Monday, October 16, 2017

The Top 100 Most-Watched Videos of All Time

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Based on numbers from VEVO and YouTube, these are the most watched music videos of all-time. Numbers are in millions.

1. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee “Despacito” (2017) 4008.62
2. Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth “See You Again” (2015) 3158.28
3. Psy “Gangnam Style” (2012) 2968.52
4. Justin Bieber “Sorry” (2015) 2793.33
5. Marc Ronson & Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” (2014) 2711.94
6. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (2017) 2525.66
7. Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” (2014) 2409.97
8. Enrique Iglesias, Descemer Bueno, & Gente de Zona “Bailando” (2014) 2386.42
9. Maroon 5 “Sugar” (2014) 2355.81
10. Katy Perry “Roar” (2013) 2303.62

11. Major Lazer, DJ Snake & MO “Lean On” (2015) 2194.23
12. Taylor Swft “Blank Space” (2014) 2188.40
13. Katy Perry & Juicy J “Dark Horse” (2013) 2138.39
14. Meghan Trainor “All About That Bass” (2014) 2130.16
15. Adele “Hello” (2015) 2086.43
16. Little Baby Bum “Wheels on the Bus” (2014) 1990.00
17. One Republic “Counting Cars” (2013) 1975.89
18. Chainsmokers & Halsey “Closer” (2016) 1887.35
19. Shakira & Maluma “Chantaje” (2016) 1884.61
20. Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud” (2014) 1855.66

21. Calvin Harris & Rihanna “This Is What You Came For” (2016) 1813.03
22. Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?” (2015) 1811.25
23. Justin Bieber & Ludacris “Baby” (2010) 1726.02
24. Fifth Harmony “Work from Home” (2016) 1712.22
25. Sia “Chandelier” (2014) 1699.55
26. Passenger “Let Her Go” (2012) 1623.05
27. Clean Bandit, Sean Paul, & Anne-Marie “Rockabye” (2016) 1583.20
28. Ellie Goulding “Love Me Like You Do” (2015) 1578.61
29. Shakira & Freshlyground “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” (2010) 1567.81
30. Charlie Puth & Selena Gomez “We Don’t Talk Anymore” (2016) 1514.92

31. Fifth Harmony & Kid Ink “Worth It” (2015) 1479.33
32. Eminem & Rihanna “Love the Way You Lie” (2010) 1410.64
33. J. Balvin “Ay Vamos” (2014) 1407.98
34. Avicii & Aloe Blacc “Wake Me Up” (2013) 1392.63
35. Silento “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” (2015) 1388.96
36. Magic! “Rude” (2013) 1386.81
37. Shawn Mendes “Treat You Better” (2016) 1385.00
38. LMFAO, Lauren Bennett & GoonRock (2011) 1363.16
39. Alan Walker “Faded” (2015) 1332.34
40. Drake “Hotline Bling” (2015) 1307.28

41. Romeo Santos & Eliza Gonzalez “Propuesta Indecente” (2013) 1283.16
42. Ricky Martin & Maluma “Vente Pa Ca” (2016) 1276.28
43. Justin Bieber “Love Yourself” (2015) 1250.35
44. Nicky Jam “Hasta El Amanecer” (2016) 1235.29
45. The Weeknd & Daft Punk “Starboy” (2016) 1224.17
46. Bruno Mars “The Lazy Song” (2010) 1217.65
47. Idina Menzel “Let It Go” (2013) 1209.14
48. John Legend “All of Me” (2013) 1195.05
49. Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010) 1191.73
50. Ellie Goulding “Burn” (2013) 1178.14

51. Calvin Harris “Summer” (2014) 1170.12
52. Calvin Harris & Disciples “How Deep Is Your Love” (2015) 1162.93
53. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj “Side to Side” (2016) 1152.13
54. Joey Montana “Picky” (2015) 1152.93
55. David Guetta & Nicki Minaj “Hey Mama” (2015) 1150.46
56. Taylor Swift & Kendrick Lamar “Bad Blood” (2014) 1135.35
57. The Weeknd “The Hills” (2015) 1133.86
58. Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull “On the Floor” (2011) 1129.13
59. CNCO “Reggaeton Lento (Bailemos)” (2016) 1125.43
60. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz “Thrift Shop” (2012) 1121.70

61. Psy “Gentleman” (2013) 1119.87
62. Twenty One Pilots “Stressed Out” (2015) 1106.01
63. Icanrockyourworld “The Gummy Bear Song” (2007) 1111.10
64. Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias “El Perdon (Forgiveness)” (2015) 1077.34
65. Rihanna “Diamonds” (2012) 1078.48
66. Martin Garrix “Animals” (2013) 1072.69
67. Daddy Yankee “Shaky Shaky” (2016) 1070.40
68. Maluma “El Perdedor” (2016) 1063.05
69. Chino & Nacho with Daddy Yankee “Andas en Mi Cabeza” (2016) 1061.49
70. Ariana Grande & Iggy Azalea “Problem” (2014) 1060.26

71. Maluma “Felices los 4” (2017) 1059.34
72. Katy Perry “Firework” (2010) 1054.84
73. J. Balvin & Willy Williams “Mi Gente” (2017) 1045.70
74. Carlos Vives & Shakira “La Bicicleta” (2016) 1038.81
75. Pulcinopiotv “El Pollito Pio” (2012) 1038.42
76. Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj “Bang Bang” (2014) 1021.68
77. Eminem “Not Afraid” (2010) 1019.41
78. Katy Perry “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” (2010) 1017.62
79. Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe” (2011) 1001.87
80. Ricky Martin & Yotuel “La Mordidita” (2015) 995.13

81. Gente de Zona & Marc Anthony “La Gozadera” (2015) 993.21
82. Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are (Amazing)” (2010) 992.54
83. Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like” (2016) 985.92
84. Pharrell Williams “Happy” (2013) 983.03
85. Skrillex, Diplo, & Justin Bieber “Where Are U Now” (2015) 979.44
86. Pitbull & Ke$ha “Timber” (2013) 977.16
87. Prince Royce “Darte Un Beso” (2013) 955.71
88. Adele “Someone Like You” (2011) 951.43
89. Gotye & Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011) 947.94
90. J. Balvin & Farruko “6 AM” (2014) 946.51

91. Chris Jeday, J. Balvin, Ozuna, & Arcangel “Ahora Dice” (2017) 942.86
92. Rihanna & Drake “Work” (2016) 939.91
93. Don Omar & Lucenzo “Danza Kuduro” (2010) 939.87
94. Sia & Sean Paul “Cheap Thrills” (2016) 930.94
95. Nicky Jam “El Amante” (2017) 924.08
96. Nicky Jam “Travesuras” (2014) 910.65
97. Sam Smith “I’m Not the Only One” (2014) 908.73
98. Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball” (2013) 907.73
99. Ariana Grande & Zedd “Break Free” (2014) 899.45
100. One Direction “What Makes You Beautiful” (2011) 888.11


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Monday, October 9, 2017

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Ranked

With every year’s announcement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, there are two guarantees – there will be a slew of complaints about who hasn’t been inducted and who has been inducted who shouldn’t have been. This challenged me to come up with an objective rating of the inductees to determine just who has earned it most and who hasn’t. These rankings consolidate multiple best-artists-of-all-time lists along with sales figures, chart statistics, and other awards and honors. In the event of ties, earliest inductees are listed first. Here are the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees (through the class of 2017) ranked.

1. Elvis Presley
2. The Beatles
3. Michael Jackson
4. Stevie Wonder
5. Elton John
6. The Rolling Stones
7. Ray Charles
8. Prince
9. Aretha Franklin
10. James Brown

11. Bob Dylan
12. Paul McCartney
13. Bruce Springsteen
14. Marvin Gaye
15. Led Zeppelin
16. The Beach Boys
17. David Bowie
18. Billy Joel
19. Madonna
20. Eric Clapton

21. Nat “King” Cole
22. Jimi Hendrix
23. Queen
24. Johnny Cash
25. Rod Stewart
26. The Bee Gees
27. Louis Armstrong
28. Pink Floyd
29. Fleetwood Mac
30. U2

31. The Who
32. Eagles
33. Fats Domino
34. Bob Marley
35. John Lennon
36. Neil Young
37. Chuck Berry
38. Sam Cooke
39. The Supremes
40. Billie Holiday

41. Roy Orbison
42. The Temptations
43. Neil Diamond
44. The Doors
45. Chicago
46. Aerosmith
47. Four Tops
48. Little Richard
49. Smokey Robinson
50. Simon & Garfunkel

51. R.E.M.
52. The Jackson 5
53. AC/DC
54. B.B. King
55. The Everly Brothers
56. Earth, Wind & Fire
57. Santana
58. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
59. Hank Williams
60. Gladys Knight & the Pips

61. The Kinks
62. Genesis
63. The Police
64. Nirvana
65. Otis Redding
66. Miles Davis
67. Tina Turner
68. Buddy Holly
69. Paul Simon
70. Al Green

71. Creedence Clearwater Revival
72. Elvis Costello
73. Van Morrison
74. Van Halen
75. Black Sabbath
76. Linda Ronstadt
77. The Clash
78. Kiss
79. Muddy Waters
80. Pearl Jam

81. Brenda Lee
82. Janis Joplin
83. Metallica
84. Carole King
85. The Isley Brothers
86. Velvet Underground
87. James Taylor
88. The Miracles
89. Sly & the Family Stone
90. Cream

91. Grateful Dead
92. Donna Summer
93. Journey 94. Robert Johnson
95. Joni Mitchell
96. Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship
97. Frank Zappa
98. Daryl Hall & John Oates
99. The Drifters
100. Ramones

101. The Band
102. Lynyrd Skynyrd
103. The Byrds
104. Crosby, Stills & Nash
105. Ricky Nelson
106. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
107. Rush
108. Louis Jordan
109. Etta James
110. Sex Pistols

111. Bob Seger
112. The Allman Brothers Band
113. Guns N’ Roses
114. Deep Purple
115. Bessie Smith
116. The Four Seasons
117. Jerry Lee Lewis
118. Curtis Mayfield
119. Yes
120. George Harrison

121. Electric Light Orchestra
122. Jackie Wilson
123. Abba
124. Tupac Shakur
125. Blondie
126. ZZ Top
127. Bobby Darin
128. Steely Dan
129. John Lee Hooker
130. Parliament/Funkadelic

131. The Platters
132. Herb Alpert
133. Les Paul
134. Dinah Washington
135. Beastie Boys
136. Peter Gabriel
137. The Impressions
138. Quincy Jones
139. Bobby “Blue” Bland
140. Red Hot Chili Peppers

141. Wilson Pickett
142. Talking Heads
143. Heart
144. Green Day
145. Berry Gordy Jr.
146. Jimmie Rodgers
147. Lou Reed
148. Steve Miller
149. Buddy Guy
150. Pretenders

151. Brian Holland/Lamont Dozier/Eddie Holland
152. Phil Spector
153. Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton
154. Leadbelly
155. Alice Cooper
156. Howlin’ Wolf
157. Tom Waits
158. Cat Stevens
159. Ringo Starr
160. The Ink Spots

161. Dion
162. Bo Diddley
163. Ruth Brown
164. Public Enemy
165. Woody Guthrie
166. Traffic
167. John Mellencamp
168. The O’Jays
169. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
170. Chet Atkins

171. Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff
172. Bonnie Raitt
173. Patti Smith
174. Bill Monroe
175. Bob Wills
176. The Hollies
177. Run-D.M.C.
178. The Stooges
179. T-Bone Walker
180. The (Young) Rascals

181. Jackson Browne
182. Isaac Hayes
183. Bill Haley & the Comets
184. Dave Clark Five
185. Dusty Springfield
186. The Animals
187. Sam Phillips
188. Duane Eddy
189. Ma Rainey
190. The Dells

191. Charlie Christian
192. Albert King
193. Donovan
194. Jerry Wexler
195. Big Joe Turner
196. Pete Seeger
197. Freddy King
198. The Mamas & the Papas
199. George Martin
200. Wilie Dixon

201. The Righteous Brothers
202. The Shirelles
203. Cheap Trick
204. Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
205. Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
206. Dave Bartholomew
207. N.W.A.
208. Elmore James
209. Leonard Cohen
210. The Coasters

211. The Yardbirds
212. Booker T. & the MGs
213. Clive Davis
214. Mahalia Jackson
215. Doc Pomus
216. Jimmy Reed
217. Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
218. John H. Hammond
219. Bobby Womack
220. Charles Brown

221. Ike Turner
222. Ahmet Ertegun
223. Gerry Goffin
224. Bill Withers
225. Little Anthony & the Imperials
226. Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
227. Clyde McPhatter
228. Randy Newman
229. Gene Pitney
230. Tom Dowd

231. Solomon Burke
232. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
233. Joan Jett
234. Professor Longhair
235. Jeff Beck
236. The Staple Singers
237. Little Walter
238. Leonard Chess
239. Gene Vincent
240. Lovin’ Spoonful

241. The Ventures
242. Joan Baez
243. The Faces
244. Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich
245. Mort Shuman
246. Eddie Cochran
247. Otis Blackwell
248. Allen Toussaint
249. Buffalo Springfield
250. Dick Clark

251. Alan Freed
252. Chis Blackwell
253. Lloyd Price
254. Del Shannon
255. James Jamerson
256. Bill Black
257. LaVern Baker
258. Glyn Johns
259. Little Willie John
260. The Moonglows

261. Sam & Dave
262. The Flamingos
263. Carl Perkins
264. Andrew Loog Oldham
265. Ritchie Valens
266. Floyd Cramer
267. Brian Epstein
268. Nesuhi Ertegun
269. Jac Holzman
270. Jerry Moss

271. Bill Graham
272. Milt Gabler
273. Art Rupe
274. Wanda Jackson
275. Earl Palmer
276. Nile Rodgers
277. The Ronettes
278. The Orioles
279. Lou Adler
280. Scotty Moore

281. James Burton
282. Percy Sledge
283. Johnny Otis
284. Leon Russell
285. Johnnie Johnson
286. Cosimo Matassa
287. Dr. John
288. David Geffen
289. Don Kirshner
290. Jim Stewart

291. Mo Ostin
292. The Small Faces
293. Seymour Stein
294. Syd Nathan
295. The Soul Stirrers
296. Hal Blaine
297. Darlene Love
298. DJ Fontana
299. Ralph Bass
300. King Curtis

301. Steve Douglas
302. Bennie Benjamin
303. Spooner Oldham
304. Jesse Stone
305. The E Street Band
306. Paul Butterfield
307. Leo Fender
308. Paul Ackerman
309. Jimmy Yancey
310. Tom Donahue

311. Jann Wenner
312. Frank Barsalona
313. Jimmy Cliff
314. Laura Nyro
315. The Five Royales
316. Bert Berns


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Friday, October 6, 2017

The Top 100 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Hopefuls

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Note: this list was originally presented October 21, 2011. It has been updated to exclude acts which have subsequently been inducted.

Bashing the Rock Hall has become the quite vogue thing to do. Of course, they have inducted hundreds of deserving artists alongside those who raise many music fans eyebrows. However, fans get outraged this time every year when their favorites get snubbed…yet again.

In the true spirit of Dave’s Music Database, the occasion for a list presented itself. Just who are the biggest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame snubs, those acts which fans most think have been overlooked? More than 60 lists were consolidated to create the DMDB list of 100 deserving acts. Here we go:

1. The Moody Blues
2. The Cure
3. Iron Maiden
4. The Smiths
5. Motorhead
6. The Cars
7. Depeche Mode
8. Judas Priest
9. Bon Jovi
10. T-Rex

11. Def Leppard
12. Roxy Music
13. Warren Zevon
14. Pat Benatar
15. The Replacements
16. The Doobie Brothers
17. Joy Division
18. Kraftwerk
19. Pixies
20. Bad Company

21. Jethro Tull
22. Todd Rundgren
23. Chic
24. Devo
25. The Zombies
26. Thin Lizzy
27. Emerson, Lake & Palmer
28. Janet Jackson
29. Peter Frampton
30. Nine Inch Nails

31. New York Dolls
32. King Crimson
33. Dire Straits
34. Joe Cocker
35. Boston
36. MC5
37. Soundgarden
38. The Monkees
39. The Guess Who
40. Big Star

41. Sonic Youth
42. Duran Duran
43. Gram Parsons
44. Whitney Houston
45. Slayer
46. Foreigner
47. Motley Crue
48. Dick Dale
49. Three Dog Night
50. Steppenwolf

51. Styx
52. The B-52’s
53. War
54. J. Geils Band
55. Kate Bush
56. New Order
57. The Scorpions
58. LL Cool J
59. Spinners
60. Link Wray

61. Television
62. Barry White
63. Brian Eno
64. Ted Nugent
65. Pantera
66. Nick Drake
67. Bjork
68. Jane’s Addiction
69. Blue Oyster Cult
70. Carole King (as a performer)

71. Jimmy Buffett
72. Love
73. Captain Beefheart
74. X
75. Grand Funk Railroad
76. Los Lobos
77. Tommy James & the Shondells
78. Willie Nelson
79. Tina Turner
80. Weird Al Yankovic

81. Little Feat
82. Ozzy Osbourne
83. Ben E. King
84. Smashing Pumpkins
85. Black Flag
86. Afrika Bambaataa
87. Procol Harum
88. Mott the Hoople
89. Megadeth
90. Jim Croce

91. Harry Nilsson
92. Eurythmics
93. Johnny Burnette & The Rock N’ Roll Trio
94. Rufus/Chaka Khan
95. Husker Du 96. Dead Kennedys
97. Nick Cave
98. The Clovers
99. The Runaways
100. Eric B. & Rakim


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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

In Concert: Willie Nelson

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Venue: Starlight Theater in Kansas City, MO

This was a make-up for the show originally scheduled in June. That show saw the first two acts – Robert Earl Keen and Dwight Yoakum – perform before a torrential downfall put the show on ice. Three months later, Nelson returned. The setlist was barely over an hour, although he crammed plenty of songs in that time, including many favorites.

Setlist *

* Note: Usually I’m pretty diligent about getting the setlist down, but I wasn’t this time. I think I got all the songs down, but I won’t stand by the accuracy of the order of them.

1. Whiskey River
2. Still Is Still Moving to Me
3. Beer for My Horses
4. On the Road Again
5. Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
6. Always on My Mind
7. Funny How Time Slips Away
8. Crazy
9. Night Life
10. Good Hearted Woman
11. It’s All Going to Pot
12. Me and Paul
13. If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time
14. Georgia on My Mind
15. Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground
16. Move It on Over
17. Hey Good Lookin’
18. Still Not Dead
19. Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die
20. I’ll Fly Away

Monday, October 2, 2017

Tom Petty's Top 30 Songs

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R.I.P. Tom Petty. The rock singer was born in Gainsville, Florida, on October 20, 1950. He went into cardiac arrest at his home on Sunday, October 1, 2017. He was taken to the hospital, but removed from life support on October 2, 2017.

This is a re-post of a best-of list originally posted on October 20, 2013 in honor of Tom Petty's birthday. As with all DMDB lists, this list was determined by creating an aggregate list from multiple other best-of lists and factoring in chart success, sales, airplay, and awards. In addition, 15 lists were figured into the mix which were exclusively best-of Petty lists.


Tom Petty’s Top 30 Songs

Free Fallin’

  1. Free Fallin’ (1989)
  2. American Girl (1976)
  3. Refugee (1979)
  4. I Won’t Back Down (1989)
  5. Breakdown (1976)

    Mary Jane’s Last Dance

  6. Mary Jane’s Last Dance (1993)
  7. Don’t Do Me Like That (1979)
  8. The Waiting (1981)
  9. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (with Stevie Nicks, 1981)
  10. Learning to Fly (1991)

    Don’t Come Around Here No More

  11. Runnin’ Down a Dream (1989)
  12. Don’t Come Around Here No More (1985)
  13. Here Comes My Girl (1979)
  14. You Don’t Know How It Feels to Be Me (1994)
  15. You Got Lucky (1982)

    You Got Lucky

  16. Into the Great Wide Open (1991)
  17. Listen to Her Heart (1978)
  18. I Need to Know (1978)
  19. Jammin’ Me (1987)
  20. You Wreck Me (1994)

    Into the Great Wide Open

  21. Change of Heart (1982)
  22. Even the Losers (1979)
  23. Yer So Bad (1989)
  24. Love Is a Long Road (1989)
  25. Walls (Circus) (1996)

    Refugee

  26. A Face in the Crowd (1989)
  27. Rebels (1985)
  28. Room at the Top (1999)
  29. Something in the Air (1993)
  30. A Woman in Love (1981)


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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Concert: Wilco

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Venue: Midland Theater in Kansas City, MO

Opening Act: Creamer

I didn’t know a lot about Wilco, other than a handful of songs and their alt-country roots. I was surprised that the performance was much more electric and genre-bending than I expected. It definitely will get me exploring their catalog more.

Set 1:

1. Ashes of American Flags
2. If I Ever Was a Child
3. Cry All Day
4. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
5. Art of Almost
6. Pickled Ginger
7. Side with the Seeds
8. Passenger Side
9. Someone to Lose
10. Via Chicago
11. Bull Black Nova
12. Reservations
13. Impossible Germany
14. Whole Love
15. California Stars
16. Christ for President
17. Heavy Metal Drummer
18. I’m the Man Who Loves You
19. Casino Queen
20. Hummingbird

Encore:

21. Random Name Generator
22. Jesus Etc.
23. Locator
24. Spiders (Kidsmoke)

Encore 2:

25. Monday
26. Outtaside (Outta Mind)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Concert: U2

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Venue: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City MO

Opening Act: Beck

The one-paragraph review: “Beck – not the most dynamic performer, but great band and audience interaction. U2 – what I expected (which is a good thing). Band who can command an arena, fantastic on-screen visuals, and a high-energy performance.”

Set 1:

1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
2. New Year’s Day
3. Bad
4. Pride (In the Name of Love)

The Joshua Tree:

5. Where the Streets Have No Name
6. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
7. With Or Without You
8. Bullet the Blue Sky
9. Running to Stand Still
10. Red Hill Mining Town
11. In God’s Country
12. Trip Through Your Wires
13. One Tree Hill
14. Exit
15. Mothers of the Disappeared

Set 2:

16. Beautiful Day
17. Elevation
18. You’re the Best Thing About Me (new song)
19. Vertigo
20. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
21. One

Friday, September 8, 2017

Alternative Rock: Top 100 Acts

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This list was created by consolidating chart points from two alternative charts. First, the official Billboard charts from 1988-2016 were used. Second, the DMDB created charts for alternative songs from 1967-1988. The results of the two charts were combined to create a list of the top 100 alternative acts of all time.

To learn more about an act, click on it to see the act’s DMDB music encyclopedia entry.

1. U2
2. David Bowie
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers
4. Foo Fighters
5. R.E.M.
6. Green Day
7. Pearl Jam
8. Linkin Park
9. Depeche Mode
10. The Cure

11. The Offspring
12. Weezer
13. Smashing Pumpkins
14. INXS
15. Coldplay
16. Muse
17. Stone Temple Pilots
18. Elvis Costello 19. 311
20. Incubus

21. Siouxsie & the Banshees
22. The Clash
23. Nine Inch Nails
24. Blink-182
25. Bush
26. Staind
27. Beck
28. Live
29. Korn
30. The Cars

31. Seether
32. Nickelback
33. Shinedown
34. Disturbed
35. Papa Roach
36. Beastie Boys
37. Cage the Elephant
38. Dave Matthews
39. Midnight Oil
40. UB40

41. The Police
42. Godsmack
43. The Smiths
44. Oasis
45. Rise Against
46. Three Days Grace
47. Duran Duran
48. Pretenders
49. The B-52’s
50. Morrissey

51. Ramones
52. Chevelle
53. The Killers
54. Robert Palmer
55. Eurythmics
56. 3 Doors Down
57. Bob Marley & the Wailers
58. Jimmy Eat World
59. Kings of Leon
60. Madness

61. Goo Goo Dolls
62. The Jam
63. Puddle of Mudd
64. The Black Keys
65. Roxy Music
66. Nirvana
67. Garbage
68. Blondie
69. Breaking Benjamin
70. Audioslave

71. Alice in Chains
72. The Stranglers
73. Simple Minds
74. Bananarama
75. Death Cab for Cutie
76. Lenny Kravitz
77. Squeeze
78. Soundgarden
79. Creed
80. Radiohead

81. Everclear
82. Soul Asylum
83. The White Stripes
84. Silversun Pickups
85. My Chemical Romance
86. Twenty One Pilots
87. Split Enz
88. Jane’s Addiction
89. System of a Down
90. Talking Heads

91. Adam Ant/Adam & the Ants
92. New Order
93. Kim Wilde
94. Fuel
95. Spandau Ballet
96. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
97. Limp Bizkit
98. 30 Seconds to Mars
99. Bryan Ferry
100. Cake


Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Top 100 Groups/Duos of All Time

First posted 9/10/2011; updated 9/7/2017.

Based on chart figures, sales data, airplay, awards, and appearances on best-of lists (and not just rock groups from the last 50 years, mind you), here are the top 50 groups and duos according to Dave’s Music Database:


The Beatles
1. The Beatles
2. The Rollng Stones
3. Led Zeppelin
4. The Beach Boys
5. Queen
6. Pink Floyd
7. U2
8. The Bee Gees
9. The Who
10. Fleetwood Mac

The Rolling Stones
11. Eagles
12. The Supremes
13. Aerosmith
14. The Temptations
15. The Doors
16. Chicago
17. Simon & Garfunkel
18. The Jackson 5/The Jacksons
19. R.E.M.
20. The Kinks

The Beach Boys
21. Four Tops
22. Peerless Quartet/Columbia Male Quartet
23. The Everly Brothers
24. AC/DC
25. The Andrews Sisters
26. Genesis
27. The Police
28. Nirvana
29. Earth, Wind & Fire
30. Creedence Clearwater Revival

U2
31. Van Halen
32. Bon Jovi
33. Black Sabbath
34. Pearl Jam
35. The Clash
36. Kiss
37. The Isley Brothers
38. The Miracles
39. Grateful Dead
40. Metallica

Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page
41. Journey
42. Velvet Underground
43. Sly & the Family Stone
44. Cream
45. Jefferson Airplane
/Jefferson Starship
46. Daryl Hall & John Oates
47. The Drifters
48. Carpenters
49. Lynyrd Skynyrd
50. Crosby, Stills & Nash
/Neil Young

Queen
51. Rush
52. Alabama
53. Ramones
54. The Band
55. The Byrds
56. The Mills Brothers
57. Allman Brothers Band
58. Guns N’ Roses
59. Sex Pistols
60. The Four Seasons

The Who
61. Yes
62. Deep Purple
63. Electric Light Orchestra
64. Abba
65. ZZ Top
66. Steely Dan
67. Blondie
68. The Platters
69. Parliament/Funkadelic
70. Radiohead

The Bee Gees
71. Beastie Boys
72. The Impressions
73. Dire Straits
74. The Spinners
75. Red Hot Chili Peppers
76. Boyz II Men
77. Green Day
78. Heart
79. Haydn Quartet
80. Foreigner

Pink Floyd
81. Talking Heads
82. American Quartet
83. The Pretenders
84. The Monkees
85. Three Dog Night
86. Kool & the Gang
87. Jethro Tull
88. The Ink Spots
89. Duran Duran
90. Oasis

Fleetwood Mac
91. Commodores
92. The Cure
93. Public Enemy
94. 5th Dimension
95. Eurythmics
96. Traffic
97. The O’Jays
98. The Moody Blues
99. Boston
100. Roxy Music

Eagles

The Top 100 Acts of All Time

First posted 1/13/2013; revised 9/7/2017.

Below are the top 100 acts of all time according to the DMDB. This list is an aggregate of multiple best-of lists, including specialty lists, such as those focused exclusively on a certain genre.

This information is combined with various awards, chart success, and sales figures (click here for a link to the resources). A great effort has been made to find lists that represent numerous genres and eras of music. Even so, this list still leans almost entirely on the 20th century, or roughly the era of recorded music, meaning classical music, such as composers Ludwig van Beethoven, are absent from this list. Still, this list does do something very few “best of all-time” lists can claim – acknowledge music from before the rock era (although this list still favors acts from the rock era).

Links below connect to the act’s entry in the Music Makers A-Z guide, which offers a short bio about the act and lists significant works. In some cases, the act has a more detailed DMDB page which can be linked to via the A-Z guide entry.

1. Bing Crosby
2. Elvis Presley
3. The Beatles
4. Frank Sinatra
5. Billy Murray
6. The Rolling Stones
7. Bob Dylan
8. Michael Jackson
9. Ray Charles
10. Elton John

11. Madonna
12. Paul Whiteman
13. Benny Goodman
14. Stevie Wonder
15. James Brown
16. Aretha Franklin
17. Led Zeppelin
18. Louis Armstrong
19. Jimi Hendrix
20. Chuck Berry

21. Glenn Miller
22. Prince
23. Guy Lombardo
24. Paul McCartney
25. Perry Como
26. Tommy Dorsey
27. David Bowie
28. Bob Marley
29. Bruce Springsteen
30. Nat “King” Cole

31. Fats Domino
32. Marvin Gaye
33. The Beach Boys
34. Eric Clapton
35. Queen
36. Rod Stewart
37. Johnny Cash
38. Pink Floyd
39. U2
40. Hank Williams

41. Buddy Holly & the Crickets
42. Little Richard
43. Al Jolson
44. Henry Burr
45. Billy Joel
46. The Bee Gees
47. The Who
48. Mariah Carey
49. Fleetwood Mac
50. Whitney Houston

51. Eagles
52. John Lennon
53. Neil Young
54. The Supremes
55. Sam Cooke
56. Duke Ellington
57. Billie Holiday
58. Byron G. Harlan
59. Neil Diamond
60. Aerosmith

61. The Temptations
62. The Doors
63. Chicago
64. Roy Orbison
65. Smokey Robinson
66. Simon & Garfunkel
67. Willie Nelson
68. Diana Ross
69. Dolly Parton
70. B.B. King

71. Ella Fitzgerald
72. Arthur Collins
73. The Jackson 5/The Jacksons
74. Barbra Streisand
75. R.E.M.
76. Miles Davis
77. The Kinks
78. Kenny Rogers
79. Tina Turner
80. Four Tops

81. The Peerless Quartet/Columbia Male Quartet
82. The Everly Brothers
83. Jimmy Dorsey
84. AC/DC
85. Santana
86. Janet Jackson
87. The Andrews Sisters
88. Harry MacDonough
89. Sammy Kaye
90. Ben Selvin

91. Genesis
92. The Police
93. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
94. Phil Collins
95. Nirvana
96. Otis Redding
97. Al Green
98. Earth, Wind & Fire
99. Gladys Knight
100. Fats Waller


The Top 1000 Music Makers of All Time

First posted 1/4/2013; updated 9/7/2017.

There are plenty of best-of lists focused on the greatest artists or acts of all time. There are also specialized lists that look at best singers, songwriters, composers, producers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboardists, pianists, etc. In fact, the DMDB has put together many such specialized lists. The intent of this list, however, is to compile a definitive list of music makers, i.e., anyone involved in making music. This list of 1000 individual music makers (no groups or duos included) covers the gamut of eras, genres, and various contributions to music. Note: individuals with groups named after them are included (examples: Tom Petty of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Charles Adams Prince of Prince’s Orchestra).

This is NOT a ranked list; rather, this is just an alphabetical presentation of the top 1000 music makers. Click here to see a list of the top 100 acts of all time. Click on any of the artists’ names below to see a more detailed entry offering an idea of why this individual made the cut.


    A
  1. Aaliyah
  2. Paula Abdul
  3. Roy Acuff
  4. Bryan Adams
  5. Lee Adams
  6. Cannonball Adderley
  7. Adele
  8. Lou Adler
  9. Richard Adler
  10. Christina Aguilera
  11. Akon
  12. Luther Allison
  13. Duane Allman
  14. Herb Alpert
  15. Tori Amos
  16. Bill Anderson
  17. John Anderson
  18. Leroy Anderson
  19. Lynn Anderson
  20. Marian Anderson
  21. Julie Andrews
  22. Paul Anka
  23. Martha Argerich
  24. Harold Arlen
  25. Louis Armstrong
  26. Eddy Arnold
  27. Claudio Arrau
  28. Nickolas Ashford
  29. Fred Astaire
  30. Rick Astley
  31. Chet Atkins
  32. Gene Austin
  33. Gene Autry
  34. Frankie Avalon
  35. Charles Aznavour
    B

  36. Babyface
  37. Johann Sebastian Bach
  38. Burt Bacharach
  39. Joan Baez
  40. Anita Baker
  41. Chet Baker
  42. Ginger Baker
  43. LaVern Baker
  44. Hank Ballard
  45. Moe Bandy
  46. Samuel Barber
  47. Bobby Bare
  48. Syd Barrett
  49. Jeff Barry
  50. Dave Bartholomew
  51. Béla Bartók
  52. Count Basie
  53. Nora Bayes
  54. Sidney Bechet
  55. Beck
  56. Jeff Beck
  57. Ludwig Van Beethoven
  58. Bix Beiderbecke
  59. Harry Belafonte
  60. Pat Benatar
  61. Tex Beneke
  62. Tony Bennett
  63. George Benson
  64. Brook Benton
  65. Irving Berlin
  66. Hector Berlioz
  67. Ben Bernie
  68. Leonard Bernstein
  69. Chuck Berry
  70. Beyoncé
  71. Georges Bizet
  72. Björk
  73. Bill Black
  74. Clint Black
  75. Ritchie Blackmore
  76. Chris Blackwell
  77. Otis Blackwell
  78. Art Blakey
  79. Bobby “Blue” Bland
  80. Mary J. Blige
  81. Blind Blake
  82. Eubie Blake
  83. Mike Bloomfield
  84. Andrea Bocelli
  85. Jerry Bock
  86. Marc Bolan
  87. Michael Bolton
  88. John “Bonzo” Bonham
  89. Jon Bon Jovi
  90. Bono
  91. Pat Boone
  92. Connee Boswell
  93. David Bowie
  94. Lester Bowie
  95. Owen Bradley
  96. Johannes Brahms
  97. Brandy
  98. Toni Braxton
  99. Teresa Brewer
  100. Garth Brooks
  101. Big Bill Broonzy
  102. Bobby Brown
  103. Charles Brown
  104. Chris Brown
  105. Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
  106. Clifford Brown
  107. Ian Brown
  108. James Brown
  109. Jim Ed Brown
  110. Les Brown
  111. Roy Brown
  112. Ruth Brown
  113. Jackson Browne
  114. Dave Brubeck
  115. Anton Bruckner
  116. Boudleaux Bryant
  117. Felice Bryant
  118. Peabo Bryson
  119. Jeff Buckley
  120. Jimmy Buffett
  121. Solomon Burke
  122. T-Bone Burnett
  123. Henry Burr
  124. James Burton
  125. Kate Bush
  126. Busta Rhymes
  127. Jerry Butler
    C

  128. Irving Caesar
  129. Sammy Cahn
  130. John Cale
  131. Maria Callas
  132. Cab Calloway
  133. Albert Campbell
  134. Glen Campbell
  135. Gus Cannon
  136. Captain Beefheart
  137. Irene Cara
  138. Mariah Carey
  139. Frankie Carle
  140. Hoagy Carmichael
  141. Leroy Carr
  142. Benny Carter
  143. Betty Carter
  144. Enrico Caruso
  145. Johnny Cash
  146. Nick Cave
  147. Gene Chandler
  148. Tracy Chapman
  149. Ray Charles
  150. Chubby Checker
  151. Cher
  152. Kenny Chesney
  153. Leonard Chess
  154. Frederic Chopin
  155. Charlie Christian
  156. Eric Clapton
  157. Dick Clark
  158. Petula Clark
  159. Roy Clark
  160. Kelly Clarkson
  161. Van Cliburn
  162. Patsy Cline
  163. George Clinton
  164. Larry Clinton
  165. Rosemary Clooney
  166. Kurt Cobain
  167. Eddie Cochran
  168. Joe Cocker
  169. George M. Cohan
  170. Leonard Cohen
  171. Nat “King” Cole
  172. Natalie Cole
  173. Cy Coleman
  174. Ornette Coleman
  175. Albert Collins
  176. Arthur Collins
  177. Phil Collins
  178. John Coltrane
  179. Sean (“Puff Daddy” aka “P.Diddy” and “Diddy”) Combs
  180. Betty Comden
  181. Perry Como
  182. Earl Thomas Conley
  183. Sam Cooke
  184. Alice Cooper
  185. Aaron Copland
  186. Chick Corea
  187. Don Cornell
  188. Alfred Cortot
  189. Elvis Costello
  190. Noel Coward
  191. Floyd Cramer
  192. Robert Cray
  193. Jim Croce
  194. Steve Cropper
  195. Bing Crosby
  196. Bob Crosby
  197. David Crosby
  198. Sheryl Crow
  199. Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup
  200. Frank Crumit
  201. Celia Cruz
    D

  202. Chuck D
  203. Dick Dale
  204. Roger Daltrey
  205. Vic Damone
  206. Charlie Daniels
  207. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
  208. Bobby Darin
  209. Hal David
  210. Ray Davies
  211. Clive Davis
  212. Reverend Gary Davis
  213. Mac Davis
  214. Miles Davis
  215. Sammy Davis, Jr.
  216. Tyrone Davis
  217. Doris Day
  218. Jimmy Dean
  219. Claude Debussey
  220. John Denver
  221. Buddy DeSylva
  222. Neil Diamond
  223. Bo Diddley
  224. Dion
  225. Celine Dion
  226. Willie Dixon
  227. Eric Dolphy
  228. Placido Domingo
  229. Fats Domino
  230. Donovan
  231. Jimmy Dorsey
  232. Thomas A. Dorsey
  233. Tommy Dorsey
  234. Tom Dowd
  235. Lamont Dozier
  236. Drake
  237. Nick Drake
  238. Dr. Dre
  239. Eddy Duchin
  240. Antonin Dvorák
  241. Bob Dylan
    E

  242. Sheena Easton
  243. Fred Ebb
  244. Billy Eckstine
  245. Duane Eddy
  246. The Edge
  247. Bernard Edwards
  248. Cliff (“Ukelele Ike”) Edwards
  249. David “Honeyboy” Edwards
  250. Roy Eldridge
  251. Edward Elgar
  252. Duke Ellington
  253. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
  254. Eminem
  255. Brian Eno
  256. Enya
  257. Brian Epstein
  258. Ahmet Ertegun
  259. Nesuhi Ertegun
  260. Gloria Estefan
  261. Melissa Etheridge
  262. Ruth Etting
  263. Bill Evans
  264. Gil Evans
  265. Bob Ezrin
    F

  266. Percy Faith
  267. José Feliciano
  268. Freddy Fender
  269. Bryan Ferry
  270. Arthur Fiedler
  271. Dorothy Fields
  272. Shep Fields
  273. 50 Cent
  274. Eddie Fisher
  275. Ella Fitzgerald
  276. Roberta Flack
  277. Tommy Flanagan
  278. Lester Flatt
  279. Flea
  280. Dan Fogelberg
  281. John Fogerty
  282. Red Foley
  283. Mary Ford
  284. Tennessee Ernie Ford
  285. David Foster
  286. Stephen Foster
  287. Peter Frampton
  288. Connie Francis
  289. Aretha Franklin
  290. Alan Freed
  291. Glenn Frey
  292. Lefty Frizzell
  293. Blind Boy Fuller
  294. Future
    G

  295. Kenny G
  296. Milt Gabler
  297. Peter Gabriel
  298. Liam Gallagher
  299. Noel Gallagher
  300. Rory Gallagher
  301. Kenneth Gamble
  302. Jan Garber
  303. Judy Garland
  304. Erroll Garner
  305. George J. Gaskin
  306. Larry Gatlin
  307. Marvin Gaye
  308. Crystal Gayle
  309. George Gershwin
  310. Ira Gershwin
  311. Stan Getz
  312. Barry Gibb
  313. Maurice Gibb
  314. Robin Gibb
  315. Georgia Gibbs
  316. Don Gibson
  317. Vince Gill
  318. Dizzy Gillespie
  319. Mickey Gilley
  320. David Gilmour
  321. Ferde Grofe
  322. Gerry Goffin
  323. Bobby Goldsboro
  324. Benny Goodman
  325. Dexter Gordon
  326. Berry Gordy Jr.
  327. Eydie Gormé
  328. Vern Gosdin
  329. Glenn Gould
  330. Morton Gould
  331. Robert Goulet
  332. Bill Graham
  333. Grandmaster Flash
  334. Amy Grant
  335. Stéphane Grappelli
  336. Glen Gray
  337. Adolph Green
  338. Al Green
  339. Peter Green
  340. Ellie Greenwich
  341. Dave Grohl
  342. Woody Guthrie
  343. Buddy Guy
    H

  344. Merle Haggard
  345. Bill Haley
  346. Tom T. Hall
  347. Marvin Hamlisch
  348. Oscar Hammerstein II
  349. John H. Hammond
  350. Lionel Hampton
  351. Herbie Hancock
  352. George Frederic Handel
  353. W.C. Handy
  354. E.Y. “Yip” Harburg
  355. Byron Harlan
  356. Sheldon Harnick
  357. Slim Harpo
  358. Emmylou Harris
  359. Marion Harris
  360. Wynonie Harris
  361. Charles Harrison
  362. George Harrison
  363. Freddie Hart
  364. Lorenz Hart
  365. PJ Harvey
  366. Coleman Hawkins
  367. Joseph Haydn
  368. Isaac Hayes
  369. Dick Haymes
  370. Horace Heidt
  371. Fletcher Henderson
  372. Joe Henderson
  373. Jimi Hendrix
  374. Don Henley
  375. Jerry Herman
  376. Woody Herman
  377. Al Hibbler
  378. Faith Hill
  379. Lauryn Hill
  380. Earl Hines
  381. Josef Hoffman
  382. Billie Holiday
  383. Brian Holland
  384. Eddie Holland
  385. Buddy Holly
  386. Jac Holzman
  387. John Lee Hooker
  388. Lightnin’ Hopkins
  389. Trevor Horn
  390. Lena Horne
  391. Bruce Hornsby
  392. Vladimir Horowitz
  393. Son House
  394. David Houston
  395. Whitney Houston
  396. Eddy Howard
  397. Howlin’ Wolf
  398. Freddie Hubbard
  399. Leon Huff
  400. Engelbert Humperdinck
  401. Mississippi John Hurt
  402. Ferlin Husky
    I

  403. Ice Cube
  404. Billy Idol
  405. Enrique Iglesias
  406. Julio Iglesias
  407. Jimmy Iovine
  408. Charles Ives
    J

  409. Ja Rule
  410. Alan Jackson
  411. Freddie Jackson
  412. Janet Jackson
  413. Mahalia Jackson
  414. Michael Jackson
  415. Wanda Jackson
  416. Little Walter Jacobs
  417. Mick Jagger
  418. Ahmad Jamal
  419. James Jamerson
  420. Elmore James
  421. Etta James
  422. Harry James
  423. Joni James
  424. Lewis James
  425. Rick James
  426. Skip James
  427. Sonny James
  428. Tommy James
  429. Keith Jarrett
  430. Jay-Z
  431. Blind Lemon Jefferson
  432. Gordon Jenkins
  433. Waylon Jennings
  434. Joan Jett
  435. Jewel
  436. Jimmy Jam
  437. Antonio Carlos Jobim
  438. Billy Joel
  439. Dr. John
  440. Elton John
  441. Glynn Johns
  442. Little Willie John
  443. Blind Willie Johnson
  444. James P. Johnson
  445. Johnnie Johnson
  446. Lonnie Johnson
  447. Robert Johnson
  448. Tommy Johnson
  449. Al Jolson
  450. Ada Jones
  451. George Jones
  452. Hank Jones
  453. Isham Jones
  454. Jack Jones
  455. John Paul Jones
  456. Norah Jones
  457. Quincy Jones
  458. Tom Jones (singer)
  459. Janis Joplin
  460. Scott Joplin
  461. Louis Jordan
    K

  462. Kitty Kallen
  463. John Kander
  464. Sammy Kaye
  465. KC
  466. Toby Keith
  467. Gene Kelly
  468. R. Kelly
  469. Wynton Kelly
  470. Hal Kemp
  471. Stan Kenton
  472. Jerome Kern
  473. Alicia Keys
  474. Chaka Khan
  475. Albert King
  476. B.B. King
  477. Ben E. King
  478. Carole King
  479. Freddie King
  480. Pee Wee King
  481. Wayne King
  482. Gladys Knight
  483. Al Kooper
  484. André Kostelanetz
  485. Eddie Kramer
  486. Lenny Kravitz
  487. Kris Kristofferson
  488. Gene Krupa
  489. Fela Kuti
  490. Kay Kyser
    L

  491. Patti LaBelle
  492. Lady Gaga
  493. Frankie Laine
  494. Kendrick Lamar
  495. Burton Lane
  496. “Mutt” Lange
  497. Daniel Lanois
  498. Cyndi Lauper
  499. Avril Lavigne
  500. Steve Lawrence
  501. Tracy Lawrence
  502. Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter
  503. Brenda Lee
  504. Geddy Lee
  505. Peggy Lee
  506. Jerry Leiber
  507. J.B. Lenoir
  508. John Lennon
  509. Annie Lennox
  510. Alan Jay Lerner
  511. Huey Lewis
  512. Jerry Lee Lewis
  513. Ted Lewis
  514. Terry Lewis
  515. Liberace
  516. Lil’ Kim
  517. Lil Wayne
  518. Franz Liszt
  519. Little Anthony
  520. Little Milton
  521. Little Richard
  522. LL Cool J
  523. Robert Lockwood Jr.
  524. Frank Loesser
  525. Frederick Loewe
  526. Kenny Loggins
  527. Guy Lombardo
  528. Jennifer Lopez
  529. Vincent Lopez
  530. Darlene Love
  531. Patty Loveless
  532. Ludacris
  533. Jimmie Lunceford
  534. John Lydon (aka “Johnny Rotten”)
  535. Frankie Lymon
  536. Loretta Lynn
  537. Jeff Lynne
    M

  538. Harry MacDonough
  539. Uncle Dave Macon
  540. Madonna
  541. Magic Sam
  542. Taj Mahal
  543. Gustav Mahler
  544. Henry Mancini
  545. Barbara Mandrell
  546. Barry Manilow
  547. Barry Mann
  548. Marilyn Manson
  549. Mantovani
  550. Bob Marley
  551. Wynton Marsalis
  552. Dean Martin
  553. Freddy Martin
  554. George Martin
  555. Ricky Martin
  556. Tony Martin
  557. Al Martino
  558. Richard Marx
  559. Nick Mason
  560. Cosimo Matassa
  561. Johnny Mathis
  562. Dave Matthews
  563. Brian May
  564. John Mayall
  565. John Mayer
  566. Curtis Mayfield
  567. Martina McBride
  568. Paul McCartney
  569. John McCormack
  570. “Mississippi” Fred McDowell
  571. Reba McEntire
  572. Brownie McGhee
  573. Tim McGraw
  574. M.C. Hammer
  575. Sarah McLachlan
  576. John McLaughlin
  577. Don McLean
  578. Clyde McPhatter
  579. Jay McShann
  580. Blind Willie McTell
  581. Meat Loaf
  582. Joe Meek
  583. John Mellencamp (aka “John Cougar”)
  584. Memphis Minnie
  585. Felix Mendelssohn
  586. Alan Menken
  587. Johnny Mercer
  588. Freddie Mercury
  589. Ethel Merman
  590. Bob Merrill
  591. Pat Metheny
  592. George Michael
  593. Bette Midler
  594. Luis Miguel
  595. Amos Milburn
  596. Glenn Miller
  597. Mitch Miller
  598. Roger Miller
  599. Steve Miller
  600. Ronnie Milsap
  601. Nicki Minaj
  602. Charles Mingus
  603. Kylie Minogue
  604. Guy Mitchell
  605. Joni Mitchell
  606. Monica
  607. Thelonious Monk
  608. Bill Monroe
  609. Vaughn Monroe
  610. Patsy Montana
  611. John Michael Montgomery
  612. Wes Montgomery
  613. Claudio Monteverdi
  614. Keith Moon
  615. Scotty Moore
  616. George Morgan
  617. Russ Morgan
  618. Alanis Morissette
  619. Jim Morrison
  620. Van Morrison
  621. Morrissey
  622. Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton
  623. Nana Mouskouri
  624. Jerry Moss
  625. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  626. Gerry Mulligan
  627. Anne Murray
  628. Billy Murray
  629. Charlie Musselwhite
  630. Modest Mussorgsky
  631. J.W. Myers
    N

  632. Nas
  633. Nelly
  634. Ozzie Nelson
  635. Ricky Nelson
  636. Willie Nelson
  637. Randy Newman
  638. Olivia Newton-John
  639. Stevie Nicks
  640. Robert Nighthawk
  641. Ray Noble
  642. Jessye Norman
  643. The Notorious B.I.G.
  644. Ted Nugent
    O

  645. Brendan O’Brien
  646. Billy Ocean
  647. Sinead O'Connor
  648. Mike Oldfield
  649. Andrew Loog Oldham
  650. George Olsen
  651. Roy Orbison
  652. Tony Orlando
  653. Eugene Ormandy
  654. Ozzy Osbourne
  655. Donny Osmond
  656. Vess Ossman
  657. Johnny Otis
  658. Buck Owens
    P

  659. Ignacy Jan Paderewski
  660. Jimmy Page
  661. Patti Page
  662. Brad Paisley
  663. Earl Palmer
  664. Robert Palmer
  665. Charlie Parker
  666. Junior Parker
  667. Alan Parsons
  668. Gram Parsons
  669. Dolly Parton
  670. Jaco Pastorius
  671. Charley Patton
  672. Les Paul
  673. Luciano Pavarotti
  674. Johnny Paycheck
  675. Minnie Pearl
  676. Neil Peart
  677. Teddy Pendergrass
  678. Carl Perkins
  679. Itzhak Perlman
  680. Katy Perry
  681. Lee "Scratch" Perry
  682. Oscar Peterson
  683. Tom Petty
  684. Sam Phillips
  685. Wilson Pickett
  686. Webb Pierce
  687. Pink
  688. Gene Pitney
  689. Robert Plant
  690. Doc Pomus
  691. Iggy Pop
  692. Cole Porter
  693. David Porter
  694. Bud Powell
  695. Elvis Presley
  696. Billy Preston
  697. Andre Previn
  698. Leontyne Price
  699. Lloyd Price
  700. Ray Price
  701. Charley Pride
  702. Prince
  703. Charles Adams Prince
  704. Professor Longhair
  705. Sergei Prokofiev
  706. Giacomo Puccini
  707. Tito Puente
  708. Alla Pugacheva
  709. Henry Purcell
    Q

  710. Dan Quinn
    R

  711. Sun Ra
  712. Eddie Rabbitt
  713. Sergei Rachmaninoff
  714. Ma Rainey
  715. Bonnie Raitt
  716. Rakim
  717. Eros Ramazzotti
  718. Phil Ramone
  719. Maurice Ravel
  720. Lou Rawls
  721. Johnnie Ray
  722. Otis Redding
  723. Helen Reddy
  724. Jerry Reed
  725. Jimmy Reed
  726. Lou Reed
  727. Jim Reeves
  728. Martha Reeves
  729. Django Reinhardt
  730. Leo Reisman
  731. Tim Rice
  732. Buddy Rich
  733. Charlie Rich
  734. Cliff Richard
  735. Keith Richards
  736. Lionel Richie
  737. Sviatoslav Richter
  738. Rihanna
  739. LeAnn Rimes
  740. Tex Ritter
  741. Johnny Rivers
  742. Max Roach
  743. Marty Robbins
  744. Paul Robeson
  745. Smokey Robinson
  746. Jimmie Rodgers
  747. Nile Rodgers
  748. Richard Rodgers
  749. Johnny Rodriguez
  750. Tommy Roe
  751. Kenny Rogers
  752. Roy Rogers
  753. Sonny Rollins
  754. Harold Rome
  755. Linda Ronstadt
  756. Axl Rose
  757. Diana Ross
  758. Jerry Ross
  759. Tino Rossi
  760. Arthur Rubenstein
  761. Rick Rubin
  762. Todd Rundgren
  763. Art Rupe
  764. Otis Rush
  765. Jimmy Rushing
  766. Leon Russell
    S

  767. Sade
  768. Carole Bayer Sager
  769. Carlos Santana
  770. Arnold Schoenberg
  771. Franz Schubert
  772. William Schuman
  773. Robert Schumann
  774. Stephen Schwartz
  775. Earl Scruggs
  776. Seal
  777. Son Seals
  778. Neil Sedaka
  779. Pete Seeger
  780. Bob Seger
  781. Ben Selvin
  782. Rudolf Serkin
  783. Shakira
  784. Tupac Shakur
  785. Del Shannon
  786. Artie Shaw
  787. Robert Shaw
  788. George Shearing
  789. Jean Shepard
  790. T.G. Sheppard
  791. Richard Sherman
  792. Robert Sherman
  793. Billy Sherrill
  794. Nat Shilkret
  795. Johnny Shines
  796. Dinah Shore
  797. Wayne Shorter
  798. Dmitri Shostakovich
  799. Mort Shuman
  800. Jean Sibelius
  801. Beverly Sills
  802. Horace Silver
  803. Carly Simon
  804. Joe Simon
  805. Paul Simon
  806. Nina Simone
  807. Valerie Simpson
  808. Frank Sinatra
  809. Nancy Sinatra
  810. Ricky Skaggs
  811. Slash
  812. Percy Sledge
  813. Bessie Smith
  814. Carl Smith
  815. Connie Smith
  816. Jimmy Smith
  817. Kate Smith
  818. Patti Smith
  819. Will Smith (aka "Fresh Prince")
  820. Snoop Doggy Dogg
  821. Hank Snow
  822. George Solti
  823. Stephen Sondheim
  824. John Phillip Sousa
  825. Otis Spann
  826. Britney Spears
  827. Phil Spector
  828. Len Spencer
  829. Dusty Springfield
  830. Bruce Springsteen
  831. Jo Stafford
  832. Joe Stampley
  833. Frank Stanley
  834. Kay Starr
  835. Ringo Starr
  836. Isaac Stern
  837. Cat Stevens
  838. Ray Stevens
  839. Shakin’ Stevens
  840. Cal Stewart
  841. Rod Stewart
  842. Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart
  843. Sting
  844. Michael Stipe
  845. Leopold Stokowski
  846. Mike Stoller
  847. George Strait
  848. Richard Strauss
  849. Igor Stravinsky
  850. Billy Strayhorn
  851. Barbra Streisand
  852. Charles Strouse
  853. Joe Strummer
  854. Jule Styne
  855. Donna Summer
  856. Keith Sweat
  857. Taylor Swift
  858. Roosevelt Sykes
    T

  859. Shel Talmy
  860. Tampa Red
  861. Art Tatum
  862. Bernie Taupin
  863. Billy Taylor
  864. Eddie Taylor
  865. Hound Dog Taylor
  866. James Taylor
  867. Johnnie Taylor
  868. Koko Taylor
  869. Roger Taylor
  870. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
  871. Clark Terry
  872. Sonny Terry
  873. Joe Tex
  874. Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  875. B.J. Thomas
  876. Chris Thomas
  877. Irma Thomas
  878. Hank Thompson
  879. Richard Thompson
  880. Big Mama Thornton
  881. T.I.
  882. Mel Tillis
  883. Johnny Tillotson
  884. Timbaland
  885. Justin Timberlake
  886. Mel Tormé
  887. Allen Toussaint
  888. Pete Townshend
  889. Merle Travis
  890. Randy Travis
  891. Lennie Tristano
  892. Travis Tritt
  893. Ernest Tubb
  894. Tanya Tucker
  895. Big Joe Turner
  896. Ike Turner
  897. Tina Turner
  898. Shania Twain
  899. Conway Twitty
  900. McCoy Tyner
    U

  901. Lars Ulrich
  902. Carrie Underwood
  903. Keith Urban
  904. Usher
    V

  905. Ritchie Valens
  906. Rudy Vallee
  907. Walter Van Brunt
  908. Eddie Van Halen
  909. Luther Vandross
  910. Sarah Vaughan
  911. Stevie Ray Vaughan
  912. Billy Vaughn
  913. Bobby Vee
  914. Giuseppe Verdi
  915. Butch Vig
  916. Gene Vincent
  917. Bobby Vinton
  918. Tony Visconti
  919. Antonio Vivaldi
    W

  920. Richard Wagner
  921. Porter Wagoner
  922. Tom Waits
  923. Jimmy Wakely
  924. Billy Walker
  925. T-Bone Walker
  926. Sippie Wallace
  927. Fats Waller
  928. Steve Wariner
  929. Fred Waring
  930. Diane Warren
  931. Dionne Warwick
  932. Dinah Washington
  933. Ethel Waters
  934. Muddy Waters
  935. Roger Waters
  936. Gene Watson
  937. Johnny “Guitar” Watson
  938. Chick Webb
  939. Jimmy Webb
  940. Andrew Lloyd Webber
  941. Ben Webster
  942. Ted Weems
  943. Wei Wei
  944. Cynthia Weil
  945. Kurt Weill
  946. Lawrence Welk
  947. Paul Weller
  948. Junior Wells
  949. Kitty Wells
  950. Dottie West
  951. Kanye West
  952. Jerry Wexler
  953. Peetie Wheatstraw
  954. Barry White
  955. Bukka White
  956. Jack White
  957. Paul Whiteman
  958. Norman Whitfield
  959. Margaret Whiting
  960. Slim Whitman
  961. Will.i.am
  962. Andy Williams
  963. Bert Williams
  964. Big Joe Williams
  965. Don Williams
  966. Hank Williams
  967. Hank Williams, Jr.
  968. John Williams
  969. Mary Lou Williams
  970. Pharrell Williams
  971. Robbie Williams
  972. Roger Williams
  973. Tony Williams
  974. Vanessa Williams
  975. Sonny Boy Williamson #1 (John Lee Williamson)
  976. Sonny Boy Williamson #2 (Rice Miller)
  977. Bob Wills
  978. Brian Wilson
  979. Jackie Wilson
  980. Nancy Wilson
  981. Teddy Wilson
  982. Amy Winehouse
  983. Johnny Winter
  984. Steve Winwood
  985. Bill Withers
  986. Jimmy Witherspoon
  987. Bobby Womack
  988. Stevie Wonder
  989. Link Wray
  990. Richard Wright
  991. Tammy Wynette
    X-Y

  992. Trisha Yearwood
  993. Dwight Yoakam
  994. Thom Yorke
  995. Angus Young
  996. Faron Young
  997. Lester Young
  998. Neil Young
    Z

  999. Frank Zappa
  1000. Joe Zawinul