Friday, March 22, 2024

New Americana: Top 50 All-Time Albums

New Americana:

The Top 50 Albums

One of the most interesting genres in the 21st century is what I call “New Americana.” Americana has become a catch-all phrase for roots-oriented music that taps primarily into folk and country. It has, however, become a genre that also builds off the folk rock movement of the ‘60s, the country rock movement of the ‘70s, and the alt-country movement of the ‘90s. This list focuses mostly on post ‘90s work, but includes some albums in the ‘80s and ‘90s which were instrumental in establish this “new” old genre.

The DMDB aggregated more than 30 lists and then took those albums from 3 or more lists, as well as any albums which topped Billboard magazine’s Americana chart from 2009 to present, and ranked them according to overall DMDB points. A separate list has been created for folk and folk rock. Similarly, there is a DMDB list focused on country music. Check out those and other best-of-genre/category lists here.

1. Jeff Buckley Grace (1994)
2. Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2001)
3. Sufjan Stevens Illinois (2005)
4. Mumford & Sons Babel (2012)
5. Beck Sea Change (2002)
6. Mumford & Sons Sigh No More (2009)
7. Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes (2008)
8. Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago (2007)
9. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raising Sand (2007)
10. Lucinda Williams Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (1998)

11. Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell (2015)
12. Bon Iver Bon Iver (2011)
13. Johnny Cash American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002)
14. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit The Nashville Sound (2017)
15. Johnny Cash American Recordings (1994)
16. Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit (2015)
17. Brandi Carlile By the Way, I Forgive You (2018)
18. Bright Eyes I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning (2005)
19. Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues (2011)
20. The Lumineers The Lumineers (2012)

21. Joanna Newsom Ys (2006)
22. Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear (2015)
23. Elliott Smith Either/Or (1997)
24. Gillian Welch Time (The Revelator) (2001)
25. John Hiatt Bring the Family (1987)
26. Bruce Springsteen We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (2006)
27. Phoebe Bridgers Punisher (2020)
28. Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998)
29. Steve Earle Guitar Town (1986)
30. Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker (2016)

31. The Highwomen The Highwomen (2019)
32. Bruce Springsteen Western Stars (2019)
33. Ryan Adams Heartbreaker (2000)
34. Billy Bragg & Wilco Mermaid Avenue (1998)
35. Uncle Tupelo No Depression (1990)
36. The Avett Brothers I and Love and You (2009)
37. Cat Power You Are Free (2003)
38. Wilco Being There (1996)
39. Brandi Carlile In These Silent Days (2021)
40. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raise the Roof (2021)

41. Lucinda Williams Lucinda Williams (1988)
42. Bright Eyes Lifted or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground (2002)
43. Joanna Newsom Have One on Me (2010)
44. Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (2006)
45. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit Reunions (2020)
46. Johnny Cash American III: Solitary Man (2000)
47. The Decemberists The Crane Wife (2006)
48. Lyle Lovett The Road to Ensenada (1996)
49. Ryan Adams & the Cardinals Cold Roses (2005)
50. The Jayhawks Hollywood Town Hall (1992)


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First posted 3/22/2024.

The Top 60 Folk/Folk Rock Albums of All Time

Folk/Folk Rock:

The Top 60 Albums

Call it folk, folk-rock, roots music, country rock, or whatever else floats your fancy. Music typically driven by acoustic instruments or which harkens back to musical forms of a century ago has played a large role in shaping popular music and then responding to popular music trends. The DMDB aggregated more than 30 lists and then took those albums from 3 or more lists and ranked them according to overall DMDB points.

This has since been divided into two lists. This one focuses on folk and folk rock, roughly music from the 1930s through the 1980s. A second list has been been dedicated to what I’m calling “New Americana.” Like folk and folk rock, this is music which is roots-based, but tends to have a more modern spin as it is largely comprised of albums from the 21st century with representation of the ‘80s and ‘90s as well. In addition to Americana, this music is also referred to as indie folk and alt-country.

Make sure you also check out the DMDB list of top country albums as there is a lot ocross-polination between country, folk, and Americana. I’ve created three separate lists for these genres and allowed an album to only show up on one of the three lists. Check out those and other best-of-genre/category lists here.

1. Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
2. Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde (1966)
3. Carole King Tapestry (1971)
4. Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
5. Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks (1975)
6. Van Morrison Astral Weeks (1968)
7. Joni Mitchell Blue (1971)
8. Neil Young After the Gold Rush (1970)
9. Neil Young Harvest (1972)
10. Love Forever Changes (1967)

11. The Band The Band (1969)
12. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Déjà Vu (1970)
13. Robert Johnson The Complete Recordings (1936-37)
14. Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home (1965)
15. Van Morrison Moondance (1970)
16. The Band Music from Big Pink (1968)
17. George Harrison All Things Must Pass (1970)
18. Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo’s Factory (1970)
19. Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman (1988)
20. Grateful Dead American Beauty (1970)

21. Bob Dylan The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963)
22. Crosby, Stills & Nash Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969)
23. Nick Drake Five Leaves Left (1969)
24. Bruce Springsteen Nebraska (1982)
25. Bob Dylan Love and Theft (2001)
26. Leonard Cohen The Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967)
27. Simon & Garfunkel Bookends (1968)
28. Neil Young Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969)
29. The Byrds Younger Than Yesterday (1967)
30. The Byrds Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)

31. Grateful Dead Workingman’s Dead (1970)
32. Bob Dylan Time Out of Mind (1997)
33. Various Artists compiled by Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music (box set, recorded 1926-32, released 1952)
34. James Taylor Sweet Baby James (1970)
35. Bob Dylan John Wesley Harding (1967)
36. Bob Dylan Modern Times (2006)
37. John Cougar Mellencamp Scarecrow (1985)
38. Nick Drake Bryter Layter (1970)
39. Fairport Convention Liege and Lief (1969)
40. Nick Drake Pink Moon (1972)

41. Cat Stevens Tea for the Tillerman (1970)
42. Buffalo Springfield Again (1967)
43. Woody Guthrie Dust Bowl Ballads (1940)
44. Simon & Garfunkel Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme (1966)
45. Bob Dylan The Royal Albert Hall Concert (The Bootleg Series Volume 4) (live, 1966)
46. Richard & Linda Thompson I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (1974)
47. Neil Young On the Beach (1974)
48. Bob Dylan Nashville Skyline (1969)
49. Bob Dylan Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964)
50. John Prine John Prine (1972)

51. Richard & Linda Thompson Shoot Out the Lights (1982)
52. The Kingston Trio At Large (1959)
53. Randy Newman 12 Songs (1970)
54. Bob Dylan The Times They Are A-Changin’ (1964)
55. Indigo Girls Indigo Girls (1989)
56. Leonard Cohen Songs of Love and Hate (1971)
57. Tim Buckley Starsailor (1970)
58. Fairport Convention Unhalfbricking (1969)
59. Bob Dylan Rough and Rowdy Ways (2020)
60. Eagles Eagles (1972)


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First posted 3/4/2013; last updated 3/22/2024.

Top 100 Country Albums of All Time

Country Music:

The Top 100 Albums

This was originally posted as a top 20 list on Facebook and then expanded for the DMDB blog. 38 lists (sources at bottom of page) focused on country albums were aggregated to create this list. Albums making 3 or more of those lists were ranked by their overall status in Dave’s Music Database. Also factored in were those which topped the country album chart or won Country Album of the Year awards from the Academy of Country Music, American Music Awards, Billboard, Country Music Association, Dave’s Music Database, and the Grammys.

There is a lot of cross-polination between country, folk, and Americana. I’ve created three separate lists for these genres and allowed an album to only show up on one of the three lists. Check out those and other best-of-genre/category lists here.

1. Shania Twain Come on Over (1997)
2. Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison (1968)
3. Taylor Swift Fearless (2008)
4. Ray Charles Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962)
5. Various artists O Brother Where Art Thou (soundtrack, 2000)
6. Taylor Swift Red (2012)
7. Chris Stapleton Traveller (2015)
8. Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour (2018)
9. Garth Brooks Ropin’ the Wind (1991)
10. The Byrds Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968)

11. Gram Parsons Grievous Angel (1974)
12. Garth Brooks No Fences (1990)
13. Hank Williams 40 Greatest Hits (compilation: 1947-53, released 1978)
14. Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits (compilation: 1977-80, released 1980)
15. Patsy Cline 12 Greatest Hits (compilation: 1957-63, released 1973)
16. Morgan Wallen Dangerous: The Double Album (2021)
17. Garth Brooks The Hits (compilation: 1989-1993)
18. Carrie Underwood Some Hearts (2005)
19. Johnny Cash At San Quentin (live, 1969)
20. Taylor Swift Speak Now (2010)

21. The Flying Burrito Brothers The Gilded Palace of Sin (1969)
22. Billy Ray Cyrus Some Gave All (1992)
23. Dixie Chicks Home (2002)
24. Shania Twain Up! (2002)
25. Dixie Chicks Wide Open Spaces (1998)
26. Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide to Earth (2016)
27. Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose (2004)
28. Morgan Wallen One Thing at a Time (2023)
29. Dixie Chicks Fly (1999)
30. Willie Nelson Red-Headed Stranger (1975)

31. Shania Twain The Woman in Me (1995)
32. Lady Antebellum Need You Now (2010)
33. Shania Twain Greatest Hits (compilation: 1994-2004, released 2004)
34. Dixie Chicks Taking the Long Way (2006)
35. Garth Brooks Double Live (1998)
36. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Will the Circle Be Unbroken (1972)
37. Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer, Different Park (2013)
38. Alan Jackson Greatest Hits Volume 2 and Some Other Stuff (compilation: 1996-2003, released 2003)
39. Alabama Greatest Hits (compilation: 1980-86, released 1986)
40. Gram Parsons G.P. (1973)

41. Alan Jackson The Greatest Hits Collection (compilation: 1989-95, released 1995)
42. Chris Stapleton Starting Over (2020)
43. Taylor Swift Taylor Swift (2006)
44. Garth Brooks In Pieces (1993)
45. Taylor Swift Red (Taylor’s Version) (2021)
46. Kenny Rogers The Gambler (1978)
47. Miranda Lambert Platinum (2014)
48. Luke Combs This One’s for You (2017)
49. Emmylou Harris Wrecking Ball (1995)
50. Garth Brooks Sevens (1997)

51. Clint Black Killin’ Time (1989)
52. Tim McGraw Greatest Hits (compilation: 1994-99, released 2000)
53. Garth Brooks The Chase (1992)
54. Kenny Rogers Ten Years of Gold (compilation: 1967-77, released 1978)
55. Eagles Long Road Out of Eden (2007)
56. George Strait 50 Number Ones (compilation: 1982-2004, released 2004)
57. Zach Bryan American Heartbreak (2022)
58. Willie Nelson Stardust (1978)
59. LeAnn Rimes Blue (1996)
60. Garth Brooks Garth Brooks (1989)

61. Faith Hill Breathe (1999)
62. Randy Travis Always and Forever (1987)
63. Chris Stapleton From a Room, Volume 1 (2017)
64. Various Artists Coyote Ugly (soundtrack, 2000)
65. Luke Bryan Crash My Party (2013)
66. Kacey Musgraves Star-Crossed (2021)
67. Eric Church Chief (2011)
68. Various Artists Country Music (box: 1928-2002, released 2019)
69. Waylon Jennings Greatest Hits (compilation: 1968-78, released 1979)
70. Willie Nelson Always on My Mind (1982)

71. Gretchen Wilson Here for the Party (2004)
72. Jason Aldean My Kinda Party (2011)
73. Garth Brooks The Ultimate Hits (compilation: 1989-2007, released 2007)
74. Alan Jackson Drive (2002)
75. Lyle Lovett Pontiac (1987)
76. Charlie Rich Behind Closed Doors (1973)
77. Willie Nelson Greatest Hits & Some That Will Be (compilation: 1973-81, released 1981)
78. Tim McGraw Not a Moment Too Soon (1994)
79. Alan Jackson A Lot about Livin’ and a Little ‘Bout Love (1992)
80. Alabama Mountain Music (1982)

81. Rascal Flatts Me and My Gang (2006)
82. Kenny Chesney When the Sun Goes Down (2004)
83. Mary Chapin Carpenter Come on, Come On (1992)
84. Alabama The Closer You Get (1983)
85. Brad Paisley Time Well Wasted (2005)
86. Alabama Feels So Right (1981)
87. Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, & Jessi Colter Wanted! The Outlaws (1976)
88. Brooks & Dunn Brand New Man (1991)
89. Toby Keith Shock ‘n Y’all (2003)
90. Reba McEntire Greatest Hits Volume Two (compilation: 1988-93, released 1993)

91. Miranda Lambert Revolution (2009)
92. George Strait Blue Clear Sky (1996)
93. John Denver Back Home Again (1974)
94. Glen Campbell Wichita Lineman (1968)
95. Kenny Rogers Kenny (1979)
96. Garth Brooks Fresh Horses (1995)
97. Elvis Presley Moody Blue (1977)
98. Garth Brooks Scarecrow (2001)
99. Randy Travis Storms of Life (1986)
100. Dwight Yoakam Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc. (1986)


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First posted 3/17/2010; last updated 3/22/2024.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Top 50 Blues Albums of All Time

Blues:

The Top 50 Albums

This list started as a post on the DMDB Facebook page (Top 10 Blues and Blues/Rock Albums) on 2/23/2010. The list has since been expanded by aggregating more than 50 lists focused on blues and blues/rock albums. This list focuses on those albums which scored higher on the blues lists. Albums which made three or more lists were then sorted by overall status in Dave’s Music Database.

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

1. Robert Johnson The Complete Recordings (compilation: 1936-37, released 1990)
2. Howlin’ Wolf Moanin’ in the Moonlight/Howlin’ Wolf (aka ‘The Rockin’ Chair Album’) (compilations: 1951-62, released in 1959 and 1962) *
3. Bessie Smith The Essential (compilation: 1923-1933, released 1997)
4. B.B. King Live at the Regal (live, 1964)
5. John Mayall & the Blues Breakers Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (1966)
6. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble Texas Flood (1983)
7. Charlie Patton Founder of the Delta Blues (compilation: 1929-34, released 1969)
8. Muddy Waters At Newport (live, 1960)
9. Robert Cray Strong Persuader (1986)
10. Albert King Born Under a Bad Sign (1967)

11. Eric Clapton: From the Cradle (1994)
12. Bobby “Blue” Bland Two Steps from the Blues (1956-60)
13. Willie Dixon/various artists The Chess Box (compilation: 1951-69, released 1988)
14. Elmore James The Sky Is Crying – The History of (compilation: 1951-63, released 1993)
15. Junior Wells Hoodoo Man Blues (1965)
16. Paul Butterfield Blues Band Paul Butterfield Blues Band (1965)
17. Muddy Waters The Chess Box (compilation: 1947-72 released 1989)
18. Skip James The Complete Early Recordings (compilation: 1930-31, released 1994)
19. Howlin’ Wolf His Best: The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection (compilation: 1951-64, released 1997)
20. Little Walter His Best: The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection (compilation: 1952-60, released 1997)

21. Howlin’ Wolf The Chess Box (compilation: 1951-73, released 1991)
22. Magic Sam West Side Soul (1967)
23. Albert Collins Ice Pickin’ (1978)
24. B.B. King Live in Cook County Jail (live: 1970, released 1971)
25. B.B. King His Definitive Greatest Hits (compilation: 1951-93, released 1999)
26. Etta James At Last (1961)
27. Muddy Waters Folk Singer (1964)
28. Muddy Waters Hard Again (1977)
29. Muddy Waters The Anthology (compilation: 1947-72, released 2001)
30. John Lee Hooker The Legendary Modern Recordings (compilation: 1948-54, released 1993)

31. Memphis Minnie Bumble Bee: The Essential Recordings (compilation: 1929-41, released 1997)
32. B.B. King Singin’ the Blues (1956)
33. Albert King Live Wire/Blues Power (1968)
34. T-Bone Walker T-Bone Blues (1959)
35. Blind Lemon Jefferson King of the Country Blues (compilation: 1926-29, released 1990)
36. Gary Moore Still Got the Blues (1990)
37. Robert Cray Bad Influence (1983)
38. Sonny Boy Williamson II Down and Out Blues (1959)
39. Blind Lemon Jefferson Best of (compilation, released 2000)
40. Gus Cannon’s Jug Stompers Best of (compilation: 1928-30, released 2001)

41. Mississippi Fred McDowell I Do Not Play No Rock and Roll (1969)
42. Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter King of the 12-String Guitar (recorded 1935, released 1991)
43. Albert Collins with Robert Cray & Johnny Copeland Showdown! (1985)
44. Freddy King Let’s Hide Away and Dance (1961)
45. Otis Spann Is the Blues (1960)
46. Willie Dixon I Am the Blues (1970)
47. Magic Sam Black Magic (1968)
48. Hound Dog Taylor & the Houserockers Hound Dog Taylor & the Houserockers (1971)
49. Sonny Boy Williamson II His Best (compilation: 1955-65, released 1986)
50. Freddy King Freddy King Sings (1961)

* These were initially released as two separate albums, but are now typically packaged together.


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First posted 9/10/2018; last updated 3/19/2024.

Friday, March 15, 2024

The Top 50 Jazz Albums of All Time

Jazz:

The Top 50 Albums

24 lists focused on jazz albums were aggregated to create this list. Those albums featured on 2 or more lists were then sorted by overall points in Dave’s Music Database. Other jazz albums not appearing on the lists were factored in as well.

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

1. Miles Davis Kind of Blue (1959)
2. Norah Jones Come Away with Me (2002)
3. John Coltrane A Love Supreme (1965)
4. Miles Davis Bitches Brew (1970)
5. George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, & Dubose Heyward Porgy and Bess (1935)
6. Frank Sinatra Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! (1956)
7. Bessie Smith The Essential (compilation: 1923-33, released 1997)
8. Louis Armstrong The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings (box set, recorded 1925-28, released 2000)
9. Glenn Miller Glenn Miller (aka “Glenn Miller & His Orchestra”) (compilation: 1939-42, released 1945)
10. Dave Brubeck Time Out (1959)

11. Norah Jones Feels Like Home (2004)
12. Stan Getz & João Gilberto Getz/Gilberto (recorded 1963, released 1964)
13. Henry Mancini The Music from Peter Gunn (soundtrack, 1959)
14. Duke Ellington The Blanton-Webster Band (box set: 1939-42, released 1990)
15. Benny Goodman The Complete Legendary Carnegie Hall Concert (live, recorded 1938)
16. Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959)
17. Herbie Hancock Head Hunters (1973)
18. Miles Davis & Gil Evans Sketches of Spain (1960)
19. Miles Davis Birth of the Cool (recorded 1949-50, released 1957)
20. Charles Mingus Ah Um (1959)

21. Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus (1956)
22. Eric Dolphy Out to Lunch! (1964)
23. Bill Evans Trio Sunday at the Village Vanguard (1961)
24. Miles Davis In a Silent Way (1969)
25. John Coltrane Giant Steps (recorded 1959, released 1960)
26. Duke Ellington At Newport (live, 1956)
27. Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook (1956)
28. Henry Mancini Breakfast at Tiffany’s (soundtrack, 1961)
29. Bill Evans Trio Waltz for Debbie (live, 1961)
30. Charlie Parker The Complete Savoy & Dial Studio Recordings (box: 1944-48, released 2000)

31. Weather Report Heavy Weather (1977)
32. Charles Mingus The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (1963)
33. Erroll Garner Concert by the Sea (live, 1955)
34. Thelonious Monk Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1 (recorded 1947, released 1951)
35. Mahavishnu Orchestra The Inner Mounting Flame (1971)
36. Thelonious Monk Brilliant Corners (1956)
37. The Quintet (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, & Max Roach) Jazz at Massey Hall (live, 1953)
38. Jamiroquai Travelling Without Moving (1996)
39. Miles Davis & Gil Evans Miles Ahead (1957)
40. Louis Armstrong & Earl Hines Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines (compilation: 1928-29, released 1989)

41. Oliver Nelson Blues and the Abstract Truth (1961)
42. George Benson Breezin’ (1976)
43. Norah Jones Not Too Late (2007)
44. Duke Ellington Far East Suite (1966)
45. Ornette Coleman Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation (1960)
46. John Coltrane Blue Train (1957)
47. Herbie Hancock Maiden Voyage (1964)
48. Keith Jarrett The Köln Concert (live, 1975)
49. Wayne Shorter <9>Speak No Evil (1964)
50. Dizzy Gillespie The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (compilation: 1937-49, released 1995)


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First posted 4/13/2011; last updated 3/15/2024.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Top 100 Albums of the 21st Century

2000-2023:

The Top 100 Albums

The book Top 100 Albums of All Time was published by Dave’s Music Database in 2014. It aggregated more than 150 best-of lists from all manner of music publications and entities and crunching those figures into a database along with sales figures, chart results, critical ratings, and various awards. (Click links to see detailed sources).

The book only featured one album from the 21st century (Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP) and, frankly, if I were to revise the book I’d re-focus it just on the 20th century. Either way, this book serves as a sequel, keying in on the top 100 albums of the 21st century. Here are the results:

Also, check out annual picks for album of the year.

1. Adele 21 (2011)
2. The Strokes Is This It (2001)
3. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
4. Amy Winehouse Back to Black (2006)
5. The White Stripes Elephant (2003)
6. Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
7. Radiohead Kid A (2000)
8. Taylor Swift 1989 (2014)
9. Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)
10. Arcade Fire Funeral (2004)

11. Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)
12. Green Day American Idiot (2004)
13. Eminem The Eminem Show (2002)
14. Norah Jones Come Away with Me (2002)
15. Kendrick Lamar Damn. (2017)
16. Adele 25 (2015)
17. Beyoncé Lemonade (2016)
18. Frank Ocean Channel Orange (2012)
19. OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)
20. Usher Confessions (2004)

21. Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
22. Taylor Swift Fearless (2008)
23. Kanye West The College Dropout (2004)
24. O Brother Where Art Thou (soundtrack, 2000)
25. Kendrick Lamar Good Kid m.A.A.d. City (2012)
26. Radiohead In Rainbows (2007)
27. The White Stripes White Blood Cells (2001)
28. Lady Gaga The Fame (2008)
29. OutKast Stankonia (2000)
30. Linkin Park Hybrid Theory (2000)

31. Chris Stapleton Traveller (2015)
32. U2 All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000)
33. Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2001)
34. Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor (2001)
35. Ed Sheeran ÷ (Divide) (2017)
36. Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour (2018)
37. Coldplay Parachutes (2000)
38. Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand (2004)
39. Drake Views (2016)
40. Taylor Swift Red (2012)

41. Jay-Z The Blueprint (2001)
42. David Bowie Blackstar (2016)
43. Arcade Fire The Suburbs (2010)
44. 50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003)
45. Sufjan Stevens Illinois (2005)
46. Coldplay X & Y (2005)
47. Bilie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019)
48. Eminem Recovery (2010)
49. The Killers Hot Fuss (2004)
50. Beyoncé Dangerously in Love (2003)

51. Justin Timberlake Justified (2002)
52. Katy Perry Teenage Dream (2010)
53. Kings of Leon Only by the Night (2008)
54. Mumford & Sons Babel (2012)
55. LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver (2007)
56. Frozen (soundtrack, 2013)
57. Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008)
58. Kanye West Late Registration (2005)
59. Beyoncé Beyoncé (2013)
60. Beck Sea Change (2002)

61. Bruce Springsteen The Rising (2002)
62. Mumford & Sons Sigh No More (2009)
63. Drake Take Care (2011)
64. Rihanna Anti (2016)
65. Bob Dylan Love and Theft (2001)
66. James Blunt Back to Bedlam (2004)
67. Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006)
68. Frank Ocean Blond (2016)
69. Mariah Carey The Emancipation of Mimi (2005)
70. Lana Del Rey Born to Die (2012)

71. U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004)
72. Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes (2008)
73. Olivia Rodrigo Sour (2021)
74. D’Angelo & the Vanguard Black Messiah (2015)
75. Ed Sheeran X (Multiply) (2014)
76. Nickelback All the Right Reasons (2005)
77. D’Angelo Voodoo (2000)
78. The Libertines Up the Bracket (2002)
79. Brian Wilson Smile (2004)
80. PJ Harvey Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000)

81. Lorde Melodrama (2017)
82. Evanescence Fallen (2003)
83. Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago (2007)
84. Lin-Manuel Miranda (composer) Hamilton (musical, 2015)
85. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raising Sand (2007)
86. Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City (2013)
87. Keane Hopes and Fears (2004)
88. Post Malone Hollywood’s Bleeding (2019)
89. PJ Harvey Let England Shake (2011)
90. Taylor Swift Midnights (2022)

91. Kanye West Graduation (2007)
92. Taylor Swift Speak Now (2010)
93. Taylor Swift Folklore (2020)
94. High School Musical (TV soundtrack, 2006)
95. Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour (2014)
96. Avril Lavigne Let Go (2002)
97. Carrie Underwood Some Hearts (2005)
98. Bruno Mars Doo Wops & Hooligans (2010)
99. Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights (2002)
100. Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide to Earth (2016)


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First posted 12/13/2020; last updated 3/13/2024.

Monday, March 11, 2024

The Top 50 Songs by Diane Warren

Diane Warren

Top 50 Songs

Songwriter Diane Warren was born September 7, 1956, in Van Nuys, California. Her first hit was “Solitaire,” a #7 hit for Laura Branigan in 1983. In the late ‘80s, she became the first songwriter in history to have seven hits – all by different artists – on the Billboard Hot 100. She has had 33 top-10 hits on the chart; nine went to #1. She is a Grammy, Emmy, Ivor Novello, and Golden Globe winner. She was nominated 14 times for Academy awards without a win before receiving an honorary Oscar in 2022.


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Check out the Spotify playlist “The Best of Diane Warren, 1983-2003.”


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. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (1998)
2. Celine Dion “Because You Loved Me” (1996)
3. Toni Braxton “Un-Break My Heart” (1996)
4. LeAnn Rimes “How Do I Live” (1997)

DMDB Top 2%:

5. Starship “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” (1987)

DMDB Top 5%:

6. Bad English “When I See You Smile” (1989)
7. Chicago “Look Away” (1988)
8. Ace of Base “Don’t Turn Around” (1994)

DMDB Top 10%:

9. Cher “If I Could Turn Back Time” (1989)
10. Brandy “Have You Ever?” (1998)

11. Milli Vanilli “Blame It on the Rain” (1989)
12. Faith Hill “There You’ll Be” (2001)
13. LeAnn Rimes “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” (2000)
14. DeBarge “Rhythm of the Night” (1985)
15. Taylor Dayne “Love Will Lead You Back” (1990)
16. Michael Bolton “How Can We Be Lovers” (1990)
17. Trisha Yearwood “How Do I Live” (1997)
18. Joe Cocker “When the Night Comes” (1989)
19. Christina Aguilera “I Turn to You” (1999)
20. Michael Bolton with Kenny G “Missing You Now” (1992)

DMDB Top 20%:

21. Aretha Franklin & Elton John “Through the Storm” (1989)
22. Laura Branigan “Solitaire” (1983)
23. Belinda Carlisle “I Get Weak” (1988)
24. Celine Dion “If You Asked Me To” (1992)
25. Taylor Dayne “I’ll Be Your Shelter” (1990)
26. Michael Bolton “Time, Love & Tenderness” (1991)
27. Meat Loaf “I’d Lie for You and That’s the Truth” (1995)
28. Chicago “I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love” (1988)
29. Cher “Just Like Jesse James” (1989)
30. Expose “I’ll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me” (1993)

31. Cher “Save Up All Your Tears” (1991)
32. Michael Bolton “When I’m Back on My Feet Again” (1990)
33. Whitney Houston & Enrique Iglesias “Could I Have This Kiss Forever” (2000)
34. Cher “Love and Understanding” (1991)
35. Heart “Who Will You Run To?” (1987)
36. Gloria Estefan “Live for Loving You” (1991)
37. Kenny G with Peabo Bryson “By the Time This Night Is Over” (1993)
38. Heart “I Didn’t Want to Need You” (1990)
39. N Sync & Gloria Estefan “Music of My Heart” (1999)
40. Monica “For You I Will” (1997)

41. Roberta Flack & Maxi Priest “Set the Night to Music” (1991)
42. Aretha Franklin & Whitney Houston “It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be” (1989)
43. Shanice “Saving Forever for You” (1992)
44. Mark Chesnutt “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (1998)
45. Michael Bolton “Completely” (1993)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

46. Cheap Trick “Ghost Town” (1988)
47. Air Supply “Lonely Is the Night” (1986)
48. Aaliyah “The One I Gave My Heart To” (1997)
49. Kiss “Let’s Put the X in Sex” (1988)
50. Celine Dion “Love Can Move Mountains” (1992)


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First posted 10/30/2011; last updated 3/11/2024.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Best Ever Albums: Top 100

Best Ever Albums:

The Top 100 Albums

BestEverAlbums.com, in its own words, “calculates a ranking from over 60,000 greatest album charts to allow visitors to look up the greatest music albums in history.” The grandaddy of all lists is there ranking of 10,000 albums. I’ve listed the top 100 here.

Check out other publications and organizations’ best-of album lists here.

1. Radiohead OK Computer (1997)
2. Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
3. The Beatles Abbey Road (1969)
4. The Beatles Revolver (1966)
5. Radiohead Kid A (2000)
6. Radiohead In Rainbows (2007)
7. The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
8. Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here (1975)
9. David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
10. The Velvet Underground & Nico Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)

11. The Beach Boys Pet Sounds (1966)
12. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
13. The Beatles The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968)
14. Nirvana Nevermind (1991)
15. Arcade Fire Funeral (2004)
16. Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998)
17. The Smiths The Queen Is Dead (1986)
18. Pixies Doolittle (1989)
19. Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)
20. The Clash London Calling (1979)

21. Fleetwood Mac Rumours (1977)
22. My Bloody Valentine Loveless (1991)
23. Radiohead The Bends (1995)
24. The Strokes Is This It (2001)
25. King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King (1969)
26. Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
27. Talking Heads Remain in Light (1980)
28. The Beatles Rubber Soul (1965)
29. Pink Floyd The Wall (1979)
30. The Doors The Doors (1967)

31. The Cure Disintegration (1989)
32. Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde (1966)
33. Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
34. The Stone Roses The Stone Roses (1989)
35. Kendrick Lamar Good Kid m.A.A.d. City (2012)
36. Pink Floyd Animals (1977)
37. Miles Davis Kind of Blue (1959)
38. Joy Division Unknown Pleasures (1979)
39. Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced? (1967)
40. The Who Who’s Next (1971)

41. Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks (1975)
42. Sufjan Stevens Illinois (2005)
43. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II (1969)
44. The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street (1972)
45. David Bowie Hunky Dory (1971)
46. Arcade Fire The Suburbs (2010)
47. Television Marquee Moon (1977)
48. Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2001)
49. R.E.M. Automatic for the People (1992)
50. Pearl Jam Ten (1991)

51. Nick Drake Pink Moon (1972)
52. Marvin Gaye What’s Going On (1971)
53. U2 The Joshua Tree (1987)
54. David Bowie Low (1/14/77)
55. Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream (1993)
56. Black Sabbath Paranoid (1970)
57. The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers (1971)
58. Kate Bush Hounds of Love (1985)
59. Jeff Buckley Grace (1994)
60. Nirvana In Utero (1993)

61. Oasis (What’s the Story) Morning Glory (1995)
62. The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed (1969)
63. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin I (1969)
64. The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland (1968)
65. Nas Illmatic (1994)
66. Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)
67. Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell (2015)
68. Van Morrison Astral Weeks (1968)
69. Sonic Youth Daydream Nation (1988)
70. Sigur Rós Ágaetis Byrjun (1999)

71. Bruce Springsteen Born to Run (1975)
72. Love Forever Changes (1967)
73. Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool (2016)
74. Joni Mitchell Blue (1971)
75. John Coltrane A Love Supreme (1965)
76. Portishead Dummy (1994)
77. Michael Jackson Thriller (1982)
78. Tame Impala Lonerism (2012)
79. Joy Division Closer (1980)
80. Weezer Weezer (aka “The Blue Album”) (1994)

81. Prince & the Revolution Purple Rain (soundtrack, 1984)
82. Madvillain Madvillainy (2004)
83. Neil Young After the Gold Rush (1970)
84. The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
85. Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995)
86. Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
87. The Zombies Odessey & Oracle (1968)
88. Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights (2002)
89. Godspeed You Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennae to Heaven (2000)
90. Yes Close to the Edge (1972)

91. Frank Ocean Blond (2016)
92. Charles Mingus The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (1963)
93. Björk Homogenic (1997)
94. The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground (1969)
95. LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver (2007)
96. Slint Spiderland (1991)
97. Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang Clan (36 Chambers) (1993)
98. Pixies Surfer Rosa (1988)
99. George Harrison All Things Must Pass (1970)
100. Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti (1975)


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First posted 3/6/2024.