Mixed Emotions (1989) #1 CN, AR

DMDB Top 10%:

36. We Love You (1967)
37. Undercover of the Night (1983)
38. Harlem Shuffle (1986)
39. Heart of Stone (1964)
40. Dead Flowers (1971)

41. Midnight Rambler (1979)
42. Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadows? (1966)
43. Love Is Strong (1994)
44. Rock and a Hard Place (1989) #1 AR
45. Far Away Eyes (1978)
46. 2000 Light Years from Home (1967)
47. Ain’t Too Proud to Beg (1974)
48. Bitch (1971)
49. Lady Jane (1966)
50. Can’t You Hear Me Knocking (1971)

51. Let It Bleed (1969)
52. Tell Me (You’re Coming Back) (1964)
53. Not Fade Away (1964)
54. Play with Fire (1965)
55. Anybody Seen My Baby? (1997) #1 CN
56. Out of Tears (1994)
57. Hang Fire (1981)
58. Little Red Rooster (1964) #1 UK
59. Out of Time (1966)
60. Dandelion (1967)

61. You Got Me Rocking (1994)
62. One Hit to the Body (1986)

DMDB Top 20%:

63. High Wire (1991) #1 AR
64. Saint of Me (1997)
65. Going to a Go-Go (live) (1982)
66. Like a Rolling Stone (live, 1995)
67. Almost Hear You Sigh (1989) #1 AR
68. Monkey Man (1969)
69. Moonlight Mile (1971)
70. She Was Hot (1983)

71. All Down the Line (1972)
72. I Wanna Be Your Man (1963)
73. Living in a Ghost Town (2020)
74. Hot Stuff (1976)
75. Get Your Kicks on Route 66 (1964)
76. Don’t Stop (2002)
77. Memory Motel (1976)
78. Rough Justice (2005)
79. I’m Free (1965)
80. No Expectations (1968)

81. I Go Wild (1994)
82. Rocks Off (1972)
83. Plundered My Soul (1972/2010)
84. Respectable (1978)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

85. I Don’t Know Why I Love You (1969)
86. Come On (1963)
87. Doom and Gloom (2012)
88. Rain Fall Down (2005)
89. Sister Morphine (1971)
90. Terrifying (1989)

91. Sparks Will Fly (1994)
92. Sway (1971)
93. Little T & A (1981)
94. Just Your Fool (2016)
95. When the Whip Comes Down (1978)
96. Good Times, Bad Times (1964)
97. Shine a Light (1972)
98. Just My Imagination Running Away with me (1978)
99. Dance Little Sister (1974)
100. Rip This Joint (1972)

The Rolling Stones: Studio Albums Ranked

Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by album’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, critics’ ratings, and awards. Also factored in are the status of each album’s songs in Dave’s Music Database for songs.

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

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

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

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First posted 7/26/2013; last updated 10/25/2023.