Wednesday, July 26, 2017

50 Reasons to Still Listen to "New" Music

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I am continuously frustrated by claims that today’s new music sucks or that rock and roll is dead. Such proclamations are often spouted by people so stuck on their favorites from 25 years ago that they are afraid to let anything new seep through. In response to a recent Facebook post from a friend who said he “quit following any kind of new artists in the late ‘90s,” I put together this list of 50 reasons to still listen to “new” music (i.e. albums released by acts who formed since 2000):

1. Ryan Adams “Heartbreaker” (2000)
2. Adele “21” (2011)
3. Alabama Shakes “Sound & Color” (2015)
4. Animal Collective “Merriweather Post Pavilion” (2009)
5. Arcade Fire “Funeral” (2004)
6. Arctic Monkeys “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” (2006)
7. The Black Keys “Brothers” (2010)
8. Bloc Party “Silent Alarm” (2005)
9. Bon Iver “For Emma, Forever Ago” (2008)
10. Bright Eyes “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning” (2005)

11. Coldplay “A Rush of Blood to the Head” (2002)
12. Lana Del Rey “Born to Die” (2012)
13. Duffy “Rockferry” (2008)
14. Florence + the Machine “Lungs” (2009)
15. Fleet Foxes “Fleet Foxes” (2008)
16. Franz Ferdinand “Franz Ferdinand” (2004)
17. Gorillaz “Demon Days” (2005)
18. Interpol “Turn on the Bright Lights” (2002)
19. Keane “Hopes and Fears” (2004)
20. Alicia Keys “Songs in A Minor” (2001)

21. The Killers “Hot Fuss” (2004)
22. Kings of Leon “Only by the Night” (2008)
23. Lady Gaga “The Fame” (2008)
24. Kaiser Chiefs “Employment” (2005)
25. Kendrick Lamar “To Pimp a Butterfly” (2015)
26. LCD Soundsystem “Sound of Silver” (2007)
27. The Libertines “Up the Bracket” (2002)
28. Linkin Park “Hybrid Theory” (2000)
29. M.I.A. “Kala” (2007)
30. Mika “Life in Cartoon Motion” (2007)

31. Mumford & Sons “Babel” 2012)
32. Kacey Musgraves “Same Trailer Different Park” (2013)
33. My Morning Jacket “Z” (2005)
34. The National “High Violet” (2010)
35. Frank Ocean “Channel Orange” (2012)
36. Pink “M!ssundaztood” (2001)
37. Scissor Sisters “Scissor Sisters” (2004)
38. The Shins “Chutes Too Narrow” (2003)
39. Sam Smith “In the Lonely Hour” (2014)
40. Streets “A Grand Don’t Come for Free” (2004)

41. The Strokes “Is This It” (2001)
42. Sufjan Stevens “Illiois” (2005)
43. TV on the Radio “Dear Science” (2008)
44. Vampire Weekend “Vampire Weekend” (2008)
45. The Vines “Highly Evolved” (2002)
46. The War on Drugs “Lost in the Dream” (2014)
47. Kanye West “The College Dropout” (2004)
48. Amy Winehouse “Back to Black” (2006)
49. The XX “XX” (2009)
50. Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Fever to Tell” (2003)


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Eagles et al: Top 70 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, Glenn Frey, Don Felder

Happy birthday, Don Henley! Born on July 22, 1947, he turned 70 this year. He is known both for his solo career and as a singer and drummer with the Eagles. In honor of his birthday, here are the top 70 songs by the Eagles, including contributions from each individual member (Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Don Felder, Randy Meisner, and Bernie Leadon).

1. Eagles…Hotel California (1976)
2. Eagles…Take It Easy (1972)
3. Don Henley…The Boys of Summer (1984)
4. Eagles…Lyin’ Eyes (1975)
5. Eagles…Desperado (1973)
6. Eagles…Best of My Love (1974)
7. Don Henley…The End of the Innocence (1989)
8. Eagles…One of These Nights (1975)
9. Eagles…Take It to the Limit (1975)
10. Eagles…Heartache Tonight (1979)

11. Eagles...New Kid in Town (1976)
12. Eagles…Life in the Fast Lane (1976)
13. Don Henley…The Heart of the Matter (1989)
14. Joe Walsh…Rocky Mountain Way (1973)
15. Eagles…I Can’t Tell You Why (1979)
16. Don Henley with Stevie Nicks…Leather and Lace (1981)
17. Joe Walsh…Life’s Been Good (1978)
18. Don Henley with Patty Smyth…Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough (1992)
19. Eagles…The Long Run (1979)
20. Don Henley…Dirty Laundry (1982)

21. Eagles…Peaceful, Easy Feeling (1972)
22. Eagles…Tequila Sunrise (1973)
23. James Gang (featuring Joe Walsh)…Walk Away (1971)
24. Eagles…Witchy Woman (1972)
25. Eagles…Seven Bridges Road (live) (1980)
26. Eagles…Already Gone (1974)
27. Firefall (with Timothy B. Schmit on background vocals)…Just Remember I Love You (1977)
28. Joe Walsh…All Night Long (1980)
29. Glenn Frey…Smuggler’s Blues (1984)
30. James Gang (with Joe Walsh on vocals)…Funk #49 (1970)

31. Don Henley…Sunset Grill (1984)
32. Glenn Frey…The Heat Is On (1984)
33. Glenn Frey…You Belong to the City (1985)
34. Don Henley…All She Wants to Do Is Dance (1984)
35. Don Henley...Not Enough Love in the World (1984)
36. Joe Walsh..A Life of Illusion (1981)
37. Eagles…Please Come Home for Christmas (1978)
38. Eagles…Get Over It (1994)
39. Don Henley…The Last Worthless Evening (1989)
40. Glenn Frey…The One You Love (1982)

41. Randy Meisner…Hearts on Fire (1980)
42. Eagles…Victim of Love (1976)
43. Glenn Frey…True Love (1988)
44. Don Felder…Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride) (1981)
45. Eagles…The Last Resort (1986)
46. Don Henley…New York Minute (1989)
47. Eagles…Love Will Keep Us Alive (1994)
48. Glenn Frey…Sexy Girl (1984)
49. Don Henley…I Can’t Stand Still (1982)
50. Randy Meisner…Deep Inside My Heart (1980)

51. Don Henley…Taking You Home (2000)
52. Don Henley…Through Your Hands (1996)
53. Glenn Frey…I Found Somebody (1982)
54. Eagles…James Dean (1974)
55. Eagles…Hole in the World (2003)
56. Poco (with Timothy B. Schmit on vocals)…Keep on Tryin’ (1975)
57. Don Henley…How Bad Do You Want It? (1989)
58. Eagles…In the City (1979)
59. Glenn Frey…Part of You, Part of Me (1991)
60. Randy Meisner…Never Been in Love (1982)

61. Glenn Frey…All Those Lies (1982)
62. Eagles…Learn to Be Still (1994)
63. Timothy B. Schmit…Boys Night Out (1987)
64. Eagles…Outlaw Man (1973)
65. Joe Walsh…Things (1981)
66. Joe Walsh…Rivers of the Hidden Funk (1981)
67. Eagles…How Long (2007)
68. Joe Walsh…Space Age Whiz Kids (1983)
69. Don Henley…Johnny Can’t Read (1982)
70. Eagles…Those Shoes (1979)


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Top 100 Alternative Rock Songs

Originally posted 6/14/12; updated 6/28/17.

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More than 30 different lists were aggregated to create this list. Alternative is a widely defined collection of rock music which stretches from the garage bands of the 1960s to the indie scene of today. It generally is used to describe groups which are more left of center, but often these bands– such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, U2, and R.E.M. – move to the forefront of mainstream rock.

A brief history of the genre shows its origins to come out of the D.I.Y. aesthetic that accompanied rougher sounding, experimental bands who came out of the 1960s. Groups like the Velvet Underground and The Stooges provided a raunchier and rawer alternative to mainstream rock like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

By the mid-1970s, groups like the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and The Ramones spearheaded the punk scene, which grew out of angry working class kids looking for a musical outlet. By the close of the 1970s and beginning of the 1980s, new wave groups like The Cure, Depeche Mode, and New Order emerged at the forefront of a more accessible, electronically-driven, and ready-for-video format. The college rock scene quickly grew out of that, also lending audiences to groups like U2, R.E.M., and The Smiths.

By the end of the 1990s, grunge became the dominant form of rock music with bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam at the helm. They revived some of the punk and D.I.Y. ethos of the 1960s and 1970s, while also crafting big songs which echoed some of the big-anthem classic rock of those decades.

Since grunge, there hasn’t been one dominant form of alternative – or what became known as “modern rock.” Groups like Green Day and Blink-182 created punk-pop while The White Stripes and The Strokes reminded listeners of the garage rock of the 1960s. Artists like Radiohead and Beck reminded listeners of the experimental nature of the genre.

So what is alternative rock exactly? It’s hard to say. This list taps into all the forms referenced above and more. I’ll just let these songs tell you what alternative is.


Top 100 Alternative Rock Songs

Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy in the U.K.” (1976)

1. Nirvana…Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991)
2. Radiohead…Creep (1993)
3. Beck…Loser (1993)
4. Nirvana…Come As You Are (1992)
5. Red Hot Chili Peppers…Under the Bridge (1992)
6. Pearl Jam…Alive (1991)
7. Violent Femmes…Blister in the Sun (1983)
8. Jane’s Addiction…Been Caught Stealing (1990)
9. The Smiths…How Soon Is Now? (1984)
10. Sublime…What I Got (1996)

The Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated” (1978)

11. Smashing Pumpkins…Today (1993)
12. Blur…Song 2 (1997)
13. Nine Inch Nails…Closer (1994)
14. Ramones…I Wanna Be Sedated (1978)
15. Beastie Boys…You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party (1986)
16. Pearl Jam…Jeremy (1992)
17. Smashing Pumpkins…1979 (1995)
18. R.E.M….Losing My Religion (1991)
19. Oasis…Wonderwall (1995)
20. Jane’s Addiction…Jane Says (1988)

The Clash’s “London Calling” (1979)

21. Beastie Boys…Sabotage (1994)
22. The Cure…Just Like Heaven (1987)
23. Soundgarden…Black Hole Sun (1994)
24. Green Day…Longview (1994)
25. U2…Sunday Bloody Sunday (1983)
26. Pearl Jam…Black (1991)
27. New Order…Bizarre Love Triangle (1986)
28. Linkin Park…In the End (2001)
29. The Offspring…Come Out and Play (1994)
30. Red Hot Chili Peppers…Give It Away (1991)

R.E.M.’s “Radio Free Europe” (1983)

31. R.E.M….It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) (1987)
32. Depeche Mode…Personal Jesus (1989)
33. The Clash…Rock the Casbah (1982)
34. Live…Lightning Crashes (1994)
35. U2…With Or Without You (1987)
36. Stone Temple Pilots…Plush (1992)
37. Rage Against the Machine…Killing in the Name (1993)
38. The Clash…Should I Stay Or Should I Go (1982)
39. New Order…Blue Monday (1983)
40. Joy Division…Love Will Tear Us Apart (1980)

U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (1983)

41. U2…One (1992)
42. Green Day…Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) (1997)
43. Weezer…Buddy Holly (1994)
44. Green Day…When I Come Around (1994)
45. The Clash…London Calling (1979)
46. The Verve…Bittersweet Symphony (1997)
47. Green Day…Brain Stew/Jaded (1995)
48. Foo Fighters…Everlong (1997)
49. Metallica…Enter Sandman (1991)
50. Green Day…Basket Case (1994)

51. Pearl Jam…Even Flow (1991)
52. The White Stripes…Seven Nation Army (2003)
53. The Offspring…Self Esteem (1994)
54. Nine Inch Nails…Head Like a Hole (1989)
55. Depeche Mode…Enjoy the Silence (1990)
56. Nirvana…All Apologies (1993)
57. The Pixies…Here Comes Your Man (1989)
58. U2…Pride (In the Name of Love) (1984)
59. Stone Temple Pilots…Interstate Love Song (1994)
60. Sex Pistols…Anarchy in the U.K. (1976)

New Order’s “Blue Monday” (1983)

61. Soft Cell…Tainted Love (1981)
62. Nirvana…Lithium (1991)
63. Sublime…Wrong Way (1996)
64. Faith No More…Epic (1990)
65. Smashing Pumpkins…Bullet with Butterfly Wings (1995)
66. Blink-182…Dammit (Growing Up) (1997)
67. Weezer…Undone (The Sweater Song) (1994)
68. Iggy Pop…Lust for Life (1977)
69. Smashing Pumpkins…Disarm (1993)
70. Papa Roach...Last Resort (2000)

The Smiths’ “How Soon Is Now” (1984)

71. Nirvana…In Bloom (1991)
72. Rage Against the Machine…Bulls on Parade (1996)
73. Devo…Whip It (1980)
74. Blind Melon…No Rain (1993)
75. R.E.M….Radio Free Europe (1983)
76. Ramones…Blitzkrieg Bop (1976)
77. The Cure…Love Song (1989)
78. Beastie Boys…Intergalactic (1998)
79. The B-52’s…Rock Lobster (1979)
80. Sex Pistols…God Save the Queen (1977)

Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991)

81. Alice in Chains…Man in the Box (1991)
82. Radiohead…Karma Police (1997)
83. Modern English…I Melt with You (1983)
84. R.E.M….The One I Love (1987)
85. Blink-182…All the Small Things (1999)
86. Pearl Jam…Better Man (1994)
87. The Pixies…Monkey Gone to Heaven (1989)
88. Lit…My Own Worst Enemy (1999)
89. Violent Femmes…Add It Up (1983)
90. Elvis Costello…Alison (1977)

Radiohead’s “Creep” (1993)

91. Pearl Jam…Yellow Ledbetter (1992)
92. Talking Heads…Once in a Lifetime (1981)
93. Talking Heads…Burning Down the House (1983)
94. Echo & the Bunnymen…Lips Like Sugar (1987)
95. The Cure…Boys Don’t Cry (1979)
96. Blink-182…What’s My Age Again? (1999)
97. The Police…Roxanne (1979)
98. Linkin Park…Numb (2003)
99. Linkin Park…One Step Closer (2000)
100. U2…New Year’s Day (1983)

Beck’s “Loser” (1993)


Friday, June 16, 2017

Some of the Longest Waits Between Albums

This list was originally posted on my Dave’s Music Database Facebook page (Some of the Longest Waits Between Albums) on 2/5/2012 and has been updated several times since. I’m reposting it now in honor of Chuck Berry, whose 38-year vacation puts him in a tie with John Lodge for the longest wait between albums.

Here’s a little history about this list. In March 2012, I penned an article for PopMatters.com (“I Heard You Missed Us – We’re Back!”) on bands who’d had long breaks between albums. At the time, I’d waited five years for a new album from Fish, one of my favorite acts. That month Van Halen ended a 14-year silence and in recent years Guns N’ Roses received a lot of press for its 15-year delay between albums. I ended up with an extensive list of acts who have tried the patience of their fans to the max. Note: I’m only looking at album’s worth of new studio material. That includes “specialty” releases of new material for that act such as covers collections or Christmas recordings, but does not include live albums, compilations, remixes, or other reissues of previously released material. Thanks to DMDB fans who contributed to this list!


Some of the Longest Waits:
  • 38 years: Chuck Berry Rock It (1979), Chuck (2017)
  • 38 years: John Lodge Natural Avenue (1977), 10,000 Light Years Ago (2015)
  • 36 years: The Yardbirds Little Games (1967), Birdland (2003)
  • 35 years: Vashti Bunyan Just Another Diamond Day (1970), Lookingafter (2005)
  • 35 years: The Sonics Sinderella (1980), This Is the Sonics (2015)
  • 34 years: The Stooges Raw Power (1973), The Weirdness (2007)
  • 32 years: New York Dolls Too Much Too Soon (1974), One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This (2006)
  • 30 years: Magazine Magic, Murder and the Weather (1981), No Thyself (2011)
  • 28 years: Eagles The Long Run (1979), Long Road Out of Eden (2007)
  • 28 years: The Slits Return of the Giant Slits (1981), Trapped Animal (2009)
  • 28 years: Cat Stevens Back to Earth (1978), An Other Cup (2006)
  • 27 years: Big Star Third/Sister Lovers (1978), In Space (2005)
  • 27 years: Dexy’s Midnight Runners Don’t Stand Me Down (1985), One Day I’m Going to Soar (2012)
  • 25 years: Bauhaus Burning from the Inside (1983), Go Away White (2008)
  • 25 years: Levon Helm Levon Helm (1982), Dirt Farmer (2007)
  • 25 years: Throbbing Gristle Journey Through a Body (1982), Part Two: The Endless Not (2007)
  • 25 years: Roger Waters Amused to Death (1992), Is This the Life We Really Want? (2017)

  • 24 years: The Cars Door to Door (1987), Move Like This (2011)
  • 24 years: The Who It’s Hard (1982), Endless Wire (2006)
  • 23 years: The Zombies Odessey and Oracle (1968), New World (1991)
  • 22 years: Jeff Lynne Armchair Theatre (1990), Long Wave (2012)
  • 22 years: Mission of Burma Vs. (1982), ONoffON (2004)
  • 22 years: My Bloody Valentine Loveless (1991), MBV (2013)
  • 22 years: The Soft Boys Underwater Moonlight (1980), Nextdoorland (2002)
  • 21 years: The Vaselines Dum-Dum (1989), Sex with an X (2010)

    20 Years

  • The Del-Lords Lovers Who Wander (1990), Under Construction (EP, 2010)
  • Devo Smooth Noodle Maps (1990), Something for Everybody (2010)
  • The Feelies Time for a Witness (1991), Here Before (2011)
  • Pink Floyd The Division Bell (1994), Endless River (2014)
  • Steely Dan Gaucho (1980), Two Against Nature (2000)

    19 Years

  • Grace Jones Bulletproof Heart (1989), Hurricane (2008)

    18 Years

  • Black Sabbath Forbidden (1995), 13 (2013)
  • Faith No More Album of the Year (1997), Sol Invictus (2015)
  • Was (Not Was) Are You Okay? (1990), Boo! (2008)

    17 Years

  • Blondie The Hunter (1982), No Exit (1999)
  • The Go-Go’s Talk Show (1984), God Bless the Go-Go’s (2001)
  • Kraftwerk Electric CafĂ© (1986), Tour de Force Soundtracks (2003)
  • Steve Miller Band Wide River (1993), Bingo (2010)
  • Squeeze Domino (1998), From the Cradle to the Grave (2015)

    16 Years

  • The Beach Boys Stars and Stripes Vol. 1 (1996), That’s Why God Made the Radio (2012)
  • The B-52’s Good Stuff (1992), Funplex (2008)
  • Dr. Dre 2001 (1999), Compton (2015)
  • Gang of Four Shrinkwrapped (1995), Content (2011)
  • Gil Scott-Heron Spirits (1994), I’m New Here (2010)
  • Kansas Somewhere to Elsewhere (2000), The Prelude Implicit (2016)

    15 Years

  • Camper Van Beethoven Key Lime Pie (1989), New Roman Times (2004)
  • Electric Light Orchestra: Balance of Power (1986), Zoom (2001)
  • Foreigner: Mr. Moonlight (1994), Can’t Slow Down (2009)
  • Roky Erickson All That May Do My Rhyme (1995), True Love Cast Out All Evil (2010)
  • Guns N’ Roses The Spaghetti Incident? (1993), Chinese Democracy (2008)
  • Don Henley Inside Job (2000), Cass County (2015)
  • Nitzer Ebb Big Hit (1995), Industrial Complex (2010)
  • The Rainmakers Skin (1996), 25 On (2011)

    14 Years

  • Accept Predator (1996), Blood of the Nations (2010)
  • Alice in Chains Alice in Chains (1995), Black Gives Way to Blue (2009)
  • Big Country Driving to Damascus (1999), The Journey (2013)
  • Lindsey Buckingham Out of the Cradle (1992), Under the Skin (2006)
  • Crowded House Together Alone (1993), Time on Earth (2007)
  • D’Angelo Voodoo (2000), Black Messiah (2014)
  • Electric Light Orchestra Zoom (2001), Alone in the Universe (2015)
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer Love Beach (1978), Black Moon (1992)
  • Hooters Out of Body (1993), Time Stand Still (2007)
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd Street Survivors (1977), Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991 (1991)
  • New Kids on the Block Face the Music (1994), The Block (2008)
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Universal (1996), History of Modern (2010)
  • The Swans Soundtrack for the Blind (1996), My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky (2010)
  • Television Adventure (1978), Television (1992)
  • Van Halen: Van Halen III (1998), A Different Kind of Truth (2012)

    13 Years

  • Garth Brooks Scarecrow (2001), Man Against Machine (2014)
  • Jane’s Addiction Ritual de lo Habitual (1990), Strays (2003)
  • The Zombies New World (1991), As Far As I Can See… (2004)

    12 Years

  • Kate Bush: The Red Shoes (1993), Aerial (2005)
  • The Go-Betweens 16 Lovers Lane (1988), The Friends of Rachel Worth (2000)
  • Wire The First Letter (1991), Send (2003)
  • Hole Celebrity Skin (1998), Nobody’s Daughter (2010)
  • The House of Love Audience with the Mind (1993), Days Run Away (2005)
  • Billy Idol Cyberpunk (1993), Devil’s Playground (2005)
  • Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose (2004), Full Circle (2016)
  • Polvo Shapes (1997), In Prism (2009)
  • Styx Big Bang Theory (2005), The Mission (2017)

    11 Years

  • Boston Life, Love & Hope (2013), Corporate America (2002)
  • ESG ESG (1991), Step Off (2002)
  • Grandmaster Flash Flash Is Back (1998), The Bridge: Concept of a Culture (2009)
  • Heart Desire Walks On (1993), Jupiter’s Darling (2004)
  • Kiss Psycho Circus (1998) Sonic Boom (2009)
  • The Libertines The Libertines (2004), Anthems for Doomed Youth (2015)
  • The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang (2005), Blue and Lonesome (2016)

  • No Doubt Rock Steady (2001), Push and Shove (2012)
  • Portishead Portishead (1997), Third (2008)
  • The Power Station The Power Station (1985), Living in Fear (1996)
  • Bob Seger It’s a Mystery (1995), Face the Promise (2006)
  • The Verve Urban Hymns (1997), Forth (2008)
  • Scott Walker Climate of Hunter (1984), Tilt (1995)
  • Scott Walker Tilt (1995), The Drift (2006)

    10 Years

  • American Music Club San Francisco (1994), Love Songs for Patriots (2004)
  • David Bowie Reality (2003), The Next Day (2013)
  • Bush Golden State (2001), The Sea of Memories (2011)
  • Dinosaur Jr. Hand It Over (1997), Beyond (2007)
  • Eurythmics We Too Are One (1989), Peace (1999)
  • Peter Gabriel Us (1992); Up (2002)
  • Gin Blossoms Congratulations I’m Sorry (1996), Major Lodge Victory (2006)
  • The Human League Secrets (2001), Credo (2011)
  • Journey Raised on Radio (1986), Trial by Fire (1996)
  • The Knack Round Trip (1981), Serious Fun (1991)
  • The Lemonheads Car Button Cloth (1996), The Lemonheads (2006)
  • Matchbox 20 More Than You Think You Are (2002), North (2012)
  • Steve Perry Street Talk (1984), For the Love of Strange Medicine (1994)
  • Sade Lovers Rock (2000), Soldier of Love (2010)
  • Suicide Why Be Blue (1992), American Supreme (2002)
  • Supertramp Free As a Bird (1987), Some Things Never Change (1997)
  • Scott Walker We Had It All (1974), Climate of Hunter (1984)
  • Stevie Wonder Conversation Peace (1995), A Time to Love (2005)
  • Yes: Magnification (2001), Fly from Here (2011)

    9 Years

  • The Allman Brothers Band Brothers of the Road (1981), Seven Turns (1990)
  • The Allman Brothers Band Where It All Begins (1994), Hittin’ the Note (2003)
  • Leonard Cohen The Future (1992), Ten New Songs (2001)
  • Deep Purple Come Taste the Band (1975), Perfect Strangers (1984)
  • Styx Edge of the Century (1990), Brave New World (1999);

    8 Years

  • AC/DC Stiff Upper Lip (2000), Black Ice (2008)
  • Aerosmith Honkin’ on Bobo (2004), Music from Another Dimension! (2012)
  • Berlin 4Play (2005), Animal (2013)
  • Blondie The Curse of Blondie (2003), Panic of Girls (2011)
  • Boston Don’t Look Back (1978), Third Stage (1986)
  • Boston Third Stage (1986), Walk On (1994)
  • Boston Walk On (1994), Corporate America (2002)
  • Camper Van Beethoven New Roman Times (2004), virus_installer.exe (2012)
  • Chicago Chicago XXV: The Christmas Album (1998), XXX (2006)
  • Leonard Cohen Dear Heather (2004), Old Ideas (2012)
  • Fleetwood Mac Time (1995), Say You Will (2003)
  • Michael Jackson Invincible (2001); Michael (2010 – released posthumously; Jackson died in 2009).
  • Mick Jagger Wandering Spirit (1993), Goddess in the Doorway (2001)
  • Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (2007), Strangers to Ourselves (2015)
  • The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon (1997), A Bigger Bang (2005)
  • Rush Test for Echo (1996) Vapor Trails (2002)
  • Sade Love Deluxe (1992), Lovers Rock (2000)
  • The Smithereens God Save the Smithereens (1999), Christmas with the Smithereens (2007)
  • Stevie Wonder Characters (1987), Conversation Peace (1995)


    Still Waiting…
  • 38 years: Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door (1979)
  • 24 years: Billy Joel River of Dreams (1993)
  • 23 years: Emerson, Lake & Palmer In the Hot Seat (1994)
  • 23 years: Steve Perry For the Love of Strange Medicine (1994)
  • 20 years: Genesis Calling All Stations (1997)
  • 19 years: Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
  • 18 years: Dr. Dre 2001 (1999)
  • 16 years: Mick Jagger Goddess in the Doorway (2001)
  • 15 years: David Baerwald Here Comes the New Folk Underground (2002)
  • 15 years: Supertramp Slow Motion (2002)
  • 15 years: Shania Twain Up! (2002)
  • 14 years: The Allman Brothers Band Hittin’ the Note (2003)
  • 14 years: Fleetwood Mac Say You Will (2003)
  • 14 years: Kraftwerk Tour de France Soundtracks (2003)
  • 14 years: Steely Dan Everything Must Go (2003)
  • 13 years: Tears for Fears Everybody Loves a Happy Ending (2004)
  • 11 years: Tool 10,000 Days (2006)
  • 11 years: The Who Endless Wire (2006)
  • 10 years: Hooters Time Stand Still (2007)


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  • Friday, June 9, 2017

    The Top 100 New Wave/College Rock Songs

    image from generationbass.com

    As the upcoming Dave’s Music Database on pre-1989 alternative rock hits barrels toward publication, here’s a tease of what’s to come. In creating the book, multiple lists of various forms of alternative rock were aggregrated and here are the results for the top 100 new wave/college rock songs:

    1. New Order “Blue Monday” (1983)
    2. Violent Femmes “Blister in the Sun” (1983)
    3. The Cure “Just Like Heaven” (1987)
    4. The Smiths “How Soon Is Now?” (1984)
    5. Soft Cell “Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go?” (1981)
    6. Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (1980)
    7. Modern English “I Melt with You” (1983)
    8. The B-52’s “Rock Lobster” (1979)
    9. Devo “Whip It” (1980)
    10. New Order “Bizarre Love Triangle” (1986)

    11. The Clash “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” (1982)
    12. R.E.M. “Radio Free Europe” (1983)
    13. The Clash “Rock the Casbah” (1982)
    14. Depeche Mode “Personal Jesus” (1989)
    15. Jane’s Addiction “Jane Says” (1988)
    16. A Flock of Seagulls “I Ran” (1982)
    17. R.E.M. “It’s the End of the World as We Know It and I Feel Fine” (1987)
    18. Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime” (1981)
    19. Simple Minds “Don’t You Forget About Me” (1985)
    20. Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Come on Eileen” (1982)

    21. The Pixies “Here Comes Your Man” (1989)
    22. Gary Numan “Cars” (1979)
    23. U2 “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (1983)
    24. Depeche Mode “People Are People” (1985)
    25. The Human League “Don’t You Want Me” (1981)
    26. Talking Heads “Burning Down the House” (1983)
    27. Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Relax” (1983)
    28. Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This” (1983)
    29. Echo & the Bunnymen “Lips Like Sugar” (1987)
    30. Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls” (1986)

    31. U2 “With Or Without You” (1987)
    32. Madness “Our House” (1982)
    33. Talking Heads “Psycho Killer” (1977)
    34. Depeche Mode “Enjoy the Silence” (1990)
    35. Midnight Oil “Beds Are Burning” (1988)
    36. Depeche Mode “Just Can’t Get Enough” (1981)
    37. Duran Duran “Hungry Like the Wolf” (1982)
    38. Tears for Fears “Shout” (1984)
    39. A-ha “Take on Me” (1984)
    40. U2 “Pride (In the Name of Love)” (1984)

    41. The Church “Under the Milky Way” (1988)
    42. The Cure “Boys Don’t Cry” (1979)
    43. XTC “Dear God” (1986)
    44. Tears for Fears “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (1985)
    45. Talk Talk “It’s My Life” (1984)
    46. The La’s “There She Goes” (1990)
    47. New Order “True Faith” (1987)
    48. Dead or Alive “You Spin Me Round Like a Record” (1985)
    49. Psychedelic Furs “Pretty in Pink” (1981)
    50. The Pixies “Monkey Gone to Heaven” (1989)

    51. Oingo Boingo “Dead Man’s Party” (1985)
    52. The English Beat “Save It for Later” (1983)
    53. Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star” (1981)
    54. Love & Rockets “So Alive” (1989)
    55. Big Country “In a Big Country” (1983)
    56. Wall of Voodoo “Mexican Radio” (1983)
    57. Squeeze “Tempted” (1981)
    58. After the Fire “Der Kommissar” (1983)
    59. The Cure “Close to Me” (1985)
    60. The Vapors “Turning Japanese” (1980)

    61. Blondie “Heart of Glass” (1979)
    62. Violent Femmes “Add It Up” (1983)
    63. The Cure “Love Song” (1989)
    64. The Clash “Train in Vain (Stand by Me)” (1980)
    65. Men Without Hats “The Safety Dance” (1983)
    66. Naked Eyes “Always Something There to Remind Me” (1983)
    67. Sonic Youth “Teen Age Riot” (1988)
    68. Nine Inch Nails “Head Like a Hole” (1989)
    69. The Cult “She Sells Sanctuary” (1986)
    70. Peter Schilling “Major Tom (Coming Home)” (1983)

    71. Billy Idol “Dancing with Myself” (1981)
    72. Yazoo “Situation” (1982)
    73. The Cure “In Between Days” (1985)
    74. Thomas Dolby “She Blinded Me with Science” (1982)
    75. When in Rome “The Promise” (1989)
    76. Men at Work “Down Under’ (1981)
    77. Billy Idol “White Wedding” (1982)
    78. INXS “Don’t Change” (1982)
    79. U2 “I Will Follow” (1980)
    80. The Jesus & Mary Chain “Just Like Honey” (1985)

    81. Pretenders “Brass in Pocket (I’m Special)” (1979)
    82. Erasure “Oh L’Amour” (1986)
    83. The Sugarcubes “Birthday” (1988)
    84. The Stone Roses “I Wanna Be Adored” (1989)
    85. Spandau Ballet “True” (1983)
    86. Blondie “One Way Or Another” (1979)
    87. Duran Duran “Girls on Film” (1981)
    88. Elvis Costello “What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding” (1979)
    89. Psychedelic Furs “Love My Way” (1982)
    90. Kajagoogoo “Too Shy” (1983)

    91. World Party “Ship of Fools (Save Me from Tomorrow)” (1986)
    92. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark “If You Leave” (1986)
    93. INXS “Need You Tonight” (1987)
    94. Yazoo “Don’t Go” (1982)
    95. The Jam “A Town Called Malice” (1982)
    96. General Public “Tenderness” (1984)
    97. Boomtown Rats “I Don’t Like Mondays” (1979)
    98. Split Enz “I Got You” (1980)
    99. The Go-Go’s “We Got the Beat” (1982)
    100. Missing Persons “Destination Unknown” (1982)


    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    The Top 50 Grunge Songs of All TIme

    l to r: Eddie Vedder, Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, Layne Staley,
    image from fanboysanonymous.com

    The recent death of singer Chris Cornell has provoked many to lament how another grunge hero is gone. Arguably the four biggest grunge bands in the early ‘90s were Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains. Only Eddie Vedder, lead singer for Pearl Jam, is still alive.

    This post, however, is meant as a celebration of the grunge era. This is a look back at the biggest songs the genre produced. As with all Dave’s Music Database lists, this list is created by an aggregate of best-of lists from multiple sources. Here are the top 50 grunge songs:

    1. Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991)
    2. Pearl Jam “Alive” (1991)
    3. Alice in Chains “Would?” (1992)
    4. Temple of the Dog “Hunger Strike” (1991)
    5. Soundgarden “Black Hole Sun” (1994)
    6. Pearl Jam “Jeremy” (1991)
    7. Stone Temple Pilots “Plush” (1992)
    8. Pearl Jam “Even Flow” (1991)
    9. Screaming Trees “Nearly Lost You” (1992)
    10. Pearl Jam “Black” (1991)

    11. Mudhoney “Touch Me I’m Sick” (1988)
    12. Soundgarden “Outshined’ (1991)
    13. Nirvana “Lithium” (1991)
    14. Stone Temple Pilots “Interstate Love Song” (1994)
    15. Nirvana “All Apologies” (1993)
    16. Nirvana “Heart-Shaped Box” (1993)
    17. Alice in Chains “Man in the Box” (1991)
    18. Nirvana “Come As You Are” (1991)
    19. Alice in Chains “Rooster” (1992)
    20. Soundgarden “Spoonman” (1994)

    21. Stone Temple Pilots “Big Empty” (1994)
    22. Stone Temple Pilots “Sex Type Thing” (1992)
    23. L7 Pretend We’re Dead” (1992)
    24. Hole “Doll Parts” (1994)
    25. Alice in Chains “Them Bones” (1992)
    26. Mad Season “River of Deceit” (1995)
    27. Toadies “Possum Kingdom” (1994)
    28. Nirvana “You Know You’re Right” (1994)
    29. Mother Love Bone “Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns” (1989)
    30. Nirvana “In Bloom” (1991)

    31. Bush “Glycerine” (1995)
    32. Alice in Chains “Nutshell” (1994)
    33. Blind Melon “No Rain” (1993)
    34. Temple of the Dog “Say Hello 2 Heaven” (1991)
    35. Bush “Everything Zen” (1994)
    36. Smashing Pumpkins “Cherub Rock” (1993)
    37. Nirvana “Rape Me” (1993)
    38. Pearl Jam “Rearviewmirror” (1993)
    39. Pearl Jam “Yellow Lebetter” (1992)
    40. Stone Temple Pilots “Wicked Garden” (1992)

    41. Hole “Violet” (1994)
    42. Collective Soul “Shine” (1994)
    43. Meat Puppets “Backwater” (1994)
    44. Nirvana “About a Girl” (1989)
    45. Pearl Jam “Daughter” (1993)
    46. Alice in Chains “Got Me Wrong” (1992)
    47. Pearl Jam “Better Man” (1994)
    48. Soundgarden “Rusty Cage” (1991)
    49. Stone Temple Pilots “Creep” (1992)
    50. Soundgarden “Jesus Christ Pose” (1991)


    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    The Top 50 Music Executives of All Time

    image from tonedrecords.com

    Here’s the top 50 music executives. The record companies with which they were associated are shown in parentheses after each name. This list, as always with DMDB lists, was determined by an aggregation of multiple lists.

    1. Berry Gordy, Jr. (Motown)
    2. Sam Phillips (Sun)
    3. Leonard Chess (Chess)
    4. Clive Davis (Columbia, Arista)
    5. David Geffen (Asylum, Geffen, DGC, Dreamworks SKG)
    6. Herb Alpert (A&M)
    7. Ahmet Ertegun (Atlantic)
    8. Jerry Wexler (Atlantic)
    9. Nesuhi Ertegun (Atlantic)
    10. Jac Holzman (Elektra, Nonesuch)

    11. Jim Stewart (Stax)
    12. Jimmy Iovine (Interscope)
    13. Antonio “L.A.” Reid (LaFace, Arista, Def Jam Island, Epic)
    14. Irving Azoff (manager for Christina Aguilera, Bon Jovi, the Eagles, Dan Fogelberg, Journey, Maroon 5, No Doubt, Steely Dan, and Van Halen)
    15. Mo Ostin (Verve, Reprise, Warner Bros., DreamWorks SKG)
    16. Jerry Moss (A&M)
    17. Dr. Dre (Death Row, Aftermath)
    18. Tommy Mottola (Sony Music)
    19. Phil Chess (Chess)
    20. Rick Rubin (Def Jam, American Recordings, Columbia)

    21. Milt Gabler (Commodore, Decca)
    22. Bill Graham (concert promotor, Fillmore Auditorium)
    23. Arif Mardin (Atlantic, Manhattan)
    24. Clarence Avant (Venture, Sussex)
    25. Seymour Stein (Sire, Warner Bros.)
    26. Chris Strachwitz
    27. Norman Granz (Clef, Norgran, Down Home, Verve, Pablo)
    28. Goddard Lieberson (Columbia)
    29. Kenneth Gamble (Philadelphia International)
    30. Leon Huff (Philadelphia International)

    31. Chris Blackwell (Island)
    32. Puff Daddy/P. Diddy (Bad Boy Entertainment)
    33. Art Rupe (Speciality)
    34. Suge Knight (Death Row)
    35. Lou Pearlman (Trans Continental)
    36. Syd Nathan (King)
    37. Mathew Knowles (manager of Destiny’s Child)
    38. Swizz Beatz (Full Surface)
    39. Neil Bogart (Casablanca, Boardwalk)
    40. Rick Hall (FAME Studios)

    41. Willie Mitchell (Hi, Waylo)
    42. Simon Cowell (Pop Idol, American Idol)
    43. Kanye West (Roc-A-Fella)
    44. Smokey Robinson (Motown)
    45. Scooter Braun (School Boy Records, Raymond-Braun Media Group)
    46. Jerry Ross (Heritage)
    47. Jay-Z (Roc-A-Fella)
    48. R. Kelly (Rockland)
    49. Madonna (Maverick)
    50. Miles Copeland III (I.R.S.)


    Saturday, May 20, 2017

    The Top 20 Music Managers of All Time

    Here’s the top 20 music managers (with some of the best-known artists they’ve managed in parentheses) as determined by an aggregation of multiple lists.

    1. Andrew Loog Oldham (The Rolling Stones)
    2. Brian Epstein (The Beatles)
    3. Colonel Tom Parker (Elvis Presley)
    4. Peter Grant (Led Zeppelin)
    5. Malcolm McLaren (Sex Pistols)
    6. Don Arden (Black Sabbath)
    7. Allen Klein (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones)
    8. Don Kirshner (The Monkees, Kansas)
    9. Albert Grossman (Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, The Band)
    10. Kit Lambert (The Who)

    11. Robert Stigwood (The Bee Gees)
    12. Lou Pearlman (Backstreet Boys, N’ Sync)
    13. Tony Defries (David Bowie)
    14. Irving Azoff (Eagles)
    15. Chris Stamp (The Who, Jimi Hendrix)
    16. Simon Fuller (Spice Girls)
    17. Jon Landau (Bruce Springsteen)
    18. Dee Anthony (Tony Bennett, Peter Frampton)
    19. Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber)
    20. Joseph Jackson (The Jackson 5)


    The Top 50 Producers of All Time

    First posted 3/14/2012, updated 5/19/2017.

    Here’s the top 50 producers (with some of the best-known artists they’ve produced in parentheses) as determined by aggregating the resources listed at the bottom of the page.

    1. George Martin (America, The Beatles, Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney)
    2. Phil Spector (The Beatles, John Lennon, The Righteous Brothers, The Ronettes, The Shirelles)
    3. Dr. Dre (Mary J. Blige, Eminem, 50 Cent, N.W.A., Snoop Dogg)
    4. Rick Rubin (Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash, Public Enemy, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Run-D.M.C.)
    5. Butch Vig (Garbage, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth)
    6. Sam Phillips (Howlin’ Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley)
    7. Brian Eno (David Bowie, Coldplay, Talking Heads, U2)
    8. Quincy Jones (Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra)
    9. Robert “Mutt” Lange (AC/DC, Bryan Adams, The Cars, Def Leppard, Foreigner, Shania Twain)
    10. Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys)

    11. Berry Gordy Jr. (Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder)
    12. Chris Thomas (INXS, Pretenders, Roxy Music, Sex Pistols)
    13. Brian Holland/Lamont Dozier/Eddie Holland (Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers, Martha & the Vandellas)
    14. T-Bone Burnett (John Mellencamp, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, The Wallflowers)
    15. Daniel Lanois (Bob Dylan, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, U2)
    16. Timbaland (Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake)
    17. Todd Rundgren (Cheap Trick, Grand Funk Railroad, Meat Loaf, New York Dolls, XTC)
    18. Jerry Wexler (Ray Charles, The Drifters, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave)
    19. Brendan O’Brien (Black Crowes, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Stone Temple Pilots)
    20. Lee “Scratch” Perry (The Clash, Bob Marley & The Wailers)

    21. Tom Dowd (Allman Brothers Band, James Brown, Eric Clapton, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Rod Stewart)
    22. Joe Meek (Ritchie Blackmore, Tom Jones (singer), Screaming Lord Sutch)
    23. Jimmy Page (The Firm, Led Zeppelin, John Mayall)
    24. Trevor Horn (The Buggles, Paul McCartney, Simple Minds, Yes)
    25. Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo as The Neptunes (Kelis, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake)
    26. Glyn Johns (Eagles, Steve Miller Band, The Rolling Stones, The Who)
    27. Jimmy Iovine (Dire Straits, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Simple Minds, U2)
    28. Steve Albini (Breeders, Nirvana, Pixies)
    29. Tony Visconti (Marc Bolan, David Bowie, Sparks, Talking Heads)
    30. John H. Hammond (Count Basie, Charlie Christian, Bob Dylan, Bilie Holiday, Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Ray Vaughan)

    31. Nigel Godrich (Beck, Paul McCartney, Radiohead, R.E.M., U2)
    32. Bob Rock (Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Metallica)
    33. Alan Parsons (Ambrosia, The Hollies, Pink Floyd, Al Stewart)
    34. David Foster (Michael Buble, Mariah Carey, Chicago, Celine Dion, Josh Groban)
    35. Norman Whitfield (Gladys Knight & the Pips, Rose Royce, Edwin Starr, The Temptations)
    36. Ted Macero (Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald)
    37. John Cale (The Modern Lovers, Patti Smith, Squeeze, The Stooges)
    38. Max Martin (Backstreet Boys, N Sync, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift)
    39. Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Kiss, Pink Floyd)
    40. Roy Thomas Baker (The Cars, Journey, Queen, Smashing Pumpkins)

    41. Eddie Kramer (Peter Frampton, Jimi Hendrix, Kiss, Led Zeppelin)
    42. Jimmy Miller (Spencer Davis Group, The Rolling Stones, Traffic)
    43. Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Del Shannon, Traveling Wilburys)
    44. DJ Premier (Gang Starr, Jay-Z, Nas, Kanye West)
    45. Smokey Robinson (Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, The Miracles, The Temptations)
    46. Shel Talmy (David Bowie, The Kinks, The Small Faces, The Who)
    47. Arif Mardin (The Bee Gees, Phil Collins, Aretha Franklin, Queen)
    48. Phil Ramone (Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, James Taylor)
    49. Dave Edmunds (Johnny Cash, Elvis Costello, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stray Cats)
    50. Ted Templeman (The Doobie Brothers, Van Morrison, Van Halen)


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    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Chris Cornell: His Top 20 Songs

    image from CBS News

    The music world was saddened by the loss of Chris Cornell on May 18, 2017. The voice of Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave committed suicide after a Soundgarden concert in Detroit. He was 52. In honor of Cornell, here are his top 20 songs according to Dave’s Music Database, which compiles sales, chart performance, radio airplay, and best-of lists.

    1. Soundgarden “Black Hole Sun” (1994)
    2. Soundgarden “Spoonman” (1994)
    3. Audioslave “Like a Stone” (2002)
    4. Temple of the Dog “Hunger Strike” (1991)
    5. Soundgarden “Burden in My Hand” (1996)
    6. Audioslave “Be Yourself” (2005)
    7. Soundgarden “Pretty Noose” (1996)
    8. Soundgarden “Outshined” (1991)
    9. Soundgarden “Jesus Christ Pose” (1991)
    10. Soundgarden “Fell on Black Days” (1994)

    11. Soundgarden “Blow Up the Outside World” (1996)
    12. Audioslave “Cochise” (2002)
    13. Audioslave “I Am the Highway” (2002)
    14. Chris Cornell “Billie Jean” (2007)
    15. Chris Cornell “Can’t Change Me” (1999)
    16. Audioslave “Original Fire” (2006)
    17. Audioslave “Show Me How to Live” (2002)
    18. Audioslave “Doesn’t Remind Me” (2005)
    19. Temple of the Dog “Say Hello 2 Heaven” (1991)
    20. Soundgarden “The Day I Tried to Live” (1994)


    Sunday, May 14, 2017

    The Top100 Keyboardists/Pianists of All Time

    image from musicademy.com

    This is one of the DMDB’s most diverse best-of lists, with everything from classical (Beethoven, Mozart) to jazz (Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock) to R&B (Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder) to pop/rock (Billy Joel, Elton John) to progressive rock (Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman). As always, DMDB lists are determined by an aggregation of multiple lists. Here are the top 100 keyboardists/pianists of all time:

    1. Franz Liszt
    2. Art Tatum
    3. Vladimir Horowitz
    4. Chick Corea
    5. Thelonious Monk
    6. Bill Evans
    7. Frederic Chopin
    8. Sergei Rachmaninoff
    9. Ludwig van Beethoven
    10. Oscar Peterson

    11. Dave Brubeck
    12. Duke Ellington
    13. Ray Manzarek
    14. Josef Hoffman
    15. Keith Emerson
    16. Herbie Hancock
    17. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    18. McCoy Tyner
    19. Ahmad Jamal
    20. Earl Hines

    21. Billy Joel
    22. Count Basie
    23. Keith Jarrett
    24. Erroll Garner
    25. Richard Wright
    26. Glenn Gould
    27. Sviatoslav Richter
    28. Tommy Flanagan
    29. Red Garland
    30. Horace Silver

    31. Fats Waller
    32. Bud Powell
    33. Jelly Roll Morton
    34. Wynton Kelly
    35. Jon Lord
    36. Gene Harris
    37. Jordan Rudess
    38. Rick Wakeman
    39. Arthur Rubenstein
    40. Gregg Rolie

    41. Stevie Wonder
    42. Alfred Cortot
    43. Elton John
    44. Steve Winwood
    45. Jonathan Cain
    46. Claudio Arrau
    47. Teddy Wilson
    48. George Shearing
    49. Al Kooper
    50. Martha Argerich

    51. Alfred Brendel
    52. James P. Johnson
    53. John Paul Jones
    54. Ray Charles
    55. Billy Taylor
    56. Nicky Hopkins
    57. Andre Previn
    58. Arturo Bendetti Michelangeli
    59. Jan Hammer
    60. Henry “Hank” Jones

    61. Willie “The Lion” Smith
    62. Nat “King” Cole
    63. Billy Powell
    64. Hampton Hawes
    65. Ron “Pigpen” McKernan
    66. Patrick Moraz
    67. Bobby Timmons
    68. Neal Doughty
    69. Janne Warman
    70. Tony Banks

    71. Walter Gleseking
    72. Robert Schumann
    73. Sonny Clark
    74. Billy Preston
    75. Liberace
    76. Phineas Newborn Jr.
    77. Brian Eno
    78. Gregg Allman
    79. Evgeny Kissin
    80. George Duke

    81. Eubie Blake
    82. Mose Alison
    83. Mary Lou Williams
    84. Rod Argent
    85. Dennis DeYoung
    86. Michael Petrucciani
    87. Paul Bley
    88. Kerry Livgren
    89. Kenny Drew
    90. Richard Tandy

    91. Brad Mehldau
    92. Don Airey
    93. Geoff Downes
    94. Alicia Delarrocha
    95. Marc-Andre Hamelin
    96. Roy Bittan
    97. Mike Pinder
    98. Robert Lamm
    99. Vince Guaraldi
    100. Joe Sample


    Thursday, May 4, 2017

    The Top 50 Adult Contemporary Acts

    image of Elton John, Celine Dion, and Lionel Richie from billboard.com

    According to Billboard magazine, these are the top 50 adult contemporary artists, as determined by their success on the adult contemporary singles charts from 1961-2011. See the original link here.

    1. Elton John
    2. Neil Diamond
    3. Barbra Streisand
    4. Barry Manilow
    5. Kenny Rogers
    6. Chicago
    7. Billy Joel
    8. Carpenters
    9. Lionel Richie
    10. Anne Murray

    11. Dionne Warwick
    12. Phil Collins
    13. Elvis Presley
    14. Gloria Estefan/Miami Sound Machine
    15. Whitney Houston
    16. Olivia Newton-John
    17. Herb Alpert
    18. Michael Bolton
    19. Celine Dion
    20. Andy Williams

    21. Frank Sinatra
    22. John Denver
    23. Bobby Vinton
    24. Rod Stewart
    25. Glen Campbell
    26. Al Martino
    27. James Taylor
    28. Mariah Carey
    29. Helen Reddy
    30. Madonna

    31. Carly Simon
    32. Stevie Wonder
    33. Daryl Hall & John Oates
    34. Richard Marx
    35. Engelbert Humperdinck
    36. Dean Martin
    37. Linda Ronstadt
    38. Dan Fogelberg
    39. Tom Jones (singer)
    40. Air Supply

    41. Diana Ross
    42. Cher
    43. 5th Dimension
    44. Jack Jones
    45. The Lettermen
    46. B.J. Thomas
    47. Johnny Mathis
    48. Amy Grant
    49. Fleetwood Mac
    50. Perry Como


    The Top 100 Classic Rock Acts, 1962-1981

    image from classrockhq.blogspot.com

    These are the top 100 classic rock acts as listed in the yet-to-be-released Dave’s Music Database book, Charting the Classic Rock Songs, 1962-1981. That book speculated on what a classic rock chart would have looked like, had it existed, for the aforementioned years. Songs’ peak positions were tallied to generate a list of the top 100 classic rock artists.

    1. The Beatles
    2. The Rolling Stones
    3. Led Zeppelin
    4. The Who
    5. Elton John
    6. Bob Dylan
    7. Pink Floyd
    8. The Doors
    9. AC/DC
    10. Eagles

    11. Paul McCartney/Wings
    12. Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
    13. Rod Stewart/The Faces
    14. Fleetwood Mac
    15. Bruce Springsteen
    16. Jimi Hendrix
    17. David Bowie
    18. Creedence Clearwater Revival
    19. Paul Simon/Simon & Garfunkel
    20. The Kinks

    21. Eric Clapton/Derek & the Dominos
    22. Queen
    23. Billy Joel
    24. The Doobie Brothers
    25. Steely Dan
    26. Neil Young
    27. Van Halen
    28. Electric Light Orchestra
    29. Aerosmith
    30. Rush

    31. Grateful Dead
    32. Chicago
    33. Lynyrd Skynyrd
    34. Styx
    35. Allman Brothers Band
    36. Crosby, Stills & Nash/Neil Young
    37. The Guess Who
    38. John Lennon
    39. Journey
    40. ZZ Top

    41. Bad Company
    42. Steve Miller Band
    43. The Moody Blues
    44. Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship
    45. Foreigner
    46. Kiss
    47. Santana
    48. Alice Cooper
    49. Van Morrison/Them
    50. Jethro Tull

    51. Linda Ronstadt
    52. The Cars
    53. Tommy James & the Shondells
    54. Three Dog Night
    55. Heart
    56. Deep Purple
    57. The Police
    58. Boston
    59. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
    60. Genesis

    61. Supertramp
    62. Black Sabbath
    63. The Hollies
    64. The Beach Boys
    65. The Animals
    66. Daryl Hall & John Oates
    67. J. Geils Band
    68. The Byrds
    69. Jackson Browne
    70. Grand Funk Railroad

    71. James Taylor
    72. REO Speedwagon
    73. The Band
    74. George Harrison
    75. Yes
    76. Carole King
    77. Pat Benatar
    78. Paul Revere & the Raiders
    79. Roy Orbison
    80. Donovan

    81. Janis Joplin/Big Brother & the Holding Company
    82. Cream
    83. The Grass Roots
    84. Traffic
    85. The Clash
    86. The (Young) Rascals
    87. Joe Cocker
    88. Ted Nugent
    89. America
    90. Steppenwolf

    91. Cat Stevens
    92. The Monkees
    93. Bachman-Turner Overdrive
    94. War
    95. Kansas
    96. April Wine
    97. Kenny Loggins/Loggins & Messina
    98. Ramones
    99. Ringo Starr
    100. Carly Simon